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November 10, 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, November 13, 2022 - 11:00 a.m.
“African American Humanism
Rev. Michael J S Carter

Second Sundays Music: Linda Metzner, piano; Eileen Kennedy & Andy Reed, vocal duet
I still remember meeting my first group of African Americans who self-
identified as Humanist. It was at the Community Church of NY (Unitarian Universalist). These folks were upper middle class and well educated, like many of the European American members of that congregation. I met these courageous folks at a time in my life when I was attending seminary and wrestling with my own theological path. It was great to see others who too had strayed from the path of the African American church tradition. Let's
explore together the African 
American Humanistic (Atheistic) tradition.
Order of Service
Gathering Music: “Maple Leaf Rag” (Scott Joplin)
Welcome & Announcements: Jackie Franklin

Opening Words & Chalice Lighting: Diane Graham &
Rev. Michael J S Carter
Opening Hymn: # 6 “Just as Long as I Have Breath”
Second Sundays: “You’ve Got to Be Carefully Taught” (Rodgers & Hammerstein) – Eileen Kennedy & Andy Reed, vocal duet
Responsive Reading: #662
In Memory of Charlie Chilton: “Charlie’s Song” (see insert)

Meditation/Prayer: Rev. Michael J S Carter
Offering: “Small World” (Styne & Sondheim) – Eileen Kennedy & Andy Reed, vocal duet
Sermon: “African American Humanism” – Rev. Michael J S Carter

Closing Hymn: #108 “How Can I Keep from Singing?”
Closing Words: Rev. Michael J S Carter
Postlude: “More Love Somewhere” (African-American hymn)

Second Sundays Music: Linda Metzner, piano; Eileen Kennedy & Andy Reed, vocal duet
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, Ray 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)
Sunday, November 13, 2022
No virtual RE
11:00 a.m. at UUCSV with Susan
This month’s story suggestions will honor Native American authors for American Indian Heritage Month. This week’s story is Saltypie: A Choctaw Journey From Darkness into Light by Tim Tingle. Parents should be aware that this story of overcoming adversity includes an act of hatred inspired by bigotry and references the forced reeducation of a N.A. girl. 
Do you need childcare in order to attend the UUCSV live auction? Please let Susan know by calling/texting 828 450-5319.
On Sunday Susan will lead students in creating notes of cheer for our future Blessing Bags project and we’ll inventory our blessing bag materials.
We still need more volunteers to help with nursery/PreK on Sundays and to sub for Susan on her Sundays off. If you can volunteer please let Susan know at
Adult RE
Wishing you’d come to last Monday’s discussion of Episode 2 “Putting a Price Tag on Life”? Good News! You have another chance! Due to low numbers last week we’ve moved the discussion to next Monday, November 14, 2022, from 6-7:30pm. To take part in the discussion all you have to do is show up. Want to prepare a bit more in advance? Watch the video here. We’d love to have a few more participants in this interesting discussion of morals and ethics. Need a ride? Call or text Susan at 828 450-5319. 
Blessing Bag Donations NEEDED
In a few weeks the RE Students will once again be assembling “blessing bags” for the unhoused. Gallon ziplock bags will be filled with useful items by the children. Upon completion, they will be made available for congregants to take and distribute to the homeless of our community, or brought to Open Table. Look for a bin to collect donated items in the lobby of UUCSV.
Donations of any of the following would be appreciated: travel-size toiletries (i.e. toothbrushes/paste, floss, soaps, shampoos, chapsticks, deodorants, hand sanitizer, bandages, hand warmers, ibuprofen, etc.) and small non-
perishable foods (i.e. granola/protein bars, trail mix, dried fruits & nuts and
instant cocoas/cider/coffee, etc.) Thank you!
Next Week at UUCSV
Sunday, November 20, 2022 - 11:00 a.m.
“Abraham Lincoln, The Civil War & Thanksgiving"
Rev. Michael J S Carter

On October 3, November, 1789, President George Washington issued a proclamation for a day of public prayer and thanksgiving. Yet in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln encouraged Americans to recognize the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving. It was created by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, in the depths of the Civil War. He was expressing gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg. No doubt Lincoln was aware of the cost of the battle on human lives. Things were looking pretty bleak for the Union up until then.  
This time was probably, if not the worst, it has to be considered possibly one of the worst years in American history. A half million people had been killed
already during the course of the war – 15% of the population.  No one knew where this destruction of life and of the nation itself would lead. Let's explore.
News from UUCSV Groups & Committees

It’s on! Our auction is off-and-running with over 200 exciting items to choose from! Tickets are only
$10 and include your participation in our live auction  on November 12, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. with food
and entertainment. Don't forget to buy raffle tickets for some great give-away baskets of goodies and...invite your friends and family to participate as well. As you place and update your silent bids online, keep looking forward to Saturday night when we will
par-tay’ – and you’ll get to bid in person on all the live auction items!
There’ll be…
Delightful music by so many of our talented UUCSV artists.
Delicious food by Alice and David Wells.
De-lovely support for Bounty & Soul and for our own congregation. And if you haven’t done it yet, make sure you go online today to register, buy your
tickets, and get busy bidding. Here’s the link. Let’s all turn out!

