Sunday Services (August 2015)

Services for August 2015 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula

overlapping circles of shared ministrytheme: Shared Ministry

August 2nd: “Small Group Ministry” — Listen to it here.

As part of our congregation’s mission “to create a dynamic community that celebrates life and searches for truths”, one of our shared ministries facilitates opportunities to engage in compassionate deep listening.  In the form of small group ministry that we call Fellowship Circles, we bring people together simply to listen to each other, encouraging them to accept one another’s words with compassion and without judgment.

Rev. Andrew will share this service with UUFP members who will reflect on the importance of this shared ministry in their own lives.

August 9th: “Dimensions of Care”

The covenant enacted by members of the Fellowship includes caring for one another in times of need and letting others care for us, too.  As a shared ministry, there are a number of ways we can do this, from sending someone a thoughtful card or taking them a meal or helping them get somewhere to offering a caring, comforting “pastoral presence”.

Rev. Andrew will share this service with UUFP members who will reflect on what it has meant to engage in this shared ministry of caring.

August 16th: “Sacred Feast: Feeding and Eating and the Ministry of the Church”

The mainline church is changing, possibly more than we Unitarian Universalists realize.  Our ways of thinking about food are changing, and that may be more obvious to us.  How do these two “new” phenomena relate to each other and to ministry?

Sara MackeySara Mackey lives in Richmond and currently works at Union Presbyterian Seminary, where she earned her Mdiv.  She served the Williamsburg UUs as Director of Faith Development and has volunteered in many capacities at UU Community Church in Glen Allen.  Always on the lookout for new perspectives, Sara currently attends evening worship at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond.  She has a son, a daughter-in-law and a new grandson in New York and a daughter and a son-in-law in Ohio.  She loves to make things and is improving her knitting and crochet skills, inch by inch.

August 23rd: “The Simple Offer of Human Connection”

A lot of what happens on a Sunday morning isn’t what many people would think of as “doing church”, but it’s absolutely foundational.  When we interact with the other people who’ve come, such as checking in with one another and sharing our news, we renew those human connections that form the basis of our community.  And when we reach out to the people who aren’t there, then we’re fulfilling the promise we make to be a community.

Rev. Andrew will share this service with UUFP members who will reflect on how we are developing shared inreach ministry.

August 30th: “Our Mission Calls Us Out”

Our ability “to create a dynamic community that celebrates life and searches for truth” depends intimately and necessarily on an orientation toward justice, both within our own walls and beyond.  We inherit a tradition of service, witness, advocacy and other prophetic action from both Unitarian and particularly Universalist halves of our religious heritage: our welcoming, worth-shaping, wondering faith calls out to be put into practice!

Rev. Andrew will share this service with UUFP members who will reflect on how we are developing shared outreach ministry.

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Announcements (August 2015)


Planning work party for Building and Grounds, which is your preference:

Sept. 12th or 26th. Jobs:  Building- painting the trim; Grounds- general clean up of yard to include mowing, trimming and removal of debris.

Contact Roy Schilling if you are interested in helping.



August 2nd, 2015

Jeannine will be discussing – Bee Goddesses

This is an open discussion circle for everyone.   Goddesses are chosen from various world religions as a starting place for group discussion.

When: 1st Sunday after 2nd service (about 12:15 pm)  

Where: In the Annex Building    Why:  potluck, fellowship and fun.

Childcare can be provided with advance notification.

Please contact with any questions.

(submitted by Janet Gecowets)



 Second Sunday Lunch
August 9th at 12:30 pm after second service
Located in the Denbigh Village Shopping Center
14346 Warwick Blvd. ( Warwick & Denbigh )
Meet in the back Banquet Room.
All are WELCOME!
Questions?  Contact Brad & Chere Harper (filling in for Bobbie)

Questions?  Ask Bobbie Schilling

(submitted by Bobbie Schilling)



If you are over 50 years old  or older, please mark your calendar for September 15th at 12:30 for our fall beginning of monthly lunches at the church office.

Look for further details in next months Flame. Esther will be happy to provide more information by calling her at 369-1858.

Questions? Contact Esther Sherman at



 Any announcements not submitted may be added to this post at a later date and/or posted via other communication venues.

