Weekly E-News, August 6, 2020
This Week's Service
Sunday, August 9, 10:30 AM
Moving from the Inside: Reshaping the Future

The Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Church Chalice Dancers will be featured in this Sunday’s UUCFM service. The Chalice Dancers are a liturgical dance group. They have been dancing together for more than 25 years and Sharon Werth has been the Artistic Director of the Chalice Dancers for the past 20 years. Liturgical dance is a visual form of prayer and worship through bodily movement. Every year, the Chalice Dancers perform an annual dance service, where all the traditional service elements are a dance. This past June, they performed the dance service at their home church virtually (for the first time) and have graciously agreed to perform the virtual dance service for our church this Sunday. The title of the service is Moving from the Inside: Reshaping the Future. During the service, we will explore two major themes for the year 2020: the Coronavirus and Black Lives Matter.

Join Zoom Meeting Sunday at 10:30am

Meeting ID: 891 5048 2747
Password: chalice

Or, follow the link on our webpage for audio onlyuucfm.org
This service brought to you by:

Suellen Kipp, Director of Music                 
Sharon Werth, Paint Branch UU Artistic Director of the Chalice Dancers

Chalice Dancers:
Reena Bernards, Abby Crowley, Marcia Freeman, Jennifer Grant, Anne Hoover, Marion Johnson, Sherry Mitchell, Ken Shilling, Kathy Wallens and Sharon Werth

Renee Katz, Soloist
Jessica Sharp, Soloist
Miejo Dambita, Soloist
Jennifer Grant,Worship Associate
Albie Johnson, Worship Associate 
Lesley Peterson, Tech Team Member 
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Tech Team Member
Allie Carville, Tech Team Member 
Jill Carville, Tech Team Member
August Community 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. LCGC offers three primary programs: Adult Literacy, Worksite Literacy and Family Literacy. Each of these programs is designed to help students improve the quality of their lives through literacy and language skills. These programs encompass multiple classes and include both group and individual tutoring opportunities. Please be generous and consider donating to our Community Sharing partner.
UUCFM Online Classes & Groups
Caloosahatchee Mindfulness
The Caloosahatchee Mindfulness & UUCFM Book Study Group meets on Zoom every Wednesday at 10:00 AM. We are reading The Wise Heart by Jack Kornfield. Please join us.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 5260 9369
Password: My1heart
The UUCFM Book Club
The UUCFM Book Club meets online. Our current book is White Fragility (Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism) by Robin DiAngelo. 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.
Special Book Group
Waking Up White by Debby Irving is "engaging, challenging, and action-oriented” (Moore, Eddie Jr.). The author tells a personal story about racial tensions in her personal and work relationships. In 2009, after wondering why her diversity efforts were unsuccessful, she begins her own discovery adventure that changed her life. 

Join Helen Leddy on your own discovery journey with Debby Irving’s book. It may change your life, too. This weekly book group meets Thursdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m. It will take place on Zoom. For more information and to sign up, please contact Helen: helen.leddy@gmail.com 
Results of Endowment Loan Vote
We are happy to announce that we had a unanimous vote of 72-0 in favor of getting a loan from the Endowment Committee for building repairs. Our buildings really need improvement and they are going to look wonderful soon!
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.

Member to Member
I have a suggestion for a way to raise funds for UUCFM that doesn't require a lot of work or personal contact. We've all heard NPR's occasional pleas to listeners to donate their cars or boats to NPR. UUCFM members could post pictures and descriptions of their cars or boats along with the price, on our website and newsletter. If someone were interested they could email the seller for more information, go view the car or boat, and negotiate price.

Each listing would indicate what percentage of the sale price would automatically go to UUCFM. Separate checks could be made out accordingly. We would set a minimum of 10% of the sale price going to UUCFM. If someone wanted to donate 100%, that would be okay too!

In order to prevent the clutter of a lot of small household items, we will set a minimum list price for any item listed: $1000. It is not limited to cars and boats, but the total selling price must meet at least $1000.

Many people dislike the hassle of selling their old cars or boats in advance of buying a new one. This process would make it more pleasant because they would be dealing with an "affinity group," (their church). They would be contributing to their church and maybe making some closer friends in the process. I know I would be more comfortable dealing with fellow UUs.

If you are interested, please send your listing, price, percentage amount for UUCFM, and photos to newsletter@uucfm.org

In peace and friendship,
Hank Flandysz
Aug 6 John Simmons
Aug 12 Peg Lancioni 
Aug 12 Carole Latino
Aug 13 Shirley Blumenfeld
Aug 14 Paula Copestick
Aug 21 Suzanne Fast
Aug 22 Marge Gonzalez
Aug 24 Patricia Vivier-Naidl
Aug 25 John Swank
Aug 28 Kathy Ford 
Did you know your purchases can help us? Amazon Smile donates to UUCFM when you do your online shopping by following this special link to Amazon: 
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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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