Weekly E-News August 10, 2017  
Sundays in August
Staff & Board News
Welcome Baby Joseph!
Joseph James Crossen was born in water at Allison and Andy's  home in the wee hours of the morning on Tuesday, August 8th. Baby and Mom are both doing well- resting and bonding. Please remember that Rev. Allison is on maternity leave, but cards are welcome!
Save the Date!
The Women's Circle

The Women's Circle luncheons are taking a break in the Summer.  But we don't want to lose touch with each other, so for those who are still around, we are meeting for lunch at restaurants in Lee County each month.

For August we will gather at The Shrimp Shack in Ft Myers on Metro just North of Daniels at noon, Monday, August 14th.  For more information, contact Susan Forsyth  239-424-8442 or  thecaperabbit@gmail.com.
UU Dance
Calling everyone interested in joining in a UU Dance experience! UU Dance is about joy, celebration and expression through movement.  Come and have fun with us. Debra Leigh leads us through an enjoyable creative movement activity and a few short and simple movement sequences. You do not need to be athletic and the movement is not technically challenging.  

We'll meet Wednesday, August 16, at 6:45p in the Narthex (lobby of sanctuary).  Students ages 11+ may participate with parental permission slip.   

Join the FUUn BUUnch Dinner Gang Friday, August 18th at 7:00p for an exotic or traditional dinner at the world famous Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant in the Bass Pro Shops at Gulf Coast Town Center.

Please RSVP John or Bob by Tuesday, August 15, 2017.  

(The restaurant requires firm numbers by this date.)

John E. Fischer  267 992 6566 or silverfischstudios@gmail.com or

Bob Nies  239 466 7933 or niesrobert@hotmail.com


Take Rte 75 to Exit 128, Alico Rd.  









Remember the fun of playing BINGO with friends?  Well, it’s here at UUCFM in a new way.  Join the eBINGO fun starting in September!  Here’s how it works:

For the first 2 Sundays in September, after service in Hobart, you can buy eBINGO playcards, 2 for $10. Look for the eBINGO table.  Sign-up with your email address.  Buy playcards for your neighbors and members of your family.  The more who play, the bigger the Jackpot, the more fun!  You’ll be helping the church as well.

Starting Monday, September. 11, each day we will email one bingo number to those who bought a playcard.   Mark your playcards accordingly.  In the first email we will also announce the Jackpot amount (minimum of $100).

Whoever gets a bingo and has the first email received at the eBINGO email address uuEbingo@gmail.com will be the winner (provided they have a valid playcard).  Bring in your playcard to the church office for validation. Once it’s validated, you will receive the Jackpot moneys. (A “win” is 5 squares horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.)

Once there’s a winner, we’ll start selling the playcards for the next round of eBINGO the following Sunday.  Good luck!

Classes & Groups
UU Book Study
The UU Book Study meets Wednesdays at 1:00p in the Library.  As a bonus, bring your lunch and join us at 12 Noon to view a video of Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers'  T.V. program by the same name.  The book is Joseph Campbell's The Power of Myth.  Here is the remaining schedule:  August 16, chapters 2,3; August 23, chapters 4,5; Aug. 30, chapters 6,7;  September 6th, chapter 8 plus wrap-up and planning.
The Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist group meets Sundays at 1:45p in Room 1.
Weekly Activities
Community Wednesday 
Community Wednesday is held in Hobart Hall.  Bring friends and neighbors, too. Join us each Wednesday for a delicious meal prepared by Chef Joy for a small donation. After the fellowship and fine fare from 6:00- 6:45p, join your favorite programming event, committee meeting, or social activity. Child care is provided until 8:30p.
Regular Activitie s for August:

4:00-5:30              Optimal Living Group (1st & 3rd Wed)

6:00-6:45              Community Meal

6:00-6:45              Band Rehearsal in Sanctuary (no rehearsal Aug 23)

6:45-8:00              Choir Rehearsal in Sanctuary (no rehearsal Aug 23)
UUCFM Historical Martial Arts Club

The UUCFM Historical Martial Arts Club is dedicated to preserving and practicing a variety of historical martial arts for entertainment and fitness purposes. We meet at various times (determined by interest) most often at 12:30p after service on Sundays to practice Archery and Tomahawk/Axe throwing.  Other activities and times can be found on our Facebook page of the same name. All are welcome to join us!

Caring News
Bill Ziemer
Member Bill Ziemer, beloved husband of Suzanne Ziemer, passed away on August 5th in his Wisconsin home. Suzanne would love to receive cards. She is planning to return to UUCFM this fall. The Wisconsin address is:

Suzanne Ziemer

W4986 S Long Lake Rd

Waupaca, WI 54981

Contact info: 



Paula Copestick's Birthday

Our good friend and devoted Unitarian Universalist,  Paula Copestick, is celebrating the Big 75th birthday on the Monday, August14th.  She is still managing to walk around her apartment.  Therapy workers are wonderful but she misses being with her UUCFM community. 

Obviously, we can  not celebrate this event with her in Hobart Hall.  However, we can lift her spirits by sending a birthday card or note to let her know how much we love her.  She will enjoy this act of kindness.  Please note: For her peace of mind (and body), her computer is inactive.  Her address is:

Paula Copestick

26852 South Bay Dr, Room 105

Bonita Springs FL 34134

Social Justice
South Fort Myers Food Pantry 
The Food Pantry Newsletter for the second quarter of 2017 (April through June) is posted in Hobart Hall, next to the kitchen.  I will summarize for those who may not have time to stop by and read it.  During the second quarter of 2017 our pantry served 1670 clients, totaling 5,466 family members actually fed.  The pantry volunteers distributed over 172,226 pounds of food.  

