weaving the threads of community

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wondering with AWE

  • Love Is Stronger Than Hate The past week, each morning as I drove to the Fellowship from my home, I viewed a magnificent set of oak trees whose leaves have turned from summer’s verdant green to autumn’s blazing reds, rich golds, and fiery oranges. Their glory reminds me of how much beauty and good there is in the world. This truth warms my heart and feeds my soul. Life, and all the many variations of life that exist, truly constitute an awesome miracle. But also this past week in October, I was reminded of how much fear and hate exist in the world. First, we learned of at least 14 pipe bombs mailed to leaders of our country. The individual who did this held no regard for the postal service workers who might have been harmed while handling these bombs. And for those targets the bombs were sent to, this individual held no regard for their right to believe differently than he. The bomber’s fear, anger, and hate worked, in his twisted mind, to make his actions and their death acceptable, but we know hate and threats of violence are never acceptable. Second, we witnessed the horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh community’s Jewish synagogue where eleven precious souls died while celebrating the birth and naming of a child. Our nation’s president suggested that if an armed guard had been at the door the only life lost would have been the hate-filled gunman’s. While an armed guard might have stopped him, is this how we want to live – with armed guards at every door? Do we want to return to the ‘rule by gun’ as practiced in the old wild west? I hope hate has not brought us to the point where armed guards are needed at our houses of worship. I don’t want people to fear for their lives when they come to the Fellowship. This is not the America I want to live in. The world we live in does consist of diverse people, religions, and politics. As our world gets smaller due to communication and transportation advances, we must live in harmony with one another. It’s too late to go back to some ideal homogeneous culture, which I doubt ever existed anywhere, at anytime. We must learn how to respect one another and not let difference divide us or make us suspicious of those differences. Why is that so hard? We Unitarian Universalists side with love. We side with the members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC, and we side with the members of the Tree of Life Jewish congregations in Pittsburgh, PA. We side with all who are targeted by hate. We will do all in our power to conquer hate with abiding love. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. We will not let our disgust or anger at perpetrators of violence take away our compassion for those suffering or our passion for embracing diversity. Love is stronger than hate. It will always be so. Rev. Alison Eskildsen ————————————————————————————–

spiritual arts

  • Hanukkah Traditions to Share? If you have a family history of celebrating the Jewish ‘miracle of the lights’, do you have a story to share about its meaning for you? Have you or are you passing on any Hanukkah traditions to your children in a blended UU-Jewish manner? Do you or your children make latkes or play dreidel or visit Jewish family at this time of year? If so, might you be willing to briefly share a heartfelt story on Sunday, Dec. 9? Children are welcome to share, too. And, if they’d like to help light the special hanukkiah, the 9-candle menorah, please speak up! Please let Rev. Alison know of your interest in any of the above possibilities as soon as possible. _______________________________________________
  • Share Your Time and Talent with the Worship Arts Committee (WAC) – Would you like to have input into what happens during worship services on Sunday? – Is there a topic you would like someone to address during a service? – Are you interested in helping plan worship services or in assisting with some of the parts of a worship service? UUFA’s Worship Arts Committee (WAC) meets generally on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Sofa Room.  Anyone is welcome to attend a meeting, whether you want to observe, give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship services.  The next meeting is Tuesday, December 4, at 6:30 pm. You do not have to join WAC although this committee always welcomes new members. For further information, contact Lee Cornell, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts (uufa.lee@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————
  • Worship in November Services at 10:30 am unless otherwise noted below. Worship in November All-Fellowship theme: Emotions November 4 –  Global Storm of Anxiety A Buddhist Jataka story helps put stress and anxiety in perspective. Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen and many musical folks. November 11 – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It…And I Feel Fine The title of this well-known R.E.M. song inspires a meditation on the state of our planet and how we can keep feeling ‘fine.’ It is also the anniversary of Armistice Day, and the day we honor veterans. Service led by David B. Jarrett. November 18 – Manna from Heaven In the Hebrew Bible, God supplied the wandering Israelites with ‘bread from heaven’ to sustain them. What bread sustains you? This all-ages service includes a communal bread sharing. November 25 – Is Your Sky Blue? How do you find happiness in today’s complex world? Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen with the Chalice Choir.

