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August 24, 2023
This Sunday at UUCSV
 Next Week at UUCSV
News from UUCSV Groups & Committees
Adult RE
Member & Community Activities
This Sunday at UUCSV
Sunday, August 27, 2023 - 11:00 a.m.
Compassion for the Cries of the World
Rev. Michael J S Carter

Wherever we go, wherever we wake, we are challenged to hear the cries of the world very personally. The cries are unending and overwhelming, and our noble charge to hear them - to hold them and to keep them alive—is how we keep the life force, the eros energy that we need, kindled between us. As Black Elk was once quoted as saying, the reason to lament is that it helps us to realize our oneness with all things, and to know that all things are our relatives. Let's talk about how we can still keep our sanity and our compassion with our world in turmoil.
Music: Sue Stone, piano; Linda Metzner, choir director; Karen Gaughan, recorder
Greeters: Bea Lothrop
Reminder: There is a potluck following the service.

Sunday, August 27, 2023 - 11:00 a.m.
at UUCSV with Susan E. Hicks
This week we’ll talk about representation, and self love. We’ll watch the story 
Parker Curry Looks Up, An Extraordinary Moment by Parker & Jessica Curry, and illustrated by Brittany Jackson. This book is about the portrait of the first Black First Lady, Michelle Obama, and how her portrait influenced a young African American girl. Parker finds an image that is like herself, encouraging her to love herself.
 Next Week at UUCSV
Sunday, September 3, 2023 - 11:00 a.m.
Entering the Silence
Rev. Michael J S Carter

We now live in a culture that embraces continuous sound in the form of white noise, machinery, idle conversation, music and a variety of other forms of media. They can all have a detrimental effect on our mental health and our ability to connect with nature. Have you ever just taken a walk with your pet dog for instance or walked in the woods in silence alone without talking on your phone? Let's discuss as a gentle reminder what it means to enter the eloquence of silence.
News from UUCSV Groups & Committees
Message from The Board - Please Watch!
The UUCSV Board is always concerned about the safety of our congregation. In the past two years, we have installed window coverings and instituted door locking and monitoring during services. We also believe that preparing yourself by watching this video can keep you safe if you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation, whether at church, the grocery store, or any other gathering. Here's a link to this FBI-approved short video.

Parking Update from Building & Grounds Committee
You might have noticed “parking attendants” in the North parking lot this past Sunday, directing some of you to tandem park along 5th Street, where 1 car will be on the grassy strip and exit onto 5th street at the end of the service, and 1 car will park directly behind them. Our goals are to create more parking spaces and also to keep cars off of the grass areas where tree roots abound. When we park on tree roots, this negatively impacts the trees. And since we had 1 tree fall earlier this summer, we are trying to be more aware of how we impact these old and beautiful trees.  
To help achieve our goals, please consider the following:
  • Carpool when you are able
  • Park in a parking lot around downtown Black Mountain within walking distance to UUCSV. If the parking lot you pick is too far for you to walk, please contact Deb Evenchik (615-351-4364), who will arrange for someone to meet you at the parking lot and shuttle you to and from the service. The only thing we ask is that you arrive at the other parking lot no later than 10:40 a.m.
Thank you for your assistance!

Tidings Reboot
Call for Submissions!
Please email your creative works: poems, humor, art, photography, etc. to Marti Saltzman for submission to the Fall edition of Tidings.
Adult RE
Member & Community Activities
Single Use Plastics Ban in Black Mountain
Our 7th Principle calls for us to “respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are part.” One of the ways we can do this is by supporting a ban on plastic bags and styrofoam in Black Mountain. Single-use plastic pollution harms the health of people and planet. A proposed ban has been brought to Buncombe County for consideration, and this can be best
supported by having each town pass a resolution to opt in when the ban passes.
Will you let Town Council know that you support a ban? Send your message here: Town Council Letter.  If you’d like to help to galvanize on-the-ground support through disseminating surveys and petitions, contact Linda Tatsapaugh (828-779-2635, Thank you!

 An Evening with Holly Near
A UU Asheville Live Concert & Performance Event
Friday, September 8, 2023 - 7:00 p.m.
Location & Details:
UU Asheville Sanctuary
1 Edwin Place
Advance Tickets: $30
At the Door: $35*
*Based on remaining tickets
Tickets can be purchased at:
For questions contact:
Holly Near has been singing for a more equitable world for well over 40 creative years. She is an insightful storyteller through her music, committed to keeping the work rooted in contemporary activism.
Holly’s joy and passion continue to inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit. Equally compelling at her shows and through recordings, Holly’s music fully engages listeners in the world around them, speaking to anyone who believes in peace, justice, and feminism; a wonderful spectrum of humanity. ​

Book Club Discussion
September 11, 2023
3:00 p.m. in the Portico
This is the 1st of 2 meetings to discuss David Lamotte's new book, "You Are Changing the World, whether you like it or not."  You can purchase the book directly from David's
website, at local bookstores, or from (which supports local bookstores). We will have a 2nd meeting
towards the end of September arranged by those who have expressed interest in coming up with a UU group action plan using the book as a guide.
Let Anna or Deb know if you are planning to attend. We currently have 12 participants.   

Movie Night
Friday, August 25, 2023 - 6:00 p.m.
The Norm Kowal Memorial Movie Night will feature the movie "Jerry and Marge Go Large".

We will have a potluck with red and white refreshments available. 
Church office: (828) 669-8050
Michael Donnan, Office Manager Hours: Tuesday & Thursday,
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 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. 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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Black Mountain, NC 28711
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