New Adult RE Workshop for Exploring Your Religious Journey

Join Rev. Claudia and UUCA’s Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Tiffany Sapp for a weekend adult faith development workshop, March 6, 6-8 PM in 23 Edwin and March 7, 9am-3pm in the RE Commons. The two Revs will be leading a remake of a beloved UU course called Haunting Church.  Together, we will explore our religious journeys in a way that promotes greater self-understanding and personal peace. What do you leave behind? What do you bring to the present? What do you redefine? Registration is required. Please contact Rev. Claudia if you are interested.  Contact Kim Collins if you need childcare.

UU the Vote

We have 500+ congregants and only 50 commitments on the Sandburg Hall bulletin board.  Let’s get committed, folks!!!  YOU can do something!  How about one of these:

Tuesdays, February 11, 18, 25, March 2, 6pm.  Democracy NC Phone-Banking. Help get low-propensity voters to the polls by making phone calls with Democracy NC at the United Way Bldg. Here’s the registration link.

Saturdays, February 22, March 7 and March 28, 10am-2pm.  Join us for “Get Out The Vote.” We will gather at the YWCA for a 30-minute training from Savannah Gibson, our Racial Justice Advocate, then go out in teams to canvass door-to-door to REGISTER VOTERS.” FMI, contact Savannah Gibson.

More information about these at the Justice Ministry table or at

If you’re looking for an educational opportunity, don’t miss this powerful opportunity to learn about the voting rights struggle of the 1960s directly from the people who lived it.  On March 16-20, 2020 join the UU Living Legacy Pilgrimage from Memphis to Selma.  This five-day pilgrimage, designed for people ages twelve (12) and over, focuses on exploring sacred American Civil Rights Movement sites in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee through a multigenerational lens.

Coming of Age Trivia Night, February 22, 5pm

Here’s your chance to support this year’s Coming of Age (COA) class and have a blast doing it!
Join us for Trivia Night on February 22, 5-8pm in Sandburg Hall. There will be a mac ‘n cheese bar (with lots of healthy/delish sides and toppings, plus vegan and gluten-free options), awesome all-ages trivia and some games thrown in too to keep the fun going!  This event sells out!
Why join us, besides all the fun and great food? You’ll be supporting our CoA Youth trip this summer to Beard’s Fork, West Virginia, hosted by the UU College of Social Justice. Our CoAers will get first-hand experience working and learning alongside community members with diverse perspectives on West Virginia’s past, present, and future. They will be putting UU values into action, confronting the environmental, social, and economic injustices that revolve around coal mining.
Tickets are $20 for adults/teens, $10 for kids 12 & under, and free to those going to the complimentary childcare area downstairs. ($60 max per family).
Buy your tickets after either Sunday service in Sandburg Hall over the next two weeks. And buy ‘em soon – this event sells out. Hope to see you there!


Acoustic Journeys: Bob Sinclair & The Big Deals

Sunday, February 9, doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00.  Buy tickets at the door ($20) to have a rousing good time with Bob Sinclair and The Big Deals.  They’re bluegrass, bentgrass, Americana, and spiritual, with a little Indie thrown in.  They’re front porch swing music played by happy people! The Big Deals are kind of like country or jazz or swing but not really.  It’s what happens when friendship, southern storytelling, musical talent and string quartet sensibilities combine. Sounds like fun!  Join us!  Bring snacks for intermission if the mood strikes you.

RE Town Hall Meeting, Sunday, February 2 after both services in RE Commons.

Share your thoughts, bring your questions and wishes, and give us feedback about Religious Education for children and youth at our upcoming RE Town Hall on Sunday, February 2.  Please join us in the RE Commons after either service that day. Rev. Claudia, RE staff, and a member of the RE Council will be there to listen, answer and greet. We look forward to seeing and hearing from you then. Everyone is invited!

Join the MLK, Jr. March, Monday, January 20, 11:30am, Formerly, Berry Temple United Methodist Church, 34 College Place

This is a Yellow-Shirt Brigade Event!  We believe that Black Lives Matter. We want to use our white privilege to make a difference in the world.  We want to show our support at this Peace Rally and March.  

There will also be a Candlelight Service on that same Monday, MLK, Jr. Day, at Central United Methodist Church at 6pm.



Buy tickets for the MLK, Jr. Prayer Breakfast ($25) at the Justice Ministry table on Sunday mornings.

Saturday, January 18 at the Crowne Plaza Resort
Doors open at 7:30am; seating requested by 8:20am.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury & Healing. “Dr. DeGruy is an acknowledged expert on the intersection of racism, trauma, violence and American chattel slavery”.  
    Buy tickets for $25 at the Justice Ministry Table. Please consider making a donation to support the seats for Motheread mothers and their oldest children who will be joining us at our UU tables.

Love Is a Rose: Celebrating the Music of Linda Ronstadt

This Acoustic Journeys concert starts at 7pm on Sunday, January 5. 

In this sensational act, Paula Hanke and Peggy Ratusz belt out song after song from Linda Ronstadt’s long career while adding personal stories and historical accounts of Ms. Ronstadt’s impressive achievements.

Tickets only available at the door. $20, cash preferred but checks accepted. Doors open at 6:30pm. Bring snacks to share at intermission if you would like to.

Call (828) 545-2260 for more information.

‘Tis the Season for Giving

Linda Topp, Director of Administration

xmas-gift-uucaSurprise! This is NOT about asking for donations. Though that’s not a bad idea. In fact, why don’t you just keep that idea in the back of your head while you keep reading? This IS about the many ways we accept donations. We aim to please so we try to make it as simple as possible for you to support UUCA. Here we go:

Sign up for a regularly scheduled ACH transfer from your bank account to ours. (This is our favorite–you don’t forget and we are charged lower fees than if you use a credit card.)

Sign up for a regularly scheduled donation by credit card. (Same as above but has higher fees. Does solve the forgetful problem.)

Write a check. Drop it in the Sunday collection, bring it to church and hand it to us or drop it in the black lock box outside my office, mail it. All good.

Use the Donate link on our website to make a one-time or recurring gift.

Text to give. Use that little computer in your pocket to send this message to 77977: UUAVL GIVE. Once you input your credit card info the first time, it’s easy-peasy after that.

Transfer stock shares to us. You give us stock shares and we sell them and keep the money. This has some tax advantages. (Check with your financial folks–we are NOT financial advisors.)

Set up a donor-advised fund and direct that the fund make donation(s) to UUCA. Donor-advised funds are like mini-grant foundations with you as the grantor. You get a tax deduction when you put money into your fund, not when it gets doled out by your directives. This has a tax advantage for some folks. (Same caveat about financial advisors.)

If you are 70-1/2 years old, you are required to withdraw a certain amount of money from your IRA each year (not Roth IRAs). The amount is defined by the IRS. Go look it up. If you send the money from your IRA directly to UUCA, you pay no income taxes on that contribution. (Still not financial advisors.)

If you want to leave money to UUCA upon your demise, we have our Legacy Circle Committee ready to sign you up. This does NOT have to be a large amount. And it can be as easy as making UUCA one of the beneficiaries of an insurance plan, a bank account, or investments. Contact Mike Horak.