The Messenger

A Month of Sundays

April 1 Easter led by Beverly Escuder.  Children’s programming includes egg hunt. Following worship is the first Sunday Potluck.  Please bring a dish to share.  Naomi/Nursery

April 8 Religion in China led by Roxie Wu

April 15 Stewardship led by Beverly Escuder

April 22 Wilderness of the Soul led by Valerie Naylor.  Anna/Nursery RE/Kay

April 29 Mother Earth led by Lori Glover
Naomi/Nursery RE: Canceled

Call Beverly Escuder at (312) 520-2994 to lead

Sunday Worship is at 11:00am



Hymn of the Month

#270 O Day of Light and Gladness
Published in 1904  and set in a 19th Century tune called Lancashire. Frederick Lucian Hosmer (1813-1929) includes Passover in his text of joy and life eternal.

Zen Meditation Group

Group meditation meets Monday eve’s at 6:00pm. Contact Jean O’Cuilinn (432) 364-2462 if you are coming for the first time & have questions. A small donation to the church is appreciated.

UUBB Interest Groups

The Radical Book Club
meets every other Tuesday. Currently we are reading Savage Grace: Living Resiliently in the Dark Night of the Globe by Andrew Harvey and Carolyn Baker. Our next two meetings are on April 3 and April 17 at 6pm at 102 McBride. For directions contact Lori Glover: 432-294-2810,

The Big Bend Book Club
meets on the second Wednesday of the month, April 11, at 5:30pm at the UUBB. The reading selection in April is Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History by Brian Kilmeade. The little-known story of Thomas Jefferson’s battle to defend America against Islamic pirates. Anyone interested in attending is welcome even if you didn’t read the book. Come and enjoy the conversation.

Day Time Book Club
The next meeting at the UUBB will be on April 19 (the third Thursday of every month) at 10:30am. The book selection for April is Lady Bird by Jan Jarboe Russell. A revealing biography of Lady Bird Johnson with startling new insights into her marriage to Lyndon Baines Johnson and her unexpectedly strong impact on his presidency. All are welcome.

Zen Meditation Group
Group meditation meets Monday evening’s at 6:00 pm. Contact Jean O’Cuilinn
(432) 364-2462 if you are coming for the first time & have questions. A small donation to the church is appreciated.

Upcoming UUBB Happenings

Annie’s List
April 4 at 7pm to April 5 at 9pm at the UUBB church on 5th Street. Women of the Big Bend, it is time to change the face of power in Texas! Kimberly Caldwell, program director of Annie’s Lists is coming to Alpine.  This workshop is free of charge.  Invite or bring other women interested in running for office someday…

Wake the Snakes!
In April Wake the Snakes will practice on Thursdays at 6:30pm. Wake the Snakes is a Samba/African Drumming Circle that meets at UUBB to practice and learn Drum Circle techniques.  We welcome new drummers at any time as we learn to play fun rhythms.  UUBB members, Megan Wilde, Kay (and Tim) Wilde, Pam Gaddis,  Shanna Howell, Alan and Carol Wallace are part of the circle;  fun and athletic. If you need more information, call Carol Wallace at (262) 637-8799.

The Big Bend Sierra Club
is having it’s general meeting Thursday, March 29 at 6pm at the Warnock Science Building, RM 101, Sul Ross State University. BBSC meets monthly.

Family Night at UUBB!
Family Night will be held at the church on April 20, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Families need a break from the weekday grind, so this is an opportunity to get together to share a meal and have a good time.  After dinner, the children can play while the parents enjoy some adult conversation.  The meal is provided and there is no need to bring anything other than your family! All are welcome.

Documentary Film Series by Megan Wilde
UUBB is now a community screening partner of PBS’s documentary film series. We hope to have our first screening of two documentary shorts, Joe’s Violin and The Jazz Ticket, in late April or early May. The screening will be followed by a discussion of these films and how music changes lives.

In Oscar-nominated Joe’s Violin, a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor’s violin donation changes the life of a 12-year-old girl from the Bronx. The Jazz Ticket is about a high school jazz powerhouse that’s helping kids from some of the toughest Los Angeles neighborhoods go to college.

