Friday, May 15, 2009

Weekly Update

Weekly Update . . . May 15, 2009 Happy Birthday UUA. On May 15th, 1961 our Association was formed. In the old days, our National Annual Meeting of the Unitarians was called “May Meeting” . . . and you guessed it, they always met in May. We now meet in June and its called General Assembly (“GA”). Back in 1961 the Unitarians came together with the Universalists for form Unitarian Universalism as we now know it. Both faiths found themselves dwindling in numbers, and reached out to each other to gain some strength in numbers. The were many similarities between them, but also some major differences. One of the differences we still wrestle with, is how to be relevant to both working-class people and the educated of society. The Unitarians tended to grow from University town to University town, and the Universalists were found in rural communities and in factory towns. In towns were there were both Unitarians and Universalists, both groups pondered how to make this merger work!  I think, over the last almost 50 years, we have figured out a lot about how to blend and capitalize on the merged theologies, but are still working on what a community feels like that included people from different economic backgrounds. As we wish “Happy Birthday” to the UUA—maybe we also ponder and play, experiment and dare to grow ourselves into a community were all are not just welcomed  (as long as they don’t mind doing things our way), but find our ways comfortable and inclusive. Think about this, and let me know your thoughts!
See you in church!

This Sunday:
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Service “Butterflies Under Our Hats”
Religious Education Sunday
Join Kathy, Eva and our REAP team to say a big “thanks” to all those who helped in this past year. Eva is preaching on “Do You Hear?” And members of the CF High School choir will be singing, along with our Children’s Choir.
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Children’s Chapel
11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth
11:15 am Adult Classes
Buddhist Path: Join Rev. Eva and others in exploring Buddhist spiritual practices.
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
Walking the Talk: The focus for May is “Habitat for Humanity”. Sheri Huber-Otting or someone from Habitat will talk about the program and how we can participate.
1 - 5 pm COM/Board Retreat (fellowship hall)
6:00 pm What’s Up Doc?umentaries “The Future of Food” This quietly inflammatory film skillfully illuminates the alarming issues surrounding genetically engineered crops and the rapidly increasing corporate domination of our food supply.
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)
6:30pm Exploring Sufism
7:30 pm Theoretical String Band (sanctuary)
7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)
6:30 pm Buddhist Movie Night (sanctuary)
5:30-8:30 pm Rental
Pastoral Update:
Jen and Jason Zeck
along with son Tristan and baby Ella want to thank you for all the help and good vegan food. They are still accepting help as Jen is still having health issues. Lara Martinsen-Burrell and Diane Harwood are coordinating their care. But little cards and notes to keep up their spirits are also very helpful.
Upcoming Events:
Next weekend in the All-Church clean-up and potluck BBQ.
Come in your work clothes. We will have a brief chapel in honor of Memorial Day, and then clean the whole church from top to bottom. Bring your cleaning supplies! Also bring  a dish to pass and something to cook on the grill. I think we just might have Root Beer Floats again this year.
The following weekend (May 31st) will be our Prairie Home Companion Variety Show. This too starts with a potluck, but this time its theme is dishes from the 50’s . . . so get out those ‘cover-dish’ recipes, find your favorite jello salad recipe, and maybe even dig up an bit of a 50’s outfit to wear!  After the potluck, we will go upstairs for the show of a lifetime! Make sure you invite your friends and neighbors! Let’s have a whooping good time and raise some money for the church at the same time!!!

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

m: 319.610.6605

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