Friday, April 30, 2010

Weekly Update

4/30/10 Weekly Update

Hello dear ones! I know that sounds a bit over-the-top as a greeting, but I do think of you that way. Each one of you brings a special glow to my heart as I think of you. Each one of you has something unique and special to offer our community. I LOVE this about who we are . . . that we can celebrate our differences with joy, and that we can be together in ONE community. This Sunday we have a special chance to share in that unique UU blend of individuality and community with our Annual Meeting. Its a kind of sacred act, even if the details of sitting there trying to listen to everyone's opinion drive you nuts, its really amazing that we belong to an organization where to do get to choose how we are organized (ie. bylaws) and how we spend our own money (ie. budget). Its a rare thing in religious organizations! So come on out, and share your own special wisdom with us, with your vote. And then help us all to become one, as we set off with the decisions we make as a body.

Please remember to do your homework and read through the proposed bylaws and the amendments that Jim Paprocki sent out so that you are familiar with the choices available to you--particularly surrounding the issue of membership. Let me know if you need a copy. They will not be all printed out for the meeting, its just too much paper. So, if you want to have them in hand, please print them out for yourself. We are trying to arrange for them to be available for us to look at on PowerPoint slides as well. There will be an organized and limited approach to discussion. Discussion will be limited to those amendments that actually get seconded, so remember to choice what you think is really worth discussing--so we have more time in discussion for the things we most care about.

The GOOD NEWS is that the special appeal for more funds last week was very successful! Thank you! Thank you!! We gathered more than $6000 in additional pledges, and this will go a long way in our ability to provide the services you have grown accustomed to, and to keep on being 'the little church that could' in the Cedar Valley. I love your positive spirit and your vision for a better world for all. Together we are making progress. And it is a joy to see.

See you on Sunday!



7:30 pm Drumming Circle--all welcome (family friendly) Bring your drums if you have one.


Healing Earth Expo--see info below

This Sunday 5/2/10

8:15 am Music Rehearsal (8:15 Band, 8:30 Adult Choir, 8:55 Children's Choir)

9:30 am Service "Music Sunday" Tim Purdum and Rev. Eva Cameron (John Miller as Worship Associate): Join our Music Director, Tim Purdum, as we present a service in celebration of the delights of sound. Special presentations from the Adult and Children's choirs, as well as the band.

10:45 am Fellowship Time

11:00 am Children's Chapel

11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth

11:15 am Annual Meeting of the UUSBHC--All members please attend it at all possible. We need your vote!

Adult Class: Sixty for Six: We will hold a class for non-members with information on Unitarian Universalism. (balcony)

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week


6:00 pm REAP Council


7:00 pm Committee on Ministry


5:00 pm Children's Choir--all welcome!

5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)--all welcome!

6:15 pm Adult Choir

6:30 pm Cedar Valley Meditation Group (high school room)--all welcome!

Artistic Fun Workshop--all welcome!

7:00 pm Small Group Facilitator's Meeting

7:30 pm Theoretical String Band--all welcome!


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


9:00 am Nature Lovers small group

Other items

The Outreach Committee is looking for new members to help with greeting visitors on Sunday morning. This is a fun and rewarding way to meet the new people who visit us each week. The Committee meets every other month after church for a short meeting and to sign up for a few Sundays to greet each quarter. Join Mica Lorenz, Donna Kroeger, Stephanie Lawrence, Juanita Williams, Margie Miller, Jeff Heiden and ZuZu Haldzic and help us welcome the visitors and our new members. Contact or 291-6509.

Tomorrow is the last day for early Registration for GA! (May 1) Its in Minneapolis. Its fun to be with UU's from all over. Its closer than close this year! Just say 'yes' and sign up. When it was in St. Louis, we had 30 people there when we counted youth and adults. Let's beat our record! If you volunteer you do get a reduced rate. (Contact Mike Knapp for information on how to volunteer. <>) Here's the link:

Help needed at church: I am looking for someone or a pair of people to bring new life and energy to our Caring Committee. Our stalwart to the cause, Esther Kieffer has resigned after many years of loving care. She is still willing to help, as are many other people . . . but I need someone to coordinate our efforts and serve as an intake person. Think about it. If it could be you, let me know. I know we want to be a giving, loving community, and this is a vital component of being able to offer our members our support in an organized fashion. <> 319-610-6605

These events brought to us by Deblyn Russell, Crystal King, Dee Loecher, and Carol Mauer:

Saturday, May 1, is our full day event the Healing Earth Expo. There is a great line-up of presenters for the day, make your choice and add some of this great energy to you life and make a healing lifestyle change or's possible! There are still spaces available and we've dropped the "at the door" fee, it's just $75 if you'd like to come on Saturday, the Expo runs from 9a.m. - 5 p.m. check out the web site
Saturday evening, May 1.... a special concert by the River's Voice, Trish and Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan will be entertaining us with their special and charismatic voices and music. The concert is Saturday from 7 til 8:30 p.m. The cost is just $5.... hope you can come and bring the family. If you're interested in the family price let us know!

Pastoral Update

As perhaps you have read, Don and Dorothy Wendt are in the process of relinquishing their apartment at Friendship Village for rooms in the Assisted Living Center there on Campus called Lakeview Lodge. It seems that they are in real need of help in managing this, and their children live out of town. We are still asking that if you have time, talent, or love to share . . . that you contact them at Friendship Village. The general number is 291-8100 ask for Dorothy, and if she doesn't answer, try and ask for the other room to be rung.

If you or a loved one have a care or concern, please let us know so that we can share the information with the community.

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