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Week of October 15-21, 2017

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The Mission of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno is to:
Love Inclusively
Grow Spiritually
Serve Gratefully
And Work for Justice


Love Inclusively


Fall Gala October 21st at 5:30 PM  Celebrate the Summer of Love with a groovy concert, a catered dinner, and four different auctions!  Hurry, today is your last chance to buy tickets, so visit the gala table in the breezeway today!  Contact Marlene Masten, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Valerie Johnson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Please join the Norelma Walker Youth Library on October 22nd for its 20th Anniversary Celebration. “Library Graduates” will reminisce during the Time for All Ages and cake will be served following the service with a round of “Happy Birthday” led by Lorenzo Bassman.

6th Annual UU Arts & Crafts Fair - Sunday, 5 Nov, 9am-2pm. Mark your calendars! Tell your friends. Local artisans, fair-trade crafts, food trucks & the famous SOUP SALE. See us on FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/events/417462588655472/?ref=br_rs Vendor Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/Jo20zV6CLrMMBzDS2

UU Barn Dance.  Fun for ALL ages!  Join us Saturday, Nov. 18 6:30-9:00 for a rousing fun night of good old fashioned fun! No dancing experience or partner necessary.  Live music and a caller.  Square dances and line dances will be taught. Don a barn outfit if you’re so moved and come dance and laugh with friends of all ages. See ya'll there! Tickets $5/person, $20/family. All proceeds benefit the YRUU.  Tickets available at UUCF: Sundays in the breezeway.  Questions, Contact Carrie Wise This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Grow Spiritually


UU Seniors, Tuesday Oct. 17, 10-12. Nancy Richardson will speak "How Organizations Actually Operate; FUSD & UUCF in Particular" The strengths & foibles  combined with Nancy's sense of humor & wit makes this a "must" attend!!  Jackie Newman@ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Alternative Mid-Week Worship Service on Tuesday, Oct 17 (7:00-7:45 pm).  Join us for a gentle, reflective, meditative alternative to our higher-energy Sunday mornings.  We’ll have silence, ritual and readings.

Trans 101, Wed, Oct 18, 6:00pm – Come update your vocabulary to the latest in the continually evolving understanding of gender. Hear from a panel of transgender people who represent a variety of identities about the unique struggles they face as we continue to strive to be as welcoming as possible and live out our values by being allies and advocates. Facilitated by Kaylia Metcalfe-Armstrong and Jess Fitpatrick from Trans E-Motion. Minimum registration twelve people. Contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146 to register and/or request childcare. Registration deadline October 15.

UU Men's Group next meets on Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm. This months host is Richard Moats. All UU Men or those men considering UU involvement are welcome! The host serves an entree, and we divide up other food on a rotating basis. Besides general conversation the host also chooses a topic for discussion. You won't hear much about these discussions because what's said at Men's Group stays at Men's Group!! Call Ed Johnson for details, 559-824-6323.

UU Women's Group will meet at Micheline Curnyn's home, 1672 W. Morris, Fresno, (559)435-5532, October 21, 10:00 am.  The topic for discussion will be, 'What are certain sayings, advice, quotes etc that in your opinion, are utter nonsense?'  A light luncheon will be served, and all are welcome.

Green Sanctuary Committee's UU Family Hike allows you to experience the Earth’s fragile and awesome biosphere with like-minded friends and family on Saturday, October 21 from 10AM-Noon.  Our hike will explore an easy and fairly level, 2 mile-loop section of the San Joaquin River Parkway Trail between the San Joaquin Fish Hatchery and Lost Lake Park.  Participants will meet at the FINS parking lot in Friant near the corner of Flemming and Friant Ave. A light breakfast snack will be provided and hikers are recommended to bring their own sun protection, reusable water bottle and reliable shoes.  Carpooling is always highly encouraged.   Please RSVP or reach out for more information to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  All ages are welcome to join our community in experiencing the wonder of nature and fellowship.

Mini Introduction to Unitarian Universalism – Join us for a one-hour overview of the Unitarian Universalist faith. Sunday, October 22, 12:15-1:15pm. To register and/or request childcare, contact Patty Bennett, Member Services Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322-6146.

What Jesus Really Said – Join Ellen Bush for this class to explore how the teachings of Jesus have been filtered through the language and thought patterns of New Testament Greek from their original language, Aramaic. Look at some of the most misinterpreted sayings of Jesus through the lens of language and culture and how they overlay with Unitarian Universalist principles. Tues, Oct 24, Nov 7 &14, 6:30-8pm OR Wed, Oct 25, Nov, 8 & 15, 10-11:30am. Contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146 to register and/or request childcare. Registration deadline October 20.

Awakening the Dreamer, Oct 28, Coffee & Registration 8:30am, Class 9:00am-12:30pm – Want to empower yourself and our community to take action toward a more sustainable, just, and fulfilling world? Explore in-depth where we are, how we got here, and where we might go from here. Co-sponsored by the Pachamama Alliance. Suggested donation of $15. Minimum registration twelve people. Contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146 to register and/or request childcare. Registration deadline October 25.

