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Weekly Announcement – March 20, 2020

Weekly Announcement – March 20, 2020

Thanks for all you are doing to stay connected as we navigate the end of this first week of sheltering in place.  Please continue to try out the new ways of connecting and keep us informed about how you and others in our community are doing.  One thing we are learning is that community is NOT just about physical proximity and we need one another in this changing world. Remember, our website is the place to learn what is new!  Check out our revised version at where we have tried to make it easier to find what you need to find.

A few tips about the Sunday Service!
Our plan if all stays the same is to Livestream from the sanctuary on Sunday.   Please do check the website for any updates. Livestreaming is easy—just click the WATCH SUNDAY SERVICES LIVE button at the top of the page.  And:

Let’s Make A New Routine!
As we all adjust to new routines, we are going to provide a few predictable activities for the next few weeks all via Zoom:


Please join Indigo in a 2 part watching of the Netflix movie “Mary Poppins Returns”  this Monday and next from 3:00 to 3:45! We’ll be using the Netflix Party extension found on the Chrome browser. Please email Indigo at no later than 2:30 pm on Monday 3/23 so she can share the invitation with you. Netflix Party allows us to sync our viewing and gives us a real time chat window to share our viewing experience!

Noon-1:00  p.m.: Virtual Lunch with Rev. Leslie Takahashi

10:30 -11:30 a.m.  Virtual Elder Journey

5:00-6:00 p.m. Virtual Community Circle with Rev. Jim Lewis – email to join

6:30-7:30 p.m. Vespers:  A brief meditative service with a chance to check-in!

Noon-1:00 p.m.:  Virtual lunch with Rev. Rodney

6:30-7:30  Minister’s Class Spring Cleaning for the Soul (see description)

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Virtual meditation space:  a guided meditation to help you at the end of your week.

6:00 p.m.  Justice Movie Night –  a weekly movie and discussion with Rev. Rodney Lemery. 


Noon-:1:00 p.m.: Virtual lunch with Rev. Leslie and Guests—for this one we will try to provide some resources for wellness


10:15 am Worship (which will be via Livestream as long as we can do so—remember to check the webpage or the church main phone message for updates.)

1:00 p.m. Welcome to MDUUC for our visitors

We will also have classes, some meetings and other gatherings which we will add starting next week. Check our new Virtual Gatherings Info page for a full list, links and information for these events.

Virtual classes this week:

  • for Jim Hughell’s Religions of the East class, Tuesday & Thursday from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for 8 sessions.
  • Spring Cleaning For The Soul:  Rev. Leslie Takahashi will lead this class which will focus on practices that can help keep our spirits lifted during these trying times.  This week we will concentrate on feeling connections to that which is larger than ourselves. Thursday from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Children, Youth, and Young Adults:  These groups are also meeting.  Email Indigo Lewis at to learn about next week’s schedule. Please check our Virtual Gatherings Info page as well.

For Young adults  Please check our Virtual Gatherings Info page.

Please consider plugging into one of our Zoom meetings!  We are trying to get as many people as possible trained in the eventuality that it will become our primary platform for worship as well as smaller gatherings.  Please know that if you do not have a camera on your computer, you can still tune in and see images. And if you do not have any computer, you can dial in and participate by voice.

Check the Website!  
We are revamping our website to make it information central for MDUUC during this time.  Please go there for the latest updates. Note we are still working on the Virtual Gatherings Info page and expect to have that completed sometime tomorrow.

Not getting emails your friends are getting?  
Check your spam folders or search for “MDUUC Publications” in your all-mail or inboxes.  If, in the past, you have left MDUUC emails unopened, your computer will treat them as spam. If you can’t find them still, email to make sure we can try to read your email.  If that does not work, you may need to contact your service provider.

Neighborhood Networks
We have activated the MDUUC Neighborhood Networks and if you are a member, you should have received a few emails at this point.  If you are not getting emails, please email and include your current address. If you are willing to be a Host for the Networks and facilitate some virtual support, please email

Community Circles
Join Jim Lewis for a Zoom community circle, Wednesday’s at 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  The group has space for around 10 people. If more are interested, we will look at starting another online community circle.  Contact Jim at to sign up and get more information.

Winter Nights:  
With the shelter in-place situation, the families of Winter Nights are in special need and we are glad to still have a good large facility that can keep people safe while allowing more distancing.  WN will NOT involve direct volunteer involvement. Staff will be doing food handling. These are the new policies to keep people safe. They are asking for help with meal donations and fundraising. You can donate online and designate for Winter Nights. Again, volunteers will be limited,

  • Volunteers will not be expected to cook or serve food or clean up after meals.  Clients and staff will be asked to do that.
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack food will be supplied by the congregations, but put out and served by the clients and staff.  When leaving food please write instructions for what is available, where located and when to be put out. The same for garbage bags and other items for packing and serving.
  • Dinners are to be prepared by a restaurant.  They will be delivered by the restaurant or brought in by volunteers.  Again, clients and staff will serve and clean up.
  • The hosts and co-hosts may pay for the dinner meals, but if that is not possible, Winter Nights will cover the costs.  An appeal will go out to Winter Nights Summit members for donations to help pay for the restaurant meals.
  • Host and co-hosts will provide disposable plates, cups and utensils, preferable compostable.  Please have gloves for those handling food.
  • There will not be a need for an overnight volunteer.  We request that each host church supply a list of church volunteers in case something goes wrong in the building.  If there is another kind of emergency, staff will call 911.

In the midst of this, scammers are on the loose.  If you receive an email with the SUBJECT: “PEACE” from anyone at MDUUC, don’t open it as it is a scam.

Our community is diverse in many ways and one is income and financial resources.  If you are experiencing resource issues, we encourage you to email Rev. Leslie Takahashi at and put “Help” in the memo line. We will be using the ministerial discretionary fund to help people in need. (You can contribute to this through the DONATE page of or use TEXT TO GIVE by texting the code MDUUCMDF to the number 44321.

Please continue to donate as you can.  You can do this through our webpage through TEXT to Give by texting the code MDUUCMDF to the number 44321. and by mailing checks to the church. Thanks for supporting us as we continue to support you!

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