Our Sunday worship is a hybrid format: both in person in the sanctuary and via Zoom* meeting software.  (See below for more details about on-line & in-person services).

 

Upcoming Speakers and Topics 

Jan. 7: Rev. Peter Friedrichs. Do What You Can focuses our minds on what is possible, no more, no less, thereby filling each moment with conscious, practicable endeavor.
Children in the sanctuary for first part of the service.

Jan.14: A God Who Laughs. Becoming an adult is serious business. So serious, in fact, that many of us lose our sense of humor – or, exchange it for something we think will be more useful – along the way. Where will you coax back such essential tools as humor, imagination, playfulness, now that you recognize their value.

Jan. 21: Rev. Ed Poling. Shaped by Testing. At some time in our lives, most of us will find ourselves tossed about and ravaged by some unforgiving force beyond our control. Where do we turn for help and how do we find hope in the midst of such an unwanted and unwelcomed crisis? Have we been abandoned? Where is God in all this mess?

Jan. 28 : Rev. Dr. Paul Britner. A Fearless and Searching Moral Inventory. Beyond the annual exercise of easily expendable resolutions, New Year’s provides an excellent time to undertake a genuine assessment for one’s own self-awareness

Feb. 4 Rev. Peter Friedrichs. Be Who You Are is the hardest task of all.  Simply put, to be who you are is to not “fake your existence. “Each of us is unique, with unique flaws and gifts. The world doesn’t owe us a living; we owe the world a living, our very own.”
Children in the sanctuary for first part of the service.

Feb. 11: Rev. Patrick T. O’Neill. The Shoemakers’ Window. An elaborate stained glass window in the Chartres Cathedral has lessons about the power of ordinary people working together to create something of lasting value.

Feb 18: Mark Bernstein. Eating Well: The Role of Hope in Our Unitarian Universalist Lives. Sir Francis Bacon wrote, “Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.” While hope springs eternal, what good is it if we don’t spring into action? Mark explores the relationship between hope and action and shares his thoughts on our responsibility as Unitarian Universalists to engage in both.

Feb. 25: Rev. Dr. Paul Britner. The Pearl of Great Price. Jesus defined the Kingdom of Heaven as a merchant who sold everything he had to buy a pearl. What might that mean for us? What is our equivalent of the Kingdom of Heaven and, what would we be willing to do to live there?

How to Attend Our Worship

Please log in to Zoom or be in the sanctuary between  10:30 a.m. and 10:40 a.m. The pre-serviced music begins at 10:40 a.m.
Our services end around noon and are followed by refreshments and time to chat.

To attend a service via Zoom, you need the new log in link and password, which are emailed each week on Friday.  

If you aren’t receiving the link, email worship@uuhagerstownmd.org by Thursday to be added to the worship log in list.

*If you have never used Zoom, check out the Zoom Basics Page.

 

Covid Safety Precautions: We are slowly figuring out how to safely be together in person again so be alert for on-going changes.  
  • Masks are now optional for fully-vaccinated and boosted people.Some fully-vaccinated people continue to mask for additional safety; others do not.
  •  If you are NOT fully-vaccinated, we ask you to mask to protect yourself and others.
  • People are asked to mask while singing hymns.
  • After service refreshments have returned.
  • Please be thoughtful with your greetings. Many people are not ready yet for hugging and other close contacts so always ask.
  • Improved Air Quality  The new HVAC system installed in 2020 in both the Martin House and sanctuary should keep us safer as well as warmer and cooler.

    The new system includes an air purification system in the HVAC ductwork. According to the EPA, the combined use of filtration and germicidal UVC light is an effective means of preventing the distribution of airborne viruses in occupied spaces. Our system has a high intensity dual-light system: one light controls bacteria, viruses, and mold spores; the other oxidizes and removes  noxious  odors.  The air goes through the purification system eight times an hour.

 

 

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