This Week at MVUC

Mount Vernon Unitarian Church
1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22307; 703-765-5950

November 2, 2022

Unitarian Universalist
For Calendars:

November 2 - VIC Meeting
November 4 - FHP Costume Ball Party
November 5 - FHP Alumni Zoom
November 6 - Fire Drill in Meeting House
November 6 - FHP Open House & Silent Auction
November 6 - New Visitor Meet & Greet
November 12 - BCT Meeting - RESCHEDULED
November 12 - Adopt-A-Highway
November 19 - Holiday Shop!
December 24 - Christmas Eve Service
This week:
Register for BCT Workshop - ministerial search
Explore our refreshed website
Worship with us on Sunday
Offer ride share to visitors to MVUC
Sign up to help get out the vote
Register for an upcoming adult religious education class
Sign up to provide meals for VIC HOP
Sign up to facilitate a future TEDTalk
Set up your account on Realm!
Sign-up to bring flowers for services
Borrow or loan rehab equipment
Buy your quilt raffle tickets!
Invite your friends & family to Holiday Shop!
Sign up to help at Holiday Shop!
Sign up for Circle Suppers!

This Sunday's Service
10:00 am
Onsite and Online

“The Transient and the Permanent"
Rev. Christian Schmidt

The Unitarian minister Theodore Parker proclaimed that though the ways of religion change over time, the central truth does not. This is a core belief of Unitarian Universalism, that our ultimate mission, often expressed as liberation for all or the creation of beloved community, is always our mission, but our means (like using virtual technology!) change over time.

Photo credit: Maksud at

Quilt Raffle News

This year’s raffle quilt, “Bears in the Blueberries!”, is up in the sanctuary!  Get your tickets now on Realm for the drawing to be held November 19, 2022 at Holiday Shop.

Tickets are $3.00 each. In addition to Realm, tickets are now available for purchase before and after Sunday services- or you can talk to a quilter about purchase. 

If you have questions please contact Nancy Barkume - or 703-360-3203 

MVUC has a refreshed website just in time for ministerial search candidates to learn about us!

One of the benefits of the new website is that we will be able to shorten the length of these weekly newsletters by using links and pointers to more information on the website.  You can see some initial examples of that below related to flower sign-ups, ride-shares for visitors, our Pastoral Care team, and abbreviated listings of current adult religious education opportunities. 

Please take some time to explore the new site and contact if you spot anything that needs to be corrected.
Volunteers Needed

Volunteer to provide flowers at an upcoming Sunday Service using this Sign-up Genius form. Learn more...

Welcoming new visitors to MVUC - can you offer an occasional ride? Contact Membership. Learn more...

Upcoming Opportunities for Fellowship and Learning

Great Decisions returns to MVUC in the spring. Sign-up sheets and registration coming in January. Learn more...

Pastoral Care

Contact the MVUC Care Team for support of MVUC members who are ill, in crisis, or experiencing life transitions. MVUC Care Team can offer rides to appointments, check-ins, visits, and orthopedic equipment.  Donate equipment to our Rehab Equipment Loan Closet or borrow from it as long as you need. Learn more... 

Easy Actions You Can Take This Week to Help Support MVUC

Tell AmazonSmile to donate to MVUC;
Invite your friends and family to Holiday Shop;
Buy your quilt raffle tickets;
Bring a friend
to church with you (and tell our Welcoming Committee about it)!
Encourage a friend to subscribe to our newsletters.
Saturday 11/12/22, 9:00am-12:30pm, in the chapel

Still time to register for and attend the BCT Workshop, which was postponed due to illness.

The workshop is important in the ministerial search process. It will help us keep open minds as we consider ministerial candidates. It will help us consider which candidates would best serve our needs while helping us avoid eliminating candidates because of attributes that do not prevent them from being outstanding ministers.

A light breakfast will be served at 8:15, as well as snacks during the mid-morning break.

