July 2007 Volume 7 Number 7
A spiritual home for religious liberals
INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Eliza Galaher honored, ordained
Religious Education 3 Wildflower’s Board of Trustees sent
for Children & Youth flowers for the occasion, on behalf of the
Religious Education 3 congregation, and Jan, in her presentation,
for Adults ard on the heels of garnering noted the excitement that has permeated
multiple honors at her seminary the church since Eliza was called.
Covenant & 4
Interest Groups graduation, Wildflower Church’s newly
called minister, Eliza Galaher, was officially The Rev. James A. Hobart, an affiliated
Sunday Services 5
ordained June 10. minister with the First Unitarian Church of
Calendar 6 The ordination, at the Third Unitarian Chicago and a Meadville Lombard adjunct
Church of Chicago, drew well-wishers faculty member, took note of the melding
President’s Message 7 from many parts of the country. Those of the new minister and the fledgling
attending included Kathy Murphy, chair of minister-served congregation. He charged
Membership 8 the ministerial Search Committee that Wildflower to “remember, be mindful, be
nominated Rev. Galaher, and Treasurer Jan intentional, and preserve four gifts: the gift
Social Action 9 Austin. In addition to Kathy and Jan, of grace, the gift of participation, the gift of
representatives came from Meadville experience, and the gift of vision.”
Financial, 10- Lombard Theological School, the Unitarian
Anniversaries 11 Universalist Church of Davis, CA, where Eliza herself, in the Order of Service for
Eliza served her internship, the UU the ordination, wrote: “To Wildflower
Attendance 11 Ministers Association, and the UU Central Church of Austin, Texas: Thank you for
Midwest District. this amazing opportunity. I am humbled
and delighted by your call.”
“Getting to meet Eliza’s colleagues,
friends and family, and learning even more
about her many gifts,” Kathy Murphy said,
“certainly has reinforced the belief that we
could not have chosen a better minister
Those gifts had been amply displayed at
the new minister’s graduation from
Meadville Lombard just a week before her
ordination, where, among other honors,
she received prizes for preaching and
Kathy Murphy, left, and Jan Austin of Wildflower Unitarian
Universalist Church at the ordination of the Rev. Eliza Galaher. For
more photos of the ordination of our new minister, see Ministry at Galaher’s inaugural sermon as
the church’s website, www.Wildflower.org. Wildflower’s new minister will be Aug. 5.
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DID YOU SWAP THIS YEAR?
3rd annual auction garners
$8,000 for Building Fund
They came. They saw. They bid. And
they bought more than $8,000 in
donated services and merchandise,
adding substantially to the Wildflower
Church Capital/Building Fund.
Further, according to Capital
Campaign Co-Chair Dagmar Grieder,
proceeds continue to trickle in as Quality cuisine, comradeship, and capital funding:
donors decide they just can’t miss one Bill Walker, far left, chats with Capital Campaign
good I Co-chair Dagmar Grieder; the paella and sides,
of the events with open-ended left, got everyone’s admiring attention; and no
participation that were auctioned off suspect we one, above, let talking get in the way of eating.
at the Spring Wildflower Auction would have
Party May 26. had a large turnout even without the UTTERLY UNFLAGGING in
auction. If you missed the auction, you pursuing any addition to the
ALL TOLD, the silent auction also missed a truly delectable paella, Capital/Building Fund, Dagmar was still
grossed $8,441, with a net after both traditional and vegetarian, with working on the auction as June neared
expenses of $7,948.55 — and still roast port for the meat and potatoes its end. She and husband Terry
counting. That compares with a net of crowd, followed by éclairs, cream Grieder delivered a TV set to one
$4,113 for the first auction in 2005 purchaser way up north on Braker
Want to be a mover and shaker
and $6,783 in 2006. The bottom line Lane. She also spent a couple of hours
in future events like the Spring
was substantially improved the last altering a garment for one successful
Wildflower Auction Project —
two years by having the event in bidder.
