Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekly Update

Weekly Update of the
Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk County
319-266-5640  visit our website at
Rev. Eva Cameron 319-610-6605 (cell)
October 21, 2011

I have some fun news  . . .  and need some help. The Rev. Mark Kiyimba, who is a Unitarian minister from Uganda is coming to visit us next weekend, Oct 30th. As you may remember from earlier in the year, Uganda has been in the news because they were working to pass legislation to make homosexuality illegal. The Unitarians in Uganda have been, like you might expect, open and accepting.  Rev. Mark will be in Ames on the morning of the 30th, so he has arranged to come here on the evening of the 30th to speak to us. Imagine how fun it will be to learn about life in Uganda, and what churches are like there! As well as get the opportunity to learn about GLBT issues in another country. As well as hear about the school and orphanage they run.
Mark Oct 30th 7pm on your calendar!

Okay, so here's the help part:
1) Rev. Mark needs a place to stay for Sunday and Monday nights. He leaves Tuesday. Do you have a guest room?
2) We need to plan for meals while he is here. Would anyone like to have him over for lunch, dinner, or even take him out somewhere?
3) We need someone, or a team, to host a small reception for Sunday evening.
4) Help get the word out! Someone to make fliers, send press releases, and so on. I would like to invite the larger community to this event.
5) Monday he will need someone to show him around and take him anywhere he'd like to go. Patrick is working on possible speaking arrangements, and will handle Tuesday's appointments.
6) Finally, would any one be able to drive Mark to the Des Moines on Tuesday? He needs to be there by 3.00pm.

Please, please, please . . . say yes! I can't do this by myself--and I do think you'll have fun getting to know Rev. Mark. I enjoyed meeting him at our UU General Assembly last June.

PS-if you are the academic type, and have the ideal speaking place for him . . .  please let Patrick know, he is making those arrangements for us. <>

See you in church!

This Sunday: Oct 23rd
   8:30 am Music Rehearsal
   9:30 am Service: Reconnection part 5: Acts of Service
If you could change one thing to make the world a better place, what would it be?  What can you do to make a difference?  Reaching out to others in acts of service helps us to knit together the fragile fabric of humanity – bringing us all a bit closer together.
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Children's Chapel
11:15 am Sunday School for children & youth
11:15 am Congregational Meeting
(see church  WEBSITE for links to items to review prior to the meeting)

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week
   7:00 pm Committee on Ministry
      5:00 pm Festival Sunday planning meeting
      5:15 pm Children's Choir
      5:45 pm Dinner:  French
              Quiche, salad niçoise, beans, rice, salad & fruit.
      6:30 pm Adult Choir
      7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
   7:30 pm Buddhist Path

Pastoral Update

Some of you will remember Joan Ogden, who attended UUSBHC years ago with her mother Olive Holiday, and has attended our Friendship Village chapel services. Anyhow, Joan's husband Leo had to make a sudden trip to Mayo this week for kidney cancer surgery and other complications. If you know her, I'm certain she would appreciate some support. Her cell phone number is  319-883-1010.

Marilyn Desmond has an upcoming moving to a new home. John Miller was looking for volunteers to help move her things but she has decided to hire a mover. Thanks for those who agreed to help out!

Let's continue to keep Jim Paprocki  in our thoughts and prayers too, as he and his family face healthy problems.

Church Announcements:
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or call 266-5640.

Celebrate Halloween on October 30
Everyone is invited to the UU Halloween party on October 30th during RE time (11:15-12:15).
The Youth will have their annual haunted house upstairs and there will be games and treats in the fellowship hall!  Everyone is encouraged to join in - bring your costume!
Questions - ask a children's RE teacher or email Michaela Rich (

Community Announcements:

Wilson Lecture on Solar Energy
Professor Harry Gray from CalTech will be at UNI on Thursday, Oct. 27, to deliver the 2011 Wilson Lecture, "The Solar Army".  7:00 pm in Lantz Auditorium at McCollum Science Hall

Occupy Movement
Interested in the Occupy Movement, but not ready to take to the streets
(or feeling fit enough)?
Try Occupy Their Mailboxes <>
a letter writing campaign. Each week there will be another theme to write politicians about to improve the welfare of general population.

The Occupy Cedar Valley, located in Overman Park, is also happy to receive dinner or other meals. Please stop by and say 'hi' to them. Ask why they are protesting, if you don't understand this whole movement. To me, a lot of it is about 'waking up' and learning more about the state of our world.

Dinner is at 6pm, Soap Box is at 7pm each evening.
General Assembly is Sunday 5pm at the Wesley Foundation.

They plan to hold a candlelight vigil and show of solidarity for those who lost their job, or signed mortgages from banks that rooted for them to fail, next Friday Oct. 28 at the corner of Main and University.

A World of Great Tastes
Join the YWCA on Friday, November 4 at 6:30pm in the Slife Ballroom at The Commons on the University of Northern Iowa campus for our fall fundraising event, A World of Great Tastes, a delicious dinner featuring appetizers, entrees and desserts from cultures around the world. The dinner will showcase cuisine from England, France, Italy, Syria, Thailand, China, India, Austria, Turkey, Viet Nam and the United States

All proceeds from this fourth annual event, including a one of a kind live "needs" auction, stay locally to help support the YWCA of Black Hawk County's mission and programs meeting the needs of local women, children and their families.

Special Thank You to our event sponsors, KWWL and 93.5 the Mix, as well as Regions Bank and Regions Morgan Keegan Trust, Yantis and Associates Financial Advisors, Kennedy Insulation Systems and The Samuels Group.

Tickets may be reserved for $50 each or $375 for a table of eight by calling the YWCA office at 319-234-7589. Tickets must be purchased by October 20. For more information, please contact Marketing and Development Director, Tonya Ledvina.

The Cedar Valley Interfaith Council consists of leaders of many of our local places of worship and exists in order to build relationships and promote understanding among the wide variety of faith communities and religious traditions.  The Council is planning a series of events to help us learn about our neighbors whose religious beliefs and practices differ from our own.  The first such event will be a series of Open Houses at various worship sites in the Cedar Valley where host faith communities will offer visitors an overview of their history, beliefs and practices.

The first event will take place on Sunday, November 6, from 2 – 4 p.m. at Sons of Jacob Synagogue (411 East Mitchell Ave.) and St. Edward Catholic Church (1423 Kimball Ave.—corner of Kimball and Mitchell), both in Waterloo.  Members of those congregations will be present to welcome you to their respective houses of worship.  You will have the opportunity to visit both worship sites to learn about them during those two hours.  There is no cost and everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 7:30 P.M.
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, 1800 Bell Avenue
Tickets available in advance for $15 at , or $20 at the door.
More information at .

Welcome Baskets for the Neighborhood Hub
Don't forget this special collection of items for the Welcome Baskets during the month of October.
Laundry detergent
Household cleaners
Tooth brushes and tooth paste
Paper towels
Window cleaner
Dish washing detergent.
Bath soap
Toilet paper

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