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

Sunday, December 3 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.         
"The Meaning of Life: From Confucius to the Dalai Lama "
 - Scot Hull, UU Seminarian
  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 (K - 2nd grades) (Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Middle Hour Religious Education for All Ages
                   - Religious Education (Classrooms)
                   - Friendly Forum: "Why Catal├íns Never Wanted to be Part of
                     Spain" with Doug Foard (Sanctuary)   
10:40 a.m. UU Parenting Forum (Room 125)             
11:30 a.m. Late Service (Sanctuary)
Arts & Exploration for children 3rd grade and below (classrooms)
12:30 p.m. Art Show Opening &  Reception
12:45 p.m. Auction Recap & Review (Room 124)
  6:00 p.m. Full Moon Labyrinth Walk (Chapel)

NOTE: Our UU Parenting Forum moves to Room 125 and the Friendly Forum moves to the Sanctuary during our Middle Hour this Sunday.

Art Show Opening and Artist's Reception: Sunday, December 3, 12:30 p.m. (Gallery/Room 113) . Please join local artist, Anne Gibson Snyder, for her solo show, "On Paper and Canvas." There will be an artist talk and reception 12:30-2:00 p.m. this Sunday, December 3. The show runs through January 14. Call 301-473-7680 for gallery hours.

Auction Recap & Review: Sunday, December 3, 12:45 p.m. (Room 124). If you would like to share your thoughts about any part of this year's auction please join us after the second service  tell us what is on your mind.

This Week

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

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

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

Adopt-A-Road, Saturday, December 2, 9:00 a.m. in front of the sheds in the parking lot.

Sacred Dreamwork, Pt. 1: Saturday, December 2, 1:00 p.m. (Room 113). A few spaces remain for this workshop with Ordained Interfaith Minister, Rev. Rebecca Hill.

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

Daytime Meditation Group: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. (Chapel)

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

General Announcements

UUCF Giving Tree Project: Put UUCF on your wish list!
This holiday season take a moment to honor, memorialize, or just make a meaningful holiday gift to UUCF in the name of a person(s) who are near and dear to your heart. If YOU are the person that would appreciate a gift to UUCF to be on your "wish list", let your circle know! Pick up a Giving Tree Project post card in the atrium for them to give "your" holiday gift to UUCF in your name.

Turkey Drive 2017 Wrap-up: From Frederick County Progressives, our partner, in the Turkey Drive 2017: "First, a huge thanks to all our partners, donor, and volunteers for Frederick Turkey Drive 2017. Our initial goal was to serve 100 meals to the community, between those served at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick and those delivered by volunteers. We knew going into planning that, on our own, we could not meet that goal, but had faith that Frederick's progressive community would rise to the occasion and you showed that our faith was well founded." For more information on just how successful this year's Turkey Drive was, visit:  http://www.frederickprogressives.com/turkey_drive_2017_wrapup

Inviting your Testimony about UUCF: How has UUCF helped you grow spiritually, connect with beloved community, or act for peace and justice? Sign up to share your story at  frederickuu.org/testimony.

Be a Sunday Greeter! Only 30 minutes of your time on the Sunday and service of your choosing. You get to meet great people, learn their names. All you need to do is SMILE and shake a few hands. We guarantee you'll be glad you did! See Thia at the Welcome Desk or sign up in the alcove on the right facing the sanctuary on Sundays.

Joys, Concerns & Sorrows

In Loving Memory of Ed Sorensen: Ed, the husband of Carol Antoniewicz and father of Hope & Tegan, died on Monday, November 27 after living with Alzheimer's since 2007 and a stroke in 2011. Please keep the family in your thoughts or prayers. Condolences may be sent to: 8207 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick, MD 21702. Details will follow about a Celebration of Life in a few weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Habitat for Humanity of Frederick. Ed was also a regular blood donor, and would encourage others to donate blood to honor his memory.

In Loving Memory of Virginia ("Ginny") Laughlin:  Longtime members of UUCF, William ("Bill") and Virginia ("Ginny") Laughlin moved to North Carolina in 2015 to be closer to their daughter Cary. Last month, we received the sad news that Bill had died. Less than a month later, Ginny died on Saturday, November 18 at the age of 94. Condolences may be sent to the following address: Cary Kuhar, 6641 Wildlife Lane, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. 

The following obituary ran in  The Frederick News-Post:
Virginia Beyer Laughlin, former clinical social worker at Spring Grove Hospital Center and coordinator of Aftercare Services at the Northwestern Community Mental Health Center in Baltimore County, MD, died on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the age of 94. A Memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Thomas Funeral Home, 401 N. Ennis Street, Fuquay-Varina, NC. 

Mrs. Laughlin was born in Philadelphia, PA, graduated from Douglass College in New Brunswick, NJ, and obtained her Master of Social Work degree from the University of MD in Baltimore. She married William H. Laughlin on August 20, 1947, in Moorestown, NJ.  Throughout her life, Virginia was involved in many church activities and civic affairs. She was a charter member of Adelphi Friends Meeting in MD, where she had been a member since 1955, and also, since 1990, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, MD. After her retirement from the State of MD in 1983, she volunteered at the Prince Georges County Cooperative Extension Service as a Master Gardener, and at the Frederick Memorial Hospital Patient Relations Department. 

