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  • February 9: Carver Cards Are Coming! One-of-a-kind collage cards by UUFA member Virginia Carver will be for sale on Sunday, February 9. All proceeds will be used to purchase food items for the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank. ———————————————————————————-
  • Joys, Sorrows, Milestones – Winter 2019-2020 Recently Shared In keeping with our “Sharing Our Joys, Sorrows, and Milestones” procedure (click on the blue 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, January 19, 2020 Myrna Adams West had outpatient bladder surgery last week. Herb reports she is home, feeling better, but recovering slowly.   Sunday, January 12, 2020 Deb Brenner says, “I’m excited about being in the upcoming performance of the Polliwog Prince next weekend (Jan. 17-19) in Sign Language…And voice for the Sign Language impaired. So many of you say you’ll be coming and I’m thrilled! I’m havinga blast in this fun show.” See Deb for more info. Sunday, January 5, 2020 Leigh Harvey celebrates her 50th birthday today and is glad to be here at UUFA. June Warfield shared that her “grand-dog, CK, crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Friday evening. He had been going downhill since summer and it was time to let him go. Also, we brought our grandson back to Ft. Gordon after his holiday break. We are grateful he will be going to Korea and not the Middle East, but even Korea is scary.” writes, “A few weeks ago I shared that my brother Dick Bishop was terminally ill. He died on December 18th, a few days after celebrating an early Christmas with his family.” John Olive let us know “My brother Martin, who is suffering from dementia in a nursing home in England, has a chest infection that he may not recover from. He has been in hospital several times this holiday. Please send healing thoughts to him.”   Sunday, December 29, 2019 Barbara Schell shared that her brother-in-law, Dan, John’s last remaining brother, died the weekend before Christmas. She and John will travel to Kansas City in January for his memorial service. John Olive and Deb Brenner celebrated the holidays with their whole family–Nathan, Lotta, Meja and Astrid from Sweden, and their daughter, Jaime, from Denver. Sharon Elaine Carty writes, “My intention to be a full-time university student has changed because of too much focus on computer use. I will now focus my energy on Eastern Philosophy, Spiritual Life Coaching practice and teaching.”   Sunday, December 22, 2019 Anonymous shared their celebration of 9 years recovery “from a hopeless state of mind & body” now 9 years sober and clean. “Thank you for supporting the recovery community at UUFA by hosting AA meetings.” Nancy MacNair shared that Jo Beth Allen of U-Lead sent UUFA a card thanking us for our advocacy for immigrant rights, “the incredible gift of diapers” and UUFA’s support of U-Lead, SIFIC, and AIRC. Jo Beth wrote, “Your congregations is amazing!” ___________________________________________________
  • Anti-Racist Practice for Immigrant Solidarity Do you want to join people of faith and conscience from across the U.S. in taking action and practicing reflection? Are you seeking ways to offer grounded solidarity without reproducing oppressive practices? Have you ever gone to an immigration (ICE) check-in or court to support a person at risk of deportation? Is your congregation part of the New Sanctuary Movement, or talking about joining? If you answered yes to any of those questions, join our e-course, Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves: Anti-Racist Practice for Sanctuary, Accompaniment, and Resistance. This free interactive e-course will meet monthly and support groups in learning, reflecting, and acting for social change. You are welcome to join as an individual, but particularly encouraged to register as a group with a team of people working together on these issues. This program is a collaboration of the American Friends Service Committee’s Friends Relations office, the UUA and UUSC’s Love Resists campaign, Church World Service, and Freedom for Immigrants, formerly CIVIC. —————————————————————————————
  • February 22: UUFA Trip to Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights (Click here for info and to register!) You are invited to attend the UUFA trip to Atlanta on Saturday, February 22, 2020, to visit Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights.  We’ll carpool from UUFA, leaving at 9:30 a.m., arriving back at UUFA around 4 p.m. Please bring a sack lunch. Cost is $22 per person to be paid by the end of January (includes ticket, plus parking and gas for those who drive extra people). If you cannot go with the group, tickets are valid for six months from the date of purchase. Click here to register. For further information or to RSVP, contact Connie Bruce (706-254-7822 or connie.l.bruce@gmail.com). This event is being sponsored by the UUFA Racial Justice Team. ———————————————————————————  
  • January 26: Food Justice Team Do you eat?  If so, you are invited to attend the next meeting of the Food Justice Team on Sunday, January 26, beginning at noon in the Conference Room. Grab your Fourth Sunday lunch and join in discussing programs and initiatives for 2020 including the Beef-Free Zone invitation and the showing of Cowspiracy. For further information, contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). ———————————————————————————-
  • January 25: Athens Social Justice Symposium You are invited to attend the Athens Social Justice Symposium at UUFA on Saturday, January 25, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Hosted by the UGA School of Social Work, this symposium is free. For more information, click here. To register, click here. —————————————————————————————–
  • Thank You for Your generosity! We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the holiday gift in December. Your generosity brightened our spirits and warmed our hearts! ~  Amber, Erin, Kelli, Marcus, Neil, Nora, Pam, and Shaye ————————————————————————————
