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Sunday, May 21: The Use of a Good Song

Singer, songwriter, and peace activist Pete Seeger wrote that, "a good song reminds us what we're fighting for."  On this Music Sunday we'll look at how music can help us embody our quest for justice.  Our Director of Music, Scott DeVeaux, and Rev. Wik lead our exploration. [Note:  the choir will be singing.  Also, this is the last Sunday of our religious education programming for children and youth.]

REMINDER—we switch to one service (at 10AM) during the summer starting May 28.
Nursery care & Summer Fun Kids Co-op too!

For information about our Lifespan Faith Development Program and classes for children, youth and adults--contact Leia Durland-JonesDirector of Faith Development
Congregational Meeting Sunday June 4th

All members of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church community are invited to attend a Congregational Meeting on Sunday, June 4, 2017 in the church Sanctuary after service. Child care will be available during this congregational meeting. A light lunch will be available for purchase from our awesome Youth! 

We have created two opportunities for you to meet with Board members to discuss the church that we embody. Please join us: Sunday May 21st 10:30a.m. in Lower Hall 2 or Sunday May 28th 11:15a.m. in Lower Hall 2. Questions:

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Virginia Organizing is honored to have been chosen for the Social Action Collection on May 21 and so appreciates TJMC’s support through the years.  Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice, and fights for the rights of the LGBT community (including marriage rights), for immigrant rights, for an end to racial profiling, for strengthening the social safety net, for a healthy environment, and more.  With the huge push to privatize (schools, prisons, Social Security, Medicare and more) and to weaken government protections for regular people and the environment, we must join together now more than ever.  We are asking for your support for our criminal justice work and for our work with the deaf community.  The Charlottesville Chapter continues to have restoration of rights (and registering people to vote) as important on-going activities; we work with police departments to encourage data collection at police stops to decrease racial profiling; we work to stop the “school to prison pipeline” and have recently had successes with several school systems.  We will let you know more about our work with the area’s deaf community on May 21.

PAUN will meet on Sunday, May 21, after the second service in Summit room 2. The agenda will be to discuss current affairs that impact the role of the US in the UN, and to plan issues for PAUN to address in the fall. All are welcome. PAUN will not meet during the summer months, and this will be the final PAUN meeting until September.  Following the meeting, there will be a UNA presentation at 3:00 in the social hall (see separate announcement).  

Prof. Roy Hange will talk on “Transformational Peace-Building in a Time of Crisis” at the meeting of the local chapter of the United Nations Association at TJMC on Sunday afternoon, May 21, at 3:00 p.m. Roy Hange spent 10 years in the Middle East working with churches on peacebuilding in encounter zones between Islam and Christianity, including Egypt, Syria, and Iran. He teaches the graduate course ”Faith Based Peacebuilding” at the Eastern Mennonite University in the Shenandoah Valley, near Harrisonburg, where he trains conflict transformation practitioners from around the world.  He has been tracking and studying religious identity and peacebuilding for 30 years. The presentation is free and open to the public.

IMPACT: Did you know that not only did the IMPACT Action get all yeses from the Supervisors and City Counselors but TJMC-UU had the second highest turnout after Church of the Incarnation. 70 people!! Join the CELEBRATION on Thursday, May 25th from 6-8pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in the Parish Hall upstairs. We will have a potluck first, with our program beginning at 7.  We'll hear about progress on our issues and be given an opportunity to make a financial investment so that we own our Justice Work. Remember to bring your checkbook or credit card.  Since joining together with our diverse community is important to us UUs, will you join me there?? Please RSVP to Sarah Peaslee at

See Faith Development section for Lifespan Faith Development weekly activities.

Growing Our Revenue In Springtime

EMPLOYER MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS:  Does your family have employer matching gift programs? Let us know how we can help make it easy to double your donation!

