GreenSheet, May 21-27, 2017

**Upcoming Events**

UUFA Work Day

Saturday, May 20, 2017,  10 am to whenever
Top projects will be:
1. spread parking lot stone
2.  Work on new office
3.  build small concrete ramp for end of sidewalk to kitchen
4.  Install new fireplace screen
5.  general grounds cleanup.
6.   Any favorite project of attendees.
All help and good deeds are  appreciated.

Sunday Service: Unitarian Universalism Viewed as a Religion

Sunday, 11am-noon
We will be exploring our faith as religion and how it conforms, differs, and is moving the meaning of the word religion.

**Announcements**

 Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet, May 14-20, 2017

**Upcoming Events**

Sunday Service: Flower Communion

Sunday, 11am-noon
with Rev. Don Rollins

Social Action Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 7pm

Facilities Committee Meeting

Thursday 7pm

**Announcements**

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet, May 7-13, 2017

**Upcoming Events**

Sunday Service: UU White Supremacy Teach-In

Sunday, 11am-noon
For info see: http://www.blacklivesuu.com/uuwhitesupremacyteachin.

Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 6:30pm

Executive Committee Meeting

Friday evening

**Announcements**

Calliope Feminist Choir 2017 Spring Concert: Still I Rise!

with special guests Laura Nadeau and Otis Crockron
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 7, 4:30 pm
Arts West, 132 W. State St., Athens
A reception follows each concert.
General admission sliding scale $10-$30; limited income $2-10. Tickets at Farmacy, Blue Eagle, from Calliope members and, as available, at the door.
Accessible parking on request. Please phone by day prior or request from ticket seller.
Overflow parking at Athens Middle School.
Info at calliopefeministchoir.org and calliopefeministchoir@gmail.com. For last minute ticket availability and parking requests 740-818-9245.

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet, April 30-May 6, 2017

**Upcoming Events**

Sunday Service: Beltane

Sunday, 11am-noon

Programming Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 7pm

**Announcements**

Calliope Feminist Choir 2017 Spring Concert: Still I Rise!

with special guests Laura Nadeau and Otis Crockron
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 7, 4:30 pm
Arts West, 132 W. State St., Athens
A reception follows each concert.
General admission sliding scale $10-$30; limited income $2-10. Tickets at Farmacy, Blue Eagle, from Calliope members and, as available, at the door.
Accessible parking on request. Please phone by day prior or request from ticket seller.
Overflow parking at Athens Middle School.
Info at calliopefeministchoir.org and calliopefeministchoir@gmail.com. For last minute ticket availability and parking requests 740-818-9245.

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet, April 23-29, 2017

**Upcoming Events**

Sunday Service: Earth Day

Sunday, 11am-noon

**Announcements**

Calliope Feminist Choir 2017 Spring Concert: Still I Rise!

with special guests Laura Nadeau and Otis Crockron
Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 7, 4:30 pm
Arts West, 132 W. State St., Athens
A reception follows each concert.
General admission sliding scale $10-$30; limited income $2-10. Tickets at Farmacy, Blue Eagle, from Calliope members and, as available, at the door.
Accessible parking on request. Please phone by day prior or request from ticket seller.
Overflow parking at Athens Middle School.
Info at calliopefeministchoir.org and calliopefeministchoir@gmail.com. For last minute ticket availability and parking requests 740-818-9245.

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet Weekly, 3/26/17-4/1/17

**Upcoming Events**

Sunday Service: UUSC Justice Sunday

Sunday 3/26, 11am-noon

**Announcements**

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet Weekly, 3/19/17-3/25/17

**Upcoming Events**

Sunday Service: Spring Equinox/Ostara

Sunday 3/19, 11am-noon

Social Justice Movie Night

Saturday 3/25, 6:30-8:00pm
In this fierce call to action, director Ava DuVernay effectively doubles down on both educating her viewers and inspiring them to take a stand against racial injustice in 2016 America. Hoping to provide a semblance of political balance to her efforts in 13th, DuVernay asserts that both Democratic and Republican administrations are responsible for burgeoning prison populations and the devastating effect of past policies on an entire minority population.

