Weekly Highlights


Information on upcoming UUCGN activities can be found below.  Please refer to the Event Board in the church foyer for detailed flyers on several of the events. 


A calendar view of events and program listings is available here.  

This week's highlights include events taking place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples unless specified otherwise.

Saturday, November 16

10:30 AM — Mindful Meditation

1:00 PM — Pie Making – Youth Group

Sunday, November 17

9:00 AM — Forum: Barbara Coombs Lee, President & Founder of Compassion & Choices:

                    “Discussion of End of Life Choices”

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM — Youth Choir rehearsal

10:00 AM — Sunday Service: Music Sunday – Piano Dedication! – Rev. Tony Fisher, Lan Lam and Guests

Youth Choir

10:00 AM — World Religions: Indigenous Speaker, Brian Zepeda. 

11:30 AM — Second Service: Music Sunday – Piano Dedication! – Rev. Tony Fisher, Lan Lam and Guests,

Adult Choir

11:30 AM — Meet the Artist Reception in Menaker Lobby – Photographer George Wright.  

George Wright's photography exhibition is on view in the Menaker Gallery. 

An opening reception will be on held after the first service.  

11:30 AM — YRE Meeting

12:45 PM — Wonderful Wednesdays Planning Meeting

NOTE:  Deadline for Thanksgiving Dinner sign-up.  See details below.

Monday, November 18

3:00 PM — Film Fans at Silverspot Cinema (details below under Social Activities)

3:00 PM — Contact office@uunaples.org to sign up for Wonderful Wednesdays dinner for Nov. 20.

Tuesday, November 19

8:30 AM — Garden Crew Volunteers

1:15 PM — Writers Critique Group

5:30 PM — Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, November 20

9:30 AM — Weekend Meals Packing

1:30 PM — Caring Committee Meeting

3:00 PM — Adult Enrichment Meeting

5:30 PM — RSVP Required for Dinner - WW Vespers & Dinner

6:30 PM — Wonderful Wednesday Programs

Thursday, November 21

8:00 AM — ROMEOs:  Retired Old Men Eating Out  (details below under Ongoing Programs)

2:00 PM — Book Club: The Stranger by Albert Camus; Facilitated by Jeff Davis

6:30 PM — Choir

Saturday, November 23

10:30 AM — Mindful Meditation

7:00 PM — Campfire & Drumming

Sunday, November 24: ONLY ONE SERVICE, AT 10:00 AM.  3rd Annual Giving Tree Begins!

9:00 AM — Forum: Nancy LeScheid, The Miracle of the Neighborhood Health Center

10:00 AM — Thanksgiving Service – Rev. Tony Fisher

                       Social Justice Split the Plate:  Coalition of Immokalee Workers

5:00 PM — Thanksgiving Interfaith Service with Naples Jewish Congregation

​Sunday Schedule

  • Our Sunday service from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM will continue throughout the rest of the congregation year.

  • Youth Religious Exploration Sunday program will meet at 10:00 AM unless otherwise noted by the weekly email to parents.

  • Forum runs from 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM and runs Sundays through May 10, 2020.  Forum includes a 35-minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for Q&A.  Speakers will also be available from 9:45 AM - 10:00 AM. for a more leisurely conversation on the pavilion.

  • second service will be held from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (not including the Sunday before Thanksgiving).

    • In between the two services will be a 30-minute communal hospitality time, from 11:00 AM -11:30 AM so participants at both services can gather with friends and extend a welcome to visitors.

  • On the last Sunday in April, April 26, 2020, we will return to only one service, at 10:00 AM, which will continue at least until the end of the Collier County school year (and most likely beyond).

​Music Committee News & Piano Dedication!


​This Sunday, November 17th, we celebrate Jeannette Boucher’s gift of her 1908 Steinway piano to UUCGN.  Services at both 10:00 AM and 11:30 AM will feature performances by Lan Lam, Anne Roberts, Frank Burgeson, and the youth and adult choirs.  Come share the music with us on this special day!


