UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Blacksburg, VA 4 June 2017

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  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Blacksburg, VA June 2017


    1301 Gladewood Drive

    Blacksburg, VA 24060

    Website: www.uucnrv.org

    E-mail: info@uucnrv.org

    Phone: (540) 552-9716

    NEWSLETTER June 2017

    Year 52, Issue 6

    The picture on the left depicts our daughter Sarah’s dedication ceremony at UUC with then minister, Rev. Christine Brownlie. On the right is the day of Sarah’s recent senior prom. As you can tell, she travels at the beat of her own drummer and chose to wear a pants suit rather than the traditional long dress. So this child (and her brother), literally born into Unitarian Universalism at UUC, is growing up and moving away from us. As her Mom, this makes me both happy and sad, but mostly full of gratitude for all the people

    who have supported her, Jim, and myself in this messy, confusing, joyful, stressful, ride of parenthood. Her UU sense of self is buried deep in her heart through many years of religious education, writing her credo in Coming of Age, and most recently as a member, and then leader of YRUU. After a summer of work leading backpacking trips at the UU Retreat Center in NC, The Mountain, she will head to Switzerland to follow in YRUU alumna, Luna Moore’s footsteps and work for a year at a Waldorf-type school in the Alps learning German, skiing, and making lifelong friends from around the world. After that, who knows, likely back to Virginia and VCU to study cinema. But a lot can happen in a year, as I have found.

    This year is winding down for me as UUC Board President. I am so filled with gratitude for all the people that helped me along the way. As I write this, I am sitting in my favorite coffee shop, the Radford Coffee Co., which ironically is where our beloved minister, Rev. Dara, told the Executive Board 1½ years ago that she was leaving us to be closer to family in California. After congratulating her, Molly Lazar, Margo Walter, and I looked at each other with wide eyes wondering, as UUC’s leaders, how we could move on from that moment. Fast forward to today, another spring day in the same coffee shop, and we have come so far! First we formed an Interim Search Committee to find our wonderful accredited Interim Minister, Don Rollins. Then we created a Ministerial Search Committee that worked tirelessly to bring us Pam Philips as our soon-to-be Settled Minister! Meanwhile the Board learned on the run how to further our move towards a Program Church Model and to establish a new governance model at UUC.

    This is my last newsletter article as President. Next weekend I will lead my last Congregational Meeting. The agenda is full including our vote to select an additional social justice focus (the most controversial of the items). The Gardiner Model for social justice is new to us and was brought to our attention by Rev. Don. It’s one of the many changes suggested to us by Rev. Don in addition to how we do Joys & Concerns, institution of a new Board structure, and adding more staff hours to our LFD program.

    I thank the Board for its willingness to try new ideas while supporting our fundamental core of UUC. I also thank our Stewardship Committee for their efforts resulting in the highest number of pledges ever; the Search Committee for finding a great new settled minister; the Finance Committee for striving and succeeding in preparing a balanced budget; Strategic Planning for developing a Vision Statement for us to vote on and adopt; the Grounds Committee for toiling endlessly on our beautiful space; and through it all, our Interim, Don Rollins for looking at us with a bird’s eye view and working to make us better than ever. I am so grateful for his help and wish him the best on his next adventure. Thanks to all of you for all you do for UUC. I know I have merely scratched the surface in my thanks, but this congregation is better and stronger due to all of you. Thank you!

    Signing out as UUC President, Carol Kern

    Message of Gratitude from Our President

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  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Blacksburg, VA 2 June 2017

    Interim Minister: Rev. Don Rollins minister@uucnrv.org President: Carol Kern 540-357-1918 president@uucnrv.org

    Director of Lifespan Faith Development:

    Karen Hager 540-577-8043 DLFD@uucnrv.org

    Administrator/ Newsletter/Website:

    Lisa Evanylo 540-257-3612 administrator@uucnrv.org

    Pianist: Jared Gibbs pianist@uucnrv.org Choir Director: Ella Kromin choirdirector@uucnrv.org

    Lay Pastoral Care Ministry: LPCM@uucnrv.org UUC Website: uucnrv.org

    UUC Office Phone: 540-552-9716

    Minister Emerita: Rev. Christine Brownlie

    Contact Information

    Staff Office Hours:

    Interim Minister:

    Unavailable — time off for vacation and study beginning June 4.


