JUNE 2017 Newsletter

From the Minister…

As one of the traditions we draw from would say: on the seventh day God rested.  There is wisdom in this.  Even after we stopped believing in the literal truth of this creation story.  Even when we know that seven days might have been a slight understatement in what it took for this world to come into being, there is truth here.  We need rest, everything needs rest.  We need to choose to make space holy, or quiet, or suffused with beauty.  And it is hard to do.

It is hard to make time.  I sit down to read a book and my phone rings.  I go for a walk and my first instinct is to put my headphones on and listen to a podcast.  We live in a world where we multitask and try to maximize every minute.  

All of this work and multi tasking is important.  The clock is not going to turn back to the time before we all carried computers with more power than the one that originally sent us to the moon in our pockets.  We are probably going to check our e-mail too often..

But just because we can’t opt out entirely doesn’t mean that we can’t opt out sometimes.  The world will not stop spinning if we disconnect occasionally.  So here is what I try to do.  Every Week, from Sunup on Monday to Sunup on Tuesday, I disconnect.  I turn off my computer and power down my phone.  I stick my tablet in a corner and pull out a book.  In the church I used to serve, we would remind people at the beginning of service to turn their phones to worship mode.  There is wisdom in this.  We need to turn off the distractions to find that which calls us deeper.

And I’m inviting you to join me.  Maybe you don’t have a day.  Take an afternoon.  Take an hour.  Take 15 minutes every evening.  Whatever works for you.  Figure out what is keeping you from sinking into the place where you feel most connected and turn it off.  And do it regularly.  We need reminders that we are entering into a different kind of space.  It needs to be part of the habit of our lives.  Time that is holy because we make it so, and we continue to make it so, day after day, week after week, year after year.  Put time aside for silence, for renewal, for something…different.

Everything on this earth, including us, especially us, needs rest.  Take it.

In faith,

Rev. Aija



June Worship Theme is “Family”

June 4 – “A Chosen Family” What does it mean to be family? Are we living up to our promises?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

June 11 – “RE Sunday” We pay tribute to the Religious Educators that have worked with our children during this past school season.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associates from our Religious Education Committee.

June 18 – “All Of Our Parents” On this Father’s Day we ask the question: is there something inherently special about fathers? About mothers? About our many gendered parents?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.  Guest Accompanist Carole Knisely provides service music.

June 25 – “Who Else Is Family?”   Even the best families cannot be everything to their children. There is always the larger family, outside of the nuclear family and even outside of relatives altogether. Who has been part of your larger family?  Gisela Roethke is service leader with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.



Change for the World – The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approach and measurable impact — in promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting rights at risk — are grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights.

In partnership with dedicated volunteers, tireless activists, and inspiring grassroots organizations throughout the world, UUSC aims to ensure that these fundamental human rights are realities for everyone — no matter race, gender, or class.

UUSC also works to deliver aid with dignity and advance the rights of people left behind during humanitarian crises, which include forgotten conflicts and natural disasters.




UUCV Unsung Hero Award

This year’s recipient is an Ideal example of our unsung hero…it’s someone who quietly goes about giving of his or her time and talent to UUCV.  Someone who obviously cares about this place, the people in it, and actively supports what we stand for.

Someone who is not celebrated or praised for all that they do because a lot of us don’t have a clue how much this individual contributes to UUCV.

This year’s recipient is a caring and compassionate person who enjoys gardening whether it’s here at UUCV or at Pine Grove Furnace State Park during National Public Lands Day.

This individual helped bring Carlisle CARES homeless shelter back to UUCV and is serving as one of UUCV’s hosts this month.

One Sunday a month this individual helps support UUCV’s bottom line by selling grocery cards.

This active participant in UUCV’s Social Justice efforts can be found volunteering at UUPLAN sponsored area Expungement Clinics and with the UUCV team at the Farm Stand and at the annual Day of Caring.

I’ve witnessed this non-stop fighter for social justice change her gentle and quiet demeanor to resistance when rallying for things like healthcare, anti-discrimination or immigration rights whether it’s on the square of Carlisle or on the steps of the state capitol.

Please join us in congratulating and thanking this year’s Unsung Hero – Margie Akin.





It’s Time to FILL THE BUS!

UUCV will once again join other local community organizations to make sure 1,000 local kids have the needed supplies to start school successfully!  From Sunday, June 25th through Sunday, July 15th we will accept donations of the follow school supplies:

Packages of loose leaf notebook paper

Packs of crayons

Glue sticks

Packages of colored pencils


Monetary donations will also be accepted.

