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This Sunday's
Special Guest Speaker:
Marcel Woodruff
Please join us for our next Sunday service on
September 13 at 10:30 a.m.

"The Spirit of Abolition in
Black Liberation Theology"

CLICK HERE to join our service on Facebook


Rev. Tim Leads Our Service

Guest Speaker is Marcel Woodruff
Fresno activist, social justice crusader,
mentor and theologian

Merina Thomas and Jeremiah Henry
also participating


Music By:
Celea Alfaro, Merina Thomas, Bobby Alfaro,
Chris Eacock, Don Gaede,
Jeremiah Henry, Steven Ordiano,
Mike Reilly, Chris Toth & Marc Wise

***Please join us for Social Hour on ZOOM*** 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)
UUCF ANNUAL MEETING, SUNDAY, SEPT. 20 AT 12:00 p. m.
It is nearly time for the ANNUAL MEETING! As you are probably aware, this meeting will be a virtual using Zoom as the meeting "place". In order to find out who will attend, you are required to register in advance. The registration form includes a number of questions to find out membership (or friend) status and how many people will access the meeting from one shared device. We need this information to verify there is a quorum attending the meeting. The registration should take no more than 2 minutes. Go to: http://tinyurl.com/uucf-registration, or click the button below.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the September 20 meeting. The confirmation includes a link to add the meeting to your calendar with the Zoom link.

We look forward to seeing you!
Ida M. Jones, President, and the Board of Trustees
Prison Holiday Gift Bags. Later this month we will be collecting greeting cards and note cards of all kinds to be included in the Prison Holiday Gift Bags for the women incarcerated at CCWF. (More details, next week.) Due to the pandemic, these women have not had any visitors since February. More than ever, they need to know that they have not been forgotten. Joanne Michelson, joannejoan44@gmail.com

Save the date! Our annual Taco Fiesta will take place on Friday, October 23, 5-7 pm. This will be an in-person, masked and socially distanced outdoor event. Food will be catered by a taco truck, with all professional safety precautions observed. Music will be provided by a mariachi band. More details to follow!

Volunteer readers wanted. Our beloved elder Bernadette Siegel would be delighted to find one or two people to read to her, on a schedule and in a format to be worked out. If you would enjoy this social and service opportunity, please contact Patty Bennett at msc@uufresno.org for details.
Faith and Film Series with Rev. Tim Kutzmark (Second Sunday of Every Month at 6:30 pm). Link:  https://zoom.us/j/94666801101. Sunday, September 13 at
6:30 pm “Broken Rainbow”. This Academy Award winning documentary presents a scathing and unsettling overview of the shameful treatment of Native Americans during the 1970s. The forced relocation of 12,000 Navajo Indians from their lands in northeast Arizona was set in motion by the greed of energy consortiums eager to have access to the oil, gas, uranium, and coal on the sacred lands of these peoples. This harrowing incident was another in a long string of efforts by the United States government to break the spirit of Native Americans by seizing their property. Both the Hopis and the Navajos, have a tradition of seeing themselves as caretakers of the Earth which makes their forced migration an act of spiritual violence.

Spend quality time with Rev. Tim. Spiritual Reflection twice weekly. Tuesdays at 7 pm and Thursdays at 11 am. 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) 

Introduction to Mantras and Chants From the Kundalini Yoga Tradition Wed, September 16 from 7:00-8:15 pm Facilitated by Rev. Tim Kutzmark.  Join Rev. Tim for an introduction to powerful mantras, meditations and chants from the Kundalini Yoga Tradition. You’ll leave with easy-to-use techniques to deepen your spiritual life. Registration is requested. https://forms.gle/5CoV6fHfedATDCuz8

The Power of Forgiveness: A Spiritual Exploration for Unitarian Universalists. Tuesday Afternoon Class: Sept 22, 29 and Oct 6, Oct 13 , 20 from 10 am – 1:30 pm Thursday Evening Class: Sept 24, and Oct 1, 8, 15, 22 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Rev. Tim Kutzmark, Facilitator. Join Rev. Tim to explore the complexity of forgiveness. This five-part workshop will spark spiritual conversation and contemplation. We will examine the nature of forgiveness (of self and others), come to better understand the journey to forgiveness, consider how we (and others) forgive the unforgivable, and discover how our Unitarian Universalist faith can change our understanding and experience of forgiveness. Rev. Tim offered this class in the winter of 2016, and your first time or repeat participation is welcomed. Registration is required: https://forms.gle/YgV79usKDNzr5CrC8A required packet of related readings/reflections will be available as a PDF for you to print at home or for $20.00 for us to print and mail to you. 

