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  Major Events
  and Adult Activities
        Fall 2008
        August Edition
The Adult Activities and Major Events brochure is compiled by the
Adult Activities Committee and the Religious Education Program. All
activities are volunteer-led and open to Mount Vernon Unitarian
Church members, friends and visitors.


Adult Activities
Georgia Pourchot, Chair and RE Council liaison
If you are interested in the possibility of sponsoring an adult activity or
starting a new group, contact Georgia Pourchot, 703-721-0595,
gpourchot@yahoo.com.


Adult Religious Education
Meagan Henry, Director of Religious Education
George Ball, Chair and RE Council liaison
If you would like to teach an Adult Religious Education course, or would
like to see one offered, contact Meagan Henry, 703-765-5950 x 105,
dre@mvuc.org.


Intergenerational Events
Seileen Murphy, Chair and RE Council liaison
If you would like to volunteer with Intergenerational Events, contact
Seileen Murphy, 703-768-4904, smurphy@martin-blanck.com.




MAJOR MVUC EVENTS………….…………………………...…... 4

ADULT ACTIVITIES ……………………………………………9
Welcome to Our Community ……………………………………9
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  RU a UU? Introduction to Unitarian Universalism
  Getting Acquainted with MVUC
  Walking the Walk: Social Justice at MVUC
Leadership Seminar ……………………………………………….10
Economic and Political Issues………………………………..…. .10
  High School Discussion Group
  “Menu for the Future” Discovery Circle
  UU Principles in Current Events
The Spiritual Search………………………………………………..11
  A Celebration of the Fall Equinox
  Contemplative Group
  In Search of Spirituality Without God
  Sitting Meditation
  Spiritual Friends
  The God We Never Knew
Arts, Literature, Crafts, Hobbies……………………………....... 13
  Adopt a Garden Site
  Adult Choir
  Birding Group
  Blues and Jazz
  Book Club
  Book Sale Preparation Group
  Greenhouse Group
  Holiday Shop Craft & Cooking Workshop
  International Folk Dance
  MVUC/FHP Natural Playground Project
  Quilters
  Would-Be Poets
Social and Support Groups………………………………………. 17
  Brotherhood of Older Men (BOOM)
  Every Thursday Group (ET)
  Good Companions
  Tawanda
  Teen Parenting 101
  Young Adults (The fUUn Group)
  Wellness Wednesday Workshops
  Women’s Spirituality


           MAJOR MVUC EVENTS

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 INGATHERING PICNIC
 Saturday, September 6, 6:00 pm, Meeting House Patio

                            Social highlight of the year, this picnic marks
                            the beginning of a new church cycle, the
                            return from summer break with fresh (and
                            rested) eyes and open minds. Come join the
                            Board of Trustees and the Program Council,
sponsors of this event, for an evening of good food, drinks, and
conversation. Meet our new minister, Kate Walker, and celebrate our
community. Information from Tamara de la Camp,
tamara.delacamp@vet-fed.com.

 LIVING GREEN YEAR
 September 2008 - September 2009

 We talk about caring for our mother Earth, we recycle, sometimes we
 pay attention to how much waste we generate; but do we make a
 concerted effort to change our lifestyles and have as little impact on the
 Earth as we can? This coming year we will become even more
 intentional about our environmental footprint. We will “eat our values”
 by eating lower on the food chain, and by using locally-grown, organic
 food. We will recycle old cell phones, walk or bike more and drive less,
 petition elected representatives for energy-sustainable strategies, listen
 to environmental guest speakers, and much more. Check the Commons
 for information on what you can do to lower your household energy
 consumption and adopt a lifestyle that makes you proud to be “green.”
 Information from Green Sanctuary Task Force.

 WEDNESDAY FELLOWSHIP
 Generally 3rd Wednesday of the month, 6:15 – 9:00 pm

 Starting in September, we gather to enjoy dinner together, then attend
 mid-week activities and meet others on the Hill. Dinner begins at 6:15
 p.m., vegetarian and non-dairy options available, $5/person ($15/family,
 potluck option available). Dinner is followed by a variety of activities
 each month: choir rehearsal, book club, yoga, crafts, green lifestyles,
 Harry Potter fans, and more. Childcare available 7:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 for a small fee (please let us know in advance). Sign up in the Commons
 and watch the Windmill for more information.
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SOCIAL JUSTICE SPEAKER SERIES
Gerry Connolly & Mark Fimian
House of Representatives Election Debate
September 21, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, Chapel and Commons

Elected representatives, candidates running for office, and other policy
makers offer remarks, followed by a question and answer session and
reception. Open to the public. Information from Gregg Early,
gearly@kci-com.com.

