Weekly E-News
January 7, 2021
Our Sunday Service

Please join us on Zoom this Sunday, January 10th at 10:30 AM for our service titled Reinventing Ourselves 2.0: Pandemic Edition with special guest speaker, Steven Leigh Williams.

Reinventing Ourselves 2.0: Pandemic Edition 

The past year has disrupted and reordered nearly everything we thought we knew about our world and ourselves. The natural reaction to this is anxiety, grief, and a yearning for things to "go back to normal." But there is no going back - only forward. We try so hard to hang on to what we used to be that we don’t allow ourselves to become what we could be - or to live in the possibility of What Is. What if, in this new beginning of 2021, we dared to dream big, to take risks, to surrender to the process of becoming? What magic could we bring forth in our shared growth and creativity? Join me Jan. 10 as we explore these questions.

About Our Speaker

Steven Leigh Williams (he/they) is a UU minister on the path to ordination. He grew up UU in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and spent much of his early adulthood in New Orleans, with briefer stints in Dallas and Paris. Steven has held several professional and volunteer roles within the UU world, primarily in pastoral care and youth ministry, which hold a special place in their heart. Currently, he serves as the Collegial Care Assistant at the UU Ministers Association and chaplain intern at Church of the Larger Fellowship.

Steven holds a Master of Arts in Social Justice from Phillips Theological Seminary, where they recently resumed classes toward their Master of Divinity. They sustain their ministry by reading world-building fantasy novels, spending time outdoors, and being a happy homebody with their spouse, Karyn. They live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with two dogs and two cats, and have two mostly-fledged young adult stepchildren.

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Thank you to Sunday's Participants:

Steven Leigh Williams, Guest Speaker
Suellen Kipp, Director of Music                 
Mary Cline Golbitz, Lay Minister
Peter Golbitz, Musician 
Lesley Peterson, Tech Team Member 
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Lead Tech
Jill Carville, Tech Team Coordinator
UU Dialogues & Breakout Rooms After the Service

To participate in UU Dialogues, stay in the main zoom meeting after the service ends and do not accept the breakout room invitation that pops up.

We will greet newcomers, obtain contact information from guests and visitors, have a general Q&A session with guest speakers and musicians from the service, and most importantly, participate in intentional dialogue. All are welcome to attend this session.

If you'd rather join a breakout room for casual conversation, please accept the pop up invitation after the service. Thank you!
Community Sharing Partner for January: The GRACE Project (The Guatemalan Rural Adult and Children's Education Project)

During the pandemic, GRACE volunteers continued to sew menstrual management kits and make fertility bracelets. GRACE sent six large boxes to rural Guatemalan teachers and midwives, who distribute the kits and bracelets with the education necessary for successful use.

Several groups and individuals have been incredibly generous in their donations, which are even more valuable to women in these times of isolation.

Ellen Erickson and Deloris Donnelly of the Inner Wheel group have made thousands of the bracelets and hundreds of kit components. Many women in the Pelican Preserve community in Fort Myers have been sewing and creating the kits for women and girls in rural Guatemala. Patricia Linhoff donated a sewing machine, and Diedre in Punta Gorda sewed 100 kits herself! So many volunteers have donated supplies, panties, lots of fabric, and a huge amount of time to help make this ongoing project a success!  

In July, the GRACE Project will sponsor a Cosmovision Maya camp for local Maya youth and a public presentation on the Maya culture with art, dance and music.

The UUCFM has supported the GRACE Project for over twenty years. Un millón de gracias for everything!

UUCFM Lay Ministers!
What is the difference between a lay and an ordained minister?
The biggest difference between lay and ordained ministry is not its scope, but the nature of its relationship to the community and permanence. And even then, no doubt there are many lay ministers who should be ordained, and not a few ordained ministers who would fit better as lay ministers. ~Viewpoint: Lay and Ordained Ministries-Pray tell Blog
Alberita (Albie) Johnson, Lay Minister
Mary Cline Golbitz, Lay Minister
Introducing Our New Lay Ministers

Dear Beloved Community,

Our Worship Associates, Music Director, Tech Team, Staff, and countless others have been crucial to our Sunday Services, the face of UUCFM. We are grateful to them and look forward to working collaboratively with all. We have been a well Lay Led church or congregation for almost a year just as many Lay Led Unitarian Universalist congregations here in the United States have been for many years. 

Some of you may have heard that we have accepted the honor to serve you more deeply as Lay Ministers. We are humbled and filled with gratitude to step into the responsibility of being lay ministers and possibly working with a settled minister in the future.

