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UUFF Happenings this Week- March 1st – and Beyond!

February 26th, 2015 · News

THIS SUNDAY, March 1st

11 am: “Source: Our Direct Experience of Transcending Mystery and Wonder…” The first in our series examining our Sources of belief. Transcendence is part of our heritage, and where do we find our sense of mystery and wonder? Where do you? Speaker – Rev. Jim Parrish

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 east (far) side of the annex building across storer. Please use garage door entrance. Youth are welcome to join as well. ARE continues to explore the UUA’s Wi$dom Path curriculum. We will Invite participants to reflect on the ways money flows through their lives, discuss “special money” (money we earmark for a particular purpose) and the power inherent in the spending choices we make, and explore healthy and unhealthy communication around the topic of money. Shawna Thorup and Brooke Eldredge will facilitate.

Meditation will be held at 10:00 followed by a short reading and discussion between 10:30 – 10:45. 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). ALL ARE WELCOME. Enter through the front door.

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**

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  1. UUFF Stewardship Kick-Off Dinner – TOMORROW NIGHT- 2/27 at 6 pm!
  2. New Choir Director Hired! Kristy Mezines – more info below.
  3. Please help us welcome new UUFF Board Member, Andrew Gaber!
  4. The young adults within the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville have been invited to attend this year’s Youth Sunday at the Tulsa UU Church on March 8th!
  5.  “Five Wishes Workshop” happening at UUFF on March 11th! Sign up via link or office or sheet in lobby.
  6. “Building Your Own Theology” Class Interest Sign Up!! Sign up via link below!!
  7. UUFF Choir will perform on Sunday, March 15th!
  8. Path to Membership Class starting March 15th- Please sign up!
  9. ACH / Automated monthly drafts of your pledge payments available
  10. Greeter Sign-Up
  11. COFFEE HOUR SIGN-UP!
  12. Mini-calendar of upcoming meetings and events
  13. Save the Date(s)!
    1. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock (UUCLR) invites all Arkansas Unitarian Universalists to Ride the Waves of Change Reverend Carlton Smith March 27 and 28, 2015!
  14. NEW March 2015 Beacon link
  15. OUTSIDE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
    • House concert to benefit Omni Center- March 8th-at home of Janet Titus!
    • DON’T FENCE ME IN – event on April 21st.
    • Annual UU Memorial Day Weekend Float Trip!

1. UUFF Stewardship Kick-Off Dinner is being held TOMORROW NIGHT – 2/27 at 6 pm!

The Stewardship Kick-Off Dinner will be held at 6 pm on Friday, Feb. 27th at the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center at 945 South College Ave.

Childcare will be provided. Dinner is on us, but feel free to bring your own beverage of choice! Coffee, iced tea, lemonade, and water will be available.

2. Kristy Mezines has been hired as UUFF’s Choir Director!

We are pleased to announce the newest member of our staff, Kristy Mezines, who has officially been hired to serve as UUFF’s Choir Director! Many of you may already know Kristy, as she has filled in beautifully for Rhimmon as Piano Accompanist many times in his absence. Kristy is currently working toward an advanced music degree and presently accompanies Schola Cantorum (founded by member Richard Brothers), the Mashburn Singers and the Master Chorale. Kristy is a great addition to our staff and is excited to work with our growing choir and help to enhance all our musical opportunities. Please help us welcome her to the Fellowship!

3. UUFF Welcomes New Board Member, Andrew Gaber!

UUFF Member, Andrew Gaber has been appointed by the UUFF board to fill our vacant board position.  Andrew’s term will continue to July 1st, when the officers are elected by the congregation.  The board looks forward to Andrew’s knowledge and input. Please help us welcome Andrew to this important leadership position!

4.The young adults within the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville have been invited to attend this year’s Youth Sunday at the Tulsa UU Church on March 8th. We would be arriving on the 7th. Our contact for the group, Maggie Tirrell, has offered to let us stay in her home if the group is small enough. If we have a larger group attending, there are other people within the Church who are also willing to house us. This means no expenses for hotels. We also need volunteers to drive us to Tulsa on the 7th and back after the services on the 8th. Again the amount of drivers needed depends on the size of the group.

We need to know how many are going in order to make the necessary arrangements. So if those who wish to attend could RSVP by March 1st that would be helpful.  **If you are interested in attending, please contact Devon Taylor at either: devdev@me.com or 972-571-0090 **

5. Five Wishes Workshop

Representatives from Circle of Life Hospice will be joining us Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM to guide us through the booklet entitled “Five Wishes.”  A short video will be followed with Q & A and help filling out our booklets.

Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know:

  1. - Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can’t make them.
  2. - The kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.
  3. - How comfortable you want to be.
  4. - How you want people to treat you.
  5. - What you want your loved ones to know.

Five Wishes has become America’s most popular living will because it is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.

Adults of any age are welcome to attend! Registration is required.

RSVP via the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cK6LnNnA6ZYd8qfT4jxJk8qU81hjDErOWPWUpJ_URvw/edit?usp=sharing or email/call the Church Office or sign up on Sunday morning.

6. “Building Your Own Theology” Class Interest Sign Up!! Sign up via link below!!

The Adult Religious Exploration Cmt and Rev. Jim Parrish are planning a 6-8 session “Building Your Own Theology” Class and would like to know who would be interested to set time and dates.

