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

Sunday, May 13 at 9:30 am & 11:30 am.      
"Louisa May Alcott"
- The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg 
with music by Danielle Grace


Invite a Friend to UUCF

Each Mother's Day, we celebrate a "Founding Mother of Unitarian Universalism." This year our focus will be Louisa May Alcott, best known as the author of Little Women. Her life also intersected with many of our Transcendentalist forebears, including both of her parents, as well as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. If you know of a friend, family member, or colleague who may be interested in learning more about Alcott's life and legacy, invite them to join you at UUCF on Sunday, May 13. Music will be by Danielle Grace.



This Sunday 
  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 (3rd - 6th Grades) (Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Middle Hour Religious Education for All Ages
                   - Religious Education (classrooms)
                   - Earth-centered Spirituality Service (Chapel)
10:45 a.m. 8th Principle Discussion (Sanctuary)
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. Teen Choir Rehearsal (Chapel)

Proposed 8th Principle and Black Lives Matter Banner Congregational Conversations: Sundays, May 13, and June 3 at 10:40 a.m. (Sanctuary). Time for us to better understand the context of the proposed 8th Principle, ask our questions, and share our feelings prior to a vote by our Congregation to adopt the 8th Principle plus another vote on hanging a 'Black Lives Matter' banner. Both votes will be held at the Annual Congregational meeting on June 10. For more information on the proposed 8th Principle, visit: frederickuu.org/8thprinciple. All are welcome.


 


This Week

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

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

Frederick Refuge Recovery Open Meetings: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (Room 124). 

UUCF Book Club: Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m. The book for discussion is The Blue Hills of Maryland by Paula Strain. We'll meet this month at the home of Jane and Geary Hufstedler, 212 S. Market St.

UUCF Adopt-A-Road: Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon (meet by the sheds).

Climate Change Working Group: Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. (Room 113)

Beginner's Yoga: Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. (Chapel)

UUCF Social Action Committee Meeting:  Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. (Brown bag dinner at 5:00 p.m.)

Daytime Meditation Group: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. (Room 115 '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

JOB OPENING: Director of Religious Education (DRE):  Lora Powell-Haney has been UUCF's DRE for the past nine years. Her final  Sunday  on staff will be  Sunday, July 29  after which she will be starting an internship at UU Towson as part of her studies to becoming a UU minister. If you know of someone who may be interested and qualified to be UUCF's new DRE, details are at  frederickuu.org/DRE
The ideal candidate will coordinate a high-quality Religious Education program for children and youth (nursery through high school). The position is 25 hours/week. Resumes will be received through Sunday, May 20 (or until position is filled). The start date is as early as 7/1 or as late as 9/4.

New! Trial UUCF Shuttle Van Service to/from UUCF and the Mount Zion
Park-n-Ride Lot (Elmer Derr Road side): Sundays  May 6 and May 20.  As a means of relieving over-crowding in our parking lot, we will be testing a shuttle van service to/from the Mount Zion Park-n-Ride lots to UUCF beginning Sunday, April 1 and continuing on our 'Choir Sundays' thru May. Our 15-passenger leased van will begin at 8:20 am for the Choir & then starting at 8:50 am for the Congregation, and continue all morning until 1 pm.  

To use the shuttle, simply park in the  Park-n- Ride lot on Elmer Derr Road and wait for the UUCF Shuttle Van. The driver will be wearing a UUCF Shuttle hat and a sign will be posted on the van. To go back to your car, just wait by the front door for the van to return to pick up folks.
 
Board-Committee Teamwork: On April 26th, your Social Action Committee had a Letter to the Editor published in the Frederick News-Post commenting on the issue of racially biased suspensions in FCPS. You may not know it was supported by a similar letter from your Board of Trustees sent directly to the FCPS Board of Education along with another letter sent from our Dismantling Racism Team. Teamwork like this makes us more visible in the community and so enhances our effectiveness as we join together to encourage spiritual growth, build a beloved community, and to act for peace and justice.



