Friday, March 14, 2008

Weekly Update


I hope that you are enjoying this warm weather as much as I am. I know some of you are departing for spring break, but know that many of you will be around this week. With the coming week being ‘Holy Week’ we’ve got lots of things going on.

Our Sunday Service (9:30-10:45am)
This week Tim Purdum and I will be co-preaching. Tim will be speaking about his spiritual journey, including his reclaiming some of the Christian messages and stories with a UU twist. I’ll be sharing what Palm Sunday means for me, and what it might mean for you.
We will share Communion this Sunday in honor of the Last Supper, because it fits with Tim’s story.  Hope you’ll join us!

Second Hour (11:15-12:15)
We have classes for children, youth and adults. This weeks offerings for the adults are:
Buddhist Path - Individuals are invited to meet with others who are interested in exploring with me about Buddhist spiritual practices and their lives.  
Shouting Over the Back of the Elephant -Tim Purdum will lead a group discussion of this Sunday’s sermon topic.  

Holy Week:
On Thursday, we have our annual Maundy Thursday dinner. Bring a dish to share that has a story to share as well!  That’s at 6pm, hosted by Russ Campbell.
On Friday, our Good Friday chapel is at Noon. Join us if you have things in your life to mourn, or if you’d like to pause for a moment and remember the pain in your life, before we make a joyous leap into the fullness of spring, rebirth, renewal, and joy. Sometimes its good just to pause for a moment. This service will be brief, so that you can get back to work!

Easter Children’s Dedication Service:
We will be dedicating babies and children on Easter! If you’d like to include your child, please let Kathy Klink-Zeitz or me know. Ask if you want more information about the ceremony.

Easter Lilies: Buy an Easter Lilly this Sunday and they will be used to decorate the church on Easter morning. You can take it home after church.

We will NOT have our Wednesday Dinner and Family Folk Ensemble due to the break.

If you haven’t done so yet, its time to turn in your Pledge Cards in PLEASE! The energy and resources of this church are your energy and resources. Its wealth is what we share with it. Help us build and sustain an amazing home for progressive, thoughtful, passionate people here in the Cedar Valley.

Nickname the church, phase 2:
After weeks of Brainstorming, we now have LOTS of fun and interesting names to consider. Its time to move into Phase 2, which is advocacy. This means making notes about what you like or think is good about a name. Remember, so that this stays fun and light-hearted, and respectful, we are asking that you refrain from making negative comments. If everyone just writes about what they like and what is good, we can all read these messages—and be able to sort from a place of joy, and excitement. Feel free to type up your thoughts and hang them next to your name . . . Or to grab a sticky note and place your comments on that next to the name(s) you find have merit.   

Just to help you think about all of this, I have printed out a flyer like might be hung in a coffeeshop and a letterhead with [Insert Name Here] on it, so you can picture the use of this nickname. Also, think about talking about your church to a new neighbor or colleague at work, using these various nicknames. What rings true to who we are, and seems welcoming, understandable, open?

Cyber News: we now have a UUSBHC Facebook Group for Facebook users . . . Please feel free to join us!

Pastoral Update (3/14/08)

It was really fun to be back at Friendship Village this past week for our Chapel Service. We had most everybody in attendance! And with so many out due to accident or illness last month, this was a remarkable, joyous change. Dick Shane walked in, not even using a  boot for his foot! We were all so pleased to see each other again.

In Your Thoughts & Prayers:
Our soldiers overseas, since we are about to the 5th Anniversary of the war in Iraq—as well as their families, and the families of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Shut-Ins (people to visit):
Mildred Pierce
1710 Walnut St. CF
Mildred Pierce, 266-9727
Please help us live our vision of being a place of caring, let us know of people who should be included in the Pastoral Update—even if its yourself! We want to know. Esther Kieffer and Rev. Eva.

May we all reach out, in spite of earth’s imperfections for what is good and lasting and true in life.

Rev. Eva S. Cameron
UU Society of Black Hawk Co.
Cedar Falls, IA
319-610-6605 mobile
319-266-5640 church
319-266-1111 home


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