Weekly E-News
November 5, 2020
Sunday, November 8th

Please join us on Zoom this Sunday, November 8th at 10:30 AM for our service titled A Just and Peaceful World with special guest- composer and musician, Jim Scott.
Jim Scott is widely known to UUs for his anthem “Gather the Spirit.”  He played for years with the Paul Winter Consort and has made a number of recordings of his own music.  He’s visited more than 700 UU churches over more than three decades of travels, and several of his songs are in our Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey hymnbooks.  Lately, Jim has been doing regular concerts on Facebook and YouTube, and visiting churches virtually in this pandemic era.  

As co-chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim helped create the original Green Sanctuary Program for churches to become more sustainable. He arranged and edited the Earth and Spirit Songbook, an anthology of 110 songs of earth and peace, and recently received a grant from the Fund for UUism to create Earth and Spirit Volume 2.

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

Thank you to Sunday's Participants:
UU Composer/Musician Jim Scott
Suellen Kipp, Director of Music         
Peter Golbitz, Musician 
Lesley Peterson, Tech Team Member 
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Tech Team Lead
Jill Carville, Tech Team Coordinator
Bill Petrarca, UU Dialogues Host
Karen J. Brown, UU Dialogues Host
Community Sharing Partner for November: Alliance for Fair Food

The Alliance for Fair Food (AFF) seeks justice, dignity and respect for all farmworkers as part of a broader vision of justice for all peoples. The AFF works in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), building a vibrant, diverse national network that takes action in pursuit of fair wages and working conditions for farmworkers through the Campaign for Fair Food. More info can be found at www.allianceforfairfood.org .
UU Dialogues this Sunday

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!
Welcome New Members!

We are so pleased that you've decided to join us here at UUCFM. If you haven't had your New Member Ceremony and would like to, the next ceremony is Sunday, November 15th via Zoom at the 10:30 am service. Don't forget to invite your relatives and friends to join in the celebration. Please contact Carole at carolelatino@gmail.com.
From Membership

Welcome to new members, Sue Roth and Len Cohen!

Len and Sue are "snowbirds" from Rockville, MD, near D.C. They have lived in Cape Coral for three years. Sue met Len when she needed a financial planner and Len became MORE than her advisor in his job as fiduciary planner and investment advisor.

Sue worked as a psychiatric nurse for over 30 years, but an eye injury forced her to retire. She expects to do community service here in Lee County, perhaps with ACT. She has one son and two stepdaughters with 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, all still under 27 months.

Len has led the Environmental Action group in his Rockville UU Church and just installed solar panels. Currently, he is on the UUCFM's Finance Council and Stewardship Committee. Len has two daughters and three grandchildren, 6, 4,and 3.

They say, "We are looking forward to getting to know the members of
this community better and to build our social network here." Thank
you Sue and Len for joining with us!
Survey Link

A survey has been sent out to all UUCFM Members, Friends, and Visitors. Please help the Transition Team by answering these important questions which will help us move forward into the future! If you don't receive the survey email, please go to uucfm.org and you will find the survey link on the front page.
Campus Renaissance: An Update

The campus fall bloom continues apace. While we have a closed campus, we have not been wasting this time. With the support of our members and the Endowment Committee we have embarked on several efforts to update our aging campus and upgrade our technologies to ready our congregation for a “renaissance” in the ways we worship together and the ways we share our campus with our new community partners: the Gulf Coast Symphony and the Southwest Florida RESET Center.

Following on our E-News report of developments from several weeks ago, here are some further pics of developments as they progress: 
The new Hobart tiled floor has a Florentine look. The new material has a sound deadening factor better than carpeting! Also, accident friendly.
Sanctuary transformation shows Symphony-ready (removable) draped windows with new multi-colored theatrical ceiling lighting.
Our buildings were in dire need of cleaning and weatherizing. The “Before” picture above.
After pressure washing and a new coat of paint. The “After” picture above.
The walkway walls and ceilings have all been painted, giving a new perspective to our campus renaissance.
The Holton Eco-Preserve is getting a face-lift, too. The Scout Troop is re-making the pathway from the parking lot to the amphitheater to be wheel-chair accessible. Other projects are in the works.
Above is the design for the new Holton Eco-Preserve sign sponsored by Paul Holton’s son, David Holton, reviving his father’s memory at UUCFM.
After discussions with Suellen and others, the pews in the choir loft are being replaced with padded chairs to provide greater flexibility in the use of the space.
Well, that’s the update for this month. Special thanks to Jill and Mickey for working with the service providers during this campus revitalization, and Walt and Simone Ittenbach for getting the campus ready for the improvements! 

Respectfully submitted,
Operations Council
The UUCFM Book Group

On November 11, the Wednesday Book Group will continue our discussion of  Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Our discussion will cover the section Tending Sweetgrass. We meet on Zoom Wednesdays at 1:00 PM. If you’re joining for the first time, please email Mary Studer at mstuder929@gmail.com and she will send you the link to Zoom.
UUCFM & Caloosahatchee Book Study

We began our new book on October 28th. The title of the 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 are now meeting on Wednesday from 10-11:30 AM on Zoom. For more information and to join, contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com.
Social Issues Book Study

The Social Issues Study group meets on Zoom on Wednesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. We are reading Caste. Contact helen.leddy@gmail.com.
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 Workshop on Coping Strategies

Do you have Coronavirus anxiety? Build resilience during these times! Let's talk.

Join your Caring Team for a choice of two Zoom Workshop dates, Monday, December 14 or Monday, December 21, both at 1 -2:30 pm. We will discuss ways to cope with enforced solitude, challenge your anxious thoughts, and feel better during this Covid-19 time. We'll share ideas and concerns about being isolated. UUCFM Caring Facilitators are Mary Cline Golbitz, Holley Rauen, Mary Tracy Sigman and Suzanne Ziemer.

The Workshop is open to anyone. To register and get the Zoom link, contact Mary Tracy Sigman, 239-313-5993, email, marytracysigman115@gmail.com.

Also, 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. We can connect with you individually by phone if you are feeling isolated and offer other assistance. Please contact Mary Golbitz marygcline@gmail.com 207-479-4082 (phone or text) or Holley Rauen holleyrauen@gmail.com 239-464-6556.
Member to Member

For Sale: Contemporary Recliner and Ottoman
$75.00 for both

  • Black Leather
  • Metal Base

Contact Joy Sokeitous at JoySokeitous@comcast.net

For Sale: Yamaha PSR-320 Keyboard (Portable) -- $100.00
 Keyboard
 Music Stand
 Keyboard Cover
 Keyboard Stand
 Carrying Case

Contact Joy Sokeitous at JoySokeitous@comcast.net
November Birthdays
Nov 1 Barbara Moreland
Nov 2 Miriam Jones
Nov 6 Carolyn Thompson
Nov 11  Nancy Hutchins
Nov 21 Mary Murray
Nov 23 Mary Dryden
Nov 28 Bob Krieger
Nov 28 Jennifer McFadden
Nov 29 Liz Taggart
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: 
Want to Become a Member?
If you are interested in becoming a new member, please email memberservices@uucfm.org.
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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