Thursday, November 16, 2023

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

This Sunday, November 19, 2023

9:30 a.m. UU Buddhist Fellowship:

Group Meditation & Discussion (1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays):

10:20 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Childcare (ages 3 & younger) (Room 119)

10:40 a.m. - 12 p.m. Religious Education (PreK - 8th Grades)

10:30 a.m. Sunday Service in-person & online:

"Never Stop in a Storm: Perseverance through Pain and Challenges"

- Dr. Terry Anne Scott (bio below)

and Rev. Carl as liturgist

Music: Choir

Dr. Terry Anne Scott (photo below) is an award-winning historian, author, and speaker. 

  • She left her position as a professor of American history and Chair of the Department of History at Hood College to become the Director of the Institute for Common Power, a nonprofit which provides education that fosters, sustains, and expands what should be the most common power in American democracy-the right to vote..
  • During her tenure at Hood, Dr. Scott received numerous awards, including the college’s highest commendation for professors—the Excellence in Teaching Award. 
  • She earned her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago.
  • She is the author of several books.
  • And throughout her career, Dr. Scott has been heavily involved in community service and activism.

12:00 p.m. Progressive Christian Fellowship (Room 125)

12:00 p.m. Atheists/Humanists/Agnostics (AHA) Discussion Group (Room 113); except third Sunday of the month, NOON in room 113.

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:

General Announcements

Blanche Ames Gallery: Our very own artist, Barbara Kenny, returns for her 8th Solo Art Show: Impression to Abstract. You don't want to miss this wonderful artist's latest show that runs through December 31.

Community Partnership Fall Donation Drive: UUCF is taking part in a donation drive to support participants receiving services at The Frederick County Family Partnership. Donations will be accepted Oct. 15-Nov. 26. Programs provided there support families and youth ages 16-24 through an array of services including: GED Classes & Diploma Completion ° ESL Classes (English as a Second Language) ° Job Readiness & Career Exploration ° Parent Education ° Infant & Toddler Care & Early Education ° Health Education ° Home Visiting ° Peer Support ° Service Coordination. See Flyers below for additional information!

Embracing Living Wholeheartedly: a 3-hour Interactive Workshop

Saturday, Nov 18, 2023, 1:00 PM facilitated by Richard Warren. This workshop is based on the research of Brené Brown, Ph.D., LICSW on overcoming “shame messages” by exploring their roots, what is their message and to embrace a greater truth about yourself. In Brené’s words “values light our way,” and we will identify our values and the traits of Wholeheartedness. All are welcome with a suggested donation of $1 - $25, 100% supports UUCF. Registration required using Eventbrite

Catoctin Blue Trail Hike: Tuesday, November 21 at 9:15 a.m.Let’s meet at the Hamburg parking lot at 9:15 AM, 10420 Hamburg Road. We’ll take the Catoctin Blue Trail north towards Thurmont. It’s out and back so you can do as much or as little as you like. Most will walk around 5-10 miles total. Sturdy boots and poles if you use them. For those who have the time, pot luck lunch afterwards at the house. Hunting season- local hunters won’t go near the blazed trails but we do occasionally run into hipster hunters up for the day, so please wear something bright. Please let Ruth know if we should look for you. Ruth ( 202 258 0788

2023 Toys for Tots Toy Drive: Every year, The Marine Toys for Tots program sets out on a mission to bring the joy of the holidays by collecting Toys and distributing them to less fortunate children whose parents may be struggling financially and unable to purchase gifts during the traditional Holiday Season.  We are proud to once again support this worthy cause. Please drop off your new and unwrapped toys at the collection box located in the Atrium. We will be collecting toys today from November 26th and ending on December 6th. All toys will be delivered to the Toys for Tots collection site by December 6th for processing and delivery to pre-authorized organizations who have requested toys.

The Friendly Forum presents  "A Community of Communities" on November 26 at 11:45 in the chapel. Our goal is to create a space in which our various congregational communities can introduce themselves to members of the congregation, focusing on their particular community goals. This program will also offer groups the opportunity to learn about each other's work and possibly form partnerships for specific projects or programs.  


