May 2018 Newsletter

Worship Information

The Worship Theme for May is “Being Human”

May 6: “When Everyone Means Everyone” Jesus said to love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. What does that even look like in the 21st Century? Does that even apply?  Christin Kapp preaching with worship associate Rachel Teates.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music.

May 13: “”Mama’s Day” A Multicultural Celebration of Mothers and Families. As part of our Mother’s Day observance, we will participate in a Flower Ceremony. Please bring flowers in honor of your mothers and mamas.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaching with worship associate Molly Wilkinson.  Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Sara Bareilles.

May 20: “What Does it Mean to be Human” We will discuss some Universalist and Unitarian answers to that big question.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaching with worship associate Julie Ham.  Carole Knisely provides service music.

May 27: “Inherent Worth and Dignity” We consider Unitarian Universalism’s first principle and the radical foundation of Universalism. Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaching with worship associate Rachel Teates.  Pat Spader offers a prelude, Music Director David M. Glasgow provides service music, and the choir sings music of Elizabeth Alexander.









On Sunday April 15 an impressively brief Special Congregational Meeting was held.  A motion was made and seconded to proceed with the Gold Plan of the Capital Campaign, with a target goal of $665,000.  We voted YES.

It is only because of everyone’s hard work and support that we have come this far.  It is time to take a deep breath, and prepare for the next step.  Fund raising will gear up in late August.




UUCV Congregational Meeting

Reserve Sunday, May 6 for our annual congregation meeting which will follow immediately after the service.  Take this opportunity to ask your questions and vote on our proposed budget.  Questions, contact any board member or call the office at 717/249-8944.




UUCV Mother’s Day Flower Ceremony   

Sunday, May 13, we will celebrate Mother’s Day with our annual flower communion.  Please bring a flower to share….vases will be provided for you to place your flowers in before the service begins.  All will be invited to come forward and take a flower in honor of our Mothers.





Carlisle CARES The Shelter is Here!

  • This month, UUCV will host the Carlisle CARES family shelter, comprised of women and children. What will this look like? First, the dining room will be dedicated to housing the residents for the month of May. Most of the tables will be removed and the partitions will create some private spaces for families with children. You’ll also notice two large stands of cubby holes, which hold overnight bedding, and a large stack of mats. The residents sleep on the floor. No food will be provided at the shelter, so please do not bring snacks or other edibles to share. Ice water will be available.

    Second, there will be enhanced security measures in place. The downstairs classroom doors will be locked and the stairwell alarms will be engaged at 8:15 each night. This means that if you’re in the building in the evening, you will not be able to move between the lower and main floor levels after 8:15 pm. Please plan accordingly. If you’re on the lower level after the residents arrive, you’re welcome to drop by to say hello.

    How can you help?

    • Check whether any host slots need to be filled; or, volunteer for a Sunday morning walk through to ensure the downstairs is ready for morning activities.

    • Donate disinfectant wipes, which the residents use to clean the mats each night. Please place items in the bin marked “CARES” in the Social Hall.

    • On Friday, June 1, help the Yard Sale Committee move items from the upstairs stage into the dining room. The annual yard sale will take place on Saturday, June 2, along the Forge Road side of the church building. The Yard Sale Committee generously agreed to relinquish the dining room for CARES, so let’s return the favor with lots of volunteers to schlep.

    Thanks to all who are helping to make this significant social justice service available to our Carlisle-area neighbors. Many hands make this opportunity possible.

    Questions? Contact June Hoch, 717-241-3034 or



  Coffee Makers Needed

There are still a few weeks where coffee makers are needed.  Please sign up in the social hall on the “Volunteer” table.  If you’re a first time maker, contact Max Lara and he will assist you.








Strawberry Shortcake Booth at Foundry Day – Saturday, June 2

We need your help for our Strawberry Shortcake Booth at the Foundry Day Arts Festival in Boiling Springs. Join in the fun this year to help raise awareness for UUCV.  Volunteers are needed to bake shortcakes, slice and dice strawberries, and for short shifts working at the booth from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 2nd.  Signup sheets will be ready next week on our “Volunteer Table” in the Social Hall.

