THIS SUNDAY: Athens County Commissioner Chris Chmiel will present on Sunday April 7th. We’ve invited Chris to talk about any topic related to his passions and his work, and the needs of people in Athens County. Chris and his wife were married that our fellowship many years ago. Some of Chris’s most notable passions include his farm, Integration Acres, where he and his wife raise goats and grow paw paw trees. Chris is the major force behind the now-famous Paw Paw festival that has happened in Athens County every September for 20 years now. Join us as we learn from Chris and his dedication to Athens County. Coffee at 10:30; Service at 11:00.
UUFA ANNUAL MEETING APRIL 14th: Please see far below for PDFs of your annual meeting packet, including Agenda Letter, Budget, Nominations Ballot, Zero Waste Pledge Program, and Welcoming Congregation Renewal.
Here’s the text of the Agenda Letter from our President Brian Richards and Board Member Katie Evans:
March 31, 2019
Dear UUFA Member,
Please find enclosed your Annual Congregational Meeting Packet. Our annual meeting will take place on April 14, 2019 at 12:30 pm at our Fellowship Hall. We have a busy agenda planned and we need to have you all present. The following is the proposed agenda for the meeting. If you would like to request an addition or change, please respond to Brian Richards at email@example.com.
1. Chalice Lighting
2. Welcome and Call to Order
3. President’s Report/Reflections
4. Minister’s Report/Reflections
5. Vote on Welcoming Congregation Renewal
6. Vote on Zero Waste Pledge program
7. Vote on UUFA elected officials
8. Vote on Proposed Budget for 2019-20
10. Extinguishing the Chalice
Our Fifth Principle affirms “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our Congregation and in society at large”. This is our yearly demonstration of this principle in action within our congregation. We are hoping that you will be there in support of that principle.
We are in the midst of our annual pledge drive. Pledge forms are available at fellowship during the next three Sundays, and one is attached to this newsletter far below. CHECK IT OUT: The NEW section of our pledge form titled, “Time, Treasures, and Talents.” Yes, it’s time to show your generosity and appreciation for Unitarian Universalism and our UUFA. Thank you!
OUR CHILDREN’S PROGRAM – On Sunday April 7th the children will create something special for their fine feathered friends. Thanks to Jessie and Roberta for the inspiration (and possibly for the execution) of this special activity.
YES, we have a CHOIR! Our choir rehearses most Tuesdays, and plans to sing in our April 21st and 28th services. New members welcome.
THIS SATURDAY: UUJO Spring Gathering: Where Values and Action Meet April 6th 9 am -3:00 pm at five locations – Toledo, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Please register at www.uujo.org
Keynote is by Ohio Senator Nickie Antonio, ranking minority member of the Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee in the Ohio Senate. We will livestream her keynote to the different locations by Zoom. Then, the different locations will identify and discuss local and state-wide issues that we might address as clusters of congregations and partner organizations. There is no charge for this event. Lunch will be provided. Donations to help cover the cost of lunch are welcomed. Questions? Contact Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-641-5896. Locations:
Cincinnati: St John’s UU Church, 320 Resor Ave, Cincinnati
Toledo: First Unitarian Church of Toledo, 3205 Glendale Ave, Toledo
Cleveland: UU Congregation of Cleveland, 21600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Heights
Akron: UU Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd, Fairlawn
Columbus: First UU Church of Columbus, 93 W. Weisheimer, Columbus
WEEKLY GREEN TIP: The Earth Justice Network of environmental committees from various Athens area churches is encouraging us to publish a weekly green tip in our “Greensheet” newsletter. Here’s another green tip, from https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/green-tips:
“80% of dry cleaners in the U.S. use perchloroethylene, a solvent that has been linked to cancer, nervous system damage and hormonal disruption. Seek out a non-toxic professional dry cleaning alternative or “green cleaner” in your area.”
TIME TO BECOME A MEMBER? If you’ve been thinking it might be time to deepen your relationship with UUFA, please plan to sit with our minister, Rev. Don Rollins during our next Sunday potluck on April 14th. He’s planning to welcome newcomers at our potluck Sundays. You can contact him via: email@example.com or 740-988-7834
April 14th – Rev. Don Rollins & Monthly Potluck & OUR ANNUAL MEETING
April 21st – Music Sunday with the UUFA Choir and Easter Egg Hunt! To volunteer, contact Megan or Wenda.
April 28th – Beltane/May Day Service led by Katie Evans
May 5th – Athens Mayor Steve Patterson will speak with us.
August 11th – Susan Westenbarger will speak with us.
HOW TO SUBMIT ITEMS FOR THE GREENSHEET Please email items to firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Greensheet” in the subject line. New ideas, new columns, announcements, artwork, photographs, biographies, joys, sorrows, birthdays, anniversaries, and whatnot all welcome for possible inclusion in the Greensheet. Deadline for each week: Midnight Monday. Thanks!Annual Meeting Agenda
2019 Nominations Ballot
Welcome Congregation Renewal
Zero Waste Pledge
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