Sunday Service

"And Still, We Rise"

led by Rev. Laurel Gray

Easter is one of the most important holidays in the Christian tradition and one that can sometimes feel confusing to UUs. Today we’ll tell that ancient, awe-inspiring story of Jesus’s resurrection and wonder about what it means to find hope in impossible places. 

This service will be held in the sanctuary and on Zoom:

Join us online at

Join us by phone at 301-715-8592, meeting ID 89873989254

Masks encouraged in the sanctuary. 

Religious Exploration


Next class: Sunday, April 23

9:30 am

In April, our children will explore some of the major religious holidays this spring: Passover, Easter, and Ramadan. These are big holidays around the world, but what do they mean?

RE classes are held the 

FIRST and THIRD Sundays from 9:30 - 10:15 am. All are welcome! Snacks provided!

Childcare will always be available during worship!

Please use the buttons below to register your child(ren) for RE, or to volunteer to help!

All children participating will need a registration form.

Thank you!

RE Child Registration Form
RE Volunteer Registration Form

Please contact our RE Coordinator, Colleen Munson, with any questions. [email protected]

Youth Group News

Youth group is holding a babysitting night on April 29th! There will be food, fun, and games to keep your kids entertained while parents can have a relaxing night to themselves. The cost is $15 initially, and then an additional $5 for every child after the first. All proceeds will go towards sending youth group to General Assembly in Pennsylvania this year. If you wish to sign up, please fill out this form!

Sign up for babysitting!
UUCSW Announcements

Greeters Needed

We need smiling faces greeting our friends at the doors. Can you help? Please sign up using this sign-up genius link: Greeter SignUp Genius Link

Thank you for your help in making UUCSW a more welcoming congregation!

Wondering what being a greeter entails, or have other questions? Please contact Lisa Shumway at [email protected]

Come join our Community Choir! Previous experience is not required, all are welcome to join us in embracing the connective healing power of communal singing. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am!

Contact Kala Farnham at [email protected] with any questions. 

Book Group

Our next Book Group meeting will be held Fri, April 14.  We will be reading The Red Rose Crew by Daniel J Boyne

From now through May 2023 Book Group meetings will be at the First Central, 40 South street at the back door at 7pm.

Contact Susie Wells at [email protected] with any questions.

SMOC Food and Clothing Drives

SMOC Food & Clothing Collections are on the following Thursdays:

April 27

May 25

4:30 pm

Ruggles St. Door


EMERGENCE: Our Annual Pledge Campaign!

Welcome to our Annual Pledge Campaign! As we mentioned in Sunday’s service, our pledge theme this year is Emergence and our goals are Moving from Cocoon to Connection, Spreading our Wings, and Living in the World As It Is. Our goal is to raise $150,000 and once again an anonymous donor has agreed to match any pledge increases from last year!

Thanks so much to those who got an early jump on their pledge! If you haven’t yet pledged, you can pledge online in Realm here: AddPledgeOr you can fill out a pledge card at the church (and found in the letter we sent you), or you can simply email our treasurer, Lisa Shumway, at [email protected] with your pledge amount or with any questions whatsoever.

Thanks so much! Let’s Emerge – TOGETHER!


The Annual Pledge Committee

Pete Allen, Bruce Hall, David King, Rev. Laurel, Kathie Metzger, Ellen Rutter, Nancy Siegal, Lisa Shumway, and Juliana Spofford.

You may review your giving and pledge history at any time through your Realm account or by contacting Susie Wells, our collector, at [email protected]. Contribution statements for the 2022 tax year were emailed to you (or mailed to your home if we don't have your email address) on 1/31. Click on the "View Your Giving Statement" link in the email to open your document. 

Statements are also available for printing yourself through Realm, by clicking on "giving" and then selecting "2022 Contribution Statement" on the right-hand side of the screen. If you have questions, contact Lisa Shumway at [email protected]

Community News

Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup and Cleanup Volunteers’ Picnic 

Family/Individual Sign-up: Week of April 1-6, 2023 

Cleanup: Week of April 8-15, 2023 

Drop-In Volunteers’ Picnic Lunch: Saturday, April 15, 11:30-12:30 

(Online Signup Only—No Walk-In Registration) 

Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by WCLT, and enjoy a drop-in Earth Day Volunteers’ pizza picnic lunch afterwards! Come on your own, or rally your family, co-workers, or neighbors and form a team to beautify our town! Families and individuals go to between April 1-6 to sign up and choose an area to clean. Trash bags will be dropped off at participants’ homes by the 7th, or if necessary, you can arrange to pick up. Clean your chosen area any day or time before noon on April 15. Leave closed bags by the road in the area you cleaned, and they will be removed on April 15. Then head over to Bay State Commons for an appreciation picnic of pizza with all the sides! For the cleanup, wear gloves, long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes. 

For questions contact: [email protected]


Sunday, Apr 9

10:30 am

Sunday Service

Monday, Apr 10

6:30 pm

UU Knits


Sunday, Apr 16


due to Apr vaca

Sunday, Apr 16

10:30 am

Sunday Service

Monday, Apr 17

6:30 pm

UU Knits


Weds, Apr 19

7:30 pm

Garden Committee Meeting

Sunday, Apr 23

9:30 am

RE Class

Frog Room

Sunday, Apr 23

10:30 am

Sunday Service

Monday, Apr 24

6:30 pm

UU Knits


Thurs, Apr 27

4:30 pm

SMOC Collection

Sat, Apr 29

5-8 pm

Youth Group

Babysitting Night


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