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Weekly E-news - May 14, 2020

Weekly Message from Our Minister

Learning how to hold worship using the Zoom platform has been challenging. Most challenging of all has been how to provide music on a technical platform optimized for the spoken word. This has required extra work by your musicians. In addition to their normal process of selecting and rehearsing music, they now prerecord everything. After trying some other venues, including outside, we are now recording in the sanctuary, maintaining physical distancing. The expertise of our Music Director, Mary Collins, on the soundboard is crucial for achieving a good recording. It typically requires at least two “takes” of a piece to get the version that you hear on Sunday morning. Once recorded, the music is shared online so that it can be inserted into the slides you see on Sunday. Finally, whomever is hosting the Zoom slides must optimize their settings in Zoom for sharing music. I am grateful to all our musicians, including Mary, Heather, Avery, Nick, Pam and Margaret, for their dedication to this nourishing aspect of our worship together. Thank you, musicians!

Congregational Meeting

Our Annual Meeting will be held via Zoom on Sunday, May 17th, immediately after the morning service. We’ll be voting on the Budget for 2020-2021 and electing Board members and other Fellowship leaders. You can find the proposed budget, the slate of leaders proposed by the Nominating Committee and a copy of the minutes from last year’s Annual Meeting in the Members Only section of our website If you need the password, please text T.W. Theodore at (831) 236-4504 or email at

Your participation in this meeting will insure that the Fellowship is well positioned for the coming year and beyond.Our by-laws require 40 percent participation to achieve a quorum. Based on our latest membership numbers, we must have 22 present for the meeting. While voting can be done by proxy, proxy votes do not count toward the quorum.

Connecting As We Shelter in Place

We are approaching two months of physical distancing and online worship. We have learned a lot about how to provide meaningful worship and connect in community using Zoom, but we all miss meeting in person. Butte County has recently been permitted to move into Phase 2 in relaxing restrictions. Does this mean we will soon be able to meet in the sanctuary? Unfortunately, not. Churches will not be given permission to meet in person until Phase 3. This could be only weeks away, or much longer, depending on how the virus responds as we begin to mingle again. Even when we resume meeting in person, we plan to continue to offer Zoom worship for those who are unable or reluctant to be in public places.

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May 17:  Creativity Needs Quiet

James Taylor, one of the most influential songwriters of his generation, talks about the need for quiet to allow space for creativity. We look at how we may be able to tap into creativity we didn’t know we had, as individuals and as a culture. Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-David Strohmeyer; Guitar Ensemble.

We will be broadcasting our service online using Zoom. Any time after 10:15 AM Sunday, join in. You will enter a waiting room. Between 10:20 and 10:25, all will be invited into the service by the host.

1.  By computer or mobile device: go to
and follow the prompts to open zoom and join the meeting.

2.  By phone: If you don't have a microphone on your device and/or wish to call in by phone, dial (669) 900-9128 and enter meeting ID 261 078 4089 followed by the # key when prompted. The password is 1289. If it asks you for a second number, just press # again, and you will join the meeting. Be sure to mute your phone to prevent background interference.

Adult Religious Explorations

Through the month of May, the Adult Religious Explorations group will meet on Sunday evenings, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. We will be sharing ideas on spiritual nurturing and spirituality. Everyone is welcome. For details on joining the Zoom session, please contact Amy Gaffney or Linda Converse

Past Services

Our Zoom services are being recorded. We are working through technical difficulties in getting them posted. Thank you for your patience.

Meet with the Minister

Pastor Bryan is available by phone or by Zoom. He would love to talk with you about what you are experiencing. Call 530-513-2261
to chat or email to set up a Zoom meeting.

Check the monthly calendar for more events!


May 24:  Trauma x3

First it was the flood, then the fire, now pestilence. Butte County has taken an incredible emotional and physical hit, and this lives in our bodies. Where do we find strength and healing in our UU theology and Sources? Worship Leader-Rev. Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Susan Bachlor; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.

May 31:  Justice, Equity, and Compassion in Human Relations

Guest preacher Clovice Lewis recounts how a supreme act of kindness towards his family in the Jim Crow South taught him about compassion when he was a child. His discussion ranges from engaging others in the work of social justice to finding self-compassion in this time of pandemic and fear. Worship Leader-Clovice Lewis; Worship Associate-Courtney Singer; Pianist-Avery Campbell; Song Leader-Mary Collins; Guest Musician-Clovice Lewis.

Clovice Lewis is a professional cellist and composer who composed his first symphony at the age of 17 and was a professor of computer music at UC Santa Barbara from 1978-1986. He has also been a serial entrepreneur, software designer, and private pilot for the past 30 years. Clovice is a studying to become a UU minister at Starr King School for Ministry. He plans to work on breaking down racial, class, and ethnic barriers and preaching the gospel of the madness of human self-extinction.

