January 2019 Newsletter


From the Minister

i am running into a new year

and the old years blow back

like a wind

that i catch in my hair

like strong fingers like

all my old promises and

it will be hard to let go

of what i said to myself

about myself

when i was sixteen and

twenty-six and thirty-six

even thirty-six but

i am running into a new year

and i beg what i love and

i leave to forgive me

~Lucille Clifton

Whatever you are running away from, toward, or through, know that we will be here to call you forward, run with you or give you the needed push.

Happy New Year Beloveds,

In Faith,

Rev. Aija

PS – Check out Intern Minister Cindy Terlazzo’s worship service featuring this poem on January 6.






Worship Information


The Worship Theme for January is “Give Us Roots”

January 6: “”Leap of Faith – Entering another New Year” Here we are at the start of another new year. We never know what the future will hold but after a year like 2018 how do we let go and put trust into the unknown?  Cindy Terlazzo leads service with worship associate Michele Burton.

January 13: “At the Purchaser’s Option” What does it mean to control your own body? Who isn’t allowed to?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Molly Wilkinson

January 20:  “Somebody’s Calling your Name.  Are you Listening?” Rev. Aija Simpson preaching. As people gather to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we ask what is his memory calling us to do.

January 27: “Finding our Roots.  Letting them Go” How are our lives informed by where we come from. Are we nourished by our roots? Or tied down by them?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching.




Celebration of Life Service

Bill Vernon – A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, January 5 at 11:00 AM in the UUCV Sanctuary.  Rev. Aija Simpson officiating.




Occasional Musings from Your Intern

It has been nearly 4 months since I entered into this relationship with you as your intern.  I want to thank all of you for the warm welcome you have given me.  As you know, the reason for internships is to provide experience to someone embarking on a new path.  And to that end I have been attending staff and various committee meetings to get a better understanding of the practical arts of what it takes to maintain and grow a church community.  I helped to lead the fall new member classes.   I’ve worked with your DRE, Emily Crutcher to craft a multi-gen service as well as lend assistance in RE classes.  I continue to develop my worship skills by preaching on a regular basis, working with the music team and worship associates.  I also meet with my internship committee to receive feedback and to explore ideas and questions I may have.


Mid-Week Vespers

In addition to these points of connection I want to alert you to two projects that will be developing over the next year.  The first is the creation of a mid-week vespers style worship service to offer a time and place for a more intimate experience than is possible on Sunday mornings.  I have many ideas floating in my head such as offering child centered programming in the RE space so families can come together but still have their own experience.  We are also considering offering a simple supper after the service.  Anyone is welcome to attend but I am also hoping that some of you will be interested in helping to create this experience.  If that is you – please let Pam know.

The Beloved Conversations

The second project will begin in the fall of 2019.  We will be offering The Beloved Conversations.  “This is an experiential curriculum (consisting of an initial 1.5 day retreat, followed by eight 2 hour seminars) that provides a space to heal the spiritual and organizational wounds that racism causes in our faith community.  The program aims to foster cross-cultural relationships that nurture the spiritual health of participants, their congregations, and the communities beyond their walls.”

Please stay tuned for further details.  And know that I am always available to lend a listening ear should you need it.

Blessing to all as we enter another new year.







Quiet as a snowfall…

   Unseen in the darkness of winter

UUCV’s Capital Campaign is Hard at Work

In January Santa’s elves may be enjoying a long winter’s nap, but not the steering committee of UUCV’s Capital Campaign.  Adhering to the “Time Line”, presented during November’s Town Hall, late fall tasks have been completed.  Now winter tasks, involving getting bids and prepping for final project decisions, are in motion.  The behind-the-scenes work is a lengthy process.

We encourage you to:

Remember our visions and goals:

          * Address our church’s building and grounds needs

          * Make our facility an open and welcoming place for all

          * Grow the reach of our mission to “transform lives and care for the world”.

Review the Time Line

Keep your campaign pledge donations up to date

Visit UUCV’s Website for Capital Campaign information https://www.uucv.net/stewardship/capital-campaign-2018/ 

Talk to the steering committee if you have questions

Let’s CELEBRATE the Capital Campaign’s first step!

Effective December 1st the Director of Lifespan Faith Development staff position was expanded to a full-time position.  No delay in beginning UUCV’s work toward growth and increased outreach.  Our pledge dollars are already at work.   Emily Crutcher (previously part-time) accepted this expanded job position and is eagerly formulating new initiatives.

Emily – a heartfelt welcome and congratulations.



Steering Committee – (Implementation Phase)

The start of the implementation phase generated changes within the steering committee.

Thank you to those departing members for their tireless efforts: Bev Motich, Tom DeWall, Rita Van Alkemade, Ellen Buller and Melissa Mattson.

Welcome & best wishes to new and continuing members for the work ahead:

          Sharon Moye – Chairperson

          Tim Tilton and Denny Stone – Project Point Persons

          Deb Stille and Paula Terry – Communications/PR

          Jim Burton – B&G Coordination

          Cindy Good – Pledge Administrator

          Bev Ayers-Nachamkin – Board Representative

*The mission of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee during the implementation phase is:

          “To ensure that the projects as outlined and approved by congregation vote are implemented to the fullest extent.”

