Weekly E-News
December 10, 2020
Sunday, December 13th

Please join us on Zoom this Sunday, December 13th, at 10:30 AM for our service titled, The Christmas Menorahs. 

Join Zoom Meeting Sunday at 10:30am

Meeting ID: 891 5048 2747
Password: chalice

Or, follow the link on our webpage for audio onlyuucfm.org
Thank you to Sunday's Participants:

Suellen Kipp, Director of Music             
Karen Brown, Worship Associate
Albie Johnson, Worship Associate
Helen Leddy, Reader
Peter Golbitz, Musician
Lesley Peterson, Musician & Tech Team Member 
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Lead Tech Team Member
Jill Carville, Tech Team Coordinator
Helen Dixon, UU Dialogues Host 
Judy Burget, UU Dialogues Host
Community Sharing Partner for December: Quality Life Center

Quality Life Center’s (The "Q's") mission is to strengthen and instill pride in family and community through programs and services to cultivate self-discipline, self-development, build confidence and promote cultural awareness. The "Q" has served the Dunbar community since 1990. The center provides afterschool, teen leadership, and summer camp programs. Students also participate in daily meditation to promote focus and inner strength along with field trips that encourage children to expose themselves to their community. Please give generously. Thank you!
UU Dialogues & Breakout Rooms After the Service

To participate in UU Dialogues, stay in the main zoom meeting after the service ends and do not accept the breakout room invitation that pops up.

We will greet newcomers, obtain contact information from guests and visitors, have a general Q&A session with guest speakers and musicians from the service, and most importantly, participate in intentional dialogue. All are welcome to attend this session.

If you'd rather join a breakout room for casual conversation, please accept the pop up invitation after the service. Thank you!
We Have Captions on Zoom!

UUCFM’s Tech Team wants you to know that our Zoom services now have automatic LIVE Closed Captions (CC)! When you log on to the Sunday Worship meeting, the captions should begin automatically at the bottom of your screen. 
If you would like to modify your settings, click on the CC icon to the right of the “Record” button in your lower menu. You can adjust font size by sliding the bar across from Normal to Medium to Large font.

If you are on a mobile device, phone or ipad, swipe up from the bottom of your screen to see your menu. Then, tap the CC button to confirm they are on. Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing zoom@uucfm.org .
Join us for a special Zoom Christmas Eve service with Guest Speaker, Rev. Barbara ten Hove and Guest musicians and singers! Here is the special zoom link for this service:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82583581064  No password required.
UUCFM's Online Activities
The UUCFM Book Group

The UUCFM Book Group concludes its discussion of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall KimmererZoom in at the usual time, 1:00 PM until 2:30 PM. If you’re joining for the first time, please email Mary Studer. She will send you the link to zoom. mstuder929@gmail.com 
UUCFM, Caloosahatchee Book Study

The title of our current book is Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World.

"A guidebook for how to use mindfulness to build our inner strength, find balance, and help create a better world."

We meet Wednesdays from 10-11:30 AM on Zoom. For more info and to join, contact Helen Leddy helen.leddy@gmail.com.
Social Issues Book Study

The Social Issues Study group meets via Zoom on Wednesdays from 1-2:30 PM. On December 2, we started reading "How To Be An Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.  Contact helen.leddy@gmail.com.
Gifts for the Q Kids

Please drop off any new, unwrapped gifts for any age child at the UUCFM Office between 8:30 and noon (Tu-Fr) by Tuesday, December 15th.

When gift shopping please remember that we prefer no battery-operated toys, no Barbie dolls, no combat figures and no weapons.

The deadline for bringing toys to our campus is Tuesday, December 15th as volunteers will deliver the gifts to The Q on Wednesday, December 16th.

Contact Helen Dixon with questions: 239-633-4989 or helendixon9@gmail.com.
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Coping with Covid at Home

Your Caring Team is offering a Zoom workshop for you to share strategies for coping due to the covid threat. Tune in to learn creative ways to face isolation at home. Let's share ideas and help each other through this time.

Join us for a choice of two Zoom Workshop dates: Monday, December 14 or Monday, December 21, both at 1-2:30 pm.

