Virtual Service August 16, 2020

Values for the Journey Ahead

August 16, 2020 10:30 AM

Values help us steer through challenging times. Values are guides that influence our behavior and our responses to difficulties. As we navigate our way forward through this time of COVID-19 – or as some have called it, the “coronacoaster” – we can find strength and momentum by examining and becoming clear about what our values are. Our values give life meaning and keep us on track. Our conscience is troubled when we are not true to our values. The ancient stoic philosophers referred to values as “virtues.” Wisdom, Justice, Courage and Moderation are the cardinal virtues of the stoic – an excellent selection. Are there others? What are yours? In the early 2000’s the VIA Institute (VIA = “Values in Action”) started a science-based values inventory to help people identify and strengthen their values and character strengths. We will explore the meaning and impact of our values, especially as we face the challenges of our time. If you’d like to take the free values assessment survey (not required, but recommended) in preparation for our conversation on Sunday, please go to:

Virtual service August 2, 2020

Beauty Will Save the World

Some thoughts on Beauty in Vexing Times   – Lyndon Harris

August 2, 2020 10:30AM   Mtg # 93224989290

Do we have an obligation to beauty? If so, what is it? Isn’t that just another form of escapism to take our minds off of the crisis du jour?  Being present to beauty – the beauty of a flower, the beauty of a child, the beauty of a loved one – is an antidote to despair. The poet and philosopher, John O’Donahue, wrote, “The human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere – in landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion and in ourselves…When we experience the Beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming.”     Join us for a homecoming, and a conversation about the healing power of beauty.

Virtual Service July 19, 2020

Sunday July 19, 2020 at 10:30 — Lyndon Harris

In Medias Res

Homer began his epic poems “In medias res” This is the term for starting a writing in the middle of things. Today we find ourselves in the middle of a lot of things, challenging things: a surging global pandemic, civil unrest in response to the murder of George Floyd, and grave financial uncertainties. And we long for a return to “normal” – whatever that is. But being in the middle of things brings with it an unexpected grace – the opportunity to reimagine our life together, to change things we no longer accept, and to rewrite our destiny. Being in the middle of things might be unsettling, but we are all still capable of influencing the outcome, we are still able to work for a more just, compassionate, kind and hopeful future. But how do we do that? And how do we take care of ourselves on the journey? Join us to hear some thoughts about this journey, drawing from many resources, followed by conversation.

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(Mtg. #98935504906)

Upcoming Virtual Sermon Sunday July 5, 2020

Sunday July 5, 2020 at 10:30 — Lyndon Harris

Seeking Sanity in Crazy Times: Finding

Inner Peace in the Midst of Outer Turmoil

Life has been a little crazy lately. With so many challenges going on, is it possible to maintain a sense of balance?

While there are many voices telling us that we must be mindful of safety protocols because of external circumstances, we must also be mindful of inner safety. Martin Luther King once said ―be the peace you wish to see in the world.‖ By finding peace within ourselves, we contribute to the peace

in the world. Join us for some thoughts and a conversation about how we might do this, connecting the dots between internal and external peace, and why it’s vital for our health.

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Or by Phone: +1 646 876 9923 (Mtg. #97915011814)

Virtual Meeting this Sunday June 7 at 10:30 AM

Please see instructions below for joining by phone or computer for our next virtual fellowship this Sunday, June 7 at 10:30 am via Zoom. Rev. Michael Carter will be sharing “Gandhi, Dr. King, and Buddhism on Suffering.” What a timely message to help us weather the storms of the recent sadness from the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

To join us June 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Join by computer Meeting ID: 963 8909 3826

Join by phone +13126266799, Meeting ID 96389093826#

Upcoming Virtual Fellowship on Sunday, May 3

Our next virtual fellowship will be on Sunday, May 3 with our guest speaker Fritz Aufdencamp. He will share “Getting To Know You” about his experience getting to know a Jewish person on a spiritual level, which resulted in three heresy trials and motivated him to tear down the wall between Christianity and Judaism.

