Friday, May 21, 2010

Weekly Update

5/21/10 Weekly Update

Greetings on this cool spring day . . . I have a warm cup of tea beside me as I gaze out into my backyard. Everything looks so vibrant and alive as the plants seem to shout with 'green-ness'. Its so funny to think that only a few short months ago that I could hardly even remember what green looked like, we had seen snow for so long. It is beautiful to see that when offered the right conditions, life can flourish so abundantly.

This is a good time to take a moment and think about your own life. Is it growing rich and abundant like the vibrant spring plants? Are there areas that seem parched and brown? Cold and wintry? If you find yourself in a vibrant rich period, you might take a moment to pause and reflect on all that has been given to you, so that this could come to pass. The Dalai Lama made an important distinction between beings that are able to express appreciation, and those that aren't (like the mosquitos he sometimes donates blood to). Let us be beings who are appreciative. And if, rather, you find in yourself areas that feel parched and dry, it might be good to spend a few minutes pondering just what might water your soul? What can you do to situate yourself so that you begin to feel nourishment? If you aren't sure, feel free to make an appointment with me so that we can explore this together. Maybe together we can figure something out. And if, perhaps, you find yourself in a wintry period of rest and reflection, yet knowing that nourishment will come in its time, I wish you the joyful patience and grace to allow yourself some rest. We all need rest and contemplation to be able to be most fully who we can and should be.

I hope you will join me this Sunday--we have a rich day of reflecting on ministry, and Commissioning two new Lay Ministers. Followed by Potluck and then Lake Wannabe!! Lots of FUN!!

See you in church!


Tonight: 7 to 10pm Salsa Fundraiser (see 'other items; for details)

Sunday 5/23/10

8:30 am Music Rehearsal

9:30 am Service "Ministry Sunday"
Rev. Eva Cameron with Deblyn Russell as Worship Associate.
A minister, by its old Latin roots, is someone who acts as a servant. In the case of ministry in a church, we acknowledge that some people feel deep in their hearts a desire to serve the cause of our community, and our Unitarian Universalist faith. Today, with joy we will commission two new lay ministers: Staci Chananie-Hill and Lara Martinsen-Burrell. Staci, Lara and I will talk about what ministry means to us . . . and we all will ponder what gifts we offer to the world. Please come and welcome these two beautiful church leaders into their new place in our collective lives.

10:45 am Fellowship Time

11:00 am Children's Chapel

11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth

11:15 am Adult Classes

Conscious Living: Join us for a presentation on the awareness of water quality by our own Bill Harwood. (sanctuary)

T.R.I.B.E. No class this day; do come help set up for the concert.

12:15 pm Potluck Luncheon

1:30 pm Lake Wannabe Variety Show

The third annual Lake Wannabe Potluck Luncheon and Variety Show is sponsored by the Music Committee and will be raising money toward the church budget for this fiscal year.

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week


2:30 – 5:00 pm Rental Wedding


5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)

6:30 pm Cedar Valley Meditation Group (high school room)

Artistic Fun Workshop

6:30 pm Theoretical String Band


7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)


3:00 – 8:00 pm Rental

Other items

Lake Wannabe Potluck and fundraiser variety show this Sunday

The Religious Services Committee would like to remind everyone that this sunday the Lake Wannbe Variety Show and Fundraiser starts at 1:30 p.m. and what a great variety show it will be!

We've all enjoyed the great music from Tim Purdam and the Adult and Children's choir over the past year. The RSC is hosting this event to continue to create the necce$$ary funds to see the music continues to flourish in our congregation. A church potluck will be held after RE in the dig out all those old recipes that you grew up with and come join this "nourishing, nurturing meal together!

Following the potluck at 1:30 we will begin out Lake Wannabe Variety show. This is all available to you for a "free-will love offering"!

So come and enjoy yourself at this special event, in our amazing UUSBHC, where the men are good-looking, the women are strong and the children are all above exceptional!

Salsa Fundaraiser
This evening, Heather Flory is dedicating a Salsa Fundraiser for her mother, Floralyn Perry, who recently lost her husband, Dave, to pancreatic cancer. Heather plans on showing us the was to a "salsa good time". Come enjoy friends, salsa dancing, somewhat of a silent auction for photos that Dave took, and jewlery that Floralyn has made. Any contributions to the fundraiser will be VERY appreciated. The event takes place tonight, from 7 - 10 p.m., at the church. Come "salsa by"!

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