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We have updated our Class and Workshop Schedule.
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Please join us for our next Sunday Service
on June 20 at 10:30 a.m.

"Trees I Have Known"

Services on our Alluvial Avenue Church Campus
and
our Virtual Church Campus
Service led by:
Rev. Tim, with Lorenzo, Karen & Troy Polnitz, and Hannah Fey
Note:
Due to livestreaming from the sanctuary,
we no longer join together in Zoom for the service.

After the service, join us in Zoom for our
Virtual Social Hour

Note:
Due to a technical glitch, we are unable to livestream to YouTube for this week's service, but the video will be posted after the service has ended. Livestreaming to YouTube will return August 1, with the debut of our new A/V equipment.

We are in the process of installing a professional
camera system and high-definition wi-fi for livestreaming
our services on Facebook and YouTube.

This will hopefully be up and running in August, so your patience is appreciated with our current more
rudimentary iPad camera/sound set-up.

CLICK HERE to join our service on Facebook live
Or watch on our YouTube channel at:

Church Campus Covid-19 Protocols
 
Our Church Campus has Re-Opened for in-person meetings and Sunday Services. We have multi-platform services (live in the sanctuary and online) Sundays, at 10:30 am. We want to welcome everyone to the campus in the safest way possible. Our “in-person” Covid-19 protocols prioritize and protect the most vulnerable among us: unvaccinated children and immunocompromised adults. They will remain in place until Fresno County declares we have reached herd immunity, or Fresno County declares we will not reach that threshold and we have reached the highest percentage of vaccinated people we can expect.

Summary

1.     Everyone*, no matter vaccination status, will be masked at all times both inside and outside.
2.     When outside, everyone, no matter vaccination status, will practice social distancing of 6 feet. Inside the sanctuary, those who prefer social distancing are invited to sit in our socially distanced section or in our outside seating area.
3.     We hope that all children 4 and up will participate in our outside masked and socially distanced Children’s Programming led by staff. We do not recommend it, but if adults wish their unvaccinated children to be in the sanctuary, we will honor that desire, but, for their safety, they must be masked, sit in the socially distanced section, and stay with their adults at all times.
4.     We welcome unvaccinated adults and ask that they in our socially distanced section in the sanctuary or our outside seating area for their own protection.
5.     For everyone’s safety, adults* attending meetings or classes, no matter vaccination status, will be masked at all times and practice social distancing of 6 feet.
6.     Before we offer a hug or handshake in the non-socially distanced section in the sanctuary, please ask the other person if it is ok. Not everyone is comfortable with close physical contact.
 
*People who are medically unable to mask are exempt but will practice social distancing of 6 ft.

Holiday Gift Bags for Incarcerated Women - Additional Items Needed: lip balm, emery boards, toothbrushes (individually packaged), pencils, pens (non-click only), scratch pads, greeting cards (no glitter), and note cards. Donations may be deposited in the box on breezeway most Sundays. Contact Joanne Michelson, joannejoan44@gmail.com or 559-349-3312, for more information.

Sunday, August 8th is our Annual ALL AGES Water Communion Service, including the Blessing of the Backpacks. Be sure to save a little water from your summer or your sink for this beloved ritual of return and renewal. Kiddos are invited to bring their school backpacks for Rev. Tim to bless.
Join Rev. Dr. Kristen L. Harper and Skinner House Books to honor and celebrate the publication of The Darkness Divine: A Loving Challenge to My Faith. In The Darkness Divine, Rev. Harper confronts and unpacks the language, imagery, buzzwords, and cultural touchstones that reinforce white supremacy culture and invites readers to radically transform their perceptions of Blackness. The event is Saturday, June 19th at 4:00 PM ET and will include reading and discussion. Rev. Harper will be in conversation with author and historian Rev. Dr. Mark D. Morrison-Reed. Instructions to attend are available in the Facebook event.
PRIDE MONTH FILM (ENCORE SCREENING) Sunday, June 20 at 6 pm “Deep in Vogue”
Rev. Tim offers a SECOND ZOOM SHOWING of this powerful documentary celebrating the colorful, creative, and emotional stories of the gay and trans-Black/Latinx Vogue Ballrooms in present-day Manchester, UK, and the black, gay ballrooms of 1980s New York City. This is a joyful, electric, informative, and entertaining celebration of marginalized people empowering themselves while finding a new family through the dance style of Vogue. Mature audiences only due to the sexualized nature of some images. Zoom https://zoom.us/j/94666801101
Meeting: 946 6680 1101. If you register, we’ll send reminders, but not required: tkutzmark@uufresno.org.

UU Humanists – Sunday, June 20, 1-2:30 p.m. Spirituality from Science - What scientific discoveries or explorations inspire you as a Humanist? Jonathan Emery facilitating the discussion. https://zoom.us/j/94339993291. Contact Devin Carroll, devinc@sbcglobal.net, 559-240-5127.

Unitarian Universalist General Assembly (fondly referred to as “GA”) is a Wonderful Opportunity to Connect with Unitarian Universalists from Across the Country - This annual gathering, entirely virtual this year between June 23rd and 27th, features worship, workshops, and lectures on all things UU. If you’re curious, feel free to contact Patty Bennett (msc@uufresno.org) or Chloe Emily (cc@uufresno.org). For more information and registration, https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/update-ga-2021. If you would like a scholarship to cover the registration, contact Patty B.

Yoga Classes Continue! 
Hatha Yoga - Mon. Nights 6-7:30 pm
Chair Yoga - Wed. 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.

