UUFF eNews - Week of November 18, 2020
Service this Sunday- November 22, 2020
Sunday, November 22nd, 11am Zoom Service: "Bread Communion: Grateful to Be Together." Led by Rev. Jim Parrish. It is time for UUFF's traditional sharing of Bread and Companionship, and we will do just that - via zoom! Bake or buy some of your favorite bread(s) to savor as we celebrate and focus on being thankful for our lives, even as difficult as they can be.

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, 11/22, 10am - Adult RE 10am Discussion Group (via Zoom)!

Topic this Sunday: "The links between gratitude, joy, and your health." With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, it's a perfect time to reflect on the role gratitude plays in our lives. Join us to discuss how feeling and expressing gratitude contributes to our overall health and happiness.

Meeting ID: 826 5484 5854
UUFF Cares
Joyce Mendenhall has relayed some good news! A recent PET scan showed major improvement in the tumors in her liver. Her chemo treatments will continue at least through the month of December, and she is being referred to a Dr. at UAMS in Little Rock for possible surgery. Please keep Joyce in your thoughts and hearts. We are so thankful and hopeful with this news!

Please keep Fran Levin in your thoughts, as she has been hospitalized with COVID/pneumonia. Fran was a member of UUFF for many years before becoming active at UU Benton County. Fran joins us often for Sunday Service zooms, etc. Fran, we are sending love and healing vibes your way!

Jack and Jan Groh need our love and support. Jan was recently hospitalized due to a low oxygen event and is now at home recovering. Jan has heart issues, and will be doing more tests to see what can be done. She tires quickly but would appreciate short calls and wouldn't mind some shared soup or meal help now and again. Jan reports that Jack has gained some strength and clarity but is still limited in mobility. Cards and letters are appreciated: 330 E. Fairway Lane / Fayetteville, AR / 72701. 

Please keep Sue and Dean Coppernoll in your hearts, and check in on Sue now and then if you can. Notes and cards are appreciated: 3232 W. Shale / Fayetteville, AR / 72704.

Sophia Arnold and her roommate are looking for a safer housing rental opportunity. If anyone has any contacts or knows of anything, please let the office know.

Bettina Lehovec says hello to everyone and that she misses us but is doing well in Maine.
UUFF Announcements, Events, and Opportunities
From Renée Janski, UUFF Music Director:

"The music department is going to do a new recording project - "Spirit of Life!" This will be for use in service as well as for our sick or home bound members and friends.

The choir and I hope that we can have more participants than just those of us in the choir. Actually, we want as many members and friends to do this with us as are willing! Will you lend your voice? Pretty please? 

Just email Renée at janskistudio@gmail.com to get all of the details."
SAVE-THE-DATE: A Congregational Meeting for UUFF Members will be held directly after service on Sunday, December 13th, 2020. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend, as we will be voting on important matters. Supporting documents will be sent to members two weeks before the meeting, so keep an eye out! Thanks!
Many of us are saddened by the fact that we can't get together at UUFF this Thanksgiving for our usual holiday potluck meal. I know I am!

Rev. Jim and I would like to invite everyone to jump into a zoom meeting between 11am and NOON on November 26th to just say hi and/or show us what craziness is happening in your household this holiday season! A baking show-and-tell, perhaps?

All are encouraged to pop on for a bit of visiting. CLICK HERE to join the Holiday Greeting and Show-n-Tell zoom between 11am-NOON on Thursday, November 26th.
We'd love to see you!
New UU Class Series beginning on Sunday, December 6th, from 6-8pm via zoom! ALL are encouraged to attend. These classes are especially for folks new to Unitarian Universalism or UUFF, but they are open to anyone, and all can benefit from attending! More details to follow.
UUFF's 2021 Stewardship Pledge Drive is underway!

Members and Friends, your fellowship is committed to remaining a guiding light and place of refuge to all in these dark and challenging times, and we rely on your continued commitment to make that happen.

Pledge mailings went out to members and friends, and many of you have already sent your completed pledge form back to us! This is a time-sensitive endeavor, so THANK YOU! If we somehow missed you (had outdated address info, etc.), and you haven't received your mailing, please let the office know.

For your convenience, you can CLICK HERE to access the 2021 pledge form and letter from Stewardship Drive leads, Ines Polonius and Joe Euculano.

