UPCOMING SUNDAY PROGRAMS 10:30 Coffee, 11:00 Service

September 2nd- Vision Boards– Katie Evans will lead us in an inter-generational craft to create vision boards. Using magazines, catalogs, scissors and glue we’ll explore our faith and future. Katie has been a UUFA member for a couple years as well as avid knitter. Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. (service leader Katie)

September 9th – Water Communion and In-Gathering– Join us as we come back together and celebrate the beginning of a new church year with an inter-generational water communion. We invite you to bring with you a sample of water that represents a special place, event or memory from the past year. We’ll gather our water samples into a single container while briefly sharing the story of where it came from. Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. A potluck will follow service. (robocall Katie, service leader Amber)

September 16th- Being Human, Under One Roof- As we ramp up for the new church year, UUFA’s minister, Rev. Don Rollins, will offer a take on what it means to be unique human beings, doing their falling-down best to live in peace and do justice. In other words, what’s at the core of our congregation? Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. (robocall Katie, service leader Rev. Don Rollins)

September 23rd- Equinox (Amber or Roberta will lead us.) (TBA)

September 30th- TBA– Guest Speaker- Join us as we learn about the teaching program that has brought 50 families from Saudi Arabia to live in the Athens area. We’ll also hear about Saudi culture and how it interacts with American culture. Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. (robocall Katie, service leader Wenda)

animal blessingOctober 7th- Animal Blessing- Join us as we celebrate and bless our furry, scaly or feathery friends. You are invited to bring your friends with you as long as they are are on a leash or safely contained and can handle new people, a new place and other animals. We’ll hold service in the outdoor sanctuary, weather permitting. Coffee and tea at 10:30 am, service at 11:00 am. (service leader Katie)


This coming Sunday, September 2nd, children of all ages will be crafting vision boards upstairs with the adults.

Plan Ahead for CROP Hunger Walk 2018 – October 7th, 2pm
CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.  UUFA has been involved in the CROP Hunger Walk for a number of years.  We hope that families will join the walk together.  You may walk as far or little as you want.  Kids, of all ages, can ride bikes, scooters or roller skate.  More details to come, or see

Our Religious Explorations Programs for Three Upcoming Sundays:

September 23, 30, & Oct 7:  Helping Others Have Enough Food
The children will be introduced to the needs of people around the world and how the donations to the CROP Hunger Walk help support them.  We will also restart the local collection of canned and packages food to be given to the Athens County Food Pantry.

On Sunday, August 26th, the children enjoyed Andy Ray’s drumming help with the “oatmeal container” drums we created during the previous two weeks. Thank you, Andy! Additionally, the children drew pictures, wrote a report about drums, and concocted a plan to invite the adults to bring drums to UUFA and drum with them some Sunday during joys and sorrow. Stay tuned for more information on how that might happen. (Photo shared with parental permission.

Drums, a UUFA Report by Miles Ray  Drums are from different cultures and provide different meanings from those cultures. Some examples are: To express people’s feelings and their story of life. Drums are used for different festivals. If you went to Mexico, they would do drumming from your birthday.


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UUFA member Susan Westenbarger recently joined Grannies Respond /
Abuelas Responden (, as grandmothers and
others from around the country traveled to the Mexican border. The
purpose of the Caravan and border action was to draw attention to the
issues of family separation and detention by the federal government.
The “original grannies” drove all the way from NY, but Susan flew to
Texas to meet the group. She says that the best part of the journey
was learning about what we all can do at home to support immigrant
families, both at the border and in Ohio.

Our next joint Programming (for adults) & Religious Explorations (for children) meeting will be on Thursday September 6th at 7pm at UUFA. All are welcome.

Our next UUFA Board Meeting will be on Sunday September 16th at 9:30am (lower level) when Rev Don Rollins is with us. All are welcome.

Guess what? We need a treasurer. Many thanks the Jessie Roberson, Barb Harrison, David May, Patrick Gordon, and Roberta Roberson, all of whom have been spotted helping with UUFA treasurer-like tasks. Any other volunteers? Contact Brian Richards at


Eighth Annual 9/11 Interfaith Peace Walk Tuesday September 11, 2018, 7pm.  UFA members have been enthusiastic supporters of the Peace Walk in past years, so please plan to join us again. We’ll gather at 7 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, then step off at about 7:15. As in past years, the walk will proceed through uptown on Court Street, down Mill Street past Hillel, St. Paul’s, and Christ Lutheran, turn down Stewart past Christ the King, and on to the Islamic Center. We expect to arrive there around 8 or 8:15.

UUFA Work Day Saturday September 30, 2018 11am-4pm-ish.  Come join us whenever you can during our work day. Every little bit helps. We’ll have work equipment, but of course if you have smallish tools for doing the following types of work, please bring them! Staple guns, weed wackers, buckets, rags, are especially useful. Possible projects: Reupholstering downstairs chairs. Wash sanctuary chairs. New straps for round table(s). Clean lower level and organize closets. Trim brush along parking lot retaining wall. Close and drain sanctuary fountain. Clean and paint cabinets in Ploghoft room. Weatherstrip entry doors by piano, under back stairs, and kitchen.


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For many years, the UUFA lower level was both a studio apartment (where the current kitchen is located), and a school space rented to Hocking Valley Day School (where the classrooms are located). The current office used to be our kitchen. Yes, the old kitchen was small.