Weekly E-News February 15, 2018
Sunday Services in February 10:30 am
Prayer/Spiritual Practice
Spiritual practice is a way to deepen the inner life while making love real in the world. This month offers different approaches to cultivating the inner landscape (or weedy lawn/overgrown garden/ happy wilderness!).
Community Sharing Partner
ACT Abuse Counseling and Treatment, Inc . has been serving victims of domestic violence and their children, and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking, for more than 38 years. They have three emergency shelters, a 24-hour hotline, individual and group counseling and more. ACT's mission is to protect, support and educate victims of domestic violence and their children and survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties. 
Humanist Forum
The Humanist Forum regularly meets every Sunday at 9:15 am in Hobart Hall. All are welcome to attend
Sunday Coffee Hour
Sunday's Coffee Hour happens after church every week and is provided by volunteers from the Women's Circle on the first Sunday, CUUPS on the second Sunday, Humanist Forum on the third Sunday, Men's Group on the fourth Sunday and if there is a fifth Sunday, it is All Church.  Any donations of food, snacks or cash are welcome. 
Burn! Youth Group
Youth age 14-18 are invited to join us in Room 4 on Sundays from noon to 1:00 pm each week for an inclusive and kick-butt-awesome good time. 
Staff & Board News
From the Minister
BLUU: Promise and Practice of our Faith


That is the number this congregation generously gave to help fund racial Justice work in our Unitarian Universalist Association. Our service two weeks ago was moving and it is only the beginning of leaning into listening more deeply to the voices of those who are marginalized in our community and outside our walls. Let us make every day and act of prayer and worship as we Center ourselves around a life filled with freedom, equity, and compassion for all. Our faith holds a radical Gospel of inclusion. It is indeed good news. And you are the bearers of good news as a generous and inclusive community.. Bless you.

In love, growth, and service,
Rev. Allison Farnum
Religious Education News
All children and youth are invited to join us in class this Sunday as we explore the idea of hope a little further. Next week, we will hold a special Stone Ceremony for our children and youth in their class and parents/guardians are invited to attend. The kids will be receiving their own set of Five Smooth Stones and all attending will be invited to engage in some fun activities about what each stone represents. 

Burn is our newly formed youth group for ages 14-18 which meets weekly in Room 4 (unless otherwise noted) from noon to 1:00 pm. Burn is open to all youth, their friends, and totally random peeps age 14-18 who want to join an inclusive and empowering UUA supported community that directly ministers to their needs. 

We are also announcing Ignite , a monthly youth group for youth age 10-13. Please stay tuned for info about meetings and Ignite programming!

Jenn Blosser, Director of Religious Education
Music Notes
December-March:  Please welcome Suellen Kipp as Director of Music during Amy Laursen's maternity leave. 

The UUCFM Choir  rehearses most Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:15 pm, and on Sunday mornings from 9-10 am in the Sanctuary. It's free and there are no auditions. Please email me in advance so that a music folder can be prepared for you. Come join us in singing! 

The UUCFM Band  rehearses most Wednesday nights from 6:00-6:45 pm, and on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00a in the Sanctuary. If you would like to play your instrument during a Sunday service, please email me to coordinate the details. Come join us in making music together! 

Suellen Kipp
From the Board
Nominations for Board of Trustees
The Nominating Committee is beginning the task of considering candidates for the Board of Trustees to present to the membership at our March Annual Meeting. This year, nearly all of the Board positions
are to be filled as existing Board members’ terms are expiring.

 President: Matt Hoffman (present President-Elect) will take the President’s Office, as stipulated
by the ByLaws.

 President-Elect: (open) “shall act for the President in his or her absence and shall perform such
duties as may be designated by the President.” Serves as member of the Personnel Committee.
Desirable skills: previous Board experience, work with volunteers, leadership experience, and
rules for presiding at meetings.

