News and Announcements
- Crisis and Faith – Interfaith Panel Discussion
An interfaith discussion on how to find the Holy in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The panel of speakers will be: Rabbi Michael Rothbaum of the Congregation Beth Elohim, Reverend Jill Cowie or Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church, and Imam Khalil Abdur-Rashid of the Muslim American Society of Boston.
Here is a link to more information on this program.
For viewing here is the Zoom Link
To listen by Phone: 1 646 558 8656
ID: 311 594 250
- Caring and Support During the Corona Virus
In recognition that we won’t be able to come together as a community for a while, and do our weekly check in during Sunday morning, an enhanced caring team thought it might be a good idea if we reached out to each other to check in to see how each of us are doing. We have randomly generated a list of pairings and one of us will be reaching out to you by email to let you know who your buddy is with their contact information. Can you please reach out to each other at intervals of time you and your buddy may find helpful? If you or your buddy are in need of additional support please let the caring committee know at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or let Rev Jill know at email@example.com or call her at 617-697-0922. And please let us know if you prefer to opt out of this buddy system. Additional Support:
If you can offer additional support for those that might need help shopping or getting medicine you can fill out this google form.
And please check out this link to see the mutual aid our church community is offering one another:
Thank you for your help and your caring presence. Let one of us know if you have any questions or concerns.
- Annual UU Dinner Party and Auction is Postponed Until May 16th
In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, we are postponing the 2020 auction. The new date is Saturday, May 16th at 5:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars! We are so grateful to everyone who has donated wonderful events, services, and treasures, and to those who
have signed up to help! We plan on having a fabulous auction in May, and we hope you can still join us then!
We are making this decision following the World Health Organization’s declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, and following guidelines for “social distancing.” The UUA is also closing their
Boston office and making recommendations in areas with COVID-19 outbreaks to suspend in-person gatherings of more than twenty-five people. You can read more about the UUA’s recommendations here.
- Coronavirus and the Congregation
As new cases of the coronavirus (CoVid-19) are reported in the United States and around the world, the congregation is called to education and caution. Here are a few basic guidelines.
We ask that you follow these precautions even if you yourself are not at risk, as many members of our community are at a high risk.
- Wash your hands frequently–use soap and water and scrub for at least 20 seconds.
- Sneeze or cough into the crook of your elbow or a tissue, not your hand. Wash immediately after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, and eyes, with unwashed hands.
- Regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces including keyboards, elevator buttons, and door knobs.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid close contact with someone who is sick.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Greet others in non-physical or low-contact ways, expecially during coffee hour.
HUUC will follow best practices recommended by health authorities. Sections of our service will be changed to reduce the spread of germs. Hygiene protocols in our kids’ programs are being increased. If the suspension of large gatherings is recommended, we may suspend services and other programming. Events may be live-streamed instead of held in person. Major cancellations will be announced on our website.
- Home Concert Benefit – Could Be POSTPONED, stay tuned
John Chapman, Patty Ruze and the Music Committee are hosting another home concert to benefit the church on Sunday, March 29 at 4:30 pm. The Music Committee is committed to raising substantial sums of money for the church and for paying our wonderful accompanist, Marsha. This concert features the Armen Donelian Trio along with singer Dominique Eade. These are wonderful musicians with international reputations coming to a living room in Harvard, MA.
Link to their website: www.armendonelian.com
Tickets are $40, potluck is encouraged, adult drinks are provided by your hosts. Advance tickets are strongly encouraged and can be obtained at: uuharvard.tix.com.
This is a great way to support the church!
- John Chapman, for the Music Committee
- The Covenanting Team is hosting 6 facilitation sessions
Resource: Why We Covenant
Please attend any or all!! Thanks for participating!
Covenanting Team Schedule:
Group One: Justice Works
(Including Partakers, Loaves and Fishes, HRPI, 1619 Project, Women’s Alliance)
- Covenanting Date/Time: Monday Feb 24th, 6:00-7:00
- Covenanting Team Lead: Jon Green
Group Two: Connection and Caring
- Covenanting Date/Time: Thursday, February 27th 7:00 -8:00 p.m.
- Covenanting Team Leads: Rev. Jill/Barbara Kemp
Group Three: Financing Our Mission
- Covenanting Date/Time: Thursday March 5th, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
- Covenanting Team Lead: Barbara Kemp
Group Four: Stewardship of the Congregation
- Covenanting Date/Time: Saturday Feb. 29th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- Covenanting Team Lead: Rev. Jill
Group Five: Sunday Morning Experience
- Covenanting Date/Time: Saturday Feb. 29, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
- Covenanting Team Lead: Piali De
Group Six: Serving our Families and Children
- Covenanting Date/Time Sunday March 1st at 1:00
- Covenanting Team Lead: Jon Green
- Healing Conversations Grief Group
Healing Conversations is a small group specifically for those who are moving through grief of a major loss in their life. The group meets four Tuesday nights starting on starting February 11th to share stories and experiences, to learn about the grief process and to talk about what it means to move toward healing.
