The Messenger

 A Month of Sundays

November 5 Jaime Escuder, RE-Kay
Following worship is the first Sunday Potluck.
Please bring a dish to share.

November 12 Alan Wallace, RE-MB

November 19 Taize

November 26 RE-Beckie

Call Beverly Escuder at (312) 520-2994 to lead
Worship on November 26 or December.

Sunday Worship is at 11:00am.


October Worship Attendance

Total Attendance for October 98, Sunday average 19.6

Hymn of the Month

#309 Earth is Our Homeland

Mark L. Belletini wrote this hymn with fellow Hymnal Commission member Helen Pickett. You will love
the patterns of poetry, the metaphors, and the fact
that they set it to the Brahms hymn tune Symphony.
The hymn is about creativity, the arts, and humanity’s connection to both Earth and Mystery.

Zen Meditation Group

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

UUBB Interest Groups

Book Clubs:

The Big Bend Book Club
meets on Wednesday, November 8 at 5:30pm at the UUBB, the reading selection is Seeds of Man: An experience lived and dreamed, by Woodie Guthrie. This describes Guthrie’s 1931 journey to our Big Bend and was originally titled Study Butte.  Anyone interested in attending is welcome even if you didn’t read the book come and enjoy the conversation.

Day Time Book Club
Next meeting at the UUBB will be in January so stayed tuned. All are welcome.

The Writers League of Texas Workshop
Sign up for an afternoon of writing instruction and discussion at the Alpine Public Library on Saturday, November 11, at 1:00pm. Becka Oliver, director of the Writers League of Texas, is bringing this one-day workshop to Alpine. The WLT is dedicated to helping writers in the far reaches of Texas. Two well-known published authors; Donna Johnson, author of Holy Ghost Girl and Meg Gardiner, author of thirteen acclaimed thrillers, will teach a day-long class.

Free and Open to the Public, pre-registration suggested (432) 837-2621. Refreshments provided.

Storytellers needed for November 16 live storytelling event at Sul Ross!

Marfa Public Radio, KSRU, and Sul Ross State University’s Department of Fine Arts and Communication will present a free evening of live storytelling on Thursday, November 16, from 7pm to 8:30pm in Marshall Auditorium at Sul Ross.

We are looking for students, staff, faculty and Alpine community members to tell five-minute-long, personal, real-life stories about the theme: First Times. Everyone has a story, and everyone has had a first time, from your first day at school to your first day at work, first crush to first heartbreak, and everything in between. Have a story to tell? Please contact or 432-294-3084 with your idea before October 19. Include your name, a short paragraph about your story idea, and a very short bio. Stories will be performed live in front of an audience in Marshall Auditorium, and will later be broadcast on Marfa Public Radio and KSRU.

Upcoming UUBB Happenings

Wake the Snakes!
Every Thursday at 7:00 pm, a Samba/African Drumming Circle meets at UUBB to practice and learn Drum Circle techniques.  Currently we are playing Brazilian style drumming and welcome new drummers at any time.  UUBB members, Megan Wilde, Kay (and Tim) Wilde, Pam Gaddis,  Alan and Carol Wallace are part of the circle;  fun and athletic. If you need more information, call Carol Wallace at 262-637-8799.

UUBB Needs Your Help
Our annual Rummage Sale is scheduled for November 4.  It is a major fundraiser for our church. We can really use the funds this year because we want to get internet at the church, set up a nursery room for our 3 and under children on Sunday mornings, and  start a savings plan to replace our ancient furnace if it becomes inoperable.

Chairperson Becky Hagerman will manage the event and is requesting items/pickup/etc now. We have volunteers in place to work. We need more donations.

Alan Wallace is available to help move large items to our storage building. Call Alan at 837-5573 or 262- 865-2555.


Sources of Our Living Tradition

Come to a Sunday service early so you can visit the UUBB Library to find books about Unitarian Universalism’s Six Sources of Inspiration and Spiritual Growth.

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, listed in the front of our Hymnal, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. These are the six sources our congregation affirms and promotes:

•Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;

•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;

•Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;

•Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;

•Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;

•Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Rev. Kathleen Rolenz said, “Throughout history, we have moved to the rhythms of mystery and wonder, prophecy, wisdom, teachings from ancient and modern sources, and nature herself.”

Browse through the hundreds of books on these topics in our rich UUBB Library, and sign out up to 3 books for your reading and learning pleasure.

submitted by Gwynne Jamieson

Family Fun

Family Night at UUBB! Please join us on the third Friday of the month at the church, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. Family, fellowship, food and fun. Activity and meal provided at no cost.

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.

Adult Education

The Sunday Morning Adult Study at 9:45 a.m. at the church continues into November on the  5 and 12. Please join us to explore this deep topic of racism through Trevor Noah’s humorous bestselling book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. It continues to be  thought provoking and soul-nourishing.

Food Pantry of Alpine

October was designated by the Food Pantry of Alpine as a month to ‘Love Your Local Food Pantry.’ Education, fundraising and volunteer recruitment is our goal. The Food Pantry of Alpine was established in 2011 to help provide basic food products to residents of Alpine who are in need of them. That need continues to grow.

There are many individuals, families, young people, old people in our community who simply cannot afford to buy enough groceries and pay housing, utilities, childcare and other basic expenses. The Pantry is there to help them survive. It is located at 108 Neville Road, on the north side of the railroad tracks. The Alpine Avalanche publishes distribution dates every month.

This organization is managed by a volunteer board. The stocking of the store is done by the board and volunteers. The Pantry depends on community donations of food and money to keep our store stocked and operating. We purchase food each month from the West Texas Food Bank, which operates as our wholesale supplier. We buy food from local grocery stores as we need it. We receive food from community members, clubs, churches and businesses.

Clients may come to one of 5 distributions each month, and must be residents of Brewster County. We currently serve between 350 and 380 people each month and the number is growing.

To qualify as a client, the USDA has specified that a family of 1 with income of less than $21,978 a year qualifies use the Food Pantry. For a family of 2 more more family members, less than $29,637 is considered a qualifier. To put that into perspective, consider that if a person is working for a wage of $8 an hour, 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, their salary before taxes is $16,640.

The Pantry’s major fundraiser this month is the October 14 5K ColorFall run, beginning and ending at the American Legion Hall. Runners and walkers are invited to be sprinkled with color powder several times along the route. A brisket lunch will be available at the end of the run and live music will be part of the celebration. Registration in available online at, at the Alpine Public Library, or at 8:00am at the American Legion Hall on the day of the run.

Both Marfa and Fort Davis provide Food Pantries for their communities. The need is clear and constant. To allow people to go hungry in our communities is not who we are. For more information, go to

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

The UUBB Members and Friends Mailing List

The UUBB mailing list has been set up for the purposes of disseminating information to UUBB members and friends pertaining to UUBB activities and events at our church or in the community. Please help us to keep this mailing as a messenger of importance for UUBB activities and information for our members and friends.