UUFSMA Newsletter December 10, 2018

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

If you wish to experience peace, provide peace for another. If you wish to know that you are safe, cause another to know that they are safe. If you wish to better  understand seemingly incomprehensible things, help another to better understand. If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another. 
  - Dalai Lama 

Hello from your UUFSMA Care Team!

Upcoming Event:

Skymed Medical Evacuation Free Brunch Seminar:
When: Thursday, Dec 13th at 11am sharp.
Where: Cafe de Martin, Relox #41, Centro
Space is limited, please RSVP: 
Special Group / Seminar discounts will be offered at this event.
Sarah Ash
SkyMed Team Leader / Mexico
Cellular:  415-125-3537
Your Care Team wants to wish you a very Happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
If you need help during the holidays, do call us!  We will be here!
Francoise: 415 149 3053
Lydia Jane: 415 149 3784  

For pastoral care please contact Rev. Wyman Rousseau at  wymanrousseau@mac.com 
For a copy of the Medical Resource directory, contact either Lydia or Francoise.

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, December 11, 10:15 am, How do we celebrate Christmas? What do we really want from the celebration? Do we follow the customs of our families when we were small? Did we change if we married and tried to accommodate the traditions of our spouses? Join us for these meaningful discussions led by Liz Stone. The group will meet at the Quinta Loreto restaurant, Loreto 15.

Wednesday Lunch Bunch, December 12, 1:30pm,Turk, Salida a Celaya 16.

The UUFSMA Board of Directors will meet on Thursday, December 13th at 1:00pm. If you wish to attend the meeting, please contact John Simsarian at  jcsimsarian@yahoo.com

Women's breakfast group meets at Oso Azul, Zacateros 17 at 9:30 each Saturday morning. As the weather gets cooler, be sure to seek out the group in one of the inside spaces. 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, January 7, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.

Sunday, December 16, 10:30am  

The Posada Tradition

Elisa Gonzalez and Cliff DuRand

Mexican and US national Elisa Gonzalez and Cliff DuRand, a US citizen living in San Miguel, discuss the posada tradition and its lessons for us today in a time of mass migrations at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service.

literally translated means Inn, but it is also the popular name given to the traditional Pedir Posada of asking for shelter in the saga re-enactment of the holy pilgrims Joseph and Mary on their trek to Bethlehem.

The posada season starts on December 16 with chants and processions every evening around the vicinity of different churches in San Miguel colonias. The season culminates on Christmas Eve with the last posada and the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Different families in the community sponsor eight posadas prior to Christmas Eve. Neighbors are invited to celebrate the successful achievement of finding shelter with the breaking of a piñata and the ensuing celebratory eating and drinking. This tradition dates back to the colonial evangelization of the different indigenous nations. Created by the Catholic missionaries who accompanied the conquering armies into what is now Mexico, the different rituals and celebrations have changed very little throughout the years.

This year here in San Miguel we have seen the Central American caravan of refugees passing our way, a kind of modern day posada. What has been a plea for shelter asked in the name of heaven is now a plea for asylum in the name of human rights. This comes on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations on December 10, 1948. In this humane spirit our times call for opening doors, not the building of walls.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at chris.chase1955@gmail.com. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site at uufsma.org.

Join us on Sunday, December 23 at 10:30am for an outstanding cast of acclaimed performers from the US and San Miguel musical community as they present songs and piano music to celebrate the hope and magic of the holiday season. This much-anticipated service of the season is the fourth annual at the UU Fellowship.

This mostly-music service will feature:

Pianist Malcolm Halliday, most recently director of Arts on the Green, a concert series at the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, MA, where he served as Minister of Music for 28 years before retiring last year to San Miguel.

An actor by training, countertenor Don Krim’s vocal performances are all too rare in San Miguel. He has performed solo concerts and with orchestras in the U.S., Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland, Turkey and Mexico.

Multi-talented San Miguel native Mario Adrian Moya Acosta is a pianist, harpsichordist, organist, composer, professor and researcher. 

Michael Moore is currently serving in his 51st season as Principal Tuba with the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, with whom he has performed on more than 90 recordings and dozens of national and international tours.

Nationally recognized as a pioneer among chamber musicians, Paula Peace was the pianist and founding Artistic Director of the acclaimed Atlanta Chamber Players for almost 40 seasons before retiring to San Miguel in 2015.

This service always attracts a large crows, so come early to get a good seat!
An invitation for volunteers who would like to be involved in the 2019 pledge drive. We'd love to have an organized person to confidentially keep track of pledges, a creative person to make it more fun, someone who has experience with pledge drives from their former fellowship or church and a new member. It's a limited time commitment but a really important job to ensure a healthy future for UUFSMA. Please let Trish Snyder at  trishsnyder49@gmail.com or Carolyn Simsarian at  jcsimsarian@yahoo.com know of your interest. Our pledge drive begins Sunday, January 20 and will end at the end of February. 

Our Fellowship numbers have climbed and now we need more ceramic cups (which can be rewashed) for our popular coffee time after Sunday services. Please bring your clean coffee cups with you to donate to our fellowship of cups. Thanks!

As in the past, our Third Annual Holiday Bazaar yesterday was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated by showcasing their wares, those who donated to the White Elephant Sale, and to coordinators, Arlena Lawrence and Pat & John Verplank!

Social Action

December 16 Collection


Eli Hans and Joseph Bennett and a host of volunteers have brought Christmas to the poorest of the poor - those scavenging for food and scraps at the dump - for the past ten years. Again this year they will be collecting food, water (1 gallon jugs or larger), gloves, hats, scarves, blankets, toiletries, vitamins, aspirin, condoms, cough syrup and non-battery operated toys. If you’d like to contribute, please bring your donations HERE on Sunday, December 16th. Thank you!

Christmas Posada on December 18th

Come watch a traditional posada be enacted by primary students in costumes and enjoy local food. The Christmas Posada will be held at the school in Salitrillo which is located beyond the Presa about 8 miles from SMA. The Posada will begin at 4:00pm on December 18th. We will return about 8:00pm. If interested, contact Bill Wilkinson at bill.m.wilkinson@gmail.com.

Drivers with cars are needed!
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
Judith Rosenthal, 1st VP, 154-9659, judithr@mail.fresnostate.edu
Chris Chase, 2nd VP, 170-4544, Chris.Chase1955@gmail.com

Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, 152-8019, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com
William Dalsimer, Secretary, 917-991-7841, wrdalsimer@gmail.com
Eleanor Goodwin, 152-5700, epgoodwin@hotmail.com
Jim Harper, 152-2380, smaharper@yahoo.com
Paula Peace, 102-1072, paulapeace@bellsouth.net 
Peter Podesta, 101-0904, parlino27@gmail.com

Dick Snyder, 121-0612, rcs39@aol.com

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

                    Committee Chairs and Activity

Canvass 15 
Trish Snyder, 121-0612, trishsnyder49@gmail.com
Jane Wilkinson, Treasurer, 154-8504, 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

Neighborhood Groups
San Antonio, Eleanor Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.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 

Ministerial Liaison
Eleanor Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com

Special Music
Jon Sievert, jon@humblepress.com

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


Social Action, Outreach and Publicity
Christie McGue, 231-342-6960, clmcgue@gmail.com

Social Action Committee
Dick Snyder, 121-0612, rcs39@aol.com 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

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