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Children’s Religious Education Our children’s RE program is volunteer-driven and because we insist upon two sets of adult eyes in each classroom, we have on-going opportunities to serve. Being a classroom assistant requires no prep time. They assist with classroom activities, stories, and participating in discussion. Our teachers receive excellent, easy to use lesson plans that are well received by the students. Volunteering one or two Sundays would be of great benefit to our children. Contact Lisa Lawrence at if you can help in any capacity.
We continue to need volunteers to set up for the social hour after Sunday service. Team 1; Prep will put out the adult and kid’s treats. Set up coffee and tea services. Team 2; coffee will make the coffee and clean the pots. Team 3; Load DW, wipe down tables, put up left over treats. You can volunteer for more than one team. Please contact the church office if you are willing and able.
In an effort to share what we, as members of the UUC congregation, are doing during this pandemic crisis, we have asked members to share their thoughts.
From Sherry Robinson:
I would like to share a poem written by a friend from Port Townsend, WA and a member of the Quimper UU Fellowship there. It was written for the Covid crises we are living in and trying to get through. It is about a Grocery Store/Coffee Shop that has been an icon in Port Townsend for a lifetime – A place of comfort and caring for the community.
I got up fairly early
And started out my door
I thought I’d get my breakfast
Down at the corner store
When I finally got there
I found it shuttered tight
Could this be forever
Then I realized it might
It was then I saw the note
That was posted on the door
It said this was the very end
They couldn’t make it any more
It said that they had fallen prey
To a new emerging threat
That people like to cyber shop
With their god the internet
It only I had gone more often
Maybe I wouldn’t need to say
That this icon of a century-plus
Has forever gone away.
This is a truly a great loss for the town and for the community surrounds it.
Do you know of someplace where this happened? Thanks for letting me share
Covid 19 Activities
The Collage: Last week we asked you to mail in photos of completed puzzles to share in a collage representing activities completed or attempted during the Covid Close down. We have received pictures of 3 puzzles but I am sure there are more. If you were not doing puzzles but have something else you have created – knitting, painting, needle point, or photos of flowers or dessert plants – send a picture to Sherry at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is trying to put together our Covid 19 Activities Collage to share how we kept busty and productive during out time in “lock down”. They can be pictures of you and your pet- or just your pet. We are not trying to be completely serious – just have a bit of fun.
Movies, TV Series, Books, Poetry – Hiking
If you have seen a good movie on TV or followed a good TV Series or read a good book or taken an awesome hike – share your experience. We all have something to give and now is the time to do that.
Here are a few good TV Series to binge on , The Restaurant on Sundance; Titanic on Amazon Prime; The Man in the High Castle on Amazon Prime; Justified …….. If you have seen something different – and enjoyed it – share it. (I am running low on ideas.)
Resources Chosen By: Suzi Walling provided a list of resources for community residents. We will try to list a few each week,
- Surprise Resource Center– Rent, utility, benefit & employment services. 623-222-1600. 12425 W. Bell Rd. Bldg. A, Ste. #124, Surprise
- Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch Program– FREE. Call 623-222-1500 two days in advance to order meal for pickup M-F at noon
NEW – VITA Resuming. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program operated by A New Leaf at the Surprise Resource Center will begin services again May 18th. VITA intake packets will be available for pick-up, and completed packets can be dropped off during VITA hours at the Resource Center, Monday and Tuesday from 4-7pm and Thursdays from 9-1pm. For an appointment, call 602-842-2666.
NEW – Summer Library Program Starts June 1. All ages can get a head start now by creating their account and customizing their avatar! Beginning June 1st, you will be able to enter secret codes and the minutes read for prizes, including a free book. Sign up at https://maricopacountyreads.org/en-US.
Homeless Youth Connection
ARE YOU ABLE TO HELP?
Tom Reemtsma is offering to pick up items for HYC Thursday and Friday and Saturday. Please call or text his cellphone 480-486-8353 with the best time for him to come by and receive your gifts.
Critical needs listed on our online shopping resources
- $25 Gift cards for Fry’s, Safeway and Walmart
- Liquid laundry detergent
- Body Lotion
- Hand Sanitizer
- Clorox Wipes
Justice in the Time of Pandemic
Have you taken action for justice in the past few months? At UUJAZ, we are looking to get an idea of our participation in recent asks from congregations, partner organizations, and UUJAZ emails. Love Resists, UU the Vote, and UU World magazine asked us for stories; you can inspire other UUs! Please take our survey by June 13th. If you haven’t had a chance to participate in any of these actions, links are provided for you to participate now if you’d like… and then check them off the list!
UUJAZ Book Group
Friday June 19th 12pm
It’s more important than ever to stay justice centered in our faith, as decisions made now will affect climate justice and structural inequity for years to come. Join Rev. Tina Squire the third Friday of each month at noon for a book discussion. June will feature On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal, just in time for author Naomi Klein’s Ware Lecture at this year’s GA. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/c9GCkkbmNPpGgR7ZA
Please like and share our Unitarian Universalist Church of Surprise Facebook page! Teraysa Hightower created and maintains the Facebook page for the church. Please take a moment to check it out, say hello, like and share as you wish. The best publicity is through our own members.
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