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1. Service Week 11/29/2020


This message is published on Thursday. Shalimar is having surgery on Wednesday and won't be checking back in on UU affairs until at least Friday. Please stay tuned for an update from the UUA President.

Sermon Title: Compassion as a Conduit: What is the Difference Between Knowing a Thing, and Being the Thing You Know 

Join us on Sunday, November 29th, as we are visited again by Reverend Dr. Kate Greysen.

Speaker: Reverend Dr. Kate Greysen
Service Leader: Mike Holland
Special Musician: Penny Brewster
Media: Gene Brown and Mike Holland

Welcome Back RevDr Kate Greysen

Rev. Dr. Katherine Greysen is an ordained Science of Mind Minister, She has lived all over the United States and loves to travel our beautiful country. Rev. Kate is the owner/facilitator of Sacred Escape Retreats and Tours where the primary purpose is to plant and facilitate seeds of interconnection and understanding through workshops and retreats. 

Dec. 6 Micheal Carter
Dec. 13 Sally Beth 
Dec. 20 Holiday Service
Dec. 27 John Bloom-Ramirez

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


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If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
Shalimar needs to update this.

November Birthdays   

The whole month is their Birthday month so feel  free to continue to share with everyone or anyone throughout the whole month:


  • Walter Burnett  November 8
  • Maethel Shindelman  November 16
  • Rodney Roe  November 22
  • DanTeslow  November 22
  • Bob Schroeder  November 29

UUFF Thanksgiving Dinner, on Zoom 

Thursday, November 26th 

1pm Social Gathering 

2pm Dinner 

 This year our UUFF Thanksgiving Dinner will be via Zoom. We will gather in our own homes at 1:00pm for conversation and games. Dinner (of our own making) will be served (by each of us) at 2:00pm enjoying Zoom interaction. Following dinner, we can play some games. 

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE ZOOM 

Phone: 312-626-6799 

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253 

Passcode: 579256

Our Fellowship is having monthly zoom Circle Dinners, so this month's circle dinner is our Thanksgiving Dinner. We were first introduced to Zoom dining at the Southern UU Summer Institute (SUUSI) this summer. It is a wonderful way to meet new people and stay in contact with old friends.

Sunday December 20th @ 6pm

A Hometown Holiday Gathering

via Zoom

Winter solstice has always been a time of celebration and community engagement. As we approach the longest nights of the year, cultures around the world celebrate with festivals of lights, love, and merry-making. You are cordially invited to an open mic holiday gathering with UU Franklin. Please come to a special evening service and share a story, poem, song, memory or smile with us. Click here to reserve your time with the Master of Ceremonies

The UU said, "So what if I don't believe in Armageddon? It's not the end of the world."

 (Ending Soon)

Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach-in ONLINE 

November 19-26, 2020 

Hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association, UU Ministry for Earth, UUSC, & many partners 
In 2016, Unitarian Universalists voted to pay special attention to learning our history and rethinking Thanksgiving in the year 2020, in observance of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing in Plymouth. Now is an especially good time to gather and to celebrate Thanksgiving differently, given that our usual travels and traditions for the holiday must be put off or canceled because of the global pandemic. Sign up your congregation or community to participate, and help spread the word about the many powerful programs and community documentary film screenings being offered for the Harvest the Power Justice Convergence and Teach-In.
The Finance Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at 5:30 pm. Anyone interested in aiding in the planning of next year's budget, as well as exploring updates and formulation of financial policies is encouraged to attend. 

 Topic: Finance Committee Meeting

Time: Tuesday, December 1st, 2020
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Cornucopia For Those Who May Need Help

It is that time of year when it is good to plan and be prepared to help our homeless brothers and sisters. 
Fill a waterproof, ziplock, freezer (for strength) gallon bag with food, supplies and cash if you are able.  You could be the saving grace in someone's life. 
Keep a few of these emergency provisions bags in your car to hand out when you see someone in need.
 
Some of the most highly recommended items are:
Food:  
     A bottle of water (plastic because it is lightweight)
     A juice box
     Easy open food such as tuna in a pouch, cheese crackers
          or if you pack a can, be sure it has a pull top
Clothes:
     #1 requested is socks
     stretchy gloves are also a good idea
Grooming products:
     travel sizes toothpaste and toothbrush
     body wipes, deodorant, travel sizes soap and shampoo 
 
The important idea here is to plan ahead and make your care packages now. Keep them in your car. Then the next time you see someone you will be prepared to help.

2. Service Week 12/6/20



Sermon Title: Monumental Decisions

Join us on Sunday, December 6th at 11am as we are visited by Reverend Michael Carter
Much has been made of what America must do in order to make amends for her "original sin" of slavery. Part of any type of reconciliation is being able to admit when something has gone wrong or when something needs to be made right. James Baldwin once said that "not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." This Sunday, we will consider what the United States can learn from Germany regarding monuments here in this country celebrating White Supremacy and coming to grips with the legacy of slavery.


Reverend Michael J Carter is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He moved to New York City in 1980 and lived there for 25 years, working as a professional actor before moving to Asheville with his family. Michael is an ordained Inter-faith minister and received his BA degree in Letters from the College of New Rochelle where he graduated cum laude. He received his Masters in Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City (class of 2000). While serving various Unitarian Universalist congregations in New York, Michael was trained as an anti-racism trainer by the UUA and has been recognized by President Clinton for his efforts. Micahel is an adjunct professor at Western Carolina University as a diversity consultant and has worked with UNCA and carious businesses in the area to assist them in enhancing their anti-racism and diversity agendas. Michael served at Mission Health System as a chaplain and diversity officer. He has also been a columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times. Reverend Carter now serves as the minister for Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.


Speaker: Michael Carter

Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician:

Media: Gene Brown and Mike Holland

Dec. 13 Sally Beth Shore
Dec. 20 Holiday Service - request a time slot here
Dec. 27 John Bloom-Ramirez

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


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Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
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If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook

I took notes this time!
Martha Tree is celebrating an emerging identity of  Cat Toy enthusiast, and the joy of welcoming a new kitten into her life.
Becky T is joyful for the Zoom Thanksgiving Dinner and the great conversation had therein.
Shalimar is joyful for a smooth surgery.
Bonnie G is joyful for socially responsible family interaction over the holiday.
Sandi E is expressing concern for her son in law that has contracted Covid-19. The Ericksons ask we keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynn Roe -Dec 3rd!
Henry Horton - Dec 21!

Did we miss someone? Let us know! commschair@uufranklin.org

Sunday December 20th @ 6pm

A Hometown Holiday Gathering

via Zoom

Winter solstice has always been a time of celebration and community engagement. As we approach the longest nights of the year, cultures around the world celebrate with festivals of lights, love, and merry-making. You are cordially invited to an open mic holiday gathering with UU Franklin. Please come to a special evening service and share a story, poem, song, memory or smile with us. Click here to reserve your time with the Master of Ceremonies

A small UU congregation was lay led. They struggled along with guest speakers for Sunday services. After one church service, a little boy walked up and said to the speaker of the day, "When I grow up, I'm going to give you some money." "My Goodness," the speaker replied "That is very nice of you, but why would you do such a thing?" 
"Because my daddy says you're one of the poorest speakers we've ever had."
Hit close to home? Give us some feedback on last week's service here.
Committee of Chairs meets TONIGHT 12/3 @ 5:30pm - please see your email or reach out to vicepresident@uufranklin.org for more information.
 - From Warren
How about some dancing to bring in the holiday season.

Did you enjoy the Back Cantata? Here is another full of Bach's counterpoint.
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And to think, Back wrote such complex cantatas for a Sunday Service!!!
How about you? Would you like to share a link to your insirational music, art, drama, etc.?? Send it to Shalimar Anderson - commschair@uufranklin.org
A rich tapestry of ideas and Sunday Service offerings comes from a diverse pool of speakers - and we're always seeking new speakers for our special Sundays together. Please, if you know someone who might make a great speaker for some future Sunday, ask them to fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVbFSSpwbAy8vLhaUUAQ9i5Be-AIiJqaA9i4dD6zNOZySFhA/viewform?usp=sf_link

We at UU Franklin LOVE our in-house musicians, but we're always welcoming of guest musicians to help ensure variety of sounds throughout the year. Please, if you know a talented musician and think they might like to join us some Sunday, ask them to fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd1CRZwNzbOmVgHum306-7iGDQ1pYzHtHJvpbICBnYMXJ2i4w/viewform?usp=sf_link
Henry has landed in Hawai'i and is enjoying paradise alongside his son. We ask that a little love gets sent his way -- his Birthday is approaching (12/21) and a card or letter would be most welcome. Please send to:
RR2-4643
Pahoa, Hawaii 96778
This amusing retelling of the Night Before Christmas from 1959 is dripping with Beat stylings and hep lingo - 
Satchmo delights with this classic from 1953 -

Get savvy to this boomin' boogie -


But my absolute fav (that's fit for print in the UU View anyway) is this gem from The Sonics (1965) - 

Let it be known - Shalimar LOVES The Sonics!

3. Service Week 12/13/2020




BOARD MEETING THIS SUNDAY FOLLOWING SERVICE


unday Service Information

Sermon Title: What Would the Swami Say?

Join us on Sunday, December 13th at 11am as we are visited by Reverend Sally Beth Shore

In 1893, Swami Vivekananda, representing the Hindu faith, opened the World's Parliament of Religions (an adjunct to the Chicago World's Fair) with a message of tolerance and inclusivity. Invited by the Secretary of the Conference, the tireless Unitarian stalwart Rev. Jenkin Lloyd Jones, Vivekananda thereafter would spend several years touring the United States and is credited with bringing Hinduism and Yoga to the West. A polymath and keenly aware of the political problems of his age, Vivekananda achieved remarkable success reinterpreting Hinduism and ancient Vedism. His was a radical message of unity, based on and understanding that Divinity resides in each of us. What would the teacher have to say to us in our times?


Reverend Sally Beth Shore: Since being called to the UU Ministry, Rev. Sally Beth Shore has pastored UU congregations in Black Mountain, Tryon and Hendersonville, Spartanburg, as well as serving as a UU College of Social Justice trip leader for several years. Ordained in 2013, Shore recently completed serving as the Interim Minister for the Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County in Brevard. In addition to her work as a pastor, Shore facilitates and trains Appreciative Inquiry. She is passionate about human potential and believes we usually find whatever it is we look for. She lives in Asheville with her husband of 29 years, Michael Shore. Find out more about her at SBsWonderWorks.com


Speaker: Reverend Sally Beth Shore

Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Martha Tree

Media: Gene Brown and Mike Holland

uture Speakers
Dec. 20 - Holiday Service - request a time slot here
Dec. 27 - John Bloom-Ramirez
Jan. 3 - John Snodgrass
Jan. - 10th Ann Bokma
oining Us on Sunday

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
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FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
Joys and Concerns
Selma expresses a great joy for her little doggie. <3
Becky reports a joy that Henry is settled in, and doing well with his son in Hawai'i
We are asked to keep the Ericksons in our hearts as they have a son-in-law that has tested positive for Covid-19
ecember Birthdays
Lynn Roe -Dec 3!
Charlie Brown - Dec 11!
Henry Horton - Dec 21!

Did we miss someone? Let us know! commschair@uufranklin.org
ometown Holliday Gathering - Signup Here!

Sunday December 20th @ 6pm

A Hometown Holiday Gathering

via Zoom

Winter solstice has always been a time of celebration and community engagement. As we approach the longest nights of the year, cultures around the world celebrate with festivals of lights, love, and merry-making. You are cordially invited to an open mic holiday gathering with UU Franklin. Please come to a special evening service and share a story, poem, song, memory or smile with us. Click here to reserve your time with the Master of Ceremonies
peaker and Musician Interest Forms
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form -

General Speaker Interest Form
ard Drive for Henry - A Call to Action!
Henry has landed in Hawai'i and is enjoying paradise alongside his son. We ask that a little love gets sent his way -- his Birthday is approaching (12/21) and a card or letter would be most welcome. Please send to:
RR2-4643
Pahoa, Hawaii 96778
pirituality Discussion

Spirituality Discussion: Sunday December 13th 9:30am-10:30am

 Our topic for this Sunday will be a follow-up from last month’s discussion about Pandemic Ethics.

