Unitarian Universalist Village Church
403 Barcelona Road, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Remembering Dave Allen
He was a man of sorrows,
That no one can deny. David Allen
Yet he brought a softness to this world March 23, 1941 - August 18, 2011
Which many can profit by.
His private thoughts he tried to share.
Our ears, deaf to his plea.
Yet, hear him we must, his thoughtful words, August Sundays at UUVC
For a world that is yet to be. • September 4 Sunday Service, Dane Nielsen
So, if you still can hear me,
And this really is not the end,
I’m grateful to have known you,
• September 11 Insight, DBLE Report
And I’ve been proud to have called you my friend. • September 18 Sunday Service, Dr. Rev. Bud
Hearn “The Twins of Doubt and Certainty”
Lee Iafrate -- August 2011 • September 25 Insight, TBA
UUVC Membership Committee members and friends attended. Opportunities
Sheila Ford, Chairperson abounded for participants to identify strategies
and procedures that would hopefully make visi-
Members Attend Leadership Camp tors feel more welcomed at UUVC. In addition,
to the visitor discussion, time was spent on the
Four UUVC members spent a week at the Dwight importance of keeping the membership needs of
Brown Leadership Experience in Denton, Texas our members foremost in our mind and actions.
from August 7 – 12. Bobbie Bateman, Lee Irafate,
Carl and Sheila Ford were the Hot Springs Village
representatives. The group experienced a busy
schedule that began at 5:30 AM and ended at
9:45 PM daily. The jammed packed days includ-
ed large lecture type instruction and well as small
group discussion sessions. The four UUVCers
spent most of the day as a core nucleus. We
attended the evening Chalice groups indepen-
In the weeks to come Dr. Hearn and Sheila hope
to summarize the strategies developed and
implemented at a Congregational Conversation.
In the meantime, the committee hopes that you
will notice that we want “to show not tell,” you of
our welcoming actions.
Those present were: Dennis Abraham, Tom
Henderson, Steve Rittenmeyer, Alana Clegg,
Barb Robbins, Dick Robbins, Karen Williams, Jay
Williams, Anne Flueckiger, Cloe Bayer, Pat Hearn,
Susan Smith and Connie Noland (Southwest UU Carl Ford, Sheila Ford and Seminar leader, Rev.
District leaders) were the lead instructors. Their Dr. Bud Hearn.
topics dealt with the large picture projections of
where and how UUA would move forward in the Personal Planning Form Requested
coming years. Emphasis was placed on how our
individual churches would aid in that forward The untimely death of David Allen reminded us
movement. of the need to have a Personal Planning Form on
file for each of our Members and Friends. Many
The four participants will be reporting to the years ago, a Planning Form was distributed and
congregation on their experience, understanding, collected by persons in UUVC leadership posi-
and prospective of their summer training op- tions. As membership chair, I have updated the
portunity on September 11, 2011, at the Sunday form and am ready to send it to each of our
Insight service. Members and Friends for consideration. Comple-
tion of the requested information is purely vol-
Membership Seminar Held untary and the information will be held in strict-
est confidence. The purpose for collecting this
information is to make certain that your thoughts,
On Saturday, August 27, 2011, Rev. Dr. Bud
directions and wishes are followed in the event of
Hearn, lead the Membership Committee through
an emergency. There are no plans other than the
a day long seminar on “Nurturing a Loving and
sincere desire to represent you and our church
Welcoming Community.” A total of fourteen
when you are not available.
Fund. Because of the extremely severe drought,
Consideration of a Columbarium there is a crisis in Somalia and neighboring
countries, affecting many millions of people. The
Last year several folks began exploring the pos- Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
sibility of purchasing and installing a Columbarium has set up a relief fund to help ameliorate the
on our church property. Meg Koziar and myself situation You may remember that last March our
have taken an active part in exploring various Justice Sunday program was on how the UUSC
companies and location possibilities. If you would operates in these humanitarian crises through
like to consider being part of this conversation partners already on the ground. If you would like
and would like to explore the possibility of owning more information on this fund, go to UUSC.org,
a niche, please call or e-mail Meg Koziar or Sheila and click on Famine in Africa.
