Sunday, May 24 - 10:00 a.m.

Bridging Service
YRUU (high school youth group) and Rev. Dara Olandt

Today we hear reflections and insights from our High School Age youth. We honor the experience of “bridging” and transitioning to new experiences along life’s journey. All are welcome for this moving service generated by the creativity of YRUU. Come out to support and celebrate UUC’s
incredible young people! 

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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
All are welcome for lively discussion on a variety of topics on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from September thru May, 8:30-9:30 AM. Check back in September.
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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. On Sunday, May 24, the recipient, selected by our teen youth group (YRUU), will be the Kevin Hartley Scholarship Fund. Kevin, of Blacksburg, passed away recently and was known for putting others first.

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Upcoming Events and News Highlights

Stewardship at UUC

Be Generous...With your time, with your love, with your life

UUC relies on the generosity of congregants for support and receives no outside funding. Each spring, members and friends are asked to make a monetary pledge to support the mission and vision of the congregation. Visit our Fundraising page for more information and for links to the pledge brochure and card, and the talent/volunteer form.

Our Stewardship Sunday service, celebrating a Generous Life, was held on Sunday, April 12 with pledge cards and the talent surveys turned inIt is hoped that all pledges will be returned by Sunday, May 17 when we will celebrate together the culmination of our Stewardship drive with a Beloved Community Celebration service followed by an all-congregational picnic.

 

Faith Rooted Organizer Training

Our Social Justice Steering Committee (SJSC) is sponsoring a free training session at UUC on
May 16, 9 AM -5 PM, for community organizing to put our faith values into action. The training is open to everyone and is offered to develop an interfaith coalition to uplift social justice. The leader will be the Reverend Sandhya Jha, founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations in Oakland and the Bay Area of California.

Rev. Jha is also Director of Interfaith Programs for East Bay Housing Organizations, formerly serving as pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland, author of Room at the Table, and is deeply involved in anti-racism/ anti-oppression work. More information can be found at her website <sandhyajha.com.>

This is a rare and exceptional opportunity to learn how we can do the work of social justice more effectively in a community setting - to walk the talk of our UU values and explore connections with our faith neighbors. Please come with us on this journey to justice. To register, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PPZ8RBR or call our office at 540-552-9716. The event is open to the public so invite your friends.

 

 

Intergenerational Harry Potter Movie Night

Friday, May 15 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. Harry Potter Movie Night continues with a showing of the 8th and final movie in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. Plus, we finally learn the truth about Snape! Order pizza when you arrive (optional), and you can enjoy dinner with your movie. We supply the popcorn and drinks!

 

A Special Afternoon of Music

All are invited on Sunday, May 31 at 3 PM in our sanctuary for UUC member Leon Kok’s Farewell Recital before moving to Portland, OR. The free program will feature “The Three B's” - Bach: Sonata in G Major for Viola & Piano; Brahms: Sonata in E flat for Viola & Piano; and Beethoven: String Quartet No.8 in e minor. The program will feature Leon Kok, viola; Susan Barrett, piano & cello; Nicole Paglialonga, violin; and Linda Plaut, violin. Come and support Leon and thank him and his fellow musicians for the many, many wonderful concerts they have given us over the years.

 

Children's Garden Primary School

The Children’s Garden School runs programs for preschoolers age 3-5, as well as a kindergarten program.  Athough Children's Garden is not directly affiliated with Unitarian Universalist Congregation, it is held in rented space in our building.

For more information, visit the Children's Garden website.