Please place donated items in the bins by the school bus located in the social hall


Strawberry Shortcake Volunteers Needed

SATURDAY, JUNE 3! Strawberry Shortcake Booth at the Foundry Day Arts Festival in Boiling Springs. Join in the fun this year to help raise awareness for UUCV.  We will split our proceeds with Project Share.


Volunteers are needed

  • to bake shortcakes
  • slice and dice strawberries
  • set-up
  • tear-down
  • short shifts working at the booth anytime between 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 3rd.

Signup sheets are on the “Volunteer Table” in the Social Hall.  Questions, or to volunteer, contact Mark Harris re@uucv.net or Pam Martin pam@uucv.net or 717/249-8944.

RE News

Our RE school year will be ending on Sunday June 11th with a multigenerational service to honor our dedicated RE teachers. Please plan to attend! To give our regular teachers a break, please consider sharing a hobby or passion by leading or assisting one Sunday morning RE class (kids ages 6-12) this summer! Some examples include: nature walks, craft projects, science experiments, games. For questions or to sign up, please contact Mary Lynn Lynch at mlvlynch65@gmail.com, (717)697-7019 or Mark Harris at re@uucv.net. Thanks!!



Taking a Summer Vacation—from SGM?

Some SGM groups take a summer vacation from their monthly meetings, in the same fashion as some UU congregations close their doors when the school year ends and reopen in September after Labor Day. Is this a recommended practice? Or, might this lead to problems for your group?

First, while there is no official UUCV SGM policy about this, the Coordinating Team doesn’t recommend it. Of course, individual groups may choose what they feel will work best for their group. And the Team is available for consultation, if desired.

Some groups who have taken a summer vacation from SGM report that their group seems to lose track of each other over the summer and begin to feel at loose ends as a group. Absence doesn’t always make the heart grow fonder!

Some group members—especially the facilitators and hosts—report that they feel a summer break is a welcome and well-deserved respite from writing session plans and handling group logistics. Unfortunately, this sometimes leads to decisions to drop the role of facilitator or host—and the loss of a facilitator can mean the disbanding of the group.

Some groups use the summer months for picnics, hikes or swimming gatherings, suspending regular sessions and engaging in check-in when they meet, before enjoying a social and recreational time. Other groups meet for a closing picnic in June, skip July and reconvene with a summer activity in August. These informal sessions can enhance closer social connections in groups, but don’t often deepen listening skills or self-discovery experiences, common in regular SGM encounters. When groups reconvene in the fall, they may find that their deep listening skills are rusty and need some remedial work—just as teachers often see math and reading skills deteriorating over the summer hiatus.

Some congregations expect ALL groups to disband at the end of the school year and to reconvene with new group member configurations in the fall. This prevents groups from becoming social cliques and increases opportunities to deepen relationships with a wider variety of congregation members. We’ve suggested this model numerous times over the years at UUCV and have typically met with great resistance.

The Coordinating Team recommends that groups be intentional about their summer schedule, considering a variety of options, engaging in open discussion about member preferences and making a consensus decision for the group. Perhaps this year’s decision will not be the same as next year’s or those from past years. It’s OK to try something new and evaluate it at the end of the summer, making notes about recommendations for next year. Technology and intentional practices make it feasible to check-in with each other during a summer hiatus, providing support for each other during family crises, illness, and transitions. If your group is planning a summer hiatus, we encourage you to make plans now for how you will stay in touch during these months and when you will reconvene in the fall.

If your group develops creative summer plans, please be sure to share them with other facilitators and groups. Our hope is that SGM enriches your life so much that you can’t imagine giving it up for the summer!



Support the LGBT Community by Volunteering at the 2017 Pride Festival in Harrisburg.

UUCV is looking for a few good allies of the LGBT community to give a couple of hours of their time to help out at Harrisburg’s “25th Annual Pride Festival of Central PA” on Saturday, July 29th.

The event runs from 11 am until 6 pm and we are looking for volunteers to help staff the UUCV information table OR volunteers willing to be trained to serve as Silent Witness Peacekeepers for the event. Last year most volunteers helped out for 2 hours.