and a big part of the future of
private homes — Dagmar’s in 2006 the church? Dagmar Grieder is
and Pat and Mike Pore’s this year — “It’s certainly well worth it for the
looking for a co-chair for the
rather than renting facilities. prize we have our hearts set on,” she
Capital Campaign, which is
hard at work raising funds for a
“The dedication and creativity of lots permanent home for
of Wildflower volunteers are the Wildflower. If you’re interested, Gary Litchtenstein — Litch the
reason we had a successful auction,” contact Dagmar, Pitchman — did his customary
Dagmar said. “Members were firstname.lastname@example.org, or extraordinary job as the auctioneer.
generous in donating items and President Carol Knight, Also noteworthy for the time and
ingenious in dreaming up services and email@example.com. effort she put in was church Secretary
entertainment to be auctioned. Pat Gay Phillips.
and Mike were most gracious in
puffs, and fresh fruit for dessert.”
hosting such a large turnout, Dana OTHERS WHO contributed major
McBride and Patterson Barrett effort to make the auction a success
donated their talents for the music, Some people are still signing up for were Ellen Atha, E. Marie Baker, Mary
and members and friends prepared all the entertainments that were Cullinane and a friend, Lisa Fahlquist,
the food. auctioned, Dagmar said, so the final Dianne Purcell, Karen Schrupp, Alice
net should top $8,000, almost Sessions, Roger Stricklin, and the
doubling the 2005 revenues. Wildflower choir.
“IN FACT, the food was s-o-o-o
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R E L I G I O U S E D U C AT I O N F O R YO U T H & C H I L D R E N
July time for some
Ah, July in Central Texas. It’s hot, and
it’s time to take vacations; to seek
shade, and just be still for a while; to
meditate when we can, and to be
thankful for every good thing.
Adult Religious Education is doing just
that, taking a month-long vacation from
classes before planning in August for
next year. We’ll still have a table at
Wildflower Coffee Hour, and a suggestion board
member Jim with sticky notes for you to put ideas
demonstrates for classes you’d like to have.
cantilevers as he
tells childen in So, relax, enjoy the summer, hear the
the RE UU season’s message to slow down, play
and recreate. We’ll be back soon,
program about invigorated by our vacation, ready for
world renowned more adult religious exploration. See
architect Frank you in church!
Lloyd Wright, a
UU MOVERS & SHAKERS
Children’s RE Summer Program for K-5
The kids enjoyed their visits with the Is Friday the 13th really through a story and clay sculptures.
first four famous UUs: Pete Seeger, unlucky? Test your luck on
Maria Mitchell, Frank Lloyd Wright, July 15
Game Night Helen Burnette introduces us to
and Joseph Priestly. We will continue
to welcome members of our Game night will be held on Frances Moore Lappe and her book,
congregation as they present famous Friday, July 13, 7-9:30 p.m. at “Diet for a Small Planet.” The book
and influential UUs to our class. We SASAC in the game room. Please teaches us some simple rules for a
will learn about the lives of these bring games and snacks to share. healthy diet. We’ll discover some
prominent people and how each of Let RE Director Penny Burnette, benefits of a vegetarian diet.
them embodied UU Principles. firstname.lastname@example.org or
447-7994, know if you are July 22
July 1 planning to attend. Intergenerational play – no RE.
Come join Carol Knight as we learn
about the life of Louisa May Alcott, July 29
life in the 1800s. Eva Andries will present Irma
famous author of “Little Women” and
July 8 Rombauer, author of the beloved
a member of the Transcendentalist Tom Moran presents Theodore
community that included Emerson cookbook “The Joy of Cooking.” We’ll
Parker, a Transcendentalist and a try some recipes from the cookbook
and Thoreau. We will listen to and Unitarian minister. We will learn how
illustrate poetry and learn about her and create our own cookbook.
to let your conscience be your guide
Volume 7 Number 7 Page 4
C OV E NA N T G RO U P S A N D I N T E R E S T G RO U P S
PARENT'S GROUP Margaret Pruitt. As the group grew,
Want to Schedule an Event?
meetings were held at the South
Meets to discuss family and parental Millennia ago, it was said that all
Austin Senior Activity Center, and
issues in a safe, confidential setting. roads led to Rome. For Wildflower
then a few years later a second
Usually meets at noon on the second Church, Helen Burnette is Rome. If
Covenant was formed to maintain the
and fourth Sundays in the Snack you want to schedule an event,
close feeling of a small group.
