From the Minister…

Watch for Rev. Aija’s column on June 1


The Worship Theme for June is “Starting Over”

June 5 – “Beginner’s Mind”  Is there wisdom to be found in not knowing the answer?  Yes, but…beginner’s mind ≠ ignorance.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

June 12 – “We Forgive Ourselves and Each Other”  But how?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Julie Ham.

June 19 – “More Than A Tie” We haven’t had a father’s day service since I arrived at UUCV – why not?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.

June 26 – To be announced


Change for the World – Gather the Women

An economic advancement program for women with limited financial resources designed to guide them toward personal growth and economic advancement. Group members meet twice each month and serve as a support system and resource group for each other. Some of the topics discussed at these meetings include self esteem, parenting, health and wellness, effective communication, healthy relationships, and conflict management and fiscal responsibility. The participants set modest but measurable goals for both personal and economic growth which are reviewed with the program director quarterly. Furthermore, the director of the program provides one-on-one support and mentoring, advocacy, referrals, learning opportunities and encouragement for each member of the group.

Calling All Hands!!!

We have 2 big events taking place this Saturday, June 4…the Strawberry shortcake booth at Foundry Day and the UUCV Yardsale.  Both are successful fundraisers for us, but we need volunteers to make it work.

You can cut strawberries, bake shortcakes or help with set-up, tear-down, bring in a cooler, and the fun part…working the booth at Foundry Day.  Rev. Aija is spearheading the strawberry booth this year!

If that’s not your preference, we need help sorting, pricing and organizing yardsale items and again help with set-up and tear down and a few coolers as well.  Contact Ellen Buller at 717/732-7097 or gebuller@verizon.net with additional questions.

If you have yardsale items to donate, drop them off in the dining room.  You can also drop off your items Monday – Friday between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm.   Good sellers are household items, dishes, art work, knick knacks, gently used toys, books, baby furniture, tools, etc.   NOT ACCEPTED: clothing, shoes, outdated electronics, pets or farm animals.

Contact Pam in the office at 717/249-8944 or pam@uucv.net to see where help is needed for both events and to sign up for whatever you are able to help with or for additional information.


Social Justice Calendar of Events

Project SHARE Distribution Days (sign up to help on one or more of the following days)

Tuesday, June 14th from 11:30 am to 2:15 pm

Wednesday, June 15th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am

Thursday, June 16th from 3:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Saturday, June 18th from 8:30 am to 11:15 am


Hearing Assistance

A word from Kit Karnsey

Dear Friends,

Just a quick note to thank you all – yet again – for your generous food donations (during April) for the benefit of the Mt. Holly Springs Food Pantry and its individual and family recipients.  Your kindness is making a difference to many.

So, until we meet again, take care.  I remain, truly yours ~

Kit Karnsey



Kit Franklin awarded Unsung Hero Award 2015

kitThe Unsung Hero recognition is given each year at UUCV to a member of the congregation who, while not currently a Board member or Committee Chair, has provided outstanding support in the past and prior years and is deserving of recognition for exemplary service and community participation at UUCV.

Kit has been with UUCV since its beginning.  She has been, in the past, a member of the Board of Trustees and an elected Board Chairperson.

When Small Group Facilitators began to meet and plan together, she served as co-coordinator of the gathering.  She is currently a small group facilitator for the Day Timers Group—and she is also a member of the Newville Small group.

Kit has had persistent involvement in our year by year Stewardship Campaigns, was a member of the Transition Committee helping to ease the transition between pastors, has represented UUCV at General Assembly and has been active, over the years, in GLBTQ issues and projects.

Kit served in the past as a member of the Social Action Council, and worked with the Greater Harrisburg Area Silent Witness Program, together with her now-deceased husband, Alan Franklin—who remains in our UUCV memory as a vital presence.

We frequently encounter Kit as a greeter for Sunday service and handing out the Order of Service as we enter the Sanctuary and she operates the Sound Board at the back of the Sanctuary in regular rotation and as she may be called upon when needed.

Congratulations to Kit!


Boiler Update


Workers from H. B. McClure began removing the old boiler.


boiler goneGone!!!

Old boiler is finally gone….









boiler newNew Arrival

New and Improved…making progress!




