• Black Lives Matter Poster

    Black Lives Matter Poster
    Download here: Black_Lives_Matter_Poster-1.pdf
  • Third time’s the charm!: REALLY gathering to discuss Parable of the Sower, August 19

    Third time's the charm!: REALLY gathering to discuss Parable of the Sower, August 19
    Third time's the charm!: REALLY gathering to discuss Parable of the Sower, August 19
  • August 9, 2020 Bulletin

    This is the last bulletin for a while. Find out plans for the future here.
  • Intergenerational Water Communion Water Drop-off – Aug 12 & Aug 23, 2020

    Intergenerational Water Communion Water Drop-off - Aug 12 & Aug 23, 2020
    The annual Water Communion service will be on August 30 this year. We hope you can participate in this annual ritual of ingathering. To share, bring a small amount of water (think pill bottle size) to UUCPA on Wednesday, August 12, 12:30-2 pm and Sunday, August 23, 12:30-2 pm. Securely shut and attach ...
  • Stewards of the Month for July 2020

    Stewards of the Month for July 2020
    Stewards of the Month: Kevin Crane and Barbara Smith-Thomas Our Stewards of the Month for July took on the dragon of bureaucracy and won UUCPA a PPP loan of $89,000 to help cover staff salaries. We have been paying all of our staff through the pandemic, and this loan helps us continue to do so. Odds ...
  • Special Thanks to Dick Clark for Years of Service on The Bulletin

    Special Thanks to Dick Clark for Years of Service on The Bulletin
    Endless thanks from all of us to Dick Clark, Editor Extraordinaire, Paragon of Patience, Gracious Grammarian, Lord of Layout, Composed Compositor of Crucial Congregational Communication. He has produced The Bulletin week in, week out, for mumbledy-mumble years, bringing us the news, bringing us together, and at his request, we are reluctantly allowing him to set ...
  • The Bulletin is taking a break, what are the plans for its future?

    The UUCPA bi-weekly Bulletin will be taking a break for a while (Aug. 9, 2020, is the last one) and we wanted to let you know what the plans for its future are.  We know that many people rely on The Bulletin to keep up to date with UUCPA happenings.  However, since Dick has decided ...
  • Weekend Women has openings in Zoom Women’s Group

    Weekend Women has openings in Zoom Women's Group
    UUCPA women’s groups provide confidential, deep connections. Our Sunday women’s group, Weekend Women, currently meets on Zoom on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month from 1 pm – 2:30 pm and has room for new members. Contact Mary Grebenkemper at weekend-women+owner@uucpa.org.
  • Bridge is back!

    Bridge is back!
    The Second Friday Bridge Club has finally accepted the fact that this pandemic is going to be with us for a while and has decided to move online. We will still be playing at 7 pm on the second Friday of the month.  We will play our games on Bridge Base Online and join a Zoom ...
  • Monthly U.S. Mail Packet for UUCPA Children and Youth

    Monthly U.S. Mail Packet for UUCPA Children and Youth
    Each child, PreK through grade 8, will receive a monthly packet via U.S. mail from UUCPA. This packet will include fun puzzles, games, and coloring pages. Packets will also contain some serious material as well, some of it designed to coordinate with the weekly Story for All Ages in the Sunday service. The first monthly ...
  • Sunday school starts Sept. 13, 2020

    Sunday school starts Sept. 13, 2020
    Sunday school will begin on Sept. 13, a month later than usual. This gives Children and Youth Religious Education Committee and Dan a few extra weeks to finish developing online curriculum. Please register! The registration form can be found on our website.
  • Two Sunday school time slots this year

    As we did in the spring, we’re going to keep offering classes for different age groups at different times. Families have told us this makes it easier for them. Red class (preschool) and Green class (gr. 2-3) will happen from 9:30-10:15, before the worship service. Yellow class (gr. K-1), Blue class (gr. 4-5), Neighboring Faith Communities (gr. ...
  • Coming of Age family meeting on Sept. 13, 2020

