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  • Care Connections Rosemary Wood had knee replacement surgery on Monday, January 14. She will be having rehab at The Oaks where she will stay until the end of the month. Please send cards and notes to The Oaks, 490 Kathwood Drive, Athens 30607. Jean Bleyle also had knee replacement surgery on Monday, January 14. She will be at the Oaks for one to two weeks. For the first week send cards and notes to The Oaks and after that to her home at: 3 Chestnut Oak Run, Athens 30607. Cara Andrews has not been able to come to the Fellowship because her immunity is low from chemotherapy. She has also been dealing with side effects which have damaged her lungs and caused back pain. Cara was first diagnosed and began treatment in August. Please send cards and notes of encouragement to 1290 Brookwood Drive, Watkinsville 30677. No visitors please. —————————————————————————————–
  • Committee on Shared Ministry Needs YoUUr In-put! We expanded our space, and now it’s time to think about expanding our opportunities. Please sign up for a small group of UUFA members and friends to discuss our future: What will UUFA be to you? What will it be to the congregation? What will it be to the Athens-area community? Whether or not you took the survey, you may participate in a discussion group! Please sign up for a time slot that suits you at the following site: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4fafa72ea4f58-expanding You may also sign up on paper at the Stepping Stones Table in the Fellowship Hall. If you have questions, you may contact Andy Case (andy.case@yahoo.com), Susanna Rains Moriarty (susannarains@gmail.com), or Anna Eidsvik (aeidsvik@yahoo.com). ——————————————————————————————
  • New Spaces, New Names At the building dedication Sunday, the Board of Trustees announced new names for several spaces. The expanded room at the end of the Founder’s Wing is the Universe Room, suggested by the youth group. Thanks to Kimball and Karen Anderson the new office area is now the Martha Bishop Anderson Administration Suite. Thanks to Marguerite Holmes, Marty Lawrence, and Bob McArthur, the multipurpose room is the Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen Room. To recognize the many contributions of George and Ruth Koch, especially to the RE program, the board named the area outside the new Fellowship Hall doors the George and Ruth Koch Memorial Patio. The board honored Catherine, Heather and Scott Kleiner’s generosity to UUFA and commitment to the founding of Unitarianism in Transylvania by naming the sofa room the Kleiner UU Heritage Room. Note: the heavily used conference room could still be named through a new campaign commitment…perhaps for an historical UU or to memorialize a loved one or for a member of our Fellowship. For details, contact Herb West  (herbwest48@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–
  • February 9: New to UUFA The next New to UU & UUFA will be held on Saturday, February 9, 8:45 a.m. to noon. Newcomers to UUFA and Unitarian Universalism are invited to attend and learn more about us. Participants briefly share their religious journey, and learn about the history and development of Unitarian Universalism and UUFA. You’ll meet Fellowship leaders, including our minister Rev. Alison Eskildsen, and receive information on programs, activities, and services at UUFA. The morning begins with a continental breakfast, and child care can be arranged with advance notice. A sign-up sheet is on the Visitors Table in the foyer. You can also sign up by contacting or calling the Anderson Office Suite (fna Front Office) (uufa@uuathensga.org) or by contacting Michelle Leebens-Mack, chair of the Membership Committee (leebensmack@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————-
  • February 2 (Save the Date)–Quarterly Connections: Be in the Know!? SAVE THE DATE–Saturday, February 2, 2019–come learn about vast possibilities of Realm–our UUFA communications and directory software- and discuss other matters of importance to the life of UUFA. Bring your laptop if you like and explore with us from 9 a.m. to noon. ALL are encouraged to attend. For planning purposes, please click here to RSVP or contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • Share Your Ideas in January – Before It’s Too Late! We expanded our building; now let’s expand our opportunities! Please select a time to gather with a small group of UUFA members and friends to discuss the future UUFA: what it will be to you, what it will be to the congregation, and what it will be to the Athens-area community. Times Available: Monday, January 14, at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17, at 6 p.m. Sunday, January 20, at 12 p.m. Thursday, January 24, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, January, at 5:30 p.m. To select a time, please click here or go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4fafa72ea4f58-expanding. For further information, contact Anna Eidsvik, Committee on Shared Ministry member (aeidsvik@yahoo.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • UUA Stewardship and Development: Seasons of Giving–Winter 2019 Click here for the Winter 2019 UUA Seasons of Giving newsletter. —————————————————————————————-
