Reverend Elizabeth Greene is on Sabbatical until the fall. She will return to the office August 1 and to the pulpit Sunday, September 7.
Here she shares deep thoughts with the sabbatical friend she created with husband Bob.
Em-bracing the Journey
Emmie Schlobohm, Board President
I am constantly struck by the depth of commitment and devotion to our community shown by the members and friends of our congregation. We are blessed by so much passion, creativity and willingness to act on our beliefs. During this last month, I have witnessed and participated in several examples of this, including the Iraq Symposium, the special congregational meeting that resulted in our resolution (soon to be widely distributed), planning meetings for our upcoming pledge campaign and overall stewardship, and strategic planning work sessions. Committee meetings and BUUF events and gatherings are open to all and I sincerely hope you take the opportunity to participate in as many working parts of our phenomenal process as you can.
There are so many opportunities for jumping in and sharing your gifts, wisdom, and insight! How about helping the Sunday Services Committee with some of the good works that happen every Sunday morning? They could really use some extra help in the coming months. Or... Come join with us in conversation and collaboration at the next Dialogue with the Board on Sunday, March 16th. Just around the corner, we've got the Earth Day Volunteer Fair and Festivities, a slew of excellent adult RE workshops, ongoing faith in action and social advocacy activities, continuing strategic planning work sessions, and our Annual Congregational Meeting that will be happening in May.
There's excitement building and great things happening. I am profoundly energized and fired up! Let's grow together in joy and community on this wondrous journey.
UUSC Justice Sunday - The Cost of Iraq: Who Pays the Price?
Our congregation will join other congregations across the country to celebrate the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee's, (UUSC) Justice Sunday on March 30th . "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death," proclaimed Dr. Martin Luther King.
This year's Justice Sunday will empower congregants to become active participants in our nation's democracy while honoring Dr. King's dream on the 40th anniversary of his assassination. The war in Iraq has drained this nation's resources creating a humanitarian crisis in Iraq. Meanwhile a multitude of needs at home remain unmet. The UUSC's Justice Sunday will help us understand who is paying the price of the Iraq War.
Living Our UU Principles
Karen Raese, Co-Director of Religious Exploration
Our children light the chalice in their classrooms each week to the following words: This is the church of the open mind, the loving heart, the helping hands. Together we care for the Earth and work for peace and friendship in the world. These words are loosely based on our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. If you are interested, a more complete listing of the principles—both children's and adult's versions - is available on the UUA website.
As a parent, these are the kinds of ideals I wanted to share with my children. As a UU religious educator, I want these very principles to form the basis of our classroom lessons and activities. As I reflect upon the past month's activities in the elementary classrooms I see these principles being promoted and modeled at BUUF in many ways.
Three classrooms learned about and enjoyed Chinese New Year celebrations, complete with parading a dragon through the coffee hour. Most classes had a lesson or two dealing with hunger, for which our hard working Social Action committee provided major support. Some children have been involved in sorting food at the Idaho Food Bank and many more were involved in the BUUF food drive. The 9:00 third and fourth grade class created and sold tie die bags earlier this year and was able to present a check to the Pajama Project of Idaho and Sanctuary, the interfaith homeless shelter. This month during Children's Worship the children created a stunning wreath from origami peace cranes. This wreath was then donated to the BUUF auction.
And the list goes on. There are so many ways to live our Unitarian Universalist principles.
Breakfast with Robert Fulghum
All are invited, especially families with children, to a special brunch on March 2 before the 10:00 service. A continental breakfast will be offered between 8:45-9:30 in the north wing RE classrooms. The Rev. Robert Fulghum will be our guest. Rev. Fulghum, an extraordinary UU minister, author and public speaker is our guest minister on March 2. Many people know him as the author of the best-seller All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. He promises an entertaining and fun time for participants, regardless of age. Come and join us for a unique and memorable morning.
Mirror, Mirror—A special stewardship project for children
Karen Raese, Co-Director of Religous Exploration
This spring, RE children will have the opportunity to participate in the BUUF Mirror, Mirror stewardship project. On Sunday, April 6 and 13, special framed wooden mirrors will be provided at no cost for "check out."