June 7:  Keeping Sabbath on Sabbatical

What are you going to “do” for your sabbatical? This question misses the point of sabbatical, which has the same root as Sabbath. Sabbatical is not about doing, although there is some of that. I see sabbatical as an opportunity for an inner journey. Sometimes inner journeys take place while traveling. This is the point of a pilgrimage. My opportunities for travel while on sabbatical next fall are likely to be severely constricted; much that I planned has already been canceled. I plan now for an inner journey of reading, writing and contemplation. Worship Leader-Bryan Plude; Worship Associate-Dave Keller; Pianist-Nick Arteaga; Song Leader-Mary Collins.


Work with us for Social Justice.

UUFC's Social Justice Committee meets regularly to discuss how we will advocate for peace and justice, including participating in local events. Find out more here, then please join us! We have been working recently to promote voter registration.

Find friends in a UUFC Social Group!

Newcomers are always welcome to join a group (see below)... or start your own! However, all in-person meetings are suspended until further noticeLearn more and find a contact person here. Watch future -e-news for updates!

  • Women's Gathering - 2nd Monday, 6 PM, Fellowship Hall
  • Wayward Mind Book Group - 3rd Wednesday, location varies
  • WOW! Wild, Wonderful, Wise Older Women, aged 50-plus - 3rd Wednesday, 1-3 PM, Fellowship Hall 
  • Men's Breakfast - Thursdays, 9 AM, Jack’s Restaurant on Main, Chico
  • Artist's Way Covenant Group - 3rd Thursday, 7 PM, location varies
  • No-Guilt Book Club - 4th Thursday, 7 PM, location varies

Make Music with UUFC!

CALLING ALL BEATLES FANS: We have a new Beatles songbook! Let Mary know your favorites to be included in Sunday singalongs or worship.  

JOIN AN ENSEMBLE: Have you always wanted to join a vocal and/or instrumental ensemble? Join the fun as we sing and play together to weave music into our Sunday Services. Choose from our extensive music library or bring your own. No auditions required, and vocal coaching is offered as desired.
WE WELCOME YOUR IDEAS: Would you like to offer special instrumental or vocal music in worship? Share a CD or Video of music that inspires you? Involve yourself in our Music Program in another way? Contact Mary Collins, Music Director: 530-570-8826,

Have something for the E-News?

We welcome your UUFC or relevant community news to help keep our Fellowship connected! Submit to Jane at by Tuesday noon of the week you want it published. Please follow these Guidelines: 80 words or less, unformatted text in email body or a Word document; include contact information and an image if you have one.


First Rose Bouquet Fundraiser!!

Our ALL-Chico-garden-grown, colorful rose bouquet with fresh greenery in a 7” vase, about 18” tall. Each arrangement is slightly different and original, with a minimum of 12 assorted blossoms. Marvey will include a gift or art card for any occasion. Price is $30 to UUFC (additional donation accepted and appreciated)   
Ready to take the first 6 bouquet orders NOW for delivery or pick-up Sunday May 24th. Place your order at or call Pam at 530-717-5477.

Stay Safe on Zoom

Scams can happen via Zoom, so here’s a reminder to stay alert. Don’t click on an emailed Zoom invitation if you don’t know and trust the host or weren’t expecting it. Look for legit Zoom links that start with followed by the 10-digit meeting ID. Ideally, enter the URL manually (copy and paste), along with the password (if one is provided), and be sure to keep Zoom and any antivirus software up to date. Read more tips here

Are You Experiencing Hardship?

Pastor Bryan reminds anyone who may be experiencing economic hardship that the Minister's Discretionary Fund is available to assist. Please contact Pastor Bryan directly at or 530-513-2261. All assistance is strictly confidential.

Wow (Wonderful Older Women)

WOW will hopefully resume in Fall 2020. Please call Mary Collins at 530-570-8826 for information.

Chico State Basic Needs Project

50% of our Sunday cash collection for this quarter will go to Chico State Basic Needs Project. Chico State Basic Needs Project provides nutritious food, short-term emergency housing, and emergency grants for students experiencing significant financial stress and poverty. Services are in high demand, not just from students, but from laid off CSU employees and food challenged young families from the community. The church will also be donating food and other items. They are in special need of rice, beans, pasta and hygiene items. If you’d like to add to this donation, Pam Sachs has a collection box outside her front door (35 Oak Manor Court) where you can drop off anytime. (Pam says, “If you feel social, ring the bell with your elbow, step 6 feet back and say hello.” You can learn more at

To date for this quarter, we will be donating $261.00. Thank you for your generosity.

More important than ever: donate online!

While a physical collection basket is "out of our hands" for the time being, keep in mind that the DONATE button on our website ( can be used for your regular Pledge, our Special Campaign or just a Contribution to benefit our Fellowship. You can also download the smartphone Give+ app from Apple or Google. Just type in our zip code ‘95926’ and select UUFC from the list. You have the option to make recurring or one time payments with a credit/debit card or bank account. It’s easy and we are grateful! While we encourage these electronic methods of support, you can mail a check to the office instead, of course.


Our own Pam Sachs is featured on the front page of the A & E Section of the Oroville Mercury Register and Chico Enterprise Record.  Click here to see the article.

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