First Unitarian Universalist RVA- April 26, 2019
We GROW in search of wisdom,
we CARE in support of community, we ACT in service of justice.
All are invited to join us for services!
April's Theme-"Honesty"
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Pledge Time !
We are asking all friends and members to consider increasing your pledge by $10, $25 or $40 a month.

With your increase we can staff our Membership and Stewardship needs. Your increased giving will allow us to pay $15/hour minimums and fair compensation to all staff. We can fund programs that support and develop congregation leaders.  We can support robust programs for youth and adults.
This Sunday at First UU: April 28th
Sunday Services at
9:00 am and 11:00 am
coffee hour
10:00 am-11:00 am

Sermon by Rev. Jeanne Pupke,
Senior Minister

Truth used to be understood as absolute and now, we speak of it a plural, various and wonder about "truthiness."  Rev. Jeanne shares some reflections on what we might call "the honest truth" and how we can arrive at it, live it and allow it to change.

The Nursery
The Nursery is open during worship services to serve those 3 and a half years old and under. Children are welcomed by experienced staff and engaged in gentle play. Please label your child's belongings, and bring your own snack if desired. Cheerios will be offered. If you have allergy concerns, please provide your child's snack.
The children's activity box for those attending worship will now be located outside the Great Hall on the right side of the lobby.
Religious Education Classes

Please contact Rhonda Wingfield
Religious Education Classes
Meeting at 11:00
(Religious Ed Classes are not held during the 9:00 service)
PreK-K : Through the story of Owen and Mzee, a rescued baby hippo and a giant tortoise, the children explore the gifts of chosen family. 
Gr. 1-2 : The 7th UU Principle, respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part, is brought to life through the amazing nest making of the Bower Bird. Children realize that humans aren't the only creatures who are creative. 
Gr. 3-4 : The Democratic process and affirming the 5th UU Principle is the focus today. Children will learn of Olympia Brown, who worked over 50 years to help women earn the right to vote. They will also experience the process of consensus.
Gr. 5-6 : Cooperation is often a more complex, challenging activity than first meets the eye. Through an example of an intentionally developed village (Oasis of Peace) in Israel, students learn how life exists between Jews and Palestinians who are choosing cooperation over fear.  
Gr. 7-8 : Students begin work on their personal autobiographies, in preparation of presenting their Credos.
Class Meeting 10:45-12:15
Gr. 9-12 : Courage: How do you define it? When have you had to use it? What role did fear play in the behaviors you chose? How is courage relevant to you on a day to day basis? Students grapple with these questions and more.

Dogwood Spirit Circle Planning Team
10:00 - 10:45am

Dogwood Spirit Circle Class on the Elements
12:30 - 2:00 pm
President's Hall

please contact Micheline Vogt for more information!
Early Week
One Voice Chorus Rehearsal
Monday, April 29th
6:00 - 9:30pm
Great Hall

Tai Chi
Every Monday from 6:30-7:30 pm
President's Hall
Humanist Meeting
Tuesday, April 29th
President's Hall
6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Vespers is an intimate, contemplative, and conversational half-hour service.

Simple Supper
6:30 pm
Come enjoy good food and fellowship. Soup salad and bread are typical fare.

Ministers Present
7:15 pm -8:30 pm
May classes will be lead by Rev. Jeanne, on the topic of "Church Leadership, Life Leadership"
Leadership can seem risky, demanding and yet, necessary? Why. Does it have to be? We may think leadership is different that daily life or even optional but it may not be. Rev. Jeanne will lead us in our examination of what makes good leadership in our congregation and in life. Hoping you can plan to attend all sessions but come to those you can.

Look for details about Wednesday Night programs in our Tuesday evening UPDATE newsletter!
Protest Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, April 10th
6:30 - 7:15pm
Great Hall
UU Singers Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, April 10th
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Great Hall
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Late Week
UU Zen Group 
Sitting and Walking Meditation
Every Thursday at 7pm

Ewe Ewe Knitters
Thursday, May 2nd
6:30 - 8:00pm
Alcove B

Civil Conversations about Controversial Issues
Thursday, May 2nd
6:30 - 8:30pm
President's Hall
NU Beginning Choir Rehearsal
Friday, May 3rd
6:30 - 8:30pm
Great Hall

We will show _Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class_ with Bob Herbert (PBS). This film is a look at the extraordinary difficulty
African Americans have faced in their efforts to establish a middle-class standard of living. Through dramatic historical footage and
deeply moving personal interviews, the documentary explores the often-frustrated efforts of black families to obtain the financial
security that is enjoyed by white citizens. (Running time 1 hr 15 min.)
We are viewing this film not only to learn more about this conundrum ourselves, but to consider whether it would be something we might share with a wider church audience, incorporating a guided discussion.
So, you have two options for watching: click the link below and view it prior to the meeting at your convenience. Or, we will offer a showing in the library AT 5:00 P.M, prior to the usual start-time of our meeting. Before the meeting I will send out several questions for our consideration as a group.

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RISC’s One Night
for Justice –
the Nehemiah ACTION
Thursday May 2 – 7:00 Good Shepard Church

RISC will address
·        The eviction crisis
·        Richmond students reading to grade level
·        Student trauma training in Chesterfield
·        Updates on the healthcare career pipeline

RISC succeeds because of organized people that work in solidarity with over 20 other faith communities. At the ACTION we ask for clear commitments from local decision makers to enact fair policies.

Join 1200 of our citizens at The Nehemiah ACTION:
May 2 at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1127 N. 28 th Street in Richmond. Doors open at 6:15. Choir and childcare start at 6:30. Assembly starts promptly at 7:00 and will be over before 8:30.

To get your free pass go to: #.
See the exciting ACTION video – click here.

Questions? Contact Steve Saltzberg at 804-306-5184,
Greene ES
Community Day
 Saturday, May 4th
10:00am - 1:00pm

“Moneyless Yard Sale”
Please bring your gently used clothing and household donations to the Church on Friday, May 3 rd , from 12:30PM – 3PM. Or, if you wish, you may bring the items directly to Greene ES, 1725 Catalina Dr., Richmond, VA 23225 between 4PM and 5PM on Friday, or after 8:30AM on Saturday.
*Please note : All clothing and linens need to be separately bagged and marked. i.e., “children’s”, “ladies”. “men’s” “linens”.
If you would like to volunteer, or have questions, please call Lynn Pappas, 804-330-2404, or email her at .
SUUSI Registration is now open!! 

If you have been searching for a fun summer UU get away, consider coming to SUUSI this year. SUUSI (Southeast UU Summer Institute) is the third week in July at Western Carolina University.

Here's the link to the SUUSI Website -

Registration is open now through June 23. You can register in person at SUUSI after June 23, but it is easier to register ahead of time. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm the SUUSI Newcomer Coordinator! We have plenty of other SUUSI people at church too!

-Dianna MacPherson,
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