The Workshop is open to anyone. To register and get the Zoom link, contact Mary Tracy Sigman, 239-313-5993; email, marytracysigman115@gmail.com.

Also, if you or another member of the Congregation needs some extra attention during this time, your Pastoral Care Committee is here to help as much as we can while keeping us all safe and protected. We can connect with you individually by phone if you are feeling isolated and offer other assistance. Please contact Mary Golbitz marygcline@gmail.com  207-479-4082 (phone or text) or Holley Rauen holleyrauen@gmail.com 239-464-6556.
Calling All Membership Committee Members

We will be having a meeting on Sunday, January 3rd, We are reorganizing our Membership Committee. Please plan to attend at 1pm on Sunday via zoom.

Meeting ID: 936 8209 2655
Passcode: 061167

If you are unable to attend please email me at carolelatino@gmail.com
Stay Safe & Healthy

Carole Latino, Co Chair Membership Committee 
Member to Member Fundraiser

Let's buy and sell from Church Members! Nothing is too large to list- house, car, or boat; and nothing is too small- household item or piece of art. Because of Covid and not being able to meet for a large fundraiser- this is one of the only ways we can raise money for the church this year.

How it works:
In the newsletter you'll see listed items offered by Donor/Seller with total price, percentage of sale to UUCFM, and contact information. Donors/Sellers determine their own percentage of the sale to UUCFM. Delivery/pickup of item is between Buyer & Seller. Buyers write two checks, one to the seller and the other to UUCFM for the percentage of sale going to the church, with fundraiser in the memo line.

Oil print of Woodland scene, 100% to UUCFM, $25. Contact Suzanne at suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020. (include photo if you want)

How to Participate:
Send email to newsletter@uucfm.org with item description, photo (if possible), price, percentage going to UUCFM, and contact information. Your offer will run for a month or until sold.

We hope to have creative fun with this Fundraiser. You could offer services, vacation homes, restaurant coupons...

Contact Ways & Means Chair, Suzanne Ziemer, 239-463-9020,

Now, on to the items!
Gandhi print, 12" x 24", "Be the change you wish to see in the World",
$20., 100% to the Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Oil print of Monet, 32: x 38", $30.,100% to the Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Matching floral prints, green borders, 28" x 28", $40.,100% to the
Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Area Rug, bright red & white, 40" x 56", $20., 100% to Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Rather funky sturdy shell decorated blue chair, comfortable seat,
$20., 100% to church suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Antique Johnson Bros. English gold rimmed china, 6 pieces, 4 10"
plates, oval platter, covered serving bowl, from 2019 Art Fair, $25.,
100% to Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
100% of this bundle of baby/ toddler items will go to the congregation. 

Crib (with sheets) $35; bouncing chair $15; high chair $15; changing mats (2) $15; bath tub $8; booster seat $7; potty $5. Total package $ 100
Contact Kathy Ford
Tilting floor fan with settings for low, medium or high.
$20.00 -- 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
  • ~60-gallon fish tank
  • Back wall-paper
  • 2 decorative inserts
  • On bed of stones
  • 2-door cabinet stand and 2 inside shelves.
  • $349.99 new.
$150.00 – 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Maple sculptured "Hall" table, 50"L x 28"H x 18"W, $30. 100% to church, Suzanne Z. 239-463- 9020 suzanneziemer@gmail.com
Oil print woodland scene, 30"x38", $25, 100% to church, Suzanne Z.
FL birds print, 20" x 24", $10, 100% to Church, Suzanne Ziemer, 239-463-9020, suzanneziemer@gmail.org
"Coffee Table" glass top with lattice wood, 60" L x 26" W x 16" H, $50., 100% to Church, Suzanne Z., 239-463-9020,
Quilt hanging, Open Star design, 29" x 29", $25., 100% to Church, S.Ziemer, 239-463-9020, suzanneziemer@gmail.com
"Comfy" Fabric covered footstool, 20" W x 16" H, $20., 100% to Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
LazyBoy leather high back rolling desk chair, 42' H X 30" W, $50. 100%
to the church suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Exercise 5# barbells, Judo belt, 120" by Proforce, navy 60' woven
belt, $10., 100% to the Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com,239-463-9020
Maple Marble End table, 27" W x 21"L x 17" H, $25. 100% to Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
All purpose Holiday Seasons year round glass bowl, 14", $20., 100% to
Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Three stalk bamboo artificial plant, 4 feet High, good to display
different holiday things, $15. 100% to the Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Many Christmas decorations from 2019 Art Fair, free, come look, many
more, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Shells in glass 14" x 14" jar, $20., 100% to
Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020