 The ethical duty to avoid harming others is a well-recognized principle, balanced with personal liberty by the saying, "Your right to swing your fist ends where another person's nose begins".  But how could we persuade people that the principle applies to mask-wearing and other public health measures that may appear to infringe on personal liberty?  To what extent do the complexities of this virus complicate such efforts?

 Covid-19 is highly contagious, more so than flu, and is often spread by people who are not adhering to public health recommendations, do not have symptoms, and may never have symptoms.  These characteristics make the virus especially dangerous.  In addition, mask-wearing, while providing some protection for the wearer, primarily protects others, making mask-wearing more an altruistic action than a self-serving one.  The more mask layers there are between people, the greater the protection, so the argument that it is up to the people who care about the virus to protect themselves while others can do as they please does not seem ethically valid.

 Is the conflict between avoiding harm to others and personal liberty an ethical dilemma, or just an ethical tension, with the ethically correct action being clear but inconvenient?

 Are there legal implications?  A Supreme Court case in 1905, prompted by a smallpox outbreak in Massachusetts, confirmed a state's right to enact regulations to protect public health and safety.  Typhoid Mary was confined to an isolated bungalow in the early 1900s after she repeatedly refused to stop working as a cook and infected numerous people, some of whom died.  The Supreme Court case was also the basis for mandatory measles vaccinations in certain NYC zip codes in 2019. 

 How can the public be educated about this virus, given the current level of misinformation and denial?  Whose duty is that?  How can public cooperation with masks, social distancing, testing, and contact tracing be improved while we await widespread vaccination?

 Clicking the following link will bring you into the discussion:

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Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256



ocial Hour - Wednesday Evenings
Every Wednesday, we host a Social Hour at 6pm. Please join us for some UU company and conversation...

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 Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

ame Night

Game Night Saturday, December 12th, 6:30pm

 We will be having another game night starting at 6:30pm, but if you want to join us for dinner tune in at 6:00pm.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

For more information 828 524-3691

our Celebration Photos - A Call to Action!
Please join Warren and Shalimar in preparation for the Holiday program - your help only takes a few minutes, and is so very needed.
Each of us has photos from our family holiday celebrations. In a year like 2020, we could all use a little bit of warmth and nostalgia for the holiday celebrations of yesteryear. Recent photos, years-ago photos, and very very old photos -- please share some with us for presentation at our holiday gathering. When you send your pics (half dozen is plenty), be sure to name the people in the photo - we'll edit them together with a little music for a feature in the holiday program.
Email those wonderful photos here: photos@uufranklin.org
 Message from the Membership Chair, Bonnie
12/08/2020

Warmest greetings to all!

It is during this time of our pandemic I find myself especially grateful for my membership and connection with this congregation. That's going some 20 years back!  I feel that although we are small in number, we are made up of good hearts and minds. We're not a perfect group but we try to learn from the 'errors of our ways' and we really want to be here both for each other and for the greater good. 

Please contact me with any questions you may have about m
Hoping we can meet in person before too many more months go by. In the meantime, I so enjoy getting to attend our Zoom services (thank you, Gene and Mike for facilitating these!)  I wish everyone wellness, warmth, and enough food on your table during this unusual holiday season. 

<3
Bonnie
membershipchair@uufranklin.org
reventing Cabin Fever - From Warren 
from Warren: This is reminiscent of a siciliana, a dance from Sicily.
Why does is sound like Christmas music? Like a piece from the Missiah?
It is the last movement from Corelli's Christmas Concerto, the Pastoral. 

 
If watched and enjoyed the Zorba Greek dancing?  Thy this


How about you?  Would you like to share a link to your inspirational music, art, drama, etc. ??  Send it to Shalimar Anderson <chairofcomm@uufranklin.org>
ge of Aquarius - Final Activation
To follow up on the comments made by Diana last week, John Fraser is sharing this video regarding the Age of Aquarius
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHPqbbOv-Q4&feature=emb_title
oats from the Sanctuary
Here are some coats that were left in the sanctuary closet. Due to some tech shifting, we need these coats to go home to their owners ASAP. Please contact treasurer@uufranklin.org to arrange pickup of your long lost coat!


icture Day is Coming
Greetings,
In an effort to produce an updated Member Directory, Gene and Shalimar will be hosting a socially-distanced Picture Day! We will be asking members to swing by the Sanctuary in January to have a picture taken. More information will be posted in the following weeks. We will have at least two dates in January to have your picture taken -- start planning your outfit now. :-)
-Shalimar
azzy and Rockin' Yuletide
Let's start things off with a racy little Christmas bop!

Let's keep the theme going with some more romantic vibes...

Now for something a bit more somber... 

Now let's round it out with the hardest workin man in show business...


Honorable mention, but perhaps a little too risque for the View (so links not included):
Santa's Secret by Johnny Guarnieri (Savoy Christmas Blues comp)
Santa Baby by Rev Run and the Christmas All Stars (this is a hip hop jam that SLAPS)


4. Service Week 12/20/2020




Sunday Service Information

Hometown Holiday Gathering

Join us on Sunday, December 20th at 6pm for our special Holiday Program

What a year it has been! With social distancing and Covid-19 many of us are missing our families and warm holiday celebrations. That's why we've put together a special evening of performances by... ourselves! This week's service will feature live and pre-recorded songs, stories, poems, and more. Plenty of space for impromptu sharing, and community participation. This week's session will not be broadcast to facebook -- it's just for Zoom. Be sure to mark your calendar and join us in celebration of the season, our beloved community, and the drawing to a close of 2020.

Want to get involved? request a time slot here

More Ways to help:

A Request of All Members: Please email some (1-3) holiday-themed photos of UUFF Friends and Family to warrenriley@yahoo.com for a slide presentation during our program. Recent, or vintage - we'd love to see and share!

URGENT CALL TO ACTION: A Volunteer is needed to assist with cleaning the sanctuary before the Sunday broadcast. Anyone with an hour to spare is asked to email, call, or text Mike Holland: worshipchair@uufranklin.org 


Speakers and Musicians: Various UUFF Members and Friends

Master of Ceremonies: Mike Holland

Media: Gene Brown and Mike Holland

uture Speakers
Dec. 27 - John Bloom-Ramirez
Jan. 3 - John Snodgrass
Jan. - 10th Ann Bokma
oining Us on Sunday

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
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FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
ecember Birthdays
Lynn Roe -Dec 3!
Charlie Brown - Dec 11!
Henry Horton - Dec 21!
unday Interest Forms
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
ometown Holliday Gathering - Signup Here!

Sunday December 20th @ 6pm

A Hometown Holiday Gathering

via Zoom

Winter solstice has always been a time of celebration and community engagement. As we approach the longest nights of the year, cultures around the world celebrate with festivals of lights, love, and merry-making. You are cordially invited to an open mic holiday gathering with UU Franklin. Please come to a special evening service and share a story, poem, song, memory or smile with us. Click here to reserve your time with the Master of Ceremonies
 - a Tech Closet Treasure!

Submitted by Donn Erickson

Things are Happening

 As we are moving our broadcast capabilities to the fellowship, a counter top was needed to support our control equipment.  A counter top was created by Tom and Donn from a counter once owned by Henry.  Just another way that Henry will remain a part of our fellowship.


Game Night Saturday, December 19th, 6:30pm

 We will be having another game night starting at 6:30pm, but if you want to join us for dinner tune in at 6:00pm.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

 Phone: 312 626 6799


Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

 For more information 828 524-3691

Listening Suggestions

Are we ready for some cool Christmas carols?
 
 
The King's Singers do that so well. 

Pastorals like last week's are found in almost all Baroque Christmas works.
The Messiah for one.  Here is my favorite from Bach's Christmas Oratorio
 
 
After all Silent Night is a pastoral in a siciliana rhythm!!

How about you?  What is your favorite Christmas carol??  Send it to Shalimar Anderson <chairofcomm@uufranklin.org>

A UU Funny

A UU board member sheepishly confided to a Presbyterian friend, "At times, our minister holds discussion with himself!  It is really disconcerting."  The friend replied, "No worries! Our minister talks to himself all the time not realizing it.  He thinks we are listening."

28th Concert in the Name of Love

Sunday, December 20th
11:00 AM Pacific Time
Via Zoom
Cost $5.00

 
 
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5. Service Week 12/27/2020




Sunday Service Information

Story for All Ages

Join us on Sunday, December 27th at 11am

Hope, in these times, is perhaps the only thing we have. How can we strengthen our sense of hopefulness, and from where can we draw inspiration?


Erik Halseth is a seminarian studying remotely in the MDiv program at Starr King School for the Ministry and living in Southern California. He comes from a long line of religious activists and rablerousers. Busy with raising his young son, he occasionally gets a moment to jot down a poem here or there. While studying long ago in the Writing and Literature program at UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies, he swore he’d never be a poet.


Speaker: Erik Halseth 

Musicians: Sarah Harkins 

Service Leader: Mike Holland

Media: Gene Brown and Mike Holland

Future Speakers

Jan. 3 - John Snodgrass
Jan. - 10th Ann Bokma
oining Us on Sunday

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
ecember Birthdays
Lynn Roe -Dec 3!
Charlie Brown - Dec 11!
Henry Horton - Dec 21!
unday Interest Forms
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
ontemplative Dialog this Sunday @9:30

Contemplative Dialog

Sunday Dec 27th - 9:30-10:30am

There will be another zoom Contemplative Dialog session this Sunday from 9:30-10:30am.  

Please join:

By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

 This program is open to all and we hope you can join us.  Bring a friend.  No reservations necessary.  828 524-3691.

ometown Holiday Gathering REVISITED!

Several Folks have asked to re-watch some of the performances from our special holiday service. Here are some of those in case you missed it...


Sandi Erickson in For the Long Night

 

 

And the original by Dane Zane

 

 


Missing a performance you'd like to see again? email commschair@uufranklin.org

Game Night Saturday, December 26th, 6:30pm

 We will be having another game night starting at 6:30pm, but if you want to join us for dinner tune in at 6:00pm.

 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

 Phone: 312 626 6799


Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

 For more information 828 524-3691

Christmas Jokes and Listening (from Warren)

“Lessons from A Christmas Tree” ~ Jane Lee Logan
  1. Be a light in the darkness.
  2. We all fall over sometimes.
  3. You can never wear too much glitter.
  4. Bring joy to others.
  5. Sparkle and twinkle as much as possible.
  6. It is okay to be a little tilted.

I hinted to my wife that I missed all those wonderful sugary Christmas baked goods.
This week she responded by buying the pecan sandies made with sugar instead of sugarfree. 
Oh well ...

Santa's helpers do not like to be called subordinate clauses.  

Christmas is on the twenty-fifth day of December (Dec.).  Twenty-five is represented in our decimal (Dec.) system by 25 (2x10+5=25).  If twenty-five were written in the Octal (Oct.) system, it would be written 31. (3x8+1=31); therefore: Dec. 25 = Oct. 31
OK.  Have your grandchild explain it to you.  lol

End of Jokes 

My listening suggestion for the UU View this week...

Instead of recommending a single work/performance, here are suggestions for your Christmas evening.  The first can be use as background for your Christmas dinner with little activity on the screen. 
 
 

This second one you might want to sit down and watch as you have that quiet after dinner eggnog.
 
 

If Christmas is just not complete without Handel's Messiah, here is my recommendation.
 
  
This is the Christmas part of the Messiah.  Did you know there is an Easter part too?

