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We have updated our ZOOM schedule.
To access the most recent Zoom programs

Please join us for our next Sunday service on
November 22 at 10:30 a.m.

"Mourning and Thanksgiving"
CLICK HERE to join our service on Facebook live
Or watch on our Youtube channel at

Led by:
Rev. Tim, Dani, Lorenzo,
Eliana and Nicholas Wise,
Lisa Lindsay, Tina Fernandes Botts
and Ida Jones 

Music by:
Amanda Monaco, Chris Eacock, Mike Reilly,
Marc Wise & Nicholas Wise

Special Postlude by:

***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)
Join us Saturday, December 5th, at 7:00 p.m. for the private Facebook event “Lorenzo & Company,” a Musical Fundraiser to benefit the UUCF General Fund!
This concert will feature Lorenzo, Stolen Thunder, and lots of the musicians you know and love from our Sunday worship services. The program will be available for viewing on Facebook by invitation only to those who have bought tickets to attend. Tickets will be $25 for an individual and $50 for a family, but please consider making an “angel” donation for any amount above these prices, or you’ll have the option to give what you can. You can also mail a check to UUCF, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, CA 93720. Click here https://uufresno.square.site/ to buy your tickets today, or contact cc@uufresno.org for more information. The event will be repeated on Sunday December 6 at 3:00 p.m. Here’s a little taste: https://youtu.be/yXoTy1UZ1-U 

Greet your friends BEFORE the service! continuing this Sunday, November 22, you are invited to join a pre-service, multigenerational Coffee Hour beginning at 9:45 am on Zoom. Bring your favorite beverage and spend a few minutes in conversation until it’s time for the service to begin. We will also have Coffee Hour after the service, as usual. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96785914824 . See you there! Patty Bennett, msc@uufresno.org .

The Women’s Group is meeting on Zoom. If you would like to join us, please send your email address to llarredondo@yahoo.com. Your address will be put on the Zoom list. Our next meeting is This Saturday, November 21 from 10 am-12 pm. All women are welcome. We hope you join us. Looking forward to seeing you. Linda Arredondo.

Annual Interfaith Alliance of Central California Thanksgiving Service. The Interfaith Alliance of Central California would like to invite you to an all-inclusive Thanksgiving Service This Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81698695800?pwd=U1l0NGtjMmp2d EU1RFV4U3BhTVN5dz09.
Meeting ID: 816 9869 5800, Passcode: 890887
Phone:14086380968, 81698695800#
CLICK HERE to view The Interfaith Alliance of Central California's invitation.

Mark your calendars for the SEASON of SWEETS. This holiday season, visit fellow congregants homes through our online baking showcase. Each week we will post a different baking challenge on Facebook and you're invited to post a picture of your confection creations and maybe even the recipes too. Winners will be showcased during worship each week. The challenges are as follows: November 23rd Thanksgiving Pies, November 30th A Little Chocolate Something, December 7th Cookie Creations, December 14th Gingerbread Jubilee, December 21st Baker's Christmas Choice. Contact Dani Livesey at growspiritually@uufresno.org.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Parking Lot Picnic is postponed to a further date.

Coming to a Computer near you! Mark your calendars. Our first virtual Auction, EVER…. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno Presents 2021: A Cyberspace Odyssey, February 5-7, 2021.  We are looking for activities that bring small groups of people together using COVID safe guidelines. Ideas: Guided Hike, Soup prepared and delivered monthly for a year, Baked goods prepared and delivered monthly for a year, Pet Sitting, Vacation Watering, Donate a gift certificate, Teach an online how to class: Gardening, Bread Baking, Indian Food, Vacation Houses. Cyberspace is the limit! Email your ideas to auction@uufresno.org

HURRAH! SMALL GROUPS OF UP TO TEN ADULTS CAN MEET OUTSIDE IN PERSON ON CHURCH CAMPUS. Get connection and community in person at the UU Church of Fresno. Social Distancing, Masks, and a Team Leader responsible for enforcement of safety protocols are required. Team Leader must have orientation from staff. Contact Violette at 322-6146 ext. 10 or aa@uufresno.org for copy of protocol and Team Leader responsibilities or CLICK HERE
CRASH COURSE in Unitarian Universalism, THIS SATURDAY, November 21 at 10 am on Zoom.
Join Rev. Tim and Patty Bennett for an engaging and informative introduction to Unitarian Universalist history and beliefs. This workshop is designed for newcomers but it is equally valuable to anyone who wants a refresher about our roots, stretching back more than 2000 years. Registration requested. Patty Bennett, Coordinator of Congregational Life, msc@uufresno.org. Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94198149504.