During this time, we will also be studying to become commissioned Lay Ministers under the UUA CLM program. Our knowledge and experience of our UU faith will become deeper and stronger and we look forward to sharing this with you. We are available for Rites of Passage such as weddings or Celebrations of Life and will offer lay pastoral care and serve actively on many of the Congregation’s Committees. 

We chose to lean into our covenant to Love, Grow, and Serve with a vision to serve in unity together committed UUCFM. We commit to showing our love for the Congregation by serving you. We agree in word and deed to fulfill that middle word, Grow, in membership, outreach, and service. We have a vision of a multicultural, multigenerational, and diverse congregation, answering the call of love as a light in the community and a safe space for the least among us. 
We commit to you to bring all that we are capable of in service and look forward to serving you as UUA trained Commissioned Lay Ministers at UUCFM. 


Alberita (Albie) Johnson, UUCFM Co-Lay-Minister albiej@uucfm.org
Mary Cline Golbitz, UUCFM Co-Lay-Minister mary@uucfm.org
UUCFM's Online Activities
Connection Circle

The Circle meets Mondays from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on January 18, February 1 & 15 and March 1 & 15.

Whether you are new to UU or a long timer, or whether you are in Florida or far away, you are invited to participate in a Connection Circle by Zoom. Now is your chance to experience this way to connect with others in a deep and meaningful level. Trained facilitators, Mary Cline Golbitz and Leslie Gatto, will co-lead this covenanted group where confidentiality is protected to promote compassionate dialogue. Participants are asked to attend all sessions. Please contact Leslie by phone or text at 239.850.9664 or email at gatto.leslie@gmail.com to join or for more information.
Four Agreements Connection Circle
Thursdays, Jan 21- Feb 25, 2021 1:30-3:00 PM

We are so inspired by your UU Dialogue response to the Four Agreements "Reflection" of this past Sunday. In response, Patricia Vivier-Naidl (along with Holley Rauen and Gary Robbins) will be leading a Connection Circle focusing on the Four Agreements. The group will be held on Zoom for six (6), 1-1/2 hour sessions, beginning on Thursday, January 21st and continuing each Thursday through the month of February (the last session will be Thursday, February 25th).

Due to the nature of a Connection Circle, we, unfortunately, will have to limit the number that will be able to sign up to NINE participants. We ask that you sign up only if you are able to meet each of the six sessions, barring, of course, any unforeseen circumstances. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. You will be notified as soon as possible if you are one of the nine, or if the group number has been met before you signed up. If there is enough interest, beyond the nine, we will discuss the possibility of holding other more generalized discussions.

Email Holley at holleyrauen@gmail.com ASAP if you want to register. Space is limited. Here is a link to the book by Juan Ruiz
The UUCFM Book Group

The Monday Book Group meets on Monday, January 11, when it discusses Part II of Caste by Isabel Wilkerson. If you’re joining for the first time, please email Mary Studer. She will send you the link to zoom. mstuder929@gmail.com 
UUCFM, Caloosahatchee Book Study

The title of our current book is Real Change: Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves and the World.

"A guidebook for how to use mindfulness to build our inner strength, find balance, and help create a better world."

We meet Wednesdays from 10-11:30 AM on Zoom. For more info and to join, contact Helen Leddy helen.leddy@gmail.com.
UUCFM Generosity+ Campaign

The Stewardship Committee is working on our Generosity+ Campaign for next year. We'd like to highlight people/families (no names please) within our SWFL community whose lives are better because UUCFM exists. Respond via email to bill@petrarca.net. Happy New Year!
Community Sharing Changes

The Social Justice Committee met by zoom on Sunday, December 20th and agreed on these suggestions. The SJC discussed which organizations would remain on our shortened list to receive the Community Sharing proceeds of our Sunday collection. The reason for doing this is twofold. First, our funds have been reduced during the Covid period. Second, we wish to deepen our commitment by getting involved/volunteering our time and talents as a congregation in solidarity with these fewer organizations. 

Our guiding principles are: 1) that the organization is active in SWFL ; 2) the organization’s mission aligns with our UU Principles; 3) the organization has tax exempt status; 4) a member of our congregation is currently involved with the organization.

The six organizations that we suggest for 2021-2022 for 2 months each ( this decision is not immutable in future years) are: 

  • Planned Parenthood of SW and Central Florida
  • SalusCare
  • Pachamama Alliance of SWFL
  • Visuality, Inc. 
  • Quality Life Center
  • GRACE Project
  • Gulf Coast Humane Society (1st Sunday in August) 
  • Christmas Eve - an organization other than Minister's Discretionary Fund.

