News – June 10, 2022
Dear Members and Friends:
I’m sorry to have to begin this email this way. The number of people who were at church this past Sunday, and have reported testing positive for Covid, has increased since we sent notification letters earlier in the week. We know of at least eight people.
We encourage you to wear your mask when in public, including at church. Please social distance as well. While people have been vaccinated and boosted, so the symptoms are typically not life-threatening, we want no one to become infected at church. The Health Advisory Group is meeting to decide whether to make mask-wearing at church again mandatory, and may have made that decision before Sunday.
I hope you were at church this past weekend. We had a really fun and well-attended Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser on Friday night, Saturday was a wonderful Choir Workshop, then Sunday saw Flower Communion and Inspiration Sunday, with Child Dedications for good measure. Then (after cake!) was the Annual Meeting. Our church has been busy, and it isn’t going to slow down much for summer.
Rev. Colin has just left for sabbatical, to do research for his book, so I’ll be in the pulpit a bit more. Plus we have a slate of really stellar preachers to help me out for the next few months, you can check them out here.
This upcoming Sunday I’ll be introducing our monthly theme of “Reimagining Comfort” as well as talking about Pride Month in a sermon titled “The Comfort of Community.” Make plans to attend Dr. Rocke’s Arts Forum “Remembering Juneteenth” the following week between services.
The Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly is coming up in less than two weeks. You can attend virtually from the comfort of your couch if you’d like. See all the interesting events here.
A bit of sad news for us, but happier for her. Soon, Alma, our Membership, Communications, and Spanish Language Ministry Coordinator, will be leaving for other opportunities.
There were several bogus emails to congregants earlier this week from what appeared to be an address for Rev. Colin. Please be careful. If you ever get an email from a minister asking you to reply immediately, or send money or gift cards, it’s not from us! If you ever wonder if an email is legitimate, don’t reply, contact the office.
There is a Community Projects Team Blood Drive Sunday, June 19th at church. Please reserve your space to give here.
Along with the heat and humidity, hurricane season has arrived. Make preparations now, because by the time it’s raining, it’s too late. Go here to download a guide to make sure you’re ready when bad weather hits. If you have mobility or medical issues that would lead you to need special help during a storm, you may consider registering with STEAR so first responders have info about you.
Please take care of yourselves and others, be mindful of your health, and be blessed.
D. Scott Cooper
Assistant Minister of Congregational Life
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston