Change for the World…Bethel AME

January, February, March

Bethel AME – This oldest (1867) surviving African American place of worship in Carlisle is located on Pomfret Street, across the street from St Patrick’s Shrine Church.

Unfortunately, the congregation is unable to meet in their historic sanctuary, because the building is not up to code. The small congregation is in need of funds to pay for the repairs, and they are still paying of the mortgage!

Currently, they meet once a month in person at the Carlisle United Methodist Church, and on other Sundays they meet on Zoom.  They also have a warm relationship with Second Presbyterian Church.  Bethel AME host the annual MLK luncheon and participate in the Community MLK Commemoration, Interfaith celebrations and community events.  Their doors are open to all, regardless of ethnic origin.

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UUCV Book Group

The UUCV Book Group meets the 4th Sunday of each month at 6:00 PM for a lively, thoughtful discussion on ZOOM

March 24 – Searching for Savanna: The Murder of tne Native American Woman and the Violence Against the Many by Mona Gable.  Contact Bev Ayers-Nachamkin [email protected] if you have any questions.

“In this engaging and meticulously researched account centered on one horrific crime in North Dakota, Mona Gable explores the failings of the justice system and society behind the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. An urgently needed look at an epidemic of femicide by an excellent writer.” —Nina Burleigh, journalist and author of The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox

UUCV Yard Sale

Start your spring cleaning and save your throw away treasures for the yard sale which will be held on April 25, 26 and 27. 

We will start collecting items April 15.  Please make sure your donations are clean and in working order.  No shoes or clothes will be accepted.   

Social Justice and Black History Commemoration Events

March 8, 8:00 pm – Dickinson College and the Carlisle Theatre are excited to bring Sweet Honey in the Rock for a concert. See flyer attached. Purchase tickets here:

Hike to Recognize Earth Day

Join Kim Stone and the Social Justice Committee on April 27, the Saturday after Earth Day on April 22. We will meet at the church 9:00 am, drive to the parking area of the Appalachian Trail on York Road and hike to Boiling Springs Road and back to the church, just about 2 hours. Appropriate for ages 9 and up. More information as we get closer to the date.

CARES Meal – March 24

On Sunday, March 24, we will deliver a meal large enough to serve about 45-50 persons to Community CARES Carlisle. In 2024 we are only delivering meals every 3 months, so this is the first of four for this year. 

The theme is COMFORT HOMEMADE DISHES.  The Homemade dishes can be meatloaf, mashed potatoes, Mac and cheese, vegetables, rolls, & desserts. We will need donations of prepared foods, food to Reheat, grocery cards, or checks to cover needed items.

If you can help out with part of this meal, please email Pam [email protected] & indicate what you can help with. The following are menu items & quantities we will need.

MEAT – 3 Meatloaf dishes (enough to serve 10-12)

SIDES – 5 dishes needed ( enough to serve 10-12) Mashed Potatoes, Mac ,& Cheese, Hashbrown Casserole, Sweet Potatoes, etc.

VEGETABLES – Any Large bags of Frozen Vegetables or Vegetable Casseroles 4 or 5 needed

ROLLS – 5 Dozen dinner Rolls needed  & 2 lbs of butter. 

DESSERTS – Any kind of PIE (4 or 5),  &  Cupcakes  – 3 dozen needed

BEVERAGES – Large Can of Coffee, 2 Jars of Creamer

Please leave donations of food in the Church Kitchen, marked CARES, or deliver to the church parking lot on SUNDAY, MARCH 24, between 3:00- 3:30.

Thank you to All of you who donate parts of this meal!!

Board Positions Available

Did you ever wonder how things REALLY get done at UUCV? Perhaps you would like to serve on the Board of Trustees and get an insider’s view!

If you have been a UUCV member for at least two years and have an interest in serving, contact the Nominating Committee, Bev Motich, [email protected] to talk about the possibilities.

