Friday, August 20, 2010

Weekly Update

8/20/10 Weekly Update

Change is a natural part of life. Some things change so slowly, so naturally we barely know they are happening--like getting new skin. It happens, and yet unlike a snake that has an old skin left behind, we have little to notice as this constant change in who we are is taking place. Other changes are more dramatic and visible. These sometimes take our breath away in their suddenness. The Buddha teaches that one of key reasons we feel such pain and hurt in the world is that our minds like us to pretend that the world is steady, and unchanging. When we cling to this mindset, then we get hurt when change (which is natural) occurs.

Currently we are experiencing change in our church family, as we will no longer have Kathy as our DRE. And Kathy and Leigh have decided not to attend church anymore. Their big hearts and infectious enthusiasm will be surely missed. I hope you'll write them notes with messages of love and stories of things they contributed that you enjoyed about them. Even when change happens, that doesn't mean that we cannot pause and be thankful for the time that we did get to spend with another human soul on this life-journey. Each person we meet gives us gifts, and it is wise to remember that. In the saying 'good-bye', in the saying 'hello.'

I would also encourage you to trust the actions of many loving souls in the church leadership who deliberated hard and long. We can never know all sides to a story, and so as you listen to one side, or another, remind yourself--it is this, and much more.

As we experience this sudden change, we hope that you will offer some extra help to enliven our Religious Education program. Our leaders, Michaela Rich (who is the Council Chair) and Diana Harwood (the Children's Sunday School team captain) are working very hard to create a great experience for people this year. So even if you've never helped, or even if you feel like you've already put in your time, please step forward and offer to do one small thing to make a difference. Together heavy loads are light.

To anyone who is in pain, or confusion, or anger . . . I am sending my loving thoughts your way, that your path will become easier. I am glad that tomorrow night we will get a chance to be together, and relax and enjoy the potluck supper. Sharing food and stories of the summer will be a comfort and a joy. So please come!


All Church Retreat

4:00-5:30 pm REAP--Teacher Training (sanctuary)

5:00 pm Games and Gathering

6:00 pm Potluck meal on the lawn

6:00-9:00 pm OWL --Parent Introduction (balcony)

7:30 pm S'mores with campfire sing-along

Campout for those who would like to stay overnight

8:00 am Pancake breakfast

9:30 am Chapel service on the lawn
10:15 am Visioning session with Eva ending at noon

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week

5:00 pm Children's Choir

5:30 pm Dinner --Pizza

6:15 pm Adult Choir

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

7:30 pm Theoretical String Band


7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)

Pastoral Updates
Dick Shane has moved within Friendship Village to Lakeview Lodge. He is no longer driving, and so will be looking for rides to church. With all the recent moving around, Brian Forster has agreed to assemble a list of where to find all our resident UU's.

Please let us know if you need help or would like to be remembered in people's meditations and prayers.

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