BLOOD DRIVE
September 27, St. Luke's Episcopal Church
December 13, MVUC

The Inova Hospital System, in cooperation with MVUC and 13 other
neighborhood churches, sponsors blood drives throughout the year. If
you would like to contribute blood on a regular basis, please contact Jim
Potter, jpotter@noblis.org or 703-610-2959.

NURSERY FAMILY GATHERING
September 28, 10:30 - 11 am, Nursery & Patio, Meeting House

Kids that play together, stay together! Come join your fellow mini-UUs
and their parents at a casual gathering between services. This is
your opportunity to meet lifelong friends and arrange for play dates.
Sponsored by the Intergenerational Events committee. Information from
Seileen Murphy, 703-768-4904.

MVUC/FHP NATURAL PLAYGROUND PROJECT
FUNDRAISER
October 18, 10 am - 1 pm, rain or shine

Our expert, Ed Raduazo (of The Green Hill Project mud hut
construction last spring) will help us construct mud and daub
birdhouses. One parent with child (or children) per birdhouse.
Information from Wendy Burns, wdburns@erols.com.
REV. KATE WALKER’S INSTALLATION
October 19, 4:00 pm


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The Installation Service for Rev. Kate R. Walker as MVUC's Parish
Minister will begin with a church service and follow with a gala
reception in Hollin Hall. Everyone is invited to this traditional event to
honor and welcome our new minister. Information from Sandy
Peterson, sandrapeterson@cox.net, and Jane Nelson, jn9203@aol.com.

BIG BOO PARTY & FALL BONFIRE/CAMPFIRE
October 24, 6:30 – 9:00 pm, Commons & Chapel, meadow

Come celebrate Halloween with your church community. Wear a
costume (or not), bob for apples (or not); this event is open to all.
Sponsored by the Intergenerational Events committee. Information from
Seileen Murphy, 703-768-4904.

WORKENANNY
October 26, 12:30 pm

Twice a year, spring and fall, we come to church in work-in-the-garden
clothes and spend several hours helping maintain the grounds and
buildings. Tasks involve weeding, pruning, cleaning, and brush removal.
Free pizza lunch. For information contact Alvin Macomber, 703-780-
3489, or leave your name in the “Grounds” mailbox.

UNICEF – HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL
October 26, between services

This annual event features a cake walk, games, treats and more to raise
funds in support of UNICEF. Sponsored by Intergenerational Events
committee and Religious Education Council. Information from Seileen
Murphy, 703-768-4904.

CIRCLE SUPPERS
Saturday, November 1

A UU tradition, circle suppers are held in members’ homes, with the
host offering a main dish and guests bringing a dish to share. With no
more than 10 participants, these small, informal dinner gatherings build

community and friendship. Information from Mike Walker,
walker.mike@epamail.epa.gov.

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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW
November 15, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Meeting House

Join fellow Northern Virginia UUs in a day of democracy-building and 5th
Principle exercise as we hear from House Appropriations Committee
member Del. Robert Brink, and Conservation and Natural Resources
Committee Chair Sen. Patsy Ticer, as well as Equality Virginia Executive
Director Dyana Mason. In the afternoon, social justice leader Rev. C.
Douglas Smith, executive director of the Virginia Interfaith Center for
Public Policy, will offer a preview of what bills and decisions are coming
up in Richmond. Online registration on the UUSJ web site will begin
September 15. Information from Georgia Pourchot,
gpourchot@yahoo.com.

HOLIDAY SHOP
November 22

This annual MVUC event brings together artisans, artists, jewelry
designers, florists and other vendors from Northern Virginia to
celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and the start of Christmas
shopping. The Holiday Shop also features a bake sale, an Alternative
Gifts drive to benefit our partner churches in Romania and India,
auctioning off a beautiful quilt handmade by MVUC Quilters and a
ginger-bread house, a Fair Share table, environmentally-conscious
products, gifts made by MVUC children and much more. Come shop
and enjoy lunch featuring Mike Walker’s famous home-made soup.
Holiday Shop is a major church fund-raiser. It is also lots of fun.
Participation in the planning and production of this event is open to the
MVUC community and beyond. Information from Mary Barnett, 703-
360-7152.

