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.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January Services

January 4 - Rick Johnson will lead this morning's service as we look back at the past year and the changes it brought to our religious community.  We will also look ahead to the possibilities offered as we enter the new year.  Children's religious education will be available.

January 11 - This morning's program will be led by Kenny Duke.

January 18 - Miriam Kashia is a 35 year UU and retired psychotherapist from the Iowa City area who spent 8 months last year walking every step for 3000 miles from LA to DC with the Great March for Climate Action. She'll take us on a "10-Minute March" slide show, and talk about what she saw and learned about our climate crisis during this epic journey.

January 25 - Jane Edwards and Rick Johnson will lead the second half of the service on "Random Acts of Kindness". Today we will share how the acts of kindness went, how they were received, and any impressions they may have made in our holiday season.