  • New Tai Chi Class Beginning February 4 Tai Chi Flow and Forms, an introduction to the 24 Form, will be held Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. for six weeks beginning February 4, and continuing thru March 10, 2020. Suggested donation: $30 for all 6 weeks, with all monies going to UUFA. Tai Chi helps build strength, improves balance, and reminds us to be more mindful. The first half of class will be Tai Chi Flow, which is what many of you who have been to Jackie Pierson’s  lasses are familiar with:  just follow along with Jackie and do some Tai Chi and Qigong moves set to music, and Bill Pierson might even play. During the second half of class, we will work on some Tai Chi principles. We’ll do some Tai Chi walking and work on some of the moves that are included in the 24 Form. This class is open to people of all ages, whether you have done Tai Chi before or not. For more information please contact Jackie Pierson  (birdfeathr@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————
  • Faithify for UU Youth! Please help us support our own UUFA Youth, Josie Green, as well as other UU Youth for the International Youth Pilgrimage! Did you know the US and Canadian Unitarian Universalism is just one thread of a diverse tapestry of liberal faith present all across the globe? Our own Josie Green will be participating in a youth pilgrimage to Transylvania in July 2020. Teens from North America will not only encounter the sites of Unitarianism’s founding from the 1500s, but they will also worship and connect with Transylvanian Unitarian teens in Romania at their annual youth camp. If you are able, please donate to our Faithfy campaign to make this opportunity financially viable for all the North American teens participating. You may be funding the future of our global faith. Go to this site to contribute – https://faithify.org/projects/international-youth-pilgrimage/?fbclid=IwAR2gUz4t8Sb9iOkVBEU1STtMmKl9goCeRMP3mfVtSU2zCSqIYao1Ra2DI1g ————————————————————————————  
  • February 9: “Come, Come, Whoever You Are!” Join UUFA members for the next series of “Come, Come Whoever You Are” sessions, beginning Sunday, February 9, continuing for 7 weeks each Sunday at 12 noon in the Heritage Room. Meet new people and get to know the UU Fellowship better by attending one, some, or all of the following sessions: February 9: “Where Do We Come From?” (Learn about UU history, principles & purposes) February 16: “Here We Are Gathered” (What we do when we gather on Sunday morning) February 23: “Wake Now My Senses” (How we do religious exploration) March 1: “We Laugh, We Cry” (How we get to know one another and make connections) March 8: “Building a New Way” (How we make the world a better place for all to live) March 15: ”Filled with Loving Kindness” (How we take care of one another) March 22: “Gathered Here” (What it means to be a member and how we organize UUFA) Please look for another brochure about this series of discussions on the Ways to Engage table for more information or go to https://www.uuathensga.org/fellowship/ membership-info/come-whoever-you-are/. For more information about this program, contact Vivian Sellers at vpsellers@gmail.com. ————————————————————————————-
  • February 16: Got Questions about the UUA General Assembly? What’s General Assembly (GA)? Join Rev. Alison and Michelle Leebens-Mack on Sunday, February 16, for an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about whether attending General Assembly is for you. This year, GA will be held in Providence, Rhode Island. We’ll meet in the Sanctuary after the service. For more information from the UU Association, follow this link: https://www.uua.org/ga ______________________________________
  • January 26: Fourth Sunday Lunch — Men Cook! The men of UUFA will host Fourth Sunday lunch following the service on January 26.  Everyone is invited to attend this annual event when the men show their culinary skills and delight our palates!  Men,  we still need several main dishes, a couple of side dishes and several desserts.  We also need some additional hands for set up and clean up.  Please contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com) to contribute a dish and to offer help that day. Responses help us to plan for the correct amount of food. Thanks! ————————————————————————————-
  • Read about UU the Vote 2020   The UUA’s non-partisan faith initiative, created in partnership with broader justice movements, is designed to engage our neighbors, educate our communities, mobilize voters, and rally around key ballot initiatives. Join with your UU community to create a future defined by love, justice, and faith.    ——————————————————————————–
  • January 26: Welcoming Congregation Team You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Welcoming Congregation Team on Sunday, January 26, from 5-6 p.m. The Welcoming Congregation Team serves to help UUFA to complete the renewal of our Welcoming Congregation recognition annually through education, advocacy, and action related to LGBT/TGQNB issues. This meeting will focus on activity planning for the 2020 calendar year. For more information about the UUA Welcoming Congregation renewal, click here. For more information, look for the Welcoming Congregation Team group in Ream (onrealm.org/uufa) or email uufa.lee@gmail.com. Stay for the Alphabet Family Gathering thereafter. ————————————————————————————–
  • Play UUFA Bingo! Now through February 19 Make Connections! Get Engaged! Stay Active! Between January 5 and February 19, we offer you an opportunity to get engaged in the life of the Fellowship by playing UUFA Bingo. Anyone can play! We have UUFA Bingo cards for adults and cards for kids (youth can choose which they would like to play). The cards list a variety of activities you can consider such as the following: Invite a friend to Sunday service Discuss questions printed in Sunday’s bulletin Help set up for an upcoming Coffee House Concert Sign up to be a Mystery Friend Attend a community justice event While you play, your card will be posted on the Fellowship Hall windows. As you complete an item, you can stamp the square to show it was done. We’ll have little prizes for completing rows or entire cards! We hope you will participate–the all-Fellowship theme for January. It’s a great way for you to meet people, contribute to the Fellowship, or make an impact on the wider community. If you have questions, please ask any Lay Minister (Carol-Lee Baker for Fun and Fellowship, Lee Cornell for Religious Exploration, or Iva King for Justice) or Rev. Alison, Music Director Amber Fetner, or Religious Exploration Director Kelli McConnell. _________________________________________________
  • Spiritual Exploration and Practices Group Cleta Rudolph and Kathy Mason have studied broadly in the area of spiritual traditions and meditation practices to support their spiritual journeys.  They are seeking like-minded travelers to study and share ways to engage spiritually in their daily lives.  Specifically, like-minded travelers who will have studied and applied meditation practices as well as direct method approaches to spiritual development from East and West wisdom traditions.  The group will draw from various books, such as The Untethered Soul, websites, and Rupert Spira works from the UUMystics.org site. If interested, contact either Cleta Rudolph (614-390-2122 or cjrrpr@sbcglobal.net} or Kathy Mason (678-661-0394 or kkmason@aol.com).   The groups plans to meeting weekly Thursday afternoons at UUFA.   ________________________________________________
  • February 1: OWL Help Opportunity UUFA is offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality educational course for 7th-9th graders this spring. We need help supporting the OWL team to provide this opportunity. On Saturday, February 1, there is a need for individuals to bring food items and for adult volunteers to supervise during snacks and meals for a couple of hours. Please help make this course possible by signing up at the following link:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F44A4AF2CAAFB6-owlsupport. For further information, contact Melanie Hennings (melaniehennings@gmail.com). For more information about Our Whole LIves (OWL), go to www.uua.org/re/owl. —————————————————————————————-  
  • Join a Small Group! (Click here for the link to sign up online!) Become closer with a small group of members, Dive deep into meaningful conversations, Deepen your spirituality Registration for Small Group Ministry (SGM) program is open until January 31.  Please click here to sign up. ——————————————————————————  
  • Silk Floral Banner Missing In Search Of… …The royal blue silk floral wall hanging that for many years was displayed on the curved wall behind the piano. It was removed during the renovation of the sanctuary and seems to be unaccounted for. If you have any information pertaining to this wall hanging, please contact Kate Blane.   ______________________________________________
  • Our January Spotlight Volunteer of the Month Our January 2020 Spotlight Volunteer of the Month for coordinating the Fellowship’s bus trip to Montgomery, Alabama, last March is Ange Kahn. Participants visited the Legacy Museum and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and were very moved by the experience. The idea for the day trip blossomed from the Social Action Committee. Thank you, Ange, for all you do for this Fellowship. —————————————————————————————  
  • New Procedure for 2020-21 Causes of the Month In determining 2020-21 Causes of the Month, the UUFA Social Action Committee (SAC) is inviting the members of the congregation to choose the organizations that will receive Cause of the Month funding through a two-step process. First, any member may nominate a Cause of the Month (limit one per member).  Nominations will open on February 1, 2020, and close February 20. Second, UUFA members will then vote on the nominations on Sunday, March 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Eskildsen Room. Advance voting by paper ballot or online also will be available from March 19 until noon March 28, 2020. For further information, contact Deb Brenner (dbrennercbrenner@gmail.com) ————————————————————————————
  • Possible New Year’s Resolution 2020:  UUFA, a Beef-Free Zone?! Members of the UUFA Justice Cluster invites you to participate in UUFA’s being a beef-free zone beginning January 1, 2020. As you consider bringing food for any event at UUFA, could you consider not including beef?   Why you may ask? Every week during the month of January, the weekly announcements will contain an answer to this question. Stay tuned. ————————————————————————————-
  • January 20: UUFA Participates in Athens MLK Day of Service The Social Action Committee encourages UUFA members and friends to sign up now to participate on January 20 in one of two Athens MLK Day of Service projects: Historic Brooklyn Cemetery Clean-Up and Beautification Athens Area Homeless Shelter Indoor and Outdoor Workday Click on each project above to receive more information and to register to participate. All volunteers are encouraged to attend our Kickoff Celebration on the morning of the Day of Service. The Kickoff Event will be held at Clarke Central High School on Monday, January 20, 2020, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The school is located at 350 S. Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605. The first 300 registered volunteers will receive free t-shirts, and a light breakfast will be served. Participants will hear from several speakers before heading out to their work sites around 9:30. Click here for more information about the Athens MLK Day of Service. You are invited to wear a UUFA or Side with Love t-shirt. For more information, contact Karen Solheim (uufa.karensolheim@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————  

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