ministry

  • Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Nov. 18 On Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4:30 pm, the Interfaith Clergy Partnership of Greater Athens invites you to the Third Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.This annual event comes to us at a time when we crave the opportunity to be in community, connected to one another and to the world so that we can proclaim the voice of love, positivity, and unity.  WHERE: Piedmont College Meeting House, 595 Prince Avenue, Athens (parking available on site and on the street) WHEN: 4:30 pm, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 This year’s service includes performances, songs, readings, and reflections from several members of our Partnership and their faith communities. We encourage you to attend and lend your voice to our shared blessing and charge at the end of the service. The community is strongest when we have more voices present.  We recognize that this is a divisive, scary time for faith communities. We also know that the best way to respond is in love and unity. Please join us for this powerful service of worship. ___________________________________________________
  • Caring Card Corner On Sunday morning during Joys and Sorrows, do you ever think, I really want to send a card to ….but then somehow you never manage to get that card to the mailbox? We have put together a box that contains everything you need to get a card ready to drop in the mailbox. This box which contains cards, pens, postage stamps and a member directory, will be on a card table in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday. Then we will mail the cards on Monday. Please visit this table and write a card to let a fellow member know that you care. ——————————————————————————
  • 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. ________________________________________________

lifespan religious exploration

    • Thank You, RE Families, for Our Playground Update! On Sunday, November 4, families from the RE Program rallied together from early in the morning (8:30!) until mid-afternoon to paint our playground equipment! Melanie Hennings spearheaded the movement and volunteers included Deb Keys, Paul, Evie, Luke, and Natalie Schliekelman, Marco, Maddalena and Nicolo Messori, Enrico Steccanella, and Heather Jensen. All the children contributed to the painting, preparation and clean up. We can’t thank you enough for the gifts of time and talent that you offered our outdoor play-space. It looks and feels so nice. Thank you!! ————————————————————————————–
    • Nifty Gifty 2018 Nifty Gifty 2018! UUFA’s Annual Craft-Strava-Ganza will be Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. Love to make crafts? Are you a creative gift wrapper? Love to decorate? Share your passion by signing up at the link below for one or more Nifty Gifty jobs!! You can even help craft-prep from the comfort of your n home! We are now recruiting Elves for  the Nifty Gifty Experience!!!   VOLUNTEER HERE!  We’ll need lots of helper elves to make this event a hit.  Contact Kelli dre@uuathensga.org for more information.           ———————————————————————————
    • Children’s Choir Rehearsals Hello UUFA Families! On Sunday, Nov 18th, children and youth are invited to join Debbie Hardegree and UUFA band members in singing “Room at the Table” by Carrie Newcomer during the 10:30 am Worship Service. Children’s Choir Rehearsals are scheduled for Sunday, November 11th at noon and Wednesday, November 14th at 6:00pm – meet in the Sanctuary!  The UUFA Children’s Choir is open to any and all children/youth who would like to participate. Questions? Contact DRE Kelli McConnell dre@uuathensga.org. ————————————————————————————-
    • Tai Chi Flow Classes Ongoing Tai Chi Flow classes are Tuesdays at 6 pm. Come and try some fun Tai Chi and Qigong moves! No experience necessary…just come and follow along. Meeting in the new Multi-Purpose Room. Questions? contact Jackie Pierson – birdfeathr@gmail.com or 706-201-1193 ——————————————————————————
    • rescheduled to November 6: Forum Folks You are invited to join the Forum Folks on Tuesday, November 6, at 5:30 p.m. for the planning of the 2018-19 Forums. Can’t attend but have an idea for a Forum?  Contact Karen Solheim (UUFA.KarenSolheim@gmail.com or 706.202.7515).
    • Cancelled for November: UUFA Tai Chi Classes The Tuesday evening Tai Chi Flow classes are cancelled for November. Please watch for additional announcements for when they will resume in December. Questions?  Contact Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell (uufaca@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————-  
    • Books about Religion, a discussion group Last year, we had a group that read and discussed The Historical Jesus by Helen Bond, and another that discussed How Jesus became God by Bart Ehrman. Both were interesting and engaging. This year we will have an ongoing group to discuss additional books about religion (not necessarily about Christianity). We will start with an excellent book, Beyond Belief: the Secret Gospel of Thomas by Elaine Pagels. Paul Gurian will facilitate. After that, the group will choose another book, and someone familiar with that book to facilitate. We will meet every Monday evening from 7:30 until 9:00, beginning on September 17. We will meet in the Ocean Room (first room on the right as you walk in the outside door). Everyone is welcome. Diverse spiritual or religious beliefs will enhance the discussions. ——————————————————————————

    fellowship

    • A Note of Sadness, Memorial December 1, 4 p.m. With great sadness, please know that longtime member Lee Anderson died on Friday, November 2, at her home in Athens. She was surrounded by many members of her family. A memorial service to celebrate her life is scheduled for Saturday, December 1, at 4 pm, at the Fellowship. If you would like to assist with the reception to follow the service, please let Carol-Lee Baker know. —————————————————————————–

