This Week at MVUC

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

October 12, 2022

Unitarian Universalist
For Calendars:
Many new adult education classes - see details below
October 15 - Zoom Cottage Meeting re Search
October 15 - Outdoor Fellowship Hike/Walk
October 16 - Intro to UU & MVUC Class
October 16 - Workenanny
October 16 - Cottage Meeting re Search
October 23 - Cottage Meeting re Search
October 25 - TEDTalk Discussion
***October 29 - BCT Search Workshop***
October 30 - Celebration of Life - Bart Hewitt
October 30 - Haunted House, Halloween Events for UNICEF
November 12 - Adopt-A-Highway
November 19 - Holiday Shop!
December 24 - Christmas Eve Service
This week:
  • Register to attend a cottage meeting for the minister search
  • Worship with us on Sunday
  • Offer ride share to visitors to MVUC
  • Register for an adult RE class
  • 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!
  • Share job posting with your networks
  • Sign-up to bring flowers for services
  • Borrow or loan rehab equipment

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

Dismantling Racism

Rev. Christian Schmidt

It's America's original sin, and one we are still working to dismantle. We'll talk about anti-racism as a spiritual practice, and why it's ultimately core to all our social justice work.

Participate in the MVUC Ministerial Search Process

At one of the remaining Cottage Meetings, come and express your views regarding the attributes you want in a new minister.  These meetings are engaging and a great opportunity to connect with one another!
A Zoom cottage meeting will be held at this Zoom link:
Saturday, October 15, 10:00am - 11:30am
Two more in-person cottage meetings will be held in the Hollin Hall Fireplace Room:
- Sunday, October 16, 3:00pm - 4:30pm (after Workenanny)
- Sunday, October 23, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Advance registration for both types of meetings is encouraged though not required.  You can
register for any one of the meetings hereChildcare will be available upon request to at least one week in advance of the meeting.  
 for Saturday, October 29, 9:00am - 12:30pm.

MVUC will offer Beyond Categorical Thinking (BCT), a workshop offered by the UUA for congregations in the search process. All congregational leaders, members, and friends are invited to participate. It is designed

(a) to help congregations avoid unintentionally excluding ministers who fall into certain categories, and
(b) to prevent unfair discrimination in the search process for a new minister.  

This is a great opportunity to learn more about ourselves and how we live our social justice values. Additional details coming soon ~

To contact the search committee, email

PS: Have you been wondering why there is a tree with multi-colored leaves in our communications about the Ministerial Search ? The symbol of the tree is an appropriate metaphor for this time at MVUC.   Like the beautiful trees on the grounds of our Holy Hill, we want to draw on the strongest things from our roots and history as we build vigorous branches that provide for new life, new growth.  The multicolored leaves represent the diversity that we honor and seek to embrace.

Lifespan Spiritual Growth at MVUC

Adult Religious Education - Children and Youth Religious Education

Lifespan Spiritual Growth continues to make adjustments to our programming in order to serve our whole community in the best way possible under the circumstances.

You Are Welcome Here!

  • All Adult Religious Education classes are open to anyone aged 16 and up unless otherwise designated.
  • Lifespan Spiritual Growth programs are committed to using inclusive language. To find out more about this, or if you have a suggestion, contact the Director of Lifespan Spiritual Growth Ann Richards.
  • If you need help with either Realm or Zoom the two electronic services we use most frequently, please contact Jim Kerr.
  • For accessibility/inclusion questions, information and assistance for both adults and children, contact Director of Lifespan Spiritual Growth Ann Richards.

To discuss any of our welcoming policies, please contact the Director of Lifespan Spiritual Growth, Ann Richards. We look forward to seeing you on the hill!

**NEW THIS MONTH** - Adult Religious Education Announcements and Opportunities

MVUC is proud to announce that the Adult Religious Education (ARE) program has been re-configured following the COVID19 shutdowns and re-openings. We’re beginning with some exciting new changes.  First, a number of new offerings are being planned.  You are invited to take your time and peruse these programs in our weekly announcements and newsletters. An initial list of upcoming programs is below. Second, we’re expanding our collaboration with the Davies UU Congregation; we will be opening up more of our Zoom programs to their participation and sharing and participating in more of theirs (Davies UU offerings are marked with a blue heart 💙 below.)  