The Music Gift Fund has been established by the UUCGN Music Committee and Board of Trustees.  The funds will be used for occasional guest musicians, special music programs as well as recitals and concerts that will be promoted to our Naples community.  Your donation of any amount will be appreciated.  If you are interested in being a sponsor for our next recital on December 15th, featuring Music Director Lan Lam and the Naples Baroque Orchestra, please contact Lan for more information. 


Today, donations can be put in the Music Gift Fund box at the back of the sanctuary, or send your check to the office with Music Gift Fund in the memo line. 


Thank you and we look forward to bringing wonderful music to our congregation.


Youth Religious Exploration for Sun. Nov. 10

YRE Activities

Children's Choir rehearsal this week: 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM this Sunday.

​Pre-K-2: (those not in choir) Start directly in Beatrix Potter room at 10:00 AM or 11:30 AM

Topic:  What is Prayer?  Practice paying attention to your inner self.  Make a Thankful, Sorrowful, Hopeful bead bracelet

The following groups meet at 10:00 AM only and start in the sanctuary for the Piano Dedication, then go to the Youth Religious Exploration Wing rooms listed:

Elementary 3rd-5th:  Blue/Yellow Room. Topic:  Earth-based Spirituality.  Session # 2 Attention to the inner life. Story: Grandad’s Prayer of the Earth by Douglas Woods   Activity:  All my Friends and Neighbors Game whose categories mirror they types of prayer (Thankful, Sorrowful,  Hopeful, What we wish for others…).  Listen to a Navajo Prayer or other types, write and decorate your own reminder card of the elements of prayer.


Middle School (6th grade and up):  Thomas Hall - Revisit our "Graffiti Board - what do we know about indigenous religions? Fact sheet review. Guest Speaker: Brian Zepeda, and closing worship with joys and sorrows.


11:30 AM -12:30PM. Youth Religious Exploration (YRE) Meeting in Blue Yellow Room


  • Review LREDA Professional Conference highlights

  • Holiday Activities upcoming

  • Youth fundraising and planning GA Trip details

  • OWL planning check in, attendance & programming review of multi-age

  • Wonderful Wednesday and Sunday morning.  Please let Mary know if you plan to join us by Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/405637966. Meeting ID: 405 637 966

Middle & High School:   Any youth or families who can be at the Pie Making Fundraiser for General Assembly, Sat. Nov. 16th at 1:00 PM please contact Pam Moran flteacher05@yahoo.com.


Upcoming Congregational Events

World Religions:  Indigenous Speakers 

Sunday, November 17 - Brian Zepeda, will speak about his Seminole heritage at 10:00am in Thomas Hall for Middle School through Adult.  Please scroll down to the date and  RSVP here or to mary@uunaples.org

at 10:00 AM in Red Room or Thomas Hall if needed

RSVP here  (scroll down to the dates)  

After the 10:00 AM service:  Get your holiday pie courtesy of the Senior High Youth.  It is a fundraiser so they may meet up with other Unitarian Universalists.  The goal is to get to UUA General Assembly in Providence, RI in June 2020.


November Congregational Event: Campfire & Drumming

Sat. Nov. 23 from 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM contact mary@uunaples.org to RSVP Here and say if you can bring a drum or build a fire!


Sunday Volunteers Needed!

Sunday Volunteers Needed!  Please contact the office if you are able and willing to help in any of the following tasks:

·        Sextons to open and/or close

·        Hospitality

·        Ushers

·        Greeters

·        Plate Cash Money Counters

These are great ways to contribute to the congregation and your help and time are greatly appreciated. 


From November through April, when there are two services, two sextons are needed, one for each service, doing the opening and the closing.  If you're willing to make a one-month commitment to do this important work -- this is not a life sentence -- please contact Dick Macken, Head Sexton.at ramacken3@gmail.com

​Forum - Sundays at 9:00 AM

Timely topics are presented by renowned thought leaders from around the globe, as well as experts from within southwest Florida and our own congregation.  Talks are free and open to the public.