When a mirror is "checked out", families agree to return a decorated mirror to the DREs by April 27. The wooden frame may be decorated in any manner by the child or youth. Some examples and suggestions will be provided at check out. Mirrors will be offered for sale on Sunday, April 6. Proceeds from this stewardship project will go to a cause selected by the children. Mark your calendar to pick up your mirror and happy decorating!
RE Snack Round Up
The elementary RE Program requests that BUUF members and friends help fill our snack basket for the second half of our RE year. We specifically need:
- Fig Newtons (any flavor),
- Goldfish crackers and
- small boxes of raisins
in the wicker basket in the North Hallway. The children thank you!
Throw Open the Doors and Let's Go Outside!
Cathy Carmen, Co Director of Religious Education
As our snowy winter gradually thaws to spring, we all want to be outside in the warming sunshine, to play on the grounds and go...exploring! The Religious Exploration staff would like to invite children, youth and their parents/guardians who go outside to experience it together. If your child(ren) would like to go outside anytime when not in class, we kindly request that an adult "go with" to provide supervision. While there are many wonderful places to play (the playhouse, the Little Bridge, the Cottonwood grove, etc.) there are also potential hazards that may require some oversight in navigating. You might even find yourself drawn into a game of hide and seek or protecting a dinosaur egg in its nest... So, throw open the doors, grab your coffee, let's go outside and let's do it together!
Easter Egg Hunt
Hop on over to the annual Easter Egg Hunt. This 30 second event is sponsored by the Children's Religious Exploration committee and will take place on Easter Sunday, March 23rd in the courtyard and beyond after each service. Once again we will give books to the children for their efforts in finding strategically placed eggs. Please consider donating new or gently used books that fall into the categories of springtime, Easter or Earth day celebrations. Baskets will be located in the vestibules to gather the books. Simple board books for our youngest UU's to chapter books for the 5/6 graders are welcome and appreciated! If you would like to help with this fun celebration please call Amber Stigile at 921-0457. On your mark, get set, go!
Did you know...
that Elizabeth's previous sabbatical leave was from March 1 to August 15, 1995? We met at 5008 Pierce Park Lane and held one service each Sunday in all seasons. Our speakers were guests from the community and lay leaders from our own membership.
Sunday service programs were printed on single-folded paper, with order of
service on one page and notice of coming events on the other. Our BUUF
Covenant was printed on the back cover, worded exactly as it is now. The
programs are stored in the bottom drawer of the chest of drawers in the
library between the books and the southwest window. You are welcome to
browse; please leave everything in the order you found it.
Senior High Bridging
Cathy Carmen, Co-DRE
One of our Unitarian Universalist rites of passage that we offer our older youth is Bridging. This ceremony honors and celebrates our graduating Sr. High youth as they move from adolescence to young adulthood. For our Fellowship, we will have the Bridging ceremony on Sunday, April 27, with our visiting minister, Margaret Kiep. Jeff Liebmann, a UU youth advisor and aspiring minister, describes the Bridging ceremony thus:
"The Bridging Ceremony celebrates the transition of our youth from their high school experience into young adulthood. It is a time of tremendous change—and stress—for our youth. It is a time when many of them will leave our particular church community to travel to other cities, into higher education, into careers, and possibly into new families.
The Bridging Ceremony is a rite of passage that welcomes these bright and energetic people into the rewards and responsibilities of adult life. The bridge has two sides. One is childhood and adolescence, where they have become leaders and role models for their younger friends and acquaintances. The other side is a scary and vast frontier of the unknown, full of boundless opportunities and new challenges. We, the adult members of this church community, also stand on the other side. We stand on the other side with our arms open to welcome them, our minds prepared to mentor and learn from them, and our hearts prepared to share life together with them."
The RE Program invites any and all graduating Senior high youth who are interested in taking part, who have not already been contacted, to speak to Cathy Carmen. She can be reached at 658-1710 and/or .
Special Congregational Meeting a Success
A special congregational meeting on January 27 considered and passed a resolution on the Iraqi War. Resolutions were carefully prepared in writing before the meeting with amendments accepted from the floor, and those present deserve our appreciation for their passion and gracious debate during the proceedings.
