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With the holidays approaching, we wanted to make you aware of the potential for longer than usual processing times for Announcement & Calendar Request Forms (ARF).
Please note the following anticipated processing times for ARFs submitted around upcoming holidays:
- ARFs Received November 21 – 26: ARFs will be processed on November 27.
- ARFs Received December 21 – 27: ARFs will be processed on December 28.
- ARFs Received December 28 – January 2: ARFs will be processed between January 3 and 4.
For any questions related to ARFs or foreseeable issues around ARF processing times around upcoming holidays, contact Libbie at Libbie@uufws.org
Part of living your best life is having the mobility and flexibility to do things you need, want and love to do. Winston Well-Being is partnering with the Shepherd’s Center and The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston Salem to offer this engaging series of training classes on mobility and flexibility. These sessions will improve your agility, balance and strength – whatever your current level of fitness might be. We will learn innovative and safe ways to stretch our bodies. Then we can enjoy the improved range of motion, circulation and mobility that regular stretching provides. We will also learn strategies to prevent falls and move safely. These classes are open to anyone interested in improving their physical well-being. Best of all it’s fun!
Classes will be held at The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston Salem Wednesday afternoons 1:30-2:30 PM starting on Wednesday, November 1. If the weather is nice, the classes will be held outside. If not, we will meet in the Emerson/Thoreau rooms.
Please contact Michael Fitzpatrick with Winston Well-Being (336) 995-6910 or email@example.com with your questions or for more information.
It’s been an exciting year! There’s a new energy at the Fellowship and many new faces on Sunday mornings. The Membership Team invites you to extend a warm Fellowship Welcome to each other, and especially to visitors and newcomers.
Here are some tips for being Radically Welcoming:
- PARKING: If you’re willing and able, please park at the Clothes Closet in the gravel lot, then follow the new mulched path. If mobility is not a concern for you, you may wish to park in the large gravel lot close to the tree line, especially if you arrive early. No spaces in the parking lot might be wrongly interpreted as no space in our growing congregation!
- GREETING: Look for new people when it’s time to greet each other at the beginning of the service. If someone is wearing a sticky name tag, it may be their first visit. If they’re wearing a white printed name tag, they may be a newcomer or still getting to know the congregation. Greet them and consider an extended conversation during coffee hour. If you discover that they’re visiting for the first (or second) time, help them find the New Here Gathering in the Whitney Young Welcome Room after the service!
- GREETING 2.0: Ask open ended questions as conversation starters. Some favorites from our seasoned Sunday Greeters:
- Good morning. My name is ___________. Have we met?
- Welcome to the Fellowship. How did you find us?
- Are there any questions I can answer for you?
- SEATING: Move toward the front of the Fellowship Hall and leave seats on the aisles if you’re willing and able. It’s radically welcoming for visitors and newcomers to find a seat quickly and easily. The room is getting crowded, a good problem to have, and we must be intentional about leaving easily accessible spaces for newcomers. Reminder: Seats with handles are to support members and friends whose mobility is challenging. Leave them open if you don’t need them.
The Garden Council of Winston Salem has granted us $300 to buy flowering native plants to beautify the front walkway area. Next spring the flower brigade volunteers (who this year created the new flower beds around the back deck) will beautify our front walkway, thanks to the financial generosity of The Garden Council.
Due to multiple scheduling conflicts, the Nursery will be closed on Sunday, June 25th. Parents/Guardians are welcome to bring their children with them to participate in YoUUngish and Worship.
Also, an Assistant is needed in the Nursery on July 2nd. Please email Pam at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to help Katherine J care for our youngest during Worship (from 10:15-am until children picked up after Service).
It is our pleasure to announce that Rae Elizabeth Taylor entered the world on Friday, June 2 at 12:45 pm. She is named after her grandmothers, Colleen Rae Taylor and Karen Elizabeth Parker. Both women are grounded in love, and lead their lives with caring and smarts. As Rae finds and carves her own way in the world, we hope these attributes of her grandmothers provide her with a solid foundation.
She is 7 lbs 8.6 ounces and a bit over 21 inches, as they couldn’t get her full height because she wouldn’t straighten her legs! Rae continues to vocalize her needs, and do just what she wants – and we love this about her already. Of course we think she is perfect and are completely smitten. We think she is with us too. After being born she yelled loudly as she cleaned out her airways, had a remarkably tight grip around Dan’s finger, and was comforted by Kayla singing a family song to her.
Even before arriving on this side, Rae Elizabeth showed the independence and head-strong nature she comes by honestly through her parents by flipping and remaining in a breech position through the final month of pregnancy. She therefore came into this world through a planned c-section, and is able to share a birthday with her maternal grandmother, Karen Elizabeth..
Both us parents are exhausted and elated, and our whole family will stay at the hospital for several days of routine monitoring that follows a c-section. We have felt and so appreciate the love, support and celebration we know you all are sending. Thank you. It has grounded and buoyed us, and we trust it will do the same for our sweet baby Rae as well.
Rev. Kayla & Dan
Thank you to everyone who made the First Annual Fellowship Variety Show a spectacular success! I am proud to announce that we will do this again next May! I am so proud to be part of this Fellowship because you never have to do something like this totally by yourself. There was so much support and enthusiasm that I just can’t take all the credit. Again, thank you for your support and we’re looking for new acts next year!
Variety Show Organizer
Whether it has a magnet, a pin, or stickiness on the back….it’s TIME to wear your name tag!
Dig to the bottom of your car console and check your backpacks. If you REALLY can’t find your name tag, be sure to make one and wear it for the next 2 Sundays (and weekday events) while Rev. Kayla Parker is here. For that matter…why not wear it at all Fellowship events all the time!?
*Parents, please encourage children to wear name tags, too, if your family is comfortable with them wearing one.
(Note: All spots are full!)
Did you know that we have six flower beds behind our building that are devoted to pollinator-attractive native plants? These beds need some TLC. Please adopt one of these and Master Gardener Kathy Johnson will coach you on their care and possible enhancements. Janet Loew has kicked things off, with adoption of one bed. Thank you Janet! Contact Kathy Johnson at email@example.com if you are willing to adopt one.