Sunday, October 11 - 10:00 a.m.

Whose Covenant? Part 2: Interdependence
Rev. Dara Olandt

Who’s “in” the covenants we create? In our personal lives? In our collective life at UUC? What about in our larger society? Who is “in” and who is “out”? What does our living tradition have to say about interdependence and the web of life? If you have a pet who has died, we welcome you to bring a picture to this Sunday service. We will also hold a ceremony welcoming new members into the congregation.

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Children's Religious Education

 Classes are for PreK-grade 8 children; Nursery care is available for younger children. Children should visit the sanctuary with their parents for the first portion of
the service; teachers will escort
children to class.
See RE curriculum.
Sunday Circle
Meets the 1st & 3rd Sundays from 8:30-9:30 AM. On Sunday, October 11, member Dean Mook discusses one of mankind's greatest inventions - mathematics. All are welcome.
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Giving 1/2 the Plate Away

 Each Sunday, UUC donates 1/2 the collection plate to local charities and UU-affiliated organizations. This Sunday's recipient is Virginia CARES which operates a state-wide network of ex-offender reentry programs.

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Upcoming Events and News Highlights


We Have a Partner Church!

Our new partner congregation is in Szentivanlaborfalva, Transylvania, Romania! Besides learning a little more about Unitarianism in Transylvania, this will be an incredible cultural opportunity for the adults and children of our congregation. Next steps might include pen-pal relationships, an actual visit and sermon by them in Blacksburg, and even travel by some of us to visit them! Visit Szentivanlaborfalva Unitarian Congregation’s Facebook page. To learn more, come to our next Partner Church meeting at 11:30 AM on Sunday, October 25.





Blessing of the Animals

On Sunday, October 11 from 11:45 – 12:45 PM, we will hold a blessing of our animals on our UUC grounds (Sanctuary if raining)! We’ll honor the web of all life and the “covenant of all creation” in this simple practice. We also celebrate the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi and all of those prophetic voices who have championed the animals of the earth. We celebrate and acknowledge our feathered, furry companions. Please bring your live pet companion to the ritual. You may also bring a picture of your animal if you cannot bring your live pet. Children may bring a stuff animal if they wish to have their stuffed animal blessed!


"Our Year of Living Bravely"

This fall we embark on a process of self-examination and inquiry that we have dubbed, “Our Year of Living Bravely.” The kick-off event will be a workshop held October 17 led by Rev. Robert Latham, a UU minister who has helped numerous congregations imagine their futures. He will help us to revisit, redefine, and remap our Vision, our Mission, and our Covenant with one another. See our newsletter for more information on this process. Please view the workshop brochure which includes a registration form for all those interested in attending. Registration is also available online at (preferable method). Please register by October 4.


CROP Hunger Walk

Our UUC & Friends CROP Walk Team will gather on Sunday, October 18 at the Blacksburg library. Register in the Community Room, and at 1:00 PM be ready to begin a 2-mile walk on the Huckleberry Trail. You can participate by being a walker, a donor or both. Join our team for a fun walk & talk by simply arriving at the Blacksburg library before 1:00 PM or by signing up on our CROP Walk website. On the right side, there are buttons to join the team or donate. Additional information will be available at the Community Services Team (CST) table in Elarth after Sunday services.


Introduction to Unitarian Universalism

Whether you are a long-time UU or new to our faith, join our minister, Rev. Dara Olandt, on Wednesday, October 28 from 7-8:30 PM to learn more about our faith and living tradition.


Save the Date! Mark Your Calendars!

UUC 2015 Service Auction and FUNdraiser


Plans are well underway for the 2015 Silver JUUbilee Service Auction and FUNraiser. The fun will begin at 5 PM on Saturday November 7. We need YOUR HELP! First we need you to visit the auction website to donate items and services that we can all bid on in both the live and silent auctions. Login info is included. The 2015 categories are: Artwork for walls; Baskets; Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Events; Entertainment & Activities; Food Items; Gift Certificates & Tickets; Hand-made Treasures; Miscellaneous; Services; Vacation, Lodging; and YoUUth Donations. Check it out - several categories already have offers available! The minimum bid for any entry is $5.


Please have all donations for the Silver JUUbilee auction entered by midnight October 25. Computer challenged? There will be paper forms available at the Service Auction table after Sunday services. Second, we need you to volunteer to help with the auction by setting up, bringing food, helping with data entry, cleaning up, and more. Volunteer sign-up sheets will be available at the Service Auction table. Finally, we need you to be there on November 7 to bid, buy, and enjoy at our largest annual FUNdraising event. A wonderful Under the Sea children’s party is being planned by our creative Rachel Craine, so watch for details. Questions? Want to help? Contact