If you especially liked the King's Singers acappella Christmas carols, you might like
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p12FZdcxyX0  The Swingle Singer's Christmas music. 

I am wishing you a very Happy and safe Christmas and may 2021 be a wonderful year for you!


6. Service Week 1/3/2021




unday Service Information

Novelty

Join us on Sunday, January 3rd at 11am

This winter of isolation and division is a good time to curl up with a good novel. We'll be celebrating the power of the novel to connect us with distant times and places, distant friends and relatives, and the compassion within ourselves.


John Snodrass is a Unitarian preacher, professor, and has written numerous books including the novel "Thirteenth Moon"


Speaker: John Snodrass 

Musicians: Warren Riley and First Unitarian Brooklyn Choir

Service Leader: Mike Holland

Media: Gene Brown and Mike Holland and Shalimar Saunders

uture Speakers

Jan. - 10th Ann Bokma
oining Us on Sunday

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
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        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
anuary Birthdays?
Know a Jan Birthday? Send infor to commschair@uufranklin.org
unday Interest Forms
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
ircle Dinner

Zoom Circle Dinner

Friday, Jan 8th, 6:30 pm

There will be another zoom Circle Dinner session next Friday from 9:30-10:30am. Come join us for our first zoom circle dinner of 2021.  Everyone can participate!!!  The plan is to go to the zoom meeting (via computer or telephone) links listed below, at 6:30pm to gather.  We can then breakout into small groups and enjoy conversation as we consume our dinners.

Please join:

By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

All are welcome, including pets! No nighttime driving! No designated driver!  828 524-3691.

ometown Holiday Gathering REVISITED!

Several Folks have asked to re-watch some of the performances from our special holiday service. Here are some of those in case you missed it...


Sandi Erickson in For the Long Night

 

 

And the original by Dane Zane

 

 


Missing a performance you'd like to see again? email commschair@uufranklin.org

Joke of the week: "The Christians stole the winter solstice from the Pagans, and capitalism stole it from the Christiants" quote by George Monbiot. Apparently, there are some sneaky UUs out there that would like to steal the Winter Solstice back again. 
Listening Suggestion: from Warren:  Could there be a proper New Year's celebration without Auld Lang Syne? Burn's song is in that a mix of English and Scottish brogue.  Are you sure you know what it is about?    
First listen to this more authentic version: 
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX47kd9L6oc 
If you want to know more about it.  
 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xWxyxsVAsQ   
One item that is rarely mentioned:  The melody used today is not the one to which Burns wrote his words.  I repeat: May 2021 be a wonderful and healthy year for all of you and yours!

7. Service Week 1/10/2021



Committee of Chairs Meeting Tonight 1/7/21

Chairpersons, please check your email for details.


Please join us Sunday January 10th at 11am ET for

Lessons From My Year of Living Spiritually: 
A secular quest for a more soulful life.

By Anne Bokma

Description: "The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." wrote the poet Emily Dickinson. Anne shares insights from her journey away from the fundamentalist church of her youth as well as her whirlwind year of experimenting with two dozen spiritual practices from singing to solitude to going to a witch camp and heading out on a pilgrimage -- and how they taught her to live more attentively and authentically in the world. All of us are on a spiritual journey yet so often we neglect this essential aspect of our lives.


Anne Bokma is an award-winning journalist and author of the new memoir, My Year of Living Spiritually: One Woman's Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life, which Oprah magazine columnist Martha Beck has described as "an engaging, entertaining, well-researched romp through the many variations of non-religious spiritual practice."

Anne is also the founder and host of Hamilton's popular 6-Minute Memoir live storytelling event and 6-Minute Memoir Online Writing Workshop Series, which is designed to help people select, shape and share a true story from their life. You can find out more about Ann and sign up for her monthly e-newsletter at annebokma.com Anne is a member of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada.


Image of Anne Bokma next to the cover of her recently published memoir.


Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Penny Brewster

Storyteller: Sandi Erickson

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland, Shalimar Anderson


GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
Jan 17th - Holley Ulbrich
Jan 24th - Reverend Dr. Edward Frost
Jan 31st - Reverend Tracie Barrett
Jan 2nd - Sue Ann Reisdorph
Jan 8th - Janice Schroeder
Jan 10th - Danna Fewell
Jan 15th - Donn Erickson
Jan 19th - John Fraser
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for me.
Each week, UUFF hosts a Wednesday night Drop-In Zoom social session beginning at 6:30.
I will update with the link and joining details once I confirm them. -Shalimar
For those of you 75 and older living in Macon Co., if you're interested in signing up to get the COVID vaccine, call the county Health Department at (828) 349-2081, OPTION 8 to leave a callback number for scheduling as more vaccine becomes available.
In an effort to produce an updated member directory, Gene and Shalimar will be holding an OUTDOOR picture day at the Sanctuary January 23rd at 2pm until 4pm.
Pictures will be staged near the Sanctuary Door.
Folks will be asked to stay in their cars as they wait for their turn.
Mask wearing will be expected right up until it's time to say "Cheese."
Please plan to get all gussied up and head over for your glamour shot! <3
If, like me, you have been avoiding the news because of the chaos at the Capitol then you should be warned -- SNOW IS COMING!
It's expected to start late tonight (Thursday) and continue all day Friday into Saturday. Please get your essentials and be prepared for poor road conditions.

If you become endangered by the snow, or need assistance with heat, food, etc. Please call Becky or Shalimar.

Spirituality Discussion – This Sunday, January 10th, 9:30-10:30am

Our next 2nd Sunday, monthly zoom meeting of Spirituality Discussion will be this Sunday.  

The topic will be:

Charles Eisenstein in his book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, says that we are transitioning from a Story of Separation to a Story of Interbeing where we will be broadening our perspectives from our individual selves to one of community where we will gain as those around us gain and lose as those around us lose. 

Recognizing that fulfillment is an important part of wellbeing, how will your means of achieving fulfillment change as we shift from a Story of Separation to a Story of Interbeing?

Clicking the following link will bring you into the discussion:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

 By Phone:  312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

This program is open to all and we hope you can join us.  Bring a friend.  No reservations necessary.  All input is respected and appreciated.  We learn from each other, get to know each other and build community.   828 524-3691.

This week has been very challenging for those of us grieving the loss of two key community members. In lieu of our typical jokes and song selections, I'm choosing to share some resources for our grieving fellowship. 
https://good-grief.org/resources/

Book Reading and Discussion -The Chalice and the Blade 

 John Snodgrass’s sermon prompted us to go ahead with a winter read. At Coffee Hour we decided: 
Who: Anyone who wants to read and discuss the book. Nine people expressed interest so far. 
What: Nonfiction book The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler (Not the paranormal romance novel by Glenna McReynolds.) 

Where: Zoom When: Saturday, Jan 30, 4-5 pm, and 1-2 additional sessions TBD. 

Why: To get to know each other better through shared discussion and to learn more about matriarchal societies. 
How: Tentative plan is to cover about 1/3 of the book in each of 3, one-hour discussions. The book is available at some libraries, many secondhand outlets, online audio and e-read outlets including Internet Archives or https://centerforpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Jan_Garrett_Chalice-and-the-Blade.pdf
 Please let Donn or Sandi know if you will be participating so we can coordinate logistics with you: SandiDonn2@yahoo.com.

8. Service Week 1/17/2021




Please join us Sunday January 17th at 11am ET for

Civic Virtue: How to Love A Country

By Holley Ulbrich

Description: What does our liberal faith teach us about how to be a good, engaged, effective citizen of our national community? The answers come in part from an old form of ethics, originating with Aristotle and revived in the 20th century, that suggest that our attitudes, our habits of the heart, are more useful than reason and argument in pointing the the way.


Holly Ulbrich is a frequent pulpit guest at UUFF and long-time member of the Clemson Fellowship. She is a retired Clemson University economist with a Master's degree in theology from Candler School of Theology at Emory. She has been preaching and leading worship for 45 years, starting as a Lutheran and retooled for the last 30 years as a UU. In retirement, she remains active in public policy work, currently in her fourth and final year as co-president of the Leave of Women Voters of South Carolina.




Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Martha Tree and Selma Sparks

Storyteller: Sandi Erickson

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland, Shalimar Anderson


GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
Jan 24th - Reverend Dr. Edward Frost
Jan 31st - Reverend Tracie Barrett
Feb 7th - TBA
Feb 14th - Gregory Carrow Boyd
Jan 2nd - Sue Ann Reisdorph
Jan 8th - Janice Schroeder
Jan 10th - Danna Fewell
Jan 15th - Donn Erickson
Jan 19th - John Fraser
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
 - and note about UUView publication
In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for me.
Moreover, I am shifting the UUView publication timeframe. Getting the view together for Thursday publication is not aligned with my schedule at all. I am going to start producing the view on Sunday evenings for publication Monday mornings. Please have any submissions for the view in by the end of coffee hour (around 1pm) on Sundays.
Each week, UUFF hosts a Wednesday night Drop-In Zoom social session beginning at 6:30.
I will update with the link and joining details once I confirm them. -Shalimar
More information is emerging about the County Health Department's vaccine rollout. IT IS A MULTI-STEP PROCESS that takes time and effort -- best to get a jump on things now.
Anyone (not just those over 75) can call the Macon county Health Department at (828) 349-2081, OPTION 8 to leave a callback number for scheduling as more vaccine becomes available.
It is advised that you call soon. Once you get a callback, you will be asked to fill out a registration form. Once the form is filled out, you will wait for another call for scheduling.
In an effort to produce an updated member directory, Gene and Shalimar will be holding an OUTDOOR picture day at the Sanctuary January 23rd at 2pm until 4pm.
Pictures will be staged near the Sanctuary Door.
Folks will be asked to stay in their cars as they wait for their turn.
Mask wearing will be expected right up until it's time to say "Cheese."
Please plan to get all gussied up and head over for your glamour shot! <3
olunteer Opportunities with UU Franklin

Calling all UUs!

Brace yourself for a bit of a truth bomb...

Our beloved Fellowship doesn't run on pixie dust and well-wishes. I know, I know, it's shocking. 

Several key people put in hours and hours each week to ensure Sunday Services keep happening, this newsletter goes out, the grounds are kept up during this time away from our sanctuary, and that we continue to hold a place in the hearts and minds of our community. You know who they are -- Mike, Gene, Becky, Sandi, Donn, Warren, Me (Shalimar), the Mearas...
But we need more help. We want to take time away, but we can't without letting our whole fellowship down. Please, consider giving the gift of your time and talents. Training is provided, and Covid precautions are in place.

Right now we have immediate need of volunteers in these critical areas:

  1. Flowers for the sanctuary each Sunday
  2. Service leaders
  3. Storytime readers
  4. Musical Guests
  5. Leaders for contemplative dialog and spirituality discussions
  6. RE Course facilitators
  7. Social Media managers and relief UU View editors
If you've been looking for something to help keep you busy, please reach out to vicepresident@uufranklin.org and express your interest!
Remember - Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and community is its goal. Our great covenant absolutely includes service. Reach out today to help one another!


Committee of Chairs (CoC)

Thursday 1/21/21 (palindrome day!) at 5pm via zoom

Chairpersons -- please see your email for joining information and agenda as the day approaches. Remember - budgets are DUE Feb 2nd at noon.

ducational Opportunities with UUs from all over
A couple great zoom events are coming up. Here's what's on the calendar...

