We'll be back together again for in-person, outdoor worship services on the patio at our Hillcrest campus! Masked, reasonably distanced, and with a clear expectation that all who can do so will be fully vaccinated. This includes a booster.
By Maureen McNair
This past Saturday, pantry volunteers gave away food to a record 252 heads of household. Surely, we broke the 1,000 person barrier when we look at how many people are actually receiving the food we distribute. Our prior record had been 226 heads of household.
Our food pantry distributes food to a lot of individuals and families. On Saturdays, we track the food we give out to the “heads of household” who actually walk through our food distribution line. The heads of household report to us when they enroll how many people live in their homes.
Starting February 15, 2022, the Rev. Kathleen McTigue will begin her six-week time with us as our next Minister in Residence. You can read more about Rev. McTigue in this month’s First Words, on page 6. Our current Minister in Residence, Rev. Deanna Vandiver will be ending her time with us in this role but will continue to work with us, along with Rev. Dr. Denise Graves, in our restorative process, Unfolding Peace, throughout this calendar year.
by Maureen McNair
During 2020, when Donald Trump was US President, Congress responded in a variety of ways to what we did not then know would only be the first year of the covid-19 pandemic. One way Congress responded was to enact legislation to empower the US Department of Agriculture to pay farmers to send food into communities experiencing food insecurity. The idea was for pantries like ours to find volunteers, find people in need, and distribute those USDA boxes.
Q. When can we all meet, in-person and outdoors?
Q. When can our choirs rehearse outdoors?
A. We're looking at the end of this month.
Risk levels in San Diego are still "Severe," but we believe a drop, even down to "High," could be enough for us to meet outdoors safely. The team will meet on February 12 to make decisions about in-person outdoor services for late Feb. and early March. Our best guess about when the Omicron wave will pass its peak is anywhere between now and March 1.
Down the road, a further risk-level drop to some fraction of "High" could be enough for us to okay meeting indoors, though we have no guess about that timeframe. We do know that waiting to reach "Medium" could be forever, so that's not our goal.
By Nancy Fisk
Marshall Voit began working in January for First UU as the new Music Director. So far, he’s very impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the welcome he’s received. When in-person singing is allowed, he’ll be directing the Chalice Choir and the Women’s Choir. Until then, he’s collaborating with the other music staff members on our worship services. A native of San Diego, Marshall went to high school in the Poway Unified School District. He credits them with a foundation in music education that has led to his career in choral direction, singing, and playing musical instruments. Raised in the Jewish tradition, his father is a Jewish music leader, and his mother is a rabbi.
by Maureen McNair
Leo Casas is the property manager for the strip mall in Chula Vista where our South Bay Food Pantry is located. I do not know what I would have done without Leo for the last couple years.
Leo is a tall, gently-spoken bilingual senior citizen who is still noticeably in love love with his wife of many years. They met as teenagers in Mexico. They have children and grandchildren now. I hear stories about them, the food they bring over for holidays, the son who is an architect in Santa Monica who does not make it home as often as Leo would like. Leo is a man a devotion, who also treats the strip mall and pantry with the same care I would expect from an owner. He and his wife live near the food pantry. He has an intuitive understanding that the work we do is for the community.
The First UU Church of San Diego blog is your resource for upcoming events and past event recaps. Leave us a comment to let us know what you think!