WALK FOR THE HOMELESS
November 22

Walk to educate and raise awareness of the increasing crisis of
homelessness in Northern Virginia and beyond. If you are young in age
or spirit, join us to show your support for an end to homelessness.
Information from Helen Lounsbury, helenwcannon@yahoo.com.

PARTNER CHURCH BRUNCHES
November 30, December 28
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The Partner Church Committee sponsors this fundraising event for
MVUC’s partner churches in Romania and the Khasi Hills of India. Enjoy
fellowship and a delicious meal and help support our partner churches.
Information from Lisa Gillispie, lisagillispie@earthlink.net.

HOLIDAY CRAFT WORKSHOP, LASAGNA DINNER &
SING-A-LONG
December 6, 2:00 - 4:00 pm; 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Commons and
Chapel

Get ready for the holiday season by making gingerbread
houses, wreaths, decorations and more! Stay for supper
and sing-along, then enjoy the grand-pinata competition.
Sponsored by Religious Education Council and
Intergenerational Events committee. Information from
Seileen Murphy, 703-768-4904.

FEED THE HOMELESS, VIC-HOP
December through March

Wednesday nights in December - January, Thursday nights in February -
March, we feed the homeless on Rt. 1 as part of the Ventures in
Community Hypothermia Project (VIC-HOP). MVUC groups and
individuals prepare dinners or breakfast bags, or spend the night at the
shelter. Information from Helen Lounsbury,
helenwcannon@yahoo.com.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
December 21, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Hollin Hall and Grounds

We start the winter solstice by breaking bread, having a pagan service
to celebrate the start of winter, and gathering around a fire in the
meadow. All are welcome. This event is sponsored by the
Intergenerational Events committee. Information from Seileen Murphy,
703-768-4904.


                ADULT ACTIVITIES

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       Welcome To Our Community

This series of Saturday morning sessions is designed especially for
newcomers inquiring about Unitarian Universalism and church life at
MVUC, but is also open to current members and friends. The sessions
are related but independent and need not be taken consecutively.

Session 1: RU a UU? INTRODUCTION TO
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM
Rev. Kate R. Walker
Saturday, October 4, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Commons

Come learn about our unique approach to theology, our pluralistic
religious practices, our respect for your personal religious beliefs, and
our history as leaders of social action in Europe and the U.S. We’ll
discuss our open, broad approach to religious education and the
challenges of being an intentionally diverse religious community where
the members have shared power. Information from Rev. Kate Walker,
703-765-5950 x 104, minister@mvuc.org.

Session 2: GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH MVUC
Ron Brandt, Moderator
Saturday, October 18, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Commons

Whether you’ve been around for a while or are thinking of becoming a
member, this workshop can help you learn more about our church’s
organization, governance, and programs. Take a tour of our beautiful,
historic property. Talk with staff members and volunteers about
religious education classes, social groups, vital committee work, and the
ways our members express their faith in their daily lives. Decide which
of many possible opportunities are right for you. Information from Ron
Brandt, 703-765-5950 x 103, evenings 703-765-4779,
ronbrandt@cox.net.


Session 3: WALKING THE WALK:
SOCIAL JUSTICE AT MVUC
Georgia Pourchot, Moderator
Saturday, November 1, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Commons
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The social justice work of MVUC earned us a national award, green
sanctuary certification, and wildlife sanctuary status in 2008. Participants
in this workshop will learn about current activities and opportunities for
involvement Hear how we support our partner churches in Romania
and India, work to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” promote women’s
reproductive rights, donate blood, feed the homeless, and more. Find
out how you can join in walking the walk of our UU faith. Information
from Georgia Pourchot, gpourchot@yahoo.com.



                          Leadership
LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Bill Clontz, coordinator
Friday & Saturday, October 24, 6:30 - 9:00 pm,
October 25, 9:00 am –12 pm Hollin Hall

A wide ranging workshop focused on principles of leadership, problem
solving, conflict management, organization of MVUC, and basic tools for
conducting productive meetings. Designed especially for elected and
appointed lay leaders of the church but all who are interested in
improving their program management skills are welcome. Information
from Bill Clontz, bill@theclontz.net.



      Economic and Political Issues
HIGH-SCHOOL DISCUSSION CLASS
Carl Lohmann, moderator
Once a month, Sundays, 11 am, Youth room

Young Religious UUs choose the topics of discussion, and congregation
members act as resources. Debates range from abortion, to Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell, racial profiling, gun control, or global warming, and highlight
the point of view of our young people. This class is in its second year
and thriving. Information from Carl Lohmann or Meagan Henry.

