UUFF eNews – Week of 08/02/2017

Sunday, August 6th -11am: “Everything is Holy Now.” Led by Marty Faitak, with Guest Speaker, Steven Williams.

Adult Religious Education (ARE), 10 -10:45am:

ARE Discussion Group: Meets Downstairs. This week we will continue to discuss Arlie Russell Hochschild’s book Strangers in Their Own Land which attempts build understanding and empathy between liberals and conservatives.  Join us!

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.

RE for kids 5+: Kids will be downstairs during the 11 o’clock hour to enjoy a Camp UU class on Jedi Senses, and they will help prepare and host coffee hour!

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-

Calendar for August 2nd – 9th

Date Time Event Location
Thurs. 8/3 7 pm Young Adult Time Downstairs
Sat. 8/5 10 am Women’s Wisdom Circle (notice different location for this Saturday’s meeting) ELDER TREE-see details in blurb below.
Sun. 8/6 5-9pm Sanctuary/Lobby Reserved Sanctuary, etc.
Wed. 8/9 6 pm Qtr 3 Staff Meeting/Dinner Parrish Home


UUFF’s July-August Beacon Newsletter is available for viewing!! Thank you to Editor Rose Bartlett Clark for all of her hard work on this beautiful edition. Please follow link to view: http://www.uufayetteville.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/July_August-2017-for-print.pdf

Upcoming Events/Announcements

Women’s Wisdom Circle will meeting will be at Elder Tree this Saturday, August 5th at 10am. Elder Tree is a house located near Gulley Park in Fayetteville. The address is 2610 N. Old Wire Road. This is a one-time location change for this meeting only. Linda Flores is currently staying at Elder Tree while recovering from surgery, so we are bringing the meeting to her and also will have Elder Tree members in attendance. It should be a great meeting! We’ll be back at the UUFF annex for future meetings.

Please bring a finger food snack to share, if you wish! We’ve extended our usual meeting time by one hour so that we can visit for a while after the meeting.

The program, facilitated by Carol Tarvin, will be “Women Who Told the Truth.” All who identify as women are welcome to attend the Women’s Wisdom Circle Meetings.

UUFF Fundraiser Opportunity- THIS SUNDAY, August 6th is deadline for pre-purchases to go toward the fundraiser! UUFF member Michael Hoerman has designed, typeset, printed and bound a chapbook of some of his award-nominated and award-winning poetry, which he has titled Disoriented Fascination. This book is available for pre-purchase, and these purchases come with a very generous perk– Michael will DONATE BACK TO UUFF 75% of all proceeds from books pre-purchased by UUFF members/friends! Books must be ordered and paid for by Sunday, August 6th at the very latest to qualify for the fundraiser. “Pre-purchase” simply means that UUFF members & friends get to buy copies of Michael’s book before they become available to the general public AND participate in a great fundraising opportunity for the our Fellowship while supporting and enjoying the art of one of our talented members. 

Michael will have a preview of his book available and will be in the UUFF foyer on Sundays up to August 6th to answer any questions and accept “pre-purchase” orders/payments. The books are $20 each, and checks should be made out to Michael Hoerman with “book pre-order” in memo line.  Cash can be put in an envelope with your name on it and please specify on envelope what it is for. Pre-purchases can also be given to Fawn in the office to be passed on to Michael if he is unavailable. *On Sunday, August 13th at 2pm, Michael will do a reading in the Walker Community Room of the Fayetteville Public Library. All are more than welcome to attend.*

Camp UU Summer Program continues, with next session set for this coming Sunday (8/6)!

This summer, our kids/youth are invited to come experience the traits of a Jedi (no prior knowledge of Star Wars is needed). Our padawans will learn about: Senses (August 6), and Skill (August 27). See the bulletin board in the lobby or contact Alyson Ballew for more information. 

UUFF Summer Choir!

This summer, choir is for everyone!!  Yes, everyone!  All ages and abilities are encouraged to join us for “Generations Choir!”  No Wednesday rehearsal. Just show up Sunday morning at 9:30am, and we will learn fun music and perform for the 11am service! Any child under 8 years of age should be accompanied by an adult. Please contact Director, Renée Janski, at janskistudio@gmail.com for more details or if you have any questions about joining the choir. Only one Sunday remains! August 20th will mark the conclusion of Summer/Generations Choir, with Fall Choir will beginning in September!

The topic of the 11am service on September 3rd will be “Wisdom from Our Grandparents. We are looking for 3 or 4 contributors who would like to talk about stories that they were told by their grandparents or about their grandparents that helped to build their belief system and moral values. Each contribution should be about 5 minutes in length. Please contact Marty Faitak at mfaitak@yahoo.com for more details.

