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Sunday, September 24: This Wonderful Sound

Rev. Wik is preaching and the choir is singing.

[Note: We have returned to two services Sunday, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.]

For information about our Lifespan Faith Development Program and classes for children, youth and adults--contact  Leia Durland-Jones , Director of Faith Development. 
Choir members and anyone interested in participating in Pick-up Choirs this year are invited to Scott DeVeaux and Nancy Hurrelbrinck's house for a potluck dinner on Sunday, 9/24, 5 - 8pm . Significant others and kids welcome. Please contact Nancy if you need directions or other info at . We hope to see you!
The Children's Religious Education program is collecting magazines and catalogs with diverse images of people and families. If you have magazines or catalogs with these types of images, please bring them to the RE office. We have a great deal of magazines with nature themes and do need anymore nature themed images at this time. Thanks for your help!
What local Racial Justice activities are being held? Stop by the Racial Justice Table this Sunday in the Social Hall and find out! And pick up a free Black Lives Matter button. 
Does listening to public radio go hand in hand with being a Unitarian Universalist?  It does when your donations to public radio fund outreach announcements for UU churches in central Virginia. As we have done for many years, donations made to public radio by TJMC members are pooled with donations from the Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Blacksburg churches to purchase underwriting announcements. You can participate by writing your check to TJMC and putting "public radio" in the memo line. Your contribution is tax deductible and helps get the word out about our community. This fund drive starts September 27 . Thanks for supporting both TJMC and WVTF! For more information, contact Maggie Ober at
MUSICIANS!  If you play drums, bass, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, trombone.... Please let our music director, Scott DeVeaux ( ) know! We need to know who might be available to perform for us in service, to accompany the choir, or fill out our church "band"!  
"John's View--The Word Made Human": UU Christian Fellowship, Thursday, September 28, 7pm, Summit 1. Dick Abrams will lead our gathering with another installment of the fascinating video series "How Jesus Became God" by Bart Ehrman. Was Jesus the Son of God and the equal of God the Father, and the embodiment of the "word" of God as portrayed in the Gospel of John? It's time to engage in more thought-provoking and compassionate discussion. Remember that the "CF" in UUCF also means "Creed-Free": No particular beliefs about Jesus are required, and yours are welcome! Email with any questions.

September Art: Jonathon Blake’s artistic approach tends to be part DIY, part folk art and part religious experience. He submerges himself in the surroundings of a happening and attempts to translate it in some sort of vivid, almost hallucinatory way. Works shift and change throughout the course of a few or several hours…sometimes ending up drastically different from what they began as. Words surface and disappear, snippets of songs emerge and become a part of the visual narrative in surprisingly coincidental ways…magic happens. In many ways, the paintings are meditative pieces as much as they are forays into musical translation and the ultimate goal is generally one of universal positivity, love and connection. He hopes that anyone that sees his work walks away a little happier than before they saw it.  Read full bio
See Faith Development section for Lifespan Faith Development weekly activities.
 Revenue Streams for TJMC
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.

SPACE RENTALS:  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 .
Save the Date
Come to the IMPACT “House Meeting,” Sunday, October 1, 12:30, in LH 3 for all interested TJMC members and friends to: learn more about IMPACT activities; identify any concerns that might become issues to be addressed by IMPACT this year; and consider supporting our UU values by becoming a TJMC IMPACT Network Member. Questions?? See, call, or email Greta Dershimer (434-242-2897, ). As a 2006 founding member of IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together), TJMC has been a strong contributor to the many improvements that have been gained in the past decade to benefit the less powerful members of the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. The most recent issues have been the Women’s Treatment Center and Affordable Housing for the Elderly. In four of the past six years we have had 75% to 80% of our average Sunday service attendees present at the annual IMPACT Action in the spring, to show local policy makers that the public strongly supports the issues that IMPACT is urging them to address. Last June, because of financial problems, TJMC members voted to accept a budget that did not include our membership fee for IMPACT (1/2 of 1% of our annual budget). During the summer some former TJMC leaders of our IMPACT activities developed a plan for us to continue to participate in IMPACT this year without having paid our membership fee. The Board, Rev. Wik, and the IMPACT organizers have all agreed to this plan for TJMC’s participation with IMPACT this year!!
    Notes/For Your Information
Child Advocate Two-Day Training in downtown Charlottesville for new volunteers in the Shenandoah Valley , Saturday & Sunday, October 14th & 15th,10 AM - 5 PM on both days. Apply by Wednesday, October 11th. To become a Child Advocate for an unaccompanied immigrant child, you must: be at least 21 years old; speak fluent Spanish or French; submit to a background check and health screening; participate in both days of training; and be approved by the Young Center. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Geoff Wood, at for more information.
Generous parking:  If you are easily able to walk and cross a busy street, please consider parking on Burnley Avenue, which is across Rugby Road from the church. This will free up the parking lot for families with small children and for people who need to park closer to the building. 
Planning a church event? The Communications Team 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 .
Tai Chi classes this Fall at TJMC  - Mondays, September 11-December 11. New participants welcome to join the class through October 2nd.

