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September 1, 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, September 4, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. 
“The American Myth & The F Word"
Rev. Michael J S Carter
Music: Sue Stone, piano

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.

Order of Service
Gathering Music: "Again September” (Joseph Scianni)
Welcome & Announcements: Larry Pearlman
Opening Words & Chalice Lighting: Diane Graham &
Rev. Michael J S Carter
Opening Hymn:
#40 “Bring O Morn Thy Music”
Reading: #662
Joys & Sorrows
Rev. Michael J S Carter

Offertory: The Lonesome Road” (African American Spiritual, arr. Phillip Keveren)
Sermon: The American Myth and The F Word
Rev. Michael J S Carter

Closing Hymn: #121 “We’ll Build a Land”
Closing Words: Rev. Michael J S Carter
Postlude Music: “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” (Anonymous)

Music: 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, 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)
September 4, 2022
No Virtual RE this week
11:00 a.m. at UUCSV - RE Lesson with Susan
This week we begin Faithful Journeys. Susan will lead students a couple of times a month, on Sundays, in a Tapestry of Faith lesson. In this Curricula, 
"Participants embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. In each session, they hear historic or contemporary examples of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Stories about real people model how participants can activate their own personal agency – their capacity to act faithfully as Unitarian Universalists – in their own lives, and children have regular opportunities to share and affirm their own stories of faithful action. Through sessions structured around the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Faithful Journeys demonstrates that our Principles are not a dogma, but a credo that individuals can affirm with many kinds of action. Over the course of the program, children discover a unity of faith in the many different ways Unitarian Universalists, including themselves, can act on our beliefs.” You can read more about it here.

Parents wanting a nice story to watch with children at home can enjoy the diversity-celebrating The Colors of Us
The Playground Workday last Saturday had to be delayed due to wet
conditions. The abundance of rain in our area makes planning for dry days in advance difficult. If you would like to help re-stain the playground equipment when we do get a few dry days please reach out to Susan so she can alert you when it is rescheduled. You can call or text her at 828-450-5319. Thanks!
RE Registration for 2022-2023
Please use this link to register your students for the 2022-2023 RE year.
Nursery Volunteers, 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 11, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. 
"There's No Place Like Home"
Rev. Michael J S Carter

It's Homecoming Sunday for Unitarian Universalists across the nation... need I say more? See you on Sunday!
News from UUCSV Groups & Committees
Care Committee - Rides Needed!
If you have time in your schedule, the following congregants are in need of a ride:
URGENT: Friday, September 2, 2022
Joy Levine has requested a ride to Asheville for a medical procedure. She has not scheduled it yet because she doesn’t know if she’ll get a ride. Please contact Joy directly if you some flexibility in your schedule tomorrow.
Joy Levine
11 W. Keesler St.
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Cell: (203) 613-1167
September 11, 2022
Jessica Thomas - Ride to service
(828) 357-5531
Our other need is for a homebound elderly man to get rides to church on a regular basis. He lives in Swannanoa, on Bee Tree Road. Please contact Carolyn if you are able to provide him a ride at

Many thanks to our busy, busy, regular drivers providing Congregational Care! 
David, Alice, Larry, Susan H., Helen, Tina, Mark, Elizabeth, Milt and Jim.

New UU Expense Policy
For those who have been buying goods and services for UUCSV using our debit card, we have a new policy. The debit card is no longer to be found in the black folder in the Treasurer's box in the office. Instead, you will find an expense report sheet to fill out and attach receipts to. Indicate if you paid out-of-pocket (with your own money), a company is billing us directly or you used the debit card to pay for it.
Moving forward, the only way you can use the debit card is if it is already
attached to a house account, such as The UPS Store, or you can contact me to arrange to use it if you would prefer to not pay out-of-pocket.
Always submit a receipt for any expenditure, be it out-of-pocket, or via the debit card.
Please be patient as we navigate this new policy to see what works best for our congregation.
Thank you,
Larry Pearlman, Treasurer

Rain Garden Tour and Presentation - October 6, 2022
Summer Showers Bring... Erosion & Runoff?
A few folks have expressed an interest, are there any more of you out there that would be interested?
The UUCSV Building and 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 little 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 4, 2022.
FMI contact Carolyn

Adult RE
JUSTICE: A discussion group 
Would you like to join DRE Susan Enwright Hicks and others in a series of discussions of Michael J. Sandel’s, Justice What’s The Right Thing To Do? Our discussions will include chapters of the book and video lectures  which are available online. To sign-up and see possible dates/times, please refer to this Google form

Tidings - September
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! 
Establishment of the Julia Jordan Memorial Fund
The sudden passing of Julia Jordan in July was a shock to her friends and neighbors. We indicated to Julia's cousin our desire to honor Julia by
donating to one of her favorite causes. Her cousin said donate to UUCSV!

With facilitation from Larry Pearlman, UUCSV Treasurer, the church board has agreed to establish the Julia Jordan Memorial Fund for 4 to 6 months. Donations to the fund will be distributed to UUSCV projects or areas in which Julia was involved. Donors need to indicate by an accompanying note or on the memo line of a check that their donation is for the "Julia Jordan Memorial Fund."
Submitted by Lois Heintz

Maggie Moon UPDATE
Hello friends!
It's been nine weeks since my accident (being thrown from a horse) and I am healing well. I am walking without a cane, although it still hurts and just drove for the first time. I am starting outpatient PT this week.
Many thanks again for the love and support and healing Light you have sent to me during my recovery. I am not attending most activities due to continued fatigue and none indoors due to the risk of Covid. With 8 broken ribs still
healing, I can't take that chance. I miss you all!
Here's a photo of my first time getting on a bike. It hurt, but it was fun for a few minutes. 
Best wishes and many thanks, 
Maggie Moon O'Neill

Women's Group Reminder - September 8, 2022
5:30 p.m. at UUCSV
Subject: How my ancestors made me who I am today
Please bring a family photo, craft item or piece of art related to your family history. Examples include a letter or postcard or anything else you can share that will help us understand more about you and your family history.
If you would like, please bring finger foods, appetizers or snack items that represent your family's heritage (or just your favorite snack!) I will bring
napkins, wine and water.
Thank you,
Miriam Stuart

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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