Room at SASAC. Childcare is secure a place on the monthly
Rosemary MacIsaacs facilitates the calendar (which is updated weekly),
provided. Babies are welcome to
Wildflower Bluebonnets, which meets or get a mention in the Sunday Order
attend with parents. Open to new
at SASAC, and Richard Pruitt of Service, Helen is the person to
members. Contact Liz Hiles-Fisher at
facilitates the Hibiscus group, which see.
meets in members’ homes. Whether
SPIRITUAL PILGRIMS COVENANT you choose Hibiscus or Bluebonnet, Helen prepares and maintains the
or both, you can count on making newsletter calendar and the calendar
close friends and participating in distributed each Sunday in the Order
For exploring, sharing, and supporting of Service, so she can help you avoid
discussions on almost any subject you
each other on our spiritual journeys, conflicts. She also books space for
can imagine. These wildflowers are
using selected books for discussion Wildflower activities at the South
beautiful perennials . Austin Senior Activity Center, and
and a period of meditation. Meets 7-9
p.m. on the first and third Fridays in the church office.
members’ homes. Contact Barbara
Dickens, 448-4120. The Wildflower Wild Men meet on Contact her at 454-0809 or at
the second Thursday and fourth helenburnette@hotmail.
ELDER COVENANT GROUPS
Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in
CONTINUE TO BLOOM
the church office, 4422 Pack Saddle Pruitt, 440-1098, or Gary Barnhart,
Wildflower’s original Elder Covenant Pass No. 106. We welcome all men (512)278-0000.
first met seven years ago, on May 15, interested in getting to know other
2000, in the home of Margaret and men of the congregation through WILDFLOWER CUUPS
Richard Pruitt. Five people attended: interesting discussions of topics
Wildflower Wiccans meet on major
Suzanne Aston, facilitator, Paul Fryxel, generated among the group. For
sacred days, following the ancient
Belle Hutton, and Richard and further information contact Richard wheel of the year. Other meetings
include occasional potlucks in homes
HERITAGE BOOK CLUB PICKS TOIBIN NOVEL FOR JULY
and ritual planning sessions. The
Thank you, Kitty Clark, for allowing McCarthy, The Road; and Stepahie Covenant of UU Pagans will be
us to use your home, especially while Griest, Around the Block. We adopted presented a service in June celebrating
you are in the hospital. Get well soon! the selection for the Mayor’s Book the summer solstice. For upcoming
Club, Around the Block, nominated by
meetings and events contact Holly
Book for 8 p.m. Friday, July 13: The Eleanor.
Master, a novel by Colm Toibin. — Don Laird Cooper at email@example.com.
Hazel Adolphson has volunteered to COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS
host our meeting in July; the address There are no uninteresting things, Meets on the third Sunday of each
is 709 Shady Tree Drive near there are only uninterested people. month, noon-1 p.m. We welcome one
Manchaca and Slaughter. —Gilbert K. Chesterton and all. The meeting room location
will be listed in the calendar inside
Books nominated for August were: your order of service for that Sunday.
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of Nothing succeeds like success. Contact: Nancy York, 892-2062 or
the Dog in the Night; Thomas Cahill, —Oscar Wilde 453-6246.
