Sunday and Special Services (December 2016)

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

theme: Matters Small and Great

Rev. Andrew Clive MillardServices include sermons preached by Rev. Andrew Clive Millard unless otherwise noted.

December 4th: “Welcome Home”

What would it look like to live our Unitarian Universalist values by finding opportunities to welcoming military members back into our society?  Much more than offering the national paeanistic ritual expression of “thank you for your service”, we should welcome home combat veterans and encourage them to tell their stories.  Given the impact of our less-communally focused society on the young men and women returning from combat, this could become a greater part of our individual Veterans Day activity.

Steve WasilauskySteve Wasilausky has been married to Megan R. Zunk-Wasilausky for the past seventeen years and is the proud father of Sophia and Caroline.  Last December, Steve retired from twenty-two years in the U. S. Army, having spent a significant amount of time in Korea, Germany and Canada, as well as deployments to Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan.  Steve is a two-year member of the UUFP and currently serves as Buildings Committee Chair.

This service was postponed from November 13th.

December 11th: “The Joy of Universal Salvation”

Is redemption possible for truly anyone?  Does every soul have the possibility of salvation?  And what do these words — redemption, salvation — mean to Unitarian Universalists?  In language more familiar to us, what does it mean to affirm and promote “the inherent worth and dignity of every person”?  And what makes worthwhile “the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all”?

November 18th: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

The UUFP’s youth present UU minister Greg Ward’s adaptation of Barbara Robinson’s play The Best Christmas Pageant Ever with a bit of a Unitarian Universalist twist.  Join us for carols and laughs while exploring the magic and meaning of the holiday season.

Walter Clark, the UUFP's student ministerWalter Clark, the UUFP’s student minister, 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 reading in preparation for his interview with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee.

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

Special Services for Christmas Eve!
5:00pm on December 24th: “The Christmas Candle”
7:00pm on December 24th: “No Room at the Inn?”

Christmas EveWe hold two services on Christmas Eve!  The earlier is a family service with a story and a song sung by the children, and the later features a play presenting a different take on the traditional nativity story.  Both services feature Christmas carols and will conclude with the beloved ceremony of passing the flame.

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

December 25th: “Blue Christmas”

Christmas is supposed to be a happy time with family and loved ones.  Setting aside the crass commercialism that makes it more of an orgy of materialism than a celebration of religious values, Christmas is a challenging time for many people, particularly if they are alone or have lost loved ones during previous holiday seasons.  Hence the tradition of Blue Christmas, finding comfort in naming feelings of loneliness and grief, and finding peace in being together with one another.

“Doc Robin” van Tine and Friends will provide special music — the Blues, naturally!  (Picture by Dean Ceran.)

Doc Robin is the long-time pianist, organist and retired Music Director at the UUFP, and leader of THE DOC ROBIN BAND, which has been playing all over Tidewater for about six years and is working on its third CD.  Lathan “Pudgee” Hill, the real deal, is a well-known blues singer in the Tidewater area; he’s the song-writer, guitarist and leader of the blues band Urban Hill which has recorded several CDs.  Paul Warren is an extraordinary bassist and a member of the very successful band and recording artists, Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos.  Michael Williams is a well-known Tidewater drummer who is in high demand; he has played with Doc on many occasions in the past.  “Double Chuck” Williams is a phenomenal sax player who has toured Europe, Japan and Australia with Albert Collins and The Ice Breakers, and has played both Carnegie Hall and The Apollo Theater.

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Andrew serves as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula in Newport News, Virginia.
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