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Updated: Friday, August 12 —

Regular Sunday COVID Protocols

According to the current CDC system of measuring COVID risk, Philadelphia has recently moved into the High risk level, after being Low for several weeks before that, and Medium last week. For this weekend (August 14), we will be allowing up to 12 people in the Sanctuary, and we will not have an in-person Coffee Hour. Please maintain distancing of 6 feet between households/pods if possible. We would like to serve coffee and tea after the worship service on Sunday in the future, if we get volunteers to serve as hosts. We do not have systems in place yet to have food at coffee hour (of course, you can bring something for yourself if you would like, and can still hang out in Hale Lounge), but we might be able to add that in the future if people volunteer to coordinate and help make it happen! If you would like to help make that happen, please contact Bruce.

COVID Risk Grid | Mask Reminder | Contact Tracing

WORDS OF INSPIRATION

Upcoming Worship Services

Past services you wish to re-watch, are available HERE.


August 14 - "The Power of Family"
People have long been fascinated by family history and its impact on family dynamics. Do you ever wonder why? In the words of Dr. Ione V, our dear friend and longtime member of UUs of Mt. Airy, "It is within our families that we come to understand who we are and where we belong." Our family stories inextricably tie us to history, and almost universally have molded our values, beliefs, and religious practices.

This week, professional genealogist Michael F steps out from his familiar spot behind the curtain to explain his fascination with family history. He's joined by Sandy F, who shares how her family's story has made her who she is. Steve W is the worship associate and Len R is this week's musician.

August 21 - "Question Box Service"
The Reverend McKinley

August 28 - "Poetry Sunday"
Janet M and Maryellen N

Bruce's 8th Principle Sermon from July 17th Service
After the Sunday service on July 17, on UUism, Racism, and the 8th Principle: Past, Present, and Future, a number of people had asked for the TEXT of Bruce's sermon.

*There is no childcare over the summer. We apologize for the inconvenience.

From Our Minister

Friends,
I am back from vacation in Texas, and it was lovely! Thanks to everyone who held down the ship here. Unfortunately, on our last day of vacation we picked up coronavirus. We are recovering nicely, but we still have a few more days left in quarantine. I will be back to making pastoral care calls next week, and I look forward to preaching on Sunday, August 21 with our annual question box service. Thanks for all the love and support on our time off! See you soon
McKinley

Aug 7 - 14 -
215-563-3980 x109

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

We Have PIHN Guests in the Building

On Wednesday, July 6, we welcomed a family of two adults who will be living in our building for what we expect will be a brief visit. Robert B, his adult daughter Tyeisha, and May, their very tiny, very sweet chihuahua. Robert has other children who will not be staying with us, but who may visit from time-to-time.

Due to summer weather conditions, we cannot accommodate our guests in the classrooms on the second floor Hale Hall. They are staying in the air-conditioned fellowship hall. This is not an ideal arrangement for them, but they are safe and comfortable. During their stay we will need to be mindful of their presence and we will need to respect their privacy. We'll have to make plans to utilize other spaces - such as Hale Lounge and the Hale Lounge kitchenette - for the duration of their stay. We'll also have to avoid setting / unsetting the building alarm during the time Robert and Tyeisha are with us. I know that we'll welcome this family with our typical UU hospitality. Please let me, Steve W, know if you have any questions about our guests and their accommodations with us.

Let's Picnic at a New Picnic Table

The Board is offering a matching grant of $250 for this new picnic table that costs $550. This table is 8' long and seats 8 people comfortably. It could be put to use immediately for several of our summer picnics, and we'd have a place to congregate outside without hauling tables and chairs from Fellowship Hall. We need to raise $300 to meet this cost. Donations can be made via PayPal (pay to the by check made out to UU Mt Airy with a note on the memo line re: picnic table, or with cash. Checks and cash need to be in an envelope addressed to the treasurer, indicating that it is a donation for the picnic table, and delivered or mailed to UUMtAiry. Thanks for chipping in if you are willing and able! Cathy M, trustee and co-planner of summer picnics.

