UUFA Announcements for December 4, 2017 – 1st day of Chalica !

Good Afternoon UUFA Members and Friends.

  Happy 1st day of Chalica as we celebrate the 1st principle – The inherent worth and dignity of every being   Thank you Patrick for a wonderful introduction to the  UU Holiday of Chalica yesterday during service.  The decorated chalices that everyone in attendance made were lovely and the message of the morning was even more joyful.  We hope you will consider sharing in this UU tradition throughout the week. For more information on Chalica follow this link: 


Here is what’s happening this week at UUFA:

Choir practice –  Tuesday,  December 5th – 7-8pm – all voices welcome !

Programming / RE Committee Meeting – Thursday, December 7th –  7:00 pm at the fellowship.

Thursday, December 7th at 7pm-  Our next RE meeting is  with the Programming Committee at UUFA. Last summer, the board decided that a joint meeting of the RE and Programming committees should happen once a quarter. The idea is to figure out which Sundays are RE Sundays, and whether, how, and when the children can be incorporated into Sunday mornings with the adults. All are welcome to attend. Please note that this is the Programming Committee’s regular monthly meeting. Consequently, the amount of time allocated to joint business will be limited to the time the Programming Committee has available for that purpose.

UUFA Winterbreakaway –  This Saturday, December 9th – 7:30  – 9:30 pm . Join us for an elegant evening of  live music, good food, good raffle/auction to help with your holiday shopping !    We hope to see many members and friends attending. We have many lovely items that will be auctioned or raffled off. Delicious light appetizers and cash malt beverage bar ! Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $20 adult/ $10 students and children.


Sunday, December 10, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. – UUFA Executive Committee monthly meeting in the Ploghoff Rm. Members are always welcome as meetings are open.

Sunday, December 10, 2017 – The last day of Chalica corresponds to Rev. Don Rollins monthly visit to our Fellowship. Please join us to celebrate. Service begins at 11:00 am and coffee/tea is available beginning at 10:30am

On-Going UUFA Announcements:

Guest at Your Table – annual UUSC fundraiser is in motion. Several members have taken boxes for collecting funds during the holidays.Proceeds will benefit the work of the UUSC.  Boxes will be collected Dec. 17th. For questions or to obtain a box see Barb Harrison. For more information on the work of the UUSC please visit their website at:  https://www.uusc.org/

Social Action Leader/Chair Needed – Do you have an interest in organizing for social justice/action ?  Have a spare few hours per month to coordinate these activities for UUFA?  We are still seeking a chair person to head up our social action efforts for the year. We’ve committed to addressing food insecurity this year and are doing a great job with the monthly collection for Athens Food Panty, the collection box in the entry way as well as the lbs. of donated fresh vegetables to CFI’s donation station.  Please see Pat Gordon if interested !

Nominating Committee News –  As you think of your New Year’s resolutions, please be thinking of serving either on the UUFA Nominating Committee, or on the UUFA Board for 2017-2018. Please contact our President Elect, Wenda Sheard, at 740-818-1845 if you are interested. Here’s the scoop, directly from our by-laws:

“At least two months prior to any election of officers, the Executive Committee shall appoint a Nominating Committee. The duties of the nominating committee shall be to determine, under the advice of the Recorder, what elected offices will be going vacant at the end of the current fiscal year, to solicit nominations from voting UUFA members, and to present the resulting slate to the Executive Committee at least thirty (30) days prior to the election. The Nominating Committee shall consisting of no fewer than three (3) voting members of the UUFA, including the President-Elect, one elected official with a year of term remaining, and one member of the congregation who is not currently serving in any elected position. Members of the Nominating Committee shall not be nominated to any elected position.”

What’s Happening in the Athens Community? 

Mt. Zion Historic Baptist Church on Carpenter St. in Athens is in need of financial support .  They have reached out to the Athens faith community to ask for help in financially supporting an immediate need for roofing and structural repairs to their physical church before winter sets in.  If you can support please contact them by following their website link here:  http://www.mtzionathens.org/home.html

Holiday Concert to Benefit The Athens County Food Pantry – Sunday, December 10th – 4:00 pm – Arts West – 132 West State St., Athens.  This joyful and varied program that is sure to warm your heart, lift your spirits, and put you in the Holiday mood.  Musicians include; Matthew Chester-Griffin- Baritone, Melissa Brobek – Mezzo Sporano, Alexandra Bruno – Mezzo Soprano, Nicholas Nesbitt – Tenor, Michael Weiser- Tenor, Harolyn Brient- Piano, Michael Tobar- Flute & Piano, Asa Roach- Harp – Free Admission – light refreshments will be served during intermission. Money donated will benefit the Athens Co. Food Pantry.

Handel’s Messiah Sing – Athens Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd – Dec. 15 – 6:00 pm- 64 University Terrace, will hold optional rehearsals Nov. 28 and Dec. 5 for anyone interesting in participating in a sing-along concert of Handel’s “Messiah,” to be held at the church on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. The rehearsals will be held in Ohio University’s School of Music, Glidden Hall, Room 561, from 7 to 8 p.m. both evenings. Participants should arrive by 6:45.

Emergence ; The Sacred Feminine Dances Once More – Coming in February 2018 !- Saturday, February, 17, 2018 –7:00 pm Sunday, February 18, 2018 – 2:00 pm Arts West 132 W. State St, Athens, OH .  Follow one woman’s journey away from the cultural messages that happiness is achieved outside herself through materials things, consuming and through other people. Trapped by feelings of doubt, inadequacy and helplessness, the woman is forced to go within herself to seek solitude and reconnect with her sacredness. She receives many lessons and bears witness to others, both women and men struggling with their personal journeys. The lessons received help her dance her own dance and stand in her own power. If interested in being a part of this performance please contact Megan Cameron at: megancameronmusic@yahoo.com or if interested in dancing contact Missy Whaley at  mwdances@gmail.comUUFA is a co-sponsor of this event and will provide our fellowship hall as a practice space ! 

If you have an items that you’d like to have appear in the weekly Greensheet please contact Barb Harrison at:  recorder@uuathens.org