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Welcome to Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, or HVUUC as we often abbreviate our name. As a visitor to the church, you will be welcomed in the church foyer by greeters who will provide you with an order of service. At the visitor table inside the inner doors, you can sign the guestbook, get a name tag, sign up to receive the church e-newsletter, and talk with a volunteer who will be happy to give you information about the church. If you have children, various childcare and religious education options are available. The minister or the service coordinator will be happy to talk with you after the service if you have additional questions.
HVUUC is wheelchair accessible and hearing assisted devices are available.
We hope you find the following information helpful in planning your visit to Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.
Adult and Youth Religious Education
Children 3yrs old (potty trained) through high school attend religious education classes at 9:30AM. There is nursery care for children birth through 2yrs old (or not potty trained) during this time.
All children are welcome to attend the Sunday Worship service. Childcare is available during the service for children age birth through 2nd grade.
Please wear what you are comfortable in; people wear suits, blue jeans, and everything in between to worship.
After the service the congregation gathers for coffee, snacks, and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. We hope you will plan to join us for this vital part of our Sunday morning time together. Please get a cup of coffee and make your way to the Welcome Table in the Fellowship Hall where we can answer any questions you have and get to know you better.
After Church Activities
The second and fourth Sundays of the month activities that everyone can participate in are planned. Check the newsletter for what is planned for this month.
- From the South (Johnson City) On I-26, take Eastern Star Road Exit #10 (old Exit #45). At the end of the exit ramp, make a right on Eastern Star Rd. Make an immediate (100ft) right onto Bob Jobe Rd.
- From the North (Interstate 81 and Kingsport) On I-26, take Eastern Star Road Exit #10 (old Exit #45). At the top of the exit ramp, make a left onto Eastern Star Rd. Cross over I-26 and turn right at the first road past the interchange - Bob Jobe Rd.
- On Bob Jobe Road - travel 1.6 miles. The church is on the left. Do be careful - Bob Jobe Road is a winding rural road with lots of hills. (but it's pretty).
The Board requests your presence on Saturday, October 11 as Marguerite Mills, SMART CHURCH CONSULTANT for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association, conducts a workshop to help us discover collectively the shared values and vision for how we can impact our community (within and without). The outcome of this values workshop will be a statement to help guide our work and measure our success at being the change we seek in the world.
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Up Coming Sermons
All Souls Day: In Remembrance of Their GiftsSpeaker
All Souls Day / Dia De Los Muertos, also called the Day of the Dead, is a day of remembrance for loved ones who have passed away. The emotional feel of the Dia De Los Muertos is not a terribly sad day, but a joyful day of being with the good memories and honoring them. In particular this year, we are focusing on what we learned or received from our loved ones...perhaps their beauty, or an attitude about life? Bring a photo or two -- you could identify them on a note card, and maybe, a word or two about what you received from them. We will create a “large altar/table for photographs” before the service. Similar to the annual Water Ceremony, you can come forward and place your photo on the altar. Those who want can speak in the microphone about their photos.
Two words from Meister EchherdtSpeaker
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is "thank you", that will suffice. Eckhart von Hochheim, commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a 13th-century German philosopher, theologian, mystic, and member of the Dominican order. Accused of heresy because of his unorthodox beliefs about God, the Christian life and the church, he fell out of favor with the church and his works were declared lost shortly after his death. Interest in his theology revived in the early 19th century, and Meister Eckhart has more recently inspired many contemporary theologians, among them Matthew Fox.
The "God" of Meister Eckhart's understanding was a fecund force, an overflowing of abundance…to which our most appropriate response is "thank you." How do we express such gratitude? How does gratitude energy operate? What is it to be grateful? How can we make gratitude a true spiritual practice, not just an occasional acknowledgement of a goodness we have received? Join us on November 9 to explore more deeply.
Causes of LifeSpeaker
We as a society are focused on death, or rather not dying. We eat to avoid death--sometimes, we exercise to stave off death, we…oh, well, the point is how do we live? What are the leading causes of life? Hopefully this service will be a mind shifting experience.