UUFA Greensheet

THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019, 11:00am The Soul Box, Really Watson, and Life is a River – stories, lies and memories from the fringe.     Patrick McGee will be sharing harp music and whatever strange thoughts come into his mind, while accompanied by Lara Wallace on cello. The two have performed for the Fellowship winter fundraiser, and are known for serenading cherry trees and exceptional cats on rare occasions. Coffee and conversation at 10:30am.

RELIGIOUS EXPLORATIONS NEWS: OUR CHILDREN’S PROGRAM Two Sundays ago, the children used their creativity to make different cardboard box creations.  We have more boxes and plan to continue our projects or start new ones next Sunday, January 20th.  Then we’ll create a story that incorporates all the creations.  Come join us to take part and see what develops.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR DR. FRANK MYERS: Please mark your calendar for the memorial service for Dr. Frank Myers, a longtime UUFA member, on Saturday, January 26 at 4:00 pm.

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSINGS: Last Sunday we closed for weather-related reasons. If the roads are treacherous, please make sure to check our Facebook page or website on Sunday mornings before venturing out in our direction. If you didn’t receive an automated phone call last weekend about the closure, please let us know and we’ll add your phone number to the automated phone calling list. Thank you.

CHOIR TODAY, TUESDAY, TWICE!, 6pm & 7pm:  Our regular choir practice is at 7pm today, January 15th, and the Women’s March Choir will practice earlier, at 6pm. Thanks again to our Choir Director Megan Cameron for pulling together a group of singers to perform “I Can’t Keep Quiet” at this year’s Women’s March in Athens on January 19th. The third and final Women’s March Choir rehearsal will be Friday evening at UCM along with members of the Justice Choir that regularly meets on the third Fridays of each month at UCM.

END OF LIFE PLANNING GROUP:  During Sunday’s service two weeks ago, we explored End of Life Planning and talked about how the UUFA might help with our individual plans. If you are interested in joining a small End of Life Planning group to help you make your plans, please contact Wenda Sheard.

THE WIDER COMMUNITY We are proud of our many connections to the greater community.

Want to fight hunger and food insecurity in Athens County? Concerned about your neighbors going hungry? The Athens County Food Pantry has been supplying food to Athens County residents in need for over 35 years. We are urgently seeking volunteers to be the “face of the food pantry” to distribute food or to greet and register qualifying community members. We need volunteers who are able to regularly work at least one three hour shift between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesdays or Thursdays, and who are able to get to our main distribution site at the Athens Jobs and Family Services complex. We can work with you, so your schedule can be flexible. You will enjoy time spent with a caring group of people giving back in a safe environment! Want to help, but can’t commit to shifts? We have a few volunteer jobs, such as writing Thank You notes, that can be done on an “as needed” basis. Please e-mail volunteer-coordinator@athenscountyfoodpantry.org, or call 740-590-7051. Check us out on Facebook or at https://athenscountyfoodpantry.org/.

We are proud of our UUFA Choir and Choir Director Megan Cameron for preparing to sing for the Athens Women’s March, and for inviting women from other choirs into our fellowship hall for rehearsals.

International Auction and Spaghetti Dinner (GF/Vegan Options) 

Like laughing at all the odd objects that people manage to amass? Want to reduce the number of unused oddities in your closet and replace them with more useful and attractive items? Then come to UUFA 5:30-8:30 pm on Saturday February 9, 2019, for our first annual international auction.

Bring an item or two to donate for the auction… each item should have some international connection. If you can’t think of its international connection, Richard Thieret will make one up. All profits will go to the UUFA. Contact Richard Thieret for details. Stay tuned for more information.

OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING Our next UUFA Board Meeting will be 10am Sunday, February 10th, in the Ploghoft room. All members welcome to attend.

OUR NEXT PROGRAMMING AND RE MEETING Our next Programming & RE Committee meeting will be a half-hour meeting online at 7:00pm on Thursday January 24 via Zoom. Members of that committee are Katie Evans, Brian Richards, and Wenda Sheard. Rev. Don Rollins also attends. Contact wendasheard@yahoo.com by Thursday at least 30 minutes before the meeting if you wish the Zoom meeting ID.


January 27th – Pool of Narcissus and The Moons of Jupiter  A human-centered god and a god-centered human…. Is it heavenly symbiosis or primate narcissism?   Science teacher Richard Thieret will describe the  illusions reflected in the pool of spiritual narcissism, the scientific developments that have have introduced ripples to that pool, and how Unitarians, seeking spiritual growth through logic, reason and analysis can look up from the self-absorbing pool to view the world around them. A lively talk and discussion is expected.

Feb 3rd – Zero Waste, with Andrea Reany from Rural Action. 

Feb. 10th – Rev. Don Rollins, Service & Potluck.

Feb. 17th – CoExist Q&A (Panel of UUFA Members of Various Faiths) 

Feb. 24th – Our RE Children will Lead Us in a Special Hands-On Service.

Mar. 3rd – Je Hooper

Please email items to wendasheard@yahoo.com 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!