Emmie Schlobohm, BUUF Board President, welcomed everyone to the meeting, established a quorum, and then turned the meeting over to Loren Bergeson to serve as chair and parliamentarian. Elton Hall took extensive notes of the meeting to preserve as an historical document. Loren explained the parliamentary rules for the meeting, and immediately asked for a supermajority for any votes taken, and a supermajority of 80% vote of those present was approved. During the two hour discussion, both a much discussed and amended motion and a rationale for the motion were approved by 96% of those present.
Thanks to Loren's superb work as chair and parliamentarian, Emmie's good spirits as president, and the civility of members, the meeting ran smoothly, was open to all who wished to contribute, and resulted in overwhelming approval of the following motion:
The Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boise, Idaho respectfully calls upon the leaders of the United States government to take action in regard to the American military presence in Iraq:
- That all combat troops sponsored by the United States of America be withdrawn from within the borders of Iraq immediately while ensuring their own safety and the safety of essential embassy and civilian personnel who may remain;
- We call upon the Congress of the United States to exercise immediately its Constitutional power to withdraw support for the continued military occupation of Iraq;
- We call upon the people of the United States of America to provide assistance to the people of Iraq in rebuilding their infrastructure and public institutions.
- The credible evidence is that the primary cause of terrorist activities by extremist forces from both within and without Iraq is the presence of the American occupation.
- The credible evidence establishes that there is no military solution to the violence in Iraq, and until and unless the responsibility for security is placed upon the Iraqi government, people, and institutions, the violence will not cease.
- Historically, there is considerable precedence for the fact that Sunnis, Shiites, and Kurds can accommodate and live in peace when outside influences are not providing an excuse for terrorist activities.
- The United States cannot and should not be the international police in a situation where our presence is not welcome and where, absent American presence, the United Nations, should be, and likely would be, assuming that responsibility.
- The guarantee of oil supplies is not a viable justification for military action. Rather, the United States must take major steps to reduce its demand for oil and must satisfy its needs through normal international trade. Resolution and Rational passed by standing vote exceeding the requirement of 80% of those present.
Passed by counted vote; 48 in favor, 2 opposed.
The congregation also instructed the Board to approve the minutes of this meeting and to disseminate the motion as it thought best.
BUUF Works! Stewardship Campaign
BUUF Works!, this year's operating budget campaign, includes a new component: house parties throughout March and April. These are small, casual events in the homes of BUUF members and friends where we will share how BUUF enriches our lives, discuss the congregation's new strategic plan, and get to know one another better.
At this writing, we still have a variety of dates and times available, and we will find more hosts if necessary. If you are interested, please look for sign-up charts in the north vestibule. Those who indicate interest will receive an invitation with the details.
The stewardship committee also is distributing pledge packets beginning Sunday, March 2. The church depends almost entirely on your pledges for the operating budget that supports our many programs. Please consider that your tax-deductible donation to BUUF is one of the best investments you can make. The Giving Guide in the pledge packets will help you determine an appropriate annual gift based on your adjusted gross income and your commitment to making generosity a core part of your spiritual practice.
We also recognize that sometimes financial circumstances make it a hardship to give even a small amount. If you are behind in meeting previous pledges or feel you cannot give at all this year or for some other reason cannot get your pledge in by the end of March, please contact Betsy Dunklin, chair of the stewardship committee, or the BUUF office, for a confidential conversation. We will remove you from the list for reminder calls and work with you to find another way or time for you to contribute. We only make reminder calls to those from whom we have heard nothing.
Be sure to save the evening of April 26 for a fun family social event to conclude the campaign and celebrate what our generous congregation can achieve.
The Interior's Committee is listening. We have heard some comments about the chancel area that we think need addressing. So what is the chancel area? It is the area where the minister or others conduct the service. So for us, it would be the east facing wall of the Fellowship hall and the area where the platform rests. Some folks are saying the chancel area has too many inadvertent crosses present. Some say not enough Unitarian symbols are present. These and other comments beg the questions: what do we want from our chancel area? What ambiance are we trying to create for our worship space that also doubles as our social space?