You can also visit UUFF's website - uufayetteville.org - for more information.

Thank you all for helping to keep this unique community alive!
Gratitude Moment shared by Kate Kowalski during the November 8th 11am Sunday service.
There is a Pledge Drive tradition here at UUFF. It involves inviting one member to share, during each 11am Sunday Service, a bit of their journey to, experience with, and appreciation for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville.

On Sunday, November 8, 2020, one of our newest members, Kate Kowalski, spoke to us about her path to UUFF and what drives her to give of her time, talent and treasure.

To read Kate's story, CLICK HERE!
Treasurer's Report of September 2020 Highlights - As promised, UUFF Treasurer, Elizabeth Hancock, has created and made available to all a summary of UUFF's latest financial happenings. To view the report, please CLICK HERE. Thanks to Elizabeth H for all of the hard work!
Our Children’s Religious Exploration class for ages 5-11 is using the Soul Matters curriculum, which you can learn more about HERE. This month we’re exploring the many ways our UU faith invites us to become “A People of Healing.” Parents can find activities and discussion topics in this email, and children are invited to take part in every-other-week zoom meetups, the next of which will be THURSDAY, November 19, from 7 to 7:30pm. Click HERE to participate!

This week our focus is on, “Listening before you try to help and heal others.” Our faith asks us to serve others. It’s part of our second UU Principle, “Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.” But sometimes when we try to help and heal others we assume we know exactly what they need, but we’re wrong! So what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into becoming a people of healing? It tells us to “Listen Before You Try to Help and Heal Others!”  

Youth RE (11+) is excited to continue with our new Soul Matters curriculum called "Crossing Paths!" 

Youth RE zoom classes are scheduled for every other Wednesday, beginning at 6:30pm, with the next being on November 25th. Now that we have had a chance to explore our own UUism, join us next week to dive into a new religious tradition and learn how it may be the same and different from our perspective(s).

Families with registered youth will receive an email containing relevant materials a few days before each meeting. If you have questions, please contact Leanda Gavin.

Calendar of UUFF Events for Week of November 18th - 26th

TODAY, 11/18 - 6:30pm - Chalice Team Meeting - Zoom

Thursday, 11/19 - 6:30pm - Board Meeting - Zoom

Thursday, 11/19 - 7pm - Children's (ages 5-11) RE Class - Zoom

Sunday, 11/22 - 10am - Sunday Meditation - Zoom (Ines)

Sunday, 11/22 - 10am - Adult RE Discussion Group - Zoom (Brooke)

Sunday, 11/22- 11am - Main Sunday Service - Zoom

Monday, 11/23 - 10am-NOON - UUFF Grounds Work (unless raining) - UUFF

Monday, 11/23 - 7pm - UUFF Book Discussion Group - Zoom (Georgia)

Wednesday, 11/25 - 7AM - Wednesday Morning Meditation - Zoom

Wednesday, 11/25 - 6:30pm - Youth (11+) RE Crossing Paths Class - Zoom

Thursday, 11/26 - HOLIDAY - UUFF Office Closed

Thursday, 11/26 - 11am-NOON - Holiday Greetings and Show-n-tell! - Zoom
Many 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): Office Hours are Tuesday - Friday, 11am-3pm. Disclaimer-hours are subject to change based on illness, personal appointments, vacation, etc.
Outside Events & Opportunities
Stuck at Home does not mean you can't Go Somewhere and Learn Something online... and this program from the UU Ministry for the Earth may be just what you need!
There are documentaries, Teach Ins on colonialism, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Inter-generational Environmental Dialogue, and Indigenous Rights Seminars. From Thursday, November 19th to Thursday, November 26th, this program is packed with activity and information.

  • Thu. 19th - The Condor & the Eagle documentary with panel discussion.
  • Fri. - Worship, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Climate Justice Dialogue, People of the Land: Protect Garcia Pasture.
  • Sat. - Indigenous History Conference: Writing Ourselves Into Existence, We Still Live Here: As Nutayunean (film)
  • Sun. - Indigenous History Conf. Session IX, congregational Teach In: 400 Years of White Supremacy Colonialism
  • Tue. - Climate Action workshop
  • Thu. 26 - 51st Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Ma., Documentary Gather: Revitalize Our Native Foodways

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