Friday, March 5, 2010

Weekly Update

3/5/10 Weekly Update 

We are asking you consider how some of your favorite memories of your time in the UUSBHC. If you've filled out a card and posted it on the wall downstairs, that's great. If you didn't get a chance to, or have something you want to add, please send your memories (in a phrase or two), to me before Sunday. Mike and I will be weaving these into the service. All of our lives have been woven together by this place we call our religious home. Some of us have been coming for years, some for just a few weeks. Some come every Sunday, some only from time to time . . . but the beauty and strength comes from the thread that each of us adds to the tapestry that makes up our lives. We each add a color, a hue, and special flash of color or a strong, secure cord to the rich abundance that makes up the programs, special moments, brief hugs in the hall, rich conversations, gifts of care and concern.  

As you consider your pledge this year, I want to say that I do understand the stresses of living in these new times of economic uncertainty. Some of us are adjusting our life plans, as its clear that things are going to different in the near future. There are many more stay-cations, and many more creative ways to stretch our dollars. I want you to consider just how lucky we are to have this progressive community here in the Cedar Valley. If if turns out we can run off to far away locations, or buy ourselves as many treats in life--let us give ourselves this, a place that is open and full of life and excitement and people we enjoy right here! We are a community that can reach out and sustain each other. Help each other through the tough times. Remind each other to celebrate life, all the sweet moments that add up to a life well lived, together. 

See you in church!


Sunday 3/7/10

              8:30 am Teacher's Tea

              8:30 am Music Rehearsal

              9:30 am Service "La Dolce Vita ~ Abundance Sunday"

Rev. Eva Cameron and Mike Knapp, co-preaching

Al Hays as Worship Associate: Come celebrate the sweetness of life!  Together we create some beautiful moments and memories, as we journey though life together. Join us as we share some of your memories, listen to the choir sing, and enjoy a great message. 

MOST EXCITING . . . bring your pledge form back to church, or have in mind what you want to fill in . . . and in the time it takes to do one service, we will create a remarkable ABUNDANCE and sweetness. At the end of the service, we will announce our total raised. 

(If you can't get there, please let Mike Knapp know your pledge). We all want to feel the energy surge, as we come together to create an AWESOME and incredibly diverse and loving community--right here in the Cedar Valley.


              10:45 am Fellowship Time & Youth Bake Sale

              11:00 am Children's Chapel

              11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth

              11:15 am Adult Classes

Sixty for Six Join Karen Kitchen for "The Weft of Religion" (balcony)

Conscious Living Erin Buchanan will focus on Home & Business

energy-efficiency incentives and rebates. (sanctuary)

New Member: People interested in becoming new members are invited to meet

with Rev. Eva & Mica Lorenz in Eva's office.

              2:00 pm "A Gathering of Women" small group



              This Coming Week


              7:15 pm Religious Services Council


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 Theoretical String Band


              7:00 – 9:00 pm Healing Artz Workshop

              7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)


              6:30 pm UU Card Club


Other items

Class for Families With Individuals With Mental Illnesses
The Black Hawk County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
will offer a free 12-week class for family members of individuals who have mental illnesses 
or mental disabilities such as schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar, panic, obsessive-compulsive, 
borderline personality, co-occurring brain and addictive disorders.  The class will begin on
Thursday, April 8, and meet on Thursdays, 6:00-8:30pm, at First Congregational Church 
in Waterloo.  To register contact Black Hawk County NAMI by April 1 at 319-235-5263 
or email  NAMI Black Hawk also provides support groups for 
adults with mental illnesses and mental disabilities.


Now is the time!

Register for the annual meeting of Prairie Star District

April 23-25 in Davenport IA---fun programing for kids! Meet UU's from our area!

Our congregation will be receiving the Gold Star Award--for our excellence in growth. 



Read about the GA service project for this year in Minneapolis. 

Each year, as we gather for the annual meeting, we also work to leave the place we've visited a bit nicer, spreading a little love. This year we will work with Habitat for Humanity:



Learn more and Register for GA (june 23-27)

Its in Minneapolis this year!! It may be a looooong time until it is scheduled back close enough that you can drive to get there. So seize the opportunity and go!



Willing to help at GA, (and save on registration fees)? 

Talk with Mike Knapp or Mica Lorenz--they are our local area volunteer coordinators!

Or contact them "Mica Lorez" <>, "Mike Knapp" <>, 

phone: 291-6509



Pastoral Update

Heather Flory is heading to St. Louis to see her step-dad, and friend of UUSBHC, Dave Perry.  You can follow Dave's story and leave him and his wife Floralyn messages of care and love here: <>  Heather says, "Everyone send me your healing energy, please, so I can take it with me and pass it on to him!"







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