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APRIL WORSHIP THEME
Emergence:  The Practice of Transforming
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Jodi Ede,
Congregational Administrator
Please join us Sunday, April 8th 

10:30 a.m.
"Got Transformation?"

First Annual Social Justice Sunday
New Member Sunday

Rev. Tim Kutzmark and
Chloe Ockey, Worship Associate
Pastoral Care Support for April is:
Louise Richardson
(559) 285-4487 or (559) 431-2883
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
Craft Circle: bring your arts & crafts projects, your inspiration, your ideas; your questions...join together with fellow crafty types to work on our projects. We can collaborate & inspire each other. Bring a sack lunch & your materials. Sun, April 15, 12:15-2:pm - Rm 7 Childcare will be provided upon request. Karin Livingstone klivingstone@gmail.com
 
Next Young Adult Brunch! Join a group of fellow 25-40 year-olds for coffee and a breakfast potluck before the service. Take an opportunity to connect with others in your age range and build community. Bring something to share. Coffee will be provided. Sign up for your dish with Cynthia Malm, cyndallrocks@gmail.com. Sun, April 15, 9am, Room 7.
 
UU Seniors Tuesday, April 17 10:00 am-12:00 Sanctuary. "Marching to the Elections" Bill Murphy will moderate the discussion. Guest speakers Michael Evans, Democrat Committee Chair; Howard Watkins; Photographer Laureate & Central Valley Progressive Activist. Topic will be the upcoming elections; thoughts for UU Members & Friends, and fake news cautions. Speakers begin promptly at 10:00. Coffee break 11:30. Jackie Newman, co-Chair UU Seniors jnewman.newman67@gmail.com
 
UU Women's Group will meet at Sylvia Woodburne's home, 6656 N. Durant Ave, 10:00 am, 3rd Sat., April 21. Suggested discussion subject is: "What's the secret to being a good receiver/giver of help?" Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome. Please RSVP (559) 696-4720.
 
Save the date for the All-Church Picnic! Sunday, May 6 , after the service, at Woodward Park. Unplugged Music Jam, Crafts, Games, Pie Contest, Tree Climbing, and more! Lunch hot off the grill served by YRUU, the high school youth group. $5/person, to benefit YRUU, the high school youth group. More details to come!
 
Celebration of our longest time members. At the service on Sunday, May 6, we will recognize those who have been members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno for more than 30 years. With their contributions of time, talent, and treasure they have helped our congregation grow into a vibrant home for religious seekers. We honor their vital role in our church community. For information contact Patty Bennett, msc@uufresno.org
GROW SPIRITUALLY
Considering the April Chair Yoga Workshop? Register now! Thursday April 5-26, from 3-4pm. Class limited to 10 participants. Returning yogis have priority. Call Jenny Rohan 559-281-7972 or sarayuyoga@gmail.com
 
UU BOOKSHOP BIG BOOK SALE , in the vestry (room behind the band & Rev. Tim's Podium). Wide choice, children's, travel, etc. After Church April 8 and April 15. Accepting books for the sale. Call either Ken Mah 432-4508 or Sylvia Woodburne 696-4720 for any delivery help you may need.
 
Tea and a Tour. Meet Member Services Coordinator Patty Bennett at the pulpit immediately following the service on April 15 for a quick tour of our church campus followed by tea (or coffee) and conversation. Patty Bennett, msc@uufresno.org .
 
UU Humanists - Sunday April 15, in the Youth Room. Noon potluck, please join us with or without food. At 12:30 Clancy Newman will lead a discussion on "The Duty of the Humanist". More info on Facebook pages for UUCF and Humanists of the San Joaquin Valley, and Meet up HSJV. Contact Devin, devinc@sbcglobal.net , 559-240-5127.
 
UU Men's Dinner Group will meet 04/20/18 at the home of Saul Eskin. Saul is baking chicken for us. The guest discussion leader will be Bill Murphy, again speaking on Fake News!! Bill recently spoke to the UU Sr Group to rave reviews. Plan to join us at 6:30pm. Call or text Ed Johnson at 559-824-6323 to RSVP. This month Saul is asking for specific menu items to be contributed so check with Ed.
 
Wicca and the Unitarian Universalist Principles, Thurs, April 26, 6:30-8:30pm -- Join Cynthia Malm as she discusses how the beliefs and tenets of Wicca align with the Principles of Unitarian Universalism. The class will go into detail about the Wiccan faith as a whole and how it relates to Unitarian Universalism, with the hope of bringing understanding about our Earth-Centered UU group and why we're here. Minimum registration 10. Registration deadline Friday, April 20. Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org or 322.6146 x12 to register and/or request childcare.
 
Poetry Workshop and Open Mic Event : Join us as we celebrate poetry with a brief talk about the power of poetry followed by a time of workshop and sharing. Email Katie at khymans@uufresno.org or Kaylia at kayliamariem@gmail.com for more details. April 22nd, 6-8 pm.
 
General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend. The 2018 General Assembly will be June 20-24 in Kansas City, MO. Most General Assembly events will be held in the Kansas City Convention Center. Registration is now open https://www.uua.org/ga/registration
SERVE GRATEFULLY
Third Sunday Food Offering.  Please bring your donations listed on the paper strips for the community in need surrounding Wesley United Methodist Church and the families staying at Valley Children's Hospital.  Or check out this link for items needed: http://uufresno.org/food-pantry/  .  Thanks for helping to make the world a better place! -- from Your Social Justice Coordinating Committee
 
UU Ohana Luau . Make sure to stop by the "coffee hour" table THIS Sunday for a luau plate lunch (plates cost $10, proceeds benefit UUCF YRUU.) Makahiki is a time beginning with the first sliver of moon after Makalii joins the heavens (the 7 sisters of the Pleiades star cluster). Usually around late October/early November. For the next few months, war is kapu (forbidden) and the communities live together in peace. Sharing of the harvest's bounty is encouraged, and there is pule (prayer), mele (chants, songs, poems), and hula (dance) which shared the stories and history of the community.
 
