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At a time when so many of us are struggling, acts of kindness, large or small, help brighten the day of the giver and the recipient. They can spread like ripples in a pond, having impacts beyond our imagination.

Special Music: “Hallelujah” by MaMuse

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CURRENT NEWS


Emerson UU Board Meeting



Monday, December 14, 2020

Everyone is invited to attend via Zoom
Meeting Agenda

Board Minutes of September 14, 2020
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“Bending the Arc: The Vote”
A film about the hard-fought battle to expand voting rights to all people in Alabama in the 1960s.  Sacrifices made, lives lost, obstacles overcome, and the need to continue the fight.  The film is a call to action for all people to exercise their right to vote.  Trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb5zG9EFcGI
Film link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfb0yevpsAATo learn more about the Bending the Arc Project and upcoming films in the mini-series, please visit the Bending the Arc website: bendingthearctojustice.com

CAMP DE BENNEVILLE PINES:  In this time of change when you cannot be at your beloved camp on the mountain top, we will deliver Camp to you.

November initiates our monthly Camp Connect events, one- to two-hour workshops, presentations, performances, and discussion groups. Camp Connect is designed to delight, inspire, inform, entertain, and connect old and new friends of Camp de Benneville Pines through virtual “mini camps”.

The first session is just days away! So, check out this month’s offerings and register to attend. Then sit back, relax, and participate from the comfort of your own home – or wherever you might be with a screen and internet.

Mindfulness-the Art of Living Deeply with Marge Wurgle and Keith Mesecher
Saturday, November 14, 2020/ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – free

Making a Difference One Bite at a Time with Leslie Reuter and Phil Davis
Sunday, November 22, 2020/ 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – free

Family Game Night with Lonna Leghart
Saturday, November 28, 2020/ 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. – free

Click here to learn more and to register.

For updated news about Camp de Benneville Pines and the impact of the El Dorado Fire please visit here. For more information on how to donate to their emergency fund please visit here.

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From our Office Administrator, Frances Young:

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let everyone know that I will be resigning from my position here at Emerson. I have accepted another position with LAUSD, which I had applied for back in March of 2019 and was placed on an eligibility list. I was recently contacted and offered a position. Because of the length in time that had passed, I was surprised to hear from them at this point. The position is simply one that I cannot pass up.  

My last day with Emerson will be Friday, November 13, 2020.

 I am thankful for the opportunity provided to me in this part-time position at Emerson. It allowed me to be more present with my children, which came at the perfect time and something that I will treasure. Now another opportunity has presented itself, at another opportune time that makes sense for my family. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Emerson and I will definitely miss it. Everyone here has been wonderful. I especially want to thank every single person who helped me along the way (so many to mention, so forgive me for not listing names). Following Ramon’s departure, I had big shoes to fill and you all made it easy for me to adjust. Every single person who I had contact with over this past year was so kind and helpful. My only regret is not being able to meet more of you because of the current pandemic. Thank you for welcoming me into your community! I truly know that the next person to fill the office position will be very lucky to work with such a supportive group as this.



Take care and be well. Until we meet again!

Frances Young
Office Administrator

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. 
(-A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh)
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And how lucky we have been at Emerson, to have had Frances as an important member of our team.  We will miss you, but wish you much luck in your new endeavor!

UPCOMING ONLINE EVENTS



SUNDAY SERVICES – 10:30 AM
Join us for Sunday morning worship followed by Coffee Hour via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc
Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or by phone: (669) 900-6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

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This Week

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27th – 3:00 PM
Baking Bread Together
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or dial: (669) 900-6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

Our annual Bread Communion is Sunday, November 29. Since our bread communion normally involved Emerson members baking bread to share, we are trying to capture some of that feeling by having time to bake bread together.

Whether you’re baking sourdough, cornbread, whole wheat, zucchini bread, or gluten-free; whether you’re a novice baking your first loaf or you’re an accomplished baker; all are invited to join other Emersonians on Zoom to bake bread on Friday, November 27 at 3 pm. So pick a recipe, round up your ingredients, mixing bowls, and bread pans and join with some fellow bakers.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st – 2 PM
Community Time with Rev. Matthew
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or dial (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st – 6:30 PM
Pagan Chat Group
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or dial: (669) 900-6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1st – 7:30 PM
Emerson Book Discussion Group
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or dial (669) 900-6833 and enter Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3rd – 7:30 PM
Emerson Choir
https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Or Enter Zoom Meeting ID: 858 109 2800 – Password: chalice
Or dial: (669) 900-6833 and enter the Meeting ID: 858 109 2800

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ONGOING GROUPS – Open to All

EMERSON CHOIR
Every Thursday – 7:30 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, click HERE:  http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/music-and-choir/


PLANT BASED LOS ANGELES
First & Third Sunday of the month – 3 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, click HERE:   http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/plant-based-los-angeles/


PAGAN CHAT 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, click HERE: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/pagan-chat-study-group/


ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE MINISTRY
Second Sunday of the month – 1 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 DISCUSSION
Second Tuesday of the month – 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/
NOTE:  We will not be meeting in December.  Next meeting is Tuesday, January 12th.  


ELDER’S CIRCLE
Third Thursday of the month – 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
Fourth Tuesday of each month – 7:30 PM
(Except in November-December we will meet December 1st and not again until January)

For our next meeting on December 1st, Emerson’s Book Group has decided on Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler.  For more information, click here: http://www.emersonuuc.org/community/book-club/

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SUPPORT EMERSON UU

Everyone’s help is needed to support our church!

SUNDAY OFFERING AND PLEDGE PAYMENT

If you regularly placed checks in the offering basket, please put those checks in an envelope and mail them in to Emerson (address below) for the next several months. Or, 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

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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

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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 Rev. Matthew (revmatthew@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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