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  • Side with Love! Are you out and about in the Athens community? Consider wearing your Side with Love t-shirt and letting the beacon shine even more brightly. Need a Side with Love t-shirt?  Please order by October 15 by clicking here.  Need more information about Side with Love?  Click here. FYI–In January 2018, the UUA Standing on the Side of Love campaign changed its name to Side with Love.  Since its inception, Standing on the Side of Love (SSL) received feedback from disability rights activists within Unitarian Universalism about the exclusionary and ableist language of “standing.”  Click here to read more. ———————————————————————————–    
  • Support UUFA Justice Partner AADM SEPT 22- End the School to Prison Pipeline 2nd Annual Conference 9am – 4pm @ Rutland Academy.  Click here to read more info and to RSVP. OCT 3–Town Hall, Future of Community Policing, 6-8 p.m., ACC LIbrary.  Click here for more information.     The Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM) is a UUFA Justice Partner. For full details, click here to read the latest AADM newsletter. —————————————————————————————–
  • UUFA Dance Party! Get your dancing shoes on!!!! On Saturday, Oct. 13 (6:30-10pm), join us for an all ages dance party to celebrate our new space. There will be music from across the decades, light refreshments will be available with casual seating for fellowship, and an entertainment space will be setup for young and old alike with games and movies for those needing a break from the dancing and noise. Please contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com) or Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com) if you can help with setup, cleanup, or provide refreshments. ———————————————————————————
  • Thank You: Athens Pride Festival Volunteers Thanks to everyone who contributed to UUFA’s presence at this year’s Athens Pride Festival. UUFA was only one of two faith communities present.   —————————————————————————————-
  • September 26: Dinner Sponsored by FREE Please join us in the Fellowship Hall on Wednesday, September 26, at 6:30 pm for the monthly FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating) dinner.  We will be serving Buddha Bowls!  The suggested donation is $5 – $7.   Click here (https://goo.gl/forms/hFJYS94HLHql6G9G2) to RSVP. With the proceeds raised, FREE will subsidize an individual’s shopping at the Athens Farmer’s Market. Beginning in October, FREE dinners will be held the third Wednesday of the month.   Questions?  Contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). FREE is part of the Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————–
  • UUFA Wednesdays–The People’s Lunch In the spirit of inclusivity, the UUFA Wednesday Women’s Lunch has changed its name to The People’s Lunch. All are invited.  Same place:  Jason’s Deli — Same time:   Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. Please join us! ——————————————————————————  
  • October 6: Justice Retreat–You’re Invited Are you passionate about justice?  Want to know more about justice work at UUFA? Have questions about justice work? Have answers about justice work? You are invited to the UUFA Justice Retreat on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to noon.   Questions?  Contact Hilda Kurtz, Justice Lay Minister (hldkrtz@gmail.com). For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP.   —————————————————————————————
  • Mountain Matters: September 2018 Volume 10 | September 6, 2018 Fall Updates & Volunteer Opportunities This issue focuses on the ways that volunteers make a difference at The Mountain and some of the opportunities available for volunteering in the coming months. Also, some current giving opportunities you won’t want to miss! Visit our Website From Nominating Committee This is the call for self-nominations to Mountain Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee! For more information about these two ways of sharing your time and talent, please contact Nominating Committee co-chair, Tandy Scheffler (865) 310-0189 by Sept. 25th.  For more information…. Volunteers–The Heart of The Mountain! Needing a change of scenery?  Wanting to mobilize your body and do good for others? Looking to cultivate some good karma? If the answer to these questions is YES–then consider arranging a volunteer stay at The Mountain! Volunteering at The Mountain is a wonderful, budget friendly way to enjoy this special place. Here is how it works…. Continue reading… Volunteer Work Weekend II Back by popular demand! Our second Volunteer Work Weekend of the year will be on Sept. 14-16. It’s a perfect time of year to volunteer at The Mountain! Work Weekend, part 2, is coming up on September 14-16, and have we got a fun bunch of projects to tackle! Register today… Silent Auction 2018 Begins Soon Plans are under way for our 2nd Spirit of The MountainSilent Auction event. You can help us reach and exceed our $3,000 goal by donating items and bidding on others. We are currently seeking your donation of vacation property rentals and hosted B&B getaways. We will start the bidding on these “big ticket” items next week, with onsite bidding in October and November. Continue reading… It’s Annual Appeal Time! The Mountain is about to reach the 40 year mark–with preparations for our 40th Thanksgiving Weekend well under way. After four decades of enriching thousands of people’s lives, creating a strong and supportive community, and caring for our precious natural setting, we can be grateful. The Mountain has a bright future, thanks to you. Here are some highlights for us to celebrate … Continue reading & Click HERE to Donate. Stable to Classroom Project We have a $10,000 Matching Challenge for you! Imagine this rundown stable being converted to a dynamic classroom space we are calling the Living Learning Laboratory…It will take at least $25,000 to realize this vision and you can help. Double your gift today! Continue reading… Still Time to Win a Week at Camp! Win a gift certificate for one week of 2019 traditional MountainCamp for a kid in your life–-a $625 value! $60/ticket or $200/4 tickets. Winners will be notified by phone call and email within 24 hours of the drawing on Oct. 15th, The Mountain’s Birthday! All proceeds benefit the Mountain Campership Fund. For more info… The Mountain’s Wish List The Mountain benefits greatly each year from In- Kind Donations of needed new or used-in-good condition equipment, maintenance and office supplies, furnishings, and farming tools that often are beyond our annual operating budget. Check out our updated Wish List to see if there are any items that you may have to donate! The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center | (828) 526-5838development@themountainrlc.org | www.themountainrlc.org STAY CONNECTED  ‌  ‌  ‌ MAKE YOUR GIFT TODAY
  • September 2018 PARES Update   Tutoring Opportunities Available! Interested in tutoring at Alps Road Elementary School?   1.  Send completed background check for to UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland know.  Click here for the background check form. 2.  Attend a to-be-scheduled tutor training. August 29, 2018:  Alps-UUFA Mixer Thanks to everyone from UUFA who attended this event at Alps Road Elementary School to meet and greet faculty and staff.  Desserts from UUFA were provided earlier that day to faculty and staff. Save the Dates for Alps Road Elementary School Activities at which UUFA will be participatory: November 13–Academic Carnival, 6 p.m. in the cafeteria April 11–Spring Fling, 6 p.m. in the cafeteria May 3–Career Day, early in the morning Other volunteer opportunities If you have not done so already, please click here to sign up to participate in other ways at Alps Road Elementary School throughout the year. About the PARES Program: At the May 2018 Congregational Meeting, UUFA voted to participate in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. UUFA is the first nonprofit organization in Athens-Clarke County to participate in the Adopt-a-School Program! Click here for more information about the CCSD’s Adopt-a-School guidelines. Questions? Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland (csundland@aol.com or 706.425.8575). PARES is a congregation-wide initiative sponsored by the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————
  • DACA Dollars Still Needed Can you contribute towards someone’s DACA renewal fee? The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team thanks all who already contributed financially to the DACA renewal fee of $495.  So far, enough has been collected to sponsor SEVEN renewal fees!   From U-Lead Co-Director JoBeth Allen:  “We are doing 2-3 DACA renewals each week and your financial support is crucial for these young people.  For SEVEN people, you have provided safety, work permits, and drivers licenses.”  Many thanks to everyone who already contributed! Can you contribute towards a seventh or even eighth DACA renewal fee?  Please write your check to UUFA with DACA in the memo line. Every dollar counts! Click here for more information about DACA renewal.  For further information about this SMT initiative, contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com).  The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
