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June 2012

The Rock Spring News

Vol. 08 No.06

Rock Spring Celebrates 100 Years of Worship & Fellowship

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ

www.rockspringucc.org

5010 Little Falls Rd. Arlington, VA 703-538-4886


100 Years

of

Rock Spring Church

On Foundations Firmly Laid: 100 Years of Rock Spring Church, a book

celebrating Rock Spring and its history, is fresh off the presses and now available for purchase. The book is the culmination of more than four years of work by a dedicated team of writers, editors and designers. Detailed planning for the book began in March 2008. Early on a decision was made to take an approach that was different from the books created for earlier milestone anniversaries, which recounted the church’s story in a straight historical narrative. This time, church members with knowledge of particular subject areas were recruited to research and write chapters on specific aspects of the life of the church, such as worship, music, Christian education and Rock Spring’s history of social activism. Sprinkled throughout the book are shorter articles, recounting the lives of persons who played key roles in the history of Rock Spring or who exemplified its spirit. The project drew heavily on the two previously published church histories, but also on two dozen oral histories that were compiled from interviews with older church members in 1987, after the 75th anniversary book was published. These interviews, along with research in the church archives, provided the writers with some fresh takes on key eras in Rock Spring’s history.

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100 Years

of

Rock Spring Church

Walt Wurfel, Dwight Rodgers, Daena Kluegel, Marti Weston, John Heins, Cherie Bottum, Ellen Bozman, Caroline Hufford-Anderson, Judy Johnson, Carolyn Rapp, Donna Vogt Cartwright and Sara Fitzgerald contributed chapters to the book. Sadly, John and Ellen passed away during the time the book was in process. Priscilla Taylor served as copy editor for the project, and Martha Jolkovski created and implemented the layout. The book includes many more photographs, both old and recent, than previous volumes did, many of them shot by the late Mary Appling. Flo Otstot, Don and Sharon Hall and Marjie Mayer helped to organize the archives as the project began, and the Rev. Chuck Wildman participated in the early planning sessions before his retirement. Centennial Planning Committee, Chair Gail Howell was involved at all stages of the project, particularly in sales and marketing. The covers of the book feature a classic photograph of members of Vanderwerken Congregational Church meeting outdoors in the summer of 1912, before the first church building was completed, and a photo of the January 29, 2012, worship service that kicked off the centennial year. Copies of the history book are available for $25 each. Members can also choose to make a gift to support the cost of additional copies for future church members and others. Contact centennial@rockspringucc.org to order a book or for more information. --Sara Fitzgerald, on behalf of the Centennial Planning Committee

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Centennial Greetings Centennial Greetings from Tokyo Dear Rock Spring family, We are sending our heartfelt greetings from Tokyo and would like to join you in spirit as you celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Rock Spring Church. What wonderful memories we have of the time we spent together from 1980 to 2000! It’s so wonderful to think that we spent 1/5 of the 100 years of Rock Spring. It is difficult to find enough words to express our sincere thanks to you for welcoming us into the church community. The church community helped our family adjust to American society, not only through regular Sunday services, but also through many social action activities like Meals On Wheels, dinner programs for homeless people, CROP Walk, refugee support program, as well as many lectures and discussions on “justice and peace” and “open and affirming.” All three of our children were baptized at Rock Spring and went through confirmation classes led by George Booth and Chuck Wildman. We are happy that they are active in their own church communities in Sacramento, CA (Yuri), in Honolulu, HI (Ehito) and with you in Arlington, VA (Eri). We are especially pleased that Eri and her daughters, Sofia and Maya, are keeping our connections to the Rock Spring family. Finally, I (Keiko) would like to express my deepest thanks to Michael Howe and all the sanctuary choir members. I cannot finish my message to you without mentioning the sanctuary and handbell choirs. It was my happiest moment to be able to praise God with you through music at every occasion. Thank you for your warm friendship. I am sorry that we cannot be there on July 22 for the Centennial Concert with Michael, Elizabeth, and Ed, but we will be thinking about you all. May God continue to bless Rock Spring Church as you move into the second 100 years! With best wishes, Rihito and Keiko Kimura

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Reflections

“I am eager to see where we will travel

as we begin our next century together.”

