January 2, 2022 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am
Zoom Only
Rev. Jim McConnell
Sunday Service: "Dealing with Anxiety" @ Zoom Only

This Sunday,  January 2nd we begin a new year.  Our theme for January is: Mental Health.  The focus for the service is Dealing with Anxiety.

It will be an intergenerational service. The service will be on Zoom. The main idea is: Acting with compassion and kindness is one of the best ways to conquer anxiety. To that end the kids (and the adults who want to join in) are going to make a Thread of Life. Acting with compassion is like a Thread that connects us back to Life and its mystery and goodness. To make the Thread, the kids are going to make a paper chain. The adults can help by making their own chains which will also count as part of the thread.
Later in the week, Joanne Krettek will send out an image of a piece of paper pre-lined so that it can be printed out on your printer and cut into strips.  That way anyone can take part at home.  Everyone will have a chance to pledge a certain amount for each link in the entire Thread (The sum total of all the links in all the strips). A penny or half penny per link is suggested. The proceeds will go to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee or the World Food Program to be used as food aid for hungry kids in Afghanistan.
If we get a few people to pledge, we can send a nice amount of money to help people who really need it. We will be taking pledges by Chat during the Announcements or you can send them to our Office Administrator anytime. Additionally, we now have an anonymous donor who will match all pledges. Everyone who participates will, at the end of the service, enter the number of links in their chain in the Chat so that the total amount of links can be multiplied by the total pledges to yield the amount of the donation which will then be matched by our donor.  The amount to be donated will be announced by the end or shortly after the end of the service.
When we resume in-person services, you can bring your chain to church and it will be joined in the greater chain.
P.S. It is okay to cut up a bunch of strips ahead of time.  The chains will be started when the service begins.  You can use a stapler, glue, or tape to make your chain.  The hope is that we will have at least 500 links in our cumulative chain, though a 1000 or more links would be truly great.
P.S.S. Now would be a great time to email your pledge per link of the entire chain to the Office Administrator at office@berrienuu.org.