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                Unitarian Universalist 
            Fellowship of Beaufort, SC 


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Unitarian Universalist Association

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Show your fellowship spirit by wearing your UUFB t-shirt
to service on the last Sunday of the month!


Rev. Lori G. Hlaban, Minister
Chris Raskind, Director of Music
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort
178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island

Upcoming Sundays
December Theme: Awe
December 15 – Wrestling With Spirit – David Hudson
December 22 – Watch for the Light – Rev. Lori
December 24 – Christmas Eve Service! 5:30pm
December 29 – Ring in the New Year – Rev. Lori

UUFB Current Events: Click Here

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

THIS SUNDAY at 11:30 am, we have our Annual Business Meeting. By now, you should have received your Absentee Ballot/Proxy page and Meeting Agenda via email/mail. These documents name the candidates for 2020 leadership positions. Also, the 2020 Proposed Budget is posted on the UUFB website. Look in “For Members Only” under the “Budget” tab. There you can overview the figures.

A great slate of candidates is drafted for the coming year. Appointed by the Board as President-Elect, Jeanine Darville is on the slate to complete this two-year term. Also running for Board positions are Usman Ismail, as Treasurer, and Char Lane as Secretary. For other positions, Carole Gunter is running for another three-year term as an Endowment Fund Trustee; and, Betty Chamlee Miller is running for a two-year term on the Nominating Committee. We appreciate them all for stepping up to these responsibilities and wish them great success.

We will also consider whether UUFB wishes to join other UU congregations in our Coastal Cluster in endorsing the Equal Rights Amendment. 

Please join the voting process on Dec. 8th by attending the meeting or sending in a proxy/absentee ballot. Your presence is certainly appreciated.

In Fellowship,
Randy James, President

Join in the UUFB Christmas Carol Sing

Kick off the holiday season by joining the Christian Affinity in a Christmas Carol Sing and Pot Luck.  This annual event led by Ben Sellers will be held on Sunday, December 8 at 5:00PM. Bring your voices and a favorite dish!


At the November 24 service, UUFB members and friends received informational pamphlets and small cardboard boxes to put on their dining room table to collect change each time they sit down to a meal.  This is part of the annual “Guest at Your Table” fundraiser for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).The box with donations will be collected Christmas Eve or Day and sent to UUSC as our contribution to UUSC’s efforts. This year’s theme is “Women Leaders, Strong Communities.”

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. (UUSC) is an independent nonsectarian 501 c3 nonprofit membership organization, affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association. They are a leading voice for human rights and social justice in the United States and the world.  UUSC partners with local organizations in many countries working for justice and improving lives. UUFB is a member and supports this organization through our Social and Environmental Justice Committee.

If you weren’t able to get a donation box, there is one in the foyer of each of our buildings where you can contribute! Thank you for your generosity!

2019 UUFB Auction Best Ever!
This year's UUFB Auction, 50s Fun, Funds, and Fellowship, was a Great Success socially and financially, over $19,000 raised.  Thank you to all who donated or solicited donations so generously.  You, the Donors, make the Auction successful for without great items or dinners / events on which to bid we have no Auction.  We had several guests (invited by members) attending that won some of the "big ticket" items as well as other items and for that we very grateful. For all of you who who got into the Spirit of the Evening by dressing in your best 50s garb you helped to enhance the spirit of the evening.   
Thank you also goes to the fantastic Auction team starting with the Registration, Bid Recording, Checkout and Cashier - Finance Team of Jeanine Darville including Beth Moon, Barb Maurer, Carole Gunter, Diane Farrelly, Frank Anson, Grace Drake, Shirley Alexander and Nicholas Ashford. 

The Food was expertly prepared and presented by Mal Martino and her team of Barb Banus, Frank Anson, and Julia Peters, who fell in love with the Popcorn Machine, bringing back memories of our childhood and teenage years.  The Ice Cream Sandwiches made a delightful end to Silent Auction bidding which was creatively displayed and tallied by Jim Miller, Kathy Folsom and Grace Drake.  The Drinks team of Davis Folsom and Rom Funderbuck served us all and made sure everyone had a enjoyable and safe time courtesy of the wine, beer and soft drinks provided by members.

Jan Spencer, Master of Ceremonies, welcomed everyone and started off the Live Auction with our traditional song.  The action was then expertly guided by our great Auctioneer, Tony Barbagallo, and Kathy Folsom's colorful, artful and often humorous displays in the Slide Show of the items / events up for bid.  Tony keeps the tempo moving with great aplomb and generates excitement for everyone to enjoy whether you are bidding or not.

Last of all, Char Lane and Rom Funderbuck kept us entertained with "Name that Tune" testing our knowledge and singing skills while the all the bids were tallied for checkout.  

And oh about those Decorations, JW Eads created, lighted and installed the Movie Marquee that several attendees asked about where we had rented it.  The movie "Rebels with a Cause" seemed to embody the spirit of our Fellowship members.  Char Lane created the table decorations that complimented the overall 50s Diner theme of the evening dreamt up by Char, Jinny and JW Eads.

Despite the cold and rainy weather, Steve Burton and his ACIS team made sure all the cars were parked and people were guided back to them at evenings end.
The Auction takes a team of people with many different skills and this year's Auction was no exception.  For that I am always in awe of the talents and generosity of our members.  

Thank you,
Virginia Eads

Braving The Wilderness Book Groups Forming!

As we know,  Minister Emeritus, Rev. Nan urged us in her sermon during Founders Weekend to read Brene Brown's Braving the Wilderness together. Rev Lori has embraced this idea.  In chatting with many of you, there is a lot of interest in doing just that.  We are planning an organizational meeting to find out just how many of us are interested and how we would like to proceed.  The organizational gathering will be Sunday,  December 15th at 11:30.  Because we are expecting that there may be quite a few of us, we may need to break up into groups, based on our needs and interests.  We hope to have the book group(s) begin in January.