  • UUWF September Newsletter News – September 2018 UUWF Calls for Careful Scrutiny of the Nomination to Supreme Court Based on what is known already about nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, and the desire of the President to install a conservative majority in the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), the confirmation hearing on the second Trump administration pick for the Supreme Court may likely negatively impact the right to safe and legal abortion nationwide, and access to other reproductive health services for years to come. Read more here.   Thank You from the Women’s March The UUWF is committed to supporting organizations that align with our values. We recently made a donation to the Women’s March, who will use the funds to “…continue building a community of women and allies who are working to dismantle the systems of oppression and more forward into a shared future where all women are able to thrive.” Mark your calendar for the next annual women’s march on January 20, 2019.#OfficialWomensMarch2019   Become a Certified Leader for Social Change This is no time to be casual in our justice work. We are in a time of change, and we need to have trained leaders in our communities. The new Sustainable Leadership for Social Change certificate program begins this November at the Rowe Center in Massachusetts. This program is geared to train new social activists, to support those already immersed in the work of justice, and to explore how we sustain this work. The curriculum will emphasize coalition and fusion work, sustainability and resiliency, strategy development and adaptability, healthy group decision making and collaborative leadership. A two-year certificate program with two weekend workshops and two week-long intensives each year. (Nov. 11-16, 2018 & May 5-10, 2019, Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 TBD) Find out more: The Rowe Camp and Conference Center 22 Kings Highway, P.O. Box 273 Rowe, MA 01367 www.rowecenter.org or (413) 339-4954 Do You Know Someone Who Should Be Honored? Universalist Clara Barton is best known for her work in organizing nursing services during the Civil War and, later, founding the American Red Cross. She did not start this work until she was over forty — in an era when many women died before reaching that age. Our Clara Barton Sisterhood was created in her name as a way for local women’s groups, congregations, and individuals to honor women aged 80 and over for their contributions to their congregations and communities. Learn more here.   UUWF Newsletter UUWF went green in 2010 and began publishing our newsletter, the Communicator, on our website, saving just under 35,000 pieces of paper and $9,000 a year. In 2015 we move to a new format once again, with e-mailed News being sent out on a more regular basis. Subscribe Now!   ——————————————————————————————-
  • Cloverleaf Construction plans to complete the building by October 1st ! There’s still lots of work to be done as you can read below. First, though, please be aware of the continuing disruptions in the next couple weeks. The kitchen will be unavailable Monday Sept 24 through at least Wednesday Sept 26 for renovation work. Work in the old parking lot, including removing and repaving the sidewalk next to the RE hall, will be done in the next week or two. This will occur during the week so as not to disrupt Sunday service.  During the week, we may need to enter the building through the playground into the Fellowship Hall. Please wipe your feet so as not to track dirt onto our new flooring! Use of the new Cheatham Road parking lot, sidewalk to the building, and new entry plaza and new front doors will be unavailable, even if finished, until the whole project is completed and we have received our Permanent Certificate of Occupancy. Your patience is much appreciated during these final weeks of construction. Please contact Iva King (ivaking@bellsouth.net) or Herb West (herbwest48@gmail.com) for more information or if you have questions or concerns. **Below are the details CloverLeaf is working hard to complete by the end of September! Inside our new and old spaces: Staining the door and window trim and baseboard. Installing remaining flooring in Welcoming Hall. Repairing the ceiling, painting ceiling and walls, and replacing flooring in the kitchen. Making sure the two new restrooms are functioning properly. Installing film to reduce heat and glare coming through the glass of the pyramid. Sanctuary renovation: The curved walls and carpet have been removed. Lots of holes in the concrete floor have been opened up to re-route heating and air ducts, and to run conduit for the new Audio Visual booth (see cut out portion in front of ladder in photo on left). Relocating the theatrical lights to brighten the front of the stage. Installing video monitors in the curved wall on either side of the choir “loft” and on the rear wall for the choir to see what the congregation sees! Building a required fire-rated vestibule between the Welcoming Hall and Sanctuary (see photo on right). Upgrading lighting and sound. Installing new carpet. Re-installing the pews OR replacing the pews with movable chairs (see separate email for more information on exploring this possibility). Exterior Permeable surface in new parking lot has been installed (see photo on left). Remainder of new parking lot to be paved, perhaps tomorrow (Friday Sept 14) weather permitting. Concrete plaza in front of new main entrance to be poured tomorrow (Friday). Reconfiguration and resurfacing of old parking lot.
