Worship Information

We are now meeting in person in our Sanctuary (masked) and have opened our Social Hall for coffee and visitation with masks optional. 
Our Religious Education for children are also meeting in person back in their Religious Education classrooms (masked) 
OR join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 550 751 6685


UU Principles is the theme for May Worship
2nd Principle – Justice, Equity and Compassion

May 1 – “Let it Be A Dance” We will celebrate the fire festival of Beltane while also reminding ourselves of the call of the second principle of promoting “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.”   Dot Everhart leads the service with Wheel of the Year small group members as worship associates.

May 8 – “Find your Worship” Worship is a fundamental part of being a human, but we all do it in different ways. Let this be the year where you find the way you worship!  Ben Ramirez leads the service with worship associate Cheryl Parsons. 

 May 15 – “Tug of War” How should Unitarian Universalists respond if war ever arrives on American shores? How will UUs live out principles like justice, equity, and compassion in the context of significant, sustained disruptions to everyday life in Hometown, USA? 

Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Wes Balmer, a US Army War College student and UU chaplain will discuss these important questions as well as provide an overview of the role of military chaplains.  Molly Wilkinson is worship associate.

 

3rd Principle – Accept one another and encourage spiritual growth

May 22 – “Parenting Sunday” Parenting is hard. Especially these days. Today, UUCV celebrates all the adults who parent our children, honoring the struggles, the successes, and everything in between.  Rev. Chris Kapp preaches with UUCV children as the worship associates.

May 29 – “Live a Life Worth Living” What makes a life worth living? We affirm our third principle, “acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.” We observe Memorial Day.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis leads the service with worship associate Bev Motich. 

UU Prinicples is the Worship Theme for April
1st Principle – Remember your inherent worth and dignity.

April 3 – “First Things First”  As we begin several months with the UU principles as our worship themes, we begin with the First Principle.Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis leads the service. 

April 10 – “What’s that Worth?” Our first UU principle calls us to “respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” We’ll explore various ways of measuring ourselves. What IS our worth? How do we respect dignity? Dot Everhart leads the service.

April 17 – “The Women of Easter” The women of UUCV celebrate the women of Easter. Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis, Rev. Chris Kapp and Dot Everhart lead the service.  

April 24 – “The Kids are Alright” The teens of UUCV are not our future. They are our present. Today, we will hear from them, opening our ears and hearts to what they have to teach us.  Rev. Chris Kapp leads the service with our UUCV teens participating in the service.

We are meeting in person again (masked) and have opened our Social Hall for coffee and visitation with masks optional. 

Our Religious Education for children are also meeting in person.  Children and their families should enter through the main door and will participate in the beginning of worship and then will move to the dining room where safe distancing tables and activities will be set up.  Masks will be required over nose and mouth.  

Join us for in-person worship in our Sanctuary or on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 550 751 6685

Connection is the Worship Theme for March

March 6 – “Blessed (re)Assurance” When life and the world turn us upside down, who or what can we turn to? Are we alone in the eye of the hurricane of our own making, or is something or someone there with us?  Dr. Rev. Kathy Ellis preaches and Rev. Chris Kapp preach with worship associate Dot Everhart.

March 13 – “Wanted, Needed, Welcome” This Sunday, we welcome the new members who have joined our church since the great Zoom Migration of 2020, and we answer questions you didn’t know you had — like what’s with all the spider plants in the building? What happens to the water from Joys and Sorrows every week? Where do I fit in here at uucv? Chris Kapp leads the service.

March 20 – “Wheel of the Spring Equinox” This service occurs on the actual day of the Vernal Equinox, also called “Ostara.” Members of our two Wheel of the Year SGM groups will serve as worship leaders and worship associates. We will call to the four directions to open and close the service. Our reflections will guide us to explore various ways we can care for the Earth in our daily lives as we celebrate the turning of the Wheel of the Year. 

March 27 – “Blazing New Trails”  Last year we successfully Navigated Uncharted Waters and now we’re ready to Blaze New Trails.  Stay tuned for more information about the trail, sights we’ll see along the way, and what we’ll find at the end of our next shared adventure.  In the meantime, stay hydrated and get ready to Blaze New Trails!   Members from the Board of Trustees and your Annual Budget Drive Committee will lead the service.

Love is the Worship Theme for February

February 6 – “Faithfully” “Unitarian Universalism is our “Faith Tradition” though that word challenges some of us.  What does it mean to live a life full of faith?
What does a Faith-full community look like? Rev. Craig Schwalenberg leads the service.

February 13 – “Love is a Word” I love pizza. I love my kiddos. I love my partner. I Love YOU! Why do we use the same word for all these different ideas? Love is a powerful, nuanced word. Let’s explore how other languages express what we only have one word for in English.  Chris Kapp leads the service with worship associate Lisa Citarella.

February 20 – “Love is a Verb” Love is as love does. Or is it? Or does it? Huh? What does love look like when it’s put into action?  Chris Kapp leads the service with worship associate Bev Motich.

February 27 – “Universal(ist) Love” Our Universalist tradition began as a heresy of Love– a belief about the power of Love. What’s so controversial, so powerful, about universal, abiding Love? Hundreds of years later, the call remains the same, “Love the Hell out of the world!”  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.
We are meeting in person again beginning February 6. Join us for worship in our Sanctuary or on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 550 751 6685 Our Religious Education for children will also begin meeting on February 6.  Children and their families should enter through the door off the parking lot and go straight to the dining room where safe distancing tables and activities will be set up.  Masks will be required. Social Hour in the Social Hall Stay tuned…if all the numbers keep dropping, and the safety measures we have in place for the RE program go well, we are hoping to open up our Social Hall after worship in mid-February.

January Worship

January 2 – “Befriending Fear” Fear is one of our most useful emotions, but we are constantly trying to distance ourselves from it. What could it look like if we stopped running and spent some time with it instead?  Riley Johnson leads the service with worship associate Nikki Fry.

January 9 – “Your Word” Some years back, a member of a congregation I served shared her new year’s ritual. She chose a word for the coming year. That word would be a meditation, a mantra, a focus for her. It’s an interesting spiritual practice. Some times one word isn’t enough. I wonder what word or words I should choose for 2022. What’s your word? Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Riley Johnson.

January 16 – January 16 – “The Eighth Principle?” “We, the members of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in our ourselves and our institutions.” Can the Eighth Principle help us live more fully into our UU values and mission?  Cheryl Parsons will lead the service with worship associates Wendy Gebb and members of the Social Justice Committee.

January 23 – “Falling, Dropping and Falling” There is an art to falling down and dropping balls. There is a purpose and meaning in failing. They can all be painful. Life is all about knowing they are inevitable and moving forward anyway. Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Chris Kapp.

January 30 – “What’s Next?” All is in flux. The world is always changing, as are we. Change can be scary; it can be exciting. It helps to acknolwedge what’s changed. And then, with a sense of purpose, decide together, “What’s next?” Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Bev Motich.


December Worship

December 5 – “Stories of the Season” Join Rev. Craig for an intergenerational service of stories of the season. Songs and stories and readings from other faiths and traditions. Chris Kapp joins as worship associate.   

December 12 – “And it is Quiet” A guided, meditative service. Like silence but not really silent.  Chris Kapp leads the service with worship associate Bev Motich.   

December 19 – “A Light in the Darkness”  There is a reason so many holidays are celebrated this time of the year. A reason for so many candles, fires, and twinkling lights. In the long cold night of winter, we all need a light in the darkness. Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Dot Everhart.   

December 24 – 5:00 PM “Following the Star” Join us in our sanctuary or on-line for UUCV’s traditional candlelight Christmas Eve service. The ancient story of Christmas is one of perseverance and hope. Let us celebrate each beacon of hope and all those who journey towards them. Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.  

December 26 – “The End is the Beginning” As we close out another year, we think about the things that were and what could be. The end isn’t really the end, is it? Join us as we burn away the old and set inention for the new  Chris Kapp leads the service with worship associate Nikki Fry. 


We are now meeting in person or Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 550 751 6685

November Worship


November 7 – “The Circle of Blessings”
Those who are abundantly blessed are obligated to share those blessings. Some blessings lead to lives of expanding abundance. The circle turns ever on.  Let us share with you the circle of blessing that is the Mozambique Bursary ministry. Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with participants from the Mozambique Bursary Committee.  

