Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Weekly Update

Weekly Update 4/15/11

Hello! I’m am back from my sabbatical. I’ve seen some of you over the course of this last week’s events, and hope to see a lot more of you on Sunday. I hope you’ll come, because John Miller’s got a surprise for us!

It will take me a while to catch up on all your news. But feel free to schedule an appointment, coffee, tea, or a meal to get some one-on-one time if you’ve got a story you want me to know about. I do love knowing what’s going on with you, and understand that sometimes Sunday after church not the best time to do it.

What an amazing journey it is, to be gone for 6 months! Its such a joy to come back and see how healthy and strong and active the congregation is! Good work! Thank you for that gift of time. I know that many of you worked extra hard so that I could be away. I can’t begin to list all of you, but you know who you are . . . so please accept my deep appreciation. I hope you’ve all been enjoying being on the spiritual journey with me!

This coming week in the Christian calendar is Holy Week, and we do have a number of things scheduled. They all come with a UU twist, and so are friendly to anyone who is wanting to explore the meaning of this season . . . no matter where you are on your religious journey. Maundy Thursday is hosted by Russ Campbell, and each year he invites people to bring a favorite food to share . . . we sit together and share stories. Our Good Friday Service is always scheduled to be brief, so that you can just come on your lunch hour. Its meant to offer a place with those who are struggling with grief and sorrow to have a safe space to be held, in this ‘happy, happy time.’ And our Easter Service will celebrate the amazing beauty we can find only after we’ve experienced our world crumble. Our own Elise Hanson will be co-preaching with me . . . we’ve heard her sing, now we get to hear her find her voice! It promises to be a rich week.

This might be a good time to take a few of those little business cards with our UUSBHC information on them, and sprinkle them places you visit, or give them to friends you know are seeking for something a bit different. Holy week can be a difficult and even painful experience if you are feeling alone and outcast from your religious home. Let’s try and reach out.

See you in church!!

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week

8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Sunday Service: Palm Sunday
Rev. Eva Cameron preaching, Worship Associate Lisa Kratz. Join us as we celebrate this story of Jesus’ triumphal arrival into Jerusalem. Is there a message for us today in their ancient story? If you’ve left Christianity behind, feel more like a Humanist or an Atheist even, why should you care about this day, or some story that happened long, long ago? I’ve got some thoughts about what in the story for all of us today. We will share Communion together in remembrance of the story of the Last Supper and the children will participate in the annual parade of palms. Unfortunately, Staci Chenannie-Hill won’t be able to join us this week. BUT, John Miller will have a very FUN SURPRISE for the children (well, all of us!) Come to church a few minutes early if you can to enjoy it!

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: Discussion of Nuclear Power
•Budget & Bylaws Town Hall

7:30 pm Board Meeting
11:00 am Friendship Village UU Ministry
5:00 pm Children’s Choir
5:30 pm Dinner
(Please RSVP to administrator@uusbhc.org by noon on Monday)
6:15 pm Adult Choir
7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
6:00 pm Maundy Thursday Communal Dinner
7:30 pm Buddhist Path
12:00 pm Good Friday Chapel Service (45 min)

Other Items

Did you know that this year our Unitarian Universalist Association is celebrating its 50th Anniversary?
UUA 50th Anniversary Oral History Project

The 50th Anniversary Task Force of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is working to collect oral histories from our leaders of the past fifty years and from those who experienced the events surrounding the 1961 consolidation of the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America.
Were you involved in some way? Do you know someone who was? You can help us gather these memories! We are collecting both audio files and written transcripts.
Please see where you can see how to contribute and read interviews already collected:

Share and Reflect Your Thoughts on the UUA's Past, Present and Future
Also, the 50th anniversary of the UUA is a wonderful occasion to reflect about where we have been, where we stand now, and where we are going. What stories do you have to share from our past? What thoughts do you have about our present? What visions do you have for our future? Here’s a link where you can add your voice and vision:

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Islamic Community will have an open house at the new building at 2110 Sager Street, Waterloo, IA for our community and friends on Saturday May 7th from 12:00n-4:00p.m. There will be refreshments and two presentations at 1:00p.m. and 2:00p.m.
All are welcome. Best regards. Mohammed Fahmy

Not sure if you are supposed to write an Annual Report? They are due next week. IF you are a committee chair, team leader, or council chair, we’d like to hear from you about how things are going. Please send us an update to the church office. administrator@uusbhc.org

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

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