News of the Fellowship June 2013 June 2

News of the Fellowship
June 2
June 2013
The Four Agreements - Ilene Haykus
Don Miguel Ruiz is a physician and author of The Four Agreements. Published in 1997, The Four Agreements
has sold 4 million copies and was featured on Oprah. In his book, Ruiz advocates freeing ourselves from
beliefs and agreements made with ourselves and others that create limitation and unhappiness in our lives.
Ultimately, he says, fulfillment is found by living in integrity, loving oneself and absolving oneself from
responsibility for the woes of others. The way to do this is to follow four simple rules in life: be impeccable
with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best.
In today’s service, Ilene Haykus will discuss The Four Agreements and invite others to share their
understanding of the ways in which these principles can help us to discover greater harmony within ourselves
and with others. Ilene Haykus MA, CCHT has resided in Pagosa Springs for 18 years. She is Co-Owner of
Turning Point Hypnotherapy Academy and a past president of the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
June 9
Traditional UU Flower Communion – Julie Loar
We will also recognize our children and their teachers on this special day!
The flower Communion is a Unitarian Universalist tradition begun in a dark time in Czechoslovakia around
1900 and is now celebrated in many UU congregations in early June. People are invited to bring a flower of
their choice, from their garden, picked from a field or purchased. Each person will place their flower in the
vase at the altar at the appropriate time during the service. Near the end of the service, each person can
come forward and select a different flower from the vase. The Flower Communion signifies that as no two
flowers are alike, so no two people are alike, yet each has a contribution to add. The different flowers join to
form a beautiful bouquet, representing uniqueness, diversity and community. As our communjon bouquet
would not be the same without the addition of each individual blossom, so our fellowship community would
not be the same without each and every one of us.
Don’t forget to bring a flower to help form our exquisite bouquet
June 16
Father’s Day Remembrance Service – Merlin Wheeler
Do you know when Father's Day was first recognized as a special holiday? Merlin Wheeler will present some
history on Father's Day. Following will be presentations by three fellowship members talking about their
father's and what they meant in their lives.
June 23
The Second Source of UUism – Julie Loar
Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that does not operate from dogma but rather is informed by Seven
Principles and Six Sources. This framework supports the free and independent search for truth
and meaning that unites UUs in spite of diverse beliefs and paradigms. The Six Sources are part of the formal
statement of principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association and were adopted in 1984 and amended in
1995. They represent the backbone of Unitarian Universalism and offer a rich foundation from which to grow
our spiritual lives. Throughout this year Julie Loar will speak on each source. This Sunday we will examine
Source Two: "Words and deeds of prophetic women and men, which challenge us to confront powers and
structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." Please come to learn about
this Source and share what it means to you.
June 30
Second Source – Rev Angela Herrera (DVD)
Unitarian Universalism draws from many religious and spiritual sources. Elements of the 2 nd source will be
presented on June 30th with a DVD by Rev. Angela Herrera, an Associate Minister at the First Unitarian
Universalist Congregation in Albuquerque, NM. This source draws from words and deeds of prophetic women
and men that challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the
transforming power of love. Rev. Herrera will discuss some biblical prophets and contemporary religious
leaders whose main experience seems to have been one of public rejection. To highlight prophecy, she will
discuss the apocalyptic prophecies found in the Book of Revelation from the prospective of the Harvard
theologian, Elizabeth Schussler-Fiorenza. Religious liberals have their own version of the apocalypse that
represents a vision in which the people tear down structures and systems of injustice and oppression, and in
their place, build up a beloved community. Our contemporary prophets, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., led
us to realize huge gains toward that vision.
Shop and Share
Please bring canned goods, boxed foods, leaning supplies, pet food
and personal items to our Fellowship for distribution
through the Methodist Food Pantry to those in need in our community.
Welcome to our New Steering Committee Members
Nyla Eala, Kay Kaylor and Doug VanderLouw
were elected on May 19, 2013 to serve two-year terms and will serve this year
with Pauline Benetti and Joan Ward who will continue on the committee.
By-Laws: The Growth Fund and Motto were both approved by the Fellowship.
