Hymn #404, “What Gift Can We Bring” is by Methodist composer Jane Marshall. It is intended to be a hymn of pure gratitude, as her lyrics show. There is even an additional verse, which is omitted from our hymnal, that reinforces this idea:
Give thanks for tomorrow, full of surprises,
for knowing whatever tomorrow may bring,
we’re given God’s word that always, forever,
we rest in God’s keeping and live in God’s love.
Gratitude. This is set to a lovely tune, also by Jane Marshall.
This hymn is played and sung for us by Les Tacy, Music Director of Heritage Universalist Unitarian Church.
Enjoy the YouTube video, What Gift Can We Bring?
Now through Friday, April 30, search online. Search a string of UU websites for eggs.
Heritage UU Church congregants are invited to join the Blacksburg congregation this month for these Adult Faith Development online programs. Registration is not necessary for these class.
Sunday, April 4, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Anita Puckett discusses How to Lose Historic Sites without Even Trying: The North Fork Valley Rural Historic District, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Zoom link: Sunday Circle
Sunday, April 4, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Blacksburg minister, Rev. Pam Phillips, leads this group that intentionally explores the process of aging. Zoom link: Spiritual Aging
Sundays, April 11 & 25, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
An ongoing discussion group on racial justice and white privilege. Zoom link: Anti-Racism Group. To be placed on the distribution list to receive info on upcoming topics, email Karen at:
Sunday, April 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Earle Irwin and Bob Lineberry discuss their experiences living and volunteering on Ocracoke Island, NC, an island accessible only by ferry, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian Sept. 6, 2019 and through the pandemic. Zoom link: Sunday Circle
Sunday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Community Conversations are a bridge across issues that divide us. This month’s topic: What is Essential? Essential workers, essential services, essential travel. The global pandemic has affected all areas of our lives and has invited a shift in what we believe to be essential. What is essential to our lives, to our community and for our planet? What adjustments are we making in the short term and for the long run for our personal safety or for the welfare of others? Perhaps this is a time to consider what is most important to us, to our community and for future generations. Zoom link: Community Conversations.
The Fifth Dimension for Adults
Tuesday, April 27, 7-8 pm
Watch a classic episode of The Twilight Zone, then participate in a discussion that’s just as relevant today as it was when the episode aired 60 years ago. This month: “Four O’Clock” with a discussion on the dangers of being judgmental. Zoom link: The Fifth Dimension for Adults
Ongoing Weekly Programs:
Conversations on Our Faith
Meets Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Discussion on a book that deepens our spiritual journey; all are welcome, even if you have not read the chapters being discussed. Current book: Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know, by Adam Grant. Zoom link: Conversations on Our Faith.
Meets Tuesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
centering words and basic instruction are followed by sitting practice; non-experienced and experienced meditators are welcome. Zoom link: Meditation
More information on these programs can be found at https://uucnrv.org/learn/adults/. If you have any questions, contact me at:
HUUC families are invited to join Blacksburg children and youth in these programs:
Story Time with Rev. Pam
Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.
Blacksburg’s minister, Rev. Pam Philips, joins children of all ages for weekly story time. All ages are welcome, including those of nursery age.
PreK: Sunday Funday
Sundays, 9:00-9:20 a.m.
A fun storybook, silly songs, coloring sheets, activity pages and a simple craft for our youngest friends to do after class. This month:
- April 11: Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess
- April 18: Rhyming Dust Bunnies
- April 25: The Pigeon Wants a Puppy
Grades K-5: CARTUUNS
Sundays, 9:30-10:00 a.m.
The animated shorts of Pixar and Disney are used as a way to explore Unitarian Universalist values. We watch and discuss a short together as a class, then do activities on our own. This month:
- April 11: Feast
- April 18: For the Birds
- April 25: Marine Life Interviews
Grades 6-8: D’Oh, God! and MSYG
Sundays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Middle schoolers alternate weekly between RE classes with D’Oh, God!, watching an episode of The Simpsons and discussing a religious topic; and Middle School Youth Group, our social arm of middle school RE, with games and fun activities. This month:
- April 11: Middle School Youth Group
- April 18: The Simpsons episode “Mypods and Broomsticks”
- April 25: Middle School Youth Group
For those in grades 6-8 who are already registered, Crossing Paths will continue on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. You are welcome to join the Blacksburg congregation, too.
Monthly supply boxes for the PreK and K-5 classes will be sent to all interested families. If you are not on the list to receive a box and would like to, email Karen. Only those on the class list will receive the zoom links. Email Karen at:
Rev. Bill Gupton
Note: The service originally schedule for April 25, “Matters of Life and Death,” has been rescheduled to May 30. The new service for April 25 is “Justice and Injustice: Inflection Point?”
View the service description for April 25: Justice and Injustice: Inflection Point?.
View the service description for May 30: Matters of Life and Death.
Those of us who have been listening to the “UU Hymn of the Week” regularly have enjoyed and appreciated the enhanced video visuals and presentation of background information. If you’re in the middle of your week and need a UU boost, check out the Hymn of the Week on the Heritage UU Church homepage.
Week of March 21, 2021.
Our Hymn of the Week this week is #1003, Where Do We Come From,” performed by Les Tacy, Music Director at Heritage UU Church, and Michael Tacy, Music Director at The Gathering at Northern Hills.
On the UUA’s Song Information page, it states:
The lyrics of this song come from the French title of a famous oil painting by Paul Gauguin created in Tahiti in 1897 and 1898. It is currently housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA. The three groups of women, read from the right to left, represent the three questions posed in the title of the painting. The women with the child represent the beginning of life “Where Do We Come From?” The middle group, represent the daily existence of adulthood “What Are We?” The old woman facing death is asking, “Where Are We Going?”
During the week of March 21, enjoy the YouTube video: Where Do We Come From?
Our Vespers service is loosely patterned after vespers of the Taizé Monastic Community in France, which were created to build a sense of communion with the holy through singing, readings, reflection, and silence. As we move through this second spring of a pandemic, we will celebrate life, resiliency, hope, and connection to one another.
Due to the weather now forecast for Wednesday evening, this Vespers Service has been changed to an online event.
On Wednesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m., join the Zoom meeting: Vespers Service.
If you have questions, please email Mimi and Steph at:
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
The April 21 Babes with Books (Heritage’s Women’s Book Club) Zoom meeting (7 – 9 p.m.) will consider aspects of merely surviving vs. living as they discuss Dear Edward, by Ann Napolitano. This New York Times bestseller novel and winner of numerous accolades follows a 12-year-old boy as he comes to terms with not only with being the only survivor of an airplane crash but what it means to live fully.
If you are a part of the BWB Google group, you will automatically receive a Zoom meeting invitation six to eight days in advance. If you would like to join the group, contact Denise in the office at:
If you want a one-time only invitation, contact Barb at least two days in advance at:
Our further meeting dates and read selections are currently as follows:
May 19 – The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow
June 16 – The Vanishing Half, by Brit Bennett
July 21 – The Painted Girls, by Cathy Marie Buchanan
August 18 – The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
All women members and friends are always welcome at any BWB meeting, whether you have attended previously or not.