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This Week- April 19th- at UUFF – and Beyond!

April 16th, 2015 · News

THIS SUNDAY, April 19th

11 am:“Our Earth, Our Home.” A special Earth Day service recognizing our relationship and interdependence to all on this special and amazing planet. Come celebrate our “Earth Mother” with word and music! **Special Music Guest: “Still on the Hill” *Service will be led by Janis Walters and CUUPS members.

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

Children- Regular RE classes continue today. Meet downstairs.

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 continue discussing Free Speech by looking at a number of recent court decisions.  Does our UU commitment to social justice call us to respond to free speech and first amendment issues? Brooke will facilitate.

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**

*PLEASE NOTE that the Council of Committees Meeting that was scheduled for 12:30 pm Sunday has been postponed until further notice.*

*Path to Membership (Final Session in the series!) will meet on Sunday from 5-7 pm (dinner included)*

 

  1. There is STILL TIME TO SIGN UP to attend one (or more) of the Dream Circle events! 1 Home Dinner remains, as well as the UUFF Potluck Luncheon on April 26th at 12:30 PM. Be a part of Your Fellowship’s Vision!
  2. UUFF Cares
  3. UUFF Board Meets on April 21st at 6:30 pm – Proposed Agenda Below
  4. May Day Maypole & Ice Cream Social w/ UUFF CUUPS-Sunday, May 3rd, 12:30pm
  5. May Death Cafe!- Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at UUFF
  6. UUFF Spring Yard Sale/Fundraiser: May 15th and 16th!
  7. 2015/16 Pledge forms and Automated monthly drafts of your pledge payments available- link below or get a hard copy from the office
  8. Greeter and Coffee Hour Sign-Ups
  9. Mini-calendar of upcoming meetings and events
  10. April Beacon link
  11. OUTSIDE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES
    • Fayetteville Spring Fest this Saturday, April 18th
    • Upcoming events/programs at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center

 

1. There is STILL TIME TO SIGN UP and attend one (or more) of the Dream Circle events!

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!

There is 1 more dinner option at the home of Jeremi and Eva Summerhill, and the Potluck Luncheon at UUFF on April 26th at 12:30pm.

You can use following link to sign up online: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Byoc_P163LILfkt1WG5NbWZJM3RJV1Y3Z3FBTEIzNFBWSG1QbGxtb0hRckZWdGJUaE5vRFk&usp=sharing (click on “open in drive” in top right of screen after hitting link)

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 truly need and desire YOUR input.

2. UUFF Cares

Kris Hargis – Please keep Kris and her MN & AR families in your thoughts. Kris’s 93 year old Mother, Ethel (“Gramma Eth”) was hospitalized after a fall and continues to decline.

Ruth Vacin – Long-time member of UUFF, has been hospitalized at Washington Regional Hospital (rm. 4119) for a feeding tube.  Ruth has esophageal cancer and has been undergoing radiation and chemo-therapy for some time.  Ruth is feeling very weak.  Please, no flowers or phone calls at this time.  For further updates and to express support, please contact Ruth’s daughter, Angela Peace, on Facebook.

May Graduates!  Do you have a son or daughter who will graduate from High School or College this spring?  Please contact Susan Takigiku so that we can share this joyful news!  stakigiku@hotmail.com

3. Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm – All Welcome to Attend.

Proposed Agenda:

Chalice Lighting

1.  Call to Order

2.  Reading: Andrew

3.  Approval of Minutes

4.  Notes of Appreciation

5.  Reports

•           Treasurer

•           RE

•           Minister

6.         Business

•           LDC Nominations

•           RE Task Force

•           Web address

•           CUUPs Policies

•           CRT and Training

•           Fiscal year

•           Budget

4. May Day Maypole & Ice Cream Social w/ UUFF CUUPS-Sunday, May 3rd, 12:30pm

Join us after Sunday worship to celebrate May Day with hot dogs, ice cream and a maypole dance on the lawn. Bring your sense of springtime fun by wearing flowers in your hair and maybe some fairy wings. Wood nymph and faery garb encouraged!

Bring a 30′ length of 1.5″ to 3″ wide ribbon for the maypole. Any color will do.

You can help provide lunch by signing up here – www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0848ADA728A64-mayday

Wiccans use the name Beltane or Beltain for their May Day celebrations. It is one of the yearly Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year, following Ostara (Spring Equinox) and preceding Midsummer (Summer Solstice). Traditionally, it marked the period of the Earth’s greatest fertility.

Sponsored by UUFF’s Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS).

5. May Death Cafe!- Wednesday, May 13, 7:00 – 8:30 PM at UUFF

Death & Dying Fishbowl..!

Questions and more questions for y’all to ponder and discuss.

Everyone is welcome — even if this is your first Death Cafe!

Questions? Contact Theresa Parrish at 773-322-7164 or tkparrish56@gmail.com

6. 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.  You can even go ahead and bring your items to UUFF in advance.  Donation receipts will be available.

Ideas:

•           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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pC2i90eFFS2c6BjGxl62ZmNJjk_1nGA83CGzGoOTSQs/edit?usp=sharing

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!

9. Upcoming Meetings and Events

Date Time Event Location
TONIGHT 7 pm UUFF Book Group Meeting McShane Home
Fri. 4/17 5 pm + Non-member Wedding Rehearsal UUFF
Sat. 4/18 10 am Women’s Wisdom Circle MEET IN ANNEX WEST
Sat. 4/18 6 pm Non-member Wedding Ceremony Foyer/Sanctuary
Sun. 4/19 5-7 pm Path to Membership Final Session and Dinner UUFF
Tue. 4/21 6:30 pm Board Meeting UUFF
Sun. 4/26 12:30 pm Dream Circle Potluck Luncheon UUFF

11. OUTSIDE EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

A. Fayetteville Spring Fest is happening this Saturday, April 18th http://fayettevillespringfest.com/schedule/

B. Founded in 1979 by Unitarian Universalists, The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center is a nonprofit, year round retreat center and summer camp open to all. The Mountain is located in Highlands, NC and is approximately a two hour drive from Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC. Visit our website, www.mountaincenters.org , to learn more. There are many upcoming events and programs

 

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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