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- Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – Fall 2019 Recently Shared In keeping with our experimental “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” procedure (click on the link for details), the following people asked to have their notes from a recent Sunday service shared with you. Notes from the last four weeks are posted. Sunday, October 13, 2019 Barbara Leissner’s sister has a terminal illness. Please keep her in your prayers and remember the family. Nancy MacNair thanks the anonymous donor of 174 diapers left recently for the Interfaith Sanctuary Committee to distribute. Lee Cornell had the opportunity to attend a facilitator’s training for OWL (Our Whole Lives human sexuality curriculum) for youth in 7-12th grade. He writes, “I am so glad I answered the call to minister to our community as a youth mentor. I feel so blessed!” Kelly Simonson shared that she and her boys LOVED the service on identities (September 29). Carter and Lennon very proudly showed the posters they made during the service at PRIDEfest. Lennon said “It doesn’t matter who you love, just that you are a human.” Penny Oldfather just returned from the 6th reunion of the Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) of Tulsa, OK, at All Souls Unitarian Church. “We have been close for more than 60 years and helped shape each other’s becoming. Thirty people sang their hearts out” Sunday, October 6, 2019 Sandie Storer shares a Sorrow that there are homeless in Athens, and a Joy, that many individuals and organizations serve their needs. John Olive and Deb Brenner visited John’s brother Martin who is suffering from dementia and a weak heart. He was basically unresponsive during their visit, but John believes Martin recognized him by placing John’s hand in his mouth. Sunday, September 29, 2019 Sharon Carty announced , “I’ve tried all my life to finish my education to become a psychologist. My joy is that I am now a junior at Arizona State University online. Thank you, Universe!” Sunday, September 22, 2019 Andy Case wishes to remember his friend, Joe Odom, “a kind, giving, caring soul who never missed a chance to help others in need and offer a laugh. While not a UU, he lived in Athens for 10+ years including as a police officer in Clarke County and fought and won a battle to ensure the officers in the 80s had gender and sexual orientation training. Namaste, Joe.” _____________________________________________________
- November 2: Living While Dying Film & Discussion Join Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen and John Muthe in a viewing and discussion about living with terminal illness. A discussion follows. Georgia health directives, living will forms, plus other information and handouts will be available. Meet in the Eskildsen Room at 10 am on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Questions? Contact Rev. Alison.
- November 10: Ethics of Eating Join guest speaker Judy Bradberry on Sunday, November 10, at noon and explore how food choices impact our health, the environment, and animals and learn how new technologies in food science are changing the way we eat! Participants will learn how each of us can make a difference in making this world a better place… one bite at a time. The presentation will last 90 minutes. Lunch before the presentation will be provided for participants by the Food Justice Team at UUFA, so registration is a must, and a minimum of 10 registrants is required. Please register by clicking here or at the Ways to Engage table. For further information, contact Vivian Sellers (firstname.lastname@example.org). ——————————————————————————————-
- Kroger Customers Alert! If you shop at Krogers and are not sure if you have chosen or renewed UUFA as your Community Rewards recipient, please check the very bottom of your next Kroger receipt. If it does NOT say the following: “At your request, Kroger is donating to UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST-ATHENS,” then you are NOT currently enrolled in the Community Rewards program OR you have designated another charity to receive donations. If you wish Kroger’s donations to go to the UUFA, then please go to your online Kroger account and go to the Community Tab to set UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST-ATHENS as your rewards recipient. If you have any questions about this please ask John Olive. He will be selling Grocery Cards for Publix and Earthfare on the first and second Sundays of each month after the service. ————————————————————————————-
- Bilingual? Help needed… click here for more info. from the Sanctuary Movement Team: If you are bilingual please consider volunteering at one of the public schools in town next week during their parent/teacher conferences. Many parents are in need of an interpreter, and volunteers are needed! Click here for a list of where and when volunteers are needed. ————————————————————————————–
- October 13: Join us for “We Laugh, We Cry”–Session 4 of the “Come, Come, Whoever You Are” Series Wanting to get to know folks here? Don’t know what’s going on? Let’s talk! This Sunday, October 13, at noon, Carol-Lee Baker–the Lay Minister for Fun and Fellowship– and Kelly Simonson–coordinator of the Small Group Ministry program–lead a conversation about the many ways UUFA supports folks in making connections with others while having fun. Ask questions, get answers! Childcare is available in the nursery from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for each session! For further information about this series, contact Vivian Sellers. ———————————————————————————–
