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UUFF Happenings this Week, March 29th….and Beyond!

March 26th, 2015 · News

THIS SUNDAY, March 29th…

11 am:“Choosing To Believe?” Can we Choose our Beliefs? Are beliefs something that can be chosen and changed at the drop of a hat? Can you make yourself believe something that you really don’t? Why do some people believe in things in the face of contrary evidence? If it is possible to change your beliefs, how do you do it? Led by Gene Vinzant

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

Children- Who doesn’t love getting mail!? March is ‪#‎magicalmailmonth for UU’s, a new tradition that helps us to send love, encouragement, and words and pictures of faith through the US Postal Service. This month, we have two “Make It!” Sundays, bookending the public school spring break–March 22 and 29. For both, we’ll be gathering in an all-ages group to make and send postcards to other RE programs in the US and in Canada. Check out the post on the Growing Unitarian Universalism blog below to get a sense of the idea, and come on the last 2 Sundays in March to draw, doodle, write, stamp, and send goodness to our big, wide UU community across the continent! In the common room downstairs, from 10 to 10:45am. http://growinguu.blogs.uua.org/faith-in-action/magical-mail-month/

Adult Religious Exploration (ARE)- Discussion Group will be held in the east (far) side of the annex building across Storer St. Please use carport door entrance. Youth are welcome to join as well. This week we will discuss the various responses UUs have taken in response to war. Unitarian Universalism has never been a “peace church.” Our tradition has embraced advocates for the use of military power in international disputes, proponents of just war theory, pacifists, and those who hold a variety of positions in between. What are your thoughts? Led by Brooke Eldredge.

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** 


  1. NOW is the time to sign up to attend one (or more) of the Dream Circle events!
  2. UUFF Cares
  3. Minister’s Schedule…
  4. “A time for planting…” is a time for Stewardship-April 4th, 9am-12pm
  5. Join the RE team on Saturday, April 4 from 1:00-2:30 at the Fellowship for the Blessing of the Animals!
  6. Special UU-Style Easter Egg Hunt- After Services on Sunday, April 5th!
  7. Death Cafe – Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 7:00 PM
  8. 2015/16 Pledge forms and Automated monthly drafts of your pledge payments available- link below or get a hard copy from the office
  9. Greeter and Coffee Hour Sign-Ups
  10. Mini-calendar of upcoming meetings and events
  11. Save the Date(s)!
    • UUFF Spring Yard Sale/Fundraiser: May 15th and 16th!
    • UUA Southern Region District Annual Assemblies- April 17-19!
  1. NEW April Beacon link
  • The Goddess Festival is still going on-including a Harmonia Concert at UUFF on Saturday evening (3/28)! Check out www.goddessfestival.com for the full schedule of events!
  • The 5th Annual NW AR Family History Fair will be held on April 11th, 8am-5pm 

1. Please sign up to attend one (or more!) of the Dream Circle Dinners, Luncheon or Breakfast!

We are currently engaged in a visioning process for UUFF that we are referring to as Dream Circles.  Our desire is to draw on the diverse experiences of our fellowship and dream together about the future, and with those dreams develop a shared vision for the fellowship.

By revisiting our vision, we ensure we are moving in the right direction and we can continuously look to these dreams to seek inspiration when setting more tangible goals and objectives for our fellowship through our mission and long range planning.

Here is an opportunity for you to share in the visioning process so that the end result reflects the opinions of the congregation as a whole.  It is also an opportunity to get to know fellow UUFF’ers in a small group. You can (and should) attend more than one of these gatherings, if possible!

You have a choice of dates for a dinner (we have many being offered thus far at member homes)- see options and sign up here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xdETeMm5HHUmldZ1m9VJDiAyX4xVo_dI5fV_Qm-_s3I/edit?usp=sharing

Breakfast at UUFF on April 11th, 8-11 am -sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eMQXqBickxXLUGPMLQqsX7gi6FR0s75ucYN2E7odm3U/edit?usp=sharing

Luncheon at UUFF on April 26th, 12:30 pm -sign up here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1QcEF3S9UxJZkgXbvsYFynE02HpJeMBt49NkRALemXOk/edit?usp=sharing

or you can talk to Fawn or sign up on the printed sheets in the lobby. Please choose a date that will suit you and sign up NOW!  If you wait, you may miss out on the opportunity to participate, and we need YOUR input.

2. UUFF Cares
Richard Ferguson,
member of UUFF, went into Washington Regional Monday afternoon for tests and observation after an episode of dizziness. Rev. Jim visited with him and he is feeling better​, expecting to be released today. Please keep him in your healing thoughts​!

Rose Diaz, member of UUFF, recently suffered the loss of her father, Jerry Dale Combs, in California.  Contact information to send condolences to Rose and Fred:  11287 Tony Mountain Rd., Fayetteville, AR 72701, freddiaz@cox.net

Ruth Vacin, long-time member of UUFF, will begin intensive chemo-therapy treatments for esophageal cancer, beginning March 30.  Please send healing energy to Ruth.  Contact information:  531 E. Whitefish Bay Pl., Unit #4, Fayetteville, AR 72701, rvacin@yahoo.com

3. Minister’s Schedule:

I tend to be in the office Tuesday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm, however call first to make sure I haven’t been called away or have another appointment if you wish to drop by. 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.

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

In Tulsa for Southwest UU Ministers Association meeting the third Thursday of every month.

