UUFSMA Newsletter April 8, 2019

The Mission of this Fellowship is to serve the spirit as each individual understands it; to serve the educational and pastoral needs of our own community; and to serve our multicultural community through actions that further social justice.

Care Team

It is not how much you do, but how much love you put in the doing.
-  Mother Teresa

Gloria Fastrup went to the MAC Hospital on Thursday, April 4th for a hip replacement and ran into complications that resulted in a need for blood transfusions and a two-day stay in the intensive care unit. She will be coming home Monday afternoon, April 8th. The care has been outstanding, both doctors and nurses. She is in good spirits and happy to be going home, and looking forward to seeing friends again.

Training: Medical Resources Directory, April 14, 10 minutes after Service

In order to keep the list of local healthcare practitioners up-to-date we transferred it to
Discoversam.com, a free listing kept up by Ron Lenox.

The site is pretty straight-forward, but often when we need a doctor our minds aren’t
working as well as usual, so understanding how to use the site to source an review
practitioners before we are actually in need is a good safeguard to have.

Sunday, April 14, 10 minutes after Service, Ron will demonstrate how the site works,
how to search for specific caregivers by name, or by specialty; how to review your
experience with a particular person; explain other aspects of the site; answer our
questions and take suggestions.

The demo will last about 20 minutes, depending on questions. It could be a very valuable
investment of your time, because you never know when you will need to find the phone #
of a hospital, clinic or doctor. Especially in an emergency – and this is the resource you
should turn to.

If you are in need of assistance or know someone who does, please contact Francoise or Lydia Jane.

If you are in need of a healthcare professional, you will find a comprehensive listing on DiscoverSMA.com under the Business Directory tab, Medical Services. You can search by specialty and/or name, and read reviews posted by others who have used their care.

For pastoral care, please contact Rev. Tom Rosiello, 415-120-2119,  tomrosiello@gmail.com
Françoise: 415 149 3053,  francoise.yohalem@gmail.com
Lydia Jane: 415 149 3784,  lydiajafa@yahoo.com

There will be a Celebration of life for David Garrity, husband of Ellie Goodwin, at the Aldea on WEdnesday, April 10th, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Rev. Tom Rosiello, Paula Peace, and Malcolm Halliday are planning a lovely service. There will be a casual tea-time reception following the service.

David loved children and reading. Donations in his memory will be accepted with gratitude by Libros Para Todos using this link:  https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/big-read-for-children-in-rural-mexico/. Look for the Donate in Honor link at the bottom of the page.

Dear friends and family of Roger Hind


Unfortunately we have sad news. We are sorry to say that Roger passed away on 22nd March 2019 after an 18 month battle with cancer. Dad had friends in many places, and to those of you who are learning this for the first time now, we are particularly sorry that we have not reached you through other methods. 


Dad was a loved family member and friend and his intelligence, wit and silliness will be dearly missed. 


We know most of you will be unable to make it due to distance, however we are having a memorial gathering in Sydney on 27 April 2019 in which we'll remember and celebrate Roger's life and you are welcome to come. Please email  kathryn.leigh.hind@gmail.com or  nat_hind@hotmail.com if you would like the details. All who knew and cared for Roger are welcome so please share with any friends or family who may have been missed.


There will be an opportunity to share any thoughts and memories of Roger at the memorial or, if you are unable to make it, feel free to email us photographs and/or a short piece which we will share on the day.


With love

Kathryn and Natalie

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, April 9, 10:15 am,  Children: We were all kids at one time. Did our own experience influence our decisions to have our own or not to? Was the reality of children what we expected if we had them? How might we act differently if we had it to do all over again. Join us for these meaningful discussions led by Liz Stone.The group meets at the Quinta Loreto restaurant at the sunny end, Loreto 15. 


Wednesday Lunch Bunch, April 10, 1:30pm, Cafe de la Parroquia, Jesus 11, Centro.

Women's breakfast group meets at Oso Azul, Zacateros 17 at 9:30 each Saturday morning. All women are warmly invited. 

Men meet in the Jardin at 9:30am in front of the Parroquia and decide where to eat. The regular guys would like some new faces to join them!

Circle Cena - The Circle Cena is a social gathering for people who meet at a host's house once a month for either a pot luck of botanas and dessert or a full course dinner. The hosts coordinate the event as to how many guests they can accommodate and who brings what food to share. As the groups change from cena to cena, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know other UUs.

The next Circle Cena is Monday, May 6, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.


Sunday, April 14, 10:30am  

Showingg Up

Rev. Claudia Frost



At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service the Rev. Claudia Frost discusses the concept and importance of  “showing up.”