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Birthdays (August 2015)

Many Happy Returns to our UUFP members and friends who will be celebrating their birthdays in AUGUST!  They are:

Photo submitted by Andrew Millard

Photo submitted by Andrew Millard

Gayle Phillips
Jeanie Goldberg
Asher Meyer
Nancy Emery
Tom Hagner
Kim Hummel
Selena Carlson-Hagstrom
Dan Luke
Neil Bates
Judy Remsberg
Sandy Burkes-Campbell
Shea McIntyre
Allison Black
Sophia Hagstrom
Bob Mosolf

If we have overlooked your birthday, please contact Bobbie Schilling ( )


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Monday’s Mass March for Voting Rights


Virginia UUs at the pre-march rally.

from Chris Hockman

On Monday I had the opportunity to go to Winston-Salem, NC to witness for voting rights, where North Carolina residents are saying “This is Our Selma.”

What Was the March About?

The march was scheduled for Monday the 13th because it was the first day of the federal court hearing in Winston-Salem of North Carolina NAACP v. McCrory, a lawsuit to reverse North Carolina’s unconstitutional and immoral voter suppression law. North Carolina’s law is the first and the worst since the 2013 Shelby v. Holder decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The outcome of this historic case in North Carolina will have an impact on voting rights across the nation. The hearing is expected to go on for several weeks.


Getting ready to walk to the rally. UUs from Richmond and Glen Allen congregations (and me in the white hat)!

March Day

The day was full of speakers from the numerous organizations fighting what many of them call the “monster law.” Then at 4:00 pm, about 6,000 people gathered for a rally and 10.5- block march through downtown Winston-Salem. It was amazing to see so many faiths and organizations come together for an event and meet so many committed, passionate people.

IMG_0721For more information visit this article on, which contains links to additional media coverage on the contested law and the march.

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Memorial: Marta Blumer Mulvihill

Marta Blumer Mulvihill
Marta Mulvihil, 89, passed away on June 25, 2015.  She was born July 23, 1925 in New York, NY.  Marta was active in the medical field, serving  as the school nurse at her high school in Cold Spring, NY and then as a Medical Assistant for doctors in California, New York and Maine.
She was a passionate artist and writer, whose loving spirit enabled her to see the good in others, which she blended into her creations.  Marta was a self-made woman who no doubt got some of her talent from her father who emigrated to the U.S. from Switzerland in the early 1900’s.
A Memorial Service will  be held at 11 am Saturday, July 18 at Weymouth Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends following the service.   
Marta will be missed by her many friends here at the UUFP.
Posted at the request of UUFP Office Administrator
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Coming This Fall: the Fourteenth Annual Retreat!

banner made of pictures from past RetreatsThe Fellowship’s fourteenth annual Retreat will be held at Pocahontas State Park the weekend of October 9-11.  It’ll be a great few days of food, fellowship and fun, enjoying: workshops, games, music and other activities; the natural beauty of the park and lake; worship indoors and out; evenings at the campfire; and, of course, delicious meals!  You can come Friday evening and stay through Sunday morning for the full experience (including lodging in one of the cosy cabins) or just spend Saturday at the Retreat!

We’re excited that we’ll be joined at this year’s Retreat by the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists.  They welcomed us at their picnic last month, and we’re pleased to welcome them to join in the food, fellowship and fun with us at Pocahontas!

Are there any activities you’d like to lead?  Is there something you’ve done at a past Retreat that you’d love to do again?  Or something new you’d like to offer this time?  We’re looking for activity leaders as well as for people to help with meals, music, campfires and more!

Registration information will be available soon, but until then, be sure to save the date: October 9-11 at Pocahontas State Park!

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Independence Day Food for Thought

hotdogs_mainAs we prepare to celebrate our military families with a cookout on Saturday, July 18th – and don’t forget to sign up here – I thought I’d share part of a blog post from Rev. Cynthia Kane. She calls her blog “Captain Reverend Mother,” the meeting and merging of the military, ministry, and motherhood. She writes of hope for a patriotism that includes “the hard process of facing our national truths.”

So here we are, right up against the Fourth of July. I am a lover of the Fourth. I love it all. I love the cookouts and cold slabs of watermelon. I love the sparklers. I love the fireworks. I love those miniature American flags. I always have.

This Independence Day, however, I’m worried for my nation. Mandela and Tutu are right: for there to be reconciliation—for us to move forward as a nation, given our deep history of racial injustice—there has to be some actual truth-telling first. It means letting go of some cherished self-concepts and beginning to admit that maybe, just maybe, there are cracks and fissures in our perfect sense of the world.

So this Fourth, I will celebrate the wonderful things this nation represents. And I’ll be praying that instead of reasserting myths and delusions, we might begin the hard process of facing our national truths.

You can read the full post here. Wishing you a happy and reflective Independence Day!

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