UUFF eNews - Week of June 5, 2024

Sunday 11am Service

Sunday, June 9th: "Pride!" UUFF’s support of Pride means a LOT to many of our members and friends. Three of our beloved members will share their stories, and we will talk about our fellowship's involvement in NWA Pride. This is also a CHOIR SUNDAY!

CHOIR MEMBERS, please gather in the Sanctuary at 10am on Sunday for rehearsal!

You can attend service in person at the fellowship building or view it remotely online via Facebook Live Stream. To attend via Facebook, click on: https://www.facebook.com/share/VjLXD7GsPo18X5x8/ at exactly 11am Central Standard Time (CST), and then click on "Watch Live Video. You don't need a Facebook account to access.

The UUFF Nursery (located downstairs) offers childcare during both the 10am Religious Exploration hour and the 11am Service.

Please see Nursery Coordinator, Alex Emmons if you need to register your child(ren) or if you have questions.

We are currently seeking an additional Nursery Childcare Assistant to join the UUFF Nursery Crew!

CLICK HERE to read the job description (also includes job application form). If you are interested, please fill out the included employment application, and turn it in to the Nursery or the Office.

Sunday 10AM Religious Exploration Classes

Meditation Group - each Sunday morning via zoom, starting at 9am.

If you'd like to attend or just to know more, please contact UUFF's Operation Manager, Christina Maples, at uuff.ar.CMaplesOM@gmail.com

Adult RE Mindful Discussion is held at 10am each Sunday in the downstairs common room. All are welcome.


Topic this Sunday: "Ikigai -Japanese Secret to Longevity and a Happy Life." Ikigai loosely translates to “the happiness of always being busy,” and is centered around a person’s true purpose in life. Finding your ikigai is said to make life more meaningful.

In Okinawa, Japan, a "blue zone" with the highest concentration of centenarians in the world, ikigai is a common theme, according to authors García and Miralles who interviewed some of the world’s oldest people.

A Japanese proverb states: “Only staying active will make you want to live a hundred years.”

Join us to learn their secret!

Youth (ages 11+) and Children's (ages 4-11) Religious Exploration Classes are offered each Sunday at 10am in the classrooms downstairs.

Questions about this Sunday or about YRE or CRE in general? Contact Leanda Gavin (lmshelby@gmail.com) or Stephanie Bentley (stephmacbentley@gmail.com).

UUFF Cares Update

UUFF Members & Staff with Birthdays in JUNE:

Lois Alward

Elizabeth Littlepage

Tommy Maness

Quinn Montana

Jeannie True-Jenkins

Andy Unger

Sandy Vetter

Dane Wagner

If you would like to send these folks a card or note and are unable to access the online directory, you may contact Fawn at uuff.ar@gmail.com and ask for the address.

UUFF Events, Announcements & Opportunities

Thanks to everyone who donated tornado relief items this past week!

FEMA and Red Cross have now taken over relief efforts, so we won't be collecting donations at UUFF any longer, but you can still keep up with community disaster relief needs by checking https://www.rogersschools.net/disaster-relief

UUFF family, it’s PRIDE SEASON, and for the first time ever, we will have a table at the Pride Festival - the weekend of June 28th-30th!

As usual, UUFF will participate in both the Pride Parade (on Saturday, June 29th) and the Trans March (on Friday, June 28th), and this year we are taking this amazing community outreach opportunity a step further by reserving table space for the events! Enoch Anglin will be heading the table and would love to have some folks join in the fun and help them out.

On Saturday, June 29th, the Pride Booth opens at 8am for set up. The festival starts at 11am and ends at 4:30pm. Right after that, at 5pm, we will be joining the Pride Parade! We will need marchers and are looking for a truck to turn into a float, so if you have a truck and want to deck it out, please contact us!

We will also have a vendor booth at the Trans March Festival on Friday, June 28th! We will start setting up at 5pm, and the festival lasts from 7pm-10pm. We need volunteers to help with this table as well!