How the Irish Saved Civilization; Cormac
Volume 7 Number 7 Page 5
S U N DAY S E RV I C E S Wildflower committee chairs
July 1: “Presbyterian Follies: Why I Joined, Why I
Stayed, and What I Hope to Find.” Standing Committees
Speaker: Dr. Robert Jensen Endowment Bill Phillips
Robert Jensen joined St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Facilities George Neff
Austin with the hope of addressing the question, "What Finance Bill Baker (acting)
Long Range Planning Jane Wilson
does it mean to identify as a Christian in the modern
Membership Pat Laird & Larry
world?" Jensen will offer a tentative answer; he will also
examine the lessons learned when the church bureaucracy
Ministerial Relations Kathy Murphy
tried unsuccessfully to remove him as a member. Nominating Jean McDermott
Personnel Carol Knight
July 8: “UU Faith: Promoting Democratic Process” Stewardship Vacant
Speaker: Rev. Phil Schulman
We associate democracy with politics, but perhaps not at Program Committees
all with religion. Come hear why promoting democracy is Adult Programming Vacant
one of the Seven Principles of our Unitarian Universalist Aesthetics Gay Patterson
Association. Building Committee Jim Patterson
Caring Gary Lichtenstein
July 15: “Giving Life the Shape of Justice” Capital Campaign Dagmar Grieder
Speaker: Sheila Rae (co-chair)
One of our own members will lead us in an exploration of Children’s Religious Education Lynn Joselyn
the second UU Principle: “Justice, equity, and compassion Communications Pat Pore
in human relations.” How can we as UU's and as Earth Covenant Groups Richard Pruitt
residents make a difference? We need to go far beyond Denominational Affairs Barbara Carrington
just standing on the principle to explore concrete ways to Fun and Fellowship Ellen Atha
live out our tradition as activists on the side of justice. Hospitality Mary Cullinane
Join us in an interactive service on our obligation to Music Jean McDermott
change the world. Social Action Judy Morgan &
July 22: “The Tolstoy Story Play” Stewardship Campaign Lois Brown
Director: Laurie Willis Worship Allen Fisher
Laurie brings her directorial talent to an intergenerational Youth Religious Education Jennifer Barnes-Worsham
family affair featuring 20 or so Wildflower friends. The play & John Worsham
is not only composed of stories, but also is about Story as
human art, craft, and survival tool. Its theme is that an DENOMINATIONAL AFFAIRS
individual’s “real” life is in itself a complex, primal story, July 15-20
made of overlapping, interwoven stories, lived and to Dwight Brown Leadership Conference July 15-20.
some degree authored, acted, and directed by its
Please contact the Board if you are interested in
protagonist. Special music will be provided by Steve
Brooks. attending this. More information on the SWUUC web site.
July 29: “‘Acceptance of One Another and SWUUSI. The SWUUC site has this information also. The
Encouragement to Spiritual Growth’: What Does Denominational Affairs table has applications.
Speaker: Scottie McIntyre Johnson July 22
Our Third Principle states that we "covenant to affirm and Social Action Forum. A report from your delegates on the
promote acceptance of one another and encouragement exciting developments from GA and the UU University.
to spiritual growth in our congregations." It seems to me
that we do a good job of promoting acceptance of one Nov. 9-11
another, but not such a good job of encouraging our SWUUC Fall Leadership Conference.
spiritual growth. What might it mean to take this
covenant, this promise, seriously? For more, contact Barbara Carrington, (512)899-8774.
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
9a-Play rehearsal (S) INDEPENDENCE 7p-Spiritual
9:15a-Membership Team meeting (S) DAY Pilgrims (in
10:30a-Worship Service* homes)
After Worship-Coffee and Conversation N O C HOIR
After Worship-Play rehearsal (S)
2p-Mystical & Theosophical Studies (O)
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
9a-Play rehearsal (S) 2p-Elder Covenant Gp 8p-Heritage Club (in 9:30a-Worship
10:30a-Worship Service* (in homes) 7p-Committee Council (O) homes) Team (O)
After Worship-Coffee and Conversation N O CHOIR 7p-Family Game 6:30p-Dessert &
11:45a-Social Action Committee (S) Night (S) Video Night (in
After Worship-Play rehearsal (S)
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
9a-Play rehearsal (S) 2p-Elder Covenant 7p-WildMen Covenant Gp 7p-Spiritual Pilgrims
10:30a-Worship Service* Gp (S) (O) (in homes)
After Worship-Coffee and Conversation 7-8:30p Play
7p-Executive Comm (in
11:45a-Social Action Forum rehearsal (S)
After Worship-Play rehearsal (S) N O C HOIR
2p-Mystical & Theosophical Studies (O) Leadership School Leadership School
Newsletter Deadline Leadership School Leadership School Leadership School
Dwight Brown Leadership School,
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
9a-Play rehearsal (S) 2p-Elder Covenant Gp 7p-Board meeting (O)
10:30a-Worship Service* (in homes)
After Worship-Coffee and Conversation N O CHOIR
SWUUSI @ Lake Murray, OK
SWUUSI SWUUSI SWUUSI SWUUSI SWUUSI
29 30 31
10:30a-Worship Service* 7p-WildMen The Wildflower Church calendar is prepared and maintained by Helen Burnette, 454-0809,
After Worship-Coffee and Conversation Covenant Gp (O) firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on calendaring an event, see Page 4.