Picnic Table Appeal

Thank you to our first two donors toward our goal of raising $335 to cover the difference between the cost and the board allocation of $250. We need to raise an additional $265 for our new amenity, which was purchased in time for our summer picnics with a loan by a member. Please contact Cathy McC to make a donation, info above.

Want to bring back Coffee Hour? Volunteer!

We would like to continue being able to offer coffee and tea after the worship service on Sundays, but we need volunteers to host to make that happen! If you would like to know what is involved, click on this link: https://www.uumtairy.org/documents/coffee_procedure.pdf. If you would like to volunteer to be a host, click on this Google Sheet to sign up: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RfxFbwAJ8-D_a3ExzntOIN7SOux6t8IcAGyW_sH6tOE/edit#gid=0

If you have any trouble with that, email Bruce or call him at 215-848-6246. If you are interested in helping us ramp up to offering snacks and food again, please contact Bruce as well!

Change for Change: August

New PA Project: The New Pennsylvania Project (NPP) was founded in May 2021 to expand Pennsylvania's electorate so it reflects the Commonwealth's demographically changing population. NPP will engage and empower young residents and those living in underrepresented and often neglected communities of color and immigrant communities. We will register these communities to vote, provide education about the issues that matter in their neighborhoods and mobilize the electorate to vote in every election – twice a year.

Contact info:

717 Market Street, Suite 295
Lemoyne, PA 17043
484-954-5900

Linking to the Worship Service

Reminder that there are two ways to watch worship:

Click the blue "Live Streaming" arrow on the homepage of this website: www.uumtairy.org

The Zoom link that will be opened after the service has been changed because security protocols on their end. Look at the email from Desi for the new link and the new password.

Need help with Zoom?
Here's an old tutorial video: https://youtu.be/QKgQHtc7REc

Here's helpful tips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIkCmbvAHQQ&feature=youtu.be
Here's more helpful info: https://zoom.us/resources
Need more: Email McKinley.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Summer Worship Schedule

We have a full slate of Sunday services, led live by our wonderful layfolks and by visiting colleagues. Services will be Sundays at 11am, in person in the sanctuary, livestreamed on our website and broadcast on Zoom, just like we’ve been doing the past 6 months. Drop by and be nourished!

July & August —

Announcing the Shirley G Summer of '22 Picnics for Eight!

Those of you who have communicated your availability for a summer picnic will be contacted by your co-hosts shortly. If you have not signed up and would like to attend one, here are the remaining dates, co-hosts, and locations. Please text, email Cathy M, or call at 267 972-1121. (Fern is with her parents.) If you would like to attend a picnic, but are not free on these dates, let me know; we may be able to arrange an additional picnic or two.

Saturday, August 6, 12:30, at UUMtAiry with Suzanne W and Linda H: 4 spots available
Saturday, August 27, 4:00 pm, at Leslie's with her and Cathy: 2 spots available

PICNIC UPGRADE!
Please consider chipping in for our new picnic "table for eight", half paid from our budget and half to be raised from members and friends. The table has been paid for and was delivered on Monday, July 25, in time for our picnics on the grounds, so your contribution toward the goal of $300 would be much appreciated. Please contact Cathy to make a contribution or see ABOVE.

Wednesday, August 17 —

Justice Council Meeting

Our next Justice Council meeting will be on Wednesday, August 17, starting by 7:30pm, via Zoom. Our primary topic will be discussing our detailed plans for voter registration and engagement in collaboration with UUJusticePA, UU the Vote, and POWER. We will also be talking about further activity related to Reparations, deciding the Change for Change recipient for September, as well as discussing possible future CommUUnity "Potlucks", upcoming book discussions, and other issues related to racial and social justice, with reports about campaigns of POWER and UUJusticePA. Please join us!

