Thursday, January 19, 2023

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

Sunday, January 22

9:20 a.m. Religious Education (R.E.)

  • 9:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Childcare (ages 3 & younger) (Room 119)
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10: 15 a.m. R.E. classes - children and youth in age groups, PreK-8th grade

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service

"In-person option" & "Online option": 

“How Rights Went Wrong: On the 50th Anniversary of Roe v Wade"

- Rev. Carl, with Bob Clegg and Intern Minister Kathryn as liturgists

Special Music: Choir

3:00 p.m. Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics (AHA) Discussion Group 

(Zoom only):

Please spread the word

to anyone you know who may be interested in the above opportunities.

Check our homepage for

upcoming classes, events, and Zoom links:

Religious Education (R.E.) Sunday Schedule

  • 9:20 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Nursery available (infant - age 3)
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. R.E. 
  • 1st & 3rd Sundays: Parent Forum & Children’s Chapel
  • 2nd, 4th, (5th) Sundays: R.E. Classes/Activity
  • 10:40 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Art & Exploration (A&E) during the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service after the Story for All Ages for PreK-4th grade 


  • Jan. 22 R.E. classes - children and youth in age groups, PreK-8th grade
  • Jan. 29
  • R.E. classes - children and youth in age groups, PreK-8th grade
  • 12:00pm Our Whole Lives (OWL): Lifespan Sexuality Education: Parent/Caregiver Meeting

General Announcements

UUCF's Blanche Ames Gallery is pleased to present the works of 9 artists who are part of The Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association at their show, “View On Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.”  The show runs through February 26. See our gallery website at You also may visit the show at UUCF on Tues., Wed., Thurs. mornings 10:00-12:00 or by appointment at Send name, phone #, date/time of desired appointment. Enjoy the show!

Fair Trade Fundraiser: Handled online, with a target date for orders to be placed. The coffee should be available for pick-up the following Sunday, after the service. Payment can be made to UUCF Special Events by check, or through the Give page on our website (UUCF Coffee & Chocolate Purchases), when the coffee is received. Sorry, no chocolate sales at this time. Visit: for more information on how to order and what is available.

Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners, Mondays at 1pm: (Chapel) One of the best ways we can stay resilient and healthy is to exercise and cultivate mindfulness.

Connecting through Poetry Group: Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. Weekly exploring a poem together, & open conversation: (password: poetry).

UU Thursday Buddhist Meditation: 7:00 p.m. Dharma talk or reading, meditation, discussion. Beginners welcome.

The UUCF book club books for discussion are:

  • Jan. 20:  Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruíz Zafón: 
  • Feb. 17:  The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

We will meet via zoom using this link:

If you would like to receive the link via email, contact Diana Pitcher at A reminder email with the link will be sent out on the Wednesday before the meeting. All are welcome, whether you have read the book or not.

Adopt-A-Road: Saturday, January 21, 9:00 a.m. (Sheds in Parking Lot). We plan to hold a litter clean-up event along Elmer Derr Road on Saturday, January 21, 2023 starting at 9:00 a.m., the road looks to be in fairly good shape, maybe because of neighborhood cleaning. The weather forecast also looks quite good as well. As usual we will meet at the sheds to issue reflective vests, collection buckets and bags. We also have a limited number of “grabbers” for those people who want to limit bending.

Amherst Writers and Artists Course: Sherri Philpott will be teaching at Frederick Community College this Spring. This workshop follows the Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA) format; each participant is recognized as a writer with a unique voice. The facilitator offers the group writing prompts, participants write for a specific period of time and then share their writing. Group feedback focuses only on what is strong, memorable and working in the piece shared. Participants have the option to choose an alternate topic if the prompt offered does not appeal. The AWA method requires deep listening and the ability to enter the writer's world. To register or for more information, visit here.

UUCF Annual Statements of Donations: Most of you should have received your year end giving statement in your email on Thursday. Please check to see that you have received it. It may be in your spam folder.

Budget Requests for Next FY (2023-2024): If you are leader of a group (e.g. committee) at UUCF that has one or more lines in the present budget or might need a line in the next budget. UUCF is starting its annual budgeting process and we need your input. Please communicate what you think your needs will be for the 2023-24 fiscal year to Bob Ladner, chair of the Finance Committee, at Please send your input by 15 February or let me know when you expect to have input.

There are also regular weekly opportunities for

listed on the righthand side of homepage

From our Treasurer:

Updates from Our Social Action Committee (SAC):

What is a Split-Plate?

It’s not always clear what the term “split-plate” means and how the recipients are selected. As the Social Action Committee (SAC) we solicit nominations, vet and select non-profit organizations to receive donations from our congregation. Twelve organizations are selected to be split-plate recipients each year, one per month. On the third Sunday of each month, the proceeds of the offering during the service are automatically shared 50-50 between UUCF and the non-profit recipient for that month. Donations made online or by check can indicate what percentage is a donation to the “split-plate” recipient for the month.

It is important to note that the donations to split-plate recipients are not part of your annual pledge to UUCF. They are not considered as part of the UUCF budget. They are our congregation’s gift to non-profits which have been deemed supportive of our principles and can usefully and wisely apply our donations. SAC is grateful for our congregation’s generosity, and we thank you.

Monthly Food Bank Donations from UUCF

The Social Action Committee (SAC) has renewed its monthly collection of food and hygiene items needed by the George L. Shields Food Bank on East All Saints Street. A large, marked container to collect these items kept in the lobby of the church on the left where the coat racks are located. Each Sunday a volunteer will place the container outside the front door of the building for donations. SAC will post what items are needed each month. For January:

You can leave items in the container anytime the building is open or on Sunday mornings.

SAC appreciates our members’ generosity supplying these items which will be well used by those in need. If you can volunteer to take items to the Food Bank each month, we would be very grateful! Please contact Betsy Bainbridge at


UULM-MD Legislative Kickoff January 21 - 9 am-1 pm: Join UUs from around the State at the UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland's 17th Annual Legislative Kickoff on January 21 in Annapolis or remotely. Keynote speaker is Eric Luedtke, who will by then be Governor Moore’s Chief Legislative Officer. Presentations and breakout sessions for each of our advocacy teams on immigration, environmental justice, criminal justice reform, medical aid in dying, gun violence prevention, and health care/reproductive rights. Register and/or donate at

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Dr. Harry Edwards in Conversation
with Dr. Terry Anne Scott
Thursday, February 2, 8pm EST - 9pm EST
The Institute for Common Power is honored to announce our upcoming featured speaker, legend Dr. Harry Edwards. Dr. Edwards was the lead organizer of the Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR), which led American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos to raise black-gloved Black Power salutes atop the Olympic medal stand in 1968. As a former professor at San Jose State University and the University of California, Berkeley, he is considered the father of a field of study, the Sociology of Sports. He serves as a consultant to major teams like the San Francisco 49ers.
This February, in conversation with Institute Director, Dr. Terry Anne Scott, Dr. Edwards will discuss "Activism with Athletes," his recent documentary about the history of African Americans and sports. Please note, there will be ample opportunity for audience participation and questions.
Register here:  A Conversation with Dr. Harry Edwards Tickets, Thu, Feb 2, 2023 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite
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