Friday, February 11 - Saturday, February 17, 2018
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What's NUU?
FEBRUARY WORSHIP THEME
Perseverance:  The Practice of Tenacity
Please join us Sunday, February 11: 

10:30 a.m.
"The Path of the Caring Heart:
Serving Gratefully in a Seemingly Ungrateful World"

Rev. Tim Kutzmark
Karin Fujii, Worship Associate
Pastoral Care Support for February is:
Kathy Garabed 
(559) 593-5838
MISSION STATEMENT
 
La misiĆ³n de la iglesia Unitaria Universalista de Fresno es:
Amar inclusivamente
Crecer espiritualmente
Servir con gratitud y
Trabajar por la justicia
 
The Mission of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
is to:
Love Inclusively
Grow Spiritually
Serve Gratefully
And Work for Justice
LOVE INCLUSIVELY
KARAOKE NIGHT AND DESSERT POT LUCK - SAT. FEBRUARY 24th from 6:00-9:00 pm. Families and all ages are invited to join Rev. Tim for a festive night of KARAOKE and DESSERT. Please bring a favorite multi-cultural desert to share from either your cultural heritage or one you admire. Wine and beer will be sold. Let us know you are coming at karaoke@uufresno.org . If there is a specific song you want to sing, tell us that. Creative dress as your singer/group is optional.
 
Our UU Men's Group Dinner is Feb 16 at 6:30 PM. This month's host is Al Goodman. Al has a special night planned for us so please plan to attend. RSVP to Ed Johnson at 559-824-6323. Al is fixing his famous chili, Ed will send out an email on what you can add to the meal! Fellowship Fun and Friends!
 
U.U. Seniors will meet Tues., Feb. 20th, 10 am. - noon in the Sanctuary. We will have check-ins and a discussion of Cicero's How to Grow Old in the first hour, our speaker for the second hour will be Floyd Sanchez, a newer and active church member. Floyd's firm helps civic organizations, non-profits, and entrepreneurs share their stories with their community. Church members and friends 55 and older are invited. sbeskin85@gmail.com
 
UU Family FUUN Soup and Sides potluck. Join us Saturday, February 24th from 11am till 2pm at the home of the Mayer family! Bring your favorite soup, side or dessert. Bounce house outside if weather permits! Text or email Jennifer to RSVP and get the address. 559-312-6720 or jmhmayer@sbcglobal.net
 
Did you know that we have "Friends of UU Fresno" Facebook Group? Stay in touch with your UU family through the week! Along the top of the group, you will find sub groups that you are welcome to join as well! (UU Women, UU Geeks, ECUU, etc) See you all in Facebook-land! Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong kayliamariem@gmail.com
GROW SPIRITUALLY
Spanish class! Tuesdays, Feb 13-March 20, 4-5pm. Join David Roberts, retired Spanish teacher, for some basic skills to help you feel more at ease as we incorporate more Spanish into worship on Sunday mornings. Become familiar with how the language works, correct pronunciation, and how the language is structured. Contact Katie Hymans to register and/or request childcare -- khymans@uufresno.org -- by Feb. 8
 
Aging with Dignity: Getting the Care You Want When You Need It Most class. Thursday, Feb 15, 10am-12noon OR 7-9pm. Join Rev. Tim for this practical workshop that will help you think about pre-planning for aging, including the possibility of serious illness. You'll leave with a blueprint of what good cares means to you, using 'The Five Wishes'. Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org to register, by Feb 11. Minimum registration 12.
 
The Green Sanctuary Team's All Ages Hike Experience the Earth's fragile and awesome biosphere with like-minded friends and family at the Kaweah Oaks Preserve is on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10AM - 12PM. Hikers should bring sun protection, a reusable water bottle and reliable shoes. RSVP for a free snack and request more information/directions/carpooling from reidgromis@yahoo.com
UU Humanists - Sunday February 18, in the Youth Room. Noon potluck, please join us with or without food. At 12:30 Devin Carroll will lead a discussion on Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, a critical book for our time. More info on Facebook pages for UUF and Humanists of the San Joaquin Valley, and Meetup HSJV. Contact Devin, devinc@sbcglobal.net, 559-240-5127.
 
Monthly InterPlay Play Space! Thurs, Mar 1, 7-8:30pm . Join Katie Hymans for a monthly chance to delve into March's worship theme of Balance: The Practice of Perspective. Through movement, storytelling, stillness, and sound, take this opportunity for self-care and fun with fellow congregants, while accessing the wisdom of your body. Contact Katie Hymans to register and/or request childcare at khymans@uufresno.org or 322.6146.
 