  • The Struggle for Unitarian Universalism: Defending our Seven Principles. 
    • A conversation led by The Religious Professional Task Force of the UU Multiracial Unity Action Council. Via zoom 2/6/21 3-5 Central Time
    • RSVP by noon on Feb 6th uumuac@gmail.com cost is $10 for non UUMUAC members.
/ Stir Crazy
This section of the UU View is for music and jokes. These are submitted by fellowship members throughout the week. If you have a song or joke suggestion, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/5mNjmt3uBJcYpNju6
Your suggestion will be reviewed and added.
This week we have several submissions.
First up is from Olga -
 
 
Next is from Danna -
 
 
Lastly a joke submitted by Warren - 
A woman attended a UU service for the first time.  The theme was gender equality.  She was so impressed that the church's attention to the subject that as she shook the pastor's hand on the way out the door she said, "That was the best damn service I have ever attended."   The preacher explained that although the UUs are liberal, they do not condone cursing, especially in sanctuary.  The woman then ranted, that the damn Christian churches didn't give a damn about the gender equality.  The minister responded that our principle of UUs is the respect for others and their religion and cursing them was disrespectful.  "And reverend, that was the most uplifting damn sermon I ever heard!"
Things were getting tense. 
The Reverend again replied, "Thank you ma'am, but please, I'd appreciate it if you didn't phrase it with profanity." The perplexed minister kept trying to break away. The woman continued, "The whole service was so damn good, I put $500 in the collection plate."
The minister gasped and whispered in her ear, "Well I'll be goddamned!?  I sure hope you come again soon." 

9. Service Week 1/24/2021




Please join us Sunday January 24th at 11am ET for

The Mystical Layer

By Rev. Dr. Edward Frost

Description: There are levels to reality and there are mystical experiences. Dr Frost will relate some of his own. He will make a case to leave room in your life for things not explicable by science and to explore what life can be beyond “reality”.


Rev. Dr. Edward Frost is the Senior Minister Emeritus of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, where he served from 1989 to his retirement in 2005.

Following graduation from seminary, Dr. Frost received degrees from Boston University and Meadville/Lombard at the University of Chicago.  He is the father of three adult children and four grandchildren.


Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Elizabeth Gordon, Sandi Erickson

Storyteller: Sandi Erickson

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland


GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook

Jan 31st - Reverend Tracie Barrett
Feb 7th - Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal
Feb 14th - Gregory Carrow Boyd
Jan 2nd - Sue Ann Reisdorph
Jan 8th - Janice Schroeder
Jan 10th - Danna Fewell
Jan 15th - Donn Erickson
Jan 19th - John Fraser
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
 - and note about UUView publication
In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for me.
Moreover, I am shifting the UUView publication timeframe. Getting the view together for Thursday publication is not aligned with my schedule at all. I am going to start producing the view on Sunday evenings for publication Monday mornings. Please have any submissions for the view in by the end of coffee hour (around 1pm) on Sundays.

Looking for a mid-week hangout? Join the Wednesday night social!

By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

By Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

This Sunday (4th Sunday) - Contemplative Dialog 9:30-10:30am

There will be another zoom, Contemplative Dialog session this Sunday from 9:30-10:30am. 

 Please join: By Computer: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09 

 By Phone: 312 626 6799 

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253 

Passcode: 579256 

 This program is open to all and we hope you can join us. Bring a friend. No reservations necessary. 828 524-3691.

In an effort to produce an updated member directory, Gene and Shalimar will be holding an OUTDOOR picture day at the Sanctuary January 23rd at 2pm until 4pm.
Pictures will be staged near the Sanctuary Door.
Folks will be asked to stay in their cars as they wait for their turn.
Mask wearing will be expected right up until it's time to say "Cheese."
Please plan to get all gussied up and head over for your glamour shot! <3
olunteer Opportunities with UU Franklin

Calling all UUs!

Brace yourself for a bit of a truth bomb...

Our beloved Fellowship doesn't run on pixie dust and well-wishes. I know, I know, it's shocking. 

Several key people put in hours and hours each week to ensure Sunday Services keep happening, this newsletter goes out, the grounds are kept up during this time away from our sanctuary, and that we continue to hold a place in the hearts and minds of our community. You know who they are -- Mike, Gene, Becky, Sandi, Donn, Warren, Me (Shalimar), the Mearas...
But we need more help. We want to take time away, but we can't without letting our whole fellowship down. Please, consider giving the gift of your time and talents. Training is provided, and Covid precautions are in place.

Right now we have immediate need of volunteers in these critical areas:

  1. Flowers for the sanctuary each Sunday
  2. Service leaders
  3. Storytime readers
  4. Musical Guests
  5. Leaders for contemplative dialog and spirituality discussions
  6. RE Course facilitators
  7. Social Media managers and relief UU View editors
If you've been looking for something to help keep you busy, please reach out to vicepresident@uufranklin.org and express your interest!
Remember - Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and community is its goal. Our great covenant absolutely includes service. Reach out today to help one another!

Committee of Chairs (CoC)

Thursday 1/21/21 (palindrome day!) at 5pm via zoom

Chairpersons -- please see your email for joining information and agenda as the day approaches. Remember - budgets are DUE Feb 2nd at noon.

oom Game Night this Saturday!

UUFF Zoom Game Night! Saturday, January 23rd, 6:30pm 

We will be playing board games via zoom and an online program. Zoom-in at 6:00pm if you want to join us for dinner. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09  
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253 
Passcode: 579256 
For details: SandiDonn2@yahoo.com or 828 524-3691
Cabin Fever/ Stir Crazy
This section of the UU View is for music and jokes. These are submitted by fellowship members throughout the week. If you have a song or joke suggestion, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/5mNjmt3uBJcYpNju6
Your suggestion will be reviewed and added.
This week we have several submissions.
First, is a couple music selection from Shalimar - 

These are some of my favorite jams from African artists...

This is a quintessential morning song for me. Perfect for sipping coffee and reading headlines... or remembering the feeling of home. It's jazzy and introspective..


 

 

Next is a track that haunts me (in the best way). I was introduced to it on a compilation called "Africa and the Blues" that really blew my mind the first play through. This track is groovin' but unassuming and though it has plenty of twang, it's likely to have your hips swaying before long.


 

 

This next jam is pure confectionary. The delightful, beat-driven, funky bass line, two-stepping, classic with some English lyrics is likely to get stuck in your head.


 

 



Next is a music selection from Warren -
Bach!, and we think of his monumental sacred choral works. Notable is this secular even humorous cantata. Plot spoiler: The father incensed that his daughter is imbibing in strong drink, coffee!!! Desperate the father even appeals to her hormones! If she gives up coffee, ...? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nifUBDgPhl4 Some of Bach's most appealing melodies come from this work. It is worth the whole 25 minutes.
 
 
Lastly a couple of jokes submitted by Warren - 
In a UU Fellowship George was selected to organize an ecology focus group. He assigned Grace and Kathryn to root out materials in the library, Roger to do research on the Internet, Mary to look for a local speaker, Lesly will write up the report. George, himself will bring the snacks.
----
A middle sized UU congregation had just moved into an older Catholic church building that they had recently bought late in the year. With all of the moving in and decorating for Christmas they had not carefully explored the steeple, but they could see it had a bell. At the LRY New Year’s Eve party a youth enthusiastically asked the minister if he could ring the bell. The minister full of the moment and more than one glass of wine said, “Sure give it a try.” The youth scurried up the ladder tripped on the last rung, did a face plant on the bell, it rang out loudly, but unfortunately, he fell down the shaft was knocked cold. Only then did the minister realize he had never seen this kid at any church activity. He called over the LRY director and asked, “Who is this kid .” The LRY director replied, “I don’t know his name, but his face rings a bell.”

Thank you for remembering Dan. Thank you to everyone who has been in touch to offer comfort and share memories of Dan. It means so much and touches me deeply. -Mary

10. Service Week 1/31/2021




Please join us Sunday January 31th at 11am ET for

Are We Aware

By Rev. Tracie Barrett

Description: "Are We Aware?" We as Unitarian Universalists are not immune from the issues of racism and privilege. Rev. Tracie Barrett explores our history, our present, and what our future could be as we become more aware.


Reverend Tracie Barrett lives in Winter Springs, Florida and considers herself to be a UU Evangelist, sharing the good news about our liberal faith. She is the Minister of Ritual and Liturgy for Soul Fire - a Unitarian Universalist Ministry, an experimental, experiential, ever-expansive digital ministry focused on worship and retreat functions rooted in Unitarian Universalist values. In addition to her duties at Soul.Fire, she creates and provides workshops for congregations and groups of individuals. She is also pursuing a Doctor of Ministry at United Theological School with a focus on revitalizing congregations.


Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Mike Holland

Storyteller: Annette Watlington

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland


GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook

Feb 7th - Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal
Feb 14th - Gregory Carrow Boyd
Feb 21st - Greg Greenway
Feb 28th - Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs
March 7th - John Snodgrass
March 14th - Freeman Owle

Jan 2nd - Sue Ann Reisdorph
Jan 8th - Janice Schroeder
Jan 10th - Danna Fewell
Jan 15th - Donn Erickson
Jan 19th - John Fraser
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
 - and note about UUView publication
In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for me.
Moreover, I am shifting the UUView publication timeframe. Getting the view together for Thursday publication is not aligned with my schedule at all. I am going to start producing the view on Sunday evenings for publication Monday mornings. Please have any submissions for the view in by the end of coffee hour (around 1pm) on Sundays.

Looking for a mid-week hangout? Join the Wednesday night social!

By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

By Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

Saturday's Picture Day went well! The weather was amazing, and about 20 members came through for their official picture! An impromptu outdoor, masked, hangout was had and enjoyed by all! It was so lovely to see so many beloved folks. Stay tuned for information on our next Picture Day at the sanctuary.
olunteer Opportunities with UU Franklin

Calling all UUs!

Brace yourself for a bit of a truth bomb...

Our beloved Fellowship doesn't run on pixie dust and well-wishes. I know, I know, it's shocking. 

Several key people put in hours and hours each week to ensure Sunday Services keep happening, this newsletter goes out, the grounds are kept up during this time away from our sanctuary, and that we continue to hold a place in the hearts and minds of our community. You know who they are -- Mike, Gene, Becky, Sandi, Donn, Warren, Me (Shalimar), the Mearas...
But we need more help. We want to take time away, but we can't without letting our whole fellowship down. Please, consider giving the gift of your time and talents. Training is provided, and Covid precautions are in place.

Right now we have immediate need of volunteers in these critical areas:

  1. Flowers for the sanctuary each Sunday
  2. Service leaders
  3. Storytime readers
  4. Musical Guests
  5. Leaders for contemplative dialog and spirituality discussions
  6. RE Course facilitators
  7. Social Media managers and relief UU View editors
If you've been looking for something to help keep you busy, please reach out to vicepresident@uufranklin.org and express your interest!
Remember - Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and community is its goal. Our great covenant absolutely includes service. Reach out today to help one another!

Macon County Health Covid-19 Vaccination Process (Per a 1/21/21 zoom training session) 

All NC recipients of the vaccine must be registered in the NC Covid-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS.) 

Process: 

1. Register individually. 

2. Your information will be entered into the CVMS. 

3. You will be notified of which Priority Group you are in. 

4. You will call MCHD to schedule an appointment when your Group is eligible. Registration requires: your name, residency, contact information, ethnic info, health information as needed to determine your priority. 


To register you can: 

1. Use the MaconNC.org, “Individual On-Line Registration” option. A personal email address is required for this option. 

2. Call Drake’s call center: 828 524-1500, A personal email address is required for this option. 

3. With no email address, call MCHD call center: 828-349-2517, Option 2. It will take 4-5 business days from when you register for you to receive your Priority Group determination. You are responsible for finding out which Priority Group MCHD is scheduling and you must call MCHD 828-349-2517 to schedule an appointment for your first shot. MCHD is giving 200 shots/day (both 1st and 2nd.) The process seems to be influx. Other vaccination distribution opportunities are being discussed: hospitals, Ingles, Walgreens, etc. So, we need to pay attention for other opportunities.

ew Member! Welcome Megan!

