Sunday, May 28, 10 a.m.

Ric Masten: UU Troubadour
Rev. Don Rollins

A preacher never knows what might happen when offering a sermon-of-your-choice for bid at a congregation's service auction. So far, my favorite is van Gough. My least? Why Cats Are More Fun Than Dogs. Don's feeling good about Marilyn & Frank DuPont's choice: UU traveling poet and musician, Rev. Ric Masten. In these times of trouble – both in the world and our denomination – come learn what Ric had to say about justice, joy, and hard times.

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Children's Religious Education

 Classes are for PreK-grade 8 children; Nursery care is available for younger children. Children should visit the sanctuary with their parents for the first portion of
the service; teachers will escort
children to class.
See RE curriculum.
Sunday Circle
Meets the 1st & 3rd Sundays from 8:30-9:30 AM, Sept. - May. The next Sunday Circle discussion is on September 3. Check back later for more information on the topic and presenter.
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Giving 1/2 the Plate Away

 Each Sunday, UUC donates 1/2 the collection plate to local charities and UU-affiliated organizations. This Sunday, 1/2 the plate will be donated to the UU Church of Spartanburg as part of a Chalice Lighter call to enable ADA accessibility improvements to their campus.
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Upcoming Events and News Highlights

Welcome to Our New Settled Minister (Starting August 1)

Following a year-long search for a new settled minister, a special congregational meeting was held on May 7, and Pam Philips was unanimously called to serve as our next settled minister beginning August 1. She joyfully accepted the call as pictured with UUC President, Carol Kern. We are all thankful for the dedication and hard work of members of the Search Committee.

 

 

 

Monthly Open-Mic Coffeehouse

Come on out on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 PM for our monthly community open-mic coffeehouse. All amateur poets, writers, musicians, storytellers and other performers are welcome to share their talents. A $1 donation is requested to offset costs, and/or a canned good to be donated to the Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry. The coffeehouse is a chemical-free environment and open to the public. Invite your friends.

 

Technology Fundraiser

Join UUC's Jared Gibbs, Jim Kern and his band, Sundays with Desi, and others on Saturday, May 6 at 7 PM for a night of great music. The concert will include a brief intermission for refreshments and visiting with friends. A donation of $5 and a canned item for Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry are requested but not required. All proceeds will go toward a fund for future sound updates and/or an overhead projection system for our sanctuary.

 

Quarterlifers’ Spring Event

In your 20s or 30s and looking for community? Join the Quarterlifers for a cookout and firepit on Friday, May 19 from 5 PM to ? at UUC’s picnic grounds/firepit area (rain location: room 3 downstairs). Bring a potluck item to share. Gas grill available for cooking. Email quarterlifers@uucnrv.org for more information.

 

Singles Group Fun for All 50+

The next gathering for singles over 50 will be on Saturday May 20 at 6 PM at Zeppoli’s on University City Blvd. in Blacksburg. Invite your other 50+ single friends - whether UU members or not. Like all UU gatherings, this group is welcoming to LGBT individuals. RSVP to Annie if you plan to attend as she will be making a reservation.

 

FREE Mental Health First Aid Workshop

Saturday, May 20 from 9-5. The workshop provides eye-opening information about the prevalence of mental illnes, how to interact with people in crisis, and the actual facts about mental illness and violence. The workshop is offered by New River Valley Community Services. Register online at https://goo.gl/forms/iBl6qasN7qDEhelp1 by May 15.

 

FREE Showing of Touched with Fire

UUC's Mental Health Justice Ministry is sponsoring this free movie at the Lyric (Blacksburg) on Saturday, May 27 at 2 PM. Touched with Fire takes the audience on an authentic journey through the highs and lows of bipolar disorder and how it affects not only individuals, but also friends, families and work life. It is an outstanding film that offers a holistic portrayal of mental health and provides audiences with an inside look into one of the nation’s most talked about but least understood mental health conditions. A panel discussion with community mental health professionals will follow. The community is welcome to attend.

 

Two Community-wide Support Groups for Mental Health

On the 3rd Monday of every month, all in our community are welcome to participate in either of two support groups. The first group is for family and friends of those with a mental illness, and the other group is for those coping with a mental illness themselves. Both groups meet from 6-7:30 PM. Come share your experiences with others, learn coping skills, find out about local resources, receive support, and more.

 

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