Idaho is now in Stage 4 of our pandemic recovery and as the country slowly recovers from the recent pandemic, we, the leadership team at the Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, are pleased to announce that we will soon be meeting in person regularly. This exciting news comes as we close out the 2020-2021 fiscal year and prepare for the 2021-2022 year where we hope to reestablish the sense of community we were so recently forced to give up.
Please join us at our regular meeting place, 160 9th Avenue East in Twin Falls. Our service begins at 10:30 AM.
An orientation for anyone interested in becoming a member of the Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship or even learning more about our Fellowship and Unitarian-Universalism will be held Tuesday March 30th from 7 to 9 pm via Zoom. If you are interested, please let Don Morishita (firstname.lastname@example.org or 208.308.5180) know by Saturday March 27th. Please feel free to contact him if you have an questions about becoming a member as well.
Becoming a member of MVUUF gives you voting privileges in our congregational meetings and is a commitment to Unitarian-Universalist beliefs. The orientation will include a brief history of Unitarian-Universalism and our Magic Valley fellowship, as well as an overview of the expectations of being a signed UU member.
The Magic Valley UU Fellowship has been invited to join First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake and the South Valley UU Society for a post-election drop-in gathering and vespers service via Zoom on Wednesday evening, November 4, from 6 to 9 pm. All of our UU friends across Utah and southern Idaho are invited to attend. We will have a drop-in style open house discussion moderated by the ministers – come whenever you like, stay as long as you like, be comforted by the presence of other UUs as we process what is sure to be an uncertain result of the election and an uncertain future for our country.
The meeting runs from between 6 to 9 pm (Mountain Time). During that time there will be a 30 minute worship service starting at 7:30pm MT
NOTE: 6:00 PM Mountain Time is:
8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central Time 6:00 PM Mountain Time 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Zoom meeting details:
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We have in-person services. Masks are not required. We do use the ZOOM online platform. In order to help you get ready, we are posting some instructions here to help you continue to engage with MVUUF and with each other during this virus outbreak. To access ZOOM please email email@example.com. In the subject line write “Zoom Service.”
How does Zoom work?
Using Zoom is free and requires nothing more than a phone call, unless you would like to engage in the video portion of the meeting.
You can connect to our services using ZOOM by:
smart phone (using an internet wifi connection or a data plan)
a computer (Windows, Mac, Linux),
a telephone call (for audio only),
If you wish to listen using a simple telephone only, you will use the phone number provided to call in, then you will use the Meeting ID number to join the Zoom meeting.
For much of the service, you may be muted by the host so that you and everyone can hear what the main speaker says. This is normal.
There are times you may wish to join a “coffee hour” or other part of the meeting where you are able to speak to others. If you have ambient (background) noise nearby, like fans, radio, equipment, or other equipment, it may be be picked up by your microphone and nobody will be allowed to hear you to address this please choose a quiet room to start your session.
If connecting by yourself in a noisy environment, use a headset with a built in mic.
It is recommended anyone wishing to participate get ready by installing zoom clients and apps on their devices ahead of time, to avoid missing parts of a meeting while you try to make everything work.
TO INSTALL the Zoom client ahead of time (recommended), please visit this link:
Take your time and make sure your audio and video are working. If you have further questions or wish to explore various other support issues regarding Zoom, use a search engine like Google or visit this link:
Once set up, follow the connection instructions in the service announcement. A phone number and meeting ID number will be provided for your connection. Sometimes a password may be provided which you may use if necessary. We suggest logging in a bit early to avoid workload for the person who needs to admit attendees. Once the meeting is underway you may have to wait a bit until that person has a free moment.
Since 1980 over 2,500 people have re-settled in the Magic Valley area through the CSI Refugee Program. This has been a successful program of providing a new start for many refugees who have become members of our community. Each of these people have interesting stories about their experiences of having to leave their countries and how they have grown to be members of our Magic Valley community.
The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, located at 160 9th Ave East, is hosting a Refugee Stories event on January 23rd from 6 to 8 pm. Representatives of the refugee community will share their journeys along with the courage it required, the sacrifices and adjustments they made to come to the United States for the safety of their families. It is an opportunity for the community to better understand the determination of refugees to be a part of the Magic Valley. This event is free and open to the public and is planned to be the first of several similar events. A reception will be held afterward.
Unitarian-Universalism is a faith tradition that welcomes and stands up for the full rights of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion.
For more information, contact Don Morishita at (208) 308-5180
As a part of our new partnership with Boise UU Fellowship, intern Mary Beth Bolin is launching a Soul Matters Small Group on the 4th Tuesday of each month for both MVUUF and BUUF friends, where all participants will join online via the “Zoom” online meeting platform. “Zoom” is easy to download and run either on a computer or a phone. Get your device ready and sign up for a free account in advance here.
This is an exciting opportunity to connect more deeply with each other and with the monthly themes, all from the comfort of our own homes! Our first meeting will be Tuesday October 22 at 7 pm, discussing the theme of “Belonging.” If you would like to participate, please email Mary Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have our House-warming party scheduled for this Saturday, February 16th at 6pm.
The duo, Crazy Love, Heather Platts and Bruce Michael Miller will be playing music.
As for food, this will be a potluck-style party, so feel free to bring appetizers, salads, main dishes, or desserts. You may also bring your favorite drinks, alcoholic and/or non-alcoholic.
If you are unable to bring something, just bring yourselves.
The 20 most immediate households near our new home have been invited as well! If you see unfamiliar faces, please introduce yourselves!
Location: Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 160 9th Avenue East Twin Falls ID
This is a time to celebrate our new home! The board is thankful to all of you for offering your time and treasure to help us through this transition. What a wonderful community we have. We’re looking forward to celebrating with you all!
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