Join Me in Welcoming Megan Van der Linde -

Megan joined about a week ago after 'Zooming' in for several visits recently. We are delighted you've joined our congregation and look forward to seeing you in person when we can, and via Zoom when we can't! We know you will enrich our fellowship and we hope you will find yourself stimulated, engaged, and connected to good folks and causes here!

/ Stir Crazy
This section of the UU View is for music and jokes. These are submitted by fellowship members throughout the week. If you have a song or joke suggestion, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/5mNjmt3uBJcYpNju6
Your suggestion will be reviewed and added.
This week we have several submissions.
First, is a music selection from Shalimar - 

This track feels soooooo  UU to me

 

 
Lyrics-

Do your thing!
Be fancy-free to call the tune you sing.
Don't give up!
That's not the way to win a loving cup.
Do your best,
and opportunity will do the rest.
Don't give in!
Capitulation is the greatest sin.
Do what's right,
what's right for you, to do with all your might.
Don't regret!
What might have been, you might as well forget.
Stand your ground,
and while you're standing there, be duty-bound.
Learn to wait,
and while you're waiting, learn to concentrate.
Make amends!
All enemies I call potential friends,
Calm your fears,
and hope to cope at least a hundred years.
Make your mark!
If need be, even make it in the dark.
Mum's the word!
My sage advice, pretend you haven't heard.


Next is a music selection from Warren -

The mechanics of a guitar concerto was difficult to execute before amplification. The guitar does not have the volume to be audible when a full orchestra is playing. Listen to the interesting ways the composer gets around this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQKrVbvUEhY  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQKrVbvUEhY  The Coffee Cantata was not Bach's only secular cantata. Here is one that features trumpets.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnhkPwFno0Y  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnhkPwFno0Y  

Lastly a joke submitted by Warren - 


Nescafe and the Lord’s Prayer 
The marketing Director of Nescafe manages to meet with the Pope at the Vatican. After receiving the papal blessing, the Nescafe official whispers: "Your Eminence, I have some business to discuss. We at Nescafe have an offer for you. Nescafe is prepared to donate $100 million to the church if you change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily coffee'."
The Pope looks outraged & thunders: "That is impossible. The Prayer is the word of the Lord. It must not be changed." "Well," says the Nescafe man somewhat chastened, "We anticipated your reluctance. For this reason, and the importance of the Lord's prayer to all Catholics, we will increase our offer to $300 million. All we require is that you change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily coffee'."
Again, even more sternly, the Pope replies, "That, my son, is impossible. For the prayer is the word of the Lord and it must not be changed."
Finally, the Nescafe Director says, "Your Holiness, we at Nescafe respect your adherence to the faith, we realize that tradition is essential to your beliefs, we fully understand the importance of the word of the Lord but we do have one final offer.

Please discuss it with your cardinals. We will donate $500 million to the great Catholic church if you could only change the Lord's Prayer from 'Give us this day our daily bread' to 'Give us this day our daily coffee'.
Please, please consider it. And he leaves.

The next day the Pope convenes the College of Cardinals.
"There is some Good news," he announces, "and some bad news!!"
“The good news is," he continues to a hushed assembly, “that the Church will get $500 million."
"And what is the bad news, your Holiness?" asks a Cardinal.
"Sadly", says the Pope, “We would have to lose the Wonder Bread account."

From the Membership Chair, Bonnie Gramlich
As a 20+ year member and as current chairperson of the Membership Committee I want to start this new year off by thanking each person who is a fellow Member. Your intentional engagement and support (in multiple ways!) of our small UU fellowship is truly appreciated. It seems especially important this year to me as I am so very grateful for having the fellowship and members and friends in my life.
If you are reading this and are not a Member but have questions about membership please do reach out to me for info. We value your interest and participation even as a visitor or friend and we want you to know we would love to have you join us! 
If you already are a Member, please consider joining our Membership Committee. I'm currently looking for assistance in a couple of ways:
The first is I would like 2 or 3 folks to be willing to sign into the Zoom Sunday service around 10:30 to welcome folks and to greet our visitors.
The second way is: I'm looking for a few more folks that have the time and interest to assist in checking in with our members by telephone during this time of pandemic. It feels right to try to reach out at this time. We do care for one another! 
So just let me know if you are interested in either way of strengthening our relationships with members and prospective members. Thank you! 
Bonnie Gramlich
membershipchair@uufranklin.org
bonnie.gramlich@gmail.com 828.342.0546 
This picture shows you how happy I will feel hearing from you soon!
several fireworks over a bridge. on the bridge ate dozens of people - all very small in the distnace


Hello! 

My name is Ivy Breivogel, and I am a senior Sociology/Anthropology student at Warren Wilson College. I was raised UU in Raleigh, NC and work at MountainCamp in Highlands. 
I'm currently conducting my Capstone research project, which is on how Unitarian Universalist religion and its members’ relationships with their religiosity are changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are willing to share your experience, please take this short survey! It will take about 5 minutes to complete. 
 Here is the survey link: https://forms.gle/8AVGGvm5UCGeKfCj8    
There is a question at the end to opt in to a follow-up interview. I'm looking for UUs of different ages, levels of involvement, and geographic location, so your input is important and will be very helpful! If you are willing to participate in an interview but do not want to take the initial survey, that’s fine too, just let me know! 
You can contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or anything else at ibreivogel.f18@warren-wilson.edu.
Thank you!!
The Memorial Garden is evolving as shown in this photo. Fall leaves were raked and concrete blocks moved to contour the land and to create planters for Spring flowers. Tom, Jim and Donn made the improvements on this past picture taking Saturday. 
 
Ideas are being sought for further improvements to the Memorial Garden. If you get a chance, stop by, enjoy the winter sun in the garden and give some thought as to what you think would make the garden more enjoyable. Please pass your ideas on to our Grounds Committee: Tricia and Tom.
We are planning another zoom circle dinner. 
• It’s easy - Everyone can participate from their own home. 
• It’s green - no fuel consumption.
• It’s efficient - no drive time.
• It’s safe - no designated drivers.
• It’s community building - get to know each other.
• It’s fun - food, drink and conversation. 
 The plan is to gather at the zoom meeting (via computer or telephone - links listed below,) at 5:00pm. We can then enjoy conversation as we consume the dinners we each prepare and the dishes we each wash. 
By Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
See you then. 828 524-3691 



When John Snodgrass spoke with us several Sundays ago, he mentioned how reading and discussing books together can broaden minds and build community. 
Some of us are reading the book he recommended: The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler. We will be discussing the first 7 chapters of the book this coming Saturday. All are welcome to participate in this discussion, but if you haven’t read the book, you will probably be listening most of the time and joining in the discussion of the general topics. The zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09 
In The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler proposes that there are two basic models on which human society can be based: the dominator model, in which hierarchies are created and preserved via force or aggression (the status quo), and the partnership model (which is equalitarian and cooperative), with human societies falling somewhere along a continuum. Eisler's book is an attempt to argue that dominator-based societies are not inevitable and that, in fact, early human civilizations were based overwhelmingly on partnership -- quite a strong claim. She suggests that something happened that shook up civilization and caused the shift to the now prevalent dominator model. 
A free .pdf copy of the book is available at: https://archive.org/stream/B-001-001-118/B-001-001-118_djvu.txt A very interesting book, but definitely not a beach read

11. Service Week 2/7/2021




Please join us Sunday February 7th at 11am ET for

Searching for Walden's Instagram

By Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal

Description: Henry David Thoreau is a much celebrated figure in Unitarian Universalist history. His rugged determination that led him to renounce the world and move to a small cabin where he would write Walden has served as an inspiration to generations of future Unitarian Universalists, although he may not seem to have much in common with the endless stream of social media influences that we see today. Join Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal for a discussion of how the two are more alike than they appear to be different.


Matthew Pargeter-Villarreal is a recent Masters of Divinity graduate from Brite Divinity School with a concentration in Sexual and Gender Justice and a Candidate for Ministry with the UUA. He also served as a Chaplain at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX. Matthew and his husband, Gabriel, are currently living in Comfort, TX.


Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Penny Brewster with Warren Riley

Storyteller: Jamie Thomas via video

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland


GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook

Feb 14th - Gregory Carrow Boyd
Feb 21st - Greg Greenway
Feb 28th - Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs
March 7th - John Snodgrass
March 14th - Freeman Owle

Feb 5th - Rose West
Feb 8th - Mike Holland AND Robert Kasten
Feb 15th - Tom Reisdorph
Feb 19th - Bill West
Feb 20th - Gene Brown
Feb 24th - Randy Martin
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form
 - and note about UUView publication
In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for me.
Moreover, I am shifting the UUView publication timeframe. Getting the view together for Thursday publication is not aligned with my schedule at all. I am going to start producing the view on Sunday evenings for publication Monday mornings. Please have any submissions for the view in by the end of coffee hour (around 1pm) on Sundays.

Looking for a mid-week hangout? Join the Wednesday night social!

By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

By Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

Come spread wood chips, be outside, have fun, see friends, we need YOU.
This Wednesday at the Sanctuary - 1pm
olunteer Opportunities with UU Franklin

Calling all UUs!

Brace yourself for a bit of a truth bomb...

Our beloved Fellowship doesn't run on pixie dust and well-wishes. I know, I know, it's shocking. 

Several key people put in hours and hours each week to ensure Sunday Services keep happening, this newsletter goes out, the grounds are kept up during this time away from our sanctuary, and that we continue to hold a place in the hearts and minds of our community. You know who they are -- Mike, Gene, Becky, Sandi, Donn, Warren, Me (Shalimar), the Mearas...
But we need more help. We want to take time away, but we can't without letting our whole fellowship down. Please, consider giving the gift of your time and talents. Training is provided, and Covid precautions are in place.

Right now we have immediate need of volunteers in these critical areas:

  1. Flowers for the sanctuary each Sunday
  2. Service leaders
  3. Storytime readers
  4. Musical Guests
  5. Leaders for contemplative dialog and spirituality discussions
  6. RE Course facilitators
  7. Social Media managers and relief UU View editors
If you've been looking for something to help keep you busy, please reach out to vicepresident@uufranklin.org and express your interest!
Remember - Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and community is its goal. Our great covenant absolutely includes service. Reach out today to help one another!

Macon County Health Covid-19 Vaccination Process (Per a 1/21/21 zoom training session) 

All NC recipients of the vaccine must be registered in the NC Covid-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS.) 

Process: 

1. Register individually. 

2. Your information will be entered into the CVMS. 

3. You will be notified of which Priority Group you are in. 

4. You will call MCHD to schedule an appointment when your Group is eligible. Registration requires: your name, residency, contact information, ethnic info, health information as needed to determine your priority. 


To register you can: 

1. Use the MaconNC.org, “Individual On-Line Registration” option. A personal email address is required for this option. 

2. Call Drake’s call center: 828 524-1500, A personal email address is required for this option. 

3. With no email address, call MCHD call center: 828-349-2517, Option 2. It will take 4-5 business days from when you register for you to receive your Priority Group determination. You are responsible for finding out which Priority Group MCHD is scheduling and you must call MCHD 828-349-2517 to schedule an appointment for your first shot. MCHD is giving 200 shots/day (both 1st and 2nd.) The process seems to be influx. Other vaccination distribution opportunities are being discussed: hospitals, Ingles, Walgreens, etc. So, we need to pay attention for other opportunities.

/ Stir Crazy
This section of the UU View is for music and jokes. These are submitted by fellowship members throughout the week. If you have a song or joke suggestion, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/5mNjmt3uBJcYpNju6
Your suggestion will be reviewed and added.

First is a music selection from Warren -

This is fun. A very unusual dramatization of various vocal works some opera some not. Produced on risers with orchestral and personal interaction.  
 
Don't try to follow a story. It is just a collection of vocal music. If you dislike the one playing skip ahead to the next.