11:45a-Connections Class (S)
* childcare provided S = South Austin Sr. Activity Center, 3901 Manchaca Road O = Wildflower Office, 4422 Packsaddle Pass, #106
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P RESIDENT’ S M E S S AG E
35 years old)
Ask more people to serve as teachers
n exciting new chapter in and assistants in children’s classes
our church life begins in August.
Provide child care at all church events
That’s when the Rev. Eliza Galaher
starts her ministry with our Offer adult classes at various times to accommodate
congregation. families with young children
With a full-time minister, more Plan more social events for newcomers
Carol Knight potential UUs will visit on
Sundays and more of them will Clarify the path to membership and ask newcomers to
join our church. join our church
How will we welcome increased numbers of visitors? How Form more covenant groups
will we integrate more newcomers into the life of our
church? What do we need to start thinking about now so Offer more hands-on social action projects
we’ll be ready? Include a minister’s column in the newsletter
Here are some initial thoughts:
Set up more chairs, provide more food and name tags, If we start planning now, we’ll be prepared to welcome
and print more Orders of Service more new people into our religious community, so they
Provide more greeters and ushers too can become the keepers of the dream.
Offer more participatory worship services Gratefully,
Provide more music that appeals to younger adults (20- Carol Knight , President
The many perils of editing a church newsletter
The Fasting & Prayer Conference congregation.
A little ecclesiastical humor:
The Rector will preach his farewell
actual quotes from other message after which the choir will
Ladies, don't forget the rummage
sale. It's a chance to get rid of those
congregations (we hope) sing: "Break Forth Into Joy."
things not worth keeping around the Please place your donation in the
several new members and to the
house. Bring your husbands. envelope along with the deceased
deterioration of some older ones.
person you want remembered.
The peacemaking meeting scheduled Potluck supper Sunday at 5 p.m.;
for today has been canceled due to a prayer and medication to follow. The church will host an evening of
Conflict. fine dining, super entertainment and
Don't let worry kill you off — let the The eighth-graders will be
Church help. presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in Low Self Esteem Support Group will
the Church Basement Friday at 7 meet Thursday at 7 p.m. Please use
Next Thursday there will be tryouts p.m. The congregation is invited to the back door.
for the choir. They need all the help attend this tragedy.
they can get. Weight Watchers will meet at 7
Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will p.m. at the First Presbyterian
Eight new choir robes are currently not pass this way again," giving Church. Please use large double
needed due to the addition of obvious pleasure to the door at the side entrance.
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Connections Class scheduled for July 29 at SASAC
The Membership team of Wildflower Church invites you 6684 or email@example.com so we can get a
to the Wildflower Connections Class, Sunday, July 29, count of those attending, including children needing child
noon-1:30 p.m. care.
This will take place at the church after the service. Lunch Membership team recruiting
will be served. Child care will be provided if you notify us
in advance. The goal of the membership team is to educate
visitors and members about Wildflower Church's
Connections Class is a time to learn about how our vision and mission, to welcome new members, and
church is organized and how you can find your place in to integrate them into the life of the church.
this warm and loving community. Connections Class is To this purpose, the membership team maintains the
highly recommended for all who want to be an active part visitor's table, produces information packets,
of Wildflower Church, whether or not you are interested monitors the guest book, and makes follow-up calls
in becoming a member. to visitors. The team is responsible for providing
greeters on Sunday, new name tags, orientation
We will talk about our governance and about classes, and new member ceremonies, among many
opportunities for you to belong. You will get a chance to other duties.
learn of the spiritual journey that brought you to
Wildflower Church, and discover that you are not alone in If you would like to help, please consider joining the
that journey. membership team. There are many ways you can
participate. Contact Pat Laird, firstname.lastname@example.org,
282-2551; or Larry Thompson, 292-6684, or
We hope that you can attend. Please RSVP to Pat Laird,
282-2551 or email@example.com or Larry Thompson, 292-
Feeling sociable? Wildflower Church has just the right place for you!
