The kids will be starting their “RE Fun Days!” this week . . . with wearing red and pink for Valentine’s Day. Join them if you’d like. We will begin the morning together, as we learn about the four kinds of love taught in Buddhism, called the Four Immeasurables. We’ve got skits, stories and songs . . . fun and learning for kids, grow-ups, and those still on the fence! Following that, instead of our normal “fellowship time/coffee hour” we will have brunch. And no, you don’t need to bring anything. Our Stewardship Chair, Shanlee McNally will make sure its all there for you to enjoy with your kids. So grab some food and settle into chairs so she can tell you a little bit about this year’s campaign!
Janet and I have been working with the Weekly Update format. Please let me know how its working for you. We are hoping its easier to read, and find what you are looking for.
See you in church!
This Sunday 2/12/12
8:30 am Band Rehearsal
9:00 am Children’s Choir Rehearsal
9:30 am Service: Festival Sunday “LOVE”
In this fun and festive celebration, we will explore some of the different kinds of love.
Stewardship Brunch following the service -
provided by the Stewardship Committee.
11:15 am Sunday School for Children & Youth (classrooms)--wear pink & red!
11:15 am Adult Religious Education ~ Immigration Stories, Part 2”
Facilitators: Sally Browne & Heather Flory
In keeping with this year’s UUA theme of Immigration Reform, the second Sunday of each month will be dedicated to immigration issues. Our focal point will be the UUA “common read” book, The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona Borderlands, plus updates on local immigration stories.
2012-2013 Stewardship Campaign:
The Joy of Giving
It is that time of year when we turn our attention to the Stewardship Campaign—the pledges that sustain our Unitarian Universalist Society. Stewardship is about taking care of something we value and enabling it to grow. When we become stewards, we take responsibility and contribute our time, talent, and treasure. During the next few weeks we have planned several opportunities for you to hear more about the campaign and how important your involvement is to our success. Please join us for the following:
Sunday, February 12th: Stewardship Kick-Off
Immediately following the Festival Sunday, we’ll have brunch in the Fellowship Hall. Eggs, baked goods, fruit, yogurt, and drinks will be provided. There will be no Children’s Chapel this day to enable families to eat together in fellowship. Stewardship materials will be distributed. Adult RE and Sunday School will be held as usual following the kick-off.
Calendar for this Coming Week
7:00 pm Religious Services Council meeting
Wednesday Calendar Deadline
11:00 am Friendship Village UU Ministry chapel service
5:00 pm Festival Sunday planning meeting
5:15 pm Children’s Choir
5:45 pm Dinner: Baked Potato Bar, beans, rice, salad & fruit
6:30 pm Adult Choir
7:30 pm Theoretical String Band
7:30 pm Buddhist Path
Friday Newsletter Deadline
7:00 – 9:00 pm Salsa Party
8:00 am – 2:00 pm Buddhist Path Retreat
6:30 pm Card Club
Happy belated Birthday to Carolyn Hildebrandt!
Happy Birthday today to Liz Hughes!
And happy upcoming birthday to Karen Impola!
(would someone like to be “in charge” of church birthdays . . . and get all the dates organized for us? Not everyone is on Facebook, where birthdays are easy!) But it is nice to get acknowledged.
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
The photo directories have arrived and will be available at the scrip table. One per family. We will be publishing a half sheet directory for folks that want an additional copy. Also, a PDF version will be available for your computer or portable device. Contact the office and we'll email it to you.
Death of Josseline discussion
The Cedar Falls Public Library still has 4 copies of The Death of Josseline reserved for UUs. You will need to ask for the book at the reference desk, and the library staff will take a few minutes to process the book so that it can be checked out on your card. Also copies of the book will be on sale during the coffee hour on Sunday. Contact Sally Browneif you have any questions.
To help the family with transportation, homework, English, or other needs, contact Heather Flory:firstname.lastname@example.org
We are making a needed appeal for people who would be interested in running the sound board once a month or so. A simple training is all that is required. Please contact Staci Chananie-Hill for more information if you are interested. (319) 427-0873 or email@example.com.
UU Garden Survey
The Green Living committee still welcomes your input on what you think the future of our vegetable garden should be. The Survey Monkey online form stopped functioning so if you haven't yet voted please fill out a paper form that is sitting next to the voting box in our coffee area. This box is along the north wall, near our cartridge recycling box. Those of you who successfully voted; thank you, and we still have those numbers.
12 Steps to Compassionate Living Books
We have one copy of this book left for sale--$14.
Music Rehearsals for Sunday
This Sunday is the LOVE service for all ages. We will feature the Children's Choir and the TSB. Rehearsals as follows:
8:30 TSB - "Choose Love", hymns ("Love Will Guide Us", "Come, Come, Whoever You Are")
9:00 Children's Choir - "Magic Penny"
Children’s Religious Education Notes
RE Fun Days!!!
THIS Sunday, February 12th will be the start of our monthly RE Fun Days! Please have your child dress in pink and red on the 12th. They are also encouraged to bring something they love to share with their classmates.
