Sunday Service – Seeking to Understand (01/26/2020)
Civic discourse is the act of seeking to understand others. It is a gift we can give to each other, to be fully present even when we don’t always agree. AUUC member Brenna Clanton led this service where we explored how to engage in being present as part of our spiritual journey.
Sunday Service – Mean What You Say (01/19/2020)
After service led by Rev. Pippin, the congregation blessed our new sign and True Accotink Colors members installed it at our main entrance. It’s to let the outside world know that we are a welcoming congregation and we mean what we say: ALL are welcome at AUUC, no matter whom you love or how you identify.
9th Annual Hypothermia Shelter (01/12-19/2020)
We kicked off our 9th annual Hypothermia Shelter on Sunday to support the Bailey’s Crossroads Community Shelter (run by New Hope Housing). We are hosting at least 30 guests each evening from Sunday Jan. 12 to Saturday Jan. 19. In addition to providing a warm place to sleep, we are serving dinner each night, provided by AUUC members. We have also collected personal care items and winter coats to help make our guests’ lives a little bit easier. Thank you all who donated and signed up to help. You can also participate by just stopping by the church to meet and talk with our guests… they will appreciate it, and you will enjoy it.
Sunday Service – Say What You Mean (01/12/20200)
What might you be creating with your words, and what does it look like to say what we mean? Join this service with Rev. Dr. Pippin Whitaker and consider the power of your word.
January’s Outreach Recipient – Homestretch
Homestretch is the January recipient of AUUC’s outreach collection program. Chris Fay, Executive Director of Homestretch came to visit us last Sunday to speak about their wonderful work. Homestretch is the most successful ministry to homeless families in the nation based in Northern Virginia. They takes on the homeless families that the Federal program rejects and work with these families for up to 3 years to help them become self-sufficient. For more information about the program and learn how you can help, please visit homestretchva.org
Meal Packing for No Child Goes Hungry – January 5, 2020
Thank you to all AUUC youth and adults who participated in our January 5th No Child Goes Hungry/AUUC food packing assembly and to those who donated food and/or made a monetary donation. With so many hands helping we assembled 283 meal packs! It is inspiring to see how the congregation and youth step up to help those most in need. As much as this project is about what we are doing to address food insecurity for children it is also about building community and how we all step up to help where needed and working together. Since AUUC has made a year-long commitment to provide weekend meal packs to 35 Halley ES students, we will continue requesting food and monetary donations throughout this church year. For more information about the program and lists of specific food items, visit accotinkuu.org/no-child-goes-hungry.
Sunday Service – Winter Gardening for the Soul (01/05/2020)
A new year begins, and all are invited to our first service on the monthly theme of integrity. Imagine yourself in April, amid the blossoms. In April, what might you wish you had done, or started doing, in January? Join this restorative service to reflect on this question and find nourishment for the soul. Worship leader: Rev. Pippin Whitaker.