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UUFF Happenings- This Week, January 25th – and Beyond!

January 8th, 2015 · News

THIS SUNDAY, January 25th ….

11 am: “Are We Principled Enough?” Our principles have a long and difficult history, and they tell us something about who we are as a (often contentious) religious people. Our history points to our Theology! The beginning of a series on UU history and Sources. Led by Rev. Jim Parrish. We’ll also SHARE THE PLATE with Peace at Home Shelter. Any collection plate money and designated cash/checks (write “share plate” on envelope or on check memo line) will be given to this worthy organization. **Tulsa All Souls Youth Choir will perform in this service!

Religious Education (RE), 10 -10:45 am, for Children, Youth, and Adults:

Children- Regular RE classes continue today. Youth programming for children in grades 7-12 is under development. Please look forward to a notice about youth programming picking back up soon.

Adult Religious Exploration (ARE)- Discussion Group will be held in the large common room downstairs. Youth are welcome to join in discussions as well. This week, Marty Faitak will lead the group in a discussion about “Dignity,” and treating one another with dignity and respect.

Meditation will be held at 10:00 followed by a short reading and discussion between 10:30 – 10:45. Meditating—even just a few minutes of deep breathing—relaxes the brain, reduces anxiety, and decreases depression. Scientists gathering data on meditation have found that a consistent practice not only boosts the mind, but it also bolsters the body. Studies bear out that meditation can help reverse heart disease, reduce pain, and support the immune system, better enabling it to fight disease. Meditation can lower production of the stress hormone cortisol. Here is an opportunity to let your child(ren) enjoy their religious education class while you walk over to the annex for 45 minutes of relaxation.

It doesnʼt matter what type of meditation you do, or if you have ever meditated before, you are welcome to come meditate in the UUFF annex building (across Storer from UUFF in the west-nearest storer-side of the annex). Enter through the front door rather than garage, please!

Meditation will be held on Sundays at 10:00 followed by a short reading and discussion between 10:30 – 10:45.

All are welcome.

Nursery Services available 9:45 am – 12:15 pm

**Fair trade coffee, teas and chocolates will be available for sale in the foyer before and after services.  Please help support our coffee hour by purchasing items from the cabinet, located just inside the front doors of the Fellowship**


  1. Change in Admin. Office Hours
  2. Minister’s Schedule
  3. UUFF Cares
  4. Music is in the Air! Choir to perform on Feb. 8th
  5. Opportunity to Participate in the Feb. 1st 11 am Sunday Service!!
  6. Our Whole Lives 4-6, Sexuality Education program for children 10-12
  7. Choir Director Sought
  8. ACH / Automated monthly drafts of your pledge payments available!
  9. Greeter Sign-Up
  11. Mini-calendar of upcoming meetings and events
  12. Save the Date: Fiber Arts First Organizational Meeting on Feb. 25th!
  13. January 2015 Beacon link
    1. Annual UU Memorial Day Weekend Float Trip!


1. Change in Admin. Office Hours

Effective immediately, the new office hours are as follows:

Mon: Office Closed

Tues/Wed: 12-3 pm

Thurs: 12-4 pm

Fri: 12-3 pm

2. Minister’s Schedule:

I tend to be in the office Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm. However, if you wish to drop by, please call first to make sure I haven’t been called away or have another appointment. Appointments are best! Either let the office know, call at my Office Cell: 479-439-1415, or email me at revjim@fayettevilleunitarian.org or rev.jimparrish@gmail.com .  I want to meet with you! Except Mondays… Mondays are my day off! Exceptions for emergencies of course.

In Tulsa for SW UUMA meeting the third Thursday of every month.

Planned days out of the office for January, 2015 (and a little more):

Out of office February 2-6th at UUMA Winter Institute

3. UUFF Cares

Brooke Eldredge’s mother, Maggie, passed away January 19, 2015, at a hospice in Kansas.  Contact information to send the Eldredge Family sympathy cards and condolences:  11285 Mountain Springs Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72701.  May Brooke’s mother rest in peace.

4. Opportunity to Participate in the Feb. 1st 11 am Sunday Service!!

UUFF service attendees are invited to tell a love story or read a poem about love during the “30 Days of Love” service on February 1st. It doesn’t have to be anything too personal or fancy. Just a story or poem (personal or by another author- even something like lyrics to a song about love that you really enjoy). And it can be about ANY kind of love…romantic, platonic, family, love for a pet, etc… If you’re interested in participating, please contact the service leader, Marty Faitak – mfaitak@yahoo.com  -as soon as possible.