Ford. Those persons who began this conversation
are, Bud and Pat Hearn, Karen and Jay Williams
and Don and Barb Ost. It is anticipated that these
folks will play an important role in the decisions
pertaining to this topic. Our church also budgets for Community Dona-
tions from the operating fund. The board de-
Past Presidents cides to whom these funds are donated, with
recommendations from the Social Action Com-
mittee. The recipient of our first major donation
Recognition of those UUVC members who have
is the Jackson House in Hot Springs.
served our congregation as past presidents shall
not go unnoticed! In the days ahead a framed list-
ing of all UUVC Presidents will proudly reside in
our church library.
Honoring our Past Members
Plans are underway to honor our members and
friends who have died in a special commemora-
tive way. Those who were a part of UUVC begin-
ning in 1997 will be listed in an appropriate and
dignified way that celebrates their contribution to
our church. The acquisition of our church will also
enable us to commemorate those persons we
have lost after moving into our building. Our first
Janie Smith, director, was very pleased to re-
commemoration will be for David Allen.
ceive $1400 from UUVC, and as she was in
the process of unloading a food order from the
Arkansas Rice Depot when it was delivered,
pointed out that this donation would purchase
Social Action about four thousand dollars worth of food for the
by Meg Koziar, Chair
needy. (The cost of food through the Rice Depot
is about one third of the retail cost.) We plan to
Share the Plate have more information about Jackson House in
a future program. Though this congregation has
Thank you for your contributions to the August been contributing to them since 1997, their work
Share the Plate collection. We were able to give may not be familiar to some.
the Paul Bewie Boys and Girls Club $356. We
normally chose a local organization for our share Recycling
the plate collections, but on Sept. 4 the recipient
will be the UUSC Somalia and East Africa Relief
Please note that we now have a bulletin board
(Social Action Cont.) Book Corner
above the recycling bins (thanks to Tom Tirrell and If you are one of those like me who know next
Michael Kloack). We have a notice there that we to nothing about the second U of UU, I have the
hope will clarify our recycling efforts. It seems book for you: “American Universalism: Its Origins, Or-
that some people have thought that we receive ganization and Heritage,” by Elmo Arnold Robinson.
money for what we recycle, or get some point
somewhere. Not true. Our recycling is solely a Unless you are a history buff, one who can’t get
social justice activity. Check the bulletin board for a long with out loads of details, I recommend you
more details. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for skip Part II -- The Story. I think even Elmo will
two types of recycled items we need: computer understand. Concentrate instead on Part 1 -- Ori-
equipment for C4K, and winter bedding for the gins (pp. 1-70), and Part III -- Heritage (pp. 207-
Oaklawn Migrants program. 238). For me, both were informative, providing a
readable insight into where we came from. Part II
-- Organization is great for the specialist, but for
me it was a tough slog.
The committee will meet on September 9 at 6:30
“Theology in America,” edited by Sydney Ahl-
at the church and discuss plans for activities
strom, offers an excellent summary from Puritan-
related to our focus on food security and ethical
ism to Neo-Orthodoxy, bringing to life a topic
eating. You are welcomed to join us.
alien to many of us. If you only read the intro-
duction, your time will have been well spent, but
Sign Up to Volunteer don’t stop there. A careful selection of primary
sources allows you to explore the thoughts of a
For our monthly activities at the Jackson House wide range of theologians in their own voice. We
Kitchen, Thrift Shop, or Ouachita Children’s Cen- have Bud Hearn to thank for sharing with us this
ter. Sign up books are near the name tags. book from his own library.
Something to Think About
Here we are together, you and I.
You and I without a word to say.
Why should lips be used to murmur words when
love is waiting, maidenly and shy, to have her
maiden shyness kissed away.