  • January 27: Men Cook Fourth Sunday Luncheon HAPPY NEW YEAR….and here we are again….January and it’s time for the annual Fourth Sunday luncheon hosted by the men of UUFA.   This is the fourteenth year of this special event and the first “official” Fourth Sunday lunch in our new, enlarged Fellowship Hall.  The date is January 27 after the service. We are asking that many of you men will be willing to prepare a dish of your favorite food….a salad, a main dish, or a dessert.  (main dishes can include soup, chili, hot dogs, BBQ, meatloaf, etc.)  We usually have a great turn out of folks who want to enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of your labor. If cooking is not your “thing,” please help with the mechanics of hosting the event. We need six guys to help with set-up and six on clean-up and four on dishes.  Don’t let the congregation starve! Scott Mason and David Jarrett are co-chairing this year.  Email Scott (JESMason@aol.com) or David (daviduufa@gmail.com) to let them know what you are bringing and whether you want to set up or clean up or dishes. —————————————————————————-
  • January 20: Grocery Cards on Sale This Sunday! Because we were not able to sell grocery cards last Sunday after the building dedication, they will be on sale after the service on Sunday, January 20. BRING YOUR CHECKBOOK! Selling and buying grocery gift cards contributes funds to our operating account and is an Income line in our annual budget. The past fiscal year (2017-18) the program only brought in $1084, less than half of what we budgeted based on previous years’ income.  If you shop at either Publix or Earthfare, please help our budget by purchasing gift cards from the UUFA for these stores. The Fellowship receives 3% of the Publix card cost, and 7% of the Earthfare card. You pay the face amount for each card — a win-win situation! For further information, contact John Olive (jolive45@att.net). —————————————————————————————
  • January 18: Scrabble with the Rabble Scrabble with the Rabble  meets every third Friday from 7-9 pm in at UUFA. All are welcome to come play; please bring a Scrabble set if you have one. For more information, Kathy Larsen (317-855-0009 or kathylyndall@gmail.com). —————————————————————————–
  • January 19: Reception Time and Talent Opportunity On Saturday, January 19, we will have a community-wide celebration for completion of our expansion project, including a reception.  Extra hands to help plate and serve the food would be greatly appreciated.  We’ll also need six people to help with putting away tables and chairs and for clean up in the kitchen.  There will be sign up sheets on the Stepping Stones table. For additional information contact Carol-Lee Baker at carlee1945@gmail.com. —————————————————————————————
  • January 19: Making Room for You: A Celebration of Community You are invited on Saturday, January 19, 2019, starting at 3:30 p.m. as we present our new look to the larger community at a grand opening. This public event, titled “Making Room for You: A Celebration of Community,” will include outside speakers, civic leaders, interfaith and justice partners, and even a “Cause of the Month” fair with area non-profits. Tours for the public will be included along with information on rentals and Fellowship programming. For information about UUFA’s Dedication service on Sunday, January 13, click here. ———————————————————————————————
  • January 20: Cash Bailouts–A New Form of Slavery!? The January 20 Forum will feature Mokah-Jasmine Johnson, President of the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement (one of UUFA’s Justice Partners), speaking about the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement in general and about the cash bailout system contributing to mass incarceration in particular. ————————————————————————————–
  • January 20: MLK Ecumenical Service On Sunday, January 20, at 5 p.m., observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by joining Reverend Alison at the Annual Ecumenical service sponsored by the Athens Area Human Relations Council and the Interfaith Clergy Partnership of Greater Athens.  This service will take place at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 1931 Old West Broad Street, Athens. ———————————————————————————–
