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SEPTEMBER WORSHIP THEME
Vision:  The Practice of Finding a Path Forward
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Jodi Ede,
Congregational Administrator
Please join us Sunday, September 16

10:30 a.m.
"No Such Thing as a Free Search"
Annual Blessing of the Backpacks
Bring a Friend Sunday

Rev. Tim Kutzmark
Patti Potter, Worship Associate
Pastoral Care Support for September is:

September 1-16
Marilyn Erb
779-0132
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September 17-30
Kathy Garabed
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
The Wonderfully Wicked Wizard of Oz Gala, Oct. 20th: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to silent, live, and dessert auctions, a free concert, and catered dinner! Visit the Gala table in the breezeway before or after the service to get donation forms, volunteer forms, and tickets! We are especially looking for dessert auction entries. Contact Marlene Masten, (210) 473-6852, or mmasten1@sbcglobal.net !

UU Women's Group will meet at Micheline Curnyn's home, Saturday, Sept. 16, 10:00 am. The topic for discussion will be, 'Where were we when important/meaningful events in our lifetime happened?' A light luncheon will be served and all are welcome. Please RSVP. Sylvia Woodburne, 696-4720

The UU Men's Group are beginning our year of dinners on Friday 9/21. Our meetings are the 3rd Friday of the month now thru June (excluding Dec.) All who identify as men are welcome. Topics vary as does the food. Our host (this month Bob Hudgens) prepares a main course, the rest of us bring what's needed to make a meal. Call, text or email Ed Johnson to RSVP. Call, text or email me at 559-824-6323. Edj.4956@yahoo.com

UU Young Adults Brunch! If you are a UU ages 25-40 (and feel young at heart) join us for a monthly potluck brunch before the service. Meet us Sunday, September 23 at 9:00 am in the conference room and bring a dish to share. If you are joining us, please sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/y8htxb64 Emily Kuizenga emilykuizenga@gmail.com

Our first Circle Supper for this fall will be a potluck, Saturday September 29, noon - 3:00 pm, at the co-housing common house. If you're interested in participating in this event, or would like to be added to the Circle Supper (often brunches) email list, please contact Gail West at leftwest@yahoo.com or (559) 284-5453.
GROW SPIRITUALLY
Site of New Classrooms Finalized - Check out the location and outline of our new class rooms. The ever-fabulous George Burman has outlined the new classrooms in yellow paint on the grass to the left of current classroom 1-2-3. A portable classroom has been located, purchased and is being refurbished prior to delivery in the next few months. Contact: Rev. Tim at tkutzmark@uufresno.org

UU Humanists - Sunday September 16 , in the Youth Room. Noon potluck, join us with or without food. At 12:30 Dan Yaseen and Camille Russell will screen Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, with discussion. 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.

U.U. Seniors will meet on Tuesday, September 18th from 10 am. until noon in the Sanctuary. After a brief check-in, we will have a "Round Table" discussion about possible future format/s for our meetings. You all received a email about these suggestions. Please make it a priority to attend. The future of U.U. Seniors depends upon your input. Saul Eskin sbeskin85@gmail.com

Faith and Film: Moccasins and Microphones -- Thurs, Sept 20, 10am-noon OR 7-9pm. Join Rev. Tim to watch and discuss 'Moccasins and Microphones', a documentary film that follows a team of indigenous youth who create and perform original poems centered in Native American spirituality. Watch as these students prepare to present a theater production of their finest poems woven with traditional and contemporary song and dance, as they continue the ancient tradition of Native storytelling through the powerful new medium of performance poetry. Registration required; childcare upon request. Call or email Katie Hymans at (559) 322-6146 or khymans@uufresno.org , or online at http://uufresno.org/home/adult-re/ .

JesUUs Conversation Are you someone who finds hope and meaning in the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, and are wondering how to connect that with Unitarian Universalism? Rev. Tim was asked to host a meet up for discussion and exploration. Join us, Sunday, Sept. 23 from 12:30-2:00 pm (no registration required). Light refreshment provided, contact Tennille Tunnell thefresnotuns@gmail.com

Resistance and Transformation: Unitarian Universalist Social Justice History Tues, Sept 25-Oct 30, 10am-12noon OR 7-9pm. Join Rev. Tim for this exciting workshop that will plunge you deep into the history of Unitarian Universalism from a social justice perspective. We'll explore a basic framework to understand social justice as a religious response, and then look at five moments in UU history: Response to Slavery; 19th Century Women's Peace Movement; Just War, Pacifism, and Peacemaking; Utopianism; and Free Speech. Registration is required; Childcare upon request. Call or email Katie Hymans at (559) 322-6146 or khymans@uufresno.org , or online at http://uufresno.org/home/adult-re/ .

Fresno Multi-Faith Exchange meeting September 30, 3-5 p.m. at St. Paul Newman Center 1572 E. Barstow Ave (across from Bulldog Stadium), Fresno CA 93710.

Join the Social Justice Team for an all-church read of 'Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want'. This book examines the anti-democracy movement that has grown in power, then offers a vision and call to action with practice guidance for advancing our justice-making work in the public square. Purchase the book now and read through Chapter 4. First discussion Friday, Oct 5, 6:30-8:30pm. Register and/or request childcare at http://uufresno.org/home/adult-re/ . Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org with questions.

