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Sunday Worship - July 23, 10:15 a.m.
 "Where the Wild Things Are"   
How do we bounce back when terrible things happen? Maurice Sendak's Max, the hero of our Story for All Ages, helps us reflect on this timely question.

In the UU tradition of an occasional lay-led summer service, Worship Associates Gay Cima and David McTaggart and Youth Group Leader Jane Schwartz lead worship this Sunday.
Music includes original music from Woven Green, a father/son Sondheim duet with Ron Cima and Dr. Gibson A. Cima, and a song from the 60s help us achieve resilience!   

Livestreaming of the service here.
Upcoming Sunday Worship Services
All Summer Sunday Worship services are at 10:15 a.m. We return to two services on September 10 (9:15 and 11:15 a.m.)

July 30. "The Walls are Alive . . . with the Sound of Music" - Rev. Aaron McEmrys and 200+ Voice Choir from the UU Music Network Conference will lead this musically powerful and memorable service.  See Music Ministry below.

August 6. "We Reap What We Sow" - Led by Worship Associate Frank Corsoro and the "Right On" Beginning Connections Covenant Group.  Music by Artist in Residence Maya Rogers.

August 13. "Best Wishes" -  How do we find hope in our lives? Led by Worship Associate Bill Fogarty.  Music by Woven Green.

August 20. "Golden Harvest" - As we use our own skills and gifts to gather up the bounty of our lives in the world and put it to good use, what do bees have to teach us about purpose and community? Led by Worship Associates Diane Ullius and David McTaggart. Music from
Bob Kline, Maya Rogers, and others.

August 27. "Blue Ribbon Harvest" - Summer is ending: time for the county fair! The midway may get all the attention with the lights, rides, and deep-fried Oreos, but something important is happening over in the barns, where adults and youth from all over the county are bringing the very best of this year's harvest to compete for a blue ribbon. In all the excitement of our work in the world around us, we at UUCA sometimes overlook the bounty right in our own backyard - the talents and gifts every one of us in our congregation has to share. You are invited to bring something to worship this morning that represents your own special, best of your best, blue-ribbon gift. If the County Fair had the perfect category for you, one in which you'd take the blue ribbon every time, what would it be and what would you enter? Maybe it IS a big or funny-looking zucchini you grew, maybe it's a quilt you made or a photograph you took, or maybe it's something not normally found at the fair - a lesson plan you designed, a child you mentored, or a difficult decision you helped to make. Put your name on it (or don't, if you prefer), and we'll have a place for you to put it on display for everyone to see.  Led by Worship Associate D Ohlandt.

September 3. Service led by Worship Associate Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso

September 10, 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Our "Gathering of the Waters"* Services led by
Rev. Aaron McEmrys and introducing our new Music Director Mimi Bornstein.   
lake scene *Whether you travel near or far this summer, remember to gather a small sample of water from a place special to you. On September 10, we will begin our new church year with a "Gathering of the Waters" ritual-- symbolic of our diverse community and shared faith coming from many different sources. 
Transmissions Meditation Services
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Leave the stresses of the day and focus within when you join Rev. Aaron for Transmissions--a special meditation service of healing and reflection with music, chanting, and soundscapes by Woven Green.

Upcoming Transmissions Meditation Services
Tuesday, July 25
Tuesday, August 22
Friday, September 22

All services are 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Give the Plate
Forming a New Process
We will be changing how we allocate funds for our Sunday plate collection.  In the coming weeks, we will be communicating this process going forward.  We appreciate your generosity and as we move into this new process know that we are working to define what this looks like and how the money will be allocated.  Thank you for your patience as we move forward in giving generously to our community and as well as taking care of our own needs here at home.
Music MinistryMusic
The Walls are Alive...
With the Sound of Music!

UMN Choir photo
UUCA is honored to be hosting this year's Annual Conference of the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) next week, July 27-30.  The theme: Beyond the Wall: Expanding the View of Music Ministry in Your Community. This conference brings together close to 300 UU Music Directors and musicians from around the country and Canada for a week of intensive education, discussion, information sharing and networking.  This is the preeminent conference for high quality, professional education for our music leaders.  This year, our new Director of Music Ministries, Mimi Bornstein, serves as the Chair of the Conference Planning Committee making UUCA all the more meaningful as host to this amazing group of musicians.

Interfaith Community Sing: WE ARE ONE!
On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
Sunday, July 30, 2-4 p.m.

