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LOVE IS THE SPIRIT OF THIS CHURCH,
AND SERVICE IS ITS PRAYER.

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WORSHIP SERVICE

"What Will You Save?"
Sunday, February 25, 10:50 am, 2024
Rev. Sonya Sukalski, Sabbatical Minister, preaching

As the years accumulate and I (Rev. Sonya) experience growing satisfaction with a life well lived, I wonder what it is worthwhile to save—for posterity, for my children, for our communities? At the same time, a recent article lifted up the fact that longevity often depends on engagement and connection with people and efforts rather than saving and consuming. Rev. Sonya Sukalski and Carmen Barsody will take up the topic with an eye toward walking that fine line.

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UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Covenant

During the month of January, we explored our understanding of covenant through worship services, which culminated in a weekend workshop with over 50 leaders and congregants engaging in the creation of a UUSF congregational covenant. During the workshop, participants were asked to look at our unison covenant, which we say in worship, and create questions that would help us expand our understanding of what values were important to elaborate on. Those questions were:

  1. What does it mean to be in a community and feel held?

  2. What does accountability look like?

  3. What does love feel like?

  4. What does it mean to dwell together in peace?

  5. What does it mean to seek truth in freedom?

Participants engaged in discussions about these questions first to brainstorm ideas. Next, they looked for themes in the ideas expressed. Then, they created a sentence that encapsulated those themes. Next, the sentences were given to another group to fine-tune. Finally, all the sentences were shared with the group, and final adjustments were made. This was over 5 hours worth of work with youth, young adults, BIPOC members, board members, and so many more.

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CONGREGATIONAL COVENANT

In an effort to make the world a better place, we support each other’s journey to seek truth with openness, curiosity and respect for different perspectives and paths.

 

As love is our spirit, we commit to respect, accept, listen to and support each other.

 

We hold ourselves and each other accountable by continually assessing our individual and community actions toward living into our covenant. This will include speaking up when someone’s actions are not aligned.

 

We commit to be in community with openness and loving kindness, acknowledging our own biases and differing perspectives.

 

We welcome the newcomer, we commit to building trust with each other, we celebrate differences and make space for repair when harm occurs.

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THE FLAME

UUSF Weekly Newsletter
February 21, 2024

The Flame, our weekly newsletter, is published every Wednesday! We cover Sunday services as well as recent UUSF news and upcoming events. On Fridays, we also send a brief email outlining the weekend's events. If you send us an email at flame@uusf.org The Flame will be sent directly to your inbox.

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INTERFAITH WINTER SHELTER

UUSF is currently hosting the Interfaith Winter Shelter
now thru March 4!

A partnership among San Francisco Interfaith Council, the SF Department of Homeless Services, and Episcopal Community Services, the IWS operates in different area churches during the coldest, wettest months of the year, providing shelter and meals to homeless men and women each night. For 30+ years, our congregation has hosted 60–70 guests—men and women—each night during the residency. It is an important ministry of the church and a vital service to the community.


We are looking for volunteers to help cook and serve breakfast Monday through Friday and folks who can help cook and serve dinner on six designated nights. We will also need volunteers to help with food procurement and with evening hosting. All volunteers must be vaccinated (boosters are advised!). We will be observing COVID protocols to make volunteering as safe as possible. If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, follow this link to sign up, or you can contact Gordon Sharafinski at gsharaf@gmail.com, who will be coordinating volunteers, or Hanna Hart at hanna@harts.net. The shelter is always a favorite opportunity to make a difference!

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GET INVOLVED!

“… and Service is our Prayer.”

UUSF relies on all of us to offer our time and ideas in order to build the church that we all know and love! To see a list of volunteer opportunities, classes, and ministries, visit the "Finding Your Ministry" form below. For additional questions, or if you are interested in finding other ways to get involved at UUSF, feel free to contact the UUSF Nominating Committee at NomCom@UUSF.org.

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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING WORSHIP

A Guide for Newcomers

We will address inquiries such as: When are services held? Where are the services? Does attending the service require signing up? May I bring my children? And many more. To learn more, click the button below.

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WORSHIP SERVICES

February 2024

"Is it Pastoral Care, Pastorial Care, or Pastural Care?"

Sunday, February 4, 10:50 am, 2024

(WATCH NOW!)

"The Dragon's Might: A Lunar New Year Celebration"

Sunday, February 11, 10:50 am, 2024

(WATCH NOW)

"Sowing Seeds Together"

Sunday, February 18, 10:50 am, 2024

(WATCH NOW)

"Cathy Lyon Memorial Service"

Saturday, February 24 12:00 pm, 2024

(WATCH NOW)

"What Will You Save?"

Sunday, February 25, 10:50 am, 2024

(WATCH NOW)

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HAPPENINGS

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CATHY LYON MEMORIAL SERVICE

Saturday, February 24, 12:00 pm, Sanctuary/Livestream

A memorial service is scheduled for Catherine Lyon, a long-time active UUSF member who passed away on December 18, 2023, at UCSF Hospital. Cathy was very active with the Society for Community Work, often serving as secretary and chair of the Sponsorship and Scholarship Committees. She was active with the End Zone group as well as the Minister’s Book Club until her death. Pre-Covid, Cathy volunteered as the church receptionist. You are invited to a service celebrating Cathy’s life on February 24th at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary and online, with reception to follow.

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MEMBERSHIP MATTERS!

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NEWCOMER ORIENTATION

March 10, 2024 at 12:30 pm, Fireside Room

Here is an opportunity to learn more about Unitarian Universalism. Join us in the Fireside Room after the service to meet some of our members and learn more about our congregation and Unitarian Universalism in the community.

WORSHIP ASSOCIATES

Please check out this brand-new page on our website. Explore the vast collection of worship service reflections that we have compiled, as well as our Worship Associates. Being thoughtful and introspective is necessary to create meaning.

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FAMILY MINISTRY

Stay up to date with what is happening for our families and Sunday School program by subscribing to the Thursday weekly emails. To be put on the email list, please contact Rev. Laura Shennum at lshennum@uusf.org.

CALENDAR

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FROM THE COVID ADVISORY GROUP

Recommendation for close contacts of cases.

  • If you have new COVID-19 symptoms, you should test and mask right away.

  • If you do not have symptoms, and are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection and would benefit from treatment, you should test within 5 days. 

  • If you do not have symptoms and have contact with people who are at higher risk for severe infection, you should mask indoors when around such people for 10 days. Consider testing within 5 days after the last exposure date (Day 0) and before contact with higher-risk people. For further details, see CDPH COVID-1​9 tes​​ting guidance​.​

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you have questions, suggestions, resources or want/need clarification, please reach out to our Covid Advisory Team at covidgroup@uusf.org.

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