September Milestones •••• Congratulations
Helen & Bob Stark -- 1 Sep
Jay Williams 8 Sep Colleen Wagner 23 Sep
Fred Voda 9 Sep Joanne Whaley 25 Sep Elizabeth & John Foster -- 6 Sep
Daryl Wedwick 13 Sep Bob McCleskey 28 Sep Bridget & Franz Van de Kop -- 28 Sep
Pat Hearn 14 Sep Sheila Ford 29 Sep
Cynthia Saalfield 21 Sep Cloe Bayer 30 Sep
Mayo Stiles 21 Sep Leon Koziar 30 Sep
Jack Newman 23 Sep
Still time to register for Bud’s seminar: Some of the works hanging in other parts of the
building are also for sale. Check with the artist
or any member of the committee: Pat Hearn,
A New Series of Seminars for
Daryl Wedwick, or Meg Koziar.
from Rev. Dr. Bud Hearn
Conflict Resolution Committee Prepares
RE-IMAGING A FUTURE OF THE BIBLE FOR RELIGIOUS
PROGRESSIVES The Conflict Resolution Committee (Cloe Bayer,
Tom Henderson, Bud Hearn, Moni Lacy, Steve
No book in American history has had a greater Rittenmeyer and Jim Umphrey) has met five times
historical and cultural impact than the Bible. It through the summer preparing to assist UUVC
remains the “story of all stories”. Its story has members and friends with voluntary, confidential
impacted political, social, economic history from settlement of church centered disputes. Although
political speeches to artistic expression. This the majority of committee members have experi-
seminar lays a foundation for understanding the ence in non-adversarial dispute resolution meth-
Bible, later seminars will address the place of ods, we are refreshing and updating our skills
the Bible in American culture: art, music, politics; with the excellent Mediation @ MIT: Mediator
and an emerging school of thought that ques- Training Program. Supplied to us, free of charge,
tions the historical reality of Jesus. See Bud by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
[922-3689] for info and registration.
By passing the Conflict Resolution Policy, UUVC
is being proactive with dispute resolution. Just as
fire departments don’t wait until the alarm sounds
Something Beautiful to start getting ready to respond. Our church,
(or at least interesting) while hoping no disputes erupt, has put into place
a process with trained people to help. Should the
by Meg Koziar, Art Committee need arise.
The Wall of Art in the Community Hall will be To receive more information, or discuss assis-
changed out on September 16. We will display tance with a conflict. Please feel free to contact
one piece from each artist, and hope to have CRC Chairman, Steve Rittenmeyer, at 915-0575
more of the many talented people in the congre- or SD-Rittenmeyer@wiu.edu.
gation participating this next time around. As
we would like a seasonal theme, keep Autumn
in mind. Art may, or may not, be for sale, Some Sign-up for the Friends of the Coronado Center Library
artists will donate a portion of the sale to the Trivia Night fund raiser at the AIG Table.
church. Check the catalog for information, it is in
the black folder at the bottom of the display. This event is held twice a year in the Coronado
Center Auditorium. The next ‘Trivia Night’ is
(Hint: Last chance to purchase one of the pieces now coming up on Friday, September 23, 2011.
displayed.) Seats are sold at $10 each; and the Library
accepts entries from Teams of Eight; or from
Artist should place their Autumn display pictures entries of less than a full team; or from individu-
in the Art/Craft room near the kitchen before als. Interested entrants may sign-up as a team
Sept. 16. Make sure they have a wire for hang- (8 entrants), 2 to 7 entrants, or as individu-
ing. Please do not remove pieces from the cur- als. The Library will assign individuals to other
rent display; they will be placed in the art room incomplete teams taking part in the competi-
for you to pick up after Sept. 16. We will hang tion. UUVC already has a complete team, which
one work from each artist. has entered and competed in the last two Trivia
September AIG Report The September Sunday Golf Scramble will be on
by Tom Henderson the 2nd Sunday, 09/11/11. Folks wanting to play
in this event may sign-up for it on Sunday morn-
The Art AIG continues to meet at UUVC on 1st, ings at UUVC. If you have played in it previously,
3rd, and 5th Friday from 9:30 a.m. to Noon, with you can expect to get a reminder e-mail from
Meg Koziar as its Facilitator. Artists interested in Facilitator (‘Golf Commissioner’), Wally Johnson,
joining the Group for practicing their Art should prior to the 2nd Sunday. His e-mail will tell you
contact Meg to discuss their interest. which course and the tee times reserved for the
UUVC Sunday Golf Scramble.