Special Reflection with Rev. Tim will not meet on Tuesday, Nov. 24 or Thursday Nov. 26 due to Thanksgiving holiday. The meetings will resume in the following week.

Outdoor RE. We are beginning to offer in person, socially distanced, masked, children's Religious Exploration. Our first class will be THIS SATURDAY, November 21th. You can read about that process by clicking here: https://conta.cc/34tDNCM and register your family at https://forms.gle/nbGtTfw3P4CREnh76 .
Curious about what socially distant outdoor RE outside will look like? Check out this video starring Chloé, Dani and Nym! https://www.facebook.com/100512806664033/posts/3327881987260416/?vh=e&d=n  

Faith Like A River Themes from Unitarian Universalist History Workshop Series Facilitated by Dani Livesey Registration Requested https://forms.gle/5CoV6fHfedATDCuz8
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?
THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 22nd at 1pm Swimming in the Stream Together. "For I say—whether you ever heard, directly, of this little event in Dedham or not—to understand in any depth our liberal free church tradition, or to make much sense of deeply rooted everyday realities of Unitarian Universalist churches now, today, you must understand in your bones the historical importance of the spirit of love manifest in the doctrine of covenantal organization, as this little group of people in Dedham understood it in New England in 1637." — Alice Blair Wesley This workshop considers the history and meaning of covenant in our religious tradition. It explores the difference between a covenant and a statement of belief and examines the importance of covenant in the Free Church tradition as it pertains to both freedom of thought and freedom of governance.

Join us November 23 at 6:30 pm for our Vespers Worship led by Dani Livesey. “Deep Listening” These vespers are a simple opportunity to engage in song, prayer, and spiritual sustenance with our faith community on Zoom. An opportunity for conversation and additional community will open up immediately after the vespers is over, for anyone wanting to check in. https://zoom.us/j/93503522701 

Art That Makes You Feel An exploration of Visual Art, Emotion, and Resilience Facilitated by Katherine Smart Sunday at 5pm January 17th, 25th, and Feb. 7th Registration Requested: https://forms.gle/zm7sEWs9byVrdji47. 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 artist and their work.

Spirit in Practice Workshop Series
Wednesday December 16th at 7pm or Friday
the 18th at 10am Facilitated by Dani Livesey
Registration Requested https://forms.gle/5CoV6fHfedATDCuz8
Spirit in Practice was created to help Unitarian Universalists develop regular disciplines, or practices, of the spirit—practices that help them connect with the sacred ground of their being, however they understand it. Spirit in Practice affirms religious diversity while seeking unity in our communal quest for meaning and wholeness. Whether participants follow a path they identify as Humanist, Jewish, Christian, Pagan, Theist, Atheist, Agnostic, Mystic, and/or any of the other paths we follow in our diverse congregations, the Spirit in Practice workshops offer a forum for learning, sharing, and growth that can enrich their faith journeys. Written by By Erik Walker Wikstrom.
Personal Spiritual Practice There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening, we shall hear the right word. Certainly there is a right for you that needs no choice on your part. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which flows into your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
This workshop looks at the solitary component of the practice of spirituality. There is a Zen saying that no one else can eat your food for you, no one else can go to the bathroom for you, and no one else can live your life for you. And, of course, no one else can do your practice for you.

Yoga classes continue! Hatha Yoga, Monday nights 6-7:30 pm, Chair Yoga Wednesday from 12-1 pm and Friday
1-2 pm. There will be no class this Friday, Nov. 27. 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. Questions or concerns refer to Jenny Rohan
559-281-7972 or sarayuyoga@gmail.com.
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 Violette 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.

Available at InSpirit UU Book and Gift Shop:

by Derrick Barnes and
illustrated by Gordon C. James
CLICK HERE to purchase.

Georgia GOTV. Join UU the VOTE This Sunday, November 22 from 2-4 pm EST to call Georgia Voters. UU the VOTE have registered over 5000 voters. With your help, we can register thousands more before the voter registration deadline on December 7th. Help UU the VOTE in GA. Sign up now!

November 2nd Sunday collectionOur Sunday Social Justice Collection will continue this month on This Sunday, November 22 with Teatro de la Tierra as our recipient. Teatro is a bilingual arts organization offering arts education as well as classes in music and theater for low-income community members. Checks made payable to UUCF with 2nd Sunday SJ Donation in memo line. Please contact
Kristy Hall at Kristy.lynn.hall@gmail.com or Vicki Gavel at veejaygavel@gmail.com for more information.