If you are interested in helping out in any way, please contact Enoch (enochanglin@gmail.com)! Happy Pride y’all!

Dallas Arceneaux is heading up UUFF's relationship with 7hills Homeless Center, and he is happy to continue transporting donations. We have a specially labeled collection cart in the UUFF lobby by the entrance doors, or you can drop off donations at the center yourself. To check the current needs, go to: https://7hillscenter.org/7hills-needs-list/

In addition to the online list, we have also been made aware of a current special need for electrolyte hydration powder packets that can be added to water to prevent dehydration (see pictured example). These can literally be a life-saver as the warm seasons come upon us. THANKS for your support!

Calendar of UUFF Events for June 5th - 13th

Every Thursday - 9-11am (note the earlier time for summer beginning June 6th!) - UUFF Grounds Work Day - UUFF

Thursday, 06/06 - 1pm - Women Rowing North Discussion Group Meeting - Butterfield Trail Village Lodge

Thursday, 06/06 - 6:30pm - Justice Team Meets at the OMNI Center (confirm with Dina Nash)

Saturday, 06/08 - 1-4pm - UUFF Leadership Meeting - Sanctuary

Sunday, 06/09 - 9am - Sunday Meditation Group - Zoom

Sunday, 06/09 - 10am - Choir Rehearsal - Sanctuary

Sunday, 06/09 - 10am - Adult RE Mindful Discussions Group - Downstairs Common Room

Sunday, 06/09 - 10am - Children and Youth RE Classes - Downstairs

Sunday, 06/09 - 11am - Main Sunday Service - UUFF or remotely via Facebook Live Stream

Wednesday, 06/12 - 6pm - Space Team Meeting - UUFF

Every Thursday - 9-11am - UUFF Grounds Work Day - UUFF

UUFF Main Contact Info:

Office Phone: 479-521-8422

Administrator Email: uuff.ar@gmail.com

Mailing Address: 901 W. Cleveland St. / Fayetteville, AR 72701

*UUFF's Associate Minister/Music Director, Rev. Renée Janski, does not keep regular office hours due to her extensive & varied ministerial duties. To schedule a meeting with Rev. Renée, please email janskistudio@gmail.com *

* UUFF's Operations Manager ("OM"), Christina Maples, can be contacted by emailing uuff.ar.CMaplesOM@gmail.com *

UUFF's Weekday Office Hours have increased to Monday - Friday from 10am-2pm! Disclaimer: Hours are subject to change based on OM/Admin vacation, inclement weather, work errands, personal appointments, illness, holidays, etc.

Please refer to our website - www.uufayetteville.org - for the latest UUFF news and updates.

Non-UUFF Events & Opportunities

Juneteenth is coming up soon, and all are invited to celebrate!

From https://juneteenth.uark.edu/:

"The University of Arkansas and the NWA Juneteenth Planning Committee invite the community, friends and family to celebrate our annual Northwest Arkansas Juneteenth Celebrations, which commemorate the anniversary of African American emancipation. Celebrating 28 years of Black Culture in NWA!


Freedom Festival

Saturday June 15th ~ 2 pm – 11 pm

Shiloh Square, Springdale, AR

We are excited to partner with Music MovesCommunity Cohesion Project and Interform Fashion to bring another amazing event to NWA.

The Freedom Festival will take place Downtown Springdale Square on June 15th from 2pm-9pm! This event is FREE to the public! We’ll have lots of fun with live music, games, giveaways, and activities for the whole family!!

NWA is gearing up for 2024 Juneteenth celebration! As a federal holiday, Juneteenth commemorates the full emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Local organizations are planning a special way to observe Juneteenth this year with the Freedom Festival in downtown Springdale.

2024 Freedom Festival Music Lineup will include Soul Train Nominated R&B Artist “Donell Jones”, Iconic Funk Band “Cameo”, and Grammy Nominated Hip Hop Artist “Twista”. Several local and regional artists will open the festival."

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