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Sunday Morning Service Jan 31 10:30 AM

In the Pulpit: Ministerial Intern Julia Jones
Sermon: "The Lessons of Winter"
Late January holds little question about what season we are enduring. The slog of winter has a relentless brutality that has left us buttoned, zipped, chilled, and likely a little weary of the whole thing. What can winter teach us that we still want to learn? Perspectives from earth-centered religions, from science, and from Henry David Thoreau suggest that even now, The Lessons of Winter life is actively being born. What role will we play?

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The service can be viewed at any time after 10:30.

The coffee hour link on Zoom for after the service will be posted at the end of the service on YouTube. We hope you will join us!

BUC Spotlight

"Ask for help when you need it; offer help when you can."

To help us through lonely days during these times of Covid, Rev. David's Contact column offers hope.  You can read the poem To the New Year that begins his article by clicking on the Contact link on the left of this page.

"The days are getting longer, but it’s deceptive: they’re getting longer by what feels like microscopic increments. The cold and the snow and the long slog ahead to spring may to suggest despair as a viable option. The wisdom for a moment like this is deceptively simple: Ask for help when you need it; offer help when you can.
I’m a practical person, and there’s some part of me that feels asking for help is a burden or an imposition – or, even worse, that I need to know just exactly what my problem is and just what the solution is before I reach out. Maybe this is your experience too: you feel crummy inside, and so you decide to wait until you stop feeling crummy before reaching out. But when the struggle is with isolation – whether in your head or in your house – it’s ok to just reach out. In fact, that is itself part of the solution.
Call a friend with a cat and ask them how their cat is doing. Email a friend and tell them the least funny joke you know. (Mine: why do you never see elephants in trees? Because they’re so good at hiding.) Call someone from church you don’t know too well and tell them Rev. David said to ask for their favorite cookie recipe because it is now, apparently, a religious obligation to eat cookies. You’ll get connection and cookies out of it: a win-win.
As much as the new year brings a new beginning it can be a difficult time. You don’t have to do it alone. We’re a community of care, and support, and bad jokes, and cookie recipes, and compassion. Ahead comes the walk toward spring, toward vaccination, toward hugs and handshakes and singing together again. We’ll get there, together: our hopes, such as they are, invisible before us, untouched and still possible.
In hope,
Rev. David"

Christmas Trees at the Castle - A Beverly Tradition

We SOLD OUT of our Fraser firs this season!

Thanks to all our loyal customers and new customers for supporting the Castle Keepers: Members of Beverly Unitarian Church

MERRY CHRISTMAS - See you next year! 

Julia's Message

Julia's message is taken straight from the November issue of our church newsletter, Contact. It's worth reading, more than once.
"From the Ministerial Intern
There is a squirrel in my backyard; well, there are many, but there is one in particular that we see a lot of. First we saw him checking and rechecking holes in the flowerbeds. Then we saw him tackling the bird feeders. Lately he’s taken to sitting in the hanging basket we put squirrel food in and just chowing down. He knows a good thing when he sees it; he also knows that his search may get harder soon and he really is working hard to make it through the winter.It’s gotten me to thinking that many of us are going to have a more challenging winter than we’ve had in other years. And I wondered what we could do, following the example of the squirrel, to prepare. I think the answer to that is probably different for everybody, but I suspect that for most of us, finding ways to stay connected is going to rank pretty highly on the list of helpful things to do. Some wonderful folks here at BUC have come up with a few ways to make that easier that you’ll be hearing more about in the coming weeks; I encourage you to really consider taking advantage of those offers of connection. I’ve taken, in recent weeks, to buying a few greeting cards every time I’m out and sending a few out each week. It feels so good to reach out and I am already enjoying the return mail.What would help you feel plugged in during the coming months? Can you plan a little to make the colder time better? If I lived closer, I’d leave a bucket out for BUC folks –maybe chocolate or mints, greeting cards and notepaper instead of corn, but it would be good to see you there, gathering what you need.Be well friends. We can get through this together, even when we are apart.~ Julia"

Exciting Challenge for Castle Restoration Donors

We are thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has offered to match every new gift dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000 during the month of August.
Meaning, the impact of gifts will be doubled this month!
More than $60,000 of work is still needed on the north parapets and the “baby turret” wall. This was only discovered after the restoration began on May 29th.We are compelled to complete this work this summer while the scaffolding is still in place and reaching this new and unexpected challenge will make that possible.

Gifts can be made online at givinsbeverlycastle.org or by checks to the Castle Restoration Fund delivered to the Castle at 10244 South Longwood Drive, 60643

Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis is temporarily canceling the Sunday evening meditation until further notice. For more information please click redlotussangha.org.
We hope to resume the meditation and dharma talks in the next few weeks.

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