November 24: Nancy LeScheid, co-founder, Neighborhood Health Clinic in Naples, FL:   “The Miracle of the Neighborhood Health Center”.  

In 1982, Nancy Lascheid and her husband, Dr.William Lascheid, a retired dermatologist, relocated to Naples.  In 1999 ,they created and developed an innovation option of comprehensive health care for low-income workers in Collier County, to be funded by private philanthropy and maintained by volunteers.  

The Neighborhood Health Clinic opened April 12, 1999 in a donated store front and saw eight patients.  Today the NHC owns a state-of-art medical and dental campus.


The funding is raised annually from grants, foundations and private donations.  The Board of Directors is comprised of 19 local community leaders. In 2018, 11,000 patients were served by 250 physicians, 50 dentists, 100 nurses and 300 non-medical personnel - all volunteer.  An estimated 17,000 patents will have qualified for treatment so far his year. Just this week, they celebrated the grand opening of its recent expanded addition at its 88 12th St. North location.


The concept has received multiple awards at both State and National Levels, including the National Jefferson Award for public Service, Florida Medical Assoc. Partners in Medicine, Hodges Univ.  Humanitarian, Naples Daily News Health Care Heroes, and greater Naples Chamber citizen of the Year.  Nancy has also received PBS MAKERS, "Women Making a Difference in Florida" and more. 


Nancy is a founding member of the Florida Assoc. of Free and Charity Clinics, serves on the  Executive Board of Directors and on the organizations Legislative Policy Committee. 


Welcoming Visitors and New Members

Welcome Table: Attention Visitors – Join us on the patio after services!

Newcomers who would like more information regarding our congregation are requested to fill out a green- colored paper located between the chairs in the sanctuary.  Place them in the collection plate or leave on the table in the foyer. Please also consider stopping by the Welcome Table on the Pavilion after the service.

Newcomer Orientation

​For those who would like to find a way to connect, learn more about our congregation and for those who may be ready to join, there will be a series of orientations throughout the year, lasting about 2 hours.  Childcare and a light lunch will be provided.  Please contact the office if you would like to attend. 


Social Justice Committee

​3rd Annual Christmas Giving Tree


Beginning November 24 and continuing through Sunday, December 15, you have an opportunity to purchase a personal gift for a special child from Shadowlawn and Avalon Elementary and Immokalee Middle schools.  There are gift tags for all siblings living in the home as well.  The tree will be in the lobby.  Stop by and pick an ornament with a gift selection and sign the clipboard next to your gift tag number.  Return your unwrapped gift to the tree with the ornament attached.  Last day to bring your gift is Sunday, December 15.

Please contact Alice Modic at 239.248.8535 with any questions.

Save the date!  Building Bridges, Connecting Communities

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Naples Italian-American Club

on Airport-Pulling Road at Orange Blossom

Please mark your calendars for UUCGN's annual Charity Partner dinner and auction to benefit Legal Aid Service of Collier County will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at the Naples Italian-American Club. 

Exciting new auction items and wine raffle await!

Adult Enrichment​

World Religions Visits:  JOIN other UU’s OUT IN THE COMMUNITY

​Our year-long exploration of World Religions begins in September with a focus on Judaism.  World Religions is a joint program of Youth Religious Exploration and Adult Enrichment.  Over the next several months, we will continue our explorations as we focus on Hinduism, Earth-based religions, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Quakerism.  For more information, contact Mary Borland, Director of Religious Exploration & Community Engagement, or Kathie Gorski or Ann Fisher, Co-chairs of Adult Enrichment.

World Religions in November

Indigenous Speakers 

November 17 -  Indigenous Speaker, Brian Zepeda, will speak about his Seminole heritage at 10:00 AM in Thomas Hall for ages Middle School through Adult.  Please email your RSVP to mary@uunaples.org.

​​W​​onderful Wednesdays 

"Wonderful Wednesdays" is a mid-week multi-generational gathering to feed the mind, body and soul.  Food, fellowship and fun for all.  It consists of three parts:  Vespers, followed by a light meal, and the program. 

