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THE BEACON:  January 28, 2018 "Thirty Days of LOVE"
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January 28, 2018 Service: Thirty Days of LOVE

Please join us at UUCF on January 28, 2018 at 11am for our service entitled "Thirty Days of Love" where we will have an opportunity to explore and lift up the numerous ways that UUs and partner organizations, such as Democracy NC and the NAACP, are building and organizing by taking bold courageous action for intersectional justice.

Child care is available during service. Fellowship, refreshments, and conversation continue following the service. You are welcome here!

Our Service Leader: 

Our service leader is UUCF Member Andrea Poole. Andrea currently serves as President for the UUCF Board and is a member of the Sunday Services Committee. She is also a stay at home mom, and an environmental and social justice activist with such groups as Climate Parents and Moms Rising. She and her partner, Mike, live in Fayetteville with their three children.

Announcements: 
  • On-going: UUCF collects toiletries for Fayetteville Urban Ministries. Donations welcome. 
  • On-going: Wednesdays at 6:30pm is Religious Exploration for Adults, hosted by Kent Smith at 115 Hale St, Fayetteville with coffee, refreshments, and conversation. Children welcome for independent play. 
  • Sunday Snacks Needed! We've successfully cleaned out the pantry and again welcome food and snacks to share during fellowship after Sunday services.
  • Child Care Volunteers Needed: Please consider volunteering for child care as we continue to search for a candidate for the position. 
SAVE THE DATES:
  • Feb. Board Meeting - It's a big one! Child care interviews and Bylaw Updates - Our next board meeting is on Feb. 11th after service. After interviewing child care candidates, we will be formally reviewing and updating the Bylaws. PDF and print copies of the bylaws are available for all members who wish to have input. This will be the first official update of board positions and bylaws since 2008. Please plan accordingly for this exciting meeting in our growing congregation!
  • Feb. Potluck: Our next potluck is Feb. 25th to celebrate Feb. birthdays and special occasions such as anniversaries. We hope to have a monthly potluck celebrating special occasions as a new tradition!
  • 2018 Fiscal Year Pledge Drive starts in March.
  • Congregation Annual Meeting - May 7, 2017
Invitation:
UUCFnc congregation member Trish Brownlee has an opening of her new art exhibit, Debris Art Works, on Thursday Feb. 1st 4pm-6pm at the FTCC Gallery and all are invited. More Info and RSVP
STAY CONNECTED! Join the new UUCFnc Member Group on Facebook!
A closed group for members of congregation of UUCFnc to stay connected and up-to-date, no matter where our journeys may take us! Members must have signed THE BOOK to join this closed group.  Join the Group Here  Want to help? Let Trish know if you'd like to be a group moderator!
We are hiring!
UUCF is hiring for a child care/children's faith development position, ages birth to 12 years. This is a paid position. Time commitment is 1.5 hours on Sundays (September-June) and approximately 3 hours of preparation/training per week
Email us at: info@uucfnc.org or call: (910) 920-0347 to apply or refer a candidate. Current and non-members of the congregation are welcome to apply!
Update: We have had many people send resumes in response to our ad, so we are inviting them to attend services in January before formal interviews at the Feb. board meeting. We've also emailed all the Teacher Ed and Childcare programs at FTCC, Methodist and FSU to expand the search. To help us find the right person, candidates must come to a service and attend a child care session with a member of the congregation monitoring, and stay for conversation and fellowship to follow. Formal interviews will take place in an open format at the Feb. 11th board meeting, prior to Bylaw editing and all are welcome to attend. Only candidates who have attended a service will be invited to interview. Parents are highly encouraged to attend the open interview and stay for the vote to add their voice to the discussion after the candidates leave. We will either vote to extend an offer or vote to keep looking. 

The candidate must be willing to train in UU curricula for Children: 
- Tapestry of Faith (free program)   - OWL (Our Whole Life) training, paid for by UUCF. 
The ideal candidate:
will teach and nurture within the respects of the UU principles, has experience in child development/education, and is/agrees to become certified and educate themselves in OWL/other paths of UU Faith Development.
Social Justice & Community
We support these community organizations:
Breaking Rag  - Cape Fear Indivisible 
Cumberland County Foster Care - Fayetteville NOW
Fayetteville P.A.C.T. - Fayetteville PFLAG
Fayetteville PRIDESustainable Sandhills
Transgender Safe Haven - Quaker House - More Info

Transgender Safe Haven Support Group

Support Group Meetings are generally Saturdays at 2pm. 
Email: fnctransgendersh@gmail.com  
Hotline: 315-400-0453
Contact: Storm Silvermane  Learn More

January 27th: Board Meeting, 12pm - Support Group, 2pm

Clean Energy Summit: March 9 & 10, 2017
Interested in joining the UU-led Stewardship of Earth Committee? Join this Sunday. 

NOW Blue Stocking Salon: Poverty
January 27 at 2 PM - 4:30 PM at Revolutionary Coworking More Info
Fayetteville NOW Feb. Meeting
Tuesday. February 20 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM
More Info
Fayetteville PFLAG
Monthly Support Group 
Thursday, February 1 at 7 PM - 9 PM

UU Around the World

SIDE WITH LOVE is a public advocacy campaign that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. It is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association and all are welcome to join.

The organization received feedback from disability rights activists within Unitarian Universalism about the exclusionary and ableist language of “standing”. A move was then made to change the name from "Standing on the Side of Love" to "SIDE WITH LOVE." Great decision and great organization!  Check them out at: https://sidewithlove.org/

SIDE WITH LOVE:
30 Days of Love - Week 2  


Check out this week's Thirty Days of Love message with the theme "Good Soil, Good Seeds: Generative Creation."

"When we are deliberate and intentional in how we prepare, our results often reflect it. When we are rushed and default to that which we know best, we can often exclude the work and vision of those we say we value."

Read more on the Side with Love website.

Global Chalice Lighting: January 2018
We light this chalice in remembrance of those who laid down the foundation of our communities in the spirit of freedom, love and tolerance, to remember that true light will outshine darkness:

“Faith is the gift of God. The true signs of faith are an inner purity and love and an honest life and good deeds. Love is the ultimate interpretation and completion of the law. According to Jesus love is the plenitude of the law. Love is a royal commandment. Love is the true freedom, which does not bear the bondage of fear. Love is the creative spirit of the world, the highest treasure of humankind.” (Francis David, founder of the Hungarian Unitarian Church – XVIth century)

 

Our Guiding Principles of the UU Faith

1st PrincipleThe inherent worth and dignity of every person.
2nd PrincipleJustice, equity and compassion in human relations.
3rd PrincipleAcceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
4th PrincipleA free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
5th PrincipleThe right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
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