Ikiru Discussion Group Wed. Oct. 21st or Sunday Oct. 25th Facilitated by Robert Mitchell. One of the great films of Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, Ikiru tells the story of an aging bureaucrat, Kanji Watanabe, who learns that he has terminal cancer and determines that his final days will have meaning. Kurosawa’s film is a thoughtful meditation on life and death. Participants will receive a link to the film and will view it at their leisure before the meeting. Registration Required. https://forms.gle/5CoV6fHfedATDCuz8

After Black Lives Matter protests, what is next? Answer: Beloved Conversations, a program to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice and to heal the impact of racism on our lives. The classes are entirely in race-based caucuses: one for People of Color and another for White people. More info at https://bcvirtual.meadville.edu/. Contact Patti (559) 681-7923 for a discount and more info. 


Chalice Children (PreK-1st grade) will meet on Zoom from 9:45 am -10:15 am on Sunday Mornings before Worship with Desmond for a check in and community sharing. https://zoom.us/j/97586124360 

Grades 2nd-5th Kid’s Social Hour right after service on Sunday Mornings with Dani for check in, community sharing, and time to laugh. Sunday Morning Snacks encouraged. Https://zoom.us/j/94693279104

Volunteers needed. The Pastoral Care Team is currently looking for volunteers who are willing and able to provide rides to congregants as needed. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jeri Stubblefield at jeristubblefield@gmail.com or (559) 696-6411.

Buy a card. Send a note. Help the Post Office. The Bookshop now has contactless delivery. Email Wendy, 62wendy@gmail.com. Order one of Jeanine King’s cards for $4.00, tax and postage included. Leave the check in an envelope at your door. Wendy will collect it on delivery. Help the Post Office, and help our church. We're expanding to books and cards by other artists, during upcoming weeks.
Please join us for Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives, a five-session series built around the elements of the BREATHE Act and created in a collaboration between Side With Love and UUSC. The webinars will explore the components of the BREATHE Act and utilize its structure as a way to focus our energies to effectively support ongoing racial justice work. Come learn and build with local and national partners who are shaping conditions to make liberation possible. This is an invitation to locate yourself in this moment as well. We each have a role to play. 
The BREATHE Act seeks to reform federal laws and eliminate funding for federal programs that criminalize Black, Muslim, and immigrant communities, reinvesting our resources in community solutions for education, health, and the environment.

The Series:
September 22 4 pm PT/ 6 pm CT/ 7 pm ET
Webinar 4: Environmental Justice and Public Health 
Panelists: Environmental Justice Advocates and Directors Roundtable. 

October 13 4 pm PT/ 6 pm CT/ 7 pm ET
Webinar 5: Holding Officials Accountable & Enhancing Self-Determination of Black Communities
Panelists: Minister Sheena Rolle, Deputy Director Faith In Florida; Nicole Pressley, National Organizer UU The Vote and Let My People Vote Campaign.  


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TEXTBANK with “UU the Vote” CampaignJoin UUs from across the country for a get out the vote textbank (instead of calling, you text) to help turn out the vote in Georgia, where turnout mattersRSVP to Get Out the Vote in Georgia on September 27, 2-3:30 pm ET. PLEDGE TO #VoteLove and #DefeatHate – Have you added your name to the UU Vote Love Pledge to commit to voting your values and taking actions to support others in doing the same? Rev. Tim just did. Doing so affirms your commitments, invites you to upcoming actions, and sends information to make sure we all have a plan to vote.

The Wesley Food Pantry is back up and running!  They can use peanut butter, cereal, saltine crackers and tuna. Food drop off is every Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30-11:00 at Wesley 1343 E. Barstow (just west of CSUF). Go east into the parking lot and the last building; last door would be the food drop off. They continue to take checks made out to Wesley Methodist Church Food Pantry. Contact Steve Sacks at johnsonsacks@comcast.net   with questions. 


The Contest UUA General Assembly 2021

The UUA is excited to announce an opportunity for you to win complimentary virtual registration to General Assembly 2021!




1. Create a captivating theme and explain it.
2. Suggest up to two areas of focus for GA.
3. Submit your entry by September 11, 2020.
Winner(s) will be announced September 29, 2020.

Zoom Room Memory Sharing. Rev. Tim will host a zoom gathering for church friends to share memories about Karen Goodman on Sunday, September 13 at 2:00 pm. CLICK HERE to join, or go to: https://zoom.us/j/94375399109 Meeting ID: 94375399109. PHONE: 669-900-6833 (then enter Meeting ID: 94375399109, followed by #. When prompted for User ID, just hit # again). This is not a memorial service but a time for Karen's friends to share.

