Friday, February 6, 2009

Weekly Update

Weekly Update . . . 2/6/09  
There’s been a lot of nervous talk around the church, as everyone wonders if they’ll keep their jobs, and what the future will bring.  I’ve had a couple thoughts about this . . .
 . . . . one is that the  both the Buddha and Jesus had a good message about this. If we seek and notice what is good in the present moment, and not get to worried about what might happen, we are gift to the larger community. We help provide anchoring stability in troubling times. Let’s all try and help our friends and neighbors and children to cultivate this mindset. Its work, but it will be worth it.
 . . . . . the other thought I’ve had, is how must all remember the gift of being in community. We can do so much more if we stick together. Let’s open our hearts to be able to help those in need, as we find we may have more sudden need in our community. And at the same time, let’s not forget how to ask for help. Let’s make a plan now, that we can lean on each other. And although things will not be the same, they never truly are ‘the same’ . . . and all we can do, ever, is bring our best, wisest selves to the day.
I’m off to our Brazilian Carnival Party . . . hope you’ll join us!
This Sunday:
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am “Darwin Day: A Celebration of Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday
We have a special love of the relationship of science and religion. For some, Darwin’s evolution has become their religious myth as well as a scientific theory. Let’s celebrate the man, his ideas and how they have rocked our religious world! Join Rev. Eva, Jim Demastes, Lynn Brant, Johanna Foster and Lara Martinsen-Burrell (members of the Darwin Day Team) for this 200-year anniversary celebration.
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11 am Children’s Chapel
11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth
11:15 am Adult Classes:
Circle Way “Imbolc Circle Way Ritual”
All the land is wrapped in winter, but our thoughts are turned to spring and warmer weather. Deblyn Russell and Al Hays will be creating a mid-winter ritual celebrating the Celtic Goddess, Brigid. The triple aspects ofBrigid are inspiration, smithcraft and healing.
The Small Group Experience Try a Sample! Have you been wondering what Small Groups are all about? We will do a typical small group meeting during Adult R.E. Here is your opportunity to sample a small group experience and perhaps sign up for one of the open groups forming now.
12:15 pm Chili Cook off
7 pm Charlie’s 200!
This will be a continuation of “Darwin Day” with a dialogue of how he inspired religion and science
Calendar Updates for this Coming Week
7 pm Religious Services Committee
**Calendar Deadline**
11 am Friendship Village Service
WOW! Workshops on Wednesdays
5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)
6:15 pm Family Choir Practice
6:15 pm Workshop on “Self-Realization” with Crystal King
7 pm Small Group Ministry
7:15 pm Theoretical String Band Practice
7:30 pm Buddhist Path
**Newsletter Deadline**
7 pm “Treats and Talents” Salsa Party
Other Events:
Darwin Week @ UNI!!!  
Join UU members Drs. Jim Demastes, Theresa Spradling and Laura Jackson as the UNI Freethinkers and Inquirers celebrate Darwin week with a series of lectures and events.  Visit for details. All events are free and open to the public and will take place in the Maucker Student Union in the center of the UNI campus in Cedar Falls.  
Save the Date: Plan on joining us for the "Stewardship
Spaghetti Fest!"  Saturday, February 21st, 6:30 pm
Pastoral Update:
After many months of symptoms (shortness of breath; fainting; evidence of high blood pressure), Judy Harrington had an angiogram on Feb. 3rd. The great news is that there's no evidence of artery blockage. The cardiologist did identify evidence in some heart arteries of long-term high blood pressure, and mild pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the arteries that supply the lungs). She is under the care of appropriate specialists and is eagerly looking forward to renewed energy.
Eleanore Stark was hospitalized this week due to complications from her cancer.  She really loves getting cards from all of you! They boost her spirits so much! So even if you don’t know her (she’s fairly new) . . . try and drop a card in the mail to her: 2215 Victory Dr. CF 50613, ph: 277-5531

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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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