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SUNDAY SERVICE  (In Person and Virtual via Zoom)

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March 10, 9:00 am  

The Core of the Human Predicament 

Rev. Cynthia Snavely 

What is the core of the human predicament?  Do we think too highly of ourselves or do we denigrate ourselves?  Or is neither the core of the human predicament?

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Don't Forget to Spring Forward!
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Bagel Breakfast

 

Your reward for getting up extra early is our much-loved Bagel Breakfast immediately following the service. This is a great time to sit down and get to know other members and friends...

The suggested donation for breakfast is $3 each!

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The stewardship/pledge drive for TriUU’s year beginning April 1 and ending March 31, 2025 starts January 7 and will continue through March 17. Our goal from pledges this year is $130,000.

 

Since we are ending on St. Patrick’s day, your stewardship team decided to go with a rainbow and pot of gold theme and the tagline “The Triuu Rainbow Begins In Our Hearts Of Gold”. We also loved the echo of our welcoming UU nature in the rainbow motif. In the lobby you will find a box full of tiny rainbow stick pins, one for each of you, to remind you of the multifaceted wonder of TriUU.

 

You should have already received a letter announcing the pledge drive. Please either return your completed pledge to the locked rainbow box in the lobby or mail it to the TriUU post office box listed on the bottom of the pledge form at your earliest opportunity. (If you lost it we have extras in the box.) The TriUU board is encouraging each of us to consider at least a 5% increase over last year’s pledge.

 

Our message to each of you as we begin this year’s pledge drive is to do the very best you can in voting with your dollars for the continuing maintenance of the joyful, safe, welcoming TriUU community we all cherish.

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Friday Forum

Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Don Chambers, Ph.D

Friday March 8, 4:00

Dr. Chambers, Professor, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, will address Climate Change 2024.

 

Dr. Chambers holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Dr. Chambers specializes in using satellite observations such as radar altimetry and satellite gravimetry to better understand ocean dynamics. His primary research focus is quantifying and understanding sea level variability, especially trying to separate natural climate variability from anthropogenic climate change. He is interested in all the dynamical processes that cause sea level change, including ocean circulation, ocean heat storage, ocean mass redistribution, and influx of fresh water from the continents and ice sheets.

 

Dr. Chambers has been a member of several NASA satellite Science Teams, including TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason-1, and is currently a member of the NASA Ocean Surface Topography and GRACE Science Teams, and is one of four U.S. scientists to serve on the joint NASA/European Space Agency Gravity Constellation Science Team. He has been a member of U.S. CLIVAR and is currently a Lead Author on the latest climate assessment by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Chambers was selected as the Bowie Lecturer for the 2013 Fall AGU Meeting.

 

Pot Luck follows. Please Join us.

Journey for Peace & Justice
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Click on the Graphic Above for more details or Click on Montgomery Trip. This will download a PDF of the flyer.

There is still time to sign up for the Montgomery trip the first week of April.  We have three scholarships available thanks to member donations, two are for the full price of a double occupancy room and one is for half the price of a double occupancy room.  We are looking for at least one more... Is it you?
TriUU Contact: Andrea Coburn

Rev. Cynthia Snavely and Cindy Grossman

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Much of the country, including our area, has witnessed an uptick in respiratory illnesses including Flu, RSV, and COVID.  

 

Regarding COVID, the CDC says that after an initial 5-day isolation period, one can be among others when they have been fever-free for 24 hours and their symptoms are gone or noticeably improved. Also, if you have had 2 negative tests taken 48 hours apart, it is safe to be in public.

 

A persistent cough can occur with COVID and other types of flu.  Just to be on the safe side, you may want to wear a mask if you have a cough that  persists.  People who are immune-compromised, may also want to consider wearing a mask in public!


For more information, please see: http://cdc.gov/coronavirus.

NEWS FROM THE CARE TEAM!

If you or someone you know in our congregation needs temporary support with rides, meals, errands, or visits, please contact Nancy Garrison or Rev. Cynthia.

Breast Cancer Thrivers' Support Group

The Zoom meeting of the Breast Cancer Thrivers' support group is on the first Saturday of the month as needed. For information contact Nancy Garrison garrisonnancy@yahoo.com

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Tri-UU Women's Group

"Women for Women" meets on the third Saturday of each month at 2:00 pm. For more information contact Nancy Garrison garrisonnancy@yahoo.com

Looking to connect with Rev. Cynthia?

Rev. Cynthia Snavely

Sundays,  9:00 am, 
Sunday Service.

Mondays, noon

Munch with the minister

Wednesdays, 10:00  - 11:00 am

Buddhist Meditation Session

My usual day off is Saturday.  Do not fear.  I rearrange my schedule for weddings, memorial services, and congregational events.

Rev. Cynthia Snavely

Interim Minister,

Tri-County Unitarian Universalists

240-475-2111 (voice or text)

Csnavely@uuma.org

Train of Thought

How does one keep hope when so much seems to be at risk? 

