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UUCA Weekly eNews August 20-26, 2020
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Behind the Scenes
Linda Topp, Director of Administration
Everything seems disconnected these days, with all of us feeling a bit “left out,” so I thought I’d tell you a little about what has been going on with the UUCA staff this summer.  I’ve also added a few other things we want you to know about. Read more. 

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Meet UUCA's Board of Trustees

Sunday, August 23, 2020
Your Zoom link will arrive on Sunday at 9am.

Creative Circles
Jane Bramham, Worship Associate

Every day we are creating new educational, occupational and recreational realities; cheering those creating needed vaccines; and reviving or adding new artistic skills to our creative toolbox.  We gather to celebrate and nurture our universal creative spirit, and to attend to how creative the useful can be.
Creating your worship space
Do you have a button jar?  Or just a loose button or two in the drawer?  Set them with your chalice or candle near your watching device.  
Download and print a coloring page connected to Time for All Ages.

Music this Sunday is provided by Hillary Trumpler, soprano, Will Jernigan, drum, Misty Theisen, woodwinds, and Dr. Leslie Downs, Music Director.


No Coffee Hour--Meet us for Monday Musings at 7pm on LIVE Zoom. 
(Thought we'd give you more time to watch the service!) Link will be in the Sunday Service email. 

SUNDAY MORNING!

RE at 10am

All ages are welcome to join us for Sunday Summer RE. Kim will introduce the Water Communion and we'll do a fun movement activity together. We'll light our chalice together and share our joys and sorrows in sacred ritual as well. Zoom link will be in your email later this week.
Rev. Claudia Invites You to the Live ZOOM
Water Service on August 30.
Here are a few resources used in creating the service:
"We Are Water Protectors" by Carole Lindstrom*
"Young Water Protectors.:  Story About Standing Rock" by Aslan Tudor*
"An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States" by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
"Indian Country" Gets Its Due by Joe Harjo (Op ed)
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/opinion/mcgirt-oklahoma-muscogee-creek-nation.html?smid=em-share
*Contact Rev. Claudia if you would like to borrow this book.
Thanks to all who have submitted artwork for this service!
REGISTER FOR 2020-21 RE HERE!
2020-21 Religious Education Registration is Open! 
Register your children and youth for RE to help us plan for the year and determine our needs. Find more details and register here.

VESPERS + PROGRAM

Wednesday Vespers, August 26, 6:30pm ZOOM
Vespers co-leader John Bloomer invites you to consider the joy of rituals this Wednesday. If you have a theme for Vespers or would like to co-lead Vespers please contact Rev Claudia
Zoom link provided in next week's Worship e-News.

FAITH DEVELOPMENT NEWS

Are you looking for a way to connect to the younger members of our congregation? Consider signing up to help out with online Religious Education this year. RE staff will do all the hard work! 

We are looking for folks to help out with leading and assisting with online sessions in 4 different age groups (PreK-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th, and 10th-12th). Leaders will use lesson plans created by RE staff that incorporate sacred ritual, monthly thematic elements, bonding and connection, and of course lots of fun! Assistants don't need to do any prep and will help out with class and Zoom management. We will train you!

Can you help out 1-2 times per month? Email Kim for more details.
NEW  Spiritual Practices: Exploration & Practice Opportunity
Third Wednesdays, 7-8pm
September 16 program: Contemplative Stillness Practices

Spiritual practices enliven us as we intentionally focus and experience presence. Participants will explore spiritual practices; then each will select one primary and one secondary opportunity to actually practice. Read more here.
    Highly recommended text: Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life Edited by Scott W. Alexander - available from Skinner House Books. 
Stay Connected--Join One or Both of our Facebook Groups!
Join the UU Asheville Members and Friends Group here.
Join the UUCA Family Group here.
Both groups are private, which means that posts cannot be shared from the groups. When you request to join, please be sure to answer the associated questions!