Monday, August 22 —

Book Discussion: The 1619 Project
Monday, August 22 at 7:30pm

We will be discussing Chapters 6-11 of The 1619 Project, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones (NY Times/One World Press, 2021, 480 pp.). It is a new origin story for the USA from an African American perspective. If you would like a copy of the book, contact Bruce or Fern.

Wednesday, August 24 —

Follow Up to Widening the Circle: Radical Hospitality 8/24 (7:30pm)

From January through June of last year, we had biweekly meetings to discuss the recommendations of the Widening the Circle report, on how to dismantle racism within UUism at the national and congregational levels. Cathy McCoubrey put together a summary of some of the results and ideas that came from those sessions in the fall, and we discussed them at a Town Meeting in November. Now that we have just about finished our work updating our name, Vision, Mission, Tagline, and Covenant, it is a good time to ramp up our follow-through with that work. The 8th Principle Team will be taking the lead on this work, and will start by focusing on two of the areas that came up in our conversations. One group is focusing on Inclusive Decision-Making, such as looking at Modified Consensus, and possibly some indigenous forms of decision-making, to have our decision-making and governance structures reflect the inclusivity and equity implied by the 8th Principle. This group will meet next sometime in August (keep an eye on the newsletter).

Another group is focusing on Radical Hospitality - exploring more about what it is and what we can do at UUs of Mt. Airy to embody it as fully as possible. Radical Hospitality refers to the idea of a group not being like a private club that decides whether or not to let people join and assimilate to its norms, but acknowledging that a new person adds something new and exciting to the group and changes the group by their presence. In the 1990s, Restoration modeled this beautifully by having people with developmental delays very active parts of our congregation. The Radical Hospitality group will have its second meeting on Wednesday, August 24, at 7:30pm, at least via Zoom (using the Worship link), and possibly partly in person if COVID circumstances make that appropriate. One topic likely to be discussed is eventually expanding what our Hospitality Teams from the past do, to include welcoming visitors, getting to know them, and plugging them in to existing activities (or starting new ones!).

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, September 11 —

Fall Ingathering!

Pre-COVID, we often had a chance to gather socially within a week or so of Labor Day Weekend, to re-connect after our experiences and adventures over the summer. We are hoping to be able to do that again this fall, probably on Sunday, September 11, after worship. Keep your eyes out in the newsletter for details as the time approaches, but mark your calendar now so that hopefully as many of us as possible can be there!

Saturday, September 17 —

Hail the Return of the Pop-Up!

The Fall Flea Market is back! It is Saturday 9/17/22 (rain date is 9/24/22) from 10:00 to 3:00. The event will be outside only. As in the past, we will be reaching out to community vendors to come and sell their stuff. There is a huge need for volunteers to help out in order to make this a fantastic successful event. The event can't be done without lots of help. People will work in shifts so please plan on helping. We have something new this year. Members of the congregation will be welcome to bring items to sell. Proceeds will go to UUofMA.

Because of COVID we have not been able to hold this event for over 3 years. Vendors have been contacting church members to see when the flea market could happen again. This is a great opportunity to meet folks who live in the surrounding area.

Mark your calendars for 9/17/2022. Come and buy, come and sell, come and help out. Keep an eye out in future weekly newsletters for more information.

Only Community vendors from outside of UUofMA contact for information:
Phone: 215-242-5214 (leave a message)

UUofMA members contact Deb G for information:
Deb prefers to be called or texted
Phone number: 412-600-9400

Looking Ahead: October —

OWL (Human Sexuality Curriculum for 7th-9th Graders)
Planned to Start in October: Spread the Word!

OWL (Our Whole Lives) is a celebrated UU curriculum about human sexuality and healthy relationships. There are versions of it for people of all ages, but the classical age group is students in 7th-9th grades. We have trained facilitators, including Jessica H and our new Intern Minister Shaie Dively as well as Rev. McKinley and other congregation members, who will be presenting this curriculum during the 2022-2023 school year, as part of our RE offering for this age group. We hope this cohort could evolve into a Coming of Age group the following year, and a Youth Group after that - a progression that has worked very nicely in the past.