Please register to attend here:

Carol Carter Walker, who is Unitarian Universalist Association trained and sponsored, will facilitate our workshop. Carol is an experienced speaker and facilitator with a wealth of knowledge regarding multi-cultural matters and UU Principles. She has been a Unitarian Universalist (UU) since 1987 when she became a charter member of Sojourner Truth UU Congregation in Washington, DC. Carol joined Paint Branch UU Church in Adelphi, MD in 2002. She also belongs to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, the Church of the Larger Fellowship, and Diverse and Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM). Carol is currently co-chair of the Central East Region’s Chalice Lighter [Grants] Program Committee; member of the Committee on Ministry for a community minister; facilitator for the UUA Beyond Categorical Thinking Programs; Board Secretary, Sister SoUUrce; and a member of the Black Lives of UU Council of Elders.

POSTPONED: Memorial Service for Diana Hesling Macomber
POSTPONED Due to Illness; Will be Rescheduled
We will celebrate the life of Diana Hesling Macomber - the service has been postponed and will be rescheduled. 
Saturday, November 12th, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm

Please meet at the Sherwood Hall Library parking lot.

No experience needed. Vests and Gloves provided.

A Good Time and a Good Deed!!!

Questions, please contact Joan or Lynne at
Please Join Fort Hunt Preschool as we Celebrate 60 Years of Learning Through Play! 
Fort Hunt Preschool (our resident preschool) invites the MVUC Community to join us for our 60th Anniversary Celebrations! Whether you are an alumni, friend, or just looking for a fun time, please come!

Friday, November 4th 7-9 pm: Costume Ball Party
Join us for this adult only event. Our Silent Auction will begin (it closes at our Sunday Event). Our Alumni Singers will make an appearance (including former MVUC MRE Rev. Linda Olson Peebles). We will be serving light appetizers and each ticket comes with two drink tickets. $50/ticket or $75 for a pair of tickets.

Saturday, November 5th 5-6pm: Virtual Happy Hour
FHP Alumni are invited to join us online as we celebrate!

Sunday, November 6th 2-4pm: Open House and Festivities
Come to the Carriage House and tour the space. Food, drinks, and activities will be available to purchase. Our Silent Auction will clost bidding at 3:45.

Full details:
Thank You from Buildings and Grounds!
Our Fall Workenanny was Sunday, October 16.  We had volunteers working to clean up our grounds from 9:30am until 3pm.  I wanted to thank all the people who pruned and weeded all around our Holy Hill:  Dick & Sandy Toye, Katherine Fogden, Becky Brandt, Doug MacCleery, Josette Fogden-Hernandez, Brian Lounsbury, Liza, Zlata, & Yeva Pyvovalova, Marty & Anne Bredeck, Steve & Marcus Bogart, Farhat J Chaudhry, Nazia Linters, Nick Marin, Doug Masterson, Margaret Meath. and Shah & Leah Choudhury.  We got a lot done and the grounds look sooooo much better.  (I apologize if I misspelled your name.  And double thanks for anybody I missed.)

For those of you who couldn't make it and would still like to contribute some of  your time to our Holy Hill, there is always pruning and weeding that needs to be done.  You can always pull any vine that is growing up something (wall, fence, tree, bush).  And the beds in front of Hollin Hall and the Meeting House always need weeding.  Even a few minutes of weeding goes a long way toward keeping our grounds looking their best.

Lastly, for those who want to help but just can't -- for whatever reason -- thank you for your love of our Holy Hill.  Maybe next spring.

Leah Choudhury, 
The Buildings & Grounds Committee
Are You a Recent Visitor to MVUC?
Meet and greet - Sunday November 6, after service, Breakfast Porch, Hollin Hall
Please join Reverend Schmidt and a few friendly Membership folks for light refreshments after the Sunday service on November 6. Do you want to know more about us? We would love to get to know you!.

We will meet on the Breakfast Porch in Hollin Hall. Light refreshments will be served. Please respond to if you plan to join us or sign up at the Welcome Table on Sundays!
MVUC Circle Suppers for 2023
Sign up now - Deadline is November 21, 2022
So far we have about 30 Regular participants and 8 Alternates. How about YOU!
Sign-up deadline is November 21!

