Opportunities for Connection

Settling Into Connecting Virtually

A Message from Rev. DL Helfer
April 3, 2020

Hello, all, 

Apparently, my Wednesday note mentioning a zoom-based RE gathering this Sunday morning left some wondering, “will there be worship offering?”  Yes, each and every Sunday, until we can meet again in person, there will be an electronic worship offering. This Sunday’s worship is “The Promise of Passover.” 

I have also received a number of requests for an online time for Joys and Sorrows, the way we practice each Sunday in the sanctuary. For older youth (16+) and adults, I welcome you to join us this coming Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-7pm.  But a note that this is for Joys and Concerns only, briefly naming those things we might share on a Sunday morning. 

IF what you want is a deeper check-in, please join the check in zoom meetings on Monday at 10am or Thursday at 7pm. That is where we have an opportunity for a check-in, for sharing how we are, and for deeply hearing others. 

So, a reminder of our worship/RE/pastoral opportunities to connect: 

Monday:    10am Pastoral Check- in
Tuesday:    6:30pm Joys and Concerns
Thursday:  7pm Pastoral Check in
Sunday:     10am Audio Online Worship (Available all week)
                    10:30 RE Zoom gathering

With love,
Rev. DL

Fill up Your Own Well

A message from Rev. DL Helfer
April 1, 2020


I’m hearing from many of you how COVID-19 is feeling ever more real in your lives. Understandably so. The worry for others, even more than for yourselves, is palpable. And as I tell anyone who will listen, this makes me love you all even more, that generosity of spirit.

But this is going to get harder, as we all realize, before any sense of ease starts to begin.

So, today my note to you is a reminder, lovingly, to keep filling up your own well.

Begin, perhaps, with this reminder from Bethany of how to do joys/concerns or roses/bud/thorns (as RE calls it) at home. These rituals are important.

This Sunday, at 10:30 am, we invite RE families to join Rev. DL via Zoom so that we may share roses/buds/thorns together. Join here.

Lastly, a reminder that we have Zoom check-ins Monday at 10am and Thursday at 7pm. If you’re feeling grief, alone, fear, we’re here to hold that with you. Join here.

With much love,
Rev. DL

Maintaining a Sense of Hope

A message from Rev. DL
March 28, 2020

Hi, all,
As the time home progresses, I’m finding resources key to maintaining a sense of hope. I’ve included two such resources below:
1) all -ages (and online) cultural suggestions from Johnnie Rodqiguez, and 2) meditation suggestions from Barbara Holtzman. Feel free to send other ideas for sharing.
I can imagine a resource page, where we could go to find options for spiritual sustenance.
(Note: a resource page has been established at Resources to Turn to in These Times)
Tune in, too, on Sunday at 10, to listen to “Heartache and Hope,” this week’s worship offering, broadcast on the UUCSC website each Sunday and throughout the week.
With love,
Rev. DL


How to Keep in Touch

A message from Rev. DL
March 25, 2020

Here are some of the ways we can safely keep in touch while we’re waiting for this health crisis to pass. 

Worship on Sundays 

A worship service Music Director Michael Galib and I prepared will be broadcast on the UUCSC website each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. There is no picture; just sound. Don’t worry if you can’t tune in at 10: a.m. The service will be available to listen to any time later.  

Sermon topics will respond to needs that emerge each week, so they won’t be announced in advance. But the service on Sunday, April 5 will have a Passover theme, and the service on Sunday, April 12 will have an Easter theme.  

E-mail updates during the week 

At least twice a week, you will receive a Constant Contact e-mail like this one that will include congregation news and resources you might find helpful. The mid-week e-mail will include a link to an on-line offering from Religious Education Director Bethany Vaccaro. 

Twice-weekly on-line pastoral sessions 

Twice a week, on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., I will hold on-line pastoral meetings. If you have a computer, tablet, or phone with two-way audio and video capability, you can participate in these sessions using a free software program called Zoom. Download Zoom to your computer or device in advance. At the meeting time, open this link.   

Families with children, if you can think of a way the congregation could provide more support for you, please get in touch with me, Bethany, or the Religious Education Committee.  

The Pastoral Care team have been reaching out to members of the congregation. If you haven’t heard from anyone and you need help— for instance, if you’re older or vulnerable to infections and you need someone to shop for you— please get in touch with me or with Board of Directors President Natalie Herbermann. We have many ways of assisting you, so don’t hesitate to ask. 

If you need to communicate directly with me, all Board members, staff members, and committee chairs have my telephone number, or you can send me an e-mail. Don’t worry if I don’t respond immediately. It means I’m prioritizing more urgent issues, but I will get back to you. 

With love,
Rev. DL