  • RIDE SHARE:  If you’d like to carpool, contact the office at office@uunaples.org and we’ll try to pair you up.

  • PROGRAM ONLY.  You do not need to attend vespers or dinner in order to participate in the program.  


5:30 PM Vespers

5:45 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner – a simple meal.  Requires pre-ordering.  Suggested donation $10/person, $20/family.  Please RSVP for meal:  Sign-up sheets will be in foyer on Sunday morning or email office@uunaples.org. by Monday at 5:00 PM.

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM – Program.  Come for the entire evening or come for just one part.  Childcare is provided.

Program choices for the next four weeks:


November 20

1.  Hinduism – Jinit Bhatt, guest speaker

2:  Art is a Way of Seeing (how to get the most out of visiting a museum) – led by Rona Steingart


November 27

Thanksgiving Eve:  No Programming


December 4

1:  Part 5 of Exploring Your Own Theology – Rev. Tony Fisher

2:  Ornament Making, (Multi-Age) – led by Kathleen Teach


December 11

Carol Sing, Multi-Age (come one, come all) – led by Martha Cornell and friends

Upcoming New Programs


Faith Forward: From Visitor to Leader is more than a curriculum.  It is a program that bridges faith development and the membership process by offering an integrated path that guides people from being a visitor to becoming a member, to volunteering, to serving in leadership in our congregation. If you were unable to attend in person, we have a video recording of the meeting from September 10 that you can watch at your convenience.  Contact Kathie Gorski to get the Zoom recorded meeting link.


​Book Club Reading List 2019-2020

Meetings are held in Thomas Hall at 2:00 PM every third Thursday of the month except as noted by asterisk. These meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month.

November 21:   The Stranger by Albert Camus; Facilitated by Jeff Davis

*December 12:   The Italian Teacher by Tom Rachman; Facilitated by Carol Evans

January 16:  The Other by David Guterson; Facilitated by Sandee Wolfe
February 20:  Less by Andrew Sean Greer; Facilitated by Joann Anthony
March 19:  The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl; Facilitated by Betty Walsh
April 16:  The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood; Facilitated by Carolyn Bordeau
*May 14:  The Annual Book Share.  Our reading list, by custom, is composed of works of fiction that do not exceed 400 pages.  Since our members are readers of diverse forms of literature, we use a different format in the May meeting to discuss and recommend to the group 1 or 2 books that do not conform with our criteria but are worth the members’ attention.


Chalice Circles:  


We will be offering both six- and three-month Chalice Circles again, with the six-month groups starting in November and the three-month groups starting in January (exact start dates to come).  We will also offer facilitator training (October 13) and a sample Chalice Circle (October 20). 

Three-month and six-month Chalice Circles

Register via email to JoAnn or to Anna in the office.   You can choose to join a Chalice Circle that meets for six months (November-April) or three months (January-March).  Exact days and times will be finalized as soon as registration is complete.  More information will be sent out in the Weekly Highlights and other email communications from the office, but feel free to contact JoAnn with any questions.  If you would like to explore being either a facilitator or a participant, contact Jo Ann Womack at (239) 596-1541 or karimajoann@gmail.com.


New Chalice Circles Forming With Start Dates in November and January


First, in case you are wondering, Chalice Circles are a form of Small Group Ministry.  Groups of 6 to 8 people meet regularly — in our case twice a month — to reflect, to share deeply, and to listen without judgment about concerns of the heart and mind.  Chalice Circles are a different form of sharing, not like a discussion or therapy group, but a chance to listen and share from the heart.

Chalice Circles are great places to get to know other people and to get to know yourself better.  Over time, participants develop deep connections with one another, with the congregation, and with their spirituality.  Each gathering is structured and facilitated by a member of the congregation who is trained in facilitation.  Participants are encouraged to share their stories and learn how to listen deeply without judgment to others.