- Have you registered in Realm yet!? Do it! (Click here for more information.) Set up your account and update your privacy settings in Realm. (Already done this? Skip down to review all your options in Realm.) Register: Click on the link in the invitation email to register. If you haven’t received an invitation email, contact Shaye in the office (email@example.com). NOTE: the email will come from firstname.lastname@example.org and have subject line of “Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens: Join our online community!” Search or check your spam folder if you don’t see it in your inbox. Change your privacy settings. After logging in, click on your name in the top right corner of the screen; then click on “Manage Privacy” from the drop-down menu. Choose “everyone” and click “SAVE” or contact Shaye in the office to change it for you. This allows your contact information to be shared with everyone in the online directory and group lists on Realm. Set up access on your smart phone! Click here for links to Realm Connect app or search in the ITunes or Google Play store. Install the app and sign in with your email and password. NOTE: All of your information is secure and only accessible by approved staff/volunteers, and your contact information and group affiliations can only be seen by other UUFA members and friends. The information should never be shared outside of UUFA and never used for solicitations of any kind. Realm Options (log in first at onrealm.org/UUFA). Finding Others in the UUFA community. There are several ways to find others in Realm. Search — Begin typing a name in the search bar at the top of the screen to the left of your name. You’ll see choices populate below the box. Choose the one you want. Very helpful if you only remember a first or last name! Online Directory (automatically updates when a new member/friend is added or someone updates their information) — On left menu bar, choose “Directory” to scroll through a list of members and friends. Click on a name to see other information about the person depending on the choices they’ve made in their own privacy settings. NOTE: Ideally, you will see the groups a person is in, their birthday, as well as basic contact information. Names without any information either haven’t claimed their account in Realm, or changed their privacy settings. 3. PDF Fellowship Directory and Care Ring Directories (these static files are only updated a couple of times per year) – Choose “Groups” from the left menu, click on the first group “Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens,” then click on the tab “Files”. These lists contain only basic contact information, but no group memberships or other personal information. NOTE: Any information on either the online or PDF files should never be shared outside of UUFA and never used for solicitations of any kind. Manage your pledge and online giving. Managing your giving is easy! Click on the “GIVING” tab on the left menu. Click on “+GIVE” to make a one-time gift online or set up recurring giving. Realm uses Vanco, a secure online payment processing center, to process your online gifts. When it’s time to pledge, click on “+PLEDGE” to enter your pledge. Contact Shaye in the office for assistance. ———————————————————————————-
- Community Announcements Communication Would you like to communicate information about an upcoming event in the Athens area that is not sponsored by UUFA? The top of the turquoise credenza in the Fellowship Hall (right below the monitor) is ready to receive your flyers. Want to see what is happening in the Athens area that is not sponsored by UUFA? Check out the top of the turquoise credenza in the Fellowship Hall (right below the monitor) for flyers. —————————————————————————————
- October 13: Film Fans It’s time for fans of films to gather this Sunday, October 13, for a movie outing. We’ll see Judy at Beechwood Theater showing at 4:15. We’ll meet in the lobby about 4:00. Feel free to join us, and we’ll see you there. For more information about Film Fans, contact Carol-Lee Baker at email@example.com or 706-483-2314. —————————————————————————————
- October 16: Create Climate Justice Webinar You are invited to participate in the What’s Next Webinar planned for October 16. Click here to read more. Create Climate Justice is a joint campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE). —————————————————————————————–
- October 22: Get Your Skate On As part of the UUFA PARES (Partnership with Alps Road Elementary School) initiative, please join us on Tuesday, October 22. ———————————————————————————
- October 19: IG Film Coco, Soup Potluck and Campfire Everyone is invited to join us on Saturday, October 19 at 4:00 in the Eskildsen room for our IG Film Series – we’ll start the Pixar animated film Coco at 4:15. Coco is a wonderful story about a young boy who is searching for the truth (about himself and about his family) – it is set in Mexico on the Day of the Dead (end of October) and if you haven’t seen this beautiful film, I highly recommend it! It is a treat for the eyes, ears and heart! We will enjoy popcorn during the movie and afterwards folks are invited to stay for a Soup Potluck (please RSVP here) and a community bonfire. If you can’t make it to the movie, you are still welcome to join us for the potluck and bonfire on the back lawn (or just come for the film). Photo Credit: Disney Pixar ————————————————————————————–
- October 20: Green Sanctuary Team Meeting The Green Sanctuary Team will meet on Sunday, October 20, at 12 p.m. on the patio off of the Fellowship Hall to discuss our ongoing projects, which include composting at UUFA, restoring our UUFA natural habitat, and working toward climate justice by increasing our use of sustainable electricity. Join the team if you want to help or have a green passion of your own. For more information, contact Liz Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org. ————————————————————————————
- Seeking your WONDER-full stories Call for stories! DRE Kelli McConnell is looking for a few adult or teen storytellers to share a story with the congregation about when, as a young person, they were filled with wonder (awe, disbelief, magic, bewilderment, fascination, surprise) for the October 20 service. If this strikes a chord, please contact Kelli at email@example.com. ———————————————————————————–
