Pride Month
Weekly E-News, June 11, 2020
Inspired by love, we transform ourselves and serve others.
Join us Online this Sunday!
P lease join us on Zoom this Sunday at 10:30 AM. The sermon is titled  A Broken and Committed Heart  and will be given by the Reverend Margaret L. Beard.

The Worship Service is made possible by:
Rev. Margaret L. Beard, Minister
Suellen Kipp, Director of Music                
Albie Johnson, Worship Associate
Mary Cline Golbitz, Chalice Lighter 
Peter Golbitz, Musician 
Lesley Peterson, Tech Team Member 
Mark Brandon, Tech Team Member
Walter Peterson, Tech Team Member
Krista Hopper, Tech Team Member
Holley Rauen, Tech Team Member
And You!

Please go to our website for the Zoom meeting link and the audio only link for Sunday's Service:  uucfm.org

If you join Zoom before 10:30 AM, you will be placed in an online "Waiting Room," and will manually be added when the worship team is ready to begin the service.

If you would like to make a pledge or donation to UUCFM at any time,  you may mail a check to UUCFM, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, FL 33912 or visit our  PayPal  . Search for Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, then type in your donation and in the notes section, please add either  for UUCFM  or  Community Sharing,  or how much to split between both.
Community Sharing
Our Community Sharing partner   for the month of June   is  SalusCare. SalusCare  is the most comprehensive provider of behavioral healthcare services in Southwest Florida, incorporated in 2013 after the merger of Lee Mental Health and Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS). Today, SalusCare employs 400 professionals who provide hope and recovery to nearly 16,000 adults and children in outpatient psychiatry and therapy, residential programs, recovery residences, emergency/crisis services, detox and community-based services from multiple locations in Lee County. No one will ever be denied access to services due to an inability to pay. A sliding-fee scale is utilized for many services based on family size and income.  SalusCare  is also a proud National Health Service Corps site.
Pachamama SWFL
Announcing: A UUCFM and All Faiths Unitarian Congregation joint endeavor to learn about solutions to the climate crisis in an online course called Introduction to Drawdown.

We encourage all of you to take the time during the first two weeks of June to 
experience this ninety minute overview of the extraordinary scientific analysis of what we can do to reverse global warming. Our two congregations will then join together in a Discussion on Zoom of what we have learned and how we can help implement these scientific solutions.  

Here is the website where you can access this course: https://connect.pachamama.org/drawdown . To register click here. Instructions for participating in the Zoom call will be sent out to you shortly as an EventBrite registration with the ZOOM information.

Be a part of the extraordinary global climate change movement which is bringing together people and environmental organizations in every community and nation around the world. Together we have the power to shape our future. 

For those interested, we have reserved the date of June 26 at 1:00PM for a ZOOM with participants from both Congregations. Register here for the ZOOM conversation and we will send you the link. This uplifting and solution oriented conversation will be facilitated by Joan Marshall, Holley Rauen and the Pachamama SWFL Core group. We hope many of you will join us! 
Covenant of UU Pagans
You are invited to the CUUPS Summer Solstice 2020 Virtual Celebration! 

Topic: CUUPS Summer Solstice 2020 Zoom Gathering
Time: Jun 20, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 943 2980 0938
Password: 962291
UUCFM Classes & Groups
Caloosahatchee Mindfulness
The Caloosahatchee Mindfulness & UUCFM book study group has resumed and is meeting on Zoom every Wednesday at 10:00 AM. We are reading  The Wise Heart  by Jack Kornfield. Please join us.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 849 5260 9369
Password: My1heart
The UUCFM Book Club  
The UUCFM Book Club now meets online. Our current book is the highly recommend White Fragility by Robin Diangelo (Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism). If you can find a hard copy, great. Amazon is sold out but they have the Kindle book. Read through chapter one.We will next meet on zoom Wednesday, June 24, at 1:00 PM. For those who will be joining us for the first time, please email Mary Studer at  mstuder@gmail.com   and Mary will send you the link to join us on Zoom.
Please Mark your Calendars!
Our UUCFM worship service on Sunday, June 28th will be live streamed from the UUA Virtual General Assembly. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream at 10:00 a.m. EDT and again at 10:00 a.m. PDT which would be 1:00 EDT. (More information and the link will be made available as we get closer.) Please note the change in time from our usual time of 10:30. It won’t be quite the same as being together in person but we know the power of being together virtually.

So please join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Rev. Joan Javier-Duval is worship leader and will give the sermon. She will be joined by Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack. The worship service will include a collection for the  Tomaquag Museum , an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities. Those of us who have attended General Assembly remember great music and powerful sermons. This will be different but well worth it. 

