Weekly E-News
December 5, 2019
This Sunday, December 8th
The Humanist Forum meets every Sunday at 9:30 AM. All are welcome to attend. Join us as we engage in a new topic each week. The Humanist Forum will meet this Sunday in Classroom 7, at our new time of 9:30 AM. We’ll have general discussion; this week perhaps about the general subject of “What is Humanism?”.  Some of you may not know that there are three  Humanist Manifestos,   dated 1933, 1973 and 2003. We can explore some of that history as well as look into what these three documents were trying to say. What does humanism mean to you?

Our Sunday Service begins at 10:30 AM in the Miller Sanctuary. This Sunday, December 8th, we bring you a service entitled The Season is Upon Us.

Our Community Sharing partner for December is the Quality Life Center. Quality Life Center’s Arts, Character and Education (ACE) program provides after school, summer camp, and teen leadership programs to help at-risk youth realize their potential and foster their abilities. Performing arts help build confidence, discipline and resilience, and visual arts provide the opportunity for self-expression. Quality Life Center’s ACE After school Program was named a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program finalist by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services. This national recognition established ACE as one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.

Quality Life Center Toy Collection
It's that time again! Time for UUCFM to  show our support for The Quality Life Center of SW Florida  and the important work they do teaching and mentoring children in under served areas of our community. We do this in two ways during December. First, as our Community Sharing Partner for the month and second,  by donating toys for their holiday party . They appreciate unwrapped gifts for all school aged children. Please, no toy guns or other items that promote violence! Be aware that battery operated toys are very expensive to play with and are bad for the environment. Kindly bring your donations to church and  place them under the Christmas tree in the Sanctuary or in Hobart Hall by Sunday 12/15 . Members of the Social Justice Ministry will take them to The Q on 12/18. Let's help The Quality Life Center celebrate a joyous holiday season and let them know that UUCFM supports the work they do, such as after school programs, art and dance classes, summer camp and their almost complete brand new teen center!  Thank you!

Sunday's Social Hour happens after the service every week at 11:45 AM. Come join us for coffee and snacks. Newcomers, visitors, friends, and members are all welcome. Sponsoring groups are the Women's Circle and CUUPs. Donations of food, snacks, or cash are welcome.

Member Art Fair & Lunch Fundraiser
December 8th will see the return of our Member Art Fair after the Sunday service from 11:30 to 1:30. Come support our "Artists In Residence" booths. It's an excellent time to bring neighbors and friends. Please support our members' artistic talents and Next-to-New donations booths. Enjoy a $5 lunch of Quiche, salads, dessert, & beverage. Door Prizes and Christmas Shopping. Bring your Next-to-New donations, priced and early to Hobart Hall on Sunday.

Contact Patricia Linhoff, 612-382-5927, freckles345@comcast.net , or Suzanne Ziemer, 239-463-9020
Vespers Service (Blue Christmas)
A Vespers Service is being planned for Sunday evening, December 15th. Details to come soon.
No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant
Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 22nd at 10:30a to attend our fabulously fun No Rehearsal Christmas Pageant! Bring your friends and family for this fun, silly, yet still traditional telling of the Christmas story. All ages are invited to join our impromptu cast in the spirit of that improv tradition, "Yes, let's!" See you at the pageant!
Upcoming Events!
Pachamama
Don't miss the Pachamama Game Changer Gathering Tonight!
Thursday, December 5th at 6:30pm Hobart Hall

Growth in SW Florida and Answers to the Questions You Were Afraid To Ask. Our guest speaker, Wayne Daltry, is a cultural and environmental icon in SWFL - Come meet Lee County’s resident sage, futurist, historian, sociologist, demographer, and consensus-builder. He is a great storyteller and is sure to be entertaining as well as insightful. Join us for an environmental journey sure to be an eye-opener! Coffee and tea available. Desserts and donations welcome.

The UUCFM Board of Trustees meets on Tuesday, December 10th at 6:30 PM in t he Administration Building. The Board of Trustees would like to announce new additions to our leadership this month!

Toni Latino will be assuming the board role of VP Programming. Her board email address is  vpprogramming@uucfm.org  . She will serve as the lead of the Program Council. (Program Council Description - UUCFM Bylaws, Article 3.10.11, Section 5 PROGRAM COUNCIL)

Pati Maier will be assuming the board role of Treasurer. Her board email address is  treasurer@uucfm.org  . She will be assuming responsibility for our financial records and serve as Vice Chair of the Finance Council.

The position of President-Elect will remain open until the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Jen Smith was voted in as a member of the Finance Council.  (Finance Council Description - UUCFM Bylaws, Article 3.10.8 Section 2)

The Board is grateful for Pati and Toni to fulfill these leadership positions for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Respectfully,
Allie Carville
Board Secretary

Work Day for Family Gardens
We have a few garden beds that need topping off of new soil. The new soil has been graciously donated by Green Care Recycling . Jim Morgan is organizing a work day for Saturday, December 14th starting at 8:30ish out by the gardens. Please come if you can spare about an hour. This is a great time of the year weather wise- being outside on a crisp morning with good friends is very rewarding. Please put December 14 on your calendars. (By the way, if you can, go on Facebook or Google and give a positive rating for Green Care Recycling !)