    • Mini ‘New to UUFA’ on Sun., Dec. 2, 12:15 pm On Sunday, Dec. 2, at 12:15 pm, after the service, join Rev. Alison in the Sofa Room (in old admin wing) to learn about Unitarian Universalism. Let us get to know you and hear what brings you to a Unitarian Universalist community. Ask questions and we’ll try to answer! If you have questions, please contact Michelle Leebens-Mack, chair of the Membership Committee (leebensmack@gmail.com). _________________________________________________________
    • Building & Grounds: New Opportunities for Service The additions to our building and grounds are spacious and beautiful and will enable us to expand our vision!  A lot of our time and money has gone into these renovations, and now they require our care and upkeep. To this end, there are now many more opportunities for service! The UUFA Board is seeking two people to serve as co-chairs of the Building and Grounds Committee — one to supervise the maintenance of our new building and another to supervise the maintenance of the newly landscaped grounds. A comprehensive list has been compiled detailing what needs to be done to both the building and the grounds, along with a schedule of when they need to be done.  The heads of the committees would make sure that the tasks are done, either by professional teams or by volunteers. If you are interested in Building and Grounds, please contact either Susan Brown (susaninathens@gmail.com) or Rosemary Wood (rosemary_30606@yahoo.com). ——————————————————————————–
    • November Spotlight Volunteers Congratulations to our November Spotlight volunteers, Deborah Keys and Paul Schliekelman, for their dedication to our music and education programs. Deb has been a member of the drum circle, choir, and ‘comfort choir.” Paul assists with children’s worship services by singing and playing guitar.  Both have served as RE teachers and committee members, and Paul led the search committee for our director of RE. He has also served on the finance committee. Participation in Small Group Ministry is enjoyed by them as well. Most recently they led members on a hike at the Mountain retreat and everyone made it back. ————————————————————————————-
    • Are You a Communicator? The UUFA Communications Team is seeking UUFA’ers who have training or talent in writing, graphic design, and word processing (Microsoft Word and/or Publisher)! Please contact Shaye in the office for more information (uufa@uuathensga.org). ———————————————————————————–  
    • Recycle the Announcements Insert in Your Order of Service (OOS) Please recycle the announcements insert in your order of service in the basket at the Visitor Information Table so that it can be shared with those persons new to the UUFA. ———————————————————————————–
    • February 2 (Save the Date)–Quarterly Connections: Be in the Know 😊 SAVE THE DATE–Saturday, February 2, 2019–come learn about vast possibilities of Realm–our UUFA communications and directory software- and discuss other matters of importance to the life of UUFA. Bring your laptop if you like and explore with us from 9 a.m. to noon. ALL are encouraged to attend. For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP or  contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
    • Recognizing Volunteers–add your voice! Know someone around the UUFA who consistently donate their time and talents to the betterment of the Fellowship? Please nominate that person to be the Spotlight Volunteer of the Month! The Volunteer Recognition Team will take the nominations under consideration beginning in the coming year. To nominate someone, CLICK HERE! —————————————————————————–
    • New to UUFA, Sat., Dec. 1 The next New to UU & UUFA will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 8:45 am – 12 pm. Newcomers to UUFA and Unitarian Universalism are invited to attend and learn more about us. Participants briefly share their religious journey, and learn about the history and development of Unitarian Universalism and UUFA. You’ll meet Fellowship leaders, including our minister, Rev. Alison Eskildsen, and get information on programs, activities and services at UUFA. The morning begins with a continental breakfast and ends by noon. Child care can be arranged with advance notice. A sign-up sheet is on the Visitors Table in the foyer. You can also sign up by contacting or calling the Fellowship office (uufa@uuathensga.org) or by contacting Michelle Leebens-Mack, chair of the Membership Committee (leebensmack@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————-
    • Membership Team meeting Friendly Faces to an open door! The Membership team is looking for helping hands and friendly faces to help the UUFA become a more welcoming place – to match our new Welcome Hall! The membership team meets the third Thursday each month at 5:30. We’d love for you to join us!  Can’t make the meeting?  You can still help by helping to host a New to UU brunch at the fellowship.  Do you have talent in graphic design?  We hope to develop a new Welcome Brochure and could use your help.  Are you available to greet newcomers one Sunday a month?  Please contact Michelle Leebens-Mack, 706-410-6454, leebensmack@gmail.com ————————————————————————————
    • Sunday Hospitality Opportunities Each Sunday there are several opportunities in which folks with helping hands can participate. 1. Making coffee ( easy and everyone seems to enjoy it) – need one person 2. Making or buying a food item to contribute – need a couple of people 3. Help with clean up ( pretty easy for a normal Sunday) – a couple of people It would be wonderful to have a team for each week so that we know that it is taken care of. Training for coffee making and clean up will be provided. The past couple of years we’ve had some outstanding volunteers and they are probably willing to continue, but we don’t want them to have to be responsible every week. We just have to cover 3 Sundays a month because 4th Sunday is lunch and different teams do that. Please let me know what you are interested in doing. Thank you so very much, Carol-Lee carlee1945@gmail.com 706-483-2314. ——————————————————————————–

