UUFS NEWS
February 2021
Focusing on LOVE!

With all that we have been through and continue to experience, it’s easy to be frustrated, angry, and even depressed. Yet, many of us are now getting vaccinated or will be in the coming weeks! We have a new administration in Washington – including two new Georgia senators! And, we can envision the spring coming soon. Hopefully, those and other activities and events can remind us that things can get better and will help us to focus on hope, compassion, and love.

Our joint worship services this LOVE month will be encouraging that focus. So, I decided to write a little haiku for you in anticipation of your participation.
The days are longer
We are singing once again
Can you feel the LOVE?

Join us for our online worship services at 10:30 each Sunday and other activities that you will see here in our newsletter. It’s time to connect and focus on LOVE.

Joyfully Yours!
Jane
Join our ONLINE SERVICE* on your computer or smart device. (You will be asked to download ZOOM software if you haven't before. It's safe!) 
Enter this MEETING ID when asked: 479 325 3254 
NOTE: Even when Jane is not conducting our online services we use this Zoom link & ID. * EXCEPT 3rd Sundays. See below for the special link to the 3rd Sundays' Zoom Room.
February 7
“When Our Heart is in a Holy Place”
Rev. Jane Page, Worship Leader
In this service, Rev. Jane leads with her series using songs from Singing the Journey as her sacred text. She will explore and expand on the lyrics in this song (#1008) which helps us to develop the kind of sacredness within us that we need to move forward with peace, love, and joy in the world.

February 14
“Answering the Call of Love”
Rev. Jane Page
On this Valentine’s Day, Rev. Jane explores the lyrics from Jason Shelton’s “Answering the Call of Love” (#1014) as her sacred text. We will also learn of the history and reasons for changing the name of this song, as we strive to answer the call of love.

February 21 (3rd Sunday)
“Dialogue on Race Part 2: Insights from Black UU Women”
Paula Cole Jones, Guest Speaker
This service, led by Paula Cole Jones (Washington D.C. based consultant and elder in Black Lives UU), allows our congregations to “sit in” on a dialogue between five Black women as they confront racism. These activists have been stirring up “good trouble” in communities, in UUA, and in other traditions for decades.

3rd Sunday REMINDER
(Zoom Room as of 1/15/21)
All UUFS 3rd Sunday services are accessed through a SPECIAL ZOOM ROOM.
*Use this Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/98845884505
Meeting ID: 988 4588 4505

For DIAL IN FOR LISTENING ONLY via your landline or cell phone: 
Call: 646-876-9923 and use this Meeting ID: 988 4588 4505

February 28
"Rumi: A Poet for Our Times"
Rev. Jane Page, Worship Leader
Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy, Guest Speaker
Rev. Jane’s fellow seminarian and friend Rev. Mellen Kennedy will visit with us from Vermont via Zoom. She shares a sermon about Rumi who was a 13th century Sufi poet and mystic. He grew up and lived in a time of turmoil and his insights speak so clearly to our time. Join us for a celebration of Rumi. You're invited to bring your favorite Rumi poem to share if you'd like.
Sunday, February 14 at 3 p.m.
YOU are invited to UUFS' next parking lot party at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, weather permitting. This will be outdoors, masked and socially distanced.

Bring your own lawn chair. If you want to make valentines, please bring them to be added safely to a collaborative group display. We can take pictures of our art work and share through our Facebook page. 
Currently, Georgia residents eligible for the vaccine (in the category of Phase 1 A) include:
  • Health care workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Adults aged 65 and older plus one caregiver
  • Law enforcement, firefighters, first responder

To schedule an appointment
Call the SE Health district, which includes Statesboro, at 855.473.4374
OR
Call the local hospital who is also making appointments for the Vaccine Clinic weekdays from 2-4 p.m. , as supplies are available. Appointment line is 912.486.1811.

REMINDER
Appointment availability is subject to change based on vaccine supply and may be temporarily paused from time to time. 
February is Black History Month

Frederick Douglass Birthday (Date unknown)

February 4th—Rosa Parks Birthday 

February 11th—Nelson Mandela’s Release from Prison

February 12th—Red Hand Day—Day Against Child Soldiers

February 17th—Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 20th—World Day of Justice 

You may submit your Peace Educational events below:

Karen Lambie, Social Justice Team Leader
January
Small crowd enjoyed sunny outdoor social at UUFS on January 10th. Weather permitting, these outdoor masked, socially distanced gatherings will continue on second Sundays at 3 PM, so mark your calendar for February 14th.
Service for MLK DAY Celebration
"What Would Martin Luther King Say?"
MLK Sunday was Zoomed from the UUFS sanctuary by a masked, socially distanced team.
In January, UUFS Zoomed from our sanctuary with a masked, small group. MLK speaker Stephanie Spencer was watched by remote congregants, as well as on site president Tanya and musicians Robert and Josh. Shari, the worship leader, lit candles as Joys & Concerns were shared.
Speaker Stephanie Spencer
Worship Leader Shari Barr
UUFS President (and AV tech) Tanya Carden with musicians Robert Cottle and Josh Murray.
Our tradition of giving away half of the offering that is not designated as a pledge will continue in 2021, with some adjustments. Rather than designating a charity for the first month, the board decided to designate a charity for the first quarter. All offerings received in January, February & March not designated as "Pledges" will be split with the Statesboro Food Bank.


Thank you for your continued support and faithfulness to our congregation, which allows us to remain steadfast in our commitment to serving our community.
You are invited to join  
INGE online for yoga classes every Thursday, 9:30 am.

Please send her an email at ingespencer@me.com
if you want to join her ZOOM classes.

Classes are beginner friendly and there is no fee.
For more information see mindbodycenteryoga.com 
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
of Statesboro
We are located at 6762 Cypress Lake Road
Statesboro, Georgia
Please send mail to:
UUFS, PO Box 2453, Statesboro GA 30459
Phone: 912.489.8338
Rev. Jane Page, Minister
C: 912.682.3566
President: Tanya Carden
Vice President: June Hackle
Secretary: Teresa Winn
Treasurer: Cynthia Frost
Member at Large: John Thompson

You may contact board members by emailing StatesboroUU@gmail.com
and please put the board member's name in the subject line.
PASTORAL CARE ASSOCIATE
Shari Barr
Home: 912.764.7300
Cell: 912.687.3899

COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
Chair: Dee Liston

NEWSLETTER/WEBSITE
Elaine Deaver
Cell: 912.230.2675

TRANSPORTATION TO UUFS SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES
EMAIL:
Phone: 912.682.3566
BUILDING MAINTENANCE
Mike Montagne

CARE RING
Shari Barr

CHILDREN'S RE
Abby Thompson

COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
Dee Liston, Shari Barr,
Michael Williams

FINANCE
Adrienne Cohen

MUSIC
Robert Cottle

PROGRAMS
Dee Liston