UUFF eNews – Week of 03/07/2018

* REMINDER that Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday, and it’s time to “Spring Forward” so you don’t miss service! *

Sunday, 3/11, 11am Service: “Morals and Ethics from Media: A Young Adults Perspective.” Led by UUFF’s Young Adults Group.

**We will also Share the Plate with Arkansas Citizens First Congress. Loose collection plate money and specially-designated cash/checks (please write “share plate” on envelope or check memo line) will be given to this important organization that fights for social, environmental, and economic justice causes in Arkansas by monitoring bills and lobbying the legislature. To find out more, visit http://www.citizensfirst.org/ **

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

ARE Discussion Group: Meets Downstairs. The topic this Sunday is “Mindful Living.” Could getting clear about your personal needs and values help you live a more fulfilling life?  Join us for exploration and sharing.

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

*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 March 7th-14th

Date Time Event Location
Thurs. 3/8 7 pm Y’ALL Movie Night Sanctuary
Sat. 3/10 1-4pm Full Circle Adoption Support Meeting Annex
Sat. 3/10 6-8:30pm Friendship Potluck Dinner Islamic Center
Sun. 3/11 4-6pm Web of Life Equinox Class, discussion, craft Annex
Sun. 3/11 5-7:30pm New UU/PTM Class II and Dinner Sanctuary
Mon. 3/12 6-7:30pm Grief Support Group Annex


UUFF Cares!

Our Nancy McCartney has successfully gone through surgery to remove brain tumors at Washington Regional today (Wednesday).

Nancy recently developed troubling symptoms she was exploring with her medical team, and they discovered the tumors by MRI Monday. So today her sons arrived and she proceeded with surgery and treatment. Let’s keep Nancy and her family, friends, and her medical team in our hearts. We’ll let folks know how to help as we find out what she needs.

Peace, Jim Parrish, Minister and Caroline Lennox, Caring Lead

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

Intern Minister, Ren Pasco will be out of town (at Meadville in Chicago) from March 13th-April 1st.  

Upcoming Events/Announcements

Friendship Potluck at the Islamic Center has been rescheduled for THIS 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

Grief Support Group at UUFF- It’s not too late to join!

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 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 Monday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm at UUFF, and though the first session has already been held, you are still invited to join for the rest (March 12th  and 26th and April 2nd, 16th, and 23rd).  Please contact Gina Pulciani at 479-957-5319 or 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

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. Currently, we have enough casseroles and just need about 3 more folks to help serve. 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)

March for Our Lives Event – Saturday, March 24th at 1pm.

UUFF Justice Team would like to extend an invitation to all to join in this important endeavor.

  • Where: Fayetteville High School/ 1001 W Stone St/ Fayetteville, AR 72701
  • When: Saturday, March 24, 1:00PM
  • What: The kids and families of March for Our Lives will take to the streets to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today. March with us in Washington DC or march in your own community. On March 24, the collective voices of the March for Our Lives movement will be heard.

Check out March for Our Lives – Fayetteville for more details or to register.

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!

  • 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!

This year’s UU General Assembly will only be a few hours driving distance from Northwest Arkansas and offers a unique opportunity to participate in our wider UU faith community.  It will be June 20-24 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, MO.  It is time to explore travel sharing possibilities and funding sources.  Please go to https://www.uua.org/ga for more information and the link to apply for Financial Aid.  Please let Susie Schroeder know if you are interested in going (shs1949@gmail.com).

Board Report to Congregation from February 2018 Meeting – Per Susie Schroeder, President

  • At our annual retreat the Board adopted the goal of growing the Fellowship by 10% by the end of 2018. A team was formed to research ways to accomplish that goal, and the first request of the team was to develop specific, short term, inexpensive ideas for growth.  Janet Titus is leading the team with Joe Euculano, Charlotte Taylor, Alex Loch, and Amanda Bancroft, and she delivered an excellent report of many useful recommendations.  The board will work on an action plan at the March board meeting and is deeply appreciative of the extensive work performed by the Growth Team. 
  • Appreciation was expressed to Joe Euculano for his work on the 2018 Stewardship Campaign which is now concluded. 79 pledges were collected with $120,660 in financial support and many volunteer resources in Time & Talent pledges.  We are still hopeful that we’ll hear from the remaining 15 members who have not yet responded.
  • Janet Titus has agreed to be the Congregational Life Shared Ministry Team Lead, and the Board has approved her appointment.
  • Jeff Barnes has agreed to serve as the interim Treasurer from May to December 2018 to fill the Treasurer vacancy when Charles Palmer retires and moves from this area.
  • Proposals for beautification of our new sign were reviewed, and landscape architect, Don Johnson, was selected. An ad hoc committee will meet with Don in early March to finalize the sign design features. 
  • Gene Vinzant presented a proposed Church Security Policy, and it will be discussed further at the March meeting.

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!

Maren Chism is now coordinating Coffee Hour. Any volunteers would be greatly appreciated. She has a list of folks from the 2018 pledge form (time/talent portion), and she will be reaching out to those who expressed willingness to serve in that capacity. Please email marenchism@gmail.com or call/text 479-283-4367 if you have any questions. You can also sign up in the usual manner (link below or clipboard on activities table in lobby). Thanks, Maren!

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!

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.

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.

Did you know that there are FREE TAX PREP SITES in NWA? If you have been struggling to figure out your 2018 taxes, please check out http://carecc.org/what-we-do/tax-center.html You can also get a copy of the sites in the UUFF lobby or here: NWA 2018 Free Tax Prep Sites

Register here