**Announcements**

Carriage Hill Fire Fundraiser Sale

The Salvation Army will be holding a fundraiser sale for the victims of the Carriage Hill fire.  In consultation with the families impacted by the fire, we have decided to make excess fire response donations available to the public via a “yard sale” in order to raise cash donations for the Carriage Hill victims. Items include new and gently used clothing and small household goods, as well as some small furniture items.
This fundraiser will allow the donations which were not useful to the fire victims to be translated into much needed cash as they rebuild their lives after this emergency. All proceeds will be directly distributed to the impacted families. Additional cash donations will also be accepted at this event.
The sale will be held at the Pool House at the Athens Community Center, 701 E State St in Athens. We will be open the following hours:
Friday, March 17th: 1:00pm-7:00pm
Saturday, March 18th: 10:00am-5:00pm
Clothing and small items will be available at $5/bag (bags provided on site)
Other items available as marked.
Volunteers interested in assisting with the sale may contact Cheska Brown at 740-797-1305 or via email at cheskaboden21@gmail.com. Other questions may be directed to Justin Gray, Service Unit Manager, at 740-797-1305 or justin.gray@use.salvationarmy.org.
We invite all members of the public to join us in supporting this important cause- and finding a great deal on many items!
Justin Gray
Service Unit Manager
Salvation Army of Athens and Meigs County

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet Weekly, 3/12/17-3/18/17

**Upcoming Events**

Pamphlet Series

Sunday 3/12, 10:00am
Rev. Don is offering an adult discussion group prior to his next three services at UUFA. The “curriculum” for our discussion are select pamphlets on UU views such as God, UU history, UUism, etc. The dates are 3/12, 4/9 and 5/14. We’ll start at 10:00 sharp. Everybody’s welcome!

Sunday Service: Mission, Music, and Money

Sunday 3/12, 11am-noon
It’s time for the annual generosity sermon, folks! It’ll be a lot more fun than you might think. Join Rev. Don for some singing, storytelling and good reasons to raise your pledge.

Monthly Potluck

Sunday, after service
Bring a dish to share if you can, and an appetite for food and community.

Finance Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 6:30pm
Contact Patrick Gordon for information.

Facilities Committee Meeting

Thursday, 7:00pm
Contact Fred Snell for information.

**Announcements**

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet Weekly, 3/5/17-3/11/17

**Upcoming Events**

Sunday Service

Sunday 3/5, 11am-noon
[no description submitted]

Programming Committee Meeting

Tuesday, 7pm
Review and planning of Sunday services. Contact Roberta Roberson for information.

Executive Committee Meeting

Friday, 6pm
Where the decisions get made; open to the congregation. Contact Jessie Roberson for information.

**And Another Thing… (from Rev. Don Rollins)**

Hello, all. I’m writing to you this week with two things in mind, both about walking the walk:

1.

Goldie Muse, my biological, maternal grandmother would’ve been 95 on St. Patrick’s Day. Scots-Irish and Appalachian to the core, the world into which she was born was still recovering from the War to End All Wars – the ghastly, near-global conflict that took an estimated 38 million military and civilian lives.

My grandma could scarce have known that even as she was coming of age, a young, recently discharged German Army lance corporal was already laying plans for a military conquest and genocide program that would kill roughly 3% of the world population.

Goldie was a kind, bright, but not worldly soul. The degree of hate fueling the Third Reich was beyond her imagination: all she knew about World War II was that her male relatives and friends were being sent across vast oceans to kill people who wanted to kill them.

We can thank all that is holy that, unlike Goldie,  most of us alive today were not raised with the real-time specter of Nazi jackboots and salutes. This is said, not to minimize the multiple crimes against humanity since 1945, but to give that war its grizzly due in the pantheon of human cruelties.

I mention the perils of my grandmother’s era because, within and without UU circles, some of the new administration’s policies and actions are being compared to those of 1930s Germany. It’s not my place to make or debunk that observation. I’m a preacher, not a pundit. But there is one statistic that should trouble us no matter our opinions on the nascent Trump presidency: hate crimes in America are up and still rising. (Numbers vary across studies, ranging between 6-10% over the past year. Hate-crime cases against Muslims have driven the increase.)

These acts are a direct affront to our long religious tradition. In a world of theological gang wars, we have (however imperfectly) called out the powers that enslave bodies, minds and spirits. To be in fidelity with that heritage is always demanding, all the more so when whole groups of citizens are in the cross-hairs of hatred.

But what to do? It was the brilliant African American thinker and activist, W.E.B. DuBois, who counseled us to be patient prophets in such times: “The prayer of our souls is a petition for persistence; not for the one good deed, or single thought, but deed on deed, and thought on thought, until day calling unto day shall make a life worth living.”

Some suggestions:

1. Go local. Seek out and attend groups/gatherings whose mission it is to build solidarity for and with those populations being targeted –  Muslims/Jews/Latinos/Latinas in particular;
2. Be a squeaky wheel. Find out who’s representing you in Columbus and D.C. Be in regular contact, especially when anti-hate crime legislation is in play;
3. If you’re blessed to have some spare money, do a search on groups/agencies engaged in anti-hate crime efforts. Check their ratings (try Charity Watch, Give Well etc.) and donate.