    • Nov. 25, 4th Sunday Lunch – An All-UUFA Potluck! Everybody cooks and cleans up for November’s Fourth Sunday Lunch! It’s your choice what to bring or how to help, but if you need a food suggestion, here’s a way to decide: If your last name ends in: A-D — salad or fruit E-H — vegetable I-N — main dish O-R — dessert S-Z — bread, chips, or other nibble There’s no food theme, so bring what you’d like to share. Please make enough to share with 10 people. If you have questions, please contact Rev. Alison. And don’t forget–if you eat, you will help clean up by washing tables, putting plates and utensils in the dishwasher, putting washed items away, sweeping the floor, or tidying up the kitchen. We’ll find a task that meets your abilities. Many hands make light work. If you’ve never helped out at a Fourth Sunday Lunch, now is the time. Thank you! ————————————————————————————
    • Saturday Brunch There are a few tickets remaining for the Belgian Waffle Brunch which is being held at UUFA THIS Saturday (the 10th) at 10:00.  This is an Enjoyable Entertainment Event and tickets are $10.00 each for adults.  The menu includes Belgian Waffles with fresh fruit, blueberry compote, whipped cream and other toppings; a breakfast casserole, yogurt with fruit, bacon, mimosas,tea and coffee. Thanks to Barb Leissner we will have gluten free waffles available also.  If you’d like to join us, please contact Carol-Lee Baker ASAP at carlee45@yahoo.com or 706-483-2314.  Enjoyable Events are a Fun and Fellowship activity. ———————————————————————————–  
    • Film Fans Going to the Movies This Sunday! Film Fans will be going to Cine for the 4:30 showing of Beautiful Boy, meeting in the lobby about 4:15.  You are welcome to join us for the movie, and also some of us will be eating out following the movie.  If you would like to come, or, if you’d like to have your name added to our contact list, please contact Carol-Lee Baker at carlee45@yahoo.com or 706-483-2314.  Film Fans is a Fun and Fellowship activity. ———————————————————————————–
    • FANS of FILM UUFA movie lovers, sign up for our new movie group, Film Fans.  The sign up sheet will be on the Stepping Stones table. Movie to be determined when the listings come out.  Film Fans is open to everyone. Please contact me if you are interested in joining us or for more information.  Carol-Lee Baker  carlee1945@gmail.com 706-483-2314.  Film Fans is a Fun and Fellowship activity. ——————————————————————————-  
    • Enjoyable Entertainment Events Update Enjoyable Entertainment Events that have spaces available are: Belgian Waffle Brunch  Come join us for a delicious brunch and to celebrate our new spaciousness! Special diets can be accommodated. $10.00/5.00 for kids. November 10  10:00 Craft Morning or Nifty Gifty for Adults  Come spend a morning stringing beads to make jewelry, or working creatively with paper and to have FUN.  December 8  9:00  $15.00 Meditative Doodling  Linda Gilbert will be leading this fun and enlightening experience with various meditative art forms that can be done in short sessions, making them ideal for our busy lives.  January 19  9:30  $15.00 After Sunday tickets will be available by contacting Carol-Lee directly at carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314.  Enjoyable entertainment is a Fun and Fellowship activity  ——————————————————————————–
    • Sunday Hospitality Jump on this opportunity! It’s fun! We’re delighted to have 2 volunteers helping with Sunday Hospitality clean up for the first three Sundays of the month. One or two additional folks for those Sundays and at least 2 on the 4th Sunday would make our teams complete. Join us for fun and fellowship in the kitchen, get acquainted with new friends, and learn about our updated look. Sign up for one Sunday a month, every other month, or maybe just several during the year. We are an equal opportunity volunteer group and we welcome all especially YOU! You’ll find a sign up sheet on the Stepping Stones table, or contact me at carlee1945@gmail or 706-483-2314.  Thanks and come have fun with us! ——————————————————————————
    • 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. ________________________________________________
    • UUFA Women’s Breakfast on Thursdays UUFA women gather for breakfast at Em’s Kitchen on Hawthorne at 8:30 on Thursdays. You are welcome at either or both of these gatherings each more. For more info, contact  Carol-Lee (carlee45@yahoo.com ) ——————————————————————————
    • UUFA Men’s Breakfast Men of UUFA meet twice weekly for breakfast and conversation from 9-11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Panera Bread. ——————————————————————————