Do you enjoy the tasty treats and Kelly Teese have rotated off as well. they are so moved, and we thank
coffee after the service on Sunday? Many thanks to all three for the them as well.
The team of people behind the scenes refreshments they provided.
that creates that little oasis of Would you like to join them? More
fellowship is a dedicated bunch who Hosts and hostesses are Kristen new people are needed to take a turn
enjoy making special foods for Eveleth, Cathy Cramer, Gary Lich, with refreshments after services on
Pam Carolan, Nancy York, George Sunday. It’s a great way for
member and newcomers.
Neff, Mary Taylor, Paula Pulaski, Kelly newcomers to participate in the life of
This month, the Hospitality Team is Ramsey, Gay Patterson, Jim Patterson, the church, and a caring way to
undergoing some changes. Frances Richard Pruitt, Ellen Atha, Mary welcome and cherish new and old
Osborne has agreed to be the team Cullinane, Polly Orr, Liz Hiles-Fisher, members and visitors alike.
leader for the second Sunday of the John Worsham, Sharon Langert,
month. Jennifer Barnes-Worsham has Kathleen Grobe, Gelya Camp, Ginger Contact Mary Cullinane, 441-0190,
gone off the team to devote more Lichenstein, and Stephanie Blevins. or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if
time to children’s RE. Jean Wyllys and Others, too, bring treats whenever you can help out.
From the by-laws for Wildflower Church Kudos to the Wildflower Facilities Team
The purpose of this church is to establish
and maintain a loving, welcoming religious George Neff, our redoubtable chairman of the Facilities
community that nurtures spiritual growth Committee, is enduring a lengthy hospitalization, and
through worship, religious education, social thus was unable to provide the usual list of volunteers.
action and charity, and fellowship. So...to all those unacknowledged heroes, our heartfelt
gratitude for so willingly and ably taking up the slack.
Volume 7 Number 7 Page 9
S O C I A L AC T I O N
DIVERSITY UPDATE Second Offering to benefit South Austin mission
Barbara Carrington has joined Allies The beneficiary of the Second Offering for the July-September quarter will be
for Racial Equity and the UU Service El Buen Samaritano (the Good Samaritan) Episcopal Mission.
Committee on national and regional
levels. There are plans to present the The mission, at 7000 Woodhue Drive just off William Cannon Drive in South
Diversity and Seven Principles classes Austin, works with economically deprived Hispanic families.
next year as part of our ongoing
“Living Our Values” project. “Our mission is to transform lives by engaging the strengths of working-poor
Hispanic families to promote their successful participation in society,” the
PEACEMAKING STUDY/ Rev. Ed Gomez, executive director, said. Toward that goal, since 1987 the
ACTION ISSUE mission has provided integrated health care, outreach, social services, basic
education and emergency services to its clientele.
As part of the national Peacemaking
Some $1,026 was collected in the Second Offering for the March-June
Study/Action Issue, a Wildflower
Peacemaking Planning Group has been quarter. The funds will benefit the Association for Neurologically Impaired
formed, consisting of Faye Maxwell, Children.
Annice Ellington, Barbara Carrington,
The Wildflower Second Offering is a major part of Social Action Sunday at
and Judy Morgan. In addition, Judy is
the church, and is a commitment by the church, through the Social Action
participating in a UU Austin Area
Peacemaking Team with Committee, to address South Austin social concerns. If you would like to
representatives from Live Oak and have an organization consider, please contact Hugh Nations at
First UU. There has been discussion email@example.com.
about hosting a major Nonviolent
those who reduce energy the most in after the service;
Communication (NVC) next year
comparison with last summer will win Bringing food items to donate to the
which would be open to the public.