American Buddhism 101, Sat, Nov 4, 10am-12pm – Join Rev. Koyo S. Kubose for a brief historical outline of Buddhism’s spread from India to contemporary expressions in America, including an overview of Buddhist symbols and common misunderstandings in terminology. Particular focus will be on a particular form of the Americanization of Buddhism. Rev. Kubose has combined studies in Buddhism throughout Japan and the United States. Contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146 to register and/or request childcare. Registration deadline October 31.

10 Poems to Change Your Life, Tuesdays Nov 7-Dec 5, 6:30-8pm – Explore how astonishing poems can inspire you to live what you always knew in your bones but never had the words for. Call into question everytying and break free from the safe strategies of the cautions mind. Pariticpants will need to get a copy of the book. Facilitated by Amanda & Erik Peterson. Contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146 to register and/or request childcare. Registration deadline November 3. Maximum registration ten people.

Faith in the Context of Unitarian Universalism for Families, Fri, Nov 17, 5:30pm  – Join Katie Hymans for a discussion of the word ‘faith’, how it relates to Unitarian Universalism, and how to translate this to our children. In a society where this word seems to be synonymous with Christianity, come delve into an opportunity to reclaim the word for ourselves and our families. We’ll feed you and your kids and then entertain your kids while we talk. Minimum registration twelve. Contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146 to register and/or request childcare. Registration deadline November 14.

Autumn Spiritual Retreat, Sat, Nov 18, 9:30am-3:00pm – Join Rev. Tim for a day of spiritual reflection and connection to inner wisdom. Yoga, meditation, deep relaxation, chant, poetry, and other forms will offer reflection on autumn’s lessons of stillness, color, and transformation. No prior meditation experience necessary. Minimum registration twelve people. Contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146 to register and/or request childcare. Registration deadline November 15. 


 Serve Gratefully


Valley Children's Hospital often asks for microwavable meals for our 3rd Sunday food collection.  These need to be kept at room temperature.  Please do not bring anything that requires freezing (like frozen dinners) or items that can spoil without refrigeration. Stephen Sacks This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Third Sunday Food Offering Please bring your donations listed on the paper strips for the community in need surrounding Wesley United Methodist Church and the families staying at Valley Children's Hospital.  Or check out this link for items needed: http://www.uufresno.org/index.php/adults/social-justice/food-pantry.  Thanks for helping to make the world a better place! -- from Your Social Justice Coordinating Committee

Guest at Your Table is a fundraising program of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Each year, we take boxes to our home and learn about international programs that are supported by UUSC, asking guests – and ourselves – to offer change and dollar bills to support their work. We need someone to coordinate this! You would communicate with UUSC to get materials, promote it at the church, collect donations, and submit them to UUSC at the end. We usually kick this off at Thanksgiving and collect at the beginning of January. Contact Katie Hymans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 322.6146 for more information.

Crafters! Bakers! Soup-makers! Calling for all your artsy and delicious donations, and volunteers for the upcoming UU Arts & Crafts Fair https://www.facebook.com/events/417462588655472/?ref=br_rs Look for Trish Regonini or Karin Konkle Livingstone before/after service at the Craft Fair info table in the breezeway or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UUcraftfair/


And Work for Justice


“Call To Action on Immigration: How To Get Involved” on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 12:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno.  Guest panelists from various local organizations working with immigrants and the undocumented community will share updates on immigration issues in Fresno, DACA, and the many ways you can get involved to make a difference.  Hosted by Rev. Tim Kutzmark.  A light lunch will be provided.  Invite a friend to join you.

Write after church Oct. 15:  Would you like Congress to do something about climate change? If so, write a letter or postcard at Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s letter-writing table on the breezeway this Sunday. Letter-writing materials and information will be provided. Messages will be personally delivered to Capitol Hill. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

GUN CONTROL: LET’S ACT NOW!  During the next two weeks we will continue to have a table for letter writing. We have the tools and simple ideas to assist in letter writing. Join the round table in the quad both before and after the service. Time to raise our voices to Congress!

Collect your change! The youth will be trick-or-treating to collect money for a local organization that supports children in need on Sunday, October 29. Bring your change with you that day to help them out. 


 Message to Congregation


All contributions made to UUCF should be clearly noted what they are intended for.  If an unmarked contribution is received and there is a pledge-of-record, the amount will be applied to the pledge.  Any contributions made without proper identification will be listed as a “non-pledge” contribution.  Unless otherwise indicated, the date of the pledge contribution will indicate the pledge year contribution is applied to.


UUCF Legacy and Gifts


Have you reviewed your beneficiary designations lately? Do you have insurance policies, retirement accounts, etc. which require you to name beneficiaries? Please consider adding the church as one of your beneficiaries. All such gifts, no matter the size, are deeply appreciated.