“MENU FOR THE FUTURE” DISCOVERY CIRCLE
Suzanne Cleary Cohen
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Mondays, September 29 – November 10, 7 – 8:30 pm, Hollin Hall Fireplace
Room

Have you ever considered the impact that food has on culture, society
and the health of our planet? What about the connections between
agricultural practices and personal as well as ecological well-being? Do
you wonder what your role in creating or supporting a sustainable food
system, might be? We will tackle such topics as effects of our modern
eating habits; ecological and economic impacts of how we grow and
prepare our food; influences shaping our choices and food policies; the
issues of hunger, equity and Fair Trade during a 7-session, self-guided
discussion group. Information from Suzanne Cleary Cohen, 703-768-
4967.

UU PRINCIPLES IN CURRENT EVENTS
Georgia Pourchot
Second Friday of the month, October through May, members' homes

We use UU principles as a starting point to analyze local, national and
international current events. Free discussion group, open participation.
Information from Georgia Pourchot, gpourchot@yahoo.com



                The Spiritual Search
YOGA, LABIRINTH WALKS, AND THE FALL EQUINOX
Kathi McNeil
Monday, September 22, 7:30 - 9 pm, Remington Chapel

Celebrate the changing season with relaxation exercises, easy yoga, and
a labyrinth walk in the sound of music. Wear comfortable clothing and
bring a yoga mat or a blanket. Information from Kathi McNeil, 703-780-
5939, krmcneil2105@aol.com.


CONTEMPLATIVE GROUP
Peg Bartel
Sundays, 10:00 am when there are two services, 9:00 am when one service,
Hollin Hall Sun Porch


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If you have an interest in deepening your spiritual life through
meditation, you may be interested in MVUC’s Contemplative Group.
We come together informally each Sunday for celebration, silence, and
friendship, sometimes beginning with a walking meditation or Qui Gong
exercises. The sitting meditation begins with simple chants from
different traditions, then selected readings on the experience of mystics
and meditation, followed by a period of silence for 20 minutes that is
broken by song. After worship, we have sharing and fellowship until the
MVUC main service begins. All are welcome. Information from Peg
Bartel, 703-799-1208.

IN SEARCH OF SPIRITUALITY WITHOUT GOD
Ken Pilkenton
Wednesdays, September 24 & November 5, 7:00 pm
Hollin Hall Fireplace Room

Can spirituality exist without reference to a supreme being? In keeping
with our Unitarian principle of acceptance of one another and
encouragement to spiritual growth, this is a two-part discussion on such
a possibility. We will also explore alternative guides to leading
meaningful-- perhaps even spiritual-- lives. Suggested readings will be
available approximately three weeks before the first session.
Information from Ken Pilkenton, kpilk@cox.net.

SITTING MEDITATION
Dale Peebles
Sundays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Carriage House

This class practices sitting meditation and studies readings from Jack
Kornfeld, Thich Nhat Hanh, Sharon Salzberg and others. Our study
encourages us and provides instruction and support for those with no
previous experience in Buddhist meditation. We practice for our own
benefit and the benefit of others. Introductory instruction is available for
newcomers and you do not need to register in advance. Information
from Dale Peebles, 703-780-2243.

SPIRITUAL FRIENDS
Peg Bartel, Jim Potter
Fourth Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm


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Spiritual Friends is a small group ministry rising out of the experience of
a class in Building Your Own Theology. Spiritual questions of special
interest or concern to each member of the group are discussed at
monthly meetings. This group is currently closed to new members, but if
you are interested in building your own group of spiritual friends,
contact Peg Bartel, 703-799-1208.

THE GOD WE NEVER KNEW
Peg Bartel
Wednesdays, October 1 - November 19, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Hollin Hall, Blue
Room

Using Marcus Borg’s book as a basis for discussion, this class will
explore the evolution of the concept of God from an authoritarian
monarch in the sky to an ever present creative spirit that is reconciled
with scientific inquiry and critical thinking. Borg shows how the modern
crisis of faith is itself rooted in delusion––misinterpretation of biblical
texts and of God’s true nature––and challenges readers to a new way of
thinking about God. He opens a practical discussion about how to base
a relationship with the divine both immanent and transcendent, here
and now, always and everywhere. Marcus Borg is a biblical scholar,
member of the Jesus Seminar and a leader in the new Christian
reformation. Information from Peg Bartel, 703-799-1208.


