Saturday, May 2, 2009

Weekly Update

Weekly Update 5/2/09 Once again I am posting this on Saturday instead of Friday. I’ll try and get back to my usual habits soon. This sunshiny day is filling me with hope and joy. I’m loving all the green that our many rainy days have brought. I particularly like the rough and ragged looking spring lawn. I few people have already mowed, but a lot of lawns are all tuft-y. They look like life—alive and full of spring-green hope, and yet imperfect, irregular, erratic, and full of unbridled joy at reaching onwards and upwards (to the sun, to the source of life, to god, towards human potential, justice, righteousness, love.) Let’s stretch ourselves upward with just as much unbridled love of life as a spring lawn!!
See you in church!

This Sunday:
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Service “Love a Lichen” Yep, a lichen! Come and find out why I think Lichens have something to teach us!
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Children’s Chapel
11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth
11:15 am Adult Classes:
Conscious Living:
Join us as we share how choices we make and actions we take can have an impact on ourselves, our community, and the health of the planet.
Garden Meditation: Join Julie Fischer in the garden for meditating in a meaningful way to you: working the garden, sitting quietly, soaking in the beauty of nature, or sketching a leaf or flower that inspires you.
New Member Meeting: If you’re new to the UU’s 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.
Circle Way: Celebrate Beltane with May Pole dancing and our men in kilts!
6:00 pm What’s Up Doc?umentaries (join us for pizza)
“Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home”
7:00 pm “A Gathering of Women” small group
Calendar Updates for this Coming Week

WOW! Workshops on Wednesdays
5:00 pm Children’s Choir (sanctuary)
5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)
6:15 pm Family Choir Practice (sanctuary)
6:30 pm Self Realization Workshop (high school room)
Artistic Fun Workshop
7:30 pm Theoretical String Band (sanctuary)
7:30 pm Small Group Facilitators Meeting
7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)
7:30 pm Community Drum Circle
4:30-8:30 pm Rental
Other Items:
Next week is Flower Communion
. If you’ve never been to one before . . . it is a ritual that comes out of war-torn Prague, when 50 some years ago, a Unitarian minister decided it would do everyone some good to look around for small “messengers of hope” that spring. Everyone brought something they found in nature to church to share. UU’s around the world now share in this tradition each spring. Usually people bring a flower, but a branch or other small sign of life and hope is welcome too!
Pastoral Update:
Jen Zeck and baby Ella
are at home resting and healing. Lara and Diane are coordinating meals and rides and other things to shelter them with love and care. Please contact them if you’d like to offer to help.
Lara Martinsen-Burrell
Diana Harwood
And I myself, have had a busy week with 2 trips up to Mayo for more tests and consultations. I’ll keep you posted about the progress as I learn more. Please keep in mind that this is considered an indolent lymphoma, which means its very slow growing generally . . . and people generally live for years. Its also very rare, so they don’t know so much about it, and its prognosis. So if I seem vague or if it seems like things are taking a long time, this is why. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers, even from some of you who I don’t know (but who read my blog on our website!!)

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