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UUFF Email – Week of October 19, 2014

October 16th, 2014 · News

**IN THIS ISSUE** **PLEASE NOTE UPDATE: Women’s Wisdom Circle has been CANCELLED for 10/18 due to illness, etc. THANKS!!

1. Weekday Office Hours- Minister and Administrator
2. Arkansas UU Cluster Fall Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Hot Springs-Register now!
3. Marilyn Yoder at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
4. CANCELLATION of Stewardship Day this month, due to early home football game on 10/25. We will plan on November 22 for our next Stewardship Saturday!
5. Everyone is invited to a fun afternoon at Sarsaparilla’s corn maze on Sunday, October 19!
6. Ozark Druids Protogrove, ADF will be meeting at UUFF Saturday, October 18th- 4 pm
7. Lunch Angels Serves on Saturday, October 18th at 11 am – Wiggins Methodist Church
8. Path to Membership Class on October 26th.
9. 4th-6th grade RE class will host intergenerational social events for the congregation this year—Scary Story Potluck at 6 pm on Oct. 29!
10. 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!
11. Bulletin Board Coordinator or team needed for lobby display
12. Attendance Books
13. Greeter Sign-Up
14. Upcoming 11 am Services
15. Religious Education Happenings
16. Nursery Services available 9:45 am – 12:15 pm. We are actively seeking teens for paid nursery positions!
17. UU Buddhist Fellowship will meet at 10 am Sunday at the far side of the Annex building.
18. Adult RE meets on Sundays at 10 am in the Sanctuary- Rev. Parrish leading 10/19 class!
19. Calendar for Upcoming UUFF Meetings and Events
20. October 2014 Beacon Link
A. Film Screening- “Shadows of Liberty”- OMNI Center, October 18th, 2pm
B. Omni Center Invitation to Solidarity March on October 25th
C. Fall Harvest 2014 Conference: November 7-9
D. Upcoming Events at The Mountain Retreat Center

**Don’t forget to turn in your November Beacon blurbs and/or articles to announceit2uuff@yahoogroups.com or jtighe@sbcglobal.net by 10/20! THANKS**

1. Weekday Office Hours- Minister and Administrator
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 October, 2014:
In October I have a SWUUMA (UU Minister’s) Cluster meeting Thursday the 16th that will take me to Tulsa, OK. and there is an Arkansas UU Cluster Training in Hot Springs, AR, the 31st of October and 1st of November that several UUFF members and I will be attending.

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

2. The Arkansas UU Cluster Fall Training will be held at the UU Village Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. Ozark Druids Protogrove, ADF will be meeting at UUFF Saturday, October 18th- 4 pm
Group will meet at the Fellowship on the first and third Saturdays of each month, 4pm to 7pm. In case of a game day or special event, we will be at the annex or another location. ADF is an international fellowship devoted to creating a public tradition of Neopagan Druidry. Our meetings are free and open to the public. All are welcome! Tressa Disney (UUFF Member) can be contacted with questions- tressabelle@yahoo.com
For more info on ADF, check out http://ozarkdruids.webs.com/

6. Lunch Angels Serves on Saturday, October 18th at 11 am – Wiggins Methodist Church
Lunch Angels will meet at 11 am at Wiggins United Methodist Church –on the corner of Church St. and MLK Jr. Blvd. Volunteers sought for casseroles and/or serving! Contact Gretchen Wilkes at gwilkes@farmcards.org with questions or to sign up for this worthwhile community service.

7. Everyone is invited to a fun afternoon at Sarsaparilla’s corn maze on Sunday, October 19! Bring sack lunches for your family, and we will leave directly after services. The corn maze is located at 22781 Hwy 244 North in Siloam Springs. The price is $7 for adults; $6 for children 3-12, and free for kids under 2. Y’all come!

8. Path to Membership Class on October 26th!
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 joining 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

9. 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.

10. 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. More details and link to evite will follow in future weeks.

11. Bulletin Board Coordinator or team needed for lobby display. Guidelines & materials provided. You bring your artistic sense and passion to communicate. Please contact Shawna Thorup mrsthorup@gmail.com for more information.

12. Attendance Books
The Membership Committee has decided to experiment with using our attendance books to improve communication with our visitors and members. Please complete any information you are comfortable sharing in the booklets as they come to you during the offertory. In UU Tradition of course, “passing” is always an option! Let us know what you think. Feedback welcomed through uuff@sbcglobal.net or talk to one of the membership committee! Chair- Janet Titus, David Edwards, Brooke Eldredge, Susan Takigiku, Jud Hanson, Sue Hankins or Alyson Ballew.

13. 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

14. Upcoming 11 am Services
“Social Justice at UUFF: A Celebration of Making a Difference!” This UU Fellowship has a wonderful past and an engaged present as individuals and a community working for Social Justice. We will honor the past, explore our present commitments and ask “What’s Next?” Led by Amanda Bancroft and Gene Vinzant.

