Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekly Update

5/14/11 Weekly Update
I'm writing you this a day later than usual. . . . Yesterday I got the news that my mother does indeed have breast cancer. I feel fairly confident that she'll be successful in battling the this disease. But yesterday emotions washed over me as I remembered all the details of my breast cancer diagnosis back in 2002. I needed some time to think about what I wanted to tell you. We don't know so much yet about what kind of treatment she will need, but I'll keep you posted if I find I need to go visit her. She lives in New Hampshire, so its not a quick trip to get there.

I had been planning to tell you this week about my lovely Mother's Day last Sunday. And I think I'll include that too . . . since our lives are an amazing mix of joy and sorrows. (And I have always felt it was good to seek and pay attention to all the is going well, when sorrows come my way.) So last Sunday I got to spend the afternoon out hiking in the sunshine with Chuck looking for mushrooms in the woods. We didn't find any mushrooms, but it was so lovely to be out doing something I love with someone I love on that day. In the evening I got a big hug from his daughter, who said she was really happy to have me as an extra mother in her life. This past year we have grown close, and its such a joy to have another young presence in my life. A few years ago, I thought my time with kids would only come if I happened to have grandchildren nearby. But we never really do know what our lives will bring. I'm really enjoying this journey!

See you in church!

Sunday 5/15/11
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Sunday Service: Music Sunday: "Music to Move the Soul" Rev. Eva Cameron, Tim Purdum & Worship Associate Maureen Murphy.
Music has an ability to reach out and touch us in ways that are simply amazing.  Join us for this celebration in music and words, as we honor the music and musicians that have nurtured us on our religious journey.  The Adult Choir, Children's Choir, Theoretical String Band, and guest musicians will be part of a service celebrating our diverse musical gifts and how they help us connect with each other, the world, and the sacred.  Be prepared to sing along on some great familiar hymns!
10:45 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: Ruth Ratliff will speak to us about the Episcopal Church.

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week
7:30 pm Board Meeting
Wednesday        Calendar Deadline
11:00 am Friendship Village UU Ministry
WOW is on summer recess.
No evening activities other than Theoretical String Band which will meet.
7:30 pm Buddhist Path
Friday           Newsletter Deadline
10:00 am – 10:00 pm Rental

What's that? I can't hear you...
The tech team who runs the sound board on Sunday mornings is looking for some willing volunteers to be trained for the job.  It's easy once you've been trained and we work on a flexible rotation so you don't have be there every week.  Training takes about an hour and after a short apprenticeship, you'll be making everyone in the service sound great!  Contact Neil Martinsen-Burrell (290-6134, if you're interested.

And while we are talking about volunteers . . . .
this is the time of year that some people choose to shift their energy in the work they do for our church community. Please let us know if you are planning on resigning from one committee, and also let us know what things you are thinking might be fun to do next year!

I am aware that we will need lots of help with both our Children's and Adults' Sunday School programs. Our volunteers this year worked extra hard and will need others to take a turn next year. We will need those who like to organize, and those who like to teach.
Our Caring Committee needs new leadership.
Our Festival Sundays team needs creative people to help plan those monthly services.
Our Choir needs more singers!
Sunday services need Worship Associates each week to help with the service. Would you like to work in helping to plan and conduct services?
This summer, musicians willing to help bring music to our Sundays, should contact Tim.
And our Garden always needs those willing to weed and harvest this time of year! And the grounds need weeding and tending.
Of course, any and all areas of the church life could use your loving energy. Both leadership and simple help are both welcome. And new ways of doing things are always possible! If you'd like to get involved, and aren't sure how . . . please contact Eva ( or 319-610-6605)

Volunteers Needed for Green: What Does it Mean?
Exploring Our Sustainable Community;

A science and environmental Field Day for Cedar Valley 9th Graders, May 24th at UNI.
Over 1000 9th graders from Cedar Falls and Waverly will be participating in a science/environmental field day at UNI on May 24th. This day will provide the students the opportunity to explore what it means to be "Green" in our society. They will attend interactive classroom presentations, visit an exhibit hall and hear a keynote address from Chad Pregracke founder of Living Lands and Waters (
Volunteers are needed in many capacities! If you are available on the 24th we would love to have you be a part of this event.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Michaela Rich (

Office Update
Please send your summer calendar dates to the office  The deadline is next Wednesday, May 18th.  This next newsletter covers both June and July so please send me those dates as well as sending your articles to Gerry  The Newsletter deadline is Friday May 20th.

Rev Eva Cameron
Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk Co.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail.

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