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September 22, 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 25, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. 
“And Who is YOUR Neighbor?"
The Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine

Music: Sue Stone, piano; Linda Metzner, choir director & piano; Spence Foscue, drums
Jonathan C. Augustine is a nationally acclaimed social justice advocate. He serves as senior pastor of St. Joseph African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Durham, North Carolina, law professor at North Carolina Central University, and strategist with the Duke University Center for Reconciliation. 
Dr. Jay Augustine's sermon, "And Who is YOUR Neighbor?", is based on the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). It explores some of America's deepest polarities, while also calling for healing and reconciliation by seeking to redefine contemporary conceptualizations of commonality. While acknowledging the divisive impact Christian nationalism has had on America's racial dynamics and immigration policies, especially in recent years, the sermon calls for a recognition of similarities typically associated with a "neighborhood" in seeking to redefine the concept of a neighbor, as he rhetorically asks the question, "And Who is YOUR Neighbor?”  
Reverend Augustine's book, Called to Reconciliation, will be available to purchase and autograph for $20 after the service.

Order of Service
Gathering Music: "Standing in the Autumn Sun” (David Lanz)
Welcome & Announcements: Larry Pearlman

Opening Words & Chalice Lighting: Roberta Madden & Diane Graham
Opening Hymn: #318 “We Would Be One”
Joys & Concerns
Offertory & Choir Anthem:
“Never Turning Back” (Pat Humphries)
Responsive Reading: #576 “Litany of Restoration”
Introduction of Speaker:
 Roberta Madden
Choir Anthem: “Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In” (
MacDermot, Rado and Ragni, arr. Gilpin)
Sermon: And Who Is YOUR Neighbor? - The Reverend Dr. Jonathan C. Augustine
Closing Hymn: #323 “Break Not the Circle”
Closing Words: Harry Petrequin
Postlude Music: “Song of Community” (Carolyn McDade)

Music: Sue Stone, piano; Linda Metzner, choir director & piano; Spence Foscue, drums

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 25th, 2022
No Virtual RE this week
11:00 a.m. at UUCSV - RE Lesson with Susan
There is no virtual RE this week, however, if you’d like to engage your
children in a small lesson at home you could watch the YouTube video and children’s story about Rosh Hashana (which begins this Sunday evening
This could be a good time to talk about accountability, sincere apologies,
forgiveness and how we treat one another.

This week’s session at UUCSV
We'll focus on early Universalist preacher Hosea Ballou as an example of someone in history who translated Unitarian Universalist beliefs into faithful action. The children will learn about the first Unitarian Universalist Principle, which states that we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We'll hear the story Muddy Children, which tells how Universalist Hosea Ballou experienced unconditional love in his family when, as a child, he had difficulty refraining from playing in mud. This childhood experience
informed Ballou's preaching and theology, which emphasized love and
universal salvation. We will also create “fortune tellers" with affirmations to
remind us that we are all loved and endowed with inherent worth and dignity. Our signpost to help guide us in faithful action is "Respect Everyone.” You can read about ways to incorporate this lesson into you home life here
Parents, please fill out this year’s RE registration form to have your child
officially enrolled in RE this year.
Would you be interested in joining the Adult RE discussion group for Justice What’s the Right Thing To Do? by Michael J. Sandel? If so, you can find the link here
Next Week at UUCSV
Sunday, October 2, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. 
"A Musical Tribute to Phil"
Phil Fryberger was a founder and enthusiastic supporter of the UUCSV since 2004, when the church was
recognized as an offshoot of the UUCA.  Phil was a lifelong ardent lover of music, adept at playing countless songs by ear on the piano. Various talented church
musicians and the UUCSV Choir will gather to celebrate Phil's memory and devotion to music, with special talks by his life partner Dawn Wilson and others. 
News from UUCSV Groups & Committees
 Tidings - October 2022
Tidings, our monthly in-depth newsletter, is built by the congregation of UUCSV with submissions of articles, poetry, songs, photos and records of the
activities of our church. Our suggested topic for October is "Conversations". Please send along your input to by September 25, 2022.


Volunteer Opportunities
We are always in need of Sunday Greeters. Please contact Andy Reed and sign-up and volunteer to be a Greeter! 
Dog/House Sitter Needed
I am looking for someone to pet sit my adorable dogs for a few days around Thanksgiving. Jo is an 18-lbs.Yorkie-Maltese-mutt.  Jesse is an 8.5-lbs. Chihuahua-Jack Russell-mutt. I would love for someone to stay at my house with them, and I have a fenced in yard, so it’s easy to let them out. Other arrangements might be possible. I am willing to pay $100/day. Please contact Sally Smith at 579-7719 ASAP. 

Build it and they will come. Who said that? Who cares!
We are working to build a rain garden to handle our parking lot runoff. The news has gotten out to other interested water savers. Our Building and Grounds committee is hosting a group from the Swannanoa WATER-shed Action Network members this Friday, September 23, 2022, at 2:15 p.m. to consider what we are doing with our rain garden. For them, WATER stands for When All Thrive, Earth Regenerates.

Books For Good - Project Coordinator Needed
Books for Good is a non-profit used bookstore in Fletcher, NC. Here’s how it works: When people donate gently used books, they can specify one of over a hundred non-profit groups (including UUCSV). Proceeds from the sale of the books goes to the designated group. UUCSV has earned well over a thousand dollars over the last several years. They do not take Readers Digest condensed books, magazines or periodicals, cookbooks, library books or damaged books. 
I have been doing most of the leg work since UUCSV became involved with Books For Good and it is time for me to take a break. For a book lover this is a perfect way to help the church. For more information please, please, please call me at 828-275-8453. 
Thank you,
Teresa Ballinger 
P.S. It is a great place to shop for used books! 
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.
The deadline for submissions to The Current is Tuesday at 12:00 p.m., please send yours to For more information and guidelines on submissions for our newsletters, website, online calendar, social media, Order of Service, and member news, please see our Publishing Guidelines.
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