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  • February 2: Quarterly Connections: Be in the Know!? Saturday, February 2, 2019, is the next Quarter Connections. You are invited to 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). ————————————————————————————-
  • Time and Talent as a PARES Tutor? At present, seven UUFA members and friends are tutoring, and two members are beginning at Robotics Club at Alps Road Elementary School; however, individuals are always needed to assist with tutoring. Interested in tutoring? 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! ——————————————————————————————
  • Side with Love: Honoring the Strategic Action of the Collective 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 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. —————————————————————————————–  
  • February 6: Dinner Sponsored by FREE Please join us for dinner sponsored by FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating) on Wednesday February 6,  at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. The theme this year are bowls – grains, vegetables protein, and sauces.   Suggested donation for dinner is $5-10 (wine is extra). The dinners are fundraisers for buying farmer market tokens for low income families, buying food extras for the Our Daily Bread meal, hosting Enjoyable Entertainment Events, and supporting Sweet Olive Animal Sanctuary. To RSVP for planning purposes or for questions, contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). FREE is part of the Justice Cluster. ————————————————————————————–
  • February 5: Worship Arts Committee (WAC) – Would you like to have input into what happens during worship services on Sunday? – Is there a topic you would like someone to address during a service? – Are you interested in helping plan worship services or in assisting with some of the parts of a worship service? If your answer is “yes” to any of the above or if you have other questions about worship, please attend the next meeting of the Worship Arts Committee (WAC) on Tuesday, February 5, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend a meeting, whether you want to observe, give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship services. You do not have to join WAC although this committee always welcomes new members. For further information, contact Lee Cornell, Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts (uufa.lee@gmail.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 3: Social Action Committee (SAC) Be the change you want to see in the world. You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Social Action Committee (SAC) Sunday, February 3, beginning at noon in conference room. Can’t attend?  If you would like to know what transpires in the UUFA SAC, join the SAC listerv here: http://lists.uuathensga.org/listinfo.cgi/social_action-uuathensga.org This listserv will let you know what transpires not only in the UUFA SAC but also in the local Athens area in terms of social action. Everyone is encouraged to sign up! FYI–SAC meetings are usually held the first Sunday of the month. For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————–
  • February 12: Second Lookers Second Lookers will meet Tuesday, February 12, at noon in the Conference Room.  Bring a brown bag lunch.  We’ll be making Valentines to send to members of the Fellowship. Second Lookers (second Tuesday each month at noon) is a chance for men and women who have retired from jobs but most certainly not from life! We are interested and interesting older members of the Fellowship who gather to catch up with each other over brown bag lunches and coffee followed by either a guest speaker or other program. For more information, contact Hester Meyers (706-548-4182, rhmeyers@uga.edu). ——————————————————————————-  
  • February 15: 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). —————————————————————————–
  • 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). ——————————————————————————————
  • 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). ——————————————————————————-
  • 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. —————————————————————————-
  • 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. —————————————————————————————–
  • 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. ———————————————————————————–
  • 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. ———————————————————————————–  

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