The Covenant of UU Pagans: CUUPS will be honoring and celebrating Yule on Saturday, December 21st at 7:30 pm in Hobart Hall. We are going to again bring the bards with mirth and merriment. We cordially invite everyone to join us. Please bring a traditional dish of your family to our table as part of the feast. This is open to all. Bring a performance, your singing voice and your drum. Help us call in the solstice light. Dress in whatever finery you wish. We will again bring you merry measure. Join us, we cordially invite you to join our community of love and peace. Merry Yule and Solstice to all! January 31- Feb 2 : Imbolc gathering. Fire and Ice, camping, workshops, ritual to honor Bridget, lady of poetry, hearth and forge. More information soon. This is open to all. There will be child-friendly activities.
Groups & Classes

New Connection Circle Coming!
Want to connect on a deeper level with other UUCFM members, visitors, and friends? Then come to the Connection Circle on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 pm beginning January 8, 2020.  Our circle will be meeting every week for 6 weeks so the meetings will be January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5th and 12th. Small group Connection Circles like this help promote bonding in a supportive atmosphere through facilitated discussions on spiritual topics that pertain to you and your life. Come join us in Room 2 and discover more about one another and about yourself.

For more information and to register please contact Mary Cline Golbitz at 
 marygcline@gmail.com  or call or text 207-479-4082.

Dreamwork Group
"All dreams come in the service of health and wholeness." --Jeremy Taylor 
Come discover the wisdom of your dreams. Learn to interpret your dream symbols and unique dream language as well as the universal archetypes throughout. Participate in the safety and support of a caring group where we share dreams and learn the concept of "Projection," taking responsibility for what we contribute.Reservations: Debra Leigh, Facilitator  dreamrookery7@gmail.com  or (831) 818-1418. We meet in Room 2 from noon till 1:45 PM on the following Sundays-January 19, February 2, February 16, March 1, and March 15.

T he Men's Social Group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11:45 AM at Cross Creek Country Club (off Daniels at Cross Creek Blvd). This is time for UUCFM men to get together for fun, conversation, socialization, and lunch. Put this on your calendar and bring a friend. If you’re new to the UUCFM Men’s Social Group, please RSVP to Denis Jensen at   dalanjensen@gmail.com

The Women's Circle next meets on Tuesday, December 17th at noon for a potluck lunch. Bring a wrapped white elephant-type gift for a Robber Exchange after lunch. The theme is Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men. Looking ahead to January 28th New Year's "Looking Inward, self scoreboard." Contact Suzanne Ziemer 239-463-9020 suzanneziemer@gmail.com

The Book Club  meets Wednesdays at 1:00 PM in the Library. All are welcome to join in facilitated discussion and group bonding. We are starting a new book on December 11th, On the Brink of Everything , by Parker Palmer. Palmer explores the question age raises and the promises it holds.
Great Decisions
Want to learn more about China's Road into Latin America? Artificial Intelligence? Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking? Our Great Decisions group is now enrolling new participants. We meet for 8 Thursdays starting on January 23 from 7:00 to 8:30 in Hobart Hall. For more information, please contact Helen Leddy

A rt in the Narthex
Every month the art work of our member artists is hung in the Narthex. Look for changing displays each month. 

Caloosahatchee Mindfulness and UUCFM members invite participants to join our weekly meditation book group. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:30 AM in Room 3. Please contact Helen Leddy if you want to join. 

The UUCFM Choir  rehearses most Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:00 pm, and on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the sanctuary. It's free and there are no auditions. Come join us in singing!

The UUCFM Band   rehearses most Wednesday nights from 5:45-6:15 pm, and on Sunday mornings at 9:10 in the Sanctuary. Are you interested in playing an instrument with the UUCFM band for worship? If so, please schedule an audition time with me by email. Come join us in making music together! Suellen Kipp, Director of Music

Mindfulness Meditation
Come explore the simple and satisfying practices of Mindfulness Meditation. You don’t need experience with meditation, nor do you have to be a Buddhist. Please bring intention to quiet the mind and body in a supportive group of UU members and friends with a similar intention - people who want to carry mindfulness into their daily lives. We meet Mondays from 6:30-8:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Contact Gary Robbins at 302-540-5899.

Wednesday Connection Circle
Lilibeth Grimes facilitates a once monthly Wednesday evening circle, Principles of Joy . The goal for this circle is to serve as a bridge between UUCFM and the broader community. This is open each month to all members, family, and friends. Please email by the Monday before each circle to RSVP. We meet the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 PM.

December 11: Sixth Principle: The Goal of World Community with Peace, Liberty, and Justice for All
 
January 8: Seventh Principle: Respect for the Interdependent Web of all Existence of Which we are a Part. libeala@gmail.com
News

Staff Holiday Bonus
There will be white envelopes marked "Staff" in the pews on December 1, 8, and 15. Please consider donating to our hard-working, loyal staff. This is the only bonus they receive each year. Place the envelopes in the collection basket during the offertory. Thank you!