- October 20 Forum: Redistricting in Georgia: A Short Course on Gerrymandering You are invited to attend the October 20 Forum entitled “Redistricting in Georgia: A Short Course in Gerrymandering.” In the nonpartisan presentation by Peggy Perkins and Bob Covi, the following key questions will be addressed: – What is redistricting and how does it affect our elections? – What is gerrymandering and why is it a problem? – What can we do about gerrymandering? And where do we start? Highlighted is The Democracy Act, state legislation proposing an independent redistricting commission, to be re-introduced in the Georgia 2020 session. The Forum is from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room. ————————————————————————————
- October 13 Forum: ACC Chief of Police Cleveland Spruill Join Cleveland Spruill, the ACC Chief of Police, as he shares his vision for his role in this position at the October 13 Forum, held from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room. ——————————————————————————
- October 25: Homebrew Hymn Sing! (Click to RSVP online!) On Friday, October 25, from 7-9 p.m. at UUFA, come sing a song with me! Gather with fellow beer enthusiasts for a fun evening of beer tasting and singing of a few of our favorite hymns. We will taste a few brews, many brewed at home by members of the Athens League of Extraordinary Zymurgists (ALEZ for short), and between beers, we will sing hymns from our UU hymnals, no doubt better and better as the evening progresses. Non-alcoholic beverages, beer samples (for those 21+, bring your photo ID), and light palate cleanser snacks will be available. All proceeds benefit the UUFA Expanding Our Vision Capital Campaign for our beautiful upgraded building. Suggested donation $10-20, as your budget allows. Checks should be made out directly to UUFA with “Homebrew Hymn Sing” on the memo line or cash at the door. Contact Pinkie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. Click here to RSVP in advance. We want to make sure there are enough samples for everyone! ————————————————————————————-
- October 13: Book Talks Discusses “Monkey” by Arthur Waley Book Talks is an informal group that meets the second Sunday of the month after the service to discuss books selected by the members. While reading the monthly selection ahead of time is desirable, don’t stay away if you haven’t finished the book or haven’t read it at all. Your comments are always welcomed. For a complete list of all the books chosen for this program year, go to https://www.uuathensga.org/book-talks/. If you want lunch, bring your own brown bag. If you have any questions, call Clarissa Finco (706-543-6064) or email email@example.com. October 13, 2019, Monkey by Arthur Waley This is an abridged translation of a sixteenth-century Chinese novel, Buddha send a young pilgrim on a quest for sacred scriptures to enlighten the Chinese people. Along the way, Tripitaka, the pilgrim, frees the Monkey King and helps liberate a captive princess. ————————————————————————————–
- RSVP now! October 23: Virginia Carver’s 90th Birthday Party! UUFA friends are invited to join in the celebration of Virginia Carver’s 90th birthday party on Wednesday, October 23 from 4:30-7 p.m.in the Fellowship Hall. RSVP by October 14 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 706-543-6881. ————————————————————————————-
- October 26: Crafting a Personal Symbology Are you one of the folks who feels disconnected from existing and recognized forms of spirituality? Do you feel like no existing religious symbol quite captures/represents/conveys your beliefs/spirituality? Create your own symbol, perhaps unique! For youth and adults. This workshop will be led by Morgan Henry on Saturday, October 26, from 1-3 p.m. Registration is available at the Ways to Engage table. For more information, please contact Morgan. ——————————————————————————
- October 17 and 18: Our Daily Bread What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, October 17, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, October 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to serve the meal at First Baptist Church. Our Daily Bread Community Kitchen serves breakfast and lunch Monday through 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. To sign up to serve and/or to cook in October, contact David Jarrett (email@example.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–
- Christmas Angel 2019 Can you be a Christmas Angel? UUFA will again participate in the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) gift program for needy children. Each holiday season many children in foster care receive few, if any, gifts over the holidays. Due to the generosity of its members and friends, UUFA has successfully participated in this program for over 20 years. The Social Action Committee is taking the lead this year in UUFA’s participation in the Christmas Angel Project. Please click here (or go to https://goo.gl/forms/ymrf6SdmskEPIcO33) by October 27 if you would like to sponsor a child or children. Please note that special requests such as for the age or gender of the child(ren) cannot be accommodated. The deadline to deliver gifts to UUFA is Sunday, December 1. Please make sure the name tag you are given for your child is clearly affixed to the gift bag. For further information, contact Connie Bruce (firstname.lastname@example.org or 706.254.7822). The Christmas Angel Project is being sponsored by UUFA’s Social Action Committee, a part of the Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————–
- Forum Folks Opportunities if you would like to be part of the Forum Folks, please contact one of the current Forum Folks: Kate Blane (email@example.com), Gary Crider (firstname.lastname@example.org), David Jarrett (email@example.com), Karen Solheim (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Forum Folks always appreciate ideas for Forum speakers or topics and are looking for folks to take lead of Forum Sundays by introducing the speaker (from a prepared biography) and setting up any needed technology. Forums are currently held the second and third Sundays of each month (September through May) from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room ————————————————————————————
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