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August 18, 2022
In this issue:
This Sunday at UUCSV
RE (Religious Education)
Next Week at UUCSV
News from UUCSV Groups & Committees
This Sunday at UUCSV
Sunday, August 21, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. 
“A Spirituality of The Ordinary"
Rev. Michael J S Carter
Music: Linda Metzner, piano

I want to invite us to reflect on the spirituality of the ordinary. Everyday spirituality has a long and rich history. It is
practiced in many religious traditions and among those who call themselves "spiritual, but not religious." But what is it?
First, perhaps we should say that it is not the kind of spirituality we grew up with. We were taught that spirituality was the part of religion that focused on the "inner life." It was something that you did in a special place or time,
usually a quiet room at home or on retreat. It involved finding ways to connect with the divine – quietly, reverently and usually by ourselves. A Spirituality of the Ordinary is, to my mind, the mindfulness of appreciating the beauty of the mundane, of the ordinary events of everyday life. Let's explore.
Order of Service
Gathering Music: "In the Good Old Summertime” (Evans & Shields)
Welcome & Announcements: Rose Levering

Opening Words & Chalice Lighting: Diane Graham &
Rev. Michael J S Carter
Opening Hymn:
#26 “Holy, Holy, Holy”
Responsive Reading: #489
Joys & Concerns
“Shifting Gears” – Poem by Jim Carillon

Offertory: The Best Things in Life are Free” (DeSylva, Brown & Henderson)
Hymn: #21 “For the Beauty of the Earth”
“A Spirituality of the Ordinary” – Rev. Michael J S Carter

Closing Hymn: #203 “All Creatures of the Earth & Sky”
Closing Words: Rev. Michael J S Carter
Postlude Music: “Side by Side” (Harry Woods)

Music: David Reid, piano & voice; Linda Metzner, piano

Religious Education:  Nursery/Pre-K caregivers: Childcare at this time is limited, and is performed as needed by either Susan Enwright Hicks, DRE, or one of our trusted childcare volunteers
Video:  Evan Yanik
Sound Team: Bill Altork, Rhea Bockhorst, Larry Pearlman & David Reid

The YouTube video of today's service will be available Sunday afternoon, as well as all previous Sunday Services at UUCSV Productions. Click to go to YouTube here. 

Joys & Concerns:
We want to hear from you about your joys and concerns. If you cannot attend in person and would like to be heard, please send your message to Rev. Michael Carter by noon on Friday so he can read it during the Sunday service.

For online offertory and/or pledge donations:


RE (Religious Education)
August 21, 2022 
No Virtual RE this week
11:00 a.m. at UUCSV - Stories and Playtime 
This week’s back-to-school read-aloud is The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, about the value of embracing imperfection. 
Students at UUCSV will have the opportunity to hear the story & begin
working on this year’s RE contribution to the UUSCV Auction.
RE Registration forms coming soon.
RE Committee Members and RE Teachers for fall needed!
We need volunteers in our Classrooms and Nursery on Sunday mornings this fall to make sure kids are safe, engaged and young visitors receive quality care. Your commitment might be no more than showing up on a Sunday morning and playing with visiting babies or toddlers when we have them. If you are interested in helping in any way please let Susan know by email or by phone at 828.450-5319. Thank you!
August Playground Workday - August 27, 2022
Are you available to help with plans to re-stain the playground equipment and make other improvements? Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 27, 2022, and watch this space for more information as the date approaches.
Next Week at UUCSV
Sunday, August 28, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. 
"Who Should Not be a UU"
Rev. Michael J S Carter

I came across this topic while searching the internet
regarding the topic of religion and philosophy and I just had to share it with you. The minister is a retired UU minister by the name of Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen. What intrigued me most about this is that when I initially decided to become a UU, there were many folks who criticized my choice. There were comments about us being a “salad bar” religion where you got to pick and choose what you wanted to believe in. What is it exactly that UUs believe in anyway?
At that time (and maybe there still are), there were some UU congregations that actually closed during the summer months when their minister was on vacation and there were comments about that relating to classism. Only wealthy white congregations could afford to do that and besides, who would close a religious institution for the summer?!? I listened, and there were some insights that gave me food for thought, but I decided to stay with UUism.  I also realized that UUism simply isn't for everyone. Allow me to share with you what this retired minister says about those who should not be UUs. See you on Sunday!
News from UUCSV Groups & Committees
Tidings, our monthly in-depth newsletter proposes the topic of "Standing on the Side of Love" for the September issue. Your photos, poetry, essays are welcome always, but particularly before Aug. 29th. Tidings 

Volunteer Opportunities
We are always in need of Sunday Greeters. Please contact Andy Reed and sign-up and volunteer to be a Greeter! 
UPDATE - American Perspectives Live Story Telling: Larry Pearlman
DATE: Thursday, August 18, 2022
TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
COST: Free Admission for All
In conjunction with American Perspectives, Asheville Art Museum and Buncombe County Libraries present Live Story Telling at Black Mountain Library by storyteller Larry Pearlman.
Larry Pearlman has been a professional teller in NC since 2018, but has incorporated stories  of his entire life as an author, public speaker, workshop facilitator, actor,radio show host, asDirector of Field Sales Training for an international companyand  minister. He is currently president of the Asheville Storytelling Circle and believes their motto: If you’ve got a life, you’ve got a story. Larry will  present some stories from his life.
If you are planning to attend the Larry Pearlman storytelling event at Black Mountain Library on Thursday, August 18, 2022, and can give Jessica Thomas a ride, please contact her by text at 828-242-9080. She lives at 136 Center Ave, just south of downtown Black Mountain.

Summer Showers Bring... Erosion & Runoff?
The UUCSV Building & Grounds Committee is wondering if you would be
interested in attending a tour and presentation about rain gardens. The tour would be on our church property to show the flow of rain water runoff from our parking lots and roof, and how we are working to keep this runoff water out of the local stream and river. Our tour would be followed by a presentation offered by Renee, from RiverLink, about rain garden design. RiverLink
promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and its watershed. The tour and presentation is scheduled for October 6, 2022, from 5:00-6:15 p.m. If you are interested in attending this free event, we would like to hear from you! We will plan this event only if there is interest from the congregation to attend. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway just before you enter our church office. We’ll also put a sign up sheet on the snack table.
DEADLINE for expressing your interest is September,1, 2022!
For more information, please contact Carolyn at
Church office: (828) 669-8050 (email preferred during social distancing)
Michael Donnan, Office Manager (Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Rev. Michael J S Carter, (Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Rev. Carter is available for pastoral care in the church office or virtually via Zoom or Skype. For in-person meetings, protocols of social distancing and face masks are followed. Please email Rev. Michael J S Carter to schedule an appointment.
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