    Arts, Literature, Crafts, Hobbies
ADOPT A GARDEN SITE
Wendy Burns
Year Around, MVUC grounds

Do you like to garden and feel good when an area is spruced up? Then
come join this group of enthusiastic gardeners who keep the MVUC
grounds looking great. Families or individuals take on a garden site and
care for it whenever they have time by raking, hedging, trimming trees
and planting flowers, to keep our hill looking tidy and welcoming to all
of us. Information from Wendy Burns, 703-780-3204.

ADULT CHOIR
Mimi Stevens
Wednesdays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm (late August through mid-June)
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If you like to sing and can carry a tune, you will enjoy being part of the
MVUC Choir. We sing a wide variety of music and have fun doing it!
We perform at Sunday services during the regular church year (not
during the summer months). New choir members are always welcome.
Information from Mimi Stevens, mimi.stevens@verizon.net.

BIRDING GROUP
Ben Jesup
Year Around, Huntley Meadows, Dyke Marsh, White Oaks and more

Come join us watching birds and trying to
identify those Fall warblers. Migration season is
particularly attractive. Information from Ben
Jesup, 703-765-4965, breep@aol.com.

BLUES AND JAZZ JAMS
Tom Griffin
Alternate Monday nights, 8:00 - 9:30 pm, September 8, 22, October 6, 20,
November 3, 17, December 1, 15, 29, Carriage House

Instrumentalists of all experience levels are invited to join us for the fun,
elation, jubilation, frustration, anguish, and joy of making music in these
genres, reading and improvising pieces. Information from Tom Griffin,
grifthomas@gmail.com, 703-719-6152.

BOOK CLUB
Louise Werner-Rhodes
Twice a month: second Sundays (after second service), and on Wednesday
Fellowship nights

This group gets together to discuss “oldies but goodies” books, from
classics to more recent authors. Come join us, even if you have not
read the book. Information from Louise Werner-Rhodes,
louron13@cox.net.

BOOK SALE PREPARATION GROUP
Joan Wamsley
Wednesdays, 9:15 am, Hollin Hall


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This group meets year around to sort and store book donations in
preparation for the Spring Sale. Perks include a preview of what will be
for sale and the opportunity to borrow flat rate books. Information
from Joan Wamsley, 703-751-6086, lipiczky@comcast.net.

GREENHOUSE GROUP
Mary Barnett
Year Around, Greenhouse

Members participate in propagating and caring for annuals, perennials,
herbs, heirloom tomatoes, and some tropical plants in our historic
greenhouse. Plants are sold to the public every Saturday and Sunday in
the spring, on book sale days and at Holiday Shop. In the summer when
the Greenhouse is closed, some members continue their gardening
activities on the MVUC grounds. We also take field trips to special area
gardens. Greenhouse activities are self-funding. Sales income covers
the cost of seeds, purchased plants, supplies, heating and the
maintenance of the building. Meetings are once a month. No
experience required, only an interest in horticulture. Information from
Mary Barnett, 703-360-7152.

HOLIDAY SHOP CRAFT AND COOKING WORKSHOP
Sandy Peterson, Ruth MacCleery
Monday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, September 29 until the November Holiday
Shop, Hollin Hall

If you like to make holiday cookies and crafts, join
us. We meet every Monday evening to make food
items and crafts to donate or sell at the MVUC
Holiday Shop. Singles, families with or without
children -- anybody willing to spend time learning new recipes and crafts
is welcome. Information from Sandy, 703-768-2565 or Ruth, 703-360-
6528.

INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
Ken & Pat Krogh
Thursday nights, 8 - 10 pm, Chapel

Celebrating 30 years at MVUC, this group meets year around to enjoy
dancing to the beat of music from some 20 countries. Dance

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instruction is provided by experienced leaders. Singles or couples of all
ages are welcome. Information from Ken or Pat Krogh, 703-866-2393.

MVUC/FHP NATURAL PLAYGROUND PROJECT
Wendy Burns, Kristen Reidy, Gail McNulty
Year Around, MVUC Playground area

Join us as we create a Natural Playground on MVUC's grounds. This
project is a fun way to raise ecological awareness. We are working
together with Fort Hunt Preschool parents to plant, build, and install
natural playground elements. Completed elements include a storytelling
area, a mud and daub hut, and a stage/tree surround. FHP purchased
and installed a new playground structure in the summer of 2008 that
used 25,000 recycled plastic bottles. We need help in this next phase to
complete the outdoor classroom area, willow tunnel, streambed, bird
blind, easel fence, and music area. Information from Wendy Burns,
wdburns@erols.com.

