Sunday, August 30, 2015

Services for September

September 6 - The 8 hour day, 40 hour week, and overtime pay are just a few of the things workers have received from the Labor movement over the years.  At our service today we will celebrate the Labor movement in song and story, and take a look at what the future may hold for the working class in our country.  We will also formally welcome a family as members of our congregation.  Children's RE will be provided.

September 13 - Our Annual Ingathering Service is a time to celebrate our adventures over the summer season as we come together and begin a new "church year."  We will have Water Communion and a time of reflection as we prepare to begin our 65th year as a congregation.  Children's RE will be provided.  There will be a brief business meeting immediately following the service today as we vote on two Council positions and address some building repair issues.

September 20 - Moore Anderson will lead us through Sam Harris' book "Letter to a Christian Nation".  With religious freedom an important issue in the news and our politics, Harris' rational argument against fundamentalism is important for us to hear and understand.

September 27 - Our program this morning will be a follow-up on our Labor celebration.  We will watch a presentation from Howard Zinn entitled "The Hidden History of the American Working Class" and have a time of discussion following the presentation.  Howard Zinn was a historian, educator and author who focused on the untold stories of American history, bringing to light times when our nation's actions did not reflect our stated ideals.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Services - UPDATED 8-AUG

August 2 - Moore Anderson will facilitate a program and discussion on the book "Godless" by Dan Barker.  From

"Dan Barker (1949-) is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and co-host of Freethought Radio. After 19 years as an evangelical minister, Dan "saw the light" and announced his atheism in 1984. His first public appearance as an atheist was on Oprah Winfrey's "AM Chicago." Since that time he has traveled extensively, lecturing and performing on college campuses, and participating in more than 110 public debates defending atheism. A former composer of Christian songs and musicals (for which he still receives royalties), Dan is now a jazz pianist and writer of freethought music, including the albums Beware of Dogma, Friendly, Neighborhood Atheist, and Adrift on a Star. Dan has 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and lives with his wife (and co-president) Annie Laurie Gaylor in Madison, Wisconsin."

August 9 - We will continue our series of summer discussion sessions today with the 2015 Action of Immediate Witness "End Immigrant Child and Family Detention Now".  Immigration looks to be an important issue in the upcoming Presidential election, and we will examine it from the aspect of children and family rights.  Children's religious education will be provided.

August 16 - Our adult discussion series continues today as we explore the issue of "Fossil Fuel Divestment".  In light of the growing concern over both peak oil and global warming, the UUA has encouraged congregations to explore this issue and its possible impact on our environment and our way of life.  Children's religious education will be provided.

August 23 - We live in a nation that has more firearms per capita than any other nation on earth.  Yet our murder rate is among the highest of all industrial nations, and our rate of imprisonment is the highest of all nations.  Yet we continually hear calls for more gun rights.  Do guns bring safety?  Today our discussion group will wrestle with the issue of guns and violence in our culture.  Children's religious education will be provided.

August 30 - We bring to a close our summer discussion series this week with an open forum.  You set the agenda this morning with whatever you bring to the table.  Have you come across a good article that stimulated your mind?  Share it with us!  How about that hot summer read that you could not put down?  Give us a review of that book so we all can get hooked!  Has something in the news really pushed your button?  Share your thoughts with us!  No topic is off limits this morning as we celebrate the end of another enjoyable summer discussion series.

A special announcement from the Council:  On Sunday, September 13 (our Ingathering Service) there will be a special business meeting held immediately after the service.  The Council seeks direction from the Congregation on the following two items:

- John Toney has become our newest member and has expressed a willingness to serve a full 2 year term as our treasurer.  This needs to be approved by the Congregation.

- We have a bid from Caston Brothers construction to repair the kitchen cupboards (broken drawers and water damage beneath the sink) at a cost of $1500.00.  The same vendor has also given us a bid to replace water damage from an old roof leak upstairs of $600.  And finally, we have a bid from McDonald Supply for a replacement water heater, a 30 gallon gas model that will cost $439.08 plus installation.  (Quotes are being obtained for installation and will be published before the meeting).

Sunday, July 5, 2015

July Services

July 5 - No services at the Fellowship today!  Enjoy your holiday weekend!

July 12 - Lay Minister Rick Johnson will lead an adult discussion group today exploring recent events in the news and other items of interest.  Children's RE will be provided.

July 19 - Bard, storyteller and folk musician Mama Gina will present a program at the Meeting House this morning.  More information is available at her web page

July 26 - TBA

Saturday, June 6, 2015

June Services

As we enter June we begin a more informal schedule of programs and services.  These gatherings allow for times of thoughtful discussion and polite but earnest debate of issues and ideas that are relevant to us today.  As always the coffee pot will be on, and you are free to bring treats to share with the group if you desire.  Services will begin at 10:30 (or is summer, after all).

June 7 - The UUA General Assembly will be preparing a Statement of Conscience at our General Assembly this year on the issue of Reproductive Justice.  Come join us this Sunday for an informal discussion of this topic.  Childcare will be provided.  For more information please check out this page at the UUA website.