OPEN Auction Events – Sign up in the Social Hall

Charades and Champagne Brunch – Sunday, April 21, 2024, 12:30 p.m.  —  Let out your inner creative and zany self in a fun, adults-only game of charades! Join Carole & Tom DeWall at their home after services, beginning with a spirited brunch. You don’t need to know how to play; you’ll be provided with the tricks to convey information to your teammates. (Topic will be famous people, recently passed.) Cats on the premises; up to 10 players. $25 pp  (3 spaces still available)

Hiking with an optional Forest Bathing Experience – Saturday, April 13, 2024, 1:00 p.m.  —  Come out to enjoy a nice hike at Pine Grove Furnace State Park with Cindy Good and Michele Burton. We will hike the Koppenhaver and Mountain Creek Trails. The total distance of both trails is about four miles and both trails are classified as easy. Hiking snacks will be provided. For those interested, Michele will provide an introductory Forest Bathing experience. Rain date is April 14 at 1:00 p.m. Up to 12 people. $15 pp (3 spaces still available)

Jammin’ at Rock Hollow – Saturday, May 25, 2024 – 5:00 pm – 8 pm  —  Come enjoy the fun of live music! Bring your own lawn chair and sit on the hillside and sing along, dance, or just take in the vibes. A picnic-style meal with plenty of liquid refreshments will be provided by your hosts, Marlene & Brian McPherson and Susan Vernon. Location is the McPherson’s home at 764 Rock Hollow Road, Elliottsburg. Up to 20 spaces. $30 pp (9 spaces still available)

Enjoy Date Night! – Friday, June 21, 2024 6:00 pm – 8 pm  —  Drop your children off at UUCV this evening and go enjoy a few hours of adult time or self-care! Pam Martin and Lynn Sodora will provide childcare, pizza, snacks and drinks. Crafts and games will be available. Up to 15 children. Cost is $10/child or $25/family. (8 spaces still available)

Hospitality Committee Forming – We Need Volunteers – March 17 Meeting

Were you able to join us for our spaghetti social?  How about the soup and sign-ups? It takes a lot of volunteers to pull these events together and we currently do NOT have an actual committee.

We need to build a committee to host more events like this one and we are looking for volunteers to join.  Here’s how it works:

  • NO monthly meetings….only meet when there is an event that needs planned…and most can be done on ZOOM
  • Events would include:
    • Memorial Social Gatherings
    • Pot Luck Events
    • Work with Fundraising Committee on events like the Spaghetti Dinner, Souup Sign-ups, etc.

Come and learn more about joining this FUN committee on Sunday, March 17 following worship in the Board Room.


UUJUSTICEPA provides us with a challenge to include social justice in our daily lives. Use the link below to find how you can make a difference by calling your senator or representative on issues pertaining to medical debt, improving housing affordability and maintenance, improving funding for public education, and standing up for poor people in our country. Calling is simple and information is provided to help you with bill numbers and message content. If you don’t know who your legislators are, go to and use the resources tab to “find my legislator by typing in your address. Do it this week! 


Message from the Board of Trustees

If anyone has an issue which needs to be addressed, please contact a board member.  Our Staff should not be used as sounding boards for issues which need resolution by the board. The Staff can be contacted about questions specific to their duties.  For example: A religious education question should be addressed with Lynn.  Administrative issues should go to Pam. 

Personnel issues, building issues, issues specifically related to committee work should not be addressed to Staff.

Contact any Board Member to discuss. 

Volunteer Coffee Makers Needed

We are in need of volunteers to make coffee Sunday mornings. Please sign up for a date(s) in the Social Hall on the Volunteer Table.  If this is your first time, we will have someone available to show you the ropes!

Adult Religious Education

These classes will be held on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:00 am in the Board Room or join via Zoom at (572 887 2212)

March 17: Sufi Meditation – Gratitude  We will discuss Sufi practices that focus on gratitude and then we will be guided in experiencing some of them. Discussion leader: Brian McPherson

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