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Unitarian Universalist Village Church 403 Barcelona Road, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 September 2011 501-922-1255 uuvc.org Remembering Dave Allen In Memoriam 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, “Water Ceremony” 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 2 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- dently. 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. 3 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 Community Donations 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 4 (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 Future Plans 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 Birthdays Anniversaries 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 5 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. Religious Progressives 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 Nights. 6 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- tails. 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. 7 UU Village Church of Hot Springs Village, AR Treasurers Report July 31, 2011 Equity ( see Balance Sheet) Total Cash as of: July 31, 2011 $ 70,497.99 Total Equity as of: July 31, 2011 $ 237,722.05 Fund Balance (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 Respectfully Submitted, Bob McCleskey, Treasurer 8/16/2011 Treasurers Report_7-31-2011.xlsx
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