POV (a cinema term for “point of view”) is public television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

Listen for the screening date during church announcements or keep an eye on the calendar. For more info: Megan at 432-294-3084 or

UUBB LIBRARY CORNER by Gwynne Jamieson

Kick off Spring by visiting the UUBB Library next Sunday, when you attend our first service in April 2018.  April 1 is a day that many will attend our gathering to celebrate Easter Sunday together.  We all will enjoy lively conversation and top-notch food at our monthly Potluck lunch.  I invite you to take a few minutes to also visit the UUBB library, located in a comfortable reading room behind the Altar.

We have over 500 books of comparative religions (the biggest such library in the area, including Sul Ross and the Alpine Public Library). We also have other books and resources to benefit members, visitors, service leaders and Board members.  New book donations are currently overflowing the small bookcase on the far wall, donated by member Jennifer Stafford; many are directly on topics related to the UUBB community as they are recently donated by the most generous Robert Flanders, a previous UUBB leader.  Although his wide-ranging collection has not yet been sorted and catalogued, please feel free to borrow these new additions by signing them out on the clipboard.  Donations are always welcome.  For info on using the new computer in the Library, contact Carol Wallace or Kristofer Jorgenson.

Looking forward to continuing to see the blooms popping as we move into a brand new month. And if you have any way to generate a few drops of rain, please request a shower or two from a higher power or a caring spirit of the clouds.  Happy Spring!

Family Fun

Family Night will be held at the church on April 20, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Families need a break from the weekday grind, so this is an opportunity to get together to share a meal and have a good time.  After dinner, the children can play while the parents enjoy some adult conversation.  The meal is provided and there is no need to bring anything other than your family! All are welcome.

Spirit Play

Spirit Play is a story-telling religious education program that  helps children to understand their world within the context of U.U. principles.  Volunteer RE teachers are excited to offer these interactive classes began on September 10th.

Spirit Play curriculum is designed for kids ages 3–12.  It is a question-based pedagogy and not appropriate for infants and toddlers.   RE teachers and board members are working together to find a safe and effective way to provide nurturing care for our children under three years of age.   For more information, contact Beverly or Mary Beth.

Food Pantry of Alpine

The UUBB congregation has been actively involved in the Alpine Food Pantry since it was formed over a decade ago.  Besides donating food products and money for food donations, some of our members serve on the Board of Directors and as volunteers at distributions and food drives.  Chris Muller has been treasurer of the organization and served several terms;  Carol Wallace is fundraiser for the Pantry.

Other Unitarians have already volunteered at distributions each month. Pantry board members are also active at distributions: other volunteers are needed 6 times every month.  In March there is a need at the WTFB delivery on Friday, March 2 between 10:30 am and 1:30pm to unload the shipment and help stock the store on March 2, 10:30am – 1:00pm  Distributions are on March 3, 8, 20, 22. That is 40 volunteered workers a month.  If you are interested in getting involved, talk with Chris or Carol for details.

Currently, AFB is helping feed about 380 people a month.  The numbers are increasing.  Many of our clients are working people who cannot make enough to pay ordinary living costs. The pantry buys food from the Food Bank at very discounted prices.  A great deal of that food is used in the first 3 dispensations.  After that we are dependent on food donations and discounted cash purchases from local stored.

The entire operation is run by volunteers  No-one is paid.  The space for the pantry is rented from The Presbyterian Church – at a very discounted rate, and also donates a very large amount of food every month.

Would you please consider buying an extra can of food, or any staple item when you can and bring to our food collection bin and Chris or I will get it to the pantry.

We sure thank folks for supporting and coming to the American Legion Fish Fry on March 23 to benefit the Food Pantry.  It was a big success!  The American Legion members worked hard and the food was good! We sold out of food and raised $2,500 for the Pantry.  Much gratitude to the Alpine community and our church members who supported the event!

The Pantry can always use juice or baking stuff, flour, sugar, etc. Bring your pantry donation to the church any Sunday!

Sunday Service Leaders and Greeters

The Board wants members and friends to know that UUBB always welcomes their participation as Service Leaders and Greeters. Neither job is difficult, especially since we have newly-published guidelines that will make it really easy for you. Also, any Board member will be happy to help you plan your participation. Both guidelines are available to take home with you at UUBB. Please, please consider sharing your interests and talents with us.

Making the Local News?

UUBB congregants are invited to submit news of their positive community contributions to for review for publication in the UUBB Messenger monthly newsletter.


UUBB Social Outreach in our Community

The UUBB is looking for needy organizations in our community which would gladly accept our outreach donations.  If you have any suggestions, please contact our president, Alan Wallace at

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