Services for March 2024

Soul Matters Theme: Transformation

Sunday Services take place in person at 11am in the Sanctuary.  You can also connect via NEW LINK https://zoom.us/j/92573192997 or NEW NUMBER +1-646-558-8656 with Meeting ID 925 7319 2997.  Please note that the Zoom information has now changed!

The Rev. Michael Burnett, Sabbatical Minister from March 1 – August 31, 2024

March 3rd: "Two Kings, a Prophet and a Church"

The theme for this month is “transformation.” Jim Sanderson will share three stories of men who experienced transformation in different ways. He will also look at transformation as a movement in the modern Christian tradition and what it has to say to us.

Jim Sanderson has served as President, VP, Secretary and Sunday Services Chair at UUFP in past years. A retired librarian, Jim chaired the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Virginia Library Association for several years. He currently lives in Mechanicsville, Virginia, with his canine companion, Riley.

March 10th: "Both Sides Now"

When I heard Joni Mitchell sing “Both Sides Now” at this year’s Grammy Awards, it struck me that many of us are on another side now. Let’s explore our connection to clouds, to love and to life from both sides. 

Joanne Dingus is the Director of Religious Education at UUFP. She enjoys singing with the EarthTones, making art and spending time with her two amazing adult children.

Music will be provided by the UUFP ChorUUs! Children will join us in service. The nursery will be open for infants and toddlers.

March 15th: "Ostara: the Return of Spring"

NOTE TIME: 7pm at the UUFP

Merry Meet! EarthRising, the UUFP’s Earth-centered spirituality group, invites you to the Fellowship’s 37th annual Spring Equinox ritual and feast. As we emerge from the darkness and close quarters of Winter, we assess the world around us and begin to search for signs of life and growth in our surroundings. This is a time of positivity, excitement and possibility. 

Weather permitting, our celebration will be held outside, followed by a potluck feast. Children are welcome with their parents. Please contact EarthRising if childcare is needed.

March 17th: "The Art and Practice of Improvisation"

Using music as a metaphor for life, we will explore improvisation and the adjacent practices of forgiveness, acceptance, flexibility and listening!

Eric Bannan is a Vocal Explorer, Storyteller and songwriter with over 40 years of performing experience. His mission is to bring joy, heal and build community with story and song. 

He has traveled far and wide to study with the worlds greatest improvisors including Bobby McFerrin, Rhiannon and Brazil’s Música do Circulo collective. 

March 24th: "Providing Food, Providing Hope"

Craig Gallaer will share specifically how serving as a part of the team at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has transformed his life and how hunger relief work in collaboration with numerous partners continues to transform the community. Food is not only an essential need, but having access to healthy meals brings a sense of comfort and hope. Craig will share his personal journey and stories about neighbors served. No organization does its work alone. Powerful transformations happen when people with compassion and perseverance join together for a common, loving purpose.

Craig Gallaer serves as the Grants and Direct Marketing Manager at the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank, where he is raising funds and awareness for food assistance programs. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Craig is currently pursuing his MBA  at the College of William and Mary. In his free time, he enjoys sharing time with his family, cheering on his beloved Kansas City Chiefs, and spoiling a very special rescue.

March 31st: "Roll Away the Stone"

Let’s explore what the Easter Story lends us in mystery and miracle in our search for truth and meaning. 

Jennifer Springsteen holds her Master’s of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry. She is a UU Ministerial Candidate, a resident chaplain at Mary Washington Hospital, and a writer in Fredericksburg. Find her at www.jenniferspringsteen.com.