TJMCUU BED & BREAKFAST: Do you have family or UU friends who need a place to stay while visiting in the Charlottesville area? Encourage them to inquire about the TJMCUU Bed & Breakfast program, which provides comfortable, friendly, affordable accommodations with fellow UUs. Proceeds help support TJMC For details: or  or call Bev Thierwechter at 434-205-4087.
We are pleased to rent our facilities to members of the wider community for weddings, funerals, meetings, or other events.  Please contact Christina to learn more about fees and availability.  434-293-8179 ext. 6# or .
   Ways You Can Help

Help our church's youth attend UU Leadership School, the ASP Service trip and more! Purchase an Attraction Coupon!  Stop by the RE display in the social hall and get one for $25. Proceeds benefit special youth programming events throughout the year such as the Senior High Appalachia Service Project trip in June and Goldmine UU Leadership School for youth. For more information, speak with Margaret Gorman or Leia Durland-Jones

Spring Auction Payments if you haven’t yet paid your auction balance please check your email for your final statement balance. You can pay online at the website TJMC Auction or send/bring a check to church (put “Auction” in the memo line). We appreciate your prompt payment so we can finish our accounting! Questions??—Contact your auction co-chairs—Cindy Shepard and Carol Gardner at or find us at the Auction Table in the Social Hall on Sundays.

       Notes/For Your Information
Blue Visitor Information Forms: Thanks to TJMC's greeters and membership volunteers who welcome visitors on Sundays. Please deliver blue visitor information forms to the Connections table on Sundays or to the  Membership Mailbox in the church mail room for safe processing by membership volunteers.

May Art Show: Susan Patrick 

“Then and There” (a poem):  I called out letters…blurred and less blurred….My eyes were examined….Machines and I agree….I can see the written page,the threading needle, the paved road….I look and look for,but what I can't seeis the later, the after this….I am blind to then and there.  Susan Patrick

Questions: contact Elizabeth Breeden.

Weaving Worship at TJMC: Do you think you have something to contribute to the worship life of our community?  Do you think you have wisdom that needs to be shared, or see clearly questions that are worth our asking one another and ourselves?  Do you want to engage with ideas and insights even more deeply than just on Sunday mornings?  (Do you want the opportunity to work more closely with Scott, Leia, Rev. Alex, and Rev. Wik?) Until recently, our Worship Weavers Guild was really only open to people willing to take an “out front” role in worship – doing readings, offering reflections, and any of the other things that take place in the front of the sanctuary.  But not everyone who has gifts to offer our congregational worship is comfortable – or even able – to get up in front of people.  

Read more  Questions: Contact Rev. Wik.  Click HERE to apply or applications are also available in the church office.

Planning a church event? The Communications Committee can help with announcements on the website, church Facebook Page, and guidance for submissions to the Weekly Update and Order of Service Insert (though you can also submit those on your own). Get in touch with us at

TJMC Office Hours:  The TJMC office is open Tuesday-Friday, 9am-1pm. Holiday observances or unforeseen circumstances may impact this schedule. It’s always a great idea to schedule an appointment with staff members if you’d like to stop by to talk with them. 

Board meetings: Board meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6:45 pm, in the Social Hall. Click here to find a brief of what happened at our most recent meeting! Board of Trustees

If you are going through an illness, loss, or transition, and want the ministry staff to know, please tell us! Our church is a large vibrant community, and we need your help to alert us when you might need support including meals or a pastoral visit. You may contact Revwik,  293-8179 ext. 1#,  Alex McGee at 293-8179 ext. 2# or Leia Durland-Jones, 293-8179 ext. 3#.
Pledge Payments with Credit Cards: Click HERE.   

Save the Date
#WhiteSupremacyTeachIn Follow-up Conversation, Sunday May 28, 11:15-12:15 Lower Hall Room 2.  All are welcome to join in further reflection with RevWik as we continue the important work of racial justice and our mutual liberation. Child care provided if requested in advance. Please contact Caroline Heins, RE Assistant, to make child care arrangements. 

Pam Philips - Ordination June 3 at TJMC

We, the TJMC-UU and the UU Community Church, are delighted to invite you to attend the Ordination of Pamela K. Philips into the Unitarian Universalist ministry on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 2 pm in the TJMC sanctuary. A reception will follow in the Social Hall.  We love you, Pam!

For the reception following the Ordination, we will need volunteers to help set up, to serve food, and to clean up afterwards. We also welcome donations of finger food (savory and sweet) on the afternoon of the Ordination. To volunteer or bring food to the celebratory reception, please email: or go to this Perfect Potluck Site:

The Finance Committee has approved donations if you would like to make a small contribution ($20 to $ 25 is suggested). Please make your checks payable to TJMC or click HERE to make a donation electronically. Haven't RSVP'ed? Click HERE.

