Triad Restorative Justice

The November Share the Plate partner is Triad Restorative Justice. TRJ is changing the way our community responds to conflict and harm. It offers peaceful solutions which focus on building or rebuilding relationships through proven restorative practices. TRJ is currently working in our school system to train teachers and other facilitators. Recently, TRJ began accepting referrals from the Forsyth County Juvenile Justice system. Instead of punishment, this program offers real accountability and the potential for deep healing. Your donations will help train facilitators and to provide these invaluable services to our community.

We have lost one of our old oak trees.near the front of the church. But fortunately, it has provided us with a FREE supply of cut fire wood for whoever would like to take it home. First come first served.

Thank you

Thank you, one and all for your awesome level of cooperation and patience during our very first Fellowship Fire Drill this past Sunday! The fact we were able to empty the building emptied in 3 and-a-half minutes is a testament to the resiliency and sense of purpose that we share as a Fellowship.

We are grateful to the Watchful Shepherds who volunteered to help (even though they weren’t on duty): Jim Hanes and Max Goelling (the duty Shepherds), Gus Preschle, Katherine Acenas, Mitch Termotto, Mike Dresel, and Jim Burnham. Thank you all so much for making this first practice drill a success!

We will continue to improve our readiness with the next two drills. We expect to conduct another drill either in November or December, but will only advertise this event via one medium (most likely via the website), so that we can move away from the “oh, here it comes” and closer to the type of surprise that we need to duplicate to measure our actual readiness response.

Thank you again for your willingness to learn how best to respond to an emergency and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Debra Goelling at any time at safecongregations@uufws.org.

Fellowship, It Matters

Our new quarterly magazine, Fellowship, It Matters!, debuted on Sunday, October 27. Members, if you were unable to pick up your copy that day, it will be mailed to your home. Visitors, you may pick up a complimentary issue in our foyer. Thank you to Billy Elliott for spearheading this project and to the many writers and other volunteers who helped put it together. If you’d like to advertise in, contribute to, or volunteer to help produce future issues, please contact fellowshipitmatters@uufws.org.

Native Plants

The Fellowship is working toward getting a Green Sanctuary Certification because we care deeply about the effect climate change is having on birds, pollinators and animals of all kinds. We want to do our part to provide a safe and nurturing habitat. Because of this, we will be limiting plantings on our grounds to plants that are North Carolina natives only. Please keep this in mind as you think about plants you might donate from your yard this fall or next spring. And, keep it in mind as you add plantings to your yard: plant native plants only and help the critters who cohabitate our planet.

NC Flood from Hurricane

Numerous homes damaged by Hurricane Florence still need repairs and some cannot yet be re-occupied by their owners. Join your fellow members on a three day trip to Lumberton to help rebuild homes and lives. No experience needed and youth are welcome. Contact eco@uufws.org

Art Gallery

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Fellowship Art Gallery!

Members and friends of the Fellowship will register artwork of any type by any artists in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, January 26, 12:15-1:00 p.m. (Registration forms will be available and are also available on the website.)
Help display artwork on Wednesday, February 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the Art Gallery with a reception on Sunday, February 9, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Retrieve your artwork to close the Gallery on Sunday, March 29, 12:15-1:00 p.m.

Questions and suggestions are welcome. Contact Andrea Morrison, 276-755-3040 or artgallery@uufws.org

New Member Gathering for the Class of 2019!” New members come mix and mingle with our Board Members and Committee Chairs on November 23, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM.?? Sponsored by the Membership Committee.

Small Group Ministry

We would be pleased to welcome you into Small Group Ministry. We have a few openings for people who are interested in exploring topics of mutual interest in a cozy setting with like-minded people. It’s a great way to get to know others in depth, and to enhance your spiritual life.

There are two ways to enroll: you may express your interest by dropping an email to sgm@uufws.org; or on Sunday, October 13th, you may add your name to times that work for you on a board in the lobby. Coordinators Loretta Arnn and Chris Kelsey will work with you and are always willing to answer questions.

Volunteer tomatoes growing out of compost

The Fellowship compost has given us a huge crop of volunteer cherry/Roma tomatoes this year. Check them out, and take some home.