QUILTERS
Nancy Barkume
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, Hollin Hall Blue Room

The quilters create an annual quilt that is raffled at the fall Holiday
Shop. We are a group of supportive and creative people who share our
enthusiasms and our lives as we make a quilt from fabrics that have
been donated to the church. Our group is a continuation of a long
tradition at MVUC. Beginners are welcome. Information from Nancy
Barkume, 703-360-3203.

WOULD-BE POETS
Bea Holmes
Fridays, 7:30 pm, members’ homes

A group of ambitious writers who meet to encourage, inspire, and
critique each other's work in a constructive and creative environment.
Members bring in poetic creations they have written during the month,
and help each other bring out the best language in each poem,
enhancing ideas and style. Beginners are welcome and no previous
experience is required. Information from Bea Holmes, 703-768-0170.


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          Social and Support Groups
BOOM (Brotherhood of Older Men)
Tom Ruby
First and Third Thursdays of the Month, 7:30 pm
Hollin Hall, Morning Room

A group of men who meet twice a month to share thoughts about
masculinity in the modern world. The group talks about hopes, fears,
defeats, losses, and joys, as well as religion and politics. Information
from Tom Ruby, 703-780-6652.

EVERY THURSDAY GROUP (ET)
Jo Jackley
Thursdays, 10 am - 2 pm, Hollin Hall

This group meets every week for activities including projects for
Holiday Shop, sociability, birthday celebrations, monthly book
discussions, and lunch. BYOL (lunch) or enjoy our PBJ sandwiches and
drinks. Everyone is welcome. Information from Jo Jackley, 703-360-
6636.

GOOD COMPANIONS
Elaine Bronez, Al and Eleanor Erickson
Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month
BYOL at 11:45, speaker at 1:45 pm, Hollin Hall

Enjoy the extended community of MVUC over
brown-bag lunch, followed by a speaker. Past
speakers talked about their life stories, hobbies, and
topics such as “climate change, “integration of
Muslims in the USA,” and sharing of unique personal
experiences. This program is in its 13th year of fostering “lifetime
learning” and sociability. Bring a friend, make a friend, and enjoy life in
our community. Information from Elaine Bronez, 703-765-2346.

TAWANDA
Nina Tisara
Generally meets the first Sunday of the month, 6 pm, Nina Tisara’s home


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An informal group of women who meet to enjoy pot-luck dinner and
friendly conversation. Members range in age from the 30s to the
80s. The name "Tawanda" comes from the freedom cry of one of the
main characters in the story Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop
Cafe. This is a closed membership group, but if you want to learn how to
start a new group of this persuasion, contact Nina Tisara, 703-313-6212.

TEEN PARENTING 101
Meagan Henry
Sundays, 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Hollin Hall, Fireplace Room

Meet with other parents of teens to hear guest speakers, read about,
and discuss how to face the many challenges that come with teen
parenting. Information from Meagan Henry, dre@mvuc.org.

THE fUUn GROUP (YOUNG ADULTS)
Michelle Coon
Year Around

This is a group of young adults ranging from 18 to 40 who socialize with
each other. The fUUn Group’s goal is to have fun with other members
of the church, outside of long committee meetings or church services.
The fUUn Group is not a singles group and participation in any of the
events is completely voluntary. The fUUn Group tries to have at least
one luncheon after church each month, and one other activity.
Information from Michelle Coon, mjcoon03@yahoo.com, 703-960-
2484.




WELLNESS WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS
Sue Redding
12/3, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Hollin Hall Fireplace
Room

Caring for our health is a sacred duty, and excellent health is one of our
most valuable assets. This group builds health awareness on topics such
as Nutritional Influences on Health; Nutrition for Seniors, Families, and
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Kids; Building Our Body’s Defenses & Lowering Our Risk for Disease;
Coping With Stress; and more. Information from Sue Redding,
sueredding@verizon.net.

WOMEN’S SPIRITUALITY GROUP
Adriana Krogh
Second and Fourth Thursdays of the Month, 7:30 pm
Hollin Hall, Green Room

This group grew from the experience of an adult RE course called
Breathe, Walk and Wash the Dishes. Participants meet to discuss
personal growth, share collective wisdom and leadership, and enjoy
each other’s company. Information from Adriana Krogh,
adrianakrogh@gmail.com.




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