News and Events
SUNDAY SERVICE (In Person and Virtual via Zoom)
February 5th, 10:30 am
Living with Fear
Rev. Cynthia Snavely with John Seitz art
Audre Lorde said, “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard nor welcomed. But when we are silent we are still afraid. So it is better to speak remembering, we were never meant to survive.” The brave are not unafraid. They act despite the fear.
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New to UU
We’re all in This Together…
notes from the Stewardship Team
Be sure to help yourself to some Very Vegan Very Yummy cookies on Sunday before the service begins. And if you haven't pledged yet, save a stamp…bring your completed Pledge Card to Tri UU on Sunday and put it in the “Pledge Box” in the lobby.
Talk to Maria Kelly or Erin Woodsome if you have questions.
UU and ME
I arrived in the Villages alone, 11 years ago. I was looking for a community of like-minded people. I discovered the UU and found it a welcoming and friendly community. I was happy to substitute for the pianist when they needed me.
A few years ago my partner, Jerry, contracted a serious foot infection which could have had a very bad outcome. I’m spunky, but old now. I use a walker and I don’t drive anymore. I have no family in the area, BUT I do have Tri UU!
The caring women of Tri UU were at my house for weeks taking my partner to get infusions for six weeks, four times a day. They brought me food….(too much) and they even cleaned my cat litter box!!
What more can I say than that! I love you, UU’s!
I made a special donation recently because I want to help Tri UU grow in every way that I can.
Sharing Minister Announcement
On January 16 your Board of Trustees voted to affirm UU Congregation of Lake County's acceptance of 50% sharing of Rev. Cynthia's interim ministry beginning February 1 through July 31, 2024. Joint meetings have already been held to work out financial information, time schedule, and AV requirements. A document of agreement will be signed to ensure compliance. We envision that Cynthia will be in person on two Sundays at one congregation and one at the other each month. This schedule will alternate each month. When she is not in person with us, we hope everyone who is able will continue to attend in person even though she will be seen on our screens. If everyone puts forth their best effort to maintain our welcoming community and do all we can to get to know our visitors and help them feel comfortable with sharing Cynthia, I feel we can make a success of this arrangement and continue to grow Tri-UU.
Thursday, February 2, 4:00pm
In-person and on Zoom
Valentine Party and Dance
Celebrate with Friends
February 14th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Tri-County Unitarian Universalists
7280 SE 135th St.
Featuring music by Clayton Seawright
Guest Soloist: Our own Peggy Roberts
$10 per person
Refreshments available (or bring your own)
Tickets available in church lobby or contact
Erin Woodsome 413 961 9316 or
Jolyn Joslin/Burt 352 391 8292
Food Bank Project Volunteer
One of our Social Justice projects is donating food to the Community of Gratitude Food Bank in Ocklawaha on E. Hwy. 25. Becky Love has transported our donations for many years but has stepped down. The food bank is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 -12:00; Thursdays from 1:00 -3:00 pm. If you can help, please contact Joyce Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org
11th Annual Florida Unitarian Universalist Women’s Retreat
March 31- April 2, 2023
DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center
A Weekend Gathering of UU Women Ellenton Florida Featuring Shelley Graff facilitating Singing in Sacred Circle • Friday evening we will get to know one another and create community • Saturday one-hour workshops offer choices Singing in Sacred Circle with Shelley Graff Free time in the afternoon for personal exploration • Sunday we share a UU Service bringing it all together. For more information Check out the Flyer Here
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
Tri-UU Women's Group
"Women for Women" meets on the third Saturday of each month at 2:00pm, sometimes on Zoom and sometimes in person. For more information contact Nancy Garrison firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, January 29nd, 10:30 am,
Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 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
Train of Thought
This month I begin working half time with you and half time with the UU Congregation of Lake County in Eustis. I will not be at every meeting and on Sunday, February 19 and Sunday, February 26 you will see a recording of me delivering the sermon rather than the live me as the live me will be at the Lake County Congregation on those Sundays. In March you will see me live twice and Lake County will see the recorded me on those Sundays.
This is the plan. As before I will preach three Sundays a month, but now those Sundays will be shared. When I am not with you live you will see the recorded me. Each month I will be with one congregation two Sundays and the other congregation one Sunday. The congregation having two Sundays will switch back and forth between the congregations each month.
I am hopeful that there may also be other sharing between the congregations, particularly around outreach and social justice.
We are embarking on a great adventure. Where it will lead, I cannot yet tell you nor can you tell me. But we are on this journey together, and I trust in that to see us through.
Nu to UU
Do you want to get to know more about Unitarian Universalism?
Do you want to learn more about our congregation?
Do you want to explore how our beloved community might offer opportunities to engage in meaningful commitment to a more equitable, just, and loving society?
Are you considering membership in our Tri-UU congregation?
Are you just curious about who we are and what we believe (or don't believe)?
If you would like more information about the upcoming class that we call "Nu to UU", please contact Helene Kirschbaum. We’re planning on offering the two-session class at 1:00 – 3:00 PM on Feb. 4th and Feb. 11th, 2023. If you have previous UU experience, you are invited to both sessions; however, you’re only required to attend the second session to become a Member.
February 17th, 4 pm
Rev. Bruce Seaman
Black Union Soldiers
Civil War Raid into
In March 1865 in the last weeks of the Civil War, 30 Black Union soldiers in Jacksonville planned, led, and conducted a crazy-risky raid deep into enemy territory targeting the Marshall Plantation in Marion County. It was the last planned Union operation in Florida, and the only time that the war came to Marion County. The history of the raid has been "white-washed" by many, but we will celebrate a dramatic story of a daring raid and learn why it was undertaken.
Bruce Seaman is a retired Presbyterian Church, USA minister. He has been married to Nancy for 40 years. Both are originally from Long Island, New York. Nancy is the Benefits Supervisor for the 6500+ employees of the Marion County School District. They have lived in Ocala-Marion County since 1997. Bruce has been a community activist for much of his time in this area.
Potluck to follow, Bring your neighbors and friends.
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 one of our Care Team members: Andrea Coburn, Gretchen Lewis, and Ginger Ryan. Please let Andrea or Rev Cynthia know!
02/01 Cindy Grossman
02/01 Linda Starkweather
02/03 Bob Kemp
02/07 Rita Burrows
02/07 MaryEtta Fisher
02/21 Margaret Dawson
02/23 Jeanie Powell
02/26 Beth Farris
02/27 Chuck Williams
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.
On Race will be held the first Thursday of the month at 4pm online and in the conference room at TriUU. Canceled in November.
Buddhist Meditation will be held on Wednesdays at 10:00 am online and in the sanctuary at TriUU.
Click HERE for your Current Board of Trustees
Click HERE for Minutes from the 2022 Annual Meeting
Click HERE for the minutes of January 2023
Board of Trustees meeting
Click HERE for our TriUU Community Bulletin Board
Click HERE for the text of select recent sermons.
Click HERE for our Facebook page for videos of recent services.
Click HERE for our updated Congregation History
We have a long history with Amazon Smile, but they are ending the project at Amazon, February 20th. So buy soon and then we will need to find another easy way to donate.
When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same prices with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Tri-UU. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.
The calendar is for the listing of Tri-UU meetings and events and ONLY Tri-UU activities. If in doubt, contact Myra Symons.