In keeping with this year's UUMN theme of Beyond the Wall, the conference will expand our music ministry outside the church walls by hosting an Interfaith Community Sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This sing is not just for conference attendees--this community sing is for EVERYONE! Bring your family and friends! Sign-ups are not required, but appreciated here. And, please share on social media.
UUMN Host Volunteers Needed
We could still use a few more volunteers to help us be good hosts throughout UUMN the conference next week. We have a special need for coffee makers and mug washers.  Please contact Bea Ann Phillips,, if you are able to help anytime on Thursday, July 27 or Friday, July 28.
Faith in Action
Backpack Drives
Boy w_ backpack Expenses for going back-to-school can be a real hardship for many families in our area. Here's a chance to lighten the expense and bring a smile to parents and kids as they begin a new school year. 
  • Buckingham Backpack Drive. Benefits children in the nearby Buckingham community. Drop-off bins will be in upper and lower lobbies during the month of August. 
  • Bridges to Independence "Look Cool for School" collects backpacks and outfits for the first day of school. Sign up here by July 31. Backpacks are due to the shelter by August 25.
UUs for Social Justice WEBINAR: ACA and the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA): Long Term Issues for the American Economy
Wednesday, August 2, 8 p.m.
Dr. Dugan will speak to the economic considerations of the Affordable Care Act and BCRA. If the BCRA negotiations are still live, then attendees will hear an economic and systems based analysis that will look specifically at what legislators have to contend with on healthcare and the economy. If something is passed, the lens will be on what legislators need to consider in reaction, for the economy, and the follow-up legislation that would be precipitated. Question and answer period after initial comments. Instructions for plugging into the webinar are here.  
Save the Date: Sept. 13 for GerryRIGGED: Turning Democracy on its Head
VA Gerryrigged map image

Join UUCA members of UUs for Social Justice and OneVirginia2021 for a film screening of GerryRIGGED, Wednesday, September 13 at UUCA.  Gather at 7:00 p.m., program 7:30-9:00 p.m. In jurisdictions nationwide legislators have drawn political district lines so they choose their voters, rather than voters being able to choose their legislators. GerryRIGGED explores non-partisan reform efforts underway in Virginia and at the national level to address partisan gerrymandering and ensure fair elections. After the screening learn about voter registration and Get Out The Vote efforts in Virginia. OneVirginina2021 Executive Director will answer questions and offer action steps. Contact Hannah Connolly at  
VOICE on the Radio
Buckman_voice_photo VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) leader and UUCA member, Robert Buckman, will be interviewed about VOICE on WERA, Arlington, 96.7 FM , on Wednesday, July 26, at 6:00 p.m.  The program Grace in 30 is a radio program about individuals and organizations living by grace, and a call to action for listeners to join in and make our families, communities, businesses, and world a better place. The show airs weekly on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. and is hosted by Sal D'Itri and Ed Melick.  The show can also be streamed live from WERA's Website at     
Save-the-date: October 15--VOICE Action on VA Gubernatorial Election 
VOICE_LOGO Virginia's 2017 statewide election this November will be the first true referendum on the 2016 Presidential election, one that will set the stage for the 2018 elections. VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) has invited the two gubernatorial candidates, Ralph Northam and Ed Gillespie, to appear on stage to answer "Yes" or "No" as to whether they will endorse VOICE's issues agenda and to state publicly how they will lead on it. VOICE advocates--2,000 strong including 200 UUCAers, will be there to witness their commitments and to hold them accountable. Mark your calendar for October 15 and watch this space for more information.
Religious & Lifespan Education
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Changes in Childcare Offerings
In an effort to be good stewards of UUCA funds, we will no longer provide free drop-in childcare on weekday evenings. Please know, we support our families here at UUCA and will continue to do so.  We believe in providing childcare for church sponsored events so our families are able to participate.  Moving forward into the new church year, childcare will need to be scheduled in advance.  Childcare will still be provided without reservations for the following:
  • Sunday worship
  • Wellspring Wednesdays
  • Annual Auction
  • RE Trainings
For other events, staff or program leaders will need to request childcare in advance.  Requests for childcare for your event or activity will need to me made via email to LeeAnn Williams or Lisa Harper Chang.
Are You Keeping Secrets?
We will be honoring UUCA's Reeb-East Legacy Society members later this fall. If you have made arrangements to provide for UUCA in your will, please let us know. You'll be eligible for membership in the Reeb-East Legacy Society, and we will include you as we honor members on Legacy Sunday in the fall. No need to share specific details; just a quick message to Sarah Masters, Director of Congregational Life,, to get on the list for our "Save the Date" mailing for the Legacy Sunday event. If you have questions about the Reeb-East Legacy Society or would like to be a part of the working team, contact Diane Ullius,  
Next Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Board members are available for casual or serious conversation a half hour before most Board meetings, and members are welcome as observers. The Board of Trustees is available by email at
Congregational Life
Men's Book Group
Sunday, August 13, 7:30 p.m.
Bookseller book cover The Men's Book Group will discuss the mystery The Bookseller, by Mark Pryor. It is the first of the Hugo Marston series. New members are always welcome. For more information, contact Ken Marshall,  
UUCA Fall Retreat September 22-24
For over 50 years, UUCA has organized a Fall Retreat at Capon Springs Resort in Capon Springs, West Virginia.  Sign-ups are being held on Sundays in Fellowship Hall during July. And, below Ron Teeter invites you to this year's retreat and shares why he's a long-time attendee . . .

