Friday, April 18, 2008

Weekly Update 4/17/07

Dear Beloved,

Sunday Service (9:30 to 10:45am)
Celebrate Earth Day! Join our worship team for fun time as we celebrate Mother Earth in this Service for All Ages. We have a recycling theme this year. Lara Martinsen-Burrell has joined the team with a amazing meditative exercise, and Julie Fischer will be announcing a fun contest!! Family Folk Ensemble will be providing music. Let’s hope for sunshine, since we plan to end up outside.

Second Hour (11:15 to 12:15pm)
Join our Treasurer, Karen Kitchen and members of the Finance Committee as they share their plan for this year’s budget with us. Its not too late to still turn in your pledge. These pledges help us create our budget plan for the year. But do come and learn about the nuts and bolts. Its important stuff!

Also, Buddhist Path will meet in the balcony.
If you are interested in formally joining the church, please contact me (or Mica) and we will hold another New Member session in my office during Second Hour.

Other items
Nickname Process
This Sunday is the final day of voting with dots. If you haven’t taken the time to look over all the amazing choices and voice your thoughts with your 10 dots . . . Now is the time!  We will start figuring out the top contenders during Fellowship Time, and they will be included in next week’s weekly update for your consideration prior to the Annual Meeting. During the Annual Meeting there will be a chance to vote for the top contenders.

Walkin’ the Talk Next Sunday we dedicate our offering to the Feinstein Challenge. This is an amazing time to give, since there are matching funds for your gift to the Food Bank. Also, Sheri is accepting nominations for organizations to consider for next year’s Walkin’ the Talk. We’d really love it if you’d share your favorite organization with the rest of us. Would you create the bulletin board for the month, arrange for a Second Hour speaker, and plan a volunteer activity for us to share in? Walkin’ the Talk is a great way for us all to learn about the exciting and useful ways to serve the Cedar Valley.

Julia’s Voice
Our sister congregation in Shawnee Mission (suburban) Kansas City is working to create a movement to reclaim Mother’s Day to its original intent. It was started by Julie Ward Howe, who was a Unitarian. Read more about this here:  And let me know if you are interested in working to create an event like this in the Cedar Valley next month.

Don’t forget it is NEWSLETTER weekend. Send Gerry Chamberlin your submissions today, if at all possible. <>

Pastoral Update We continue to be healthy and strong as far as Esther and I can tell. Keep up the good work!
Mildred Pierce remains shut-in her home, so I am sure she would enjoy a call or visit from some of you.  
John Miller performed a funeral for Elizabeth Diestler, stepping in while I was away in Omaha. Although we didn’t really know her anymore, she had attended many years ago for a short time. The family was very impressed with our hospitality. It is a special thing that we do, opening our arms to those in need of a religious home. Make sure you say a special thanks to John, and to Deblyn and Esther who each helped out too.

Fridays at the Cup . . . Yes its raining, but if you feel like braving the raindrops, come on out for some TGIF warmth and companionship. I’ll be at Cup of Joe from 4:30 to 6pm.

See you in church!

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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