Upcoming Events

Sunday Service at 10 am On Facebook Live

Join us Live on our Facebook or in person or find just the right time to watch archived services on our Facebook  & Youtube Channel. Also accessible through our website: www.uunaples.org

 

May 22: The Rev. Beth Miller - We Rise Again?  

What do you think about the idea of reincarnation? With it’s roots in ancient Eastern religions and philosophies, the idea of many lifetimes has also influenced many great Western minds. In virtually all belief systems that include reincarnation, the soul’s intention is spiritual growth and development to a higher state of being, free of all struggles, that takes it beyond the cycle of reincarnation. Interestingly enough, belief in reincarnation and in the spirit realm have a long history in both Unitarianism and Universalism prior to merger in 1961, and emerged again in the 1980s within Unitarian Universalism.  

 

Bio:  The Reverend Beth Miller

In 2012, after twenty-two years in parish and institutional ministry, the Rev. Beth Miller semi-retired and became a "snowbird" living nine months a year in Sebastian, FL. Retirement didn’t take and she soon became part time consulting minister serving  Friendship Fellowship at Pineda and doing guest preaching and facilitation at area churches.  Since then she has served short-term fill in ministries in Arlington, VA and Baton Rouge, LA. In September of 2019, Beth joined the UU Church of Sarasota, FL as halftime contract Associate Minister from which she retired April 1, 2022. 

 

Beth previously served as sole or senior minister for three congregations over sixteen years, directed the department of ministry and professional leadership at the UUA for five years, and worked as an organizational development consultant for the Mass Bay and Clara Barton Districts of the UUA for one year.  Beth brings a great deal of experience to all aspects of ministry and looks forward to offering occasional ministerial services where needed.

May 29: Memorial Day: Honor and Gratitude

Led by Steve Espinosa and Shawn and Abbey Allison, our Memorial Day Service this year will consist of readings and music honoring and thanking those who have given their lives in the service of their country.

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Invasion of the Ukraine:

Please check out this statement by Unitarian Universalist President, Mary Katherine Morn in response to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine. At the end of the statement she suggests four organizations where your financial support might help in the humanitarian response. Click Here

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Religious Exploration 

 

Happy Summer!

Questions or to Get Involved: Stephanie St. John  yre@uunaples.org

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Intern Position Available! Would this be you? Click Here for Details! - Resumes can be sent to geobluecms@gmail.com

 

Music Committee

Be a Guest Musician Sponsor!

UUCGN has a long history of inviting professional and student musicians to take part in our service and to provide an opportunity for special music on special occasions such as birthdays, memorials and holidays. If you would like to sponsor a guest musician/vocal soloist for a special occasion, please contact Anna Riazi, our Office Administrator to obtain a Sponsor Form. Email her at office@uunaples.org. After completing the form, return it to her, and she’ll forward that to our Music Co-Directors Shawn and Abbey Allison, who will contact you to arrange for your special music. Guest Musician Fee is $200.00. The Music Committee greatly appreciates your support of music here at UUCGN

Weekend Meals for Kids Annual Sponsorship

 

YOU DID IT!  Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thanks to your generosity, our goal has been reached to fully fund serving 150 children for the 2022-23 school year. Feeding more kids is a really great thing. Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Donations of any amount are still being accepted and are always appreciated. Checks can be made payable and mailable to:  UUCGN  

Memo field:  W Meals Or make a donation via this link:   Click Here!

Circle Dinners - Third Fridays

 

Join us for a dinner with 6, 8, or 10 friendly UU’s in their home.  Circle dinner hosts will prepare a main course and ask you to bring some of the trimmings: appetizers, a salad, dessert, bread or maybe a vegetable side dish.  We meet around the dinner table to get to know each other better, to have personal conversations, and to have a fun and entertaining evening.  If you are new to circle dinners or would like to participate, you may email Sidney Degraw sidney.degraw@comcast.net for more information. May 13 is the last day to sign up for next month’s dinner on May 20!

Non-Fiction Book Club

 

Join Zoom Meeting:   Click Here!  Meeting ID: 841 3703 7778. Contact elle@dicasparro.com for more info. 

Now's the Time to Decide about General Assembly

 

Click Here for Full Details! 