Rev. Kathy Dwyer

From beginning to end, our Centennial Homecoming Weekend was beautiful in every way. It was wonderful to meet people I had only heard about or seen in pictures and I know many of you cherished this time to reconnect with important people in your lives. It was fun listening to funny, moving, and inspiring stories about everything from Civil Rights to crazy zip lines. It was a privilege to lead worship with former Senior Pastors Sid Lovett and Chuck Wildman and to “ring in” the second century. The stirring centennial anthem and hymn are still playing in my head, and the images of the fun and games on the lawn at the Strawberry Festival brings a smile to my face even as I type.

From the initial dreaming stage to attending to details like making nametags and purchasing strawberries, many, many people were involved in planning and implementing all of the details for this Homecoming weekend. Your efforts resulted in wonderful memories that will last for years to come. Thank you! In his sermon for our 75th anniversary, George Booth used the image of geese flying in formation as a metaphor for the ministry at Rock Spring. That image is still apt today. Booth wrote: “Reading the history of Rock Spring we discover a formation of people, a congregation, a flock, moving through time and events. Often in the past – and certainly in the future – we have been in passage over unfamiliar territory, witnesses to strange and troubling events, traveling in faith … What has happened here over the past 75 years could never have happened by just one or two persons or even hundreds working separately. It has been a community in flight, flying at least 70 percent faster and further than any one alone. And there have been times when facing honestly the danger rather than retreating proved to be the best strategy … “ That flock was in fine form this past weekend. You know how to move into formation for great parties and for important causes. I am eager to see where we will travel as we begin our next century together. Grace and peace,

Kathy

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From

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Council President Hats off to the Centennial Committee for a wonderful May weekend celebrating the history of Rock Spring! As I reflect on the weekend, I find the Centennial theme resonates strongly: “Celebrating Our Past…Embracing Our Future.” The rich recap of our history throughout the celebration weekend served as a reminder to me of why I was drawn to and joined Rock Spring. As a relatively new member and in my role as Council President, I am inspired to serve and focus on how we move into our future. During June, Council and Task Force Chairs will take the next step to strengthen the foundation for the next 100 years. We will be engaging in a full day retreat to examine how to build upon the core values we are living into and establish a clarified mission and vision. Our retreat will be facilitated by Marjory Bankson who has been working with our staff to advance their goals as a high performing staff team. As I write this, I realize some of you are probably asking why we are bothering with this mission, vision, values stuff. Believe me, I’ve heard it before and have probably said it myself in other settings... ”this seems like a lot of hype.” Based on what I’ve witnessed in my active membership at Rock Spring, I must say to the contrary that this is essential for Rock Spring’s future. There is so much energy and enthusiasm, time and talent within Rock Spring that when channeled toward a common goal has paid great dividends. Conversely, we have experienced a level of fatigue due to unrealized expectations.

As a preview to our upcoming discussion on the Alban Institute findings, we are a “healthy organization in many ways.” We have a “level of excellence” that we “should not lose sight of” when considering “how things might be enhanced.” The report makes the following note about decision making: “Rock Spring will need further work in the area of identity, purpose, and mission.” Following best practices, we will use the June retreat as an opportunity to do some initial visioning and planning, then communicate the results more broadly such that we can refine, solidify, and adopt as a clear, integral part of our worship, congregational life, outreach, and action. When we are successful, mission and vision will help us collectively shape our priorities and motivate others to join us in action. We will have realized the goal of becoming “more focused, less busy.” This is the future that I am excited to embrace at Rock Spring!

Sarah Gilmour With peace and hope,

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Children, Youth, & Families Calling All Summer Sunday School Teachers! Would you be interested in teaching Summer Sunday School? It’s a fun way to get to know more of the children at the church without making a long-term commitment. The Rev. Hank Fairman summer session runs from June 10 through August 26 (12 weeks). Volunteer teachers can sign up for as few or as many weeks as their schedule allows. Curriculum is provided, continuing our year with Seasons of the Spirit.

