Friday, January 29, 2010

Weekly Update

Weekly Update - 1/29/10~~~Sending you love and warmth on this cold, cold evening. The moon tonight is supposed to be the fullest it will be in 2010. Go out and smile up at it tonight. (Or even tomorrow night!)  Many things in nature, including the human realm, are influenced by the full moon. We don't quite know why . . . but I love that there are mysteries that remind us how much a part of this world, the amazing interconnected place we call home, we really are. We like to imagine how independent we are! But sometimes something sneaks back to remind you that we are all connected, scientifically. And for me, I call these magical interconnections God. But call them what you want . . . I invite you to notice as many as you can in the coming weeks. What an amazing, loving universe we live in, that sustains us daily with air and food and water and so many other things. Look for them, and try and feel the love.

See you in church!  ~Eva

This Sunday:

8:30 am Music Rehearsal

9:30 am Service "Youth Sunday"

Our Youth with Lara Martinsen-Burrell as Worship Associate, 

Kevin and Angie Stafsholt as Youth Advisors. 

The UU Youth will be providing a thought-provoking service on

"Standing on the Side of Love" from a youth's point of view. Fun music, plus wit and wisdom. Better be there!

10:45 am Fellowship Time

11:00 am Children's Chapel

11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth

11:15 am Adult Classes

Sixty for Six: "Questioning Beliefs" Mike Knapp will inform us about Atheism.

Town Hall Meeting: The Bylaws Committee will hold a Town Hall meeting to discuss a new, streamlined, easier to follow Bylaws document that the Executive Board will ask the congregation to adopt at our Annual Meeting, May 2, 2010.

12:15 pm Potato Bar luncheon Fund Raiser

UU Board of Trustees will be sponsoring this lunch to help support the work of the church.

2:00 pm "Yoga for all"  with Krystal Hamilton, all welcome!


This Coming Week


7:00 pm Committee on Ministry



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

7:30 pm Small Group Facilitators meeting

7:30 pm Theoretical String Band



7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)--drop-in, all welcome!


Other items

*UU's Lobby on the Side of Love!*

Calling all Iowa Unitarian Universalists to stand on the side of love to
protect marriage equality for all Iowans!  Join together at the Iowa Capital
Building in Des Moines on Wednesday, February 10, to talk personally with
your state legislators about why you support equal protection under the law
for all Iowans.  Encourage the legislators to support it, too, by opposing a
state constitutional amendment that would take civil marriage rights away
from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Iowans.  This effort is
part of One Iowa's Lobbying Day. One Iowa is a state-wide advocacy
organization working for full equality for all LGBT people, including
preserving the right to civil marriage.

The goal is to bring 100 UU's representing every UU congregation in Iowa to
the Capital for this event.  Make sure our congregation is
well-represented!  Can you think of a more worthwhile way to spend a half or
whole day of vacation, adding your voice to this important cause?

Meet at 8 a.m. in front of the Judicial Building (across the street south of
the Capital) for pastries, hot beverages, and a group photo.  Registration
and training are from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at 315 E. 5th St.  Then proceed to the
Capital to start talking with legislators at 10:45.  You can leave whenever
you wish.  If you stay until 2 p.m., there will be a closing reception at
the Capital.  Don't forget to wear your "Standing on the Side of Love"

T-shirt, too, for the group photo!  Contact Allen Hays at

319-266-8406, to get more information and sign up. We will be carpooling from church. 


This from our Mennonite Friends in the Peace and Justice Center of Cedar Valley:

A PERSONAL invitation for personal action to help HAITIANS

Saturday February 13, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cedar Falls Mennonite Church (corner of Clay and 9th, Cedar Falls)

We will pack relief kits (20,000 relief kits are needed immediately)

Followed by Haitian beans and rice lunch.

Ways YOU can help:


• Bring NEW items for kits to CF Mennonite Church

o 4 large bars bath soap (leave in wrapping)

o 1 plastic bottle shampoo (380-710ml / 13-24oz; place bottle in a re-sealable plastic bag)

o 4 large bars of laundry soap (Some stores carry Fels Naptha, Sunlight or Zote brands)

o 1 squeeze-tube toothpaste (minimum 130ml / 6oz; leave in box)

o 4 adult-size toothbrushes (leave in packaging)

o 4 new bath towels (medium weight, dark or bright colors)

o 2 wide-tooth combs(6 to 8in / 15 to 20cm)

o 1 fingernail clipper

o 1 box adhesive bandages (minimum 40, assorted)

o 1 package sanitary pads (18-24 thin maxi)

• Donate money to CFMC for kit items

• Donate NEW comforters or flat sheets

• Help pack kits on 2/13


•Come for beans and rice lunch from 11:30-1 p.m. even if you cannot help with items or kit assembly and make a freewill donation for the kits



I, Eva, will be happy to collect supplies to take to the Mennonite Church over the next two Sundays, if you are unable to take them directly there. Please leave them by my office door.


Pastoral Update

Jen Zeck continues to be hospitalized in Iowa City. They are still uncertain what is wrong with her. She has moved since last week, and still welcomes calls, cards (or even visits, if you are in the area!) The new  floor is  2RCW2 (med/surgical). Her room number is 2095,  and  the direct phone number is 319-353-9601. Please hold Jason and they kids Tristan and Elleanor in your hearts and prayers too, as they all go through this difficult time.


Rev Eva Cameron
Unitarian Univesalist Society of Black Hawk Co.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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