Please join Rev. Tim and Social Justice Committee to distribute food on Monday, November 23 2:15 – 5:30 pm at Balderas Elementary. If you've not helped yet, you'll be amazed by how much fellow Fresnans need and appreciate this food. A great opportunity to be socially distanced but together, and good exercise, too! contact Vicki Gavel at 562.668.4712.
Chalice Mask Limited Special:
$5, includes shipping.
Holidays are coming! Our Chalice mask makes a great gift...or add it to your own collection!
To order CLICK HERE or find SHOP UUCF on our website www.uufresno.org. View and order on-line! All purchases include a donation to help fund future social justice activities. Additional items may be available in the future. 

With sadness we share the news that Jo Fox, long time church member, died Wednesday afternoon after a long illness.
Rev. Tim will host a zoom gathering for church friends to
share memories of Jo this Sunday, November 22 at
2:00 pm. Zoom link: 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 Jo’s friends to be together.

Our thoughts are with Jeri Stubblefield on the death of her mother. Notes and Cards can be sent to Jeri at
16898 Roadrunner Ln., Clovis CA 93619.

Transgender day of remembrance. An event to memorialize and honor our transgender siblings who have lost their lives this year due to violence and transphobia. Tonight at 6:00 pm.
CLICK HERE to RSVP. Zoom link will be provided once you RSVP.

From the office staff. Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th in observation of the Thanksgiving Holiday. We would like to express our thanks and gratitude to each and every one of our church family. We wish you a wonderful and a safe Thanksgiving. 
If you have a submission to What’s NUU for Thanksgiving week, please submit it no later than Monday, Nov. 21.

Amazon Smile Rewards. Thank you for using AmazonSmile while shopping at Amazon.com. We were notified that The Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno have accumulated $50.78 donation from AmazonSmile foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between July 1 and September
30, 2020.

The “We Care Fund” assists members and friends of the church who are experiencing financial hardship. The fund is currently running low, due to recent increased needs. Rev. Tim administrates this fund with confidentiality. If you would like to make a donation to the “We Care Fund” to allow us to continue offering support as needed, it would be much appreciated. Check, credit card, cash app and PayPal are all options.

Marmalade Fans: The Bookstore is now offering orange marmalade, only $5.00 a jar. Handmade by Jams by Jim, this marmalade already has plenty of enthusiastic fans. We only have 18 jars, and it’s going to go fast. Don’t wait, contact Jeanine King at jeanineking@yahoo.com. and order yours today. Your purchases from the Bookstore are raising funds for the church. 62wendy@gmail.com

New Income Source for the Church. A church member, who is a realtor, is offering to donate to the church 30% of any sales commission they make on the sale or purchase of a home. If interested in more information, please contact Rev. Tim at tkutzmark@uufresno.org

New Church Member and Friend Directory. Our Church Directory has been updated and is now available. Electronic copies have been emailed to those who have requested to be on our email list. If you would like to be on our email list or if you need a printed copy, please contact Violette to make arrangements at aa@uufresno.org or 559-322-6146 ex 10. If you have updated information for our next directory, please provide Violette with the details.

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/

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. CLICK HERE for more information. 
In gratitude to those who made special donations, above and beyond pledge contributions during the month of October.

Special thanks to:

Non-Pledge Donations:
Sydney Story * Micheline & Jim Curnyn * Carry Gordon * John Livesey & Doreen Samelson * Redena & Ken Mah * Chris Johnson *
Sheli Glasrud * Maureen & John Hayes * Ida Jones * Emma Johnson * Deborah & Michael Eacock * Kristy Hall * Margarett Wilkins * Sylvia Woodburn * Margaret Fuller * Barbara Ulman

We Care Fund:
Valerie Johnson & Steve Sacks

Plate Donations:
Pat and George Looney Burman * Lynette Bassman * Leslie Hoyt * David Lockling * * Calvin Fleming * Jason Bernardi and Edward Tamashiro (Jay) * Tess & Greg Seay * Erica Howland * Vicki Gavel * Harold Wood * Connie Jones * Emily & Tristan Kuizenga * Angelique Duvet-Tovar * Betty & Ken Cornelisen * Betty Scruggs * Sally Stanford * Linda Knight * Chris Toth * Ann Brunelle * Sheli Glasrud * Leah Hanzlicek * Nancy Hatcher * Martha Lucey * Denesse & Tom Willey * Rita Townsend

Minister’s Discretionary:
Ruthie McLeod * Colby Morrow & Evan Shipp

In Appreciation for Yoga Class:
Teresa Damey

In Honor of and In Memoriam:
Building Fund:
Anne Betancourt * Dianne & Charles Hanzlicek * Carolyn & Bill Murphy * Evelyn & Dick Richardson * Pat Wolk

We Care Fund:
Sydney Story
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