June 14 - We will gather this Sunday for a sing-along of some of the old folk songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  Children will be welcome to join in this celebration.  We encourage you to bring along a treat to share during this fun morning of music.

June 21* - NO SERVICE TODAY - Instead we encourage you to attend the Snake Alley Art Fair which will be held in the street in front of our Meeting House.  Come see the wonderful offerings of artisans from throughout the Midwest and enjoy this traditional closing celebration of Steamboat Days.

June 28* - At today's program you will be the one in charge.  Bring an article to share from the UU World magazine or other current issue magazine of your choice.  See where the discussion takes us and explore important issues of our day.

Please remember that Weight Watchers will be using our Meeting House for their Wednesday meetings during Steamboat Days this year.  The Meeting House will be unavailable for rental on June 10th and 17th.  Also, our June Council meeting will take place on Thursday, June 18th at 6:30 PM.

*Rick and Paula will be out of town these weekends.  If you need to reach Rick please call 319-601-1364.

Friday, May 8, 2015

May Services

May 3 - Karla Mundt will lead our annual Flower Communion.  Bring a flower to share and enjoy this annual celebration of our religious community.

May 10 - Lay Minister Rick Johnson will look at the activist origins of Mothers' Day and explore how, in the present day and age, mothers are uniquely empowered to speak to the issues we face.  Children's RE will be provided this morning.

May 17 - As a liberal religious community we have a unique calling to be both a sanctuary and a beacon on the hill.  This morning, as we have our annual business meeting, Rick Johnson will speak about our calling, and how it can motivate us to rise to the challenges ahead of us.  Children's RE will be provided this morning.

May 24 - Jerry Rigdon will be speaking at our Fellowship this morning.  Jerry is a former mayor of Burlington, and has served the community in many roles over the years.  We look forward to welcoming him, once again, to our Meeting House.

May 31 - TBA

June 7 - To kick off our Summer season Rick Johnson will lead a program on the proposed Bakken pipeline that is planned to be built through Iowa.  Several short videos will be shown regarding the project and the arguments against it.  Children's RE will be provided during the service.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

UUFB Annual Business Meeting

Just a reminder that our Annual Business Meeting will take place after services on Sunday, May 17th.  Our agenda will consist of selecting a new President, Treasurer and Member-at-Large for the Council, approving the Fellowship Budget, and approving our annual contract with the lay minister.

For those who were not at our services on Pledge Sunday, if you need a pledge card please contact John Toney, our acting Treasurer, and he will mail one to you.  Please return them at your earliest convenience so the Council may use the information in planning its upcoming budget.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

March and April Services

March 1 - Lay Minister Rick Johnson will speak about our Sixth Principle, "The Goal of a World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for All."  Is such a community attainable?  How does this goal give guidance to our actions at a local level?  Childcare will be offered during the service.

March 8 - Martha Downey of the Bishop Hill State Historic Site will give a program on the history of the colony and efforts to preserve and interpret the history of this former utopian community.  Childcare will be offered during the service.

March 15 - Our service this morning will be a celebration of spring in poetry, prose, and music.  Join us as we shed the grey gloom of winter and enjoy the growing warmth of the Sun and the new growth we see around us.  Rick Johnson will lead this service, and religious education will be offered for our youngsters.

March 22 - Carolyn Evans will present a program on yoga.  Many will remember Carolyn from her younger years here in the congregation as an active member of our youth group.  Having returned to the area she is establishing herself as a yoga instructor.  Please come welcome her back to our Meeting House.

March 29 - TBA

April 5 - Our Seventh Principle will be the topic of this morning's program.  Rick Johnson will lead an exploration and discussion of the concept of the Earth as a living entity, casting our existence as a symbiotic relationship with a larger entity. Readings from several sources should spark a lively discussion.

April 12 - Our annual Pledge Sunday Service.  We invite all members and friends to come for a time of reflection on the purpose of our Fellowship and how we can contribute to fulfilling that purpose.  Pledge cards will be made available at the end of the presentation.  Childcare will be offered during the service.

April 19 - Musician Johnny Lipford of Marion, IA will present a program regarding his music career.   Johnny Lipford is considered a master of the Native American flute, having performed around the world.  He has released twelve albums of flute music and has an active teaching program with students across the country.  This program will appeal to young and old alike.

April 26 - Please Note Scheduling Change - Kathy Bowman from the UU Congregation of the Quad Cities will lead a service entitled  "Transitions: When Gratitude is Hard to Find"  Life's transitions keep hurtling at us, whether we are prepared or not.  Last November, I talked about how seeking gratitude in the midst of change can sustain us..  This Sunday, I would like to continue that conversation by examining how life changes 'that challenge us to the core' can be ameliorated by finding solace in family and friends, noticing the natural world, hope in our faith communities, and the 'still, small voice' of our soul.  Gratitude is still possible, but a gratitude based on the ineffable power of human self-knowledge.