Blessed Beltane: A Ritual of Balance

Sat., Apr. 27, 4:30 p.m., Memorial Grove (Social Hall in bad weather). All genders welcome, ages 16 and up. We will honor and celebrate the divine balance of both the sacred feminine and the sacred masculine within us all. Bring your own sacred chalice for drinking (it will be blessed on the altar). This can be as simple as your favorite coffee mug or as elaborate as you wish. Please bring fresh flowers for the altar (these will be gifted to Mother Goddess and Father God after the ritual). Questions? Contact Misti McCloud or Janet Cushing.

Help tend UUCF campus grounds

Fri., Apr. 19, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Mon., Apr. 22, 1-3 p.m. Come either or both days. Meet at the Hunter Mill end of the parking lot. Bring water and work gloves. UUCF has tools. Questions? Contact Karen Grycewicz. The UUCF grounds are in bloom with redbud, Virginia bluebells, phlox, golden groundsel and more. Come help Karen Grycewicz and other volunteers plant more flowers to beautify our grounds. Canceled if heavy rain or thunderstorms.

Easter requests

On Apr. 21, Easter Sunday, we’ll celebrate with a Flower Communion and Easter activities for young people. Everyone is invited to bring flowers for the flower communion and a dozen hard-boiled eggs, colored or plain, to be used to make the traditional egg salad sandwiches. (No plastic eggs, please.)

Reduce your carbon footprint

Sun., Apr. 21, 10:15 a.m. & 12:15 p.m., Commons. Play the Carbon Footprint Game! We’re focusing on home energy use, which equals 16 tons of carbon emissions per person each year! We will suggest specific ways to cut your carbon footprint – some save money, some cost money – but they all cut carbon. Join UUCF’s Climate Action Group in covering the large black Carbon Footprint with stickers showing our commitment to carbon-saving activities. Televisions, radios, computers, clocks, computers and game consoles consume power even when they’re turned off! Stop by the Commons table after services for the list of carbon-saving activities and the stickers.

Full Growing Moon Circle

Thu., Apr. 18, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Grove. We gather under the April full moon to increase our awareness of ourselves as co-creators of our world. All women, cis, trans, gender non-binary, gender fluid folks who wish to honor the Divine Feminine within and beyond themselves are welcome! No need to bring anything but be prepared to be outdoors. Bring a portable chair if you need one; there are a few benches for seating.

UUCF Community Chorale

Rehearses most Thursdays, 7 p.m., Sanctuary. Check the calendar. Questions? Contact Laura Weiss. Open to high schoolers and adults. Drop-ins welcome. Performs two Sundays a month. This ensemble represents the deep spirit of community building at UUCF; no experience needed. Practice music and recordings are provided when possible.

Advance tickets for “Voices” benefit concert

Sat., Apr. 27, 7 p.m., Sanctuary. Advance tickets will be available for sale in the Commons after Sunday services on Apr. 21. Tickets: $10/person, $25/families of three or more. Buy tickets here. Reception follows the concert. Sponsored by UUCF’s Racial Justice Steering Committee and UUCF Music & Arts. This collaborative concert features: UUCF Community Chorale, Mosaic Harmony, Temple Rodef Shalom choir and Congregation Olam Tikvah choir. Join us for a reception after the concert. Proceeds benefit The Promise and the Practice Campaign for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. Can’t attend? Please make a donation here.

Men’s Fellowship Group

Thu., Apr. 18, 7:30-9 p.m., Prog. Bldg. Meets the first and third Thursdays of the month. Accepting new members. Contact David Heagy. We offer a safe space for group members to be themselves and to discuss, in confidence, issues we face as men. Each member may determine the issues he wishes to discuss and whether he wants feedback from the group. We also discuss other topics of interest. Members are expected to attend regularly.