For our guide we will again be using Soul Matters, the same program that we used last year.  In addition to the deep listening in small group meetings, Soul Matters incorporates opportunities for experiential engagement and encourages personal reflection.

If you are curious and would like to explore the format of a Chalice Circle group beforehand, contact our coordinator, JoAnn Womack at (239) 596-1541 or karimajoann@gmail.com to register.  We strongly recommend attending the Sample Chalice Circle before committing to a group.  If you can’t make the October 20 session (or even if you can but would like to read more), let JoAnn Womack know and she will send you the Participant Guide from Soul Matters as it will provide much useful information.

Social Activities


​A Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner at our UUCGN

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28 at 3:00 PM

RSVP to office@uunaples.org by Sunday, November 17

It’s time to begin planning our annual UUCGN Thanksgiving Dinner.  For the past five years, about fifty of us have gathered at UUCGN to share a traditional Thanksgiving dinner together.  Would you like to be part of this beloved community this year?

The meal is communal with everyone bringing food to share and pitching in to help as each is able.

To make this event a success, we need folks who are willing to help with planning, shopping, roasting turkeys, setting up and clean-up.  If you can help with any of these tasks, please be in touch with Ann Fisher at annmfisher3@gmail.com.

​Film Fans


There are three well-received movies that are showing at approximately the same time this coming Monday, November 18, at Silverspot Cinema in the Mercato shopping center.  They are:

1)  "Ford v. Ferrari" (3:00 PM)  Critics:  90%   Academy Award-winners Matt Damon and Christian Bale star in FORD v FERRARI, based on the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Bale), who together battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

2)  "Harriet" (3:30 PM)  Critics: 72%  Audience 97%   Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman's escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

3)  "Jojo Rabbit"  (3:30 PM)   Critics: 79%  Audience  96%   Jojo is a lonely German boy who discovers that his single mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic.  Aided only by his imaginary friend -- Adolf Hitler -- Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II continues to rage on.

Please call Joan Insel at 239.514.2759 or email joaninsel@hotmail.com to let Joan know if you're planning to join our convivial group of film fans at The Burntwood Tavern for dinner afterwards.   Located in Mercato
9110 Strada Place, Naples, FL 34108.

Third Friday - Circle Dinners

Our dinners are a way for you to get to know other members and friends in our Naples UU world.  All are welcome.  We try to meet in small groups so there is an opportunity to talk with each other throughout the evening.  Our dinners are always held on the 3rd Friday of each month.  We share dinner in each other’s homes, the host prepares an entree, and lets their guests know what to bring to compliment the entree:  appetizer, vegetable, bread, salad, or dessert, etc.  We try to keep our dinners small in number with 6, 8, or 10 guests per gathering, so there is plenty of time to get to know each other.  We have anywhere from 2 to 8 hosts each 3rd Friday of the month.  ​There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer for our Friday, December 20 circle dinner.


If you attend Circle Dinners, we anticipate that you will host a dinner one or two times per season, October through June.  We hope you will join us.  You can also contact Marjorie or Sal Corrallo if you are new and would like further information or want to be added to our master-list for circle dinners.  Call the UU Naples office to get the Corrallos' phone number.

Save the Date!  Musical Masterpieces by Richard Bosworth
Sunday, January 26, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at UUCGN


Coming up in January, our beloved former musical director, Richard Bosworth, will be performing at UUCGN on the recently donated Steinway piano (extreme gratitude to Jeannette Boucher for having donated the piano to UUCGN).  Richard will be flying in from Seattle to perform on Sunday, January 26, 2020, as part of the home-hosted events fundraisers.  The afternoon will start at 3:00 PM with appetizers on the pavilion, and the recital itself will begin at 4:00 PM in the sanctuary.  Whether you already know Richard and want to find out how life is treating him in the Pacific Northwest or you want to come meet him for the first time to see why he is remembered so fondly, you are bound to have an enjoyable afternoon, all the while contributing to the largest fundraiser for which the funds go directly to supporting us as a congregation.  The recital will be open to the public, and we hope you will spread the word and bring friends and neighbors to hear Richard’s performance.  Details including the price of admission will follow next month, but in the meantime, mark your calendar so you will be able to attend, support UUCGN, and enjoy Musical Masterpieces with Richard Bosworth on the piano.  Contact Ann Fullarton or Kathie Gorski with any questions.


