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Dear Reader,

Here is your Saturday, May 30, 2020 edition of the Tapestry weekly digest of upcoming events and special announcements. All events are open to anyone who wishes to join.

Upcoming Sunday Service at 11:00 AM:


The Healing Power of Laughter
by Randy Partain


Join us via Zoom by clicking here at 11 am on Sunday: https://zoom.us/j/913791840?pwd=MHl0eGFTK2FGa1hVSXh1ejZxUGlQUT09

Human beings have long known that laughter helps us through difficult times. You might even find it challenging to think about smiling without physically smiling. There are so many serious things happening in the world and in our lives, we might forget what a powerful force humor can be. Or maybe we're reluctant to seem irreverent by laughing about important things. Is it possible that a little irreverence can provide a greater sense of well-being and wholeness in our lives and in the world around us?


Announcements:


Minister's Discretionary Fund



Montrose Center COVID-19 Response & Relief Fund


This month we also ask you to participate in a virtual food drive by shipping food and other supplies from online vendors directly to the center:

Montrose Center Volunteer Dept.
401 Branard, 2nd Floor
Houston, TX 77006

Deliveries are accepted M – Th 8 – 7, and F 8 – 5. Please see their website http://www.montrosecenter.org/covid19driveitems/ for a list of requested items for outreach workers, cleaning supplies and food for the emergency food pantry.


Young AdUUlts Group


If you are interested in joining our group please join us in the YA breakout room following worship on Sunday. We will be discussing how often we would like to meet, activities we may be interested in, and our covenant. For more information contact ya@uutapestry.org.


Audio-Visual Group Forming


If you have experience in A/V technology (such as audio mixing, live streaming, or video recording) and would like to volunteer to serve Tapestry in the planning and implementation of this important addition in our outreach to our global community, please email worship@uutapestry.org.


General Assembly 2020 Delegates Apply Now!


If you are interested in serving as a delegate, please submit a written request to the board no later than May 31st. In your application you should:

  1. Confirm your intention to register - https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/registrants;
  2. Promise to prepare for GA Business Sessions, and present your voting recommendations to the board before GA begins - https://www.uua.org/ga/program/business-agenda;
  3. Promise to participate and vote on behalf of Tapestry in all GA Business Sessions;
  4. Describe how you will share your learnings with our congregation, e.g., written or video report(s), Sunday sermon, other; and
  5. Describe your particular interest in serving as a delegate and any qualifications you feel the board should consider when evaluating your application.

General Assembly


2020 General Assembly a 100% virtual event. For many years we have offered virtual attendance as an option and, this year, we will scale and enhance our technology so that we can accommodate a wider, ideally more global, audience. Across the country, UU congregations have embraced virtual meetings and Sunday services and we know that the number of screens that log in has grown each week. We are excited for what lies ahead! https://www.uua.org/ga/program, NOW OPEN: Virtual Registration $150


Community Check-In


If you'd like to connect at another time, feel free to reach out to Randy by telephone or email minister@uutapestry.org.


Liturgists Needed



Morning Forum


The Morning Forum meeting link is the same as the Sunday service link above.


Women-Aligned Spirituality Group



Family Game Night



Religious Exploration (RE) Programs



Middle School and High School: Due to the COVID-19 virus, we will attend the streamed service at home on Sundays. In our next class, we will have a Zoom check-in and complete our exploration of Islam, on Thursday night, May 28, at a special time 6:00 PM. Future meeting dates will be announced.

For more information, please contact Helen Sherwood: readmin@uutapestry.org.


Program Council



The following teams are looking for help:

  • Fundraising Team
  • Social Team
  • Welcoming Congregation Team

The next meeting will be on June 8th from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm via Zoom.


UBarU Camp & Retreat Center



Share-the-Plate



Tapestry Book Clubs


The Beyond the Book Club will be discussing evolutionary theologian and bestselling author Rev. Michael Dowd's excellent and timely webcast, "Living in an Age of Endings: Big Picture Practical Wisdom.” We meet on the third Wednesday of each month via the video app Zoom. Please contact Geoff at president@uutapestry.org for links to Rev. Dowd's webcast and the next BTB Club meeting on June 17th.

The Mixed Bag Book club is reading "The Mastery of Love" by don Miguel Ruiz. It is highly recommended and has five star reviews. We will meet Thursday, May 28th at 6:30 pm via Zoom. Please contact bookclub@uutapestry.org for further details. See you there!!


Tapestry Board Meetings



Corner Forum


Join us via Zoom by clicking here at 12:15 am on Sunday: https://zoom.us/j/913791840?pwd=MHl0eGFTK2FGa1hVSXh1ejZxUGlQUT09.


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Upcoming Events From Our Calendar:


June 1 (Monday), 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Board Meeting (Zoom)


New Book Recommendations Added This Week to Our Reading Room:


The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017
By: Rashid Khalid

A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history.

Read and recommended by Geoff Sanders.


Thank you for your interest and readership...
Newsletter editor, Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston
newsletter@uutapestry.org

 
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