The South Bay food pantry will be open every Saturday in May from 11 am - 12:30 pm.
Our virtual annual meeting will be held on Sunday, June 28th at 1 pm. Please plan on attending to hear about and vote on important issues and learn about how things are going in our church. More detailed information about meeting URL and virtual voting process will be coming soon. See you there!
Hillcrest: bring your food donations to the Hillcrest parking lot every Saturday from 8am-9am. Deliver bags and boxes to the bed of Dana Tomlinson’s dark grey Ford pick-up truck with camper shell.
South Bay: deliver donations directly to the food pantry from 9:30am - 10 am. Get directions to either location.
Peanut butter is our most frequently requested food! We cannot buy it in bulk, so your individual donations of 1 or 2 jars makes a difference! Our other frequently requested items are:
Please join us on the First UU website home page on Saturday May 2nd, 2020 for the online Ordination of Everett Howe. Many UU ordinations include a laying-on of hands, where the people present give a blessing to the new minister and their ministry by a physical connection. The physical connection part is not going to be possible due to the need to stay safe through social distancing so instead, Everett has requested that anyone who is inclined can write a one- or two-word blessing for his ministry in large thick highly-visible letters on a piece of paper and take a selfie with the message. Messages can be anything from "Good Luck" to "We're With You" to whatever you like. When finished, email the photo to EverettsOrdination@gmail.com by midnight on Monday, April 27. We'll make a slide show of the photos we get and show it as part of the online service. As Everett says, "Seeing your friendly faces and your blessings will be a gift to start me on this new phase of ministry with a sense of the loving community that has supported me throughout. Thank you!" Remember to email your photo in by midnight on Monday, April 27th.
It’s time for preparation and submission of your Ministry Team / Affiliate Group / Committee reports for our 2020 Annual Report. Click here for your report instructions and template. Refer to our 2019 Annual Report here, and submit your reports and pictures no later than Friday, May 15 to Rose Riedel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the top 8 jobs where the pantry could use more support.
Here’s your video Easter gift from First UU Church! Take a moment to enjoy the wonderful flowers in bloom on our Hillcrest campus this week. Photos by Ray Evans. Music: “Morning Mood" from the Peer Gynt Suite by Edvard Grieg.
Both one-time and monthly sustaining donations help us stay open! No amount is too small, or too large.
To donate by check:
Make your check payable to FUUSD, write "SB Food Pantry" in the memo line and mail to to FUUSD, 4190 Front St., San Diego, CA 92101, Attn: Robie Evans.
To donate by credit card:
Go to firstuusandiego.org/donations.html.
Follow the steps and under "Fund" select "SB Food Pantry."
Remember to select the frequency for your donation.
Photos by John and Peggy Holl. Click for a larger view.
Because we’re doing all we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and staying at home, we won’t be gathering for our traditional Seder ritual and dinner. And we still want and need to acknowledge this important time. Passover begins tonight at sundown and ends at sundown on April 16th. According to an article in Sunday’s Union Tribune on Religion and Spirituality, many know this year’s Passover will be different. While gathering together with families and strangers for the traditional meals will not happen this year, they can happen virtually. Even in the most traditional practices of Judaism, permission from Rabbis has been given to use social media platforms to gather virtually for the Passover ritual and meal. As Rabbi Laurie Coskey says, “We’ll all have our tables set with our ritual foods, and we’ll all come together as best we can. …Although no theological significance can be attributed to the pandemic, a sense of the vulnerability for our humanity and our need for connection is heightened at a time when we cannot be comforted by our loved ones or beloved rituals in ways we have in the past.” However, she says, “rituals and connections are what nourish our humanity” and so Passover will be observed. Here’s a link on how this year’s Passover can happen for you. May this year’s observance inspire deeper connections to all you hold dear. https://jewishfed.org/news/events/webinar-how-host-virtual-seder
Church member and psychologist Lynn Northrop and her colleague Amanda Mendez are sharing an important tool for self-care in the time of COVID-19. This tool, rooted in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, was created by psychologist Russ Harris. I hope you find this helpful and my deep appreciation to Lynn and Amanda for sharing this tool. ~ Rev. Kathleen Download a worksheet based on the video worksheet en Espaniol | worksheet in English.
We want you to participate in our Flower Communion. You’re invited to send a selfie with a flower and email your photo to Tony at Tony@firstuusandiego.org Please send it by Thursday, 4/9/2020, at noon. Thanks!
Hello friends. It's Meditation Monday. Here to lead us today is Rev. Kathleen.