prizes. Details, including great tips on needy;
NVC is an approach developed by
cutting energy use, can be found at Bringing dead batteries to be recycled;
Marshall Rosenberg which has been
www.austinenergy.com. You can enter Bringing empty printer cartidges to be
attracting a lot of UUs. Wildflower
even for just a single month – there’ll
currently has a study group on NVC given to the Food Bank
be prizes for winners for that month. Bringing used compact fluorescent
finishing up. Another will be started
Last June alone the average Austin
next fall. If you are interested in light bulbs to be disposed of safely;
household put 1,520 pounds (almost a
participating, contact Judy Morgan at Donating to the Second Offering. The
ton) of carbon dioxide in the
firstname.lastname@example.org or offering this quarter will go to El
atmosphere; clearly things have to
804-0123. Buen Samaritano (see article
change. If you’d like to participate in
the Planning Group, contact Judy at elsewhere)
GLOBAL WARMING UPDATE email@example.com or
804-0123. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The Global Warming Action Planning
Group (Jeff Hampton, Ellen Atha, Wildflower’s three delegates to the
SOCIAL ACTION SUNDAY UU General Assembly June 20-24 in
Ginger Lichtenstein, Tom Moran, Judy
Morgan) will be working over the Portland, Or — Barbara Carrington,
Sunday, July 15, is Social Action Pat Laird, and Judy Morgan — will
summer to develop plans for next
Sunday. All are encouraged to report back on the latest news in the
year. In the meantime, we have a great
action opportunity this summer – you participate by: denomination Sunday, July 15, 11:45-1
can join the Austin Energy Kill-A-Watt p.m. Learn what’s happening in UU
competition! Austin Energy and the Attending the Forum on “News from congregations nationwide in terms of
Chronicle are inviting people to reduce the UU General Assembly” (see congregational growth, diversity,
energy use June through September; article elsewhere), 11:45-1p.m. global warming and many other topics.
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MAY 2007 ACCOUNTING B I RT H DAY
Preliminary Income and Expense Statement (Unaudited)
Brooke Baker-Hollon 07/06
Operating and Ministry Funds May 2007
Michael Wilkes 07/07
Current Period Year to Date
Kathy Wells 07/09
Jean McDermott 07/17
CONTRIBUTIONS $12,378.04 $ 50,279.26
Marianne Messano 07/17
Kellis Richter 07/20
INTEREST INCOME 1.61 306.97
Robyn Coe 07/22
FMV INCR(DECR)-INVSTMTS -171.59 -171.59
Teah Eveleth 07/23
Willow Eveleth 07/23
Subtotal Investment Income -169.98 135.38
Bart Jennings 07/27
Julian Jessin 07/27
FUNDRAISER INCOME 0.00 155.24
Robert Heil 07/28
Ginger Lichtenstein 07/29
Subtotal Miscellaneous Income 0.00 155.24
Robin Michael 07/29
Ceryta Holm 07/31
TOTAL INCOME 12,208.06 50,569.88
Kaia Holm 07/31
TOTAL EXPENSES 6,386.73 32,207.10
A N N I V E R S A RY
FUNDS INCREASE (DECREASE) $5,821.33 $18,362.78
Preliminary Balance Sheet (UNAUDITED) GRIEDER, Terence & Dagmar
Capital/Building, Endowment, and Pass-Through Funds May 2007
ASSETS WILLIAMS-WEAVER, Anita, &
CURRENT ASSETS WUNDERLICK, George
CASH Married 7/23
Bank of America $13,297.07
Certificates of Deposit 64,991.36
Subtotal Cash 78,288.43
Mutual Funds – Endowment 16,207.80 May 6: Gay & Bill
Phillips, in honor of our
TOTAL ASSETS 94,496.23
marriage of 25 years
LIABILITIES May 13: Cheryl
Payable – 2nd Offering $1,665.00 Youngberg, for my
Paid to 2nd Offering Charity -907.00 birthday
Women’s Retreat 898.12
Youth RE Payable 359.10 May 20: David & Penny
TOTAL LIABILITIES 2,015.22 Burnette, in honor of
Aaron's high school
FUND BALANCE graduation
May 27: Laurie Willis, in
Designated Fund – Capital/Building $64,898.47
TEMPORARILY RESTRICTED FUNDS
honor of teachers:
Tmprly Rstrctd-Capital Fund 11,374.74 Happy summer!
