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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Nov 25: Weekly Updates

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Worship and Special Announcements

Please join Rev. Bethany for a 3 pm Thanksgiving Day blessing.
Even amid what seems like pervasive angst and uncertainty, hurt and sickness, expressing gratitude can be a healing balm. 
Password: 483148
Join by phone: 1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 702 589 0260
The Baja 4 Congregationswill 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 29, 2020:"Advent: The Season of Waiting"with Rev. Bethany Join us at 10:30 a.m. for the video premiere on YouTube:
It will be available thereafter on YouTubeto watch when you want.
Vespers Service
Thursdays, 6:30pm
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 
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.
Cafe Justo Coffee
Sales - and delivery - of Café Justo coffee are continuing. This Social Justice Council (SJC) project benefits small-scale, shade-grown organic coffee growers in Chiapas, Mexico.What a great Holiday Gift Café Justo coffee would make!Please contact Sue Watts for more nformation: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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 three 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.
3. Pick up your Christmas Eve candle and submit a picture of yourself holding it!UUCT has a candle and wax drip protector with your name on it! Drop by UUCT on Saturday, December 5th or 12th between 9am and 3pm to pick up your Christmas Eve candle (and a special holiday surprise!). Then, take a picture of yourself/your family holding your candle(s) and submit to Rev. Bethany before December 15th. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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.
Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of hashtag, refers to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a global movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Please consider the church if you plan to donate to any organization this year.
Amazon Smile:Did you know that if you buy anything from Amazon, you may designate that a small portion of your purchase amount can go to the church through the Amazon Smile Foundation? It is easy to do, just select the church as your charity of choice. We received $61.80 from Amazon Smile for purchases made July 1-Sept 30 of this year!
Year End Pledge Request:
Out of sight out of mind. Well, my pledge to UUCT fell off of my radar because being out of work, I discontinued a lot of automatic payments. Pledges are down by $7,000 in the last 2 months and are $85,983 compared to last years $89,438. We had planned to be at $91,808 by now so there's a little difference. The church is still in a good financial state thanks to generous member donations and the PPP loan that is expected to be forgiven. UUCT has had some repairs and has continuing expenses. Being part of this great church includes giving monetarily as we can. A convenience for me is to set up automatic payments and I'll get that going again just as soon as I get a job. Just now I logged in to my credit union and arranged for a check to be sent. Will you do so too please?
Thank you,
Liz Ravenwood for the Finance Committee
A Gentle Reminder from your Board of Trustees
UUCT Office Visits Must Be Scheduled and Confirmed in Advance
In the wake of continuing community spread of COVID-19 illnesses, the Board of Trustees is requiring that all in-person visits to the office be scheduled in advance with our Congregational Administrator, Mary Wiese, until further notice. Each visit must be confirmed after emailing Mary atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by making an appointment with her at(520) 349-4521. She can be reached Sunday - Thursday. Also, the board’s approved COVID-19 policy requires all members visiting the campus to adhere to social distancing of at least 6 feet, and wear facemasks that meetCDC guidelines:
  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  • Wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Masks should be worn by people two years and older.
For your safety, and the safety of everyone else, please review the b0ard policies regarding gatherings at the church:
Other Office Updates:
Rev. Bethany will be on vacation from Friday, November 27th through Friday, December 4th. Please contact her by phone or text if there is an emergency while she is away.
Mary Wiese, our Congregational Administrator, will be on vacation from Wednesday November 25-Monday November 30.
Jesus, our Church Custodian, has fully recovered from Covid. He will be back to work on a limited basis after he receives a release from his doctor. Again, he wishes to thank everyone for the care and generosity while he has been away.

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
UUCT Book Club
The UUCT Book Club has chosen books for the next three monthly meetings. Hopefully this provides enough time to purchase/borrow and read the books.
December 10, 2020: “Golden Poppies” by Laila Ibrahim, copyright 2020.
Diana B. will lead the discussion.
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 Corner

Our Share the Plate donation for the second half of November will go to The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona:
"The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona responds to the root causes of hunger and seeks to restore dignity, health, opportunity and hope to people living in poverty. Our mission is to change lives in the communities we serve by feeding the hungry today, and building a healthy, hunger-free tomorrow.
The Community Food Bank is a proud member of Feeding America, a nation-wide network of food banks and hunger relief organizations." 
Join UUCT’s 2nd Annual Holiday Card MakingParties for the Casa Mariposa Detention Visitation Program. 
Monday November 30, 6:30 p.m., and
Saturday December 5, 11:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 203 419 7034
Password: 1234 Phone 346 248 7799
More Deaths/No Más Muertes is in need of cold weather clothes!
You can either mail them or utilize our local drop-off option: St Mark's Presbyterian Church during office hours. 11am-3pm Mon-Thurs. St Mark's Presbyterian Church 3809 E. 3rd Street, Tucson, AZ 85716 (office entrance on 2nd street). Please ring the doorbell and someone will answer and accept your donations. Thank you so much and let me know if you have any questions.
Yolie Contreras - Fundraising Coordinator
No More Deaths • No Más Muertes
Angel Heart Pajama Project distributes new pajamas and books to share love and caring to children in foster care, shelters or who are homeless. Often children are removed from the home and have no possessions so receiving a pair of new pajamas and a new book is like a warm hug. Social Justice is supporting this organization with a one-time new pajama drive as the number of needy children has increased greatly. Drop off new pajamas for children ages 2-12 at UUCT on Tuesdays 8-8:45AM, when picking up your Thanksgiving dinner, or during Poinsettia pickup on Dec 4 & 5th 10-11:00AM Thank you for supporting our Tucson children in their time of need. Questions - contact Judy Jessing –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The Social Action Committee is sponsoring vigils in front of our church each Tuesday morning from 8:00 to 9:00.  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.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034
Passcode: 483148
Join by telephone (voice only): +1 669 900 6833, Meeting ID: 823 1979 8034

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!
Story Time | Dec. 5 | 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.
**Save the Date** Zoom to 2nd Hour
Dec. 13 | 12:15-1:15pm
Please join UUCT for 2nd Hour! It is a once -per -month afternoon of a variety of educational, spiritual, interesting, and fun workshops.
Want to catch up on the workshops you missed last month? Check out:

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