During this time of physical distancing, it is more important than ever to maintain our social ties to our communities. This is why we will be taking our Social Hour online, starting Sunday, April 5th!
Join us on Zoom after Sunday service for an opportunity to chat in small groups with friendly faces that you would usually see in Bard Hall or on the Patio. Feel free to bring your own mug of coffee or tea to sip while connecting with folks.
The Social Hour meeting will begin at 10:30, using the meeting ID 824-042-297. This meeting will require a different password each week, which will be communicated during the Sunday Service Live Stream - so stay tuned! If you have trouble accessing the meeting, please contact Jenner at email@example.com.
This Zoom meeting will include the use of Breakout Rooms so that we have an opportunity to talk in small, randomized groups and can avoid the chaos of all being in the same meeting at once! Please see the below tips (courtesy of Rev. Sharon Wylie from Chalice UU Congregation) that should help you navigate this new method of doing Social Hour in a way that is enjoyable for all!
By Maureen McNair
In December last year, Rev. Tania gave the go-ahead to open a food pantry at our South Bay campus. Since then, our members and friends jumped right in with their labor and donations. Today, volunteers keep the pantry open three days a week. We have already distributed thousands of pounds of food to our congregants and the wider community. We will continue to grow.
The in-person pantry volunteers and donors of food and funds are the heart and soul of the food pantry. It is a testament to our congregation's deep commitment to this pantry that every single time the pantry has needed something or someone, that need has been immediately fulfilled.
There are many donors and volunteers whose names are not in this article. It is not for lack of gratitude. It is, happily, due to lack of space! Our pantry would not, and will not, exist without your sustained support.
In these unusual times, I want to use this unusual opportunity when there is lots of available space in The Window to provide a glimpse into how our pantry operates.
Where does the pantry get its food?
f Covid-19 had not changed the food supply chain, our volunteers would have been picking up free and discounted produce and other goods from a local grocery store with which we have been paired by Feeding San Diego (FSD), one of the two major food rescue organizations in the county. Our ﬁrst food distribution with FSD had been scheduled in March. Now, as FSD continues to navigate their daily changes, they continue to be a weekly source of information for us.
Meanwhile, the pantry continues to get nearly all our food through your food donations and by purchasing food at retail grocery store prices.
Prior to Covid-19, we could purchase food in bulk at grocery stores. Now, the only two retail outlets that permit bulk food purchases seem to be The Dollar Store and Costco. With most stores limiting the number of items each person may purchase, the pantry heavily relies on a web of decentralized food donations from people like you who can pick up and donate that extra bag of rice or pasta.
What kind of food does the pantry distribute?
Our only goal is to distribute healthy food. Pantry storage space is very limited so we gratefully accept canned, bagged, and boxed food which we assemble into bags that compose a few meals. For instance, a typical bag might contain rice, beans, diced canned tomatoes, canned vegetables and fruit, tuna, and a jar of peanut butter.
Through Kate Webb’s magical relationship with a Facebook group, the pantry also received a donation of a used refrigerator and a used chest freezer within 30 minutes of Kate asking for them! Since Mike Dorﬁ picked up the appliances from two households not associated with the church, the pantry has also been able to store and distribute fresh produce and dozens of loaves of bread.
The best shelf stable food to donate is:
Canned tuna, chicken, fruit, vegetables, beans, chili, diced tomatoes, soup Jars of marinara sauce and peanut butter. Boxes and bags of rice, beans, mac ’n cheese, and other pasta.
Fresh produce and bread is best delivered during hours the pantry is open so we can distribute them immediately to clients. Our refrigerator and freezer are relatively small, and we must store undistributed live food in them — and not on shelves — for proper pest control.
What types of hygiene products does the pantry distribute?
We have distributed about 4,000 baby wipes. They ﬂy off our shelves.
Who are the pantry clients?
Most pantry clients are families. We do not ask for ID or any proof of income. Anyone who asks for food receives it.
The pantry reaches local households who need extra food through a variety of social service agencies in the South Bay with which we have developed relationships. A few unsheltered individuals also stop by from time to time. We provide sandwiches, canned food with pop-tops, and can openers to anyone who needs them.
All the pantry volunteers eagerly look forward to the day when we can mingle with our clients and welcome them more warmly.
Congregants are also more than welcome to use the pantry! People are finding themselves laid off from jobs. Rents, already too high, and mortgages are due. Stop by during business hours or make a private appointment to shop.
A food pantry only needs three things to stay open: food, volunteers who show up on time ready to work, and clients. We have all three. The South Bay Food Pantry is humming along because our congregation truly acts on our weekly affirmation that service is our prayer.
Thank you, all!
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