    Coming of Age family meeting on Sept. 13, 2020
    The popular Coming of Age program for grades 8-10 will be offered this year on Sunday evenings from 7-8 p.m., beginning in December. There will be a family meeting, for both youth and their parents, on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 7:00 p.m. More details will be in next month’s newsletter.
  • Family check-in gathering before intergenerational Water Communion on August 30, 2020

    Family check-in gathering before intergenerational Water Communion on August 30, 2020
    This year, Dan Harper will host family check-in gatherings before intergenerational services. This is a chance for kids to see and interact with their UUCPA friends, and also to learn a little bit about what to look for in the upcoming intergenerational service. On Sunday, Aug. 30, the first family check-in will happen, from 9:45 ...
  • Elder Journey rides again – August 25, 2020!

    Elder Journey rides again - August 25, 2020!
    Tuesday, August 25, 1:30-3 It’s been too long since we gathered! We’ll share around the circle on the topic, “Shelter in Place: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,” with Amy facilitating. All self-identified elders are invited. If you need Zoom help, please contact Amy (parishmin@uucpa.org) or BJ (bjwishinsky@uucpa.org) a few days ahead, and we’ll get ...
  • Brown Bag Books resumes in September 2020

    Brown Bag Books resumes in September 2020
    Just as a reminder, the September  Brown Bag Books book is “Unsheltered:  A Novel” by Barbara Kingsolver, Fiction (She) “captures both the price of profound change and how it can pave the way to for future generations but also for a radiant, unexpected expansion of the heart” O:  The Oprah Magazine Please join us to discuss this ...
  • New Virtual Reclaim Our Vote Events

    New Virtual Reclaim Our Vote Events
    Join Elsa Schafer and/or Linda Henigin on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 8:30 PM starting on August 6, 2020 and continuing until September 24, 2020 to write postcards for Reclaim Our Vote. If you need postcarding supplies, email Linda at lindahenigin@uucpa.org and she’ll get you all set up. Join us on Google Meet, every week. To get ...
  • July 26, 2020 Bulletin

  • Get-Out-the-Vote Virtual Letter Parties

    Get-Out-the-Vote Virtual Letter Parties
    Did you see that Anne Frahn will supply you with letters to write to help get out the vote in November?  Are you interested in chatting with others while you write your Get-out-the-Vote letters for Vote Forward?  Kristi Iverson will be hosting a weekly virtual writing session via Zoom every Sunday afternoon in August and ...
  • White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy Class to Expand

    White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy Class to Expand
    Over the past year, Amy has been periodically offering a class entitled “White Folks Dismantling White Supremacy”.  In Amy’s classes, attendees have listened to some of the Scene on Radio podcast series called “Seeing White” and had discussions of racism in our culture.  The Action Council and the Adult Religious Education Committee are now sponsoring ...
  • Upcoming Bulletin/Weekly Update Deadlines

    The Bulletin is taking a break while UUCPA is closed to in-person events. Please subscribe to the UUCPA Weekly Update email to stay up to date with UUCPA events and announcements. Submissions for publication in the Weekly Update Email (which is sent on Saturday mornings) can be sent to publicity@uucpa.org. The deadline ...
  • Continuing one service at 10:30

    Dear UUCPA folks,Leadership from numerous areas of UUCPA life confirms: having one service on Sundays not only requires less volunteer effort, but is an asset for other kinds of programming. So we will continue to hold services just once per Sunday morning, 10:30, all in one “room,” until we resume our in-person services. Remember that if ...
  • Water Communion is coming up – Drop off your water

    We hope you can participate in this annual ritual of ingathering. To share, bring a small amount of water (think pill bottle size), securely shut, and attach a label with your names and a word or phrase you would like to guide you over the next year. (If there are multiple members of the family, ...
  • Zoom Tips for Sunday Services, Part 1

    Zoom Tips for Sunday Services, Part 1
    Since Zoom online conferencing has become so important to us, this is the first in a series of Zoom tips. Send your Zoom questions for future posts to BJ at bjw@uucpa.org. Note: Zoom will hide controls until they are needed. If you don’t see any of the controls described below, tap on the screen or move your mouse ...
  • Campus Workdays are Back – First Saturdays @ 9 am!

