Rev. Al Boyce

First Universalist Church of Turner Center

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June 2020

Greetings Friends,

Sanjo Jendayi wrote: "Sometimes you can't see the road ahead but as you keep going, it gets clearer. Stay the course as the fog of life dissipates." Wow, does that feel like where we are just now, due to the unknows of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As often, during these past couple of months, I have been reaching out by phone to members and friends by way of checking in to get the emotional and spiritual pulse of the congregation. I have been met with humor about the restrictions, as well as acceptance, frustration and loving concern for each other. Everyone I spoke with shared how they miss our gathered worship, face to face and heart to heart. Likewise, almost everyone expressed wonder about how long it would be before such gathering is possible while ensuring everyone's safety. I want to applaud the Board for diligently, and responsibly, delving into the myriad of issues that must be addressed, that takes into account everyone’s well-being and looking at ways we might need to do church differently for a while (One UU church is considering doing "Lawn Chair Circles" when they resume.)

So, who knows what our gathering may need to be like. What I do know is we will get through we are tough; we love each other enough to do the right thing; church does not stop just because we are not in the sanctuary. So, please do connect with each other in ways that are safe. That may be by phone, email, zoom, 6 ft physical distancing outside etc., until we find creative ways to resume. Please support the board in any way possible as they seek to provide guidance during this time while keeping us all safe.

In your service,
Rev. Al

We will not have services at the church during the Covid 19 pandemic.

We do, however, have some video chats from Rev. Al on Youtube. He sends out a "virtual service", with a chat and some hymns, on Sunday and a mid-week meditation on Wednesday.

Rev. Al Boyce
Rev. Al Boyce.
Portrait by Elise Klysa, Belgrade, Maine. www.eliseklysa.net

First Universalist Church of Turner Center
450 Turner Center Road (Rt. 117), Turner Center, ME 04282
(207) 524-7741

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