Weekly E-News, August 20, 2020
This Week's Service
Sunday, August 23, 10:30 AM
Why a Movement?
with Guest Speaker, Holly Brown

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This service brought to you by:

Holly Brown, Guest Speaker
Suellen Kipp, Director of Music                 
Gary Robbins, Worship Associate
Peter Golbitz, Musician

Lesley Peterson, Tech Team Member 
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Tech Team Member
Jill Carville, Tech Team Member
August Sharing
Literacy Council Gulf Coast (LCGC) has provided literacy services for students across SW Florida for more than 30 years. We strive to create a welcoming environment that encourages learning, while working with each individual to help them reach their objectives through our numerous programs. These programs encompass multiple classes and include both group and individual tutoring opportunities.
UUCFM Members and Friends,
We want YOU to submit your thoughts, memories, and words of wisdom from your time in the military serving your country. Or, you might speak about one of your favorite veterans in your family. You can shoot the video from your phone and submit to Jill via church email at uuchurch@uucfm.org. The fabulous UUCFM Tech Team will be creating a tribute to our veteran's for a November service.

Please submit your Veteran Videos from now up and until October 15th.
Please title your email video submission "Veteran Video" to help Jill keep track of all submissions.

Thank you for your help!
Suellen Kipp
Director of Music
Report from the Board

Transparency Builds Trust

In this time of COVID-19, when we can’t see each other face-to-face, the Board of Trustees
wants to maintain as much transparency as possible. The Board is currently in a process of
reviewing its current organizational structure and will be sharing the results as they’re decided.

First up for review was the Finance Council. As approved by the Board of Trustees, this council now consists of the following four committees:

  • Stewardship Committee – chaired by Dave Hutchins (dhutchins471@comcast.net). This committee plans and implements the annual stewardship (canvass) campaign. Activity is just getting underway for the fiscal year that begins on April 1, 2021. Please contact Dave if you’re interested in working on this committee.

  • Finance Committee – chaired by Pati Maier (treasurer@uucfm.org); members are Len Cohen, Dave Hutchins, Bill Petrarca, and Jen Smith. This committee manages the financial operations of the church, controls the disbursement of money, and keeps financial accounting records.

  • Ways and Means Committee – This committee plans and implements non-pledge fundraising activities. This committee hasn’t been active lately, has no chair, and several of our usual fundraising activities are currently without a leader. Please contact Pati Maier (treasurer@uucfm.org) if you’d like to be involved in reactivating this important part of church financing.

  • Banking Committee – The members of this new committee are Pati Maier, Lesley Peterson, Bill Petrarca, and Jen Smith; one member will be elected as chair when the committee convenes. This committee manages and has check signing authority for all church banking and investment accounts except the Endowment Fund, and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding banking policies, bank accounts, and other money management issues.

Please contact Pati Maier (treasurer@uucfm.org) if you have any questions or concerns about
the financial structure or activities of UUCFM.
Congregational Update: Campus Sharing
With the overwhelming approval by the congregation for the capital improvement loan from the Endowment Fund, we are beginning several projects: campus building weatherization and painting, new Hobart A/C’s, and Hobart re-flooring. Scheduling with the various contractors is in process. (We are still getting assessments regarding the repairs needed for the septic system, which may happen later this year or early next.) Funds from a recent bequest will help reduce the size of the loan.

Over the course of the past few weeks, Operations Council volunteers have worked to re-organize and clear out our storage areas in Hobart, the Admin building, and the classrooms. We have also been working with staff to consolidate office space, freeing-up what were the offices at the north side of the Admin building for additional meeting and/or rental space.

A small group composed of representatives from UUCFM and the Symphony (GCS) have been meeting to plan and coordinate the improvements for the Sanctuary: new theatrical ceiling lighting, upgraded digital audio system, and robotic cameras with a new video streaming control center behind the A/V room. We have also upgraded security in several areas of the campus.

Dealing with the pandemic is the great unknown in our plans. We have looked to the CDC guidelines for recommendations, evaluating phased strategies and constraints to assure campus safety when the Board of Trustees decides the timing for opening the campus. Until then, we will be exploring technological alternatives in carrying out church functions.

Operations Council
Transition Team
UUCFM Online Classes & Groups
New Writer's Group!
An informal Writer's Group will take place on Zoom every Friday at 1:00 PM. If you are a new diarist/journaler, newsletter columnist, fiction/non-fiction, or poetry writer, this group is for you! We will read a sample of our writing each week, offer positive reinforcement, and participate in a short writing exercise. To sign up, contact Jill Carville at officemanager@uucfm.org
Caloosahatchee Mindfulness
The book group is starting White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism.

“A valuable guide . . . While especially helpful for those new to the critical analysis of whiteness, this work also offers a useful refresher to anyone committed to the ongoing process of self-assessment and anti-oppression work.”
Library Journal

We are now meeting on Wednesday from 1-2:30 p.m. on Zoom (of course). For more information and to join, contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com
The UUCFM Book Club
The UUCFM Book group will start reading SEPARATED by Jacob Soboroff on our next Zoom meeting August 19th. Read through Chapter Two. We meet on Zoom Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. For those who will be joining us for the first time, please email Mary Studer at mstuder929@gmail.com and she will send you the link to Zoom.
Social Justice
South Fort Myers Food Pantry
The board and volunteers at the Food Pantry say thank you for the food that you have dropped off during these very difficult months. 

The best times to drop off food are 9 AM or 4 PM on Monday at the pantry itself, located at 8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers in the back of the Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church. Any size donation will be accepted. Most needed foods are peanut butter & jelly, cereal, breakfast bars, canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and tomato sauce, protein-rich soups and beans. Please, no glass containers.
Caring Network
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. Our Committee members include Mary Faegre, Joan Hickok, Mary Tracy-Sigman, Patricia Vivier-Naidl, Holley Rauen and Suzanne Ziemer.
 If any members of the Congregation are available to help during this crisis, please contact Mary Golbitz.

We can connect with you individually by phone if you are feeling isolated and offer other assistance. Please contact Mary Golbitz for information or assistance at marygcline@gmail.com 207 479-4082 (phone or text) or Holley Rauen at holleyrauen@gmail.com or 239 464-6556.
Literacy Buddy Program
Each school year, the Early Learning Coalition sponsors the Literacy Buddy Program which provides children with books to take home and share with their families. The program also encourages them to express themselves through correspondence with their adult buddy. Children come to school better prepared to learn when they interact with adults who regularly read, write and talk with them. You can become a Literacy Buddy!

  • A Literacy Buddy agrees to receive letters from a child in an early learning facility served by the Early Learning Coalition.

  • The Buddy in turn sends a letter and high quality book in response to the child’s letter.

  • This exchange takes place three times from mid fall to spring.

  • The program teaches children about correspondence, communication and instills appreciation of high quality children’s literature.

Aug 21 Suzanne Fast
Aug 22 Marge Gonzalez
Aug 24 Patricia Vivier-Naidl
Aug 25 John Swank
Aug 28 Kathy Ford 
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If you are interested in becoming a new member, please email memberservices@uucfm.org.
Board of Trustees & Staff
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
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