UU Arkansas Cluster Meeting March 27-29th

Southwest UU Regional Conference April 17-19th

Personal Time May 1st-3rd

Ministry Days and General Assembly June 22nd – 28th

4. “A time for planting…” is a time for Stewardship-April 4th, 9am-12pm

On Saturday, April 4th from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon the UUFF congregation will plant flowers and make the building shine.  Please mark your calendars and join together for the spring planting and cleaning of our Fellowship.  Thank you participating.

5. Join the RE team on Saturday, April 4 from 1:00-2:30 at the Fellowship for the Blessing of the Animals! Bring your dogs, cats, turtles, hamsters and snakes for a fun singing and barking ceremony. Please put your pets on leashes or in crates/carriers and come for good times and blessings. See Gini Gottman if you have questions.

6. Special UU-Style Easter Egg Hunt- After Services on Sunday, April 5th!

Unitarian Universalists find much to celebrate at Easter, chiefly rejoicing and delighting in the idea of new life. On Sunday, April 5, our lawn and grounds will be dotted with dozens of plastic eggs for an Easter egg hunt–with a twist. Instead of the eggs containing candy or prizes, children will gather eggs of each color and trade in their cache at the end of the hunt for a goodie bag and seeds to pot up and take home. The hunt will be immediately after service, so around noon or just after. We’ll meet downstairs in the fenced-in area to begin all together. Parents will need to stay with the children to ensure adequate supervision around the grounds. Expect it to take 20 to 30 minutes.

Please contact Teresa at uudre.teresa@gmail.com if you can help with the preparations.

7. Death Cafe – Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 7:00 PM

“Spiritual Care at End of Life” with Rev. Jim

Learn about the role of chaplains in hospitals and hospices

Gain understanding of spiritual needs of people with life-limiting illness

Learn how to help provide spiritual care to loved ones at end of life

This session is open to all!

Contact Theresa Parrish (773-322-7164) with any questions or concerns.

8. 2015/16 Pledge forms and ACH / Automated monthly drafts of your pledge payments are available for your convenience. See links below:

You may now have your UUFF pledge payments or contributions automatically drafted from your bank account in monthly installments!  Pledge cards, Fair Share Giving chart, and ACH authorization forms are all available to view / print at: http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/leadership-forms/

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 and Coffee Hour Sign-Ups

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 the Greeter Volunteer sign- up sheet. Please take a moment to put your name down for one or two Sundays.


Coffee Hour Hosting is another very important opportunity to serve. You can sign up as a volunteer to host via this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17bmSY2FfoZjyubPnjYfNuzVd9QG-XRAvm0zUqKNPNMc/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!

10. Upcoming Meetings and Events

Date Time Event Location
Sun. 3/29 6 pm Dream Circle Dinner Bettie Lu Lancaster’s Home
Wed. 4/1 6 pm Choir Rehearsal for 4/5 Sanctuary
Sat. 4/4 10 am Women’s Wisdom Circle Annex West Side
Sat. 4/4 9a-12p Stewardship “planting time” UUFF Grounds
Sat. 4/4 1 pm Blessing of the Animals Service Sanctuary
Sat. 4/4 6 pm Dream Circle Dinner Lennox/Edwards Home
Sun. 4/5 10 am Choir rehearsal for 11am Service Sanctuary
Sun. 4/5 12:15 pm UU-Style Easter Egg Hunt UUFF Grounds
Mon. 4/6 6 pm Dream Circle Dinner Barbara Abercrombie Home
Tues. 4/7 6:30 pm Dream Circle Dinner Susie Schroeder Home
Wed. 4/8 7 pm Death Café Sanctuary
Th. 4/9 6:30 pm Chalice Team Meeting UUFF
Sat. 4/11 8-11 am Dream Circle Potluck Breakfast UUFF Sanctuary
Sat. 4/11 1-4 pm Full Circle Adoption Support Sanctuary

11. Save the Date(s)!

a. UUFF Spring Yard Sale/Fundraiser: May 15th and 16th!

UUFF parking lot -Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16

Start collecting now!  Some before sale storage space is available.  Start bringing your items to UUFF beginning April 1.  Donation receipts will be available.


•         Household – appliances, dishes, small electronics, gadgets/ Home Decor – pictures, wall art, frames, knick-knacks, candles, lamps, baskets/Furniture/ Seasonal/Holiday/ Linens – bedding, towels, tablecloths, curtains, pillows/ Books /CD’s/Records/ Toys, Games, Puzzles/ Baby Stuff/ Collectibles – vintage glass, old pottery, figurines, costume jewelry (no clothing please)

Lots of volunteers are needed for this to be a success. Call (479-443-1804) or email Brooke or Dale Eldredge (brooke.eldredge@yahoo.com) with questions, suggestions and to volunteer.

b.UUA Southern Region District Annual Assemblies- April 17-19! See http://www.uuasouthernregion.org/aa2015.html for full details and to register.

12. The NEW April Beacon is Online at http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/April-2015-Beacon.pdf


The Goddess Festival is still going on-including a Harmonia Concert at UUFF on Saturday evening (3/28)! Check out www.goddessfestival.com for the full schedule of events!

The 5th Annual NW AR Family History Fair will be held on April 11th, 8am-5pm

Location: Springdale Stake Center. To see details and register for this FREE event, please go to www.familyhistoryconferencenwa.org


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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