UUCV Family News…..

Bee Miller sends thanks.  Dear Friends – Thank you so much for all the love and caring you have extended to my daughter and myself.  It warms my heart to be among such good friends and it has made the first days easier to bear.  Charles’ ashes were interred in Green Ridge Village Memorial Garden with just a short prayer.  He was not associated with any church and his wishes were that no memorial services be held.  A  few of his closest friends and family gathered for a quiet private celebration of his life.  If you would like to remember Charles, please send any donations to the Unitarian Universalist of Cumberland Valley.  Thank you again for your kind words and prayers.

Gene and Susan Walker and Marilyn Durr have recently moved away to be closer to their children.  They would love to hear from you so if you need their contact information, contact Pam in the office at 717/249-8944 or pam@uucv.net for their current information.

Jean Pelletiere’s beloved husband, Stephen recently passed away.  Please remember Jean in your thoughts and prayers.


Book Group’s June Selection


hacker, hoaxerHacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy:  The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman.

Contact Richard Bronakoski at richardbronakoski@gmail.com for more information.



Open Auction Events – June


Buffet Dinner Featuring Jazz and a Golden Oldies Sing-A-Long  Saturday, June 11, 6 p.m.
Music featuring Ken Laws, Carole Knisely and food prepared by Priscilla Laws lawsp@dickinson.edu and Gisela Roethke. Guests are welcome to bring voice and other instruments to play and or sing-a-long!!!!
Cost: $40 per person

Garden Party Sunday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. Stroll through the lovely gardens of June Hoch gjunehoch@gmail.com and enjoy a luscious buffet dinner of summer fare. (Some dishes will contain nuts.) Prepared by the Lunch Lovers Small Group. Wine will be served along with the lunch.  Cost: $40 per person

Pool and Ice Cream Party, Saturday, June 18, 3 – 5 p.m.   Have fun swimming or doggy paddling around John and Gisela’s pool Roethke@dickinson.edu “Pack die Badehose ein!” (Bring your swim gear and sun tan lotion)  Ice cream lovers, there’ll be plenty of ice cream from Leo’s. Cost: $15 per person (adults only)

Contact the host of the event if you wish to attend.  Send your payment to Pam in the office and be sure and put “Auction” in the memo line.


Adult Ed

Meditation Every Tuesday evening with Bhante Soma – a Buddhist Monk from Sri Lanka Tuesdays from 5:45 pm – 6:45 pm in the Religious Education classrooms.  No previous experience required.  To inquire further please email Bhante Soma at bluelotustemplepa@gmail.com.  Donations are welcome to support the work of Bhante Soma. Childcare will be provided (donations appreciated).

1ST Mondays Drum Circle will be held on Monday, June 13th at 6:00 PM (DATE CHANGE)  Join your community in rhythm! Dani Fiore will lead a community Drum Circle, open to all levels. A limited number of drums and percussion will be provided but please bring your own if you are able. Didgeridoo?  Flute?  Bring those, too! All acoustic instruments welcome! We will gather in the main RE classroom on the lower level of the church.  Reduce stress, improve health and focus, learn something new, connect with others, breathe, relax, laugh, HAVE FUN!  Participation is FREE but a love offering will be gratefully accepted, a portion of which will be donated to the UUCV.  All ages welcome.

Hot Topics – Panel Discussion: Spiritual Pilgrimage: Walking the Camino De Santiago in the Board Room June 12 and 26 at 9:00 AM.  The Camino de Santiago, also known as Way of St. James, is the name of a pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle St. James at the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. Join the discussion with people who made this trek. Katie McFarland will moderate


General Assembly 2016

June 22-26, Columbus, OH

The theme for GA 2016 will be Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect. The faith world is increasingly multifaith. People are crossing borders of religion and spiritual practice to create wholeness in their lives individually and collectively. The labels—Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, theist and non-theist—no longer define who or what we love, or how spirit moves in our lives. General Assembly 2016 in Columbus Ohio will assemble leaders and communities of many faiths to worship together, learn from one another, and create a new vision of faith that no longer divides us, but connects us to an interdependent future that works for all.

Most events will be held in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215.  For more information visit http://www.uua.org/ga




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