Group representatives: Please bring any materials you would like to share and a sign to identify your group. We will have tables set up in the chapel for your use (If your group has not received an email invitation, please contact to reserve a spot.)  We look forward to a lively and informative Friendly Forum.

Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners: Mondays at 1pm in the Chapel! Join us then!

Chair/Assisted Yoga: Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. (Chapel) Registration required: email

Connecting through Poetry Group continues on Wednesdays at 12:30p.m. on Zoom.

The UUCF Book Club will be reading the following:

  • November 17 - The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris
  • December 15 - Djinn Patrol of the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara -

We have returned to zoom meetings, starting at 7:00 via this link:

For more information contact Diana Pitcher -

Christmas Eve Memorial Poinsettias: If you would like to order poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary on Christmas Eve and either memorialize or honor someone special to you, please go to to make an order online, or see a Flower Guild member in the atrium after Sunday services from now to December 10th. Each poinsettia plant is $15 and your name and the name(s) of your memorials will be listed in the Order of Service on December 24th. You can take your poinsettia plant home with you after the service on Dec 24th, or if you can, please pick them up after the service on Dec 31st so we can enjoy the beauty in the sanctuary through the end of the year. Orders MUST be placed and paid for by Sunday, Dec 10th. If you have any questions after reading the information on the webpage, please contact Cheryl O’Brien at

UUCF's Beloved Gardens Plant Sale will be held again next April 27, 2024. We need YOUR help if you have a garden containing some perennials. If you are willing and able to divide some of them to help us build our Inventory at very little cost, please send an email to Deb Int Veldt ( asking for a copy of the Instructions for Dividing Perennials. She will send it to you.


For Folks who live in Frederick City!


Free Home Pickup by Key City Compost

Did you know that when food scraps are buried in landfills they decompose anaerobically and produce methane, one of the most potent and harmful greenhouse gasses? In fact, it is estimated that if Frederick County composted the 31,958 tons of food waste currently sent to a landfill, 15,703 MTCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent) would be reduced annually. According to the EPA, that is equivalent to removing 3,334 passenger vehicles from the road annually.

Composting or otherwise diverting this food waste will also reduce disposal costs and other GHG emissions generated by hauling waste to the landfill that Frederick County contracts with in Chambersburg, PA.

The City of Frederick has made it super easy and cost-free for City residents to become part of the solution through their Residential Compost Pilot project. Any City resident receiving City trash collection can sign up (at no cost) to have Key City Compost deliver a clean sanitized compost bucket and pick up full buckets from your home on a weekly basis.

The City will pay for the services during the program, so all residents are invited to take part. Those who do not have their trash collected by the City can still take advantage of compost collection services from Key City Compost for a monthly fee. SIGN UP HERE!

Frederick Community College Special Course Offering and Pricing!

Current Issues: The Palestine/Israel Conflict in Context (SEN473)  

Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR)


The events of October 7th in Israel and the subsequent invasion of Gaza cannot be understood without examining the origins and evolution of this crisis. The routes of enmity that have led to the current war go back more than a century; isolated attempts over subsequent decades have failed to resolve the fundamental issues separating two peoples who yearn for freedom and security. The course will examine commonly held perceptions that frame both the narrative and the discourse on this seemingly intractable issue; it will review major political figures, successive wars, international decrees, “peace plans,” and aborted attempts at reconciliation. Finally, it will explore the “special relationship” between the United States and Israel that continues to inform U.S. policy in the Middle East, including the role of political lobbies and the influence of Christian Zionism. 

Four sessions @ 2hours each (8 hours)

Tuesdays and Thursdays: November 30, December 5,7 and 12, 2023

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Sweadner Hall: Main Campus

Instructor: Linda Pappas Funsch

Tuition $10.00 Fees: $39.00

Registration Closes on Thursday, November 30, 2023 @ 11:59 PM      

For more information and to register, visit:


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