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Week of 18 December, 2018
Tuesday - 12/18
6:00 PM - 6:50 PMCrescendo Handbell Choir Rehearsal

Contact  Ken Bissell
kenhandbells@aol.com
Available Rooms & SpacesMusic Studio


Crescendo is an intermediate ensemble open to
everyone with handbell experience. Rehearsals are
on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the
music room.

 



7:00 PM - 7:30 PMBoard of Trustees Meet and Greet
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


7:00 PM - 8:30 PMPolymnia Handbell Choir Rehearsal

Contact  Ken Bissell
kenhandbells@aol.com
Available Rooms & SpacesMusic Studio


Polymnia is a more advanced group of handbell
ringers who ring for our services and concerts,.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to
8:30 p.m. in the music room.


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMWell Spouse Support Group

http://www.wellspouse.org
Contact  Richard Faircloth
rfaircloth@aacc.edu
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMYoung Adult Beer, Pizza, and Questions

Contact  Julia Peterson
Jpeterson@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesFellowship Hall


Beer, Pizza, and Questions About the Universe

If you are between the ages of 21 and 35 then please join the Young Adults for beer, pizza, and questions about the universe.  The event is BYOB, bring your own beer, but the pizza will be provided.  We discuss topics ranging from politics, to science, to philosophy.  Every time the topic is different but the discussion is always interesting.



7:30 PM - 9:00 PMBeginning Connections with Allen Keiswetter and Joy Gaddy

Contact  Hank Dahlstrom
hmdahlstrom@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 14


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMBoard of Trustees Meeting
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMEnglish Improvement Class

Contact  Ric Blacksten
hricblacksten@yahoo.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 12


The UUCA ESOL program provides free classes and conversation sessions geared to adult foreigners who are fairly proficient in English speaking and writing but seek language enrichment, grammar improvement, accent reduction, plus increased knowledge of American culture and idioms. Teacher-led classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Conversation-only sessions are offered on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

 ESOL includes an email-based English Writing Improvement Program assigns English writing coaches to those wishing to have their writing reviewed and improved. This is an evolving program that might include face-to-face meetings in person or via the Internet.

 ESOL also serves to introduce students to Unitarian Universalism and its place among other religions. ESOL students sometimes attend UUCAVA events and have even become members or friends.

 ESOL volunteer teachers and facilitators find their participation a joy rather than a burden, but occasionally we experience the need for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact Ric Blacksten (ESOL Chair), 703.980.5899, hricblacksten@gmail.com.



8:00 PM - 9:00 PMAA
Available Rooms & SpacesActivity Room


Wednesday - 12/19
1:00 PM - 2:00 PMStaff Meeting

Contact  Tamara Srader
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


2:00 PM - 3:00 PMPrivate Meeting, Rev. Robert Blinn

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMEarly American Black Women Writers

Contact  Gay Cima
cimag@georgetown.edu
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


7:00 PM - 10:00 PMChalice Theater Rehearsal

Contact  Tom O'Reilly
toreiljr@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMEnglish Improvement Class

Contact  Ric Blacksten
hricblacksten@yahoo.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 12


The UUCA ESOL program provides free classes and conversation sessions geared to adult foreigners who are fairly proficient in English speaking and writing but seek language enrichment, grammar improvement, accent reduction, plus increased knowledge of American culture and idioms. Teacher-led classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Conversation-only sessions are offered on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

 ESOL includes an email-based English Writing Improvement Program assigns English writing coaches to those wishing to have their writing reviewed and improved. This is an evolving program that might include face-to-face meetings in person or via the Internet.

 ESOL also serves to introduce students to Unitarian Universalism and its place among other religions. ESOL students sometimes attend UUCAVA events and have even become members or friends.

 ESOL volunteer teachers and facilitators find their participation a joy rather than a burden, but occasionally we experience the need for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact Ric Blacksten (ESOL Chair), 703.980.5899, hricblacksten@gmail.com.



7:30 PM - 9:00 PMSilent Meditation

Contact  Jim Strube
emacs.1@juno.com
Available Rooms & SpacesWalden Room


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMStepping Outside the Holidays: Christmas

Contact  Mimi Bornstein
MimiB@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


Thursday - 12/20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PMSoul Matters with Hank Dahlstrom and Trude Myers
Available Rooms & SpacesOff Site Church Event


Soul Matters groups are Covenant Groups that use a curriculum developed for Unitarian Universalist congregations.  They involves monthly themes which are explored in a packet sent to each participant every month.  The packet contains readings, poems, suggested spiritual exercises, on-line resources including music and videos.  Soul Matters groups meet monthly to explore the theme in deeply respectful conversations where participants speak about how the theme has meaning for them and how it touches their heart.  Some of the themes for this year are journey, mystery, trust, wholeness and possibility.  Prior Registration required.