Circle Suppers are a great way to get to know other MVUC members and friends in a home setting! These Suppers involve revolving groupings of participants who take turns hosting or providing a part of the meal. Participating pairs or singles will be grouped with six to eight different participants for each of the supper months which will be held in 2023 – January, February, March, and April.

If you are COVID-19 vaccinated and would like to participate in the 2023 MVUC Circle Supper Program, as either a single or a pair, and as either a Regular or an Alternate participant please sign up online here. Or contact Jim Burke at JBURKE2424@MAC.COM or at 630-430-6897

Lifespan Spiritual Growth at MVUC

Adult Religious Education - Children and Youth Religious Education

You are welcome here! Find out more about current classes and opportunities, our welcoming policies, and get help with our technology platforms on our website.

Adult Religious Education Announcements and Opportunities
A list of current adult classes and opportunities is below. MVUC is expanding our collaboration with Davies UU and Davies UU Offerings are marked with a blue heart 💙 in the list below. More details are available on our website at This Week in Adult RE at MVUC.

TED Talks Discussions - Additional Facilitators Are Welcome!
 Those who would like to host a talk in this series may refer to the sign up sheet at TEDTalks Facilitator Sign-up to let us know you’re interested.  

TEDTalk Discussion This Month - Alex Honnold, Free Climber, on Summiting El Capitan
Tuesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom (offered last Tuesdays of each month)

Mindfulness in Nature
Note day change: Wednesdays, November 2 and 9. 3:00 p.m.; meet outside by the Hollin Hall kitchen door. The class will be outside in its entirety. 
This is a class designed for experiencing nature on our own beautiful grounds. I

UUA Considers New Principles and Sources
Sunday, Nov. 20 11:30-1 p.m. Fireplace Room
Every 15 years Unitarian Universalists review and reconsider Article 2 of their Covenant which establishes what UUs believe in and advises on building a faith.  Join Rev. Schmidt for a discussion of this change and learn more about what it means for our faith.

💙ADORE: A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity -- Offered by Davies UU
Second Fridays, 7-8:30 p.m. On Zoom
ADORE is a signature program of the Davies community and central to our 8th Principle work...

Contemplative Group
Sundays at 9 a.m. at MVUC Hollin Hall, Sun Porch and on Zoom
Deepen your spiritual life through contemplative practice with a supportive group. 

💙Thoughts about Prayer -- Offered by Davies UU
Fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m. On Zoom
This monthly gathering invites participants to explore the nature and meaning of prayer in our daily lives.

Hot Topics in Parenting Teens and Young Adults
Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.  October 26*, November 2, 10, and *16 - first and last sessions (*) are in person; others on Zoom.
Join other parents of teens and young adults to discuss spiritual growth and daily life.

💙Readings in Unitarian Universalism -- Offered by Davies UU
Tuesdays at 7p.m., October 11 and 18 and November 8, 15, and 22. On Zoom
A five-week series of conversations centered on readings from the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

💙A Visit With Poetry -- Offered by Davies UU
Saturday, January 14, 4 p.m. On Zoom.
A one-time, online opportunity to enjoy the work of well-known poets, discuss the poetry process, and share.

💙Exploring "The 1619 Project" -- Offered by Davies UU
Wednesdays, January 18, February 1 & 15, at 7p.m. On Zoom.
Living into our commitment to the 8th Principle, we'll explore the riches of "The 1619 Project." 

Religious Education for Children and Youth
Classes for those aged 6 months to 18 years are held on Sunday mornings, beginning in the Chapel with the rest of the congregation at 10 a.m.  After the story for all ages, children will go to their classrooms. More details are available on our website at This Week in RE for Children and Youth at MVUC.

Register Your Children for Fall RE here.

The Nursery is Open During Worship on Sundays!
Care will be provided by our professional caregiver, Farhi Choudhury, and an assistant. 