  • Tickets for Enjoyable Entertainment Events this Sunday EEE tickets are available this Sunday. There are five events for the first half of the program year. 1. Recognize the Famous Voice – game with prizes – Oct. 28, $15.00 2. Belgian Waffle Brunch at UUFA Celebrating our new spaces! Nov., 10, $10.00/5.00 3. Nifty Gifty for Adults A Beading Bonanza! Dec., $15.00 4. Wines and Tapas From Down Under A delightful evening Jan 18, $50.00 5. Meditative Doodling and Mid Morning Munchies Jan. 19, $15.00 Tickets will be sold at the Stepping Stone Table. Bring your check books! ——————————————————————————
  • Coming Attractions! UUFA Film Fans — We are initiating a movie group for members and friends here of UUFA. Current thoughts are that we would see movies at either Cine or Beechwood on the second Sunday of the month at the 4:00 or 5:00 showing. We’ll also set up a list serve so that individuals can contact other Film Fans to go together at different times. Please contact me if you are interested. Carol-Lee Baker carlee1945@gmail.com 706-483-2314. This is a Fun and Fellowship activity. —————————————————————————–
  • For Breast Cancer Survivors Are you a breast cancer survivor? June Warfield is planning a ” survivor’s morning coffee” to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness month. If you are a survivor who regularly attends UUFA, please email June at jlw@wittsend.com, or call her on 706-395-6105. She’d like to include you on the guest list! ________________________________________________________
  • UPDATE–UUFA Diaper Drive: A Cause You Can Really Get Behind…Again! 🙂 The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) has recently sponsored a diaper drive. Many thanks to all who contributed! However, the need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so the diaper drive has been extended through September 30. All sizes are needed. Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket. Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————-
  • September 25: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, September 25, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC. The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community.   This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————
  • Registration is open for Small Group Ministry!! It’s time to register for Small Group Ministry (SGM) again for the upcoming year. Registration for Small Group Ministry (SGM) is open now until September 9th. Please sign up to join a group, explore topics more deeply, and make connections at the fellowship. We’d love to have you! Please fill out your registration online (click on the headline of this announcement first and then CLICK HERE) look for a paper form at the Stepping Stones table. SGM is a great way to connect with other members of the UUFA community in a deeper way and to explore the content of services with other people. Get to know your community and have fun meeting others. For more on UUFA’s SGM program, go to http://uuathensga.org/education/small-group-ministries/ ——————————————————————————
  • September 16: Sanctuary Movement Team Interested in immigrant justice within the Athens community and ways you can help? Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on third Sunday of the month–September 16–beginning at noon-ish in the interim admin room (old sofa room). To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, first click the headline above and then click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • UUFA Retreat News! The biennial UUFA Congregational Retreat is a little over a month away, and we have met our goal of 100 registrations! There are a very few more beds available for housing, so if you have been meaning to register, do it quickly! The Mountain’s deadline for registration is September 7. Folks who have registered by that date will receive an information packet by email with workshop offerings, a schedule, and Mountain information about what to expect and bring. This will be a great time for “Making Room for Creative Connections.” For information about the retreat, see http://uuathensga.org/fellowship/all-uufa-retreat-2018/ For registration, see at http://themountainrlc.org/event/2018-uufa-congregational-retreat/ ——————————————————————————–
  • Step Into UUFA this Fall For the next few Sundays, the ‘Stepping Stones’ table in the Fellowship Hall will be staffed with people offering various classes and activities for you to consider joining. Small Groups, Circle Suppers, Adult Education classes, Sunday Hospitality, Enjoyable Entertainment ideas & hosts, and more will be at the table. Signups at the table will continue into early September. Many activities will be available for ongoing sign up. ‘Stepping Stones’ is UUFA’s metaphor for encouraging you to step into the life of the Fellowship. Participating in some activity will help you meet new people and get to know one another. Visit the table if you want to learn more about the many activities taking place at UUFA this Fall. ________________________________________________
  • Circle Supper Groups Would you like to get together with 8-12 UU’s once a month to share dinner at one of the group’s homes? That is the idea of the circle suppers. At times, we have had 5 or 6 separate groups meeting monthly. It is another way to meet new and old UU friends in a relaxed social atmosphere. Please email Kathy and Lyndall, (kathylyndall@gmail.com) if you are interested in getting into one of the supper groups and let us know if you have any dietary needs, wants or restrictions. Be sure to tell us how many in your family want to join the groups and include your email and/or phone number. ________________________________________________
  • Athens Men’s Circle New UU Member Rob McMaken has been involved in Athens Men’s Circle for almost 10 years. They meet weekly from 7:30 to 10:00 and follow a format developed by the ManKind Project. Rob is offering to lead two Intro to Men’s Work evenings using the ManKind Project format. Try it out on September 19 and 17, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm at the UU Fellowship. To ask more about it or to RSVP (required), email robmcmaken@gmail.com or call 706.202.9621. Also, read about MKP at https://mankindproject.org/mens-groups/ ——————————————————————————
  • Religious Exploration needs YoUU! This is a call for Volunteers for the 2018-19 Program Year in RE. There are many opportunities to help ~ from Sunday School Class Leaders, to Children’s Worship Service Assistants and Song Leaders. You can help the UUFA Religious Exploration Program by joining our RE Committee or by collaborating on our Events Team – this team helps us plan and execute family-friendly, seasonal events. We need helpers to help us prepare props and get crafts ready – these are more one-off volunteer roles. Click below for more information and to sign up! The RE Program is only as strong as our volunteer-base. Thanks for considering helping us making 2018-19 a great year for our children and youth! Click on the headline above and THEN Click here for more info and to sign up!  ——————————————————————————-

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