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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, NC

Sunday, December 16, 2018


SUNDAY, December 16, 2018 at 11:00 am

"Singing Back the Sun"
a Winter Concert

Solstice Singers
Agrarian societies were often sun worshipers. Most of these societies felt that they must have some type of ritual to help the sun to regain its strength or "return" after the December solstice. This is the basis for Singing Back the Sun. We will present the story of the Solstice from the growing dark to the growing light in song. Join the Solstice singers and help us sing the sun back and make sure that Winter does not stick around.

Service Leader:  Mary Teslow
Greeters: Volunteers
Musicians: Sarah Harkins, Carla Woodmansee & Mike Holland
Choir: Mike Holland & Carla Woodmansee
Media: Gene Brown,  Flowers: Volunteer, 
Host: Sue Ann & Tom Reisdorph 50th Anniversary celebration


Announcements: contact the Service Leader
For upcoming services,
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Choir Rehearsal 10 am Sunday
All Are Welcome

Blue Glass chalice

UUFF Events and Happenings
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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.

Since we missed last Sunday, we have a short turn-around to pick a tag and bring our gifts. If you'd like to reserve a tag and have the specifics, please me 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.

Reisdorph's Celebrate their 50th
on Sunday, December 16th

To our UUFF family: In celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary, we will be hosting a luncheon in Celebration Hall with the assistance of Rob Velarde after the service Sunday, December 16th. We ask please…NO GIFTS…your presence is our gift. However, cards are welcome. Tom and Sue Ann.

UU Members and Friends Art Show and Sale

Happening now through Dec 16th!

Please contact Laura Loveless for information and to exhibit. or 706-782-5326


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
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.
Thank You
Thank you to the 32 members and friends
who attended the Fellowship Open Forum and shared their views. 
Thank you also to Bonnie Gramlich for facilitating our gathering.
The Board will be reviewing the themes and following-up.

Watch for updates.
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.

Our very own Mike Holland and Man Treble will be performing!
December 15th at 7 pm, December 16th at 4pm
For more information click on the link below.

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 

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We also draw from many historical traditions and sources of wisdom for old and new insights along our individual paths and community journeys.

Sources we draw from include:

  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
You Are the Holiday Miracle By Gwen Matthews

As December opens up before us, we welcome in the gift of reflection. We turn toward our holiday celebrations and search for common threads of meaning.

We begin with Yule, the winter solstice, and we are invited to explore duality, cycles, and seasons, and to witness the Holly King being overcome by the Oak King. Yule reminds us that we all partake in the miracle of renewal.

Hanukkah, the festival of lights, commemorates a time of miracles when the faith of the Jewish people sustained them to reclaim their holy temple and keep the light of the menorah burning for eight days.

Christmas, the celebration of Jesus' humble birth in a manger, offers us to revisit the miracle of birth and the desire to find saviors to heal the scars of humanity.

Here, in our Fellowship, you are just as much a holiday miracle as the turning of the earth, as persistence and dedication to a faith, as the creation of each new life. We see the love you give to others, the space you create to hold one another's joys and sorrows, and the generosity and spirit you entrust to this community.

You are the holiday miracle. This community is one of miracle-makers.


 * 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.

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Wendy Inglefield

Thank you, Mary Teslow, for doing more than your share this week on the newsletter as I have been without internet service!
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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