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COVID -19 UPDATE: We are currently at Phase 0
This week’s two-week incidence rate in Greenville County is 1148.7 /100,000,
and the two-week % positive testing rate is 28.4%
ANNOUNCEMENTS
UUA President, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, recently sent out a special message regarding the UUA's guidelines on in-person gatherings. The message reads, in part: 
 
"We are all acutely aware that the pandemic continues to be widespread and dangerous. Dr. Anthony Fauci reminds us that “the virus determines the timeline,” and we must be patient. He cautions that no vaccine is 100% effective and equitable vaccine distribution will present a major challenge. Alongside our hopes, we must remain vigilant with safety protocols and our commitment as a faith community to support public health and keep each other safe.

The UUA continues to carefully monitor developments with testing and vaccinations. Last May, we recommended congregations plan for virtual operations until at least May 2021. By now, we recognize this timeline will likely be longer. As the Biden administration develops a coordinated federal response, we expect it will be March before we have a reasonable sense of the vaccine horizon and timeline for when we might reach herd immunity. In the meantime, our current UUA Guidance on Gathering offers recommendations for specific metrics to monitor in your own community as you consider decisions about gathering when the pandemic subsides."
UUWOC
Greetings from the UU World of Children


 
This month we are starting a newsletter to keep you updated on all of the wonderful happenings in our school. We trust that you will enjoy the information and we hope that you will share with your friends and family all of the amazing experiences these children are able to gain under our guidance.
 
While the world continues to struggle with this ongoing pandemic, our incredible staff along with these truly marvelous children have been learning together and continuing their success even through temporary closures. The creativity and resilience shown by each and every person involved in our school - from teachers to parents to students - is unmatched, we are so proud of them!
 
Because our program emphasizes real world learning, the LE and kinder groups had a watch party to see the first female vice-president sworn in during the inauguration. Regardless of your political ideology - it is very exciting to have our first female leader in the White House.
 
We look forward to sharing more information with you over the coming months. Please reach out to us for any questions about our school and the program. We love sharing what we are doing. If you know of any children who would thrive in an environment that is supportive and totally inclusive, please spread the word.
SOCIAL JUSTICE

GUUF FOOD DROP-OFF—Saturday, Feb. 13th • 9AM - 11AM                             We’re collecting non-perishable food and hygiene products for the United Ministries Food Pantry. For a list of items, see below. In addition, we’ve identified a family in need within our congregation. To ease their strain, we’re accepting Walmart Gift Cards and personal checks made out to GUUF with “Family In Need” written in the memo line.

Non-perishables needed: Canned meat (Vienna sausages, beanie wieners, salmon, chicken & beef stew), canned fruit (any variety), canned vegetables (green beans, corn & mixed veggies) canned potatoes & pasta, Mac & Cheese, grits, dried beans, ramen noodles (individual packs), cereal, saltines & powdered milk.

PLEASE NOTE: All canned food must have pop-tops. Hygiene products needed: Hotel sized shampoo, soap & lotion, regular-sized spray deodorant, Vaseline, shaving cream, washcloths, laundry detergent, sunscreen, chapstick, small bottles of chapstick, and small bottles of hand sanitizer & bug spray.
 
RESULTS: GRASSROOTS ANTI-POVERTY LOBBYING  This month’s national meeting is this Saturday, February 6 at 1 pm. There will be special guests to help us set our grassroots, anti-poverty lobbying agenda for the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration. We’ll gather as a national RESULTS community to hear from speakers, strategize and prepare to take our message straight to Congress. Join us! Sign up here for our First 100 Days Kickoff event on February 6, 2021, 1-5pm ET!
 
TreesUpstate
Help keep Greenville green. TreesUpstate mission is to plant, promote and protect trees in the Upstate. They plant trees in parks, schools and neighborhoods. They could use our help, for volunteer opportunities click here: https://www.treesupstate.org/volunteer/ They’re also giving away free trees in various locations in the upstate, click here https://www.treesupstate.org/freetrees/

El REFUGIO & STEWART DETENTION CENTER El Refugio is collecting cards and letters to send to detained immigrants at Stewart Detention Center. Right now our support is particularly important. Covid-19 has intensified the isolation their isolation. Plus, many have tested positive for Covid-19 (three people, unfortunately, have died). A handwritten card or letter can help boost their spirits. Place your cards/letters in unsealed, stamped envelopes and then place into one large envelop and mail it to El Refugio, P.O. Box 1166, Decatur, GA 30031
ADULT RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
The Pink Unicorn
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 7:00-9:00 PM
 
Join us for a viewing of The Pink Unicorn presented by Greenville’s Proud Mary Theatre Company.  In this heart-warming and funny one-woman show, Kelly Davis depicts Trisha Lee, a conservative Southern Christian widow who collides head-on with gender issues when her 14-year-old daughter, Jolene becomes "Jo," without a gender.  What happens next gets a lot of attention!

