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“We are a welcoming congregation freely seeking intellectual and spiritual growth.
We strive to create a larger community of peace, justice and love.”
If you’re searching for a spiritual home where people honor each other’s beliefs and yet worship together as one community of faith, we invite you to join us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples!
Grounded in a rich liberal religious tradition that honors the worth and dignity of all people and our place within the interdependent web of existence, we choose to live our faith in the world, believing that all are called to help shape a more just and compassionate society.
UUCGN’s Service at 10:00 AM EDT
Available on YouTube
Sunday Service at 10:00 AM EST
November 22: “We Are Not Our Own” – Rev. Tony Fisher
Thanksgiving - 399 Years after the "first" gathering: How do we acknowledge the past, still be grateful for what we have, and make the future that is more inclusive and more whole?
November 29: "A Unitarian Universalist Understanding of Forgiveness" Rev. Roger Grugel
The election is over and we appear as deeply divided as ever. How might UU’s model forgiveness to heal our communities and the nation?
Happy Holidays Everyone!
It’s time for our annual holiday Giving Tree project! In past years, we’ve fulfilled wish lists for local school children by selecting gift tags from our holiday tree. This season, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the church being closed, we will be having a virtual Giving Tree. The families we will be supporting this year are from Avalon and Shadowlawn elementary schools in Naples, and Immokalee Middle School. Each guidance counselor at these three schools has identified 10 families who are in great need of assistance. Given the pandemic, the need is more dire than ever this year. All three counselors agreed that the best way to support the families is by providing Walmart gift cards. This would allow them to purchase both gifts for the children and groceries for the family at one location in their community.
So . . . now our congregation has the opportunity to do what we do so well - open our hearts to those in our community who need our love, compassion, and support in difficult times. In the past, every one of our Giving Tree projects has been a huge success. As a result of the generosity of this congregation, we have always fulfilled all of the children’s wishes, from bubble bath to bicycles. I have no doubt that this year’s virtual Giving Tree will be just as successful.
And now for our MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki fans – The Big Board numbers breakdown!
Our fundraising goal is $6950. This would allow the money necessary to provide each of the 30 families with Walmart gift cards that total $50/per child for gifts and $100/groceries per family. For example, a family with 1 child would receive $150, a family with 2 children- $200, a family with 3 children- $250, a family with 4 children- $300, and a family with 5 children- $350 (largest family). Currently, we have 30 families and a total of 79 children in those families (21 from Shadowlawn, 27 from Avalon, 31 from Immokalee). That sets our total fundraising goal at $6950 (30 families X $100 groceries=$3000) + (79 children X $50 gift=$3950). If we surpass that goal, I will let the guidance counselors decide how the extra gift cards would best be dispersed among their families. They know their situations best.
So although maybe not as fun as our previous Giving Trees for those of you who enjoy shopping for kid stuff (not everyone does!), this year’s virtual Giving Tree will keep all of us safe in our homes, with no risk of exposure to covid-19, which is what we want. I know we will have another successful outcome!
You may donate on the website or mail a check payable to UUCGN with “Giving Tree 2020” on the memo line to:
ATTN: Giving Tree 2020 6340 Napa Woods Way
Naples, FL 34116
All donations must be received by December 4, 2020.
Any questions or comments can be directed to Alice Modic at email@example.com
Giving Tree Online
Joys and Sorrows
If you have a Joy or a Sorrow you would like shared during Sunday’s service, please email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joys and Sorrows stay on the live service feed most of Sunday until it is replaced with an edited version later on Sunday evening or on Monday.
For folks who come to UUCGN mostly for Coffee Hour:
You are invited to join our UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour group on Facebook. We’ve set up this site for chatting anytime, not just for after the service. The UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour is open 24 hours a day so you can feel free to visit whenever you want to share a or express your angst during this crazy time. This is a closed group for UUCGN members and friends only (You do need to be a Facebook subscriber to join.)
Here’s how you join:
1. Go to your Facebook page and in the search window, type: UUCGN Virtual Coffee Hour
2. When you get to the page you will have to find the “Join this Group” button and click on it.
3. Wait. A moderator will see your request and accept you as a member or friend of UUCGN and that’s it! Once you receive notice that you have been accepted, start posting!
***UUCGN Protocol for Anyone Who Has Tested Positive for Covid-19***
Call the UUCGN Covid-19 Contact Person (Stephanie Perkins, , 239.450.0243) and let the person know who you were in close contact with on UUCGN premises.
Self isolate or quarantine for 10-14 days.
Notify the UUCGN contact person of a negative test result prior to returning to the UUCGN campus.
The UUCGN Covid-19 contact person will inform all of the close contacts that they may have been exposed to Covid-19 by the infected individual. The UUCGN Covid-19 Contact Person will then contact the Caring Committee Chair (with the individual’s permission) to follow up on the person’s condition.
Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to Covid-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.
Difference between quarantine and isolation:
Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their own home.
The Year Ahead – From the Minister
This congregational year at UUCGN promises to be an interesting one as we start (and may possibly finish) the year as a virtual congregation. The Pandemic has changed so much in our world including the unwelcome feeling of separation and the loss of our regular activities. On the other hand, it has provided an unexpected window onto the world and an opportunity for us to see ever more clearly that oppression is not an abstract thing that we talk about every once in a while, but one that impacts all of us every day.
As a community, we cannot let this moment pass. We must deepen our mission of building a wider community of peace, justice, and (especially) love by becoming better advocates in the struggle for equity. We will do that by developing a greater understanding of racist power and policy, by listening to folks who must face this struggle every day, by looking within to connect to our own suffering so that we can more easily connect to the suffering of others, and by offering our hearts and hands to one another as we all work for justice.
This congregational year will have an overarching theme of anti-racism and in order to be intentional about how we go about this work, we have formed a steering committee whose charge will be to review, plan and coordinate all aspects of this work.
If you would like to take an active role in this work, please let me know by emailing at email@example.com . There will be plenty of opportunities to lead, to grow, and to learn how to better side with love in a world that sorely needs more of what our hearts can offer.