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October 17, 2021 - 10:30 AM

"The Tricks of Memory"

Rev. Cynthia Snavely

Marcel Proust wrote, “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”  My sister, brother and I remember the same events of our childhoods differently.  My mother, who used to complain about my grandmother forever telling the same stories, is now doing so herself. Memory is not a record of the truth but of the truth that is ours.

If you are seeing Chat comments popping up in front of your eyes on your screen during the Sunday Service, you can click on “Exit Full Screen” and then click on the Chat icon. This will move the Chat box to the side, display all the Chat comments that occur during the service and allow you to only read them when you wish.

Click HERE for text of select recent sermons. 

The text from Rev. Janet Onnie's last service, and from Rev. Cynthia Snavely since she joined us, are available.


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Rev. Cynthia Snavely

Interim Minister,

Tri-County Unitarian Universalists


(voice or text)


Sunday, October 17:

10:30 - Sunday Service

Wednesday, October 20:

7:00pm - 7:30pm

Buddhist Meditation Session

My usual day off is Saturday.  Do not fear.  I rearrange my schedule for weddings, memorial services and congregational events.

Click HERE for our TriUU Community Bulletin Board

Click HERE for the

Minutes from Annual Meeting of 3/28/21

Click HERE for the

September 2021 Board of Trustees meeting minutes


Nancy Garrison, President 
Suzanne Seitz, Vice President 
Jake Bishop, Treasurer
Carole Jackson, Secretary 
Peggy Roberts, Trustee
Helene Kirschbaum, Trustee
Gail Newstein, Trustee

Welcome to our Interim Minister, Rev. Cynthia Snavely!  Click HERE to read the full announcement and about the Interim Minister search process. Click HERE for an introduction to Rev. Snavely.

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Timetable Submissions


For the month of October only, 2021, Trish Schwartzberg will be handling our website's Timetable.  Please send all Timetable submissions to

TriUU Share Sessions

Monday Oct 18, 10:00 am

 Brunch with the Minister

Monday Oct 18, 4:00 pm

Trivia with Marjorie Rehm


Tuesday Oct  19,   10:00 am

Powerful Questions with Helen Dohn

" What Mistakes should people make at least once in a lifetime."    

Tuesday Oct 19, 4:00

In the News with Jan Droegkamp

Wednesday Oct 20  10:00 am 

Myra on Technology for the pandemic

Wednesday Oct 20  4:pm

Leadership review: Secretary of board Carole Jackson

 President of board Nancy Garrison

Wednesday Oct 20  7:00 pm

Buddhist Meditation with Rev Snavely


Oct Thursday 21th 10:00 am

Folk Songs; compassion, peace, justice by Mike e


Oct Thursday 21th 4:00 pm

On race with Rev Cynthia

A glimpse into the coming weeks;  interview of Margaret Wineman, Interview of Nancy and Al Solberg, interview of Jan Droegkamp, Folk Songs ; compassion, peace and justice, The Rule of Law by Mark Welton , and  

Curious History of the Pledge of Allegiance by Rod. Broker.

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Morning Woods Walk

at Lake Griffin State Park


Monday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 – 11:00


Entrance fee $5.00 (CASH) per vehicle

Meet in the parking area just inside the gate.

3089 U.S. Highway 441-27
Fruitland Park , FL

Host:  Erin Woodsome


FMI and to download a brochure and map click here

Twice a Week Walking Group


Tuesday:  Meet at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Hogeye Park at Cattail Recreation Center, Co Rd 507, Wildwood, FL


Thursday:  Meet at 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays at Spanish Moss Recreation Center 3225 Spanish Moss Way, Wildwood, FL to walk the Fenney entrance area.


All interested early morning walkers are welcome to join us!


Host: Nancy Garrison

RSVP: if you plan to attend


Honoring Our Veterans


We will honor our veterans as one part of the November 7 service.  If you or someone in your family is a veteran, please send a picture, name, branch of service and, if you wish, a brief sentence.  Examples: “My Dad, (name), retired from the Marine Corps after 22 years as a Master Sargent.  He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars,” “My sister, retired Army, Military Intelligence,” “This is my eldest grandson, (name).  He is a Combat Rescue Officer in Air Force Special Operations.” “This picture was taken in September 1956 at my graduation from 14 weeks of boot camp at Ft. Knox, KY. I served a total of 8 years in the Army (active duty and reserves) as a medic.” Please be sure to include your own name so that we know to whom the person is related.  Deadline for receipt of material is Sunday, October 31. Please send to or mail to Tri-UU attn: Rev. Snavely.



