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

Sunday, April 15 at 9:30 am & 11:30 am.      
"Human Rights in Theory and Practice"
+ Flower Communion
- The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg

Invite a Friend to UUCF

Our 6th UU Principle is "The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all." If you have a friend, family, member or colleague is who is particularly interested in how we might turn the dream of liberal internationalism into a reality, then invite them to join you at UUCF on  Sunday, April 15 , when Rev. Carl will be preaching about "Human Rights: In Theory & Practice."

Please Bring a Flower or Bouquet this Sunday!

  9:00 a.m. UUsed Book Sale (Rooms 113/115, Gallery)
  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 (K-2nd Grades) (Chapel)
10:30 a.m. Middle Hour Religious Education for All Ages
                   - Religious Education (classrooms)
                   - Friendly Forum (Room 125)
                   - UU Buddhist Fellowship Meditation & Discussion (Chapel)
10:40 a.m. UU Parenting Forum (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)
12:40 p.m. Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics Study Group (Chapel) The discussion will be led be Matt Colgan on the topic: "The Nature of Truth". All are welcome.

This Week

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

Sip 'n Stitch: Thursday, 6:00 p.m. (Mary Bowman-Kruhm's home)

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

Frederick Refuge Recovery Open Meetings: Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (Room 113). 

UUCF Book Club: Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. (Room 125)

UUsed Book Sale: Saturday/Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Rooms 113/115, Gallery)

Celebration of Life of Doug Foard: Saturday, 1:00 p.m. (Atrium/Sanctuary)

UUCF Concert Series: Lara Herscovitch: Saturday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)

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

Social Action Committee Meeting: Tuesday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. (Room 113)

Daytime Meditation Group: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. (Room 124) '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

UUsed Book Sale needs Your Help!  Our annual used book sale helps fund a variety of Social Justice programs as well as supporting the  Oltorotua, Kenya project. Your help and support for the book sale goes a long way to making all this possible. Please help however you can:
  • Help set-up Thursday, April 12 and Friday., April 13, 10:00 am-approx. 3pm and during sale (see below). 
  • Buy books at UUCF's UUused Book Sale April 14-15, 9am-3pm. 50 cents/paperback book, $1/hardcover; specialty books priced separately. No credit cards; cash only.  
  • "Share" our flyer on social media. Find it on Facebook UU Social Justice Frederick MD or https://www.facebook.com/marybk.
Please help for even 1, preferably 2 hours (or more!). Below are the areas needed, with helpers needed in all areas. Normally sales are especially heavy early a.m. on Sat. and between and after services Sunday. However, with Doug Foard's Celebration of Life, we anticipate extra help needed on Saturday.
  • Delivery Crew (4/12-13, 10-approx. 3)-Take books to 113-115, put on tables for sorting.
  • Sorting Crew (4/12-13, 10-approx. 3)-Organize books on tables in hall and rooms 113-115.
  • Monitor Crew (4/14-15, 9am-3pm)-Job includes keeping book tables orderly, answering questions.
  • Clean-up Crew (4/15)-Return furniture and table to regular locations, sweep.
  • Unsold Books Crew (4/15)-ReStore pick-up books.
Please let Mary know when you're available to help by email her at writer@marybk.com Thanks much for any help. ~Phyllis Liddell & Mary Kruhm.

New! Trial UUCF Shuttle Van Service to/from UUCF and the Mount Zion
Park-n-Ride Lot (Elmer Derr Road side): Sundays  April 15, 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.

Gardening Group: Spring is Just Around the Corner! Rick Anderson, our facilities manager, has asked Alice MacDonald to help coordinate a list of folks who might be interested in helping periodically for an hour or two, as needed, to maintain our flower beds. Tasks could include: weeding, pruning, trimming bushes or planting perennials and bulbs. To join, please email Alice MacDonald at starryskies516@yahoo.com or signup at the Adult Ed closet in the Atrium.

Hearing Assistance Technology Team: Do you have trouble hearing services or other events at UUCF? Can you hear everything on Sundays in the Sanctuary? If so, you're not alone. Anne Garnett, friend of UUCF, is starting a Hearing Assistance Technology Team which will explore and test different hearing assistive technologies with our sound system, document how they work and provide a guide for how to use the various technologies at UUCF. If you'd like to help, please contact Anne at agarnett02@gmail.com.

Child Dedication:   Each year we set aside a special time during a Sunday service to welcome children new to the congregation. The next opportunity is Sunday, May 20, 2018. If you have an infant or child that you would like to participate, please email Rev. Carl (minister@frederickuu.org) by Sunday, May 6. More information is at  frederickuu.org/child .

