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VIEW SERVICES YOU MISSED
If you can’t make the Zoom service each Sunday, or you had some technical difficulties getting in, don’t worry. Each week we post the recording to Facebook, usually no later than Wednesday.
To view the August 30 service, Body Autonomy, Self Determination and Civic Engagement, click https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=745443592912035&extid=i4N5C9NC5GTa5XHK
It isn’t easy to ask for help, but your health is too important to compromise. If you are in a high- risk category, please stay at home and give yourself and your family the peace of mind knowing that you haven’t been exposed to the virus. Or, if you know of someone in the Fellowship who can use help, let us know. Contact Sue McGovern email@example.com or Carol Towne firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how the Fellowship can be of help.
A MESSAGE FROM BOARD PRESIDENT NIKKI WILLARD
Dear Fellow Congregants,
I want to share the news with you that Susie Byrnes has made the decision to resign as the UUFH Office Administrator. She is planning on her last day being October 4 but will be available to help train a new person as needed. Although she is not leaving for another job, she is not seeing this as “retirement,” but rather the opportunity to pursue some of her other interests (which are many) and spend some time away in the summer.
While I know this is sad for the UUFH, as she has been a dedicated and talented employee for over five years, I see it also as a blessing as she and her husband, Michael Soloway, are looking forward to becoming UUFH members.
Susie spoke with Rev. Jude last week and the Executive Committee has met to discuss next steps moving forward. Those will be shared with all of you as they become more concrete. In the immediate future, the Board is putting together a Search Committee for our next Office Administrator. I know this news is bittersweet for many. Change is never easy. But I think it will be mostly sweet for all of us in the long run as Susie will remain in our midst.
In Faith and Fellowship,
BLACK LIVES MATTER UUFH READING GROUP STARTS SEPT. 23
Learn the history you were never taught and read Black and Indigenous authors.
The big problem we have in the United States is that we don’t actually know our history. We don’t know about the centuries of racial injustice…you have to commit to truth-telling first. You can’t jump to reconciliation. You can’t jump to reparation or restoration until you tell the truth. – Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy.
In August 2019, the New York Times published a magazine issue called “The 1619 Project,” the name recognizing the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first slaves in America. Its series of essays provides an education about the history of American slavery that I was never taught. If affected me deeply. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 23, we will begin a UUFH Reading Group via Zoom that will start with the 1619 Project and continue afterward with a series of books chosen by Rev. Jude. He will be choosing books by Black and Indigenous writers that take us beyond the history to many related topics. That effort will continue all the way to next June.
For this first read, we will take a bite of the Times Magazine content over four sessions, reading a couple of the essays at a time that will take no more than an hour or so of your time. And, each session will not depend on the others, so you can miss one without a problem.
One further note: “The 1619 Project” has been incorporated into school curricula and has so alarmed our white supremacist leaders that they have actually proposed that schools be denied federal education funding if they use it. Mike Pompeo referred to it as Marxist not long ago.
If you’d like to join the Reading Group contact me. FrancesWhittelsey@gmail.com and I will respond with a schedule. Below is a link to a PDF of the 1619 Project Magazine.
PUMPKIN PATCH TIME IS HERE AGAIN!!
Save these Pumpkin dates:
All hands on deck – and really appreciated – to put up our brand new pumpkin selling tent and lay down our pallets. Working the pumpkin patch is a great way to meet new members and fundraise for the Fellowship!
Saturday, September 26: Pumpkin Patch set up Day at the American Legion.
Saturday, October 3: Pumpkin Unloading Day
Specific times TBD…keep an eye out.
– Peggy Koulias and The Pumpkin Patch Team
SAVE THE DATE – CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
All members, please mark your calendars for Sunday, September 27 for our Annual Congregational Meeting at 12:15 pm. More information will be provided in a special email.
–BOT President, Nikki Willard
UU THE VOTE – NEW POSTCARD WRITING OPPORTUNITY AND OTHER NEWS
Deb Hocevar and I are reaching out to the congregation as we prepare to order more supplies for one more postcard campaign with our UU the Vote partner, Reclaim Our Vote. This time the postcards will be written to voters in Georgia who are being suppressed. If you have not participated in the postcard campaign yet and would like to learn more about it, please be in touch with me and I will be happy to send you information. It’s easy and not too time–consuming. But you have to act fast as supplies will be ordered the week of September 7.
After this last postcard campaign, we will be moving toward Phone Banking and Text Banking for the final push before the election. If you would like to be part of our last postcard campaign and/or join our distribution list to get emails about all these opportunities, please send me an email at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you!
–BOT President, Nikki Willard
NEW PROGRAMMING IN ADULT EDUCATION THIS FALL!
This fall the Fellowship is offering the new online small group (6-8 people) faith development program UU Wellspring. Wellspring is a heart-opening, 10-month program of distinctly Unitarian Universalist spiritual exploration designed to help participants deepen their spiritual lives and sustain the work we are called to do. Begun in 2005, the program celebrates the depth and breadth of our rich religious tradition through learning about Unitarian Universalist history and theology and guides our spiritual development and strengthens our UU identity. Rev. Jude will be either facilitating or co-facilitating all groups.
There are already many sign ups but there is room for several more participants. The deadline for signing up is Friday, September 11. The retreat is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13th from 12:30 – 4:30 pm. Please sign up by emailing the office at firstname.lastname@example.org with your first and second choice.
UU Wellspring (online) group dates and times are:
Day Dates Group Time (90 min.)Facilitator(s)
Sun.1st & 3rd# 1 11:30 – 1:00 pmRev. Jude
Tues.2nd & 4th# 2 1:00 – 2:30 pmRev. Jude
Tues.1st & 3rdYoung Adult 5:30 – 7:00 pmRev. Jude & Danielle Burby
Wed.1st & 4th # 3 5:00 – 6:30 pmRev. Jude & Gerri Farrell
Wellspring groups will begin in early October and run for 90 minutes, twice every month, for 10 months. An initial four-hour orientation and retreat will be happening on Sunday, September 13 with Rev. Jude and a facilitator from UU Wellspring. We are forming groups now and invite all UUFH friends and members to join in. (Those enrolled in Touchstones groups are also welcome to Wellspring.) We won’t be able to accept new participants after the first session. To learn more about the UU Wellspring program and view FAQ’s, visit the UU Wellspring website and Facebook page at: www.uuwellspring.org; uuwellspring.org/what/for-participants/; www.facebook.com/uuwellspring/
In Faith, Rev. Jude Geiger, Minister & Nikki Willard, President
JOIN THE DAYTIME BOOK CLUB
Readers, thinkers, and talkers: The Daytime Book Club, for many years led by Pat and Ben Testa, who have pulled up roots for California, seeks readers who delight in discussing books of social relevance, fiction and nonfiction. We meet virtually, via Zoom, on the first Monday of each month, at 1:30 p.m. Our selections include historical fiction (recently, “Book Woman of Troublesome Creek”) and challenging social matters (“Just Mercy”). Have a suggestion? Contact Peter at 631-220-6235 / email@example.com
SEPTEMBER SPLIT PLATE:
The Split Plate for September is The UUA Disaster Relief Fund. This is part of a covenant—a covenant between the UUA and congregations, between congregations who give generously and those in need, and with our community partners. Through aiding our congregations, their members and their community partners, we are able to embody our faith and values.