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This Sunday's
Special Guest
Musicians:
MaMuse


Please join us for our next Sunday service on
March 28 at 10:30 a.m.

“Last Child in the Woods"
Reclaiming Nature and Nurture
An Encore Broadcast from Nov. 15, 2020

Service led by:
Rev. Tim, Dani, Lorenzo,
Floyd Sanchez, and Laurie Tidyman-Jones

Music by:
Hannah Fey, Merina Thomas, Chris Eacock, Jeremiah Henry, Mike Reilly, Chris Toth, Marc Wise, and Joel Wissner

Special Guest Musicians:
MaMuse
***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)


2021-22 Pledge Drive update: Our active Pledge Drive ends Sunday, March 28, however, the Pledge Team remains active and is seeking additional pledges from those who typically pledge annual support. As of today, our current Pledge amount for 2021-22 is $548,276.80, leaving a remaining balance of $50,670.20 to fully fund the operating budget for the next fiscal year. If your intention is to pledge support for fy21-22 (July-June), we urge you to do so as soon as possible so we can begin finalizing our budget and planning for the upcoming church year. Your pledge can be submitted by emailing Jodi Baker at pledge@uufresno.org, contacting the office 322-6146 or online at https://uufresno.org/2021-2022-pledge-drive/. If you are unable to pledge and would like to opt-out of doing so, having this information is also very helpful for planning purposes; please contact Rev. Tim (tkutzmark@uufresno.org) or Jodi (pledge@uufresno.org or office@uufresno.org) and an exemption will be noted. 
  
Join us for a Hybrid Easter Sunday Service — Outdoor In-Person and Virtually on Facebook and Youtube. Join us in-person in front of our beautiful Alluvial Gardens for our Annual Easter Service on Sunday, April 4th at 10:30 am. This will be our very first hybrid worship that will be both live outside on campus and live-streamed on Zoom and social media. Registration for in-person Worship is required so we can set up the correct number of chairs: https://forms.gle/sBQgEkQdnnro5R3MA. We will have a limited number of seats, so reserve asap. Masks and social distancing will be required. Plenty of parking available in the back Buddhist Temple parking lot (but be prepared to walk) and UUCF parking for those who need to park closer. For more information reach out to Dani at growspiritually@uufresno.org

Earth Day Picnic and Scavenger Hunt, April 18th from 1pm-2pm. Join us on campus for an outdoor picnic, the making of bird feeders, and a family nature scavenger hunt in honor of Earth Day. Extra points if you bring your own pinecone!! Registration for children is requested at: https://forms.gle/cyBVQaiEzUqJyWSd9
In-Person Religious Exploration- Commitment April 3rd (Youth at 10am and Pre-K-Elementary at 11:15) - Join Dani for a little lesson and lots of fun as we deep dive into this month's theme followed by some good ole' fashion outside games. We will wrap up our day with an Easter Egg Scavenger hunt around campus.

Compassion and Choices speaking about California End of Life Option Act April 7th at 10am and 6:30pm - Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/98433306568. Learn about the California End of Life Option Act, which authorizes the option of medical aid in dying in California for terminally ill adults who have been given a prognosis of six months or less to live. The law went into effect in 2016 on an experimental basis, and is scheduled to "sunset" in 2026 unless renewed. Efforts are currently underway to both revise the law for easier access, and establish it on a permanent basis. For a preliminary discussion of the law and its revisions/renewal, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewrYWEtBRkw. The host on this recorded meeting is Samantha Trad, Compassion & Choices California State Director. Please Register for this event using this link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSelh6DUBSd8TzWaFel4N_eQeogBG4yGPk7KcySYq4DiKp1Lvw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Faith and Film Series With Rev. Tim Kutzmark (Second Sunday of Every Month at 6:30 pm) -  Sunday, April 11, “Soundtrack for a Revolution” - Taking a fresh approach to the story of the American Civil Rights Movement, Soundtrack for a Revolution features the powerful music from the movement. Focusing on the freedom songs sung by protesters on picket lines, in mass meetings, in paddy wagons and in jail cells, this film celebrates the vitality of the music and the infectious energy that it provided. Freedom songs evolved from slave chants, the labor movement, and from the Black church, and were a vital tool as protestors stood up against adversity. They energized and empowered them, enabled them to sing the things they couldn’t say, and allowed them to meet aggression with dignity and non-violence. This documentary brings songs of the movement back to life again through new performances by top artists, including John Legend, Joss Stone, Wyclef Jean, and The Roots. Registration is Required at: https://forms.gle/5CoV6fHfedATDCuz8.

