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UUFF Happenings This Sunday, October 26…and More!

October 23rd, 2014 · News

11 am Service:
The Earth and It’s Helical Spiral Around Our Sun: From Orbital Mechanics to Hearts Flying in Space. A gathering of theologians and scientists I knew once pondered the question: “If the human race died out, would love in the universe die also?” The celebration of Samhain and All Hallows Eve might speak to our yearning for never-ending love…and what of science? Led by Rev. Jim Parrish. We’ll also SHARE THE PLATE with NWA Rape Crisis Center. Any collection plate money and designated (write Share Plate on envelope if cash and on memo line if check) donations will be given to this worthy organization.

Nursery Services available 9:45 am – 12:15 pm: As teens have a tendency to grow up and move on, we are now actively seeking teens for paid nursery positions! If you know a high school student who likes kids, needs a little extra money, and would like to add to their resume, send them to Rose Netherland or Marty Smith! We are seeking responsible teens for the nursery during church hours on a regular, rotational basis. The hours include Sundays 9:45 to 12:15 and occasional extra hours for special events. For more information please contact our Nursery Coordinator, Rose Netherland, at (479) 442-9283 or at lowlandflower@gmail.com .

Religious Education (RE), 10 -10:45 am, for Children, Youth, and Adults:
•Children (ages 5-12)
: RE classes are held on Sundays at 10 am downstairs.

yUUth (ages 13-19): Please come and join us for YUUTH group in the annex across Storer Street. All teens are welcomed to explore their spiritual identity as well as taking action in social justice issues of your choice. We are a safe place that celebrates individuality. We encourage you to make this group yours for your voice is needed to shape our UUFF community.

Adults: You have two options-(1) UU Buddhist Fellowship meets in far side of annex building; (2) Discussion in Sanctuary- “UU views of Jesus: the faith of a UU Christian”-led by Brooke Eldredge

Path to Membership Class from 12:30-3:30 pm
If you have visited our congregation a few times or more over the past several months, are either new to the UU religion or just new to our fellowship and have enjoyed your time here, please join us for our upcoming Path to Membership Class right after service on Sunday, October 26.

This is a great way to get questions answered about Unitarian Universalism and to connect with other newcomers. We’ll learn about UU history, share our spiritual or religious journeys, and learn more about UU traditions and practices and the organization of UUFF. Attending does not obligate you to join our fellowship.

Lunch will be provided. The class will last about 3 hours. Childcare can be provided upon request. Contact Fawn Smith in the UUFF Office to register at uuff@sbcglobal.net . If you have questions, please contact Brooke Eldredge at brooke.eldredge@yahoo.com


1. Minister and Administrator Weekday Schedules
2. UUFF Board Meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 28th- Proposed Agenda
3. Register now for Arkansas UU Cluster Training- Oct. 31-Nov 1.
4. Marilyn Yoder at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
5. Stewardship Saturday- CANCELLED for October. Next one planned for 11/22!
6. Scary Stories Potluck- Intergenerational Event hosted by RE, Wed. 10/29 at 6 pm
7. Samhain Ritual and Potluck to be held on Saturday, November 1st at 1 pm- Hosted by Ozark Druids
8. Women’s Wisdom Circle will be hosting a Finger Food Brunch for Theresa Parrish on November 8th at 10 am at the home of Susan Schroeder.
9. Greeter Sign-Up
10. Mini-calendar of upcoming meetings and events
11. October 2014 Beacon link
a. Buddhist Teacher, Geshe Dakpa Topygyal – Events November 7-9

1. Minister and Administrator Weekday Schedules
Minister’s (Rev. Jim) Schedule:

I tend to be in the office Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm; however, 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 my Minister’s Cell: 479-439-1415, or email me at revjim@fayettevilleunitarian.org . I want to meet with you! Except Mondays… Mondays are my day off! Exceptions for emergencies of course.

Planned days out of the office for end of Oct and through November, 2014:
There is an Arkansas Cluster UU Training in Hot Springs, AR, the 31st of October and 1st of November that several UUFF members and I will be attending. Also in November I have a SWUUMA (UU Minister’s) Cluster meeting Thursday the 20th that will take me to Tulsa, OK, and I will be traveling to Chicago the 14th-18th to attend the Wedding of two colleagues (yep, both UU ministers), and the Ordination of one (Big Weekend!) as well as visiting family.

Monday, 10/27: Administrator on Vacation
Tuesday/Wednesday: 12-3 pm
Thursday: 12-4 pm

2. UUFF Board Meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, Oct. 28th in the Sanctuary
Proposed Agenda as follows:

Chalice Lighting
1. Call to Order
2. Reading: Susie Schroeder
3. Approval of Minutes
4. Notes of Appreciation
5. Reports
6. Business
•Love Reaches Out results and proposal
•Board Covenant
•Progress of organizational restructure
•Governance Timeline
•COM members
•Proposed Starting a new Group policy
•Change of board meeting date

3. The Arkansas UU Cluster Fall Training will be held at the UU Village Church in Hot Springs Village, AR on Friday evening, October 31 and Saturday, November 1, 2014. Friday evening will be an organizing meeting of the Arkansas UU Cluster and Saturday will be a 7-hour training session on Stewardship and Fund Raising. Rev. Susan Smith, Southern Region Consultant will facilitate both sessions.
Friday evening will be devoted to doing what is needed to change our status from an inactive to an active cluster. We will need to determine what function(s) we want our cluster to become involved in and how we will relate to one another. Will we gather for training or perhaps become involved as a state legislative network? This is new ground for us in Arkansas but other clusters in the Southern Region have been established for some time and can show us the way.
Saturday’s training will focus on Stewardship and Fund Raising.

