We join together to encourage spiritual growth, 
build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice.

Sunday, March 11 at 9:30 am & 11:30 am.      
"The Second Half of Life"
- The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg
with music by Nick Int Veldt

Invite a Friend to UUCF
Carl Jung said, "One cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life's morning." Do you have friends, family members, or colleagues who have found that the worldview of their family of origin is no longer serving them well in midlife and beyond? Next Sunday's focus on "The Second Half of Life" may be a great time to invite them to join you for a Sunday at UUCF.

Remember to Spring Forward Sunday Morning!

  9:15 a.m. Childcare for Infants to 3 years (Room 119)  
   9:30 a.m. Early Service (Sanctuary)
Children 3rd-grade & younger sung to "Arts & Exploration" (Room 123)
  9:45 a.m. Children's Choir Rehearsal (3rd - 6th grades)
10:30 a.m. Middle Hour Religious Education for All Ages
                   - Friendly Forum: Health Care is a Human Right (Room 125)
                   - Earth-centered Spirituality Service (Chapel)
                   - Religious Education for all ages (classrooms)
11:30 a.m. Late Service (Sanctuary)
11:30 a.m. UUCF Youth Group (Room 125)
Arts & Exploration for children 3rd grade and below (classrooms)
11:45 a.m.  Teens Choir Rehearsal (Chapel)

Friendly Forum: Sunday, March 11, 10:30 a.m. (Room 125): Health Care is a Human Right (HCHR-MD) is this month's Split-plate Recipient. Jim French,  leader of the Frederick County chapter of this public education and advocacy campaign for universal healthcare will speak at Friendly Forum at 10:30 a.m. HCHR-MD was launched in 2012.  We are specifically campaigning now for National Improved Medicare for all (HR - 676), a single payer solution to our failed for-profit healthcare system. Please join us! 
Visitors and new members are also welcome at HCHR-MD's next monthly chapter meeting,  March 8 at 7 p.m. at Friends Meeting House,  723 North Market Street in Frederick. 

This Week

Feldenkrais with Katie Giarth: Thursdays, 5:30 (Chapel)

UUCF Sip 'n Stitch: Thursday, March 8, 6:00 p.m. at the home of Mary Bowman-Kruhm.    If possible, bring contribution to potluck, which is served at  6:30pm.  Stitching after dinner, sipping and talking all evening. Contact Mary, cell or text   301-712-6828   for directions.

UU Buddhists Group Meditation:  Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (Chapel)

Frederick Refuge Recovery Open Meetings: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (Room 113). 

Vanir Blót  (Heathen Ceremony), Friday, March 9th, 7:00 pm:  Elk Ridge Kindred is a small, local group who practice the Norse traditions of Heathenry. On March 9th they will be hosting a blót (pronounced blōt), which is a traditional way of toasting and honoring Deity and our ancestors. For this event we will call to the Vanir, the Gods and Goddesses of nature, fertility and magic. While open to the public, space is limited so we are asking that people make reservations by emailing us at  ElkRidgeKindred@gmail.com  if you wish to attend. Ritual will be held at the UUCF and begins promptly at 7:45 pm. We will also be available at 7pm for an informal information session and Q&A about Heathenry, the Vanir and how a blót works if interested!

UUCF Book Club  , Friday, March 9, 7:30 pm, at the home of Nancy and Dave Hutchins,  6890 Crabapple Ct., Frederick 301-668-8213 .  The book for discussion is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. All are welcome.

Adopt-A-Road: Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. Help clean up trash from Elmer Derr Road.  Park and meet by the sheds in the back of the UUCF parking lot. Coffee & snacks provided by one of our Chalice Groups. Questions: Call/text Dave Hutchins at 301-667-4267.

Rewrite Your Story: Change Your Past to Live a Better Present and Future: Saturday, March 10, 10:00 a.m.  - 11:30 a.m. (Room 113)
We all have stories about who we are, what we have to do, and what we can and cannot accomplish. These stories keep us from living a life we love. But it doesn't have to be this way. In this workshop, fellow member and certified Life Coach Julia Jones will show you a way out. Participants will leave with tools and strategies for examining life events to create new stories that encourage growth, celebrate strengths, and create the freedom to help you find and live your best life. Donations gratefully accepted for UUCF. Register by contacting Julia here.