We are committed to asking each of these organizations how our members might get involved in their efforts. Please let us know if you have suggestions for our Community Sharing program.

Helen Dixon, Chair SJC
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Member to Member Fundraiser

Let's buy and sell from Church Members! Nothing is too large to list- house, car, or boat; and nothing is too small- household item or piece of art.

How it works:
In the newsletter you'll see listed items offered by Donor/Seller with total price, percentage of sale to UUCFM, and contact information. Donors/Sellers determine their own percentage of the sale to UUCFM. Delivery/pickup of item is between Buyer & Seller. Buyers write two checks, one to the seller and the other to UUCFM for the percentage of sale going to the church, with fundraiser in the memo line.

Oil print of Woodland scene, 100% to UUCFM, $25. Contact Suzanne at suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020. (include photo if you want)

How to Participate:
Send email to newsletter@uucfm.org with item description, photo (if possible), price, percentage going to UUCFM, and contact information. Your offer will run for a month or until sold. Limit of 2 items per week per person, thank you.

Contact Ways & Means Chair, Suzanne Ziemer, 239-463-9020,
Daybed Cover -- Camden Russet Quilted Hollywood
Price: $50.00 for Complete Set
Cover features the lavishly soft, smooth feel of polyester faux suede & a timeless box-quilted design. Use the fitted Hollywood daybed cover for extra seating or bedding. Cover has gusseted, split-inset corners in the three-sided, 21" drop; a cap on back keeps it in place. Backing is color-matched cotton. Fill is polyester. Washable. 3 Pillows with Covers in Tan, Brown, Green, Russet Color Combo (in Front of Bolsters) & Russet Twin Day Bed Cover. 2 Foam Bolsters & Russet Covers

Originally purchased from Touch

$50.00 -- 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Breakfast Table & Chairs
Price: $150.00 for Set
Oak, with separate leaf extender & 2 oak & leather swivel chairs. 20% to UUCFM Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Price: $40.00
18"x18" x 29” Wicker Large Storage Trunk Dark Global Brown
New Price: $75.99
20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Yamaha PSR-320 Keyboard (Portable)
  • Music Stand
  • Keyboard Cover
  • Keyboard Stand
  • Carrying Case
$100.00 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Like New Twin mattresses for floor use for undiscriminating guests! $25. 100% to Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Dresser- Wood
Price: $25.00
  • 4 Full Drawers & 2 Half Drawers
  • 19” D x 37.75” W x 47” H

-- 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Cooler – Igloo Polar Roller with Handle & Wheels -- 24” x 14” & 19.5” Deep.
  • Price $15.00 
-- 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Electric grill with folding side shelves, with cover.
$45.00 -- 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net

Oil print of Monet, 32: x 38", $30.,100% to the Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Matching floral prints, green borders, 28" x 28", $40.,100% to the Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Area Rug, bright red & white, 40" x 56", $20., 100% to Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Rather funky sturdy shell decorated blue chair, comfortable seat, $20., 100% to church suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Antique Johnson Bros. English gold rimmed china, 6 pieces, 4 10" plates, oval platter, covered serving bowl, from 2019 Art Fair, $25.,
100% to Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
100% of this bundle of baby/ toddler items will go to the congregation. 

Crib (with sheets) $35; bouncing chair $15; high chair $15; changing mats (2) $15; bath tub $8; booster seat $7; potty $5. Total package $ 100
Contact Kathy Ford
Cooler - Coleman -- 21” X 13” & 12.5” Deep
Price $10.00
-- 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Living Room Group
Price: $145.00 for 3 pieces
Floral 3-seat sofa with complimentary Lamp & Art (tables not included)
– 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Maple sculptured "Hall" table, 50"L x 28"H x 18"W, $30. 100% to church, Suzanne Z. 239-463- 9020 suzanneziemer@gmail.com
Oil print woodland scene, 30"x38", $25, 100% to church, Suzanne Z.

