Service Jan. 23, 2022

James Baldwin: Release, Release, Release

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

James Baldwin: Release, Release, Release

The Rev. Roger Butts, pastor of Prairie UU Church in Parker, Colorado, will speak to us about a crucial event in the life of the writer and activist James Baldwin. He found himself in a position where he could have been killed, and he found himself in a position where he realized he could kill someone. He learned about the power of release in that moment, and it saved his life.

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On Zoom through February ’22

 Dear DDUUC members and friends,
>
> Due to the continued high number of COVID cases, the Board has decided
> to continue all-virtual Sunday Services through the month of February.
> All Sunday Services in February will be held online on ZOOM.
>
> Thank you for your patience and understanding as we try to navigate
> through these difficult times and keep everyone safe.
>
> The DDUUC Board

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Full Moon Celebration

The Spirit Circle will gather at the sanctuary, 39 Park St., Bordentown, NJ., to celebrate the full moon. The video below has been rendered unavailable, but Spirit Circle members will share it verbally.

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New Zoom Numbers Jan. 9

DDUUC will be using a new Zoom account for the service starting Jan. 9. The meeting ID is the church phone number for ease in remembering. The new account will give the host more options for using Zoom features. The DDUUC calendar has been updated to reflect this change.

Meeting ID: 609 444 9349

Password: uuchurch

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Holiday take-down?

Saturday, Jan. 15, is the date to gather at our sanctuary to take down and pack up the holiday decorations. 2 p.m. is the start time. For more information, contact Joan Spengler. For information about other events, consult the DDUUC calendar.

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Jan. 9 Service is on Zoom

Due to the increasing cases of Covid-19 and the omicron variant, the Board of Trustees decided to hold Sunday services remotely for the month of January 2022. As of this writing, the DDUUC calendar had not been updated to reflect this, but it’s still chock-full of good information.

Heartfelt thanks to Clarissa Rose for leading our Jan. 2 service, a talk-back and discussion about new beginnings and perspective on New Year’s resolutions. She mentioned this 10,000 Maniacs song as an inspiration. Older congregation members may remember the one below it that includes the lyrics, “These are the good old days.”

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Jan. 2 Service on Zoom

Due to the increase in cases of Covid-19 and the Omicron, the Board of Trustees has decided to hold Sunday services remotely over Zoom for the month of January 2022.

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 313 1486

Password: uuchurch 

A heartfelt thanks to John DeMasi for his excellent Happy Holidays Sing-A-Long on Dec. 26, 2021. As promised, he revealed some greatest achievements of recorded music. The best-selling Christmas single of all time is White Christmas by Bing Crosby, the best-selling album is Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album and Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, had a No. 1 hit with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer in Christmas week of 1949.

Although the DDUUC calendar has not yet been updated to reflect the change back to remote services, other information is available.

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Dec. 26: Happy Holidays Sing-A-Long

Greatest Musical Hits of Christmas to be Revealed!

DDUUC’s own folksinger-songwriter John DeMasi is going to lead a Happy Holidays Sing-a-Long Celebration. The songs will include Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Silent Night, Feliz Navidad, White Christmas, Jingle Bells, and more.

.John will also tell the stories of the origins of Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, the Broken Church Organ and the Christmas Truce of 1914. He will reveal the biggest selling Christmas song and Christmas album of all time.

John has a new song, If We Really Want Peace, find it by clicking here or under the Youtube tab on this website.

Please note that due to spacing to deter from the spread of COVID-19, space may be limited.  Click here for the DDUUC calendar

At this time, services at the church are only open to vaccinated individuals. Please see our virtual services for future attendance. 

This is an in-person service only. Vaccination cards and masks are required. No food or drink is permitted. Children not of age to be vaccinated can attend in the downstairs area with masks, please. 

Winter Solstice Observed

A lovely candlelight ceremony was held in honor of the winter solstice on the evening of Dec. 20 thanks to the Spirit Circle. The solstice marks the “shortest day of the year,” meaning the fewest hours and minutes of daylight. After this milestone, the days will get longer and brighter.