    Campus Workdays are Back - First Saturdays @ 9 am!
    Feeling cooped up?  Want to get out and help out?  Campus workdays are back (usually on the first Saturday of each month)!  Of course, we will be careful and keep social distancing in mind.  There are plenty of outdoor tasks we can focus on.  Please wear a mask and we’ll also take attendance in case we ...
  • July 12, 2020 Bulletin

  • Weaving the Web

    Weaving the Web
    One of the biggest challenges about online church, for me, is the loss of casual contact. I am used to seeing about 200 of our folks each Sunday. It’s a chance to see how people are doing: using a cane for the first time? looking sad? sitting with a new friend? If someone brings something ...
  • Membership Engagement Update

    Membership Engagement Update
    I think a lot about the various pathways one might take from first checking out UUCPA to becoming deeply engaged in and contributing to the community. That is part of my job as your Membership Engagement Coordinator, of course. I am joined in this work by both ministers and volunteers, particularly the Membership & Growth committee ...
  • From the Associate Minister of RE • Rev. Dan Harper • July 2020

    From the Associate Minister of RE • Rev. Dan Harper • July 2020
    It’s summer, and the pace of congregational life has slowed down. Except it hasn’t slowed down for the Curriculum Subcommittee and me. We are in the middle of developing all kinds of programs that don’t require us to meet in person. We don’t expect to be able to have in-person programs for children and teens for ...
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover Memories

    Stuffed Animal Sleepover Memories
    Ms. and Mr. Bear, with the help of Dr. Sharpie, show some of their favorite photos from the stuffed animal sleepover that took place at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA) on June 19-21, 2020. https://youtu.be/d3O56GVVYEE
  • Save the Date for Water Communion on August 30

    We will celebrate Water Communion on August 30, 2020. Stay tuned for more details.
  • Give to UUCPA with Givelively

    Give to UUCPA with Givelively
    UUCPA is now accepting donations through a new platform called Givelively, which allows you to give online using ACH transfer, Apple Pay, Google Wallet, or a credit card. When you go to our website, go to the “Give” page to get started. You can also text one of five codes to “44321” to give using your ...
  • A Message From Amy…

    Oh no! My system for collecting flower photos via e-mail had one little hole in it, through which several people’s beautiful offerings fell. I apologize most profusely. It must have been so upsetting to attend the service and not see your flowers. Now that I have discovered these photos, I hope I can make something ...
  • June 28, 2020 Bulletin

  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover Updates

    Stuffed Animal Sleepover Updates
    Although humans can’t gather at UUCPA, stuffed animals still can! The Stuffed Animal Sleepover happens at UUCPA this weekend (June 19-21, 2020). The sleep-over begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. Mr. and Ms. Bear will be the chaperones, and Dr. Sharpie Ann will post photos of their activities to the UUCPA Facebook page. ...
  • Invitation to Support People of Color, June 23 – 28

    Invitation to Support People of Color, June 23 - 28
    The UUA recently announced a national partnership with Reclaim Our Vote (ROV), one of UUCPA’s UU the Vote Partner organizations.  A number of you have already written postcards or made phone calls with ROV to people of color in various states, encouraging them to register to vote, to request a mail-in ballot, or to go ...
  • Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington – June 20

    The Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington is going digital! The Mass Poor People’s Assembly and Moral March on Washington is a 2.5-hour program that will be broadcast on Saturday, June 20th at 7 am and 3 pm PDT, and again on Sunday, June 21st at 3 pm PDT, on June2020.org. This will be ...
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy discussion is postponed

    Tonight’s planned discussion of The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler, is postponed to a date to be determined shortly. Apologies for any inconvenience!
  • Your flower photos are requested!