 Vice President-Finance: (open) “shall serve as the Executive Chair of the Finance Council.”
Oversees the annual budget process, provides a monthly report to the Board re church incomes
and expenses, and collaborates with the Treasurer in managing financial activities. Desirable
skills: accounting, communicating, financial experience.

 Vice President-Ministerial Services: (open) “shall serve as the Executive Chair of the Ministerial
Council.” Serves as liaison between the Board and the Chairs of all church ministerial services
committees, collaborates with the VP of Programs on Ministerial and Program activities, and
greets visitors at the Welcome Table and during coffee hour. Desirable skills: team
management, scheduling, communicating, personnel management, and group dynamics.

 Vice President-Operations: (open) “shall serve as the Executive Chair of the Operations Council.”
Provides leadership and support to buildings & grounds, décor & flowers, hurricane
preparedness, kitchen, library and Eco-Preserve committees. Advises the Office Administrator
in matters pertaining to the Operations Council budget and church facilities rentals. Desirable
skills: facility management, budgeting, leadership experience.

 Vice President-Programs: (open) “shall serve as the Executive Chair of the Programs Council.” Is
liaison between Board and Chairs of church program committees, is responsible for all church
dinners, holiday events and annual dinner, collaborates with VP of Ministerial Services on
Ministerial and Program activities, and works closely with church members who plan special
church activities such as movie nights and parties. Desirable skills: team management,
scheduling, and communicating.

 Secretary of the Board: (open) is responsible for documenting Board proceedings, annual
meetings and special meetings of the congregation. Desirable skills: written and verbal
communications, computer-based applications.

 Treasurer: (open) monitors church’s financial institutions accounts, oversees dispersing and
collecting of money, has custody of all church funds and financial records, serves as Vice-Chair of
the Finance Council, and reports the state of finances to the Board and the congregation.
Desirable skills: accounting, communicating, financial experience.

 Member-at- Large: (open) serves as liaison to Membership. Coordinates volunteer recognition,
assists other officers as needed.

Note that the Vice President positions have a two-year term. Please give some thought to how you might best serve the congregation as a Board member and let Russ Rosenthal, Nominating Committee Chair, know of your interests. His email is  rrlaw4@comcast.net . For further information about any of the Board positions, please contact any of the existing Board
Cell Tower Lease Purchase
Last summer I reported on an effort that the Board was pursuing regarding the sale of our cell tower lease to a third party. This is an update on the proceedings since then.
We were fortunate to have several members who offered their guidance in pursuing the sale of our cell tower lease. Based on their recommendations, the Board engaged the local legal counsel of Freidin & Inglis, P.A., to advise the church in this transaction.

Over the last 6 months we solicited additional bids for the sale. We ended-up with 3 companies bidding for the cell tower lease. This month we signed an agreement for the sale of the cell tower lease for an amount of $301,000. Closing of the transaction will likely happen around mid-April, at which time the church will receive the funds from the sale.

The Board is instituting procedures to restrict the use of these funds to only capital reserve applications— the replacement of existing fixed assets. About $100,000 will go immediately to pay for the new air conditioning equipment for the Sanctuary. (An additional $80,000 is coming from our existing reserves.)

Future uses would be air conditioning equipment for other buildings, gutter and facia replacement for the courtyard walkway, building painting, floor coverings for Hobart, kitchen and Narthex, and similar projects.

Although the proceeds form this sale come at an opportune time for us to pay for the large capital expenditure for the Sanctuary air conditioners (without a major capital campaign), we will continually be faced with the difficult task of reserving additional funds each year so that future congregations will have the reserves to apply to capital improvements several years out. From our analysis, we need to be able to reserve about $75,000 each year. Our current budget is not likely to be able to accommodate that level of reserves. We will need to work toward that goal over the next few years through increased membership and other creative efforts.

