Friday, January 13, 2012

Weekly Update

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

January 13, 2012


Well, well . . . the snow is finally here. We've been wondering if it would ever come, with some mixture of longing for its beauty and dread of its labor-inducing shoveling, as well as slippery driving. Here is wishing you safety in all your travels that you must take, as well as chances to stay home warm and safe . . . and the wisdom to know when to do which!

We each are given so many chances each day to choose the patterns that shape our lives. As a creative being I urge you to examine your practices and rhythms for ways that maximize your joy and your effectiveness as a being of hope and justice on this mother earth.

Don't forget to bring your stories of being moved by injustice--in words or pictures to place on our Sanctuary wall this Sunday.
See you in church!

Mildred Pierce Memorial Service
We invite you to attend Mildred Pierce's Memorial Service on Sunday, Jan 15th at 11:15am. Please come with a story to share, and an open heart to listen to a life made rich with passion for our earth. If you know of anyone outside of the church who knew Mildred, please be sure to invite them.

This Sunday 1/15/12
8:30 am Music Rehearsal
9:30 am Service:  Festival Sunday: Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sharing stories, drama and song, we will explore the idea of injustice and how it shapes our lives, and the idea that "only those who know the true meaning of down can truly look up".  Children and adults are invited to share their stories of feeling injustice, in pictures and words on paper that we can post on the wall of the Sanctuary.  
10:45 am Fellowship Time
11:00 am Children's Chapel (balcony)
11:15 am Sunday School for Children & Youth (classrooms)
11:15 am Memorial Service for Mildred Pierce
2:30 pm Sunday Afternoon small group

Calendar Updates for this Coming Week
   4:30 – 7:00 pm Rental
   7:30 pm Board Meeting
Wednesday Calendar Deadline
11:00 am Friendship Village UU Ministry
   5:00 pm Festival Sunday planning meeting
   5:15 pm Children's Choir
   5:45 pm Dinner:  Indian main dish, plus beans, rice, salad & fruit     
6:30 pm Adult Choir
   7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
   7:30 pm Buddhist Path
Friday Newsletter  Deadline

Pastoral Update

Sending love and light to Deblyn's little friend:  Nakoa MoonHawk, October 5, 2008 - January 10, 2012. With healing thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Sending love and hope to anyone who is hurting. Please reach out and let us know. And 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

A Note from our President
Several people asked for the recipe for the bread we had for Anniversary Sunday last week.  Here tis

6 Cups flour
4 Tblsp sugar
1/2 pound butter
1 pint whole milk

Mix flour and sugar together.  Cut the cold butter into the mixture with a pastry cutter.
Add milk and mix until it comes together as a dough
Roll out in sheets approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
Cut into 1" strips
Prick strips with fork
Bake in 325 degree oven

Group Book Order:
Join us as we spend the some of January and February learning about what Karen Armstrong has to teach us about compassion. Her new book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, provides practical advice on compassionate living. We can place a group order from Amazon and save on shipping. Cost is $14. Please contact Janet in the office, email Eva or sign-up in the Fellowship Hall by January 15th.  (Some of you asked . . . yes, its available in Kindle format for only $9.99)

Death of Josseline books
The CF Library is receiving interlibrary loan copies of Death of Josseline. So far they have two available and will probably be getting another four. UUs with CF Library cards can check them out at the service desk.  

We also now have a congregational book table account at the UUA and 12 copies of the book have been ordered and should be delivered in one to two weeks. We will be eligible as a congregation for the 40 % discount, but the book will sell for the full amount of $15. Contact Sally Browne if you have any questions.

Guatemalan Family
Donations to help the Jimy Gomez family are still being accepted, and may be made payable to the UUSBHC with "u-visa" in the subject line. We are hoping to raise enough money to buy the family a washing machine!
For continued updates about Jimy Gomez and family, please visit:
or contact Heather Flory directly for questions:

Stay Informed/Keep Us Informed:

Please send your February Calendar Information to Janet by Wednesday Jan 18th.  Also, please send February Newsletter information to Gerry.  The newsletter deadline is Friday January 20th.