The class works to survey theological and philosophical stances humans have held in history and builds vocabulary and knowledge around them so participants might recognize their own and express it in a Credo… a statement of “what I believe as of this moment.”  There is a book to be purchased and we’ll ask for help to subsidize the costs for the class so all can participate.

If you are interested Please sign up via this link or let Fawn in office know: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ow8uNjFJP2pnpEz2yNYsuk39FIHH04jJwMiUZOarljA/edit?usp=sharing   Please indicate if you are available on Sunday or Wednesday evenings (6:30-8:30PM-ish), or both. We will contact you!

7. UUFF Choir will be singing on Sunday, March 15th!

Practice will be held on Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30 pm.  Choir will be led by our new Choir Director, Kristy Mezines! Join us if you like to sing in a group and have fun while doing it! No musical talent required.

If you would like more information, please call Charlotte Taylor at 587-0513.

8. Path to Membership Class Begins March 15th!

OK, you’ve checked us out and like what you see, now you are interested in delving deeper and considering membership. What is the next step?  A Path to Membership Class!

In this series of three two hour classes, we will first explore our spiritual journeys in a relaxed atmosphere over a meal, then explore the history of Unitarianism and Universalism throughout history and learn of our international religious communities journey to our present configuration, and finally we will discuss our congregation, its history, organization and structure as well as the benefits, opportunities and responsibilities that are a part with membership.

We hope you will join us for this interesting, educational and spiritually enriching experience. Many who attend decide to become members, but the class does not obligate you to anything. It can be a great way to get to know others who are walking their own path, whatever your decision about joining our congregation.

March 15- Spiritual Journeys, UU Theology and Worship – Dinner provided

April 12- UU/UUFF History, Philosophy of Religious Education & Social Justice – Dinner Provided

April 19- Governance Structures and Rights/Responsibilities of Membership – Dinner Provided

Please email Janet Titus: jltitus2772@sbcglobal.net or text at 479-530-2737 to get your name on the list!

9. 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.

10. 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.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pC2i90eFFS2c6BjGxl62ZmNJjk_1nGA83CGzGoOTSQs/edit?usp=sharing

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

11. 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

12. Upcoming Meetings and Events

Date Time Event Location
Fri. 2/27 6 pm Stewardship Kick-Off Dinner!! Offsite-see #1
Sat. 3/7 10 am Women’s Wisdom Circle Gathering Sanctuary
Sat. 3/7 4-7 pm Ozark Druids Meeting Sanctuary
Sun. 3/8 12:30 pm CUUPS (Pagan) Meeting Downstairs
Wed. 3/11 7 pm Five Wishes Workshop Sanctuary
Th. 3/12 6:30 pm Chalice Team Meeting UUFF
Sat. 3/14 1-4 pm Full Circle Adoption Support Group Sanctuary

13. Save the Date(s)!

a. Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock (UUCLR) invites all Arkansas Unitarian Universalists to Ride the Waves of Change Reverend Carlton Smith March 27 and 28, 2015!

More information will be sent soon, but we want to wet your whistle while we get the details firmed up! So put it on your calendar and catch the wave at our Arkansas multi-generational cluster!

OFFERINGS

  • • Childcare with programs led by our DRE, Rachel Finley, with registration prior to March 15.
  • • Limited Home Hospitality will be provided for those who need a more affordable event.
  • • Limited Scholarships will be available if needed.
  • • Registration forms, fees, directions, and hotel information will be sent soon.  Please share the news!

Questions that can’t wait? Email us at ARcluster@uuclr.org

15. OUTSIDE EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

a. Note from UUFF Member, Janet Titus: “Nan Yarnelle and I are hosting a House Concert for the benefit of the OMNI Center for Peace Justice and Ecology at my house, 508 N Sequoyah Drive in Fayetteville, on Sunday March 8th at 6pm. Folk duo Donna and Kelly Mulholland, also known as Still the Hill (www.stillonthehill.com), will treat us to an hour of their inspiring, fun and original music. All proceeds will go to support the work of the OMNI Center ( www.omnicenter.org ).

I will be sending out a poster soon, but wanted to let you get this on your calendar. Seating is limited to about 40 folks, so be sure to let me know if you will be able to join us for a fun evening of music and visiting!

Suggested donation is $15. Bring a snack or beverage of your choice if you can.

b. DON’T FENCE ME IN- Event on April 21st

‘A Farm Animal Fashion Show Extravaganza’

At  TEATRO SCARPINO 329 N. West Ave-Fayetteville

Earth Day Eve-Tue. April 21st from 6:00-8:00ish pm

Featuring:

  • *Locally Sourced ‘GREEN’ Music
  • *A No-Factory Farmed FEAST/potluck featuring local farmers!
  • *Runway Fashion Show (Yes, the rumor is true. Incredible fool-the-eye painted (human) bodies!)
  • *Art Exhibit- Entitled: CONFINEMENT
  • *Shrine to EMILY the COW

Anyone who brings a DISH to share (Humanly raised meat, dairy or vegetarian or vegan) will get FREE admission.  We will need to know in advance as we are making signs for each dish telling the Name of the Dish and what is in it!  (Gluten Free, Dairy, Chicken, Vegan…and so on)

Contact Donna at still@stillonthehill.com<mailto:still@stillonthehill.com>

c. 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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