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12 January

This Sunday

"To Be Made Whole"
What holds us together? Integrity means wholeness and unity in structure. Rev. Aileen will explore the values that hold UUs together, that give us structural integrity.

Religious Education
All children are invited to stay in the sanctuary for our monthly intergenerational service.  The nursery will be available.  High School Youth Group will meet today at UUCS at 12:30 p.m. today in the mezzanine.

January Hospitality Providers:
Families whose names begin with Mer - Ri

Social Justice Offering
LCPS Backpack Coalition
Mobile Hope

Message from Rev. Aileen

I sometimes feel like the world is under siege. There is escalating violence in the Middle East, Australia is burning in no small part because of Climate Change, there has been anti-Semitic violence over the holidays. All of these things make me fear for the world. And yet, I have hope because I am part of a community of faith that is held together by a structure of love, care and integrity. When I think about that, I realize that, whatever happens, we can face it because we have each other.

January 13 & 18
Social Justice Art Workshop

Be part of a painting project to create 10 or more 16 x 20” painted acrylic canvases for the Poetry Slam and to exhibit at the church.  Click here for more information.

Saturday, 18 January

Help Popal Family Move

In August of 2016, our congregation, along with the Fairfax UU Congregation, agreed to co-sponsor a family from Afghanistan in their resettlement in the U.S. The family consisted of a mother with two children. They settled in Reston, and with financial support from both congregations, personal assistance in handling daily activities, improving English language, transportation, etc., the family is now managing on their own. They are moving to a new apartment and the coordinator for the Fairfax Refugee Committee is requesting volunteers to help with the moving.

Click here for more information.

Sunday, January 19

Social Justice Meeting

Are you called to serve the community? With the beginning of a new year, it’s a good time to plan our future work for social justice. Please join us to review UUCS’ current efforts, consider interest in other efforts, and discuss how to form a team to advocate and implement a vision of a better Loudoun County and more just world. Please contact John Botts ( if you are interested in attending the meeting.

This Week at UUCS

High School Youth Group
Sunday, 12 January, 12:30 p.m.

Poetry Slam Painting Workshop
Monday, 13 January, 6:30 p.m.

Covenant Group
Monday, 13 January, 7:15 p.m.

Book Club
Tuesday, 14 January, 10:30 a.m.

Choir Practice
Tuesday, 14 January, 7:00 p.m.

Writer's Group
Wednesday, 15 January, 6:30 p.m.

Covenant Group
Wednesday, 15 January, 7:00 p.m.

Book Club
Starts Back Up Again in January
Poetry Slam - 15 February 7:00
Seeking Adult (RE) Program Suggestions!

Interested in Adult (RE) Programs at UUCS?  A class, a speaker, a field trip, a retreat, something else?  Drop me a line and let me know what topics and/or activities pique your interest. 

Hannah Hamilton

Social Justice News

Collections and Distributions:
Our December Justice collections were as follows:
BackPack Coalition
- $125.00
Mobile Hope - $176.00
Beacon House
- $731.61
Minister's Discretionary Fund
- $234.00

In December four women volunteered time at Mobile Hope, and we delivered four boxes of goods.

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


Podcast Sermon Archive

Service Opportunities

UUCS Directory Request

RE Registration for Children and Teens


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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling

22135 Davis Drive, Suite #105, Sterling
VA 20164 United States


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