UUFF eNews - Week of June 24, 2020
Service this Sunday- June 28, 2020
June 28, 11am Zoom Service: "UUA General Assembly Sunday Worship Service."

UUFF's Sunday Zoom Service open at 10:50, service starting at 11am:

Join via link (audio/video): https://uuma.zoom.us/j/96209574188

Meeting ID: 962 0957 4188

Call-in by phone:
     +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Find your local number: https://uuma.zoom.us/u/abJXbBITMf
Sunday, 6/28, 10am - Adult RE 10am Discussion Group (via Zoom!)
Topic this Sunday: "Disappointment." We all have had situations, events, or relationships with people in our lives that caused us to be disappointed. What did you learn about yourself or your expectations from these experiences?

Link to join video/audio at 10am on Sunday: https://zoom.us/j/883142717
Meeting ID: 883 142 717

To call in on non-smart phone/landline:
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
UUFF Cares Updates
Nancy McShane had surgery on her right eye for a detached retina June 15 and will be recovering for the next few months. She will also be finished with her cancer therapy very soon, with her last immunotherapy to be completed on July 9.

Dear UUFF, many in our Fellowship know Rev. Susan Smith and her service to UUFF as a UUA Regional Leader , so I want folks to know to keep her and her family in our hearts as she, her husband Robert, and Susan’s mother were in a car accident Tuesday, killing her mother and injuring the two. Susan is having to have surgeries for her injuries. Please keep Susan and Robert in care as they recover and grieve the loss of her mother.
Peace, Rev. Jim

The Virus is hitting our Marshallese families hard. The Marshallese COVID Task Force is accepting donations of rice, canned meats, and kid-friendly snacks . If you’d like to donate, you can drop donations off on Stephanie Bentley’s porch at 3868 Serenity in Springdale. She will get all donations to her Task Force contact at the end of each week.
UUFF Announcements, Events, and Opportunities!
Good-Bye letter from Bettina Lehovec:
"Dear UUFF members and friends,
 
I will be leaving our UUFF community in July, heading for Maine for a 10-month internship! Many of you know that I’ve been pursuing ministry with the UUA, and this is the second-to-last big step left (an interview with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee is next).
 
I am thrilled about this opportunity for growth and service. I am also sad about leaving Fayetteville and the friends and long associations I have formed here (30- plus years worth!). That goes double for UUFF. You all have been deeply supportive and encouraging, and I am extremely grateful for your care.
 
You have entrusted me as a leader with worship, adult RE, chalice circles, and more. That experience has helped form me as a candidate for ministry. I am grateful for the mentoring I have received and the opportunity to learn and serve. I will take deep friendships and connections with me.
 
When I first attended UUFF (in January 2018), I formed an immediate assessment: “People who think.” I love that about you! And then I found much more: People who laugh. People who care. People committed to community. People who advocate for change. Keep thinking. Keep caring. Keep advocating for change.

With love, Bettina"

BETTINA, I think I speak for all who know you when I say that we are going to miss the heck out of you! But we rejoice in your goal progression and wish you the best of luck. Our love travels to Maine with you. Fawn Smith, UUFF Administrator
Stop gerrymandering of election districts! You can "Drive and Sign" the emergency League of Women Voters petition for an independent redistricting commission.

Bentonville/Rogers
Candlewood Suites
4601 W Rozell Street
Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 10am-6pm
Fayetteville
E. Mountain Street between S. College Ave and S. East Ave.
Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 10am-6pm

Click link below for an easy list of all "Drive and Sign" locations: https://arvotersfirst.org/drive-sign-to-end-gerrymandering-sign-the-official-petition/
Dear Families, UUFF subscribes to a service called Soul Matters , which provides resources for UU congregations. They have put together five weeks of a family resource called, "Creating Sabbath Space," which is all about creating a sacred space in your home during this time of COVID-19.

For your convenience, we'll share the link to each week's curriculum with you. We are now in Week 4


If you missed the previous announcements and want to catch up, please follow the links below: Week 1
Feel free to share pics of your chalice home with Children's RE lead- stephmacbentley@gmail.com

P.S., You will notice our own Teresa Honey Youngblood is one of the authors!
SOCIAL JUSTICE OPPORTUNITY - CFC CAUCUSES

UUFF is a member of The Arkansas Citizens First Congress. CFC is a multi-issue and non-partisan coalition of organizations who work together for progressive changes in state policy. CFC holds a monthly call for each of its caucus groups.  For more info about CFC or the caucuses, go to  www.citizensfirst.org .

Education Caucus: Meets via Zoom on the 4th Monday at 8pm
Current Caucus Priorities:
Improve public education w/ proven strategies for ALL children

Civil Rights & Election Reform Caucus: Meets via Zoom on the 2nd Monday at 6pm
Current Caucus Priorities:
Criminal justice reform to stop mass incarceration
Create juvenile diversion programs to help at-risk youth.
Upgrade Arkansas’ voter registration system

Environmental Caucus: Meets via Zoom 3rd on the Thursday at 6:30pm
Current Caucus Priorities:
Reduce carbon pollution with energy efficiency and renewables
Protect Arkansas water quality, quantity and habitat

Economic Justice Caucus: Meets via Zoom on the 1st Tuesday at 5pm (for July this meeting will be held on the 2nd Tuesday)
Current Caucus Priorities:
Tax and budget fairness, connected to continued expansion of Medicaid
Fair residential landlord-tenant laws
Protect workers from wage theft
Promote educational equity and professional licensure for ALL Arkansans.

If you are interested in participating in a caucus, contact Kristin Foster.
Cell: 479.567.0042
Book Discussion Group Opportunity - Would anyone like to participate in a Zoom book discussion group about Ibram X. Kendi's "How to be an Antiracist?" If interested, please contact Georgia Lance at georgialance@yahoo.com

Most of our programs, etc. are on hold for the time being, but feel free to peruse the website for more information on usual UUFF Programs and Events with an eye to the future!
Learn more about Religious Education, UUFF Choir, Y'ALL (Young Adults Group), Chalice Circles, Circle Suppers, OWL, New UU Classes, Social Justice Opportunities, and MORE at: uufayetteville.org
UUFF Main Contact Info:
Phone: 479-521-8422
Email: uuff.ar@gmail.com
Mailing Address: 901 W. Cleveland St. / Fayetteville, AR 72701

Reverend Jim Parrish’s Schedule and Contact Info:
Call the church office at 479-521-8422 , email uuff.ar@gmail.com , call my Office Cell: 479-439-1415 , or email me at rev.jimparrish@gmail.com
 UUFF Typical Weekly Office Schedule (Fawn's Hours) : Typical Office Hours are Tues/Wed/Fri: 10am-2pm and Thurs: 11am-3pm. Disclaimer-hours are subject to change based on illness, personal appointments, vacation, etc.
Outside Events & Opportunities
Must-read hashtag for Fayetteville Residents (#BlackatUark): https://twitter.com/hashtag/blackatUARK?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville | 479-521-8422 | uuff.ar@gmail.com| uufayetteville.org
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