Motel Meals Delivered

The DDUUC Social Action Committee delivered 60 meals to people living in emergency shelter in local motels on Dec. 19. The food was purchased from Villa Mannino with individual donations from outside the church budget. Among the recipients were 5 children and 6 toddlers.

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Jan. 2022 services will be on Zoom

Due to the increase in Covid-19 cases in Burlington County, the Board of Trustees has decided Sunday Services in January will be conducted remotely over Zoom.

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Church is in-person Dec. 19, 2021

Mitten Tree & Celebration of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is the celebration of community, family, and culture leading us into the New Year. Similar to our UU practices, Kwanzaa leads by 7 principles reflective of strength and collaboration. Join in exploring how this annual celebration connects to us as UUs as we prepare to lead into 2022. 

At this time, services at the church are only open to vaccinated individuals. Please see our virtual services for future attendance. 

This is an in-person service only. Vaccination cards and masks are required. No food or drink is permitted. Children not of age to be vaccinated can attend in the downstairs area with masks, please. 

*Mitten Service will be held at one of the In-Person Services. If you would like to donate and are unable to attend the service, please contact Clarissa at SundayServiceDDUUC@gmail.com.

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Dec. 12 Service on Zoom

Our service will be held over Zoom and will be led by Rev. Larry Smith.

Here is a link to the DDUUC calendar.

Zoom ONLY Services (Meeting ID: 819 313 1486, Password: uuchurch):

December 12 – Rev. Larry Smith – Wholeheartedness
One of the strangest aspects of being human is that sometimes our strength can come from vulnerability. How do we recognize that when it happens?

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Dec. 5 Service is on Zoom

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 313 1486

Password: uuchurch 

Jessica and Manmohan “Manny” Kaur will be joining us virtually to share their journey in spirituality from Catholicism to Sikhism and how embracing where fate brought them then led them to happiness and security in their spiritual expression. 

Click this link for the DDUUC calendar.

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Nov. 28 Service in Our Sanctuary

DDUUC will once again meet for our service in the building at 39 Park Street, Bordentown, for the second time since shutting down because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Last week, a member graciously contributed her cell phone data to stream the service over Zoom, but halted it when no members appeared. The Board of Trustees is working to provide a livestream version of our services, but it will be available at a later date. Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

First service back following Covid-19

DDUUC will be meeting in person today, Sunday, Nov. 19, at our sanctuary, 39 Park St. Bordentown, NJ, 08505. The service will be available over Zoom at the usual account 819-313-1486 uuchurch. This is our first time offering a hybrid service, so please be patient if there are technical difficulties. Thank you for your consideration.

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Back to building precautions

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND ATTENDANCE RESTRICTIONS

  • All adult attendees at in-person Sunday Service are required to bring and show proof
    of vaccination for entry. Unvaccinated adults are requested to attend remotely as
    available.
  • Children under 12, who are ineligible for vaccination, are welcome at in-person
    services and Religious Education.
  • All adults and children must bring and wear a face covering at all times inside the
    building.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the door.
  • Attendees must practice social distancing in all seating areas. In-person capacity will
    therefore be limited.
  • There will be no food or drink inside the building. Coffee Hour is suspended. Weather
    permitting, attendees are encouraged to socialize outdoors following the conclusion of
    Sunday Service.
  • Every effort is being made to ensure in-person Sunday Services are also streamed
    live over ZOOM. Audio quality and a stable connection are challenges we are working
    to overcome so we can provide a worthwhile experience for remote attendees. The first
    two in-person services (November 21 and 28) may not be the best quality over ZOOM
    as we troubleshoot technical hurdles, but we hope to have a stable streaming setup
    before December meetings.
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Nov. 14 Service

November 14 – Rev. Larry Smith – “Who Are We?”

What makes someone a Unitarian Universalist? Is it the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Purpose and Principles? Is it something else? Reflections on our identity from thirty-two years as a Unitarian Universalist and twenty-two years as a Unitarian Universalist minister. No conclusive answer to be given. Disagreement expected.