  • January 21: Athens-Clarke Third Annual MLK Day Parade and Festival You are invited to join the UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC) and Palms of Fire Drum Circle on Monday, January 21, in marching in the Athens-Clarke Third Annual MLK Parade. The parade begins at 3 p.m., honoree ceremony and festivities will follow 4:00-6:00. Please wear your Side with Love s and/or UUFA t-shirt. For more information about this event, click here . More specific information exactly where to meet on January 21 will be forthcoming. Questions?  Contact David Jarrett, SAC Chair:  daviduufa@gmail.com. —————————————————————————————–  
  • Spring Registration for SGM starts now!! Do you want to deepen your relationship with other members of the congregation and have a place to discuss issues at a deeper level? Consider becoming a member an SGM (Small Group MInistry) member. To join a small group for the spring, click here to see which groups have openings. Sign up is through January 24,  and you will join the groups for their February meetings. For more information about SGM, click here. ——————————————————————————
  • UUA Matters: January 2019 Southern Region Newsletter To read the June 2018 Southern Region Newsletter, click here. —————————————————————————-
  • Music Reading Class–Please Note! 🙂 Learn how to better read and understand musical notation. This is a three part class, offered January 16, 23, and 30, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. January 16-Rhythm Notation January 23-Melodic Notation January 30-Harmonic Notation For further information, contact Amber Fetner (musicdirector@uuathensga.org). ————————————————————————————
  • Recognizing Volunteers–Add Your Voice. Know people around UUFA who consistently donate their time and talents to the betterment of the Fellowship? Please nominate those individuals as candidates for the Spotlight Volunteer of the Month! To nominate someone, click here or go to https://goo.gl/Cv1r42. For further information, contact Vivian Preston Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com). —————————————————————————–
  • Justice Partner Opportunities     Click here to read the latest from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Justice Partner.       ————————————————————————————
  • Lifespan Learning: What’s Offered for Adults? For Winter 2019, several opportunities for learning will happen at UUFA and beyond. These include Forums, Intro to Mankind Project, Waltzing the Reaper, a trip to Montgomery, a film series, and book discussions. For more information, please click here or pick up a brochure at the Stepping Stones table in the Welcoming Hall where you can register for some of the offerings. You can also find more information on the UUFA website at  www.uuathensga.org/education/adult-education/. Please contact Vivian Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com) for questions or ideas for other offerings. —————————————————————————————–
  • Side with Love: What We Accomplished in 2018 Click here to read the latest  from Side with Love. Side with Love is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression.  It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association, and all are welcome to join. —————————————————————————————-
  • January 22: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, January 22, 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 (ncmacnair@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————–
  • CANtributions 2018 and 2019 At the end of 2018, UUFA was in fourth place in the friendly competition among 25 faith communities, CANtributing 2500 nonperishable food items to the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank!  Many thanks to all who CANtributed in 2018. The wicker basket is willing and able to receive your donations of nonperishable food items, and cash or checks are also welcome. Please put the following in the memo line of your check donation: “Food Bank” and 1-8016. Current targeted items are peas, saltines, and cereal. Could you consider a CANtribution of one item a day? Or every other day? Or consider a birthday challenge (bring one item for each year you’re celebrating)? For further information, contact Karen Solheim, SAC member. This initiative is hosted by the Social Action Committee (SAC), a part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————–
  • January 2019 PARES Update At present, seven UUFA members and friends are tutoring and two members are beginning at Robotics Club at Alps Road Elementary School. A breakfast for parents will be held on January 29, and food is needed. Interested in helping? Contact UUFA PARES liaison Caryl Sundland  ((csundland@aol.com). Please save the Save the Dates for the following PARES Time and Talent Opportunities: April 11 Spring Fling, 6 p.m. May 3   Career Day         May 8  Alps Got Talent May 10 Field Day About the PARES Program: At the May 2018 Congregational Meeting, UUFA voted to participate in the Athens-Clarke County’s Adopt-a-School Program by being in partnership with Alps Road Elementary School. UUFA is the first nonprofit organization in Athens-Clarke County to participate in the Adopt-a-School Program! ——————————————————————————————-
