As we transition from our monthly worship theme of “Here and Now” to reflections in September on what it means to be a “People of Promise,” we also welcome Rev. Laura Bogle back from time on leave and will appreciate hearing her preach on first Sundays throughout December. She will return to her regular half-time position in January. There is much going on in our active congregation – we hope to see you all some Sunday soon! As you will see from the speakers/topics scheduled in September, we value the many sources of wisdom we gain through a diverse set of speakers/services that includes UU ministers, ministers from other faith traditions, community members, and our own FUUF contributors as well as alternative worship opportunities such as musical or community sharing services.
Sept. 6 (Labor Day Weekend)
- 9:30 am – Coffee with the Board
- 10:00 am – WORSHIP: “A People of Promise” Our Annual Water Ceremony Service & Monthly Potluck (worship in outdoor pavilion) – We are looking forward to having Rev. Laura back with us for our annual water communion service! As we Unitarian Universalists affirm the worth and dignity of all, we affirm that we each have a promise of fully beautiful humanity within us. In addition, we are a people held together by fundamental promises we make to ourselves, one other, and our community. On this Labor Day Sunday, we gather to consider how our promises to one another help create a world where all can live up to their promise. Please bring a small container of water from a place special to you – river, lake, stream, ocean, fountain, garden hose, or kitchen sink! In this service we combine the waters we bring as a symbol of our unity and commitment to sustain one another through the year.
- 11:00 am – FUUF Family Picnic (Potluck) – Following our outdoor service in the Smithview pavilion, we’ll enjoy a FUUF Family Picnic, so please bring your favorite picnic foods (sandwiches, fried chicken, tater salad, chips, baked beans...).
- Teens (and parents) are invited by Ash McDaniel to sit together to reflect on the service and discuss upcoming get-togethers and ideas for providing food for the after-worship October 4 potluck.
- 10:00 am – WORSHIP: “Sights and Sounds from General Assembly” – Music Director David Ensley will lead a musical service with a little help from his musician friends from FUUF and beyond.
- 11:00 – Book Club
- 9:00 am – Meditation Group – Led by Sheri Matascik, the meditation group is intended for all. No prior experience with meditation is needed.
- 10:00 am – WORSHIP: “Let It Go: The Jewish New Year Version” – Nancy Locklin-Sofer offers reflections on Jewish holidays and traditions such as Tashlich.
- 11:15 am – “Escalating Inequalities” Discussion Group (for Teens & Adults) – TVUUC Ministerial Intern Jon Coffee will facilitate a 2-part Faith Development class (Part 2 to be held on Oct. 18) using the UUA “Escalating Inequalities” curriculum and a small-group discussion format. From uua.org: “ESCALATING INEQUALITIES: Challenging extreme inequality is a moral imperative. The escalation of inequality undergirds so many injustices which our faith movement is committed to addressing: from economic injustice to mass incarceration; from migrant injustice to climate change; from sexual and gender injustice to attacks on voting rights. The UUA “Escalating Inequalities” curriculum provides Unitarian Universalist congregations with materials and guidance for beginning or deepening their exploration of economic justice, helping to navigate this complex and inspiring subject with many ways to engage at personal, congregational, local, state, national, and global levels.”
- 9:30 am – Meet to Carpool to a Hike in the Smokies (with Singin’ at the Top!) – Meet at Smith Life Event Center at 9:30 to carpool to hike with singin’ at the top. We will hike to Charlie’s Bunion in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Hiking distance is 4.4 miles one way starting at Newfound Gap and hiking north along a beautiful section of the Appalachian Trail. Driving time is a little over one hour one way. Contact Sheri Liles at 865-680-8453 with questions or to let the group know to expect you.
- 10:00 am – 4th Sunday Discussion Group Returns! Once again Bill Grant will lead a 4th Sunday discussion group this fall in September, October, and November. This first September meeting will be informal, discussing the news of the week.