This page lists the Joys and Concerns submitted by our members and friends while the church is closed and we are holding “virtual services”. Feel free to submit your own Joy or Concern!


Mandy finds joy in her Connections Group

Joy entered by Mandy Bray on September 18, 2022

Mandy Bray was thrilled to reconnect with her Salem friends in Wednesday's Connections Group on zoom. Living in California, away from all of the friends she's known for 20-some years while visiting her folks in Salem, Mandy misses "all y'all", but this Connections group was especially comforting, as numerous zoom group members knew and loved my folks, and it helped me to feel 'home' which was right on time for "the path of belonging." I can't wait to see what life brings me along with next month's theme of Courage!....I just wish I could zoom after church, but I still watch services on YouTube, and I'm very grateful for that.

Send Birthday Wishes to Mary Bray

Joy entered by Mandy Bray on September 15, 2022

My Mom, Mary Bray, turns 89 on September 23rd. She remembers UUCS and everyone fondly and if you want to send her a card or photo it will be much appreciated. If you need the address, contact the office.

Congrats to Ed Kramer's daughter

Joy entered by Ed Kramer on August 5, 2022

Last weekend, I attended my older daughter Caroline's wedding in Seattle. She was a beautiful bride (What father would think anything else?) and her new husband is an outstanding young man. Please join me in wishing them health and happiness as they begin their life together.

Bonnie Hummel needs your healing thoughts

Concern entered by Lisa Liermo / Sara Pickett on August 4, 2022

Our UUCS member, Bonnie Hummel, has been struggling with health issues. In our recent heat wave, she went from Salem Hospital to Avamere Salem Transitional Care, Room 320 B. The facility address is 3445 Boone Road SE, 97317. Please send her love, light, and healing! Visitors and magazines also welcome.

Ri is moving to Honolulu

Joy entered by Ri Kovac Britton on July 24, 2022

Hey good people, it's Ri Kovac Britton with some life changing news. I am permanently relocating to Honolulu, Hawaii to pursue my gangsta rap career! I've already spoken with a recording studio and the name of my record label is Cosmic Psychotic Bionik Baby Gangsta Records! I am more than ready for a change of scenery and Rev. Rick tells me there is a UU congregation in Honolulu! It's been my sincere honor and privilege to be part of UUCS for nearly 23 years! I love you all very much and am anticipating Great Things! Thank you all! - Ri

My Aunt has passed

Concern entered by Jane Maute on July 23, 2022

My Dear Aunt Gen passed away today at the remarkable age of 104. Still it was hard. She led a happy and fulfilled life. She loved swimming and dancing, and art, was a unitarian too, and is survived by three children. She and my uncle Gene were the best.

Iris is healing and the front garden has a new caretaker

Concern entered by Iris Sea on July 19, 2022

I am hopefully now recovering from cancer surgery on Tues. That means I will no longer be
able to continue all the fun I've had with the landscaping jobs of the church for over 25 years. No longer able to maintain the front "Welcoming Garden". Cora Clark is stepping steps in to help... please offer her your help.

Healing thoughts for Connie's friend

Concern entered by Connie Anderson on July 18, 2022

A near and dear friend of mine recently received a lung cancer diagnosis. She is scheduled for a very intense surgery July 27. Please keep her and her husband in your thoughts and send positive energy for a successful surgery and easy recovery.

Healing thoughts for Leslie Z's friend

Concern entered by Leslie Zeigen on July 18, 2022

Prayers for my longtime friend, Susan, who will undergo breast cancer surgery on July 21

Lyndsey Houser has passed

Concern entered by Lorraine Donaldson and Guy Hallman on July 9, 2022

We are heartbroken to report that our dearest friend, Lynda (Lyndsey) Rose Fields Houser took her last breath in this world at 11:15 am Wednesday July 6. She passed quietly surrounded by her loving family. The joy she brought to everyone in her life will last forever.