Annual Sunday School Survey is Online

We have had a tremendous year of fun and fellowship in our Sunday School programs. As we come to the end of this school year, we are looking for your feedback on your child’s or youth’s experience of the Sunday School program this year. Please take a moment, click on the link mentioned below and fill out the survey. We thank you in advance for your feedback, and know that what you have to say will be heard and used to make next year’s Sunday school even stronger! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2012SSSurvey

Classes are offered for pre-K-1st grade and 2nd-5th grades at the 10:00 a.m. summer service. Please let us know your availability, best means of communication (home/work/cell phone, email, etc.) and which age group you would prefer to teach by signing up in the Saegmuller Room or by sending us an email at mccracken. molly@gmail.com or khale@nsf.gov. Many thanks for considering this opportunity, Molly McCracken and Kathy Hale, Sunday School Coordinators

Sunday School is Summer School! Our summer schedule follows:

June 10: Summer Sunday School begins. Classes will be offered for Pre-K – 1st grade and 2nd – 5th grades. Wednesday, July 18 – Sunday, July 22: Vacation Bible Experience (VBE) (see the separate article on this event for our whole church family)! On Sunday, July 22, there will be a special worship service/wrap up of our VBE.

Youth of Rock Spring

Well, here we are! Summer is upon us, and our weekly YoRS meetings are taking the annual hiatus until September. Thank you all for a wonderful YoRS year, and just wait for all that’s coming up in the fall! SH YoRS, we will have one final meeting on Sunday, June 3 for the annual Seniors’Lunch (Seniors—you’re picking the location!). We’ll gather right after the 10:00 a.m. worship, and head out for a meal of fun remembrances and embarrassing photos of the seniors over their YoRS career!

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Children, Youth, & Families Senior High YoRS Summer Mission Experience

Welcome, Confirmands!

On Sunday, July 1, our intrepid Missioners will head out for the annual Senior High Summer Mission Experience. This year, we’re returning to Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity with our friends from the Potomac Association. Like last year, a coalition from now seven churches will join together:

This year has been a good and fun time of learning and sharing in God’s love! We celebrate with the entire class:

Cleveland Park Congregational UCCWashington, DC; First Congregational UCCWashington, DC, Westmoreland Congregational UCC-Bethesda, MD; Little River UCC-Annandale, VA; Christ Congregational UCC-Silver Spring, MD; United Christian Parish, Reston, VA, and of course, Rock Spring Congregational UCC. This year, we will be 68 youth and adults, all working in a special week of mission. Last year, we shared in a “Blitz build,” raising a home for one partner family in just five days. This year, we will share in a “Cleanup Blitz,” picking up where a crew like ours finished. Pray for us and for Almost Heaven! Look for our report when we get back!

On Sunday, June 10 we will celebrate with the newest members of our church family— even though they’ve been in the congregation for many years! Congratulations to the Confirmation Class of 2012!

Nora Boles * Katie Cheney * Justin Divecha Carolina Martyn * Perry Kauffman * Wade Miller * Dakota Wenberg * (* denotes joining the congregation)

May you always feel God’s continual blessing as you follow along life’s journey! As we come to the end of this year’s program, a note of thanks for the families of our Confirmation Class, and for the Confirmands! And a blessing on those who shared their lives as Mentors! This year has been a good and fun time of learning and sharing in God’s love!

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Children, Youth, & Families Third Grade Bible Presentation Each year, our congregation celebrates the growth of our younger friends as they journey in their life in faith. At the end of 3rd Grade, the Board of Deacons presents our children with a personal copy of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. This is the same version that we use in our pews, and is read in Sunday worship. This gift of Holy Scripture is one of the moments when the church marks the journey of our children towards the affirmation of their Baptismal promises-Confirmation. The presentation of Bibles will take place on June 10, as part of the Confirmation Sunday service. Parents of 3rd graders, you will be receiving an email confirming your child’s grade and name. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Hank at hank@rockspringucc.org.

Mark Your Calendars: Vacation Bible Experience July 18 - 21

It’s the Family Vacation of a Lifetime! Bring your entire family to Babylon, where Daniel had courage in captivity. You’ll travel back into Biblical times-without setting foot outside of our community. Each day, we will become part of history as we see, hear, touch, and even taste what it was like to live in Babylon!