The Book Club is reading the book, “We Hear All
Voices” by a Benton AR author, Sam Taggart. The A new AIG, “Religious’ Studies” Group, will start
book will be discussed at the regular meeting meeting in September. This AIG is full, but if
hosted at the Umphreys home at 2 p.m. on the you are interested, please sign-up as a Standby
4th Thursday of September, 09/22/11. Interested should someone drop out. The first conversa-
persons please contact Joanne Umphrey at home tion -- Remedial Christianity -- begins Sunday,
via telephone, via e-mail or you may get informa- September 11 (and every other week after that) at
tion at the AIG sign up table on Sunday mornings 12:30 PM in the room behind the UUVC kitchen.
at UUVC. Please contact Sheila or Carl Ford for more de-
The Games Group will meet at UUVC on its regular
scheduled 2nd Saturday at 6 p.m. at UUVC. After Another new AIG is forming, the Astronomy/Star-
trying pot lucks, snacks only and desserts only, gazing Group, with Jay Williams, as Facilitator.
since moving meetings to UUVC, watch for Facili- Jay may have contacted you already to find out
tator, Paul Lakey’s e-mail in September to find out your preference for a time and day of the month
what the AIG has settled on for attendees to bring to meet. If you are interested in joining this AIG,
to the church for the AIG’s next meeting. please let Jay Williams know of your interest right
away, so you are included in the Group’s first
Members of the Grief Support AIG, or others want- meeting.
ing Group support, please call contact, Cynthia
Saalfield, to let her know of a support need, or The Current Issues Discussion AIG, formerly facili-
to find out when and where the next meeting will tated by Meg Koziar, and hosted by Mac McPher-
be held. This AIG has decided to meet only when son will begin again Thursday, September 22 at
there is a support need for someone, since no 10:00 AM, with Carl Ford as the new facilitator and
member felt the Group needed to meet again for host. The topic for the 22nd is “Obama’s NSC”;
the summer, but they wish to continue to sup- Newcomers welcome.
port anyone who needs Grief Support - when it’s
needed. I am presently seeking someone to takeover the
Spirituality AIG from Dave Allen. Other members
Members and Friends interested in the next Mov- of this Group interested in volunteering for this
ie/Film night, please contact Cloe Bayer to find out position, please call the UUVC AIG Coordinator,
when the next meeting will be held at UUVC. Tom Henderson.
The Poetry Reading AIG Facilitator, Elaine Voda, We now have eleven (12) AIGs meeting or plan-
reports that this AIG will continue with its regular ning to meet; two of these are new; and one AIG
meetings on the 2nd Thursday, from 10 a.m. until is looking for replacement Facilitators in order to
12 noon, in the UUVC Library. continue meeting regularly.
The AIG Sign-up Table includes a sign-up folder
The Restaurant Dining AIG meets at a Friday at
for a non-AIG,the Tanzanian Sewing Project, co-
Brave New Restaurant in Little Rock, (www.brave-
chaired by Sheila and Eve-Marie Renner.
newrestaurant.com) 6 p.m. September 16.
UU Village Church of Hot Springs Village, AR
July 31, 2011
( see Balance Sheet)
Total Cash as of: July 31, 2011 $ 70,497.99
Total Equity as of: July 31, 2011 $ 237,722.05
(see P&L Budget v. Actual)
Year end Fund Balance - June 30,2011 $ 65,923.58
Operating Income - July 1 to July 31, 2011 $ 20,774.91
Totals $ 86,698.49
Operating Expenses - July 1 to July 31, 2011 $ (5,056.50)
Income Correction for Prepaid Pledges $ (11,200.00)
Cash on Hand (July 31, 2011) $ 70,441.99
Difference $ 56.00
Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash $ 4,574.41
Bob McCleskey, Treasurer