We expect to start the curriculum sometime in October, probably on Sunday afternoons or evenings (tentatively 3-5pm), and probably for 2-3 Sundays each month (skipping holiday weekends). If you are the parent of a student of around this age, and think they might be interested in attending (whether in-person or hybrid), please contact Bruce if you have a child that might be interested. If you know of any friends, neighbors, acquaintances, etc., with kids of this age, please consider asking if their kid/s might be interested in joining the group. This is a great way to build our RE program and our congregation! If you have any questions, contact Bruce or Rev. McKinley!

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RECURRING EVENTS

Every Thursday, 4 pm —

Deadline for the Weekly eNewsletter

Please send your articles to the Admin Assistant by 4:00
on Thursday for insertion in the weekly eNewsletter.

Every Thursday, 6 pm —

Join Us at Our Weekly Black Lives Matter Vigil every Thursday

Please join us to show our concerns about racism and white supremacy every Thursday. We line Stenton Avenue with our signs (and get tons of supportive honks) from 6-6:30pm, then join electronically with our vigil keepers at home from 6:30-7pm. During the second portion we light candles, learn about black history and share inspirational readings, music, and concerns. history. Given the improved situation with the Corona Virus, we are now using Hale Lounge for the second half. It is suitable for the small number of in-person vigil keepers that we have had over the past years of COVID. We will continue to wear masks inside, spread out a bit and use our multiplatform format so folks can join us from near and far.

We always dress for the weather as we hold the vigil rain or shine. Remember to bring your face mask for the indoors portion, and, of course, you can continue to wear it outside if you wish. You are welcome to bring your own sign(s) but we have a supply that we bring outside each Thursday. Come and join us at 6pm next Thursday!

Every Friday, 5-6 pm —

Ukraine Solidarity Vigils Friday at
the Unitarian Society of Germantown

Unitarian Society of Germantown (USG) is hosting a weekly vigil in solidarity with Ukraine, every Friday from 5-6pm during rush hour outside the church at 6511 Lincoln Drive. Bring your placards and flags, or use one of ours. We must continue to Stand with Ukraine! "We Stand with Ukraine" Vigil

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NEWS AND INFORMATION

Our New Intern Minister: Shaie Dively
- want to be on her committee?

Now that Rev. McKinley has Full Fellowship (kind of like tenure for ministers), we are eligible to take on Intern ministers. We were contacted by Shaie Dively, a woman who asked to be our half-time Intern for the next 2 years. The biggest implication of this would be that we would need to have a committee to support her and help evaluate her for the UUA. On July 6, the Board decided to extend the invitation. Shaie expressed an interest in helping out with our OWL program starting in the fall, and is coming to our meeting on July 7. Almost all of the Intern expenses will be covered outside of our budget. If you think you might be interested in serving on her committee (we need 5 people), please contact McKinley or Bruce.

Help us find a Music Director!

Our search for a Music Director, which we knew would be challenging, has been going slowly – partly because many other UU churches (including USG) are searching for music directors too. We’ve advertised, but our best chance of finding the right person may be by word of mouth. And word of mouth works best if lots of people are doing the talking.

If you know a musician (instrumentalist, singer, music teacher) please ask them to talk with anyone they know who might be interested, or who might have access to networks where our information could be shared with others. And if you’re on social media, this is a perfect subject for a post. The position description is prominently featured on our HOMEPAGE. Thank you!

— Music Director Search Committee

New Sign has been Installed!

Earlier this year, the good people from Rodon Signs installed our new lawn sign. It looks beautiful, and just in time for McKinley’s Installation Ceremony. Kudos to all who helped make it happen! Follow us on social media with the hashtag #UUmtairy - Thanks to Buildings and Grounds for getting us ready for 4/30

NEW WEB ADDRESS!

