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Our Congregational Meeting is June 9th following Sunday’s worship service, both in person or on Zoom 1 (  Meeting materials can be reviewed in this folder; you can find the budget linked from the agenda.
our participation is requested for both Rev. Matthew’s Farewell Party on June 23rd and in Emerson’s Ministerial Search.  Please read about them in the current eBlast or in this website’s News menu ( and

Emerson UU Board Meetings
(Open to All):
2nd Monday of each Month at 7:30 pm (Zoom 1)
Next Meeting: May 13th, 2024

February 2024 Congregational Meeting Minutes (draft)
                          April 2024 Board Minutes (final)
May 2024 Board Minutes (draft)
If you would like to join the Emersonians, a private Facebook page for members and friends of the church, please ask a church member to invite you to join.
Emerson’s Outreach Team is marching in the 2024 San Fernando Valley Pride March & Block Party on June 29th! If you are interested in joining us, contact Tess Lotta at for any questions.
Contact the Event Host to sign up! All proceeds go to Emerson.

Electrifying Dinner: Enjoy a yummy flexitarian meal (with vegan options) cooked in Rhonda and Glen’s newly electrified kitchen on an induction range. 
Saturday, June 8, 6:30 PM   
$25 donation
Contact Rhonda Plank-Richard
From the Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City:

If you like to hike, check out Santa Susana Mountain Pass State Historic Park Association’s Hikes and Events page or email them at to get on their mailing list.  For your convenience, we also posted this summer’s walks and hikes in this website’s More News in Detail menu.  You may run into fellow Emersonians on a hike!
Friday thru Sunday, June 21-23: UUA General Assembly. Online Only.  Read about it HERE and HERE.  Register at
Coming to Emerson June 21st:

Link to one of Roy Zimmerman’s latest videos: “Grifters of Putin“.

Find out about upcoming Events at Camp de Benneville Pines!  Visit the De Benneville Pines website.
Touchstone Theme for June: Humility
For more information about Touchstones and Small Group Ministry, see the SGM webpage:  LINK HERE (in this website’s Community Activities and Groups menu).

  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History June 13

    1869 – Josef Ferencz, bishop of the Unitarian church in Transylvania, preached the first public Unitarian sermon in Budapest, Hungary.The post June 13 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.Read more at: - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.

  • This Day in Unitarian Universalist History June 13

    1869 – Josef Ferencz, bishop of the Unitarian church in Transylvania, preached the first public Unitarian sermon in Budapest, Hungary.The post June 13 first appeared on Harvard Square Library.Read more at: - the digital library of Unitarian Universalism.


(Pacific Standard Time):

– Saturday, June 8, 6:30 pm:  Electrifying Dinner Fundraiser Event (Contact Rhonda Plank-Richard)
– Saturday, June 8, 7:00 pm: 60’s Choir Concert
(at Unitarian Universalist Church of Studio City – see flyer on the left)
– Sunday, June 9th, following service:  Congregational Meeting. 
-Tuesday, June 11th, 9:30 am to 11:30 am:  Gardening with Rev. Matthew.
 (Church Grounds, weather permitting)
– Tuesday, June 11th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Improv for Your Soul  (Sanctuary)

– Sunday, June 16th, 3 pm: Song of the Angels Flute Orchestra:  San Antonio Songs.  (Emerson Sanctuary)
– Friday, June 21, 7:30 pm: Roy Zimmerman concert:  Sing. Laugh. Defend Democracy. 
(Emerson Sanctuary).  $25 or pay what you can.
Thursday thru Sunday, June 20-23: UUA General Assembly. Online Only.  Read about it HERE and HERE.  Register at
Sunday, June 23:  Rev. Matthew’s Farewell Sermon & Party (at Emerson)
Saturday, June 29:  Valley Pride.   March with Emerson UUC Outreach Team starting at 11 am. Contact Tess Lotta, Outreach Team Leader.
Sunday, June 30th:  UUA GA Service (pre-recorded and streamed via Emerson Zoom 1,

Check out what is happening this coming week with our neighbors at Sepulveda UU Society!
Tuesdays at 3:00 pm (Weekly): Pottery Studio – Sunland
For more events and information, visit


First Sunday of the month, after the service (Pavilion)
Friends, please join us after our Sunday Service to share food, drink, and companionship at our Potluck Lunch. You’re welcome to bring a dish to go around. Drinks will be provided. Be ready to fill out a card describing your dish. If you forgot to bring something, don’t worry – we will share.  And be sure to stick around afterwards to help clean up; we could always use a few hands to make light work.  It’s a great way to get to know people at church.
Second Sunday of the month, after the service
(Sanctuary – Online by Request.)

Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry team meets once a month to take action for climate justice. Whether it’s local clean energy initiatives, national or global campaign projects with environmental movement partners, or writing letters to encourage voters to support environmental justice – there’s something we can each do to build a better future. Whether a new or longtime member – you are welcome and your action is needed!  For more information, see the Environmental Justice Ministry page in this website and contact co-chairs Rhonda ( and Anna ( for more information. Thanks! – Anna & Rhonda

On Hiatus. Please contact LindaBeth if you would like to learn more.

Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm (Zoom 2)

Emerson’s Book Group will meet again on June 25th to discuss The Fraud, by Zadie Smith.
Join us via:
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Password: chalice
Or call: (669) 900-9128 and
enter ID: 343 977 3791
Questions? Contact

For more information go to this website’s Book Group page in the Community Activities and Groups menu: Http://


Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm –> Winter Hours! (Church Grounds, weather permitting)
Join Rev. Matthew in the garden at Emerson: planting, weeding, digging, tending, mulching, and doing whatever could use doing that week. For a couple of hours each week, Rev. Matthew would love to have your help and company in the garden. 
Rev. Matthew would love to pass on the wisdom he’s learned from his 15 years of experience growing fruits, vegetables and California natives, and learn what wisdom you have to teach him. Wear some comfortable clothes and we’ll see what grows!

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Join us for community, laughter and growth.
Classes are free but donations are appreciated. No need to sign up, just show up!

Led by Katie Kirkpatrick

First Tuesday of the month, 7:00 pm (Zoom )
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 (CUUPS). For more information, see the Pagan Chat & Study Group page in our Community menu.

1st Wednesday of the month, 11:45 am – 2 pm
Next Gathering: July 3rd, 11:45 am

Join with friends, old and new, to explore the advantages of a vegetarian lifestyle with the Mostly Veggie Lunch Club.   All are welcome.  Contact Tracy Watson: or 818-620-9451 (text or call)

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. See the Music & Choir page in the Community menu for more information.

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:


We connect Emerson with the larger community via Instagram and participation in community events.  Contact Tess Lotta for more information.

*Zoom “Rooms”:
Zoom 1 is used for worship services and most church meetings:
(if link doesn’t work, enter into your search engine (Google, Safari, etc.)
Zoom ID # 858 109 2800
Password: chalice
OR call (669) 900-6833 and
enter ID #
858 109 2800 and
Password: chalice
Zoom 2 is used for most groups
(if link doesn’t work, enter into your search engine (Google, Safari, etc.)
Zoom ID:
343 977 3791
OR call (669) 900-9128 and
enter ID #
343 977 3791 and

Password: chalice




It’s that exciting time of year when Emerson’s Finance Team and Board create next year’s budget, as required by the Bylaws. To make sure we can present a realistic proposal at the June congregational meeting, we will also conduct the fiscal 2024-2025 pledge drive, “Legacy of Love: celebrating our past, shaping our future.”

Your individual donations of time, talent and treasure make it possible for Emerson to continue to thrive. Here are the links to make your tax deductible ANNUAL PLEDGE or DONATION online.  Go to our “PLEDGE” page to learn about Pledging and to make a Pledge and to our DONATE” page to find out different ways you can donate.

If you missed April 14th’s service kicking off the stewardship campaign, check out Tracy’s reflection, Rev. Matthew’s sermon, or watch the whole service. You may also read Tracy’s moving testimonial HERE. And please make your pledge at

Share the Plate Sunday Collection:   As part of our commitment to serve our community, we share half our offering with local organizations whose work furthers our mission.  June Share the Plate Recipient:  West Valley Food Pantry,  The West Valley Food Pantry works to end hunger in the San Fernando Valley by providing food and supportive services for individuals and families in need.  We recognize that the individuals and families we serve are experiencing financial hardship which often prevents their other basic human needs from being met- including food, housing and healthcare. Throughout the year, we support families in our community with additional needs including infant supplies, school supplies, hygiene items, and toys. Additionally, we host vaccination clinics, mobile pet clinics and family holiday parties.

Emerson also partners in other ways with the West Valley Food Pantry.  The West Valley Food Pantry is serving more people who are food insecure, including people who are homeless, families and elderly people living on a fixed income; providing them not with just food, but basic necessities as well as infant supplies, school supplies, hygiene items and toys. They also have a mobile shower for those who don’t have access to water.  They also host vaccination clinics, mobile pet clinics and family holiday parties. Most needed: cash donations and single serve, ready to eat, UNEXPIRED food items. You may bring your donations to Emerson or to the Food Pantry (it is a few miles to the southwest of Emerson and typically open weekday mornings – check their website for updated times).  Home page of West Valley Food Pantry’s website:


If you’ve attended Emerson Sunday Worship on Zoom, you have no doubt 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 who step 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 are familiar with PowerPoint, or live online meeting platforms, and would like to help with presenting Sunday services, contact our office at

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Bear Hugs From Camp de Benneville Pines
to Donate Please Click Here

We believe in the power of love, community, and the transformative impact of nature. Camp de Benneville Pines has been a sanctuary for campers of all ages, providing a space where friendships are forged, spirits are renewed, and lasting memories are created. Even before the fires, pandemic and inflation, the Camp was not able to balance its budget on camper fee revenues alone, since we charge less than the cost so that everyone can participate.  We ask you to join us in this heartfelt appeal to ensure that Bear Hugs From Camp continue to be shared for generations to come.

For More Information on How You Can Help or to Donate Please Click Here