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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 12: Weekly Updates

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Worship and Special Announcements

The Baja 4 Congregations
will again be sharing ministers during the month of November to bring you wonderful, collaborative worship. Join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. on UUCT'sYouTubepage to watch worship. Worship will be pre-recorded but will go "live" on YouTube at 10:30 on Sundays. You can watch it with a group then, or watch it on your own later on.
Sunday Morning, November 15, 2020:Faith to Imagine,featuring all four ministers from the BAJA 4, and Rylee will be doing the Homily. Join usat 10:30 a.m. for the video premiere on YouTube:
It will be available thereafter on YouTubeto watch when you want.
Vespers Service
Returns on Thursday November 12, 6:30pm
Please note, thatSCOTT BLADES,executive director forTIHAN,will be our featured speaker at vespers with Reverend Bethany,November 19th, at 6.30 pm.ZOOM info to follow closer the time. TIHAN is UUCT's "Share the Plate" recipient for the first part of December.
(There will be no Vespers on Thanksgiving, 11/26.)
Join by computer:
Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
Join by telephone (audio only): 
  1. Dial: +1 669 900 6833
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
  3. Enter the Password: 483148
Previous Vespers Services can be found here:https://uuctucson.org/members/vesper-services.html 
Special Thanksgiving Fundraiser!
This drive-up gourmet dinner event will be noon to 1:30 pm on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26 in front of Goddard Hall. (Please stay in your vehicle while volunteers hand your dinners to you.)
The Fundraising Committee will make only 200 dinners, so order yours while availability lasts at
Your participation in this special holiday event will support UUCT financially, provide you with gourmet Thanksgiving dinners, and give you a way to donate dinners to staff and their immediate families. Rev. Bethany will lead a communal prayer of gratitude after the dinners are picked up.
The traditional turkey dinners with all the trimmings, even pie, are $25 each.
Full gourmet turkey dinners with generous portions will include side dishes of mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, a special green bean dish (not the soupy casserole), bread roll, cranberry sauce, spring salad-plus, and your choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Gluten-free and vegetarian versions are available.
To pay for your dinners, click here and fill in the amount using the Thanksgiving tab:credit card service
Poinsettia Fundraiser!
We are offering 3 colors this year: Jubilee Red for $10, Golden Glow or Ice Punch for $15 each. We have ordered a limited amount, so you will need to order promptly below no later than November 30. You will receive an email verification with a total amount due, to be paid at uuctucson.org/donate or by sending a check to the church office by December 1 for this order to be completed. 
Poinsettias can be picked up in the church parking lot on December 4 and 5 from 10:00-11:00. Delivery can be arranged by calling Carolyn Saunders at 520-906-9058.
Remember, the deadline to order is November 30. 
Click on the link below, and scroll down to place your order.
Participate in the Virtual Christmas Pageant
This year we can't hold our regular Christmas Pageant chaos night, but we don't want to miss all the fun! The pageant will be prerecorded, we'll all be able to live stream it on Christmas Eve and watch together.
BUT! You can still participate! There are two ways:
1. Record a line to be included in the Multitude of Angels.In real life, we have a beautiful gaggle of sparkly folks as our angels. This year, you ALL get to be angels. Simply record the line below using a voice app or video app.
Peace on earth and goodwill to all!
Then, submit it to me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or on this google drive:https://tinyurl.com/y3qkt75u**We will NOT see any faces for this video, and it will be posted to YouTube on the UUCT public channel. We are only playing their voices because our actors are...
2. Bring your stuffies to be our actors!Yes, you read that right. Our stuffie friends are going to be our actors. We are using a kind of storytelling that we have done before in Baja 4 worship. The basic concept is that we record our voices and then put images “over” them so we hear our voices and see the photos. An example is Warrior Goddess:https://youtu.be/V2_nsvrRXFY
If you want your stuffie friend to star in the show, drop them off at UUCT onSaturday, Dec. 5 between 9am and 3pm. We want to be sure we "check in" your stuffie so we're sure the right stuffie goes home with the right family! We will need your actor for a week to take their photo (a lot) so be sure not to bring us a stuffie you can't sleep without. Then, you can pick them up on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9am to 3pm or by appointment.
How to Give to the Church
You are asked to use our credit card service (which can be reached by the link or the On-line Giving button on our website), the very easy to use Text-to-Give (1-833-361-5796),or checkssent to the office. The on-line giving gives you the option to identify the contribution and use the memo line for checks. A tutorial video on Text-to-Give is here. After setting up an initial “profile” these options are easy to use for subsequent donations.
News From the Church Office
Update on Jesus:Jesus, our wonderful custodian for the last 20 years, tested positive for COVID 19, on October 7. He was hospitalized the next week and spent 5 days in the hospital. He has been recovering at home since then, and is feeling much better. However, he is still testing positive and until he tests negative, he cannot return to work. He is very grateful for all of the food, cards, and well wishes he has received from our members and friends.
Publication Guidelines:After this month, we will no longer be publishing a monthly newsletter for various reasons. However, we will do our best to include events and news in our weekly email blasts. In order to be inclusive of everyone's contributions, we are asking folks to adhere to the publishing guidelines. If you have an article or an announcement that is longer than the guidelines, it may be published on the church website and a link will be provided.
Email Guidelines:The all-church email is sent every week. The primary purpose of the email is for church staff to remind the congregation of upcoming services and church-related events.
Email announcements are:
  • Brief (no more than 50 words. Longer announcements may be posted on the church website and a link will be provided.)
  • Time sensitive (event occurring within one month)
  • Reminders (not the first time info has been shared about upcoming events)
  • Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The publishers reserves the right to establish priorities during a busy news week.
Mary's Hours:Mary, our Congregational Administrator, is available by email Sunday-Thursday from 9-2. The days that she is in the church office are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursday's by appointment.