TED Talks Discussions - Additional Facilitators Are Welcome!
Rev. Schmidt is continuing his series of TEDTalks on the last Tuesday of each month on the theme of Interim Congregational Work, but we’re saving several months for other MVUC groups to host TEDTalks too.  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.  In advance of the event, Lifespan Spiritual Growth staff will be in touch with you to make sure all the elements are in place.  Should you have questions, contact Ann Richards at

Mindfulness in Nature

Thursday October 13, 20, 27, November 3 and 10. 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. In the course of about one hour, participants are led through an initial exercise in settling and attunement, and then encouraged to take a chair or mat wherever they wish, to look and contemplate (and perhaps write or photograph) as they choose. A notebook will be provided. Then we will reassemble to have a brief discussion of our experiences. Chairs will be provided, but since freedom of exploration is a plus, bringing a folding chair of your own, or a mat, might be good. We will postpone if it is raining. This class is led by Angela Hiebert, an “old lady artist and contemplator” who is a long-time member of MVUC.  
For more information, contact
Register here:

TEDTalk This Month
Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 p.m., via Zoom (offered fourth Tuesdays of each month)
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer. This TED presentation will be followed by a discussion facilitated by religious educator Ann Richards. Register in the Commons or on line at  Contact Jim Kerr at for more information.

💙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 as we focus on dismantling racism and systems of oppression. Gatherings often include brief readings or videos followed by a facilitated conversation. These sessions are facilitated by DUUC members Sheri Verdonk and Daniel Whalen.
Register here: and access the online gathering HERE.

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. We begin with a reading from a spiritual tradition followed by a period of silent meditation, closing with a brief discussion of the reading and contemplative practice. Whatever your background and experience, you are welcome any Sunday and do not need to register in advance. Contact: Jim Kerr,

💙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 and how it strengthens us as Unitarian Universalists. In a faith tradition that has sometimes been dismissive of the practice, we'll uncover the benefits of prayer in our own liberal, open-minded, always-curious congregation. Facilitated by DUUC member Steve Loudermilk.
Register here: and access the online gathering HERE.

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 even as a family grows and changes.  This group references The Big Life Journal, and is facilitated by MVUC member Cheryl Sabo.
Register here:

💙Readings in Unitarian Universalism -- Offered by Davies UU
Tuesdays at 7p.m., October 11 and 18 and November 8, 15, and 22. Note date change. On Zoom
A five-week series of conversations centered on readings from the Unitarian Universalist tradition, past to present. A great opportunity for those new to the faith, and for those who want to take a deeper dive into our rich heritage. Facilitated by Rev. Norman Allen of Davies UU.
Register here:

💙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 some written-on-the-spot poetry by you! Facilitated by DUUC member Hiram Larew.  
Register here:

💙Exploring "The 1619 Project" -- Offered by Davies UU
Tuesdays, 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," which seeks to reframe American history with the institution of slavery at its core. Specific chapters of this expansive work will be selected and discussed within the context of the book's larger themes. Participants can attend all three sessions or choose those that interest them most. Facilitated by DUUC 8th Principle Committee members Linda Gravely, Sandy Greenberg, and Sheri Verdonk.
Register here:


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:

YRUU 10th-12th Grades: Second floor of the Carriage House
Coming of Age 7th-9th Grades: Dining room, first floor of Hollin Hall
Soul Matters Upper Elementary: Morning room on the second floor of Hollin Hall
Soul Matters Lower Elementary: Blue and Green rooms on the second floor of Hollin Hall
Nursery: “Office side” of the Meeting House

Note: Students 2nd grade and younger must be picked up after class by a parent or guardian at 11:15 a.m. and signed out of their classrooms. For more information contact Director of Lifespan Spiritual Growth Ann Richards at

Volunteer Individual Assistants Needed
MVUC’s commitment to inclusion is a big part of religious education at all levels.  We are currently looking for 2-4 Individual Assistants who will accompany children on the autism spectrum to class and assist them in participating in however the child is able.  This is a once-a-month commitment, training is provided, no class preparation is necessary. Please contact Ann Richards at to volunteer.