    expanding our vision

    • Come paint and lift weights with us this Sunday! Two important tasks need to be taken care of Sunday. 1. The playground equipment is ready for a painting facelift!  2. The castle rocks need to be moved for new curbs in our old parking lot.  In keeping with UU principals, they will be reused to shore up the old storm water retention pond!  We just need to move them to a corner of the parking lot and landscapers will take them from there. Please come at either 9 AM or 12 PM to help with these tasks. Old clothes and gloves are suggested!
    • Thank you! Merci! ¡Gracias! … for a Successful Workday October 27 On Saturday, October 27, 31 UUFA members enjoyed a busy workday cleaning and sprucing up our newly renovated building, and preparing for our first worship service in the expanded sanctuary the following day. Lots of positive comments were given and received on Sunday about how wonderful the expanded building looks and about the great feeling in the sanctuary.  There are still little jobs to be done, and new chairs for the Fellowship Hall will arrive in a couple of weeks and 200 new sanctuary chairs will be delivered at the end of December. Work accomplished included: Moving and arranging seating in the sanctuary, and putting out hymnals. Moving items into the music storage room. Continuing the installation of the audio visual system in the sanctuary. Cleaning the old HVAC vents in the sanctuary. Vacuuming the sanctuary and Welcoming/Fellowship Hall floors. Mopping the Welcoming/Fellowship Hall floor. Rearranging furniture in the Welcoming/Fellowship Hall. Setting up tables for the Sunday Hungarian Thanksgiving lunch. Cleaning the kitchen, especially the stove. Cleaning and re-arranging the custodial closet. Cleaning the mechanical (furnace) room on the RE hall. Repairing the shop vacuum. Sorting items no longer needed or used for giveaway and recycling. Trimming trees and preparing beds for the Sunday bulb ceremony. Repairing and replacing parking lot signs. Many thanks to the following UUFA members who participated in the workday (we apologize if we left off your name – please let us know): Carol-Lee Baker; Betsy Bean; Kate Blane; Deb Brenner; Susan Brown; Lee Cornell; Gary Crider; Larry Dendy; Rev. Alison Eskildsen; Dan Everett; Peg Graham; Alice Harris; Iva King; Larry King; Royce Knight; Brent Litch; Jim Marshall; Kathy Mason; Scott Mason; Bob McArthur; John Olive; Bill Pierson; Hank Raichle; Barb Schell; John Schell; Vivian Sellers; Barbara Teskey; Myrna Adams West; Herb West; Rosemary Wood; Rosemary Woodel ————————————————————————————–

    justice

    • Fall 2018 Southern Region Chalice Lighter Calls Dear Chalice Lighters and Friends, The Fall 2018 Chalice Lighter call for our Southwest geographical area has been awarded to Horizon UU Church, Texas. Chalice Lighter funding will help the congregation launch a new community garden on their campus. Community service will be an integral goal of Horizon’s Community Garden. Gardeners will donate 50% of their garden produce to nearby charitable organizations.  Click here to read more.   The Chalice Lighter program began in 1984 as a way for individuals to extend our faith by making a donation of $10 or more for three calls per year. Our new program works similarly, allowing individuals and congregations to support and be generous with one another to work on transformational goals. Chalice Lighter calls are crowd-funded contributions given by committed Unitarian Universalist “Chalice Lighters” and Southern Region congregations. Anyone can become a Chalice Lighter — just join our Chalice Lighter email list and respond with a contribution when a call goes out. Want to become a Southern Region Chalice Lighter?  Click here. —————————————————————————————–  