We now have a new web address: www.uumtairy.org.
Please bookmark it in your browser and begin using it. For the time being, both websites will work and will look the same. If you are composing an email to any of the people with a @uurestoration.us email account, you may now use @uumtairy.org instead but either address will work until some time later in the year.
 

Have You Seen our Google Calendar?

We're working on making this ultra-functional. Soon, group leaders can add their classes, meetings, and notes to this calendar for easy access. Office hours, RE times, and maybe even worship topics will be listed as far in advance as we can make them. For now, you can find it on our homepage: (Click on Calendar on the left side of the page!)

Or go to it directly below (bookmark with Ctrl+D or CMD+D):
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0/embed?src=minister@uumtairy.org&ctz=America/New_York

One-on-Ones with Rev. McKinley

McKinley is back off of parental leave and would love to hear what's going on in your life! Please reach out to meet, ask questions, share photos of Baby G, or anything else. The cold of winter is a perfect time to be warmed by connection. Call, text, email, or leave a voicemail if you'd like to meet.

Calling Lay Pastoral Care Volunteers!

We need two kinds of folks for the two groups that will help reconnect and reform our merry band of good-trouble-makers and freethinkers!
  1. The first group: Are you feeling pulled to connect with and care for the folks in our congregation? Are you willing to reach out by phone, text or email once a month? If so, contact McKinley to be part of the reconstituted Care Callers team. No training necessary for these roles. You'll help connect those of us we don't see on Sundays with the wider congregation.
  2. The second group: If you are moved to receive some deeper training to make pastoral care visits of congregants in hospitals or at home, please reach out to get signed up for the Lay Pastoral Support team. This is a more in-depth practice that involves some specific skills and techniques. You'll be helping Rev. McKinley respond to and care for folks in crisis and through grieving times.
If you're unsure where you might fit in, call or email McKinley to talk it through. You're the difference makers in the building of this Beloved Community. Thanks to all who have taken the initiative to reach out these past 6 months and beyond.

Looking for Zoom Coffee Hour Facilitators!

Are you comfortable using Zoom? Would you be willing to help facilitate online Coffee Hour, including guiding conversations in a breakout room? If so, we need your help if we want to have space in Coffee Hour for sermon discussion, deep check in, or other subject matter! Please reach out to McKinley, Fern, or Bruce if you're interested.

Ministerial Discretionary Fund

Any one who would like to donate to the emergency fund that goes towards our most vulnerable members can do so by sending in a check earmarked for "Min. Disc. Fund" or contacting McKinley directly to donate electronically. We have helped ease the strain of Covid-19 for some of our most directly impacted folks. Your donations go a long way, and offerings are always greatly appreciated.

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donate through Amazon

If you shop at Amazon, here's a new way to give to your congregation. Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile to the Unitarian Universalists of Mt Airy.

Register at the Amazon website.

Hale Hall Doors

It is imperative that we remember that both front and back doors to Hale Hall remain locked at all times. This means even during meetings and Sunday services. Please do not let anyone into Hale Hall that you do not personally know is safe at any time. During services, all members, friends and congregants should come in the sanctuary door. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please Hang Up Your Coats

Do not leave your coats on the chairs in the Fellowship Hall or the pews in the Library. They take up valuable space that we need for seating during Coffee Hour. Please hang your coats on the rack in the hallway just outside the Fellowship Hall so that everyone can sit comfortably.

Another Way to
Stay In Touch

If you use Facebook, please join the congregation's group page. You can learn more about what's going on in our community and you can post your own thoughts, poems, prayers... https://www.facebook.com/groups/39131276017/

Work Request Forms

If you are requesting work to be done, please complete the appropriate colored work request form located on the office door. Once your form is completed, place it in the bin labeled Administrative Assistant also hanging on the office door.

For those who do not frequently visit in person, you can send your request via email to the Administrative Office.

Pink - Request for Administrative Assistant
Yellow - Request for voucher check
Blue - Request for the custodian

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