It was great to get away on vacation, and cease doing all the things that I normally do. I had a wonderful time traveling, seeing old friends and family, swimming, reading long novels, and working on my house and garden. It was a delight not to march to the rhythms of the daily, weekly and monthly schedules. It always reminds me of who I really am and what I really care about. I heartily advise taking some time to stop.
And now it is a delight to return to our community of love and hope. It fun to think of all the things that have been going while I was gone, and all the ways you have been caring for each other. Its fun to think about the great activities that will be resuming in the next month or so, as we slowly crank all our programs, activities and groups into gear. It was a joy to return and see the amazing new art that the Creative Arts group have installed in the Sanctuary. I hope you’ll take the time to read about their thoughts, posted on the wood wall (east). Already this week, I’ve met with the Small Group Ministry Facilitators, and the Buddhist Path. Those encounters refreshed my memory on how truly lucky I am to serve this congregation. I look forward to our coming year together!
Stay tuned for more ways you can get involved, join groups or help on projects!
This Sunday’s Service (9:30am)
The Cruel Sea . . . (an Auction Sermon) Bob Robinson bought this sermon at the Service Auction last year, where you get to pick a book for me making into a sermon. I thought it would be fun to do in the summer—since picking up a novel on a lazy summer day is one of life’s pleasures. Bob says this book is a delight, and gives us a glimpse of life in the north Atlantic during WWII. It follows the life of two men on two different ships for the full 6 years of that battle to keep the shipping lanes open. Come see how I spin sermon from this story . . . . Ruth Walker will be our pianist, and Esther Kieffer our Worship Associate.
Children’s Chapel & Second Hour (11:15 am to 12:15pm) will resume in September
FRIDAY—I will NOT be at Cup of Joe. Sorry about that. I have decided to take Irene to see her friend performing in a play in Des Moines, and the timing just is too tight. Please feel free to enjoy each other’s company without me.
I really do hope you’ll plan on attending. Its a delightful mix of fun and getting ourselves organized for the coming year! New this year, we have a Sock Hop!
CAMP UU - All Congregational Retreat
August 16th and 17th
4:00 p.m. - Intergenerational Activities, Games and FUN!!
5:30 p.m. - Potluck Dinner ~~ "Camp UUers" are asked to bring a dish to share, their own beverages and whatever they want to grill. Grills will be provided. Bring your own table service and lawn chairs.
6:30 p.m. - Intergenerational Activities, Games and FUN!!
7-8:30 p.m. - Sock Hop ~ Wayne and 3 Chorders
7:30 p.m. - S'mores Time (kids)
8:00 p.m. - Campfire Songs (kids)
9:00 p.m. - Snores Time
You are invited to bring a tent and sleep on the church lawn. All children must be accompanied by their parents for this overnight.
8:00 a.m. - Pancake Breakfast ~ bring your appetite and funny hat.
9:30 a.m. - Chapel ~~ the Rev. Eva Cameron
10:00 a.m. - Intro To This Year's Theme : The Rev. Eva Cameron will introduce us to her spiritual theme for the new church year and lead us in thinking of various ways we can communicate.
Noon - Catered Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Committee Breakout ~~ Time to join committees, set committee goals and timelines for the coming year. The Board will meet briefly to approve the July minutes and financial report.
2:00 p.m. - Closing Words
2:05 p.m. - Leadership Council ~~ The Executive Board will host this meeting with all church officers and chairs of standing committees, advisory committees, and ad hoc committees. ***Restructuring Presentation by Jim Paprocki , Shanlee McNally , and Leigh Zeitz
Karen Impola had a fall, and it was thought she had broken her ankle. However, late-breaking news has it that she’d now learned its not actually a break. She’s got a boot, and is on the road to recovery. Thanks to the Caring Committee for providing meals for her and her family this past week.
Please do let Esther or I know if you are in need of some support: physical or spiritual!
See you in church!
Rev. Eva S. Cameron
UU Society of Black Hawk Co.
Cedar Falls, IA