Positive Discipline Class. Sat, Mar 3, 1-4pm. Join church members Kathleen Cox, JJ Hasenbeck, and Alisha Mancinas for this fun and interactive workshop that will help you find practical solutions to common parenting challenges using experiential activities. Learn non-punitive, respectful methods that will incorporate kindness and firmness into parenting. Leave with parenting tools you can use that day! To register and/or request childcare, contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org .
 
Latino Americans: The 500-Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation class. Join Rev. Tim in exploring the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have for the past 500-plus years helped shape what is today the U.S.A. Using the acclaimed 2013 PBS series as a reference point, this workshop is part of our ongoing work as a congregation to inform ourselves in order to dismantle White Supremacy. Registration deadline March 9. Thursdays, Mar 15-Apr 19, 10am-12 OR 7-9pm. Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org or 322.6146 to register and/or request childcare.
SERVE GRATEFULLY
Our first Adopt-A-Highway Program roadside cleanup this year will be held on Saturday, February 17. We will meet at the church at 8:00 a.m. and carpool to the site along Highway 168. Hard hats, reflective vests, and other equipment will be provided, but wear long pants and boots. Rain cancels. Bob Hudgens, 473-9472  
AND WORK FOR JUSTICE
ACLU To Train Fresnans For Local Civil Liberties Action. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) will conduct a half-day session February 10 to train change makers in Fresno. Focused on local action, the session will show people how to network and build skills for ACLU civil liberties campaigns such as voting rights and criminal justice reform. The February 10 training is from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and includes lunch. Transportation assistance is available. Pre-registration is required. Register at aclunc.org/trainme. For more information call the ACLU Northern California office at (415) 621-2493.
 
Faith in the Valley Leadership Gathering Come learn the tools necessary to take on the hard challenges and build a community and government that works for all. Saturday, February 10 at St. Anthony Mary Claret, 2494 S. Chestnut Avenue in Fresno. Guest speaker will be Gordon Whitman, Deputy Director of PICO National Network who will talk about grassroots organizing in 2018 in building power to dismantle racial discrimination. Registration at 9:30AM; program 10AM-3PM and includes lunch. Register at bit.ly/FIVLG0210. For more information contact Thomas Weiler at Faith in Fresno.
 
UUCF Social Justice All-Congregation Meeting.  Our new mission says that as a congregation we will be committed to Working for Justice. Your Social Justice Coordinating Team encourages all who are committed and passionate about Social Justice in our local and world community to join us on Sunday, February 11, after Service in the Sanctuary to have an open discussion about what that means in 2018 and the next five years. Our middle school and senior youth are also invited to join in the discussion. A light lunch will be available. For more information contact Ellis Vance, UUSJ Team Leader at vev40@comcast.net or 559-351-6119.  
MESSAGE TO CONGREGATION
A Celebration of Life has been scheduled for Paul Mitchell March 3 at 1:00 p.m. in our sanctuary.
 
Denise Sciandra is recuperating at home after a bicycle accident and subsequent hospitalization. Cards can be sent to her at 625 E. Swift, Fresno CA 93704
 
Tonight, Friday, February 16,  7:30 pm  at North Fresno Mennonite Brethern Church, 5724 N. Fresno Street, Fresno Discover: A Comic Lament, starring Ted Swartz and Michelle Milne, is a play about the Doctrine of Discovery, the legal framework that justifies theft of land and oppression of Indigenous Peoples. It finds unexpected humor at the crossroads of justice and land use, offering both comic and challenging glimpses into the absurdity of white settler oppression of Indigenous Peoples and the land we live on. A show about love, and loss, of land, Discovery nudges us to question our stories with honesty and integrity.   
 
The four districts of the UUA's Pacific Western Region will gather April 27-29 in Portland, OR for the 2018 Regional Assembly. Speakers include civil rights activist, the Rev. Dr. William Barber; Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, advocate for women's, immigrant, civil, and human rights; and the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, newly elected UUA president. Programming includes workshops, worship, district meetings, and an optional social justice activity. A day-long Professional Day designed for religious professionals is planned for Friday, April 27, before the start of Regional Assembly. Discount lodging is available at the Portland DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, site of the Regional Assembly. Childcare and youth programming will be available. Registration will open by January 4. Watch the PWR website (www.uua.org/pwr) for full details to be posted soon.
 
All contributions made to UUCF should be clearly noted what they are intended for. If an unmarked contribution is received and there is a pledge-of-record, the amount will be applied to the pledge. Any contributions made without proper identification will be listed as a "non-pledge" contribution. Unless otherwise indicated, the date of the pledge contribution will indicate the pledge year contribution is applied to.
 

Hey, did you see our kids perform at the Talent Show?  What a legacy they are building! When we honor them as graduating seniors in the future, we will remember the fine legacy they have already established as people of talent and character. We adults can be so proud of the church we provide to nurture them in unique and wonderful ways. Their legacy is our legacy, too.
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