Zooming Into Services in August

Do UUs Have a Prayer?

Find out this Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 12:30pm EST during a recorded service by Rev. Bob Wormer where he will be speaking on the topic. The “Do UUs Have a Prayer?” sermon will be facilitated by Nancy Stigaard.

If you are interested in facilitating future sermons, please email us at spiritolifeuu@gmail.com to join the committee.

Welcome Aboard

We have a new Media/Communications Specialist! Please help me in welcoming Tatyanna Cobb to the Spirit of Life UU communication team. It will be her job to update our website and social media. Welcome Tatyanna! So that she is not bombarded with requests, please send any updates for the website and social media spiritolifeuu@gmail.com, to forward to her.

Announcing a New SLUU Logo Contest! Deadline 9/1/2020

Get those design skills warmed up because we are hosting a contest for a new logo that will be printed on our new t-shirts! LET’S GOOOO! PLEASE SEND YOUR IDEAS TO SPIRITOLIFE@GMAIL.COM FOR A LOGO! DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

Share the Plate Update

For the month of August’s Share the Plate, we will be supporting We Love Lake Street! They are helping rebuild business on Lake Street in Minneapolis, MN. that were damaged or destroyed by the civil uprising after George Floyd’s death. They are providing grants in which 86% of the businesses receiving awards are owned by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), or Immigrants and 81% have fewer than 10 employees.

Share the plate is now a month-long collection. Every Sunday we will collect for a charity instead of just once a month. When you send your weekly contribution please consider sending a little bit more.
To encourage charitable giving in 2020, the CARES Act includes two tax provisions that rewards people who donate to charity. As always, please consult with your tax specialist for any tax related advice or items. Please don’t forget to send in your weekly contributions either by a check in the mail or via Paypal. If you use Paypal to donate, please list the Payment Type as “Personal Payment” (SLUU will be charged a fee if you use “Goods and Services”). *Be sure to specify what portion is for Share the Plate and what is for your pledge/weekly donation.

Cultivate Life Through Gardening

Did you know that plants can help you grow as a person? Cool right?! Whether you have a lot of experience growing and cultivating plants, are just a beginner, or have an interest in finding out more, you are welcome in joining the Spirit of Life UU Community Garden. Join the Facebook group for the community garden, volunteer to adopt a garden bed by emailing spiritolifeuu@gmail.com and come and experience the therapeutic power of gardening! Successful produce might lead to a roadside farm stand in the future. #Exciting

Keeping You Posted

Leila, Tobi, Dara, Mo, and Joan will be attending some of our webinars virtually until October to provide recommendations to the board in 2021. Their focus will be in making helping us become even more inclusive and welcoming to all.

Zoom Socials

Do you want to attend more zoom check-in/happy hour socials? The Thursday evening check-in/happy hours have been so popular and successful that we are looking to add another one (morning coffee? afternoon tea-time?). If you agree, please let us know when you would like the additional social hour to be. If you are willing to host the Zoom social, please let us know and we will assist you in setting up the zoom link if needed.

Ongoing Reminders

Questions? Comments? Do you have announcements to share? Please send to Diana by Tuesdays to be included in the Mid-week Newsbyte.

In the continuing service of the health and safety of congregation members and guests, Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists is extending our hiatus from public, in-person services. All worship services will be conducted via Zoom (a video conferencing platform), until further notice. Click here if you would like to download the Zoom application to your computer.

Here are the instructions to watch and participate remotely in the service Spirit of Life UU,
every Sunday at 11am EST:

  • Email spiritolifeuu@gmail.com to request a zoom link prior to Sunday (if you’re able to).
  • On Sunday morning, grab a cup of coffee, juice or tea (optional), then
  • Prepare your laptop or desktop and space for the service,
  • Make sure your is camera on and has the background you prefer (the moderator will handle muting of microphones), then
  • Go to the Zoom link you received in your email – You may have to download the application if you have not used it before. It’s a safe app. You can find Zoom tutorials here, if interested in exploring the platform further.
  • Then sit back and enjoy! We are so glad you are joining this Sunday’s service.