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UUFF Email – Week of August 24, 2014

August 21st, 2014 · News

**IN THIS ISSUE**

1. Rev. Jim’s contact info
2. Save the Date! Ministry Start-Up Retreat: September 12-13th!
3. Proposed Agenda for Board Meeting on Tues, August 26 at 6:30 pm
4. “Love Reaching Out”- UUA Outreach Initiative
5. Upcoming 11 am Services
6. UUFF Book Group Meetings for Aug. (tonight!) and Sept.
7. Religious Education Happenings
8. Nursery Services available 9:45 am – 12:15 pm. We are actively seeking teens for paid nursery positions!
9. UU Buddhist Fellowship WILL MEET at 10 am on Sunday, 8/24, in far east side of Annex building
10. Adult RE – 10 am on Sundays
11. Board Retreat to be held on Saturday, August 23, from 9 am-3:30 pm
12. Office Hours
13. Calendar for Upcoming UUFF Meetings and Events
14. August 2014 Beacon Link
15. OUTSIDE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
a. Nuba Mountain Fundraiser- Through OMNI

1. Rev. Jim Parrish’s new contact info:
Howdy all. Most of you should have received Rev. Jim’s latest E-Minute, but I just wanted to make sure that his most recent contact information is known. Email address is RevJim@fayettevilleunitarian.org and “home/professional” phone number is 479-439-
1415, so besides calling the office, this number is available to call or leave a message directly to Rev. Jim.

2. Save the Date!
Susan Smith from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will facilitate the Ministry Start- Up Retreat, which will be held on September 12th and 13th.
All interested member congregants are invited to come on Friday evening for input into the direction UUFF will be taking. On Saturday morning, all leaders, staff, and others interested in participating will be involved. Saturday afternoon the board, members of the staff, and the minister will attend. Susan Smith will stay to share the pulpit with Reverend Jim on Sunday morning. More detailed information about time and content will be coming soon. Please make sure to save those dates.

3. Proposed Agenda for Board Meeting on Tuesday, 8/26 at 6:30 pm
1. Call to Order
Chalice lighting
Reading: Kris Hargis
2. Approval of Minutes
3. Notes of Appreciation
4. Reports
• Treasurer
• COC
• RE
5. Business
• Communication policies
• Finance policy
• Resolution for investment account
6. Other
•Minister’s chat

4. “Love Reaching Out”
HELP WANTED:
Are you on fire for UUFF and/or UUism? Do you think / feel / believe we have a message begging to be spread to our larger community? Are you willing to try new things developed by the UUA & provide feedback on them? Do you have the time to attend a webinar, read a 41-page study guide, and help implement 3 pre-planned workshops for our congregation? Are you ready to volunteer? Contact Shawna Thorup (mrsthorup@gmail.com) to get more details on helping UUFF beta-test UUA’s new outreach program, “Love Reaching Out.” Our final goal is to provide the Board with suggestions for how UUFF can improve UUFF’s perception in Fayetteville (& beyond) and further its mission.

5. Upcoming 11 am Services
8/24:
UUFF’s own Marty Faitak will be our pulpit guest on the topic of “Being the Right Congregation.”

8/31: Gene Vinzant and Shawna Thorup will lead a service honoring the life and legacy of Unitarian Universalist Pete Seeger. Join us for an upbeat time of singing the songs that helped change our country and world for the better.

6. UUFF Book Group Gatherings for August and September: 7 pm at McShane Home
TONIGHT, 8/21 – Loving Frank by Nancy Horan.

“I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.” So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon, and their timeless love story.

SEPTEMBER 18 – Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey From North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden (Non-fiction)
North Korea’s political prison camps have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. No one born and raised in these camps is known to have escaped. No one, that is, except Shin Dong-hyuk. In “Escape From Camp 14,” Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin’s shocking imprisonment and his astounding getaway. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence—he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother.
-contact Nancy nancy.mcshane@att.net or Earl ujeeen@yahoo.com for details and directions-

7. Religious Education Happenings
* Religious Education classes start on September 7!
If you are not already registered for the 2014-2015 school year, please do so, so that we can have current information from each family. Please see or contact Gini Gottman ginigottman@gmail.com if you have questions or if you’re not sure whether you’re registered. Go to http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/faith-development/children-and-youth/ for links to the registration form and permission slip.

