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  • Saturday, May 18–Pizza on the Patio! To celebrate the end of a great year here at UUFA, RE is hosting a Pizza Party on the Patio on Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. A $5-10 donation per family is requested, but please come regardless of your ability to pay. We welcome all and look forward to seeing you there!  We need to know how much food to order, so please RSVP here for the Pizza Party!! ————————————————————————————-
  • Lay Ministry Training – Fall 2019 Interested in becoming a Lay Minister? Are you currently a leader who generously shares your time, talent and treasure with UUFA? If so, and if you’re interested in increasing your understanding of congregational life and making a deeper commitment to your own spiritual development and service to UUFA, then please consider attending the next Lay Ministry training to begin in September 2019. The class meets once a month during the program year with Rev. Alison. You’ll discuss readings on a wide range of topics focusing on congregational dynamics and areas of ministry. If you are interested in becoming a candidate or have questions about the program, please contact Rev. Alison. You may also fill out and submit the Lay Ministry Application (below). UUFA Lay Minister Charter UUFA Lay Ministry Application ————————————————————————————
  • Care Connections Ange Kahn is recovering at home after an operation to repair her ham strings.  Phone calls and cards are welcomed.  She and her dog would greatly appreciate volunteer “walkers”! ———————————————————————————–
  • Summer RE Volunteers Needed Can you give 1 to 4 hours this summer to support RE? We need teachers and assistants to lead our Summer Sunday School Classes UUFA’s RE Program is a cooperative venture that requires many hands to create a welcoming and fun environment for our children and youth. Try a “one Sunday” commitment (~1 hour) or if you’re called, sign up for more! Our program runs on the support of congregants like YOU. Thank you for your consideration, as well as your gifts of time and talent! Contact Kelli ( if you are able to assist in our Summer Program. The theme is Imagination Station! Help is needed for the following dates June 9 – Movement (Dance? Yoga?), June 16 – Mask Making, June 23 – Storytelling, June 30 – Painting, July 7 – Puppetry, July 14 – Building/Engineering, July 21 – Art, July 28 – Solving World Problems, August 4 – Music Making, August 11 – Games, August 18 – Collaging *Per our Safe Congregation policy, all adult volunteers working with children or youth must have been a Member or friend of UUFA for at least six months prior to appointment as a volunteer. Exception may be given for congregants moving from another UU church where they have been a previously screened RE volunteer. ——————————————————————————
  • The Every Day UU: Now and Then Dear UU Congregation, We are writing to you to invite you to submit stories for our collection, “The Every Day UU: Now and Then.” As part the UU History Renaissance Module, we were required to create a final project that would connect with what we had learned in the course. It became evident to us that although we have numerous stories that document the achievements of some UUs, many voices are missing. In addition, we noted that there are certain famous UUs that attract our attention for the huge efforts they made. But we don’t have a collection of stories about UUs, who in living their faith, make small differences every day. Moving forward we thought it would be great to begin this process of sharing stories about our congregants from the past and present. What are we looking for? Each submission should be between 300-500 words submitted as a Word Document. You may submit as many stories as you like. Please include details about the person and when and where the story took place. Please provide a picture of the person if you can. The deadline for the initial collection of stories will be June 30, 2019. Depending on the interest in this project, additional collections may be requested in the future. We envision this collection being used in several ways. Church committees may choose to read a story as inspiration at the beginning of a meeting. Religious Educators may find stories that would work for A Time for All Ages. Congregants might read a story each day as a spiritual practice. Please send all stories, photos and release forms to We look forward to receiving your stories. Click here for release form and sample stories. Sincerely, Joanne Dingus Director of Religious Education, Newport News, VA Twinks Hastings, Children and Youth Ministries Director, Brewster, MA ——————————————————————————-
  • Care Connections Wilma Harrington had knee surgery on May 6. She will be at home for the next 4-6 weeks and would appreciate cards. ————————————————————————————-
  • May 19: Annual Congregational Meeting On May 19, all are invited to a pizza & salad lunch immediately following the Sunday service! Then stick around for UUFA’s Annual Congregational Meeting at 12 Noon (Check in begins at 11:45 a.m.). There are important items on the agenda for congregational vote. Please plan to attend and lend your voice to the good works of UUFA. If you missed yesterday’s email with the supporting documents and agenda for the meeting, click here (click on the headline of this post first). In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, individuals must be “Active Members” of UUFA: defined in the bylaws as those who have signed the membership book at least four weeks in advance of the meeting, and have made a financial contribution of record during the previous 12 months. (See Article II, Section 2.1 of the UUFA Bylaws.) Regardless of voting eligibility, everyone is welcome to attend! ——————————————————————————
  • May 19: Photos Taken for the UUFA Photo Directory On May 19, Scott Mason will take pictures in the Fellowship Hall after the service of the Green and Silver Care Rings .  The Blue and Yellow Care ring members who did not have their pictures taken previously may also request Scott to take their pictures.  These pictures will be used to create a new UUFA Photo Directory. If you have a photo you’d like to use, log in at and follow the prompts to upload a photo to your profile. Haven’t registered yet for Realm? Email UUFA Congregational Administrator Shaye Gambrell ( to request an invitation. For further information, contact Kathy Mason ( ————————————————————————————-
  • Create Climate Justice Create Climate Justice is a joint campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE). Click here to read more. ———————————————————————————–
  • CANCELLED: May 19: Sanctuary Movement Team This month’s meeting has been cancelled, so that all may attend the UUFA Congregational Meeting. In order to be current on immigrant justice issues, you are invited to attend the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition on May 28.meeting. Click here for more information. Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on third Sunday of the month—June 16--beginning at noon-ish in the conference room. To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, first click the headline above and then click here or go to!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair ( or 706.546.5237) or visit The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • May 28: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition Want to participate in immigrant justice in the Athens area? You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, May 28, from  7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC.   The Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition, comprised of members of some 15+ faith communities serving the Athens area, is dedicated to offering hospitality, safety, and opportunities for all immigrants, regardless of status, to participate fully in our shared community.   This group traditionally meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month. For further information, contact UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team member Nancy MacNair ( ———————————————————————————–
  • May 18: Below Baldwin–Chalice Film Series (Click for more info.)   ——————————————————————————-
  • Diaper Drive Many thanks to all who have contributed to the Sanctuary Movement Team’s Diaper Drive. The need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so the Diaper Drive continues. from the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition: “You all are wonderful – imagine the burden this takes off the shoulders of young families who are struggling with so many other issues including the deportation of their husband/father. If UUFA is still generously donating diapers, we need sizes 3, 4, 6,and newborn.  Another baby is on the way!” Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket. Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair ( The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————-  
  • CANCELLED–Scrabble for May Cancelled for May, Scrabble with the Rabble usually meets every third Friday from 7-9 p.m. in at UUFA in the Ocean Room. All are welcome to come play; please bring a Scrabble set if you have one. For more information, Kathy Larsen (317-855-0009 or —————————————————————————–
  • Third Thursdays: Membership Team Meetings Friendly Faces at an Open Door! The Membership Team is looking for helping hands and friendly faces to help the UUFA become a more welcoming place – to match our new Welcome Hall! The Membership Team meets the third Thursday each month at 5:30. We’d love for you to join us! Can’t make the meeting?  You can still help by helping to host a New to UU brunch at the Fellowship. Do you have talent in graphic design?  We hope to develop a new Welcome Brochure and could use your help. Are you available to greet newcomers one Sunday a month? For further information, contact Michelle Leebens-Mack ( or , 706-410-6454). ——————————————————————————

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