weaving the threads of community

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spiritual arts

  • November 24: Interfaith Thanksgiving Service On Sunday, November 24, at 4 p.m., at the Piedmont College Meeting House, 595 Prince Ave. Athens, 30601, join Rev. Eskildsen and members of the UUFA Chalice Choir for the 4th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Worship service. Come support our connections with the community! Donations will be collected for the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition. Questions: Contact Rev. Eskildsen   ______________________________________________
  • November 5: Worship Arts and Celebration Team You are invited to attend the next meeting of the Worship Arts and Celebration Team (WACT) on Tuesday, November 5, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend a meeting whether you want to observe, want give feedback or input, or are considering participating in planning and conducting worship services. You do not have to join WACT although this group always welcomes new members. ———————————————————————————–
  • Worship in November Services on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. unless otherwise noted. All-Fellowship Theme: Giving November 3 – The Natural Order of Things  Just as leaves fall, so life ends in death. This service includes the annual ‘flower bulb’ memorial ceremony led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen. November 10 – Love Your Flaws  Give it up. We’ll never be perfect. Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen with the Chalice Choir. November 17 – The Gift of Giving  Is it in the giving that we make our lives meaningful? Service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen and a few givers. November 24 – Thank You, Sarah Hale  Unitarian Sarah Josepha Hale relentlessly lobbied for a national Thanksgiving holiday, which Abraham Lincoln signed into law in 1863. An all-ages service led by Rev. Alison Eskildsen and Kelli McConnell.

denominational affairs

governance

    • Get on Board October 2019 The Board welcomed Maya Clement, Youth Representative, to our meeting this month. It is wonderful to have this level of engagement from our youth! The Board continues to work on the Strategic Plan with focus this month on solar panels, revising Mission and Vision statements, the Cause of the Month, communication with the congregation, and safety/security. Save the dates: Budget Town Hall, Sunday, April 19, 2020, and Congregational Meeting, Sunday, May 17, 2020 Please remember to lock the building if you are the last one to leave! Respectfully submitted, Michelle Swagler Secretary, UUFA Board of Trustees ————————————————————————————-

    exploration

    • December 7: Nifty Gift Elves Needed UUFA elves are busy preparing for our Holiday Craft Extravaganza – Nifty Gifty, where kids can make gifts from the heart to give to family and friends during the holiday season. We’ll need lots of helper elves on Friday before (set up) and on Saturday to make this event a hit! Nifty Gifty is held on Saturday, December 7, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Fellowship Hall.  Love to make crafts? Are you a creative gift wrapper? Love to decorate? Share your time and talent and join the festive fun by signing up for one or more Nifty Gifty jobs! To be an Elf, email Kelli dre@uuathensga.org or visit the sign up sheet in the Fellowship Hall Online sign up is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F49A4A823A4FD0-nifty1 ————————————————————————————–
    • December 8 Forum: Fork Over Knives–Fact or Fiction? After watching the documentary Forks Over Knives, Andree and husband Ron decided to experiment. Going “cold turkey” from the standard American diet to a plant-based one, Andree candidly details the challenges- medically, culturally and gastronomically. Did their results match the claims of Forks Over Knives? Speaker Andree Kosak is co-owner of Trumps catering; The Forum is held on second and third Sundays from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room. ————————————————————————————
    • November 10 Forum: UUFA Solar Panels and Climate Justice Next year we expect to have solar panels installed on the UUFA roof, courtesy of a generous donation by a UUFA couple. Come explore the proposal, the installation, and the cost savings expected. Can we also illuminate our UU spiritual values through this project, combing our passion for the environment with our calling to serve social justice in our community? Join speakers Kate Blane and Dan Everett in exploring these ideas. The Forum is held on second and third Sundays from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room. ————————————————————————————
    • November 17 Forum: Born Intersex–We Are Human! In this PG 13 presentation, Mx. Anunnaki Ray Marquez–gender/Intersex activist, educator, speaker, and UUFA member–will do his TEDx Talk live for us followed by Q and A. He will educate about intersex 101 while including how intersex children’s human rights are being violated as well as his journey in achieving the first intersex birth certificate in Colorado September 2018. The Forum is held on second and third Sundays from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room. ————————————————————————————
    • December 15 Forum: Suicide and Its Prevention This Forum will focus on what suicide is, what we each can contribute to its prevention and what community resources are available.  Join speaker Sally vander Staeten, founder of the non-profit Systems Development for Suicide Prevention, LLC, in exploring this topic. The Forum is held on second and third Sundays from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. in the Eskildsen Room. ———————————————————————————–