Tmprly Rstrctd-Endowment Operating Reserve 13,884.22
Tmprly Rstrctd-Endowment Social Outreach 2,323.58 If you have a special day coming up and
want to celebrate it by bringing flowers,
Subtotal Temporarily Restricted Funds 27,582.54 contact Jean McDermott at 441-5754.
TOTAL FUND BALANCE 92,481.01 The next openings are Aug 12 and all of
September. Hurry, they go fast.
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND FUND BALANCE $94,496.23
Volume 7 Number 7 Page 11
How to be generous and frugal at the same time
In November, The Wall Street Journal Sunday section of the
Austin American-Statesman published an article that may be
of interest to some of us older folks.
The article states, in part:
“For the rest of this year and 2007, taxpayers 70 1/2 and
older can contribute up to $100,000 a year directly to
Did you know…
charities from their IRAs without triggering federal income IT COSTS Wildflower Church
tax on the IRA distributions.” $18,750 to rent the South Austin Senior Activity
During the year in which a person turns 70 1/2 years old, Center for 50 Sundays?
one must withdraw a certain percentage of one’s IRA, and
ITCOSTS Wildflower Church $471 per Sunday to
it is normally taxable.
provide Religious Education for our children?
The gift must go directly from your retirement account to
the charitable organization and one cannot also take a tax IT COSTS Wildflower Church 10 cents per member
deduction for the charitable gift. However, if you don’t per day to provide music for our services?
itemize your deductions, this could be an advantage.
IT COSTS Wildflower Church $349.93 per day,
This same article suggests that we consider donating seven days a week, 365 days of the year to provide the
appreciated assets such as stocks and mutual-fund shares worship, programs and services that are so important
rather than cash. In some instances, this can protect an
individual from paying tax on the gain from appreciated to us all?
stocks, and the charity doesn’t have to pay tax on it,
This quotation and all other information in this article are
All of this information must be evaluated carefully by taken from “Why Not Be Smart as Well as Generous,” by
individuals to see if will be prudent for their unique Diana Ransom. Austin American-Statesman; The Wall Street
situation. Your accountant can help you choose the Journal Sunday; Sunday, Nov. 5, 2006.
best course of action.
May 2007 Sunday Attendance Record MUSIC NOTES
May 6 May 13* May 20* April 29 While the Wildflower Choir has been
on a summer vacation, we have been
91 132 130 66 lucky to have some inspirational and entertaining musicians
8 4 6 4 and vocalists perform for us.
8 19 14 8 On May 27, vocalist Sherrille Reed was accompanied by Jan
Austin on piano. We also heard from Elke Baitis, and
5 6 8 4
Patterson Barrett, on both piano and guitar; Patterson also
112 161 158 82 accompanied Sherrille in some of her selections.
On June 3, we heard Jean McDermott, one of our favorite
AVERAGE ATTENDANCE May 2007 – 145
*Eliza Galaher Preaching
Wildflower instrumentalists, as well as visitors Edward
Sledge and Angela Smith.
Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one On June 10, our very own Wildflower Peace Train Band,
tongue — to the end that we should hear and see more with Rob Bollinger, Patterson Barrett, Dana McBride, and
than we speak. Pat Hammonds, performed. Thanks so much to all of you.
—Socrates --Martha Allen
Sunday Worship Service
Children’s Religious Education
Most Sunday services held at
3911 Manchaca, Austin, TX
South Austin Sr. Activity Center
(Manchaca between South Lamar &
Ben White Blvd, about 2 blocks
north of Ben White (Hwy. 290)
Please check our web site for the
4422 Packsaddle Pass
(The office is not staffed.)
PO Box 40395
Austin, TX 78704
Editor, Hugh Nations Things to remember
firstname.lastname@example.org Oct. 12-14: Retreat for Wildflower’s Wonderful Women
Oct. 13: Hands on Housing
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Officers: President, Carol Knight; Vice President, Sara Barker; Secretary, Gay Phillips; Treasurer, Jan Austin
Members: Dagmar Grieder, Jeff Hampton, Tom Moran, Karen Schrupp, and Nancy York