News and Events
SUNDAY SERVICE (In Person and Virtual via Zoom)
October 8 , 10:30 am
Friend? Acquaintance? Colleague?
Rev. Cynthia Snavely, Live
What do we mean when we say someone is a friend? What do we expect from them? What are we committing ourselves to in the relationship?
to Plan on staying after service next Sunday as we consider congregational social action possibilities and vote on a shift in our service time. We will be live and on zoom.
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“This week (September 24) is LGBTQ Ally week”
🌟 Nu to UU: Your Pathway to Tri-County Unitarian-Universalists 🌟
Greetings, Seekers of Truth and Connection,
A wonderful journey of exploration and community is beckoning you! We are delighted to extend a warm invitation to our upcoming "Nu to UU" class, tailor-made for newcomers to our Tri-County Unitarian-Universalists congregation. If you're drawn to a community that celebrates diversity, fosters personal growth, and stands for social justice, this two-part adventure is your stepping stone to understanding and belonging.
Dates: October 7th and October 14th Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Location: Sanctuary, Tri-County Unitarian-Universalists
Session 1 - Wednesday, Sept. 20th: Exploring the Foundations For those embarking on their Unitarian-Universalist journey, join us for an illuminating exploration of our history and fundamental principles. Unearth the origins of our beliefs in individual spiritual exploration, unwavering commitment to social justice, and the inherent worth and dignity within all beings. Engage in thought-provoking dialogues, share your distinctive path, and connect with fellow seekers who share your curiosity.
Session 2 - October 14th: Cultivating Community and Connection Embrace the vibrant tapestry of community that beats at the core of our congregation. Regardless of your familiarity, this session will guide you through numerous ways to engage, from volunteering in meaningful initiatives to joining specialized interest groups aligned with your passions. Forge connections with longstanding members and fellow newcomers as we embrace the very essence of being part of the Unitarian-Universalist family.
Important Information: For those who have been members of or attended previous Unitarian-Universalist congregations, attendance at the first session is not mandatory.
To ensure an intimate experience, we have limited spots available. Please RSVP by October 1st via email at email@example.com or by reaching out to us at 831-297-0399.
We are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to welcome you to our congregation, as we share the values and spirit that define us as Tri-County Unitarian-Universalists. Together, let's embark on this journey of discovery, growth, and unity.
Rev. Cynthia Snavely and Helene Kirschbaum Co-facilitators, Nu to UU Class Tri-County Unitarian-Universalists
Buildings and Grounds Work Day
Join us for a fun and rewarding Buildings and Grounds work day on Tuesday, November 7th from 9 to 11:30 am! We have plenty of tasks for everyone, whether you prefer to work indoors or outdoors. We will be sprucing up our congregation’s home for the festive season, making it cozy and welcoming for all. Come and lend a hand, meet new friends, and enjoy some refreshments. We appreciate your help and enthusiasm!
Fun and Foolery
Saturday, October 28, 3:30 - 5:30
Join in the Fun and Foolery.
Board Games, etc. Bring a favorite or use those games that will be available. Scrabble, Mexican Train, assorted card games, Rummikub, etc.
Bring a light, simple snack to share.
Sponsored by The Fun and Friendship Team
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark your calendar.
Donations accepted: November 27 – 29
Sale: November 30 – December 2
Vote-by-Mail. New rules
If you want to vote by mail in Florida, you need to request a vote-by-mail ballot for every election cycle. This is a new law that was passed in 2022.
If you want to vote by mail, you can both check your status and register for online voting by phone or online. To find your county's supervisor of election's website, go to https://dos.myflorida.com/elections/contacts/supervisor-of-elections/ and select your county from the list.
You should also set reminders on your calendar to request your vote-by-mail ballots. This registration process in Florida is not automatic. You need to update your own status on a consistent basis.
The county staff are very helpful.
Here are the phone numbers for some counties:
Lake County: 352 343 9734
Marion County: 352 620 3290
Sumter County: 352 569 1540
The Bus Brigade moves on
Supplies are needed all year by students. Anytime you want to donate, see Joyce Mills.
New COVID Variant
Please be aware that there is a new variant of Covid in our area. Luckily, based on what CDC knows now, existing tests used to detect and medications used to treat COVID-19 appear to be effective with this variant. BA.2.86 may be more capable of causing infection in people who have previously had COVID-19 or who have received COVID-19 vaccines. CDC’s current assessment is that the updated vaccine will be effective at reducing severe disease and hospitalization. At this point, there is no evidence that this variant is causing more severe illness. That assessment may change as additional scientific data are developed. CDC will share more as we know more.
What you can do:
If you test positive or are experiencing any symptoms, please stay home and self isolate. On Sundays, you can take advantage of our worship services zoom and look at the newsletter for other opportunities to be together on zoom as well.
If you are not experiencing symptoms, but you have been exposed to someone who is ill, please wear a mask.
If a pre-existing condition leaves you vulnerable, it might also be prudent to wear a mask at this time, whenever in a group of people.
Thank you for your generosity and compassion. You are helping a lot of folks who are struggling right now. The food bank is always in need of more supplies, so here are some items that they are especially low on:
Chef Boyardee products (ravioli, spaghetti and meatballs, etc.)
If you prefer, you can also donate money or gift cards to grocery stores (Please hand these donations to Linda or Phil 703-203-5463). Thanks so much!
Looking to connect with Rev. Cynthia?
Sundays, 10:30 am,
Munch with the minister
Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Buddhist Meditation Session
My usual day off is Saturday. Do not fear. I rearrange my schedule for weddings, memorial services, and congregational events.
Train of Thought
At the end of October and the beginning of November, various traditions around the world converge to honor and remember their ancestors. Among these diverse celebrations, we find a common thread of acknowledging and paying tribute to those who came before us.
