UUFF eNews – Week of 02/28/2018

Sunday, 3/4, 11am Service: “Source Story: The Sacred Depths of Nature,” led by Rev. Jim Parrish. **UUFF Choir will sing, directed by Renée Janski!**

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

ARE Discussion Group: Meets Downstairs. “A Religion of One’s Own.” This week we will continue our discussion about Thomas Moore’s work and about spiritual practices. What practices contribute to your spiritual life?  What might you consider adding for the future?  It will be helpful to review these two links before our discussion.



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 are invited to go downstairs during the 11 o’clock hour for a lesson in “Signs of Our Faith!” 

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 28th-March 7th

Date Time Event Location
TONIGHT 2/28 7 pm Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Thurs. 3/01 7 pm Young Adult Time Sanctuary
Sat. 3/03 10 am Women’s Wisdom Circle Annex
Sat. 3/03 9am-4pm Adult OWL Class Downstairs
Sun. 3/04 9:30 am Choir Rehearsal Sanctuary
Sun. 3/04 5-7:30pm New UU/PTM Class and Dinner Sanctuary
Mon. 3/05 6-7:30pm Grief Support Group (1st of 6 consecutive sessions) Annex West


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, please 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:

Week of April 2nd: Southern UU Ministers Assoc. Retreat near Houston

Upcoming Events/Announcements

New UU/Path to Membership Classes Begin on March 4th!

We now have set dates for the Spring 2018 New UU Session! The 3 classes will be held from 5-7:30pm on March 4th, March 11th, and April 8th.  Dinner will be provided at each class. 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

Grief Support Group Starting at UUFF on March 5th.

This Grief Support Group is FREE and open to anyone struggling with grief or loss of any origin. Grief/loss is not limited to death of loved ones. There are so many reasons we grieve, and all are welcome in the group. The 6 weekly sessions 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

Friendship Potluck at the Islamic Center has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 10th!

The dinner (postponed due to icy weather) has been rescheduled for Saturday, the 10th of March, 6-8:30pm, at the Islamic Center.  If you are signed up already and need a reminder of what you signed up for, or if have found that you won’t be able to attend on 3/10, please let Brooke Eldredge know.  ALSO, there are some available slots still, so please contact Brooke if you would like to be added to the list! Brooke.eldredge@yahoo.com

Lunch Angels Serve Date coming up on Saturday, March 17th!

This is a really great way to literally “serve” those in our community in need of a nice, hot lunch. To make it happen, we require several volunteers, both to make casseroles (recipe provided) and to do the set-up/serving/clean-up. If you can help, please sign up via this link March 17th Lunch Angels Volunteers or on the hard copy sheet on the activities table in the UUFF lobby. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Gretchen Wilkes (gwilkes@farmcards.org)

Trail and Stream Work in Fayetteville- Saturday, March 24th from 2-5pm

Nate Weston of the Beaver Lake Watershed Alliance has requested our help in a trail and stream clean-up near Walker Park, on the south side of Fayetteville.  The stream is in serious need of help.  This will cover the sections of stream not worked on by our last trail clean-up.

  • What: Trail and Stream clean-up
  • Where: Meet at Walker Park at the end of 13th Street
  • When: Saturday, March 24th, from 2:00-5:00 PM
  • Gear: Bags will be provided.  There will be some trash grabbers available, but bring your own if you have them.  If you own waders, that would be a good thing to bring along.
  • Contact: Call Nate Weston (BWA) at 479-750-8007 or Mike McMullin (NWAMN) at 507-421-7014 with questions. Please let Mike know if you plan to attend.

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:

  • 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!

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!

  • TODAY, 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 continues its unpredictable ways. 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. There will NOT be a Circle Supper gathering in March, but will start back in April.  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. Greeter/Usher Sign-Up

Coffee Hour Hosting is another very important opportunity to serve. You can sign up as a volunteer to host via this link: Coffee Hour Host Sign-Up​

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

Parade for Peace – March 18th, 2:30pm, from Walton Arts Center Parking Lot to Town Center. For details, check out: Parade for Peace Flyer

The Arkansas Poor People’s Campaign, the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology, and the Arkansas Nonviolence Alliance are holding a Parade for Peace on March 18th at 2:30 PM. The parade starts at the corner of Dickson & West Streets, in front of the Walton Arts Center, and ends with a rally at the Town Center.

The rally will feature speeches by Professor Jeremy Kuzmarov, Air Force Veteran Michael Martin, Solomon Burchfield of the Poor People’s Campaign, Dr. Clint Schnekloth of Good Lutheran Church, and more. Music will also be provided by Still on the Hill, Jori Costello and others.

MARCH PFLAG SUPPORT GROUP MEETING from 6:30-8pm on Monday, March 5th, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Springdale. This meeting is for YOU … and for all parents, family members, allies, and members of the LGBTQ+ community, and it is a perfect meeting for new people. This is the place to give and receive support, to be with people who are walking a similar path to yours.  I know that many of you have no one else to talk to. Please come talk with us about whatever is on your mind concerning you, your family, and the LGBTQ situation in this community, this country, and the world. For more information e-mail Cathy Campbell, President, at pflagnwa@gmail.com or call 479-236-7676.

Register here