November 14 – “The Blessing Booth”  The little, wooden bright yellow booth says, “Free UU Blessings!”  Free? That’s a hard offer to resist…. but, what’s a UU blessing?
Find out and receive yours and learn how to create and give your own. Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Dot Everhart.  

November 21 – “You’re Welcome” We all understand the holiday of Thanksgiving being about giving thanks.  But what about the 2nd part? What about receiving thanks? How are we at that?  Come, let’s celebrate Thanks Giving and Thanks Receiving.  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Ben Ramirez.  

November 28 – “The Attitude of Gratitude“ Thanksgiving is a special day for many families. Myths about the first Thanksgiving abound. Regardless of the myths, one important takeaway about Thanksgiving is that an attitude of gratitude yields mental, physical, and spiritual health benefits whenever we adopt it. One choice is to incorporate gratitude practices into our lives in order to reap these benefits, which are especially desirable in these challenging times.  Dot Everhart leads the service with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.


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October Worship


October 3 – “Let Justice Roll Down, and Out and Around”
Reflections on justice in our US and UU histories and strategies for moving justice forward in our PA General Assembly. The service will include a call to join in our work and opportunities to take action. Guest Minister Rev. Joan M. Sabatino, Director, UUJusticePA will lead the service with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

Justice Roots; Just Possibilities, Rev. Joan M. Sabatino, Minister Emerita First UU Church of Indiana & UUPLAN Director of Legislative Affairs
Rev. Joan will share her thoughts on the role of justice embedded in the roots of our Unitarian Universalist faith. With these roots as our foundation, she will suggest how on we can stand tall and firm in our UU values, based on our UU principles, as we move justice forward in PA. About our Guest Speaker: Rev. Joan M. Sabatino served as Minister of the First UU Church in Indiana, PA for over fifteen years. During that time, she and the congregation worked together to change their image in the community by being a consistent legitimate voice for liberal religion in a small, conservative western PA town. Consequently, First UU grew significantly. The congregation granted her Emerita status upon her retirement in June 2019, While in Indiana, PA Joan co-created and co-chaired the Center for Community Growth a progressive advocacy group. The Center helped elect several UUs to the Indiana Borough Council, the Indiana Area School Board, and a County Commissioner. She is the mother of three adult daughters, has one 11-year-old grandson and two infant granddaughters born three weeks apart this summer. She has moved to Harrisburg in 2019 to take her job with UUJusticePA. She lives a quick 15 minute walk to the Capital in a small row house with her dog Lady. October

10 – “Once Upon a Time – Unitarian Universalism – Part 1” All stories have a beginning, an origin, a “once upon a time.” Come here the origin stories we tell of our faith tradition, Unitarian Universalism.  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Julie Ham. 

October 17 – “Once Upon a Time – Unitarian Universalism – Part 2” What’s this congregation’s origin story? I can’t tell it– I just got here. So, we’ll have to tell the story together. The more tellers, the better the tale. (Let me know what you would include, if you were telling the story.)  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.  

October 24 – “The Invisible Choir“ O May I join the choir invisible; Of those immortal dead who live again In minds made better by their presence…” writes poet, George Eliot. We know many who were here but are now gone– who left their mark upon us. Let’s remember them, name them, honor them, and thank them.  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Ben Ramirez. 

October 31 – “Celebrating Samhain: Honoring the Earth” An earth-based service calling on the four directions. Samhain.  Dot Everhart and Riley Johnson lead the service with worship associate Kristen Markley.


NOTE:  ZOOM channel and Meeting ID Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 550 751 6685 

September Worship


September 5 – “But It’s Not FAIR! 
Children want things to be fair. As adults, we try to strive for justice and equity, so why do we sometimes still stamp our feet when things don’t feel ‘fair’?  Chris Kapp preaches with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.    

September 12 – “Welcome” All water was once a part of the ocean. All water returns to the ocean. We are all a part of this cycle of expanding and returning. As we return together, return to our sanctuary, let us all be Welcome!  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Julie Ham.   This service will be held at the Cumberland Drive-In 3290 Ritner Hwy, Newville beginning at 10:30 am.

