Pride Month
Weekly E-News, June 25, 2020
Inspired by love, we transform ourselves and serve others.
Special UUA General Assembly Service this Sunday!
P lease join us online this Sunday, June 28th at (different time this week!) 10:00 AM . The service 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.  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. 

Here is the link to the Sunday service

If that doesn't work, go to   and you can find a link to the Sunday service there.

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 for June
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.
July's Community Sharing Partner
The Pachamama Alliance of SW Florida formed in October 2016 after a group of local leaders took the Game Changer Intensive together.
Our Three-fold Mission:
Collaborate with and support existing Game Changing movements and the establishment of organizations to inspire, educate, and engage..

Originate programs, develop and disseminate communications, and facilitate training designed to enlighten, energize, and empower pro-activists, giving them the Pachamama Alliance tools and resources needed for transformation to a thriving, just, sustainable human presence on this planet.

Integrate indegenous wisdom and promote the participation of indigenous peoples. 

Before COVID, we met monthly for Game Changer Gatherings at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers.  These gatherings featured well-known and respected community leaders and were hosted at the UUCFM.  Our regular newsletter reaches over 350 Pachamama people who have participated in our programs.
This last year, we partnered with many organizations by tabling, offering workshops and inviting Climate Change Ambassadors to speak at many events. 
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 recommended White Fragility (Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism) by Robin Diangelo . 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 at 1:00 PM. For those who will be joining us for the first time, please email Mary Studer at   and Mary will send you the link to Zoom.
New Special Book Group
Waking Up White by Debby Irving is "engaging, challenging, and action-oriented” (Moore, Eddie Jr.).  The author tells a personal story about racial tensions in her personal and work relationships.  In 2009, after wondering why her diversity efforts were unsuccessful, she begins her own discovery adventure that changed her life. 
Join Albie Johnson and Helen Leddy on your own discovery journey with Debby Irving’s book. It may change your life, too.
This new weekly book group will begin on Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.  It will take place online using Zoom. For more information and to sign up, please contact either Helen or Albie .  
Campus Sharing Forum Schedule
Please join us online for one of these important campus sharing forums. More information to follow in newsletter next Tuesday. Your input is greatly appreciated!

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.

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  207 479-4082 (phone or text) or Holley Rauen at  or 239 464-6556.
No Newsletter Next Week- Office Manager Out
The July Communicator will come out on Thursday, July 9th. There will be no enews published next week, as the office manager will be on vacation. Please look out for a special email on Tuesday from the Transition Team about Campus Sharing!
Musical Collaboration Featuring our Music Director!
Here is a link to a musical collaboration by Suellen Kipp, director of music at UUCFM and Jess Huetterman, director of Music at Bell Street Chapel Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Providence, Rhode Island.

Social Justice
South Fort Myers Food Pantry
The Board and volunteers at the SFMFP say, "thank-you" for the food that some of you have dropped off during these very difficult weeks. Thanks to all of you that have been able to do this. For those of you who might just be getting out now that some restrictions have been lifted, please consider dropping off some food at the pantry.

The best times are 9 AM or 4PM 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. Any size bag, any number of items will be appreciated.

At this point, I don't think I need to give a lengthy explanation about our long connection with our pantry, but if you have questions you can email me at: .
June 25 Rosalie Kuehn
June 28 Chris Rosa   
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?
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Minister  The Reverend Margaret L. Beard
Director of Music   Suellen Kipp
Director of RE   Jenn Blosser
Office Manager  Jill Carville
Building Supervisor   Mickey Kellam
Nursery Supervisor   Liza Kellam

Board of Trustees
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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