Joys and Sorrows

Celebration of the Life of Doug Foard, Saturday, April 14, 1:00 p.m. (Sanctuary)

Carol Antoniewicz and daughters Hope and Tegan Sorensen invite UUCF friends to a "Celebration of Life" for beloved husband and father Ed Sorensen, to be held  Sunday April 29, 2 pm  at Thorpewood, near Thurmont. Details at link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/memorial-service-for-edward-franklin-sorensen-iii-tickets-45088688481 

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
Sip'n Stitch will meet at MaryBK's house on Thursday, April 12, 6:00 pm-? (potluck at 6:30). Because Mary will be setting up book sale, Nancy Lohrey has volunteered to make a main dish. Other potluck items appreciated. Lots of talk and laughs guaranteed. We will also try to find to find time to stitch in addition to sipping and eating.

UUCF Book Club: Friday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. (Room 125). Tibby Middleton will host this month's book, The History of Bees by Maja Lunde and Ed Mordan will share his knowledge of all things 'bees'. All are welcome!

Practical Self-defense: Saturday, April 28, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Chapel).
Self Defense is largely in your hands. Learning to recognize, avoid, and defuse dangerous situations is time well spent for you and your family.
This workshop is open to teens and adults, male or female. It will address critical concepts such as situational awareness, the effects of fear and adrenaline, use of the breath, and emotional content. The techniques that will be taught are derived from Filipino  Arnis, a martial art that combines elements of fencing, dance,  karate, and  jujitsu. The principles and techniques can be applied by anyone, young or old, regardless of overall physical condition.
The instructor for this workshop is Carl Minkel, founder and chief instructor of Mt. Airy's Taekwondo - Arnis Academy. Mr. Minkel has over 45 years of martial arts experience as well as real world experience in actual encounters. He holds the rank of 7th degree black belt and is also a Guild Certified Teacher of the Feldenkrais Method® of neuromuscular education.
Fee: $45 (shared with UUCF, childcare provided with 1-week's notice to  education@frederickuu.org

UUCF 201: Pathways to Leadership & Deeper Participation with Rev. Carl:   Sunday, April 29 at 10:45 a.m.  (chapel): Learn more about opportunities to become more connected and involved, ask questions you've been curious about, or make suggestions for new opportunities you might bring to our community.

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 the was branded a modern-day heretic with his understanding of an inclusive God and his founding of the "Gospel of Inclusion."

Daytime Meditation Group:  Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in room 124, 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

Split-plate Nominations for 2018-2019 Close this Sunday, April 15:  Help UUCF's Social Action Committee find 12 deserving charities to be split-plate recipients for our 2018-2019 congregational year. Nominate a non-profit, big or small, to receive half of UUCF's offering plate donations on a Sunday.

Use our online nomination form . Paper forms are available in the UUCF office, Social Action atrium cabinet, and Sundays on the table with the Order of Service.

Return forms to UUCF Office or email to betsybainbridge@yahoo.com by April 15, 2018. 

UU Social Justice Executive Director, Pablo de Jesús, will be at Friendly Forum, Sunday, April 29, 10:30 a.m. (Sanctuary).

Dismantling Racism Team News

Proposed 8th Principle and Black Lives Matter Banner Congregational Conversations: Sundays, April 22, 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.

UUA leaders alarmed by conflicts reported by religious professionals of color: From UUWorld: UUA has been asked for help with more than fifteen conflicts this year. Commission on Institutional Change calls for investigation of 'disparate treatment of people of color by congregations.' Read more here:  https://www.uuworld.org/articles/uua-leaders-alarmed-conflicts.

From Unity Church of Frederick: Crucial Conversations on Racism, every 4th Sunday of the month, 3:00 p.m. Theresa Wyatt and Rev. Toni facilitate 'crucial conversations' on key issues affecting the community, continuing the dialogue begun on Feb. 25 with the movie, White Like Me. 5112 Pegasus Ct., Frederick, MD 21704. All are welcome

Community News


Amazing Faiths Dinner 2018: Date: 05/06/2018 (Sun.)Time: 5:00pm - 8:00 p.m.  Join 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. In an effort to accommodate everyone, we are organizing a second dinner on Thursday, May 10 from 5-8 pm - if you would prefer to attend that dinner, please note it in the comments.

When you sign up, please indicate your faith affiliation if you have one, and if you would like to be a guest, facilitator or host. Facilitator training will be provided. These events are free for participants. The meal will be a potluck, with each participant providing one dish or aspect of the meal.

The closing date for signing up is April 16. The host and location of each dinner will be determined after participants have signed up. The menu for each dinner will be planned after participants have been assigned to their hosts.

From the Frederick County Health Department:

The Frederick County Health Department has learned from multiple sources that residents consuming "SPICE", or synthetic cannabinoids, are suffering severe reactions. These reactions have included loss of consciousness, vomiting, and seizures. Please alert anyone you know that may be using "SPICE" of this update.
If you or anyone you know becomes sick after using synthetic cannabinoids, seek immediate medical attention. Call 911 or go to the closest emergency room.

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Have an Event or Notice to Announce?

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.