    communications

    • More Furniture for Sale! (Click here to see pictures.) UUFA members and friends, In the process of adjusting to our new spaces, we continue to refine the furnishings. As a result, these items need new homes. There are 8 sturdy, white folding chairs. The upholstery on the 8 conference chairs needs cleaning, but otherwise they are in good condition. There are also 10 pieces of nicely framed modern art. Make a donation to the capital campaign, any amount that you feel is appropriate, and these items can go home with you! Items not sold will soon go on Craig’s list or be donated. Please contact Barb Schell bschell@brenau.edu or Iva King ivaking@bellsouth.net if you wish to make an offer on these pieces or the red sofas. All of the pieces can be seen in the Heritage room. Buyers are responsible for moving them. ————————————————————————————  
    • 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. ————————————————————————————-
    • November 20: Let’s Communicate! The Communications Team invites creative, techy, and fun people to work with getting the UUFA word out–internally and externally! Join us on Wednesday, November 20, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. Questions? Contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). ———————————————————————————–
    • Communications Tidbit: Colored Name Tags Ever need to find a Board of Trustees member or Lay Minister on a Sunday morning? Look for individuals wearing name tags that are colored blue or maroon respectively. ———————————————————————————  
    • Communications Tidbit: where do I go? Confused about where to go for a scheduled meeting or event at UUFA on Sunday morning or any other time you are at UUFA? Visit the monitor to the left of the entrance doors to see what is happening where at UUFA and to view a map of the UUFA campus. ————————————————————————————-

    fellowship

      • November 17: UUFA’s Partner Church Team All are welcome to invited to join the Partner Church Team on Sunday, November 17 at noon. We are excited about supporting our youth to the 2020 International Youth Pilgrimage and Camp. We will also be discussing our support of students through our partner church in Okland, Romania, sharing updates and hopefully pictures from our sister church. Please grab your coffee and find out more. Questions? Contact: Michelle Leebens-Mack (leebensmack@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–
      • November Spotlight Volunteer! We are pleased to announce Lee Cornell as our November Spotlight Volunteer for his AV and Technology Support of the Fellowship for over five years.  In addition to running all the cables for the phone, internet, and AV in the new administrative office suite, the sanctuary, and the Eskildsen Room, Lee and Garrett installed all the new monitors around the building. Lee provides technical assistance when things aren’t working correctly and has trained staff and volunteers in the use of the new information displays and presentation systems. And of course, he is ultimately responsible for us having Garrett Cornell as our AV Technician for Sunday Services. Thank you, Lee, for all you do for UUFA! ————————————————————————————
      • November 24: Alphabet Family Gathering Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on the fourth Sunday of every month from 6-8 p.m.bin the UUFA Fellowship Hall. For further information, contact Morgan Henry. ———————————————————————————–
      • November 16 – New to UUFA Orientation A New to UUFA newcomer orientation will be held on Saturday, November 16, 8:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. 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 get information on programs, activities and services at UUFA. The morning begins with a continental breakfast and ends by noon. Child care can be arranged with advance notice. A sign-up sheet is at the information station in the Welcome Hall. You can also sign up by contacting or calling the Fellowship office (uufa@uuathensga.org) or by contacting Michelle Leebens-Mack, chair of the Membership Committee (leebensmack@gmail.com). ________________________________________________

