Thursday, May 25, 2023

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

Sunday, May 28

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

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

“What Really Matters?" 

- Intern Minister Kathryn,

with Rev. Carl as liturgist

Music: Joe Ginorio

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

Zoom except for 3rd Sunday of the Month

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:

Intern Minister Kathryn is finishing her internship with us and we will interactively explore "What Really Matters" this Sunday, May 28th. 

Honoring our shared ministry, please log into mentimeter and share your thoughts in one or two words on what really matters over the past two years of shared ministry (Tables of 8, UU the Vote, values, a kind word, poetry, an event, etc.)

Please go to the voting site. and use the code 89 27 87 5 or if a QR code is easier, the image below will take you right there.

UUCF Summer Camp 2023

Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2023 (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick will host a week of summer camp related to being peacemakers in ourselves, communities, and throughout the world. All are welcome!

Drop off is at 9:00 AM and pick up is at 3:00 PM.

The year's theme is "I am Peace."

  • rising 1st-6th graders as campers
  • rising 7th-9th graders as "Counselors in Training"
  • rising 10th-12th graders as Counselors (paid position)
  • Adults as volunteers

We ask children to pack a brown bag lunch and water bottle for each day. (Sunscreen and a hat are encouraged)

Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, 4880 Elmer Derr Rd. (Directions available at

How much:

  • $75 for one camper (1st-6th graders)
  • $50 for additional camper
  • Email for scholarship information.

Link to Camp sign up is

We Need Adult Volunteers!

For More information, click here.

General Announcements

The Blanche Ames Gallery welcomes our own UU artists Samantha Purvis and Mary Fletcher for their very own show, "“Art as Refuge & Inspiration” . You may see the show at UUCF on Tues., Wed., Thurs. mornings by making an appointment at Send name, phone #, date/time of desired appointment. The show runs through June 25. Enjoy another fantastic show!

Donation Yoga for Advancing Beginners: Mondays, 1:00 p.m. (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:

Chair/Adaptive Yoga Class: Thursdays at 2 PM Join us for chair and adaptive yoga that is truly accessible to every body. Recommended Donation is $5.

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

The UUCF Book Club for June 16 is This is Happiness by Niall Williams

Meetings start at 7:30 via the following link:

For questions or comments contact Diana Pitcher,

Fair Trade Fundraiser: Handled online, with a target date for orders to be placed. 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. No chocolate sales at this time. Visit: for more info on how to order and what is available. Next Coffee Order Due Dates: May 14, 28, June 11, 25, July 9, 23.

There are also regular weekly opportunities for

listed on the righthand side of homepage

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. 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

Earth Care News: This tip came in from Gary Magnuson on our waterways. 

In a soon-to-be released report by the Sustainable Monocacy Commission, individuals may help improve the health of the Monocacy River/Watershed by:

  • Participating in cleanup in river/watershed cleanups and to report illegal dumping to the County Health Department. 301-600-2313.
  • If you have a septic system make sure it is working properly and pump it every 2-5 years.
  • Testing your soil in the fall before applying fertilizer, which will help determine the correct amount of fertilizer to apply and reduce fertilizer runoff.
  • Reporting fish kills in the river and streams to Maryland Department of the Environment 800-285-8195.
  • If you live along a creek, please do not mow to the bank's edge. Leave a buffer of streamside trees, grass, or other plants to reduce runoff.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), April was the Earth's fourth warmest, and for the Southern Hemisphere, it was the warmest on record! 

NOAA will issue its outlook for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season  on Thursday, May 25. NOAA will announce the expected number of storms for the upcoming 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, climate factors that will influence hurricane development and NOAA's readiness with new products and upgrades to enhance forecasting and operations. NOAA and FEMA will also provide advice on how the public can prepare for hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1.

Garden Team Beautification Day

Please join the garden team June 3, 9am-12 noon for a morning of bed cleaning, weed clearing, and outdoor fellowship. Snacks will be provided. No experience necessary. Bring tools if you have them but we will have some available. Long pants and long sleeves are also recommended. We hope to see you there!

Contact: Holly Shifrin ( 301-448-2485



A Maryland Ensemble Theatre Original Production


MAY 12 – JUNE 4

Preview May 11

ASL Interpreted Performance May 19

Mask-mandatory performance June 1

A MET Premiere, in collaboration with AARCH Society and The Maryland Room at C. Burr Artz Library, exploring the rich and valuable history of the African American community in Frederick. This Video presents the concept.

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