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UUFF Happenings-This Week and Beyond!

November 19th, 2014 · News



THIS SUNDAY, November 23rd….

11 am Service: Bread Communion. Led by Rev. Jim Parrish. Communion is defined as the “sharing of intimate thoughts or feelings, especially on a mental or spiritual level.” The sharing of food in a ritual of fellowship is timeless and belongs to all of humanity. We will be thankful for what the year has brought us, and we’ll share breads and spreads to celebrate our community of caring and daring. Please being bread or a spread to share. **Volunteers are needed to prep the bread in the 15-minutes before service. Meet us in the kitchen please.**

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

Children- It’s ShaRE Sunday! All ages will gather together downstairs as Gini Gottman leads a discussion on Thanksgiving and the group makes magnet crafts!

Adult Religious Exploration (ARE) – Discussion Group will be held downstairs in the open classroom area. Youth are welcome to participate in these discussions as well. This week we will read and discuss an article from UU World magazine. “Up to our necks,” by Meg Riley, focuses on how the problem in Ferguson, MO is a problem for all UUs.  http://uuworld.org/life/articles/298715.shtml   Brooke Eldredge is the discussion leader. The UU Meditation Group has been put on hold until interest level can be properly assessed. Please contact Caroline Lennox (clennox1@gmail.com) if you are interested.

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


  1. Stewardship Day, Tailgating Party, and Game Day Parking this Saturday, 11/22!
  2. Come see one of our own UUFF kiddo’s perform in Peter Pan, Jr. on Sunday, 11/23-Discount Tickets available!
  3. Thanksgiving Potluck Meal on Nov. 27th
  4. Death Café – first ever in Arkansas-held here at UUFF on December 3rd!
  5. Annual Winter Jazz Concert on December 19th!!
  6. UUFF Book Group Meetings for Remainder of 2014
  7. Greeter Sign-Up
  8. Mini-calendar of upcoming meetings and events
  9. November 2014 Beacon link
  1. Transgender Day of Remembrance Observed TODAY-November 20th
  2. Upcoming Training Events through The Arkansas Master Naturalist Organization

1. STEWARDSHIP DAY, NOVEMBER 22.  This Saturday, we will have another Stewardship Day during which we will tackle chores in the Fellowship House and the Annex, and, weather permitting, on the grounds.  Over twenty members have signed up for Stewardship Day, which will include a TAILGATING LUNCH with all the trimmings at 11:30 provided by the Stewardship Committee.  We will also be PARKING CARS from 12:30 to 2:30 for the Ole Miss game and invite you to join in.  This is the final opportunity for us to sell parking spaces for the home games, and a full lot will bring our total contribution to the Religious Education program to almost $3000.  Join in a day of fellowship as we make UUFF shine and bloom! **Those coming for work day and/or tailgating party, please park in annex parking lot!

2. RE has secured discount tickets see Peter Pan, Jr. this Sunday, 11/23, performed by Arts Live Theatre – http://bit.ly/1sKrZl5  - and starring one of our own kiddos, Jack Duncan.  It is a 2pm curtain at the Continuing Education Auditorium, 2 East Center Street in Fayetteville. Cost is $7 per person (child or adult). You can get as many tickets as you need at this price, but we need your firm RSVP today (Thursday) and payment (cash or check payable to ALT) on Sunday. This show is appropriate for all audiences & would be a great treat for the family. 60 minute run time with no intermission. Email fayettevilleuu@gmail.com today to secure your seats at this amazing 42% discount for adults & 13% discount for children.

3. UUFF Thanksgiving Potluck- We’ll gather in the Sanctuary at noon on Nov. 27th. Please sign up in the lobby (sheet on table under bulletin board). ALL are welcome!

4. Death Café –First Ever in Arkansas-Happening  Right Here at UUFF!

Members and Friends of UUFF are warmly invited to join us Wednesday, December 3rd, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Sanctuary to talk about that part of life we will all eventually face: Death.

Death Café is an international movement — more than 1200 Death Cafes have been held worldwide since 2011. The purpose is simple: to provide a safe space to talk about our thoughts, fears, opinions, questions and wishes concerning our eventual demise so that we can live more fully in the present moment. Basically, we’ll have some cake and coffee and talk about death.

More information to come soon. Meanwhile, direct questions to Theresa Parrish at 773-322-7164, or visit the Death Cafe Website at: www.deathcafe.com

5. Please join us on Friday, December 19th for our traditional celebration of the season with the Claudia Burson Trio! (See flyer above). This year, the trio will be joined by guitarist, Ben Harris. Tickets are $25 per person and include a wine and appetizer reception following the concert. You may purchase tickets for the event in the foyer on Sundays beginning Nov. 23rd, or may reserve them by contacting Fawn in the UUFF office.  Doors will open at 7pm and the performance will begin at 7:30. All proceeds benefit UUFF programming. Please contact Gretchen Wilkes at gwilkes@farmcards.org with questions.

6. UUFF Book Group Meetings in November/December

TONIGHT-NOVEMBER 20, 2014 – Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill. (A non-fiction book-to-film. We will meet at 5 pm to view the film then at 7 to discuss the film & the book).

DECEMBER 18, 2014 – The Annual Dirty Santa Holiday Party – Choose a book that has meaning to you; it could be a favorite as a child, a book that changed your outlook or just one of your favorite books. It can be a copy off your own shelf or you can buy it new or used online or from one of the area’s great used book stores. Wrap it and put it under the tree. We’ll share holiday food & drink before unwrapping  the books—the giver letting the group know why the book is important to them. Always a great load of fun—everyone is invited.

Please contact Nancy (nancy.mcshane@att.net ) or Earl (ujeeen@yahoo.com ) McShane with any questions.

7. 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

8. Upcoming Meetings and Events

Date Time Event Location
Thu. 11/20 7 pm UUFF Book Group Gathering McShane’s
Sat. 11/22 9 am Stewardship Day and Tailgating Party UUFF
Thu. 11/27 12 pm UUFF Thanksgiving Potluck Gathering Sanctuary
Wed. 12/3 7 pm Death Café – First Ever in Arkansas Sanctuary

9. The NOVEMBER 2014 Beacon is Online at http://fayettevilleunitarian.org/wp-content/uploads/November-2014-Beacon.pdf

**Don’t forget to turn in any info/articles for the December Beacon Newsletter BY END OF TODAY to Jacki Tighe at announceit2uuff@yahoogroups.com **


 A. The Transgender Day of Remembrance will be observed on Thursday, November 20th

The event will begin with a candlelight walk at 5:30 pm from UUFF parking lot to St. Martin’s Episcopal University Center, 814 W. Maple St. The evening includes a community remembrance meal at 6 pm and at 7 pm a vigil and reading of the names of transgender persons who have died as victims of violence in the past year. Speakers include Rev. Jim Parrish of UUFF, Rev. Abigail Letsinger of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and Janis Walters of Transgender Equality Network.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance event is open to anyone interested in attending and standing in vigil, memorializing those who have died by anti-transgender violence. Event Info Link: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1272/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=82775

For more information contact Janis Walters at (501) 838-1847 or silverwolfe10@gmail.com

B. Upcoming Training Events through the Arkansas Master Naturalist Organization. This is a state-wide non-profit organization devoted to developing a corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach and service supporting the management of natural resources and natural areas in local communities. Our 2015 Training classes are now open for registration and classes will begin February 21st. The classes are held on Saturdays at various locations across the NWA region according to the subject matter. Please visit the website at home.arkansasmasternaturalists.org  to view the tentative class schedule and apply.

Bobbie Hackler, Communications/NWAMN/501-594-0565/bdhackler@me.com

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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