Here is your Wednesday, December 1, 2021 edition of the Tapestry weekly digest of upcoming events and special announcements. All events are open to anyone who wishes to join, except where otherwise notated.
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Upcoming Sunday Service at 11:00 AM:
Heal. Nourish. Grow.
by Grace Ngo
Join us at 11 am on Sunday via Zoom by clicking here: https://zoom.us/j/913791840?pwd=MHl0eGFTK2FGa1hVSXh1ejZxUGlQUT09
Why does it seem like wounds from our past resurface and bubble up even if years have gone by? Sometimes, we think we've completely healed from certain harmful relationships and trauma, but our past continues to come back to haunt us. What does it mean to truly heal? How can our spiritual practices help with the healing process? Are there ways that individual healing can benefit the community at large?
COVID Protocols Meeting
Our return to CJCN is coming soon so it's time to talk about setting some specific safer meeting protocols regarding Covid-19 precautions. Join the Worship and Hospitality Teams for one or more of these important discussions: at our potluck on Wednesday, December 1st, and during Morning Forum at 9:30 on Sunday December 5th (via our usual Sunday Zoom Link).
If you'd rather send an email, feel free to send us your suggestions to email@example.com.
Tapestry Disc Golf!
Everyone is welcome to play - no experience necessary.
The Tapestry Disc Golf group is currently playing every Friday morning, weather permitting. Other game days are possible. Everyone is invited to join in the fun, provided you have been vaccinated and maintain appropriate distancing during games. To learn more, request to join the Tapestry Facebook group, where game times and locations are decided, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on the course!
Decluttering Covenant Group
Big Questions / Deep Listening
The Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group meets the 2nd and last Sunday of each month from 3:30-5 pm on Zoom using the same link as our Sunday services. New members are welcome. Come join our discussions about the big questions we all face. Contact Geoff Sanders at email@example.com for more information.
Cooking Covenant Group
We are hosting a Holiday Cookie Exchange on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM. Take care of all your cookie needs for the holidays and have fun socializing with all your friends! The exchange is welcome to all; you do not need to be a member of the congregation to participate.
Child care can be provided if you request in the RSVP form. Feed the littles beforehand -- CHILDREN WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SAMPLE THE GOODIES (until you're home and they demolish yours).
So that the exchange is fair to everyone, we're adopting some rules we found online (you also see the list of rules HERE):
- What Do I Need To Bring: 12 dozen of One Kind of Cookie, or you can break it into 6 dozen each of 2 kinds of cookies. One dozen will be for sampling, 11 dozen for sharing. So that we don’t risk sharing germs along with the fellowship, please pre-package your “to-go” cookies. You can use something as simple as baggies, but label each container with the name of your cookies.
- There is an electronic RSVP where you can respond with what kind of cookies you are bringing so we have a wide assortment. Only one kind of cookie will be permitted, first come, first serve. YOU MUST R.S.V.P. IN ORDER TO ATTEND. The registration form is located HERE. You may also RSVP directly to Tracy Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All cookies must be homemade, baked, and the main ingredient must be flour. Gluten-free baked cookies (using almond flour, for example) are good!
- No "no-bake" cookies. (Note: if you have something that is really special -- like rum balls -- that doesn't fit into this, call and make a case for it. We'll probably give you special permission.) The theme is "Holiday Cookies" - no chocolate chip cookies allowed - unless they are really different!
- If you don't have time to bake, or if you ruin your cookies at the last minute but still want to attend, we ask that you go to a real bakery (NOT Randalls, HEB, Kroger, etc.) and buy 12 dozen yummy cookies. As she says at Robinsweb.com, "What you lack in time spent baking, you must make up for in expense."
- We'd love it if you'd share copies of your recipe! You can email it to Tracy Cook, or to email@example.com and I will send everyone who attends one link to all of the recipes.
Women-Aligned Spirituality Groups
We had a blast at our November meeting. First ever hybrid meeting. We baked delicious orange cranberry sweet bread and brought back memories of spiritual practices in the kitchen with our loved ones.
For December, we are doing a children’s toy drive to benefit the Holiday Blessings Program of Northwest Assistance Ministries. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to participate.
Texas UU Justice Ministry and Rev. Chuck Freeman
With Rev. Erin Walter as the Acting Executive Director, TXUUJM has been working on some new projects. One of those is collaborating more with Side with Love, while continuing existing projects for social justice. Be sure to follow the TXUUJM Facebook Page for online updates at https://www.facebook.com/TXUUJM/.
If you'd like to send a note of support to Rev. Chuck Freeman, send an email to email@example.com, and our representative to TXUUJM will ensure that the message is emailed to the person who is collating messages for Rev. Chuck.
UU the Vote/Side with Love - Texas Actions
UU the Vote is now under the umbrella of the UUA's social justice action wing, Side with Love. Tapestry UU Church was a proud host of the 1st Texas Power Hour for Democracy that had more than 20 attendees from across the state taking actions to push for passage of the Freedom to Vote Act. Please sign up for the 2nd Texas Power Hour for Democracy on December 14! Side with Love organizers and Texas UUs will be presenting key information about how to become a deputy voter registrar and other ways to support getting people registered to exercise their democratic rights. With all the voter suppression legislation that has been passed in Texas, it is vital to participate in making sure people are registered to vote. The registration link is https://secure.everyaction.com/PhlrHFdTckahClfhXppf2A2.
