The Messenger


A Month of Sundays

February 4 Faith and Darwin, Denis Foley
Following worship is the first Sunday Potluck.
Please bring a dish to share.
Naomi/Nursery

February 11 Love Poetry Service, Jill Goodwin
Anna/Nursery — RE Mardi Gras Masks

February 18 Mark Glover
Naomi/Nursery — RE Kay

February 25 Ending Racism, Lori Glover
Anna/Nursery — RE MB

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

Sunday Worship is at 11:00am

 

January Attendance 

January 7 – 20
January 14 – 22
January 21 – 23
January 28 – 25

Total attendance 90
Average per Sunday 22.5

Hymn of the Month

#315 This Old World
Sung to the Southern Harmony tune Restoration. It has a fair bit of seriousness and melancholy but also comfort and love in its tune and in its lyrics. It is really about how we love one another.

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

The Big Bend Book Club
meets on the second Wednesday of the month, February 14, at 5:30pm at the UUBB. The reading selection in February is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. A riveting story of the collision between ethics, race and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. A story connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans. Anyone interested in attending is welcome even if you didn’t read the book (there is a movie) come and enjoy the conversation.

Day Time Book Club
The next meeting at the UUBB will be on February 15 (the third Thursday of every month) at 10:30am. The book selection for February is Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Trouble by J.D. Vance.  A fascinating consideration of class, culture and the American dream. A story about the broken connection between the world we see and the values we preach.  All are welcome.

Upcoming UUBB Happenings

Wake the Snakes!
In February Wake the Snakes will practice on Thursdays at 7:00pm. Wake the Snakes is a Samba/African Drumming Circle that 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.

Mardi Gras Party
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 13, 6:30 p.m. at the church. Fun and entertainment for all ages!

Family Night at UUBB!
Family Night will be held at the church on February 16, 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.

UUBB LIBRARY CORNER

 On Sunday, February 11, after our services, we will start Spanish conversational classes; small donation appreciated for teacher.

Please come.  Love from Maurine Pendleton y Gwynne Jamieson, y hasta luego!

 

 

 

 

 

Gwynne Jamieson, tel: 432-538-9020 or ggjamieson@yahoo.com.

Family Fun

Mardi Gras Party
Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 13, 6:30 p.m. at the church. Fun and entertainment for all ages!

Family Night at UUBB!
Family Night will be held at the church on February 16, 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 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.

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 info@foodpantryofalpine.org.

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 awallace@cathage.edu 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 awallace@carthage.edu.

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.