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This Sunday's
Special Guest
Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout
Please join us for our next Sunday service on
January 17 at 10:30 a.m.

“Annual Martin Luther King Sunday"

Service led by:
Rev. Tim, Dani, Lorenzo,
Chloe Ockey, Troy Polnitz, and Floyd Sanchez

Music by,
Amanda Monaco, Merina Thomas, Chris Eacock,
Jeremiah Henry, Lourin Hubbard, Mike Reilly,
Marc Wise & Joel Wissner

Special Guest Musician:
Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout

***Please join us for Social Hour on ZOOM*** 9:45 am
and immediately after the Worship service
 Meeting ID: 967 8591 4824
PHONE: 669-900-6833 (then enter Meeting ID: 967 8591 4824, followed by #. When prompted for User ID, just hit # again)
Calling All Children!! Feb. 6th at 5 pm we will be hosting our live on Zoom Youth Talent show. No talent is too small or off the wall! Kiddos can sign up between now and January 31st to participate in our UUCF showcase of skills at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeMxuGofdUod_MO9c1EYaTCT971WWGDKKdrZ3PtSm7Y1CaJQA/viewform?usp=sf_link.
Grow Spiritually in the New Year – If you are looking to deepen or refresh your spiritual life in this New Year, Rev. Tim invites you to join him at one of his weekly “Spiritual Drop-In Group” each Tuesday at 7 pm and Thursday at 11 am (except the first Thursday of the month, when it is at Noon). Each week we explore a different aspect of our spiritual lives. VIDEO https://zoom.us/j/94599824478. Meeting ID: 945 9982 4478. PHONE: 669-900-6833 (then enter Meeting ID: 945 9982 4478, followed by #. When prompted for User ID, just hit # again).

January 16th Noon Children's Religious Exploration Class.  Join us for a virtual Children's Religious Exploration Class in lieu of this month's in-person RE. Together we will be exploring stillness and its role in our lives and in Unitarian Universalism. https://zoom.us/j/94693279104.

Art That Makes You Feel: An Exploration of Visual Art, Emotion, and Resilience. Facilitated by Katherine Smart Sunday at 5 pm January 17th, 25th, and Feb. 7th Registration Requested:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLyAOVR9FSM8erO831vwxlEngPqr3ik4owrdMi7fThEEraUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link.  Join artist Kate Smart for an exploration and spirituality of visual art and an examination of physical, created, and emotional landscapes. Share art that speaks to your heart, and observe and learn about the artist and their work.

UU Humanists – Sunday, January 17, 1-2:30 p.m. UU Humanists. A range of uprising strategies for resistance to oppression and struggle for justice. Discussion led by Madeline Carroll, with her experiences in Portland. Join us at https://zoom.us/j/94339993291. Contact Devin Carroll, devinc@sbcglobal.net, 559-240-5127.

Sharing Poems that Speak to Our Hearts - Wednesday, January 20 at 7:00 pm and Sunday the 24th at 1:00 pm Facilitated by Robert Mitchell. Registration is Required at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLyAOVR9FSM8erO831vwxlEngPqr3ik4owrdMi7fThEEraUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link.  Sometimes we read a poem, and it has little meaning for us. Maybe it’s too abstract or it just doesn’t make sense to us. However, at other times, we read a poem that touches us deeply and speaks directly to us. It gives us a new vision. Join Robert Mitchell for a poetry sharing circle in which we will each share a specific poem and the way it speaks to us.

Love & Death & The Meaning of Life - A Spiritual Exploration for Unitarian Universalists Rev. Tim Kutzmark, Facilitator, Feb. 16th and 23rd, Mar. 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 10 am or Feb. 18th and 25th, Mar. 4th, 11th, and 18th at 7 pm. What does it mean to live, and love, and die? How can Unitarian Universalism provide guidance, comfort, and strength in this time of Covid-19? Rev. Tim offered an earlier version of this exploration half-a-decade ago and invites you to discover anew in the light of the altered world we face in 2021 and beyond. Required text: the short and quite powerful Love & Death: My Journey Through the Valley of the Shadow by Forrest Church ($15 for paperback), available through the UUA bookstore (www.uuabookstore.org) and Amazon.com. Please note: The first session reading assignment will be chapters 1 – 4. Please come to the first class having read this short section of the book. Please also bring a notebook and pen with you. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLyAOVR9FSM8erO831vwxlEngPqr3ik4owrdMi7fThEEraUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link.

Faith Like a River Themes from Unitarian Universalist History Feb. 17th at 7 pm or 21st at 1 pm. Facilitated by Dani Livesey. Registration is Required at: https://forms.gle/zm7sEWs9byVrdji47. Faith Like a River explores the dynamic course of Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) history—the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. It invites participants to place themselves into our history and consider its legacies. What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present? What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future? https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLyAOVR9FSM8erO831vwxlEngPqr3ik4owrdMi7fThEEraUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link. As Tranquil Streams that Meet and Merge: Consolidation This workshop explores issues and events in the consolidation of the AUA and the UCA into a single entity, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. The workshop highlights important cooperative work done by the youth movements and religious educators of both denominations, which smoothed the way for the consolidation. Participants learn about some of the achievements of the young Association and its influence on the wider culture. They consider how the dual heritages of Unitarianism and Universalism have shaped our movement.