7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Charlanne Van Wormer Community Room in the Fellowship Building.
- Caring Circle for those Impacted by Depression, Addiction, and Suicide
Have you been impacted by depression, addiction or suicide? Sharon Concannon and Rev. Jill and Joe Dzekevich invite you to share a quiet, reflective, and healing space with others. Bring a symbol, or sacred object as we create an altar that holds our collective sorrow, fear, love and resilience.
February 5th 7:00 p.m. in Jill’s office.
- Starting Points
New to Harvard Unitarian Church or Unitarian Universalism? Come to a fun, interactive three session series (“Starting Points”) during which we delve into our theology, history, and make meaning together. February 9th, March 8th and March 29th, 11:30-1:00 in the Fellowship Building’s community room.
- Coming Soon! 2020 Auction!
ANNUAL BENEFIT AUCTION
Join us on Saturday, May 16th, 2020, for our annual dinner party and benefit auction in Fellowship Building. The theme this year is ROARING IN THE 20s. We encourage you to come dressed in your 20s finery-think feathers, boas, fedoras, and flapper outfits. Be prepared for an evening of food, fun, and fabulous finds. All proceeds from the dinner and auction benefit the church. Event Co-Chairs: Edie Joyce and Heidi Bachmann. For more information contact Heidi Bachmann at h.bachmann72@gmail.
5:00 p.m. Doors Open & Silent Auction Begins (Mingling, Appetizers & Beverages*)
6:15 p.m. Potluck Dinner
6:30 Silent Auction begins to close
7:15 p.m. Live Auction with Jim Colony
*This is a BYOB event.
Reservation and Donation Forms and Links
Volunteer & Food Signup Form
We Need Your Donations!
This year’s Roaring in the 20s Auction promises to be another huge success and it starts with your donations!
April may seem like a long way away, but it’s not too soon for you to start thinking about what you can donate to the auction this year. Can you host a dinner party, or offer a vacation home? Maybe you have treasures that no longer spark joy and are ready for a new home. Can you offer a class or lead a group on a tour? Themed baskets are always of interest. Or perhaps you can lead a class or nature walk, bake cookies? Get creative, team up with fellow congregants, and help make our 2020 auction catalog the best one ever! For more ideas, check out the poster board in church this week, and thank you in advance for your generosity!
Share your talents and hobbies:
- Teach knitting, crocheting, painting or?
- Offer bridge or chess lessons, ski instruction, or?
- Instruct others in photography, gardening, or?
- Explain the best cooking or baking techniques
- Lead a meditative walk in our beautiful surroundings
What service are you just dying to offer?
- Care package sent to a college student
- Outbid Uber and offer a ride to Logan
- Offer to clean-out and dispose of old clutter
- Create a special woodworking project
- Provide architectural or interior design advice
Arts and entertainment opportunities abound in our area. Be creative and offer:
- Indian Hill Concert tickets –perhaps with dinner
- Tower Hill Botanical Gardens tour – including lunch or dinner
- Guided tour of the Russian Icon Museum
- Fitchburg Art Museum admission with lunch
- Museum of Fine Arts special exhibits tickets
Support your local merchant (and the Church) with a gift certificate to:
- A local restaurant
- A movie house of your choice
- A day at your favorite spa or a massage or facial
- Kimball’s Ice Cream
- The Harvard General Store
Join with other UU (or not) friends to offer an opportunity to share:
- A special dinner with your favorite menu
- A round of golf at Shaker Hills or Red Tail
- A kids event at Kimball’s, the Heifer Farm, or another local attraction
- A meditative experience connecting with our beautiful landscape
Want to get away? Make it possible by
- A week at your vacation home in themountains (or wherever)
- Tickets for the Red Sox, Bruins,Celtics or our Super Bowl ChampionPats
- A ski weekend at a nearby resort
- A week or weekend at your time share hideaway
Assemble a basket of special items:
- Treats for a cat or dog (or whatever)lover
- Cheeses with matching cracker treats
- Wines from France, California or yourfavorite region
- Chocolates for a chocoholic
- Spa items like bath salts, soap, loofa,candles
- Coffees and teas
Want to host an event but don’t have the
Use the Fellowship Building for a:
- Country line or swing dance party
- Charades or mixed game night
- Moth-style story hour or TED Talk
- Black and white dinner party
- Movie night