In case you have never heard the term, “Silent Witness Peacekeeper” – The Silent Witness Peacekeepers Alliance (SWPA) is an organization of gay and straight allies dedicated to providing a non-confrontational buffer between the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) community and those who would protest LGBT events. We are peacekeepers, not counter-protesters, protecting everyone’s right of free speech. We provide visual protection from “street preachers” and protesters at events such as Pridefests, the showing of films such as Jim in Bold and For the Bible Tells Me So, or staging of plays such as The Laramie Project, using our bodies and rainbow umbrellas as shields. In times of need, we intervene to prevent confrontations between protesters and event participants, often acting as escorts for those who would like to attend such events. Where there are those who publicly promote hate, we will be there to help provide a loving, supportive front opposing them. We provide a visual representation of support for those in our society who may feel marginalized, while simultaneously protecting everyone’s rights of free speech and religion.

Signup sheets for both volunteer opportunities will be located on the Social Justice Committee table in the social hall.  Please sign up as soon as possible.

Order Your UUCV T-shirt and Sweatshirt Now

Back by popular demand – we are taking orders for UUCV T-shirts and sweatshirts.  Stop by the Social Justice table in the social hall to place your order.  Short sleeve T’s will be available in Men’s, Women’s and Children’s sizes.  Long sleeve T’s will be available in Men’s and Women’s sizes. Sweatshirts are available in crew neck, hooded, and full zip hooded styles.  The last date to place your order is Sunday, June 25th.  Note: payment in full is due with your order.

Carlisle CARES – A Successful Shelter Month

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the UUCV members who volunteered to make the CARES guests feel welcomed and safe during the month of May. Many hands made this significant social justice project a reality. Hosts included: Laurel Belding; Marge Akin; Dot Everhart; Nancy Bittinger; Connie Bair; Muriel and Richard Bronakoski; June Hoch; Gay Walker; Dee Lauderbaugh; Cindy Good;  Carole and Tom DeWall; and, Ellen Buller. While UUCV was not required to provide overnight volunteers, Gay Walker, Ellen Buller, Devon Hoch and June Hoch provided this service. Thanks also to Pam Martin, whose flexibility during the month, especially related to setting the thermostat, was invaluable, and to Jim McLaren, our custodian, who kept the facility tidy.

The number of women and children fluctuated from 9 to 19, with as many as four families nestling together. The UUCV volunteers learned the stories of some of the guests and marveled at their resiliency. So many people are only one paycheck or car repair away from homelessness. What a gift to provide a safe, warm place to sleep.

On June 1st, the family shelter will move to Mt. Holly Church of God. We look forward to welcoming them back in 2018.




UUCV Book Group

Join us on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 6:30 PM in our Yuuth Room to discuss J.D. Vance’s book, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.  Vance, who is a Yale Law School graduate, tells his story of “growing up poor, in the Rust Belt, in an Ohio steel town that has been hemorrhaging jobs and hope for as long as I can remember.”  He describes what it’s like for the white working class to be caught in a cultural and economic crisis that is leaving so many behind without any hope for the future.  It is an intimate and compelling account of a family’s struggle and what it must feel like to be born and live with the problem and crisis hanging around your neck. The book which has been on the NY Times Best Seller List for 40 weeks is essential reading about the current



Drum Circle Goes Seasonal

Join your community in rhythm!  We are moving from monthly to Each season.  We’re hosting a free, all levels, community Drum Circle facilitated by Dani Fiore. No experience necessary! A limited number of drums and percussion will be provided but please bring you own if you are able.  The summer Drum Circle will be held July 3 at 6:00 PM in the Religious Education Classroom (or outside if weather permits).  Participation is FREE but a love offering will be gratefully accepted; A portion of which will be donated to the UUCV.

For more information, please visit www.danifiore.com or email Dani at fiore.dn@gmail.com

I’m looking forward to drumming with you



Sound Board Operator Training

One of our greatest strengths at UUCV, as confirmed time and time again by surveys of our community, is our worship program.  Whether it’s Rev. Aija behind the pulpit (or at least wandering near it) and David at the piano, or any of our devoted worship associates and substitute musicians, our Sunday mornings together are the inspiration and motivation for everything else we do as a community of faith.

And essential to that experience (though when it’s done well we rarely notice they’re there) are the committed folks who sit behind the congregation at the sound board, making sure every word and every note are heard as clearly as they can be.

The board operators also prepare the raw recordings of worship that get edited down and posted on our SoundCloud page and embedded in our service archive, so that even those who aren’t able to be with us in person can feel the inspiration and strength we draw from our “holy moments” together!


