Worship Service & Carpenter Bees

Come join our Service this Sunday, May 22th, 11am by Zoom or, preferably for this Sunday in particular, N95/KN95masked/vaxxed in person. Your choice!

This Service will begin as usual, with time for announcements, music, joys, and sorrows, then we’ll do something that our Appreciative Inquiry process from a few years ago discovered made for some of the best memories among our members: Those of us who attend in person tomorrow are going to spend time crafting together.

How do carpenter bees fit into the mix? We’ll be making carpenter bee traps. Why? Because our fellowship building currently has a carpenter bee problem, and because your house might, too. Come, meet others, learn new skills, and maybe, if we have extras, make a donation for materials and leave with a carpenter bee trap for your own home. Many thanks to Fred Snell for all his continuing care of the building, and his willingness to help guide us tomorrow morning. Weather permitting, we’ll be working outside by the lower level. If not, we’ll work inside.

It would be nice to have a few extra drills, with a 1″ paddle bit, a 1/2″ paddle bit, and a Phillips screwdriver bit, and a tiny drill bit for drilling pilot holes. And tin snips would be great….we’re going to use those to snip into canning jar lids.  Thanks!

Musicians and other entertainers…you’re welcome to entertain us as we work….our social/work/service events work best with all sorts of contributions.

MASKS! NOTE: Our board is still requiring vaccination cards and kn95 or equivalent masks (NO FABRIC MASKS) of folks entering the building for Sunday services. We have many folks who truly appreciate us flipping the “usual narrative.” Usually Zoom is for those who are at risk where in-person places are not safe for them. At the fellowship, we’re doing Zoom for anyone who doesn’t want to wear a nk95 or n95 mask or get vaccinated, thus keeping the fellowship safe for the most vulnerable. We do, however, allow our presenters to unmask when speaking in the front of the fellowship. Some choose to stay masked.

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The current Executive Committee serves through the end of our fiscal year on June 30, 2022.  We would like to review the results of the Pledge Drive at our final monthly meeting on June 11, 2022, and set any revisions to the budget so that the new Executive Committee can start fresh on July 1, 2022.  Please consider how much you want to pledge to support UUFA for the coming fiscal year.  You should have received a pledge form via snail mail shortly after the annual meeting.  You can return a pledge: by returning the form in the envelope provided; by sending a pdf of the form to treasurer@uuathens.org; by sending a pdf of the form to me at roberson@frontier.com; or by giving it to an Executive Committee member at service or any other UUFA event.  There are forms available at UUFA if you need one. You can even just send an email with your name(s) and an amount to treasurer@uuathens.org.  Please be assured.   Pledges are a planning tool for the Executive Committee; they are a statement of intention, NOT a blood oath.  Thanks for your time and attention.
– Jessie R, (pledge drive chair)



It’s not too late to participate in this year’s UUA General Assembly June 22 – 26, 2022! GA is being offered online as well as in person in Portland, OR. UUFA has not yet designated anyone to be our representative and vote on our behalf on UUA issues. Even if you’re not sure about the voting part, registrants have an opportunity to participate in lots of interesting conference sessions. And there are *two* amazing and renowned speakers this year too! Both Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist and the National Book Award-winning Stamped From The Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America and adrienne maree brown, author of Emergent Strategies. I bet a lot of us have one or more of these titles on our bookshelves (or our “To-Be-Read” lists!)

If you are interested in participating in GA this year, take a look at https://www.uua.org/ga and talk to Susan W. (suusanw.uu@gmail.com / 240-305-0860) or another member of the Board to find out more. (PS. Almost forgot to mention . . . The Fellowship will pay the registration fee!)