Weekly E-News
December 28, 2017
Sundays in December
Memorial for William P. Ziemer
A family-led Remembrance will be given, Sunday, December 31st, immediately after the Church Service. The Ziemer family welcomes anyone to attend in celebration of a life well lived.

Contact Suzanne Ziemer for more information. 239-463-9020 suzanneziemer@gmail.com
Staff & Board News
Music Notes

Musical Calendar

December-March: Please welcome Suellen Kipp as Director of Music during Amy Laursen's maternity leave. Suellen is a talented pianist, singer, and conductor who currently serves as the Director of Music at Temple Beth El here in Fort Myers, and previously served in the same role at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Wayne, Indiana for 11 years. She has also taught vocal music and dance in schools for 17 years and holds a degree in Vocal Education.

December 31: Celebrate the end of 2017 with Rev. Jason Shelton, UU composer! The Choir shares the heartwarming round,  Dona Nobis Pacem

The next Music Committee meeting will be in January, 2018.

The UUCFM Choir  rehearses most Wednesday nights from 6:45-8:15 pm, and on Sunday mornings from 9-10 am in the Sanctuary. It's free and there are no auditions. Please email me in advance so that a music folder can be prepared for you. Come join us in singing! 

The UUCFM Band  rehearses most Wednesday nights from 6:00-6:45 pm, and on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00a in the Sanctuary. If you would like to play your instrument during a Sunday service, please email me to coordinate the details. Come join us in making music together! 

Suellen Kipp
Special Events
Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida
Ready to talk about changing the game to create the more beautiful world we know is possible?

If so, please join the Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida on Thursday evening, January 4th, at 6:30 pm in Hobart Hall for our next Pachamama Game Changer Gathering, hosted by the UUCFM Social Justice Committee.

Together we can express our passions, share our actions, and discover how to weave them together to promote environmental sustainability, social justice, and spiritual fulfillment. We will find out about the next 8-week online Game Changer Intensive, which starts on January 23rd. It is time to register now!

Questions? Contact any of our core group members: Holley Rauen holleyrauen@gmail.com, Gary Robbins pachamamaelder@gmail.com, Sima Robbins simaleah.robbins@gmail.com, James Reho jhreho@gmail.com, or Mary Cline Golbitz marygcline@gmail.com.

Coffee and teas will be served. Desserts welcome! We hope to see you there!
Games and More!

Saturday, January 27th, our church sponsored Scouts present a Casino Night for UUCFM. There is limited seating. Get tickets for friends and neighbors for a fabulous evening on January 27, 2018 from 6-10 pm,at $20 per person. Make checks payable to UUCFM, memo line Casino fundraiser. Send to/ contact Suzanne Ziemer, 4753 Estero Blvd, #303, Fort Myers Beach, 33931 or reserve  239-463-9020 suzanneziemer@gmail.com

Dinner Buffet includes: Caesar Salad, Artichoke & Parm Decadence,Baguette slices w/spread, Mushroom Melange , Greek marinated veggies w/feta, Pork loin spiral, Caribbean Chicken, Fruit and Assorted Pastries.

Casino tables, Roulette, and Wheel of Fortune will be serviced by our Boy Scout Troop as a thank you for using our facilities. All proceeds go to the UUCFM Budget.
Mike Durall Visit
We’ll have a special visitor on the weekend of January 20-21 of next year. Mike Durall, a parish consultant and author of nine books about church life, will be helping us figure out what the future might have in store for UUCFM.

Mike was here four years ago, and among his recommendations was to urge UUCFM to become, in the words of one of our own members, “A church that is respected and valued in this community.”

We’ll provide more details as the date approaches, including how church members can participate in the overall process of looking ahead. If you’d like more information about Mike and his work, his website is www.vitalcongregations.com
Rummage Sale
Save your gently used items for our UUCFM Rummage Sale! The sale will happen over 3 days January 19th-21st. Contact Deb Lewis for details debL5784@hotmail.com
Classes & Groups
Women's Circle & Potluck
Monday – January 8th at noon

Happy New Year to everyone! Reverend Allison recently gave a sermon celebrating the Winter Solstice. It is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Traditionally, it is a time of both foreboding and expectancy as the longest night leads to the return of the sun. Reverend Allison gave a demonstration using the turning of the wheel and its meaning. It reminded me of the cycle of life and the seasons and about how I “resolve” to start afresh as the new year approaches to make a commitment to myself, family and our planet using our UU principles as my guide. What are your thoughts? Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you have other ways of bringing in the new year? At our next Women's Circle we will share stories about how we celebrate the new year. There will be a potluck lunch before the discussion! For additional information, contact chair Rose Klein  kleinrd@gmail.com 810-358-8312.
UUCFM Book Group
Join the book study group starting Wednesday January 10th, meeting from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Library.

