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This Sunday's
Special Guest Musician:
John Yeh

Please join us for our next Sunday service on
February 21 at 10:30 a.m.

“Fire of Commitment"
Annual Pledge Drive Kick-Off Sunday

Service led by:
Rev. Tim, Dani, Lorenzo, Ida Jones, Lisa Lindsay, Ki Riley,
Ruth Jenkins and the 2021-22 Pledge Drive Team

Music by:
Celea Alfaro, Jenny Lewis, Mindy Sullivan, Merina Thomas, Chris Eacock, Jeremiah Henry, Mike Reilly, Chris Toth,
and Marc Wise

Special Guest Musician:
John Yeh
from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
***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)
Our 2021-22 Pledge Drive is about to begin! Your pledge packet should have arrived in the mail, and it is available online. Be sure to read it to learn about this year’s accomplishments and our hopes for the upcoming year and to decide how YOU can contribute to the Fire of Commitment for our future!!

Join Us on Zoom - Saturday, Feb. 27th at Noon for a Family Picnic! Set up in your living room or backyard and join us for a collaborative family meal. We'll play some games, show off our cool lunches/picnic baskets, and enjoy time with one another. Let’s break virtual bread together!! https://zoom.us/j/96151665279

New Member Sunday, March 7. Is it time for you to become a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno? Our next (virtual) New Member Sunday Service is coming up on March 7. If you are considering membership at this time, or if you have any questions about our process, please contact our Coordinator of Congregational Life Patty Bennett at msc@fresno.org or 559-322-6146 ext.15.

A Black Women's History of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross
In centering Black women’s stories, two award-winning historians seek both to empower African American women and to show their allies that Black women’s unique ability to make their own communities while combating centuries of oppression is an essential component in our continued resistance to systemic racism and sexism. Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross offer an examination and celebration of Black womanhood, beginning with the first African women who arrived in what became the United States to African American women of today.

This Sunday, February 21 at 6:30 pm; Faith and Film Series with Rev. Tim Kutzmark. Registration is required at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLyAOVR9FSM8erO831vwxlEngPqr3ik4owrdMi7fThEEraUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link. This Sunday's film is “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 Seale, Angela Davis, and Eldridge Cleaver. The filmmakers captured them in intimate moments and moments of unguarded candor.

UU Humanists – Sunday, Feb. 21, 1-2:30 p.m. Rev. Myogo Mary-Allen Macneil, Soto Zen Priest, and Teacher. How humanistic is Buddhism? How do the various branches of Buddhism view such questions as science, theology, and ethics? https://zoom.us/j/94339993291. Contact Devin Carroll, devinc@sbcglobal.net, 559-240-5127

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).

Faith Like a River Themes from Unitarian Universalist History - Feb. 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.

Love & Death & The Meaning of Life (in the Midst of a Pandemic) - A Spiritual Exploration. Rev. Tim Kutzmark, Facilitator Tuesday, Feb. 23, Mar. 2, 9, and 16 at 10 am or Thursday, Feb. 18 and 25, Mar. 4, 11, and 18 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? 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 (https://www.uuabookstore.org/Love-and-Death-P17058.aspx) and Amazon.com. Please also bring a notebook and pen with you. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLyAOVR9FSM8erO831vwxlEngPqr3ik4owrdMi7fThEEraUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

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.

Look Who's Watching - Join in the 3rd Sunday Food Collection Food Palooza!!! Starting Tuesday, Feb 23. The food bin will be in front of the Church Office daily, between the hours of 9:30am - 3pm.

We are partnering with Wesley United Methodist Church and Valley Children's Hospital in their food distribution to people in need and families who stay in the rooms with their children. Items needed are: tuna, canned corn, peanut butter, cereal, non-refrigerated single-serve meals of any sort including soups, vegetables, fruits, beans, etc., preferably with "flip-top" type cans if the item is a canned item, nothing perishable, and nothing that has expired. Instant meals such as oatmeal or other meals that can be put into a microwave are best. If you have questions regarding acceptable food items contact Steve Sacks at johnsonsacks@comcast.net.

Serve Gratefully with Us at Balderas Elementary on February 22 for our 4th Monday Food Distribution. We meet at 2:30 and finish around 5:00. To sign up and get details, contact Vicki G: veejaygavel@gmail.com.
Linda Santigian Continues to Grow Stronger in a physical rehabilitation center after an extended hospital stay. Notes and cards can be sent to her at 2304 E. Palo Alto Avenue, Fresno CA 93710.