Treasurer's Notes
Please remember that the current pledge year ends June 30. Thank you
to everyone who has given their pledge for the new year starting July 1.
For those who haven't pledged yet - you still can!
The Caring Committee
The Caring Committee currently consists of 4 members and we would love additional
participation. We are available for organizing and preparing of meals, transportation,
caring visits, sending out cards or running errands and we will try to meet other needs.
BUT, we cannot help out, if we don't know that a need exists. So please let someone on the Caring Committee
know, if you or another member or friend of the fellowship could use some help. Please contact Merilyn
Moorhead 731-2323, Phyl Daleske 731-4589, Bonnie Runyan, 731-3527 or Jean Strahlendorf, 731-2340.
PUUF Annual Rummage Sale
Saturday, June 1st
8:00 am at the Fellowship Hall
Don’t miss the sale of the season! It’s time to make space in your
closet and check out the garage, basement and attic for all old stuff
waiting for a new home. Remember what’s junk to you is another’s
Donate your STUFF to PUUF’s Sale
Any clothing not sold will be taken to Upscale Resale for credit to PUUF’s account. All the money earned will
be used for the ministry of our fellowship and to help the community. With a positive attitude to this process,
getting rid of STUFF brings no guilt and lots of satisfaction.
Be sure to shop too – see what new treasures YOU can find!
Bring donations to PUUF beginning Monday, May 27 and no later than early Friday morning.
The Fellowship Hall will be open every day for you to bring in donations. Questions? Call Phyl 731-4589
Set up and pricing will be - Friday, May 31 – from 9 to 4
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Needed: Lots of tables for display
and LOTS of volunteers to help !!!
Life of the Fellowship
All are invited to participate in the learning, sharing and caring opportunities offered in our Fellowship
Celebrate the Children and their Teachers
Don't miss the Flower Communion Service on June 9 when we recognize our children and their teachers that
day. This is a new date, moved from June 2, so please make a note of it on your calendar. Remember to
bring a flower!
For the months of June, July, and August, the children will not have any formal activities in the backroom.
There will be a "children's corner" with lots of craft supplies and books, etc., that children and their guardians
are welcome to use during the adult services. We will restart the formal activities on September 8th with the
Water Communion. Remember to gather a little water while you are off adventuring to share at the Water
What a wonderful year we have had. Thank you, all of you, for supporting
the children. We are creating opportunities for loving, caring relationships
to develop and that is what it is all about!
Anna Ramirez, Children’s Program Coordinator
The Book Club will continue to meet at 1:00
on the 2nd Monday of the month—June 10th
For June our selection for discussion is Bless Me Ultima and in July we will talk about The Bone People, a novel
set in New Zealand. Both books are available through the library. Happy reading. . . . Merilyn
Shop and Share – Support our local Food Bank
There continues to be a critical need for food boxes. Please continue to help out by
contributing canned goods, boxed meals dried beans or pasta, pet food and personal items.
I find it hard to remember so bring several items at a time. Put items in the bin by the back
door and Phyl will take them to the Methodist Food Bank. With news that Food Stamps are
being cut back, the food boxes will be even more needed. . . . Merilyn Moorhead
Loaves and Fishes – Thursday, June 20th
We are scheduled to help with Loaves and Fishes at the Parish Hall on Lewis Street in downtown Pagosa on
June 20th. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 1:00. If you can help serve, please come about 11:00. Thank you to
Doug VanderLouw for offering to be “cook for the day” and to those who month by month step up to
participate in this community service.
Four Corners UU Retreat near Vallecito Resevoir – Save the dates—July 12-14, 2013
Our annual Four Corners UU Retreat is set for July 12 – 14 at Lois and Ken Carpenters’ place, Pine Song, just below the dam at
Vallecito . Brochures with registration forms will be available at church very soon. It will take place under the pavilion alongside the
Pine River. Attendees may camp out on the grounds or simply drive out from home on Saturday and Sunday. Non-campers may go
to to locate cabins near the lake. Vallecito Resort and Trailer Park is the closest
to Pine Song and Pine River Lodge the next closest. We know the proprietors of both and can recommend them. Other places are
also quite good, but farther away. We recommend making reservations as early as possible.
