Everyone’s invited!

Members, friends, neighbors and newcomers, join the fun. The Annual Auction is the biggest event of the year  – and our biggest fundraiser. Soon, we’ll be releasing the catalog of this year’s offerings – all generously donated by our members and friends. There are a wide variety of items for your bidding pleasure.

CLICK HERE for additional details.

Questions? Email auction@uufws.org.

The Article II Study Commission and the 8th Principle

“Unitarian Universalism is no stranger to movements that call for racial justice both within and beyond our institutions. Over and over again, pockets of people have worked to say racism is a problem, racism is a problem *for us,* and that we are committed to fighting racism and other oppressions. In 1997, the General Assembly voted to commit to intentionally becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural institution. Yet, almost 25 years later, we continue to fall short of our commitments and promises.”

CLICK HERE to read the full article.

My favorite part of our mission statement is to “Care for Each Other.” Members of our Care Team show up to provide for others, just as they have been provided for themselves. My favorite columnist, Sharon Randall, said it best when describing a time in her childhood when her family received the Care they needed.

Quoted with permission:

“Some good and caring people from our church came to our door with a ham and a tin of cookies. After they left, my mother handed me a cookie. Life, she said, is a bank. Sometimes you put in. Other times you take out. Either way, it’s all the same bank. You need to remember how hard it is to receive, because someday you’ll do the giving.”

Patricia Ricono
care@uufws.org

A message from member, Bob Holm:

So, who are the ROMEOs?

At my former UU church in Wilmington, a group of retired “old” men from church enjoyed eating lunch together at a restaurant, every other Thursday or so.  The men were called the ROMEOS (Retired Old Men Eating Out)!  
This is how it works… every two weeksa group of guys goes to a restaurant to eat and talk and chat and debate and laugh about whatever they want to, all to enjoy getting to know each other better.
If this sounds like something you’d like to do, please let me know in response here via email (raholm1@gmail.com), or at church.  I’ll plan our first lunch get-together, with y‘alls help.
  
You will find Jessica and me at church Sunday.  I’ll once again be wearing a lanyard from my former church in Wilmington, and my shiny new badge from our new church.  Easy to find me around the welcome table in the lobby before, and then around after the service… if you are curious about the ROMEOs, please stop on by.  The first

Our 1st ROMEO meeting is planned for:

Thursday, October 6th, 12:00 noon.  BTW, if you know a nice restaurant or two for lunch in the area, please let me know.  We moved here in January, and I’m sure there are many “mighty fine” restaurants for lunch here (but, less seafood)!
 
Thanks for your help, to make the ROMEOs something new for the guys at UUFWS!
 
See ya’ Sunday, Bob Holm 

Email me at raholm1@gmail.com. Thanks, y’all!

The deadline to join fall Dinner Circles has passed. Please CLICK HERE to express interest in being on the waiting list for space in the current fall dinner circles and/or to express interest in the Spring 2023 circles.  You can join with a partner, as a single, or as a family with children.

Dinner Circles Are Back!
Omnivore, Vegetarian/Vegan and Family Circle Options

There is no better way to meet new people and form deep bonds than to share a meal together.

Dinner Circles are a great way to get to know other UUs, and now is the time to sign up for Fall Dinner Circles!

Dinner Circles are groups of 6-8 people (plus children for Family Dinner Circles) that commit to having dinner together in one another’s homes (or at the Fellowship) approximately once a month. Dates, times, location, and menus are chosen by the group.

If you want to be in a Family Dinner Circle, indicate that by listing the names and ages of your children. Otherwise, you will be placed in an adult only group. If you are vegetarian/vegan, there’s a group for you too!

Once you’ve submitted your form, you will be contacted in late September with your assignment. For questions, send an email to dinnercircles@uufws.org or call the Fellowship office at 336-659-0331.

Let’s get Dinner Circles rolling again at UUFWS!

Megan Foster
Dinner Circles Coordinator
dinnercircles@uufws.org

Caron Armstrong
Dinner Circles Staff Support
coordinator@uufws.org

 

Don’t delay! Sign up now using this form: https://uufws.breezechms.com/form/13c05c

Save the Date!

Join the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) after the service on the following Sundays. The MSC invites all members and friends to attend one or more of these meetings to share input about the search for the Fellowship’s new settled minister.

Sundays from 11:45 am-12:45 pm

September 18 – IN PERSON after the service (Fellowship Hall)

September 25 – On Zoom after the service (using the Sun service link: https://uufws.org/virtual-worship-service)

October 2 – IN PERSON after the service (Fellowship Hall)

October 16 – On Zoom after the service (using the Sun service link: https://uufws.org/virtual-worship-service)

Questions? Email msc@uufws.org.

Several years ago, the Fellowship hosted a monthly gathering of members and friends who do needlework—knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting, tatting, cross-stitch, smocking, etc…

If you’re interested in reviving this group or if you’d like to learn more, join A.J. Johnston after the service on July 3, 10, and 17. She’ll be on the deck during Drinks on the Deck–wearing a hat and standing in the shade.

The purpose of these short meetings is to touch base and assess whether there’s interest in reviving this group. Please stop by and connect with A.J. to share interest and support— or just to meet A.J. who’s one of our newer members!

The first official meeting of this group is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, from 1-4 pm, and will take place every other Saturday as the Fellowship calendar permits.

Questions? Email A.J. at needlers@uufws.org.

Join your friends and make new friends after the Sunday service as we gather for a cool drink on the Smeeta & Himanshu deck.

Every Sunday, weather permitting, our post-service social time will happen thanks to the Kitchen Crew. At least 2 volunteers are needed each week, so please consider signing up to help!

CLICK HERE for the signup form.

Questions? Email Megan at kitchencrew@uufws.org.

“We all need somebody to lean on” says the song. But sometimes we also need some thing to improve our mobility or need help with our physical challenges.

That’s why the Care Team has initiated “Lean On Me,” an opportunity for UUs to share medical equipment they no longer need with others who can use it.

We have started a list of items, such as wheelchairs, walkers, grab bars, commodes, and a hospital bed. The Fellowship building has two wheelchairs and a walker, but there’s no place to store any more equipment, so donors would hold on to their items until someone requested them, and then arrange for their pickup or delivery.

Send a list of your needs or lendable items to care@uufws.org

2022 Pride was a grand success!

Diversity and Inclusion were on glorious display this past Saturday, including our Fellowship! Loads of Unitarian Universalists showed up to march in or watch the Parade, and to take part in the Festival activities.

Special Thank You to all the volunteers who set up, took down, and staffed the Fellowship’s booth throughout the event!