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

Sunday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.         
 "The Life and Legacy of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. for Today"

  9:30 a.m. Early Service (Sanctuary)
          Arts & Exploration for children 3rd grade and below (classrooms)
  9:45 a.m. Children's Choir Rehearsal (Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Religious Education for All Ages:
                  - Religious Education classes (classrooms)               
                  - Friendly Forum: (*cancelled this date only* for potluck setup)
                  - Earth-centered Spirituality Service (Chapel)
10:40 a.m. UU Parenting Forum (Sanctuary)
11:30 a.m. Late Service (Sanctuary)
Arts & Exploration for children 3rd grade and below (classrooms)
12:30 p.m. Open Circle Drop-in Discussion Group (*cancelled this date only* for potluck setup)

Split-plate this Sunday benefits  The Alternatives To Violence Project.

Earth-entered Spirituality Service: Sunday, March 19, 10:30 a.m. (Chapel) - led by Irene, Emily, Lorinda and Diana. Ashley will be leading an outdoor Pagan-themed children's activity during the service; please dress kids warmly.

UUCF hosts the Islamic Society of Frederick: this Sunday, March 19, 1:30 p.m. UUCF will host members of the Islamic Society of Frederick for a potluck gathering to get to know and support each other. Two ways to help:
  • To the 75 of us who signed up the last two Sundays: On March 19 please bring a dish that serves 6-8 (no pork or alcohol) to potluck. 
  • Because UUCF can accommodate only 75 from each faith community, if you wish to be wait-listed, email writer@marybk.com

(Sermon Archive: the text, audio, & video of most week's sermons 
are available online at frederickuu.org/sermons.)

This Week

UUCF Coffeehouse: Saturday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary). 
This is the perfect opportunity to share your talents with an appreciative crowd! Everyone gets a chance to do two pieces (around 6 - 8 minutes total) and if there's time at the end, one or two more!! Plan to sign up no later than 7:15 AND all performers must sign up in person. Hope to see you there! Of course, if you aren't up to taking the stage, every performer LOVES an audience!  Bring snacks or even dinner; and, as always, BYOB! This event is free, and donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, email  UUCFCoffeehouse@gmail.com or check out our Facebook page  www.facebook.com/UUCFCoffeehouse. The UUCF Coffeehouse is now every 3rd Saturday of the month!

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

Retired UU Ladies Eating Out (RUULEO): Tuesday, March 21, 11:30 a.m. Wegman's Food Court. (Rescheduled from last Tuesday).

Social Action Committee Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, March 21, 3:30 p.m. with 'bring-your-own' dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Banned Questions about the Bible: Tuesdays, 7:00 (Room 113)

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

Joys, Concerns & Sorrows

Join our private Joys & Sorrows Facebook Group (open only to UUCF members and friends):  facebook.com/groups/JoysAndSorrowsUUCF .

General Announcements

More Baked Goods Still Needed! For the upcoming Stewardship Committee's Wine, Cheese and Dessert Gala on   Saturday, March 25.  Our Circle of Life Preschool is holding a benefit Bake Sale that evening and we plan to add to their efforts with more desserts. If you can bake a tasty dessert or bread, coffee cake, etc. for the Bake Sale, please contact Nancy Roblin at  nancy.roblin@gmail.com  or  301 662 8506 .

UUCF Pledge Drive: Stepping Up to the Challenge: To bridge the gap created by six member households relocating last year from a combination of retirements, illnesses, and new jobs--combined with hiring our Facilities Manager, Rick Anderson, and increasing the hours of our Music Director, Deb Int Veldt -- we need to increase giving in our 2017 Pledge Drive by at least $45,000, and by another $14,000 in our 2018 Pledge Drive. Our UU values of freedom, reason, compassion, conscience, and pluralism are more vital than ever in today's world. We invite you to reflect upon UUCF's role in your life, our vision of what we can accomplish together, and your own financial situation-as part of discerning how you feel led at this time to pledge generously within your means. Pledge Forms are available from the UUCF Office, or you can pledge online anytime at frederickuu.org/pledge. As an incentive to turn in your pledge (written or electronic) early, we are holding a raffle for a $100 Gift Certificate to any of five Downtown Frederick restaurants (Ayze Meze, Brewer's Alley, Cacique, Isabella's, or Pistarro's):
  • Turn in your form by this Sunday, March 19--and receive 1 Raffle ticket
The raffle drawing will be at our special Stewardship Wine, Cheese, and Dessert Gala on  Saturday, March 25 at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Free tickets are available now  in the atrium . (Childcare available if requested no later than this Sunday, March 19th to:   education@frederickuu.org .) Join us for good food, good friends, good music, and an opportunity to hear about plans at UUCF for 2017 and beyond.