We want to hear from more of you! Have an idea, or a vision or just thoughts/concerns?
Bring them to the open forum that Interiors is hosting on Sunday April 6th. We will get started at noon. Grab some potluck and join us in the Peter Raible (5th/6th grade) Room to discuss what our chancel area could look like.
If you can't make the meeting, we would still love to hear your thoughts. Email them to Erin at .
"Singing is good for my soul." – survey respondent
Wouldn't You Feel Better Singing?
Tom von Alten
Would you like to meet new people, feel more positive, more alert, improve your control of your breathing, be spiritually uplifted? Don't take it from me, take it from the Centre for Health Education and Research at the Canterbury Christ Church University College. Choral singing makes it happen, and you're invited to share our inspiration: we meet for weekly rehearsals Wednesday evenings, 7:15, and sing on Sunday once a month. Contact Music Committee chair Tom von Alten ( , 378- 1217) or Choir Director Carrie Bastian ( ) for more information, or come join us on a Wednesday. (Except not Wednesday, March 26; we're taking Spring Break.)
Dialogue with the Board
You are invited to the March Dialogue with the Board on Sunday, March 16th, after each Service. We will discuss the BUUF Logo as well as other topics. Bring your thoughts, concerns, and questions and join this lively discussion. Location: After 1st service meet in the 3rd/4th grade classroom; and after the 2nd service meet in the Senior High classroom.
Sunday Services Committee needs your help
Attention. All hands on deck. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sunday Services Committee finds itself understaffed during this critical Sabbatical time. The Sunday Services team is comprised of gallant, loyal and hardworking volunteers who bring you the wonderful services we have here at BUUF each Sunday. Unfortunately, three of our members are unable to participate fully for several months, and there just aren't enough of us! So, if you have an interest in helping out and saving the day, please contact David Ward at 939-2601 or . Any former committee members willing to lend a hand during an upcoming service during Sabbatical would be greatly appreciated. Please come to our next meeting on March 13 to learn more. The Sunday Services Committee meets the second Thursday of each month from 7-9pm. in the BUUF library.
Partner Church News
There are many ways to learn about the partner church relationship between BUUF and our Transylvanian Partners in Meszko. In March there will be 3 adult RE classes, an Hungarian art class, and an Hungarian cooking class. There will also be a performance of "Letters from Christine" by Deb Smith on March 15th. Come to one, come to all! You can also find out more on the Mészkõ church blog, with lots of information and pictures. There is still room available on the Pilgrimage trip as well; see the next article. Or attend a Partner Church Meeting the second Tuesday of every month at 4:30. We are all part of this wonderful partnership!
Travel to Mészkõ our Partner Church
Scholarships; We have scholarships! Members of BUUF will be traveling to Transylvania on May 30—June 7th. You are welcome to join us. Please see the BUUF website: www.boiseuu.org for the itinerary. This will be an exciting life changing trip! Scholarship money is being raised through merchandise sales in the book nook. The scholarships will be for youth travelers and first time travelers who need financial assistance. This will be a wonderful adventure please join us! For information contact Miriam Woito at 890-6074 or .
We have several new books about the research and conclusions of The Jesus Seminar and some related volumes now on our shelves. Steve Scanlin spoke about the work of the Seminar recently in our pulpit. Look for them in the Christianity (red dot) section. In March, Robert Fulghum will be a guest in our pulpit. He is a renowned author as well as a minister, and we have several of his books on our shelves. Look for them in the UU Authors (pink dot) section. March is Women's History Month and a good time to read more about the following list of Unitarian Universalist women who made a difference in the world as ministers, leaders, authors, poets, and activists: Susan B. Anthony, Eliza Jane Reed Sunderland, Ann Laetitia Aiken Barbauld, Celia Parker Woolley, Sallie Ellis, Margaret Barr, Caroline Julia Bartlett Crane, Viola Gregg Liuzzo, and Dorothy Tilden Spoerl.
Social Action Happenings
Have you considered joining the Social Action Team but never followed through? We meet the first Sunday of the month at 8:30 AM in the library. We need your ideas and your energy.
