Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Weekly Update - 11/6/09

Today feels like a reprieve, all this delightful warmth and sun! After a hard week, it was such a welcome gift. Many of you (the Facebook crowd) know that I made the decision to put down my old Spaniel dog, Cammy, this week. She has been slowly falling apart for years now, having almost made it to her 15th birthday. And with her death came many fond memories of years past when she was much happier. In this time of the world slowing down, the plants dying back, it has been a good time to mourn her passing, and remember all the good and funny times! I hope between last week's service, and your own private rituals and ways, you have been able to mourn your losses of this year--that we may all enter the newest, the freshness of winter with a pure heart. Because yes, even if it seems like a September day, truly November is upon us. It is time to prepare for winter.
Keep on living and loving! See you in church, Eva

Please don't forget:
Tonight!! First Friday means . . . something FUN is happening at the UU. This month we welcome George LeDuc and Shauna Zeck, who come to share Native American flute, stories, arts and more . . . Potluck dinner at 6pm, program follows. This is for young and old alike! Family friendly. Come and enjoy. Help us to welcome our guests to the church.
The Nature Small Group is having a open meeting this Saturday Nov. 7th from 1-3 pm at the Church. If you'd like to learn more and/or join, please attend. Thanks, Sheri Huber-Otting, Nature Small Group Facilitator

Sunday Service (9:30 to 10:45am)
Auction Sermon: “Excluded” Each year at the Treats and Talents Auction, Rev. Eva offers a sermon based on a book of the winning bidder’s choice. The lucky winner at the 2008 auction was Russ Campbell, who chose the book entitled Excluded by Robert Cummins. It tells the story of the Council of Churches and the Universalists. Come and learn this story which has shaped who we are.

Fellowship (10:45 to 11:15am)
Children's Chapel (11:00 to 11:15am)
Sunday School (11:15 to 12:15) for adults & children
Adult Classes
Sixty for Six: “What is Good About Religion” Judaism with our own Judy Harrington
Circle Way: Native American Spirituality

This Coming Week
6:00 pm REAP Council
7:15 pm Religious Services Committee
Eva leaves for the UU Ministers' Convocation-back 11/16. I'm in Ottawa Canada. And I have yet to see if my phone will work there. Our staff and lay-ministers will be here to make sure everything is running smoothly!
WOW! Workshops on Wednesdays
5:00 pm Children’s Choir
5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)
6:15 pm Adult Choir
6:30 pm Self Realization Workshop (high school room)
Artistic Fun Workshop
Integral Life Practice small group
7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)
6:30 pm Treats ‘n Talents Auction: “A Knight to Remember”

Other items
Christmas boxes for November social action focus
Dear UUs and Friends,
The Social Action Plate Collection for November is for Christmas Dinner Boxes to be distributed to local crisis clients at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. This is the second year we are directly partnering with the food bank for this cause. Please note the following important information:
There will be a tour of the Food Bank on November 14th at 10 am instead of the Adult RE on Sunday November 15th. Let Sheri Huber-Otting know if you would like to attend. The contact information is or 319-277-7558.
Please give generously to the plate collection for this cause on November 29th.
The distribution of the dinner boxes will be December 21st. We will need volunteers to help pass out the boxes at the Northeast Iowa Food Bank that day. The times of the distribution will be determined later.
Thanks to everyone for Walking the Talk.
Sheri Huber-Otting
UUSBHC Social Action Chair

Canterbury Forum Program - Sunday, November 8th

On Sunday, November 8th, the Canterbury Forum will host the final program in its Fall 2009 series: Holy Terror: Murder, Martyrdom, and the Sikhs, presented by UNI professor Dr. Lou Fenech, a leading expert on the history of the Sikhs, who are concentrated in northern India and are the world̢۪s sixth-largest religion, a people distinguished by their proud military tradition and their wearing of the turban. But among the Sikhs there is also a tradition of giving their lives to take the lives of those who oppress them, and this is the particular focus of Lou Fenech's talk. We associate religious violence with radical Islam, but as he will explain, it isn't confined to radical Islam.
As always, Canterbury Forum programs take place in Will Hall at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2410 Melrose Drive in Cedar Falls. They begin at 7:00 PM; the doors open at 6:30. They're open to the public, and there's no admission charge, though it sure is nice when folks bring treats to share. Bob Dise

Pastoral Update
Karen Impola and her husband Dave are both home with the flu. Send them your thoughts of love for a speedy recovery!
Deblyn Russell is a new Grandma. Join her in welcoming baby Zoya into the world, who arrived last Wednesday.

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