South Fort Myers Food Pantry
As you may know the South Fort Myers Food Pantry began a fund drive in June to replace their aging truck used to transport food from the Harry Chapin Food Bank to stock the Pantry shelves. The goal was to raise $45,000 of the total estimated cost of $75,000.

Although the goal was not met in full, they were able to reduce the cost to $70,000 and they received a trade in value for the old truck of $5,000; thus reducing the cash needed. They have collected $36,000 from the 16 Coalition Members and Supporting Partners, Pantry volunteers and friends of the Pantry. To this, they added the balance from the reserves for equipment replacement to reach the needed $65,000. As the truck fundraising effort comes to an end, the South Fort Myers Food Pantry Coalition, Inc. expresses their gratitude to the UUCFM members. They hope to have our continued support in the future as they strive to fulfill their mission, to feed the needy of South Fort Myers.
Meet the Minister- Rev. Carlos will be holding a Meet the Minister session on December 8th at noon in the Minister's office. This is an opportunity to share your hopes and dreams for the future of UUCFM. Sign up with the Office Manager
uuchurch@uucfm.org  or 239-561-2700.

Dinners Go Round Now Forming!
Dinners Go Round are forming for January through April. These potluck dinners offer you a chance to get to know your fellow UUCFM Members on an informal basis. One dinner is held each month at a host UUCFM member’s home on a date determined by the host and participants. If you didn’t participate last year and would like to do so this year, Email Denis Jensen by December 15th

Include your names, number, address and email address in your email. Let him know if you would consider being a host for one of the four monthly dinners, if there is one or more of the four months where you would not be able to participate, or if you need wheelchair accessibility.
From your Social Justice Team
Give the Gift of Freedom this Christmas
Write for Rights - Write a Letter - Change a Life

Amnesty International has its largest annual human rights campaign throughout the fall to mark Human Rights Day on December 10th. And it works! Letters we send out support people and help end abuses. Many people all over the world are wrongfully imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their beliefs or identity - Prisoners of Conscience. Here is how you can get started!

WRITE from now until Jan. 31, 2020
REPORT your letters by Jan. 31, 2020 at www.amnestyusa.org/w4r/report
READ the Instructions page in this guide and go online for more materials at www.amnestyusa.org/w4r
ASK questions and get help by contacting Zeke Johnson at 212-633-4256 or Maya Delany at w4r@aiusa.org.
There will also be information at the SJ Table in Hobart Hall.
Did you know your purchases can help us? AmazonSmile donates to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers when you do your online shopping by following this special link to Amazon:  
Want to Become a Member?
If you are interested in becoming a new member, please pick up a Membership Kit Sunday mornings in the Narthex or in the office during the week. Thanks!
Our Greater Community

Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Group
 The Rissho Kosei-kai group meets Sundays at 2:00 PM in Room Number 1. We do not meet on 5th Sundays.
The SWFL Concert Band will be performing a holiday concert on Sunday, December 15th at 2:00 PM in the Sanctuary. Admission is free! All ages welcome.
Southwest Florida Voices (aka Southwest Florida Gay and Lesbian Chorus) invites you to join us on December 15th for our annual Holiday Choral Concert and Dinner!
This year we will be welcoming guest performers, Tropical Storm Men's Ensemble, to join us for a fun and moving musical treat of songs representing a variety of cultures that celebrate a festival of lights at this time of year.  5:30 PM: Cash Bar, 6:00 PM: Dinner, 7:00 PM: Concert. Tickets are available online through Brown Paper Tickets
https://swflvoicesholiday2019.bpt.me Or look for a table in Hobart Hall after services.
Dinner reservations need to be made by December 8th. Concert tickets will be available until the night of the performance.
UU General Assembly
Registration is now open at
uua.org/ga/registration $400 for adults, $250 for high school youth and retired and candidate ministers, $150 for off-site registrants. Early bird registration is now through March 15, 2020. Rates increase on March 16th.Prefer smaller payments over a longer period of time? We've designed a payment plan just for you. When you register, simply click "payment plan" when prompted and, for as little as $50 down, you can spread out the balance of your registration over several months. Payment plans must be paid in full on or before February 29th.
Happy Birthday!
Dec 11 Dawn Lienhardt
Dec 12 Karen J. Brown
Dec 13 John Pittman 
Dec 13 Kimberly Littleton
Dec 14 Lucy Wistreich
Dec 15 Lesley Peterson  
Dec 15 Sydney Stewart
Dec 16 Matt Halstead
Dec 21 Harvey Heckes
Dec 30 Joy Sokeitous 
Dec 30 Bruce Marble 
UUCFM Staff

Senior Interim Minister  Rev. Carlos R. Martinez  revmartinez@uucfm.org
Director of Music   Suellen Kipp  music@uucfm.org
Director of RE   Jenn Blosser  dre@uucfm.org
Office Manager  Jill Carville  officemanager@uucfm.org
Building Supervisor   Mickey Kellam  buildingsupervisor@uucfm.org
Nursery Supervisor   Liza Kellam lhiz_sierra@yahoo.com
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