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UUFF Happenings this Week – June 28th – and Beyond!

June 25th, 2015 · News

THIS SUNDAY, June 28th

11 am: “Humanist Morals.” If morals are not handed down from “on high,” then where do they come from? Doug will explore morality and its human origins. Guest Speaker- Doug Krueger.

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

Children- Camp UU continues this Sunday with our annual stream clean-up! Wear old clothes and we will talk about ecology and pollution and clean up the creek on our property. Bring work gloves if you have them. Principle: Caring for our planet Earth.

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. The massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel A.M.E. Church last week has us reeling.

How do we untangle the Gordian knot of racism, hate, guns, white fragility, and the Confederate flag? Black lives matter…. Let’s talk.

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. NW Arkansas Pride Events this Saturday. Pride Parade line-up begins at 8 am!
  2. Rev. Jim’s Schedule
  3. UUFF Cares
  4. Amanda Bancroft’s Blog from General Assembly Experience in Portland, Oregon! See link below.
  5. Urgent Food Pantry Needs for Seven Hills Day Center-Let’s fill up the cart this Sunday!
  6. UUFF’s Vision Statement- Approved at the June 14th Congregational Meeting!
  7. July 2015 UUFF Leadership Updates
  8. June 30, 2015 Pledge Statements- Update
  9. Greeter and Coffee Hour Sign-Ups
  10. Mini-calendar of upcoming meetings and events
  11. June Beacon link
    1. Fayetteville’s Temple Shalom seeks part-time Administrator-details below.

1. NW AR Pride Events this Saturday: Pride Parade line-up begins at 8 am, with Parade starting at 10 am! NW Arkansas Pride Events this Saturday! Pride Parade line-up begins at 8 am behind Fresco Cafe (corner of Meadow and Church), and the parade starts at 10 am. Parade route will be to Dickson St. and down Dickson to the Walton Arts Center parking lot. A Festival will follow at 11 am at Wilson Park, with food, music and speakers. UUFF Social Justice Committee will be there with our Standing on the Side of Love banner and wearing our Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts. Please come out and join the fun and let Fayetteville know that UUFF loves and supports the LGBTQ residents.

2.Rev. Jim Parrish’s Schedule for Summer

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 July and August, 2015:

  • Ministry Days and General Assembly June 22nd – 28th
  • Time off and Personal time June 29th through July 9th
  • SWUUSI July 19th – 24th (tentative)
  • Study Leave and vacation August 3rd through the 26th
  • I plan to be in the pulpit July 12, and Aug. 2nd during the summer

3. UUFF Cares

Rose Selvey’s step-father, Skip Selvey, passed away last week following a long bout with cancer.  Please reach out to Rose and family in this hard time with your support, condolences, and sympathy.

Jud Hanson, son of Ron and Polly Hanson, has been hospitalized.  Please keep the Hanson Family close in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

4. Amanda Bancroft’s Blog from General Assembly Experience!

UUFF’s Leadership Development Committee offered a scholarship to member, Amanda Bancroft, so that she could attend the UUA General Assembly this year in Portland. Amanda has set up a blog that will, among other things, tell of her experiences at this wonderful UU event. Please click on the link below to follow her blog!


5. Seven Hills Food Pantry Needs Our Donations! Urgent needs include: canned veggies, canned meats, pasta and sauce, mac ‘n cheese, granola bars, soups, dry cereal and crackers.  Reminder – we have a basket next to the door at UUFF for Seven Hills. Let’s fill it up this Sunday and Janis Walters will deliver it on Monday morning. Thanks– from your Social Justice Committee.

6. UUFF’s New Vision Statement!

– Approved at the June 14th Congregational Meeting—

“We believe that the Unitarian Universalist Principles benefit humanity and the universe in which we live.  We envision a world shaped by concern for happiness, equality, and justice.”

7. July 2015 UUFF Leadership Updates

The Board is pleased to announce that Marty Faitak has agreed to lead the Chalice Team. The Chalice Team works with our minister to plan and conduct our Sunday services. If you are interested in helping, contact Marty or another member of the team: Joyce Mendenhall, Carol Tarvin, Ruth Vacin, Janis Walters, and Kathy Skaggs.

Additional updates include Gene Vinzant stepping in as Board President, Barbara Abercrombie as Vice President/Personnel Chair, and Andrew Gaber and Janis Walters officially joining the board as members at large. Gini Gottman and Jay Parker will serve on the Leadership Development Committee as Earl McShane and Tim Hudson end their terms.

We are so very grateful to these members for agreeing to serve in these positions and to the existing leadership for all you have done and continue to do in service to UUFF.

8. June 30, 2015 Pledge Statements

The end of the fiscal year is near, and final payments on your old (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015 fiscal year) pledge is due by the end of the month.  Emailed pledge reports were sent on June 9 for all pledges with a balance due.  If you did not receive your statement or have questions about your pledge status, please contact Susie Schroeder at shs49@cox.net  or 521-2644.  Final pledge payments should be made by June 28, 2015.  Your timely payment of your pledge balance is important for UUFF’s continuing programs and operations. THANK YOU!

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.go-ogle.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
Fri. 6/26 4pm+ Wedding Rehearsal Sanctuary
Sat. 6/27 All Day McCain Wedding Sanctuary-5pm ceremony
Fri. 7/3 All Day Office Closed for Holiday UUFF
Sat. 7/4 10 am Women’s Wisdom Circle Annex West



  • Fayetteville’s Temple Shalom seeks part-time administrator

Temple Shalom, Fayetteville’s Jewish Congregation, is seeking an independent, self-starter with excellent communication and organizational skills to serve as Temple Administrator.  The ideal person will also have good keyboard skills, be able to accurately update our membership database, and use other software.

The position requires flexibility, 4-6 hours/week, for $250 per month. Send a letter of interest outlining qualifications and relevant experience to contact.shalom@gmail.com


UUFF Weekly Email Announcements are typically 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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