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9 February

This Sunday

"The Crack in the Sidewalk"
Resilience can mean facing daunting odds and persevering anyway. When walking along city streets, we sometimes see a flower poking through a crack in the sidewalk. Rev. Aileen will explore what it means to take advantage of the cracks in the sidewalks of our lives to persevere even against the odds.

Religious Education
Children in PreK-5th grade will explore the idea of grit, and how to remember that it might take many tries at something to succeed by discussing methods of coping when faced with a challenge.

February Hospitality Providers:
Families whose names begin with Ro - Z

Social Justice Offering
LCPS Backpack Coalition
Mobile Hope

Message from Rev. Aileen

Pain, loss, grief and trauma are both individual and communal. The weight of all of it feels like we are being flattened, prevented from experiencing growth and healing. Sometimes it feels like there is no end. Then we notice it. We notice that place where the light gets in. For plants, it is a crack in the sidewalk, that place where just the smallest space is created for growth. The conditions are still harsh but the plant is determined. And for some plants, it doesn't matter that there is this incredible weight above them. They break through anyway. They create the crack. We are like that. Despite the greatest odds, humans can find a way to break through the barrier, to find the crack or to create the crack. Because that is what resilience looks like. Creating something new out of what once was. Change is inevitable. Loss and pain are inevitable. But when we have community, when we have other people around us who are also struggling to find the crack or who can help us create the crack, we can face incredible hardship and pain together.

Sunday, February 9, Noon

Fellowship Lunch Outing

Indian Vegetarian Buffet

Malgudi Vegetarian Restaurant (


Come enjoy our first ever vegetarian lunch outing!  There will be a signup sheet on the usual table at UUCS. You can also sign up by emailing Raj Mehta We will reserve tables for UUCS congregants.

Please note: restaurant serves only vegetarian food.

This Week at UUCS

Vegetarian Lunch Outing
Sunday, 9 February, Noon
Meet at Malgudi Vegetarian Restaurant

Covenant Group
Monday, 10 February, 7:15 p.m.

Book Club
Tuesday, 11 February, 10:30 a.m.

Choir Practice
Tuesday, 11 February, 7:00 p.m.

11 February, 10:30
Book Club

Our book for February is:
Olive Again by Elizabeth Strout

The selection for March 10 is Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Poetry Slam - 15 February 7:00
13 March

Living my Truth: A Transgender Virginian’s Story

Equality Virginia’s TASB and UUCS
Living my Truth: 
A Transgender Virginian’s Story

Join Sara Simone, a member of Equality Virginia’s Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau, for an evening of fellowship and learning as she facilitates an open and honest dialogue by sharing her life story and providing a forum for a question-and-answer session. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Click here for more information

Save These Dates!

March 6:  Stewardship Dinner 6:00 PM
March 20
: Stewardship Dinner 6:00 PM
April 26
: Rev Aileen’s Installation 4:00 PM

Office Hours

Hours may vary.
Please email to schedule or call to confirm


Rev. Aileen Fitzke

Tuesday, 3 - 6pm
Wednesday(1st and 3rd), 10am - 3pm
Thursday, 3 - 6pm

Other times by appointment


Jenny Wolfer

By appointment


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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

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VA 20164 United States


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