Palm Sunday is the day we remember when Jesus showed up for the most challenging week of his life. What did a ministry of showing up mean in Jesus’ time? He showed up and challenged the status quo. His presence brought many changes in the lives of his followers and the centuries of history that followed.

In today’s world, we have many examples of what showing up means. The popular saying, “Eighty percent of success is showing up” has inspired titles like Bill Gates Sr.’s book Showing Up For Life. It’s a story of the values and principles he learned over a lifetime of showing up. His story has inspired people of all ages to take a look at whether they are fully participating in life or just letting life happen.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the Cal Ripken Affect. Nicknamed The Ironman, Cal Ripken, the record-setting former baseball shortstop and third baseman, is most remembered for his devotion to showing up over and over again. He holds the record for number of consecutive games played and being a dependable teammate in difficult circumstances.

In our time, when fewer people attend church on a regular basis, what does showing up mean for us? Can showing up and participating in life at any age or ability transform your life? What about the people who show up because they care about a cause or those who work together toward a common goal? We welcome you to join us for worship and find out what showing up can mean for your life.     

Rev. Claudia M. Frost is the minister of the Outlaw’s Bridge Universalist Church in rural eastern North Carolina. She came to her career in ministry with more than 37 years as a Unitarian Universalist and 30 years of Intensive Care experience as a Registered Nurse. She is a 2008 graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, one of two remaining Unitarian Universalist seminaries. Claudia was ordained in November 2008 by the Eno River UU Fellowship in Durham, NC, where she was the Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care. She served her ministerial internship at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, Texas from 2006 to 2007. Rev. Frost is a native of Texas, but she and her husband have chosen North Carolina as their home for more than 35 years.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our Children’s Religious Education program, Social Action outreach, weekly discussion groups, social activities, and Care Team, join us any Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Hotel La Aldea or check out our website at uufsma.org.

Small Group Discussions 

'It’s Always Something'…Change, Loss, & Resilience, Monday, April 15, 2:00-4:00pm.
Most people know that change and loss are inherent to life but being comfortable with that reality can challenge all of us. Let’s talk about adaptations to change or loss that you’ve observed in others or yourself. What does resiliency look like in times of challenge? What are the spiritual characteristics we need to cultivate to get us through difficult times?

This discussion will be led by guest minister, Rev. Claudia Frost, at Sue Edelstein and Bill Spence’s house at Privada San Rafael Norte 3, Col. San Antonio, 

Please Note, date has changed - 'Two Kinds of Happiness', Friday, April 19, 2:00-4:00pm

There is happiness that depends on outer conditions. This kind of happiness is fleeting. The great wisdom traditions claim that there is a happiness that is deeper and not really dependent on outer circumstances. What that happiness is and how we can obtain it will be the topic of our discussion.This discussion will be led by visiting minister Rev. Arvid Straube at Privada San Rafael Norte 3, Col. San Antonio.

Reservations can be made with  epgoodwin@hotmail.com

If you are interested in hosting or leading a small group discussion in your home, please contact Ellie Goodwin at  the email above.

If you are interested in holding a small group discussion in the back room at the Aldea after a Sunday service, please contact the Member Services Committee to schedule the space.  Ellie Goodwin ( epgoodwin@hotmail.com) and Joann Kafarowski ( joannakafarowski@gmail.com).

In May we are going to start up Neighborhood Connections of UUs for social and care taking.  If you are interested in connecting with your UU neighbors, the sign up sheet is on the Welcome Table.

Social Action

The UUFSMA Board of Directors approved twelve grants to local non profits for 2019. The list below shows the organizations, amount of funding and projects that are being funded. 

Apoyo a Gente Emprendedora provides micro-lending, education programs and sustainability projects to rural communities. This year’s funding will support the educational component of the micro lending program. http://apoyo.mx/
Funding: $1,142 USD.


Caminos de Agua provides open-source solutions for communities at-risk on our aquifer in Central Mexico. The funding will pay for a community engagement fellow. https://caminosdeagua.org/
Funding: $3,825 USD.


Caminamos Juntos helps meet the needs of Mexican Nationals deported from the United States.A network service coordinator will be hired to lead a complex effort to provide safe return services to deportees. https://www.cjsma.org/
Funding: $5,000 USD.

Casita Linda builds houses, helps create a sustainable environment, and provides workshops to help improve life for those living in poverty. The grant will pay for workshops to prepare families that are receiving a house on subjects such as community building, recycling, home maintenance and related issues. https://casitalinda.org/
Funding: $3,135 USD.   

CEDESA organizes communities for sustainable living in rural areas and will use their grant to support three community development specialists that train and lead communities in building cisterns, recycling, composting, community gardens and more.
Funding: $8,607 USD.