Salvation: A Unitarian Universalist Perspective Wednesday, April 14 at 10:00 AM or 7 pm - Facilitated by Rev. Tim Kutzmark. Registration is Required at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLyAOVR9FSM8erO831vwxlEngPqr3ik4owrdMi7fThEEraUQ/viewform?usp=sf_link. Join Rev. Tim for this exploration of what Unitarian Universalism says about salvation. Has our focus on love caused us to miss the mark when it comes to understanding wrong-doing? Do we need to re-introduce the idea of sin into our theological language? A short reading will be sent in advance so you are prepared for this one-time class.
 
The Poets of Unitarian Universalism Wednesday April 21st at 7pm or Sunday April 25th at 1pm - Facilitated by Robert Mitchell. Registration is Required at: https://forms.gle/zm7sEWs9byVrdji47. Join Robert for a deep dive into Poets closely associated with Unitarian Universalism. Learn about their work and connections to our Faith. Featured poets will include Sylvia Plath, E.E. Cummings, May Sarton, and more.

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/97768989369Meeting 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.

Grow Spiritually – If you are looking to deepen or refresh your spiritual life, 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).
Join in the Food Collection Palooza!!! 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: canned vegetables, cereal, Ramen Noodles, 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

The Central Valley Blood Supply is Critically Low - Consider Donating if you can.  The Central California Blood Center needs donors of all blood types. Donations will immediately help community members in need from all walks of life and ease the stressful burden of our front-line health care workers. Online scheduling is simple through their website where you can select an appointment location, date and time that fits your schedule. Use this link for more information https://www.donateblood.org/ or call 559-389-5433.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte Invites You to Join Us for Young and Elected: Virtual Event For the Central Valley - March 31st from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. This was inspired by a lot of young people in the Central Valley running for office (and winning) and/or that are civically engaged. With that, we invited some folks to a panel discussion on the significance of them running at a young age, their journey/experience, and their thoughts on the importance of being civically engaged. We hope this will help inspire young folks that are already engaged and/or are thinking of running for an elected position in their community. Everyone is welcomed; however, anyone that self-identifies as a young person are especially encouraged to check it out. To RSVP, just click on this link and you’ll receive the Zoom webinar access information shortly before the event: Young & Elected. We’d also appreciate any help spreading the word to your universe.  

UUBorders Returns - Online! Register for our April 2021 Virtual Journey Today! In partnership with Via International & UU Refugee Immigrant Services & Education, we are excited to offer a new online immersion for UUs and UU-aligned individuals interested in learning and engaging more with the realities of immigration at the California border. Through online virtual visits, attendees will have an opportunity to witness the effect of US Immigration policies from both sides of the border, deepen our faith connection to issues and efforts around immigration justice, and to connect with communities directly impacted by our broken immigration system. https://uujmca.salsalabs.org/uuborders_april2021/index.html?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=93005088-a4ca-47e8-8333-5b04ce58e324

Beacon Press, the UU Publisher, Announces New Social Justice-Themed Books (www.beacon.org) - Alex Zamalin presents the first history of racial injustice to examine how civility and white supremacy are linked in Against Civility. Edward McClelland brings the action-packed events of the Flint sit-down strike of 1936-1937 strike back to life in Midnight in Vehicle City. Jeanne Theoharis and Brandy Colbert shatter the myths that Rosa Parks was a meek and accidental activist for a new generation in the young-adult adaptation of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Originally published in hardcover as We Keep Us Safe, Zach Norris’s Defund Fear lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities. In One Drop, Yaba Blay challenges narrow perceptions of Blackness as both an identity and lived reality to understand the diversity of what it means to be Black in the US and around the world. And in The Young Crusaders, V. P. Franklin gives the authoritative history of the overlooked youth activists that spearheaded the largest protests of the Civil Rights Movement.
News from Frank Jacobson - Frank, a long-time friend of UUCF, is back in town. He would love to hear from his church friends. He is also looking for modestly-priced housing, either a studio apartment or a house-sharing situation. Frank can be reached at 559-653-6610.

Long-time Church member Pat (Patricia) Moore would appreciate notes and cards of support and encouragement as she continues living in assisted living. Even if you don't know Pat, a kind word from you would help lift her spirits. If you have young children, perhaps they could draw her a picture? Send to: Patricia Moore, Sunrise of Fresno, 7444 N. Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA 93720.

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.

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 of
$50 and above (beyond pledge contributions)
during the month of January.

Special thanks to:

Non-Pledge Donations:
Marcelle Pratt * Toni Eames* Louise Richardson * Christina Coolidge * John Livesey * Ellen Gruenbaum * Mary-Allen Macneil * Mark Becker

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

Plate Donations:
Nancy Hatcher * Connie Jones * Jackie Newman * Paula Siegel * Rita Townsend * Martha Lucey * George Burman & Pat Looney-Burman

Minister’s Discretionary:
Denise Goldman * Sydney Story * Richard & Evelyn Richardson * Lynn Kimbark * Erica Holand Selaesu

Endowment:
Sydney Story

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

We Care Fund:
Sydney Story * Elke Kurpiers * Linda Spalding

Non-Pledge Donations:

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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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