JULY 2016 Newsletter

The Worship Theme for July is

          “Words that Unite/Words that Divide”


July 3 – “Religion” – Dan Cozort is service leader with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

July 10 – “God” – Rev. Aija Simpson is service leader with worship associate Dick Poland.

July 17 – “Tithe” – Rev. Aija Simpson is service leader with worship associate Michele Burton.

July 24 – “Covenant” – Rev. Aija Simpson is service leader with worship associate Deb

July 31 – “Gay Pride” – Dot Everhart is service leader with worship associate Michele Burton.


Change for the World –  LGBT Center of Central PA

The purpose of the LGBT Center of Central PA is to create common ground for the LGBT community and allies in Central PA by providing services through educational, cultural, and community activities that foster wholeness.  Donations collected from CFTW will support training and education of school staff to make sure they are aware of who LGBT youth are and how to create a safe and welcoming place for LGBT people.


Social Justice Calendar of Events

July 9th and 16th – Fill the UUCV School Bus with your donated “back to school” supplies.  All donations will go to local children in need.  A list of suggested school supplies will be provided in mid-June.

July 30th – Show your support for the local LGBT community by volunteering an hour or two at the Harrisburg PRIDE Festival.  Volunteers are needed at the UUCV information table and to serve as Silent Witness Peacekeepers.  Note: training will be provided for anyone who wants to volunteer as a Peacekeeper.  Signup sheets will be available at the Social Justice table beginning June 12th.


New Adult Religious Education Classes for Families

As our Unitarian Universalist Association reminds us:

We believe that faith is a journey we take together. Religious education takes a lifetime.

It happens both within and beyond a congregation’s walls.

We support one another as individuals, families, and communities in an ongoing search for truth and meaning.

We strive to guide one another—all ages among us—in religious questioning, personal change, and discovering ways to better live in faith.

In that spirit we are taking steps to widen our intentional faith development offerings to help all of us, no matter our age, continue to grow in spirit and values.  Beginning inmid July we will be offering weekly adult education classes on Tuesday nights at 7pm.  The themes will change from week to week.  I wanted to draw your attention to the fact that the first Tuesday of the month will be dedicated to programming designed for parents, particularly at parents as primary faith developers for their children.  On Tuesday, August 2 I will be offering the first of a series of classes on Parents as Religious Educators.  I hope you will join me at 6 pm for food and fellowship and then at 7 pm for a presentation and group discussion.  Childcare will be available for the entire program.  I look forward to seeing some of you and will send more details closer to the actual date.


Members and Friends Directory Available Online

It’s here!!!   You can now access a directory of our UUCV members and attendees on our website  under the heading “About”  This directory is password protected so please contact Pam at 717/249-8944 or pam@uucv.net for the information you will need to access the directory.  The directory will be updated online quartery.  Next update will be the first week in July.


Choir night moving to Monday

“Our choir is so amazing,” you’ve thought to yourself.  “I would love to participate—but I’m just not able to commit to Tuesday night rehearsals!”

You’re not alone—we’ve heard feedback from many that our Tuesday rehearsal night (chosen originally to avoid a conflict with one of David’s other jobs) is less than ideal.  So we surveyed current and former choir members for their preferred evenings, and the results were nearly unanimous!

Effective August 1, the UUCV Choir will rehearse on Monday nights, still from 7:00-8:30, still in the Sanctuary.  We’ll continue to provide child care, though we appreciate a heads-up a few days in advance so we can confirm we have adequate coverage.

As always, auditions are not required to participate in the choir—simply come as you are.  Rehearse with us as often as you can, and as long as you’re confident of your participation, you’re welcome to sing with us on Sundays as you wish!

If you have questions or concerns, of course, don’t hesitate to contact David or talk to any current choir member!  We’d love to have you sing with us!


Book Group’s July Selection

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel.  Contact Richard Bronakoski at richardbronakoski@gmail.com for more information.


Boiler Update

The Boiler installation is right on schedule and is now completed and ready for testing.

Open Auction Events – July

Cranium Party – Saturday, July 9 at 7:00 PM.  Gather at the home of Julie Ham for creative team games of trivia, charades, pictogram and other activities.  The cost of this event is $20/pp.

Potluck Pool Party – Saturday, July 16 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  Have fun splashing in the pool or just lounging in the sun while others swim.  Enjoy sharing food, games and entertainment.  Hosted by Anne Gero and Don Klinedinst this adults only event is $20/pp.

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

First Monday Drum Circle – DATE CHANGE to July 11 due to July 4th Holiday.  Join your community in rhythm! Every first Monday of the month we’re hosting a free, all levels, community Drum Circle facilitated by Dani Fiore. 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 beginning at 6:00 PM.  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.

First Tuesday Meditation – July 5,  Bhante Soma, a Buddhist Monk from Sri Lanka will offer a meditation session from 7 pm – 8 pm in the RE Classrooms at UUCV.  No previous experience required.  Benefits of practicing meditation are: reduced stress, anxiety, worry and depression and healing and enhancing relationships with others, gaining a sense of empowerment over challenging issues in your life, insights into your life purpose, awakening to the blessings of the present moment, attaining unshakable inner peace.  To inquire further please email Bhante Soma at bluelotustemplepa@gmail.com.  Donations are welcome to support the work of Bhante Soma.

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