We’ll explore the marketplace, visit Daniel, take part in games, dance to lively music, and sample tasty tidbits as we discover more about Daniel and his story from the Bible. So mark your calendar, July 18-21 (with a special Sunday worship on July 22.) The adventure starts with dinner each night at 6:00 p.m.! For more information, email vbe@rockspringucc.org! Rock Spring News June 2012 9


5th Sunday Review A Beautiful Day

to

Get “Down

to

Earth”

Rock Springers gathered on April 29 and got “Down to Earth” for our most recent 5th Sunday project. What a glorious day it was! The Sunday before and the Sunday after were both rainy, but April 29 was the perfect day to be planting, weeding, and learning. Participants ranged in age from roughly nine weeks to over 90 years, a truly intergenerational effort! Immediately following the 11:00 a.m. service, everybody left the church and stopped at Memorial Terrace to add a scoop of dirt and help plant our beautiful new redbud tree, graciously donated by Jim and Shirley Meehan and selected by John Bottum and Carolyn Rapp. After enjoying a delicious pot-luck lunch, folks got busy planting beans in the AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center) garden and 100 native plants around the campus. Another group went across the street to help the Rock Spring Garden Club remove invasive ivy and clean up the stream. Others made recycled soda bottle drip-irrigation systems, decorated stakes to label our new plants, wrote thank you notes to the Hansons who so generously allowed us to plant their gardens to benefit AFAC, and created “Three Sisters” seed packets also to benefit AFAC. Thanks to everyone who participated in our latest day of hands-on service. We look forward to serving with you again on July 29. Watch the Rock Spring News for more details! --The 5th Sundays Task Force

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Worship Through Music Music Notes What a wonderful celebration of music at Rock Spring!

I would like to personally thank all the adult and children singers and the ringers for a year full of wonderful, moving music. 2012 has started off with a high level of music, from our Palm Sunday performance of Elizabeth Kluegel Niblock Schubert’s Mass in G Director of Music Major, to Easter Sunday’s anthem with the bells and brass, to the fabulous premiere of Henry Mollicone’s anthem, “Come All You Blessed Children of God.” It is a very challenging anthem that our choirs all mastered and performed beautifully. And not to forget, the lively and fun performance of the Men’s Choir at the Strawberry Festival. Thank you to all!

You are invited to attend Steven Sloan’s “Thank You” recital We have been incredibly fortunate to have Steven Sloan, baritone, in our Sanctuary and Men’s choirs this year. The choirs, Ed, and I have been so pleased to have him singing each week with us.

Steven Sloan Baritone

Steven will be singing a brief recital to say “Thank you” to Rock Spring immediately after the service on Sunday, July 17 (approximately 11:15 a.m.) We hope you all will stay after the service and hear his wonderful artistry, accompanied by Ed Roberts. We are thrilled that he will be going on to study composition and voice at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, but we will be sad not to have his masterful and beautiful voice in the back row!

Best of luck, Steven! -Elizabeth Kluegel Niblock

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Centennial Weekend Recap

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Centennial Weekend Recap

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Social Justice Social Action & Mission Updates June Is Torture Awareness Month

Did you know that 49% of Americans believe that torture is, at the least, sometimes justified against suspected terrorists (Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life)? NRCAT (National Religious Campaign Against Torture), of which Rock Spring is a member, is organizing activities to raise awareness of torture. Their efforts this year focus on calling on Congress and the President to end indefinite detentions, limiting solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, ending anti-Muslim bigotry, and demanding U.S. accountability for the use of torture. There are many ways to participate in NRCAT’s actions to raise awareness. You can join NRCAT’s letter-to-the-editor campaign. To participate you agree to write three letters to editors of local papers on the issue of torture. June 22 is the national day to call in to Congress and the White House. June 23 is the national Tweet-in day to Congress and the White House. Let your representatives, senators, and the President know that you believe torture to be immoral. On June 24 there will be a march in Washington D.C. against torture, Guantanamo, and NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). The march will be between 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Details will be forthcoming and posted on NRCAT’s website (www.nrcat.org). June 26 will be a day of vigils in support of victims of torture. Locations of vigils will be posted on NRCAT’s website.

