“SHINE A LIGHT ON NSUU”

 Our 2020/2021 NSUU Annual Pledge Campaign is happening now and ends August 31st.


Due to the Covid-19 Virus, in-person worship at the church has been replaced by on-line services.  Check the postings below for our services on Zoom.  If you are not currently a NSUU member and would like to access our virtual Zoom services, please email your email address to nsuu@verizon.net and you will receive Zoom invitations to our services.  

There will be a Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom every Sunday starting at 11:30 AM.

 During these unsettling times staff and members of our Church are available to both members and the general public.  Reach out to us at any time by calling 978-774-7582 or emailing nsuu@verizon.net. Our Church Administrator can answer your questions or direct your calls and emails to whomever you wish to contact.

 The Rev. Karin Peterson is available for pastoral counseling.  The Board of Directors and various Committee Chairs and members are all available.

 This moment indeed reminds us of the interconnected web of which we are all a part. Keep in touch with us and with one another.

Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church

Board of Directors

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Can We Talk? Conversations across the Political Divide

July 12 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Helen Brandt, Lay Leader

Are you feeling hopeless about our inability to talk to each other as we hunker down into our chosen positions on one side or the other of the political divide?  Are you feeling hopeless about our ability to move forward in our country?  Are family dinners uncomfortable?  Do you find your blood pressure rising when you log on to Facebook?  Does this all feel somehow deeply wrong to you?  Let’s join together to think about how we can begin to communicate again as fellow human beings.

In this time of physical distance it’s more important than ever to stay connected.  Please send Cares and Celebrations to helenbrandt17@comcast.net.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Seeds, Roots and Blooms

June 21 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Edith Fenton

 
Today, on this glorious spring day, we reflect on our beginning, the deepening of our roots, the delicate new growth of our young members and the flowering of our adults.  Our service today is adapted due to social distancing, combines elements of the flower service, religious education service and a roots service. The seeds that you have received through the mail represent  the flowers that we usually give and receive.  Then our young members, guided by Beth Beringer, will talk about their year’s activities.  Finally Beth Beringer, Hal Morse and Jan Lycette will speak about the spiritual paths  that brought them here to NSUU.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – My Cup Runneth Over

May 31 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar

 “My Cup Runneth Over” — This familiar phrase, and others from the 23rd Psalm, in translations both ancient and modern, will be the prompts for this Sunday’s service.  This beloved Psalm could have been written precisely for this season in our lives.  Its spiritual wisdom addresses exactly the challenges we face.  One of the Psalms’s most evocative phrases is “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death;” or as Bobby McFerrin renders it in his gorgeous version, “Though I walk through a dark and dreary land.”  Despite all the blooming trees around us, the singing birds and often beautiful music, there most of us feel a kind of dark and dreary cloud hovering.  The 23rd Psalm acknowledges dark clouds, hard realities, but more importantly offers much comfort and even celebration.  Join us on Sunday for a time of comfort and of celebration.
Please join us via zoom this Sunday at 10:30 as we welcome back Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar to our pulpit from her home in Milford, NH.  We will also welcome back Judy Putnam’s piano music this Sunday.  Please send any Cares and Celebrations to helenbrandt17@comcast.net.  See you in church (wherever that may be).

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Pandemic Reflections

May 24 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Ed Vaeni

Ed’s talk is called  “Pandemic Reflections”.  He will attempt to address the reality that in spite of all the grief, trauma, and chaos COVID is causing, we also need to be thinking about what kind of a world we want to re-enter when it is finally safe to do so.  He will be using an ancient folktale as a starting point for reflections on a new future.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – The Principles of Islam

May 17 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Imam Abdessamab Quesmi

 Muslims are the  second largest religious group in the world,  yet their principles and practices are largely misunderstood in America.

Please join us as we come together in community to hear the thoughtful words of Imam Abdessamab Quesmi, spiritual leader of the American Muslim Society of Danvers. Imam Abdessamab is currently the President of the American Muslim Society of Danvers as well as President of the Islamic Council of New England. He was the founder and ex-President of the Islamic Society of Haverhill. He holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Islamic Studies.

 Cares and Celebrations:  Please send your cares and celebrations to bobferris1949@gmail.com so that they can be shared with the congregation and a candle lit in the sanctuary.

 Zoom Notes:

Please make sure you are on mute throughout the service. Background noises are greatly amplified and distracting.

If you wish to make a comment during the service at any time, or send along a care/celebration that you didn’t send in in advance, you can use the chat icon at the bottom of your screen. When you click on it, it will open a chat bar at the side of your screen. Click on the message area, type in your message and hit “return”.

 

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Readings from My Memoir: Escaping the Pteradarktyl

May 10 Service at 10:30 on Zoom

Peter VanDeBogert

A Pteradarktyl is the big ugly dinosaur bird and a metaphor for my depression. But this service’s readings will only be about ten percent Pteradarkyl. Instead I will cover such scenes as: propping up the corners my mouth in prep school, water dropping from my kitchen ceiling and how that led to Elaine’s and my wedding, our bizarre introduction to this church, my later attempts at explaining to my father what NSUU is all about, and the secret divulged to my fifteen-year-old daughter Erin before bedding down for the night in an Arizona campground.

The service will not follow the usual format of a Sunday service, although it will have a meditation and cares and celebrations.

This Sunday’s Virtual Service – Pandemic as Practice: Where Do We Go From Here?

May 3 Service at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Rev. Shayna Appel

While the coronavirus pandemic has certainly impacted all of our lives in the moment, what are the lessons we have learned from it and will bring forward with us when it comes to pass?

 Please join us as we come together in community to hear the thoughtful words of Rev. Shayna Appel.  Raised Jewish, Rev. Shayna Appel found herself called to a ministry at the intersection of both Judaism and Christianity.  In addition to her service to several churches across New England, Shayna serves as Chaplain to Townsend and Peterborough Fire Departments, the MA Corps of Fire Chaplains, the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Management Team and the UU Trauma Response Ministry team.  She currently lives in Milford, NH, with Arlo the dog and Hidee the cat.  She spends her spare time at the stable with Sunflower (Sunny) the American Standardbred horse.

Cares and Celebrations:  Please send your cares and celebrations to helenbrandt17@comcast.net so that they can be shared with the congregation and a candle lit in the sanctuary.

Zoom Notes:

Please make sure you are on mute throughout the service.  Background noises are greatly amplified and distracting.

If you wish to make a comment during the service at any time, or send along a care/celebration that you didn’t send in in advance, you can use the chat icon at the bottom of your screen.  When you click on it, it will open a chat bar at the side of your screen.  Click on the message area, type in your message and hit “return”.