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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, NC

Sunday, December 23, 2018


SUNDAY, December 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

The Polar Express
A Special Holiday Reading

Fellowship Members
Jinsy Talbot, Dean Zuch, Donn Erickson, & Robert Velarde

Join us for this special staged reading of the beautiful Christmas story about The Polar Express, a magical train that transports children to the North Pole to see Santa present the first gift of Christmas.

Service Leader:  Jinsy Talbot
Greeters: Rob Velarde & Mary Teslow
Musicians & Choir: Mike Holland & Carla Woodmansee
Media: Gene Brown,  Flowers: Volunteer, 
Hosts: Jude Lowery & Jill Ellern


Announcements: contact the Service Leader
For upcoming services,
click on the chalice below to view our website.

Choir Rehearsal 10 am Sunday
All Are Welcome

Blue Glass chalice

UUFF Events and Happenings
Click on the chalice to visit the UUFF website.


We have the names and wishes for our family and older adult. Our family has a boy-4, a girl-10, and a boy-16. The young kids want a coat, shirt, pants, and shoes. Our older adult hopes for twin sheets, slipper socks and towels. Both families asked for a food gift card.

Good News!  All the tags have been taken.  If you'd still like to contribute, please be in touch with or 828-342-8880.

We're also looking for a couple of elves to deliver our gifts on Sunday afternoon, Dec 23rd.
Contemplative Dialog, Sunday December 23, 9:30 - 10:30 am
"Where does your capitalistic behavior meet your moral principles"      will be the general topic for this months discussion.
As usual, there will be silent contemplation followed by an open sharing of thoughts, accepting alternative view points and learning together.      All are welcome to participate. 
Call 828-524-3691 if you have questions.
Worship CommitteeWhat gives you meaning?
meets this Sunday at 12:45 in the sanctuary.

Folks are welcome to attend and share their comments and suggestions on services that give you meaning.
Sunday Service Musicians Welcome

The Worship Committee invites those who would like to play for Sunday Service to be in touch with Mike Holland at or 415-317-1392.  A variety of instruments is most welcome. Play one or more pieces.

Asian King in Franklin
Tuesday, December 25th at noon

Please let Rob Velarde know is you'd like to join us. or (828) 634-6418
Greetings from our Distant Members & Friends
Janice & Bob Schroeder, Joan Hawthorne, and Walter Burnett have sent their greetings to everyone.
Board Meeting Rescheduled

The December Board meeting was cancelled due to snow. The Board will meet again January 13. Discussion of themes from the Open Forum is on the agenda.

Whale Coast Alaska 2019!                                                                                                               
Four Unitarian Universalist Fellowships in Alaska invite you to our awe-inspiring, 26th annual Alaska tour program.

TOUR #1: National Park Tour, June 8-18, 2019 -- $3,258 
TOUR #2: All-Alaska Tour, July 5-17, 2019 – $3,887
WHERE:  From the coastal waters to the sunny Interior, from wilderness to modern cities.  We experience the best of Alaska: Fairbanks, Denali Park, Anchorage, Juneau, Sitka, Seward 
SEE:    -Wildlife: whales, seals, bears, moose, caribou, & more.
             -Glaciers, islands, fjords, and mountain ranges.
             -Native American artists and dancers.
             -Alaska’s finest museums.
             -Spectacular travel by train, plane, and boat.
STAY:  Real Alaska!  UU homestays, meals, & dinner parties with Alaska UUs who treat you like friends.
Director: Dave Frey, longtime Fairbanks UU
More information:
Telephone: 907-322-4966
Save $$$ - $100/person discount for group of 8
Hurry! Each tour sells out when 40 guests register   



Shared by Dan Teslow 

As we UUs travel our individual spiritual paths we share Seven Principles. Along our journeys we also share a source of light; a symbol of warmth, enlightenment and acceptance. The Flaming Chalice is central to our worship as a community as well as a source of illumination for us as individuals.
The original Flaming Chalice was first used in May 1940 by the Unitarian Service Committee as they coordinated relief efforts in occupied Europe. Over the next several years they helped thousands of refugees escape the Nazis. The USC provided a literal “light at the end of the tunnel” for fleeing Jews, Gypsies, outed Gays and out spoken Christians.
The USC director, Charles Joy, asked Hans Deutsch, a Czech refugee, to design an easily recognized symbol to use on correspondence, legal filings and IDs for refugees.
The chalice was never a subject of worship or an object of idolatry but a universal symbol of light, human dignity, illumination and the knowledge that “others” cared”.
Deutsch drew the chalice without ever having entered a Unitarian church, but he told Joy that he admired the denomination’s spirit.
“I am not what you may actually call a believer,” he said, “but if your kind of life is the profession of your faith – as it is, I feel sure – then religion, ceasing to be magic and mysticism, becomes confession to practical philosophy, and – what is more – to active, really useful social work.”
Albert Schweitzer wrote:
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown back into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.

 * Unitarian Universalism is a highly individualistic religion with no dogma concerning the spiritual nature of the world. As such, different UUs can have radically different ideas concerning the nature of the divine as well as ethical decisions.

As varied as the beliefs are, there are seven principles which members of the UU religious community agree upon. These are the foundations of the organization and which they promote.
They do not constitute a Catechism. We have no doctrinal manuals; questions followed by answers to be memorized. UU’s often prefer unanswered questions over unquestioned answers. Our shared Principles guide us along our individual sacred journeys and help us remain mindful of what is sacred to others.
Unitarian Universalist Congregations together affirm and promote Seven Principles as a Covenant of Community, which grew out of the ongoing dialogues within our communities and were affirmed democratically.

Please send me your news items for the UUView
Wendy Inglefield
Every Sunday is Good Neighbor Sunday!
Please leave your food donations in the basket in the Sanctuary.  It is requested that check donations be made out to "UUFFNC" with a notation for CareNet.  There is a list of Hispanic foods in the basket.  Thank you for contributing to assist the community with your caring hearts.
Stop by the Social Networking Table this Sunday after service.  
Learn about our Fellowship's programs and outreach activities. Church leaders and committee chairs are invited to use the table as another means of communicating with our members and friends.

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