Torture Awareness Event

Join us on June 20, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the Saegmuller room for a showing of Doctors on the Dark Side with Steve Xenakis. This documentary investigates how psychologists and physicians facilitated and covered up torture of detainees in U.S. controlled military prisons. Steve is a retired brigadier general in the army and a psychiatrist. Questions? Email the Board of Social Action and Mission at: (socialactionandmission@rockspringucc.org.)

Demonstrate our ONA commitment in the Capital Pride Parade on June 9

With the constitutional amendment in North Carolina, closely followed by President’s Obama’s public support for marriage equality, this topic has been drawing much national attention recently. Please join other Rock Springers in the parade starting about 5:00 p.m. in Northwest DC on Saturday, June 9. Our banner will proclaim that Rock Spring supports marriage equality. For more information, please contact Masami Kojima at 703.525.9890 or mkojima@worldbank.org.

Stay tuned for opportunities to sign petitions, write letters, and voice your opposition to torture. If you have questions about NRCAT’s activities, contact Iris Gibson (gibsons89@yahoo.com or 703.892.7164)

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Social Justice The Dar Al-Hijrah - Rock Spring Friendship Committee invites you to a screening and discussion of the film:

The film tells the story of remarkable transition in which two religious leaders in northern Nigeria, Pastor James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, went from bitter enemies to become co-directors of the Muslim-Christian Interfaith Mediation Centr in their city, a group that works to resolve conflicts across Nigeria. It is both a story of forgiveness and a case-study of a successful grass-roots initiative to rebuild communities torn apart by conflict. It will both move and inspire you. When: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Where: Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center 3159 Row Street, Falls Church, VA 22044 Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Rick Hale at randkhale@comcast.net or Ali Sadiqi at malis61@hotmail.com with questions. Rock Spring News June 2012 15


Community & Society Eco Justice News Eco-Justice Meeting The Eco-Justice Committee welcomes your participation at its next meeting on Monday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Saegmuller Room. If you enjoyed or appreciated April’s “Down To Earth” Fifth Sunday, you also would enjoy activities that the Eco-Justice Committee is organizing and considering for the rest of 2012. We seek your help and ideas! For more information, please contact Jim Alverson or Rev. Janet Parker.

VOICE News Upcoming VOICE Bank/Foreclosure Accountability Action on June 3 If you haven’t yet experienced VOICE in action and want to see how it really works before the Congregation decides on full membership, mark your calendar to attend an exciting public action in Prince William County on Sunday, June 3. Come along with a Rock Spring delegation to join upwards of 500 VOICE members to meet with high-level officials from Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, and GE to thank them for progress made on addressing the foreclosure crisis and reinvesting in the community, and to ask for further commitments needed to stabilize the community. Also invited are Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Senator Mark Warner. Although this action focuses on Prince William, it’s an excellent window into the amazing success VOICE can have in bringing together organized citizens to redress wrongs and effect real, positive change that improves people’s lives. And it’s important for us to be there in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Prince William, and to know that when we need them, they will come and join us. That’s the great benefit of being part of a multi-jurisdiction, multi-racial, multi-faith organization. Come and catch the spirit of VOICE. Carpool from Rock Spring at 2:30 p.m.; return by 6:45 p.m. Details: Sunday, June 3 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Arrive at 3:15 p.m.) First Baptist Church Manassas 9258 Center Street, Manassas, VA 20110

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Community & Society

Open

and

Affirming News

Demonstrate our ONA commitment in the Capital Pride Parade on June 9

With the constitutional amendment in North Carolina, closely followed by President’s Obama’s public support for marriage equality, this topic has been drawing much national attention recently. Please join other Rock Springers in the parade starting about 5 p.m. in Northwest DC on Saturday, June 9. Our banner will proclaim that Rock Spring supports marriage equality. For more information, please contact Masami Kojima at (703) 525-9890 or mkojima@worldbank.org

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Rock Spring Review Call to Congregational Meeting June 24, 2012 11:15 a.m. Sanctuary All members of Rock Spring Congregational UCC are hereby called to a Congregational Meeting, Sunday, June 24, 2012 in the church sanctuary immediately following the 10:00 a.m. worship service. Childcare will be provided. Agenda: Receive and act upon 2011 Audit Reports Receive and act upon revised lay nominations Receive and act upon amended personnel budget Review and affirm the Rock Spring Core Values

Rock Spring Review Staff Summer Schedule Updates Kathy Dwyer: Vacation July 7- 28 Janet Parker: Vacation: May 29-June 2 Study Leave and Vacation: July 16 - August 12 Hank Fairman: Vacation:May 27-June 2; July 30 - August 12 Study Leave: August 13-19

Rock Spring Riders Ride Again!

