A Celebration of Life service for Herman Ernest Schmid Jr, “Ernie”, has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 6th at 1:30pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Winston-Salem. The family looks forward to joining friends to celebrate Ernie’s life. Donna Schmid should be attending. Stories and memories are appreciated and can be shared at his Caring Bridge page: https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ernieschmid or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Since last summer, the Governance Systems Task Force (GSTF) and Reverend Ed Brock, have been working together with the Board, staff, and volunteer committee/team leaders to jointly review our policies to clarify responsibility and authority for decision making, with a goal of empowering staff and volunteers to more effectively carry out our mission. Over the past months the GSTF has communicated our progress and solicited feedback through three Town Halls, the UU Forum, meetings with committee Chairs and staff, and regular updates through our newsletter, emails and Board notes.
Recently, Rev. Ed and staff met to discuss staff responsibilities, specifically which staff will support each team and group. Committees support the work of governance and assessment (led by the Board), and teams and groups support the day-to-day programming and operations (led by the Minister and Staff). Our staff embrace this opportunity and look forward to supporting their assigned teams.
The chart below lists all of our committees and teams, as well as many of our groups. Here you will find which staff person will support each team or group, as well as which committees will support the work of the Board of Trustees.
For most of our volunteers, these changes will not affect the volunteer work you are already doing. However, you may start to see the positive impact our staff liaisons will have as they bring a professional level of planning and goal setting to our group work. Our staff are the go-to persons for any questions or needs your group may have.
Wish you were more engaged? Contact Membership Manager Caron Armstrong and she can help you find a committee, team or group that’s a good fit for you.
We are continuing to work together with staff, committees and teams to lay the groundwork for a healthier and more impactful congregation, one poised for growth. We welcome your feedback.
For a printable copy, please email GSTF@uufws.org.
Let’s come together to prepare lunches for Sunnyside Freedom School this summer. We will prepare meals in the UUFWS kitchen on Tuesday evenings (6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12 & 7/19) and serve the meals to students at Trinity Moravian Church (220 E. Sprague St.) on Wednesdays (6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13 & 7/20) at lunch time.
Click HERE to sign up to help with preparation and/or serving. Contact Carol Ziel or Don Kautz for more information.
The Sunnyside Freedom School summer program boosts student motivation to read, generates positive attitudes toward learning, and connects the needs of children and families to resources in their communities. The Social Action Council supports this program through preparation of lunches, and encourages members to also donate snacks and supplies for the program. You can donate exactly what they need at this site – click HERE.
Be a part of the annual PRIDE Winston-Salem Parade and Festival. The UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem will have a booth featuring our beautiful yellow UUFWS tent and information about our Fellowship. UUFWS participants will march as a group in the parade. Plan to wear your yellow “Standing on the Side of Love” shirt and join the festivities.
We need help to set up the tent and displays, and also need volunteers to take shifts at the booth throughout the day.
Click HERE to sign up.
It takes many hands to make successful Sundays happen at the Fellowship! Consider signing up for one of these important roles. Try something new by signing up for one of the teams below.
Do you remember what it was like to arrive at the Fellowship for the first time? Consider joining the Fellowship Greeters and provide a warm welcome to members, friends and newcomers.
CLICK HERE to learn more or to sign up. Questions? Reach out to Katherine Acenas at email@example.com.
This important team helps to make the Sunday service run smoothly by welcoming friends and newcomers as they enter the Fellowship Hall and by supporting the elements of the service throughout the morning.
CLICK HERE to learn more or to sign up. Questions? Reach out to Paul Spedding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve missed gathering over coffee or tea after Sunday services. Weather permitting and provided we have enough helping hands for coffee/tea service, we’ll gather outdoors once again!
CLICK HERE to learn more or to sign up. Questions? Reach out to Megan Foster at email@example.com.
The EcoSolutions Team announced at the April 24th worship service that the Fellowship has surpassed our goal to reduce energy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, meeting the first goal in our Climate Resolution! In 2019, our last full year before the pandemic, we were 48% under our 2016 level. This reduction is primarily a result of the installation of solar panels, but other actions included switching to LED bulbs throughout the building, installing LED lights in our parking lot, monitoring building maintenance and other energy saving decisions. We strive to purchase the latest energy saving technology available to us when we upgrade our cooling and heating equipment. And we continue to look at ways to make our building energy efficient, such as installing additional insulation and reducing leaks around windows and doors.
Our EcoSolutions Team is continually striving to educate the Fellowship and take action both at the Fellowship and in the community. To become involved and receive notices about our quarterly meetings, send your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is our entire Climate Resolution, approved by our congregation on May 23, 2021.
Approved May 23, 2021
Protecting and preserving the earth is a key tenet of the Fellowship’s mission. To achieve this mission it is essential for us to work within the Fellowship and in collaboration with others in the broader community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In keeping with the City of Winston Salem, Forsyth County, the Unitarian Universalist Association and the global Paris Climate Agreement, the UU Fellowship of Winston-Salem resolves to:
1. Reduce the Fellowship’s energy sector greenhouse gas emissions by 45% or greater from 2005 levels by 2030.
2. Utilize 70% clean renewable energy by 2030.
3. Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
4. Advocate for achieving these goals individually and throughout the community.
5. Work in partnership with vulnerable or marginalized communities that disproportionately experience and confront the realities of the climate crisis.
6. Provide climate-focused educational and spiritual content during worship services, religious education and congregational life to inspire members to act in their personal lives to reduce their carbon footprint and consider the earth in their decision making.
7. Institute a process whereby the carbon footprint and/or environmental impact, if any, is factored into Board, staff and committee decision making, so that we may fulfill our mission to protect and preserve the earth and reach our sustainability goals. Establish a working group to integrate this process into the Strategic Plan along with a system of monitoring and reporting.
Did you know that there are resources on the website to help you set up your monthly pledge payments?
Go the website and click the red Donate button. Then choose the first option in the drop-down, Donate Online Now:
Once you’re on the Donate Online Now tab, choose the account you need (ex.- your 2021 pledge, the Jan-June 2022 stub year pledge, or your new pledge for the July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023 period). Enter the amount you wish to set up as a recurring donation and indicate the frequency of the payment and when you’d like the payments to begin (e.g., $100, paid monthly, beginning 7/1/22). At the bottom of the screen, choose whether you wish to pay by credit/debit card or ACH bank transfer, and once you’ve made that choice enter the information requested. Hit the blue GIVE button, and you’re all set!
We have an Eastern Phoebe nest! There are 5 eggs inside. The nest is high on the wall near the back door to the Fellowship Hall. Stay tuned!
Phoebe’s are one of Janet and Josh Loew’s favorite birds, which is why their daughter is Phoebe Loew!
To participate in a weekly birding walk with Don Kautz, join him and the Aging Well: Expanding Horizons walking group on Tuesdays at 3 pm (weather permitting). Details are HERE.
The 2022 Women’s Retreat is scheduled for August 19-21 in beautiful Laurel Springs, NC, and registration is now open. Click HERE to register now.
Join us for connection, fun, and reflection. Through mindfulness activities, walks, fire pit chats, and free time to explore nature and natural crafts, this weekend promises to renew and awaken.
Space is limited so the Retreat is only open to members and supporters of the Fellowship. Register now to secure your place. Limited scholarships are available.
Questions? Contact Norma Jean Wilkes, Retreat Committee Chair.
Retreat Planning Team: Carol Hermann, Anne Garvey, Deb Strube, Patti Hubbard and Rosemary Wyman.