UUFSMA Newsletter December 3, 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.

From John Simsarian, President UUFSMA
UUFSMA Response to Migrant Needs
This Fellowship has made an effort to be responsive to the humanitarian crisis of migrants passing through central Mexico including:
    • We have provided financial support through sponsoring a Chalice Lighter Call (crowd sourcing) with the UUA Southern Region and with direct Fellowship funding to Caminamos Juntos (CJ).  This support allowed CJ to begin operation and to seek additional needed funding.  CJ has a primary mission of supporting Mexicans who have been deported from the U.S. to settle in SMA.  CJ has also played an important role in helping to facilitate the emergency response to the Central American migrant Caravan.  Further information about CJ is at  http://www.cjsma.org 
    • We have encouraged and facilitated donations to a successful GoFundMe initiative to purchase needed food, water, clothing and supplies for Caravan members.
    • We are a drop off site for clothing and other needed supplies for distribution to the Caravan members.
    • Many of our Fellowship members are active volunteers assisting with this response by raising funds, preparing food, collecting and organizing clothing, purchasing food and supplies, distributing food and supplies at the Caravan sites, driving, coordinating volunteers, volunteering at ABBA House and so on.
    • We have supported community education events regarding migration issues.
    • We have donated funds to ABBA House in Celaya to help meet the needs of migrants traveling the freight trains.  We have also donated funds for volunteers here in SMA to provide food, clothing and supplies for migrants coming through SMA.
    • We are encouraging on-going donations to the Latin American Relief Fund,  Latin American Relief Fund  to meet the needs of caravan members and of migrants using ABBA House in Celaya.
    • We are encouraging on-going donations to buy shoes for migrants using ABBA House at  http://www.gofundme.com/abba-house-shoes-for-immigrants 
The following YouTube will give you some idea of the San Miguel response to the Central American Caravan passing through central Mexico.  While many volunteers have responded, given the magnitude of the caravan and all the serious issues that the members face, our response has been "a drop in the bucket".  However, the members of the Caravan who have received support have expressed appreciation and gratitude.  It is, of course, a very sad and difficult situation.

Volunteer Profile

John and Pat Verplank have gotten involved in a host of volunteer 
activities in San Miguel since arriving a few months ago. At the UUF, they assisted in key roles with the recent Thanksgiving dinner and the upcoming Holiday Bazaar. They happily volunteer to take up the offering 
on Sundays and sometimes pick up the orders of service from the printer on Friday for Sunday services. They are frequent contributors to Circle Cenas. What a helpful team they are! 

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!

We hope you had a Good Thanksgiving. Your Care Team will be around during the holidays so please do let us now if you need our help!

Our dear friend Roger Hind continues to battle cancer at his home in Canberra, Australia. A recent CT scan did not show that the cancer had spread but very challenging pain has unfortunately returned. Doctors have now switched plans and Roger is now receiving immune building therapy. He would appreciate emails at   rogerhind@hotmail.com. but apologizes that he might not reply quickly. 


The Care Team is meeting this coming Thursday to discuss our current cases, plans for the future, and brainstorm for our February 2019 Care Campaign.


Sunday's informative talk on U.S. Medicare in Mexico by Eileen Carafiol was very well attended and appreciated. We hope that Eileen may be able to give another presentation in the future on this complicated important issue for many of us. 

Upcoming Event:

Information on Stroke Care, 5:30pm to 8:00pm Friday, December 7th at La Casona Convention Center
Brett C. Meyer, MD, from the University of California San Diego will give an informative presentation on stroke care. The presentation is entitled “Spectrum of Stroke Care: From Acute Care to Rehab and Recovery” and is co-sponsored by UC San Diego Health and UNIMED clinic in San Miguel.

Dr. Meyer’s presentation will focus on stroke care, beginning with what you really need to know about stroke prevention. From there he will review stroke treatments, and conclude the presentation explaining the stroke rehabilitation approaches to address post-stroke motor and speech issues.

Wine and canapés will be served. RSVP to  Deborah@bewellsanmiguel.com

Please let us know if you or someone you know needs help. The Care Team is here for you. 
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 4, 10:15 am, Relationships with our families, friends, etc. Also, do we generalize about the opinions of generations different from our own. 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 5, 1:30pm, Café Buen Dia, Calle Hidalgo #42. Note the new address!

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 9, 10:30am  

Healthy Ageing
Nicole Graboi

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service, certified nutritional counselor Nicole Graboi discusses healthy aging and ways to increase your longevity by practicing better self-care and eating intelligently.

“It’s a common myth that the number of productive years we have are largely determined by our genes,” says Graboi. “Studies of the world’s Blue Zones, where many centenarians live to a ripe old age, reveal that we have the ability to influence our longevity by our thoughts, emotions, lifestyle, and the food we eat.”

She will examine the difference between Eastern and Western views of the body and how big Pharma has used its power and wealth to co-opt every institution that might stand in its way, including Congress, the FDA, the medical profession, schools, and medical research. Nicole will also briefly discuss factory farming, the differences between plant and animal protein, the roots of the USDA food pyramid that has led to chronic disease and death, and how our emphasis on meat and sugar has led to “mental schizophrenia” and created harmful imbalances in our body.

Nicole Graboi is a certified nutritional counselor and energy practitioner. She has written two books based on her energy healing methods called “Pendulum Power. In 1990, she started a tofu factory in San Miguel that failed “because Mexicans couldn’t figure out what it was.” She has also written a book called “Tofu International” which includes many recipes that offer nutritious replacements for meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.

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.

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!

Join us after the service, December 9th, for our Third Annual Holiday Bazaar! Wewill have over 20 booths offering a wide selection of articles, such as books, crafts, chocolates, stained glass and many more And, don't forget to drop by our White Elephant booth for those hidden treasures. 

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!

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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