Next Service

Renewing Focus On Who We Are, Not What We Are

A ZOOM-ONLY SERVICE.  Join from the comfort of your home via live.emersonuuc.org  Zoom Meeting ID:  858 109 2800 Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-6833  and enter Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

Sabbatical Minister Joshua Berg, Melissa Marote, Worship Associate


CURRENT NEWS

In-Person services will be temporarily paused during the current COVID surge. 

From the UUA, suggestions on how to encourage others to get vaccinated: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/encouraging-vaccination  Find vaccination locations at: Coronavirus.LACity.org/GetVaccinated

Link to Scientific American Article, “Why We Need to Upgrade Our Face Masks – and Where to Get Them”

Link to free at-home COVID tests from US government:  https://www.covidtests.gov
Find testing sites at: Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing

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Emerson UU Board Meeting:
2nd Monday of Each Month

Next Meeting:
February 7, 2022
Agenda
Board Minutes  November 8, 2021
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When Meeting In-Person 

All in-person activities will utilize safety measures of masking, ventilation, distancing, and proof of vaccination. We may require boosters in the future.  See the CDC website about how to improve the protection from a mask.

Before you join any in-person gathering (small, large, at church or elsewhere), we encourage you to ensure that everyone in the group is aware of and comfortable with the safety precaution levels for the gathering.  The UUA’s Guidance for Gathering in Covenantal Community (under our Community menu above) may be helpful.

See Photos of our Multi-Platform Homecoming Water Communion on November 7th (in our News menu above).

We have been upgrading our AV system so that online participants can experience high-quality worship.  You can support this effort through our FUNDRAISER.  If you would like to help our tech team, please contact our office.

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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. 
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Reflect, Rejoice, Renew — PWR Regional Assembly
Friday, February 4- Sunday, February 6
Virtual and San Diego, California

Registration for the February UU Pacific Western Region (PWR) Assembly ends on January 4th for onsite attendance, and January 23rd for virtual attendance. Learn More HERERegister Online HERE

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Introducing Joshua Berg, Emerson’s Sabbatical Minister

Our Minister, Rev. Matthew, will on Sabbatical leave from December 26 through May 25. (You can find out more about the sabbatical under this website’s Church Life menu, or by following this LINK. You may also READ or WATCH Rev. Matthew’s sermon on December 19th about his hopes for the sabbatical.)

During the sabbatical, Joshua Berg will serve as our part-time sabbatical minister.  To learn more about him, see Our Minister and Staff page in our Church Life Menu.

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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.
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Widening the Circle and the 8th Principle: Emerson’s Anti-Racism group has formed a new task force to better understand how our church 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

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Small Group Ministry Theme for January:  Renewal
For more information about Small Group Ministries and Touchstones, see our Small Group Ministries page under this website’s Community Menu, HERE.
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Eco-Challenges
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.
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  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History January 23

    1887 William Greenleaf Eliot, Jr., founder of the first Unitarian church west of the Mississippi River, died at age 75. In addition to serving as the church’s minster from 1834-1887, he was the founder of Washington University in St. Louis. Read more about William Greenleaf Eliot, Jr. at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org - the digital library of Unitarian UniversalismThe post January 23 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.

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CAMP DE BENNEVILLE PINES: https://www.uucamp.org

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  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History January 23

    1887 William Greenleaf Eliot, Jr., founder of the first Unitarian church west of the Mississippi River, died at age 75. In addition to serving as the church’s minster from 1834-1887, he was the founder of Washington University in St. Louis. Read more about William Greenleaf Eliot, Jr. at: www.HarvardSquareLibrary.org - the digital library of Unitarian UniversalismThe post January 23 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SUNDAY SERVICES:  10:30 AM
Join us for Sunday Morning Worship

Join Via Zoom
live.emersonuuc.org

OR Phone (669) 900-6833
Enter Zoom ID # 858 109 2800
Password: chalice
No In-Person services during pandemic surge.
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EMERSON COMMUNITY EVENTS
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Tuesday, January 25th – 7:30 PM
Book Group:  Discussing “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”
live2.emersonuuc.org

Zoom Meeting ID: 
343 977 3791 Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-6833  and enter Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
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Thursday, January 27th, 7:30 to 9:00 PM
Choir
Contact Eloise Porter

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Tuesday, February 1st – 6:30 PM
Exploratory Pagan Group

live2.emersonuuc.org
Zoom Meeting ID: 
343 977 3791 Password: chalice

Or call: (669) 900-6833  and enter Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
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 Link to Monthly Calendar HERE
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ONGOING GROUPS – Open to All:

EMERSON CHOIR
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
Members of the Racial Justice group have re-formed into a Widening the Circle task force.  Please contact LindaBeth if you would like to join us on Zoom 2, first Mondays of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm.

ELDERS’ CIRCLE
Third Thursday of each month at 10:30 AM
In Person at Emerson (Masks & Vaccinations Required) OR via Zoom. 

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
Emerson’s Book Group takes a holiday in December. We meet again on January 25th, 2022, when we will first discuss Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and also select books for the next few months. For more information click HERE: Http://www.emersonuuc.org//community/Book-Group. 

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/

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SUPPORT EMERSON UU
Everyone’s support is needed so that our church continues to flourish!

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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.  
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SUNDAY OFFERING AND PLEDGE PAYMENT

You may:

  • Place your donations in the offering basket;
  • Mail them to Emerson (address below); 
      • Set up automatic Bill Pay with your bank or credit union or
      • Donate online HERE.

Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
7304 Jordan Ave.
Canoga Park, CA 91303

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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 Vanco Mobile Faith Engagement app for free 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.

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DONATIONS NEEDED

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.

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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 our office at office@emersonuuc.org

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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 tcovertops@aol.com.

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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  office@emersonuuc.org 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!

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