BUUF has funds for a Habitat for Humanity build. We will help build a house for a deserving family when the leader steps forward and organizes our BUUF team. Please see Rick if you might be that person.
Everyone who buys groceries pays sales tax on them. However, Idaho residents don't qualify for the grocery tax credit unless they make more than the minimum required for filing state income taxes. So far this session, the legislature has failed to come up with a solution to this injustice.
Thanks for your contributions to the Idaho Foodbank during February! Two teams prepared groceries by delivery for the Foodbank. We also contributed a significant amount of groceries through our food drive and will also be making a cash donation.
There are fun opportunities to learn and participate in social justice/environmental projects on two Saturdays in March. On March 15, we will be participating in a Fish and Game project to plant bitter brush and March 29 there will be a seminar regarding the issues faced by refugees settling in Boise and how BUUF can help. Details can be found in the Adult Religious Education spring bulletin available at the Information Center in the north vestibule.
Boise's Refugees: Social Justice Plate Offering and Seminar
Every afternoon Feda Dad Muhammed, a young refugee from Afghanistan, peddles his bicycle to the Boise Airport where he works as a cook. After his shift ends at 10pm, he peddles home, over two miles away. It may be freezing, but Feda doesn't mind. He's simply happy to be working.
Feda is the sole breadwinner for his mother and school-aged siblings. He'd like to further his own education and is inspired by the many stories that circulate throughout the refugee community of the possibilities of attending Boise State University. But college is a dream that must wait. For now, Feda works overtime to help ease the financial needs of his family.
Feda's story is one among thousands in Boise. Our city has become a major resettlement destination for refugees displaced by wars and political unrest, ethnic and religious oppression, and economic or environmental collapse. In the past year, 700 refugees have arrived, swelling the overall number in the Treasure Valley to over 4,000. Recent arrivals include refugees from Burundi, Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Burma.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC), one of three agencies providing services for refugee resettlement in Boise, will receive BUUF's social justice plate offering for March. IRC assists with housing, employment, English language study, health services, school placement and youth programs, pregnancy and childcare, and other activities that help refugees rebuild their lives in our community.
Complementing our donation to IRC, the Social Action and Adult Education Committees will cosponsor a seminar on "Boise's Refugees" on Saturday, March 29. The seminar will feature a panel of speakers who work with refugees on a daily basis. There will be time for Q&A and discussion centering on opportunities for volunteerism and social action. Contact Mike Philley (378-1714, ) if you are interested in attending.
The Idaho Food Bank could use some help serving lunches to children during spring break (March 24- 28) at the Boys and Girls' Clubs of Nampa and Garden City. Volunteers, who would work from 10:30 until 1:30, might commit to one or more days. To sign up, please call Cindy Fenn at 336-9643.
BUUF ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Earth Day and Volunteer Fair
Celebrate Spring at the Earth Day and Volunteer Fair
BUUF Committees, Chalice Circles, and Groups are invited to sign up for a table to showcase current activities and future volunteer needs after both services on Sunday, April 20th, at the Spring Earth Day and Volunteer Fair which will be held outside as the weather permits. RE Classes are invited to reserve a table and showcase a fun or special Earth Day exhibit or activity.
For questions or assistance with ideas, please contact Sue (below). This FUN event is hosted by the Leadership Council and the Green Sanctuary Committee. A few strong people are needed to help set up tables at 8:30am. Reserve a table, indicate your interest in participating, or offer to help set up by contacting Sue Philley (340-9450 or ) or Wanda Jennings 208-362-7563 .
Come to Our Anniversary Dance
Let's dance to celebrate
Let's dance to have some fun,
Let it be a dance we do,
Come on, the music's just begun.
It's time for an anniversary dance
To celebrate anniversaries, one and all,
Request your songs from our DJ,
Come on, we'll have a ball.
You say that you can't dance?
You don't have a partner or two?
Come socialize with your BUUF friends,
It's party time, come, come, please do!
What? A Dance at BUUF
When? Saturday, March 8 at 7:00
Admission Fee: A donation to BUUF
Wear? Your finest or come casual
Sponsored: By Bryan and Wanda Jennings
Why: They are celebrating their 40 anniversary!
