The auction is coming! The auction is coming!


This is a HUGE catalog so you’ll want to return again and again.

Occasionally you’ll see a blank button. This is an opportunity to snap up something right now with no bidding! For example, you want to be sure you finally get that premium parking place close to the front door so you click blank and you go directly to

vanco-buy-it-now   where you enter the price “$500” and the name “parking spot” and then finish with your particulars and it’s yours! And you can use this as an opportunity to get your tickets to the event, too.

So, start reading and be sure to get your tickets!


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Big Footsteps, Big Impact

Wherever we are, most of us want to make an impact. It wasn’t too many years ago that the Fellowship  did a second passing of the basket on the third Sunday for LINK and once a year for PORT.

But then it stopped feeling like that was enough.

Other UU churches were actually giving away half of the cash in their baskets!


We really wanted to do more, but, come on, give away half of the cash we took in that was helping to pay our bills?

But, we jumped in with both feet and guess what?

Our income dropped like a rock!

And then the strangest thing happened. It started coming back up. And today our cash income is more than it ever was when we kept it all for ourselves. Somehow, giving money makes money!

But, the weirdest, most incomprehensible, Twilight Zone thing happened. Members felt so good about what we were doing that there was an increase in regular support, too!

Sharing the basket is the perfect example of living in a culture of abundance.

Those dollars you put in Sunday’s basket or give on-line are making an impact and that’s what most of us want, right?

Oh, by the way, some of those UU churches now give ALL the cash away! Stay tuned.


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Everyone is discussing the auction catalog


The Autumn Action catalog comes out Friday. We really need your submission by 9PM tonight.

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RETREAT 2016: Need to Know

Posted for the Retreat Committee

October 21-23, 2016

Pocahontas State Park

10301 State Park Road

Chesterfield, VA 23832-6355


What to expect?

The Retreat is held at the Algonquin Ecology Camp, a group campsite, at the Pocahontas State Park. The Algonquin camp area has cabins arranged in three clusters and a main lodge with a kitchen.  Each cabin cluster has a communal (but private) bathroom and shower facility (with hot and cold water).  The cabins are rustic, unheated, one-room cabins with a central light and bunk beds.  Cabins are often shared by more than one family depending on the size of the cabin, and cabin assignments are provided as people arrive.  Families bringing dogs are grouped together.  Note that only service animals are allowed in the main lodge.

The main meeting and activity area is the camp’s heated main lodge, Powhatan Dining Hall.  Meals and most workshops take place in Powhatan.  Each cabin cluster has a fire pit, and there are usually two campfires going Friday and Saturday nights.  Canoeing and kayaking are available on Saturday throughout the day.  Other activities (hiking, outdoor games, etc.) take place in and around the camp area.  Worship services are planned for Saturday night and Sunday morning.  Meals are provided Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast.

Come prepared to relax and get to know your fellow campers.

What to bring?

October weather is unpredictable, so please plan accordingly!  Obvious items to pack and others to consider are:

  • Warm sleeping bag, pillow, and extra blankets
    • The cabins and bunk beds do not have sheets, towels, or pillows.
  • Casual clothes
    • warm clothes and a coat if it is cold
    • raincoat/umbrella if the forecast calls for rain
    • shoes suitable for walking and hiking
    • shower shoes
  • Flashlights for each member of your party
    • There is outdoor lighting for each building, but paths between buildings are not lit.
  • Medications
  • Toiletries and towels
    • Travel mug for each member in your party
    • Board games, cards, group games, and musical instruments
      • Please leave electronic games, etc. at home unless they are designed for group activities.
    • Folding chairs for campfire activities
    • Snacks for your cabin

    For adults of legal age, park rules state that alcohol is allowed in your cabin or around the campfire.  Please do not bring it to the Powhatan Dining Hall.  For adults not of the legal age and all minors, alcohol is not allowed anywhere.

    Please take this time as an opportunity to disconnect from your digital life as wi-fi is most likely not available and cell phone coverage may be spotty.