Yoga for All Ages:Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. (Chapel)

Retired UU Ladies Eating Out (RUULEO): Tuesday, March 13, 11:30 a.m. Wegman's Food Lounge. All are welcome.

Inner Evolution Yoga Group with Julie Hanson: Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. (Chapel)

Daytime Meditation Group: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. (Room 124) 'Early Bird Special' for new meditators at 10:45 a.m.: 5-minute meditation.

Adult Choir Rehearsal: Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. (Sanctuary)

General Announcements
Annual Pledge Drive
Once a year, we invite members and friends of this congregation to make a financial pledge to let us know how much you anticipate giving to UUCF in the coming year. These pledges are a vital part of helping us budget responsibly to fund our mission.
March is Pledge Month at UUCF, and Pledge Forms were mailed last week to all members and friends of the congregation. If your pledge did not arrive in the mail, please let the UUCF Office know. You can also pledge online anytime at frederickuu.org/pledge.
We are asking you to complete your Pledge Form by the end of March, so that we can complete our budget process in time for the congregation to vote on it at the Annual Meeting.
When you complete your Pledge Form, remember UUCF does not ask you to pledge a specific amount.  However, we do invite you to consider what it might mean for you to give generously in this season of your life.
As an incentive to turn in your pledge early, we will hold a raffle for a $100 Gift Card to the Frederick Downtown Partnership. The gift card is valid at more than 170 downtown Frederick stores, restaurants, theaters, and galleries.  


  • Turn in your form by this Sunday, March 11 ---- and receive 2 Raffle   tickets
  • Turn in your form by Sunday, March 18 ---- and receive 1 Raffle ticket
  So remember to pledge early!

Forming a Great Kitchen Team now!  Do you like to cook, bake, or just enjoy working in a team in the kitchen?   On Saturday evening, March 24, our Stewardship Committee is hosting a Wine, Heavy Hors-D'Oeuvres, and Dessert Gala.  We'll be serving a variety of yummy finger foods, as we did last year.  We need a team of wonderful people who can assemble the food during the afternoon, starting at 2 and going until  6:30.  You can work for as little as one hour, or more, of course.  Can you help?  This will be great fun.  The food will be mostly ready but lots of hands are needed for assembly, heating and chilling, and serving.  BAKERS:  The CLC will provide dessert for everyone as a fund-raising Bake Sale, but they really need lots more baked goods.  Can you provide some?  For either joining the Kitchen Team or for bringing baked goods, please contact Nancy Roblin at 301.662.8506 or  nancy.roblin@gmail.com, or sign up on the sheet in the left cabinet in the Atrium.  

UUCF Budget Requests Due 3/12:  As we seek to align our spending with our mission ("We gather to encourage spiritual growth, build a beloved community, and act for peace and justice"), the UUCF board requests that you include in your budget request a brief description of how each requested amount of money will enable your group to help us support one or more areas of our mission in the next congregational year (July 2018 - June 2019). Although the board understands that new opportunities sometimes develop during the year--such that what you propose may not match what you eventually can accomplish-to the extent possible, please specify not only the activities planned, but also the results hoped for. (For example, $XXX for YYY trips/activities to effect change in legislation affecting ZZZ justice issues). The board also welcomes short "wish lists" of other goals/programs/events you'd like to do if we had additional money to give you.  These lists help our long-term planning and stewardship efforts by providing our community a vision of "what might be" if we had more financial support. Please email budget submission no later than  Monday, March 12  to the following three email addresses: treasurer@frederickuu.org; minister@frederickuu.org or atnberte@gmail.com.

Your Circle of Life Cooperative Preschool is now accepting applications for the 2018-2019 School year. We offer weekday preschool for children aged 3 and 4. Our focus is on learning through play, social and emotional skills, and creative problem-solving skills. F or more information, visit us at: frederickuu.org/circleoflife.

