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Sunday's Worship Service
Trapped in Simple Stories, Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, Senior Minister
Sun., May 2, 10am. Sanctuary Live format this week
9:30-10am: Early-bird; 10am: Service; 11am: Breakout Rooms
Watch for two links in the Saturday email: a YouTube link for the service itself and a Zoom link for the pre-chat and breakout rooms after the service. Recording will be posted on YouTube.
Human beings are storytelling creatures, but sometimes our stories have a way of getting too simple. Sometimes we let the conventional telling of a story limit our perceptions of what’s possible. Can we tell stories about ourselves and our world that are complex, honest, and compelling at the same time?
Notices & Online Ministry Offerings
Grounding: Join the Ground Crew!
Need an outdoor project to keep you grounded? See this week's Grounding for some options.
COVID-19 Advisory Committee Information about Vaccines and Vaccination
Find information curated by our COVID-19 Team here.

Montgomery County has opened their pre-registration website for groups 1b and 1c. We encourage eligible members to preregister! Find info at MoCo's vaccine webpage
Social Justice News
May 1st Rally in Support of Pathways to Citizenship for Immigrants
CASA, NAKASEC, CARECEN, Congregation Action Network, and other immigrant activist organizations are sponsoring a protest march and rally this Sat., May 1, starting at 11am, at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (Customs and Border Protection), and heading for the Mall. COVID protocols apply (mask). The goal is to urge legal pathways to citizenship fo DACA, TPS, and other essential workers who are immigrants with current legal pathways.
La Clinica del Pueblo’s Second Annual Walk-a-Thon is Virtual and THIS Sat., May 1!
La Clinica del Pueblo's Second Annual Walk-a-Thon is being held this Saturday "virtually"! Walk wherever you are, for however many steps you want, at the same time (and wearing the same T-shirt) as other LCDP supporters. Registration fee of $30/adult and $15/child includes the signature event T-shirt. To participate in this fundraiser and healthy life initiative, register on La Clinica's website.
April's Designated Gift Organizations support environmental justice initiatives at McElderry Park in Baltimore and Langley and Clifton Parks in Silver Spring.
River Roaders have already begun working with these communities to restore the community garden in McElderry and to grow fresh produce in aeroponic towers in Langley and Clifton Parks to create and maintain healthy food sources for under-served communities. You can read more here about April's initiative. Please support these works by giving generously throughout the month. You may contribute online by clicking here and selecting Food Justice from the drop-down menu, by Text-to-Give at 73256, or by check to RRUUC, indicating Food Justice in the memo line.
Support Action in Montgomery in May
With the COVID-19 pandemic in its second year, inequity in Montgomery County has increased, and AIM’s community organizing efforts are as critical as ever. We must convince our elected officials to take bold action on housing, education, immigration, and health. AIM is working hard to ensure passage of new initiatives to address the thousands of households that need rental and food assistance because of lost jobs, the growing gap in education because of online learning, and the need for vaccination accessibility to people of color in Montgomery County. Please support AIM, May's Designated Gift Organization, throughout the month of May by making online or check donations to RRUUC (designate AIM) or participating in our Extend the Offering for AIM on Sun., May 23, (during the annual music service).
~ RRUUC’s AIM Core Team
Distribute Food This Sat., May 1, 7:30am, at Clifton Park Baptist Church (CPBC) Join us at 7:30am at CPBC, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, the first Saturday of the month, to distribute food alongside members of our Engaging Communities pathway, River Road middle-schoolers, and volunteers from CPBC. We also distribute food at 8:30am, Tues.-Thurs., every week. Join us! You may also want to consider helping CPBC buy baby food and baby wipes for these families with an online donation to "Outreach".
Take Action by Getting Friends & Family Involved
Spread the word to your friends and family in any state to contact their senators on 2 issues:
The For the People Act (S.1) has provisions for easier voter registration, early voting, vote by mail, ending gerrymandering, campaign finance reform, stopping dark money transfers, requiring corporations disclose political financing, and more. This is vital legislation to protect and expand everyone's voting rights. There is an easy-to-fill-out form to send a note to your senators. You just need to fill in your contact information, and the system will send the message directly to your senators from the email address you provide. Click here for the form.

If you care about the climate and agriculture, write your senators or get friends or family in farm or ranching states to write. Use the information and form at UU Social Justice. We are asking for support to mitigate climate change and to alleviate social ills, such as the Climate Stewardship Act (S.1072) and the Justice for Black Farmers Act (S.300).
As part of our ongoing commitment to the activists who are interrupting gun violence on the streets of our cities, we are saddened yet honored to memorialize the names of those in our area lost to gun violence over the last week. These lives continue to matter: Baltimore: Demetris Henry, Quentin Brice, Dayvon Mason, Nikea Jackson, and Rodney Williams. Capital Heights: J’Lyn Quinones and name not released. District of Columbia: Ronald McKnight, Kentrell Devaughn, Brandon Long, Andre Butler, Malik Morris, and Brandon Johnson. Every life lost to gun violence shatters the world for each of us, and every life saved by those who interrupt the violence helps knit us back together.
Shared Programming & Community Events
GenOUT YOUTH INVASION Virtual Concert Streaming through Sun., May 9
DC's GenOUT Youth Chorus, in collaboration with New York City’s Youth Pride Chorus and Nashville’s Major Minors, will present its annual YOUTH INVASION concert virtually. The concert will be streamed Sat., Apr. 24–Sun., May 9. Tickets are free and may be reserved here. Click here for more information.

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