This Sunday: Imbolc Intergenerational Service with Crafting

UUFA THIS SUNDAY February 2, 2020. Imbolc Service (Intergenerational)  The wheel of the year is turning and though we are still in the midst of winter, spring is on its way. Like us, the ancient Celts eagerly awaited and celebrated the longer and warmer days that spring promises. This Sunday we, too, will celebrate. First, by learning about the Celtic festival Imbolc, and Brigid–the Irish Goddess and Saint. Second, we will follow in Brigid’s footsteps of hospitality and generosity by crafting a surprise for our feathered friends!  Hope to see you there! Coffee 10:30am, Service 11:00am. 184 Longview Heights Road, Athens, Ohio 45701  

PLANS FOR OUR CHILDREN: Because the Imbolc Service will be Intergenerational, children will enjoy the service with adults this coming Sunday. However, the following Sunday, on February 9th, the children will be sewing microwaveable, long-heat-lasting, eye-warming pillows filled with lavender flowers and flax seeds. The children were quite pleased to pass out some of their extra rice-filled eye-pillows sewn on January 26th to adults in need of extra love.

International Sale and Spaghetti Dinner at UUFA on Saturday February 8th at 5:30pm. Advance tickets required: $10 adults, children’s ticket prices by donation based on appetite :-). Gluten-free and vegan options available by advance reservation. Please donate items for sale. Items you purchased overseas and items made overseas are great for donating. Please bring items to UUFA on Sunday or on February 8th just before the event. This is our yearly fundraiser. Tickets are available before and after service each Sunday. All items will be sold with stories, true or false. Master of Ceremonies: Richard T. 

CHANGE of times for Harry Coffey 1927-2020. The Remembrance Party for Harry Coffey at the Athens Friends Meeting House on Saturday, February 29th will now be from 1:30-3:30 for socializing and telling stories. Friends are asked to bring finger foods for the reception if possible.

INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT GREEN BURIAL?
Why not join a local Athens group interested in establishing the first Green Cemetery in Athens County to provide affordable and environmentally sound burial options? Please join the next open meeting Wednesday, February 5th at 6:00 pm at the Athens Public Library. The group has met once, created a Working/Research Group, and brainstormed as follows:
1). Land Preserve/Green Cemetery (land acquisition, location, soil type, etc.)
2). Legalities/Certification (Green Burial Council?)
3). End of Life Guides (doulas), Death Care Consultants, Funeral Service
Providers.
4). Conducting Home Funerals, Preparing the Body
5). Green Burial Containers/Shrouds/Native Plants
6). Business Planning and Operations
7). Education, Outreach, and Networking (field trips?)
8). Social Media Campaigns/Green Burial Website and Facebook group
For more information or questions please reach out to:
Starmary Castro starmary@gmail.com or Cheryl Cesta  cherylcesta@gmail.com
or Holly Dallman  holly@mysticmills.com

FUTURE SUNDAYS & EVENTS – Subject to change—your ideas welcome. If you have an idea for a service, but don’t want to plan all the readings and music, we’ll do that planning for you!  The next programming committee meeting is online via Zoom on Friday, February 21st at 6pm. All welcome to participate. To participate, download Zoom and ask us for the Zoom invitation in advance. – Katie, Brian, Susan & Wenda.

SATURDAY, February 8th: DINNER AND INTERNATIONAL AUCTION

Sunday, February 9th: Rev. Don Rollins

Sunday, February 16th: Love, Part 2, by Brian Richards

Sunday, February 23rd: TBA Guest Speaker on Food Insecurity & Distribution

Sunday, March 1st: Transgender Theologies by delfin bautista (Yale Divinity School graduate)

Sunday, March 8th: Rev. Don Rollins

Sunday, March 15th: TBD

Sunday, March 22nd: Spring Equinox 

Sunday, March 29th: Nate Kojun Hayes

Sunday, April 5th: Andy Ray

Sunday, April 12th: Rev. Don Rollins

Sunday, April 19th: Earth Day, organized by Wenda 

Sunday, April 26th: Indigenous People History with Susan W.

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