Ron Teeter photo " . . without fail, I've found these weekends to be a matchless opportunity to get away from the heat and traffic and general complexity of the DC area and share time in the country with church friends (and those who have become my friends at the retreat!) " Read more.

For more information, contact the Retreat's registrars:  Allan & Henriette Kellum, or  
Covenant Group Sign-ups
At the heart of UUCA's building beloved community is our small group ministry--Covenant Groups.  Look for sign-up information in late August.  
Happy Hour
Thursday, August 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
Join us for a midweek break and meet new friends. Bring a beverage or snack to share (beer, wine or nonalcoholic only). Free childcare provided.
Mark Your Calendar: September 23, New UU Class
This class is part of the path to membership at UUCA. For more information and registration contact
Soul of Aging
Introductory Sessions: Sept. 13, 7-9:30 p.m. OR Sept. 17, 2:30-5:15 p.m.
The Soul of Aging series, based on the Circles of Trust work by Parker Palmer, will be offered in two formats this fall--one introductory session followed by your choice of either three weekends or nine weekly sessions. The program invites vulnerability and deep sharing as we look at how we wish to age and at the challenges, joys, and possibilities involved in the aging process. To get a feel for the Soul of Aging, attend one of the introductory sessions. After attending it, you can decide if you wish to participate in the full program. You must attend one of the introductory sessions in order to participate in the rest.  For additional information, click here, or contact Mary Pike at; Diane Ullius,; David McTaggart,; or Jacomina de Regt,  
UUCA Poker GroupPoker
grunge playing card on a soft brown background The Poker Group is looking for new players to join in their monthly games. The group plays low stakes, dealer's choice poker for a $10 buy-in, plus a $5 donation to UUCA.  Play is usually on a Saturday evening in members' homes, the exact date determined by when players are available.  If you are interested, pleased contact Mary Pike at
New Website Launch
Web Design Template and web page Closeup shot of laptop with digitaltablet and smartphone on desk. Responsive design web page UUCA's long-awaited website makeover is about to launch! Watch for the launch of our "new look" the  week of August 6.
Wheel of Life
Our condolences to Janice and Claire Morris on the death of Janice's mother who died on July 9 at the age of 93, surrounded by family.

Congratulations to Javier Delgadillo and Katiana Sardon on the birth Jean Pierre
on June 14.
Calling All Singers!
Come Sing w/ UUCA's New Music Director, Mimi Bornstein
Mimi Invites You to attend UUCA's Choir Retreat and First Rehearsals
Have you always wanted to sing in a choir but for one reason or another never made or found the time? 

Did you used to sing in choir but dropped out for some reason and never got back to it?

Are you a current (or past) member of the UUCA Clerestory Choir?

Do you want to get the inside scoop on what UUCA's new music director is like? 

If you answered "YES" to any of the questions above, then please come to our choir retreat and opening rehearsals.  These will be open to any and all who are interested in either joining or exploring UUCA's adult choir.
Choir Retreat
Mimi photo Saturday, August 19, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
We will get to know each other better, explore what it means to be in choir, and get to know our new Music Director,  Mimi Bornstein. We'll share a potluck lunch . . . and of course, sing!

First Choir Rehearsals
Our first rehearsals will introduce some of the music the choir will be singing this fall, and prepare the choir for its premier Sunday service with Mimi Bornstein as conductor in September.

ehearsal dates: August 24, 31, September 7, 7 to 9:15 p.m.

Questions?  Please email Mimi Bornstein at 
Next newsletter deadline is August 24, @ noon -- when we return to the weekly deadline of Wednesday at noon.
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