Join us this Sunday - Week 2 of "Finding Yourself in Transition" - Sign up for a study group!
Unity Church of Georgetown * All Are Welcome!
Sunday services online at 10:30 am
(you must be pre-registered; see below)
UCOG Virtual Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9 am to 5 pm
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We changed Zoom formats. If you got online last week, you are good to go. If not, please register here
Note from Linda
Blessed is the one whose strength is in You,
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baca*,
They make it a spring;
The rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
Each one appears before God.
Psalm 84, excerpt
*The word "Baca" means "thirst."
Making a place of thirst into a place where springs well up! That is what happens says the Psalmist to those whose strength is in God and whose heart is set on pilgrimage. Last Sunday our congregation embarked on a pilgrimage, using as our map for the journey Robert Brumet's Finding Yourself in Transition. Several of you have expressed an interest in forming small study groups to deepen your experience in this process and to connect with others in a more meaningful way. Before we can set up times and dates for these groups to convene, we need to know how many are interested in participating, so let us know by registering your interest below. Last week, we also experimented with small discussion group breakout rooms during our service and received a very positive response about that. If you had any technical difficulties with the breakout rooms, please let us know by emailing us HERE.
As I said last Sunday, we hold two aims for this Sunday series:
Finding a new roadmap for navigating transitions. Acting like change is not happening, ignoring change and trying to just "get on with it" does not work, especially if one aims, like a pilgrim does, to "use life's changes for spiritual awakening," to make springs appear in places of thirst, to grow more fully into our inheritance—as beings made in the image and likeness of God.
Cultivate spiritual companions; develop growth-fostering relationships with one another. This is at the heart of what it means to be church! Growing into our spiritual inheritance can only be fully realized in authentic relationships. What better place to cultivate those kinds of relationships than through our faith community?
Reading the book and pondering the discussion questions prior to our Sunday service will enrich your experience of this pilgrimage, but don't skip our gatherings if you find you aren't able to do that. Each Sunday will be designed so that all can participate. Just come and be a part of our emerging new church paradigm! I can't wait to see you Sunday! Love, Linda
If you would like to be part of a small Zoom group discussing Finding Yourself in Transition, please let us know by registering your interest here: FYIT Small Group. As soon as we how many are interested, we will get these groups going.
Read Chapter Two in Finding Yourself in Transition, by Robert Brumet, BEFORE THIS Sunday's (June 21st) service and come prepared to share your reflections and observations. Each chapter has a summary at the end.
Brumet asserts that our culture is oriented to "clock and calendar" whereas nature is oriented toward process. What does he mean?
As you consider the transitions you have been experiencing, what has been driving you—"clock and calendar" or process?
If you realize you have been oriented to "clock and calendar" during your transition experience, consider the idea of shifting to a "process" orientation. Observe your inner reactions to this idea. Is there resistance? Enthusiasm? Don't try to change your reaction, just non-critically notice and write down your observations.
UCOG Board News
By Trish Phelps, UCOG Board Chair
Regarding COVID-19/in-person services
When do we return to our normal in-person church services? Other churches are opening their doors to Sunday services, but at the June meeting, our Board was unanimous in our concern that it is too soon for us to resume our services in person. When looking at the statistics regarding new cases of the COVID-19 virus in our area and the predictions being made by epidemiologists for Texas and our area, it is looking like things are going to get worse before they get better. In fact, we are in an up-tick in new cases right now. The Board is hearing nothing but gratitude for the wonderful remote services that Linda, Cathy, Dan, Chris, and Will are providing, and no one wants anyone to feel excluded because they don’t feel safe returning to our normal church serves. Let’s face it, we are a church of huggers and the majority of us are high-risk for infection. So, the decision was made to postpone our return to the Chamber. If you have any comments on this decision, or have ideas for how we can continue to keep connected as a church at a distance, please email us HERE.
Dave Jenks and Gina Waterfield are moving out of our area, necessitating that Dave resign his position on our board. We are very grateful to Dave for his service on the board and for Gina in launching the Women's Empowerment Group. According to the UCOG bylaws, the board has three months in which to appoint a replacement for the board vacancy. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please write us HERE.
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Our upcoming Bucket of Hope recipient for July - Sept will be The Caring Place. Dona will let us know how we can help next week!