10/26: 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.

15. Religious Education Happenings
RE classes are held on Sundays at 10 am downstairs.

The football parking program is going strong and parking fee collection has been very substantial! Please come and help us park cars for a very worthy cause – our own RE Program! Please see Gini Gottman or David Edwards if you’d like to help, or just sign up on the RE bulletin board.

16. 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 .

17. UU Buddhist Fellowship meets Sundays at 10 am in far/east side of Annex building

18. Adult RE meets Sundays at 10 am in the Sanctuary
This week, 10/19, our own Rev. Jim Parrish has volunteered to share his experiences from a class that he attended entitled: “Religions and Dialogue: Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.”

19. Upcoming Meetings and Events
Th. 10/16, 6:30 pm, Chalice Team Meeting, UUFF
Sat. 10/18, 10 am, Women’s Wisdom Circle Gathering, Sanctuary–CANCELLED!
Sat. 10/18, 11 am, Lunch Angels Serves at Wiggins Methodist, MLK Jr. Blvd
Sat. 10/18, 4 pm, Ozark Druids Meeting, Sanctuary
Sun. 10/19, 12:30 pm, RE (and all) Corn Maze Event-See #7 above, Off-site
Sun. 10/19, 12:15 pm, Council of Committees, Downstairs
Sun. 10/26, 12:15 pm, Path to Membership Class, UUFF

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

A. Film Screening- “Shadows of Liberty”- OMNI Center, October 18th, 2pm

When: Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 PM
Where: OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology
3274 N Lee Ave, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72702

Ticket Info: Free, with donations greatly appreciated
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/610046365771354
Bullfrog Communities: http://tinyurl.com/ku8oqug
** There will be a panel discussion following the film. **

Watch the Trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SAUborWbPw&feature=c4-overview&list=UU03hWohkXnD212MZ1LRetTA

Debra Brown
US Outreach Coordinator
Shadows of Liberty

B. Omni Center Invitation to Solidarity March on October 25, 2014
Partnering to Protect Human Rights for All
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

October 22 is the national day of protest against police brutality. The community of Fayetteville will stand in solidarity with Ferguson and other areas who have suffered from these issues, but we also want to highlight the city of Fayetteville Police Department’s and the University of Arkansas Police Department’s efforts towards becoming more accountable to the communities they serve.

The program will begin at the University of Arkansas Union at 9:00 AM for a presentation including Tina Gaston of ‪#‎HandsUpNWA‬. The Solidarity march will follow, beginning at the University of Arkansas courtyard and following the sidewalks of Dickson Street. The march is set to end at the Washington County Courthouse at the corner of Dickson Street and Rock Street in Fayetteville. Attendees will then be invited to spread out along the sides of HWY 71 at the major intersections to stand together and spread the word. The event will conclude at 12pm. Please come if you can and stay as long as you can!

C. Fall Harvest 2014 Conference: November 7-9
Fall Harvest 2014 Conference
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Glen Lake Camp and Retreat Center, Glen Rose, TX

Many words can be used to describe Unitarian Universalist congregations, but static is not one of them. Join us at “Fall Training 2014: Oh! The Places You’ll Go!” to explore the dynamic nature of congregations and their leaders and gain tools for navigating these often choppy waters. Where will your congregation go next? Our tracks:

* Introduction to Leadership as a Spiritual Practice with Maggie Lovins
* Renaissance Module: Youth Ministry
* Walking the Twin Paths of Stewardship with Bill Clontz
* Young Adults and Allies with Elizabeth Mount
* March to Selma with Carrie Stewart and Lewis Morris
* Children’s Evolution Camp with Sean Briscoe and Rachel Finley

For information on the tracks, lodging, early bird discounts (until 17 October), and registration – http://bit.ly/1vfYxU3

D. Upcoming Events at The Mountain Retreat Center
Autumn Yoga & Meditation Retreat: November 14-16. Through Yoga and Meditation, we will mark the seasonal change and our bodies’ responses to those changes. There will be plenty of opportunities to retreat, relax, renew and deepen your practice. All levels of yogis and yoginis are welcome. For more information go to innersmileyoga.org

Thanksgiving: November 26-30. Start a new Thanksgiving tradition at The Mountain. Take part in a relaxed environment with evening programs, programming for children, and Sunday morning worship service. Thanksgiving dinner will be delicious. The best part: you don’t have to cook orclean! Go to mountaincenters.org to register and find out more.

Youth CONs are a gathering of youth from congregations for a weekend program filled with a variety of workshops, activities, delicious food, a safe environment, and warm cozy cabins. This Fall’s theme is CONstellations! See you at The Mountain!
Elementary- November 14-16
Intermediate- November 21-23
Senior High- December 5-7

[If you have questions or would like more information about the Youth CONs, contact Megan Quattlebaum, our Program Director, at megan.quattlebaum@mountaincenters.org]

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