New Member Sunday October 7 . Is it time for you to become a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno? Our next New Member Sunday Service is coming up soon, on October 7. If you are considering membership at this time, or if you have any questions about our process, please contact our Member Services Coordinator Patty Bennett at msc@fresno.org or 322-6146, or speak with her at the service on Sunday.

Oct. 7, 2018 at 12:15 General Assembly Sermon Series -- Rev. Sofia Betancourt: The Missing Remnant. Rev. Sofia, previous Interim Minister at UUCF, gave a moving sermon at the Service of the Living Tradition at GA this year, addressing the ongoing association-wide work to dismantle white supremacy. In her powerful way, she called on us to live more fully into our values and spoke about the blessings and challenges of this work. Buy a 1st Sunday lunch for $5 to support our youth group and come watch her sermon in the sanctuary, followed by discussion. Register and/or request childcare at http://uufresno.org/home/adult-re/ . Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org with questions.

Oct. 12, 2018 5:30 - 7:30 pm What Does Parent as the Main Religious Educator Mean? workshop. Join Katie Hymans, Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, for a conversation about what it means to be your child's primary religious educator. How can Sunday's lessons be tied in at home? How does one reinforce UUism at home and help to develop a UU identity? These are more questions will be discussed. Pizza, salad, adn cookies provided! Register and/or request childcare at http://uufresno.org/home/adult-re/ . Contact Katie Hymans at khymans@uufresno.org with questions.

Join a Chalice Circle! Chalice Circles are a wonderful opportunity to connect with other congregants at a deeper, spiritual level, forming bonds that build into other aspects of congregational and personal life. Meeting every 2nd & 4th week of the month from Oct-June, circles are led by trained facilitators and focus on the monthly worship theme. For specific times and go register, go to http://uufresno.org/home/adult-re/ . Contact Katie Hymans with questions at khymans@uufresno.org
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
 
Opportunity Fair Sunday, September 23 after church. Learn more about the many ways you can serve gratefully at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno. Browse the tables and talk to team members during coffee hour, and find exciting ways to serve and connect as we launch the new church year. Adults, get your "passport" stamped by at least four team representatives to enter a raffle for gift cards and other prizes! To reserve table space for your team or committee, contact Patty Bennett, Member Services Coordinator, msc@uufresno.org .
AND WORK FOR JUSTICE
Hate Crimes: Impact on Minority Communities, a Leon S. Peters Ethics Lecture, cosponsored with the Interfaith Alliance of Central California and The Mediator Mentors Program at Fresno State. Sept. 19, 5-6:15 pm at Peters Ed Auditorium (student rec center Shaw and Woodrow) Contact Andrew Fiala afiala@csufresno.edu or http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/ethicscenter
 
The UU Social Justice and Faith in Fresno Teams will meet on Sunday, September 23, after service in the Office Conference Room. Potluck, 12:00-12:30, followed by meeting, 12:30-2:00 pm. All interested in working for justice in our community are warmly invited to attend. Weekly Mid-Term Election Updates/Discussions will begin on September 30, after Sunday Service. Ellis Vance, vev40@comcast.net .
 
The UU Social Justice and Faith in Fresno Teams will participate in canvassing and phone banking leading up to the Mid-Term Elections. Phone banking will take place every Thursday at UUCF, 6:00-8:00 pm, beginning on September 27. Please join us in this important democracy activity to get out the vote. It is hoped that we will have 10 volunteers each week. Sign up at the Social Justice Table.
 
UUCF will join with other faith groups to form a Family and Friends Network . Our members will be encouraged to actively participate in the 2018 Mid-Term Election. Each congregant will be asked to work to get 10 family members or friends out to vote in the important upcoming Mid-Term Election. 15,000 new voters can make a difference! Contact Ellis Vance, vev40@comcast.net
 
With the Mid-Term Election just seven weeks away, the Social Justice Team will ask the UU family to identify voting issues that are important to them. A short survey will be inserted in the order of service this Sunday. The information will be combined with that of other faith groups in the valley to be used for canvassing, phone banking, and a candidates' forum. Ellis Vance, vev40@comcast.net .
MESSAGES TO CONGREGATION
Kay Tolladay Pitts will be showing her paintings and poetry on the topic of aging at Art Hop this Thursday, Sept. 20 at the Betty Rodriguez Library, 3040 N. Cedar. Reception 5:00-8:00, The exhibit will last through Oct. 6. There will also be landscape paintings from her years spent in Yosemite. Kay Pitts kaytpitts@gmail.com
 
Eva and Joel Wissner , are getting ready to move to their new home soon. They are in need of old newspapers and boxes. You can contact Joel at song4truth@gmail.com
 
Carolyn Nolan has returned home after a fall. Notes and cards of support can be sent to Carolyn at 482 W. San Ramon Ave., #102, Fresno CA 93704
 
Elena Dakin Perez and her son have been displaced from their home by a fire. Most of their possessions were destroyed. They have found an apartment to rent. A meal train has been started for them to provide help with meals. To participate in this or to find other ways to support, email our Pastoral Care Team contact Marilyn Erb at merbcrowder@icloud.com
 
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.

If you are interested in learning more about Legacy and Gifts, contact Kathy Huber, Facilities and Finance Manager at 559-322-6146 or operations@uufresno.org
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