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Water Communion: This year’s date has been set: September 22nd, so start collecting your water for this service. It can be from your vacation, from a favorite place in the area, any special body of water or symbolic of a special place.

The Phase 2 Task Force (U2P2) has issued an urgent call for the return of the hexagonal stickers that will decorate one wall of the children’s room. Only half of the one hundred that were distributed have been returned. And that’s not enough to complete the intended design. See, here’s the thing. Those hexes were a special run and are proving difficult to replace. So look for it around the house, underneath those papers on the desk, or (Gasp!) in the trash. Write something pithy on it, then bring it on Sunday. If you’re not feeling creative, return it blank - there’s a No Fault return policy. Or just leave it on someone else’s chair after the service. But please, try to find it. It really does matter. Contact Christina Marshen m2minkies@gmail.com if you have questions.

Interested in knowing more about UUFNB? Want to explore opportunities to build relationships through our extracurricular activities? Thinking about becoming a member? UU101 has answers for you. Join us September 21 from 9 - 2 at the church. Lunch will be provided. Call Alyce Zink to sign up. 252-229-1040

Our Social Justice Ministry is continuing the Diaper Baby Food Drive for Religious Community Services: RCS has requested only larger size diapers: sizes 4, 5, and 6. We kindly ask that you place these items in the pink buckets found near the two main doors. They also prefer all food items be in non breakable containers. We will end this collection Labor Day Weekend so feel free to bring your donations until September 2. Thank you for your participation.

Social Justice has again issued a reminder to call or write our Senators to get the Gun "Background Check" Bill (H.R. 8) brought before the Senate and passed. The House passed this a long time ago and Mitch McConnell will not bring it to a vote. Demand action on this bill by calling Senator Thom Tillis (202) 224-6342 and Senator Richard Burr (202) 224-3154 to put pressure on Senator McConnell to bring this bill to a vote. Protect our families, not our guns.

And don’t forget to donate to our team’s MS Bike ride on September 7th and 8th. To donate, look for the crew table during coffee on Sundays, or go online: google MS Bike New Bern, click on “Donate” to team “UUFNB.”

MOVIE NIGHT  -  Friday, August 30 at 7:00 pm: Stephanie Jones will host a presentation that will consist of a selection of video shorts in which members of the LGBTQ+ community, mostly transgender individuals, tell of their personal experiences navigating through the present social, medical, political and legal environments which so often interfere with so many transgender individual's efforts to lead fulfilling lives.   Stephanie will add commentary from her own experience and research to update the information in the videos, relate them to current political and legal actions and debunk some of the claims and opinions of those who oppose the LGBTQ community. Along the way there will be opportunities to discuss and clarify, with hope the audience will join with transgender and non-conforming human beings, in their walk in the present world toward a destination of a better world for all of us.