August 2017 Communicator 
Volume 34    Issue 8
Special News- This Sunday, August 6th is our Annual Pet Blessing Service in Hobart Hall at 10:30a.  This is our Sunday Service for the week.  There will be animals, treats, and lots of music.  Well behaved pets on leashes and in carriers are welcome!

All members and friends are invited to share their summer photos of themselves and their pets from now until Labor Day!  Send a jpg or two to and your picture will be shared each Sunday morning in a slideshow before the service begins.
Sundays in August
Staff & Board News
Board Thank Yous
The board thanks Dorothy Van Howe, Mary Alice Pierce, Helen Dixon, Lucy Wistreich, Simone Ittenbach, Judy Burget, Carol Barclay, John Worster, Laura Snow and her partner, Doug, for kitchen clean up efforts.  Thanks to the entire worship team and chair, Elise Sexton, for all their work. Thank you to Neil Yesu for his work as caring network coordinator and for serving as a contact for triage whilst our minister is bonding with her soon-to-be-here bundle. Thanks to Bill Petrarca for serving as the contact and advocate for staff while the minister is away, to Helen Dixon for volunteering with the deposit, Emmie Spiller for volunteering in the office,  and the website team for all their efforts on the amazing new website.  Thanks to the membership committee for a continued excellent job.

At this time, our board is also remembering Judie Marble in a spirit of gratitude for her servant's heart, her love and her generosity.  May the spirit of her kindness and love for UUCFM continue to be a light and an example.

Volunteer(s) of the month are Lesley and Walter Peterson.  We are grateful for all their work on our new website that captures the emotion, joy and spirit of UUCFM just right. It is certain that many will take the path from the website straight to the church doorstep.  The board is grateful.
Save the Date!
Covenant of UU Pagans

We welcome all to our Lughnasadh ritual on Saturday, August 5th. We'll gather at 6:30p either at the amphitheater or lanai depending on weather. We celebrate the first harvest. Bring a dish to share for our community feast after.

August 6th is the blessing of our animals in Hobart Hall at 10:30a. This is a time to recognize our flying, running, slithering ones. Bring a picture of departed ones if you wish. This is a Sunday service.

Our August 20th meeting looks at Inclusivity. How we can work together and be diverse. This starts at 12:00 after the Sunday service in Room 1. All are welcome. Lily Nieves and Gordon Woodworth III lead.
A Poetry Duet
Please join us on Sunday, August 6th at 1:00p in Hobart Hall for a pleasant afternoon of poetry reading by UUCFM's resident poet, educator, facilitator, and sage, Donald Ehat, Ed.D. Don will be joined by fellow poet, world traveler, and friend, Don Kahrmann.

Both poets will have signed copies of their works available, and both will share their life experiences and invite responses and questions from the audience. All welcome to attend!
Be the Light will be presenting their Empowering YOUth human trafficking awareness program on August 9th at the 7:00p MOVE meeting in Room 4.  MOVE (Making Our Voices Effective) is a social justice group for ages 10+.   All youth ages 10+ are invited to join in this one night program to learn the how to best empower and protect themselves against human trafficking, a crime that has an average age of between 11 and 12 for those affected. For more information about Be the Light, check out their website at  

For more information on UU Youth MOVE, email , or contact adult facilitators Alison Carville or Rachel Spiller.
The Women's Circle

The Women's Circle luncheons are taking a break in the Summer.  But we don't want to lose touch with each other, so for those who are still around, we are meeting for lunch at restaurants in Lee County each month.

For August we will gather at The Shrimp Shack in Ft Myers on Metro just North of Daniels at noon, Monday, August 14th.  For more information, contact Susan Forsyth  239-424-8442 or
UU Dance
Calling everyone interested in joining in a UU Dance experience! UU Dance is about joy, celebration and expression through movement.  Come and have fun with us. Debra Leigh leads us through an enjoyable creative movement activity and a few short and simple movement sequences. You do not need to be athletic and the movement is not technically challenging.  

We'll meet Wednesday, August 16, at 6:45p in the Narthex (lobby of sanctuary).  Students ages 11+ may participate with parental permission slip.   

Join the FUUn BUUnch Dinner Gang Friday, August 18th at 7:00p for an exotic or traditional dinner at the world famous Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant in the Bass Pro Shops at Gulf Coast Town Center.

Please RSVP John or Bob by Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  

(The restaurant requires firm numbers by this date.)

John E. Fischer  267 992 6566 or or

Bob Nies  239 466 7933 or


Take Rte 75 to Exit 128, Alico Rd.  








Classes & Groups
New UU Book Study
The next UU book group will reconvene Wednesday, August 9th at 1:00p in the Library. The book is Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth.  Come having read the Introduction and Chapter One. Here is the remaining schedule:  August 16, chapters 2,3; August 23, chapters 4,5; Aug. 30, chapters 6,7;  September 6th, chapter 8 plus wrap-up and planning.
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.  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.
Regular Activitie s for August:

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 
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 12:30p after service on Sundays 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!

Social Justice
South Fort Myers Food Pantry 
The Food Pantry Newsletter for the second quarter of 2017 (April through June) is posted in Hobart Hall, next to the kitchen.  I will summarize for those who may not have time to stop by and read it.  During the second quarter of 2017 our pantry served 1670 clients, totaling 5,466 family members actually fed.  The pantry volunteers distributed over 172,226 pounds of food.  

