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Sunday January 26, 2020

FORUM  9:30 AM

Trees: Living in Harmony with Mother Earth”

Drawing on poetry and science, this forum will explore the role of trees in the sustainability of Mother Earth. It

will culminate in a tree-planting ceremony and dedication on Tri-UU property after Sunday service. Presenters will be Margaret Wineman and Jim Mullen.


“Pachamama and the Trees.”
Rev. Janet Onnie 
 In collaboration with Tri-UU’s Climate Action Team, we will dedicate a tree to be planted as part of the global reforestation project.


The Tri-UU Annual Meeting will take place on March 29, 2020 immediately following the service. Mark the date! As usual, a modest luncheon will be available for your enjoyment.  Remember that only members can vote.  To become a member you must complete NU to UU and sign membership book 30 days in advance of meeting.

Rev. Janet Onnie

Minister, Tri-County Unitarian Universalists

President, Florida Chapter UU Ministers Assn.


Living to Delight the Holy


Sunday, January 26:
10:30- Blessing of the Trees

Monday, January 27:
10:00- Intern Conference; 12:00- Munch w/Minister

Tuesday, January 28:
1:00- Meditation;
2:30- Wisdom of Aging class

Wednesday, January 29: Congregant Visits/Appointments

Thursday, January 30: Writing Day; Appointment w/colleague

Friday, January 31:
Day Off 

Saturday, February 1: Sabbath 



As you enter the sanctuary for the Sunday Service, please move to the center of rows. It will be so much more welcoming to those folks who are coming in late or are new people. It’s hard enough to show up someplace for the first time without having to crawl over a whole bunch of strangers to get seated. Thank you!

Anyone regularly passing by the Post Office on Rt. 301 in Summerfield?


We are looking for a volunteer to pick up the Tri-UU mail weekly from the US Post Office on Rt. 301, Summerfield.  If you can do this, please contact Wendy Griffith, 352-438-8817 or


Unitarian Universalists can be hesitant to use popular language of faith that seems to have been claimed by other denominations. "Fluent in Faith" revives our connection to a language of reverence for UUs, calling us to embrace our religious language in all its diversity and meaning.

Meets February 17, 24 and March 2 from 1-3pm. Facilitators: Marjorie Rhem and Trish Schwartzberg.

Rev. Janet has copies of the book for sale.

To register contact Jim Mullen


 January 25 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Jan Droegkamp will host.

Sign up at the table in the back of the Chalice Room 



Friday, January 31 2:00-4:00 PM


February 17,18,19 Intake of donations, pricing and set-up. February 20,21, and 22 are sale days. Help is needed each day. Planning assistance is needed. You are wanted! Sign up sheets on the clip board. Questions? See Joyce Mills or call at 352-895-0526.

WhaleCoast Alaska 2020

Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2020 is for you!

Four Alaska UU congregations invite you to experience our unique environmental/ cultural/spiritual program this summer. See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs, with friendly homestays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, sea lions, etc. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Forget the cruise ships -- our program is truly the best way to visit Alaska! Tours led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert.

Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. For complete info go to: Discount for groups of 8 or more. We would love to share our Alaska with you!

Jan Droegkamp went in 2019 and can answer your questions.


"Just Mercy"


Old Mill Playhouse - Sumter Landing

January 28   3:00 PM

$5.00 ticket price

Join UUers in the lobby at 3:00 (movie starts at 3:30)

Stay and eat at the Mexican Restaurant in the lobby after the movie 

Sponsored by Tri-UU Community Building Team. For more information see Hilda or Andy Lucas


Here’s a heads-up for February events: First, Dr. Will Tuttle will speak about the interconnections between plant-based eating and the climate crisis. Details to come. Then on Thursday February 24, we will host the monthly vegan potluck. Please mark your calendar.


Are you interested in learning more about Tri UU?  Are you interested in membership at Tri UU?  Please sign up at the back table in the sanctuary. 

Saturday, February 8 (9:30-11:30) will focus on the principles, sources, commonly held beliefs, and brief history of Unitarian Universalism.

Saturday February 15, (9:30-11:30) will focus on our local congregation’s history, governance, leadership, and culture.  We will also discuss the rights and privileges of membership and the expectations of commitment.

Please contact Jan Droegkamp with questions.  


4      Wendy Griffin

5      Linda Connell

9      Larry Cooper

9      Dani Hunter

11     Joyce Mills

22   Judy Kemp

28    Lynne Westmoreland

30    Eddie Boufford

30    Al Solberg

31     Phil Lindsley

Fun and Fellowship Outing to Bountiful Farms/Bistro 


Friday, January 17, 2020

Jessica Gentry welcomed us to her Bountiful Farm/Bistro and led us on a tour.

After shopping at the Farm Stand we gathered under their 200 year old oak tree and enjoyed lunch made with produce that was picked that morning and prepared to order.









We plan to return to the farm in the early spring.   Watch this space!



The Social Justice committee went to downtown Ocala on Sunday and distributed lots of needed personal items.  We gave out 6 sleeping mats! Thanks to all the plarn makers and crocheters......we could have give out 40 if we had them! This month the congregation was overwhelmingly generous with donations and they were all very much appreciated.  For February we are still looking for blankets and warm clothing.

Some items we will be short of are small FLASHLIGHTS (with batteries), RAZORS and FACECLOTHS. Small towels are often requested also. We had bins with lots of miscellaneous items that they enjoyed going thru.  That said we have a ton of soap so please save your bars for another time. Thanks again for all your kindness! Again if anyone is interested in learning how to make the plarn or learn how to crochet the mats please call or text 941-716-3481 or email



Cooler weather has come and we see a larger group as people flock to the warmer weather areas. From now through February, we can use winter jackets and blankets if you have any to donate.

Please place items in the basket in the sanctuary.

Following are a list of toiletries and other items we give out monthly: soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste, facecloths, razors, shaving cream, flashlights with batteries, socks, women’s personal items, toilet tissue, small pack of tissues, combs, and rain ponchos.  Lately we have received some new underwear for women and men; much appreciated! We had some pocketbooks to give out to the women; they were well received.  Please make sure all toiletry items are unused.








Our friends in the Dallas community need rides for mothers and children to medical appointments.   Please add your name to the list of drivers.  For more information contact Jim Mullen (352-633-1643) or Carole Clarke (703-434-2426).  Gracias.



January - March 2020

January 26        Diane Carlin         Carole Clark

February 2        Hilda Lucas           Andy Lucas

February 9        Jim Mullen             Margaret Wineman

February 16      Diana Bishop        Jake Bishop

February 23      Carol Stenson       Jolyn Joslin

March 1             Eileen McCabe     Tom Murphy                         

March 8             Sara Ramsey        Nancy Garrison

March 15           Carole Clark         Terri Ferber

March 22           Beth Farris            Carole Jaklic

March 29           Joan Sheppard     Maria Kelley

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The calendar is for the listing of Tri-UU meetings and events and ONLY Tri-UU activities.  If in doubt, contact John Seitz

(352) 245-7944

7280 SE 135th St.

Summerfield, FL 34491

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 Box 829

 Summerfield, FL 34492

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