UUFF eNews - Week of September 9, 2020
Service this Sunday- September 13, 2020
Sunday, September 13th, 11am Zoom Service: “Annual Water In-Gathering and Day of Hope!"

Dear UUFF!

It is time to kick off our “church year” with our seasonal Water In-Gathering! And what says WATER more than a computer or phone screen Zoom service, right?! Yeeeah, not so much. But I think we can, if we are careful (don't spill!), share water, hopes and goals for the community "Zoom-style" this coming Sunday, September 13th, for our Annual Water In-gathering. 

This year, let’s do something a little different. We'll call it a "Waterfall of Hope." Have a bit of water from a special place - like your tap, a beach, swamp, mud puddle...and something to pour it into when it's your turn. Bubbles are a nice option, too!

A short explanation about the significance of your water is fine, but what we really want to focus on this year is giving Hope to Others... So, during the ritual, if you wish, take turns un-muting, pouring your water (or blowing your bubbles), and letting your UUFF community know what local charity/organization you would like to see receive $20 of "Hope" from our Giving Fund. We’ll do this up to $1000. And please, let’s give to charities or organizations that benefit people or animals/nature, and leave politics for a while.

A few of us will be present in the UUFF Sanctuary to pour a bit of water (on your behalf) into our UUFF Fountain and write down the requests so that we can fulfill the giving of Hope. When all who wish to give water, and/or Hopes have spoken, we will close the ritual by starting our fountain and enjoying a bit of music!

A Sunday of Hope, for each other in Fellowship, and the broader community as well. 

See you Sunday, Sept. 13th, at 10:50am!

Rev. Jim Parrish

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, 9/13, 10am - Adult RE 10am Discussion Group (via Zoom)!

Topic this Sunday: "Space for a Higher Power?" Is there space within present day Unitarian Universalism for a belief in a higher power? Does finding our own spiritual path allow room for a belief in God? Let's explore together how our personal spiritual beliefs intersect with Unitarian Universalism.

Meeting ID: 826 5484 5854
Follow-Up from August 30th Moon Service:
Many of you expressed interest in using the Moon Cycle worksheet mentioned by Melly in her talk during the August 30th Sunday Service. Renée was kind enough to sum it up into a 1-page worksheet that can be printed and used as an outline for those interested to work around. Please click HERE to access a pdf of the Monthly Moon Cycle worksheet. Thanks to those responsible for making this happen!
UUFF Cares Updates
Joyce Mendenhall will have the 2nd part of her specialized cancer treatment surgery on September 11th. She and Marvin are very grateful for the meals and support shown thus far as she trying to heal at home. Having good, wholesome ready-to-eat meals will be especially important in the week or so after the 11th, so please SIGN UP HERE to drop off a meal to help our beloved Joyce. THANKS!

Please keep Sue/Dean Coppernoll and Jack/Jan Groh in your thoughts and check in on them (phone calls are best) when you get a chance.
UUFF Announcements, Events, and Opportunities
UUFF's Children’s Religious Exploration class for ages 5-11 is resuming use of 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 Renewal.” Parents can find activities and discussion topics here, in the weekly email, and children are invited to take part in every-other-week zoom meet-ups, which will be TODAY (9/9) and September 23rd, from 7 to 7:30pm- Click here to connect the Children's RE Meetings on Zoom.

This week, our focus is on Recommitting to Dismantling Racism. Our faith reminds us that we must renew our vigor in the fight against racism. In light of the current events which have catalyzed the world, we renew the energy with which we teach our children about racism. So what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into becoming a people of renewal? It tells us, “Renew your commitment to dismantling racism!” Here are some links to activities you may want to enjoy with your children at home:

Who Am I? Race Awareness Game for iPhone and iPad (free) https://apps.apple.com/us/app/who-am-i-race-awareness-game/id372945923 
Nick News Presents: Kids, Race, and Unity | Hosted By Alicia Keys https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWsMEIODo6g&feature=youtu.be
UUFF is now offering a morning meditation gathering online each Wednesday from 7-7:30am.

All are welcome to join in this brief meditation and start your day off right! Contact Mike McMullin if you have any specific questions.

Meeting ID: 897 3211 4950
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): Updated Office Hours are Tuesday - Friday: 11am-3pm. Disclaimer-hours are subject to change based on illness, personal appointments, vacation, etc.
Outside Events & Opportunities
Note from Kristina Jones of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation:

We’ve missed getting to see everybody and I hope you have all been keeping safe and healthy. Things are starting to pick back up again and we are slowly easing into cleanup activities and wanted to share a few of these with you.
There is much concern about safety right now and we want to ensure that you have a risk-free volunteering experience. Organizers are setting up events so that volunteers may keep a safe distance from others, and groups that choose to do so may come together and work in their social “bubble.” For the safety of yourself and others, if you attend one of these events please make sure to follow safe social distancing guidelines while you are volunteering. We’ve seen a big increase in outdoor recreation over the last six months which has led to an increase in litter, and wear and tear on trails. Now more than ever our outdoors need your help and we encourage you to take some time to get out and give a little love where you play. Please check out the great opportunities below!
Current and Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
Cleanup & Carryout Contest
What: Pick up litter in Fayetteville parks and trails to support locally owned restaurants and be entered to win a $25 gift card.
When: Ongoing. A new contest starts every two weeks through the fall.
West Fork of the White River Cleanup
What: 15th Annual cleanup of the West Fork River and its tributaries. Volunteers will be safely socially distanced at various cleanup sites between West Fork and Fayetteville.
When: Saturday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fayetteville Adopt a Park & Trail Program
What: Niokaska Trail (blue segment) has been completed and is ready to adopt! In addition, if you or your group are looking for an ongoing volunteer opportunity we have several other parks and trails that could use additional adopters including Town Branch Trail, Walker Park, Kessler Mountain Regional Park, Lake Fayetteville and several sections of the Razorback Greenway.
When: Ongoing.
Ozark Off Road Cyclists Trail Love Events
What: Trail Work along Western Myth & RC
When: Saturday, September 12, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
More Info:  Kessler Trail Love Event,  OORC Events Page for other upcoming events!
Project Wingspan
What: Collect native seed that is supportive of monarch and rusty patched bumble bee habitat. Collected seed will to be distributed and planted in regionally appropriate areas across 9 states, including Arkansas.
When: Ongoing through fall.
Where: Sites across Northwest Arkansas
More Info: https://www.pollinator.org/wingspan to learn more, and https://tinyurl.com/Wingspan-volunteer to sign up and volunteer.
We will be sending out another update next month as more events are added. Please be in touch if you have any questions.
Thanks as always for all that you do!
Kristina G. Jones
Volunteer & Community Programs Coordinator
Parks & Recreation
T 479.444.3467 
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