So, stay tuned.— Margaret (the Reverend Margaret L. Beard, Minister)
Black Lives Matter Banner
The UUCFM Board discussed placing a banner supporting Black Lives Matter above our sign on Daniels Pkwy. We would like to invite comments of any nature from the congregation before proceeding.

Please submit comments to  board2020@uucfm.org  before June 18th for anonymous compilation and consideration by the Board. Thanks for your input on this decision!
From Our Caring Network
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.
Our Committee members include Mary Faegre, Joan Hickok, Deborah Lewis, Mary Alice Pierce, Mary Tracy-Sigman, Patricia Vivier-Naidl, Holley Rauen and Suzanne Ziemer. If any members of the Congregation are available to help during this crisis, please contact Mary Golbitz
We have been holding weekly calls as a check in at the beginning of this crisis. Since the need for these calls seems to have dwindled, we will  not  be holding these calls any longer. If you feel strongly that you would like these calls to continue please contact Mary Golbitz. Thanks to all who participated and supported one another.
There is an on-going Connection Circle on Zoom right now and another Connection Circle beginning June 4. If you would like to join in connecting with other Congregation members, please contact Leslie Gatto by phone or text at 239-850-9664 or email at 
We can connect with you individually by phone if you are feeling isolated and offer other assistance. Please contact Mary Golbitz for information or assistance at  marygcline@gmail.com  207 479-4082 (phone or text) or Holley Rauen at  holleyrauen@gmail.com  or 239 464-6556.
Social Justice
South Fort Myers Food Pantry
Hi everyone! We would like to provide you with an update on how things are going at the food pantry. 

Clients continue to drive through to pick up pre-bagged items. This is going well and allows our clients and our volunteers to be safe by socially distancing. Just this past Monday, we served 175 clients and we anticipate this number to increase.

Each week we are going to grocers, warehouse stores and places such as dollar stores and big box stores to shop for much needed items to stock our shelves. We are receiving ample meat and fresh vegetable supplies from Harry Chapin, however canned goods are somewhat sporadic. The 28th Annual Mail Carriers Food Drive that was scheduled in May has been postponed to a yet to be determined date. This food drive normally supplies Harry Chapin with many of the canned goods that we would receive during the summer months.

As restrictions loosen, would you consider having a food drive to help stock our shelves? The items we are finding hard to obtain in large quantities are peanut butter and jelly (please no glass containers), cereal and breakfast bars. We are always happy to receive canned fruit and vegetables, tomato sauce products, protein-rich soups and beans.

For questions, call Fran Rose at 617-750-0470. Leave a message and she will get back to you. There are still a lot of hungry people out there. If you want to drop food off at the pantry, the address is  8260 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers . The best time is Monday at 9 AM or 4 PM.
Our Greater Community
LIFE Vigil
The death of George Floyd has served as a stark reminder of the racism in our country that is alive and well.

We, as people of faith, are joining together for a vigil on Saturday, June 13th at 9:30 AM at Centennial Park to mourn the lives lost to racism and to grieve the realities of systemic racism that exist today.

Join us in an act of solidarity as we join together to pray, reflect, and strive for a world where all of us can breathe free. Please wear black, white, or gray in a show of unity.
Important Safety Information:
We are asking all attendees to wear masks or facial coverings to protect the public health and ask that you abstain from attending if you are ill. We will be practicing social distancing in the park with people staying 6-10 feet apart. We will have audio so you can hear even from further distances.

The event will be live streamed for those who cannot attend in person. The link to facebook event page is: 

In Solidarity,

Chelsea Baker, MSW
Lead Organizer of Lee Interfaith For Empowerment 
June 11 John Worster
June 12 Linda Jensen
June 16 Betty Tobin
June 17 Phyllis Brewer
June 19 Suzanne Ziemer
June 21 Chet Beemer
June 23 Karen Brown  
June 24 Helen Krieger
June 25 Rosalie Kuehn
June 28 Chris Rosa   
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Want to Become a Member?
If you are interested in becoming a new member, please email   memberservices@uucfm.org
UUCFM Staff and Board of Trustees
Minister  The Reverend Margaret L. Beard  revmbeard@uucfm.org
Director of Music   Suellen Kipp  music@uucfm.org
Director of RE   Jenn Blosser  dre@uucfm.org
Office Manager  Jill Carville  officemanager@uucfm.org
Building Supervisor   Mickey Kellam  buildingsupervisor@uucfm.org
Nursery Supervisor   Liza Kellam  lhiz_sierra@yahoo.com

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
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