This Week at MVUC

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

November 16, 2022

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

Now thru December 29 - Art Exhibit at MVUC 
November 19 - Holiday Shop! - Buy your quilt raffle tickets! Volunteer to help at Holiday Shop! Invite your friends!
November 20 - December 24 - Guest at Your Table - UUSC Fundraiser
November 20 - Thanksgiving Worship service
November 20 - UUA Considers New Principles and Sources - Discussion session
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 4 - Virtual Social Hour on Zoom after service
December 11 - Pageant rehearsal
December 18 - Annual Pageant - Worship Service
December 21 - Solstice Celebration Potluck, Dance, Poetry, and Fire
December 24 - Christmas Eve Services (4:30pm and 7:00pm)
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This Sunday's Service
10:00 am
Onsite and Online 

Rev. Christian Schmidt

We will give thanks in both oral and ritual form during worship, exploring how gratitude can transform us and our world.

The flowers for this Sunday's service are from Barb Jacobs and are dedicated to all the wonderful MVUC Holiday Shop volunteers!


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
Love is the Teaching of this Church
The Quest of Truth is its Daily Task

And Service is Its Prayer

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

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

To Dwell Together in Peace

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

Join us on the Hill for a solstice celebration potluck, dance, poetry, and fire on December 21. Learn more...

To Seek Knowledge in Freedom
To Serve Life in Community

MVUC Advent Calendar is Back! Enjoy family fun, surprises and information about upcoming events while counting down to our Christmas Ever services. 

Virtual Social Hour on Zoom after service on Sunday December 4 with Rev. Schmidt. 
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.

To the End that All Souls Shall Grow in Harmony
This is Our Covenant with Each and with All

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... 

The Holidays are So Much More at MVUC!

Thanksgiving is just a week away, and that means that the holidays are upon us.  Some people look forward to the holidays, and others may feel overwhelmed by the incessant pressure to buy things and be jolly.  Here at MVUC though, the tone is quite different.  Here on the hill, we offer a number of activities that are low on consumerism and offer opportunities to spend time with friends to enjoy the season in whatever way is most meaningful to you.

We kick things off on December 1 with our annual electronic advent calendar.  The advent calendar is a great way for the whole family to explore holiday related themes with games, music, short videos, trivia, and stories.  Open surprise every day in December to enjoy a minutes long-break and learn more about what’s happening on the hill, or more about the holidays in general.  You can find the advent calendar here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all on December 3, for the Holiday Craft Workshop, Pizza Party, Caroling Sing-Along and Pinata!  After settling for holiday crafts to take home in a bag and carols on the radio, this wonderful MVUC tradition is back, live!  Start the fun at 2:30 making holiday crafts to take home, including the ever-popular graham cracker houses to decorate.  To reserve your graham cracker house kit for $9 you can go here. Volunteers are welcome and needed!  Please sign up to help here.

The merriment continues that Saturday at 6 p.m. with a pizza party and caroling sing-along.  The pizza’s delicious, the songs are both heartfelt and jolly.  The highlight will be "The 12 Days a Christmas," a rendition of this carol that no one can forget.  Drop-ins are welcome, but if you can let us know you’re coming, click here:

The MVUC elves are already hard at work on the holiday Pageant to be held on December 18, this time with the theme of Yuletide.  This special worship service promises both moments of reflection and contemplation as well as raucous celebration featuring Santa, a yule log ablaze, and a goat!  To volunteer to be in the service or help coordinate, please contact Ann Richards at

Solstice falls on Wednesday, December 21 this year, and it offers food, fun and frolic.  We begin at 5:30 with a potluck dinner in Hollin Hall.  Revelers then head to the chapel for more movement and merriment with Cheryl Sabo.  End the evening with poems by the solstice fire.  Register here  Drop-ins welcome.

Christmas Eve services on December 24.  The family service will be at 4:30 for light-hearted Christmas observance, and our more contemplative service will be at 7 p.m.  The latter will be available on the MVUC YouTube channel for viewing into the new year.

Sunday, December 25 will be a Christmas Morning service at our regular 10 a.m. time.  Produced by our Worship Committee, this service will be a time to be with our community at its best.

This year, take a break from the hubbub of shopping and advertisements, and spend some time with us in a comfortable, community context on our holy hill.

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!  On December 18 it’s the annual Pageant!  We need all kinds of children to participate, and some adults too. The theme is Yuletide this year, and you can expect a meaningful, celebratory experience. 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

Solstice Celebration for All Ages
Join us on Wednesday, December 21, the longest night of the year, when we celebrate the coming of the light which begins the next day.  We’ll have a potluck, poetry, dancing and a solstice fire. The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner in Hollin Hall: please bring a dish to share.  For more information, contact Jim Kerr at  Register at

Advent Calendar is Back!
MVUC celebrates the season with its very own Advent Calendar!  Go to for family fun, information and seasonal reminders in every day of December beginning on the first.

Register Your Children for Religious Education (RE) here.

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

Upcoming Calendar

Date Time Event
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
Sun. Dec. 11 10:00am RE classes grades K-12th. 
Nursery care for ages 6 months – 4 years
Sun. Dec. 11 10:00am RE classes grades K-12th. 
Nursery care for ages 6 months – 4 years
Sun. Dec. 18 10:00am Pageant: Multigenerational Worship in Chapel – No RE
Mon. Dec. 19 7:30pm LSG Council Meeting 7:30 via Zoom
Wed. Dec. 21 5:30pm Solstice Celebration Potluck, dance, poetry, and fire
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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