Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Many UUCAers are asking, "When will UUCA reopen?"
UUCA will remain closed through this weekend and most likely the next weekend too. We're monitoring the situation as it unfolds, but we expect that we won't be able to reopen UUCA until at least the first week of April. We are continuing to follow Arlington County and CDC guidelines. While UUCA is closed there will be no in-person meetings of any kind in our building. All UUCA staff are currently working from home. 

Our doors are closed but hearts remain open. 
Many congregants have keys to our outside doors and we ask everyone to respect the closure and not enter the building until we reopen. We ask this for the health and safety of everyone. 

Our New Normal
We are embracing this opportunity to bring church and community to you in a whole new way. And, we are open to your ideas on how we can continue to stay and build beloved community in this new normal. Please send your ideas to

Below is a wide assortment of online opportunities for you to stay connected to your church family. Please join us!

Sunday Service - Online-Only
March 22, 10:15 a.m. “Question Box” Sunday when Rev. Terasa answers your questions about UUism, religion, life in these unprecedented times, or whatever may be on your mind and heart. Send questions in advance to or submit them live on Facebook during the service.

Sunday Share the Plate
This Sunday, March 22, our Share the Plate recipient is Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice ( UUSJ). UUSJ provides many opportunities for the UUCA community to express our UU values in the Nation’s capital, including:
•     monthly Write Here! Write Now! campaigns on significant legislation; 
•     participation in Advocacy Corps visits to Capitol Hill; and
•     UU the Vote actions to mobilize voters and fight voter suppression.
Online Donations/Pledges/STP
Pledges and Share the Pledge donations can be made online here and checks can be mailed to UUCA, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA, 22204. 

Capital Campaign Update
In case you missed it in your inbox, here is the announcement from this morning.

Connect Calls
We may not be able to reach out and touch you but we do want to reach out and talk. Volunteers are making calls to UUCA members and friends to touch base to see how you are faring in this time of social distancing. That strange number on your caller-ID may be a friendly UUCAer reaching out. So, please answer! If you’d like to volunteer to make these calls, please contact Sarah Masters,

Culpepper Garden Invites "Friendly Callers"
Volunteers are welcome to make phone calls to residents of Culpepper Garden, the affordable-living retirement community founded by UUCA. To volunteer, please contact Hannah Becker-Menditto, or 703-528-0162.

Goodwin House
Our beloved elders at Goodwin House would welcome calls, too. Retirement communities and nursing homes throughout the area are closed to outside visitors and residents have limited access to others within the retirement community walls. Contact Sarah Masters,, to volunteer to call.

Here is just a beginning list of ways to keep you connected to our church family via the online app Zoom!

UU Rituals and Traditions
Faith 360: UU Rituals and Traditions. Please join LeeAnn on Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. Newcomers welcome, no sign-up needed. Zoom meeting link:

Ever wanted to learn to cross stitch? 
Join LeeAnn and Tamara and learn the basics. Email LeeAnn,, for a supply list. Starts March 25. 2-3 p.m. Zoom link:

Parent/Care-giver Coffee Hour
Need to connect with other UUCAers for support and community during this time of social distancing? Join friends for a Parent/Care Giver Coffee Hour Check In Monday-Fridays, 8-9 a.m. No need to RSVP, drop-in basis and open to all.  Link:

Story Time
Join UUCA friends for a Story Time each weekday at 11 a.m. Preschool-lower elementary. Link:

Show and Tell
Hey kids, want to show off some of the artifacts from your room or toy stash? Join us on Mondays from 2-3 p.m., for a Show and Tell. Link:

Craft Hour
Want to get creative? Join LeeAnn for a weekly Craft Hour on Fridays from 2-3 p.m. Crafts will require paper, markers, and other household items you already have on hand. Great for kids 6 years and older. Link:

Ever wanted to learn to cross stitch?
Join LeeAnn and Tamara and learn the basics. Email LeeAnn,, for a supply list. Starts March 25. 2-3 p.m. Link:

Moms Zooming
Drop in on this weekly zoom meeting specifically for moms! Grab a cup of tea or a glass of wine and spend an hour with other UUCA moms talking about the struggles—and maybe even the rewards—associated with extra home time. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Link:

Lego challenge! For kids of all ages! 
Watch for each week’s Lego challenge and then tune in to the weekly zoom call to share your work with other Lego lovers! Tuesdays, 3:30 p.m. Link:
Need to stretch and move? 
Join Dana Cook and family for Weekly Yoga. Fridays at 11-11:45 a.m. Zoom link:
Meditative Doodling (Praying in Color)
Take some time to just sit, breathe and doodle, Meditative Doodling (Praying in Color) on Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m. Zoom link:

T’ween Youth Group for 6-8 graders
Join Annie Parker and crew for a time of faith building and fun Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., starting March 24. Zoom link:

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204 | 703-892-2565