Services

Sunday services are at 9:15 am and 11:00 am from September through May.   From late May through early September, our summer schedule consists of a single Sunday service at 10:00 am.

Childcare is available during services.

Services last for about one hour; dress is casual and children are welcome.

We strive to make our facility welcoming and our services supportive. We actively work to remove barriers to participation:

  • Reserved parking for people with disabilities is in front of the church
  • Our building is wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair lift
  • We offer large-print hymnals and hearing aids
  • Child care is provided for children up to age 3 in the nursery at both services
  • Coffee hours often include offerings for people with special dietary needs
  • You will be greeted at the door with a smile and treated with warmth and dignity, whether this is your first visit or if you have been with us for many years

Religious education classes are offered during the 9:15 am and 11:00 am services from September through early June. A summer program is offered for children ages 3–10 from mid-June – September. If you are the caregiver of a child with disabilities, please do not hesitate to let us know how we can help your child participate in activities.

All services are followed by a coffee hour so we can meet more informally. If you visit us, please join us for fellowship after the service so we may welcome you properly and get to know you. We have several programs to help newcomers and prospective members learn more about Unitarian Universalism and UUCWC.

Worship Theme for April: ”Brokenness and Re-creation”
These may seem at first to have nothing to do with each other.  Yet every Spring don’t we see Nature’s version of the Garden of Eden come to life?  And don’t we help out by mending the broken tools and lawn chairs and fences?  However, there is also a very personal side to both of the words.  It is in us to want to heal what is broken in our lives or others – broken spirit, broken relationship, lost soul, emotional breakdown.  We want to recreate the whole person.  This is a delicate matter the handling of this hurt person or wounded relationship – as delicate and fragile as blossoms of springtime which often fall apart at the least touch of our hands.  Trying to “fix” our own broken selves calls for an inner quietude and determination we see in the young plants pushing their way up through the snow.

April 6:  “Forgiveness”
Sadie Lansdale
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.  Our third principle is a bit of a paradox.  How can we accept each other just as we are and guide one another toward spiritual growth?  Whoever we are, wherever we are on life’s journey, we wrestle with this question – often in our most challenging and devastating moments.  How can we build community that helps us heal?  Our own Fortune’s Ridge will provide music for the service.  Sadie Lansdale is a poet, teach and lifelong UU from Bethesda, MD. She will begin her Masters of Divinity in the fall and is pursuing UU ordination.

April 13: “Saving Creation”
The Earth Ministry Team
Spring—here at last—is a time to celebrate the renewal of life. In the UU religious diversity we cherish, today’s service honors Earth-centered spirituality; the Jewish festival of Passover, with its celebration of life re-born; and (arising from these older traditions) the Christian celebration of Palm Sunday and the Jewish Rabbi who became a symbol of Christian hope. The Earth Ministry Team leads this celebration of the beauty of life and the miracle of the abundance and hope of spring, highlighting our 7th Principle aspirations for re-creating and regenerating our Mother Earth. This service invites all of us to commit to clear action and a conscious love of this awesome creation that is our home—no matter what our worldview of how it all came to be. Gentle Rain will provide inspirational music. It is Our Earth Day and should be every day!.

The social justice portion of the plate for this week will go to UUCWC’s Allie’s Garden to fund supplies needed for UUCWC volunteers to grow organic produce for our Food Ministry and HomeFront.

April 20:
8:00am:  Easter “Sunrise” Service
Rev. Jennifer Brooks and Caryl Tipton
Gather in the Memorial Garden on April 20 for an 8:00 am “sunrise” service celebrating Easter morning. Led by Rev. Jennifer Brooks and director of Music Ministry Caryl Tipton, this will be a simple celebration suitable for all ages. Coffee and hot cross buns afterwards. Sponsored by the UU Christian Circle.

9:15am and 11:00am:  “Awaken to Life”
Rev. Jennifer Brooks
After a cold and snowy winter, the ground is brown with dead leaves. The bushes are sticks, the trees bare. Slowly the Earth warms, the first crocuses struggle to emerge. A slight red tints the highest tips of the trees. The wind gusts. Spring seems impossible–and then it arrives. The Earth awakens to life and, miraculously, so do we. This Sunday, we celebrate Passover, Easter, and the resurgence of Life: freedom, hope, and a new start.

April 27: “The Spirituality of Imperfection”
Rev. Kim Wildszewski, Ministerial Candidate
Imperfection is rarely a goal for most people.  We work hard to improve ourselves, to better our spirits, our relationships, our careers.  Yet imperfection is often where our spirit comes alive courageously.  This Sunday, come and meet Rev. Kim Wildszewski, our candidate for settled minister, when she will speak about the Spirituality of Imperfection.