Halloween Fun for Everyone!
Sunday, Oct. 30, 11:15 (after worship) Carriage House
Wear your favorite costume to our Halloween party at the Carriage House. We’re not having a full-fledged carnival this year (no volunteer coordinator) but the Lifespan Spiritual Growth Council is sponsoring our ever-popular Musical Cakes game, and our middle grades Coming of Age class will be hosting their weird and wonderful Haunted House tours. Come for Halloween fun for all ages, play on the playground and bring donations which will be collected for UNICEF. For more information, contact Jim Kerr at

Register Your Children for Fall RE
Register for RE! To learn more about the programs we’ll be offering this fall, you can check here. Registration does not mean a commitment to attend but does give you information about what’s going on. You can register here.

The Nursery is Open!
Nursery care is available on Sundays during the Worship Service. Nursery care is available for children aged six months through three years. Attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have had a negative COVID-19 antigen test result within 72 hours of attending the nursery. Care will be provided by our professional caregiver, Farhi Choudhury, and an assistant. Children under six months of age may attend the service or remain in the Commons with a parent.

Children's Religious Education Calendar

Date Time Event
Sun. Oct. 16 10:00 a.m. Worship Service in Chapel
Sun. Oct. 16 10:00 a.m. RE classes grades K-12th. Nursery care for ages 6 months- 4 years
Sun. Oct. 23 10:00 a.m. Worship Service in Chapel
Sun. Oct. 23 10:00 a.m. RE classes grades K-12th. Nursery care for ages 6 months- 4 years
Fri. Oct. 28 5 pm-10 am Middle Grades Lock-in for Haunted House Prep
Sun. Oct. 30 10:00 a.m. Worship Service in Chapel
Sun. Oct. 30 10:00 a.m. RE classes grades K-12th. Nursery care for ages 6 months- 4 years
Sun. Oct. 30 11:15 a.m. Haunted House and Musical Cakes, Halloween events for UNICEF
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. 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
Welcoming New Visitors to MVUC - Can you Offer a Ride?

The Membership Team and the Care Team occasionally receive requests from new visitors to get a ride to services and events. Unfortunately, there are no good public transportation options to our church.

If you are willing to offer an occasional ride, please contact Linda Burke at Thank you.
Volunteer to Provide Flowers for an Upcoming Sunday Service
Wih the resumption of in-person Sunday services, comes the opportunity to provide flowers to decorate the Chapel!

Check out the
Flower Signup Genius to pick a Sunday you'd like to bring your choice of a bouquet, a potted plant, or silk flowers; vases are available in the cabinet above the fridge in the kitchen off the Commons.

If you have any questions or may need help to get your flowers to the Chapel, please contact
Annie Montanari at 703-402-3297.
Celebration of Life Service for Bart Hewitt
Sunday October 30, 2022, 4:00pm at MVUC

A Celebration of Life for Bart Hewitt will be held on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at 4:00 pm. A reception will follow. Condolences may be sent to: Evelyn Hewitt,7446 Spring Village Drive, Apt T07, Springfield, VA 22150 and Jim and Chris Hewitt, 7905 Fairfax Road, Alexandria, VA 22308. Please see the obituary below.

Frederick B. Hewitt (Bart)
December 19, 1936-October 2, 2022

Bart Hewitt died peacefully at his home in Greenspring Village, Springfield, Va. on October 2, 2022, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.    

Bart was born in Newark, NJ to Walter N. Hewitt and Manetta Zimmerman Hewitt and grew up in Maplewood, NJ.  His life as a youth was filled with music; both parents were professional musicians, and he became an accomplished brass player.  His youth was also filled with the love of the outdoors where he enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping; he was very proud of becoming an Eagle Scout.  Summers were spent working in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

After graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, Bart entered the US Army Band where he played the euphonium for eight years; after leaving TUSAB, he entered the new field of computer programming and had a long career with Defense Information Systems Agency.  At his retirement from DISA he was awarded the Exceptional Civilian Service Award in recognition of his service.  He continued his musical career by serving as a Minister of Music in several churches in the area over a period of more than 40 years and by singing in The Washington Bach Consort and Choral Arts Society.  In retirement years, Bart continued to enjoy music, all terrain biking, traveling, sailing, and kayaking.  

Bart is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Evelyn Hernandez Hewitt; a son, James Hewitt; a daughter Laura Ackley (Steve); a grandson, Chris Hewitt; a brother-in-law Donald Barnes (Kathy) and nieces Neely Barnes and Jackie Wesley (Frank).   He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Carol Barnes, and his daughter-in-law, Julie Philbrook.  