If you had been thinking about signing up for GA but have been procrastinating, here's some encouragement! Go to https://www.uua.org/ga to start your journey. Then go to registration at https://www.uua.org/ga/registration to learn more about the registration process and the various registration categories and costs (see also table below). Finally, go to https://www.uua.org/ga/travel/general-assembly-hotel  for information about accommodations. May 23, 2022 is the cutoff date for making reservations in GA hotels.

As in the past, the UUCGN Denominational Affairs Committee will help support members of the congregation interested in participating in GA by defraying some of their expenses. For virtual participation, the committee will reimburse $200 of the full registration cost, and for in-person attendance will reimburse you up to $1,000 to cover a portion of your registration/travel/accommodations expenses. Click on the link above for more details. You may contact Kathie Gorski at kathie.gorski@gmail.com for more information on reimbursements from the Denominational Affairs Committee.

Mahjongg on Thursdays

 

We now play Thursdays from 11:30 to 1:30.  Play is on the patio, weather permitting.  Please contact JoAnn Womack karimajoann@gmail.com to register.  We are looking for more players.

Gentle Yoga with Lois

Daily, 12:00 – 1pm Eastern Time. All who want to join for yoga, must first check with their doctor before participating. Also for those interested in participating in the class, please send your email address and phone number to loiscdw3@gmail.com prior to joining so I have a way to notify you of changes and cancellations. Thank you!

Topic: Lois Graydon Yoga

Time: Every day  at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Click Here!

Meeting ID: 898 6526 9071

Passcode: yoga

 

Tuesdays Mindful Meditation at 3pm!

 

Join Zoom Meeting: Click Here!  Meeting ID: 873 4648 2147

Passcode: Meditation

 

Mindful Meditation in the Garden! Saturdays at 10:30 am

 

The Mindfulness Meditation group continues to meet on Saturday mornings 10:30-11:30. We gather in the garden or on the pavilion, maintaining social distance throughout the hour. All are welcome - folks who are brand-new to meditation and those who have been meditating for years. For more information, contact Ann Fisher at annmfisher3@gmail.com or Ann Marina at yoganni@yahoo.com.

Prospective Member Orientation - Attention Visitors

Please look for the Visitor’s Welcome table on the pavilion after service. All visitors are encouraged to come to the table to ask any questions from a membership committee member or to get to know other recent visitors at UUCGN. Look forward to meeting you!

Prospective Member Orientation

Are You a UU? For those who would like to find a way to connect and learn more about our congregation and for those who may be ready to join, we will have an orientation on Sunday, May 29 after the service! Please reply to this email or call 239.455.6553 if you are interested to join us.

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Garden News

The Garden Committee welcomes volunteers for team work tending to our garden and grounds. As summer slowly passes the weeds and overgrown bushes would like to meet you. Flexible hours between 8:30 and 1:00 on Tuesdays.

Sunday Service Volunteers Needed!

Please email office@uunaples.org if you are willing to volunteer for any of these tasks for Sunday services.  Tasks & Short descriptions:

  • Greeters: Welcome members and visitors and ask for visitor information if any.

  • Ushers: Pass out the Order of Service, Head Count, Pass the collection plate

  • Money counters: Count the plate cash

  • Sextons: Help open and close the building -- open and unlock doors and turn on the fans etc.. This task is much easier now, and is done by the staff, but it would be helpful to have help if needed and maybe sometimes for committee meetings and events outside of office hours.

  • YRE Greeters: We need an RE Greeter willing to greet the children in the education wing.  It’s a great way to meet the children and their parents.  These are wonderful ways to serve the congregation without having to make a long-term commitment.  THANK YOU!

Art in the Garden

Meetings on the last Friday of the month.

* Bring water, a sandwich, and art supplies as needed.

* For suggestions or more information, and to RSVP, contact Kathleen Teach, 239.777.2904, kathleen@zenlamps.com.

Visual Arts Group

The UUCGN Visual Arts group meets the 4th Monday of the month on the patio at 4pm. Please wear a mask, we will be social distancing and want everyone to feel comfortable. Our agenda changes from month to month...Bring some of your own artwork OR artwork that inspires you. Questions? E-mail Christina or George Wright at wrightonovernaples@aol.com

LGBTQIA+ Meetings

 

Please email AnnieRoger at annijeffi@gmail.com for the Zoom info on the next LGBTQIA+ Support Group meeting.