Connections Newsletter
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Prayers for Peace overlayed on water lanterns
Sunday, August 11, 2019 | 10:15 a.m.
Prayers for Peace
A service led by Worship Associate Kristin Keller and Rev. Terasa and others. Given the terrible events of the past week, our service this Sunday will be a prayer vigil with prayers and ritual to help us find some kind of sense of peace as well as determination to change the culture of our country. Please join us for this special service.

Fifth grade and above are encouraged to stay throughout the whole service. Summer Religious Education classes continue to be discontinued, though we do have a supervised play area in the Center during the service.
Upcoming Services
Sunday, August 18, “Somebody to Lean On” – Walter Clark , Ministerial Assistant, and Diane Ullius, Commissioned Lay Minister. 

Sunday, August 25, “Something Worth Sharing” – Tyler Coles , Young Adult Community Leader, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. 

Sunday, September 1, “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” – David McTaggart and Irv Lachow , Worship Associates.

Sunday, September 8, Ingathering Service. We return to our two service schedule: 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. A water communion ritual will be part of the service. Please bring a sample of water from a place that is meaningful to you.
Wheel of Life
We offer our condolences to Beth Moore on the death of Gary Roles , her friend and spouse.
Vera Tilson photo
Our condolences to David Tilson on the death of his wife Vera Tilson. Vera, a longtime church member and a member of the staff, died July 24. She retired as UUCA's Music Director Emerita in 1998 after leading our music program for 46 years. A memorial service will be held in our sanctuary on Saturday, August 24, 2:00 p.m.
Please join us for these opportunities to Connect and Grow . . .
Friday Morning Devotions
Each Friday, 7 a.m. Volunteer Room
We gather for a half-hour of meditation followed by time for brief reflections. More info: or
White Supremacy Listening Session
Saturday, August 10, 7 p.m. UUCA Sanctuary
Join Rev. Terasa in welcoming several NoVA racial justice activists to discuss white supremacy in light of the most recent mass shootings. Read more >>
Pop-up Concert
Yahaira Tubac
Sunday, August 11, 11:30 a.m. UUCA Sanctuary
Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear this 9-year-old piano prodigy from Guatemala. Sponsored by UUCA's Alianzas. Read more >>
Men's Book Group
Being Mortal
Sunday, August 11, 7:30 p.m. Center Gallery
The non-fiction book to be discussed: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, by Atul Gawande. All men are welcome. Contact is Ken Marshall, Read more >>
Two Ways to Move Social Justice Forward this Summer
Sunday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. Board Room
One: Join the Communities First listening session here at UUCA on August 18 and September 15. Two: Share some vital info on license restoration provided in the "Read more" link below. Sponsored by Virginians Organized for Community Engagement. Read more>>
Happy Hour
Tuesday, August 20, 6-7:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall
We're in the dog-days of summer--all the more reason to get together for some cool refreshments and warm fellowship. This month is hosted by UUCA staff. Come and celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of a new church year!
Please join us for these opportunities to Serve. . .

"Why should I teach RE?"
If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet;
 how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of.
There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.
– Fred Rogers

A common question we hear from many of our potential Religious Education (RE) volunteers is “Why should I teach in Religious Education?” After all, aren’t there easier ways to spend my Sunday morning—lounging in bed, hiking in the woods, sharing a leisurely breakfast with my loved ones, actually attending worship…? For all we talk about the importance of carefully stewarding the faith development of our youngest learners at critical moments of their intellectual and spiritual growth, that answer isn’t actually the main reason we encourage our fellow congregants to teach RE.   Read more >>
Backpack Drive
Bring a backpack to church Sunday, August 18, and help send local immigrant students in-need back to school prepared for a happy, successful year. Donations can be placed in large boxes located in the upstairs lobby.
Contact: Nancy Hall,
Baby Items Needed
Sullivan House, the Arlington family shelter, is in need of layette items and newborn-size diapers. Size 4 and 5 diapers are also needed. As always, donations of non-perishable food and toiletries (full size, please) can be left in the brown Sullivan House container in the cloakroom. Thank you for your generous and enduring support of our neighbors experiencing homelessness! Contact: Alex Roth,
Church Matters
Save the Date!

Sunday, September 22, 12:30 p.m.

It's a birthday bash for UUCA!
July 2019 Board Update

The Board has gotten off to a good start in July. We held our first meeting and set up a number of Board committees, including continuing to have an Executive Committee comprised of the Board and Ministry/Staff leadership; a Board Governance Committee; a Board Audit Review and Monitoring Committee; a Budget Committee; and a Board Personnel Committee. We approved a charge for the Long Range Financial Planning Task Force which has held its first meetings. 

We have a lot on our agenda for the upcoming church year, which the Board will discuss in our offsite Annual Retreat August 16 to 18. We will also have a Board meeting on August 20, in which we'll discuss our plans for communication with the congregation over the next year as well as the need for a procedure we can follow in the case of any law enforcement action in the building, especially an ICE enforcement action.  

As always, members of the congregation are welcome to come to the meeting at 7:00 p.m. to ask questions of the Board. Again this month we'll ask Tamara to give an update on the flood remediation before the meeting. The project seems to be going very well with no surprises so far. Fundraising continues to cover this unexpected expense, and we're making good progress toward our goal of matching the UUA's generous $50,000 grant. Please go onto our website ( ) to send in your contributions or mail or bring a check on Sunday with Flood Project in the subject line.  

Thanks to you all from the Board for your support for our work. We are encouraged by the positive energy in the church and look forward to a year of growth in all of our connections with each other. 

Warm regards,
Linda Battaglini, Chair, UUCA Board of Trustees
Faith 360
Beginning this fall
We are excited to announce the coming of "Faith 360" -- our new adult faith development program. It includes classes and workshops and ongoing spiritual practice groups--AND MORE. Take a peek at some of what's in store.
Daily Room Assignments
With our lower level still closed, we are forced to make changes to room assignments each day. Thank you for your patience. Please check the room assignment sheet in the lobby each time you come to the church for a meeting, class, etc.
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