Unitarian Universalist Congregation

of Fort Myers

Weekly E-News

July 15, 2021

Our Sunday Service on Zoom

July 18th Sunday Service- Self Compassion

Our service begins at 10:30 a.m. on this link: https://zoom.us/j/98733916229

This Sunday, UUCFM welcomes you to join us as we explore Self-Compassion. 

"With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend." - Kristen Neff, PHD.

Extending self-compassion is an expression of self love. Encouraging one's self is another expression of self love. Many perceive actions demonstrating self love and compassion as selfish, which is incorrect. Instead it is accepting and or noticing that there is suffering in one's self and others knowing we all experience it. When we extend compassion we suffer with the pain of others, to extend self compassion is to first gently recognize our own pain not to ignore it and take measures to give comfort and care to ourselves. 

Our Lay Minister Alberita Johnson and Worship Associate, Jennifer Grant, will share about Compassion and Self-Compassion. We look forward to Sunday Service with you.

Following the service, we will have our weekly UU Dialogues Discussion and Breakout Rooms on Zoom. Stay on the same link for these discussions.

Thank‌ ‌you‌ ‌to‌ Sunday's‌ ‌participants:‌ ‌ ‌

Albie Johnson, Lay Minister

Suellen Kipp, Director of Music          

Jennifer Grant, Worship Associate

Peter Golbitz, Musician

Walter Peterson, Lead Tech Team Member

Lesley Peterson, Tech Team Member 

Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member

Holley Rauen, Tech Team Member

Carole Latino, UU Dialogues Host 

Suzanne Ziemer, UU Dialogues Host


Community Sharing in July:

Early Learning Coalition of SW Florida

Our mission is to enhance the quality of children’s lives by providing families, early childhood educators, care-givers and community partners in Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee Counties, with opportunities to positively impact the future.

Monday UUCFM Book Group

The UUCFM Monday Book Club will meet via Zoom July 19 at 1 pm to discuss Ch. 7-13 of Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl by Jonathan C. Slaght. If you’re joining for the first time, please email Mary Studer to get the link to Zoom: mstuder929@gmail.com 

Social Issues Book Group

Wednesdays 1:00-2:30 PM


The Social Issues Book Group will be starting a new book when we reconvene on July 21st. Please join us as we read Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lesson for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. 

"Mixing biography with history, memoir, and analysis of our current moment, the author endeavors to follow Baldwin, and to bear witness to the difficult truth of race in America."

We meet online on Wednesday from 1-2:30 p.m. Contact Helen Leddy for details on the book group or CTTT: helen.leddy@gmail.com

Dreamwork Group 

“Our dreams regularly invite us to greater self-awareness and psycho-spiritual consciousness by remembering them more fully and inquiring more deeply into their multiple meanings. By increasing our capacity to remember and explore our dreams, we come progressively closer to (our) evolutionary potential.”- Jeremy Taylor

Come discover the wisdom of your dreams. Participate in the safety and support of a caring group.

To RSVP for a space, contact Debra Leigh, Certified Dream Work Facilitator. Phone/Text: (831) 818-1418 or email to dreamrookery7@gmail.com. Please include your contact information.

Meetings: Sundays in Room 2 at 11:50 am. Dates: Aug. 1, Aug 15, Aug 29, Sept. 12, Sept. 26, and Oct. 10. Bring a snack.



As your VP Programming Board member, I am thinking about programming throughout the year. If you want to plan and/or facilitate a program, please call me or email and together we can strategize. What with sharing our building with the Gulf Coast Symphony and SWFL RESET Center, and scheduling other community events, it will be important to think ahead for the year and book a room as soon as you can. I’d also like to know about events being planned on Zoom like Connection Circles, Meditation Groups and Book Clubs. 

Toni Latino is working on scheduling/calendaring at the present time, but if you are planning an event or want to facilitate a program, please check in with me first. I’ll email or talk with Toni to get you scheduled, and I’ll have you send me a short write-up for the Weekly and our monthly newsletter, The Communicator. I can also answer any questions you might have. I can be reached at uudrek@gmail.com or 862-432-0173. If I don’t answer the phone call, leave a message and I’ll call you back. We have three designated rooms in which to meet. One of the rooms is reserved for Faith Exploration Programming for young children. I am looking forward to a year of fulfilling our mission of Love, Growth, and Service.

Karen J. Brown


60th Anniversary Pave the Way Fundraiser

Our goal is 100 commemorative bricks at $100 per brick for $10,000 for our General Budget. Our Endowment Fund will pay production costs so each $100 goes right to the Budget.

59 bricks have been donated. 39 other bricks have been moved from the Eco-Preserve that were the 2011 50th Anniversary Fundraisers. Thus, 98 engraved bricks grace the pathways into our Sanctuary. They are a blessing to read.

Each 4" X 8" brick can be engraved with up to 3 lines of 13 characters/spaces on each line. Examples of donated bricks are UU quotes, memorials, names & sayings, such as:

She loved and was loved. Nancy Letts

Service is our Law. Go Forth!

Remembering (name, birth-death)

Albie & Mary, Lay Ministers, Thank You

To donate a brick: Contact suzanneziemer@gmail.com, 812-332-3450 or

helendixon9@gmail.com, 239-633-4989.


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Want to Become a Member?

If you are interested in becoming a new member of UUCFM, please email 


Board of Trustees

Email: board@uucfm.org

President Lane Cook

President Elect Mary Studer

Secretary Ruth King Fotovat

Treasurer Pati Maier

VP Worship Lesley Peterson

VP Operations Genelle Grant

VP Programming Karen J. Brown

VP Membership Toni Latino

VP Stewardship Nancy Hutchins


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

Teacher  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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Fort Myers, FL 33912




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