    Location details

    Check-in starts at 3 p.m. on Friday, and we must leave Powhatan and the cabins swept, clean, and ready for others to use by noon on Sunday.  For the cabins that also means that mattresses that may have migrated from their frames must be returned to their proper places.

    Directions (from the Peninsula):

    Take I-64 West towards Richmond.  Take Exit 200 for US 60/I-295 S toward Rocky Mount, NC.  Follow US 60 towards Seven Pines/Bottom Br. for 0.5 mile to the merge (from the left lane) onto I-295.  Stay on I-295 S for 3 miles to Exit 25 for VA-895 W (toll road).  Continue 7.7 miles to left exit for VA-150 N (Chippenham Parkway).  Continue 3.7 miles to merge onto VA-10 E toward Chesterfield.  Continue 6.1 miles and turn right at the light onto Beach Road.  Continue 4.1 miles to the park area, and turn right onto State Park Road.  Follow State Park Road less than 0.5 mile to the guard hut.  If the guard hut is still open, let the guard/ranger know that you are with the UU Fellowship and going to the Algonquin Ecology Camp.  Turn right from the guard hut and continue about 0.5 mile to the left hand turn into the camp area (unpaved road).  Continue on the dirt road and bear to the right at the fork to continue to the Powhatan Dining Hall.

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**(un)Official notice pertaining to the Autumn Auction**

Good news!

The Autumn Goods and Services Auction catalog will be on-line this week. In it, you’ll find everything imaginable from gourmet dinners, a massage, paintings, even a chance to go to dinner anywhere you choose! AND TONS MORE!!!


Do we have your submission? Your friends will be looking for your name so contact us now before the catalog hits the stands (aka Ethernet)


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BIG Correction!

On Wednesday, I sent a message out about the Blues Jam stating it was Sunday but with a picture showing Saturday! Just to be clear:


The Community Blues Jam is this Sunday, October 16 at 4PM.


Remember your lawn chairs or blankets.

I’m sorry for the confusion.

And, just for the record, I do not have a split personality and we resent the comment.

David Walsh

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It Just Gets Better!

The Doc Robin Band will be joined this Sunday by Heather Pabalate and Ron Hanchin of the Groove Cats at the Community Blues Jam!


Partnering with the County Grill for Tidewater’s best BBQ, this Sunday promises to be great fun.

Tickets available today for $7 or you can get them for only $10 this Sunday.

Everything begins at 4PM.


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We need our own reality TV show!

There’s so much variety here we won’t ever be cancelled! run a church.png

Watch the Membership committee as they wait expectantly to greet people, members and visitors. They know everything going on here! Just ask.

Wow! Somebody made coffee!


You’ll be mesmerized watching a hard working ministerial intern run around, greeting every friend and newcomer. See him dive into every corner of Fellowship life before racing to the front of the sanctuary to share the podium with the minister.


A tango of food prep. A two-step of feeding and befriending the needy. They can rumba through the challenges of supporting the disenfranchised. Rinse and repeat.


Tune in as they read a story. Create programs for young ones and for middle school. Never forgetting the high schoolers. Puberty??? That’s another program. This isn’t Captain Kangaroo.


They practice. They practice more. Then they practice again. Finally performing great music. Don’t be surprised if your ears do the happy dance!


They aren’t ducks but you’ll see them supporting the kids and the voices. Making money to run a church, sponsor an apprentice and reach the world. Hide your wallet!


The’ll stop at nothing! Sunday Forums ranging from Judaism to Muslims. Guns to the right to die. (Not the same show.) Always in high gear with still another program.

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Every Child is Our Child Program

ecoc-quoteThis is part of the UU-UNO’s mission (UU-United Nations Organization).

Unitarian Universalists are called to advocate for international human rights; to be a voice for the voiceless by promoting the inherent worth and dignity of all living things. Every Child is Our Child (ECOC) works to empower women and children in the regions of Ghana most heavily affected by HIV/AIDS.

They do this with our support of the UUA’s GIFT program. Can you imagine the UUFP working alone to solve these problems?

Empower children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS through education.

Attending school is not possible for many children who cannot afford the costs of materials and uniforms so ECOC these supplies for them.