    • December 2: Social Action Committee Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, December 2, beginning at noon in multipurpose room. Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv here: http://lists.uuathensga.org/listinfo.cgi/social_action-uuathensga.org This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up! FYI–SAC meetings are usually held the first Sunday of the month. For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————–
    • November 11: AADM Social Justice Awards Fundraiser     Support the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (AADM), a UUFA Justice Partner. Click here to nominate someone and for more information about this event. UUFA is nominated for an award! Click here for tickets. For further information about AADM in general or this event in particular, contact Deb Brenner (dbrenner@uga.edu).     ————————————————————————————  
    • November 14: Dinner Sponsored by FREE Please join us for the Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating (FREE) dinner on Wednesday November 14, 2018,  at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall. The theme this year are bowls – grains, vegetables protein & sauces. The November 14 FREE dinner will be Asian bowls.  Suggested donation for dinner is $5-10 (wine is extra). The dinners are fundraisers for buying farmer market tokens for low income families, buying food extras for the Our Daily Bread meal, hosting Enjoyable Entertainment Events, and supporting Sweet Olive Animal Sanctuary. To RSVP for planning purposes or for questions, contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). FREE is part of the Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————–
    • November 25 to December 2: UUFA IHNA Week The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens, Inc.  is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide immediate shelter and guidance to homeless families with children, due to the impact of misfortunes upon their lives. Once accepted into our program, IHNA provides food, shelter, daycare, and transportation as needed. November 25 through December 2is the week that UUFA provides support for IHNA at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Needed are meal preparers, dinner and evening hosts, overnights hosts, and IHNA Day Center hosts. For more information, contact UUFA IHNA Coordinator Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). Support of IHNA is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster —————————————————————————–
    • November 3: Justice Fest 2018 You will not want to miss Justice Fest 2018! Hosted by the Athens Economic Justice Coalition (a UUFA Justice Partner), Justice Fest will feature the UUFA Chalice Choir and Palms of Fire, the UUFA Drum Circle. Fred Smith, Jr. Constitutional Law Professor; Emory University will be the keynote speaker.  In addition, Linda Lloyd will receive the Dr. Ray MacNair Lifetime Achievement Award. Your donations are tax deductible in that we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For further information, click here. ————————————————————————————————–  
    • November 4: Social Action Committee Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, November 4, beginning at noon in multipurpose room. Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv here: http://lists.uuathensga.org/listinfo.cgi/social_action-uuathensga.org This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up! FYI–SAC meetings are usually held the first Sunday of the month. For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————–
    • Our Daily Bread: November 2018 What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, November 15, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, November 16, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. Interested? Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and a sack meal on the weekends. Annually, this program provides more than 60,000 nutritious meals with gracious hospitality to men, women, and children in need and offers a gateway to other transformational services. Partnering with more than 70 volunteer groups. Our Daily Bread in Athens has served meals seven days per week, 365 days per year since 1989. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
    • Still Needed: 2018 Christmas Angels Can you be a Christmas Angel? UUFA will again participate in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children. Each holiday season many children in foster care receive few, if any, gifts over the holidays. Due to the generosity of its members and friends, UUFA has successfully participated in this program for over 20 years. The Social Action Committee is taking the lead this year in UUFA’s participation in the Christmas Angel Project. Please click here (or go to https://goo.gl/forms/6XNmaJX2K4sOOVMB3) ASAP if you would like to sponsor a child or children. Please note that  special requests such as for the age or gender of the child(ren) cannot be accommodated. The deadline to deliver gifts to UUFA is Sunday, December 2. Please make sure the name tag you are given for your child is clearly affixed to the gift bag. For further information, contact coordinator Connie Bruce (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com or 706.254.7822). The Christmas Angel Project is being sponsored by UUFA’s Social Action Committee, a part of the Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
    • UUFA Diaper Drive Number 3: A Cause You Can Really Get Behind…Again! 🙂 The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) sponsored two diaper drives this year. Many thanks to all who contributed! However, the need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so Diaper Drive Number 3 is now in effect until November 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. ————————————————————————————-

