Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekly Update

8/20/10 Weekly Update
I've been reading Forrest Church's book Love and Death: my journey through the valley of the shadow just this week. He was a UU minister at our church in NYC until quite recently, when he died of cancer. This passage captured me:

"It takes courage to laugh, especially when the things we are struggling with are no laughing matter. The most healing aspect about the courage to laugh is that it keeps us from attaching additional strings to our troubles, no matter how serious they are. . . . Whether leavened by humor, lifted by contemplation, or lightened and expanded by neighborly concern, the moment we stop defining (and restricting) it on our own narrow terms, life opens up. Once we understand the secret to it all--that "it's not about me"--we no longer cast fear's shadow. How liberating this is. Rising out of our self-pity, we shake off the temptation to whine, "Woe is me!" and "Why do these things always happen to me?" Rather than wondering why we don't have what she has and can't do what he does and can't be who they are, we take the opposite tack. We do what we can, want what we have, and embrace who we are."

Here's a link I love to watch that speaks to this same theme:

What do you have? What can you do?
As we prepare to pack for our journey, our Pilgrimage . . . ponder these things.
See you in church!

Sunday 8/29/10
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Festival Sunday: Water Communion by The Festival Team.  Worship Associate: Staci Chananie-Hill  
Bring a small vial of water to share from some place that has brought you joy and comfort in the past year.  Sometimes people bring water from a vacation spot, or an old family farm.  Sometimes people bring it from a new home or their backyard garden spigot where they spent happy hours watering their garden.  We bring all this water to share, representing the oneness at the center of who we are, even as our life's journeys are different.

10:30 am Fellowship Time
11:15 am Sunday School for Children & Youth

Calendar for this Coming Week
8:30 am to 12:30pm Janet in Office

6:00 pm Cedar Prairie Vegetarian Potluck

1:00 pm to 5:00pm Janet in Office

~~WOW--Workshops on Wednesdays~~

5:00 pm Children's Choir

5:30 pm Dinner

6:15 pm Adult Choir

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

7:30 pm Theoretical String Band

8:30 am to 12:30pm Janet in Office

7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)

Other items
Don't forget HearthFest is TOMORROW! Organized by our own Sheri Huber-Otting after listening to a sermon by former minister Rev. Mark Alstrom about doing what you can  . . . she has been doing this. Show up and enjoy. Show up and tell her thanks for living love out loud! Its at Gateway Park--there's a big spread in the paper about the schedule.

Pastoral Update
Keep little Garrett King in your thoughts, prayers and light. He had to have finger surgery this past week after shutting his finger in the car door!

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