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Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin, NC

Sunday, January 27, 2019

New Horions
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SUNDAY, January 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

Apple Core with Faces

Do Atheists Sin?

Gene Brown
This Sunday, Gene will be exploring a long time debate of whether or not Atheist are capable of sinning. This message reflects the concept of Sin as it is viewed by various faiths, how Sin is perceived by Atheists, and does this word fit their way of being?

Service Leader:  Jude Lowery
Greeters: Rob Velarde & Dan Teslow
Musicians & Choir: Mike Holland & Penny Brewster
Media: Warren Riley, Flowers: Lois Perry
Hosts: Marge Abel & Jan Kuck


Announcements: contact the Service Leader
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Choir Rehearsal 10 am Sunday
All Are Welcome

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UUFF Events and Happenings
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Contemplative DialogueRings

Sunday, January 27th - 9:30 - 10:30 am

Topic: Do we ever freely make a conscious choice between two or more actions or beliefs? (Free Will)

Our fourth Sunday, monthly meeting of Contemplative Dialog will be Sunday, January 27th.  We will meet to contemplate this topic for 7 minutes of silent contemplation followed by sharing of thoughts.  Come join us for this open discussion where everyone’s opinion is welcomed and respected.  We have much to learn from each other.

This program is open to all and we hope you can join us.  Bring a friend.  No reservations necessary.   UU Fellowship - 89 Sierra Dr. Franklin.  Coffee and discussion - 9:30-10:30 am before service.  
828 524-3691.

JOYS & CONCERNS - January Straw Poll

Closes Saturday, February 26, 2019 at 8:00 am

In July 2018, the Worship Committee began a trial re-sequencing of Joys & Concerns in the order of service.  Based on feedback from the Open Forum, we would appreciate your feedback on this change and have created an online poll for members, friends, and others to respond.

Your thoughts and opinions are a useful tool in the running of the Fellowship. This method of seeking input is being developed.  PLEASE respond.  Your comments in any form are always welcome.

The poll is shown below and will run for the first three weeks in January at the link  below. The Worship Committee meets on the 4th Sunday when we will review the results and share with the community.
How do you like the current location of Joys & Concerns during the closing circle?
1 2 3 4 5
Dislike Neither Like
Nor Dislike
Like Strongly
Click the link below to go to the straw poll online.

Straw Poll
OmbudsThe Board is pleased to announce that Bonnie Gramlich and Joe Whitenton have agreed to serve as ombuds for the Fellowship. (Ombuds is better than ombudsman and less awkward than ombudsperson.) They are available should concerns about the Fellowship arise and are available as an additional resource. Bringing issues directly to the Board is still welcome.
Bonnie Gramlich: - 828-342-0546
Joe Whitenton: - 828-349-6151
Used Cell Phone to Donate?

We are looking for a cell phone for someone in the Fellowship.  If you have recently upgraded your phone and are trying to figure out what to do with the old one, please consider donating it to the UU.  828 524-3691
Share-the-Plate - January 20th - NAACP

We will be sending $42 to our local NAACP chapter.

Click on the image to learn more.

Bizet's Opera "Carmen" in Highlands
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 12:30 pm

A group of UUFF folks and friends will be attending Bizet's Opera "Carmen" at the Highlands Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 2  at 12:30 This will be live from the Met in New York City

For more information and to carpool, please call Laura Loveless 706-782-5326
From Sue Ann & Tom ReisdorphThank You

We would like to thank our UU Friends for the wonderful heart-felt cards,  phone calls, emails, personal wishes and attendance @ our luncheon in Celebration Hall on December 16th expressed in honor of our 50th Anniversary.   
In Friendship & Love, Sue Ann & Tom Reisdorph
Get Well SoonPaul Chew has been under the weather and would appreciate calls and/or cards. 

Hope you're feeling lots better so you can attend your Mother's memorial in the Pacific Northwest later this month.
Wendy Inglefield is currently hospitalized.  Details are private.

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Shared by Dan Teslow 

As UUs, travelling our individual spiritual paths and joining together in our common search for justice, we covenant to affirm and support Seven Principles. Along with these principles, we also share both sources of light and darkness on these journeys.

A symbol of warmth, enlightenment and acceptance, our Flaming Chalice is central to our worship as a community as well as a source of illumination for us as individuals.
As a vestige of our primal feral fears and the manufactured monstrosities of our medieval forebears, our residual sense of Sin can darken every path we take.
Though we reject the concept that a person is born and enslaved in Original Sin, do we really, totally “respect the inherent worth and dignity” of “those” people?

We claim to believe that people are punished by their sins (deeds) and not for them, and that the evil people do lives with them. We would never intervene to see that “they’ got what ‘they” had coming for “their” sins. Or, would “we”?

Do we demean everyone, including ourselves, by proclaiming that moral and ethical living only occurs because people fear hell and damnation?

Are our efforts to lead responsible lives primarily seeking the warmth of the light around us or fleeing the darkness within?

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Wendy Inglefield

Wendy is hospitalized and details are private.
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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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