The annual meeting of the food pantry coalition was held on June 17, 2017.  The directors of the current board were elected to serve another year.  The names of the directors are available in the food pantry flyer which you can get  either at the social justice table or from the rack of brochures near the water fountains in Hobart Hall.  The meeting was followed by a luncheon to honor the volunteers, a time to enjoy fellowship with each other.

There is an appeal for more food donations during the summer months, which you are already doing and is appreciated.  There are also instructions for anyone wanting to volunteer this summer.  
If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, email Fran Rose at Put "Food Pantry" on the subject line of your email.
My UU Story  
Arlee: My UU Principles

My name is Arlee with two ee’s.  My Mum and Dad are Glenn and Paloma Siebert. They love me lots and lots. I take advantage of that fact anytime I want a little milk.

Too shy to attend the Blessing of the Animals, I opted to stay home last year but my name was mentioned (and my sister’s too), to ensure that we’d be blessed.  My loving family is my blessing!

Back in 2009, I became aware that I am a PUURR (Playful Unitarian Universalist Remarkable Romantic).  I am very playful.  Sometimes when frogs sneak into the house I want to play with them, but my Mum takes them outside because of the 7th principle (my personal favorite): Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

As the 1st principle tells us I am remarkable: I am inherently worthy. My Deh-Dee tells me all the time how special I am.  I also know because my parents have little beds for me around the house, and a special water fountain.  They also grow grass for me to eat, they brush me every day and I have an automatic Crunchies dispenser which goes off at 5 am every day.  Meow, I love the 1st principle!

I’m also a romantic as I dream constantly of the 2nd principle: justice, equity and compassion in all relationships.

I end this essay with the truth, as I have freely and responsibly searched for (our 4th principle): It’s a great gift to be a PUURR!

Arlee Siebert

About My UU Story

Each month, the Membership Committee would like to publish your UU story- either converted or born UUs.  How did you become a UU, or how did our religion affect your life?  Alternatively, do you have a one paragraph remembrance of your first reaction to being in a UU church and/or learning about the religion?  To share your story, please contact Joy Sokeitous at  

Joy will help you edit and she will provide questions to help you develop your story.

New UUCFM Website Goes Live
After literally years of planning and hard work, mostly through the special website skills of church-member Lesley Peterson (and technical support from her husband Walter) and collaboration with Joe Sexton, past VP of Ministerial Services, this week the Church raises the curtain on its new website, the window through which others see what we stand for and how they might join us.  You are invited to share in our excitement by enjoying all the new material and pictures at
Because this was a complete re-make of our website, connecting to the previous member database was required. You will need to re-register with the website using your current username and password. Please make sure that you enter your email address as your username. If your email address has changed recently, use your old email address and then change it after you have completed the registration process; you can edit it in the Member Services section. If there's any issue with getting registered with an old email address, you may contact Lesley Peterson at to help you get registered.
A HUGE Thank You! to Lesley, Walter and Joe and all who helped launch our new website.  This is truly a landmark effort for our growing congregation.
2018 Women's Retreat
It's time to start planning to attend the 2018 Florida UU Women's Retreat. Flyers will be available in the Narthex.  This year, we are again sending this information to all the Florida UU congregations at the same time that this mailing is going out to you allowing more UU women to learn about the retreat. 
DaySpring has raised the room rates for 2018, but we are not changing the rates for attendance at the Retreat. We are also again offering a $5 discount to all those who register before  September 15, 2017
So, secure your place for the April gala and remind others that there's a special deal for signing up early.  It's going to be another grand weekend.

We are looking for volunteers to participate in the program planning.  If you are interested and we hope you are, please contact us.  Program planning can take place from anywhere in the state, so don't be reluctant to sign up to help.

Helen Leddy
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 E-news.  

Aug 1   Jennifer Grant

Aug 2    Barbara Boynton  

Aug 3   Dan Laliberte

Aug 3   Ian Ireland  

Aug 3   Carla Webb

Aug 4   Margot White

Aug 5   Susan Schmitt

Aug 9   Hilary Matheson

Aug 12   Peg Lancioni  

Aug 12   Carole Latino

Aug 13   Shirley Blumenfeld

Aug 14   Paula Copestick

Aug 21  Suzanne Fast

Aug 22   Carol Barclay

 Aug 22   Marge Gonzalez

Aug 24   Patricia Vivier-Naidl

Aug 25   John Swank

Aug 28   Ellen Kelly      

 Please send all news articles for the Weekly E-news to
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Newsletter Editor: Jill Carville 
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Board of Trustees

President                            Steve Eisenberg                239-634-7367
President Elect                  Matt Hoffman                     239-222-4836
Secretary                            Rachel Spiller                    205-527-2386
Treasurer                            Jen Smith                           480-677-0404
VP Finance                          Deb Lewis                         239-313-5618
VP Ministerial Services     Susan Forsyth                   239-424-8442
VP Operations                    Bill Petrarca                       239-454-2438
Member at Large                Albie Johnson                    239-218-7405

Minister                        Rev. Allison Farnum     239-561-2700x204
Director of Music        Amy Laursen                941-932-2353     
Director of RE             Jenn Blosser                 239-561-2700x208
Office Manager           Jill Carville                     239-561-2700x202
Building Supervisor   Mickey Kellam               239-738-3473     
Nursery Supervisor   Liza Kellam                    239-314-6316      
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