Since Hot Springs Village (HSV) is about a 30-minute drive from the city of Hot Springs and all of its hotels, we recommend you reserve rooms at the Hot Springs Village Inn. The Inn is located just outside the HSV West Gate and is clean and comfortable. Rates are $89 (military and AARP discount) or $94 per night. These rates include tax, a swimming pool, continental breakfast and more. Phone 888-922-9600.
Condos are also available within the Village for $165 for a 3 bedroom 2 or 3 bath with 1 king bed, one queen bed, and two twin beds. These come completely furnished to include dishes, coffee pots, etc. Just supply your own food. These can be arranged through Vacation Rentals, Inc. Phone number is 866-386-6478. Rate should be slightly less if you stay two nights. This is a good option for a group.

Facility Our community hall can easily accommodate table seating for over 100 people so feel free to bring a delegation from your church.

Registration –To register, reply to dane.nielsen@sbcglobal.net. Subject: Arkansas UU Cluster Fall Training Registration. I’ll need name and congregation. I have decided not to use the Signup Genie. Registration cost for the meeting will be $20 per person to cover costs of lunch and incidentals.
Please direct any questions to me by email or call me at 501 915-8750.
See you in October,
Dane Nielsen-UU Village Church

4. Marilyn Yoder at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Marilyn Yoder is at HealthSouth, 153 E. Monte Painter Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72703, Room 115. HealthSouth is located near the medical facilities surrounding Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. The best “medicine” for Marilyn at this time is a visit from her UUFF family. Visiting hours: Weekdays 4:30-8:30 p.m.; Weekends 12:30-8:30 p.m. Due to the very small and limited space in Marilyn’s room — please — no flowers or other gifts at this time. Please do drop by to see Marilyn Yoder; it will brighten her day. UUFF Cares and Shares! Susan Takigiku

5. CANCELLATION: Due to the early 11 am kick-off of the Homecoming game on October 25, the Stewardship Day and Tailgating Party have been cancelled. We will begin parking cars in the Fellowship lots at 8:30 am. If you would like to help with this wonderful stewardship effort, please contact David Edwards or Gini Gottman. Our next Stewardship Day is scheduled for Saturday, November 22, from nine to noon. Please reserve this date and join other members in making UUFF shine and bloom. Thank you~The Stewardship Committee

6. The 4th-6th grade RE class will be hosting intergenerational social events for the congregation this year. Come out and play! All events will be held in the Sanctuary.
Wednesday, October 29 at 6pm-Scary Stories Potluck

Bring something to share for supper, and a story to share, if you dare! Costumes are encouraged! We’ll have face-painting supplies and some storytellers on hand to scare. Participants are invited to bring a scary story to read or tell to the group. Or, just come and listen. Storytellers, please keep it family-friendly. Parental discretion is advised for this spooky, ghostly, possibly headless night of thrills and chills.

Scary tales serve an important purpose, according to some psychologists and children’s literature specialists. Like the late Bruno Bettelheim, PhD, a psychologist best known for his groundbreaking book, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, these experts believe that frightening stories can not only provide great entertainment, they also help kids through key developmental stages.

7. Ozark Druids will be hosting a Samhain Ritual and potluck Saturday, November 1st at 4pm in the UUFF Sanctuary. All are welcome!

8. Women’s Wisdom Circle will be hosting a Finger Food Brunch for Theresa Parrish on November 8th at 10 am at the home of Susan Schroeder. If you identify as a woman and wish to attend and have NOT received an evite, please contact Carol Tarvin to RSVP: caroltarvin@gmail.com

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. Upcoming Meetings and Events
Sat. 10/25, 8:30 am+, All UUFF Parking Lots Cleared for Game Parking, UUFF
Sun. 10/26, 12:15 pm, Path to Membership Class, UUFF
Tues. 10/28, 6:30 pm, Board Meeting (see details/proposed agenda above) Sanctuary
Wed. 10/29, 6 pm, Scary Stories Potluck (see details above) Sanctuary
Sat. 11/1, 10 am, Women’s Wisdom Circle, Sanctuary
Sat. 11/1, 4 pm Samhain Ritual- Hosted by Ozark Druids, Sanctuary

11. The OCTOBER 2014 Beacon is Online at http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/October-2014-Beacon.pdf

A. Buddhist Teacher, Geshe Dakpa Topygyal – Events November 7-9

• Friday, Nov. 7th, 6-8 pm at the UU Church in Tahlequah, OK : Geshe Topygyal talks on “Buddhist Meditation”. Book signing follows talk. Free to public. Call (479) 601-4519 for more information.
• Saturday, Nov. 8th, 3-5 pm at the UU Church in Eureka Springs: Geshe Topygyal presents “Two Subtle Realities.” Book signing and potluck follow. Call (479) 244-6419 for more information.
• Sunday, Nov. 9, 10am-5pm, Land of Infinite Bliss Retreat Center (just off route 295 near Crosses, AR): One day retreat on Death and Dying. Visit www.artibet.com or call (479) 601-4519. Vegetarian potluck lunch included. Suggested $25 donation.

UUFF Weekly Email Announcements are sent each Thursday. To get on the distribution list, send your name and email address to uuff@sbcglobal.net or uuff.ar@gmail.com
Please submit information for Weekly Emails to above email addresses by Wednesday noon.

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