If you’d like to try your hand at running the sound system for our services and special events—or even if you’re just curious about all that’s involved in that job—I invite you to join me for a short training session after worship on Sunday, June 25.  We’ll plan to start by noon, and be done by 1 PM at the latest.  I’ll have printed instructions ready for you to follow along with, and we’ll have plenty of time for questions and experimentation.

Once you’ve completed this training you’ll have the option to sign up to run sound in worship, and can also choose to be added to a list of board operators for special events held in our building between Sundays.  (We generally ask that each board operator commit to running sound at least once monthly or so, just so you stay in practice!)

Of course, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I’ll be happy to help talk you into taking the plunge!



UUCV Grocery Cards – Charge Cards Now Accepted

Remember to stop by the Grocery Card table after the service and purchase cards to Karns, Giant and Weis. We have $50 and $100 cards available for Giant and Weis and $100.00 for Karns. Beginning February 5, you will be able to pay for your Giant Cards with your personal credit card.  UUCV receives 10% of the face value of each Giant card and 5% of the face value of each Karns or Weis card. This is an amazing fundraising opportunity for UUCV! You can also purchase cards at the office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.



Sunday Coffee Volunteers Needed

Anyone interested in volunteering to make coffee for Sunday Social Hour please contact Tony Matyas (717-585-7301 or tm1128@gmail.com). We have an enthusiastic group of volunteers in our coffee making sub-committee and are looking for more volunteers. Questions? Contact Tony.



The World of Alice in Wonderland Auction Events Still Available

You still have a chance to be part of the fun.  Open Auction events are posted here: click here.

ALL scheduled events can be found on our UUCV Calendar http://www.uucv.net/events/month/

Contact the office at pam@uucv.net or the event host if you are interested in attending one of them.

For those of you who are new to UUCV, our annual auction is a highlight of our church year.  Not only is it our biggest fundraiser, it’s also a fun-filled evening! Stay tuned for news about next year’s auction (already in the planning stages).

For further information, please see our list of Auction FAQs, or contact Rita van Alkemade at tim.rita.zoe@gmail.com or 480.620.6921.


Magical Mystery Tour

Saturday, June 10 from 4:00 – 9:00 pm – A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles album “Magical Mystery Tour”.  It will be an afternoon and evening of singing Beatles songs with a live band, watching Beatles videos, playing games, eating food, and just pure fun at the home of Marlene and Brian McPherson.  Cost is $20 per person.  Contact Brian at wbmcp@hotmail.com, or Marlene at marlmac@embarqmail.com


Croquet and Billiards Picnic

Saturday, June 17, 4 — 9 PM  Enjoy a summer picnic at the DeWalls.  The Croquet Court (and maybe Badminton) will be ready outside with pool table open inside for others.  Event is $25/pp.  Contact Tom tomdewall@gmail.com or Carole carolesdw@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.


An Evening in Paris  

Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm – Celebrate Bastille Day with a night of French food, made with organic and clean food ingredients; French wine, music, and a French film.     $35.00 per person.

Contact Julie Ham jlham1959@gmail.com, or 717-462-7623with questions, or for additional information.




Adult RE Class Schedule

June 6 – Parents as Social Justice Educators 6:30 pm (Yuuth Room)  (Childcare Provided upon request)  As we live in a world that seems to be increasingly engulfed in violence, we ask ourselves, how do we talk to our children.  How do we give them the information and tools that will allow them to feel empowered to work for change without overwhelming them with the sheer amount of work there is to be done?  Join Rev. Aija and other parents as we discuss tools to help us be the social justice educators our kids need.

June 6 – Meditation With Bhante Returns – First Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  Monthly loving kindness practice ( meditation) and Dhamma discussion with Bhante Soma will be held every month on the first Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the RE classrooms at UUCV.  All are welcome!   There are benefits derived from the practice of meditation. These include peace of mind, the powerful impact of practicing compassion towards oneself and other, stress reduction and overall spiritual growth and wellbeing. Many blessings!  Class is free – donation are welcome to help in the work of Bhante Soma.

June 13 – Hindsight, Humor & Hope: Who, Me, An elder?  (Board Room)

3:00 pm TIME CHANGE (Childcare provided upon request)  A Work in Progress – Join us as we explore the idea of elderhood as a creative and important time of life, a time to search inside, integrate experiences, and cultivate wisdom. Rituals and activities for the program, such as journaling, sharing blessings, and allowing for silence between speakers, will be established. Participants will begin to get to know one another and to create a community of elders learning together.




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