For Christians, November 1 marks All Saints' Day, followed by All Souls' Day on November 2, with the eve of Halloween preceding these solemn days. Neo-pagans, too, participate in this season of remembrance with Samhain on October 31, a time when they honor their own ancestors. Some may create altars adorned with cherished mementos, while others observe a silent supper in the company of their beloved departed.
In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is a vibrant and colorful celebration. While its historical origins are debated among scholars, the essence of the holiday remains constant: altars are lovingly constructed in homes, graves are tenderly tended to, and picnics are shared in cemeteries. The bond between the living and the deceased is palpable.
In African-American communities, the tradition of pouring a libation has been reclaimed. A liquid offering, often an alcoholic drink or water, is poured onto the earth as a heartfelt prayer for the ancestors. This act serves as a connection to the past and a recognition of the wisdom they impart.
Across various Asian cultures, honoring the dead is a cherished practice. Incense may be burned, and food offerings are presented at ancestral altars. These rituals serve as a means of maintaining a spiritual connection with those who came before us, recognizing their enduring presence.
As Unitarian Universalists, we too can take this time of year to remember not only our personal ancestors but also our Unitarian Universalist forebears who have contributed to the rich tapestry of our faith. To delve deeper into the lives and stories of these individuals, consider exploring the Dictionary of Unitarian and Universalist Biography. Rev. Connie Simon, the editor, writes, “Look around and check out our site! If you have questions, want to recommend inclusion of a particular biography, or want to submit an article yourself, please Contact Us.”
So, let us join in the tradition of honoring our ancestors and reflect on the guidance and protection they continue to offer us. In the spirit of unity and remembrance, let us carry their legacy forward with gratitude and reverence.
You too could be as happy as these AI people are if you finally fill out the form!
Health Crisis Provisions and
Advanced Care Form
We are so happy that you are part of our TriUU family! One of the ways we show our care and support for each other is by filling out a health care provisions and advanced care form. This form helps us to know your wishes and preferences in case of an emergency or a life transition. It also helps us to connect with your loved ones and provide them with comfort and guidance.
We have these forms securely stored in the minister's office, and only the minister can access them. We have received forms from many of our newer members, but we are still missing forms from some of our long-time members. We don't want to leave anyone out, so we kindly ask you to take a few minutes to fill out the form and return it to Cynthia. You can drop it in the locked mailbox outside her office, mail it to Tri-County Unitarian Universalists at P.O. Box 829 Summerfield, FL 34492, or scan it and email it to CSnavely@uuma.org.
Thank you for your cooperation and trust. We appreciate you and we want to be there for you in any situation. Please fill out the form as soon as possible and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
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October 15, 10:30 am
Repenting a Genocide (Indigenous People’s Day)
Rev. Cynthia, Recorded
More and more communities have changed their mid-October holiday from Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day. That is a small gesture. What would it truly take for our nation to repent the genocide perpetrated against the native peoples of our land?
Minister-Led Events Multi-Platform
Munch with the Minister Mondays at 12 noon will be held online and in-person in the conference room at TriUU. Bring lunch with you.
Buddhist Meditation will be held on Wednesdays at 10:00 am online and in the sanctuary at TriUU.
NEWS FROM THE CARE TEAM!
If you or someone you know in our congregation needs temporary support with rides, meals, errands, or visits, please contact Nancy Garrison or Rev. Cynthia.
Debbie Selsavage, A Beacon of Hope in the World of Dementia Advocacy, Presents at Tri-County Unitarian Universalists on October 13 at 4pm
Dementia is a challenging and often heartbreaking condition that affects millions of people worldwide, not only those diagnosed but also their families and caregivers. Living with dementia can be isolating and frightening, but there are individuals who have dedicated their lives to shedding light on this complex issue. Among them, Debbie Selsavage stands out as a remarkable advocate and educator who has made it her mission to inspire hope and understanding for those living with dementia.
Debbie Selsavage's journey into dementia advocacy began when her husband, Ed, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease in his early 50s. This diagnosis turned her life upside down, as she watched the man she loved gradually lose his memory, independence, and personality. Determined to make a difference and provide the best care for her husband, Debbie embarked on a personal and professional journey into the world of dementia.
Debbie didn't let her husband's diagnosis define their lives. Instead, she educated herself on dementia and sought out the best possible care for Ed. She learned about the importance of communication, compassion, and patience when caring for someone with dementia. Over time, her expertise in dementia care grew, and she became a certified dementia practitioner.
Debbie Selsavage understood that the knowledge she gained could benefit others going through similar experiences. She decided to share her insights and experiences, becoming an advocate for dementia awareness and care. Her passion and dedication led her to start a company called Coping with Dementia LLC, which offers training and support for caregivers, healthcare professionals, and individuals living with dementia.
Debbie's impactful presentations have touched the lives of countless people across the country. Whether she is speaking at conferences, workshops, or support groups, her message remains consistent: there is hope and help available for those affected by dementia.
Tri-County Unitarian Universalists invites everyone to come hear her on October 13 and join us for the community dinner afterward.
Friday, October 13th at 4 pm
Coping with Dementia
A potluck dinner will follow the talk.
Breast Cancer Thrivers' Support Group
The Zoom meeting of the Breast Cancer Thrivers' support group is on the first Saturday of the month as needed. For information contact Nancy Garrison email@example.com
10/04 Helene Kirschbaum
10/09 Sonya Thompson
10/10 Gail Newstein
10/11 Joan Sheppard
10/15 Marilyn McLean
10/16 Pat Lee
10/19 Suzanne Seitz
The calendar is for the listing of Tri-UU meetings and events and ONLY Tri-UU activities. If in doubt, contact Roy Seabolt.