  October 23, 2021

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

If anyone needs a ride to the Pride Festival, contact Rev. Cynthia, as she will be going. 240-475-2111.

October Train of Thought


Rev. Cynthia Snavely

I have been here just a month and a half as I sit down to write this.  One of the first things that has struck me about the wider community here is its lack of identity/history.  Other places I have served had a sense of place.  Columbia, MD was a planned community, but its founder, James Rouse, had a liberal ideology that continued to be important to those who became part of the community.  Bowie, MD was a college town that wasn’t a college town. The university there was a historically black university. The town had been developed as a Levittown, where people of color were originally prohibited from buying.  Acknowledging that history and seeking to overcome it was part of the town’s identity.  New Bern, NC was a historic and arts town at a confluence of rivers.  People there were often people with boats.  Though the congregation I served were primarily Northerners who had retired there, there was still a sense of place even in the congregation. As I began and ended my ministry, I was given items emblazoned with the bear symbol of the town.  The Villages, where most of you members and friends of Tri-County Unitarian Universalists live, does not seem to have an ideology of plan or a history.  You come from many places to here, and there seems to be no one culture or sense of place.

Certainly, you have brought a wide variety of cultures with you to this place.  I have my Pennsylvania Dutch heritage on display in my living room.  Another of you may have items from places around the world where you have resided in yours.  Another of you may bring your New York City sensibilities here.  When we all have our own culture and there is no culture that unites them, we may struggle with how we act as one community. One of you may hug someone in greeting while another of you may reserve hugs for family.  One of you may have an American flag attached to your golf cart 365 days a year, while another of you puts an American flag out at your house only on the fourth of July.

 What culture, what history, what heritage is important to the whole of the community of Tri-County Unitarian Universalists?  Discovering that may be an important part of this time of transition.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

  4    Helene Kirschbaum
11    Joan Sheppard
13    Bj Rolli
15    Marilyn McLean
15    David Robbins
16    Pat Lee
19    Suzanne Seitz
26    Becky Love

Breast Cancer Thrivers' Support Group

The Zoom meeting of the Breast Cancer Thrivers' support group will be on the first Saturday every month at 1:00 pm.

For information contact Nancy Garrison

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The Tri-UU BOOK CLUB meets at 1:00 via Zoom

Contact Cindy Grossman

For dates and details check the schedule HERE

Task Force on Re-Opening


The Task Force on Re-Opening Tri-UU has been meeting weekly via Zoom for the past several weeks.  We are looking at national, state and local trends as we attempt to find the right formula that needs to be in place to reopen.  We’re keeping CDC guidelines in mind, looking at what other churches in the tri-county area are doing as well as keeping in touch with the UUA’s updated COVID recommendations.  We’ve got a new volunteer (Larae Donnellan) who is working on a mini-survey in order to give voice to the congregation as we deliberate on this matter.


Given our demographics, boosters are in order.  Walgreens, Walmart, CVS, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Marion County Health Department are all offering boosters.  New sites are added daily…check to see if you need an appointment.


We are also working on making sure we have the best procedures in place when we do re-open.  More to come on this as we get closer to re-opening.  As of this writing, the transmission rates in all three counties still register high…but those rates have come down from extremely high so we are moving in the right direction!


I want to say a big thank-you to Anne McCusker, Sarah Reaga, Ginger Ryan and Bruce Twiss…our hearty band working together since June.  Rev. Cynthia has joined us as well.  And thanks, too, to Peggy Roberts, our Board liaison. 


Judi Bessette

As things continue to change in the world with covid19 and the introduction of new virus strains, one thing that hasn't changed is food insecurity for many as jobs are lost and families are devastated.  TRI-UU helps supply food to the Community of Gratitude food bank in Ocklawaha, Fl. through our donations. To those who have donated, thank you!  To those who would like to donate but don't know how, there is an answer.  Just order food online at Walmart, Sam's club, Amazon or wherever you choose and have it shipped directly to Becky Love and she will deliver your donation. Or, give her a call and she will pick the food up at your home or meeting place. It's as easy as that!  Thank you for your generous contributions to helping those in need. Contact Becky Love at 951-452-1542 (call or text) or email,





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Other Website Updates

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