Mrs. Laughlin is survived by her children, Patricia Bair of Toledo, Ohio, Cary Kuhar of Fuquay-Varina, NC, Susan Reynolds of Easley, SC, and John Laughlin (Salome) of Germantown, MD; grandchildren, Kate Bishop (Alex) of New Haven, CT, Scott Reynolds of Ashland, OH, Laura Emilie Nelson (Howard) of Apex, NC, and Gregory Bair of Toledo, OH; great-grandchildren, Sophia Katherine Mellado, Hazel Summerlyn Nelson, and Monroe Elizabeth Reynolds; and many cousins in the Midwest.  Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the American Friends Service Committee.

Kathleen & Adam Daniels welcomed a new family member recently! Maya Elizabeth Daniels was born 10/7/17 at 9:10 pm. She joins big brothers Lincoln and Anson. Let's help mom and dad out by bringing some meals to the family. Visit frederickuu.org/meals to sign up thru December 18.

Classes and Events

NEW Daytime Meditation Group: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel, starting this Wednesday, December 6th, facilitated by UUCF member Alice MacDonald ( starryskies516@yahoo.com, 240.815.5406). We will begin with 45 minutes of silent meditation, and anyone is welcome to meditate for less time and then quietly slip out if that is your preference. Then, after a short break, there will be open discussion about our experience, either as needed or until 12:30 p.m.

Rally to End Gun Violence: Thursday, December 14, 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. On the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Rev. Carl along with other members of Frederick Area faith communities and community leaders will be joining together to remember the victims of America's gun violence epidemic.  Join us for this gun violence awareness vigil on Thursday, December 14 from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. on the front steps of Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ,  11 W. Church St., Frederick.

Feldenkrais at UUCF: Goes through Thursday, December 21, 5:30 p.m. (Chapel). Join UUCF member, Katie Giarth. Feldenkrais employs 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 or $80 for all 10 sessions. Visit:  http://www.brainbodymotion.com/ for more information about Katie and Feldenkrais.

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. Those struggling with any form of addiction greatly benefit when they are able to understand the suffering that addiction has created while developing compassion for the pain they have experienced. We hope to serve you, and meet you on the path. Visit: www.refugerecovery.org for more information.

UUCF Book Club: Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m. (Room 125). The Light Between Oceans (fiction) by M.L. Steadman facilitated by Beth Pulsifer. All are welcome.

Rewrite Your Story: Change Your Past to Live a Better Present and Future: Saturday, December 9, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Chapel)
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.

Meditation/Yoga (or Meditation-only) Mini-Retreat with Irene Glasse & Carl Gregg:  Saturday, December 16, 9:00 a.m. to Noon, (Sanctuary) : $15 in advance / $20 at door. We will offer adjustments to be as accessible as possible for all bodies.) To register or for more details, visit: frederickuu.org/retreat.

Chili Potluck and Carol-Sing coming on Dec 17!  Save the date! Are you coming? What will you bring? Enjoy a fun. lovely evening for all ages. We start with a chili potluck at 5:00 p.m.  We need lots of chili dishes and plenty of desserts. We will provide cornbread and butter, but more cornbread is needed too. We'll serve hot cocoa, warm cider and cold cider. Kids can decorate gingerbread cookies. And then Nick IntVeldt will accompany us on many seasonal carols including all the old faves. Sign up in Atrium or email  nancy.roblin@gmail.com .

Writing Your Memoir: Getting Started:  10 sessions on Mondays, 30pm , facilitated by Mary Bowman-Kruhm (January 9, 16; February 6, 13, 20; March 6, 13, 20; April 3, 10, 17--snow date) in Room 113. Mine your memories for nuggets of wisdom, terror, and joy. Not to mention true personal history. Limited to 6 participants. Cost: $5/session to UUCF. Required text: Stephen King,  On Writing . For more information or to sign-up email  writer@marybk.com  or 301.712.6828 .

Social Action News

New Social Action Committee blog post:  Principle #7: The interdependent web of all existence. Read the post here:  uusocialjustice.org/news

Toys for Tots Season: Di Creedon of the Social Action Committee is serving as our liaison with Toys for Tots again this year.  Sponsored by the Marine Reserves, Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys for children in need for distribution during the holidays. Di has placed the collection boxes by the entry coat closet for your convenience.  Bring a smile to a child during the holiday season!

Dismantling Racism Team News

Please note that UUCF has copies of the book, Unitarian Universalists of Color, on sale in the Office during the week (T-Th 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm) as well in the Atrium on Sundays. Price is $15.00. 

Community News

Debut recording project "Creekside Prayer" Release: Great News from Stephen Darnell: " Hello friends! I'm very excited to announce that my debut Native American-style flute cd "Creekside Prayer" is now available on CD Baby or from your's truly! Please check out my webpage,   www.stephendarnell.com  for additional clips and bio info. Reviews on CD Baby most encouraged. Peace and Blessings to you, my friends and family, for your support and encouragement on this wondrous of journeys!" ~ Stephen Darnell

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.