Joys and Sorrows

Food for Friends Request:  Jennifer Hunt was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and will be having surgery on  May 8 . Let's make sure this wonderful family is surrounded with love, light, and delicious food during the healing process. Please share this with anyone who might be interested in signing up to bring a meal.  https://mealtrain.com/wyy711

Update on Sue & John Thomson:  John is on Hospice, and they are potentially moving him soon to the Kline Hospice House. In the meantime, Sue writes, "If anyone is comfortable staying with John in our home in downtown Frederick for a few hours to provide me some respite/errand time please give me a call: 240-818-8899. You would only need to be there in case John falls. You would not need to help him up; rather to call 911 and get their assistance."

In Loving Memory of Sherry Adams: Sherry and her husband Joe were actively involved at UUCF prior to her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer. Condolences may be sent to:  Joe Adams, 71 Purdham Lane, Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442. You may read her obituary  here.

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


UUCF Adopt-A-Road: Saturday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. to noon (meet by the sheds).

Climate Change Working Group: Saturday, May 12, 10:00 a.m. (Room 113)

Spring Gardening Saturday! Saturday, May 19, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Rain or Shine! Come any time  during that day and for any length of time.  Snacks provided !!  Thanks for your anticipated help! ~ Alice MacDonald



Film Pre-screening & Potluck: Sunday, May 20, 12:45 p.m. Join Rev. Carl for a screening of the film, Come Sunday,  based on true events about the globally-renowned pastor Carlton Pearson, a prodigy of Oral Roberts, who risked and lost everything when he questioned church doctrine. Rev. Carlton Pearson joined All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2008 after he was branded a modern-day heretic with his understanding of an inclusive God and his founding of the "Gospel of Inclusion."

Film Screening: Sunday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. Merchants of Doubt, Middletown United Methodist Church, 7108 Fern Court, Middletown, MD 21769. Please join us for the MACS Environmental Film Series! Snacks provided.

May Full Moon Labyrinth Walk: Tuesday, May 29, 8:30 p.m. (Labyrinth). Come enjoy the beauty and peace of the Labyrinth by the light of the full moon! Please be sure to arrive by 9:30 pm at the latest. Everyone is welcome. Weather permitting, this will be an outdoor, drumming walk. The first half hour will be a quiet walk, the remainder drumming, so feel free to bring hand drums and other percussion instruments. Divination practice is welcome - you are welcome to bring your preferred divinatory tool or just stop by for a reading.

Contentment in Everyday Life: Tuesdays, June 5 - 26, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 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 is a program on finding contentment in our daily lives. It is not about becoming a Buddhist but searching into the very techniques which Gotama Buddha employed over 3,000 years ago. Well, it worked for him, and it has worked for many people since him in a variety of spiritual traditions. This is not a religious course, but it is about working with techniques that will allow one to enter one's life more fully through the benefits of a mindfulness practice. Cost: $80 (for all 4 sessions) (shared with UUCF) Register at:  
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/contentment-in-everyday-life-with-jerry-webster-tickets-45856484981?aff=es2

Daytime Meditation Group:  Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in room 115, 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.!
 
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 113). 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.

Social Action News



UUCF Social Action Committee Meeting: Tuesday, May 15, 5:30 p.m. (Brown bag dinner at 5:00 p.m.)


Dismantling Racism Team News




Proposed 8th Principle and Black Lives Matter Banner Congregational Conversations: Sundays, May 13, and June 3 at 10:40 a.m. (Sanctuary). Time for us to better understand the context of the proposed 8th Principle, ask our questions, and share our feelings prior to a vote by our Congregation to adopt the 8th Principle plus another vote on hanging a 'Black Lives Matter' banner. Both votes will be held at the Annual Congregational meeting on June 10. For more information on the proposed 8th Principle, visit: https://www.8thprincipleuu.org/. All are welcome.




Community News






From the NY Times: How to protect yourself from Ticks and Mosquitoes. UUCF has bug repellent spray in the garden shed as well as the kitchen for folks who come to work in the gardens, etc.

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