Dinner Circles Are Back! Sign up by August 24

Sign Up for Fellowship Dinner Circles There is no better way to meet new people and form deep bonds than to share a meal together. Now is the time to sign up for fall Dinner Circles! The deadline to join this new round of dinner circles is Friday, August 24. Please complete the online form. Fellowship Dinner Circles are a great way to get to know other UUs. Join with a partner, as a single, or as a family with children. Dinner Circles are groups of 6-8 people (plus children for Family Dinner Circles) that commit to having dinner in one another's homes approximately once a month. Dates, times, and menus are chosen by the group. If you're in a dinner circle now and you want to remain in one, YOU MUST SIGN UP AGAIN. Please fill out the online form. If you want to be in a Family Dinner Circle, indicate that by listing the names and ages of your children. Family Dinner Circles are assigned by childrens' ages whenever possible, and they sometimes meet at parks or at the Fellowship. If you have been in dinner circles with other couples multiple times and want to make sure you make new friends, please add that to the form so we can make sure that happens. You will be contacted in late August with your assignment. Questions? Email dinnercircles@uufws.org.

Volunteer Opportunity -- At Home, On Your Own Time

The Worship Committee is searching for 4 volunteers to share the volunteer job of typing the weekly worship service bulletin (fondly referred to by some as the Order of Service, or OOS). This is a weekly job but if we have four volunteers then it's a once a month commitment. The only requirement is that you must be fairly familiar and comfortable with Microsoft WORD software, and have your own computer with WORD installed on it. Total time commitment is about 1-2 hours per issue. You can do this at home or remotely. Information sessions have been set up to learn more. If you think you might be interested, signup for one of these sessions and come find out more about this opportunity. THEN decide if this is a good fit for you. https://uufws.breezechms.com/form/730b20

Our Share the Plate Partner for August is Petree Elementary

Support of Petree Elementary School is a large part of our congregation-wide Social Justice focus. Share the Plate funds in August will help provide uniforms (navy, black or tan pants and navy, white or red shirts) for students in need.  Such clothing and gift certificates can also be donated outright through SAC. All cash and designated checks (write "share the plate" in the memo line) collected via the offering our worship services will be shared 50/50 with Petree Elementary during the month of August.

Gift List

Several Committees have asked about ways to let our Members and Friends know about special initiatives needing funding. These are items which our Fellowship has not been able to fund in the regular budget process. Recent donations of this sort have enabled us to install our high-tech security camera system and to appropriately fund our planned Website upgrade. Long-time members will recall our Approved Gift List which has served to communicate these needs in the past. The updated version is shown below and the website version will be updated as needed.

No Ice!

Our 17 year old ice maker is no longer working and it is beyond repair. As many of you heard, I made an unsuccessful plea at last year’s budget town hall to add the appropriate funds into Building Reserve and I reported at the May congregational meeting that the Building Reserve was negative. The Board put available funds from last year’s surplus into the reserve to cover the upcoming anticipated issue with the office HVAC, which has a freon leak. Unfortunately there is no money to replace the ice maker from the reserve until our pledge levels allow for adequate funding. All events need to bring their own ice. --Tom Ricono, Chair of Building Committee.

Share the Plate - July - Food Bank Garden

July’s recipient of our "Share The Plate" offering is the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden. This all-volunteer-run garden, located on Reynolda Road at Crossnore, yields over 10,000 lbs of produce annually. All the produce is distributed to those in need through some 400 agencies in Forsyth and the other 17 counties served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. Volunteers are also needed. Brochures are available on the SAC table in the lobby. Sallie Brewer is the STP ambassador.