Third Principle Team - Updates on Volunteer and Elected Positions
The Third Principle Team is charged with promoting pathways to involvement for members and friends. We are delighted to announce that Grace Ngo and Glenn Garcia are the new Youth RE Co-Coordinators for our congregation!
The church is still in need of a volunteer to be appointed to the open position of President-Elect, and volunteers for the Safe Congregation Team. The President-Elect position is a Board position, and the person will attend monthly board meetings as well as chairing monthly Program Council meetings, preparing for the following year to be President, and the year after that to be Past President. The Safe Congregation Team will likely meet once a quarter to discuss any concerns brought up. There is already a Safe Congregation policy document that was approved by the Board in February. You can read the document by logging in to the website and downloading it from the Tapestry Documents Repository. Or, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask us to send you the PDF file.
As of January, we will need a Membership Team leader. This position leads inquirer classes for potential new members, and ensures that new Members and Friends fill out the Time and Talent survey form.
Please feel free to reach out to the Third Principle Team at email@example.com to ask for more information about these open positions that support the work of our beloved community.
Christians in Palestine Film Salon December 12, 2021
On Sunday, December 12, at 3:00 pm ET, join a free Online Film Salon about “Christians in Palestine—Two Films.” Register for free to see the documentaries, then join the salon, at tinyurl.com/VFHLDecember2021. See a trailer now at tinyurl.com/LivingStonesTrailer.
Bethlehem – The Living Stones: So often, Christian pilgrims travel to the Holy Land to experience where Jesus lived, walked and performed miracles. Churches now stand over ancient stones on the places where Biblical events occurred. The tours come; the tours go. But most visitors don’t encounter the Palestinian people in Bethlehem. This film opens the aperture to experience the land where Jesus walked through the eyes of " living stones," Bethlehem’s Palestinian Christians.
Christians of Palestine, Life Behind the Wall: This short documentary focuses on how the Israeli occupation impacts the Palestinian population of today. The story, told by Christian Palestinians, brings to light different perspectives that are absent from the myopic coverage offered by major U.S. news networks. Witness the Christmas celebration and hopeful spirit of those living in the walled city of Bethlehem. This film conveys a message of peace, along with a deeper understanding of what the Bethlehemites face every day.
Yousef AlKhouri – Lecturer at Bethlehem Bible College & member, Christ at the Checkpoint
Elizabeth – Community Builder and former teacher at Jerusalem School, Bethlehem
Rev. Susan Wilder (moderator) – Co-Moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network of The Presbyterian Church (USA)
This Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon is co-sponsored by Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), and is recommended by UUs for Justice in the Middle East, a UUA Related Social Justice Organization.
The following groups are currently accepting new members:
- Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group
- Brené Brown Wisdom Covenant Group
- Cooking Covenant Group
- De-Cluttering Group
- Hiking/Travel Covenant Group
- Weaving Our Lives Follow-Up Covenant Group
- Women Aligned Spirituality Groups
For more information, see https://uutapestry.org/home/CovenantGroups or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Game Night
The following teams are looking for help:
- Fundraising Team
- Social Team
- Welcoming Congregation Team
Tapestry Caring Team
Tapestry Book Club
The Mixed Bag Book Club will be reading Where The Crawdads Sing. We will meet Thursday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. CST on Zoom to discuss the book. All are invited. Ms. Owens is an author and zoologist. Some of her other books include Cry of the Kalahari and Eye of the Elephant. Her books are full of beautiful imagery.
In this book the heroine, Kya is abandoned by her family and survives by catching wildlife in the marshes of North Carolina.
For more information contact: email@example.com.
Tapestry Board Meetings
Upcoming Events From Our Calendar:
December 1 (Wednesday), 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Tapestry Potluck
Tapestry's monthly potluck is on the first Wednesday of each month in the fellowship hall at CJCN. No pork or shellfish products please. Good food, casual conversation and board games. Contact Susan Berg at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
December 2 (Thursday), 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM: Mixed Bag Book Club
Please contact email@example.com for more information.
December 3 (Friday), 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Tapestry Disc Golf
The Tapestry Disc Golf group is currently playing every Friday morning, weather permitting. Other game days are possible. Everyone is invited to join in the fun, provided you have been vaccinated and maintain appropriate distancing during games. Loaner discs are available. To learn more, request to join the Tapestry Facebook group, where game times and locations are decided, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See you on the course!
December 3 (Friday), 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Weekly Disc Golf Google Meet Gathering
The Tapestry Disc Golf Group meets online Friday afternoons to catch up with one another and discuss current events. Disc golf games will resume when days begin to cool. New players are always welcome, regardless of skill level. To learn more, email email@example.com.
December 4 (Saturday), 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Cooking Covenant Group
December 5 (Sunday), 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM: Corner Forum
Corner Forum is a facilitated meeting that provides people with an opportunity to discuss the Sunday sermon and to share their own thoughts and feelings about the sermon topic. CF can be accessed via the usual Sunday link.
December 6 (Monday), 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM: Board Meeting
December 7 (Tuesday), 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM: Decluttering Group
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Newsletter editor, Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston