weaving the threads of community

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committee on shared ministry

  • 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). ——————————————————————————————

spiritual arts

  • January 12: Community Choir with Jason Shelton Join in on Saturday, January 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall as we learn the piece by Jason Shelton (with Jason Shelton!) commissioned for our building re-dedication (which will be held on January 13). All are welcome to come sing! For further information, contact Amber Fetner (musicdirector@uuathensga.org). —————————————————————————————-
  • 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). ————————————————————————————
  • January 8: Share Your Time and Talent with the Worship Arts Committee – 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, January 8, at 5:30 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). —————————————————————————————
  • 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. ———————————————————————————–  
  • Discover a New Practice for the New Year! Spiritual Practice, in whatever form, transcends self and allows one to explore beyond self or deeper within self. It frees the mind to commune with that which cannot be named or spoken and allows the spirit to grow both inwardly and outwardly, reaching for whatever the individual considers to be that which is greater than self. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, GA, will offer a variety of Spiritual Practices on Sunday mornings beginning January 2019. These Spiritual Practice Groups will gather before the worship service to explore and practice together. Writing as Spiritual Practice, facilitated by Myrna Adams West, will meet on the first Sunday of the month at 9:15 am in the Sofa/Couch Room to explore the monthly worship theme through various written genres. Myrna will provide prompts for thinking and/or writing about the theme and the group will provide safe space for sharing written or spoken thoughts. For more information, visit the Writing as Spiritual Practice webpage at https://www.uuathensga.org/education/adult-education/writing-as-spiritual-practice/. To be added to the email list, contact Myrna at myrnaaw@bellsouth.net. Visual Art as a Spiritual Practice, facilitated by various UUFA members and friends, will meet on the second Sunday of the month at 9:15 am in the Ocean Room to explore nature, community, self, and the divine through the creative experience of calligraphy, photography, design, and other visual art forms. To be added to the email list or if you have a visual art talent you wish to share, contact Lee Cornell at spiritualarts@uuathensga.org. Singing Meditation, On the third Sunday of the month in the Universe/Youth Room, experience singing as a spiritual practice. We will sing simple chants and let the sounds linger into silence.  No musical experience or talent is required.  Find your voice and explore the joys of singing together. To be added to the list, e-mail Amber Fetner, musicdirector@uuathensga.org. Dance as a Spiritual Practice, facilitated by Leigh Harvey, will meet on the fourth Sunday of the month in the Multipurpose Room. Join us as we channel creativity to apply movement to some of our hymns and chants. ——————————————————————————-


  • Caring Card Corner On Sunday morning during Joys and Sorrows, do you ever think, I really want to send a card to ….but then somehow you never manage to get that card to the mailbox? We have put together a box that contains everything you need to get a card ready to drop in the mailbox. This box which contains cards, pens, postage stamps and a member directory, will be on a card table in the Fellowship Hall every Sunday. Then we will mail the cards on Monday. Please visit this table to write a card to let a fellow member know that you care. ——————————————————————————

lifespan religious exploration

  • UUA 2018-19 Common Read Discussions–Save the Dates! You are invited to attend the discussion of the UUA 2018-19 Common Read:  Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment.   Sunday, March 24, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and/or Tuesday, March 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m.   Click here to sign up and/or to reserve a copy of the book. For further information, contact Kate Blane (raya_mead@yahoo.com). ————————————————————————————
  • January 13: The Forum Returns with Mayor Matters On Sunday, January 13, join Athens-Clarke County Mayor Kelly Girtz as he shares his thoughts about his priorities as he begins his term of office. Join us in the Multipurpose Room from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Beginning Sunday, January 13, Forums will once again be held on second and third Sundays. ————————————————————————————-  
  • 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. ——————————————————————————
  • 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. —————————————————————————————–
  • 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). ———————————————————-


  • 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. —————————————————————————————–

  • Third Thursdays: Membership Team Meetings Friendly Faces to 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 (leebensmack@gmail.com or , 706-410-6454). ————————————————————————————
  • 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). —————————————————————————–

  • 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). ——————————————————————————-
  • 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 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 12: UUFA Dance Party! Join us for an all ages dance and karaoke party. There will be music from across the decades, light refreshments will be available with casual seating for fellowship, and an entertainment space will be setup for young and old alike with games and movies for those needing a break from dancing and noise. January 12th, 6:30-9:30 in the Welcome Hall, Fellowship Hall, and Multipurpose Room. Please contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com) or Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com) if you can help with setup, cleanup, or provide refreshments. ————————————————————————————–    
  • January 13: Time and Talent Opportunity We’re celebrating completion of our expansion project.  On January 13, we will have a celebratory service followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. Food contributions would be very welcome. We need sweets, savories, and snacks.  We could also benefit from two additional people to help clean up in the kitchen that day. If you can help in any way and have not signed up already, please contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————–
  • UUFA Film Fans Going to the Movies This Sunday! Film Fans will be viewing Vice at Beechwood Cinemas on Sunday, January 13, at 6:45 p.m., meeting in the lobby about 6:30 p.m.  You are welcome to join us for the movie. If you would like to attend or if you’d like to have your name added to the contact list for future Film Fans events, please contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee45@yahoo.com or 706-483-2314). Film Fans is a Fun and Fellowship activity. ———————————————————————————–
  • UUFA People’s Lunch All are invited to the People’s Lunch Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Jason’s Deli. Please join us! ——————————————————————————
  • January 8 Second Lookers For the January 8 Second Lookers meeting at UUFA, Ann Gagner who is the Outreach specialist for Talking Books, a service offered by the Library of Congress, will speak about the program. 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). ——————————————————————————-    
  • January 1: Scrabble with the Rabble On New Year’s Day, the UUFA Scrabble Group welcomes any interested parties to get together for an afternoon of Food, Fellowship, and Fun (and without Football!) Potluck at 1:00 pm followed by playing Scrabble (mostly) but maybe other games if you wish to bring them!  Please email Kathy Larson at kathylyndall@gmail.com to give a heads up on numbers and what you’d like to share for the meal.  Friends and neighbors are welcome to come along! For further information, contact Kathy Larson (kathylyndall@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————–  

expanding our vision

  • 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. ———————————————————————————————
  • EOV Update: Chairs – Acoustics – Volunteers – Hurrah! Our bright new sanctuary chairs arrived Wednesday, January 2.  A crew of volunteers helped move them from a tractor trailer into the sanctuary, unpack them, and get them set up!!  Most of the chairs are in the sanctuary; some are in the conference room and multipurpose room. The old teal sanctuary chairs and the blue conference room chairs are being advertised for sale.  If no buyer takes them next week, they will be stored offsite until a buyer is found. On Saturday, December 29, a crew of volunteers worked on constructing acoustical panels for the sanctuary.  They will work on this project again Friday, January 4.  We hope to have them hung before our January 13 dedication service.  If needed, additional acoustic treatments may be added later. Volunteers also painted over the “pepto bismol” pink in the womens’ restroom.  It is now “paper lantern” to match the RE hall walls.  Many thanks to the volunteers who helped with these projects!! Check out the pictures. There are just a few landscaping and parking area items, and finishing interior touches such as the art-hanging system, remaining to be completed.  The Expansion of our Vision is almost complete! For more information, contact Iva King (ivaking@bellsouth.net) or Herb West (herbwest48@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 11: Justice Partner Opportunity The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team invites you to participate in a Cars Caravan sponsored by Dignidad Inmigrante En Athens–the February 2019 Cause of the Month– on Friday, January 11, beginning at 4 p.m. to raise awareness about no more arrests for driving without a license. For more information, click here. ————————————————————————————  
  • January 13: Green Sanctuary Team The Green Sanctuary Team is meeting January 13 after the service (12:15) in the Ocean Room at UUFA. The agenda will focus on upcoming events and beyond. The Green Sanctuary Team welcomes UUFA members and friends who care about living sustainably, want to learn more about the environment, seek worship and celebration of our natural world, and work toward environmental justice.  In other words, if you love to hike in the woods, plant a garden, eat vegan foods, buy fair trade products, shop local farmers markets, recycle everything you can, understand climate change, meditate at the beach, listen to the wind in the trees, discover better composting methods, and/or share your knowledge with others, the Green Sanctuary Team needs you! Let us hear your voice. There will be chocolate and gluten-free vegan cookies, too! Contact Dan Everett (drdan.everett@gmail.com), Larry Dendy (ldendy@uga.edu), and or Elizabeth Weaver (ejsweaver@gmail.com) for more information. The Green Sanctuary 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. ——————————————————————————–
  • 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 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 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! ——————————————————————————————-
  • 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. —————————————————————————————–  
  • 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). ———————————————————————————–
  • January 6: 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, January 6, 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. —————————————————————————–
  • January 9: Dinner Sponsored by FREE Please join us for dinner sponsored by FREE (Food Responsibility and Enjoyable Eating) on Wednesday January 9,  at 6:30 pm 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. ————————————————————————————–
  • Justice Partner Opportunities     Click here to read the latest from the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement, a UUFA Justice Partner.       ————————————————————————————
  • 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. ————————————————————————————–  
  • UUFA Diaper Driver–Thank You and Diapers Needed for 2019 The UUFA Sanctuary Movement Team (SMT) sponsored four diaper drives in 2018. Many thanks to all who contributed! However, the need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so the Diaper Drive continues in 2019. All sizes are needed. Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket. Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————-


  • Secretary Get On Board, January 8, 2019 At its January 8, 2019 meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following. The Board discussed reflections on the Ministry Council/Board retreat; goals accomplished in 2018/19 and still to be done; Congregational participation and communication about the future of UUFA; upcoming “Expanding Our Opportunities” small group discussions for all the Congregation in January. Actions approved were a policy on large capital purchase decision procedures; extension of thanks and appreciation to everyone who participated in the Expanding Our Vision (EOV) building project; gifts of a weekend getaway to Iva King and to Herb West for their extraordinary service to the EOV project. These reports were accepted and discussed as necessary: Minister’s Report (verbal); Expanding Our Vision Report; Treasurer’s Report; Building & Grounds Maintenance Tasks and Responsibilities throughout the year. Future agenda items are: diversity training, and consideration of policies and education related to social media. Events in January and February: — “Expanding Our Opportunities” discussion groups about the future of UUFA — choose among several dates/times on Fellowship Hall sign-up sheets or at the UUFA website — UUFA Grand Opening Celebration of Community, Saturday, 1/19/2019, 3:30 p.m. — MLK Ecumenical Service, Sunday, 1/20/2019, 5:00 p.m., Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Athens — Quarterly Connections, Saturday, 2/2/2019, 9:00-12:00 noon To read the adopted December 11, 2018, Board minutes, please click here. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, February 12, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to attend this meeting; please share any comments you have with any Board member. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Teskey, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees ———————————————————————————–
  • 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). —————————————————————————————
  • Board of Trustees Mid-Year Report At our joint Board/Ministry Council annual retreat last January, we identified four broad congregational goal areas for 2018 – 2019: Family ministry, intergenerational connections Building relationships between UUFA and the greater Athens community Communications: building trust, making sure all voices are heard Discernment and engagement: have structured deep conversations across the Congregation The Board revisited these goal areas in August and created specific objectives for ourselves as this program year began. Now, six months later, it is worth thinking about how much progress we have made. Here, then, is our mid-year report. 1.  So far, the focus of the Board’s work on the goal of intergenerational ministry has been supporting the RE program. We hired Kelli McConnell as our new DRE, which required an expanded budget. We added to the EOV project to install new flooring in the Hoffman RE Wing, paint the walls and doors, and resurface and paint the ceiling. We added an expanded youth room to the project. The playground has been redone and the patio and new doors from the Fellowship Hall were late additions to the project as well. In our current follow-on campaign to raise an additional $36,000, projects to further support RE are prominent. We hope to redo three RE classrooms and install a safer and more attractive architectural fence around the playground. 2.  Initiatives to build better community relationships within the board’s purview mostly concern use of our building. Throughout the Expanding Our Vision project, we have emphasized that increased and renovated space will allow us to more effectively live our values. Our Social Action Committee and other UUFA groups can meet and plan without the vexing space conflicts previously faced. Community groups can be invited to meet at the Fellowship because we have more space. We negotiated an arrangement with Congregation Children of Israel to hold their services at the Fellowship for the next eight months while their building project is underway. Other community organizations have asked to use spaces for meetings and events. Our revised rental and space utilization policies will continue to encourage groups to come into UUFA. 3. Better communications within our Fellowship and with the wider community is an ongoing challenge. We instituted monthly “Get on Board” columns in Tapestry this year and we are increasingly mindful about the importance of regularly posting our meeting minutes promptly. We still have work to do on the uuathensga.org web pages dedicated to the Board’s activities. 4. The Board partnered with the Committee on Shared Ministry to undertake a planning and discernment process. A questionnaire that explores the fundamental areas of value within the Fellowship went out in December to all members and friends. Responses will be tallied and then small discussion groups will be formed this winter and spring. We want to ensure that every voice is heard. This process will inform planning goals and we may want to revisit and revise our mission and vision statements as a final stage. Like all of the other aspects of the Fellowship, the Board of Trustees has been busy this year as we complete our transition to our new building and find ways to use our spaces more effectively. Bob McArthur, President, Board of Trustees  
  • Get on Board: December 11, 2018 At its December 11, 2018, meeting, the UUFA Board of Trustees accomplished the following. The Board discussed the purchase process for large capital items safety and security with a balance of welcoming and prudence the UUFA Mission and Vision project’s survey (now available online) and plans for Congregational discussions in early 2019 the January Ministry Council/Board retreat the new maintenance schedule for the Fellowship. Actions approved were to create a Safety & Security Task Force; to proceed with air conditioning replacement in the RE Wing after consultation with Building and Grounds designees. These reports were accepted and discussed as necessary:  Minister’s Report; Expanding Our Vision Report; Treasurer’s Report; Building and Grounds Strategic Plan; and UUFA Maintenance Schedule. Future agenda items are to review an initial report from the Safety and Security Task Force in February 2019. Coming in January — mark your calendar! — UUFA Building Dedication, Sunday, January 13, 10:30 a.m. — UUFA Grand Opening Celebration, Saturday, January 19, 2:00-4:00 p.m. To read the adopted November 13, 2018, Board minutes, please click here. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees is Tuesday, January 8, 2019, beginning at 7:00 p.m. You are welcome to attend this meeting; please share any comments you have with any Board member. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Teskey, Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees —————————————————————————————-

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  • 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 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). ————————————————————————————-
  • UUFA News to Share? If you have a UUFA-related news you would like to be part of the weekly announcements, the order of service, and/or the monthly Tapestry, please submit it online!   Click here to submit or go to https://www.uuathensga.org/post-submissions. For further information, contact Karen Solheim (uufa.karensolheim@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————    
  • Room at the Inn? UUFA Room Reservations Are you having a meeting or hosting an event at UUFA? In order to have meeting or event space at UUFA, please reserve online the space you desire. First, go to https://www.uuathensga.org/calendar and find the day and time you wish to meet. Hover over calendar items to see details, including room assignments. If the room you want is available, click on “post your event.” For venue name, please list the specific space(s) you are reserving. After your post has been approved, you’ll see your event on the calendar! Questions?  Contact Karen Solheim (uufa.karensolheim@gmail.com). Go to https://www.uuathensga.org/calendar and click on “post your event.” For venue name, please list the specific space(s) you are reserving. Questions?  Contact Karen Solheim (uufa.karensolheim@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
  • January 16: Communications Team–You’re Invited! The Communications Team invites creative, techy, and fun people to work with getting our word out!  Join us on Wednesday, January 16. The Communications Team meets the third Wednesday of each month from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Check the main-entrance monitor for the location for the meeting. Questions? Contact Michelle Leebens-Mack (706-410-6454 or leebensmack@gmail.com). —————————————————————————————–

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