I personally want to thank the current and past Boards for their vision and diligence in dealing with one of our largest long-term financial problems of reserving for capital improvements. Each Sunday many of us walk onto our beautiful campus with a great deal of pride and enjoyment. Maintaining these church grounds is a critical ongoing effort for UUCFM to be able to carry-out its Mission. Through the loving generosity of all of our members, the hard work of many volunteers and the commitment of church
leadership to find creative ways and means to meet the demands of our operations, our congregation can be all that we can be.

Bill Petrarca
VP, Operations
Special Events
Service Auction February 17th!
The Adventures in Wonderland service auction is right around the corner, Saturday, February 17th at 5:00 pm. Donations can be made online at  togetherauction.com/uucfm  

Do you have a interesting hobby you would love to share? Donate a hour or two of your time to lead a class.

Tickets for the auction this year are $25 and will include complimentary drink tickets as well as themed catering provided by our own Joy Purcell. Contacts us at  auction@uucfm.org  or buy your tickets before or after service on Sundays.Let’s have an adventure.

Stephanie & Matt Hoffman, Auction Co-Chairs
Pachamama-Project Drawdown
Join the Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida for four consecutive Saturday mornings of in depth conversation about Project Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.
This pilot course is a study group that will take place
Saturday mornings from 9:30am-12:00pm.  
Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24, and Mar. 3
at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Myers
Because this interactive four-session pilot course is research-oriented, your insight and passion are greatly needed. And because the solutions to issues related to climate change are in place, we will not be inventing what must be done; rather, we will be working to accelerate the knowledge and growth of solutions that are already possible!
By the end of the fourth session, you’ll select one or two solutions that you are drawn to, then begin to engage with others in your community to research how to create and implement a project that moves the solution forward at a local, national and/or policy level.
Individuals and groups working on solutions in different places around the world will be able to build on one another’s work by sharing results, solution by solution, through Pachamama Alliance’s online Global Commons Community Network.
Participating in this pilot program will definitely motivate you to be fully engaged by collaborating with others in cutting edge work to help reverse global warming!
Watch this video to find out more about what we can do together!
Catching the Sun- Solar Energy for Southwest Florida
March 1st, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers

Following a screening of the film Catching the Sun , Clifford Mitchem, Calusa Sierra Club Executive Board member and Independent Energy Adviser for CREW, will lead a discussion on how to accelerate the growth of solar energy use in Southwest Florida and answer questions regarding what is involved in going solar.A light Lunch will be provided. Suggested donation $5.00

Event Sponsors:
All Faiths Unitarian Congregation - Climate Action Team
Calusa Sierra Club
Calusa Nature Center
Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers - Social Justice Committee
League of Women Voters of Lee County

Please RSVP by clicking on on  Eventbrite
Save the Date; Come into the Calm...
Monday, March 5th , 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Meditation Gathering with Bhante Jayasara, a Buddhist monk from Bhavana Society, hosted by our Mindfulness group.  Free  (donation-based) and no experience is needed. We’ll have silent sitting, a Dhamma talk, and personal time for stretching/ mindful walking indoors or out.  Bhante is also leading 2 other local events while in town: 

Saturday, March 3,  RETREAT: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come for all or part of the day; vegetarian lunch provided. At Unitarian Church in Naples,  6340 Napa Woods Way .

Sunday, March 4,  2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Happehatchee Eco-Spiritual Center in  Estero, 8791 Corkscrew Road . For details and RSVP, contact Ann at  239-682-4575 , email:  yoganni@yahoo.com , or visit  Facebook.com/MindHarmony 
Classes & Groups
Ready to Become a Member of UUCFM?
If this is your community and if you feel at home here, join us! A new member ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, March 11th. We ask for your participation in our Pathways Class prior to signing the
Membership Book. For further information contact Christine Rosa,  239-245-8147 , crosa3757@gmail.com
Book Study
A new iteration of Book Study with Rev. Allison begins February 21st!  A renowned expert on the subject of dreams, Jeremy Taylor studied dreams and worked with thousands of people both individually and in dream groups for more than forty years. His discoveries show us how dreams can be the keys to gaining insight into our past and our conflicts, as well as excursions into the fantastic realm of creative inspiration.
Jeremy Taylor, the late Unitarian Universalist minister, blends the values of spirituality with an active social conscience and a Jungian perspective.

