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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 -- November 2017

SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVITIES CALENDAR FOR NOVEMBER, 2017
Our theme this month is Abundance Perception

Toiletries Collected for Gainesville’s Homeless — November 5, Sunday, after service
We will begin our annual collection of toiletries and gift items for the homeless on November 5. Please contribute personal size toiletries for men and women, and necessities such as small flashlights, bug spray, sunscreen, chap stick, lotion, razors, hand sanitizer, tissues, duct tape, emergency blankets, raincoats, and small gifts such as paperback books, costume jewelry, and items with affirmations or uplifting messages.

Stocking Stuffing — Sunday, December 3
Following service on December 3, we will stuff the donated items into stockings to be given to homeless clients of GRACE Marketplace. Please stop by the table after the service on November 5 to learn more and see samples of items you could donate. You may place donations in the marked bin under the Social Justice display table in the Phillips Social Hall.

Share the Plate — November 19, Sunday
We will continue our Share the Plate program during the Sunday service on November 19, with all non-designated offerings going to Alachua County Humane Society. The Humane Society has been helping pets in Alachua County for more than 40 years. They work closely with other
Alachua County agencies to become a community where no healthy or treatable animal is euthanized due to lack of space, and act as advocates for pets and pet owners.

 
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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