The Rock Spring Riders will ride on June 2 (replacing a May ride which didn’t happen because of scheduling problems and Memorial Day Weekend) and again on June 16. Each time starting at 8:00 a.m. from the Starbucks at Lyon Village Shopping Center. We will ride the Arlington “Loop” which has a few very moderate hills and the ride takes approximately one hour and forty-five minutes. Please join us! Call or email John Morland (703.522.3643, email jmorland@aol.com) or Don Manning (703.527.7729, email dmanning@manning-murray.com) if you have any questions or need more information.

Receive and discuss Alban Institute It’s A (Play) Date! We’re inviting folks with preschool-aged findings children—from the newest born to those just Receive and act upon any new business -Andy Schwarz, Clerk of the Church

shy of starting school—to join us in Carpenter Hall for some fellowship time! Please join us for a dinner play date at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. We’ll provide the main dish and we’re asking you to help with sides, desserts, or drinks. For more information or to RSVP, please email Christina Fairman at (cmafairman@gmail.com)

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Rock Spring Review From the Bookshelf: Here is a list of some of the books added to the Library for your summer reading pleasure: The Astaires, by Kathleen Riley; talented siblings from Omaha to the London stage, to Hollywood for Fred, and marriage to British aristocracy for Adele. Dreaming in French, Megan McAndrew; young American girl growing up in Paris in the 70’s. Home, by Toni Morrison; prodigal son returns to Georgia after Korean War to rescue sister. Pakistan on the Brink, by journalist Ahmed Rashid; When God Talks Back, by T. Luhrmann; understanding American evangelist relation with God. Newlyweds, Nell Freudenbergero; an e-mail bride from Bangladesh, American husband. Wish You Were Here, Graham Swift; a businessman on Isle of Wight, news of brother killed in Iraq. Waiting for the Sunrise, William Boyd; 1913, English actor, injurious affair in Vienna; heads to London, becomes part of spying world. The Limpopo Academy of Private Detecting, Alexander McCall Smith. Dropped Names, by Frank Langella; a memoir, encounters with celebrities of 20th century. Gathering of Waters, Bernice McFadden; three generations, enchanting characters. Lifeboat, by Charlotte Rogan; summer of 1914, Henry secures a place in a lifeboat for Grace; a new life of privilege. On my Honor, Shannon Kleiber; about Daisy Low, who founded the Girl Scouts The Memory of Blood, by Christopher Fowler; a peculiar Crimes Unit; did the puppet murder the son of the theater owner? Collected Poems, by Jack Gilbert; 50 years of poems, American poet; from his Yale Younger Poets volume to the glorious late poems, including previously uncollected works.