A celebration of Bart’s life will take place at 4pm on October 30, 2022, at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, 1909 Windmill Lane, Alexandria, VA 22307.  Contributions in Bart’s memory may be made to Greenspring’s Benevolent Care Fund.  Checks should be made payable to “Greenspring Village Inc. BCF” and mailed to Greenspring Philanthropy, 7430 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA, 22150.   Please indicate in the memo section of the check in whose memory the donation is being made.  For credit card donations, please go online at:
Outdoor Fellowship Walk on Rose Hill
Saturday October 15th; 10:00am; Clermont Park Baseball Field Parking Lot

The Outdoor Council is planning a close-in hike on October 15th. We'll do a 2 mile loop thru Clermont Park/Loftridge Park starting at the baseball fields' parking lot on Franconia Rd.  The hike will be on dirt trails and paved surface (with a short connector on sidewalks.)  There will be a bit of up and down: from Franconia Road down a stream towards the Cameron Run and back up.

We could eat afterwards in the Rose Hill shopping center at the Indian restaurant (Namaste) or Mama Mia's Greek (subs and gyros). Or we could choose a restaurant in Kingstowne.

Carpoolers could meet at the church at 9:30.  Plan ahead because neither Carl or Bonnie will be meeting at the church.

Directions: The baseball fields' parking lot is at 4100 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310 (in between Telegraph Rd and Van Dorn St. just east of Rose Hill shopping center)

For more info, contact Carl Lohmann - 703-799-7996 or Bonnie Iredell - 703-216-4061

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:

Phonebanks to Protect Abortion Access in Kentucky

Wednesdays, October 5th & 12th and Fridays October 7th and 14th.  Two shifts each day: 5-6pm and 6-7pm. 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.
Pitch In at MVUC's Fall Workenanny!
Sunday October 16; 9:30am to 3:00pm; MVUC Grounds

It’s our Fall Workenanny, and we’re looking forward to seeing all of you there as we work together to make our Holy Hill safe and attractive.

Please wear work clothes and bring gardening gloves & hand tools if you have them.

Anybody (school kids?) that has paperwork for community service hours, please bring it with you and Derick Spencer, Mike Arnold, or Leah Choudhury will sign it. No experience necessary! 

Lunch will be available for workers at 1:15 pm (as Covid restrictions permit.)

MVUC Member Jeanne McIntyre is Featured Artist
Month of October, Potomac Valley Watercolorists

MVUC Member Jeanne McIntyre is the featured artist for October at Potomac Valley Watercolorists. Scroll down on their homepage to read more about Jeanne and see examples of her work. 

Suggestion from Deb Matthews: Rides for Seniors with Mt. Vernon at Home

Seniors in our Mount Vernon community who are aging in place need your help to stay in their homes. Volunteers are needed to help drive them to medical appointments, grocery shopping, and other needs. Give Mount Vernon at Home a couple of hours a month and you can help a senior thrive while remaining at home. Visit for more information on how you can help. 

For more information, contact:
Deb Matthews

Sign Up and Join the MVUC Team to Serve the VIC HOP Shelter

Time to reach out to our neighbors who need services along the Route 1 corridor. Ventures in Community Hypothermia Program (VIC HOP) provide hot dinners, shelter and nutritious breakfast bags daily for 24 guests during the months of December, January, February, and March.

MVUC is responsible for Thursday nights in December, January, and March.

Annual Training: Fairfax County will schedule the day in November at Rising Hope. All are welcome.

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.

Contacts: 703-346-4401; 703 346 6372

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

Thanks and gratitude in advance for all to join again this excellent long running program at MVUC.

MVUC is Hiring!

MVUC is seeking a new church administrator. The Personnel Committee, made up of Julie Dressing, David Breen and Linda Bohannon, has posted a job description. Please share with your networks!

We have selected a team of church members (Lisa Blair, Linda Burke,  and Carolyn Slenska) to interview the applicants and make a recommendation to the Board.

It may be a few months before we can hire a permanent administrator.  In the interim, Joan Darrah and Lyn Millett have offered to help ensure that all of the tasks normally performed by the Church administrator are distributed to a group of church volunteers with expertise in numerous areas who have offered to help during this time of transition.