Staying Connected In Church Community

Ways to stay connected to UUCT
Meeting List: The front page of our website now lists the Zoom links for every congregational event happening online. You can list your event there by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..To book a "Zoom Room" for your group's meeting, contact
Rev. Bethany at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Zoom Meetings
Thursdays@6:30: Live Vesper Service
Newcomer Orientation
If you are new to the congregation and would like to learn more, please join us for a Newcomer Orientation on Saturday, Nov. 21st, from 9:30 am to 10:30 am.
Zoom Meeting:
Password: 483148
To learn more visit our Newcomers page on our Website:
Board of Trustees
3rd Tuesdays @ 7pm.
Next Meeting: November 20
UUCT Board of Trustees meetings are open for all to attend, except during special Executive sessions. 
Join Zoom Meeting
Minutes for the last meeting are posted here:
UUCT Book Club
The UUCT Book Club has selected the books for October and November so
that participants will have time to acquire and read the books. We are not ready to meet in person and will continue to use Zoom. We meet online the 2nd Thursday of the month at 9:30am.
To be added to the book club email list, contact Jan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88412604078 ?pwd=SWl0dGdyTzZrRTlYaDk1VExINnBlZz09
go to: zoom.us
select: Join meeting
  • Meeting ID: 884 1260 4078
  • Password: 484848

Social Justice Updates

Share the Plate
Our Share the Plate donation for the first half ofNovemberwill go toUUJAZ.
Our Vision
To energize people of faith to create an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just life for all those who live in Arizona.
Our Mission
To engage Arizona Unitarian Universalists in justice making through:
   nurturing congregational social justice ministries;
   connecting UU activists and congregations across the state;
   partnering with like-minded justice organizations;
​   empowering UUs to work for socially just public policy.
Your Dollars at Work in the Community
Here are recent recipients of our monthly Share the Plate program:
August -Sister Jose Women's Shelter $231.25
Casa Alita's $231.25
September -Reveille Men's Chorus $265.25
Interfaith Community Services $265.25
October -Cafe Justo $170.25
Mass Liberation $170.25
Thank you to everyone who contributed!
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring vigils in front of our church each Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 9:00. We have dozens of signs covering current topics which align with UU Principles. We also encourage the sincerity and creativity of home-made signs. We are supporting causes UUs believe in and advertising the values of our congregation. Please don a mask and join us.  
The Social Justice Council, chaired by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 9am.  All are invited to participate.They will be meeting this Saturday, November 14.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034
Passcode: 483148
Join by telephone (voice only): +1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034
On Tuesday, October 27th,the Social Justice council
delivered 33 dozen hard boiled eggs to Casa Maria. We also dropped off clothing, shoes, and masks made by our talented Jan
This has been an EGGCELLENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY, and we would like to thank the following UUCT members and friends: Judy Jessing, Julie Olson, Margot Garcia, MaryHolly Allison, Bob Gordon, Steve Kraynak, Marjorie Stark, Gail Ringer, Chuck Houy, Margo Newhouse, Joan Feldman, Diana Barber, Rex Graham, Sue Watts, Marybeth Ginter, Gloria Augustine, and Steve Cooke.
Play and Learn With Us
The Baja 4 Racial Justice Education Team
If you're looking for opportunities to deepen your knowledge of racial justice, our team has a couple of workshop series listed on the Baja 4 website. 
Follow this link:https://baja4.weebly.com/racial-justice-education-team.html to see our video introduction and the descriptions of White Fragility Conversation Circles, Dialogue on Racial Justice & Our 7 Principles, and The Fire This Time. The links to register for these options are included with the descriptions. Join us on the journey!
Parents and Caregivers of Preschoolers!
Grown Up Meet Up | Nov. 14 | 1-2pm | Meeting ID: 5716364277
Join the Baja 4 families in POPs, a video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed for parents and caregivers of children ages 2-5. By engaging with POP videos, parents and caregivers will come to understand their child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see themselves as spiritual teachers.
Each month,
  • On your own, watch three short videos on the theme of the month.
  • With our POPS adults, meet once a month to check in and share.
  • With our children, join other kids for story and crafts time!
All activities are optional and free for Baja 4 families!
  • Contact Jamili atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Stacie atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Check out thePOPS website
  • UU Questhas more details
Then, register with Baja 4! You'll get the password for videos after you register.https://forms.gle/ZVmNfUY1vR4kgKNw6
RE at Home Resources
Are you interested in "doing church" at home? I am collecting resources for at home religious education both on the Parenting Club facebook page and in a google drive. The folder is available to everyone! You'll find activities that take 5 minutes and one that take 5 days, so you're in control of how much time you spend on RE.

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