UUFA is blessed with many creative people. You likely have other ideas for how to eliminate the twin stains of bigotry and hatred.

In the end, let it be said of us that we were neither complicit nor complacent. That, deed by deed and thought by thought, we did not concede the final word to hate.

Stay strong,

Don

2.

It’s pledge time at UUFA. (Join me for the annual generosity service on 3/12. It’ll be more fun than you might think.) To steal my own thunder, the point will be simple: UUFA is a bargain. It’s a place to work out your own beliefs, then test them in community. It’s a place where young people discover themselves, one another and the values we share. UUFA is a shelter in life’s storms, and a place where life’s joys are multiplied. And it’s a base camp for changing the world, one witness, one loving act a time.

Everyone has a financial reality. Our denomination stewardship experts ask us to consider giving between 2-5% of our net incomes. If those figures are realistic for you, thanks in advance for your gifts. And if they’re not, do what you can. And thanks in advance for your gifts.

Whatever your giving level, celebrate the bargain that is the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens. Don’t forget the good stuff.

**Announcements**

Pamphlet Series

Rev. Don is offering an adult discussion group prior to his next three services at UUFA. The “curriculum” for our discussion are select pamphlets on UU views such as God, UU history, UUism, etc. The dates are 3/12, 4/9 and 5/14. We’ll start at 10:00 sharp. Everybody’s welcome!

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.

Greensheet Weekly 2/19/17-2/25/17

**Upcoming Events**

Sunday Service

Sunday 2/19, 11am-noon
[no description submitted]

 

Social Justice Movie Night

Saturday 2/25, 6:30pm
In this fierce call to action, director Ava DuVernay effectively doubles down on both educating her viewers and inspiring them to take a stand against racial injustice in 2016 America. Hoping to provide a semblance of political balance to her efforts in 13th, DuVernay asserts that both Democratic and Republican administrations are responsible for burgeoning prison populations and the devastating effect of past policies on an entire minority population.

**What’s Up Downstairs? Religious Education at UUFA**

On Feb 5, the children really enjoyed performing the ‘act out’, The Invisible Boy, related to acts of kindness service organized by Amber Miller.  After reading the book a couple of weeks ago, the children wanted to perform it for the congregation.  They were excited to take part, brought the props they needed, and were willing to practice together.  I also thank the congregation for supporting the children’s efforts with a rousing applause.

On Feb 12, Rev Don Rollins brought up child size chairs so the children  could sit up front.  They moved up when they were invited to hear the story.  The children also assisted in lighting the chalice which they like to do.  Alexa Ross came down to assist with the baby/toddlers.  (Thank you Alexa)  We all started out in the Baby/Toddler Rm to make the young ones feel comfortable first.  The older children really like to help the little ones – win-win situation. When the younger ones were settled, the older children went to the other room and to make Valentines for the congregants who stayed for the pot luck after service.  The children were productive and creative.  I had cut out a lot of hearts from different types of plan and printed paper and had doilies, the usual.  They started with the basic idea but then let their imaginations carry them.  One was a folded airplane with Happy Valentine’s Day written on it and with a heart glued to the top.  Others made people or butterflies by combining the hearts.  The children passed out the Valentines as people finished their lunch.  Thank you to the congregants for thanking the children or  engaging them in conversation.  Those experiences of interacting with the adults one-on-one and receiving immediate feedback for their work, is always important.  Looking forward to the next few weeks.  When we read the story, The Invisible Boy, the older children brought up the topic of bullying.  A few shared ways that they have felt bullied at school. I found some age appropriate books on bullying at the library.  I’m going to read a book Feb 19 as a discussion starter to find out if the children want to pursue this topic for a couple of weeks. 

A big THANK YOU to Marsha Nagy, Roberta Roberson, Barbara Harrison, Danielle Corbin Richards, Wenda Sheard, and Brian Richards for taking time in the last 2 months to come downstairs to help care for the little ones or assist with the whole group depending on the need.  They have all been so very helpful.  

In Community, Natalie Barman, RE Teacher

**Announcements**

Pastoral Care

Our contract minister, Don Rollins, is available for pastoral care telephone calls and time sensitive issues via his cell (740-988-7834) or by email (donaldlrollins@gmail.com). Please note the letter l (as in lantern) between Don’s first and last names.

Please Submit Announcements

To be sure to be included in the weekly Greensheet post, email your announcements by Thursday at noon to communications@uuathensoh.org. If you miss this cutoff time, you may bring your announcement in writing to the service leader before service begins on Sunday, so he or she can announce it from the podium.