Chalice Circles--The Cool Group
The Cool Group Chalice Circle has been meeting for three months now with the focus of bringing spirituality into our everyday lives. We chose our name, The Cool Group, because at our first meeting we had such a great time, such a connection among all of us, that we couldn't help saying 'cool!' about everything we talked about. So The Cool Group we are!
We found we're all looking for more spirituality, and we're asking the question, how can I become more spiritual? We identify public and private rituals, and talk about what they mean to us. We're looking for meaning and patterns.
We bring sacred items for our altar, and we have a collage of meaningful images. Many of us are starting synchronicity journals. We also do our WOW words at each meeting - we have thoughtful words from our Singing the Living Tradition hymnal, and we each randomly choose a word and talk about it with the group. We find we're naturally developing our own rituals for opening and closing and everything in between. We're also planning to visit other churches in the area to learn about their rituals.
The Cool Group meets the second and fourth Sundays of every month at 1:00 in the Library and welcomes new members. Contact Debbie Espen at or Carol Wechselberger at for more information ... or catch us at church. Please join us!
Phoenix Rising Chalice Circle
Sally Suter, NP-C, ND, a facilitator of Idaho- Arthritis in Motion (I-AIM) will have a free presentation on Arthritis, 1pm, Sunday March 16 for the Phoenix Rising Chalice Circle. Sally will provide information on Arthritis (what is it, who does it affect). Following there will be a workshop on Arthritis self-management techniques to allow you to live the life you want to live. For additional information call 208-695-7912 or email .
The second Phoenix Rising newsletter will be out the first Sunday in March. Find out some interesting facts and some information about Phoenix Rising. Get the newsletter and previous releases at the information center in the North vestibule.
Many humans, many doors
BUUF Humanists' February discussion of the nature of evil brought in breezy thoughts, memories of past (human-caused) storms, and several fresh insights. Several of us took notes, nodded sagely-- all of us walked out (the same door) without committing to a new definition of our word of the month. Another enjoyable morning.
March 9 at our usual time and place (3/4th grade room, north wing, 11am) we will consider lesser evils, or more personal ones, namely our sins, or whatever we choose to call them. Mistakes? Missteps? If you have a personal code that draws a line that you wish not to cross, where does it come from, and has it been subject to revision over the years?
Join our lively discussion: no pledge, promise, prayer or baptism by fire or water required. We will encourage your airy notions. For more information contact Jeanette, or Rick .
Join the Other Bookclub to discuss some great books
This month we meet on March 9 at 7pm at Eric Wallace's house, 1387 E. Monterey Drive to discuss Midwives, by Chris Bohjalian. For directions or questions, you can reach Eric at 433-0706 or .
Next month features a combined meeting with the Classics Book Club on April 13 at 7pm in the Library at BUUF, when we'll discuss Willa Cather's My Antonia. This is the selection for this year's city-wide Big Read, so look for events around Boise in March and April on this classic novel. Check the Idaho Statesman or the Cabin website for event listings.
Tom von Alten
Jeanette Ross brings a view of the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston to us on March 13. The anthropological research behind Hurston's four novels and two books of folklore, and her artistry provide a window into the oral African American tradition. On March 27, Joanna Kirkpatrick brings photos and stories of good food, outrageous traffic, crouching tigers, booming economies and an elephant ride; her trip to Vietnam and Laos earlier this year.
The Senior Sages meet at 9:30 on the second and fourth Thursday mornings of the month, at the Kopper Kitchen (2661 Airport Way) for a no-host breakfast, and eclectic discussion on history, travel, politics, religion, you-name-it. All are welcome, no reservations required. Call Tom von Alten, 378-1217, for more information, or to be added to our email or telephone reminder list. Join us!
Auction Thank You
First of all a HUGE, GIGANTIC, "ThankYou" to all the volunteers who worked on our February 9th auction--An Evening in Casablanca. The volunteers were diligent, the food was fabulous, the decorations were outstanding, the entertainment was wonderful, the photo spot was fun, the donations were great and the auction check in and out processes went smoothly. Pat yourself on the back if you had anything to do with this excellent fundraiser.