      • November 09: Quarterly Connections You are invited to join in the next Quarterly Connections on Saturday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.  This session, we will be having a cafe-style discussion on UUFA’s programmatic activities.  Are we doing enough? Too much? Too many things overlapping? Too spread out? Not offering something the community needs? All are encouraged to attend.    For planning purposes, click here to RSVP, or contact Lee Cornell (uufa.lee@gmail.com). —————————————————————-

      • November 24: Fourth Sunday Lunch–YoUU Are Needed! The menu for the next Fourth Sunday Lunch, which will be held on November 24, will be a macaroni and cheese bar with a variety of toppings or mix-ins, salads, bread, and desserts.  The mac and cheese, salads and bread will be provided.  You are asked to bring the mix-ins for mac and cheese and desserts.  We also need helping hands with set up and clean up.  Please sign up at the Ways to Engage (activities) table in the Welcome Hall. There will be more information there, or contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314). ————————————————————————————-  
      • November 10: Film Fans to See “Harriet” Film Fans will be gathering this Sunday, November 10, to see Harriet at Beechwood theater at 4:15 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to come!  We’ll gather in the lobby about 4:00.  Hope you can join us. Film Fans is a Fun and Fellowship activity. For more information contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314). ————————————————————————————–
      • November 10: “Life After Deaf” Publication Party On November 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., UUFA member Noel Holston hosts a publication party for his new book, a memoir titled Life After Deaf. The book will be published in November by Skyhorse Books. The event includes a reading and a time for questions and answers. Noel writes, “Only a handful of UUFA members are as hearing-impaired as I am, but I’m guessing many members know someone who would benefit from the lessons my adventure has taught me.” ————————————————————————————-
      • Tuesday Tai Chi with the Piersons on Hiatus for November and December Look for announcements with details of the class continuing in the new year! For further information, contact Jackie or Bill Pierson (birdfeathr@gmail.com  or 706-201-1193). ————————————————————————————–
      • November 21: Scrabble with the Rabble This month Scrabble with the Rabble meets Thursday, November 21,  from 7-9 p.m. in at UUFA in the Fellowship Hall (or Ocean Room). All are welcome to come play; please bring a Scrabble set if you have one. For more information, Kathy Larsen (317-855-0009, kathylyndall@gmail.com).  The change to Thursday evenings may become permanent. Let Kathy know your preference! —————————————————————————–
      • 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 (uufa@uuathensga.org). NOTE: the email will come from notifications@onrealmmail.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. ———————————————————————————-    
      • November 12: Second Lookers Second Lookers will gather on Tuesday, November 12.  Deb Brenner and John Olive will read and sign for us–don’t know what yet, just not Shakespeare, Deb said.  Come prepare to be entertained by our talented Fellowship friends. Bring a brown bag or such at noon on Tuesday, November 12. For further information, contact Hester Meyers. ———————————————————————————-  