Faith and Film Series with Rev. Tim Kutzmark (Second Sunday of Every Month at 6:30 pm). Registration is Required at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLyAOVR9FSM8erO831vwxlEngPqr3ik4owrdMi7fThEEraUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link. Sunday, February 21** (note, third Sunday of the Month) “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975” The Black Power Mixtape tells the story of the Black Power Movement. Drawn to America in the late 1960s by stories of revolution and urban unrest, Swedish journalists recorded interviews with many of the leaders of the Black Power Movement, including Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Steale, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver. The filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and moments of unguarded candor.

Yoga classes continue! Hatha Yoga, Monday nights 6-7:30 pm, Chair Yoga Wednesday from 12-1 pm and Friday
1-2 pm. Zoom link is the same for all classes: VIDEO: https://zoom.us/j/97768989369, Meeting ID: 977-6898-9369. PHONE: 669-900-6833 (then enter Meeting ID: 977-6898-9369, followed by #, When prompted for User ID, just hit # again) All are welcome. For questions or concerns refer to Jenny Rohan 559-281-7972 or sarayuyoga@gmail.com.
2021: A CyberSpace Auction. January 31st – February 7th There is still time to donate (Deadline is TODAY January 15th) to this year’s Auction. What about a gift certificate (to support a local business or restaurant), Outdoor Adventures? Rose Pruning? Pet Sitting? Need more ideas just ask: Sheli Glasrud at sheldoner@comcast.net or Valerie Johnson at valeriejohnson@comcast.net. Look for details about the 2021 Auction in your inbox arriving soon!
We hope you’ve checked out all the items and registered at https://www.auctria.com/auction/uufresnoauction2021. Bidding starts January 31 at 12:01. Check out the fabulous offerings: Pet Sitting, Gift Certificates, baskets, card games, and something for everyone. There is still time to donate at auction@uufresno.org.

3rd Sunday Food Collection for the El Dorado Park Neighborhood will be collected at our church and distributed by Wesley United Methodist Church. Food needed this month is tuna, canned green beans, canned corn, other canned vegetables, and cereal. Food can be dropped off at our church on January 15-20th and coats will continue to be collected. If you have questions contact Steve Sacks at johnsonsacks@comcast.net.

Creative Volunteer Graphics Person Needed – The Worship Arts Team is seeking two people to join the team to help create graphics for the Sunday Worship Services, streamed live on Facebook. You will select images to complement the lyrics slides, choose other images to visually enhance aspects of the service, create the slides that identify each speaker or singer, and find timely photos on the web, as needed, for our Joys and Sorrows section of the service. If you are interested or have questions, contact Cindie in the church office at aa@uufresno.org,
559-322-6146 and she’ll have the Worship Arts chair, Linda Tolladay get in touch with you.
37th Annual Commemoration
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
“Where Do We Go From Here? Growing The Plant Of Freedom With Love And Justice!”

Presented by:
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Unity Committee, City of Fresno, CA

Today, January 15, 2021 - Virtual: Opening Garlanding Ceremony 11:45 am. Zoom ID: 815 8671 3287
Featuring Special Guest Mayor Jerry Dyer, along with a performance by the Mona Tatum dancers in honor of M.L.K. Contact: Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 435-2212 or Gail Gaston (559) 681-3140.

Saturday, January 16, 2021- Virtual: Clovis Police Department Community Breakfast Virtual Program: 9:00 am.
On Facebook Live @ClovisPoliceDepartmentCalifornia-Keynote Speaker: Mr. Gregory Barfield, Assistant City Manager for the City of Fresno. Drive-Through Breakfast: 9:00 A.M. at Clovis Police Department, 1233 Fifth Street Clovis, CA. 93612-  Tickets $5 each (Pre-Payment Required). Contact: Erin Ford-Horio (559) 342-2476 or erinf@cityofclovis.com.

Saturday, January 16, 2021 – Virtual: M.L.K. Candlelight Vigil 6:00 pm. Zoom ID: 815 8671 3287. Contact: John Sturdivant (559) 974-2503 or Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor (559) 435-2212.