The kids can look forward to P.J Sunday in March and Book/Snack Sunday in April.
Family Movie Nights!
Please mark you calendars for first Family Movie Night on Friday, March 23rd. We will be showing a family friendly movie in the sanctuary and serving popcorn. This is a whole family event! (Movie name and exact time yet to be determined.)
Salsa, Chips and Salsa Party
Saturday, February 11, 7-9pm at the UUSBHC. Learn to dance salsa, drink some sangria, hang out with UUs, and support the church! It's not too late to buy this Treats & Talents auction item - donations can be made at the event. Suggested donation: $10 for sangria-drinkers and $5 for non-sangria-drinkers. No dance partner or dancing skills needed, and no need to RSVP. For questions, contact Heather Flory: firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Buddhist Path Meditation Retreat
On Saturday, February 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the Annual Buddhist Path Meditation Retreat will be held at the church. A retreat is a great time to reflect and quiet the mind. This half-day retreat will include periods of meditation, walking meditation and a dharma talk (teaching) from Martin Lahn of the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis. Refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public and there is no cost, though a free-will offering is appreciated. Please help us spread the word.
The 4th annual Darwin Week will take place from February 13th-17th, 2012 at the University of Northern Iowa. Hosted by theUNI Freethinkers and Inquirers, the week-long event will feature a series of presentations by faculty members from UNI as well as other invited speakers. Each day of Darwin Week will feature a theme around which the lectures will be focused, and each day will culminate with a keynote speaker. The themes include Skepticism (Monday), Sexuality (Tuesday), Diversity (Wednesday), and Origins (Thursday).
All events are free and open to the public and will take place in theMaucker Union in the center of the UNI campus in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Keynote Speakers for Darwin Week 2012:
Monday, February 13th - Dr. Joe Nickell, World renowned skeptical investigator of the paranormal
Tuesday, February 14th –Dr. Clint Kelly, Professor of Biology studying behavioural and evolutionary ecology at Iowa State University
Wednesday, February 15th - Jamila Bey, NPR Journalist and secular activist in the diverse atheist movement
Thursday, February 16th –Dr. Lawrence Krauss, Theoretical physicist and professor of physics at Arizona State University
The Congregation of The Unitarian Universalist Society of Iowa City requests the honor of your presence at the Installation of Rev. Steven Protzman as settled minister Sunday Feb 12, 2012 at 4 pm. UU Society of Iowa City 10 S Gilbert St.
•Sermon by the Rev Dr. Kendyl Gibbons, Senior Minister, First Unitarian Society Minneapolis, MN
•Reception to follow in Channing Hall at the church
•Rev. Eva will be attending to give a message on the meaning of Installation.
UNI Center for Energy & Environmental Education hosts:
Filmmaker Graham Meriwether
and a screening of his film American Meat.
7 PM, Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 at the Center for Energy & Environmental Education Auditorium on the UNI campus
Followed by conversations with filmmaker and audience members.
Free and open to the public.
Expert Panel Convenes for Discussion on Iowa Courts andMerit Selection Process
TheBlack Hawk – Bremer League of Women Voters is sponsoring a community conversation entitled, “Why Merit Selection of Judges is Good for Iowa”at 6:30 pm Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at AEA 267, 3712 Cedar Heights Drive.
Justice Bruce Zager of the Iowa Supreme Court will start the panel discussion with an introduction to the Iowa Courts: the different levels of courts, the kind of cases each handles and how they operate.
K. O. Myers, Director of Research and Programs with the American Judicature Society, will follow with an explanation of the history and function of the merit selection system in Iowa.
Scott Peters,Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa, will discuss the Varnum ruling and the 2010 retention election.
After these presentations, a Q&A session will follow.
The public is invited to join this community conversation exploring Iowa’s court systems as a potential model for other states.
For more information, call Michelle Temeyer at 235-7689 or Jeri Thornsberry at 235-0704. In Bremer County, contact Jackie Juhl at 319-352-5871 in Waverly.
Upcoming Canterbury Forum Program February 26th
On Sunday, February 26th, the Canterbury Forum will host "Torture: Ethics and Pragmatism", presented by Dr. Francis Degnin of UNI's Department of Philosophy and World Religions. Throughout the 20th century, torture was condemned as a barbaric war crime, and those individuals, organizations, and nations who inflicted it were condemned by world opinion and punished. But in the last decade, torture has made a comeback, and now not only is condoned but celebrated in some quarters, by people who pride themselves on their defense of strict moral values. Can torture ever be ethically justified? Can it be pragmatically justified? Where does it come from in the human psyche? There is no one better qualified than Dr. Degnin, an authority on ethics, to lead us in an exploration of these issues.
As always, the program will be presented in Will Hall at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2410 Melrose Drive in Cedar Falls, and will begin at or shortly after 7:00 PM. The doors will open at 6:30. The program is free and open to the public. I hope to see all of you there.