Lower rates of HIV/AIDS and AIDS-related deaths through health care access.

ECOC makes healthcare obtainable to students and their caretaking families, who cannot afford it by purchasing health care cards for them, keeping people infected with HIV/AIDS safe and healthy.

This is another example of how we reach out past our walls at the Fellowship!


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Sunday Services (October 2016)

Services for October 2016 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula

theme: Called to Celebrate

In preparation for Rev. Andrew’s sabbatical in the Fall of 2017, the Sunday Services Committee is overseeing all of the Sunday morning services this month.  Many thanks to those UUFP members who are stepping up to the pulpit!

October 2nd: “Good and Sweet” — Listen to it on YouTube or PodBean.

Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Jewish new year, a time for optimism in hopes that the year ahead will be good and sweet.  It is also a time for followers of the Jewish faith to renew their covenant with G-d.  What lessons can we take from this faith tradition to bring both optimism and commitment to our faith?

Walter ClarkWalter Clark received his Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in the Spring of 2016.  He lives in Richmond, where he spent two years as an intern at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond.  When not spending time with his wife and two children, Walter is often driving between Richmond and Newport News.

October 9th: “Autumn’s Glory”

Autumn is a paradoxical season.  It is full of color and beauty and its cooler temperatures come as a welcome relief after the Summer’s heat.  Yet its days are shorter, marching toward the Winter Solstice, and much of its beauty comes from things that will soon die.  It is alpha and omega, death and promise of new birth to come.  Autumn calls up the wonder of Nature and the impermanence of all things.  It is a time of the spirit.  Celebrate Autumn’s uniqueness as Jim Sanderson shares some thoughts on the season.

Jim SandersonJim Sanderson is an active member of the congregation, currently serving as Chair of the Sunday Services Committee among other responsibilities.  He was a librarian for forty years in various positions and is currently enjoying retirement.  Previously Jim was a member of First UU Richmond and the Jenkins Memorial UU Fellowship in Petersburg, which was the first UU congregation named for an African American.  Riley the dog recently joined Jim’s household and claims much of his attention.

October 16th: “Celebrate the Journey”

How amazing it is that our different, disparate spiritual and life journeys have brought us to this time and place where together we create a loving, caring, supportive Community!  Octogenarian Alice Smith shares a piece of her journey, encourages us to continue striving toward Wholeness and to Celebrate our accomplishments.

Alice SmithAlice Smith has been wife to Bob Smith for fifty-seven years!  Prior to retiring in Newport News, she and Bob traveled as he worked temporary jobs.  During that time they visited eleven UU churches in Maine, Indiana, Texas, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  At the UUFP, Alice is a Fellowship Circle facilitator and a member of the Sunday Services Committee.  She is a lifelong learner and articulates her “Big Question” as Why do we do what we do?

Special music will be provided by the UUFP’s fabulous ChorUUs!

October 23rd: “Enter the Circle”

Fellowship Circles serve an important role in our Fellowship.  As we grow as a congregation, they provide a chance for intimate sharing with a small group of folks.  Fellowship Circles form part of UUFP’s lay ministry.  Gayle Phillips and Jim Sanderson, both experienced circle facilitators, will provide an introduction to Fellowship Circles and what they can mean to participants.

Gayle PhillipsGayle Phillips currently serves on the Policy Board as Secretary. She also co- facilitates two of our Fellowship Circles. Gayle is a native of Newport News who graduated from the College of William and Mary and worked in the public school system for forty-three years.

October 30th: “Something about Samhain”

As one of the seasonal festivals of the pagan calendar, Samhain marks the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the Winter.  Livestock are gathered in from pasture and special bonfires are lit for protection and purification.  The boundaries between the worlds become thin, and offerings of food and drink are made to the spirits of good fortune.  Often there will be a special meal, and a place of honor for the ancestors is set at the table.

EarthRising: Wheel of the YearEarthRising, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula’s pagan group, was formed in 1988, making it the oldest such group in Virginia.  EarthRising offers seasonal Earth-centered celebrations — at the solstices, equinoxes and cross-quarter days — in support of a modern, Nature spirituality.

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