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Mission Fund Drive: How Will The Future Look?

This year, the Mission Fund Drive will begin on March 1. This is the time to renew your pledges to East Shore to support our mission for 2021-2022. Please give generously, and from your hearts. It’s best to think of what East Shore means to you, and what that means...

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From the Minister: Our Democracy

The 17th century English dissenters who settled New England were very idealistic. They sought to strip away pretense and vanity to establish “pure religion,” and hence were called by many, including eventually themselves, “puritans.” They’re typically depicted as...

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Board Buzz: Reshaping the Wax

What’s the new normal and when will we get there? One thing is certain. When we return to services on campus, we will be experimenting with a hybrid model. Some can attend in person while others continue Zooming in. As with anything tried for the first time, the...

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Staffing Updates, March 2021

Nicole Duff Becomes Director of Membership Development by Evelyn Smith, Board of Trustees Your Board at East Shore is very happy to inform you we have given Nicole Duff a promotion. Her new title is Director of Membership Development and she will also now join the...

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Welcoming Congregations Team Members Needed

In 2001, East Shore Unitarian Church became a Welcoming Congregation, the UUA’s program for welcoming the LGBTQ community. The UUA has since come out with a renewal program, one they hope each congregation will complete every year. After twenty years, Director of...

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RE-Flections: HUUGS!

HUUGS: Huge Unitarian Universalist Gratitudes & Snacks! Gifts for Young Adults We sent out Valentine’s Day care packages to several young adults in the extended East Shore community. We had them packed on our February Soul Saturday-our stuffie sleepover just...

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Calling All Kids… and Kids at Heart!

We’re introducing this new section for our Beacon newsletter! We want to help connect you (our RE kids) to the Beacon! This will be a section with lots of fun, facts, and activities for you to do at home with your family or by yourself. For this edition, we’re gonna...

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Seabeck Update 2021

Beloved Seabeck Community, Sadly, the Seabeck Planning Team has decided to cancel 2021 Seabeck Memorial Day Weekend. We discussed many possibilities, hopes, and options, and concluded that there is too much uncertainty about whether or not it will be safe to meet in...

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COVID Food Relief Team & Jubilee Reach

Your COVID Food Relief Team is very proud to be partnering with Jubilee Reach to help provide weekly groceries for approximately 725 families representing over 3,000 people. This is an amazing ministry. East Shore is contributing groceries for 15 families, which...

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From the Minister: Midwinter

I know as well as anyone how hard it can be to get going this time of year, in the midst of February’s hard wind and weather. And this year, amid COVID, it can be even worse. But our forebears have been here before. Among the ancient Romans, from whom our modern...

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Board Buzz: A New Year, Not Quite a Clean Slate

A new year, not quite a clean slate, but  almost. Since last summer, I’ve used these metaphors have come to mind, in this order, to describe your Board’s work: cleaning out the muck, building a foundation, laying tracks, and putting sand on those tracks. In real terms...

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RE-Flections: Qualities

Friends, What are the qualities that you want to cultivate in yourself these next several months? At East Shore, we believe that how we do anything is how we do everything. Now, we're not always consistent, routine people, though some of may be, and some of us may be...

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Beloved Conversations Spring 2021

Beloved Conversations—the signature offering of The Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School—is a program for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact...

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Announcing: East Shore Outdoors Youth Adventures!

Online engagement has tried and tested our group! We miss the excitement and joy that comes from being in person. Since last spring, HS Youth has met for several months twice a week online, offered a virtual Youth Worship service, and had a wonderful virtual youth...

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News from the Music Department: Choir in Covid

It has certainly has been an interesting time for musicians. When the pandemic hit and East Shore made the wise decision to close to in-person meetings, the staff and ministerial team went to work on how to best craft virtual services that would be engaging,...

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How Can I Give to the Endowment Fund?

In a recent posting, we gave thanks to the church members from a number of years ago who set up and donated to the East Shore Endowment fund so that we could benefit today. And we suggested that it's our turn, those of us who have some financial wherewithal, to donate...

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ECAM Supports Free Tree Pick Up

Would you like to improve your neighborhood and help Bellevue increase its tree canopy? A new non-profit organization, 300 Trees, is offering six kinds of native trees at no cost to Bellevue residents.  The different species are deciduous or evergreen, small or tall,...

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I come to East Shore to be with warm and open hearted people, who care about the world and work to reach out and heal as many people both near and far as possible.” -Amanda Strombom