Upcoming Children's Religious Education Calendar 

Date Time Event
Sun. Nov. 6 10:00 a.m. Worship Service in Chapel
Sun. Nov. 6 10:00 a.m. RE classes grades K-12th. Nursery care for ages 6 months- 4 years
Sun. Nov. 6 11:00 a.m. Fire Drill in Meeting House (Chapel and Nursery)
Sun. Nov. 13 10:00 a.m. Worship Service in Chapel
Sun. Nov. 13 10:00 a.m. RE classes grades K-12th. Nursery care for ages 6 months- 4 years
Mon. Nov. 14 7:30 p.m. Lifespan Spiritual Growth Monthly Meeting via Zoom
Sun. Nov. 20 10:00 a.m. Multigenerational Worship in Chapel-No RE
Sun. Nov. 27 10:00 a.m. Multigenerational Worship in Chapel-No RE
Get-Out-The-Vote Opportunities

UU the Vote DC, MD and VA

North Carolina Phone Banking with UU Justice Ministry of NC & Carolina Jews for Justice

Thursdays, October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th & November 3rd.
UU the Vote DC, MD, VA hosts the phone bank on the 20th! To learn more:

New North Carolina Project Text Banks

Thursdays, October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th & November 3rd.  To learn more:

For more information, contact Matt Charpentier.
Ventures in Community - Rte. 1 Housing Issues
Meeting hosted at MVUC, TODAY Wednesday November 2; 11:30am to 1:00pm

Homeless in a Heat Wave (a new survey) & The Insecurity of Our Mobile Home Communities
Plus: Actions you can take to help


  • MVUC member Mary Paden, Chair South County Task Force and Housing Committee of Fairfax NAACP
  • Leah Tenario, Hispanic Ministry of Good Shepherd Catholic Church
  • Tenants of Engelside & Rays Mobile home park on the impending sale of their park

Wednesday Nov. 2, 2022 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church (open to all)
Light lunch provided.

MVUC is a member of Ventures in Community.
For more information, contact

Sign Up to Serve the Hypothermia Outreach (VIC HOP) Shelter

Many have eagerly volunteered to support Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Project (VIC HOP) at the Rising Hope Shelter. Wonderful news!

December ‘slots’ are full on Our MVUC Sign Up Genius Calendar for all breakfast bags and dinners! In
January and March many have signed on too. Big, heartfelt thanks to all.

Sign Up: Please use Signup Genius (CLICK HERE). It's easy to use and there's a lot of information there.

Or use the signup sheets on the foyer table at the church. Or call/text us and we will update the signup
genius. Contacts: 703-346-4401; 703-346-6372

Dates still available and needed are:
Breakfast Bags: January 19, March 16, March 23, March 30
Dinners: January 5, January 12, January 19, March 2, March 9, March 30

Where: Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church; 8220 Russell Rd. Alexandria, VA 22309 (off
Route 1, opposite ALDI)

Thanks and gratitude for all volunteers for this excellent long running program at MVUC,
Helen and Brian Lounsbury

Volunteers Needed for Holiday Shop!
Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 9:30am-4pm

Our 60th Annual Holiday Shop is fast approaching with only a few weeks before we have to start the preliminary week of Set-Up.

We need volunteers to cover the many tasks required for the week leading up to the actual day, Saturday November 19. We have been collecting names after services and those have been included in the Sign Up Genius. For those who have not been approached please consider adding your name

You can select from any of the four areas below, or you may be happy doing just one. You can select a time or volunteer for the day. 

Holiday Shop Set-Up - Tasks between Monday and Friday before the event.

Meeting House Volunteers - Welcoming Vendors, Visitor Greeters, Flower Card Artisan sales.

Holiday Shop Sales - Assisting with Country Kitchen, Betty’s Boutique and Jewelry, Visitor Greeters

Lunch - Cashiers and assistants

You can sign-up for any of these options at this Sign-up Genius link.
Please be sure to look at the top of the sign-up page for the tabs that say "Holiday Shop Set-Up," "Meeting House Volunteers," "Holiday Shop Sales," and "Lunch" to see all the slots for which volunteers are needed. 

If you have any questions, problems, or need to change anything please contact Jan Speakman 

No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.  Thank you.”  —Author Unknown

In Community,
Jan Speakman, Our Home Community, Program Council
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