ONGOING GATHERINGS

UUCA Buddhist Fellowship
Tuesday, August 25, 7-8:30pm, Google Meet

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-8pm. Gathering begins with a brief check-in followed by dharma/UU sharing based on an article sent out prior to the meeting. Contact Jim Steffe for the virtual meeting link. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Wanted: Caring Callers
As the pandemic continues and the sanctuary continues to remain closed, it is time to reach out to the congregation for another check-in. UUCA is in need of a handful of Caring Callers willing to call between 10-15 congregants for a check in. If interested please contact Venny

2020 UUCA AUCTION "With A Little Help From My Friends"

LIVE ZOOM AND SILENT ONLINE
We need a little HELP from our FRIENDS – you!
The online silent auction will extend from November 11-18, 2020.  The live auction and Zoom gala will be on November 14, starting at 8 PM so get ready to “Twist & Shout!

SEND US YOUR DONATIONS NOW!!!!  IT COULD BE WORTH $250 FOR YOU! 
This year we will again have the donor incentive (or bribery) raffle.  The prize is a $250 cash pot. There is no “Ticket to Ride” but the SOONER you donate, the MORE chances you receive! Donations received before August 31 will receive 15 raffle tickets.
Don’t Let Me Down!” Contact Tory Schmitz, Margaret McAlister, or Ann McLellan for donations or questions.  Remember:  “All You Need is Love!”


Visit the website to see a list of possible ideas to get you going. Note that we will be taking select handmade items as well as services this time around. (You can imagine why.)

JUSTICE MINISTRY

Friday Action Hour: Spend One Hour Taking Action!
EVERY Friday, 11am  JUST SHOW UP!

Join Forward Together for an hour of connection, music and action. In the coming weeks, our actions will focus on reestablishing the full capacity of the post office, and spreading critical information about voting. No need to register, just contact Rev. Claudia for Zoom link.
UU THE VOTE UPDATES
The advocacy at home resource bit.ly/UUtheVote posted on our website is continually updated and lists ways you can support getting out the vote from home.  Everyone writing postcards should have received their kits. If not, please contact Amy Moore.
Continuing on Wednesdays in August-September NC Interfaith Power & Light and the North Carolina Council of Churches will be hosting an eight-week forum series detailing the important issues facing us this election. The forums will occur weekly on Wednesdays from 12-1pm and will highlight their multi-issue faith voter reflection guide –Democracy, Values & the 2020 Election: A Reflection Guide for Faith Communities – in addition to featuring expert speakers, and educating attendees on policy/the reality of voting during a pandemic. 
Register at the links below, and please, spread the word in your communities.


Register at the links below, and please, spread the word in your communities.

--8/26 An Economy of Inclusion 
--9/02 Loving Our Immigrant Neighbors 
--9/09 Democracy & Voter Rights 
--9/16 Restorative & Racial Justice
--9/23 LGBTQ+ Rights 
--9/30 We’re All in This Together/Global Common Good & Peace

Thursdays (6p-7p) or Saturdays (10a-11a) Register to ATTEND VOTER EMPOWERMENT TRAINING with YOU CAN VOTE!

Get trained on how to REGISTER, EDUCATE and EMPOWER voters (while social distancing) in 2020! We welcome and encourage everyone to join a virtual training to learn the latest rules and how to register voters. NOW is the time to empower your communities to successfully cast their ballot. You'll learn

  • Up-to-date voting laws
  • 2020 election schedule and what is on the ballot
  • How to successfully educate and motivate voters to cast their ballot
  • Voter registration best practices using online tools
  • How YOU can help citizens vote
Join UUs from across the country in phone banking to NC voters in partnership with the North Carolina NAACP and Reclaim Our Vote. The phone bank will occur every Thursday from 6-8pm ET and will be hosted by the UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina.  You can register here.
Tuesday, August 25, 6pm: Democracy NC Statewide Advocates Meeting - With less than a month to go before North Carolinians can begin voting in the 2020 General Election (absentee ballots begin going out in early September), it’s time to talk about all of your voting optionsLearn more and Register here.
Educate yourself on the facts about the voting process in North Carolina this year and be ready to answer questions as they come up among your family and friends. Here is a FAQ sheet from You Can Vote that addresses some common concerns. 
Bookmark this page for current UUCA UU the Vote information including upcoming events and phonebanks - this list is updated weekly so check back often for our local, state and national communities' latest action needs.
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