Monday, January 18, 2021 - Virtual: Commemoration Program & Community Awards Ceremony 11:00 am.
Zoom ID: 815 8671 3287. Join us via Zoom in celebrating the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to community diversity and our enriched culture. Commemoration Program Keynote Speaker-Sabrina Kelley of Wells Fargo, Community Awards Ceremony Awardees: Yolanda Randles-Les Kimber Community Organization Award, Dr. Rais Vohra-M.L.K. Community Award & Congressman Jim Costa-M.L.K. Community Award. Contact: Terri Kimber Edwards (559) 908-0639 or email: Hon. Eric Payne at Eric.paynecmc@gmail.com.
UUCF Board of Trustee meeting minutes and monthly financial reports are available for those who would be interested in reviewing them. In an effort to minimize unwanted email communication, if you are a church member and would like to automatically receive board meeting minutes and/or financial reports upon acceptance and approval, please contact Cindie Gonzales, Administrative Assistant aa@uufresno.org. Additionally, a digital archive of UUCF board minutes and monthly financial reports are maintained with the church administration and are available to members upon request.

Have requests? Recommendations? The Bookstore wants to know. Is there a book you want? One your church friends would want to read? Contact Jeanine King at jeanineking@yahoo.com, She can order your book and have it delivered to you. Or email me at 62wendy@gmail.com with your suggestions and recommendations. When we cannot be close in person, we meet soul-to-soul instead. Let us hear from you!
In gratitude to those who made special donations, above and beyond pledge contributions during the month of December.

Special thanks to:

Non-Pledge Donations:
Micheline & Jim Curnyn * John Livesey & Doreen Samelson * Redena & Ken Mah * Ida Jones * Marcelle Pratt * Jason Knight * Kristen Lewis * Angelique Duvet-Tovar * Kimberly Paniagua * Chris Johnson * Evonne & Bruce Waldo * Colby Morrow & Evan Shipp * April Hill * Devin Carroll * Bill Gerald * Barbara Cutright * Laura Radinoff

We Care Fund:
Valerie Johnson & Steve Sacks * Sheli Glasrud * Betty Prange * Redena & Ken Mah * Nancy Richardson * Susan Jean-Perry * David Lockling * Lynn Kimbark * Connie Young * Ajith Weeraasinghe * April Hill * Lynette Bassman * Linda Tolladay * George Burman * Tess Seay * Vicki Gavel * Linda Knight * Carolyn & Bill Murphy * Connie Jones * Kenny Hallstone *Laura Radinoff * Sally Carroll & Paul Hanf

Plate Donations:
Pat and George Looney Burman * Lynette Bassman * David Lockling * Calvin Fleming * Jason Bernardi and Edward Tamashiro (Jay)
Martha Lucey * Rita Townsend * Paula Siegal & Jerry Radinoff * Margaret Sanders * Laurie Mitchell * Laura & Timothy Tidyman-Jones *
Leah Hanzlicek

Minister’s Discretionary:
Colby Morrow & Evan Shipp * Carolyn Nolan * Lydia Flores

In Appreciation for Yoga Class:
Maureen Hayes * Mary - Allen Macneil * Margaret Sanders * Mary Ann & Rafael Vilegas * Lydia Flores

Pastoral Care:
Gaylee Amend * Nancy Richardson

Pastoral Care Team Food Support Fund:
Redena & Ken Mah * Sally Carroll & Paul Hanff * Sharon Rossi

In Honor of and In Memoriam:
Building Fund:
Evelyn & Richard Richardson * Redena & Ken Mah * Diane Merrill

We Care Fund:
Sydney Story

Non-Pledge Donations:
Louise Richardson

Norelma Walker Youth Library:
Denise & Salvator Sciandra

Contribution Funds: Areas of Giving

Pledge: A “Pledge” contribution is for those who have made a financial “Pledge of Record” for a given July-June fiscal year. The majority of our annual operating budget is determined by the pledges that are received during our Annual Pledge Drive.

Non-Pledge Donation: A donation without restrictions that supplements the yearly operating budget.

Sunday Offering (Plate) via Cash App, PayPal, Credit Card or Check: Sunday offerings or plate donations are an act of generosity for our Sunday Services and support our annual operating budget. They are an important additional source of income each week.

We Care Fund: “We Care Fund” is a discretionary fund that Rev. Tim utilizes to provide needed financial support to members and friends, especially needed in this time of Pandemic. Examples include gas cards, gift cards for clothes or other needed items, assistance with bills, emergency rent assistance, and other expenses that arise, especially during the Pandemic when more people are financially vulnerable.

Pastoral Care Team Food Fund: This fund allows the Pastoral Care Team to provide purchased and delivered meals to members and friends who are in need of support during illness, family death, or other life events. It can also assist with basic grocery purchases, especially during this time of Pandemic.

Minister’s Discretionary Fund: The Minister’s Discretionary Fund is utilized by the Minister for a multitude of purposes and can fund unexpected church expenses (emergencies arise) and church purchases (for instance, broadcasting equipment for virtual services, needed equipment for our fire alarm system, etc.). It can also be used to assist those in financial need.

In Honor of and In Memoriam: You can make a special donation in honor of something (for instance, appreciating Monday yoga class) or to honor a person who is living. You can also make a financial contribution to honor a church member or other person who has died.
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