Fellowship Women's Fund Garden Party

Women of the community: You’re invited!! UUF Women’s Fund Members & Friends Garden Party. UUFWS 4055 Robinhood Rd. W-S Friday, May 19, 2017 at 6:30pm. Come meet and mingle while learning about projects to help women and girls in our community through The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem. Bring a friend and your favorite adult beverage; refreshments provided. Guest Speaker: Joy Nelson Thomas, Founder & Executive Director of LEAD Girls of NC. Respond by Monday, May 15 to womensfund@uufws.org to reserve a space or specify childcare needs.

Americans United - 5/23/17 - The Rev. Charles Wilson

The Rev. Charles Wilson will speak on “The Privatization of Public Schools” at the Tuesday, May 23, 2017, meeting of the Triad Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The meeting will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Polo Recreation Center (1850 Polo Road) in Winston-Salem. The public is cordially invited to join the conversation.

Celebration and Thanks

There's a new format for the Sunday order of service, and your input is needed. In addition to listing Fellowship activities, the new order of service has a section called Celebration and Thanks. Please send very brief summaries of events and milestones to orderofservice@uufws.org. Share details of community events in which members and friends are following their bliss and living the Fellowship mission in the greater community. These will be included weekly as space allows. Also please continue to send cares and concerns to care@uufws.org. Questions: Contact Caron at coordinator@uufws.org.

Volunteer Proctors Needed at Petree Elementary School

Petree Elementary School has asked Fellowship members to volunteer as testing proctors during the end-of-grade testing for ELA (reading) and Math for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Proctors serve as observers and assistants for classes taking exams. Twenty volunteers are needed daily. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the week of May 30th through June 2nd.

Share the Plate

North Star LGBTQ Community Center of Winston-Salem opened its doors on September 21, 2013 and currently offers many educational, social and collaborative activities for the whole community in the Piedmont/Triad area. In addition to its many support groups - such as a Trans Support Group, Alcoholics Anonymous, Men’s Peer Support and LGBTQ Veterans Support Group, to name but a few - the Center also launched and oversees the Youth Leadership Council and will launch two new, youth initiatives in the fall: the College Leadership Council and a partnership with Graduate Student Groups. Also established in 2013, the center offers The Equality Winston-Salem Scholarship for students who have shown leadership and vision in a Gay/Straight Alliance at their school or in the general LGBTQ community if no such alliance yet exists. This year they will be distributing $3,000 in scholarships to deserving applicants. In its current location at 930 Burke Street in downtown Winston-Salem, the Center offers drop-in hours throughout the week for youth and adults to come together and exchange ideas while also playing host to many monthly social gatherings, including movie and game nights, potlucks, poetry readings and music events. The Center also offers onsite, free monthly STI/HIV testing and in 2018 will partner with UUF to help plan, fund and oversee the annual Alternative Prom, now in its eleventh year.

Petree Book Fair - May 1-5

The Fellowship has embraced a social justice initiative that closely involves Petree Elementary School in Winston-Salem. We have a long standing relationship with Petree that has included several specific projects that benefit the school and its students, most of whom come from low-income homes. Our final project with Petree for the current school year is to assist with a Book Fair being held in the school’s Media Center May 1-5. Students will buy books with their own money, but may need some guidance in making good choices and spending their money wisely. Volunteers are needed to help set up the Book Fair on Friday, April 28, and to assist students in making their purchases during regular school hours the week of the Fair. If you can find an hour or two to support this valuable project, please e-mail the days and times you are available to donnahatchett@yahoo.com or sign up in the foyer on Sunday, April 30.

Jo Dawson Annual Volunteer Service Award

Nominations are now open for the Jo Dawson Annual Volunteer Service Award. Each May, we honor a person, couple, or family who has made significant contributions in time and talent to the Fellowship. The Volunteer Service Award Committee will select the recipient(s) from nominations received from you, the members. The deadline for nominations is May 1. Nomination forms and details are available at the foyer display and also online at this link: https://goo.gl/forms/0GLram5nOCAyWHqj2 If you have any questions, please contact Caron Armstrong (coordinator@uufws.org)

April Share the Plate

The offering plate for the month of April is being shared 50/50 with Piedmont Environmental Alliance. In 2005, a small group of Fellowship members joined together to host a family-friendly Earth Day celebration here on the Fellowship grounds. The first Piedmont Earth Day Fair was so successful that they formed Piedmont Environmental Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the Piedmont Triad community on environmental issues.

Social Justice Action Alert -- City of W-S “Welcoming City” Resolution

On Monday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. the Winston-Salem City Council will vote on a resolution proposed by our own fellow UU, Dan Besse. The resolution declares Winston-Salem a “welcoming city” and states that our city welcomes immigrants, refugees, visitors, and residents regardless of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The meeting is at City Hall at 101 N. Main Street, Room 230, and is open to the public. Sign the petition if you support the resolution: https://goo.gl/forms/o1xZh04FCtoxaFRg1. Also, please go to the Winston-Salem City Council web page (http://www.cityofws.org/departments/city-council) and send your councilman or woman (or all of them) an email supporting the resolution. It is especially important to contact Councilman John Larson of the South Ward, James Taylor, Jr., of the Southeast Ward, and Councilwoman Vivian Burke of the Northeast Ward because they are undecided.