OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE AT UUFCC
It is always a good idea to check www.uufcc.org calendar to confirm the following dates.
++ The contact information for these people is listed in our directory.
Meatless Meal – Learning to eat vegetarian fare is about living our values. Held once a month; dates to be announced in the Updates; see Mary Jane Williams++.
Dine Around – Hosts provide the main dish for one meal and attend two others. Those who are unable to host may attend one meal. Events can be dinners, brunch, picnics, etc. Held during “season.” See MaryLou Proudfoot Kennedy++.
Who are UU Breakfast? – This is a chance to meet Rev Amy, and some members and friends of UUFCC. It's an opportunity to share information about ourselves, Unitarian Universalism, and our Fellowship with each other in a more relaxed setting, sharing good food and good company.
Potlucks - 1st Sundays after services
Cafe' Serendipity – (Open to the public) This is a monthly coffee house that features an open mic opportunity for musicians of all skill levels to experience public performing and to enjoy the talents of fellow participants. Storytellers and aspiring comics are encouraged to contribute as well. Café Serendipity: “A sweet, welcoming little venue where the jokes are often funny, the stories are true, mostly, and the music is always better than it sounds -- where anxious people can get up and do what they’ve always known they could do!” No cover charge. 2nd Fridays @7; see Steve Pollard++.
Choir – Thursdays at 6:15 and Sundays at 9:30 for practice during high season. Performances are as scheduled; see Jim Boyle, Choir Director++.
Concert Series – Professional performers bring their musical gifts to UUFCC. Held during season; see media for information; see Jack Osborne++.
Karaoke - Karaoke and sing-alongs. 2nd Fridays @ 5:30; see Peg Stunkard++.
Serendipity Revue!! Venue – (Open to the public) This concert venue showcases some of the most skilled and popular of our local folk musicians and composers who have graced the monthly stage at Cafe' Serendipity. All proceeds of the gratuities collected ($10 per person is suggested at the door) go to the performers and to charities approved by the UUFCC. Dates to be announced *; see Steve Pollard++.
Auction / Crafts Fair and other special events as announced * - Throughout the year, UUFCC sponsors activities. See media for more information.
Men’s Group – Varied activities, such as bowling, a visit to a local brewery, games night, and a fund-raiser. These activities are open to women, and organized by the men. Dates to be announced; see George Clattenburg++.
Receptions for Exhibiting Artists - dates to be announced; Art Committee.
Artists and Writers
Art on Wall: -- Ensure that we have beautiful and interesting art exhibits on the wall and in the glass cases which reflect the values and principles of our UU fellowship by featuring diverse artists from the congregation as well as the outside community.
Book Group - Our Book Club meets monthly to discuss a book selected by the members with reported excellent writing, themes that have contemporary significance, and being a pleasure to read. The selection over several years has been highly diverse in type from biography, autobiography, classics, novels, documentaries, etc. The group's leader usually facilitates the discussion, but the person who recommends a particular book sometimes does. Last Wednesday of each month @ 1:30 Mary Jane Williams++.
Environmental & Social Justice
Green Sanctuary - Meets as needed; see Gudrun Matthaus++
Grounds Group - Meets non-rainy Thursdays @ 8 AM; see Dennis Shaw++, chair.
Immigration Justice Committee - Meets usually on Fridays @ 5 pm; see Betty Barriga++, chair.
Racial Justice Committee – 3rd Sunday @ noon; see Lynn Ritchie++ Chair -- TBD.
Sierra Club – 3rd Tuesday @ 7 pm (Open to the Public) See http://www.gchgroup.org/ for more information.
Social Justice Committee Meetings - 2nd Sunday @ noon; see Herb Levin++
Social Justice Field Trips - opportunities announced in “Weekly Updates”
“Conversation Among Friends” - We are friends who care about one another and are interested in each person's perspective. A true conversation unfolds based on listening and building on the ideas already expressed. Sundays @ 9:00; see Ronna James++.
Spiritual Growth Opportunities
Chalice Circles – Chalice Circles encourage people in their spiritual growth and help them develop relationships of substance and depth. The primary subject matter of Chalice Circles is the members’ lives. They meet on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 2-3:30 pm. See Joseph Fenty++.
Children’s Religious Education and Childcare - Sundays following the Chalice Lighting (see Jennifer Rose++)
Note: Children in Religious Education classes attend services on the 1st Sunday of each month and Sundays when Charlotte County has a vacation during the school year. Childcare is available every Sunday from 10-12.
“Healing Oasis” - Healing Touch Practitioners - 4th Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00 * (Except Nov. and Dec. when it falls on the 3rd Wednesdays); see Karen Yelk++.
Meditation - Drawing from the Buddhist tradition, we hold a discussion for the first 30 minutes, and then meditate for the last 25 minutes. Every Thursday from 5: – 6: pm; see Helen Sokalski ++.
Mystical Experiences Group – If you've had what you consider a mystical experience; a prophetic dream, vision, ESP, near death experience, other spiritual experiences, then come join the group. It is a safe place to embrace the totality of who you are in the presence of others. No nay-sayers allowed. 3rd Sundays @ noon; see Patrick Eaton++.
(Free will offering of $5 or more for instructor)*; see Sue Burgess++
NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Support Group – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays; 6 - 8 PM (Open to the Public) NAMI is a national organization for the support and education of the mentally ill as well as their families and friends. Contact Person: Karen Clark Pres., (941-505-8092 or KNTClark10@gmail.com)
* Indicates a modest donation or fee for participants
LEADERSHIP (meetings scheduled as needed unless specified)
Art on the Wall - Trudy Gerhardt++
Auction Committee - Kay Azar, chair++
Caring & Hospitality - 2nd Wed @10:00; Debbie Conrad++ and Trudy Gerhardt++, co-chairs
Children’s Religious Education – Jennifer Rose++
Communications – TBD, chair
Facilities – TBD
Finance – chair TBD
Grounds Group - Dennis Shaw++, chair. Meets non-rainy Thursdays @ 8 A
Immigration Justice – Betty Barriga++, chair
Membership – Lynn Ritchie++, chair
Newsletter - Virginia Abraham++, editor. NOTE: deadlines are the 20th of each month
Patient Advocacy – Herb Levin++
Racial Justice – Chair TBD++
Social Justice – Herb Levin++, chair - meets 2nd Sundays @ noon
Stewardship Committee – Dennis Shaw++, chair
Worship Associates - Virginia Abraham++, chair
It is a good idea to check our WEB CALENDAR at www.uufcc.org or call the office for email updates: 941-627-4303. If you have an event that you wish to schedule, please fill out a space request form and return it to the office.