Questions, or to volunteer, contact Emily Crutcher or Pam Martin or by calling the office at   717/249-8944.






Adult Topics of Interest Winter/Spring 2018 Schedule

Classes begin at 9:00 am in the UUCV Board Room. 

May 6Stoicism Zeno of Citium founded the philosophy of stoicism in Athens in the 3rd century BCE. Stoics believe that emotions cause errors of judgment and that one must develop will power to control one’s emotions. The Modern Stoicism movement has gained prominence since the publication of Lawrence Becker’s book A New Stoicism, in 1997. We will discuss how this new movement has molded the ancient philosophy to fit modern times? Are the connections between modern stoicism and Unitarian Universalists principle?

May 20 – The Swerve, Lucretius and the Nature of Things In his book, The Swerve, Stephen Greenblat brings the past to vivid life in the exploration of one of the most influential works of literature of all me. Greenblat writes about the rediscovery in the 15th Century of Lucretius’ book, On the Nature of Things. This book, or rather poem, written in 100 BCE, may be the catalyst that moved Western civilization towards humanism. Join us for an exploration of this important work that in many ways may still be relevant to our own time.






UUCV Board Candidates:

Gail Black, Gisela Roethke, Gay Walker

The board has nine members serving three year terms. Each year the terms of three members expire and those members either retire or run for another three year term, if eligible. They can be elected for no more than two consecutive full terms. The current makeup of the board with their terms is:

Terms expire 6/30/20 Bev Ayers- Nachamkin, Tony Matyas, Adrian Wolfberg

Terms expire 6/30/19 Michelle Burton, Mary Lynn Lynch, Moe Walters

Terms expire 6/30/18 Sharon Moye, Dick Poland, Paula Terry

Members serving their first three year term are eligible to stand election for another term.

The nominating committee this year presents a slate of three candidates for the term expiring on 6/30 21. Gail Black, Gisela Roethke, and Gay Walker. This slate was announced from the pulpit on April 8 and will be voted on at our annual meeting May 6, 2018

In addition, nominations from the congregation for a board position can be accepted by petition as per by laws.

Four members of the Nominating Committee have agreed to serve another year: Gail Black, Bev Motich, Drew Lynch, and Jon Tarrant.

Brief autobiographies of the new Board Candidates:

Gay Walker From the plains of Kansas to verdant Pennsylvania, Gay has carried her love of traveling, reading, and being in on the action.

She has biked around Holland, walked the Camino across Spain, seen the pyramids

of Mexico, the ruins in Honduras, and the rainforests of Costa Rica.

Gay has stayed in a flat in Edinburgh, a B & B in NYC, and even in her car in Walmart’s across the West.

Gay’s three grown children and five grandchildren happily occupy much of her time. Being involved in their lives led her to serve on boards of their nursery school, PTO, local library, and band boosters.

Being involved in her own life led her to the teachers’ union, NEA, and Friends of Kings Gap.

Now her faith journey has led her to UUCV where she is honored to be asked to serve on the board.


Gail Black Gail grew up in Camp Hill, graduated from Dickinson College in 1965 and did graduate work in special education, psychology and counseling at Shippensburg and Millersburg Universities. She worked as a special education teacher and then a Positive Behavior Support consultant for the Capital Area Intermediate Unit for 32 year.

She has been a member of UUCV since 2007 – serving on the RE and Social Justice Committees for two years, the Nominating Committee for six years and the  Membership Committee for ten years – the last eight of those as chair. An enthusiastic member of three different Small Groups during her time at UUCV, she is now one of the Lunch Lovers. One of her favorite activities at UUCV is helping with the children’s RE classes.

Gail has been president of the Carlisle Area Dog Parks Association board for ten years and is looking forward to serving instead on a board that does not have to resolve issues between beings who sometimes bite others when angry or afraid!

She lives in Carlisle with her husband, Bob, and best friend – an Australian Labradoodle named Gypsy Rose. Her two sons and their families live in Seattle.