* Razorback football season is coming up, and the RE program could use your help with our game day parking program! It’s easy and fun, and kids are welcome. Sign up on the RE bulletin board, or see David Edwards or Gini.

* If you have any interest in being a friend to the RE Committee, please see Gini! You don’t have to commit to being a member of the committee or to attending the meetings. If you want to donate one hour of your time during the upcoming year, we will find a fun job for you!

8. 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! 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 .

9. UU Buddhist Fellowship WILL MEET Sunday, 8/24 at 10 am in far side of Annex

10. Adult RE will meet at 10 am Sunday in the Sanctuary

11. Board Retreat to be held on Saturday, August 23, from 9 am-3:30 pm
The Board Retreat will be held on 8/23 from 9am-3:30pm. The afternoon session will be for LDC members and Committee Chairs. If you are a committee chair and unable to attend, please appoint someone from your committee to come in your place so all areas are represented as we discuss better ways of communication and interaction. Those involved should have received an email with more information from Board President, Caroline Lennox. Please RSVP to uuff@sbcglobal.net if you have not done so already and will be attending. THANKS!

12. Office Hours
Monday: 1-4 pm
Tuesday/Wednesday: 12-3 pm
Thursday: 12-4 pm

13. Upcoming Meetings and Events
Sat. 8/23, 9 – 3:30, Board Retreat, Sanctuary
Tu. 8/26, 6 pm, Music Comm. Meeting, UUFF
Tu. 8/26, 6:30 pm, Board Meeting, Downstairs (see proposed agenda above)
Wed. 8/27, 6:30 pm, Stewardship Comm. Mtg, UUFF
9/12-13, Ministry Start-Up Retreat, UUFF- Save the Date- Details to Follow

14. August 2014 Beacon is Online at http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/August-2014-Beacon.pdf

OUTSIDE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
a. Nuba Mountains Fundraiser- Through OMNI

The Omni Center for Peace, Justice, and Ecology will host a Nuba Mountains fundraiser on Saturday, September 6, 7:00 pm, at the Omni Center, 3274 N. Lee Ave., Fayetteville, phone 935-4422. Sam Totten will tell about his trips to the Nuba Mountains to bring supplies to the people there being attacked by their own government, the Sudan. See his brief narrative below, and reference to Art Hobson’s column.
Sam Totten is a retired professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He is also a world-renowned scholar of genocides around the world. His studies of these genocides, including interviewing survivors and witnesses in refugee camps in Chad, Sudan, and other warring places, drove him also to act directly to relieve those who were suffering. Thousands of Nuban people are in danger of being killed, perhaps tens of thousands. Sam Totten is taking food, water, and medicine to them, and he asks our help.
The Fundraiser is sponsored by the OMNI Center and is being organized by Gladys Tiffany, Dick Bennett, and Art Hobson. Each of Sam’s trips costs about $10,000. Because we hope to raise at least half of the expenses for one trip, we have set $5000 as our goal. So we seek significant donors who will give $1000, or $500, or $100. But smaller gifts are welcome.
HOW TO SEND MONEY
Make checks to OMNI Center. Write Nuba Mts. People or just Nuba Mts. on your memo.
Send your checks to Dick Bennett, 2582 Jimmie Ave., Fayetteville, AR, 72703, or to 3274 Lee Ave., Fayetteville, AR, 72703.
Or donate via www.omnicenter.org.
At this homepage, click the green “Donate” button on the top right. At the next page, click “Network for Good” to donate directly and securely, or click “Donate” to donate via PayPal.
Designate your donation for “Nuba Mountains people.”
NUBA MOUNTAINS RELIEF –PORTRAITS
September 6 – OMNI Center:
At the fundraiser for people of the Nuba Mountains in Sudan, local portrait artist, Amy Edie, will be creating portraits–an 11×14 keepsake drawing– for an additional $25 donation as part of the fundraising. She will be available in OMNI’s Library from 6 until 7 for a maximum of 10 portraits. Register early for your portrait by calling OMNI at 935-4422.
Bring a photo; or she can also draw from a cell phone photo. The portrait, a black and white sketch, makes a great gift for Christmas. Finger snacks and drinks will be available starting at 6:00
Volunteers to help at this welcome, supportive event-within-event are welcome. Contact Gladys (gladystiffany@yahoo.com), copy to Dick (j.dick.bennett@gmail.com).

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