Summer Blast #1: June 20, 2019

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Summer Lay Led Worship Schedule - Sundays at 10:00am
Summer Blast Schedule
Summer Child Care
Meet Our New Music Director!
Register Your Children Now for Fall Religious Education
Seeking OWL Students Grades 7-9 for Fall
July Membership Anniversaries
Happy Birthday!
Scholarship Awards (2019)
Upcoming Art Exhibit - Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing
Updated Church Directory Available
Staff Summer Schedules and Coverage
Sanctuary Temperature on Sunday Mornings
General Information

Summer Lay Led Worship Schedule - Sundays at 10:00am

Summer worship services through mid-August are lay led by congregants. The topics are diverse and engaging. The upcoming lay led schedule is below. This information is available on our website and also as a PDF to save and print here. All services begin at 10:00am. 

Rev. Debra returns to the pulpit on August 11.

June 23, 2019
Title: “Summer Solstice: Abundance”
Service Leader: Fox and Fungi

June 30, 2019:
Title:  “The ‘Out of Character’ Verses of Jesus”
Service Leader: Sterling Pilette

July 7, 2019:
Title: “An Atheist Believes”
Service Leader: Ron Bracy

July 14, 2019:
Title: “Slowing Down and Seeking Truths”
Service Leader: Cara Fortner

July 21, 2019:
Title:  “The Two Wings of Mindfulness”
Service Leaders: Mary Ellen Mogee and Steve Zappalla

July 28, 2019:
Title:  “An Homage to Al Erickson’s Sermons”
Service Leader: Steve Ewart

August 4, 2019:
Title:  “Poetry”
Service Leaders: Tim Norton and Lesley Tyson

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Summer Blast Schedule

This is the first Summer Blast. The second Summer Blast will be sent on August 8. Submissions are due to Beth DiPasquale by August 5,

Regularly scheduled eBlasts will begin again on August 29. Please follow our church website event calendar and Facebook to stay up to date on all of our summer activities. 

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Summer Child Care

There will be nursery care each week during the summer for children ages five and younger. Children ages 5 and older are welcome to participate in worship in the sanctuary. There will be no religious education classes until September 8.

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Meet Our New Music Director!

We are pleased to announce that Cynthia Taylor Young has been selected to be your new music director, beginning August 1. Cynthia is currently the Director of the Arlington Community Chorus and is previously the Children and Youth Choir Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, VA, where she also directed their community theater. 

Cynthia has a master’s degree in music from The American University and is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She has lived and taught in Burkina Faso, South Africa, Turkey, and Gabon. 

We are grateful to the music search committee: David Niemi, Linda Johnson, Wendy Katz, Glenn Smith, and Greg Ratta for interviewing 11 exceptional candidates for the position and look forward to welcoming Cynthia!

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Register Your Children Now for Fall Religious Education

Please take a few moments to register for next year's Religious Education program now. All children ages 0-18 need to be registered, even if they have been registered before. Click here to register. Click here to view the program description for next year. 
Mark your calendar for the mandatory Parent Orientation Lunch on Sunday, September 15 at 11:30am. Click here to learn more and RSVP..

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Seeking OWL Students Grades 7-9 for Fall

We are opening our fall middle school Our Whole Lives (OWL) program to community students from families that support our commitment to comprehensive sexuality education.  If you know families with children in grades 7 – 9, please pass on this flyer about the program and how they can register.

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July Membership Anniversaries

The membership Committee salutes members with anniversaries at UUCR in July:

41 years for Maxine Jaubert
   6 years for Ron Bracy
   2 years for Bob & Vickie Elsbrend and Jackie & Terry Grogan
Thank you for your years of participation, service and generosity to our community.

-The Membership Committee

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Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to our members, friends and staff with July birthdays! We celebrate you and all you bring to our world!

July 5:    Jeff Schatz
July 5:    Steve Zappalla
July 8:    Phillip Kancianic
July 17:  Cara Fortner
July 19:  Bob Anthony

"The great thing about getting older is you don't lose all the other ages you've been."  - Madeleine L'Engle

If you would like to join the Birthday Club and have your name announced in the eBlast, please email your birth date (month and date, not year) to Beth DiPasquale (

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Scholarship Awards (2019)

This year’s joint effort of UUCR and four other Reston-area religious congregations resulted in scholarship awards to seven high school seniors, five from Herndon H.S. and two from South Lakes H.S., at their honors assemblies on May 30. This was the 30th year students have benefited from gifts from the Jennifer Mitchell Memorial Fund; the fund was established to recognize graduating seniors who have attained a solid record of achievement despite economic, family, linguistic, or other difficulties that would have impeded less dedicated and determined students.
The following seniors at the two schools received scholarships (ranging from $1,100 to $2,000):

At Herndon High School (with intended major and college):