5. Music is in the Air

The Choir will be singing for Stewardship Sunday, February 8th.  Rehearsal will be at 6:30pm Wednesday the 4th. Hope you will join in the fun!

6.Our Whole Lives 4-6, Sexuality Education program for children 10-12

OWL has begun, and will be running for eight weeks until March 15. This award-winning sexuality education program is one of the most important ministries of our faith, and we’re glad to be able to serve a new group of preteens with this offering. For more information, see www.uua.org/owl

If you want to support UUFF’s OWL program more directly, please consider donating a new or gently used copy of one of the Harris and Emberly books “It’s NOT the Stork!,” “It’s So Amazing,” or “It’s Perfectly Normal.”

7. Choir Director Sought:

To continue the great music we have had this fall, we are in search of a choir director.  This person will work with Reverend Parrish and Rhimmon Simchy-Gross to create meaningful services and add musical opportunities at UUFF.  If you know of someone who has the ability and interest, please direct them to someone on the search committee. Members are:

Charlotte Taylor, Jan Groh, Gene Vinzant, Rev. Parrish

8. ACH / Automated monthly drafts of your pledge payments are available!

You may now have your UUFF pledge payments or contributions automatically drafted from your bank account in monthly installments.  Authorization forms are available at: http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/UUFF-ACH-Authorization-form-11.11.14.pdf  If you don’t have printing capabilities, you can also get a hard copy from Fawn in the office.  If you are interested in this time and paper saving opportunity please complete the authorization form and place it in Susie Schroeder’s Treasurer mailbox or give it to Fawn.  The payments will be drafted on the 5th of each month (or shortly thereafter), and we’ll do our very best to get your payments started in the month following the month your authorization is received.  If you have any questions please contact Susie Schroeder at shs49@cox.net  or 521-2644.

9. Greeter Sign-Up

What does it mean to be a welcoming community? One thing is to greet those who come on Sunday morning with a warm smile, a hardy handshake and a friendly reminder to wear their nametag….

We would like to have three greeters each Sunday. One to be aware of visitors, another to be sure everyone gets an order of service and a third for backup and to direct folks to the sanctuary, RE or bathrooms.

It takes a village to make warmth and welcoming a reality every Sunday morning and YOU CAN HELP! Below is a link to an online sign- up sheet. Please take a moment to put your name down for one or two Sundays.


You will receive a reminder a few days before your shift with a list of greeter duties to help orient you. Most Sundays will have a lead greeter from the Membership Committee to help make this important task fun and anxiety free!

We appreciate your volunteer spirit!  The Membership Committee

10. And now follow this link to sign up to host one (or more!) of our after-Sunday-service coffee hours! https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17bmSY2FfoZjyubPnjYfNuzVd9QG-XRAvm0zUqKNPNMc/edit?usp=sharing

11. Upcoming Meetings and Events

Date Time Event Location
Th. 1/22 6:30 pm Stewardship Committee Meeting UUFF
Sun. 1/25 11 am Tulsa All Souls Youth Choir Performs Sanctuary
Sat. 1/31 4 pm Ozark Druids Imbolc Ritual-all welcome Sanctuary
Wed. 2/4 6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Sat. 2/7 10 am Women’s Wisdom Circle Sanctuary
Sat.2/7 4-7 pm Ozark Druids Meets Sanctuary

12. Save the Date! Fiber Arts – First Organizational Meeting – Feb. 25

Date:  Wed., Feb. 25

Time:  Gather together around 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Place:  UUFF basement

Bring your knitting or crochet needles, yarn, scissors, and a few plastic grocery bags.

Contact person:  Susan Takigiku, stakigiku@hotmail.com

Children are welcome!

Hand-crafted yarn items are needed for Caring & Sharing, such as lap blankets and shawls for those with illness, and booties for babies.  For those interested, we will also start to learn how to make sleeping mats for the homeless, using recycled plastic bags.  This group is intended to be no pressure, having fun and socializing, while at the same time being creative and helping others.


Annual Memorial Day UU Float Trip! Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock is planning another float trip on the Buffalo River, May 22-25. We will camp at the Buffalo Point group site campground, as usual.  Tent camping, hiking, canoeing, and community around the campfires will make for a great weekend.  Anyone interested should contact Nell Matthews, uuclrnell@gmail.com or the church Admin, Sue McDonald, 501 225-1503, uuclr@uuclr.org .  We will reserve canoes from Dirst Rentals so tell me if you need one or two days (Saturday and Sunday). All are encouraged to join!!


UUFF Weekly Email Announcements are sent each Thursday. To get on the distribution list, send your name and email address to uuff.ar@gmail.com

Please submit information for Weekly Emails to above email addresses by Wednesday noon.

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