The Auction Committee

Second Sundays Performer Bios
Eileen Kennedy began singing and acting in 2002, on stages from Canada to Cuba to Paris, musical theatre, solo concerts, guest artist, open mics. Some highlights are La Cave du 39Riv, ISIS Main Stage, Asheville Symphony 
Chorus, Haskell Opera House, Quebec; ACT; NC Stage; Provincetown Theatre Company;  White Horse Tavern; Galeria Nemesio Antunez, Havana.
Andy Reed worked in community and professional theater for many years, including as an actor, director, producer and company manager. He’s
performed with the Asheville Gay Men’s Chorus, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir (and other groups) and has been singing with the UUCSV Choir since he joined the
congregation in 2017.

Volunteer Opportunity - Communications Committee Chair 
After several generous years of service, Susan Culler, has recently stepped down as chair of the Communications Committee. This is the committee
responsible for overseeing all church communications to congregants,
including the Current newsletter, Tidings, the website, social media, etc. The Board is seeking a new chair for this committee who can help standardize and streamline communication processes to make them more efficient and uniform. If you have skills in this area, please consider putting your name
forward as a possible candidate for this position by contacting a member of the board. New committee members are always needed, as well. Remember, that the UUCSV cannot function without members stepping up to serve their congregation. The more people who volunteer, the less work there is for everyone. 

Women's Circle with Laura Staley
Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 5:30 p.m. 
Hello Everyone! 
This is Laura Staley and I will be hosting the Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 5:30 pm UU Women's Group.
I have chosen Self-discovery Prompts/Journaling prompts as the topic. 
I hope you can join me at UU. If weather permits, let's meet outside! 
If not, my preference would be to meet inside with masks. My partner had a scary bout with Covid19 (he came through) and I'm being extra cautious. I
understand if there are those unable to wear a mask. Just letting everyone know a preference. 
I look forward to our gathering and I'm grateful for the opportunity to host. 
Hope to see you there! 

Anti-Racist Covenant Group Invitation

“There’s a way out of this mess, and it requires each of us to begin with our own body. You and your body are important parts of the solution… Your body – all of our bodies – are where changing the status quo must begin.” From My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.
The first UUCSV anti-racist/anti-white-body supremacy covenant group to
address our 8th Principle completed at the close of summer and presented some of our outcomes for the Sunday service last week (11/6/22). Using the work of Resmaa Menakem, we set about on the task of dismantling white
supremacy in ourselves, our community and in our world that our 8th Principle calls for. There will be a signup on the foyer table throughout November if you are interested in being a member of the next series which will most likely begin in January, since the holidays present challenges to
regular attendance which is an important part of covenant work. Those of us who were participants of this group appreciate UUA’s leadership and
guidance in this difficult work and commit anew to “intentional work and
persistent commitment to build multicultural, antiracist beloved community.” (Quote from the report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change).
Please talk to Anna ( or Deb ( or any members of the first group for questions, or put your name on the
signup sheet and we will be in touch. 

Welcoming Circle Update
Our new American family needs a dresser for children's clothing. A tall dresser with a small footprint would be best. If you can offer this item, please contact either Anna Marcel de Hermanas or Kathetine Tharp. Thank you.

Out-of-Office Reminder - Michael Donnan
I will be working remotely on Thursday, November 17, 2022. I will be in Illinois for an early Thanksgiving with my family. I will be available via email if you have any requests.
I would appreciate it if you would send any Current submissions for the week while I'm still in the office on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
Thank you,
Michael Donnan - Office Manager UUCSV 
Obituary - Charlie Chilton
UUCSV charter member, Charlie Chilton, made his transition early this month in Richmond VA. Charlie was one of a dedicated group who secured our
current building. He was also a member of our choir and a kind and gentle man.

  Open Enrollment - Affordable Care Act 2023 
Open Enrollment has begun for the 2023 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance through the Marketplace. Let trained volunteer Navigators at Pisgah Legal Services help you enroll and select the ACA plan that works best for you and your family. Navigators will help you determine your
advanced premium tax credit and other options to help you pay for your health insurance needs for people who qualify.  
Call (828) 210-3404 to reserve an appointment with a Navigator.  Enrollment for January 1, 2023, ends on December15, 2022, so call soon!
If you have any questions, call Navigator Jim Carillon at (828) 335-5441.

Books For Good Update
UUCSV has been donating books to Books For Good, a non-profit organization that sells used books and returns the profits to the organizations that
donate them. Jackie Franklin is now the coordinator for this project and has learned that they are currently taking limited donations due to overstock. They continue to accept fiction but are accepting nonfiction only if published in the last 2 years. Any books that are placed in the donation box that are not accepted by Books For Good will be donated to the local thrift stores. Contact Jackie (828-712-3776) if you have a large number of books you would like picked up for donation. 
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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