Friday, September 9, 2011

Weekly Update

Sunday 9/11/11
       Don't forget that this Sunday kicks off with a Pancake Breakfast    beginning at 8:00 am. I believe the cost is $4.00 per individual and $10 per family. That gets you all the pancakes you can eat, along with bacon, sausages, egg dishes and other buffet surprises.
If you have dietary restrictions that require a different pancake batter or oil to be used on the grill, please contact me before Saturday. If you supply me with your dietary alternative I will make your pancakes up first. You will need to bring your own batter to me by 7:45 am or leave it in the church refrigerator on Saturday. I will be at the church on Saturday night from 6:00 pm to 10 pm for UU card club so the church will be open for you to drop it off.  Mike Knapp Flap Jack Flipper Extraordinaire
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
   9:30 am Service “On Being a Rock:
Reconnecting to Our Creative, Compassionate Center
Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, we honor the powerful emotions of that moment and reflect on what those experiences offer us to shape our lives.  The stunned emotions that many of us felt on that day left us clarity of purpose that has drifted away in these past ten years.  Now is the time to utilize our moments together as a religious community to reconnect to that sense of creative, compassionate center that grounded us and held us firmly.  Join us as we begin exploring our annual spiritual theme on this Sunday. The TS Band will be leading us in some joyful singing.
10:30 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Children’s Chapel
11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth
   2:30 pm Sunday Afternoon small group

Children's Religious Education classes
Please plan on attending. Our teachers are all ready for another exciting year of sharing, learning and growing. What better gift can you give your child than to help them learn to express their values, to understand what it means to be a part of the voice of progressive religion.
Look for REGISTRATION PACKETS in the classrooms.

Rainbow Kids (K – 2nd grade): Kendra Wohlert & Stephen Hughes
3rd – 4th grades: Michaela Rich & Shanlee McNally
OWL Our Whole Lives (5 – 7th grades) Mary & Bryce Watson
Youth Group (8 – 12th grades): Kevin and Angie Stafsholt

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week
   7:15 pm Religious Services Committee
Wednesday   Calendar Deadline
5:00 pm Festival Sunday planning meeting
      5:15 pm Children’s Choir (new time!)
      5:30 pm Dinner
(our menu: Greek lemon soup and Greek salad bar, white beans, brown rice and fruit.
      6:15 pm Adult Choir
      7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
   7:30 pm Buddhist Path
Friday   Newsletter Deadline

Help Wanted: (keep checking, this changes!)
It takes each and everyone of us working together to create this community. Please say yes! If you aren’t sure, please contact Eva or the person listed for more information.

Childcare Coordinator . . . someone, or a small team of people to coordinate our childcare for Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings and special events. Getting time cards filled out and turned into the Treasurer. Working with the Personnel Com when more childcare workers are needed. Talk with John Miller.

Senior Pals . . . we have several members of our congregation who are not able to get out and about much any longer, and are rather lonely. Would you be willing to visit one of them and be a friend? Ask questions about their kids. Read a book together. Watch a movie. Look at old pictures? Bring them some cookies? I’d love to connect you with someone who could use a bit of connection in their lives. (Eva)

Marketing Team . . . in the past we have had a team to write press releases for our events, and think of other ways to get messages of our presence and events into the community. Sue Munnik has said she’d captain this team. Will you join her? (Eva or Mica Lorenz)

Adult Programs . . . join Lynn Brant and Heather Flory on a team of people to schedule events for the adults of the church this year. This includes working with the people already teaching classes and adding fun new things to our line-up. OR, if you want to offer something, let this team know.

Festival Sunday team members . . .  creative people to join the team that writes our dramas and plans other interactive worship experiences once a month. We will meet Wednesdays during Children’s Choir rehearsal (5 to 5:45pm). Contact Lara M-B with questions.

Worship Associates . . . help with set-up and running the Sunday services. There is training. Must attend the monthly Religious Services Council meeting (2nd Tuesdays at 7:15pm) Speak with Eva if you have questions.

Chalice Children Teachers . . . Our Sunday School class for children 3 years to Pre-K. This class is held during the service on all Sundays except Festival Sunday. This means you would only teach 3 Sundays a month and, ideally, there would be 2 teachers to share the job. Michaela Rich is the Children’s Sunday School captain.

Children’s Sunday School helpers . . . be a warm and supportive presence in one of our classrooms. No teaching or advanced prep required. (Michaela Rich)

Hospitality Teams  . . .  join one of the teams that provide coffee, snacks, ushers and other helpful and cheerful Sunday morning tasks! See Mica Lorenz for details.

Sound Team members  . . . work on the team that runs the sound system on Sunday mornings. Talk with Staci Chananie-Hill.

WOW Dinner Helpers . . . Set-up, cooking and clean-up help each Wednesday evening. Heather Flory is the captain of this group, and dinners are a lot of fun!

Cleaning . . . like every space, cleaning is necessary. We don’t have a custodian, so if you are willing to help, or assemble a team to help clean a certain space, let us know. Roger Hahn or John Miller

Garden Captain . . . Someone to organize the planning, planting, weeding and harvesting of our garden. It gives us lovely produce and raises funds for the church and the Foodbank. Volunteers need coordination! And currently, the garden needs someone to harvest on Sundays!

Contact  Rev. Eva or John Miller if you are willing to take on any of these tasks. If you are leading a team or committee that needs more help, let us know so that we can add to this list!  If you don’t know someone’s contact info--just reply to this email. Thanks!!

Church Announcements:
Please send any information for the Weekly Updates to or call 266-5640.

September newsletter:
Now available:
  • for downloading from the UUSBHC website

  • paper copies are available in the fellowship hall at church on Sunday.

Progressive Voices Concerts
An exciting and entertaining second season of Progressive Voices Concerts is arriving soon! The Progressive Voices Concert Series is hosted by First Unitarian Church of Des Moines. Our goal is to bring nationally and internationally-known performers to Central Iowa who can connect with a wide audience by presenting music that promotes compassion for and celebration of the universal human condition in all its forms and variations.

Community Announcements:

NE Iowa Food Bank Groundbreaking Saturday Sept 17 from 11am to 1pm . . .
a poster went out by email this week with all the details. Please print and post it somewhere fun!

Friends of Western Home Communities Annual Breakfast
Sept 10
th from 7:00 – 10:00 am at Windridge Retirement Community
5311 Hyacinth Dr, off South Main St.  Cost is $5.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a class designed to provide the family caregiver with the skills needed to take care of themselves. Six two-and-a-half hour class sessions held once a week are led by certified, experienced class leaders. Meetings are held each Thursday from 9:00 – 11:30 am from Sept 22 – October 27.  The cost is $10 and the meetings are held at Kimball Ridge Center – Room 1. For more information call Vicki Hyke at 319-272-2467 or email

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