Gardening Group: Spring is Just Around the Corner! Rick Anderson, our facilities manager, has asked Alice MacDonald to help coordinate a list of folks who might be interested in helping periodically for an hour or two, as needed, to maintain our flower beds. Tasks could include: weeding, pruning, trimming bushes or planting perennials and bulbs. To join, please email Alice MacDonald at starryskies516@yahoo.com or signup at the Adult Ed closet in the Atrium.

Joys, Concerns & Sorrows

Doug Foard, a longtime, beloved member of our congregation, will have his obituary in The Washington Post this Sunday. A celebration of life will be held for him at UUCF on April 14 at 1:00 p.m. In the interim,
condolences can be mailed to:
Ann Foard
38998 Bolington Rd
Lovettsville, VA 20180-3046
Please do keep Ann and the family in your thoughts or prayers.

Friend of the congregation, Carolyn Marino, was just diagnosed with breast cancer. It was found early, and is at stage zero. Carolyn reports her doctor said this form is 99% curable. She will have surgery next week, then 5 to 6 weeks radiation therapy. She and Paul are in Maine now; Carolyn would appreciate well wishes!
To contact the Pastoral Care Team, email minister@frederickuu.org.
To join our private Joys & Sorrows Facebook Group (open only to UUCF members and friends), visit facebook.com/groups/JoysAndSorrowsUUCF.

Classes and Events

Final Fellowship Festivities, Sunday, March 18, 10:30 a.m. 
Party time! We will celebrate the fact that Reverend Carl has achieved Final Fellowship status with the Unitarian Universalist Association! This is a huge accomplishment and we want all who can to turn out to show their appreciation for Carl's dedication and service to our community. We'll have an expanded selection of treats during the middle hour "Coffee and Conversation". If you attend the early Service, please count on staying after to express your thanks to Carl. If you attend the late Service, please set your alarms a bit earlier that day and join the middle hour celebration.

Retired UU Men Eating Out (RUUMEO): Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 a.m., Golden Corral on Rte. 355. All are welcome on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month.

#MarchForOurLives:  Saturday, March 24, 2018. Join us on a chartered bus from the UUCF Parking Lot to the march in D.C. $39/passenger. Join us on a chartered bus from the UUCF Parking Lot to the march in D.C. No metro riding required!)
Register Now: 
  • Based on the number of people who responded to our initial email, we have reserved two 47-passenger buses, with a total capacity of 94 people. Payment confirmations are being made now by that first round of folks.
  • As of this writing there are 6 additional people on our waiting list, so we need to gauge soon if there is sufficient interest to fill a third bus. 
If you are interested in a seat on a potential third bus, please register (don't pay yet) by following the instructions under the heading "Register" at:

We will make the decision before or around Monday, March 12 about whether to book a third bus. (Note: You may find it helpful to read through the full webpage linked above. Many Frequently Asked Questions about this event are answered there.)

#MarchForOurLives Poster Party: Friday, March 23, 3:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m., UUCF. Join us to make posters for the #MarchForOurLives the next day. Whether you'll be on one of our buses or joining a local sibling march, we'll have poster paper, paint and markers!

UU Buddhist Fellowship Group Meditation/Discussion:  First and Third Sundays (Mar. 4 and 18). Our Sunday morning meetings, 10:30 - 11:20 AM, in the chapel have based our discussions on Jack Kornfield's new book, No Time Like the Present. The book is in Jack Kornfield's usual accessible style with stories for illustration and suggested practices in each chapter. All are welcome, whether or not you have read the book. The program includes a time for meditation. For information or to be added to the Sunday morning emails:  buddhist@frederickkuu.org

Meditation in Everyday LifeMondays, March 26 thru April 9 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Chapel) One often hears that one enters a meditation course to learn to relax. Although relaxing is often one of the byproducts of Buddhist meditation, the true purpose is to be more fully present in one's life, being present on the spot rather than being riveted about according to one's hopes and fears. It is about being open to whatever arises in one's life. Meditation is making friends with oneself and developing compassion towards others. We can learn to develop friendship with our mind, skill in how to work with speed and difficulty, and a sense of humor. The journey continues by slowly allowing that mind to relax within itself. We let go of struggling with ourselves. We train in being awake in the present moment. This program is open to both new and long-time meditation practitioners. It will allow participants to begin a new practice or to deepen one if one has already established a practice. Instructor: Dr. Jerry Webster.
Cost: $60 for all three classes (shared with UUCF). Visit: frederickuu.org/ase for more information.  Register at office@frederickuu.org