Lastly a joke submitted by Warren - 

A middle-aged UU man was grocery shopping and a 20 something blonde catches his eye. She looks very familiar, but he can't remember where he met her. He moved in to speak with her, but she speaks first, "Hi - I think you're the father of one of my children." The guy freaks out. He says, "I've only cheated on my wife 3 times - in Vegas 5 years ago, in Orlando 4 years ago, and in Seattle 3 years ago. You look familiar, but I just can't remember. Who are you?" She says, "I'm your son's Sunday school teacher at All Souls UU."

From the Membership Chair, Bonnie Gramlich
As a 20+ year member and as current chairperson of the Membership Committee I want to start this new year off by thanking each person who is a fellow Member. Your intentional engagement and support (in multiple ways!) of our small UU fellowship is truly appreciated. It seems especially important this year to me as I am so very grateful for having the fellowship and members and friends in my life.
If you are reading this and are not a Member but have questions about membership please do reach out to me for info. We value your interest and participation even as a visitor or friend and we want you to know we would love to have you join us! 
If you already are a Member, please consider joining our Membership Committee. I'm currently looking for assistance in a couple of ways:
The first is I would like 2 or 3 folks to be willing to sign into the Zoom Sunday service around 10:30 to welcome folks and to greet our visitors.
The second way is: I'm looking for a few more folks that have the time and interest to assist in checking in with our members by telephone during this time of pandemic. It feels right to try to reach out at this time. We do care for one another! 
So just let me know if you are interested in either way of strengthening our relationships with members and prospective members. Thank you! 
Bonnie Gramlich
membershipchair@uufranklin.org
bonnie.gramlich@gmail.com 828.342.0546 
This picture shows you how happy I will feel hearing from you soon!
several fireworks over a bridge. on the bridge ate dozens of people - all very small in the distnace


Hello! 

My name is Ivy Breivogel, and I am a senior Sociology/Anthropology student at Warren Wilson College. I was raised UU in Raleigh, NC and work at MountainCamp in Highlands. 
I'm currently conducting my Capstone research project, which is on how Unitarian Universalist religion and its members’ relationships with their religiosity are changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are willing to share your experience, please take this short survey! It will take about 5 minutes to complete. 
 Here is the survey link: https://forms.gle/8AVGGvm5UCGeKfCj8    
There is a question at the end to opt in to a follow-up interview. I'm looking for UUs of different ages, levels of involvement, and geographic location, so your input is important and will be very helpful! If you are willing to participate in an interview but do not want to take the initial survey, that’s fine too, just let me know! 
You can contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or anything else at ibreivogel.f18@warren-wilson.edu.
Thank you!!
We are planning another zoom circle dinner. 
• It’s easy - Everyone can participate from their own home. 
• It’s green - no fuel consumption.
• It’s efficient - no drive time.
• It’s safe - no designated drivers.
• It’s community building - get to know each other.
• It’s fun - food, drink and conversation. 
 The plan is to gather at the zoom meeting (via computer or telephone - links listed below,) at 5:00pm. We can then enjoy conversation as we consume the dinners we each prepare and the dishes we each wash. 
By Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
See you then. 828 524-3691 

12. Service Week 2/14/21

Please join us Sunday February 14th at 11am ET for

"Nothing about Us without Us"

By Greg Carrow Boyd

Description: 

A service on Black Unitraian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist History.


Greg C Carrow-Boyd, MEd, is a Master Credentialed Religious Educator and Aspirant for ministry. He serves on the Board of Trustees of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). In this time of physical distancing, Greg misses hugs and movie theaters. Greg also works as the Coordinator for More Than Sex-Ed, a Greater LA-based sexuality education collective that brings the UUA- and United Church of Christ comprehensive sexuality education curriculum, Our Whole Lives, to schools, home school groups and the greater community.


Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Sandi Erickson and Greg Greenway

Storyteller: Martha Tree

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland


GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook

Feb 21st - Greg Greenway
Feb 28th - Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs
March 7th - John Snodgrass
March 14th - Freeman Owle
Feb 5th - Rose West
Feb 8th - Mike Holland AND Robert Kasten
Feb 15th - Tom Reisdorph
Feb 19th - Bill West
Feb 20th - Gene Brown
Feb 24th - Randy Martin
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form

In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for the View.

Looking for a mid-week hangout? Join the Wednesday night social!

By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

By Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

Calling all UUs!

Brace yourself for a bit of a truth bomb...

Our beloved Fellowship doesn't run on pixie dust and well-wishes. I know, I know, it's shocking. 

Several key people put in hours and hours each week to ensure Sunday Services keep happening, this newsletter goes out, the grounds are kept up during this time away from our sanctuary, and that we continue to hold a place in the hearts and minds of our community. You know who they are -- Mike, Gene, Becky, Sandi, Donn, Warren, Me (Shalimar), the Mearas...
But we need more help. We want to take time away, but we can't without letting our whole fellowship down. Please, consider giving the gift of your time and talents. Training is provided, and Covid precautions are in place.

Right now we have immediate need of volunteers in these critical areas:

  1. Flowers for the sanctuary each Sunday
  2. Service leaders
  3. Storytime readers
  4. Musical Guests
  5. Leaders for contemplative dialog and spirituality discussions
  6. RE Course facilitators
  7. Social Media managers and relief UU View editors
If you've been looking for something to help keep you busy, please reach out to vicepresident@uufranklin.org and express your interest!
Remember - Love is the spirit of this fellowship, and community is its goal. Our great covenant absolutely includes service. Reach out today to help one another!
Macon County Health Covid-19 Vaccination Process (Per a 1/21/21 zoom training session) All NC recipients of the vaccine must be registered in the NC Covid-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS.) Process: 1. Register individually. 2. Your information will be entered into the CVMS. 3. You will be notified of which Priority Group you are in. 4. You will call MCHD to schedule an appointment when your Group is eligible. Registration requires: your name, residency, contact information, ethnic info, health information as needed to determine your priority. To register you can: 1. Use the MaconNC.org, “Individual On-Line Registration” option. A personal email address is required for this option. 2. Call Drake’s call center: 828 524-1500, A personal email address is required for this option. 3. With no email address, call MCHD call center: 828-349-2517, Option 2. It will take 4-5 business days from when you register for you to receive your Priority Group determination. You are responsible for finding out which Priority Group MCHD is scheduling and you must call MCHD 828-349-2517 to schedule an appointment for your first shot. MCHD is giving 200 shots/day (both 1st and 2nd.) The process seems to be influx. Other vaccination distribution opportunities are being discussed: hospitals, Ingles, Walgreens, etc. So, we need to pay attention for other opportunities.
Hello! My name is Ivy Breivogel, and I am a senior Sociology/Anthropology student at Warren Wilson College. I was raised UU in Raleigh, NC and work at MountainCamp in Highlands. I'm currently conducting my Capstone research project, which is on how Unitarian Universalist religion and its members’ relationships with their religiosity are changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are willing to share your experience, please take this short survey! It will take about 5 minutes to complete. Here is the survey link: https://forms.gle/8AVGGvm5UCGeKfCj8 There is a question at the end to opt in to a follow-up interview. I'm looking for UUs of different ages, levels of involvement, and geographic location, so your input is important and will be very helpful! If you are willing to participate in an interview but do not want to take the initial survey, that’s fine too, just let me know! You can contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or anything else at ibreivogel.f18@warren-wilson.edu. Thank you!!
The Memorial Garden is evolving as shown in this photo. Fall leaves were raked and concrete blocks moved to contour the land and to create planters for Spring flowers. Tom, Jim and Donn made the improvements on this past picture taking Saturday. Ideas are being sought for further improvements to the Memorial Garden. If you get a chance, stop by, enjoy the winter sun in the garden and give some thought as to what you think would make the garden more enjoyable. Please pass your ideas on to our Grounds Committee: Tricia and Tom.
 
We are planning another zoom circle dinner. 
 • It’s easy - Everyone can participate from their own home.
 • It’s green - no fuel consumption.
 • It’s efficient - no drive time.
 • It’s safe - no designated drivers.
 • It’s community building - get to know each other.
 • It’s fun - food, drink and conversation. 
 The plan is to gather at the zoom meeting (via computer or telephone - links listed below,) at 5:00pm. We can then enjoy conversation as we consume the dinners we each prepare and the dishes we each wash. 
 By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09 
 By Phone: 312 626 6799 
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253 
Passcode: 579256 
See you then. 828 524-3691
FET 2020 Year-end Report 
 Thanks to the generosity and foresight of some current members as well as past members, the Fellowship Endowment Trust (FET) is now a reality. Special thanks also go to Warren Riley who spearheaded the efforts to get an endowment trust established in the Fellowship bylaws. The goal of the FET is to assure the long-term survival of UUFF. It is a fund where financial gifts will last the lifetime of UUFF rather than be used for current expenses. All dividends and interest earned by the trust will be reinvested. UUFF members will continue to contribute as well as put the FET in their wills so that the funds under FET management will grow significantly over the years. Once the trust reaches a sufficient size, it will then be possible for the FET to contribute to the annual UUFF budget from the dividends and interests accrued without touching the principal. Also, if UUFF were to suffer a severe financial emergency at any time, the FET may provide funds in the form of a loan to help the Fellowship recover and prosper. The FET is managed by a committee of three members that were approved by the Fellowship board: Jim Meara (Chairman), Trish Piper (Recording Secretary), and John Fraser (Financial Secretary). Warren Riley continues to serve the FET as a fund-raising advisor. FET funds are held by Vanguard since they offer a wide variety of investment options with generally the lowest investment fees available. At the end of the year, FET had $35,754.51 invested with Vanguard. Shortly, after the beginning of the year, an additional $6,339.51 was transferred to Vanguard from a CD that was maturing. This brought the total assets held by Vanguard up to $42,094.02, including earnings from Vanguard of $353.51 for 2020. Another CD with a value of about $5100 will be maturing in April and transferred to Vanguard, bringing the total up to approximately $47,194 at that time. Jwf:1/25/2021 The Fellowship Endowment Trust Team
 - Saturday
Game night this Saturday at 6:30 (6pm for pre-game zoom dinner). Drop in for a fun-filled night!
By Phone: 312 626 6799 
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253 
Passcode: 579256 
See you then. 828 524-3691

How do we talk to people with whom we feel no connection?
In our last discussion we explored the importance of community, of moving into "inter-being," in attaining personal fulfillment. Feeling intimately connected to people who share our values, beliefs, and world views is natural and easy. However, how do we build "inter-being" with those who hold different values, beliefs, and world views who most of us tend to see as being less smart, good, or worthy? For us humans, relationships usually start with conversation. How do we talk with people with whom we feel no connection or, even more difficult, whom we think are mistaken or misled in their beliefs and opinions?
Repeated from last week because of tech error:
This is fun. A very unusual dramatization of various vocal works some opera some not. Produced on risers with orchestral and personal interaction.
Don't try to follow a story. It is just a collection of vocal music. If you dislike the one playing skip ahead to the next.

13. Service Week - 2/21/21




Please join us Sunday February 21th at 11am ET for

"In the Name of Love: A Musical Service on the Journey to Unitarian Universalism"

By Greg Greenway

Description: In the Name of Love: A musical Service on the Journey to Unitarian Universalism. This service sprung from a conversation had at the UU in Richmond between Dr. Elias Ortega-Aponte, the new dean of Meadville-Lombard and about 25 member of the congregation. He invited the conversation illustrating his commitment to bring congregational experience into the training at seminary. He is a courageous man. We talked about what it means to be UU, how do you tell someone who has no idea about our religion what exactly it is we believe. Everyone agreed that the first part is about social justice, but what's next? For Theists, they tend to glaze over when we proceed without a God in the pantheon. This started me thinking about the first principle and it's corresponding passages across all religions. When you are truly committed to the first principle, that is a lifetime commitment. It is all about connection, the inescapable web of destiny as Dr. King expressed it. As my songs are the journal of my journey. This service uses them to demonstrate my feelings and experiences of separateness, and my journey toward UUism.