​Ongoing Programs and Activities

Adult Enrichment:  Guided Autobiography:  Pam Mayer will continue to offer her very-much appreciated Guided Autobiography Levels 1 and 2 classes, early in the new year. Those who have already participated in Levels 1 and 2 will be joining Pam in an online group that starts this month.

Several other ongoing programs will continue to be offered as well.  Several of these are offered not directly under the umbrella of the Adult Enrichment Committee, having existed before the committee formed.  Ongoing programs include, for example, Art in the Garden, Writing Group, Visual Arts Group, Aging Well, Fiction Book Club.

Adult Enrichment:  Creative Writing Group

This is an opportunity for all writers - fiction, non-fiction, essay, poetry - to come together to share their work and receive feedback in a supportive, collegial environment. Contact John Womack by e-mail at johnHwomack@gmail.com for more info. ​

Adult Enrichment:  Visual Arts Group

The Visual Arts Discussion Group meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome!  Come and bring in examples of your recent work . . . painting, photography, sculpture or any other medium.  We will try to go beyond a technical critique and explore what story the artist is trying to tell.  Interested?  Contact George Wright at wrightonovernaples@aol.com.​

Caring Committee

Many UUCGN members have left their former communities up North (or West, for some folks), and have relocated to southwest Florida and found their way to our Unitarian Universalist community.  Our
congregation's Caring Committee members are available to help with short term needs such as transportation to appointments, delivery of prepared meals when an acute need arises, or childcare for emergency situations.

Our committee members come from varied backgrounds and professions and may be able to offer
information to you if you have questions about resources in our region.  Call the office and request a call from one of our members.  We'd be happy to assist you with our helping hands and loving hearts.

LGBTQIA+Interest Support Group

If you are interested in joining LGBTQIA+ group, please contact Annie/Roger at annieroger@a2am.com or text 239.628.6545 with a brief introduction of yourself. ​

Social Activities:  Film Fans

Meets the third Monday of each month at Silverspot Cinema, and then meets at Burntwood Tavern in the Mercato shopping center in north Naples afterwards and have dinner and good conversation!  Please contact Joan Insel at 239.514.2759 or joaninsel@hotmail.com for more info. 

Social Activities: First Fridays / First Saturdays

First Friday is a monthly evening get-together at a UUCGN member’s home.  Guests bring finger food and drink to share.  If you are unable to host a party at your home, please consider hosting a First Saturday on the UUCGN pavilion with the same format.  Contact Cheryl Lash or office@uunaples.org for more info. 

Social Activities:  ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out). We meet for breakfast on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at Skillets in the Bed, Bath, and Beyond Plaza at the corner of Airport Pulling Rd. and Pine Ridge.  We start at 8 am until???  Call Roger Brown for additional info. at 239.254.1128.

Green Sanctuary:  Citizen’s Climate Lobby

Do you have five minutes to tell congress how you feel about climate? If so, please click cclusa.org/write and enter your name and address.  The next screen will show messages to be sent to your congressman and both senators.  You can send the suggested script, or customize. Submit and you’re done.

Citizens Climate Lobby, citizensclimatelobby.org, is a nonpartisan, non-profit organization that empowers people to become effective advocates for climate solutions.  Each meeting we have a guest speaker (by video) and make plans around outreach opportunities, building relationships with local business, faith and political leaders, and pursuing media opportunities.  Meetings are most 3rd Thursdays of each month at 6:30 PM.

Board of Directors:  Tech4Good

Tech4Good is a nonprofit organization that meets the first Tuesday of each month, from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at UUCGN.  We invite all local nonprofit organizations to network, learn, test and explore new technologies, exchange ideas, and best practices. To learn more or to register, visit www.tech4goodswfl.org.


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