Our thoughts are with Marc Wise on the death of his father, Stanley, due to complications brought on by Covid-19. Notes and cards can be sent to Marc & Carrie Wise at 1203 W. San Jose Avenue, Fresno CA 93711.

The Pastoral Care Team is available to serve congregants with short-term needs. For more information regarding the services we offer, visit the UUCF website. To contact the officer on duty call (559) 322-6146 ext 16.

The Pastoral Care Team Calls Your Attention to a Food Resource for Anyone in Need: Boxes containing nonperishable food items will be distributed at the following locations during February. Allocations are based on the number of persons in the household. No proof of need is required. All distributions start at 3 pm.
2/22 – Hidalgo Elementary School
2/23 – Leavenworth Elementary School
2/24 – Lowell Elementary School
2/24 – Calwa Elementary School
2/25 – Jefferson Elementary School
This is a joint effort of the Central California Food Bank, Fresno Unified School District, and Every Neighborhood Partnership.

Join the Movement to Beautify Fresno! We have two more events coming up in the month of February - Sign up today
OR contact us with ideas for your own cleanup or beautification project! Call 559-621-8626 or email info@beautifyfresno.org!
Sat. 2/20 – Parkway Drive Clean Up (Sign up HERE)
Sat. 2/27 – Highway City Clean Up (Sign up HERE)

Interfaith Scholar Weekend (ISW) 2021 Webinar Series - This year, instead of our usual in-person weekend event, The Fresno Interfaith Scholar Weekend invites you to join us for our six-session virtual 2021 Webinar Series entitled, “Bearing Witness from Fresno’s Mason-Dixon Line.” We will host interfaith conversations about Fresno’s history of redlining and racism for six consecutive Mondays at 4 pm (Feb 15 - Mar 23). All Zoom sessions are free! Weeks 2-5, as part of our Series, we will take a deep dive into Eddie S. Glaude’s New York Times bestselling book, Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own. For more information and to register for this timely interfaith Webinar Series on racial reckoning go to https://interfaithscholar.org or rsvp https://bit.ly/ISW_rsvp21

Recommended by Bookstore staffer, Sylvia Woodburne: 'Rule Makers, Rule Breakers' by Michele Gelfand. This 2018 analysis of why some cultures cling to order while others enjoy more ambiguity, “Fits interestingly with the culture-awareness the church has been working on.” Contact Jeanine King, jeanineking@yahoo.com to order the book, or contact Wendy to share another recommendation. 62wendy@gmail.com

The Lioness Tale Prison Project is a local effort that aims to reclaim our inner light in an effort to free ourselves from the prisons that bind us; figuratively and literally. They will be offering opportunities to learn from the volunteers of the project and from women who, though serving life sentences in prison, have found the courage to reclaim their inner freedom. If you sense this may be a growth opportunity for you, please consider joining their next circle; details at https://thelionesstalecircle.org/ CEU’s available for counselors and social workers as well. More information: Russell V Jensen, russell@russellvjensen.com.

Women & Religion PCD (Pacific Central District) VIRTUAL Retreat Saturday, March 13, 8:30 am to 8 pm on Zoom. Theme: HANGING IN, HANGING ON. Cost: $25. To be added to the retreat email list, send a blank email to: PCDUUwoman+subscribe@groups.io. We will email you when registration is open.

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.
In gratitude to those who made special donations, above and beyond pledge contributions during the month of January.

Special thanks to:

Non-Pledge Donations:
Marcelle Pratt * An Bronelly* Louise Richardson * Christina Coolidge * Lydia Flores * Ellen Gruenbaum

We Care Fund:
Teresa Damey * Nancy Wallace * Helen Anderson * Anne Betancourt * Kathy Boudinot-Johnson * Dianne & Charles Hanzlicek * Sydney Story * Sally Carroll & Paul Hanf

Plate Donations:
Nancy Hatcher * Connie Jones * Jackie Newman * Paula Siegel

Minister’s Discretionary:
Denise Goldman * Donna & Sam Zutler * Donna Weppler

In Appreciation for Yoga Class:
Pastoral Care:
Pastoral Care Team Food Support Fund:

In Honor of and In Memoriam:
Building Fund:
Judy Parker * Shirley Valett * Redena & Ken Mah * Evelyn & Richard Richardson * Marcia Campbell * Louise Richardson * Elke Kurpiers

We Care Fund:
Sydney Story

Non-Pledge Donations:

Norelma Walker Youth Library:

January contributions are incomplete at this time, additional January contributions will be
acknowledged as soon as January financials
have been posted.

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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