Thinking Out Loud: Hear from Starr King faculty members Meg Richardson, Chris Schelin, Andrea Vestrucci, and Rosemary Bray McNatt at this experimental colloquium on freedom, destiny, and authenticity. On April 3, 2018, 9am-12pm at 2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA or you can Livestream at https://zoom.us/j/6347991496. This is f ree and open to all.
 
As part of the Adopt-A-Highway Program, a roadside clean-up will be conducted on Saturday, April 21. We will meet at the church at 8:00 am and carpool to the site alongside Highway 168. Reflective vests and other equipment will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy boots. You must be 16 years of age or older to participate. Rain cancels. Bob Hudgens, 473-9472

Stories from the Threshold: A Joint Book Release Celebration. Join authors Charles Garfield, PhD (founder of Shanti, SKSM Research Scholar) and Cindy Spring for a special presentation of their latest books and how to care for those we love at the end of their lives. On May 1, 2018 at 6 PM at the Starr King School for the Ministry ( 2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA) or Livestream at  https://zoom.us/j/3298972345 . This event is free and open to all.

2018 Starr King Commencement Save the date and join the Starr King community on May 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM in celebrating the graduating class of 2018 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (1 Lawson Rd, Kensington, CA). This event is free and open to all! More details, including a livestream link, coming soon

GROW Climate Justice 2018! Join a group of committed UU climate activists and invited guests at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, CA for a weekend of skills sharing, community building, and reigniting the flame for climate justice! This will be on May 25 -27, 2018 at the Starr King School for the Ministry (2441 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA) . Register by May 1st at  https://uucsj.org/grow/   

A Mindful Walk: Pilgrimage in Transylvania, July 14-27, 2018, Central Transylvania. With generous support from the Balazs Scholars Committee, UU Partner Church Council, and UUA Panel on Theological Education, we are able to award significant scholarship support for Unitarian Universalist theological students - do not let the cost be a barrier to registering! Contact Megan Dowdell, Faculty Instructor, ASAP at  mdowdell@sksm.edu . Priority consideration for students who confirm before April 1. Register by April 10   on the UU Partner Church Council website:   https://uupcc.z2systems.com/np/clients/uupcc/eventRegistration.jsp?event=1&
AND WORK FOR JUSTICE
Roy Zimmerman, April 20 @ 7:30 PM at the UU Church. Come and enjoy the zany wit and political satire of Roy Zimmerman on his ReZist Tour. Tickets on sale for $20 at church on Sundays or reserve yours at johnsonsacks@comcast.net. Joni Mitchell says: "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection." Here is a sample of 4 of his songs: https://soundcloud.com/stephen-sacks-609622463 This is a benefit for your UU Social Justice Coordinating Team!
 
Thursday, April 12, 10:00-11:00 am & 2:00-3:30 pm. Social Justice Series: Lifting Up Our Communities with speaker Tim Wise, a leading Anti-Racist Writer and Educator. Clovis Community College, 10309 North Willow Avenue (between Willow and International), Academic Center Building One, Forum Hall Room 150. Free and open to the public. Ellis Vance, UU Social Justice Leader, vev40@comcast.net .
 
Join Earth Day Fresno to celebrate our planet and our community: Sat April 14th, 10-4 , Radio Park (First/Clinton). Enjoy a day of fun demonstrations, kids activities, local artisans, green vendors, great live music, delicious food, e-car test drives, free bike valet, FAMily Day at Fresno Art Museum, MARCH FOR SCIENCE and more! https://www.facebook.com/events/386968258435029/
 
The UU Social Justice Team is conducting a print survey of the congregation to get input on what social justice issues are most important to our work in the community. A list is provided but others can be suggested. Input is also requested about priorities for the upcoming 2018 elections. Surveys will be available at the Social Justice Table during the next three Sundays.
 
The UU Faith in Fresno Team will meet on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:00 pm in Room 7. Members of the UU congregation that are interested in discussing issues that are important to our community and the valley during the coming year are encouraged to attend. We will also be planning strategies for the 2018 elections. For more information, contact Ellis Vance, vev40@comcast.net
MESSAGES TO CONGREGATION
We have a congregant who does not have the financial ability to replace an old computer.  If you have a computer and monitor or a laptop that is no more than five years old that you no longer need, please contact the church office at 322-6146.

Please note that our new pledge cycle will not begin until July 1, 2018 . When making a pledge contribution, please clearly indicate which fiscal year it is for (fy 17-18 or fy 18-19). FY 18-19 contributions will be posted as pre-paid contributions up until June 30, 2018 and will then be properly applied towards the fy 2018-19 pledge. Jodi Ede officeuucf@gmail.com
 
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.
 
Starr King School for the Ministry Accepting Applications for Fall 2018 Do you feel called to spiritual leadership? Have you been longing to think more deeply about life and engage more effectively in responding to injustices and suffering? Has your heart been moved by your participation in a religious community? Visit https://www.sksm.edu/ to register TODAY. Regular Deadline is April 1, 2018, Final Deadline is May 1, 2018
 
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.

Our legacy is built one day at a time. Look at the successful Coloring Our Future campaign for the annual support of our church. Ida Jones and Vicki Young and their mighty team distinguished themselves with their energy, cheerful spirit, and productive work. They enhanced their own ever-building legacy, and they contributed to ours. One day, one week, one year, one annual campaign--these shape who we become.
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