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Sunday, March 19
"Powering it up for Ministry"  - Rev. Gordon Gibson

Join us for a great Sunday! As we takes steps to bring a UU minister to UUFEC, Rev. Gibson offers the following: 

Our challenges as Unitarian Universalists in this day and age may feel daunting. But we need to understand the power that we have to be our best selves and to build strongly functioning communities.
With some stories from the civil rights era and an account of the most powerful sermon I ever heard, I hope to help you power up for ministry.
Rev. Gibson is a retired UU minister who served congregations in Massachusetts, Mississippi & Indiana. He has been deeply involved in justice throughout his career, dating back to helping with voter registration in Selma in 1965. In 2015, the Unitarian Universalist Association awarded him the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Read more about Rev. Gibson justice here.


Nursery - Provides nurturing childcare for infants through pre-kindergarten.
Picture Book Unitarian Universalism – K-2nd grade
Explore our UU principles through carefully selected picture books which illustrate UU identity.  (Piper Room)
Harry and UU - Grades 3 - 5 include fun wizarding activities, but the main purpose of the curriculum is social action. The class forms a chapter of Dumbledore’s army and fights against various Horcruxes.  Horcruxes are real world social action projects in our community.  (Stage Room)
Youth - Middle and high school students are welcome in service.  Our youth program meets second hour. 
After the service: SOCIAL TIME   
While you catch up with some great UUs over coffee, limited copies of Southern Witness, by Rev. Gibson, will be available for purchase and signing. Books are $16 each. Please consider purchasing a book for $20. The $4 will go to the church and it will save us dealing with change.
Second Hour:  Spaghetti Celebration
Special thank you to Ellen Holt and Amy Weinberg for preparing food for to help us celebrate our progress toward hiring a minister. We got many RSVPs and are making a little extra food just in case! 
Child Care will be available 
March 26 - Guest Speaker
April 2 - Tiffany Sapp "Health, Healing and Illness"
April 9 - Rev. Bob Eddy, Palm Sunday
April 16 - Rev. Bob Eddy, Easter
Please bring your donation form this Sunday to help us:
  • bring a UU minister to UUFEC and keep her/him here!
  • grow our many programs.
We have received 28 forms. We need to hear from the rest of you!  
Do you need a pledge form? Click here to download the file.
 Also see "Pledging "FAQs" here
Stepping it up for Ministry:
THANK YOU to the 23 families/members/friends ("pledging units") who have pledged/donated $37,557 to our Ministry Foundation Fund.  Help us keep "stepping it up," so we can bring a Unitarian Universalist minister to UUFEC.
Annual pledge: Supporting UUFEC for 2017-18
to the 28 "pledging units" who have pledged $65,930 to support UUFEC in the next fiscal year. We're about 60% of the way to our goal that will help us sustain a minister's salary and grow in other ways. 
And we can't say it enough: THANK YOU
The RE program is still in need of DUCT TAPE IN A VARIETYOF COLORS/PATTERNS. Please consider picking up a roll to donate the next time you are out shopping.  In an upcoming multi-age lesson, duct tape will symbolize flexibility. Children will be reflecting on the value and qualities of developing an open mind. Should make for a fun and educational Sunday! 
The UUFEC Board of Trustees will be holding its monthly meeting on Tuesday, 21 March.  The meeting is expected to begin at 6:32 pm.
In case you missed it last week: Connecting to Unitarian Universalism:
Updates and Opportunities for Action
Our job as Unitarian Universalists remains the same;
bring our values of hope, love, courage, justice and joy into the world.
These words are from the lead article by Kathy McGowan, in the latest Southern Region Newsletter, which came out March 6. Click here to read the entire article, plus updates on how UUs are taking action across the South, other news roundups, and upcoming conferences.
Want to meet UUs from the South? Registration is open for the "mid-south" gathering April 7-9 in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more about the program and registration details here
Resist and Rejoice at the 2017 General Assembly ("GA") of the Unitarian Universalist Association. 
This year's GA is just four hours away in New Orleans, June 21-25 -- a great chance to meet THOUSANDS of UUs from across the country. Read the March 1 UUA Bulletin for more info about GA. 
Interested in attending? Please contact UUFEC president Josh Ashley (; financial assistance may be available to help defray the costs.
Plus, our fabulous RE Committee is working to support the attendance for our older youth. Please contact Lisa Farley ( for details.
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