Feb 21, Introduction & Chapters 1&2 (With Guest Facilitator and Dream Worker Debra Leigh!)
Feb 28, Chapters 3&4
March 7, Chapters 5&6
March 14, Chapters 7&8
March 21, Chapters 9&10
Our North American UU Roots
Due to a low number of people who signed up for the class “Our North American UU Roots” we have canceled it. There was not enough interest at this time. We will look at rescheduling it for anther time during the year. Thank you.
Optimal Living Group
The Optimal Living Group is open to all and does not require attending every session. We meet in the Sanctuary on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 4:00-5:30p. We discuss how to live optimally, including practical ways to cope with life's challenges and issues. Helping others and developing maturity in ourselves is part of our quest. We explore many paths and techniques for enriching our lives and making a difference for others. For more information, fill out a blue card found in the pews or email Neil Yesu:   dbny79@aol.com .  
Mindfulness Meditation
Join us on Monday evenings to explore the very simple and satisfying practices of mindfulness and meditation. You don’t need experience with meditation, nor do you have to be a Buddhist. Do please bring an intention to quiet the mind and the body in a supportive group of UU members and friends with a similar intention - people who want to carry mindfulness into their daily lives. We meet Mondays from 6:30-8:00p in the Sanctuary. If you have any questions, please contact Gary Robbins at  pachamamaelder@gmail.com
UUCFM Historical Martial Arts Club
The UUCFM Historical Martial Arts Club is dedicated to preserving and practicing a variety of historical martial arts for entertainment and fitness purposes. We meet at various times (determined by interest) most often at 12:00 pm after the service on Sunday to practice archery and tomahawk/axe throwing. Other activities and times can be found on our facebook page of the same name. All are welcome to join us.
Gaming Group
The UUCFM Game Group is the club for you. We do our best to meet in Room 7 on Sundays after church from 1:00-4:00 pm. Those of us with children can't always make it so please check the Facebook group page (UUCFM Gaming Group) to see if games are scheduled.
The Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist group meets Sundays at 1:45p in Room 1.
Weekly Activities
Community Wednesday  
Community Wednesday is held in Hobart Hall. All are invited. Bring friends and neighbors, too. Join us each Wednesday for a delicious meal prepared by Chef Joy for a small donation. After the fellowship and fine fare from 6:00- 6:45p, join your favorite programming event, committee meeting, or social activity. Child care is provided until 8:30p.
Community Wednesday Activities for February:

4:00-5:30        Optimal Living Group (1st & 3rd Wed)
6:00-6:45        Community Meal
6:00-6:45        Band Rehearsal in Sanctuary
6:45-8:00        Choir Rehearsal in Sanctuary
Get your eBingo cards this Sunday! Cards are $10 each and available from Bill Petrarca in the Narthex. or Hobart Hall.
Social Justice
South Fort Myers Food Pantry
To all our SFMFP supporters: I have not been very good at keeping you up to date with news from the Pantry. You all deserve a big thank-you for the generous donations of food over the summer months and around the holidays. There is an increased need around these times. I estimate that in November & December we have averaged donations that amount from fifty to eighty dollars a week. Great job, Pantry supporters! I will post the fourth quarter newsletter this Sunday. That has the total number of people we fed for the fourth quarter as well as for all of 2017. Any questions about the pantry, email   francrose@centurylink.net .
The Children and Families Committee of the Interfaith Justice Ministry (LIFE) will be tackling the frightening issue of children who are not able to get basic medical care in our community. 

We have heard from parents involved in LIFE that their children have gone without needed medications for asthma because the cost was too high, parents who have waited for over a month to get their child in to see a primary care physician because wait times are too long, and parents who have had to drive close to an hour to get their child to an Emergency Room supported by their insurance. 