10:30 AM - 12:00 PMQigong

Contact  LeeAnn Williams
lwilliams@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


Qigong is an ancient approach for achieving balance and vitality. The movements are gentle and can be done sitting, standing, or lying down. Qigong will meet in the Center from 10:30-Noon on Thursdays. Wear comfortable clothing. $10 suggested donation. Instructor: Carol Baker, Registered Nurse. No registration required, but appreciated. For more information, contact Carol at Bakerstrac@aol.com.


1:00 PM - 2:30 PMUUCA Book Group

Contact  Betsy Bailey
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


5:00 PM - 9:00 PMPrivate Guitar Lessons with Eric Waters

http://www.watersguitar.com/
Contact  Eric Waters
info@watersmusicdesign.com
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


6:30 PM - 9:00 PMNAMI Family to Family Class

Contact  Nancy Cawley
ncawley@outlook.com
Available Rooms & SpacesActivity Room


7:00 PM - 9:00 PMHolistic Moms

Contact  Michelle Rief
michrief@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesFellowship Hall


7:15 PM - 9:00 PMSanctuary Singers Rehearsal

Contact  Mimi Bornstein
mimib@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


Sanctuary Singers welcomes any and all high school and adult singers who love choral singing and the unique musical community of a choir. The choir’s eclectic repertoire includes choral classics, jazz, gospel, folk songs and world music. There are no auditions for this group. The ability to read music is not required, though it is helpful. Sanctuary Singers rehearses weekly on Thursdays from 7:15 - 9:15 in the Center. Contact: Mimi Bornstein (MimiB@uucava.org)


7:15 PM - 9:15 PMSeeking the Heart of Compassion Covenant Group with Melissa Nuwaysir
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


Mindfulness, Presence, Compassion—what do these terms mean in practice? How can we cultivate and integrate them into our everyday lives more deeply and intentionally? We will read from several texts, all with a Buddhist theme, to guide our exploration and sharing each month. Meetings will include time for brief meditation. We will read portions of The Miracle of Mindfulness, by Thich Nhat Hanh; The Wise Heart, by Jack Kornfield; and Wherever You Go There You Are, by John Kabat-Zinn.


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMEnglish Improvement Class

Contact  Ric Blacksten
hricblacksten@yahoo.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 12


The UUCA ESOL program provides free classes and conversation sessions geared to adult foreigners who are fairly proficient in English speaking and writing but seek language enrichment, grammar improvement, accent reduction, plus increased knowledge of American culture and idioms. Teacher-led classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Conversation-only sessions are offered on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

 ESOL includes an email-based English Writing Improvement Program assigns English writing coaches to those wishing to have their writing reviewed and improved. This is an evolving program that might include face-to-face meetings in person or via the Internet.

 ESOL also serves to introduce students to Unitarian Universalism and its place among other religions. ESOL students sometimes attend UUCAVA events and have even become members or friends.

 ESOL volunteer teachers and facilitators find their participation a joy rather than a burden, but occasionally we experience the need for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact Ric Blacksten (ESOL Chair), 703.980.5899, hricblacksten@gmail.com.



7:30 PM - 9:30 PMEarly Christianities
Available Rooms & SpacesParlor (Room 13/15)


7:30 PM - 9:30 PMVirginia CURE

http://vacure.org/
Contact  Ric Blacksten
hrickblacksten@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 10


Virginian Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants is an all volunteer advocacy organization for prisoners and families in Virginia.


Friday - 12/21
7:00 AM - 9:00 AMFriday Morning Devotional with David McTaggart and Gregg Forte

Contact  David McTaggart
dmtagg@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


10:00 AM - 11:00 AMPrivate Wedding

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


11:30 AM - 12:00 PMMoroccan American Community Organization Call to Prayer
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


12:30 PM - 1:00 PMMoroccan American Community Organization Call to Prayer
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


1:30 PM - 2:00 PMMoroccan American Community Organization Call to Prayer
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


7:00 PM - 10:00 PMUUCA African American Book Sharing Circle

Contact  Linda Lutes Corsoro
lindalutes@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


7:30 PM - 8:30 PMKol Ami Kabbalat Shabbat

Contact  Herb Levy
herbcl1@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel
Youth Room





7:30 PM - 9:00 PMSolstice Transmissions

Contact  Annie Parker
aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesCenter Gallery


A healing service and sound meditation for reflection and spiritual deepening. Come for an evening of contemplative meditation, with music, chanting, and silence. Attendees may bring a yoga mat, pillow, or blanket. Freewill donations accepted. ($20 suggested) 



Saturday - 12/22
6:00 AM - 8:30 AMAbune Aregawi Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo Church

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org

9:00 AM - 10:00 AMPageant Rehearsal for 12/23 9:15 Service

Contact  Rob Albro
robert.d.albro@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


10:30 AM - 11:30 AMPageant Rehearsal for 12/23 11:15 Service

Contact  Rob Albro
robert.d.albro@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


10:30 AM - 12:00 PMEnglish Improvement Class

Contact  Ric Blacksten
hricblacksten@yahoo.com
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 12


The UUCA ESOL program provides free classes and conversation sessions geared to adult foreigners who are fairly proficient in English speaking and writing but seek language enrichment, grammar improvement, accent reduction, plus increased knowledge of American culture and idioms. Teacher-led classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Conversation-only sessions are offered on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. 