September 19 – “Weaving the Golden Thread”  There are truths and there are Truths. Join Julie Ham and Chris Bilger as they explore the golden threads of Truth that are woven across traditions and through our own lives. Michele Burton serves as worship associate for this service.  

September 26 – “Best Friends” It’s said that humans and dogs are the best of friends. It wasn’t always that way, of course. Such relationships take time and intention. Service animals, therapy animals, working dogs and more…Join us in exploring and celebrating these special relationships. Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associates Chris Kapp and Dan Cozort.  


NOTE: NEW ZOOM channel and Meeting ID Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 550 751 6685

August Worship


August 1 – “Hello”
Life is all “hello’s” and “goodbye’s” and mastering the art of both. Today, we get to practice the “hello” part — and whatever comes after that.  Join us as we welcome Rev. Craig Schwalenberg to our UU Family as our preacher with worship associate Dot Everhart.  

August 8 – “In the Interim” There are liminal spaces and liminal times and even liminal positions and people. There is a special magic in the In-Between. We are in the interim together, sharing this special ministry. What does that mean?  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Michele Burton.  

August 15 – “Resilience” What does it mean to be resilient? How do we create communities and people of resilience? Fortunately, it isn’t hard and we are ideally suited for it. Fortunately, it isn’t hard and we are ideally suited for it.  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Chris Bilger.  

August 22 – “Grace & Humor” Life has been WEIRD for the last couple of years. Sometimes, it feels like if we don’t laugh, we’ll lose it. Our congregation has chosen to embrace this season with Grace and Humor. What have we learned from our years of grace and humor?  Chris Kapp preaches with worship associate Bev Motich.  

August 29 – “Repair, Restore & Reimagine” Our Unitarian Universalists Service Committee has chosen these words as their current motto. Considering the past year and looking to the year ahead, they seem like a good mantry for UUCV too.  Rev. Craig Schwalenberg preaches with worship associate Riley Johnson.

Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 550 751 6685

July Worship

July 4 – “Free to Be UU and Me” What does it mean to be free? Who has freedom? What does this mean for our congregation and the way forward? Riley Johnson preaches with worship associate Bev Motich.  

July 11 – “The Other “F” Word” As a religious community we affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. How can we live into this value in a more inclusive way?  Emily Crutcher preaches with worship associate Chris Kapp.  

July 18 – “Transitions and Transformations” Change alone is unchanging. Sometimes we welcome it; sometimes we yearn for it. Sometimes we dread it; sometimes we are shocked by it.  We celebrate. We grieve. Nevertheless, change persists and we also change. Today’s service will reference the new movie “In the Heights”. If you get a chance to see it before the service, it is a highly recommended film.  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis preaches with worship associate Cheryl parsons.  

July 25- “A Blank Page” We are on the cusp of a new chapter in our congregation. A blank page lies before us. How will we use our collective pens?  Worship Associates will lead and participate in the service.  

Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 550 751 6685

June Worship


June 6 – “Opting In” 
What does it mean to choose a faith community?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Ben Ramirez. 

June 13 – “RE Sunday” Despite everything, how has our community grown and thrived this year?  Rev. Aija Siimpson, along with various families and members of the RE Committee lead this service. 

June 20 – “Letting Go” Time to say good bye. What’s next?  Join us for this very special service as we say good-bye to our beloved Rev. Aija.  There will be many new and old faces helping to lead this service and a few surprises as well. 

June 27- General Assembly


Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 942 810 6896

May Worship

May 2 – “The Frame is a Mirror” How do we move forward where there is no framework? Can we trust that we are the ones we’ve been waiting for, that we have what we need to affect change? Chris Kapp and Riley Johnson lead the service with worship associate Nikki Fry.

May 9 – “Again & Again & Again” It can seem like the work of transforming the world is never ending. How do we keep going? Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Cathy Dewalt.

May 16 – “You Wouldn’t do that if I was a Dude” …. and other life lessons from a female minister. Rev. Aija Simpson preaches. Our Town Hall will take place immediately following worship on ZOOM.