So, in 2018 we take on the unique challenges of childhood access to healthcare. Mark your calendar for the Rally when we'll announce a solution  (Monday, February 26th 7:00 PM at Iona Hope)  and the Nehemiah Action where we'll have our public officials commit to that solution  (Tuesday, March 20th at St. Collumbkille)  and the Celebration where we'll lift up our victories  (Tuesday, May 1st St. Collumbkille). 
Help Watering Plants
I'm looking for someone to help me with the care and watering of the plants in the Sanctuary, as there may be times when I am away and need assistance. Thank you,

Kimberly Littleton, Decor Committee
Inquiries: email:  jadenight@embarqmail.com
Bed & Breakfast Volunteer Opportunity
We are preparing for another year of UUCFM’s Bed and Breakfast program. Through the generosity of host families within our congregation, we have raised $3000 to $5000 a year for the church operating budget for many years. We provide this service to UUs and/or their friends from around the country. This
program cannot happen without volunteers and we need your help!

What’s needed to be a host?  The host provides one bedroom and bathroom and a basic breakfast each morning of the guests’ stay. The guests are usually one or two people. The breakfast can even be a “do it yourself” if your guests are early risers or you have to go to work and they want to sleep.

Do I have to entertain the guests or take them places?  No!  They will have their own transportation. If you have favorite restaurants to recommend, or other local travel tips, they are always appreciated. You are not expected to provide entertainment, transportation or extra food. For the most part, guests are off
doing their own thing most of the day and evening.

When and for how long?  Guests stay from one to seven nights during the months of January through April. (Most stay only two or three nights.) You choose when and for how long you can host and then your requirements are matched with those of the guests. Even if you can only host for two nights in March, for example, that is a big help. February and March tend to have the biggest demand.

All money received from the guests as they stay in your home goes directly to the UUCFM operating budget. I haven’t even mentioned how interesting and fun this experience can be for the hosts. We have met so many great UUs through this experience! Please consider being a host! Before you say no, talk to me. Just try it once…

Mary Nies, Program Coordinator
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Member to Member
Do you have something to offer, trade, or sell? Are you looking for something? Free ad space here for personal items only. Will run ad for 4 weeks. Email  uuchurch@uucfm.org

For sale : La-Z-Boy Power Recliner Chair , very good condition, cushy soft fabric "Brown Pearl"; must sacrifice $275 OBO (moving to small apt.) Also: Ethan Allen Media Display & Storage Cabinet, 71" Ht x 44" W x 23" D, beautiful blond wood, classic design, $95 OBO. To see photos send inquiry to  burget105@comcast.net   Pick up by Mar.12 at your convenience S. Ft. Myers, Daniels Pkwy. & Fiddlesticks Blvd. area. Contact Judy Burget  239-277-0203

FOR SALE – BEST OFFER over $610:   Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 for Canon EF  AND uv Filter and Riggard  Lens Case 12 x 5" (Black)
MFR #LCY-112X5. For  Canon EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format. Contact: Joy F. Sokeitous JoySokeitous@Comcast.net .

Condo Sharing:  2 bed, 2 bath, no pets, no smoking. $600.00 a month.   lcj.270@icloud.com . South Ft. Myers.  Linda Johnson

Looking for Class C or B Camper:  Under 50k miles.  Virginia Duffy < drvduffy@gmail.com
Our Greater Community
If you are a UUCFM Community Sharing Partner, a regular Facility User, or have UU related news to share, you are welcome to submit announcements for publication in our Greater Community section of the newsletter. Please send announcements in by each Wednesday for publication in the Thursday
Lee OFA Indivisible Invites You
There will be panel discussions on the following dates: 