This, our biggest fundraiser, grossed about $13,000. Thanks too, to all the bidders. Twenty-one community businesses and 39 BUUF members and friends donated to the auction.
New Dishwasher on the Way
The special appeal at the auction raised $6,000 (!) for a new dishwasher. Another huge "Thank-you" to all who contributed. The fundraising committee will be researching commercial dishwashers, as well as plumbers and electricians for a proper installation.
"Rent-a-Space" Parking Lot Sale, Saturday May 3
Start saving up your "reusables" for our first annual "Rent-A-Space" parking lot sale--Saturday May 3 from 9 am to 1pm. You (and your friends or the public) will be able to rent 3 parking lot spaces for $10 to sell your things. You keep the money you collect. Your vehicle can be in one space and your display in the other two. Advertising and left over pick up will be arranged by the committee. We will hold a fundraising BAKE SALE at the same time. Pay for your space, sign up to donate bake sale items or to help with the bake sale at the Book Nook or see Claudia Fernsworth.
First Sunday Raffle
$43 was generated by the Dessert Raffle at the First Sunday potluck.
Thank-you friends/members of BUUF
Fiona Montagne, 10 yrs. old
We (the 3/4 grade 9am RE class) really appreciate your generosity and support of our tie-dye canvas bag project. With all the help we got from you, we raised $175! Your contribution will be used for two chosen social action programs. We will be presenting a check to Interfaith Sanctuary and the second check will be given to Tanya Ambler's Idaho Pajama Project. She purchases, collects and distributes warm pajama to Idaho children who need them. Don't forget to use your cool bags for our pot-lucks, filled with your very own plates and silverware, or for groceries. Since the bags were so great, I even bought myself one!
(Correction from last issue--the last sentence was truncated. Apologies to the author. ~ J. Grush-Dale, Editor)
BUUF Momma's Night Out
BUUF Mommas Night Out Was a Success—and We Want More! If you missed the first BUUF Mom's Night Out, don't worry, there is more to come. Join us for these future dates:
- Tuesday, March 11 at Berryhill
- Tuesday, April 8, location TBD
- Tuesday, April 29, location TBD
- after that, every FOURTH Tuesday of the month at 6pm
To RSVP or for more information, contact Sally Grimes at 860-6370 or .
PNWD & UUA
Record year for the PNWD Chalice Lighter Program!
On February 5, I received an email from Dave Dierdorff, Coordinator for the Pacific Northwest Chalice Lighter Program. The program helps to raise funds for special congregational needs throughout our district; our Sanctuary floor was made possible in part from a Chalice Lighter grant. Dave wrote that in 2007, the PNWD Chalice Lighters provided a record of $50,310. If you participated in the program—thank you for your excellent effort—great job!
It is a new year, and so the effort starts all over again. If you are interested in joining the program and becoming a Chalice Lighter, please, contact me—Dale Winke—at the Fellowship, at 375-7726 or . For those that are existing Chalice Lighters, but have not received a pin, let me know and I will get you one.
Church Women United World Day of Prayer
Please join a committee of Guyanan and South American women and presented by a group of ecumenical women including many from our own congregation for a World Day of Peace Event. The featured speaker will be BUUF member Sandy Cruise, a former South American Peace Corp volunteer.
Friday, March 7
Buffet Brunch 10:00am
UU Bed & Breakfast Directory
Do you dream of inexpensive vacation travel to interesting destinations where you can stay in the homes of friendly people who share your ideals and are happy to provide directions and advice for their area?
The UU bed and breakfast directory UU're Home (formerly Homecomings) can fulfill your dream. They provide a network of hosts in the United States (and a few abroad) who enjoy meeting new friends and who are happy to open their home to like-minded people.
You can also become a host and be listed in the directory. See the website (see below), or call (828) 281-3253. They will send you information about listing your accommodations.
Host listings on the UU're Home website are updated whenever changes are made or new hosts are added. The paper edition is published every year in April (and has some listings different from those on the website). For a copy of the 2008 directory and a year's access to the website listings check the web site. There is a charge for these services.