      • 2020 Save the date! Retreat! Retreat! Save the date!  Mark your calendars!  Our next UUFA Fall Retreat is less than one year away! From October 2 to October 4, 2020, we will be at The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center near Highlands, North Carolina for a wonder-filled, inspirational, fun, and friendship-forming weekend surrounded by the beauty of Little Scaly Mountain. So…save the date, save your pennies, watch for more information, and we hope that you all can come. Anyone interested in being part of the planning for the retreat, contact Carol-Lee Baker, Lay Minister for Fun and Fellowship, at carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314. ———————————————————————————-
      • 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, November 3, 2019 Nancy MacNair shared that she turned 82 on October 22, and “spent a glorious 5 days at the beach in Florida with all of my children, who totally spoiled me.” Ed Helm was happy to report a local citizen’s group is moving closer to bringing the Rufus Montcrief Memorial obelisk from the museum in Montgomery, Alabama, to Athens, where Montcrief, sadly, was lynched in 1917.   Sunday, October 27, 2019 Michelle Leebens-Mack thanks UUFA for supporting her as she pursues her “leap of faith” in becoming a UU Chaplain. She shares the exciting news that she has met an early milestone by being recognized as an Aspirant to UU ministry by the UUA. “Thank you again and again and again!” Aline Robolin shared her her daughter and her husband have tried to conceive three times without success. They are trying again and hopes we’ll join our prayers with her own for their success this time. Mary Anne McGuire, a former member of UUFA, fell recently and broke her hip. Hip replacement surgery will take place this week. Karen Solheim asks that we keep Mary Anne in our thoughts and prayers. Herb West and Myrna Adams West are celebrating the 20th anniversary of Mountain Light UU Church in Elijay. They are founders of that congregation.   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” _____________________________________________________
      • Grateful Thread: Handwork and Conversation We would like to propose a group for anyone who likes to crochet, knit, quilt, tat, weave… anything to do with threadwork. We mainly want to meet socially as we do our threadword; however, if anyone is interested in learning a new skill, Valerie will teach crochet and Lindsay will teach knitting. Any other member of the group is welcome to teach as well. We would also like to provide items for the Rolling Marketplace, with an emphasis on donating things for charities (such as hats, gloves, scarves for the homeless). We could also work with other groups at UUFA to coordinate this effort.. This fun group will be meeting on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m. Hope to see you there.  We’ll be meeting in the UU Heritage Room (fka “the sofa room”). ——————————————————————————
      • Thursday Breakfast You are invited to join us for Thursday Morning UUFA Women’s Breakfast.  We meet at 8:30 at Em’s Kitchen on Hawthorne Avenue to enjoy conversation and coffee or our morning meal. For more information contact Carol-Lee Baker (carlee1945@gmail.com or 706-483-2314). ————————————————————————————–
      • Let’s Get to Know You – First Sundays Join Rev. Alison, a member of the Membership Committee, and other newcomers for an informal opportunity to ask questions, learn a bit about UUFA, and share what you might be hoping to find here. Feel free to drop in the Conference Room with your coffee or tea after the service. The Conference Room is the second door on the right as you enter the Fellowship through the main doors. ——————————————————————————
      • 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! ——————————————————————————
      • UUFA Men’s Breakfast Men of UUFA meet twice weekly for breakfast and conversation from 9-11 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Panera Bread. ——————————————————————————

