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!


Ardith Chambers lost a grandchild

Concern entered by Cora Clark on October 9, 2020

Very sad news, Ardith Chambers’ granddaughter Joleen B Berry was hit by a car while riding her bicycle home from work in Keizer and passed away today. She was 26 years old. Please give your condolences to Ardith at the loss of her dearly loved grandchild. Ardith resides at Hidden Lakes.

Healing thoughts to Cheryl Nemazie

Concern entered by Ann Hanus on October 9, 2020

Cheryl Nemazie, who is with the NEO Fund and is our partner in Nicaragua for Microfinance Projects, just learned that she has Stage One Breast Cancer. This is especially poignant since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Cheryl compiled and edited the NEO Fund videos shown at our October 11 service. She is passionate and very dedicated to helping the most desperately poor around the world. We send her healing thoughts as she begins her treatments.

Transitions and thanks

Joy entered by Joel and Carolyn Woodman on October 3, 2020

This is a year of life changes and transitions. We sold our home of 47 years and purchased a condo, getting relief from the garden labors and steps that were becoming increasingly problematic. Our heartfelt thanks to Sara Shatto, UU member and superlative real estate agent, who facilitated both the sale and purchase of our properties. She did a lot in of education, hand holding, counseling, and reassurance. I know we weren’t the easiest clients. With Sara’s patience and guidance we eventually achieved closing. THANK YOU, SARA!

Sad news from Gary Swanson

Concern entered by Gloria and Alan Holland on October 2, 2020

We are very sad to learn that Gary Swanson, the artist who gave us our beautiful stained glass window, lost his home in Gates during the recent fires. Alan and Gloria had the opportunity to visit Gary at his home/studio in 2018 as they commissioned a window for the Hollands’ home. This is a tremendous loss for an incredibly talented artist.

Re-connect with Ardith Chambers

Joy entered by Cora Clark on October 2, 2020

Ardith Chambers is back in Salem, and happy to be in Oregon again. She has returned to Hidden Lakes retirement facility after 6 years in Virginia near her eldest daughter. She is eager to reconnect with the UU community in Salem.

Mourning the loss of her mother-in-law

Concern entered by Dyna Hermann on September 25, 2020

My mother-in-law Erzsebet passed away in Hungary on September 13. She was the rock of her family. She is greatly missed. Please say a prayer for her and for my husband Nándor. Thank you.

Finding joy in community

Joy entered by Lisa Liermo on September 13, 2020

With the seemingly relentless layers of sorrow confronting us all, it’s comforting when we continue to reach out and offer encouragement to each other and also to ourselves. These are the times that remind us to practice all of our teachings on love and compassion, and we know how to do that!

Anguish and concern for folks affected by recent fires

Concern entered by Beth Anne Huffine on September 11, 2020

Sharing my concern (that I’m sure others have) for all who are impacted by the fires in the area. I am relieved to have just learned that several people I know made it out okay but have lost everything and had very traumatic experiences. I am grateful they are alive. Awaiting information about one more person. I hold our UU members in my heart hoping that they and their loved ones are okay.

Pat Malette’s Sister Needs Your Positive Thoughts

Concern entered by Pat Malette on September 5, 2020

My sister just found out she has a spot on her lung. I’m scared for her and will do everything I can to help her through this. Healing thoughts for us both, please.

Emma Kreger recently injured in an accident

Concern entered by Sharon Pierson on September 3, 2020

Emma Kreger and her husband were in an off-road rollover accident recently. Emma suffered a broken clavicle as well as many bruises. Her husband also had minor injuries. Emma says that her neighbors are helping with some meals and she welcomes any healing energy you can send. She expects to be out of the office until September 12. You can send you healing wishes to