January 10th: Part I pgs 6-39
January 17th: Part I pgs 39-71
(skip a week)
January 31st: Part II pgs 71-99
February 7th: Part II pgs 99-132

Email Rev. Allison with any questions: minister@uucfm.org
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. All are invited. 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.
Community Wednesday Activities for December:

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

6:00-6:45        Community Meal
6:00-6:45        Band Rehearsal in Sanctuary

6:45-8:00        Choir Rehearsal in Sanctuary
Member to Member
Do you have something to offer, trade, or sell? Are you looking for something? Free ad space here for personal items only. Email uuchurch@uucfm.org

For Sale By Owner: Garden home 2 Bdrm. 2 Ba. den, garage in beautiful Legends CC access to pools, spa, fitness center, clay tennis courts, Bocce, Pickleball courts, pub and restaurant-style dining. Great location close to UUCFM! Contact Don or Judy Burget:  judyburget@gmail.com  or  239-277-0203 .

Wanted: Guitarist for band in Cape Coral. Do you like to play 80s rock- for fun and sometimes at gigs? We are a band of 4 women, all over 50, who love to play. Not looking for pros, just someone who loves to play and have a good time. Contact Jill Carville at jcarville1@yahoo.com
A special thank you to: Judith Lancaster, Judy Burget, Bruce Marble, and Deb Lewis for their contributions to the Holiday Decor.

From the Decor Committee
One minute mediation for peace -And change the world!
Take one minute, twice a day, and meditate on peace.
There are many meditations available. Here is one by Thich Nhat Hanh, from Jack Cormfield's book, "Path with a Heart."
May I be filled with unconditional love
May i be well
May I be peaceful and at ease
May I be happy.
May there be peace.
Or change the I to we, or my family, or my community. or the world, etc. Or change the word happy, to cheerful, or helpful, etc.
Do a meditation for peace, for one minute, twice a day at some convenient hour: 7am pm, 8 am pm 9 am pm, etc. on the road, stuck in traffic, in a crowded space, or alone.
Inspiration for this idea:
In the movie, "What the Bleep Do We Know," there is a scene regarding the effect of a peace conference in Washington D.C. During the week of the Peace Conference, when thousands of meditators gathered to meet all day to meditate on peace, violent crime in the area decreased. The records were kept by the local Police Department
Similarly, the violent crime in a South African city went down during a peace conference of meditators according to the book "Vibrational Medicine," by Richard Gerber.
Take one minute for peace, twice a day, Spread the word. Change the world!
Frances Pake
From the Hoxworths
Frankie and I have greatly enjoyed our 20 years coming to this warm and welcoming church and congregation. We will miss everyone. 

With the encouragement of our children, we have just rented an apartment in an assisted living complex in Pasadena, California and moved in two weeks ago. Our children have worked hard to make sure we had a smooth transition and furnished the unit. We are already hosting tours of our unit to others. Jerry and I are doing better here as we can rely on others to do the cooking and cleaning and we save our energy for socializing, activities and enjoying our children, grandchildren and our first great grandchild. We wish all of you a joyous holiday season. 

Frankie and Jerry
(Please call church office for address and contact info)
Help Needed for Casino Night Fundraiser
A member has volunteered to furnish all the beverages, from water to wine, for theJanuary 27th Casino Night Fundraiser that our Boy Scout troop is producing as a token of their appreciation for being here at UUCFM. Additinally, I need volunteers to assist that evening to actually run the evening's activities, help sell tickets beforehand. and do the Beverage Bar. Contact Suzanne Ziemer to volunteer,  239-463-9020 ,
Bed & Breakfast Volunteer Opportunity
We are preparing for another year of UUCFM’s Bed and Breakfast program. Through the generosity of host families within our congregation, we have raised $3000 to $5000 a year for the church operating budget for many years. We provide this service to UUs and/or their friends from around the country. This
program cannot happen without volunteers and we need your help!