    Mondays 9-12, Fridays 1-4


    Contact for appointment.

    Upcoming Events

    Our Mission:

    Inspire. Create. Transform.

    Inspire spiritual and ethical growth.

    Create compassionate community.

    Transform our community and the world through

    courageous love.

    Annual Congregational Meeting

    All members are requested to attend the annual UUC business

    meeting on Sunday, June 4 immediately following the service.

    Members will vote on new officers, the budget for fiscal year 2017-

    18, a social justice focus for the congregation (in addition to our

    Mental Health Justice Ministry), and changes to the bylaws. If you

    can’t attend in person, please give your proxy to another member.

    You can also email your proxy form to Lisa. All info for the meeting

    can be found at http://uucnrv.org/members_area/annual-

    meeting.html. Childcare provided.

    Annual Goods & Services Auction Save the date for UUC’s 2017 Service Auction – Saturday, November 11 at 5 PM. The theme this year is The Wild West. Join us as we gather to have fun at our 27th annual service auction. This is the major FUNdraising event that our community holds each year to support the congregation- approved annual budget. While raising money is important (this year’s goal is $18K), building connections within our cong- regation is also a priority, so join us for this FUN-filled evening for adults. We’ll also have extra special, FUN activities and food for the children. The theme for this year’s children’s party, once again expertly planned by Rachel Craine, will also involve The Wild West. The auction website will open at the end of August so all will have plenty of time to enter exciting, community-enhancing offerings. Questions? Want to help? Contact the auction co-chairs, Joe and Linda Powers or attend the next Service Auction Team meeting at 11:30 AM on Sunday, June 25 in room 5.

    mailto:administrator@uucnrv.org http://uucnrv.org/members_area/annual-meeting.html http://uucnrv.org/members_area/annual-meeting.html http://www.togetherauction.com/uucnrv mailto:powers@vt.edu

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Blacksburg, VA 3 June 2017

    Second-Sunday Potluck Everyone is invited to enjoy lunch together following the service on June 11. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet new people while sharing a delicious meal. This month, if your last name begins with En-Hap, bring a beverage; Lan-Z bring a main dish; A-Em and Har-Lam bring a side dish or dessert. Don’t forget your list of

    the ingredients in your dish to assist those with food allergies. Please be sure to bring a LARGE DISH as there are many mouths to feed and to be considerate of those at the end of the line that are also hungry. As always, bring your non-perishable food donations (canned meats, fruits, vegetables, macaroni and cheese, rice, beans, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, sugar, etc.) for the Interfaith Food Pantry. The donation basket is in the lobby just outside the Sanctuary.

    Two Mental Health Support Groups at UUC

    On Monday, June 19 at 6 PM, our two community mental health support groups will meet at UUC. One group is designed for those with a mental health illness themselves, and the other group is for family and friends of those with a mental illness. Both are facilitated by professionals from Community Services. All are welcome. Contact Margo Walter for more info.

    EarthSpirit Sisters (ESS) Full Moon Ritual & Summer Solstice


    The monthly EarthSpirit Sisters full moon ritual will be held on Friday, June 9 at 6:30 PM at Darla Bray’s home. For more information and directions, contact Diane Jackson.

    ESS will celebrate the Summer Solstice on Wednesday, June 21 at 6:30 PM at the home of Ash Mills, 175 Penn Rd. NW, Floyd. Email Ash for directions from the light in the town of Floyd.

    The ritual will be outside with a lovely

    fire pit to dance around. All are welcome to bring

    drums, rattles, and the like to joyfully greet the

    longest day of light in the wheel of the year with

    the heartbeat of our drums. Bring a dish or snack

    to share. All are welcome to linger after the ritual

    to enjoy abundance, light, and laughter.

    Women’s Lunch Bunch

    All UUC women are warmly invited to share lunch together on the 1st & 3rd Frida