May 23 – “Building Beauty” We celebrate parents day with our annual Flower Ceremony. Join us at the Cumberland Drive-in for this service. Rev. Aija Simpson is preaching with worship associate Chris Bilger.

May 30 – “Memorial Day for us All” How we remember our loved ones who passed away. Gisela Roethke leads the service with worship associate Julie Ham.

April Worship

April 4 – 
“Easter” What happens when we don’t know what comes next?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Chris Kapp.

April 11 – “Flying the Plane While We Build It”  What if we can’t wait for the perfect time to learn something new? How do we make change in the middle? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Nikki Fry.

April 18 –  “New Old Ways”  How do we balance old wisdom and new? Are different ways of being doomed to be in conflict? Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Bev Motich.

April 25 – “Widening the Circle of Concern”  How do institutions change?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Ian Harris. 

Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 942 810 6896

March Worship

March 7 – 
“Religion and Patriarchy, Women and Water”  How did Earth Centered traditions become one of our sources? What does it mean to us now?  Rev. Dr. Kathy Ellis is worship leader with worship associate Dot Everhart.

March 14 – “What are we saving exactly?”  How do the rhythms of nature impact our disconnected lives?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Riley Johnson.

March 21 –  “So it’s spring? Really?”  Our seasons are changing. How do we grapple with a the ways climate change is already changing our world?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaching with worship associate Molly Wilkinson.

March 28 –  Celebrate our connection to our Mother Earth”  How can we feel connected to the life Force and Divine in the more than human world of Nature.  Michele Burton is service leader with worship associate Cheryl Parsons. 

Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 942 810 6896

February Worship

February 7 – 
 “What Beautiful Thing are We Becoming?”  ‘Becoming’ is a funny word, because it means beautiful as well as the process of arriving at a state of being.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

February 14 – “We Need Not be Perfect to Witness Justice”  “Judge not lest ye be judged is a reminder that this silk-slippered socialist nudges herself while laughing. Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Bev Motich.

February 21 –  “Honoring the Stories of Black Voices in Poetry, Prose, & Song”  Join us to honor the stories of Black voices as expressed in poetry, prose, and song, presented by worship leader Cheryl Parsons, worship associate Riley Johnson and assisted by members of the UUCV Antiracism Initiative.

February 28 – “How do we live with our competing instincts to protect and to cultivate?”   I want to hold you safe. I also want you to fly. Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Bev Motich.  

Join us for worship on ZOOM. or “listen in” (without video) by telephone, by calling 646-876-9923 and entering Meeting ID 942 810 6896 

January Worship

January 3 – 
“Letting Go/Holding On” Join us as we discern what we need to let go of and what we need to hold tight.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Riley Johnson.  

January 10 – “The Miracle of a Haircut”  Samson, Delilah and the power of an outfit.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Molly Wilkinson.

January 17 –  “Just A Closer Walk with Thee”  Does faith power your work?  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.

January 24 – “The Bad News”   Contrary to popular understanding, the Hebrew prophets rarely told of a longed for future. Instead, they warned of the ways our current behavior would damn us. What are our modern prophets telling us now?   Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Molly Wilkinson.  

January 31 – “Who Says We Can’t Go Home”  Like visiting your hometown for a high school reunion, revisiting old beliefs can be….awkward. Or is the right word comforting?  Chris Kapp leads the service with worship associate Ben Ramirez.


December Worship


December 6 – 
“Count the Stars” Experiencing the Awesome Awe-some.  Chris Kapp leads the service with worship associate Bev Motich. 

December 13 – “Can We Believe in Miracles?” What does it take to imagine that there might be miracles in the world?   Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Ben Ramirez.

December 20 –  “The Longest Night” Beauty in the Dark.  Rev. Aija Simpson preaches with worship associate Cathy Dewalt. 

December 24 – “Music and Lights” Join us on ZOOM at 5:30 PM for music and candle lighting.  Rev. Aija Simpson leads the service. 

December 27 –  “The Grand Pause”  Life is so much easier when we’re in possession of all the facts and in control of our own destinies… right?  But what might we discover if we learned to embrace our ignorance—and even our powerlessness—as gifts?  Rev. David speaks a bit more than usual from behind the virtual piano as he leads a music-filled service about mystery, wonder, and (gasp) faith.