Rev. Al Boyce

First Universalist Church of Turner Center

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August 2020

Greetings, Friends,

Adapting, and the need to be adaptable is just a part of life. As I write my August "musing" I am keenly aware that the art of adapting has been in all our lives for the past five months. For Andrew and me it has been things like: seeing our children only through masks and social distancing; visiting my mom at Assisted Living through a window; doing our jobs with precautions (more than once I had to return to my car at a business entrance to get my mask); being present for loved ones as they shared their pain of isolation. And then there is our own fatigue with the process that changes how we gather in groups, publicly in church, schools, and family gatherings for the foreseeable future. I also know we are up to the challenge.

While it is not safe to return to public gatherings, we are getting close to being able to gather occasionally outside in small groups. Currently, a s chaplain, I see up to 6-10 people outside: wearing masks and sitting 6 feet apart. I have offered to see members via lawn chair chats one-on-one and continue to offer that should any of you wish. Nancy Clark is organizing a small group outside Lawn Chair Chat for the first of August. If you are interested in joining us, please contact her to indicate your interest. While we are in need of adapting for the sake of safety, we are also making progress in taking steps to be with each other in community as we progress toward a new normal. I applaud everyone for our efforts in adapting to our new ways of being together.

Serving you continues to be a sacred trust.
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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