Congregation News and Events
Dear Members and Friends of the UU Church of Studio City,
Because we care about the well-being of the congregation in the midst of the global pandemic, and the Unitarian Universalist Association has strongly recommended avoiding gatherings of 25 people or more, we will not be conducting worship this Sunday, March 15. The following Sunday, March 22, we plan to offer worship via Facebook live streaming. We will provide the details soon for how to access it.
We recommend all committee and group meetings meet online or by phone.
Please take good care of yourselves. While we don't know what the immediate future will bring, hold fast to the faith that this too shall pass. We look forward to when we meet together again in-person, and count our blessings with renewed vigor and love.
Rev. Hannah Petrie
UUCSC Daily Zoom Meeting
We may not be able to meet in person but we can Zoom! Join our Zoom meeting every day Monday through Friday at 3:00 PM to check in and enjoy inspiring readings. Stay connected and support one another during this Coronavirus crisis. The informal meetings will be hosted by Rev. Hannah, Nancy Holland, Jason Taksony Hewitt, or Board members.
To participate, click this link and follow the simple directions. Or use this meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/297701848
You can also go to directly to the Zoom website and input the Meeting ID: 297701848.
Sunday Worship Service
Please join us for worship this Sunday via Zoom! This Zoom link is for all Sunday services. We will also send it via email every Friday for your convenience. Please feel free to share this link with your family and friends so they may join us. If you are not already receiving our eNews bulletin, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our email list.
Our theme this Sunday is about how we embrace simplicity at this time of paring down. What are, our "Hymns of Home"? As a special treat, Nick Pierone will sing and perform on his guitar "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. This is one of my all-time favorite songs, and the seed of inspiration for this service.
See you Sunday!
Tuesdays and Thursdays
Chalice Check-ins with Brian
Brian Bielanski is hosting "Chalice Check-ins." Come together online and just talk about how you're coping with the COVID-19 virus situation and the upsidedownness we're living in this moment. Send an email to Brian at email@example.com for the link.
8:00 - 8:15 AM
Morning Meditations with Jason
Would you like to begin your day mindfully? Join Jason Taksony Hewitt each weekday morning at 8:00 for a Morning Meditation streaming live at:
Select the 'Follow" option if you want notifications when new sessions go live. If you don’t yet have an Instagram account, it is easy to create one by signing in with your Facebook login.
Recordings will be available on Instagram after the live sessions as stories and Instagram TV links. The Morning Meditations recordings can also be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/uucsc.dre.5. Just Friend this account.
For more information, contact Jason Taksony Hewitt, Director of Religious Exploration, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various days and times
Meal Train for Cynthia and John Toussaint-Garrett
Many in our congregation know that our dear friend Cynthia is undergoing chemotherapy. While she and her beloved life partner John focus on her current health challenges, we can lighten their load by helping out with meals. Good food is powerful medicine! Here is a link to participate in a meal train. Let’s surround them with love while they navigate this tough road. Thank you for your support and friendship.
Sailors of Sadness
Are you a fellow Sailor of Sadness? Have you been diagnosed at some point in your life with chronic (as opposed to situational) depression, anxiety, bi-polar, etc.? SOS is a camaraderie group for depressives to check in, share tips, make the occasional joke, and generally support one another as we work to stay afloat and navigate depression in our lives. For permission to join this closed group, please email Hannah Petrie at email@example.com.
8:00 AM -
Center Closed until March 30
Serve Meals to Homeless Folks in North Hollywood.
Center closed until the end of March.
You’re invited to get involved in a great new project! A new homeless drop-in center is opening at MCC United Church of Christ in the Valley, 5730 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood. Skills needed are love, compassion, caring, and understanding. Bring an open mind and open heart. For more information, contact Terry Hassman at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an outreach by the Homelessness Ministry of UUCSC.
2nd Tuesday of the month
6:30 - 8:00 PM
A recently formed group for “people of a certain age” meets monthly for camaraderie and conversation. Each month, we discuss thought-provoking questions posed by the members. Arrangements are being made to meet online via "Zoom." For more information, contact Vickie Vining, email@example.com.
2nd Sunday of the month
Social Justice Support Meeting
Are you looking for clarity and honest conversations around tough social issues? The Social Justice Support Meetings provide a safe space to ask questions, vent frustrations, and gain understanding around justice issues both big and small. We are also having an ongoing discussion of the UUCSC’s Common Read: Sissy, by Jacob Tobia. No prior justice work is needed to attend, just an open heart and the ability to give each attendee respect. Please contact the Committee Chair, Antoinette Scully with any questions or to request the Zoom link for the meeting. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Choir rehearsals are on hiatus due to the pandemic. Our Choir Director Nancy Holland will announce when they will be resumed.
Like to Sing? Join the UUCSC Choir! Regular rehearsals are Mondays 7:00 – 9:00 PM, with the last hour devoted to Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, which we will be performing for our Fall Concert in September with orchestra. We also meet on Sundays at 8:45 AM to prepare for the service. For more information, contact Nancy Holland, Choir Director, at email@example.com.
Gentle Yoga with Bonnie Burroughs
Do something soothing for your mind and body. Join "Gentle Yoga with Bonnie" in the Fellowship Hall Sundays. Suggested donation $10. For more information, contact Bonnie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring Committee Cares About You
Are you going through a challenging time? Maybe experiencing a serious illness, coping with a death in the family, or a new baby? The UUCSC Caring Committee members are ready to lend a hand. They will provide meals, transportation for doctors appointments, and compassionate ears to listen. The committee also has room for more care volunteers. To receive or give help contact Dorothy Balisok email@example.com.
North Hollywood Food Pantry
Homelessness and hunger never take a holiday. The need goes on. To help the homeless and food-insecure in our own area, donations of the following are needed: protein bars, ramen soup packages, tea, popcorn, nuts, chips, candy, baby diapers in all sizes, baby wipes, and baby food. Thank you for your generosity. It does make a difference. Until further notice, please drop off your food and toiletry items at First Christian Church (rear of building), 4390 Colfax Avenue, North Hollywood, CA, Mondays and Fridays, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. For more information, contact Terry Hassman, Homelessness Ministry, firstname.lastname@example.org.