Daytime Meditation Group: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in room 124, facilitated by Alice MacDonald ( starryskies516@yahoo.com , 240.815.5406). We will begin with 45 minutes of silent meditation, and everyone is welcome to meditate for less time (5 minutes) and then quietly slip out of the room! All are welcome, beginners to long-time meditators. New to meditation? Join us for our 'Early Bird Special: 5-minute meditation' at 10:45 a.m.!
Inner Evolution Yoga Group with Julie Hanson:  Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. (Chapel). For more information, contact Julie at  julie.hanson@gmail.com .

Feldenkrais at UUCF: Spring Session ongoing on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. (Chapel) led by UUCF member, Katie Giarth. Guided attention and gentle movement with an emphasis on sensory learning. Improves posture, flexibility, coordination, athletic performance, mobility, chronic pain, tension and stress. $10/session). Visit:  brainbodymotion.com/ for more information.

Frederick Refuge Recovery Open Meetings: Thursdays, weekly, 7:00 p.m. (Room 125). Refuge Recovery is a mindfulness-based addiction recovery community that practices and utilizes Buddhist philosophy as the foundation of the recovery process. Drawing inspiration from the core teachings of the Four Noble Truths, emphasis is placed on both knowledge and empathy as a means for overcoming addiction and its causes.  Visit:  www.refugerecovery.org for more information.

Rev. Carl Teaching at Frederick Community College: "Our Grandchildren Redesigned: 21st-century Bioethics," Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., March 13 - April 17: Consider your beliefs, values, and convictions in light of ethical dilemmas in dialogue with your classmates. Learn about the revolutionary gene-editing technology CRISPR and biotechnologies that will boost human physical and mental performance to unprecedented levels. Discuss case studies on the ethical implications of research on human beings, dividing up health care resources, paternalism & autonomy, truth-telling & confidentiality, genetic choices, reproductive technologies, and informed consent. For more information or to register, visit:  frederick.edu/ilr

Social Action News

Split-plate Nominations for 2018-2019 are Open:  Help UUCF's Social Action Committee find 12 deserving charities to be split-plate recipients for our 2018-2019 congregational year. Nominate a non-profit, big or small, to receive half of UUCF's offering plate donations on a Sunday.

Use our online nomination form . Paper forms are available in the UUCF office, Social Action atrium cabinet, and Sundays on the table with the Order of Service.

Return forms to UUCF Office or email to betsybainbridge@yahoo.com by April 15, 2018. 

Friendly Forum, Sunday, March 18, 10:30 a.m.  Mr. Lee Popkin will speak about the John Muir Scholarship, sponsored by the local Catoctin Group of the Sierra Club. This program encourages the next generation of our environmentalists and wildlife conservationists.  One of our own young people, Stephanie Letourneau, received a scholarship in 2016! 
Dismantling Racism Team News

Visit the BLUU website:  www.blacklivesuu.com to register and for more information.

Community News

Apply for Financial Aid for GA: https://www.uua.org/ga/registration/financialaid

Kitsune is a 501c3 educational organization, founded in 2016 by a long-time UUCF member.
Our goal is to create more options for independent living and ongoing education in life skills for a growing population of adults with special needs.

Our focus is on the range of issues which challenge full independence but do not meet requirements for public assistance.

Our inspiration is the people in our lives, family and friends, who rely on a little bit of back up from their family and friends. What will they-especially our children- do when we are gone?
visit: kitsuneinc.org for more information.


visit:  arcfc.org/welcome for more info.

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Have an Event or Notice to Announce?

Use  frederickuu.org/announce to submit contributions for the Order of Service or Midweek Email (both due by Wednesdays at Noon) as well as for posting on the  frederickuu.org website as a separate webpage.  

Submissions for our monthly UNISON newsletter are due by
 the 20th of each month to Tibby Middleton (midken@comcast.net).

For the full calendar, visit frederickuu.org/calendar.