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.

News from The Petree Fan Club

Despite the warmer weather, an occasional fleece scarf is still seen on a Petree student, faculty or staff member, along with a proud smile. Thanks to the generosity of several donors, Missy the manager at Joann Fabrics, and the extraordinary and tireless work of the following UU members and friends, we made and gave out nearly 600 scarves this year. In addition, we have on hand enough fabric (some already cut) to make a scarf for each newcomer next year and also in the fall of 2019. Join the Petree Fan Club today!

Lunch Bunch

May Lunch Bunch Group is celebrating Spring! Come visit with old friends and make new friends while enjoying lunch and brisk conversation at various locations around town. Lunch Bunch meets the second Tuesday of each month at 11:30. May 8th we will gather on the patio at Bernadin's Fine Dining. Bernadin's is located at 901 West Fourth St., W-S, 27101. You may visit their tempting menu at To join the fun reply to We're always looking for new diners so come join us!

Women's Fund Group - Lunch & Learn

Lunch & Learn. April 22, 12:30 at Golden India Restaurant. Gather for friendship, lunch, and to hear about Bee Geek, one of the organizations funded by last year's Women's Fund donations. Elerod Morris will talk about Bee Geek and is Girl Code project. The project is designed for at risk girls and provides hands on real life experience in digital literacy. Let's get an update! Call, text or email Mary Law to reserve your seat at the table: 336-830-0199.

Marketing Communications Team News

Wanted! If you are somewhat unconventional, somewhat outspoken, and somewhat creative, put on your cowboy boots and join a new innovative marketing/communications team. If you can write, edit, proof read, engage in social media, web development, graphic design, public relations, or just want to kibbutz and be a supporter …join the posse! Sign up here! Three projects on the drawing board are improved roadside signage, a revamp of Fellowship Matters newsletter, and a new member’s directory! Meetings will be occasional - (just to be sure we are all on the same wave length.) Most of the work will be done individually or in small groups on your own time.

April Share the Plate: Piedmont Environmental Alliance

The April Share the Plate recipient is Piedmont Environmental Alliance, a non-profit started right here at the Fellowship that brings together people, organizations, businesses, schools, and government agencies to build a more environmentally sustainable community. In 2005, the Fellowship gave a $1,000 micro-grant to a small group of UUs to host an earth day celebration. Those funds were used to establish and host the first Piedmont Earth Day Fair. Shortly thereafter, the non-profit Piedmont Environmental Alliance was founded. The first Board of Directors was made up almost entirely of UUs and ALL the volunteers at the first couple Fairs were UUs. On April 22nd of this year the 13th annual Piedmont Earth Day Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds. This event, which started in our parking lot, has grown to one of the largest in the state, with attendance regularly between 8-10 thousand. Piedmont Environmental Alliance has grown too, from an all-volunteer organization, to an established and recognized community leader with three paid staff members and a Board full of highly talented and accomplished sustainability professionals. The work of the organization has expanded beyond the fair and workshops and into the local schools. Click for more details. Let’s SHOW THEM SOME LOVE! Be generous.