It’s almost that time of year again! Kids 5+ are invited to join us for the new RE year as we explore together a curriculum titled “Signs of Our Faith. Please register your kid at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/Yl1vgKpsXO5XNz4W2 . If you have any questions, you may contact Alyson Ballew.

RE needs your help! We are always looking for volunteers to help with our program. Fill out the survey at https://goo.gl/forms/k6CfX02hq64V09cM2 or contact Alyson Ballew for more information.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Grades 4-6 to Begin This Fall!

Registration is open! Just follow this link to fill out and send form: https://goo.gl/forms/LPNQfF03ifsSprru2  

OWL lifespan sexuality education for children entering grades 4-6 will begin officially on September 17. Topics will include Values, Relationships, Puberty, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Reproduction, Health & Safety, Communication and more.

A general PARENT INFORMATION MEETING will be held at 12:15pm on Sunday, August 27th at UUFF. Trained Facilitators Lydia Nelson and Theresa Parrish will be there to help explain the curriculum and answer any questions you may have! 

This class is open to the public. Please encourage friends and family with 4-6 graders to attend.

 Learn more about OWL for 4th-6th graders here: http://www.uufayetteville.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/OWL-4-6-Brochure-1.pdf

UUFF is trying to hire additional paid Nursery Assistants and is very much in need of Nursery Volunteers in the meantime (we will be down to only ONE), so if you or anyone you know is interested in either of these opportunities, please see Fawn in the office or follow the link below to see job description and fill out an application! Nursery Assistant is a paid position, and training is provided. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byoc_P163LILRzhJV1pBR1ViLVk/view?usp=sharing 


Thank you to the individuals and families who braved the torrential rain to have professional photos taken for the updated UUFF directory.  Having a picture directory is an important way for us to better get to know each other and strengthen our community ties.  We are aware that circumstances made it prohibitive for some to participate, and we are hoping to bring the photographers back for another sitting. They will only come if we can guarantee a minimum number to sit for their portraits.  Please consider the fact there is absolutely no cost or obligation to either you or UUFF to have your LifeTouch picture included in the directory, and there is a limit to how many non-LifeTouch (aka-personally provided) photos we can include without incurring a cost to the Fellowship.   

Please let us know if you are willing and able to come here in near future for your free professional LifeTouch photo sitting. Please enter your name and email address on the RSVP spreadsheet to be accessed via this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Ka5L6sYnqLmXQQ9wtTgrKYi-sDpz9Jzgh4C5ol8xG8/edit?usp=sharing or let Fawn know at uuff.ar@gmail.com

Rev. Jim Parrish’s Schedule of Planned Absences:

  • Taking some time off in the first weeks of August as well, details forthcoming.
  • Future work related events: UUAR Cluster in October, UUMA Center Institute in January, UUMA Regional Retreat in April of 2018.

UUFF will soon welcome our new Intern, Ren Pasco! For more details, check out: http://www.uufayetteville.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/UUFFInternIntroduction.pdf

Volunteer Opportunities!

Provide flowers for UUFF Sanctuary on Sundays

Sign-up sheet in the lobby with Sunday dates listed. All you need to do is put your name and contact info by chosen date, and be sure to let us know if the flowers you plan to provide are in honor of some special occasion or person or just because. If you know you want to provide flowers on a specific future Sunday but can’t make it to the fellowship to sign up, please email uuff.ar@gmail.com, and we’ll be more than happy to put you on the list. An email reminder will be sent during the week before “your Sunday.” Note also that we have PLENTY of vases here for use, so that’s one less thing to worry about.

Greeter/Usher 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/ushers 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 restrooms.

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/Usher 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.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17bmSY2FfoZjyubPnjYfNuzVd9QG-XRAvm0zUqKNPNMc/edit?usp=sharing

You will receive an email reminder a few days before your shift with a list of greeter/usher or coffee hour host duties to help orient you. Most Sundays will have a lead greeter/usher from the Membership Committee to help make this important task fun and anxiety-free!

Outside Events & Opportunities

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration will be held at UUFF (hosted by OMNI Center) at 7pm on Sunday, August 6th. Members of the public are welcome. For more details, please go to www.omnicenter.org

August PFLAG Support Group Meeting will be held from 6:30-8pm on Monday, August 7th at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Springdale. Martin Tuller, co-host of KUAF Vinyl Hour joins us to talk about his Pride Journey. He will also play music that is significant to his story. This will be a really fun meeting! As always, we’ll have open support group discussion. For more information, email pflagnwa@gmail.com or call 479-236-7676.

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