Meetings will be held at the Sanctuary at 7 pm. Come early at 6:15 to socialize with like-minded friends.
I had always hoped that this land might become a safe & agreeable Asylum to the virtuous & persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.”  -- George Washington
DACA and Beyond, a panel on IMMIGRATION
Unitarian Universalist Church, 7 pm   March 8, 2018
Lee OFA Indivisible invites you to bring your questions and concerns about this timely and important issue to be addressed by these community leaders: Indera Demine, co-chair of Lee OFA Indivisible’s immigration rights team, who will give an overview of where we are on the issue and the local situation.
Sister Maureen Kelleher, who is with Collier County Legal Aid and specializes in helping Immokalee workers. She will discuss what is happening there as well as new initiatives here in Lee County.
Yemissi Oloruntola-Coates, System Director of Diversity and Patient Care Civil Rights at Lee Health who will be speaking about the economic impact that immigrants have on Lee County.
Please join us and bring concerned friends, relatives and neighbors. 
QUESTIONS? Email:   leeofaindivisible@gmail.com
From member Glenn Siebert
I am the assistant musical director of the Naples/Ft. Myers Paradise Coastmen barbershop chorus. We are presenting our annual spring concert. The theme is  "From Ireland to Nashville and Broadway"  and will include some of your favorite songs from each. In addition to the chorus, our principal guest artist is  "Signature",  the 2nd place International Silver Medalist Quartet. If you choose to attend, you will enjoy the best of barbershop harmony.
Contact me for tickets, $18.00. I have negotiated a $6.00 group discount as tickets are $25 at the door. Let me know which performance you prefer and how many tickets you need. I look forward to seeing your smiling faces in the audience.
·        Fri. March 16 at 7:00 pm
·        Sat. March 17 at 2:00 pm
·        Sat. March 17 at 7:00 pm
Yours in Harmony,
Glenn Siebert
Vietnamese New Year-All Invited
St. John's Catholic Church sponsors a Vietnamese New Year Celebration here at UUCFM. Details below.
Shalom Life Center Good Vibrations Concert
The Shalom Life Center, which meets at UUCFM, is performing a concert on February 24th in the Sanctuary at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature the music of The Beach Boys and The Bee Gees. Tickets are $22. If you mention UUCFM when you call for reservations at  239.218.3433 , a portion of your ticket will be shared by UUCFM. Ticket price includes a dessert reception after the show.
 February 16   Carolyn Maron
February 17  Angela Melton  
February 17 Tom Sizemore
February 20   Annie Scott
February 24   Mary Alice Pierce
February 26   Don Ehat
Please send all news articles for the Weekly E-news to  weeklynews@uucfm.org
All Communicator articles may be emailed to  newsletter@uucfm.org

Newsletter Editor: Jill Carville 
Board of Trustees

President               Steve Eisenberg         239-634-7367     golfconcepts@gmail.com
President Elect      Matt Hoffman           239-222-4836     mwaters106@yahoo.com
Secretary  Theresa Bahre  843-472-0386   strawbahre_fields@yahoo.com
Treasurer               Jen Smith              630-881-0000     jenw930@gmail.com
VP Finance              Deb Lewis             239-313-5618     debL5784@hotmail.com
VP Programming  Julie Ireland  786-348-5544   vpprogramming@uucfm.org
VP Ministerial Services  Harvey Heckes           hheckes95@gmail.com
VP Operations            Bill Petrarca            239-454-2438     bill@petrarca.net
Member at Large  Bruce Marble  239-596-2703   bamarble44@gmail.com
Youth Representative  Madeline Wellman  madelinewellman@gmail.com

Minister             Rev. Allison Farnum   239-561-2700x204     minister@uucfm.org
Director of Music    Amy Laursen         941-932-2353         directorofmusic@uucfm.org
Director of RE        Jenn Blosser        239-561-2700x208     dre@uucfm.org
Office Manager       Jill Carville           239-561-2700x202     officemanager@uucfm.org
Building Supervisor   Mickey Kellam        239-738-3473         buildingsupervisor@uucfm.org
Nursery Supervisor   Liza Kellam           239-314-6316          lhiz_sierra@yahoo.com