Friday, August 6, 2010

Weekly Update

8/6/10 Weekly Update

First an announcement: I will not be at Cup of Joe tonight, or on Friday nights at all this month. It just doesn't work with my current schedule. If you would be interested in gathering on Thursday nights, let me know. I'm also wondering if meeting at Indulgence might be better for getting a seat, and hearing each other. Thoughts?

Second: I am easing back in to church life again. I have had a busy couple of weeks already with the death of a beloved member, and with all the many meetings and planning you all have been up to. Its wonderful to come back and find the place so alive and vibrant!

Our church retreat this year will be shorter, in part because so many of our groups have already begun meeting and planning for the year. (See schedule below).  We hope you like the new format, and are planning on being there for fun and fellowship.

I read this passage this week, and it spoke to me. See if you can follow it, translate "the kingdom" as "our vision of peace and justice, and the earth made one." See if it speaks to you as well.
"I urge you to still every motion that is not rooted in the kingdom. Become quiet, hushed, motionless until you are finally centered. Strip away all excess baggage and nonessential trappings until you have come into the stark reality of the kingdom of God. Let go of all distractions until you are driven into the Core." by Richard Foster, from his book Freedom of Simplicity.

See you in church!  ~Eva
PS. don't forget your poem this Sunday!

Sunday 8/8/10
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Service "Poetry Sunday" led by Rev. Eva Cameron.   Worship Associate is Bill Chene.  Bring a favorite poem or two to share with others (one of your own creation or one by another author).  We will take turns sharing poems, and enjoying the richness that only poetry can speak to the soul.  Three of our youth will be performing music as a string trio. I'm excited to hear their gifts, and your poetry!
There will be RE for All Children: "Our Blue Boat Home" during the service
10:30 am Fellowship Time

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week

7:15 pm Religious Services Council--cancelled (met last week)


5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP)

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

6:30 pm Theoretical String Band


7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)


4:30 pm Cup of Joe--cancelled

Other items
Retreat Schedule Aug 21-22
5:00 games and gathering
6:00 Potluck meal on the lawn
7:30 S'mores with campfire sing-along
Campout for those who would like to stay overnight

8:00 Pancake breakfast
9:30 Chapel service
10:15  Visioning session with Eva ending no later than noon
Ending at Noon

More details will be coming from John Miller in the coming week. Please stay tuned!

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Pastoral Update
Long time member, and participant in the Quaker group, Clarence Alling, passed away yesterday. We are not in contact with any family, so please watch the paper for more information. 

Church visitor, Jolene Switzer, is going through some trying times, so if you know her, you might reach out to her at this time. Yes, she is on Facebook.

Marilyn Desmond is slowly getting caught up with all the things you have to do when someone dies. She still welcomes calls, notes, and invitations. I hope you'll reach out to her in the coming weeks and months, losing a loved one of many years is a big life transition. Hopefully we will see her in church soon!

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