UUFF eNews – Week of 08/23/2017

Saturday, August 26th: “Blessing of the Animals Service.” Led by Rev. Jim (details in announcements below).

Sunday, August 27th -11am: “The Spiritual Practice of Dropping the Ball.” Everyone, at some point or another, feels like their life is too big, too busy, or too complicated. Join Guest Speaker, Sarah Prickett as she explores what happens when we fall short of our own unrealistic expectations for ourselves.

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

ARE Discussion Group: Meets Downstairs. This week we’ll discuss “The Road to Character.” In this podcast, Sam Harris speaks with David Brooks about his book The Road to Character.  He talks about the importance of words like “sin” and “virtue,” self-esteem vs. self-overcoming, the significance of keeping promises, and honesty. Please join us. https://goo.gl/cHd6Ku

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.

Sunday RE for kids 5+: This is the last Camp UU Sunday, and it’s gonna be a fun one! Kids are welcome to gather downstairs at 11am for a Jedi Skills Field Day (Lightsaber crafting, too!).

Sunday 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 23rd – 30th

Date Time Event Location
Thurs. 8/24 11am-2pm U of A Razorbash- UUFF table by Union U of A Campus
Thurs. 8/24 7 pm Cartoons for All Ages Movie Night Sanctuary
Sat. 8/26 9am-NOON Stewardship Work Day UUFF Grounds
Sat. 8/26 11 am Blessing of the Animals Service Sanctuary
Sun. 8/27 12:15 pm OWL Grades 4-6 Parent Info Meeting Downstairs
Wed. 8/30 6:45 pm Finance Team Meeting Office


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

**ALSO, please be sure to send your article submissions to Rose at ecsministry55@gmail.com before the 20th of the month preceding any new Beacon edition! THANKS**

Upcoming Events/Announcements

Stewardship Work Day scheduled for Saturday, August 26th from 9am-NOON!

There is always work to be done to maintain our grounds and keep them looking fine! Summer is a big season for that, so please join for an hour, 2, or all 3 if you can!

Here are some specific projects we hope to get done:

  • Level picnic table under cedar tree
  • Weed liriope and sumac areas on north side
  • Weed south bank of creek
  • Weed east of office window
  • Mulch blueberry grove
  • Weed in Storla Memorial Garden

The Blessing of the Animals Service will be going on in the Sanctuary beginning at 11am, but that need not stop the work day! John King can be contacted with any questions at jwking@uark.edu THANKS! And please go ahead and mark your calendar for the next planned Work Day on September 23rd!

Bring your animal companion for a short, family-friendly, totally casual “Blessing of the Animals” service on Saturday, August 26th, beginning at 11am. If you’d like to help with the service readings or blessing the animals, please email Rev. Jim ASAP at rev.jimparrish@gmail.com

If you cannot bring your animal friend with you, please bring a photo or some other meaningful item related to your animal friend, such as a collar, toy or leash. We will also be honoring animal companions who have passed on.

Dogs must be on a leash. Cats and other small animals must be crated or similarly contained. All animals (including the 2-legged) must be kept under the owner’s control at all times.

At this special ceremony, we take time to give thanks for and bless our companions in life—cats and dogs, birds and chickens, turtles and fish and so much more! This ceremony also acknowledges that our lives are made fuller and richer by the creatures that inhabit the Earth with us, not just those that live with us.

Animal blessings originate out of the Catholic tradition; however, many Unitarian Universalist congregations have adopted this practice and have made it a uniquely UU type of blessing based on our seventh principle which states that we are all a part of an interconnected web of existence.

Saturday, September 9th is our next trail maintenance morning on the Razorback Greenway Trail. This clean-up is long overdue, as many have been busy with summer travels and such! We will meet at 8:15am in the UUFF parking lot and finish by noon.  Wear walking shoes and gloves.  All other equipment will be supplied. Please join us for some fresh air, good fellowship and environmental stewardship.  We always have a great time.  The more the merrier.

Questions should be directed to Mike McMullin at mocmyc@msn.com or 507-421-7014.

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 at alyson.ballew@gmail.com 

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, 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 WE HAVE NEARLY ENOUGH FOLKS SIGNED UP- JUST NEED A FEW MORE!

UUFF will soon welcome our new Intern, Ren Pasco. Her first Sunday here is September 10th! 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 (this Sunday, 8/27) is available. Please let Fawn know if you’d like to sign up or just go ahead and bring flowers.

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 (WE NEED A HOST FOR THIS SUNDAY, 8/27!) 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

Journey Through the Black Experience (lecture/discussion led by Raven Cook) every Tuesday at 7pm, through November. Location: Omni Center, 3274 N. Lee/ Fayetteville, AR

Register here