UUCV’s Capital Campaign – a work in progress…




Nursery Kids Need Snack Donations

Every Sunday during service, our nursery littles get a small nut-free, low-sugar snack. But we are running low on snack options! Please consider donating snacks, or bringing some extra fruit you have from the week on Sunday morning. Some good options: pretzels, animal crackers, boxes of raisins, organic yogurt pouches, packets of apple slices, mini muffins, nut-free cereal, string cheese, etc.







Adult RE Planning

The Adult RE class will meet in the board room on Sunday January 6 at 9 AM to propose and select topics for our Winter/Spring 2019 series of classes.  All are welcomed to attend—new comers as well as seasoned participants.  Give some thought ahead of time regarding what topics you would like to hear about and discuss during the first half of the New Year.  Our bi-monthly meetings always prove to be interesting and enriching.  Examples of recent discussion topics include: Atheism and the Meaning of Life, Memes, Reincarnation, and the writings of (and those attributed to) the Apostle Paul.





Adult Ed Book Group

The 2019 UUCV Book Group Schedule is available to pick up in the Social Hall.

Join us the 4th Sunday of the month from 6:30 to 8 PM in our Yuuth Room for an engaging and fun discussion.  Our first discussion for 2019 will be held on January 27, 2019


Pythagoras’ Trousers: God, Physics and the Gender War

By Margaret Wertheim



UUCV….We Show Up!

Project SHARE Farm Stand

Please join us on Thursday, January 10th and 24th from 9:30 to 11:00 as we help provide food for those in need.  The Farm Stand is located at 123 Lincoln St, Carlisle.

Women’s Rally on the Square

          Saturday, January 19th from 10 AM to Noon in Courthouse Square in Carlisle.

          The Women’s Rally (Men too) will be issue-focused, diverse, and non-partisan.


MLK Jr Walk and Commemoration Service

Join us on Sunday, January 20th at 2:45 pm as we participate in Carlisle’s annual MLK Walk.

2:45 – Walk from the St John’s Episcopal Church on the square in Carlisle to the Old Courthouse for a short service.

4:00 – Commemoration Service at St John’s Episcopal Church.


Change For The World – PRIDE Festival of Central PA

The 27th Annual Pride Festival of Central PA will be held on Saturday July 27th, 2019 in Soldier’s Grove Memorial Park, Pennsylvania State Capitol Complex, Harrisburg. This event will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and Half a Century of LGBT+ Liberation. The Pride Festival of Central PA is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC), fiscal sponsor.



Upcoming Open Auction Events (January – March)

The auction is over but there are still open events that you can attend.  Contact the event leader or Pam in the office 717/249-8944 or pam@uucv.net to sign up and submit payment.  For full details on events, check out the booklet online http://www.uucv.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Booklet-final.pdf

Introduction to woodcarving – January 10, 17, 24, 31 from 6 – 8 PM

Host: Richard Bronakoski  $20.00

Honey Tasting and the Bee Talk – March 14 at 6:00 PM

Hosts: Tara and Greg Hildebrand  $20.00/pp or $35.00/couple

The Owl as Spiritual Being – March 23 Time to be determined

Host: Char Klein $30.00





UUCV – Living our mission in 2018

Project SHARE Farm Stand – volunteers helped out 2 Thursdays of each month

MLK Jr Walk and Commemoration – included UUCV ad in program booklet

Neighbors Helping Neighbors – April – helped spruce up Heberlig-Palmer Park

Fill the Bus – did not do this year due to lack of volunteers

Souper Bowl Day of Caring – February – included SJC cheerleaders.  Food donated to Mt Holly Food Bank


Change for the World

Social Justice-related films

Carlisle C.A.R.E.S. – Host in May.  In 2019 UUCV is host in April.

Advocacy: petitions for sensible gun legislation, attended rallies

PRIDE Festival

Silent Witnesses

United Way Day of Caring – volunteers provided landscaping help at One West Penn

National Public Lands Day – did not do this year but Dee has volunteered to head up in 2019

Assisted with 3 Expungement clinics sponsored by Dickinson School of Law

Mozambique Bursary

Provided Voter Registration forms

Blanket Drive for Shalom House

Mitten Tree – handled by “Middles”





Sunday Volunteers Needed

Coffee Makers are needed to prepare coffee for social hour.  Contact Max Lara to sign up mad01max@comcast.net If you’re a first timer…he will be happy to show you the ropes.  Volunteer sheets are also located in the Social Hall.

Flowers to share during worship.  Pick fresh from your own garden or from UUCV’s.  Contact RJ Lesch rjlofiowa@gmail.com  Volunteer sheets are also located in the Social Hall.



Grocery Cards – Easy fundraiser for UUCV

Don’t forget to stop by the Grocery Card table after service on Sundays to buy a Giant, Karns or Weis card to purchase all your picnic groceries.  This is a great fundraiser for UUCV – we receive 10% of the face value of every Giant Card sold and 5% for each Karns and Weis card soldCards can also be purchased during the week in the church office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm and on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  And you can use your Giant card for gas, Carlisle Borough Trash Bags, prescriptions, and beer for those over 21!



 Help Us…Help You!

Please be sure to note on the memo line of any checks made payable to UUCV the reason for the checks, such as “grocery cards”  “capital campaign”  “pledge” “offering” “Mozambique”  This assures that your donation gets applied to the account you intended and keeps your year-end tax statements accurate.

If you have any questions, contact Pam 717/249-8944 or pam@uucv.net








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