 ESOL includes an email-based English Writing Improvement Program assigns English writing coaches to those wishing to have their writing reviewed and improved. This is an evolving program that might include face-to-face meetings in person or via the Internet.

 ESOL also serves to introduce students to Unitarian Universalism and its place among other religions. ESOL students sometimes attend UUCAVA events and have even become members or friends.

 ESOL volunteer teachers and facilitators find their participation a joy rather than a burden, but occasionally we experience the need for new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering in any way, please contact Ric Blacksten (ESOL Chair), 703.980.5899, hricblacksten@gmail.com.



1:00 PM - 6:00 PMChalice Theater Rehearsal

Contact  Tom O'Reilly
toreiljr@gmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesActivity Room


3:00 PM - 5:00 PMUUSJ Executive Committee Meeting

Contact  Bob Denniston
justdoitbob@hotmail.com
Available Rooms & SpacesParlor (Room 13/15)


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMYoung Adult Podcast Discussion Group

Contact  Julia Peterson
Jpeterson@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


8:00 PM - 9:30 PMAA

Contact  Annie Parker
aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


Sunday - 12/23
9:15 AM - 10:30 AMWorship Service & Religious Education
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


9:15 AM - 1:00 PMSunday Connections Circle

Contact  Sarah Masters
dircl@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesWelcome Room


Quiet, informal alternative to Coffee Hour in Fellowship Hall.  Volunteers can answer questions about Unitarian Universalism, UUCA, and activities.  Great for newcomers and those who want a chance to visit in a calmer environment.



10:30 AM - 11:15 AMBellissimo Handbell Choir Rehearsal

Contact  Ken Bissell
kenhandbells@aol.com
Available Rooms & SpacesMusic Studio


Bellissimo is open to everyone Grade 3 through
adult. No previous handbell experience is required.
Rehearsals are on Sunday mornings from 10:30 to
11:05 a.m. in the music room.


11:15 AM - 12:30 PMSunday Worship & Religious Education

http://www.uucava.org/
Contact  Annie Parker
aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


11:15 AM - 12:30 PMYouth Group

http://www.uucava.org/
Contact  LeeAnn Williams
lwilliams@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


1:00 PM - 3:00 PMYouth Song-Writing Workshop with Artist in Residence Maya Rogers

Contact  Mimi Bornstein
MimiB@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesChapel


Youth Choir is open to any and all high school age folks. Together with UUCA Artist in Residence Maya Rogers this group will explore group singing and the craft of songwriting as a means of creative expression and to foster a sense of belonging and community. There will be opportunities to perform original music during worship services throughout the year. No singing or songwriting experience is necessary to participate. Instrumentalists are encouraged to join this group, as we hope to start a UUCA Youth Band! This group meets in the Chapel from 12:45 - 2:30 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month.


6:00 PM - 7:30 PMSunday Sanity Meeting

Contact  Donnice Benford
703 568 9122
Available Rooms & SpacesYouth Room


7:30 PM - 9:00 PMAA
Available Rooms & SpacesRoom 12


Monday - 12/24
 NEWSLETTER DEADLINE @ NOON

Contact  Mary Ann Bolton
maryann@uucava.org

How to submit an announcement to UUCA's Connections newsletter: 
  • Deadline is noon each Monday. Publication is on each Wednesday.
  • Please put "Connections" or "newsletter" in the subject box.
  • Send announcement (150 words or fewer) in body of email or Word doc attachment.
  • Images and attachments accepted, though no guarantee of publishing
  • Send announcements to pubasst@uucava.org.
  • Questions about Connections? Contact MaryAnn@uucava.org.

See our newsletter archive here.



1:30 PM - 4:30 PMHandbell Choir Greenroom
Available Rooms & SpacesBoardroom


3:00 PM - 4:00 PMChristmas Eve Service for All Ages

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


5:00 PM - 6:00 PMChristmas Eve Service for All Ages

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


7:00 PM - 8:00 PMChristmas Eve Lessons and Carols

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


7:00 PM - 8:00 PMDebtors Anonymous (DA)

Contact  Barbara Gilligan
Available Rooms & SpacesParlor (Room 13/15)


9:00 PM - 10:00 PMChristmas Eve Music Vespers

Contact  Annie Parker
Aparker@uucava.org
Available Rooms & SpacesSanctuary


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