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Sunday's Worship Service
The Necessary Conditions for Transfiguration, Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd, Senior Minister
Sun., Apr. 4, 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.
This Easter Sunday, we’ll tell the story of a man who died long ago, only to become a whole new thing on the other side of the story. What are the conditions necessary for anything to become a whole new thing? For the re-making that comes when we are un-done and put back together again? And how do we express that in art and creativity?
Notices & Online Ministry Offerings
Contemporary Issues Forum: A Universal Human Urge to Connect through Mark-Making (Art), Sun., Apr. 11, 11:45am-12:45pm, Zoom
Craig Kraft, Neon Artist and Smithsonian instructor, is a nationally known neon artist, whose works include Lightweb in Silver Spring and Falling Man in NYC ( Says Craig, “Neon is primarily a contemporary marking tool used for messaging, sculpture statements, and architectural lighting”, but for the past seven years, he has traveled to 27 ancient caves on three continents to view firsthand the earliest marks made by Homo Sapiens up to 40,000 years ago. He then captured, in light, the forms of these ancient marks juxtaposed with contemporary symbols. Craig says, “With neon light, it’s not just about the glow; it's what the glow means!"

"Bluebells, cockleshells, Eevy, ivy, over. I like coffee, I like tea... "
Bluebell (and jump rope) season has come to Grounding and River Road.
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
Distribute food this Sat., Apr. 3, 7:30am, at Clifton Park Baptist Church (CPBC) or each week, Tues.-Thurs., at 8:30am. Join us at 7:30am at CPBC, 8818 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, this Saturday and the first Saturday of every month, to distribute food alongside members of our Engaging Communities Pathway, River Road middle-schoolers, and volunteers from CPBC. 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 in support of Voting Rights: S.1 For the People Act
Spread the word to your friends and family in Maine to contact their senators. The For the People Act (S.1) has provisions for easier voter registration, early voting, vote by mail, ending gerrymandering, ethics, and campaign finance. This is vital legislation to protect and expand everyone's voting rights.
To contact your senators, click for the contact form here for Senator King and here for Senator Collins. The contact forms are easy to complete. Also, you can click to find a sample letter to send to Senator King and Senator Collins in support of S.1.
Please urge friends and family members in Maine to write their senators NOW.
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: Cameron Green, Randolph Jones, Craig Underwood, Devon Little, Nathaniel Brown, Danyae Conyers, Matthew Blevins, Denita Barrett, and victim not identified. District of Columbia: Evan Wood, Mohammad Anwar, and Ervin Henderson. Glen Burnie: Jaylin Tyrek King. Hyattsville: Henry Javier Cruz. Silver Spring: Victim not identified. White Oak: Brian Waters and Pierre Daye. 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
Virtual Easter Egg Hunt starts Sat., Apr. 3 
Don't feel like going out? Try a virtual Easter Egg hunt across the continent on UU websites. The UU Virtual Easter Egg Hunt 2021 will go live Sat., Apr. 3 - the day before Easter - and remain active throughout April. This way, you can spend the whole month exploring the UU net (did you know a UU actually invented the World Wide Web?)!

The hunt begins here.

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