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Worship & Youth Activities:
Sunday Service: 10:45am
Child care 10:45am 

We offer many spiritual, social and community activities throughout the week. To find out more about our faith and our religious activities, check out our Calendar of Events.

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Congregational Meeting

 Sunday, August 16 at 12 noon.  Potluck lunch after the meeting

 Everyone welcome although only eligible* members may vote.

 A congregational meeting will be held after the August 16 service to vote on two issues:

       1) establishment of a UUCH Endowment Fund and

       2) application to be designated a Welcoming Congregation by the Unitarian Universalists Association (UUA).

       The finance committee has been researching steps needed to establish a UUCH Endowment Fund, which would generate income for the church. A UUCH Endowment Fund would be another option for donations to our church, as bequests or gifts.

       The Welcoming Congregation program was launched by the UUA  in the 1980s to help UU congregations “learn how to undo homophobia—and later, transphobia (prejudice against transgender people)—in our hearts and minds, our congregations, and our communities.”  To be recognized as a Welcoming Community, a UU church submits an application describing its efforts in the areas of education, congregational life, and community outreach.

       For most of its 58 years, UUCH has had LGBTQ members as active and visible participants in our church community, but the church has never applied for the Welcoming Congregation designation. This year Bill Pike, Michael Roehm, and Cynthia Cantrell have been documenting our many LGBTQ-related activities. Congregational approval of the application process at the August meeting is the final step.

       Receiving UUA Welcoming Congregation recognition is important for our church. Both LGBTQ and straight people searching for a UU congregation now look for the Welcoming Congregation designation as a sign of a progressive church. Being an official Welcoming Congregation will also remind all UUCH members and friends that we mean the “respecting diversity” phrase in our mission statement and are committed to putting our faith and principles into action. 

       More information about both these issues will be available before and at the meeting.

       To learn more now about endowment funds, visit www.uua.org/finance or talk to a finance committee member: Jerry Harness, Michael Holland, Marcus Jaiclin, Bill Pfoutz, and Michael Roehm.

       To learn more now about Welcoming Congregations, visit www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming/program or talk to Bill Pike.

*Members may vote at the congregational meeting if they have signed the membership book at least 60 days before August 16.


Free-for-All

Sat., August 15, 9 a.m. - noon

in the courtyard of St. John’s Lutheran Church (141 S. Potomac Street)

            Bring garden produce, clothing, toys, books, household items, or anything else you wish to give away. School supplies and children’s clothing would be particularly appropriate.

          Despite its name, the Free-For-All is more like a swap meet with everyone encouraged to bring something to share with others.

          Since part of the goal for this event is for our church to be a presence in the community, please bring your items to the courtyard Saturday morning and stay for the conversation and community involvement. There is ample parking behind the church.

          If you can not bring your donations, please clearly label them “Free for All” and leave them on the center table inside the first barn door (beside the recycling cans) by August 9.

       Volunteers are needed early on August 15 to transport items left at our church and to help set up. For more information or to volunteer, contact faith-in-action chair, Donna Catling.


Church Work Day

Sat., July 11, 8 a.m. - Noon or as long as you choose to volunteer

Help with special projects and seasonal chores at the monthly work day. For more information, contact building and grounds chair, Rita Parker (304-319-1136  busyrita@yahoo.com)


Stories in the Round - see the Groups page


Children’s Book Drive

 Start gathering new and gently-used books for children ages birth through 11 for the September book collection at our church. This will be the fourth annual children’s book drive, cosponsored by HARC, United Way and the Rotary Club. Donated books will be sorted and distributed to daycares, schools and other reading programs. More information will be in the September newsletter.


For details on these events and more, see our CALENDAR page. 

If you would like to start a new activity or group at church, fill out the Activities Request Form and have your request approved by the board, which meets monthly! 


Want to support our church at no extra cost to you? 
Buy gift cards through the church. Click here for more info! 

 
 

Inclement Weather Cancellation Information

Cancellations at UUCH:  How to know what's happening

 

Weather Cancellation Information
For Sunday services, the board will make a decision about canceling as early as possible and inform people through
• website: uuhagerstownmd.org
• Facebook.com/UUHagerstownMD.com
• email to Yahoo UUCH UPDATES list*
• area radio stations: MIX95.1, BigDawg95.9, WAYZ104.7
For other church activities, the group’s leader will decide and contact regular attendees directly and when possible, also use the methods above. 

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