Greg Greenway is one of those artists who is so rich a talent that it is difficult to categorize him. He traverses, combines and mixes up musical genres, and manages to open a window on global events that bring us together as citizens of the world. Like other great performers before him, Greenway's message is that we can all play a part and make a difference in the course of both our private and public lives. But few musicians can do just this with such style, passion and sheer musicality.



Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Sandi Erickson and Greg Greenway

Storyteller: Martha Tree

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland


FUTURE SPEAKERS
  • Feb 28th - Rev. Dr. Clyde Grubbs
  • March 7th - John Snodgrass
  • March 14th - Freeman Owle, Cherokee Storyteller
  • March 21 - Rev. Dianna Ritolla

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook

Feb 15th - Tom Reisdorph
Feb 19th - Bill West
Feb 20th - Gene Brown
Feb 24th - Randy Martin
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form

In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for the View.

Looking for a mid-week hangout? Join the Wednesday night social!

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm

By Computer: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

By Phone: 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

Macon County Health Covid-19 Vaccination Process (Per a 1/21/21 zoom training session)
All NC recipients of the vaccine must be registered in the NC Covid-19 Vaccine Management System (CVMS.) 
Process:
1. Register individually.
2. Your information will be entered into the CVMS.
3. You will be notified of which Priority Group you are in.
4. You will call MCHD to schedule an appointment when your Group is eligible. 
Registration requires: your name, residency, contact information, ethnic info, health information as needed to determine your priority. To register you can: 1. Use the MaconNC.org, “Individual On-Line Registration” option. A personal email address is required for this option. 2. Call Drake’s call center: 828 524-1500, A personal email address is required for this option. 3. With no email address, call MCHD call center: 828-349-2517, Option 2. It will take 4-5 business days from when you register for you to receive your Priority Group determination. You are responsible for finding out which Priority Group MCHD is scheduling and you must call MCHD 828-349-2517 to schedule an appointment for your first shot. MCHD is giving 200 shots/day (both 1st and 2nd.) The process seems to be in flux. Other vaccination distribution opportunities are being discussed: hospitals, Ingles, Walgreens, etc. So, we need to pay attention for other opportunities.
Hello! My name is Ivy Breivogel, and I am a senior Sociology/Anthropology student at Warren Wilson College. I was raised UU in Raleigh, NC and work at MountainCamp in Highlands. I'm currently conducting my Capstone research project, which is on how Unitarian Universalist religion and its members’ relationships with their religiosity are changing during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are willing to share your experience, please take this short survey! It will take about 5 minutes to complete. Here is the survey link: https://forms.gle/8AVGGvm5UCGeKfCj8 There is a question at the end to opt in to a follow-up interview. I'm looking for UUs of different ages, levels of involvement, and geographic location, so your input is important and will be very helpful! If you are willing to participate in an interview but do not want to take the initial survey, that’s fine too, just let me know! You can contact me with questions, comments, concerns, or anything else at ibreivogel.f18@warren-wilson.edu. Thank you!!
The Memorial Garden is evolving as shown in this photo. Fall leaves were raked and concrete blocks moved to contour the land and to create planters for Spring flowers. Tom, Jim and Donn made the improvements on this past picture taking Saturday. Ideas are being sought for further improvements to the Memorial Garden. If you get a chance, stop by, enjoy the winter sun in the garden and give some thought as to what you think would make the garden more enjoyable. Please pass your ideas on to our Grounds Committee: Tricia and Tom.
 

We are planning another zoom circle dinner. 
 • It’s easy - Everyone can participate from their own home.
 • It’s green - no fuel consumption.
 • It’s efficient - no drive time.
 • It’s safe - no designated drivers.
 • It’s community building - get to know each other.
 • It’s fun - food, drink and conversation. 
 The plan is to gather at the zoom meeting (via computer or telephone - links listed below,) at 5:00pm. We can then enjoy conversation as we consume the dinners we each prepare and the dishes we each wash. 
 
By Phone: 312 626 6799 
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253 
Passcode: 579256 
See you then. 828 524-3691
FET 2020 Year-end Report 
 Thanks to the generosity and foresight of some current members as well as past members, the Fellowship Endowment Trust (FET) is now a reality. Special thanks also go to Warren Riley who spearheaded the efforts to get an endowment trust established in the Fellowship bylaws. The goal of the FET is to assure the long-term survival of UUFF. It is a fund where financial gifts will last the lifetime of UUFF rather than be used for current expenses. All dividends and interest earned by the trust will be reinvested. UUFF members will continue to contribute as well as put the FET in their wills so that the funds under FET management will grow significantly over the years. Once the trust reaches a sufficient size, it will then be possible for the FET to contribute to the annual UUFF budget from the dividends and interests accrued without touching the principal. Also, if UUFF were to suffer a severe financial emergency at any time, the FET may provide funds in the form of a loan to help the Fellowship recover and prosper. The FET is managed by a committee of three members that were approved by the Fellowship board: Jim Meara (Chairman), Trish Piper (Recording Secretary), and John Fraser (Financial Secretary). Warren Riley continues to serve the FET as a fund-raising advisor. FET funds are held by Vanguard since they offer a wide variety of investment options with generally the lowest investment fees available. At the end of the year, FET had $35,754.51 invested with Vanguard. Shortly, after the beginning of the year, an additional $6,339.51 was transferred to Vanguard from a CD that was maturing. This brought the total assets held by Vanguard up to $42,094.02, including earnings from Vanguard of $353.51 for 2020. Another CD with a value of about $5100 will be maturing in April and transferred to Vanguard, bringing the total up to approximately $47,194 at that time. 
Jwf:1/25/2021 The Fellowship Endowment Trust Team
Is the romance of Valentine's Day still with you. Here is one of the most romantic arias in all of opera. Sung by the courtesan of a wealthy man, it tells of a fictional maiden that spurns wealth for true love. 
Start at 2:00 or even 5:00
Of course, Magda seeks romance and finds it. Then like the swallow (La Rondine), she returns.
From Bonnie:
         Go http://ujimagen.org and click on the section "From Enslavement to Freedom" The Saga of the Butler Island Plantation for more info and to register for this free event taking place at 4:00PM online this Thursday, Feb. 18th.
 - Saturday Feb 27th @ 7pm
There will be a memorial service for Henry Horton via Zoom on Saturday Feb. 27th., 7:00pm. Next week there will be more formal announcement in the UU View and next Sunday. His family, from Missouri to Hawaii, will be with us to share the memories.

14. Service Week - 3/7/21



Please join us Sunday March 7th at 11am ET for

What's Hatching

By John Snodgrass

Description: In this dark, cold winter we nest in our homes and wonder what may hatch in spring. I this service we'll be considering the egg as a symbol of life's potential, and its appearances in some ancient creation stories.


John Snodgrass  is a teacher and writer, a former resident of Western North Carolina, he currently lives with his wife and their four children in Buffalo NY.



Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Penny Brewster

Storyteller: Diana Fraser

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland


FUTURE SPEAKERS
  • March 14 - Freeman Owle, Cherokee Storyteller
  • March 21 - Rev. Dianna Ritolla
  • March 28 - Friction Farm

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook


March 21st - Marge Abel
March 22nd - Mary Teslow
March 30th - John (Tykie) Mason

Did we forget someone or make an error? It's likely. Email corrections and omissions to commschair@uufranklin.org

Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form

In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for the View.
Wednesday Nights at 5:30
Stop by for a little mid-week zoom chat and catchup with what is going on with your friends at UU. Each Wednesday starting at 5:30pm. There is no agenda, just community building.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09 
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
See you there.

1:  Tech training will be conducted on Tuesday, March 2nd and Thursday March, 4th.  Time slots are available starting at 10am, and the last time slot ends at 4pm.  Signup at: https://signup.com/go/dzvdYLS
Training will be done in 1 hour blocks, and will allow for sanitizing of equipment following the training.  
In order to accommodate COVID-19 policies, walk-in's for this training will not be permitted.  If anyone cannot access the signup site or would like to request a different time, please email techbooth@uufranklin.org with your availability.  

2:  Media used for Sunday Services will need to be sent to techbooth@uufranklin.org.  This includes videos, images, links, and any other tech needs that may arise.  

3: Finance Committee Meeting will be held on Monday, March 8th at 6pm.  This is a change from the normal schedule.  Link for this meeting: 
Finance Committee Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87351594807?pwd=SUFhanFPVy8rcFV4ak9WbUs0WGo2Zz09
Meeting ID: 873 5159 4807
Passcode: 906042

We will be starting another book reading and discussion. The book is entitled: On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder. It is available at our NC library, online ordering and a free pdf version is available at: https://www.pdfdrive.com/on-tyranny-twenty-lessons-from-the-twentieth-century-e184197413.html. We envision it will take a week for us to get the book and a week to read enough of the book to start discussion, so we hope to have our first discussion around March 20th. If you want to participate in this read/discuss, please let us know and also your thoughts about the timing, scheduling and what our topics should be included in the first discussion. SandiDonn2@yahoo.com.
 (by Warren Riley)
Suggested Listening: A piano concerto's piano concerto Rachmaninoff has the piano accompanying the orchestra more than the orchestra accompanies the piano! All of the melodic themes are introduced by the orchestral instruments.
Last week's Tarantella by Athanasius Kircher had quite an interpretation. This is more like Kircher would have conceived of it.
Funny joke for the day: At an interdenominational event a UU minister asked a young lady, “What do you think of my faith.” She said it was ugly. You see the minister had a pronounced lisp.

15. Service Week - 3/14/21



Please join us Sunday March 14th at 11am ET for

How Has the Past Shaped the Cherokee Today?

By Freeman Owle, Cherokee Storyteller

Description: An exploration of a life on the Qualla Boundary.

Freeman Owle:  "I was born in the old Cherokee Indian Hospital in 1946 to Lloyd and Betty Bradley Owle from the Birdtown Community. When I was 7 years old I was taken to be enrolled in the BIA Indian School in Birdtown. My graduation from the Cherokee Indian High School was in 1966. I then attended Gardner Webb College, Western Carolina University. I planned to be a biologist but ended up being a teacher instead.I have taught everything from Kindergarten to university level Classes. My love for history and the Cherokee people has brought me to lecture across the USA on Cherokee series, history and culture. I feel it is better to learn about the Cherokee from someone who really is a Cherokee, rather than someone who has decided to become a Cherokee."



Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Mike Holland

Storyteller: Freeman Owle

Media: Becky Thorndike, Warren Riley


FUTURE SPEAKERS
  • March 21 - Rev. Dianna Ritolla
  • March 28 - Friction Farm
  • April 4 - Jean Logan
  • Appril 11 - Amy Brooks
  • April 18 - Donna Corso

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook


March 21st - Marge Abel
March 22nd - Mary Teslow
March 30th - John (Tykie) Mason

Did we forget someone or make an error? It's likely. Email corrections and omissions to commschair@uufranklin.org

Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form

In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for the View.
Wednesday Nights at 5:30
Stop by for a little mid-week zoom chat and catchup with what is going on with your friends at UU. Each Wednesday starting at 5:30pm. There is no agenda, just community building.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09 
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
See you there.

