First Unitarian Universalist RVA- May 25, 2019
We GROW in search of wisdom,
we CARE in support of community, we ACT in service of justice.
WELCOME
All are invited to join us for services!
May's theme - Persistence
The monthly packet is located by clicking the button below.
Your group leader can share the password with you!
Information on Pledges
With gratitude, we have received pledge contributions of $46,126 for the month of May. Year to date we have received $715,353 toward our Annual Budget of $801,216 (89%).
 
Share the Plate Collection
Because of your generosity, for the month of April, we collected $1,949 for the Share the Plate recipient Worthy Now, UU Prison Ministry.
For the month of May, we have collected $1,545 towards the Share the Plate recipient Meadville Lombard Southern Region Scholarship Fund.
Your "MONTHLY INFO DROP" contains: the theme, blog updates, monthly care team information, and bookkeeper news like share the plate.
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: May 26th
Sunday Services at
9:00 am and 11:00 am
coffee hour
10:00 am-11:00 am

Sermon by Rev. Jeanne Pupke,
Senior Ministerr
"For Something More"
As we approach the holiday that honors those lost in war, we receive more news of children dying in ICE detention. How has it come to pass that this country so easily violates human rights when so many died for democracy and the rule of law?
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
Classes Meeting at 11:00

PreK-K: Children experience hospitality within their classroom. This is used as a springboard for sharing personal experiences with families and friends.  

Gr. 1-3: The Five R's: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Rot, are taught in a lesson about conserving resources and using them wisely.

Gr. 4-6: The Call for Joy: As Unitarian Universalists, we value joy and humor in our lives. Students examine ways that using humor and joy can change a situation.

Gr. 7-8 and 9-12 are welcome to worship with family and friends in the Great Hall. Their regular class sessions will resume in the fall.
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.
Summer Religious Education
 Get Involved in the Fun!
Teacher sign-ups ARE NOW!

A Joyful Path and Sunshine Yoga!
June 16-Aug. 25
Summer Classes for PreK - Gr. 5 begin June 16 

Visit the information table in the Lobby. Sign up for you and your child to participate in this fun
summer RE experience. The summer program functions as a member co-operative, so your participation is critical. Contact Rhonda@richmonduu.org with questions.
Early Week
GROUPS MEETING MONDAY 5/27 - TUESDAY 5/28
THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY.



One Voice Chorus Rehearsal
Monday, May 20th
6:00 - 9:30pm
Great Hall
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Tai Chi
Every Monday from 6:30-7:30 pm
Libby Hill Park
New to UU? Check out some of our small groups at the button here!
ESL with Abbie
Tuesday, May 28th
2:00-4:00pm
Lower Level: Middle
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Violin Rehearsal
Tuesday, May 28th
5:00 - 6:00pm
Great Hall
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Yoga with Jodi
Tuesday, May 28th
5:15-6:15pm
President's Hall
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Men Meeting
Tuesday, May 28th
6:30-8:30pm
Alcove B
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The White Ally Toolkit
Tuesday, May 28th
6:30-8:30pm
Conference Room
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Humanist Meeting
Tuesday, May 28th
6:30-8:30pm
President's Hall
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First UU Presents Rehearsal
Tuesday, May 28th
6:30-8:30pm
Nursery
Vespers
6:00 pm-6:30 pm
Vespers is an intimate, contemplative, and conversational half-hour service.
MEETS IN THE GREAT HALL

Simple Supper
6:30 pm
Come enjoy good food and fellowship. Soup salad and bread are typical fare.
MEETS IN THE LOWER LEVEL

Ministers Present
7:15 pm -8:30 pm
MEETS IN THE LIBRARY or PRESIDENT'S HALL
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!
ALSO MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 29TH
Protest Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, May 15th
6:30 - 7:15pm
Great Hall
UU Singers Choir Rehearsal
Wednesday, May 15th
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Great Hall
Late Week
GROUPS MEETING THURSDAY 5/30 - FRIDAY 5/31
UU Zen Group 
Sitting and Walking Meditation
Every Thursday at 6:30pm <-- NEW TIME!
Nursery

We are a small drop-in group. We meet every Thursday at 6:30 pm (beginning June 6) for meditation including Zen-style sitting meditation, walking meditation, chanting, and discussion. 
Our Thursday meetings go something like this:
6:15 First-time visitors orientation & set-up 
6:30 Zazen (sitting meditation) – 20 minutes
6:50 Kinhin (walking meditation) – 10 minutes
7:00 Zazen (sitting meditation) – 15 minutes
7:15 Chanting or short reading
7:20 Discussion, tea, socializing and announcements until about 7:45
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First UU Presents Rehearsal
Thursday, May 30TH
6:30-8:30pm
Great Hall
ESL: Abbie
Friday, May 31ST
10:00am - 12:00pm
Lower Level: Middle
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ESL: Abbie
Friday, May 31st
3:00 - 5:00pm
Lower Level: Middle
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NU Beginning Choir Rehearsal
Friday, May 31st
6:30-8:30pm
Great Hall
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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES &
SOCIAL JUSTICE WORK
Chimborazo Community Housewarming: Open House at Masjid Bilal

Sunday, May 26th
5:00-7:00pm

Masjid Bilal
400 Chimborazo Blvd.
RVA 23223
www.masjidbilal.org

No reservation required!
Do drop in!
Call Greg Abul-Salaam at 804-370-8207
PLAN ON THIS! (and RSVP)
RVA Voices from the Holy Land: "On the Side of the Road"
Sunday, June 9th
2:00-4:30pm
First UU in the Great Hall

Former West Bank settler Lia Tarachansky looks at Israelis’ collective amnesia of the fateful events of 1948 when the state of Israel was born and most of the Palestinians became refugees.

She follows the transformation of Israeli veterans trying to uncover their denial of the war that changed the region forever. Tarachansky then turns the camera on herself and travels back to her settlement where that historical erasure gave birth to a new generation, blind and isolated from its surroundings.

Q&A discussion following the film screening moderated by Dr. Michael Fischbach, Professor of History, Randolph Macon College, and author of “Black Power and Palestine: Transnational Countries of Color”
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 -  https://www.suusi.org/

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, suusi.macpherson@gmail.com
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