  • Dolly Berens, neuroscience at Virginia Tech
  • Melanie Castillo-Ponce, nursing at Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)
  • Jerusalem Eshete, nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jean Carlos Quispe Arotinco, health sciences at NVCC
  • Samira Rahman, biochemistry and computer science at William & Mary

At South Lakes High School in Reston:

  • Bryan Viera Gomez, computer science at Marymount
  • Brenda Yanes, elementary education at NVCC

UUCR members contributed $3,400 to the fund in the April special collection; donors added $720 to the fund last summer in memory of Al Erickson; and the four other congregations (Good Shepherd Lutheran, St. Anne's Episcopal, St. John Neumann Catholic, and St. Thomas à Becket Catholic Churches) and individual donors provided an additional $7,500. The fund is named after Jennifer Mitchell (daughter of Terry and Linn Mitchell of the UUCR community), who was a Herndon H.S. senior when she died in an automobile accident in 1990. 
The Social Action/Social Justice Committee here at UUCR appreciates the donations made by individuals and families from UUCR this year, as well as those from the other four religious communities and other “friends of the fund.”  Thanks to all!

Terry Mitchell
Paul Baumgartner

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Upcoming Art Exhibit - Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing

The Art & Aesthetics Committee is pleased to present Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing, featuring the work of Iraqi artists, for the July gallery exhibit. This show will run from July 1 - August 5.

Artists in Exile offers an opportunity to share in immigrant stories of Iraqi-Americans through paintings brought to us by Common Humanity. a non-profit organization based in New York which seeks to build understanding, respect and friendship with the Middle East and Muslim world. 

Artists in Exile: Art as Fabric for Healing is on a national tour. This national tour serves to give a visual voice to the artists and to give those viewing the exhibit an opportunity to see their own common humanity with them. In a time of heighten suspicion of those who are different from us, the exhibit hopes to bridge the cultural gap.

You are invited to an Artists Reception on Sunday, July 14, from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Some of the artists will attend this reception. 

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Updated Church Directory Available

An updated UUCR Directory is now available. Please click here to log into the Member Access page on the website. Once on the Member Access page, the directory is the seventh item on the list. Click on the link to view/save/print the directory.

Please contact Beth DiPasquale with any changes you would like to make to your contact information listed in the directory or if you need the password to access the page.

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Staff Summer Schedules and Coverage

Rev. Debra: Rev. Debra will be off June 28 - July 2 (although available by phone in an emergency), and then July 17 - August 5 on vacation/study leave. During those periods, there will be a minister on call for pastoral emergencies only

Beth DiPasquale: Beth will be on vacation from June 28 - July 5. Beth will not be checking email or voicemail during her vacation. There will not be coverage in the office that week. 

Linda Weaver and Cynthia Young will be available after August 6.

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Sanctuary Temperature on Sunday Mornings

It is very important that the temperature in the Sanctuary be managed carefully on Sundays in order to ensure the comfort and safety of all, especially the musicians and worship leaders.

Please do not adjust the temperature settings in the Sanctuary before, during or following worship service. This is a critical component of ensuring that the Sanctuary is kept cool enough for those conducting worship.

If you find that you dislike the flow of air or are too cold on the end of a row, you may wish to sit in an internal seat or next to the aisle. Alternatively, if you tend to prefer the flow of air, you may want to find a seat on the end of a row, next to the HVAC vent. 

Thank you very much for your understanding and support of this. 

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General Information

Caring Circle
UUCR's Caring Circle provides support in times of need, such as arranging for food and rides, organizing receptions after a memorial service, and keeping in contact with Members and Friends of the congregation who are ill or shut in. If you would like the support of the Caring Circle or assist the Caring Circle in providing this support, please feel free to contact them at 703-956-9155 x104, or by email at

Minister Hours
Rev. Debra's office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. She is available by appointment only during those days and early evenings, or on Saturday mornings. Please email ( or call her at 703-956-9155 x103 to make an appointment. Monday is Rev. Debra's sabbatical day and Thursday is her writing/study day. She does not check or return emails on Sunday afternoons, Mondays, or Thursdays.  

Office Director Hours
Beth DiPasquale's hours are generally Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm. Please note that during the summer months, Beth works remotely on Mondays and Thursdays; she is available by phone and email from 10am - 4pm on those days. Please call Beth at 703-956-9155 or email her ( to schedule an appointment. 

Scheduling Events at UUCR
When scheduling church events and meetings, even off-site, please contact Beth DiPasquale to schedule your event and have it added to the church calendar.

Website Member Login
Please contact Beth DiPasquale to obtain the password for Member Access. 

Staff Contact Information
Beth DiPasquale: 703-956-9155 x101
Rev. Debra Haffner: 703-956-9155 x103 
Rev. Julie Price:
Kara Rider:

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