We hear horrible news from Gaza and Ukraine almost daily.  There are more wars about which we hear relatively little.  According to the World Population Review there is currently war in 32 countries around the world, Countries Currently at War / Countries at War 2024 (worldpopulationreview.com).

Climate change is threatening lives with wildfires, hurricanes, drought, floods, extreme heat, and more.  In September of last year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said that 2023 had already become the worst year on record for billion-dollar climate disasters, 2023 Worst Year On Record For Billion-Dollar Climate Disasters, NOAA Says (forbes.com).

Civil and human rights are being threatened in our own country as well as elsewhere in the world.  Human Rights Watch notes that “Racism, anti-immigrant sentiments, and threats to democracy remained pressing human rights problems in the United States in 2023….states enacted an increasing number of laws that restrict access to reproductive care, including abortion, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people….A federal task force documented harassment and threats against election officials, revealing the need to better protect election administrators from intimidation and to address the spread of misinformation and disinformation,” World Report 2024: United States | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org).

It is so much.  How does one not just give in to overwhelm?  How does one respond with something other than or more than, “Woe is me/us?”

Remember that we are not alone.  Remember that you/we love the people of the world, our siblings.  Remember that you/we love this earth, our home.  Remember that you/we love democracy, fair treatment and justice, ours and everyone’s rights.

The proposed Article II of our UUA bylaws says, “We draw from our heritages of freedom, reason, hope, and courage, building on the foundation of love. Love is the power that holds us together and is at the center of our shared values. We are accountable to one another for doing the work of living our shared values through the spiritual discipline of Love.”

We are accountable to one another for doing the work.  None of us by ourselves is going to end all war, save the planet, or make justice flow like water.  But remember the last phrase of Rev. Rebecca Parker’s “Choose to Bless the World, “None of us alone can save the world. Together—that is another possibility, waiting.”

The UU Service Committee is working with partners in Poland and Ukraine UUSC Supports Ukraine - Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.  The Unitarian Universalist Association in February put out a statement on the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and Israel UUA Statement on the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Gaza and Israel | Press Releases | UUA.org.  UUs are working together in the UU Ministry for Earth and other organizations to address climate change.  UUs are working with Side with Love and in their congregations on issues of democracy and rights.  You/we are not alone. There are others who also love what we love.

I end with this quote from the twentieth-century English writer J.R.R. Tolkien “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”

Love,

Cynthia

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Click HERE for Minutes from the 2023 Annual Meeting

 

Click HERE for the minutes of January 2024

Board of Trustees meeting

 

Click HERE for our TriUU Community Bulletin Board

 

Click HERE for the text of select recent sermons. 

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Click HERE for our updated Congregation History

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The Tri-UU BOOK CLUB meets at 1:00 via Zoom, Monthly, Contact Nancy Garrison garrisonnancy@yahoo.com  for the link!

For dates and details check the 2023-2024 Book Club Schedule

March 17, 9:00 am

Pledge Drive Celebration

Minister-Led Events Multi-Platform

Munch with the Minister Mondays at 12 noon will be held online and in-person in the conference room at TriUU.  Bring lunch with you.

Buddhist Meditation will be held on Wednesdays at 10:00 am  online and in the sanctuary at TriUU 

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03/03    Joyce Axelson-Lorch

03/05    Bob Bargar

03/06    Larry Dohn

03/08    Jan Droegkamp

03/15    Bill Coburn

03/15    Maryanne Ellner

03/19    Kathleen (Kathy) Coffey

03/21    Nancy Applegate

03/23    Jake Bishop

03/28    Frederick Lorch

Help Wanted For Communications

      Let me know if you have skills in Microsoft Word, or if you can take a video.  I am looking for people who would like to help.  All training provided. Contact Rev. Snavely, Cindy Grossman or Myra Symons

Maintain contacts in Constant Contact.

Give Constant Contact stats to the Board once a month.

Send OOS and Timetable emails once a week from Constant Contact.

Send other emails as needed from Constant Contact.

All Training provided, 

Contact Karen Gammons

karen.gammons30@gmail.com

UU the vote!  
Stay informed about Florida voting deadlines.

Click here to find out about Key Election Dates

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You have made a difference in the lives of many people who are struggling with hunger. We still need your help. Please bring your donations to the basket in the back of our TriUU sanctuary. 
If you prefer, you can also donate money or gift cards to grocery stores (Please hand these donations to Linda or Phil   703-203-5463). Every dollar you give will help us buy more food for those in need. Thank you for being part of this compassionate community!

We are also collecting blankets and clothing for the people living in the forest. Leave them near the baskets.  Keep up the good work!

New Welcoming Congregation Leads

 

TriUU has new leadership for our Welcoming Congregation program which oversees our involvement in LGBTQIA+ events such as Ocala Pride and makes sure we annually renew our Welcoming Congregation status with the Unitarian Universalist Association.  Thank you to Liz Perdue and Sally Bethart for stepping up!

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