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August 25, 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 28, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. 
“Who Should Not Be a UU"
Rev. Michael J S Carter
Music: Linda Metzner, choir director; Sue Stone, piano

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!
Order of Service
Gathering Music: "A Day Without Rain” (Enya)
Welcome & Announcements: Rose Levering
Opening Words & Chalice Lighting: Diane Graham &
Rev. Michael J S Carter
Opening Hymn:
#207 “Earth Was Given as a Garden”
Responsive Reading: #569
Choir Anthem: “For Good” (Stephen Schwartz from Wicked)
Joys & Concerns
Rev. Michael J S Carter

Offertory: I’ve Got Peace Like a River” (Marvin Frey)
Sermon: Who Should Not Be a Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Michael J S Carter

Closing Hymn: #34 “Though I Speak With Bravest Fire”
Closing Words: Rev. Michael J S Carter
Postlude Music: “Circle of Friends” (David Lanz)

Music: Linda Metzner, choir director; Sue Stone, 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: Marti Saltzman, Barbara Rogers, 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 28, 2022
No Virtual RE this week
11:00 a.m. at UUCSV - Stories & Playtime

This week’s back-to-school read-aloud is Linus The Little Yellow Pencil. The story is about being true to yourself, pressing on, embracing new ideas and
ignoring those who create self-doubt with negativity.


Students at UUCSV will have the opportunity to hear the story and continue working on this year’s RE contributions to the UUSCV Auction. RE Registration forms for the 2022-2023 RE year can be found here.

Playground Spruce-Up (weather permitting) 
Saturday, August 27, 2022
Are you available to help with plans to re-stain the playground equipment and make other improvements? If it doesn’t rain at the end of this week we will be working with
members of the fabulous Building & Grounds committee, staining and making repairs on the UUCSV playground. Please BYO brushes if you have them. If you want Susan to provide an update as to whether we are working or not, please text her at 828 450-5319.
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!
Next Week at UUCSV
Sunday, September 4, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. 
"The American Myth & The F Word"
Rev. Michael J S Carter

Reading from James Baldwin:

“The American Negro has the great advantage of having never believed the collection of myths to which white Americans cling: That their ancestors were all-freedom loving heroes, that they were born in the greatest country the world has ever seen, or that Americans are invincible in battle and wise in peace, that Americans have always dealt  honorably with Mexicans and Indians and all other neighbors or inferiors, that American men are the world’s most direct and virile, that American women are pure. Negroes know far more about white Americans than that…”

Let's talk about the American Myth and if it can be sustained.

News from UUCSV Groups & Committees
Tidings - Deadline Reminder
Tidings is coming up on the deadline of August 29, 2022. The topic for September is Standing on the Side of Love. We welcome essays, photos,
poetry, comments...send to

Volunteer Opportunities
We are always in need of Sunday Greeters. Please contact Andy Reed and sign-up and volunteer to be a Greeter! 
Potluck Reminder
August 28, 2022 - After service at UUCSV
Since July had five Sundays, this is a reminder that the August Potluck is this Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Natural Sanctuary Burial (Green Burial) Presentation
 A memorial landscape nestled within a natural habitat full of wildlife, giving a green alternative to the conventional cemetery.
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a green burial presentation. Learn what is is, why they are
important and relevant resources. Concluding with the sharing of
refreshments and an informal Q&A session.
Guest Speakers
Cassie Barrett - Director of Cemetery Operations - Carolina Memorial Sanctuary, Mills River, NC
Sarah Lasswell Moss & Thistle Farm - Natural Casket CO, Lake Lure, NC
Ursula Goebels-Ellis, GHF resident
Givens Highland Farm's Assembly Room
200 Tabernacle Rd., Black Mountain, NC, 28711, (828) 357-3611
Free to the public
From Ursula Goebels-Ellis: 
During the last couple of years we went through a rough time of isolation,
illness and even the loss of loved ones. Facing our own mortality with a focus on making end-of-life decisions seemed to be a normal consequence. I
purchased a plot at the Carolina Memorial Sanctuary in Mills River, NC, and pondered, with a group of aspiring Death Doulas, on how to plan a burial
appropriate to the plot.
Sarah Lasswell, who grows willow on her Moos & Thistle Farm near Lake Lure, invited us to join her in a three day creation process of weaving a burial tray for me. This process was educational and healing in unexpected ways. We would like to share with you what we learned and experienced.

Creative Songwriting Workshop
First Workshop - Thursday, September 15, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
(Thereafter, the first and third Thursday of each month)

Dave Wells and Bill Altork are looking for a small dedicated group of people who want to gather twice a month and work on creating songs and also the music to sing them. This will be an ongoing collaborative effort... Our own
personal music-making workshop!
We will have discussions and share stories and opinions of how the personal creative process works. We will give ourselves assignments to write, share and comment on our progressive efforts from one meeting to the next. We will analyze our own and each other’s work, so it will be helpful to be receptive to constructive criticism from our creative peers. Ultimately we will share our new creative pieces with the group and possibly with our UU congregation at some future date.

Please contact Dave Wells and/or Bill Altork if you would like to signup or have questions.
Dave Wells -, 828-768-9278
Bill Altork -, 828-301-2654
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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