Gisela Roethke – Gisela was born in 1946. She grew up in West Germany. At age 20, she came to the U.S.A. on an exchange scholarship from Bonn University to Washington State University. A first marriage to an American made her stay in this country. She received all her higher education in the U.S.:  a B.A. (1969) and M.A. (1970) in Foreign Languages and a Ph.D. in German Literature (1988). From 1985 to 2008, she taught German language, literature, and culture as well as Women’s Studies at Dickinson College. She chaired the German Department and Women’s Studies Program several times.

At UUCV, she has served in a number of functions since 2006:  on the Membership Committee, as a leader of a Small Group, on the Coordinating Committee of the Small Group Program, as the editor of the Newsletter, on the Advisory Committee for the Interim Ministers, and as a Worship Associate with Revs. Judy Welles and Duane Fickeisen as well as with Rev. Aija Simpson.

Gisela was married twice:  from 1967 to 1979 to John Makemson, and from 1990 to 2017 to John Kallmann. Since May 2017, she has been widowed. She has one son from her first marriage, and three step-children from her second marriage, as well as one granddaughter and five step-grandchildren.




UUCV Book Group

Join us on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 6:30 PM in our Yuuth Room to discuss Arlie Russell Hochschild’s 2016 book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right. Hochschild is one of the most influential sociologists of her generation and the recipient of many academic awards.  In this book, she leaves her liberal hometown of Berkeley, California to meet and listen to people deep in Louisiana bayou county—a stronghold of the conservative right. Whatever racial or class resentments she finds, she likes the people she meets. “They aren’t just soldiers in a class war but victims of one, too. She mourns their economic losses, praises their warmth and hospitality, and admires their grit and resilience.”  Why do people who need help from the government hate it so much? What is the emotional appeal of a candidate like Donald Trump? Are these people voting against their own interests? Is it possible to truly listen and understand why they believe and feel the way they do? The NY Times calls this a “smart, respectful and compelling book.” Join us for a challenging discussion led by Bev Ayers-Nachamkin. Questions: contact



UUCV Annual Yard Sale – Foundry Day – Saturday, June 2

Spring is in the air – or at least trying – and that means it’s time to get rid of the clutter. But rather than throwing out those unused items, why not donate them to UUCV?  Items may be dropped off starting Monday, April 30 during the week 8:30 am – 1:30 pm or on Sundays during service.  Foundry Day comes to Boiling Springs this year on Saturday, June 2.  Besides making our presence known at the annual Strawberry Booth, we will have a garage sale.  It will be a great opportunity for UUCV to reach out to the community, as well as raise funds.  Good sellers are most household items, dishes, art work, knick knacks, gently used toys, books, tools, etc.  No shoes or clothing.  There is no need to price the items.  Donations may be left on the stage area of the social hall.  Look for sign-up sheets for the fun and exciting volunteer opportunities in the Social Hall.  We will need sorters and pricers, schleppers, workers during the sale, a cleanup crew, and people with trucks or vans to deliver leftover items to local charities





UUCV….Let’s Walk the Talk!  

Advocacy Action for Gun Violence Prevention – a UUPLAN focus in May

Stop by the Social Justice table in the social hall to sign petitions.  Pick up contact information for local representatives so you can let them know it’s time for sensible gun legislation.

Project SHARE Farm Stand – an easy and rewarding way to help others

Help is needed on Thursday, May 10 and May 24 from 9:30 to 11:30.  Volunteers sort donated food for distribution to those in need.  The Farm Stand is located at 123 Lincoln St, Carlisle.

Change For The World – World Food Program USA

“World Food Program USA proudly supports the mission of the World Food Programme, the leading agency fighting hunger worldwide…Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.” “WFP is working to save the lives of 20 million people facing starvation.”

The need is great. WFP has the expertise to make a difference. What UUCV gives via Change for the World will save lives.

Remaining Open Auction Events

Country/Blues Line Dancing Date to be determined $15 Contact Muriel  Rich Lisa or Adrian

Splash Pad Fun Day Saturday, July 14 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM $10/family Contact Melissa

Cranium Party Saturday, September 29 DATE CHANGE 7:30 PM $25 Contact Carole Tom Laurel or Will





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