    We celebrate Flower Sunday on June 21 at 10:30, and your flower photo will make it wonderful! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTeHo75eC64
  • Gallery exhibit opens: Visual Prayers by Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale

    Gallery exhibit opens: Visual Prayers by Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale
    Most of the time, our Main Hall lobby is an art gallery with work by local artists, UUCPA members or staff, or the occasional traveling exhibit. The Rev. Stefanie Etzbach-Dale’s show, Visual Prayers, which was originally scheduled for that space for June-July 2020, is now online. Stefanie frequently combines her spiritual practices, her art as a ...
  • June 14, 2020 Bulletin

  • Weaving the Web – June 7, 2020

    Weaving the Web - June 7, 2020
    Here are a few things that happened at UUCPA in the week leading up to the June 7 service. Naturally, I changed the topic to address the surge of protests and demands for racial justice taking place around the country. (The originally-planned service, on creating community at a distance, will take place in July, if the ...
  • Coming up: June 21, 2020 is Flower Communion!

    Coming up: June 21, 2020 is Flower Communion!
    The Flower Communion is an annual service in which we each bring a flower, create an altar full of bouquets, and end by each taking away a flower that another person brought. Founded in 1923 by Czech Unitarian minister Norbert Čapek, this ritual was spread all over the United States through the leadership of his wife ...
  • Gathering for LGBTQA+ folks – June 19

    Gathering for LGBTQA+ folks - June 19
    Folks of non-hetero orientations and non-cis genders, come join a special social time! Everyone will get to know each other via interesting check-in questions and just enjoy seeing who else is part of the family at UUCPA. Your UU-adjacent friends are also welcome. Friday, June 19, 12-1:30 on ZoomPassword-protected; for the password, RSVP to ...
  • NEW! Zoom video class – Using Zoom

    NEW! Zoom video class - Using Zoom
    Using Zoom – A set of classes taught by Susan Owicki via Zoom. As we of UUCPA shelter in place, we are using Zoom software as a tool for maintaining our programs and our connections with each other. I’m proposing a set of classes to help interested people use Zoom more easily and effectively.   Class A.     Participating in Zoom ...
  • Sunday Morning Meditation moves to 9:30 am

    Sunday Morning Meditation moves to 9:30 am
    Now that UUCPA is conducting one service (at 10:30 am), the Sunday Meditation will start at 9:30 am. UUCPA folks who would like to be added to the zoom invitation list for this should email sundaymeditation@uucpa.org or contact Eric Bier directly. —Marilyn Austin
  • Spring 2020 Chalice Lighters call supports UUCPA (donations due June 30)

    Spring 2020 Chalice Lighters call supports UUCPA (donations due June 30)
    This call went out to Unitarian Universalists all over northern California, northern Nevada and Hawai’i. Members of our congregation are allowed to give also. 😉 And if you want to be part of UUs helping each other make strong UU communities everywhere, please sign up to be a Chalice Lighter and you will receive future ...
  • 2020 UUCPA Bass Lake Camp Canceled

    2020 UUCPA Bass Lake Camp Canceled
    UUCPA Bass Lake Campers, Skylake Yosemite Camp informed us today that they are canceling the family camp for the weekend in August 2020 that we were scheduled to attend.  Skylark had already canceled their regular children’s camp and the family camps planned for May. They said they will mail us a full refund and, as soon as we have that money, we will be ...
  • Working in Solidarity with Black Lives

    Working in Solidarity with Black Lives
    On June 7 Amy posted a rare social justice update to Announce and CRE Parents because so many people have asked, since the murder of George Floyd, “What can we do? What should we do?”–especially as an almost unprecedented wave of protests has been breaking all across the country, and many would-be protesters are understandably ...
  • All-Member Calling Underway–Join In!

    All-Member Calling Underway--Join In!
    Please expect a friendly call in the next few weeks from a UUCPA volunteer reaching out to every member, friend, and/or Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) parent/guardian. We have over a dozen callers, but it’s not too late to join them, so if you’d like to be a caller, please e-mail Melissa Valentine at mvalentine@uucpa.org. All callers receive training and support, ...
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