Free Tennis Ball Practice machine with balls and tennis rackets suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020 (no pic)

Like New Twin mattresses for floor use for undiscriminating guests! $25. 100% to Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020 (no pic)
December Birthdays

Dec 3 Carol Ungerleider
Dec 11 Dawn Lienhardt
Dec 12 Karen J. Brown
Dec 13 John Pittman 
Dec 14 Lucy Wistreich
Dec 15 Lesley Peterson  
Dec 15 Sydney Stewart
Dec 16 Mat Halstead
Dec 17 Jack Ulman
Dec 21 Harvey Heckes
Dec 30 Joy Sokeitous  
Amazon Smile donates to UUCFM when you do your online shopping by following this special link
Want to Become a Member?
If you are interested in becoming a new member of UUCFM, please email memberservices@uucfm.org.
Our Greater Community
The SWFL Reset Center is delighted to have been granted our 501c3 status and establish an office and presence on the UUCFM Campus. Members of the UUCFM congregation are invited to attend one of two informational ZOOMs to learn more about our mission, vision and initiatives.  We look forward to answering your questions and for you to meet some of our Board of Trustees and Advisors. 

Friday, December  11 at 2:00pm
Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 758 727 0224
Passcode: RESET
From the UUA Southern Region

Save the Date: New Day Rising Conference
February 27
Is your congregation ready to take a new step in racial justice work? Want to learn what your fellow congregations are working on, and how you might apply it at home? Join a continent of UUs as we explore next steps in creating Beloved UU Communities.
On Your Own: Watch compelling video TED-talk style testimonials from selected congregations around the continent sharing their learnings, hopes, and next steps in their quest for racial equity in their congregations.
Together, via Zoom: Worship·Workshops·Caucusing. With plenty of breaks! Saturday, February 27th, 9a-6p PT/10a-7p MT/11a-8p CT/12n-9p ET. This event is brought to you by your Unitarian Universalist Association. To register, go to uua.org

UUA General Assembly 2021 WILL BE VIRTUAL!
The UUA Board of Trustees passed a resolution making the 2021 UUA General Assembly a 100% virtual event. Let’s reach record-breaking attendance on June 23-27, 2021.
Why Virtual General Assembly? General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. That remains true even when we cannot gather physically. Last year, GA had more than 4,900 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. Although we give up the face-to-face interaction and hugs that are prevalent when we meet in-person, we retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable.
“Circle 'Round for Justice ● Healing ● Courage” is the theme for GA 2021. General Assembly is a time to circle ‘round in community. We circle ‘round in care and healing; for liberation and justice; and for love and courage.
Registration opens December 1st. Registration for virtual GA 2021 is $200 per person. Financial aid for registration as well as a payment plan are available. General Assembly registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulive, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app. To register, go to uua.org

For more news from the UUA Southern Region, please go to https://www.uua.org/southern
Contact Us
Board of Trustees
Email: board@uucfm.org

President Lesley Peterson
President Elect Lane Cook
Secretary Ruth King Fotovat
Treasurer Pati Maier
VP Ministerial Services Keith Hamlin
VP Operations Dorothy Van Howe
VP Programming Toni Latino
Member at Large Genelle Grant

Director of Music Suellen Kipp music@uucfm.org
Office Manager Jill Carville officemanager@uucfm.org
Building Supervisor  Mickey Kellam buildingsupervisor@uucfm.org
Assistant  Liza Kellam lhiz_sierra@yahoo.com
Please send all newsletter articles by Wednesday at noon for publication in Thursday's newsletter. Send articles to newsletter@uucfm.org.
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