Friday, December 2, 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)
December 2, 2011

I hope you will come and help us welcome Angie Stafsholt into her new role as our Acting Director of Children's Religious Education (DCRE for those of you who love Alphabet soup!) If you haven't been in a while . . . come and give her a warm welcome in our special Installation ceremony. (And bring your Youth--since she's got a special relationship with them. Tell them, yes I know that I am talking about 9:30 in the morning!)  We've got Alternative Activities back for our younger kids during the later half of the service. (so no more wiggling kids during the sermon). Speaking of the sermon, I'll be speaking a bit about the Advent season and what the Hindu trinity has taught me about this season. I know, its mixing up religions, but sometimes my mind works that way! I think you'll enjoy the message. And don't forget to bring a dish to share and a song in your heart  . . . . for our Annual Holiday party and variety show.
See you in church!

This Sunday: December 4th
       8:30 am Music Rehearsal
   9:30 am Service:  "Owning Our Power" Rev. Eva Cameron,
There will be a short ceremony to install our new DCRE, Angie Stafsholt. We will continue with the theme on the Power of Creation, as we learn ways that our own power as a creative force in the universe is seen and felt.
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Children's Chapel
11:15 am Sunday School for Children & Youth (classrooms)
11:15 am Adult Religious Education "Chalica"
11:15 am UU Informational meeting (Eva's office)
12:30 pm Winter Potluck
   1:30 pm Holiday Cheer and Holiday Sounds Variety Show
Once again the Music Committee is putting on a Winter Potluck and Variety Show after church this Sunday. Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 1:30 p.m.  A freewill donation will be taken at the door to support the church. Bring your friends! Be sure to stay for the final closing sing-along of holiday favorites.

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week
         7:00 pm Green Living
Wednesday *WOW!*Workshops on Wednesdays
      5:00 pm Festival Sunday planning meeting
      5:15 pm Children's Choir
      5:45 pm Dinner:  Comfort Food – Chicken Noodle Soup, Veggie (bean soup), beans, rice, salad & fruit.
      6:30 pm Adult Choir
      7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
      7:30 pm Buddhist Path

Pastoral Update
We are saddened to report that Dorothy "Dottie" Forsberg has entered Hospice at this time. She remains at Friendship Village's Lakeview Landing currently. I'm sure she and Gordon would appreciate visits from friends, as well as notes with stories of good memories. (see address below)

Dick Shane - will be 100 on December 17th !!!
We will host a birthday party for him during the lunch hour of Friendship Village Chapel service at Lakeview Lodge on Dec 21. Chapel at 11am, lunch at 12noon. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Brian Forster, 291-8427.
Dick is having difficulty hearing, but his mind is sharp. We encourage you to send notes in big, bold print to him--tell him a story, or share your thoughts about things that are going on. He would love hearing from you, even if he doesn't know you!

Lakeview Landing
332 Southbrooke, Apt. 1010
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

Do, please, let me know of any other pastoral updates to include from week to week. People want to know, and send you love, prayers or bring you a pot of soup!  ~Eva

Church Announcements

The Mitten Tree
The Social Action Committee and the children of our church have partnered up to gather mittens, hats and scarfs for the children of Khasi Hills. Please take an ornament off of the tree and return with a new hat, scarf or mittens for a youth or child and place your item under the tree. At the end of the holiday season, we will package up our gifts, along with messages from the children, and send it off to the Khasi Hills so our friends there can keep warm in their cooler months. Help us fill the bottom of our tree with colorful cold weather items!

Alternative Activities is starting up again--please spread the word. After hearing from parents about how difficult it is to attend to a sermon and their wiggly child(ren)---we have made arrangements for there to be a room for children up to 9 years of age to leave to go to alternative activities after the Blessing Song. Pre-K children will still go the the nursery. We have hired a couple of childcare workers to supervise them and come up with fun activities for them to do. So, if you haven't been coming because its just been to hard--or you've wanted to bring a family to join you, but thought that having kids there through the service would be too hard, then please give us a try now. Cindy Hahn is our Childcare Coordinator, so please talk with her if you have questions, comments, or suggestions.

Looking for a gift for that hard to please someone on your list? Gift cards make great gifts and are available in many denominations. Come see what's new at the scrip table during coffee hour on Sunday mornings, or contact scrip coordinator, Shanlee McNally, or 296-2780.

Stay Informed/Keep Us Informed:
Please send any information for the Weekly Updates to or call 266-5640.

The December newsletter is available as follows:
  • paper copies are available in the fellowship hall at church.

Community Announcements:

The Reckoning: the Battle for the International Criminal Court
Free screenings in honor of International Human Rights Day.
Monday, Dec. 5th 7:00 pm  Jubilee UMC Resource Center, 1621 East 4th St., Waterloo
Wednesday, Dec 7th 7:00 pm  Curris Business Building, Room 229, UNI
Monday, Dec 12th 6:30 pm  Cedar Falls Public Library, 524 Main St, Cedar Falls

Walk the Labyrinth
Labyrinths represent a sacred journey, a time to go inward, to move away from everyday life, into our inner life.  Come rediscover this ancient tool of contemplative prayer.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2410 Melrose Dr, Cedar Falls (off Waterloo Road, across from Earle May Nursery)  Thursday, Dec 8th  5 - 7 pm; Friday, Dec 9th and Saturday, Dec 10th  10:00 am - noon.

The Waterloo Commission on Human Rights presents:"Coming Together to Stop Violence" Friday, December 9th, 9:00 am - noon at Neighborhood Hub, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 805 Adams St Waterloo.  For more information or to register call Waterloo Commission on Human Rights at 319-291-4441.

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