Young Adult Summer Kick-Off Lunch  Sunday, June 4, 11:15 - 12:30  (in back garden or Lower Hall, depending on weather). Are you in college and home for the summer?  Are you newly graduated from high school and looking to connect with other UUs?  Just moved here and wondering where to find kindred spirits?  All young adults (ages 18-35) are invited for fellowship.  Healthy lunch provided. Organized by Rev. Alex McGee.

Big UU General Assembly in the Big Easy, June 21 - 25. Join us in New Orleans in June for General Assembly 2017--to worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association.  Let us know if you plan to go, and let us know if you would like to represent TJMC as a voting delegate: email   More information about General Assembly:  
Showing You Care When You Are Afraid of Saying the Wrong Thing: Thursday, July 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  All church members are invited to this free workshop.  Expand your toolkit for talking to friends and family members who are going through challenges such as infertility, unemployment, illness, divorce, parenting challenges, and other heartaches.  Workshop will be led by Rev. Alex McGee, Patty Wallens, and Shirley Paul.  After the workshop, attendees may apply to serve as volunteer Pastoral Visitors.  Please RSVP to: .   
Faith Development: Children, Youth & Adults

To receive the weekly lifespan faith development e-newsletter with information about all our faith development offerings, please contact our Director of Faith Development, Leia Durland-Jones.

Summer Sunday RE Kid's Co-Op Starts May 28!
Is your family registered for Summer Sunday Fun?
Rising Kindergarten through rising 5th graders are invited to join in special fun throughout the summer from 10 AM-11 AM on Sunday mornings (concurrent with our 10 AM summer worship services.)  Activities include Legos, camp games, paper airplane making, monster bubbles, geodes, tie dye and more!  All children must be registered in order to participate.  Pick up a registration form this Sunday at church or print yours HERE. Parents volunteer in teams to lead the activities and everyone gets a chance to attend worship too.  For more information, speak with RE Assistant Caroline Heins
Adult Faith Development Racial Justice Offerings
Adult Faith Development: RACE: the power of an illusion. We will watch Part 3 of a PBS television series produced in 2003. Friday, June 30, 6:45 – 9:00 P.M., Church Parlor. Who is ‘white?’ In the early 20th century the answer wasn’t always clear. Often the courts had to decide, and they resorted to contradictory logic to maintain the color line. After World War II ‘whiteness’ increasingly meant owning a home in the suburbs, aided by discriminatory federal policies.  European ethnics, once considered not quite ‘white’, blended together as they reaped the advantages of ‘whiteness’ – including increased equity as property values rose dramatically – while African-Americans and other people of color were locked out. Today the average ‘white’ family has eight (8) times the wealth of the average Black family. 54 years after the Civil Rights movement, the playing field is still not level. After viewing this 1-hour video we’ll invite discussion and suggest further resources. Facilitator: Bob Gross. 
Other Adult Faith Development Programs
Contemplative Worship, 11:45-12:30 PM, Wednesdays. Join others on the outdoor labyrinth for this mid-week sacred pause. In addition to the labyrinth, stones are available for stacking/meditation under the oak tree outside  the social hall. Linger in the Remembrance Garden as you make your way to the sanctuary for readings, reflection, meditation, candles of Hope and Remembrance and/or writing in the sands of Atonement and  Forgiveness. Bring your journal and write. Close your eyes and rest. Give yourself the gift of renewal during the week. All are welcome. Come and go as you need.    
Wednesday Wonderings, 12:15-1:15 PM, Church Parlor. Join us for thoughtful readings and discussions in an open-minded and open-hearted atmosphere. Of late we have been reading and reflecting on passages from "The Book of Awakening" by Mark Nepo. Take a mid-week break to feed your mind and spirit.  For more information, contact John Anderson.

Saturday, June 3 in the Jefferson School City Center park, come and enjoy mechanical bull riding, games for kids, a central stage with music by John D'Earth and more!  Sponsor the Trailblazer program by partaking of an indoor Beer Garden with food by Pearl Island, wines from Simon and Cellar and beer from Champion brewery. 

The Trailblazer program is a collaboration between the City of Promise and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center that trains young people to give tours of our City's rich African American History.

Theater Classes and more at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center in May. Click HERE for more information or contact Elizabeth Breeden.

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