Come. Listen. Discuss.

The Meeting ID# 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch

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Nov. 7 Service

“The Gift of Abundance”

Rev. Mary Doane and Sylvia Foster, “Gift of Abundance.” We are witnessing a transformation – away from the myth of scarcity, which currently forms the basis of our U.S. economic system – toward the bounty we can see with our own eyes is humanity’s new role on planet earth since the virus — what do we deem sacred – and how do we care for one another? The teachings of constant competition and unlimited consumerism are being examined now, and we ask ourselves, “How might our human gifts go toward healing and building better lives for us all?” Please join this duo in their use of music to guide their service.

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch

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Return to In-Person Services

Beginning in November, DDUUC will host two (2) in-person Sunday Services per month at the church and two services remotely on ZOOM. In-person Sunday Services will be determined on a month-to-month basis, to be communicated to the congregation via email in advance. The Sunday Service status will always be available on the DDUUC calendar.

SUNDAY SERVICES IN NOVEMBER
The first two Sunday Services (November 7 and November 14) will continue remotely on ZOOM. The last two Sundays in November (November 21 and 28) will be held in-person at 39 Park Street.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND ATTENDANCE RESTRICTIONS
– All adult attendees at in-person Sunday Service are required to bring and show proof of vaccination for entry. Unvaccinated adults are requested to attend remotely as available.
– Children under 12, who are ineligible for vaccination, are welcome at in-person services and Religious Education.
– All adults and children must bring and wear a face covering at all times inside the building.
– Hand sanitizer is available at the door.
– Attendees must practice social distancing in all seating areas. In-person capacity will therefore be limited.
– There will be no food or drink inside the building. Coffee Hour is suspended. Weather permitting, attendees are encouraged to socialize outdoors following the conclusion of Sunday Service.
– Every effort is being made to ensure in-person Sunday Services are also streamed live over ZOOM. Audio quality and a stable connection are challenges we are working to overcome so we can provide a worthwhile experience for remote attendees. The first two in-person services (November 21 and 28) may not be the best quality over ZOOM as we troubleshoot technical hurdles, but we hope to have a stable streaming setup before December meetings.

The Board continues to discuss potential ways to clearly broadcast in-person services over ZOOM while allowing remote attendees to fully participate in the service. If you have suggestions or resources, or would like to volunteer to assist with the technology and/or logistics of streaming in-person services via ZOOM (we need audio/video volunteers for onsite setup and stream monitoring as well as remote volunteers to join a test ZOOM meeting and give us feedback on audio/video quality) please contact John at jmuso105@aol.com

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Sunday Service

The topic of our service for Sunday, Oct. 24, is Toxic Positivity.

Zoom Meeting ID: 819 313 1486

Password: uuchurch

Click this link to sign up for an environmental webinar on Habitat Gardening at 7 p.m. Nov. 30.

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October 3rd service

VIRTUAL SUNDAY SERVICES on ZOOM, 10:00 AM

The Meeting ID# 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch

October 3 – Author Ben Winter will share his experiences with improv and
how it applies to life. Ben will explore how and why when expectations go awry,
we only get upset when the expectation goes unmet. Ben will share how these
experiences coexist from his perspective in relation to personal growth.

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Zoom thru October

The Sept. 19 service will be given by Rev. Flo Gelo

If Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade: is commonly understood to inspire optimism and a positive outlook in the face of challenges. The expression is also an entry into understanding our vulnerabilities and approach to living. Let’s gather together to listen to a parable to launch our reflection. Meeting ID: 819 313 1486 Password: uuchurch.

Fully vaccinated folks are invited to a concert by the DeMasi Brothers at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in the church. It is the weekend of the Cranberry Fest.

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Motel Meals Canceled for Jan. 20, 2022

Due to concerns about spreading Covid-19, the delivery of meals to the homeless in emergency shelter is canceled for Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 and rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3. For more information about this program, contact Kara DeRose, DDUUC chair of the Social Action Committee.