Friday, October 3, 2008

Weekly Update 10/3/08

Greetings! on this brilliant fall day. As I shared breakfast with a friend this morning, I reflected on how lucky I am to wake up each morning and have enough food to feed myself, and any family or friends who might be around. Not all the world lives like this. Not even all the people in this country. But we are so blessed with abundance, and often don’t even pay attention! It’s so much easier to notice what we don’t have than what we do have. How often do you say to yourself, “Wow, I really AM lucky!”  as you look at some aspect of your life?
Last night in Buddhist Path, during our reading for the night, there was a quote that said something like “Our minds are like tofu. By themselves they are bland and rather tasteless. They take on the characteristics of the marinade they are stewing in!”  So my question to you is: what kind of “marinade” do you let your mind stew in? Is it gratitude and joy for abundance and all that you have? Or is it grumpiness for petty differences, grievances, and all that isn’t going right in your day? Take some time and notice this periodically during the week. Try playing with the recipe for your own personal “marinade”  . . .  see if your mind takes on a new flavor!  And see how others around you enjoy this new flavor of you too!
@6pm: First Friday Festival—Sukkot!
Join us for a potluck supper and playful learning about the Jewish festival of Sukkot.  This is a family friendly event—with things for both kids and those “less young” to do! Bring a dish to pass, tell a friend, come with a playful spirit!

 This Sunday
8 – 9 AM Pancake Breakfast
9:30 AM Service
“Yom Kippur” Join Judith Harrington, Bill Harwood & I was we share our thoughts about this high holiday of the Jewish tradition. Family Choir is going to sing!  And we will give out the ThankUU Award.
10:45 AM Fellowship Time:  Reception honoring Carolyn Hildebrandt
11 AM Children’s Chapel (balcony)
11:15 AM Sunday School for children, youth & adults
Adult Classes:
Conscious Living: “What’s Cookin’?”
Come and learn how to use the locally-grown produce from our very own church garden to make healthy, delectable meals.
New Members Meeting: If you're new to the UUs then this would be a good time to sit down with Rev. Eva Cameron and Mica Lorenz in a relaxed atmosphere and learn more about being a UU member.
12:15 pm Worship Associate Training
Crop Walk
: After church, carpool from the UU to Lincoln Park for a sack lunch then join the walk at First Presbyterian, 505 Franklin St. Waterloo.
7 PM Documentary Film: “For the Bible Tells Me So” Through the experiences of five very normal, very Christian, very American families, this film offers healing, clarity and understanding to anyone caught in the crosshairs of scripture and sexual identity.
This Coming Week
will be out of town from Sunday afternoon until Wednesday afternoon at a ministers’ meeting in Windom MN.
(Friendship Village ministry) is rescheduled until next week.
WOW! Workshops on Wednesdays
5:30 pm Dinner (please RSVP)
6:15 pm Family Choir
6:30 pm Couples Small Group Ministry
6:30 pm “White Like Me” Book Discussion
6:30 pm Youth & Adult Program: “Safety on the Web” where we will explore Facebook. If you have a laptop please bring it but it is not required as a computer will be connected to a projector.
7:15 pm Theoretical String Band
7:30 pm Buddhist Path
5:30 pm Hayride at Heritage Farm (RSVP required)
7:30 pm Community Drum Circle
Other Items:
This month Creative Artz theme is Who dared you to grow?
We have put up some of our heroes, family member and friends. Now we ask you to bring a photo of someone who dared you to grow. (framed or not) We would like to put them on the East Wall.
Thank you,  The Creative Artz Team
Note, because of the First Friday potluck tonight, I won’t be at Cup of Joe this afternoon.
See you in church!

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Rev. Eva Cameron, minister
Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk Co.
3912 Cedar Heights Dr.
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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