Sunday, 2/11, 11am Service: “Refugees, RESET, and Love: A Story of Friendship.” Led by Rev. Jim Parrish and Cobi Cogbill. UUFF Choir will sing, directed by Renée Janski!
** We will also Share the Plate with Arkansas United Community Coalition (AUCC). Loose collection plate money and specially-designated cash/checks (please write “share plate” on envelope or check memo line) will be donated to this wonderful organization that is dedicated to empowering immigrant communities. To learn more, please visit http://arkansascoalition.org/our-story/history/ **
Sunday Adult Religious Education (ARE), 10 -10:45am:
ARE Discussion Group: Meets Downstairs. This week the discussion is focused on resettlement and cultural integration, as is our worship service. 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+: Today’s 11 o’clock service is multi-generational, so kids will remain in the Sanctuary with parents/guardians.
Sunday Nursery Services available 9:45 am – 12:15 pm
** A friendly reminder to please leave several convenient spots available in our parking lots for those with mobility issues. Let’s take care of our people! **
*Fair trade coffee, teas and chocolates will be available for sale in the Sanctuary before and after services. Please help support our coffee hour by purchasing items from the cabinet, located along the north wall of the Sanctuary*
Calendar for February 7th-14th
|TODAY||6 pm||UUFF Staff Meeting/Dinner||Parrish Home|
|Thurs. 2/8||7 pm||Y’ALL Movie Night||Sanctuary|
|Sat. 2/10||1-4pm||Full Circle Adoption Support Group Meeting||Annex|
|Sun. 2/11||9:30 am||UUFF Choir Rehearsal||Sanctuary|
|Sun. 2/11||6 pm||Friendship Potluck Dinner for those who signed up in advance.||Off-site|
The Beacon Newsletter for January/February of 2018 has been published. Thank you to our Editor, Rose Bartlett. You may view the Beacon online HERE .
Reverend Jim Parrish’s Schedule and Contact Info:
I love to meet folks at a coffee shop or cafe to chat! Mama Carmen’s, Onyx, or Arsaga’s, or wherever! I’ve been hanging out at Mama C’s on Tuesdays lately. I tend to be in the office Wednesday and Thursday from 10am to 2pm, however call first to make sure I haven’t been called away, appointments are best!
Call the church office at 479-521-8422, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call my Office Cell: 479-439-1415, or email me at email@example.com. I want to meet with you! Except Mondays… Mondays are my day off! Exceptions for emergencies of course.
Planned days out of the office: April: Southern UU Ministers Assoc. Retreat near Houston
Discussion of the Common Read book, “Daring Democracy,” has been rescheduled to occur on Sunday, February 18th at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary. All readers welcome to attend, and you may contact Shari Withey (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) for ADULTS – March 3rd and 17th!
Trained OWL facilitators Theresa Parrish, Janis Walters and Lydia Nelson are offering Adult OWL from 9am to 3pm on Saturdays March 3rd and 17th at UUFF. Join us to discuss sexuality in terms of values, communication, spirituality, relationships, diversity, families, health and more! Cost for both days is $30 (includes lunch), with scholarships available. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
CUUPS/Web of Life Upcoming Events Through March!
Web of Life now meets Sundays from 4-6pm (typically meet 2 Sundays per month) in the west side (nearest Storer St.) of the Annex. Here are upcoming events for next few months:
- February 25- Paganism 101 Class
- March 11- Equinox Class with discussion and craft
- March 25- Spring Equinox Ritual
ALL ARE WELCOME! Please contact Tressa Disney if you have questions or would like to be added to the facebook group!
New UU/Path to Membership Classes Coming Up Soon!
We are currently planning our next New UU Session, hopefully to begin in late March or April. If you are interested in getting to know others, learning about Unitarian Universalism and UUFF, and even perhaps joining us as a new member, please sign up on the hard copy sheet at activities table in the foyer, OR via this link: New UU/Path To Membership Registration
UUFF Choir Dates for Spring 2018!
This semester is going to be super exciting, with new, kickin’ music! All ages, abilities and voices are welcome!
- Sunday, February 11th
- Wednesday, February 28th, 7pm Rehearsal
- Sunday, March 4th
- Sunday, April 1st (Easter and Passover)
- Sunday, May 13th (note change from previous May date)
Choir meets to rehearse in the Sanctuary at 9:30am on each Choir Sunday. All are welcome to join! Please contact Choir Director, Renée Janski (email@example.com) if you have any questions or would like more details!
7hills Homeless Shelter still needs our donations- especially toiletry items and winter clothing, sleeping bags, etc, as the weather turns ever more chilly. Please drop off items in the two black baskets near the main doors. Thank you in advance!
Chalice Circles-We are looking for people who want to be involved in chalice circles, both as leaders and circle members! Chalice circles are a great way to develop spiritually and better get to know others at UUFF! Surveys and a sign-up sheet will be on the activities table, or fill out survey here: https://goo.gl/forms/dnPeonRC3DIT3ykr1
One great way to meet UUFF members and friends is through our monthly Circle Suppers. We try to meet on the 4th or 5th Saturday of each month. The group is re-shuffled each month, so you have the opportunity to get to know lots of long-time and new members and friends of UUFF. We especially encourage new members, visitors and friends of UUFF to join.
We’d love to have new additions to the group, so whether you’re new to UUFF, a first-time visitor, a long-time member or a friend of UUFF, please think about joining us. If you haven’t done Circle Suppers in a long time, you’ll find that many new folks are ready and anxious to meet you. And if you’re a newer member, visitor or friend of UUFF, it’s really one of the best ways to start making connections with others. The next gathering will be on Saturday, February 24th. Please email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to get on the list!
Provide flowers for UUFF Sanctuary on Sundays
Sign-up sheet with Sunday dates listed in lobby or via this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MfxECBosEKJSOEgCGUhjJtC1HbEmwX1eAJnox_9GyYA/edit?usp=sharing 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 email@example.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. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cTXf4UslwIGppnmiBgUN_jaUQL8ZVVAncSwq6FE6-8A/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.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
Final Exit Network Guest Speaker at UUC Little Rock at 11am on February 11th.
Julia Hanway from the Final Exit Network will speak on the human right to a death with dignity. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend and might need hospitality, please contact Karen Walls- UUCLR Administrator- at firstname.lastname@example.org . The Final Exit Network mission is to provide practical education about self-deliverance with dignity for those people who qualify and are facing intractable pain, unbounded suffering, or an unacceptable quality of life, and to provide a compassionate presence for those who so choose. Final Exit Network is a volunteer organization serving individuals in all 50 states who are suffering from intolerable medical circumstances, are mentally competent, want to end their lives, and meet their official, written criteria. They offer the most current information known for self-deliverance when the client is ready to choose. Safeguards are in place to ensure that the person’s decision is voluntary and repeatedly stated. For more information on the Network, check out: Final Exit Network Web Site