We ask for everyone’s understanding and patience during this transition.

Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and MVUC Class
Sunday, October 16, 2022; 11:30am to 2:00pm

Coming in Person: Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and MVUC class

Have you been looking to learn more about Unitarian Universalism or about our church? Maybe
you are new, or you would like to learn more. On Sunday October 16 after the worship service, ,
Interim Minister Christian Schmidt and church leaders will present the free Introduction to
MVUC and Unitarian Universalism class.

Learn about our faith and how to become involved at MVUC. The class will be a 2 hour interactive experience, with lots of opportunities to ask questions. A light lunch will be served outside starting at 11:30 am weather permitting. While the class is designed for newer visitors, all are welcome to join.

Please e-mail or if you would like to attend or have questions by October 9. We would be delighted to have 5 or 6 people attend.

Save the Date for Holiday Shop!
Saturday, November 19, 2022 from 9:30am-4pm

SAVE THE DATE: Holiday Shop 2022 on November 19, 2022 from 9:30am-4pm
Holiday Shop is back live and in person! Quilt raffle! Please join us in celebrating the return of our annual Holiday Shop. Tell your friends and family!

We are also looking for volunteers including for set up, check out, and more!

Please contact for questions and interest: Carolyn Evangelista and Jan Speakman (
MVUC Care Team
The MVUC Care Team is a group of community members who volunteer to support MVUC members who are ill, in crisis, or experiencing life transitions.
The support offered goes well beyond casseroles and cards. Over the years, the MVUC Care Team has provided support to meet these important needs:
  • Rides to medical appointments
  • Home and hospital visits
  • Friendly check-ins by phone
  • Orthopedic equipment (call Sandy Peterson, 703-965-2565)
If you know of a community member who needs support or you need a helping hand yourself, please get in touch with the MVUC Care Team coordinator Pam Unger at 703-965-5111.
Care Team Members:
Becky Brandt, Linda Gentile, Helen Haltzel, Barb Jacobs, Lakech Kebede, Sam Longstreet, Jan Macpherson, Susan Mader, Marianne Martz, Annie Montanari, Sandy Peterson.
Care Team's REhab Equipment Loan Closet

Care Team Equipment Loan Program The REhab Equipment Loan program, which is part of the Care Team, receives donated used rehab equipment which is stored in the Hollin Hall basement and is checked out to friends and members of MVUC that may need it. We have wheelchairs, commodes, shower chairs, and many kinds of walkers including rollators and knee walkers, crutches, canes, reachers, etc. After you are done using a piece of equipment, you can return it so others can borrow it. There is no limit to how long you can borrow the piece or pieces of equipment. Recycling equipment is part of our climate action initiative and service to our congregation. Presently all our travel wheelchairs are out being used so if you have one you no longer need and would like to donate, please give Sandy Peterson an email or a call at 703-768-2565.
                     AmazonSmile: Support MVUC while you Shop at Amazon.                         

By taking a few simple steps prior to your next Amazon purchase, you can arrange for 0.5% of your purchase to be remitted from Amazon to MVUC. Log on to, or click on the logo above, and follow the instructions on how to designate your charity. In the blank provided for that purpose, enter “Mount Vernon Unitarian Church” (exactly as shown here, so that your designation matches our registered name in Amazon’s system). Thereafter, always login to rather than when making your purchases.   
Keep In Touch

Moving? Have a new mailing address? New Email? New Phone? Please let us know. Send updates to
This Week at MVUC

MVUC is experimenting with three email newsletters this year:

This Week at MVUC, arriving each Wednesday - focuses on announcementsreminders, and near-term events.  

Windmill Spaces, arriving early in the month - focuses on spiritual life and worship, MVUC ministries, and faith formation.

Windmill Times, arriving mid-month - focuses on church life, MVUC programs, and community happenings.

These newsletters are overseen and edited by the Program Council, church staff, and Communications Council. As of August 2022, we reach more than 790 subscribers with news of our congregation and community. Let's keep growing! 

If you have announcements for This Week at MVUC, please fill out the announcement request form on MVUC's website by noon on Monday of each week. 

If you'd like to contribute to Windmill Times or Spaces (ideas, articles, photos, art, links, video, poems, or editing), please contact
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