A frequent guest preacher at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, Florida, Fritz graduated from Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio in 1967.  He served congregations in Townsend, Montana; Cobb, Wisconsin; and Butler, Pennsylvania before leaving the Lutheran Church. In addition to his sermons, Fritz also sings in the choir and runs a ukulele group for his fellowship.

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Meeting ID   948-0187-2490

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Service still on for Sunday MArch 15

Based on recommendations from UUA leaders, the public health community, and discussions with other local church leaders, we will be holding our fellowship this Sunday, March 15. Due to elevated concern about the new coronavirus (COVID 19), we are continuing to monitor the advice of the CDC and local health officials in order to make appropriate adaptations for our meetings to be good neighbors to one another and to our wider community.


The CDC recommends following common-sense practices:

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick
  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Disinfect surfaces used regularly
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with someone who is sick


Based on those recommendations, we will make the following adjustments to our time together as a congregation:


  • We will clean high contact surfaces (door handles, tables, hymnals, etc.).
  • Ushers will carry the offering plate to each person, rather than passing it.
  • We will recommend the use of serving utensils at coffee and conversation.
  • We will also explore options for streaming the fellowship so that you can participate from home if you are unable, for whatever reason, to get to meetings.


If, after attending fellowship, you come down with a possible infectious disease, let us know and we will inform others. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to pneumonia, causing breathing difficulties, including shortness of breath. More information, see the attached flyer from the CDC or go to CDC Information:


If there is a need to implement different practices to better care for our community, we will keep you informed. In the meantime, unless you have a fever, a cough or are sneezing, please come to fellowship!

March 01, 2020 fellowship at Sunnydale

Sacred Memory and Open Future: Honoring our 30th Anniversary Year of UUFCF

With Lyndon Harris

With about 200,000 members in the US (and approximately 4,000 in NC), Unitarian Universalism is small in comparison to other faith and spiritual communities. What are some of the distinctive traits of our fellowship? And how do these traits interface with other spiritual communities, especially in smaller towns in the South? This presentation will highlight milestones in the history of our fellowship here in the Thermal Belt and explore ideas about our distinctive offering here in Tryon, NC, moving forward.

CommUnity Coffee House Valentine’s Day Dance with Jim Peterman Quartet


Save the Date!

The next CommUnity Coffee House will be a Valentine’s Day Dance on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Sunnydale, 334 S. Trade Street from 7 to 10 pm. Singles and couples over the age of 21 are welcome to shimmy and shake to the music of the Jim Peterman Quartet. Tickets to the dance are $10.00 per person and are available through Brown Paper Tickets ( or by calling Robin Edgar at 828-513-0570.


There’s More!

Tickets to the dance purchased in advance will also provide a $5.00 discount per meal at select Tryon, NC restaurants the night of February 14. PLEASE NOTE: You must make reservations in advance and show your dance tickets at that restaurant to receive the $5.00 discount at the following locations:

  • McGourty’s 74 N. Trade Street (call 828-817-2993 for reservations)
  • Huckleberry’s 62 N. Trade Street (call 828-436-0025 for reservations)
  • Lavender Bistro 82 N. Trade Street (call 828-440-1140 for reservations)
  • Café La Gaule 10 N. Trade Street (call 828-440-1480 for reservations)


The Band

Jim Peterman was the resident organist and pianist for the Steve Miller Band from mid-1967 until 1968, joining just ahead of their Fillmore gig backing Chuck Berry and their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival. He played on two of their albums, Children of the Future and Sailor, before leaving the group when he grew tired of the constant touring necessary to support the band’s albums. After moving to Tryon, he formed the Jim Peterman Quartet eight years ago. The band features Peterman on piano, Mack McCloud on guitar, Moss Mack on saxophone, and Tim Blackwell on drums.


In addition to the generosity of the participating local restaurants, the CommUnity Coffee House Valentine’s Dance is also sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Carolina Foothills (UUFCF). For more information about UUFCF or to buy tickets, contact Robin Edgar at 828-513-0570.