 Classes & Events

Banned Questions about the Bible with Rev. Carl: Tuesdays, starting March 7 (6 sessions) 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. in Room 113/115: Explore the questions mainstream scholars ask about the Bible that aren't always asked in religious communities. Feel more equipped to read the Bible for yourself: basic biblical background and history, diverse methods of biblical interpretation, major content and themes. Compare modern readings with those of the Bible's earliest interpreters. There are no reading assignments for this course. However, if you want a supplemental textbook to supplement this class, I recommend The Bible: A Historical & Literary Introduction by Bart Ehrman (Oxford UP) and/or The New Interpreter's Study Bible (Abingdon Press). Suggested Donation to UUCF: $5/session ("requested, not required") Childcare available with 1-week's notice to  education@frederickuu.org.

Beginning Pagan Practices: Tuesdays, beginning March 28th, (10 sessions) 6:30 p.m. (Chapel).  Learn the basics of Pagan spiritual practices with Frederick CUUPS ("Covenant of UU Pagans") Co-Chair Irene Glasse. Build a strong philosophical foundation, develop your spiritual connection, learn common beliefs and practices and deepen your journey into Pagan faith. This is a beginner's course and everyone is welcome. The course can be taken as a whole with homework, feedback and personalized guidance or as drop-in sessions. Each class includes a lecture portion, open Q&A, practical application exercises, and a handout. Recommended donation $10/class. Register at www.frederickuu.org/ase/register.php.

"One World, Two Visions", Blanche Ames Gallery, ongoing through March 26. The Gallery's March show features works by Margaret Huddy and Priya Saraf.  Please call 301.473.7680 to ensure Gallery is open during the week.
Amazing Faiths Dinner Registration is now Open: J
oin 8-10 people of different faiths in a local home for dinner and meaningful conversation. Groups will meet all over the Frederick area at simultaneous dinners. People of all faiths and no faith are welcome. For more information or to register, visit:  www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4cafaf2eaafb6-amazing1.

Social Action News

Visit uusocialjustice.org/news to view post:
  • Thoughts about Sunday's lunch with Islamic Society of Frederick
  • Beloved Community & Alternatives to Violence Intersect (guest post by Nancy Hutchins)
UUCF will host Islamic Society of Frederick: Sunday, March 19, 1:30 p.m. UUCF will host members of the Islamic Society of Frederick for a potluck gathering to get to know and support each other. Two ways to help:
  • To the 75 of us who signed up the last two Sundays: On March 19 please bring a dish that serves 6-8 (no pork or alcohol) to potluck.
  • Because UUCF can accommodate only 75 from each faith community, if you wish to be wait-listed, email writer@marybk.com
Social Action Committee Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, March 21, 3:30 p.m. with 'bring-your-own' dinner beginning at 5:00 p.m.

2017-2018 Split Plate Nominations: Help the Social Action Committee find 12 deserving charities to be split-plate recipients in 2017-18. You can nominate a non-profit--big or small--to receive half of the offerings on a single Sunday. This year our charities are receiving, on average, about $1000 and are promoted through our outreach efforts. You can nominate an organization by completing the nomination form and submitting it to the church office or emailing a copy to  betsybainbridge@yahoo.com. Forms are available on the UUCF website, in the church office, in the SAC cabinet, and Sundays on the table with copies of the Order of Service. The deadline for submission is April 16th. Please contact Betsy Bainbridge if you have questions.

Interested in Working for Social Action? Email SAC@FrederickUU.org to be on our mailing list.

Dismantling Racism Team News/Updates

'Building the Beloved Community' at UUCF: Sunday, March 26, 10:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. This Spring, the Dismantling Racism begins a series of Sunday conversations on race, white supremacy and cultural appropriation. These are informal gatherings to raise awareness, deepen our spiritual growth and understanding of these and other issues we face in our community and country. All are welcome and encouraged to join us for one or any of our conversations. We'll begin next Sunday, March 26th with both a Friendly Forum discussion about the history of the Electoral College, Gerrymandering and Race facilitated by Rev. Mike Morse and then an open conversation at 12:30 p.m. regarding ideas for 'Building the Beloved Community' at UUCF. 

"Are We Raising Racists?": NY Times Op-Ed on what white parents need to do in our current political climate.

'America is a White Nation': Washington Post article on Racist flyers posted on University of Maryland campus this week. 

Community News

Frederick Cares Panel: Bridging the Divide - Communicating with our Conservative Neighbors: March 30, 7:00 p.m., C.Burr Artz Library.

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.