2:00-3:00 pm Tai Chi for Health  - drop-in class with easy Tai Chi movements for stability and health. Suggested donation: $45 for term (14 classes), or $5 per drop-in class.

5:30-6:30 pm Tai Chi Rounds & Review  - for students who know the Form. Suggested donation: $98 for term, $10 per drop-in class.

6:45-7:45 pm Tai Chi Form for Beginners  - for students new to the Form. Suggested donation: $98 for term (not a drop-in class).

Teachers: Vicki and John Shackford. For more information, contact John at , or just come to class and try it out for yourself. S ee TJMC's facebook page , too.
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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#.  

Faith Development: Children, Youth & Adults
Religious Education programming for children and youth Sundays
at 9:15 and 11:15! Register HERE  To receive the weekly faith development e-newsletter please contact Leia Durland-Jones

Multigenerational Racial Justice Faith Development
L iving O ur V alues E veryday ( LOVE ): Racial Justice Activities for UU Families , Friday October 13, 5:30-7:30PM, Social Hall. Join other families from our congregation in a simple supper followed by activities designed to help families engage meaningfully with the work of racial justice and our mutual liberation. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Fee is $5/person with a $10/family maximum. Led by Linda Dukes and Leia Durland-Jones. To register, contact Leia by October 6.
Adult Faith Development Racial Justice Offerings
Unconscious Bias: I have it, how about you? Sunday October 1, 12:45-2:15, Sanctuary. It is likely that we all are biased in some way, whether it is about race, gender, age, weight, sexual orientation, etc. Often we are unaware of these biases, and they may conflict with our underlying beliefs, attitudes and intentions. These biases impact our judgments and decisions in our interactions with others. This talk is aimed at helping people to recognize that they have biases, understand where they come from, and feel empowered as to what to do about them. Led by church member Dr. Greg Townsend, Associate Dean for Diversity at UVa. All are welcome.
Exploration of White Supremacy , Tuesday October 24 7PM, Lower Hall 2.  We know that white supremacy involves more than just Neo-Nazis and the KKK. But how is it defined? How is it different from white nationalism? Where can it be found in our everyday lives, from our culture to our institutions? Begin the work of dismantling white supremacy by learning how to see some of the fluid forms it takes, whether those forms are overt or hidden. Join Jen Smith and Amy Wissekerke as we explore and discuss together. The work is hard. The snacks will be good.
White Like Me by Tim Wise book discussion group , Tuesdays October 17, 24, November 7, 14  11:30-1:30 PM, Lower Hall Kitchen. White Like Me by Tim Wise, will spark an introduction to a four-part discussion of our own personal journey through our white-privileged society and how that privilege has been at the expense of others. Told through a memoir, Wise uses stories instead of statistics to inspire and challenge the reader. Bring your own lunch. Led by Sara Gondwe.
Additional Adult Faith Development Programs
Inquirers Series starts next Sunday, September 24, 12:45-2:15 pm in the church parlor with the topic “Q & A with members of the Ministry Staff.” All are welcome—especially newcomers! Childcare and light refreshments provided. Come to all sessions or drop in as you are able. For more information, speak with Leia Durland-Jones or Rev. Wik .

Contemplative Worship Service, Wednesdays 11:30-12:30 PM, outdoor labyrinth and sanctuary. Join others for quiet contemplation with a variety of materials and readings writing, praying, lighting candles or writing in the sands of atonement and forgiveness. All are welcome. For more information, speak with Leia Durland-Jones, Cindy Mick or Maggie Ober.
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 .
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On Wednesday 9/27/17 at 6:00 PM #TheWrite2Heal community is hosting a write-in in collaboration with the public library as a response to the events that happened on August 11th and 12th. This event is the kickoff for a #TheWrite2Heal project we're establishing with other writing centers as we work to demonstrate the power of writing to heal and transform our world. The focus of this event will be the use of mindfulness, writing, and community dialogue to tap in to our inner strengths and community resilience.You can find out more information by clicking on our event page
The Legal Aid Justice Center and Sin Barreras in Charlottesville will help those with questions about the recent DACA announcement.  Most pressing is to renew DACA authorizations that expire before March 5, 2017 right away. The deadline for these renewals is October 5, 2017…less than a month from now. Free DACA renewal appointments are available on these Fridays: September 22, and 29 from 9 am to 4 pm at LAJC (1000 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville). To make an appointment and learn what you need to bring with you, call 434-529-1811.  Walk-ins are also welcome.
In an effort to help our city recover from the recent events that shook us all and build stronger ties between members of the Charlottesville community, the Islamic Society of Central Virginia will be holding its Annual Open House on Saturday, October 14, 2017. 

WHEN:  Saturday, October 14, 2017 12pm – 4pm
ADDRESS:  708 Pine St., Charlottesville, VA 22903

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