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Emerson UU Board Meeting:
2nd Monday of Each Month
Next Meeting: December 7, 2021 at 7 pm
Everyone is invited to attend via Zoom.
All are invited to gather in our virtual space to celebrate the life of longtime Emerson member Hermalee Schmidt on Saturday, December 18th at 11:00 am on Zoom.
Traci Davis, Memorial Service Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Introducing Joshua Berg, Emerson’s Sabbatical Minister
Our Minister, Rev. Matthew, will be going on Sabbatical from December 26 – May 25. During that time, Joshua Berg will serve as our part-time sabbatical minister. Joshua will be joining us on Sunday, December 5 to help lead the Sunday morning worship service along with Rev. Matthew. You can join us then, in-person or online, to meet Joshua. In the meantime, to learn more about him, see Our Minister and Staff page in our Church Life Menu.
In-Person Worship Service Returns! Make Your Reservation HERE.
Emerson opened our doors to in-person worship, along with a Zoom livestream option, for our annual Water Communion on November 7th. See Photos of our Multi-Platform Homecoming Water Communion in our News menu.
Currently all in-person activities will utilize safety measures of masking, ventilation, and distancing. Worship services are limited to a capacity of 50 people. Your RSVP and proof of vaccination are required to attend in-person worship services. Please arrive early to sign in and also to join the congregation in singing outdoors before the service.
We had originally not allowed indoor singing as it is higher risk than other activities. However, with everyone vaccinated and masked, the risk is low, although still not zero. Please contact us to share how you feel about indoor singing.
A scaled-back outdoor coffee hour hopefully will be coming soon.
Children’s Religious Education will take place outside in the playground area until all children can be vaccinated. For more information, see our Back Together Updates page in our News menu.
Before you join any in-person gathering (small, large, at church or elsewhere), we encourage you to read the UUA’s Guidance for Gathering in Covenantal Community (under our Community menu above).
Help with upgrading our AV system so that online participants can experience high-quality worship. See FUNDRAISER to contribute to matching the grant. If you would like to help our tech team set it up or run it, please contact Reverend Matthew.
Our Online Donation App is Changing! The GivePlus Mobile App will no longer work as of January 31, 2022. Download the free Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement app from your app store. Your log-in credentials will stay the same and you do not need to create a new user ID or password. Recurring gifts will continue as scheduled.
Emerson’s Choir is Back!
Teenagers and children are invited, as well as adults. For more information, see Music and Choir page in the Community menu.
Widening the Circle and the 8th Principle: Emerson seeks volunteers for our new task force to better understand how we can “Widen the Circle” to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community and accountably dismantle racisms and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions (as called for in the UUA proposed 8th Principle).
To learn more about Emerson’s efforts at Widening our Circle, the proposed 8th Principle and anti-racism, see this website’s Racial Justice Group page in the Community menu.
Learn more about the UUA proposed 8th Principle at https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/ and about Widening the Circle at https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/cic/widening
Small Group Ministry Theme for November: Non-Violence
For more information about Small Group Ministries and Touchstones, see our Small Group Ministries page under this website’s Community Menu, HERE.
Our planet is in crisis – and to create a life sustaining future, it’s going to take all of us to do all we can. The good news is that YOUR actions make a difference – and there are solutions at our fingertips. See a variety of action choices you can take in our Environmental Justice Ministry page in our Community menu above.
- This Day in Unitarian Universalist History December 1
The Univeristy of Altdorf 1595 – George Ludwig Leuchsner entered the University of Altdorf. He later became a leader of the Socinians in Poland and Germany. In about 1616, under government pressure, he denied having been a Socinian, after which there are no further records of his life or work.The post December 1 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.Read more at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.
SUNDAY SERVICES – 10:30 AM
Join us for Sunday Morning Worship
Reserve HERE for In-Person Service OR
Join Via Zoom live.emersonuuc.org
OR Phone (669) 900-6833
Enter Zoom ID # 858 109 2800
Emerson Community Events:
THURSDAY, December 2nd, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Contact Eloise Porter
Link to Monthly Calendar HERE
ONGOING GROUPS – Open to All:
Thursdays – 7:30 to 9:00 PM
A place where you can connect, listen, and sing. All are invited to participate, even those who are not currently members of Emerson’s Choir. For more information, see the Music & Choir page in our Community menu.
PLANT BASED LOS ANGELES
First & Third Sunday of each month – 3:00 to 4:00 PM
We share recipes and answer questions about a Whole Food Plant-Based diet without added salt, oil, or sugar. Making us and the planet better one meal at a time. For more information, see the Plant-Based LA page in our Community menu.