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Rock Spring Review Donate to the Saegmuller Room by Tangible Gifts The Saegmuller Renovation Committee has a vision. We’ve witnessed a glimpse of their vision as they have gradually transformed the room from its prior state to its current state. This transformation has been accomplished thanks to funds from a variety of sources. Big donations from Cecily Angleton and the Women’s Fellowship launched the project. Since, smaller donations from an anonymous member, Deacons, and Property Board have underwritten the rest of what you see. And, the wonderful art by Cynthia Young ties it all together. But, some things remain on the immediate Wish List. (Yes, longer range, the list would include window treatments, and replacing the rug and the lighting, but these things can wait.) You can help accomplish the rest by giving a Tangible Gift or a cash donation. There are several ways to do this. 1) donate a “share” toward one of these items or projects (even small amounts will add up); 2) coordinate with the Saegmuller Committee to “gift” an item from the list below; or 3) coordinate to donate a used piece from your home (see item 4 below). Here are the top priorities: 1) Round Chlor coffee table plus glass top to protect it 2) A nice looking easel to hold the paper used during Bible Study and other meetings 3) Eight more cushions for the Chlor straight-backed, rush-seated chairs throughout the building (We have the fabric.) 4) Chlor server or similar size piece 5) Saegmuller kitchen rehab with minimum goal of accommodating a bigger refrigerator and ultimate goal representing a total kitchen replacement 6) Wall-mounted large TV to support audio-visual needs for meetings/events and incorporating decorative frame/mirror to maintain atmosphere (not be an eye-sore) when not in use Please contact the committee for specifications and estimated cost to donate a Tangible Gift. For cash donations, checks may be made out to Rock Spring noting “Saegmuller Fund” in the memo line. Also, add the specific project or item in the memo line, if you want to designate. Direct any questions to the Saegmuller Renovation Committee: Angela Manning, Chairperson, Jacki Brown, Peggy Greenwood or Laurie Rodgers.

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Rock Spring Review

First Fridays Goes Outside! Summer Evening Outdoor Worship June 1 July 6 August 3 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Join us for song, music and prayer designed to deepen our wonder and appreciation for all of creation Rock Spring News June 2012 21


Rock Spring Review Save the Date! Vacation Bible Experience July 18 - July 21 Bring your entire family to Babylon, where Daniel had courage in captivity. You’ll travel back into Biblical times-without setting foot outside of our community.

We’ll explore the marketplace, visit Daniel, take part in games, dance to lively music, and sample tasty tidbits as we discover more about Daniel and his story from the Bible.

The adventure starts with dinner each night at 6:00 p.m.! For more information, email

vbe@rockspringucc.org

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Rock Spring Review Special Events Calendar Friday, June 1 12:00 p.m. Men’s Monthly Lunch Mylo’s Grill 6:30 p.m. Outdoor Worship Service RS Lawn Sunday, June 3 11:15 a.m. Centennial Book Sale Library 11:30 a.m. Living the Question Peace Room 1:00 p.m. Elizabeth Kluegel’s Senior & Adult Student Voice Recital - Sanctuary Tuesday, June 5 12:00 p.m. Annual Potomac Ministerium Meeting - Saegmuller Room

Friday, June 15 5:30 p.m. Ed Roberts Student Recital Sanctuary Saturday, June 16 1:00 p.m. Carolyn Emery Memorial Service - Sanctuary 2:00 p.m. Carolyn Emery Memorial Service Reception Carpenter Hall Sunday, June 17 Father’s Day 11:15 a.m. Steven Sloan Recital Sanctuary 11:15 a.m. Centennial Book Sale Library 11:30 a.m. Living the Question Peace Room 1:00 p.m. Elizabeth Kluegel Recital Sanctuary

Wednesday, June 6 6:00 p.m. Ed Roberts Student Recital Sanctuary

Monday, June 18 7:00 p.m. Eco Justice Meeting Saegmuller Room

Sunday, June 10 Confirmation Sunday 11:15 a.m. Centennial Book Sale Library 11:30 a.m. Living the Question Peace Room 12:00 p.m. Mission & Vision Retreat Carpenter Hall

Wednesday, June 20

Wednesay, June 13 Staff Development Day 11:00 a.m. Shirlington Employment Center Lunch 4:00 p.m. Ed Roberts Student Recital Sanctuary

RSN Deadline

Saturday, June 23 3:30 p.m. It’s A (Play) Date Carpenter Hall Sunaday, June 24 11:15 a.m. Congregational Meeting Sanctuary 11:15 a.m. Centennial Book Sale Library 11:30 a.m. Living the Question Peace Room 1:00 p.m. Dotson Recital - Sanctuary 2:00 p.m. Handmade Ministry Knitting Saegmuller Room

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ROCK SPRING CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 5010 LITTLE FALLS ROAD ARLINGTON, VA 22207

First Fridays Goes Outside! Summer Evening Outdoor Worship July 6 August 3 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Join us for song, music and prayer designed to deepen our wonder and appreciation for all of creation


RSN June 2012