UUFF eNews – Week of 02/14/2018

Sunday, 2/18, 11am Service: “Because of Them We Can – Celebrating Black History Month.” A special service featuring Leora Jackson, Umoja Soul, and performances from children in our diverse community!

**We will have a special Share the Plate collection to support Black History Month Showcase. Loose collection plate money and specially-designated cash/checks (please write “BHM” on envelope or check memo line) will be put toward this worthy cause. Thanks in advance for your generosity!**

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

ARE Discussion Group: Meets Downstairs. The topic for ARE this Sunday is “Is Lent for Unitarians?”  We will reflect on the traditional practice of Lent and explore how it can be meaningful to Unitarians. 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 14th-21st

Date Time Event Location
Thurs. 2/15 7 pm Young Adult Time Sanctuary
Sat. 2/17 10 am Women’s Wisdom Circle Annex
Sun. 2/18 12:30 pm Common Read Book Discussion Sanctuary
Tues. 2/20 6:45 pm Board Meeting (open to all) Downstairs
Wed. 2/21 6:30 pm Chalice Team Meeting Office


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 uuff.ar@gmail.com, call my Office Cell: 479-439-1415, or email me at rev.jimparrish@gmail.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 

Upcoming Events/Announcements

Discussion of the Common Read book, “Daring Democracy,” has been rescheduled to occur THIS Sunday, February 18th, at 12:30pm in the Sanctuary. All readers welcome to attend, and you may contact Shari Withey (willowbendgarden@aol.com) for more details.

Grief Support Group Starting at UUFF on March 5th.

Grief Support Group is FREE and open to anyone struggling with grief or loss. This six-session support group will allow members to share about their loss, learn about how the grief cycle is operating uniquely to them, develop coping strategies for navigating the grief process, and commune with others to gain insight and valuable support. Led by 2nd year M.S./ Ed.S. Clinical Mental Health Counseling student and UUFF Member, Gina Pulciani. Sessions will be held on 6 consecutive Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm at UUFF, with the first session on March 5th. Please contact Gina Pulciani at jeangenie912@gmail.com for more details. You can sign up on the hard copy sheet on the activities table beneath the bulletin board in the UUFF foyer or via this link: Grief Support Group Sign-Up Sheet

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.

Register online at: Adult OWL Registration Form or contact Theresa Parrish at tkparrish56@gmail.com

CUUPS/Web of Life Upcoming Events Through April!

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
  • April 15- Wheel of the Year Class
  • April 29- Beltane Class with discussion and craft

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!

  • Wednesday, February 28th, 7pm Rehearsal
  • Sunday, March 4th
  • Sunday, April 1st (Easter and Passover)
  • Sunday, May 13th

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 (janskistudio@gmail.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

Circle Suppers

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 schermer@flyingpigpartners.com with questions or to get on the list!

Volunteer Opportunities!

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 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!

Register here