Please join us for our next Sunday service on
September 8 at 10:30 a.m.
"All Ages Water Communion"
Annual Blessing of the Backpacks
Rev. Tim Kutzmark
Eva Wissner, Worship Associate
For those interested in obtaining a digital copy of the Order of Service, look for the QR code poster as you enter the Sanctuary, on the bulletin board or scan from the cover of a neighbors printed copy. The dynamic QR code remains the same from week to week and is updated by 4pm on the Friday prior to Sunday Service with the latest Order of Service.

Jodi Ede ,
Congregational Administrator
Pastoral Care Support for September is:
Marilyn Erb
559-322-6146 ext. 16
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Join your Spirit School team TOMORROW, Saturday September 7th for our 59th annual Taco Fiesta! We are excited to kick off the church year! Spirit School family orientation at 5:30 with dinner at 6pm.

Our next UU Seniors meeting will be on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 am, in the Sanctuary. We will check in with what we did this summer. Saul Eskin will lead a discussion of our later lives, where we are now - our concerns, information we'd like, etc. If you’d like to be added to the email list, contact Gail West at 559-284-5453 or

Credit Wise (sanctuary) Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7-8:30 pm (this is a series of classes each a stand alone) Mike Jones, EECU (Educational Employees Credit Union) A fun and eye-opening workshop designed to teach the basics of credit, credit reports, credit scores, and debunk credit myths. Registration required. childcare available. Rides available if we have drivers. Janise Barajas-Rennie

UU Men’s Fellowship Dinners will resume for the church year beginning Friday 09/20 at 6:30pm at the church. These dinners are open to any who identify as male. Potluck style sharing of food so RSVP Ed Johnson at 559-824-6323 or at . Join the fun, thought provoking conversations.
Annual All Ages Water Communion and Ingathering Service and Blessing of Backpacks on September 8 with Rev. Tim at 10:30 am. Bring a little bit of water from your backyard, travels, swimming pool, bathtub, lake or other source to the service. We will mingle the waters in our bowl of community and begin the new church year together. Children are invited to bring their school backpacks for a blessing. Extra backpacks will be available.

Yoga Hiatus: Our weekly yoga classes will be on hiatus starting on September 12th. We send our healing vibes and prayers to Jenny who will be recovering from surgery. We will let you know when classes resume.

September 15 th - join us as we welcome back families to Spirit School! This is the kick-off for students to meet their teachers and find out more about what great things are planned for their class. If you have an infant through a high school student - All are welcome here at Unitarian Universalist Church Fresno! Janise Barajas-Rennie

UU Humanists – Sunday September 15, Youth Room. Potluck at noon, come with or without food. Discussion at 12:30. Contact Devin Carroll, , 559-240-5127.

Death Be Not Proud: Viewing and Discussion of the film "Wit" September 21, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Join us for a screening of the film Wit, which is based on Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. In it, Dr. Vivian Bearing, a demanding professor of English literature whose specialty is the poetry of John Donne, is diagnosed with a terminal cancer. The film reveals her journey as she contemplates her life and the meaning of one of Donne’s major poems, Death Be Not Proud. Join us for a discussion about how our lives and perceptions of mortality are influenced by our environment and the inherent poetry of life itself. Registration required  

Unitarian Universalist History in North America Tuesdays in October: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th Morning Session (10am – 12pm) OR Evening Session: (7 pm – 9 pm) Join Rev. Tim for an exciting exploration of our Unitarian Universalist history, focused on how Unitarian Universalism played an integral part in key moments in the history of the USA. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in America today and in the past. Child care available upon request. Rides can be coordinated if needed. Register at  

BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS (and stuffed animals, too!) Sunday, Oct. 6 at 10:30 Rev. Tim will welcome “all creatures great and small” to our Blessing of the Animals (and stuffed animals, too!). Come with your dog, cat, bird, fish, elephant, bunny or other animal friend (please make sure all animals are leashed or crated). Bring your stuffed animals and other cuddly comforts, because they’ll get a special blessing. Bring pictures or mementos from past pets who have died. We’ll be creating an altar to honor their memories. Come explore what animals teach us about spirituality and our connection to the natural world.
WINGS, our homeless outreach , is asking for help. A new 24 unit complex is open and we are assisting with furnishings, linens, kitchen items. Please help to encourage our vulnerable friends set up permanent housing. Special needs: small tables or desks, end tables, lamps, double bed sheets, all kitchen items including pots and pans. Karen Goodman.  
The September 2nd Sunday Social Justice Collection will go to Wings Advocacy Fresno. WINGS supports and provides homeless clients with the necessary documentation needed to acquire housing and, through donations, provides furniture and other furnishings to help set up a home. Checks should be made payable to UUCF with "2nd Sunday SJ Collection" in the memo line. Ellis Vance, .

LITERACY AS SOCIAL JUSTICE The Social Justice Team will sponsor a literacy project in partnership with West Fresno Elementary School. A small start-up group will engage in a study and training process during the fall followed by on-site literacy activity beginning in 2020. Learn more at Sept. 29th Sunday Service. If interested, contact: Anne Petrovich 559-260-6822, .

Do you know worthy non-profit organizations in our community that need our help? The UU Social Justice Team's annual call for 2nd Sunday Social Justice Collection applications is now open for submission. Applications are available at the Social Justice table in the courtyard each Sunday or by contacting Ellis Vance at . All applications must be received by November 1, 2019.
David Firth, our long time Sexton and member of our congregation had a fall resulting in a hip fracture on Friday, Aug. 30 and had hip surgery on Saturday, Aug. 31. He is now home and our Pastoral Care team is offering assistance. If you would like to send notes and cards, David's address is 1003 N. Adoline Fresno CA 93728

Andrew Livingstone was unexpectedly hospitalized, but is doing quite well at this time. Notes and cards would be very appreciated. Andrew's address is 3014 E. Terrace Ave
Fresno CA 93703

A heartfelt thank you from parents at Valley Children's Hospital who may not have the resources to provide food for themselves while they stay for days or even weeks with their child. Your generosity feeds hundreds of parents every year from the entire San Joaquin Valley. Our church is the single largest donor of food to the Social Work Food Pantry.

Have you ever browsed the card racks outside the Bookstore? Our cards are priced at $4 or less. You won’t find a better deal anywhere for a beautiful blank card. If you need something specific, we can help with that too. We have a huge selection of discount cards for all occasions. Just ask for the boxes, and you can find what you need. All our profits go to the church.
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