Campers may arrive any time after 3:00 P.M. on Friday, July 12 to check in, set up their camp
and get acquainted with other campers. Actual retreat events start the next morning with
check-in and a continental breakfast followed by a workshop led by our guest minister, the
Rev. Fred Wooden of Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, MI. Fred will also be the
presenter at our worship service on Sunday morning at 10:30 A.M. The topic this year will be
Spiritual Your Whole Life—Four Ways to Nourish the Four People We All Are.
Early Saturday afternoon may feature some organized activities and there will be plenty of
free time later to visit, fish (catch and release fly fishing only), hike, check out the lake or
watch the river flow onward. Everyone should bring a sack lunch for Sat. and prepare to bring/make a dish for the potluck dinner on
Sat. evening. Sunday morning will start with a catered breakfast which is included with the full-time registration fee.
Children’s activities will coincide with the adult workshop and Sunday service. The Saturday events will again take place in Frosty
Pines’ Frontier Village (see set up at Pine Song. This year’s featured retreat activities will include covered
wagon rides, art with natural plant dyes, tracking and stalking wildlife, and dutch oven cooking with the children making cobbler to
bring to the potluck!
Registration fees will be the same as last year:
Children 12 and under—FREE
Youth ages 13 – 17--$10
Adult, full retreat--$30.00
Adult, Saturday only--$25.00
Sunday worship service—FREE
Sunday breakfast for adult or youth NOT attending any prior part of the retreat--$8.00
Look for the brochures at your church and sent in your registration fees so they are received by Friday, July 6 to avoid the late fee of
$5.00 per adult/youth.
Five Star Recommendation
To those of you who are new to our Fellowship or have never attended this annual retreat, we recommend and invite you to
participate in our grand Four Corners Retreat on the Pine River. The location near Bayfield is the beautiful ranch of Ken and Lois
Carpenter, members of the Durango Fellowship. Join with other UU’s from this area for a weekend of inspiration, good food and
conversation and experience good UU community.
Saturday June 29
UU Fellowship Hall
Potluck at 5:30 pm
Dances begin at 7:00 pm
Experience the divine through sacred movement and song. The Dances of Universal Peace celebrate all paths to light
by experiencing the music and dance of many traditions. Join us as we hold hands in a circle and dance for depth---and
for joy No partner required; no experience necessary. Wonder Bob from Crestone will provide the music and the simple
instructions. We'll begin our evening of community with a potluck dinner at 5:30 pm followed by the Dances at 7:00 pm.
. . . Pam Kircher
Calendar of Events
Welcome everyone to the events of the Fellowship
Meetings are at PUUF Hall unless otherwise noted.
Sunday Worship Service begins at 10:30 am
RE classes will resume for children in September.
May 31
Set up for Rummage Sale
June 1
June 9
June 10
June 14
Phyl Daleske. 731-4589
Flower Communion
Please bring a flower to share.
Book Club
Merilyn Moorhead, 731-2323
Worship Cmte
Time and date to be determined
Steering Cmte
June 20
Loaves and Fishes
Meet at Parish Hall on Lewis St
June 22
June 29
Full Moon Meditation
Pauline Benetti 264-5232
Julie Loar, 731-4744
Dances of Universal Peace
Potluck at 5:30 pm -- Dances will begin at 7:00 pm
Steering Committee
Pauline Benetti
Nyla Eala
Kay Kaylor
Doug VanderLouw
Joan Ward
Children’s Program
Anna Ramirez
Worship Committee
Nathan Beach
Pauline Benetti
Phyl Daleske
Zoe Groulx
Ilene Haykus
Julie Loar
Merilyn Moorhead
Anna Ramirez
Jean Strahlendorf
Music Coordinator
John Graves
Caring Committee
Merilyn Moorhead
301 N Pagosa Blvd, Greenbriar Blvd, Unit B15
PO Box 5984, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Membership Committee
Phyl Daleske
Newsletter Editor
Norma Buslepp, editor
Zoe Groulx. assistant
Web Mistress
Barbara Asprey
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