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The President's Perspective -- September 2017

altIt will be good to be together again after missing our service on September 10 due to hurricane Irma. I hope all of you and your families weathered the storm safely with your homes intact as well. Some of us are still awaiting electricity. We are relieved that our UUFG buildings were undamaged by Irma. The grounds, however, will require a lot of cleaning up! A small work crew has already begun, and more help is always appreciated. Many of our members helped each other to prepare for and recover from the storm. It is during difficult times that we really appreciate our loving community.

Next weekend, September 22nd through 24th is “Next Steps Weekend.” We will have an opportunity to work with a consultant who will help us to be more effective stewards of our UU Fellowship. This is for learning and planning purposes; you will not be asked for donations or pledges this weekend.

Barry Finkelstein will spend Friday evening and much of Saturday meeting with key leaders of committees and governance, gaining an understanding of who we are and how we have been operating. At 2:00 Saturday afternoon all interested UUFG members are invited to an open facilitated workshop with Barry in the Social Hall. Please try to attend this 75 minute long workshop.

On Sunday please welcome Barry to our service. He will join us for the service and for our Town Hall meeting beginning at 12:30. There Barry will offer his observations and recommendations for our continued progress.

I urge you to participate in Next Steps Weekend to the extent that you are able. If you've been invited to a specific small meeting your presence there is needed. Whether or not your are involved in the small meetings, please come to the Saturday workshop at 2:00 and the Sunday Town Hall meeting after the service. When we all join together to do our parts, there’s so much we can achieve.

In fellowship,
Marilyn Roberts,

 
The President's Perspective -- August 2017

This is the time of year when we gear up for the new Fellowship year. The Board welcomes two new board members, Aaron Broadwell and Richard Curtis. We are grateful for the service of Mary Anthony and Ron Lange who completed their terms on the Board at the end of June. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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The President's Perspective -- November, 2016

alt Dear Members,

As you know, each year the Fellowship conducts a Stewardship Drive (aka “the Pledge Drive”, or “the Annual Canvass” among others). Last year, the Stewardship Drive was a resounding success, and we received almost $20,000 more in member pledges for this fiscal year than we did for the previous fiscal year. (Once again, thank you all for your generous pledges!) [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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Social Justice Programming -- October 2017

SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVITIES CALENDAR FOR OCTOBER, 2017
Our theme this month is Courage

Thursday, October 5, 9:00 am — 1:30 pm, Gainesville Women's Club House
UUFG's Social Justice Council is one of the co-sponsors of this annual program. The theme this year is “The United Nations: My World, Your World, Our World.” Keynote speaker is Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, and there will also be a panel discussion. There is no charge to attend; the deadline for purchasing a box lunch has passed but you may bring your bag lunch.

Sunday, October 8, 12:30 — 1:30 pm, UUFG Phillips Social Hall
After the service, come to the Phillips Hall to learn more about what activities UUFG has going in the area of Social Justice! Grab your coffee and visit each table for a snack as well as food for thought. Ask questions of people involved in our Social Justice projects. Let us know how you would like to get involved!

Sunday, October 15, 11:00 am Sunday Service
UUFG will Share the Plate during the service this Sunday with Peaceful Paths. Peaceful Paths is the domestic violence center for Gainesville and Alachua County. Its core mission is providing residential services for victims and survivors of domestic violence, as well as numerous outreach programs. All undesignated contributions at the October 15 Sunday service will be given to Peaceful Paths.

Saturday, October 21, 12 noon, downtown Gainesville
Pride Parade and Festival! Join the UUFG contingent in the Parade down University Avenue to the Bo Diddley Plaza, beginning at 12 noon. Then stay for the Pride Festival at 1:30 in Bo Diddley Plaza and surrounding streets. There will be live music, kid’s entertainment, and a variety of booths. Please wear your Standing on the Side of Love tee  (for sale each Sunday at the Book Cart) or another yellow tee. Be sure to stop in at UUFG's booth!! Complete your Pride weekend by attending UUFG's Pride concert Sunday afternoon October 22 at 4pm in the UUFG Sanctuary.

Sunday, October 22-Saturday October 28, UUFG
UUFG will host homeless families for a week as part of the Family Promise program. Please sign up to help by bringing a dish to share, co-hosting a dinner or overnight, helping to set up or take down, doing laundry, or any of the other tasks needed. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
The President's Perspective -- October, 2016

Two near misses (by tropical storm Hermine and by hurricane Matthew) have played up how wonderful it was to get a new roof installed on our buildings a few months back, along with relief as some cooler weather finally starts to filter down to Florida. Fall is in the air! [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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