Unitarian Universalist Congregation

of Fort Myers

Weekly E-News

July 22, 2021


Our Sunday Service on Zoom

July 25th-Compasionate Community

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

Please join us this Sunday as Worship Associate Allie Carville and Lay Minister Mary Cline Golbitz explore Compassionate Community in our post-pandemic world.  How can we respect and honor and include all who join our Community however they show up for our now hybrid Services (In-person and virtual?) How can we grow as a Compassionate Community respecting the inherent worth and dignity of all? How can we lead with compassion and relationship when acting with justice for all in our world?

We look forward to exploring these questions with you and welcome all to explore these questions and ideas with our Congregation. 

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:‌ ‌ ‌

Mary Cline Golbitz, Lay Minister

Suellen Kipp, Director of Music          

Allie Carville, Worship Associate

Peter Golbitz, Musician

Lesley Peterson, Musician and Tech Team Member 

Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member

Walter Peterson, Lead Tech Team Member


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.


Volunteer of the Month-Ted Brown

Ted and his late wife Audrey (Brockman) Brown joined UUCFM nearly 8 years ago. Ted has brought his many talents to the service of our congregation and community. He has served as Treasurer, stewardship campaigner, Board member, and various other positions of congregational leadership. Many of us have enjoyed Ted’s intellectual leadership during Sunday morning Humanist Forums. Ted has served as a

leader in our greater community as well, active in many environmental initiatives. He is one of the founders of the SWFL RESET Center, which is one of our new campus-sharing partners.

For family reasons, Ted has moved to North Bradford, Connecticut, in June. We will miss his compassionate leadership. As Ted begins a new chapter in his life, we wish him good health and loving joy, and look forward to staying close with him through the benefits of remote technologies.

Monday UUCFM Book Group

The UUCFM Monday Book Club will meet via Zoom July 26 at 1 pm to discuss Ch. 13-17 of Owls of the Eastern Ice 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

The Social Issues book group starting date has been postponed until August 11th. We will be reading the book: Begin Again by Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. The group meets on Wednesday from 1:30-3 p.m. For more information contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com.


UUCFM-Caloosahatchee Mindfulness Group

The UUCFM and Caloosahatchee Mindfulness Book Group's next reading is Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication by Oren Jay Sofer. The group meets on Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m. For more information contact Helen Leddy at 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.  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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