Escuela de Educación Especial is a school for persons with hearing impairment and the grant will partially pay the salary of the Academic Director/Administrator. http://www.eeesma.com/
Funding: $2,390 USD.

Fundación de Apoyo Infantil facilitates learning processes, using participatory methodologies to promote children’s rights and the protection of their environment. The grant will help pay for classroom recycling bins. http://faiguanajuato.org/ 
Funding: $500 USD.

Jóvenes Adelante provides university scholarships and support to financially challenged youth. The grant of $4,845 USD will continue to pay for the scholarship of four university students. A one time grant of $10,000 USD will be used to strengthen the Betse Davies Special Star Fund. http://www.jovenesadelante.org/
Funding: $14,845 USD 

Mujeres en Cambio provides scholarships to girls in rural communities to keep them in school.The grant will pay for five junior high and two high school students’ needs such as uniforms and supplies.  https://www.mujeresencambio.org/
Funding: $2,045 USD.

Patronato Pro Niños provides medical and dental care to area children. This year’s grant will help pay for radio announcements to inform rural communities where the dental clinics will be each day. http://www.patronatoproninos.org/
Funding: $4,000 USD.      

San Miguel Literary Sala, Libros Para Todos promotes reading among children in rural communities. The grant will provide a special book for elementary children to read and then bring the author to town to meet the recipient students. https://sanmiguelliterarysala.org/community-projects/
Funding: $500 USD.

Special Collections are also made on four Sundays to support specific NGO projects identified during the year.

Welcome Table

At the Welcome Table we have, for your reading pleasure, the Community Connections brochure. It is filled with everything you ever wanted to know about the UUFSMA - a bit of history, events, who we are and what we do. Pick one up next Sunday.

Altar Flowers

Flowers are a lovely way to remember or honor someone dear to you. If you wish to have the Sunday flowers dedicated to someone special, please contact Cynthia Sterling at sterlingsilver33@gmail.com.

Electronic Payments

We are set up for electronic funds transfers and electronic bill pay payments for your pledges and other donations. For instructions, please contact jane.wilkinson@gmail.com.

And, now we have a link on our website for PayPal under the heading 'donations”.

To use PayPal or a credit card immediately, just click below!


The UUFSMA Newsletter is produced each week for members and friends of the congregation. Information should be submitted by Wednesday each week to denise.uufsma@gmail.com

Contact Us!

Board of Directors 2018-2019 (as of April 1, 2018)

John Simsarian, President, 154-4771, jcsimsarian@yahoo.com
William Dalsimer, 1st VP, 917-991-7841,  wrdalsimer@gmail.com
Chris Chase, 2nd VP, 170-4544, Chris.Chase1955@gmail.com

Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, 152-8019, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com
Dan Neuspiel, Secretary, 415-154-5021, dneuspiel @gmail.com 
Bonney MeDowell, 415-145-7689, miko789@gmail.com
Eleanor Goodwin, 152-5700, epgoodwin@hotmail.com
Jim Harper, 152-2380, smaharper@yahoo.com
Joanna Kafarowski, 415 152 6111, joannakafarowski@gmail.com 
Becky Langrall, 503-860-3115, rlangrall22@gmail.com 

If you would like a copy of minutes from a Board of Directors meeting, please contact John Simsarian, President.

Affiliate Minister, Rev. Tom Rosiello, tomrosiello@gmail.com 

                    Committee Chairs and Activity

Pledge Team
Trish Snyder,  trishsnyder49@gmail.com
Carolyn Simsarian,  jcsimsarian@yahoo.com

Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com

Nominating Committee
Cynthia Claus, cclaus731@gmail.com

Administrator (OOS, website, newsletter, committee & board support)
Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com 


Care Team
Lydia Jane Failing, l ydiajane56@gmail.com
Francoise Yohalem, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com

Children's Program
Chris Chase,  chris.chase1955@gmail.com

Circle Cena
Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com

Discussion Group
Liz Stone, elmendorf7@aol.com

Sunday Service Co-Chairs
Paula Peace, paulapeace@bellsouth.net
Diana Ekizian, djekizian@gmail.com

Coffee Hour
Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com

Cynthia Sterling, sterlingsilver33@gmail.com

Greetings & Name Tags
Jim Harper, smaharper@yahoo.com 

Special Music
Jon Sievert, jon@humblepress.com

Order of Service
Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com


Social Action, Outreach and Publicity
Christie McGue, clmcgue@gmail.com

Social Action Committee
Dick Snyder, rcs39@aol.com 
Rebecca Langrall,  rlangrall22@gmail.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

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