The annual meeting of the food pantry coalition was held on June 17, 2017.  The directors of the current board were elected to serve another year.  The names of the directors are available in the food pantry flyer which you can get  either at the social justice table or from the rack of brochures near the water fountains in Hobart Hall.  The meeting was followed by a luncheon to honor the volunteers, a time to enjoy fellowship with each other.

There is an appeal for more food donations during the summer months, which you are already doing and is appreciated.  There are also instructions for anyone wanting to volunteer this summer.  
If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, email Fran Rose at francrose@centurylink.net. Put "Food Pantry" on the subject line of your email.
Sanctuary Air Conditioner Update

The Operations Council has been working this past few months on finding a supplier to replace the 22-year-old air conditioning units in the Sanctuary.  We have narrowed the bidding to 2 companies and will be making our final decision in the next few days.

This work will cost us about $130,000.  We have been diligent and generous as a congregation to have built-up a Reserve Fund which will cover most of this cost without a Capital Campaign.  We can thank all the members who stretched a little more on their pledges, past members who remembered the Church in memorial bequests, and the past few Boards of Trustees for their financial discipline in helping us build such a Reserve Fund.  It is at times like this when we can appreciate why including a gift to the Church in your estate planning is so important to the survival of our Vision.

Any shortfalls from our Reserve Fund and the eventual replacement costs may be met through a small loan from our Endowment Fund or accessing our bank line of credit.  Any comments about this process are welcome at bill@petrarca.net or come to any Board meeting.

Cell Tower Lease Sale?

A few years ago, the leadership of the Church realized the value of leasing a small unused part of our property for a cell tower.  The monthly proceedings from that lease have gone to bolster the Church’s Reserve Account.  Recently, the Church has been approached to consider selling the lease to an investment firm.  This would mean an upfront lump payment for future lease proceeds.  The Board of Trustees will be evaluating several options to the Church over the next few months.  If we were to find this transaction attractive, the Board will use such fund to increase our Reserve Fund.  Comments appreciated at board@UUCFM.org .
2018 Women's Retreat
It's time to start planning to attend the 2018 Florida UU Women's Retreat. Flyers will be available in the Narthex.  This year, we are again sending this information to all the Florida UU congregations at the same time that this mailing is going out to you allowing more UU women to learn about the retreat. 
DaySpring has raised the room rates for 2018, but we are not changing the rates for attendance at the Retreat. We are also again offering a $5 discount to all those who register before  September 15, 2017
So, secure your place for the April gala and remind others that there's a special deal for signing up early.  It's going to be another grand weekend.

We are looking for volunteers to participate in the program planning.  If you are interested and we hope you are, please contact us.  Program planning can take place from anywhere in the state, so don't be reluctant to sign up to help.

Helen Leddy   helen.leddy@gmail.com
Member to Member
Lost & Found
Whale Maiden reports that she has lost some Tree Identification books and Earthways Shamanic Path class notes, and a small woven basket.  These items have been missing for a few months, but If you have any leads, please email her at  Whalemaiden@aol.com
Contact Angela Melton  angela@eco-evolve.com
Our Greater Community 
If you are a UUCFM Community Sharing Partner, a regular Facility User, or have UU related news to share, you are welcome to submit announcements for publication in our Greater Community section of the newsletter.  Please send announcements in by each Wednesday for publication in the Thursday E-news.  

Aug 12   Peg Lancioni  

Aug 12   Carole Latino

Aug 13   Shirley Blumenfeld

Aug 14   Paula Copestick

Aug 21  Suzanne Fast

Aug 22   Carol Barclay

 Aug 22   Marge Gonzalez

Aug 24   Patricia Vivier-Naidl

Aug 25   John Swank

Aug 28   Ellen Kelly      

 Please send all news articles for the Weekly E-news to  weeklynews@uucfm.org
All Communicator articles may be emailed to newsletter@uucfm.org
Newsletter Editor: Jill Carville 
(239) 561-2700 
Board of Trustees

President                            Steve Eisenberg                239-634-7367      golfconcepts@gmail.com
President Elect                  Matt Hoffman                     239-222-4836      mwaters106@yahoo.com
Secretary                            Rachel Spiller                    205-527-2386      rlspiller@gmail.com
Treasurer                            Jen Smith                           480-677-0404      jenw930@gmail.com
VP Finance                          Deb Lewis                         239-313-5618      debL5784@hotmail.com
VP Ministerial Services     Susan Forsyth                   239-424-8442      thecaperabbit@gmail.com
VP Operations                    Bill Petrarca                       239-454-2438      bill@petrarca.net
Member at Large                Albie Johnson                    239-218-7405      albiestalk@gmail.com

Minister                        Rev. Allison Farnum     239-561-2700x204       minister@uucfm.org
Director of Music        Amy Laursen                941-932-2353               directorofmusic@uucfm.org
Director of RE             Jenn Blosser                 239-561-2700x208       dre@uucfm.org
Office Manager           Jill Carville                     239-561-2700x202      officemanager@uucfm.org
Building Supervisor   Mickey Kellam               239-738-3473               buildingsupervisor@uucfm.org
Nursery Supervisor   Liza Kellam                    239-314-6316                lhiz_sierra@yahoo.com
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