New Minister Board Update from Robert Brooks

Funny, how being sequestered in my home disrupts all the routines that used to keep me oriented to the day of week and other orientations. Flash! We have two strong candidates for our developmental minister for next year. The search team has reviewed their ministerial records and we are preparing for initial interviews Thursday and Friday. We have requested that they give us contact info so we can speak directly with people who they have supervised in the past.

Meanwhile: wash hands, check temps and whether you van still smell things, maintain social distance. I wear exam gloves and face mask and carry Lysol wipes when I HAVE to go out.  Stay safe folks, You are precious.

More to follow next week.

Robert Brooks
President, UUCM Board of Trustees

Online Variety Show!

Saturday, April 25 at 4PM
Amidst all the disruption of the past few weeks, how lovely would it be to be able to share creatively with one another? To that end, we are aiming to host our annual variety show on Zoom! We will be hosting this on Saturday, April 25th at 4:00 PM and everyone is invited and encouraged to perform. All types of performing arts are encouraged from music to spoken word to performative yoga to anything else you could imagine! Sign up simply by emailing Paul at musicdirector@uucmtka.org and listing the names of who will be performing and what the performance will be. If you still need accompaniment, even though he can’t do it live, Paul can still create a backing track for you to perform along with, so a lack of accompaniment need not be a barrier to participation! Please note that due to the increased technical elements of hosting this event on Zoom, we are asking that if you are performing that you schedule a time with Paul to do a brief rehearsal prior to the event to ensure everything’s working how you want it. We can’t wait to see and share what everyone has to offer! The Zoom meeting ID will be published in the Friday Update as the date approaches.

CYRE Team Meeting

Tuesday, April 14 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM
It’s a wonderful time to join in the Children Youth Religious Education Team meeting. We’d love your insight into and feedback about the ministry. Come check it out for a month or two, to see if the CYRE Team is a good fit for you :). New attendees: email Jennifer Swick at dre@uucmtka.org to receive the Zoom meeting ID.

Changes to Our Zoom Worship

The internet can be a wonderful environment for connection. Unfortunately, just like the “real world,” it’s plagued by people who don’t share our commitment to love and justice. Because the pandemic has moved most gatherings online, we’re seeing the rise of “Zoombombing.” These are trolls who try to use Zoom’s features to cause disruption by sharing harmful imagery or messages that are often sexual or racist.

We are striving to offer a meaningful, accessible and safe online worship service for UUCM members, friends and visitors. We already had some prevention settings in place for our Zoom worship. Based on recommendations, we’ve added a few more and will let the community know if others are required:

  • We will now be using a new meeting ID for each weekly worship service. We had previously been using the same ID number. The Zoom link will be shared each week in the Friday Update email and posted on https://uucmtka.org/.
  • When you connect to worship, you will automatically be placed in a waiting room. This will happen whether you join through the app or by phone. One of our greeters will manually admit you into the main Zoom meeting space. Think of this like waiting in the church community room before going into the sanctuary. For those using the Zoom app, it would help greeters if you changed your name to something recognizable (and not your device name). It would also help if folks could arrive early so there’s not a log-jam at the start of worship.

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Social Generosity Offering: April 2020

April’s offering will support the Minister’s Discretionary Fund at UUCM. The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is a fund that the ministers of the church use to support members of our community who encounter financial hardship and need assistance. As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to expand, we anticipate that more of our members will find themselves in need of financial support due to loss of income and/or medical expenses. The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is one way that we can express our care and concern for our community during this difficult time.

How to Donate: You can donate online using PayPal or a credit card at bit.ly/uucmsocialgen. You may also mail a contribution to UUCM at 2030 Wayzata Blvd E, Wayzata MN 55391. Simply make your check out to “UUCM” with “Social Generosity” in the memo line.

Enjoy Recordings of Sunday Services at UUCM

Visit uucmtka.org and scroll to the bottom of our Worship page to listen to sermons, guest speakers and musical performances from past UUCM services. New uploads are added regularly – check back often.

Here is are links to our last few online services, enjoy!

Sunday, April 5 Online Service

Sunday, March 29 Online Service

Sunday, March 22 Online Service

Sunday, March 15 Online Service

ONLINE Women Who Read Book Club

Women Who Read Book Club

Meets ONLINE on Monday, April 13 at 7:00 PM. April’s book is Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe. If you have questions about the Women Who Read book club, please contact Christy Dachelet.

A Zoom meeting ID will be emailed to current participants before the meeting (see why here). New attendees: please email Christy Dachelet to request meeting details.

If you’re new to Zoom or would like some extra help, we’ve created an instruction document that takes you through how to install and use Zoom.