Several approaches to reading and discussing the book can be considered:

  • A one-time discussion upon completion 
  • A four - six part discussion every other week as we read.
  • Shared facilitation
  • Group sizes: 6-10 members
  • Choose one or more possible meeting times.
  • Consider using Quaker, Parker Palmer's Circle of Trust Touchstones as a guide for discussion.

Join us for this organizational meeting.  Sign up then for the format you prefer, and choose a time that works for you!  And if you would like to see Brene Brown in action, you can watch her TED Talk here.

~Jennifer Rhodes and Kate Hudson


The Christian Affinity Group met on November 3, 2019 and had a lively discussion of books for reinterpreting Christianity. Members suggested a wide variety of excellent books and decided on the following to read and discuss. Discussion leaders are also listed. The meetings will take place in the Religious Education room at 11:30 after the Sunday coffee hour. All meetings are open to UUFB members and friends.

January  12, 2020: “Why Christianity Must Change or Die”  by Bishop John Shelby Spong. Discussion leader: Jay Weidner.

March 8, 2020: “The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers” by Amy Hollingsworth. Discussion Leader: Ben Sellers.

May 17, 2020: “Christ for Unitarian Universalists” by Scotty McLennan. Discussion Leader: Rev. Lori. 

Also mark your calendars for the popular Christmas Carol Hymn Sing and Pot luck on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 5:00PM in Fellowship Hall.

For more information contact Barbara James.

Habitat Faith Build Events!

UUFB is partnered with other Beaufort area faith groups on the Faith Build house, a project of Habitat for Humanity of the LowCountry.  Our volunteers who have gone through the introductory training have already been emailed, but we'd like to highlight an event open to the general public.

12 noon - Saturday December 14 - The Faith Build house (2523 Mossy Oaks Road in Beaufort) will be dedicated and the keys presented to the Green family.  You are encouraged to attend this event if you volunteered on the house, or if you contributed financially.  UUFB made a significant contribution in both ways, and it would be fun to have to a good showing.  

Also, I'd like to remind you that there remain opportunities to do items from the final punch list of the Faith Build on Thursdays, 8am-12. Sign up at

Any questions? Contact Tom Hlaban.

To Be Continued…
a column by Rev. Lori G. Hlaban 

Dear Ones,

The winter holidays are coming! Advent! Hanukkah! Yule! Christmas! Kwanzaa! Watch Night! 

If you were at the service this past Sunday, you probably saw the Advent candles on our centering table. The practice of lighting Advent candles varies, though most light three purple candles, representing hope, love, and peace; and one pink candle representing love. Each Sunday in Advent an additional candle is lit. Some add a white candle in the center, which is lit on Christmas Day.

For some of us Advent is a season of anticipation, looking forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus. For others Advent is nothing special. When I found the Advent wreath frame in the worship supplies closet, I wondered about lighting the candles for our Fellowship. So we’re trying it out. 

I’ve chosen Advent readings for candle lighting from my colleague, The Rev. David Breeden, who is the senior minister at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. FUS is a predominantly humanist congregation, and Rev. Breeden serves on the board of the UU Humanist Association. We will print the words for the readings in the orders of service beginning this coming Sunday.

Here’s last week’s reading, from Rev. Breeden:

The first candle of Advent reminds us to be patient.

In this holiday season,
May we find the patience
To forgive ourselves;
To forgive those who do not do as we wish;
May we find patience.
May we find the wisdom
To let be.

Whatever holiday(s) you celebrate, I hope you will come celebrate with us! Remember that in addition to our five Sunday services, we will also offer a Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24th at 5:30 p.m.

See you soon!

Rev. Lori Hlaban

To read previous posts, CLICK HERE.

Stewardship Update!
Thanks so much to everyone who has turned in their pledges for 2020.  I am happy to announce that the Challenge Pledge issued by the Hoffmans has been answered.  Some of our members stepped up and our pledge total is now up to over $127,500! 

Of course, if you have not submitted your pledge yet, you may still do so.  I hope you will help us reach our goal of $130,000.  We are so close to the finish line.

Also, I need to pass on a reminder.  If you are donating cash during the  offering on Sunday, please remember to place it in one of the envelopes that  are in the order of service and write your name on it.  We want to make sure that you get credit for your contribution.  

Do you need a pledge form?  You may print one from the Stewardship page on the website or pick one up from the Stewardship tray on the office counter.  There are also extra packets in the tray too.  

Warmest regards,
Grace M Drake
Stewardship Committee Chair

UUFB CALENDAR  - December 5-11
Buddhist Spiritual Affinity Group Mindfulness and insight meditation. 
Every Monday, 7:30-8:30
One Yoga Sanctuary, 73 Sea Island Pkwy.  All are welcome.
Chair Yoga Tuesdays, 10:30-11:45
UUFB Sanctuary, 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island
This Week:  (F.H. indicates Fellowship Hall)
Thu. Dec. 5.  8:30-9:30am.  IHOP.  Men's Breakfast.
                      9:00-10:00am.  Magnolia Bakery.  Women's Breakfast.
                      5:00-6:30pm.  RE Room.  Membership Committee Meeting.
Sun. Dec. 8.  11:30am-1:00pm.  F.H.  UUFB Annual Meeting.
                     5:00-7:30pm.  F.H.  Christmas Carol Sing & Potluck.
Wed. Dec. 11.  5:30-7:00pm.  F.H.  SEJ Meeting.
Upcoming Events:
Tue. Dec. 17.  4:00-6:00pm.  F.H.  Board Meeting.
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