Upcoming Sunday Services

Sunday Services at the Fellowship begin at 10:30am and end at approximately 11:45am.

    Sunday Service Schedule

      • September 22: “Family Separation, Then and Now”

        Valerie Carlisle of Grannies Respond

        “Family Separation, Then and Now” Valerie Carlisle of Grannies Respond

        When in the summer of 2018 the world was rocked by the cries of migrant children and babies torn from their parents and locked in cages, a group of local people banded together to form Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden caravan to travel to Texas to witness and bring attention to the real crisis at the border. Valerie Carlisle, a local activist, joined the caravan and will share her experiences with us.

        Following the service, there will be an extra special lemonade stand with various treats prepared by our children for "Kids Take A Stand" to raise money for Rio Grand Valley Rapid Response and KIND (Kids in Need of Defense). The mission of Rio Grande Valley Rapid Response is to welcome, orient, feed, clothe, and otherwise serve the immigrants and refugees being released en masse in the Rio Grande Valley. KIND has a robust national network of pro bono attorneys who have represented unaccompanied children in their search for safety, and provides legal services and social services for released migrant children.

      • September 29: UUFP Annual Retreat

        Retreat Service - "TBD" Viola Abbitt

        UUFP Service - "Retreat and Renewal" The Program Committee

         "Retreat and Renewal" The Program Committee

        This morning, the UUFP will have two services, one held at the retreat occurring at Camp Mariah at Frost Valley and the other right here at home at 67 South Randolph Avenue. The at-home service will provide opportunities to enjoy shortened versions of some of the retreat activities, as well as other undertakings designed for fun and enlightenment. Multigenerational!

      What to Expect on Sundays

      The Congregation is currently in transition between ministers. During this time all Sunday Services are organized by the Program Committee. The  Program Committee services include offerings from the Lifespan Faith Development Committee (religious education), Spiral Web, member panels, guest ministers and other interesting speakers.

      Sunday services typically include opening words, welcome & announcements, the chalice lighting, an opening song, "Words For All Ages," the singing of the children to their classes, candles of joy & sorrow, the passing of the collection plate (accompanied by a hymn), the sermon, an opportunity for congregational reflection, a closing song, and closing words.

      On most Sundays, children and youth stay in the sanctuary for the first twenty minutes of the service. "Words for All Ages," usually in the form of a story, often told by the Minister, concludes their time in the sanctuary, and they are then released to go to Sunday School. Several times a year, there will be a multi- generational service when the children and youth remain in the sanctuary and we all worship together.

      Following the worship service is the Fellowship Hour, a social hour during which refreshments, including Fair Trade coffee and tea, are served. On the third Sunday of every month, we also host Third Sunday Lunch. 

      Coffee Hour

      Since 2002, we have been participating in the Interfaith Program of a very special fair trade coffee company called Equal Exchange. It is the only coffee we serve during the coffee hour following the Sunday service.

      Equal Exchange is a for-profit Fairtrade worker-owned, cooperative headquartered in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Equal Exchange distributes organic, gourmet coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa, and chocolate bars produced by farmer cooperatives in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Founded in 1986, it is the oldest and largest Fair Trade coffee company in the United States. Dedicated to concepts of economic justice, the highest paid employee of Equal Exchange may not make more than four times what the lowest paid employee receives.

      Essentially, Equal Exchange brings together the producer and the consumer in an equitable and meaningful way. The middleman (in the case of coffee, called Coyotes), and establishes a more direct connection between the producer and consumer.

      During Third Sunday Lunches and often near holidays, we sell selected Equal Exchange products, including coffee, teas and chocolate. The proceeds from product sales actually funds the coffee we all enjoy on Sunday morning. And, we're be promoting justice with every cup!