Zoom Room Memory Sharing. Rev. Tim will host a zoom gathering for church friends to share memories about April Barajas on Friday, September 18 at 7:00 pm. CLICK HERE to join, or go to: https://zoom.us/j/94375399109 Meeting ID: 94375399109. PHONE: 669-900-6833 (then enter Meeting ID: 94375399109, followed by #. When prompted for User ID, just hit # again). This is not a memorial service but a time for April's friends to share.

Big Creek Fire donations. This Sunday, during Sunday Service, we will hold a Special Offering to directly support evacuees and first responders (thanks to the good folks over at Clovis Hills Community Church, who are coordinating local efforts). Please make the checks payable to UUCF.  We will calculate total contributions and deliver gift cards on Monday in order to provide support as soon as possible. We will continue to monitor contributions for an additional week for and deliver gift cards asap.

Share your pride in our congregation and our continuing social justice work in the community with a blue Chalice face mask and one of our yellow baseball caps. CLICK HERE or find SHOP UU on our website www.uufresno.org. View and order on-line! All purchases include free shipping and a donation to help fund future social justice activities. Additional items may be available in the future.

YouTube! Have you seen our new and improved YouTube channel? CLICK HERE to subscribe.

Food Source! If you need to find food, Central California Food Bank is a wonderful source. You can click on this link and find out locations and calendar for a distribution location near you https://www.facebook.com/1526876815/posts/10223103017753626/

All our Bookstore materials are available for delivery, right now. Contact Jeanine King at jeanineking@yahoo.com for information. We will deliver books, cards, or any other Bookstore merchandise to you, either through contactless in-person delivery, or via USPS. Your purchases will help our church. Remember, all our profits go straight to UUCF. Email 62wendy@gmail.com for more information.

Reminder: Member and Friend Directory Policy. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Member and Friend Directory is a publication that is intended to assist members and friends in identifying necessary contact information to be used solely for the purpose of communicating church-related matters. Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno encourages open communication; however, endeavors without the expressed consent of the recipients are strictly prohibited unless authorized by the Board of Trustees. You may opt out of having your information published in the Member and Friend Directory by contacting the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
559-322-6146 or aa@uufresno.org 
 
We are no longer utilizing our previous USAePay system to process credit card or EFT (checking, savings or debit card) contributions. If you would like to set up auto-payments, visit our Giving page on our website www.uufresno.org/giving, utilize our mobile app, text-to-give, PayPal, or Cash App options. You can contact the office for assistance. 322-6146 or aa@uufresno.org

Support Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno when you shop at Amazon Smile. If you are an Amazon shopper, by following our link, Amazon Smile will donate .5% of your purchase price directly to the church. Our direct link is: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-1552962. Or click on the Amazon Smile button at the bottom of this newsletter. Amazon Smile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. For more information, please scroll down to the end of this newsletter.
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Amazon Smile rewards. Thank you for using AmazonSmile while shopping at Amazon.com. We were notified that we have accumulated $13.45 donation from AmazonSmile foundation as a result of AmazonSMile program activity between April 1 and
June 30, 2020.
In gratitude to those who made special donations, above and beyond pledge contributions during the month of August.

Special thanks to:

Non-Pledge Donations:
Irene Buchannan * Reva & Jerome Guimont * Marcelle Pratt * Colby Morrow & Evan Shipp * Sydney Story *Celea Alfaro * Mary McDonough * Micheline & Jim Curnyn * Carry Gordon * Ida Jones * Aimee & Jack Holloway * John Livesey

We Care Fund:
Linda Smith * Valerie Johnson & Steve Sacks

Plate Donations:
Pat and George Looney Burman * Lynette Bassman * Leslie Hoyt * David Lockling * Helen & Michael Shih * Calvin Fleming * Jason Bernardi and Edward Tamashiro (Jay) * Paula Siegel & Jerry Radinoff * Tess & Greg Seay * Alicia Contreras & Steve Ordiano * Erica Howland * Vicki Gavel * Karen & Troy Polnitz * Elena Perez * Marcell Pratt * Harold Wood * Connie Jones * Leah Hanzlieck * Linda Knight * Denesse & Tom Willey * Martha Lucey * Rita Townsend * Nancy Hatcher

Minister’s Discretionary:
Colby Morrow & Evan Shipp * Denise Goldman

In Appreciation for Yoga Class:
Maureen & John Hayes

Norelma Walker Youth Library:
Denise & Sal Sciandra * Sharon & Gary Rossi * Kathy Boudinot-Johnson & Ed Johnson * Ellis Vance
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