Living Room Art
Price: $35.00
Painting of orange & white flowers
20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
"Coffee Table" glass top with lattice wood, 60" L x 26" W x 16" H, $50., 100% to Church, Suzanne Z., 239-463-9020,
Quilt hanging, Open Star design, 29" x 29", $25., 100% to Church, S.Ziemer, 239-463-9020, suzanneziemer@gmail.com
"Comfy" Fabric covered footstool, 20" W x 16" H, $20., 100% to Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020

Oster Extra Large Digital Countertop Oven
·  Stainless Steel housing & finish 
·  2 rack positions & Removable crumb tray
·  Digital Controls: toast, bake, broil, pizza, warm, defrost.
·  Outside Dimensions: Width: 21.65", Height: 12.91", Depth: 19.2" 
·  New $129.99
$50.00 -- 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net

Maple Marble End table, 27" W x 21"L x 17" H, $25. 100% to Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
All purpose Holiday Seasons year round glass bowl, 14", $20., 100% to
Church, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Three stalk bamboo artificial plant, 4 feet High, good to display
different holiday things, $15. 100% to the Church,
suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Many Christmas decorations from 2019 Art Fair, free, come look, many
more, suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 239-463-9020
Recliner Chairs
Price: $65.00 each
2 beige ultra suede Electric Recliner
-- 20% to UUCFM
Contact: Joy Sokeitous JoySokeitous@comcast.net
Lightly used Knee Scooter. Includes memory foam pad and front basket. Handle folds down for transport or storage. $100. 50% to UUCFM. Richard Barnes arbee1031@gmail.com
Recumbent trike project available. At 250lbs I’m too heavy for the frame. Rear frame is bent. I was going to cut the rear off and replace with rear triangle from a mountain bike. 20” wheels. Fabric seat. 

$100.00. 50% for UUCFM. Contact Richard Barnes at arbee1031@gmail.com
January Birthdays

January 2  Roy Green
January 3  Marshall Hoffman is 9!
January 3 Julie Clark Ireland
January 4  Bruce Leddy 
January 4 Neil Yesu
January 6  Elyana Hutson is 18!
January 8  Margie Kolde
January 10  Ellen Erickson   
January 10 James Kolde
January 15 Torben Snow is 15!
January 19  Declan Ireland is 16!
January 26 Emily Hutchinson 
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Want to Become a Member?
If you are interested in becoming a new member of UUCFM, please email memberservices@uucfm.org.
Our Greater Community
Beginning this month, Gulf Coast Symphony will have rehearsals and our first performances in the Sanctuary! Our first production will be "I Do! I Do!" a charming 2 person show that chronicles a marriage through the years. Performances are January 20, 21,22, 23, 27, 28, 29 30. Another highlight will be a recital by Reiko Niiya and Friends- Reiko was the longtime concertmaster of Southwest Florida Symphony. All performances will have extremely limited audiences in a socially distanced seating map. Performers will follow strict testing protocols as we continue to make safety our top priority. UUCFM Members receive a discount!

On January 26 visual art classes begin in person in Hobart Hall. Class size has been limited and accommodations will be made for all students and teachers to remain socially distanced. 
From the UUA Southern Region

Save the Date: New Day Rising Conference
February 27
Is your congregation ready to take a new step in racial justice work? Want to learn what your fellow congregations are working on, and how you might apply it at home? Join a continent of UUs as we explore next steps in creating Beloved UU Communities.
On Your Own: Watch compelling video TED-talk style testimonials from selected congregations around the continent sharing their learnings, hopes, and next steps in their quest for racial equity in their congregations.
Together, via Zoom: Worship·Workshops·Caucusing. With plenty of breaks! Saturday, February 27th, 9a-6p PT/10a-7p MT/11a-8p CT/12n-9p ET. This event is brought to you by your Unitarian Universalist Association. To register, go to uua.org

UUA General Assembly 2021 WILL BE VIRTUAL!
The UUA Board of Trustees passed a resolution making the 2021 UUA General Assembly a 100% virtual event. Let’s reach record-breaking attendance on June 23-27, 2021.
Why Virtual General Assembly? General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. That remains true even when we cannot gather physically. Last year, GA had more than 4,900 registered attendees participate from remote locations around the world. Although we give up the face-to-face interaction and hugs that are prevalent when we meet in-person, we retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable.
“Circle 'Round for Justice ● Healing ● Courage” is the theme for GA 2021. General Assembly is a time to circle ‘round in community. We circle ‘round in care and healing; for liberation and justice; and for love and courage.
Registration opens December 1st. Registration for virtual GA 2021 is $200 per person. Financial aid for registration as well as a payment plan are available. General Assembly registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulive, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app. To register, go to uua.org.

For more news from the UUA Southern Region, please go to https://www.uua.org/southern.
Contact Us
Board of Trustees
Email: board@uucfm.org

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

Lay Minister Albie Johnson albiej@uucfm.org
Lay Minister Mary Cline Golbitz mary@uucfm.org
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
Please send all newsletter articles by Wednesday at noon for publication in Thursday's newsletter. Send articles to newsletter@uucfm.org.
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