EXPLORATORY PAGAN GROUP
First & Third Tuesday of the month – 6:30 PM
A chat and discussion group looking at Paganism from a UU perspective with the potential to grow into a local chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. For more information, see the Pagan Chat & Study Group page in our Community menu.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MINISTRY
Second Sunday of Each Month at 1:00 PM
The work of creating a sustainable way of life is central to our Unitarian Universalist view of a just and compassionate world. For more information, click HERE: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/just-web/
RACIAL JUSTICE AND ANTI-RACISM GROUP
Second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM
Join us for a discussion of racial justice issues in order to deepen our commitment to anti-racism. For more information, click HERE: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/racial-justice-anti-racism-discussion-group/
Third Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM
This is a space to talk about issues around aging and to find support to help navigate the challenges that come with age. For more information, click HERE: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/elders-circle/
EMERSON BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
For our last meeting of 2021 – November 30th, we will begin our discussion of Walter Isaacson’s The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race. As one reviewer noted, the subtitle is not “publisher’s hyperbole”. (Please note that the November meeting is on the fifth Tuesday, to accommodate Thanksgiving week travelers).
SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
One of the best ways to get connected in this congregation is by joining one of our small group ministries, which meet once or twice a month. Learn more on our Small Group Ministry page under our Community menu, or by selecting THIS LINK: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/small-group-ministry/
SUPPORT EMERSON UU
Everyone’s support is needed for our church to continue to flourish!
SPECIAL FUNDRAISER FOR MULTI-PLATFORM SERVICES TECHNOLOGY!
Help us purchase new video and sound equipment so that when we return to in-person services we can offer those unable to attend in-person worship a high-quality experience. To learn more, see Hybrid Worship Fundraiser in our Give menu.
SUNDAY OFFERING AND PLEDGE PAYMENT
You may place your donations in the offering basket, mail them in to Emerson (address below) or pay online. This might be a great time to set up automatic Bill Pay with your bank or credit union. To donate or pledge online, please click on “Give” in the top right corner of the page or HERE.
Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
7304 Jordan Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
ONLINE DONATIONS AND PLEDGES
Emerson UU has made it simple for anyone to make an ONLINE DONATION through Vanco.
Note: when using this service, there is a fee of about 3-4%, which Emerson pays, and you can also choose an amount to offset these fees on the form. CLICK HERE to make a Donation or Pledge Payment.
You may also download the free Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement app onto your phone from the Google Play or Apple App stores. If you have been using the GivePlus Mobile app, please replace it with the Vanco app before January 31, 2022. Your GivePlus log-in credentials will stay the same and you do not need to create a new user ID or password. Recurring gifts will continue to be made as scheduled.
The West Valley Food Pantry needs our help. They need baby diapers, size 2-6 and pet food for dogs and cats. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. For a list of most needed items, click HERE.
TECH ASSOCIATES NEEDED!
If you’ve attended Emerson Sunday Worship in Zoom, and you no doubt have noticed the many different elements–both live and recorded–that come together to make up the service. The Tech Associate is key to presenting a professional and worshipful online service. Emerson’s Tech Associates are volunteers stepping up when guest speakers take to the virtual pulpit to produce the service, coordinating the sequence of elements, including live video and PowerPoint slideshow. If you have had exposure to PowerPoint, or live online meeting platforms, and would like to help with presenting Sunday services, contact Rev. Matthew (email@example.com).
CONTRIBUTE TO SUNDAY WORSHIP!
Emersonians, here’s an opportunity to contribute to our Sunday worship services in an easy and fun way. We’re looking to create a video of multiple Emerson members saying one or two lines each of our Covenant, both in English and Spanish. Members with Spanish fluency (or at least confident pronunciation) are especially needed. If you’d like to take part, please email Todd Covert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELP HOST EVENTS FOR ONLINE CONNECTIONS
Calling all Emersonians! Are you interested in helping your community keep in touch and connected by hosting/organizing an online event? It could be a yoga class, a song circle, a creative writing workshop, an informative lecture, or just a time to chat and hangout. It could be an ongoing event or one-time only. We invite you to contribute and help maintain our sense of connection during this time of physical distancing. You may use the church Zoom account to hold your event. Please contact the office at email@example.com or (818) 887-6101 in order to arrange. We look forward to all your wonderful and creative ideas to keep us entertained, grounded and create connections with your fellow Emersonians!