One showing only.  Sign Up Here to receive the Zoom link by email.
Actual Link is https://forms.gle/H7ACAxgymUS7Xppt8

 
     Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
     Tuesday Evenings,
     January 26th, February 2, and February 9

     7:00-8:30 PM on Zoom
     Register Here to receive Zoom links by email.
     Actual link: https://forms.gle/Sp4eFAo6HgUEZya46
 


Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is a scourge that plagues children and teens from all kinds of families and communities. Mr. Roger Acton, Faith-Based Program Director for the SC Victims Assistance Network, will moderate all three sessions, along with various panel guests each time. 
Session 1: The Nature of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
  • What it is
  • How it functions
  • What survivors say
  • Prevalence in SC
  • Trends during Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Hopes for the future
Session 2: The Helpers and What They Are Doing
  • Federal, state, and county agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Rescue Programs
  • Hospitals, Schools, & Youth Programs
  • Everyday Citizens, parents, grandparents (Lead-in to Session 3)
Session 3: Protecting the Children
  • Possible actions for anyone
  • Becoming Aware
  • Recognizing indications
  • Teaching young people how to self-protect
  • Sharing with others

 
BEING UU at HOME 
AVAILABLE ONLINE 24/7
(Eight permanent lessons-no registration required) ­­­­­
Anyone, of any age, who wants simple ways to express their UU faith in the context of home and daily life will find something of interest here.  This series offers engaging ideas and activities for individuals, families, and partners for integrating UU faith into your home and daily practice.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
 

More programs are under development, and we hope to share offerings from other congregations as well, so check back regularly for updates.
You can help make it happen! Email adultre@greenvilleuu.org to discover how.
UU ADULT RELIGIOUS EXPLORATION CURRICULUM SHARING AREA-WIDE IS HAPPENING NOW!
CHECK OUT THESE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES!


This is a great way to learn new things and connect with UU friends from all over!


A COURSE IN MIRACLES STUDY GROUP
Thursday afternoons, beginning January 7, 2021
Participants will use daily lessons from the
Course in Miracles Workbook
and then share their experiences and thoughts in the
weekly Zoom meetings. This class is offered
by the UU Fellowship of Statesboro, GA.
If interested, email ShariRB@aol.com to register.
 
Did You Know???
Memorial Garden Update
 
Please Note: While the GUUF property and buildings are closed to all but essential personnel and UUWOC staff and students, you can still visit the Memorial Garden if you wish to pay your respects.  Please be aware that a mask and social distancing protocols are mandatory if others are present in the garden at the time of your visit.

(updated 01/04/21)

The GUUF Gold Star is a simple way for YOU to recognize one another for volunteer service.
To make your submission to suggest a Gold Star recipient, click here or contact Lynn Bell, Volunteer Coordinator. 
Covenant Circles
Some GUUF Covenant Circles have remained active, holding virtual meetings, during this pandemic. Covenant Circle meetings done virtually have met a need for social connection and meaningful conversation. If you are interested in joining a Covenant Circle with a virtual meeting type format, we will find a spot for you.  Also, as we normally do in the Fall, if you would like to change to a different circle to meet new and different people, this is also the time to let us know of that request. 
 
Please contact covenantcircles@greenvilleuu.org with your request or with any questions regarding Covenant Circles. 
PASTORAL CARE
To reach the Pastoral Care Team, call or email
  the Fellowship Administrator, 864-271-4883 or office@greenvilleuu.org, or if out of hours, call 864-365-6177 (please leave a clear voicemail message). 

In the event of a crisis or loss of a loved one, call the minister directly,  Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, on
864-301-1477 or email minister@greenvilleuu.org.

 
If you have an emergency situation, please dial 9-1-1 for assistance.

CLICK HERE FOR THE GUUF Business Directory
 
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