    governance

    • Growing Into Our Building Success can be exhausting. At our October meeting, the Board of Trustees spent time going over some of the new policies, procedures, and costs that our renovated building requires.  We can eat and drink (with care) in meeting rooms but the sanctuary remains ‘Water Only’. We have new responsibilities toward our beautiful landscaping for watering and weeding.  We will need new procedures for arranging chairs that (soon!) replace the stationary pews. We have new needs to maintain and clean the building. It’s daunting to consider all the changes we need to make. In focusing on budgets, personnel, volunteers, procedures, policies, and the rest, we don’t want to lose sight of the amazing opportunities the renovations have opened to UUFA. We want to make this a success without exhausting volunteers and staff. Already, the renovation has made UUFA more visible and attracted new people to the Fellowship. Growth in membership often follows a physical expansion and calls us to be especially welcoming and open to people we may not recognize.   And we have space!  The beautiful, big, and quiet meeting room gives UUFA opportunities for Forums and Town Halls we never could have in the old Fellowship Hall. It gives us a community venue for other meetings as well. That alone is a big change for UUFA. Also…Check out the new Youth area back where the minister’s and administrator’s offices used to be. The Entry and Fellowship Hall are marvelous! Our first 4th-Sunday Dinner was in a space quite different from before the renovation. Beyond that, UUFA now has a wonderful space for meetings and receptions. I hope you will attend some of the dances and UUFA get-togethers we can now hold in that space. Then there are the new offices and the sound booth that are much better planned for an electronic age that didn’t exist when the original building was designed. UUFA will be a great place to work and worship! Finally, there is the Sanctuary. We haven’t seen it all put together at this point, but we are very close. It will be magnificent! One Sunday we can be in rows, the next in circles, the next in a square. The sanctuary adjusts to suit the message of the service and opens us up to things we simply could not do before. Now… Imagine a couple looking for a venue for their wedding. They may be UFFA members, an ‘unchurched’ couple, maybe an LGBTQ wedding, or a mixed-religion marriage. I checked and most Athens-area churches will not hold weddings in their sanctuaries except for members and ‘frequent attenders’ as one church office put it. They certainly are not ‘open’ to the community at large. UUFA opens our building and our new Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and Entry make an attractive place for all kinds of events in the lives of our members and the surrounding community. We all hope for the total success of our expanded vision. Success requires better coordination and expanded volunteer resources in order not to exhaust everyone involved. We depend on each other to step up and make that vision of UUFA’s expanded role a reality among both our members and our community.

    • Quarterly Connections–New at UUFA! UUFA Quarterly Connections is a time for UUFA members and friends to come together to deepen their connection our community. Light refreshments and conversation surround time for learning, growth, and engagement in the operations and activities at our Fellowship. We hope you will join us on Saturday, November 3. Gathering and conversation begin at 8:30 a.m. Please bring your laptop and simple brunch fare to share. We will light our chalice at 9 a.m. and go forth at noon. The focus of this Saturday, November 3, inaugural gathering is communications. We will hear from members of the UUFA Communications Team on the various communication media available, where to find out what’s going on at UUFA, how to best get your message heard, and what roles and needs exist in supporting and strengthening communications at UUFA. For further information, contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-

    • Get On Board, 10/9/2018 At its October 9, 2018 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following. The Board discussed:  effective methods and processes for Congregational input; strategic and long-term planning; and Finance Committee task forces on investment management and internal auditing. Actions approved were:  funds for air conditioner replacement in the Religious Exploration (RE) wing; and a policy which allows for food and beverages in all locations except the sanctuary (which is water-only). These reports were accepted and discussed as necessary:  Minister’s Report; EOV (Expanding Our Vision) Report from the 10/7/2018 Sunday Order of Service; and Treasurer’s Report. Future agenda items are:  review and update the 5-year plan; review room naming; review Finance Task Force investment management report; prepare for Annual Budget Drive; and conduct Minister Review. To read the minutes adopted by the board, click on the date below. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, November 13, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to attend this meeting; please share any comments you have with any Board member. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Teskey, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees

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