Yoga Vacation Update! While classes continue on Zoom, Please Note - There will be a Brief Pause in Yoga Beginning June 25- July 6. We resume July 7 with Chair Yoga. Please contact Jenny Rohan at sarayuyoga@gmail.com or 559-281-7972 for questions.
Many Thanks to Lynda Schwabe, Who Served Gratefully as Virtual Greeter on Facebook for the June 6 Sunday service on Facebook. We are looking for Virtual Greeters who can post messages in the chat on Facebook or YouTube during future multiplatform services. This is a great opportunity to Serve Gratefully supporting our services from your own home. Could this be you? For details contact Patty Bennett, Coordinator of Congregational Life, at msc@uufresno.org.

3rd Sunday Food Offering Tip - The Wesley Church Food Pantry Needs Lots of Cereal. I've been told that Aldi market always has generic Cheerios for $1.15 for a large box. Contact Steve at johnsonsacks@comcast.net with any questions.
GEORGE FLOYD:
THE FATHER OF THE REIMAGINED AMERICA (on-demand video until June 25, 2021, FREE):
Center Theatre Group in LA remembers George Floyd with an exploration of his legacy and impact on America through a unique performance piece and discussion of his murder’s influence on the American Theatre and the larger society. https://www.centertheatregroup.org/digitalstage/videos/george-floyd-the-father-of-the-reimagined-america?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=atDigStgnewsmembers20210521&utm_content=version_A
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"Colors of Pride” is an Opportunity for Unitarian Universalist Congregations to take a public stand of support for equality during Pride month and commemorating Juneteenth. Sign up for these three national events here:
 
Juneteenth Celebration, SATURDAY JUNE 19 @ 12PM ET --- Conclude Pride Week with us on YouTube Live for a spiritual commemoration of the emancipation of the enslaved Americans in the year 1865 known as Juneteenth. This event will include traditional foods, song, spoken word, and a connection to the continued liberation and equality of Black and Brown people in the United States.
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There's Still Time to Make a Donation to the 2nd Sunday Social Justice Collection for the Month of June - Insight Garden Program - This program helps transform the lives of people in prison through connection to nature, maintaining this important connection through the pandemic and continues after prison with a supportive re-entry program. Donations will support the work at Avenal State Prison and Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla. Here is the link for more information or to make a donation https://insightgardenprogram.org/.
The Unitarian Universalist Church Office Will be Closed Friday, June 18th in Observance of Juneteenth. Our voicemail system will be active and any messages left will be returned during regular business hours on Monday, June 21st

Our thoughts are with church member Jenny Martin-Gaede on the gentle passing of her mom. Notes and cards can be sent to Jenny at: 9151 N. Holyoke Lane, Fresno, CA 93720.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Connie Jones, whose mom passed into death last week. Notes and cards can be sent to Connie at: 1329 E. Austin Way, Fresno, CA 93704.

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.

Reminder, Your 2021-2022 Pledge Becomes Active as of
July 1, 2021. For those preferring automatic payments for your Pledge commitment, please visit our website at https://uufresno.org/giving/. If you need assistance setting up your scheduled automatic payments for your 2021-2022 Pledge, please contact Cindie Gonzales at aa@uufresno.org.

ON SALE NOW! UUCF Masks ($4) and Yellow baseball hats ($14) are ON SALE and available for purchase after church services or on our website https://uufresno.square.site/. Online purchases can be picked up at the UUCF office by making prior arrangements with Cindie Gonzales, Admin. Asst. Our office remains closed to visitors as a precautionary matter, but Cindie will contact you to arrange contactless pick-up upon receipt of your order. Every purchase made includes a donation that directly supports our Social Justice activities. If you prefer to purchase merchandise utilizing a different payment method than our online shop, please indicate a note regarding the purchase and contact Cindie so she can verify the purchase and make pick-up arrangements. “Pop-Up” in-person sales of logo items will be available at future in-person gatherings…stay tuned for more information!  

Amazon Shoppers - Activate the AmazonSmile App to Make a Difference While You Shop (At No Extra Cost to You) - UUCF Recently Earned a Donation of $62.66! Simply follow the instructions below to select "Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us. How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone.
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features.
3. Select "Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno" as your charity.
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app.
 You can also access online at https://org.amazon.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.

Just a Reminder - Please Do Not Leave Unattended Packages On Church Property. If you have a package you need to drop off outside of regular office hours kindly make arrangements by contacting Admin. Assistant Cindie Gonzales at 559-322-6146 ext. 10 or by email at aa@uufresno.org.
Our regular office hours are listed below:
Tuesday - Thursday, 9am - 3pm
Friday, 9am – 12pm
In gratitude to those who made special donations of
$50 and above (beyond pledge contributions)
during the month of May.

Special thanks to:

Non-Pledge Donations:
Marcella Pratt * Denise Goldman * John Livesey

We Care Fund:
George Burman & Patricia Looney-Burman * Sydney Story *
Anne Betancourt * Stephen Sacks & Valerie Johnson * Teresa Damey *
Sally Carroll & Paul Hanff * Mary Neidhamer & Michael Smith *
Mary-Allen Macneil

Plate Donations:
Judith Parker * Dominic Papgni & Cleo Bauer * Bette Scruggs *
George Burman & Patricia Looney-Burman * Betty Prange

Minister’s Discretionary:
Sydney Story

Second Sunday:
Paula Siegel * Linda Knight * Rita Townsend

Youth R.E.:
Sydney Story

Citizens' Climate Lobby:
Dr. Dheeshana Jayasundara

In Honor of and In Memoriam:

Building Fund:
Dianne Hanzlicek * Ken & Redena Mah * Margaret Houck * Ellen Lowe * Jane Worsley * Jerry Radinoff & Paula Siegel

Minister's Discretionary:
Julia Aegerter

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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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