This Week at MVUC

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

November 9, 2022

Unitarian Universalist
Upcoming Events, Deadlines, and Opportunities
Register for upcoming adult religious education classes here.

November 10 - Plant Rich Diet Circle - Planning meeting on zoom
November 11 - December 29 - Art Exhibit at MVUC - 
November 12 - Beyond Categorical Thinking - Minister Search Workshop - Register to attend
November 12 - Adopt-A-Highway
November 13 - Worship with us on Sunday
November 19 - Holiday Shop! - Buy your quilt raffle tickets! Volunteer to help at Holiday Shop! Invite your friends!
November 20 - Thanksgiving Worship service
November 21 - Deadline to sign up for Circle Suppers
December 3 - Holiday Craft Workshop; Pizza Party and Caroling; MVUC Piñata
December 4 - Jazz Sunday - Worship Service
December 11 - Pageant rehearsal
December 18 - Annual Pageant - Worship Service
December 24 - Christmas Eve Services (4:30pm and 7:00pm)

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

“What We Owe - A Service on Veterans Day"
Rev. Christian Schmidt

Flowers are being donated by Katherine Tobin for this coming's week's Sunday Service.  The arrangement is in honor of all American veterans, including our MVUC veterans, thanking them for service to our country.

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
Serve Life in Community

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...

Live Our Values

Adopt-A-Highway - November 12 - Meet at Sherwood Hall Library at 10am.  Learn more...

Support Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Program (VIC HOP) this winter - Sign up to provide meals in January and March. Learn more...

Fellowship and Learning

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

MVUC Circle Suppers 2023 - Signup deadline is November 21. Learn more...

Explore MVUC's refreshed website and contact if you spot anything that needs to be corrected.

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... 

Support MVUC with Actions that Take Two Minutes or Less
Easy Green Tip from the Zero Waste Circle 

🎃Don't throw away all the goodies from inside your pumpkin. 🎃 Toast the seeds for tasty treats. Make pumpkin pie or muffins with the fruit - or compost it. 🎃
Source: World Wildlife Fund
Don't miss this OPPORTUNITY to register and attend

Saturday 11/12/22, 9:00am-12:30pm, in the chapel

The workshop will explore how to avoid using inappropriate criteria in the ministerial search process. It will help us keep open minds as we search for an outstanding minister to fill our pulpit and minister to us.

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, 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.

Get Involved with the Plant Rich Diet Circle
on November 10, 2022; 7:30pm on Zoom

Join our Plant Rich Diet Circle meeting this Thursday at 7:30 pm on Zoom:

We will plan our activities for winter and Spring 2023, and you can become involved!

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 and sign-up links 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 fourth Tuesdays of each month)

Mindfulness in Nature - on hiatus until spring

Great Decisions Returns to MVUC 
Feb. 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 23, Rain Date April 30,  Chapel  11:30- 1:30
Great Decisions is returning to Mount Vernon Unitarian Church next spring after a COVID pause.

UUA Considers New Principles and Sources
Sunday, Nov. 20 11:30-1 p.m. Fireplace Room
Join Rev. Schmidt for a discussion of these potential changes 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 and registration links are available on our website at This Week in RE for Children and Youth at MVUC.

Participants Needed for Pageant and Thanksgiving!
It’s that time of year!  We’re looking for MVUC friends who can help us in holiday services.  On November 20 we’ll be having a Thanksgiving service, and need a few kids who will read lines, and some who will participate with out having to read.  We’ll have a quick run through, this Sunday November 13 right after the service in the Chapel.  On December 18 it’s the annual Pageant!  We need all kinds of children to participate, and some adults too.  The commitment includes a rehearsal on December 11 after the worship service. If you’re interested or have questions, contact Ann Richards at

Holiday Craft Workshop
Saturday, December 3, 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm, Hollin Hall Holiday Craft Workshop

Holiday Pizza Party, Sing-Along, & Piñata
Saturday, December 3, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, The Commons

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. 

Date Time Event
Sun. Nov. 13 10:00am Worship Service in Chapel
Sun. Nov. 13 10:00am RE classes grades K-12th. 
Nursery care for ages 6 months – 4 years
Mon. Nov. 14 7:30pm Lifespan Spiritual Growth Monthly Meeting via Zoom
Sun. Nov. 20 10:00am Multigenerational Worship in Chapel-No RE
Sun. Nov. 27 10:00am Multigenerational Worship in Chapel-No RE
Sat. Dec. 3 2:30-6pm Holiday Craft Workshop
Sat. Dec. 3 6-7pm Pizza Party and Caroling
Sat. Dec. 3 7:30-8pm MVUC Piñata
Sun. Dec. 4 10:00am Worship Service in Chapel
Sun. Dec. 4 10:00am RE classes grades K-12th. 
Nursery care for ages 6 months – 4 years
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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