July 2017 Newsletter



July Worship Theme is “Words That Unite/Words that Divide”

July 2 – “A Passion for the Truth” – Exploring the parallels of Freedom of the Press and the UU Search for Truth.  Dick Poland is service leader with worship associate Dot Everhart.

July 9 – “God” The Summer series “Words that Unite/Words that Divide” begins with Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

July 16 – “Jesus” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Michele Burton.

July 23 – “Heretic” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Christin Kapp.

July 30 – “Sin” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.



Change for the World – Fresh Match (Farmer’s on the Square)

Fresh Match is a matching program whereby low-income persons receiving Food Stamps (SNAP), Women Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition programs, and the Farmers Market Nutrition Program for seniors may purchase limited amounts of eligible food items at the Carlisle Farmers on the Square market for half price.  Fresh Match’s 50-50 matching makes healthy, sustainably–produced foods affordable for low income members of our community.  The Fresh Match has no administrative expenditures.  The program depends solely on grants and community donations.



UUCV Work Day

Your Building and Grounds Chairs could use some help on Saturday, July 1– 9 am to noon.  Projects include trimming hedges and bushes, weeding, paint touch-up, minor carpentry, light bulb/tube replacement, etc.  Contact Rick heckmanr@comcast.net or Dave jdavemoo@comcast.net  if you have questions.



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



Volunteers of ALL Ages needed 

Fill the Bus School Supply Collection Days

On Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 the community will come together to support the local FILL THE BUS project.  Help is needed to collect items donated at the school bus in the Walmart parking lot on July 14th from 3 pm to 6 pm OR on July 15th from Noon to 3 pm OR from 3 pm to 6 pm.  This is a great family activity.  Please sign up at the Social Justice table.


SAVE the DATE…The UUCV Talent Show is Back!

Dust off your instruments, vocal chords, magic tricks, poetry and other talents and plan to come together with the UUCV Community on Saturday, September 23rdRegistration forms for performers will be available shortly. Any questions may be directed to Becky MacDicken at time4jam@yahoo.com or 717-460-3750 (call or text). Open to most ages and talents (no fire eaters due to fire code).



New Membership Class

If you would like to become a member of UUCV or just learn more about Unitarian Universalism, we will be starting classes in the fall.  These typically run four Sundays following worship.  If you are interested, please contact Pam in the office at pam@uucv.net or 717/249-8944.  We will set a schedule when we have at least 10 people signed up for the class.

UUCV Book Group

Join us on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 6:30 PM in our Yuuth Room to discuss Haruki Murakami’s book, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. Awarded the 1985 Tanoak Prize, one of Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, the novel “draws readers into a narrative particle accelerator in which a split-brained data processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly unsecure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and various thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to dazzling effect.” Murakami is Japan’s most popular and controversial fiction writer. He is “off the wall and hilariously bizarre” in his observations of human nature and consciousness.  If the current political scene is getting you down, here is an opportunity for a fun escape. Rich Bronakoski will lead the discussion. Murakami is one of his favorite writers. Questions: contact richardbronakoski@gmail.com.





Monday evenings at 5:30 pm.  Locations to be announced. 

Working as a team, gleaners arrive at the farm field, meet the farmer and get basic instructions about the evening’s gleaning activities.  Locations will be announced on a weekly basis for July.  Gleaning session last 2.5 hours, including the travel time.  If interested, SIGN UP on the Social Justice table in the social hall. 



Building Bridges: Between Muslims and Non-Muslims

With a long tradition of Social Justice, the mission of the Unitarian Universalists of Cumberland Valley (UUCV) is to transform lives and care for the world.  Since January of 2017, UUCV has undertaken the first steps towards building a relationship with our local Muslim friends and communities.  Specifically, the Social Action Committee of UUCV has built bridges between Muslims and Non-Muslims in the Central Pennsylvania area.

In late January, UUCV hosted a presentation that partially was open to the public on “Building Bridges” with local Islamic Scholar Imam Fatih Akdemir.  Scholar Fatih began with the simple but eloquent description of Islam:  submission / surrender / peace.  He explained that approximately one-quarter (1.8 billion) of the world’s population is Muslim.   With standing room only of the 120 attendees, Scholar Fatih provided his insights on several topics such as the Articles of Islamic Faith, Islamic history, the Five Pillars, the Prophets, the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur’an, the Call to Prayer, Women in Muslim History, and the rejection of terrorism in Islam. He asks, “If Islam promotes terrorism, they why is Islam growing so rapidly in the word right now?”

Scholar Fatih reasoned, “A true follower of Islam cannot be a terrorist . . . Islam rejects and condemns every form of terrorism.”  The Prophet Muhammad justified,”Whoever hurts a dhimmee (a Jew or a Christian protected by Islamic state) he would be like hurting me, and who hurts me, he hurts Allah (God).”  He summized, “If a man kills one person, he kills everyone in the world.”

Throughout the overview of Islam, the filled-to-capacity audience showed great interest and curiosity in learning about the religion and culture of Islam.  After the presentation, the open-ended “Questions and Answers” format lasted for over an hour.  Afterward, eight Muslim friends and family members also were present to share peace and good while enjoying light snacks.

In April, UUCV welcomed once more our Muslim neighbors to a “Friendship Dinner.”  UUCV provided the food, but out of respect for the guests, dishes did not contained pork products.  Once again, friendships are made through sharing of food and conversation.

 On June 19th, eight UUCV members attended the “breaking of the fast” known as “Eid ul-Fitr” for Ramadan.”  For Muslims, Ramadan is a time for spiritual purification achieved through fasting, self-sacrifice and prayers. The fast is observed daily from sunrise to sunset.  As guests, we were invited to the end to observe Ramadan prayers and to share the feast and celebration that followed.

The B&H Islamic Center of Pennsylvania is located on Simpson Ferry RD in Mechanicsburg.  The Center is open daily, and all are welcome to stop by for a cup of Bosnian coffee or tea – and good conversation. Prayer services and classes are open to the public.

UUCV continues to strive to build bridges and eliminate barriers between Muslim and Non-Muslim friendships.  Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Katherine Parr McFarland



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

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 Pride fests, 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.

***Save The Date***

Circle the date and add a star! Saturday November 11, 2017 is the date for this year’s annual auction. For anyone new to the event, the auction is UUCV’s biggest fund raiser of the year and also a fun-filled social evening. We are giving early notice this year because we know our schedules fill up fast and we have set a goal of 100% participation. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone in the UUCV community was involved? And there are so many ways you can participate. Please plan to attend the event and bring your family, friends and neighbors. We will be asking for donations of items for the Silent Auction and donations of hosted events for the Sign Ups. Volunteers will be needed for everything from moving tables to providing food and drink. The success of the event depends on each and every one us and we hope we can count on you. More details and specifics will be showing up in the August newsletter, weekly Previews, and the Sunday Order of Service announcements. But for right now, circle the date and add a star!

Wendy Gebb and Melissa Mattson, Auction Co Chairs



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.

Adult RE Schedule

July 3 – Join your community in rhythm on Monday, July 3 at 6:00 PM in the RE Classrooms! 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.  For more information, please visit www.danifiore.com or email Dani at fiore.dn@gmail.com  I’m looking forward to drumming with you 🙂

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.


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 717-462-7623 with questions, or for additional information.






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