2021 Annual Meeting – Online Again This Year!

Please join us via Zoom (registration required) at 11:00 am CT, this Sunday, June 6 after the Flower Communion service.
After the service, please plan to join the Annual Meeting a few minutes early so that we can establish quorum and record attendance. All are welcome to attend this virtual meeting, but registration is required. There will be a separate link to register, and you can register anytime between now and just before the meeting. Please register early, as we plan to start the meeting at 11:15 am! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. All members in one household should each register separately. 
Please visit our annual meeting information web page HERE for the appropriate meeting and registration links, as well as additional details.

Sunday Service

10:00 AM Central
Flower Communion
by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Click HERE for Worship Service Zoom Information and the Order Of Service 
  • Listen to past sermons HERE.
  • Watch some of our past services on our Youtube channel.
  • Click HERE for information on hosting a traveling chalice in your home.
  • Students in Pre-K through 6th grade will meet at 9:00 am CT for a large group Children’s Chapel. We can’t wait to see all of our friends! See our website (here) for more information about all Religious Education classes for children and youth.

Fiscal Year Pledge Reminder

With the current fiscal year coming to an end on June 30, 2021, I want to encourage anyone with an outstanding 2020-2021 pledge balance to consider making the final payment by June 30, 2021.
As we are seeing a glimmer of hope that we are slowly recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic we understand that some people may still be experiencing financial challenges related to job losses or reduced employment during the pandemic. However, we ask that you make your final pledge payments if you are able. If you find you will be unable to fulfill your 2020-2021 pledge or have any questions regarding your outstanding balance please contact me, phyllis@fvuuf.org, or at the Fellowship office 920.731.0849. I will reply to your message as soon as I can.
All contribution checks received in the office or postmarked June 30th will be applied in the 2020-2021 fiscal year. All checks received after June 30th, and marked as 2020-2021 pledge will be applied as completion of your 2020-2021 pledge. Please be specific when completing the memo section on your check. 
You may also make your pledge payments or contributions via one of our electronic options to give:
•  Online here -  When making an online payment for 2020-2021 please select Current Fiscal Year Operating and enter your intended $ amount,
• Text 833-278-1690 – Enter the $ amount OPER (i.e. $25 OPER) for Current Fiscal Year Operating, or
• Mobile - Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “GivePlus” to download the app for free. Then follow the prompts for set up and select Current Fiscal Year Operating.
If you have previously provided bank account information and authorized the Fellowship to initiate monthly withdrawals from your bank account via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) those withdrawals will continue and no further action is required.
Any contributions will be applied to your outstanding pledge balance as appropriate, or as an unpledged gift if no pledge balance is outstanding.
We are grateful for your continued financial support of the Fellowship!
Phyllis Schmitt – Director of Finance and Operations

Religious Education - Children and Youth

Summer Religious Education

Join us for Summer Religious Education! 
While we await reopening, our Zoom schedule is:
•  Prek-1st grade Chalice Children: 9:00-10:00 AM CT on the first and third Sunday of each month
•  2nd-6th grade Chalice Children: 9:00-10:00 AM CT on the second and fourth Sunday of each month
•  PreK-6th grade Chalice Children: 9:00 AM CT on August 29
•  Youth RE 7th -12th grade: 11:00-12:00 PM CT every Sunday
Registrations from this past program year will continue through the summer. Please contact Kim Hartman, director of religious education, at kim@fvuuf.org for more information.

Justice Action Ministry

Justice Hub Webpage

The Justice Hub webpage has information about our JAMs, justice events, and opportunities here at our Fellowship and out in the community right there at your fingertips any time you need it.
This week: Read more about each of these on the Justice Hub webpage!
•  ESTHER interfaith community organizing information
•  Signatures needed for a petition to challenge gerrymandering
•  Two Juneteenth events at Jones Park Appleton! June 6 sponsored by People of Progression, and June 13 sponsored by African Heritage, Inc.
•  Stronger Together Fox Valley equity network is forming

If you want to share something on the Justice Hub webpage, please do so by completing this form by Thursday to be posted when the page is updated each weekend. Submissions may be subject to staff approval and editing.


10:00 am: Flower Communion Sunday Service on Zoom
11:15 am: Annual Meeting (Info HERE)
3:00 – 4:00 pm: In-Person Flower Communion and Ongiri Family Farewell
2600 Philip Lane, Appleton
All Times CT
Bring a flower to show at the Zoom service at 10:00 am, then join us between 3:00 and 4:00 pm live for a walk-up ritual outside the Fellowship building, where you'll bring your flower to share. There will be extra flowers available if you are not able to bring one. 
We'll also bid farewell to Rev. Leah and her family during that outdoor celebration before they depart for Oregon. This will not be the end of Rev. Leah’s ministry with us—she will continue half-time through November, and there will be additional chances to honor her ministry. 
We will be giving Leah's family a Wonder Box filled with notes of love and appreciation, so either bring a card on June 6th, fill one out there, or mail it in advance to the Fellowship office at 2600 Philip Ln., Appleton, WI 54915.

UU Faith Lab

UU Faith Lab is a chance for UU youth to explore spiritual leadership from wherever they are and experiment with mystery and wonder in their own context. The Faith Lab community will gather just after the summer solstice, meet monthly around the full moons, and reunite on the fall equinox. Small groups will gather in between to delve more deeply into community care. Learn more, request information, and register at uua.org/FaithLab.

Staff Summer Schedules

As is the custom, staff members take time off in the summer. Please be mindful of the following staff schedules with notable changes. Feel free to reach out to us directly with questions and other needs!
•  Marie will work part-time hours in June and July.
•  Leah will be off June 7th-30th. Starting July 1st, she will work half-time through November and then end her ministry with the Fellowship.
•  Christina will be off June 21-July 1, July 12-25, and August 23-29.

UU Women's Connection Virtual Spring Retreat

"Touch the Earth, Reach the Sky"
Saturday, June 5, 9:00am-5:00pm CST
The registration fee will only be $30. More information and registration available HERE.

Virtual General Assembly 

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct the business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles. Virtual GA allows us to retain our dedication to community and make our experience more accessible and more environmentally sustainable. 
More information and registration available HERE. If you are planning on attending and would like to be credentialed as a delegate, please email marie@fvuuf.org
The UUA President invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecture. Please join us Saturday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. CT. General Assembly registration is required to view.
More information about the Ware Lecture HERE.

Youth Invited to Join Synergy Bridging Worship Service at GA

The Synergy Bridging Worship during General Assembly that honors and celebrates our youth transitioning to young adulthood (UUs call them bridgers) is free and open to the public. Even those bridgers who are not registered for General Assembly can be honored and their friends and family can attend the livestream. It’s happening Friday, June 25th at 7:00 pm ET.
To be honored at Synergy, bridgers can submit a photo, short video, or just their name and congregation which will be featured in the worship service. Deadline for submissions is June 7th. Each bridger will receive a commemorative engraved chalice flame necklace. Find more information and the bridger sign-up form at the Synergy Service webpage. Questions can be directed to Jennica Davis-Hockett at yayaministry@uua.org.
click the image for current information

Small Groups

Click HERE for details about these groups.
  • Gathering Circle - Fourth Mondays, 6:30-8:00 pm CT
  • Joyful Mind Zen Sangha; Saturdays, 7:00 am CT
  • Men's Group, First Wednesdays & Third Tuesdays, 7-9:00 pm CT
  • Music-Making Online - Click the small groups link for information
  • PoC, Email PoC.global.majority@gmail.com for meeting information
  • Senior Wonders - Contact Janet Hughes for information
  • Smiling Dandelion Sangha, Sundays, 6-7:30 pm CT
  • Spill it Sister, Second Thursday of the month, 6:30-8:00 pm CT. Contact Kate Hancock-Cooke at rugbykate@new.rr.com with questions.
  • Third Thursday Book Club, Third Thursday of the month, 2:00 pm CT. Contact CyAnn Martin at cmartin25@new.rr.com for meeting information.
  • UU Parenting Support Group, Contact Erin Vandenlangenberg for information at vand0379@umn.edu
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