  • March 2: A Few Seats Remain! Are you interested in joining other UUFA members and friends in going to the visit the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum that opened earlier this year in Montgomery, Alabama? This one-day chartered bus trip is planned for Saturday, March 2, 2019, exact times tbd. Approximate cost is $100 (bus rental and admission costs), and financial scholarships may be available. A few seats remain.  Please click here—https://goo.gl/forms/OdXL9eD0mMAlhazA2—by January 15 to reserve your spot. Questions?  Contact Ange Kahn (angekahn@gmail.com). This event is being organized by the Social Action Committee (SAC), a part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————–  
  • February 4: The Islamic Jesus Book Discussion Begins The Islamic Jesus: How the King of the Jews Became a Prophet of the Muslims— Wondering how that happened? Come discuss this book, written by Mustafa Akyol, with other members of the religious books group beginning February 4, 2019, each Monday night at 7 p.m., through Monday, March 4.. This is a diverse group of folks who want to hear each other’s views. Come join us for lively discussions! For information or questions, contact Vivian Sellers (vpsellers@gmail.com). ———————————————————-
  • Spring Enjoyable Entertainment Events If you are interested in hosting an Enjoyable Event in the spring, please let me know. For those of you who may not be familiar with these events, a member hosts a gathering to share fun, food and fellowship, we sell tickets for others to attend the event and everyone has a good time while raising funds for our programs. Among events currently planned for the spring are a brunch, a St. Pat’s Party, and a tour and picnic at Sweet Olive Farm. Events take place February through May, and tickets will be sold in January. Forms to complete for hosting are on the Stepping Stones table. For more information contact Carol-Lee Baker at carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314. Enjoyable Events are a Fun and Fellowship activity. ————————————————————————————-
  • January 20: New 2019 Goddess Group Course The Goddess Group announces a new course/curriculum beginning January 20, 2019, “Awakening the Sheroes Within.” Based on the book, Awakening the Heroes Within, by Carol S. Pearson, the course will continue on third Sundays throughout 2019 and into the early months of 2020. We suggest that each participant have her own copy of the book, available locally or online from AvidBookshop.com, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. If your purchasing power is low, please let Myrna know as soon as possible so that you can reserve a copy from the Goddess Group’s limited supply. We will make a few copies available to purchase (at full or reduced price) or to borrow, if you prefer, from the Goddess Group.  The presenters would like for each participant to complete Part One and the “Heroic Myth Index” before the first session on January 20.  We can also send you a copy of the “Heroic Myth Index” via pdf, if you let us know.  However, we do recommend that you have access to a copy of the book because there will be reading assignments for each session. This course is open to all women of UUFA and the surrounding community. Please let Myrna (myrnaaw@bellsouth.net) know by January 13, 2019, if you are planning to attend so that we can be sure there are enough supplies and space. ———————————————————————————–  
  • January 20: Sanctuary Movement Team Interested in immigrant justice within the Athens community and ways you can help? Join us for the next gathering of the Sanctuary Movement Team on third Sunday of the month–January 20–beginning at noon-ish in the conference room, just off the Welcome Hall. To join the Sanctuary Movement Team listserv, first click the headline above and then click here or go to https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/uufa-sanctuary-movement-team/join. Need more information?  Contact Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com or 706.546.5237) or visit http://www.uua.org/immigration/witness/partners/newsanctuary. The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————-
  • January 17 and 18: Our Daily Bread Time and Talent Opportunity What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, January 17, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, January 18, from 11:30 to 1 to serve the meal. Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and a sack meal on the weekends. Annually, this program provides more than 60,000 nutritious meals with gracious hospitality to men, women, and children in need and offers a gateway to other transformational services. Partnering with more than 70 volunteer groups. Our Daily Bread in Athens has served meals seven days per week, 365 days per year since 1989. Questions? Contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–

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