      justice

      • 2019-20 UUA Common Read Book–Click Here for Info to Order An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press, 2015) and An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese (Beacon Press, 2019) are the new 2019-20 Common Read. Click here  to order your copy and to indicate your wish to join in the tbd Common Read discussions. In 2015, Beacon Press published an extraordinary book by Indigenous scholar and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz that challenged readers to learn US history through a narrative that centers the story, the experiences, and the perspectives of Indigenous peoples. In 2019, Beacon Press published an adaptation for young people by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese. Upending myths and misinformation that have been promulgated by leaders and media, it asks readers to reconsider the origin story of the United States taught to every US school child.   ————————————————————————————–
      • Diaper Donors Needed Many thanks to all who have contributed to the Sanctuary Movement Team’s Diaper Drive. The need for diapers for immigrant families in the Athens area continues, so the Diaper Drive continues. Sizes needed are 1,3,5,6,and 7. Please place the diapers you bring near the CANtribution basket (to the left before entering the sanctuary). Questions?  Contact SMT member Nancy MacNair (ncmacnair@gmail.com) The Sanctuary Movement Team is part of the UUFA Justice Cluster. ———————————————————————————-
      • January 28: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition at UUFA Interested in immigration issues? You are invited to attend the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, January 28, from  7-8:30 p.m. at UUFA.   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). ———————————————————————————–
      • 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 (vpsellers@gmail.com). ——————————————————————————————-  
      • November 14 and November 15: Our Daily Bread What’s cooking? Hopefully you might be. 🙂 Help is needed on Thursday, November 14, at 2 p.m. to prepare the monthly meal for Our Daily Bread. Help is also needed on Friday, November 15, 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 August, contact David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com or 706.338.2798). Our Daily Bread outreach is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. ——————————————————————————–  
      • November 16: Justice Fest 2019 You will not want to miss Justice Fest 2019! Hosted by the Athens Economic Justice Coalition (a UUFA Justice Partner) on Saturday, November 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at UUFA, Justice Fest will feature the UUFA Chalice Choir and Palms of Fire, the UUFA Drum Circle. Fenwick Broyard, Director of Lifespan Religious Education for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta will be the keynote speaker.  In addition, Lee and Fred Smith, Sr., will receive the Dr. Ray MacNair Lifetime Achievement Award. Your donations at this event are tax deductible in that EJC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For further information, click here. ————————————————————————————————–
      • November 17: Green Sanctuary Team Meeting Green Sanctuary Team will meet on the patio after the service on November 17, 2019. We will share progress on projects and anything else that comes up. For more information, contact Liz (ejsweaver@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————-
      • November 17: 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–November 17–beginning at noon-ish in the conference room. 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. ——————————————————————————-
      • November 19: Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition Want to participate in immigrant justice in the Athens area? You are invited to the next meeting of the Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition to be held on Tuesday, November 19, from  7-8:30 p.m. at Oconee Street UMC, 595 Oconee Street, Athens.   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). ———————————————————————————–
      • November 24 to December 1: Family Promise (fna IHNA) Week Once again, UUFA will be assisting Holy Cross Lutheran Church in hosting several Athens area homeless families from Sunday, November 24 to Sunday, December 1.  During this holiday week,  provide meals, serve as evening hosts, spend a night as an evening host, or come on the final Sunday to be a day host. If you have not volunteered for this program previously, we will arrange for you to participate in a brief and helpful training session. Please use the following link to indicate when you’re able to volunteer:  volunteersignup.org/Y3WEX Thanks, as always, for your commitment to this worthy local cause! For further information, contact Mark Hodges (markhodges4427@gmail.com). ————————————————————————————–
      • November 24: Alphabet Family Gathering Do you identify anywhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum? Then come join us for fun and fellowship on the fourth Sunday of every month from 6-8 p.m.bin the UUFA Fellowship Hall. For further information, contact Morgan Henry. ———————————————————————————–
      • November 3: Deadline for Christmas Angel 2019 (Click here for a link to sign up!) 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) if you would like to sponsor a child or children or pick up a paper form on the sanctuary credenza to complete and leave in the basket provided. 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 (connie.l.bruce@gmail.com or 706.254.7822). The Christmas Angel Project is being sponsored by UUFA’s Social Action Committee, a part of the Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————–
      • November 3: Social Action Committee (SAC) Meeting 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, November 3, beginning at noon in the Eskildsen 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! For more information, contact SAC Chair David Jarrett (daviduufa@gmail.com). The Social Action Committee is part of UUFA’s Justice Cluster. —————————————————————————————
      • PARES Donation Opportunity: Book Donations for Elementary Students Wanted:  Good quality books (especially with photos of African-American or Hispanic children) for the Alps Road Elementary School library and for students (to take home).   Book donations can be placed in the designated container as you enter the sanctuary. For further information, contact PARES volunteer Rosemary Woodel (rwoodel.woodel@gmail.com).   ————————————————————————————–
      • Please Don’t Donate Expired Food While the Athens Area Emergency Food Bank welcomes your donations of canned and non-perishable food items, please note they cannot distribute expired food. Please check the expiration dates of your items before bringing them to donate. You might want to consider eating the food yourself, since some canned goods are edible after their expiry date. Alternatively, empty the contents (some can be composted) and recycle the packaging. If you know a farmer in the area, sometimes they will accept expired canned goods to feed to livestock, as well. The wicker basket as you enter the sanctuary is always ready to receive your unexpired, non-perishable food items and/or monetary gifts. Contact the office if you have any questions or concerns (uufa@uuathensga.org, 706-546-7914). ————————————————————————————

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