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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown
This past year Lakewood, N.Y., native and resident Sally Naetzker Baer has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Ukraine.
In 2022 she spearheaded the raising of more than $670,000 in aid and support and made frequent visits to the country. She has driven a van from Poland into Ukraine with supplies and returned with refugees.
Naetzker Baer will tell of her experiences at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown’s (UUCJ) 10:30 a.m. Sunday service on January 29, 2023.
Her inspiration is her faith and knowledge that The Light always overcomes the darkness. She will share about the light and hope of the money raised from 700 donors and volunteers during this difficult time for Ukraine and the world.
With her husband, Tom, Naetzker Baer and their three youngest children moved to Ethiopia in 2009 and spent most of their time there until 2016. They taught English in Kazakhstan and Nepal and volunteered throughout the United States. When their plans to move to Kazakhstan were disrupted by the pandemic, they returned to Lakewood, where they reopened and redesigned their gift shop into an old-fashioned toy and candy store.
To learn more, friend Sally Naetzker Baer on Facebook. Donations to support her work can be made at 6 Baers Toy & Gift Shoppe, 50 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood, N.Y., or at her website BaerEssentials.org.
Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which are held as strong values and moral guides. Her message reflects the Principles of: (1) the inherent worth and dignity of every person; (2) justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and (6) the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
Bryan Heath is the service leader. A social time follows.
Participation can be either in person at 1255 Prendergast Avenue in Jamestown or online. To join virtually, use the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to support and celebrate each other, encourage spiritual and individual growth, and serve the wider community.
Learn more about the UUCJ at UUJamestown.org or on their Facebook page facebook.com/JamestownUU.