2020 Weekend of Service
Sat., Jan. 18-Mon., Jan. 20, 2020
The Weekend of Service is back for another year! UUCF is sponsoring a Weekend of Service in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Help make the world more caring and just by participating in one or more projects. Projects are available for all ages. Project sign-ups here.
If you can’t join a project, you can still help by donating supplies for several projects. Donations can be deposited in marked boxes in the Sanctuary Commons and the Program Building lobby.
- Used crayons.
- Canned and boxed food (will be donated to Cornerstones).
- Travel-size toiletry items, specifically disposable razors, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes, toothpaste, tissues, Band-Aids, lip balm, deodorant, powder and sunscreen. (Middle School students will assemble the items into packets during their regular Religious Exploration class on Jan. 19.).
Fri., Jan. 17
Friday Night Worship Series, “The Courage and Conviction of Children and Youth” family-oriented worship service with project.
Potluck dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the service, Sanctuary & Commons, no sign-up required.
Sat., Jan. 18
Make Reusable Shopping Bags, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Music & Arts Room.
The UUCF Climate Action Group is collaborating with Virginia Green Baggers, which collects fabric, makes it into reusable shopping bags and hands them out at various environmental and community events. Volunteers are needed to cut and/or to help sew the bags (bring a sewing machine if you have one). If you can bring a sewing machine, let Loretta Rowe or Nancy Smith know because this information will affect the number of volunteers who are able to sew.
Casserole Making, Baking and Delivery to Embry Rucker Shelter, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Social Hall Kitchen.
Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Children must be supervised by adults. Up to 40 volunteers will make tuna casseroles and macaroni and cheese casseroles from 10-11:30 a.m. Baking will take place from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Social Hall and Sanctuary kitchens. Two drivers are needed to deliver the casseroles to the shelter between 2-2:45 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch, 12 p.m., Social Hall.
The Social Hall will be available for families that would like take a lunch break between projects. Please bring your own lunches. No sign-up required.
Card Making and Crayon Sorting, 1-2:30 p.m., Chapel.
Card making for a hospital or nursing home and the Crayon Initiative sorting. Families work together to create cards and messages for people who are sick and elderly who are lonely. Children ages 8 and older. Must be accompanied by an adult. The Crayon Initiative collects used and unwanted crayons donated from restaurants, schools and homes across the country, then melts them down and remanufactures them, reducing environmental waste. Wax crayons are made of petroleum, and never biodegrade. The recycled crayons are distributed to art programs at children’s hospitals across the U.S., brightening the lives of young patients.
Sun., Jan. 19
Special RE Workshop. No sign-up required.
Mon., Jan. 20
Emergency Evacuation Paths for the Safety of Our Kids, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., meet in the Commons.
UUCF needs to create paths through the woods behind the Program Building for the young people of the congregation. These paths need to be well marked, clear of debris and easy to run along. This project will involve clearing brush, branches and small trees, laying mulch and marking the edges of the prepared paths with straight downed trees and branches. This project will probably require about 30 volunteers. Sure-footed folk with strong backs and good stamina, and a few volunteers knowledgeable about pruning, are especially needed. Plenty of easier tasks that everyone can help with, too. Please dress appropriately for the weather; layers are suggested so they can be adjusted depending on the level of activity. Family event; supervised kids old enough to contribute are welcome. UUCF has some (often older) tools, so we encourage volunteers to bring your own shovels, rakes, mattocks, loppers, pruners, weed whackers and work gloves. Anything you bring should be marked with your name. Light snacks and water/coffee/cocoa will be available throughout and group will break for lunch about 12 p.m.
28th Annual Gun Violence Prevention Vigil and Advocacy Day, 2-6:30 p.m. (bus leaves at 11 a.m.), Richmond, VA.
Join the Brady Campaign for the annual MLK Day Vigil and Advocacy Day for Gun Violence Prevention in Richmond. Honor the lives of Virginians killed by gun violence and meet with legislators to advocate for policies to reduce gun violence in the commonwealth. Sign up to participate and to reserve a seat on the bus. Questions? Email UUCF contact Mary Paxton. Please be advised that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency for Monday, citing credible intelligence that gun-rights extremists, out-of-state militias and hate groups from across the country may be planning to incite violence.