The topic for our next 2nd Sunday, Spirituality Discussion will be:

At Henry’s Memorial Service comments were made that it is difficult to get to know each other in these times of Covid and social distancing.
At the next Spirituality Discussion we will share a Spiritual experience we each had and the impact it had on us.
It is through participation and sharing we build community.
This program is open to all and we hope you can join us. Bring a friend. All comments are welcomed and respected. 828 524-3691.
Clicking the following link will bring you into the discussion:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

By Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256

We will be starting another book reading and discussion. The book is entitled: On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder. It is available at our NC library, online ordering and a free pdf version is available at: https://www.pdfdrive.com/on-tyranny-twenty-lessons-from-the-twentieth-century-e184197413.html. We envision it will take a week for us to get the book and a week to read enough of the book to start discussion, so we hope to have our first discussion around March 20th. If you want to participate in this read/discuss, please let us know and also your thoughts about the timing, scheduling and what our topics should be included in the first discussion. SandiDonn2@yahoo.com.
 (by Warren Riley)
Suggested Listening from Warren:
Alessandro Piccini, I had not heard of him and I will guess you have not either. Another wonderful composer that has drifted. This one work is so interesting. Surely there were more. We must be content with this wonderful video and recording by The Lute Duo.
Note the various techniques used by the players.

Would you like another Piano Concerto.
It is quite a comparison, the Romantic and the Classical.

A joke for the day: A loyal UU Fellowship member was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, "God take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will convert and start going to a Christian church every Sunday.” Miraculously, a parking place appeared.
The UU looked up again and said, "Never mind, I found one."
We will be having another game night starting at 6:30pm, but if you want to join us for dinner tune in at 6:00pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
 For more information 828 524-3691
Submitted by Warren Riley. "Today [3/4/21], Donn spent several hours spraying the roof. In addition he did some grounds work before that task. I am hoping there will be some recognition of his work."

Thank you Donn and thanks to all our hardworking volunteers!

16. Service Week - 3/21



Please join us Sunday March 21th at 11am ET for

We Begin, Again, In Love

By Reverend DiAnna Ritolla

Description: In the past several years many UU congregations have begun honoring the Jewish High Holy Days each autumn with the responsive reading “We forgive ourselves and each other and begin again in love,"from A Litany of Atonement, written by UU minister Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs. These holy days occur near the fall equinox, when the dark hours of the day begin to surpass the light hours here in the Northern Hemisphere. As we join together on this Spring Equinox, it feels fitting that we honor these longer daylight hours with a reminder to renew our commitment to love and healing, to begin the growing season with reconnecting to the Earth and the web of life that surrounds us. We are not separate from the Earth, and we are called to connect with all life in service, love, and a commitment to mutual well-being.


Rev. DiAnna Ritola is and Interfaith Minister and a Dianic Wiccan priestess. Her community-based ministry centers on spiritual counseling for trauma, intimate relationships, and sexuality along with rituals to honor life events and passages. DiAnna lives in NYC with her wife, Michele, a dog and a cat, and is doing her best to transform her small yard into a food and flower oasis. In May 2020, she published her first book Mismatched Luggage: Unpacking Your Sexual Baggage for Your Spiritual Journey. Her website is www.DiAnnaRitola.com.

Special Musician: Mike Holland

Storyteller: Freeman Owle

Media: Becky Thorndike, Warren Riley


FUTURE SPEAKERS
  • March 28 - Friction Farm
  • April 4 - Jean Logan
  • Appril 11 - Amy Brooks
  • April 18 - Donna Corso

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
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If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook


March 21st - Marge Abel
March 22nd - Mary Teslow
March 30th - John (Tykie) Mason

Did we forget someone or make an error? It's likely. Email corrections and omissions to commschair@uufranklin.org

Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form

In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for the View.
This month’s Circle Dinner is Wednesday, 3/17 and will be a combination of St. Patrick’s Day - wear green, our Drop-in Social - wear a smile and our circle dinner - bring food. We will begin at 5pm at the following zoom link. Our gathering is informal and all are welcome. Bring a friend and a leprechaun.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09 
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
See you there.

There will be a special meeting of the Worship and Finance Committees very soon to discuss how our budgetary limitations will affect our upcoming Worship services. If you are interested in participating in this meeting, please contact WorshipChair@uufranklin.org or Treasurer@uufranklin.org for time and zoom link.

Wow! This book turned out to be eye opening and a little scary. Lots of topics to discuss and maybe some life changing actions to adopt. Our first discussion on this book will be Saturday, March 20th from 3-4pm. This book is a quick read and there is still time to join the group. SandiDonn2@yahoo.com
 (by Warren Riley)
Listening from Warren: Traditional Irish dancing is done with arms kept by the side. It is all in the footwork. In recent years Riverdance has raised its popularity. Now there are contests.

The Willis Clan wins many if not most of the competitions.
A joke for the day from Warren:
A minister had fallen on tough financial times... So tough, that he was unsure of how he would pay next months bills, or continue to provide food for his family.
One day, in a moment of doubt, he prayed: "Heavenly Father, I am worried and uncertain, but know that you always provide for your children. Please, give me some words from your book to reassure and comfort me, and show me how you will take care of me in this time of need".
With that, the minister took his Bible and placed it on his desk in front of him. He continued his prayer: "Let these pages fall open to the passage meant for me, that I may know your plan".
With his eyes faithfully shut, he opened the Bible to a random page. He raised his finger above his head and dramatically spun it in circles "Now guide my finger, Lord, that it may fall on the words I need to hear the most".
He placed his finger onto the Bible, and with some apprehension, slowly opened his eyes to reveal God’s plan. "Chapter 7"
We will be having another game night starting at 6:30pm, but if you want to join us for dinner tune in at 6:00pm. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
 For more information 828 524-3691
Want to learn where your food comes from (locally) and how you can garden year-round in Western North Carolina? Join Paul Chew in a tour of his 1/4 acre market garden (raised beds) where he produces a smorgasbord of delicious and nutritious greens and other edibles. Paul brings his produce to the Franklin Tailgate market weekly and his leftovers to the UU before the pandemic. He is an organic grower, uses no power equipment in his garden, and uses spring water. His email is coweeeta@gmail.com. Contact him for a flyer.
Lynn and Rodney are in Duke hospital and will be coming home soon. If you are interested in supporting them by preparing food. We are looking to provide frozen foods in containers which do not need to be returned and are labeled with its contents. Please let Donn know at SandiDonn2@yahoo.com or 828 524-3691.

17. Service Week - 3/28




Please join us Sunday 3/28 at 11am for

Friction Farm


Service Leader: Mike Holland
Special Musicians: Friction Farm
Tech Operations: Warren and Becky T

GREAT NEWS regarding Joining the Sunday Service Broadcast:


This is a recurring meeting every Sunday!

Sign in as early as 10:30 and services begin at 11:00 followed by a coffee hour post service.

 

Join Zoom Meeting


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466203448?pwd=alRiMjhzMGFQQWM5dDlQYkZ1cHk0dz09

 

Meeting ID: 894 6620 3448

Passcode: 385674

 
Dial by your location
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
        +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)
FACEBOOK
If you would prefer, you can instead go to our Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/uufranklin/.   
This broadcast will have a 15-20 second delay between the call and what is being displayed. 

Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
Our Sunday service thrives when we welcome diverse speakers and musicians. In order to keep our lineup fresh, we need you to reach out to orators and musicians alike. If you know someone who might be a great fit, please send them the appropriate form - 

General Speaker Interest Form

In an effort to maintain my sanity, I ask that the following form be used for UU View feature requests moving forward:
https://forms.gle/J2fn8zLorBcKRNmKA
I'm so happy to serve this fellowship as Communications Chair, but keeping all the View requests organized has been a challenge for me. Please use this form to ensure all the pertinent information is captured for the View.
March 30th - John (Tykie) Mason
April 1st - Angel DeBussey
April 1st - Elizabeth Hill
April 3rd - Melissa Rogers!!
April 12th - Bonnie Gramlich!!
April 12th - Joan Hawthorne
April 13th - Nancy Heath
April 23rd - Tracie Marino
April 25th - Madeleine Ferland
April 26th - Doris Carroll

Did we forget someone or make an error? It's likely. Email corrections and omissions to commschair@uufranklin.org
Stop by for a little mid-week zoom chat and catchup with what is going on with your friends at UU. Each Wednesday starting at 5:30pm. There is no agenda, just community building.
 https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
 See you there.
Our next fourth Sunday, monthly zoom meeting of Contemplative Dialog will be this Sunday. A topic will be announced at the session followed by 7 minutes of silent contemplation. We will then share our thoughts. Come join us for this open discussion where everyone’s opinion is welcomed and respected. We have much to learn from each other and our discussions enable us to get to know each other better.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09

By Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
This program is open to all and we hope you can join us. Bring a friend. No reservations necessary. 828 524-3691.
I'm very happy to report that we have received the following message from Maethel's daughter, Martha Zeigler:
 "I am Maethel's daughter. She does not do much with e-mail. She does take pride in being the last surviving original member of the UUFF, so please keep her listed as member. Mom is also very hard of hearing and phone conversation is difficult for her. If possible, please contact her via snail mail. She has had her second vaccine and probably would likely welcome pre-arranged visits."
 So join me in writing and visiting with Maethel. If it's not handy, Maethel's address is 290 Red Fox Run, Franklin NC 28734. Her phone number is 828.524.5192 and I have had brief conversations with her on the phone. The email that Martha monitors for Maethel is maethlarry@aol.com.
Suggested Listening: :So many strings, so many places to put you fingers. It's a wonder.


Funny joke for the day: A minister had fallen on tough financial times...
So tough, that he was unsure of how he would pay next month's bills, or continue to provide food for his family. One day, in a moment of doubt, he prayed: "Heavenly Father, I am worried and uncertain, but know that you always provide for your children. Please, give me some words from your book to reassure and comfort me, and show me how you will take care of me in this time of need". With that, the minister took his Bible and placed it on his desk in front of him. He continued his prayer: "Let these pages fall open to the passage meant for me, that I may know your plan". With his eyes faithfully shut, he opened the Bible to a random page. He raised his finger above his head and dramatically spun it in circles "Now guide my finger, Lord, that it may fall on the words I need to hear the most". He placed his finger onto the Bible, and with some apprehension, slowly opened his eyes to reveal God’s plan.
"Chapter 7"
     Mike Holland and Gene Brown have been instrumental in keeping the Sunday Services in operation for all to enjoy and learn. Due to the time commitments that this takes, it has taken a toll on Mike and Gene in their own spiritual growth, relationship developments and stress levels. Therefore, Mike and Gene have notified the Board that they need to take a break from the fellowship. Due to the timing that April 4 is an anniversary weekend for the guys, they have chosen that week to be the starting point for their recuperation. This Sunday’s service (March 28) will be Mike’s last for a while. Gene will be continuing in his role as Treasurer though June. Gene is also open to help coach the tech booth as needed however, Warren will be taking on the main responsibilities and soon, the instruction to others.
     A temporary transition team has been created with several people willing to help. Worship Committee transition will be led by Marge, Brenda and Penny. Jim will be working with Gene to learn the Treasurer’s responsibilities to pass on to the next appropriate person. Warren will be leading the Tech Booth transition. Gene will also pass on to Becky T the list of security/passwords/passcodes.
     Please be aware and understanding as we weave thorough the many details that Mike and Gene did within their responsibilities. We really do need your help to make this transition work, both is action and tolerance. If you are interested in helping out in any of these areas, please, please, please contact the person leading that effort.
     There will be a zoom meeting this Friday (3/26th) at 7pm to continue work on this transition. All are welcome to participate. The link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84881749253?pwd=L3MwUVE2aHJPUUhvOTdaNkdxaERJZz09
Phone: 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253
Passcode: 579256
     Mike and Gene have participated in so many ways leaving open many responsibilities to be distributed to keep our fellowship running smoothly.

 Truly they are appreciated and their participation will be greatly missed.

 See you Friday;
Becky Thorndike: President
Donn Erickson: Vice-President
Contact info:
Tech Booth: Warren Riley: warrenriley@yahoo.com
Worship Services: Marge Abel: margeabel@yahoo.com Brenda Meara: secretary@uufranklin.org Penny Brewster: pjh0946@yahoo.com
Treasure: Jim Meara: jimmeara@gmail.com
Overall: Becky Thorndike: president@uufranklin.org Donn Erickson: vicepresident@uufranklin.org