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

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

From our National Organization:
Unitarian Universalist Association
In honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, we highlight a wonderful collection of sixty-eight prayers written by King and published by the UUA's @Beacon Press publishing house. You'll find links to excerpted prayers on Beacon's website, We hope you'll enjoy this powerful recording of King reciting his prayer, "Thou, Dear God" on Beacons YouTube channel.
"Thou, Dear God" is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther King, Jr. Arranged thematically in six parts--with prayers for spiritual guidance, special occasions, times of adversity, times of trial, uncertain times, and social justice--Baptist minister and King scholar Lewis Baldwin introduces the book and each section with short essays.
Find out more here: "Thou, Dear God" is the first and only collection of sixty-eight prayers by Martin Luther Ki...

Community Announcements

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. ~ Living The Dream
Sunday, January 15, 2012     6 pm to 7:30 pm
First Church of the Nazarene    411 13th Avenue, Sterling
Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr at our community celebration: Living the Dream. The inspirational program includes singers, dancers, readings and speaker Belinda Sain-Cronin who will help us reflect on his life and inspire us to make his dream our reality. We will also honor a community member who exemplifies his message and lives his dream.
    Refreshments will be served.
For more information, call the YWCA at 815.625.0333.

Empowering Parents
The Empowering Parents program is a 6-week  program to give parents the group support they need to reach their parenting goals. It helps families improve their parenting skills using the Nurturing Program Curriculum. The program is taught in a group setting at Family & Children's Council. Issues covered in the curriculum include using effective discipline, understanding age appropriate behaviors, establishing family rules and stress management techniques.
Next Session: Tuesday January 31st at 5:30 - 7:30 pm (Every Tuesday for 6 weeks)
at the Family & Children's Council Office; 500 E 4th St (KWWL building - 4th floor) Room #409.  
All classes are free to participants and include a free meal!  
**Call 319-234-7600 ext 12 to reserve your spot!!!

Blue Zone Votes Needed:
The Greater Cedar Valley needs thousands of votes right now!
Your Blue Zone pledge improves The Cedar Valley's chance of being selected to become a Blue Zone Community and eligible to share $25 million for health and wellness projects in the Cedar Valley. This is a contest and lots of places in Iowa are competing and gathering pledges. If we don't get enough, we cannot win! We need thousands of people to do this and each person getting this needs to take the pledge for themselves, thenforward to family, friends, club friends and co-workers. We need people to be a part of it! Life will be better! It's an easy way to get resources in the community for real quality of health - the ultimate amenity!

The Cedar Valley's enthusiasm, shown by the number of residents that pledge to participate, will influence our chances for the $25 million!

With your pledge, it can be ours! Please complete the Blue Zone Personal Pledge toward living a longer, healthier and happier life. It only takes a minute and could change The Cedar Valley immeasurably!

What is a Blue Zone Project Community?

There are places in the world where people live healthy, happy lives well into their nineties or even 100s. Dubbed "Blue Zones" by National Geographic researcher Dan Buettner, these longevity hotspots share nine lifestyle habits - Power 9™ - responsible for their remarkable results.

About 75% of how long we live - and our chances of suffering from a heart attack, diabetes and certain cancers - is determined by our behaviors. By adopting Power 9™, we can transform our well-being and increase our longevity.

Blue Zone Project Scoreboard

Click here to see how our community compares to others in the state. We need to improve our score. Let this be a challenge to everyone! Please forward this email to  your family, friends and co-workers!

Contact Information

Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber
Sue Hansen
Admin. Mgr. Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber

City of Cedar Falls
Mayor Crews

City of Waterloo
Suzy Schares
Mayor Buck Clark's appointed chair
319-291-4522 #3008

Healthier Cedar Falls Task Force
MaraBeth Soneson, Co-Chair
Rev Eva Cameron
Unitarian Universalist Society of Black Hawk Co.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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