Friday, October 1, 2010

Weekly Update

9/30/10 Weekly Update
Its been a lovely week, weather-wise . . . which has helped to remind me of the beauty of the universe, even as my heart has been heavy with the news of several bright young children killing themselves due to taunting and bullying by their classmates over their sexuality. Its hard to look hatred in the eye, and yet there are times that the bright light of day illuminates such realities for us to truly see, and let linger in our hearts. The temptation, for me, is to push them away . . . my heart doesn't want to be so heavy. But when I do allow them to linger for a time, it reminds me just how important the work of our church is. I think, in the busyness of life, to think of church as just one more thing, like soccer practice or music lessons, to get on the calendar and to get the family out to . . . but yet, in reality, we are quite different. We serve to mold and shape people into being peacemakers, into being citizens of a world that is just and fair, into understandings that one of the most powerful kinds of prayer is the actions of your life. Ours it not just one more thing, in a long list of things . . . children are dying due to the suffering and pain caused by other children not being raised to eschew hatred. Around the world, we witness the suffering of others at the hands of those who were raised to hate others who are different from them. Coming to church may just seem like another thing, on a long list of things, but its different . . . and important.
Thank you for working together to create this amazing, justice-loving community.
See you in church!

Sunday 10/3/10
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Association Sunday: 50th Anniversary ~~ Rev. Eva Cameron, Bill Chene (Worship Associate)
Our UUA celebrates fifty years since the merger of the Unitarians and the Universalists.  Join thousands of UU's on this day for Association Sunday, a special service and collection that will celebrate the past fifty years of UUism and the future of our faith.  Proceeds from this year's Association Sunday special collection will go to ensuring that our faith thrives for generations to come.  Beginning in spring 2010, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) embarked on an in-depth strategic review of leadership and growth in order to develop an action plan to strengthen our community for future generations.
10:30 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Children's Chapel (balcony)
11:15 am Sunday School for Children & Youth
11:15 pm Adult RE Sixty for Six: "Articulating your UU Faith" (balcony)
12:30 – 2:00 pm Worship Associate Training-CANCELLED

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week

7:30 pm Executive Committee Meeting


5:00 pm Children's Choir

5:30 pm Dinner (Please RSVP to <> by noon on Monday)

6:15 pm Adult Choir

6:30 pm Painting Workshop

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

7:00 pm Small Group Facilitators meeting

7:30 pm Theoretical String Band


7:30 pm Buddhist Path (balcony)

Other items
Helpers for Sunday School Needed
We always have 2 adults in a room with children. We have a teacher who prepares the lesson, and a helper who is just there to provide support. Could you agree to just show up on a few Sundays and help our Children's program? Please sign-up with Michaela Rich or Diana Harwood.

WOW - Painting!
Do you like to paint? Or, have you always wanted to try it? Join us this Wednesday, October 6, from 6:30-8:00 pm, as local artist and UNI graduate Kristy Cutsforth will  be offering a painting class at the UU. The first class this week will be an opportunity to ask questions, talk about what you'll be painting and discuss logistics, cost for the course and supplies. No experience is necessary! Come express yourself with paint! Find out more about Kristy and her work at

"88 Notes" was created during August, 2010.  The sculpture evolved on its own, after the keys of our old moldy piano were bleached and left on the back porch to dry. It was obvious from the first time I saw them in numerical order, radiating solidly from the center, that this was a chalice in the making.  There was nothing else it could be.  Once the concept was there, I found that I couldn't stop looking at the form. It drew me in and wouldn't let go.  Now I'm sharing it with you.  Enjoy.  Moria Brown

Office Update
Office hours are Monday & Thursday mornings from 8:30 am to 12:30pm and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  I will be on vacation the week of October 11th.  Thanks!  Janet

Pastoral Update

Sunday night Esther took Mildred Pierce to Sartore with a broken wrist. She's had surgery, and as of yesterday she is now in room 461 in the Stanard Assisited Living Center, Western Home, 420 E. 11th St. Cedar Falls, Iowa.  Here phone number is 277-3675.  Her son Bob and wife Jo will be here until Saturday and daughter, Pat, will be coming Sunday or Monday. Please send her cards or call on her, if she knows you. This is a difficult time for her, as many of you know, she is over 100, and has been determined to remain in her own home.

As Eva is preparing to go on Sabbatical, you may be wondering where to send your messages and updates about our church members in need of love, prayers, light, support, etc. Please send them to Janet in the office by Thursday at noon, and she will include them in the Weekly Update that our Worship Associates will send out. <>

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