What’s needed to be a host? The host provides one bedroom and bathroom and a basic breakfast each morning of the guests’ stay. The guests are usually one or two people. The breakfast can even be a “do it yourself” if your guests are early risers or you have to go to work and they want to sleep.

Do I have to entertain the guests or take them places? No! They will have their own transportation. If you have favorite restaurants to recommend, or other local travel tips, they are always appreciated. You are not expected to provide entertainment, transportation or extra food. For the most part, guests are off
doing their own thing most of the day and evening.

When and for how long? Guests stay from one to seven nights during the months of January through April. (Most stay only two or three nights.) You choose when and for how long you can host and then your requirements are matched with those of the guests. Even if you can only host for two nights in March, for example, that is a big help. February and March tend to have the biggest demand.

All money received from the guests as they stay in your home goes directly to the UUCFM operating budget. I haven’t even mentioned how interesting and fun this experience can be for the hosts. We have met so many great UUs through this experience!

Please consider being a host! Before you say no, talk to me. Just try it once…

Mary Nies, Program Coordinator
239-466- 7933
Sydney Stewart
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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
The Children and Families Committee of the Interfaith Justice Ministry (LIFE) is ready to announce that in 2018 we will be tackling the frightening issue of children who are not able to get basic medical care in our community. 

We have heard from parents involved in LIFE that their children have gone without needed medications for asthma because the cost was too high. Parents who have waited for over a month to get their child in to see a primary care physician because wait times are too long. Parents who have had to drive close to an hour to get their child to an Emergency Room supported by their insurance. 

So, in 2018 we take on the unique challenges of childhood access to healthcare. Please mark your calendar for the Rally when we'll announce a solution (Monday, February 26th 7:00 PM at Iona Hope) and the Nehemiah Action where we'll have our public officials commit to that solution (Tuesday, March 20th at St. Collumbkille) and the Celebration where we'll lift up our victories (Tuesday, May 1st St. Collumbkille). 
WhaleCoast Alaska
My name is Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks, Alaska UU Fellowship. I am the organizer of a unique Alaska UU fundraising tour program called “WhaleCoast Alaska." We want the members of your congregation to know about the Alaska UU summer program for 2018, and to have an opportunity to register before the program fills. Since these tours are so popular, they will probably sell out long before the official registration deadline. We send similar notices to all the UU newsletters in the US. Our fundraising tour program involves dozens of volunteers from 4 Alaska UU congregations: Fairbanks, Anchorage, Juneau, and Sitka. This is a unique and wonderful opportunity for your members to visit our state. If you have any questions, please call  907-322-4966  or email dfrey@WhaleCoastAK . Thank you so much!

Dave Frey, UU Fellowship of Fairbanks
WhaleCoast Alaska program director
The 1 st  Amendment vs. Anti-Discrimination Law
The Collier County chapter of the ACLU is hosting this 1 st Amendment debate on January 13, 2018, at the Naples UU church from 2:00-4:00 pm.
Dec 21 Harvey Heckes
Dec 26 Melinda Machones
Dec 30 Joy Sokeitous
Dec 30 Bruce Marble
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Board of Trustees

President              Steve Eisenberg        239-634-7367    golfconcepts@gmail.com
President Elect     Matt Hoffman          239-222-4836    mwaters106@yahoo.com
Secretary Theresa Bahre 843-472-0386 strawbahre_fields@yahoo.com
Treasurer              Jen Smith             630-881-0000    jenw930@gmail.com
VP Finance             Deb Lewis            239-313-5618    debL5784@hotmail.com
VP Programming Julie Ireland 786-348-5544 vpprogramming@uucfm.org
VP Ministerial Services Susan Forsyth         239-424-8442    thecaperabbit@gmail.com
VP Operations           Bill Petrarca           239-454-2438    bill@petrarca.net
Member at Large Bruce Marble 239-596-2703 jcahoon@tellink.net
Youth Representative Madeline Wellman madelinewellman@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