Loss of a beloved member

On Wed., Jun. 26, the UUCF community lost a beloved member, Carol Jensen. A member since 1996 and on staff from 1997 to 2017, Carol died after a struggle with cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends. We share deep sadness with Carol’s husband, Kurt, and their daughters, Laura Brown (and husband Shawn) and Diana Robbins (and husband Karl). Carol is also survived by her beloved granddaughter, Amelia, Laura and Shawn’s daughter. UUCF staff will communicate details of a memorial service when they are known.

Sanctuary support volunteer training

Sat., Aug. 3, 8:30-11 a.m., Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Ln., Bethesda, MD. Register here. Questions? Email sanctuary@cedarlane.org or call 301-493-8300 and leave a message. Training conducted by Cedar Lane’s Sanctuary Leadership Group and supported by the Congregation Action Network and UUCF’s Committee for Immigration Justice. Cedar Lane UU Church has provided physical sanctuary for Rosa Gutierrez Lopez since Dec. 10, 2018. All interested volunteers are encouraged to attend this training. It takes about 275 volunteers monthly working in shifts to sustain this effort. There are opportunities for many different types of participation. Spanish speakers are encouraged to participate. Everyone must have a background check completed before they can […]

“Reflections on Being the Lay Minister for Social Justice”

Jun. 24, 2019. By Wini Atlas. What is lay ministry? Perhaps it is many things to many people. To me, and for many reasons, it is a joy. Through my two terms as a lay minister at UUCF – most recently as lay minister for social justice – I have nourished my soul, made many new friends, participated in meaningful activities and had some sorrows along the way, but learned so much from those and learned to consider mistakes learning experiences. Lay ministry was a part of UUCF when I joined the congregation 28 years ago. In the mid-1990s, I took a yearlong course to learn the ins and outs […]

“Roots, Wings and Grain Offerings”

Date: Sun., Jul. 21, 10 a.m., Sanctuary. Worship Leader: Josh Long, music and membership coordinator at the UU Church of Annapolis [MD]. Music: Josh Long; Wei-Han, piano on hymns. Religious Exploration: RE Fun & Fellowship this month. Kindergarten and older begin in the Sanctuary for Together Time after which they go to the Chapel for snacks, fellowship and supervised play. (Children are always welcome to remain in the worship service with their families.) Youth will remain in the Sanctuary for the rest of the service. Child care available in the Sanctuary Nursery through age 5.

OWL facilitator training

Fri., Aug. 23, 3-9 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 24, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sun., Aug. 25, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UU Church of Arlington. Are you interested in becoming a facilitator for the 8th Grade or High School Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education curriculum? Sign up to attend this comprehensive training. Attendance at all sessions is required to earn the certification. Registration is limited to 20 participants. Several meals are provided. The UUCF Religious Exploration program can cover the $340 expense for one or two adults who are willing to take this training and teach in the UUCF program. Contact Diana Tycer if interested.

RE Ambassadors wanted for 2019-20

If teaching Religious Exploration (RE) does not appeal to you, perhaps being an RE Ambassador might be a better fit. RE Ambassadors welcome new families, provide information on RE programs, assist with morning setup, support children who need to step out of class, help in classrooms as needed and maintain safety protocols. Volunteering as an Ambassador fulfills the requirement to participate significantly in RE program operations once every 3 years. Contact Melissa Campos-Poehnert to sign up for the 2019-20 congregational year.    

All-Congregation Retreat

Fri., Aug. 30-Mon., Sep. 2, Big Meadows area at Shenandoah National Park. Campsite reservations opened in March and sites are filling up. If you are considering joining other UUCF families for a Labor Day weekend of fun, fellowship, adventure and worship, please reserve a campsite as soon as possible. (You can always cancel your reservation if plans change.) Most UUCF families book sites on the D Loop. If you prefer to stay in the Big Meadows Lodge, make your reservation here.