UUFSMA Newsletter December 31, 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.

Tribute to Wyman Rousseau
The UUF has long been the beneficiary of Rev. Wyman Rouseau's move to San Miguel after his retirement from his position as senior minister in Charlotte, N.C. He has presented a number of sermons, some of which are posted on the UUFSMA website so we can read and re-read them.

Two years ago we decided to strengthen our Care Team. Wyman became the pastoral minister for UUF members who need a conversation or two with a minister in times of personal distress. He has served in that capacity since then and also has been advisor to the Care Team, attending  team meetings, providing team training, and visiting long-term care facilities in the community.  It has been a comfort to know that Wyman has been there for the Fellowship. 

Beginning January 1, Rev. Tom Rosiello will take on the duties of affiliate, part-time minister, including the pastoral minister duties.

It is with great gratitude and respect that on behalf of the membership and the Board, I salute Rev. Wyman Rousseau for pastoral care contributions to improve the lives of our membership. We are not bidding Wyman adieu: he will continue to deliver some sermons for us, and we look forward to his wisdom. 

John Simsarian, President, UUFSMA 

Member Profile

Bill Dalsimer grew up in a UU congregation on Long Island and is still a member of the UU Congregation of Shelter Rock, New York. He attended public high school in Port Washington, NY and then obtained a Liberal Arts degree from Middlebury College in Vermont.

After college, Bill joined the newly formed Peace Corps which took him to the Ivory Coast in West Africa for two years. He met and married his first wife there, who was also a Peace Corps Volunteer, and they eventually had two children together. He also has a child from a second marriage.

Back in New York, Bill received a J.D. from New York University School of Law and went to work for a congressman. He worked for his father’s law firm for a few years but was fired by one of the partners because he was fund-raising for the Black Panthers. He was active with the Returned Peace Corps Volunteer’s group who took over the Peace Corps office in a protest in 1969.

Bill then began working for Legal Services (Legal Aid) in the South Bronx and then worked as the Director of the Legal Services office in the Lower East Side. After that, he began working for different labor unions to design and supervise their legal programs.

At 50, Bill opened a private law practice in the historic Woolworth building in Manhattan. For the next 12 years his office handled mostly family law cases as well as wills, bankruptcies and real estate cases.

Now retired, he spent a week in San Miguel in 2007 to visit his daughter’s family who had rented a house here for the summer. He met his third wife on that trip. He has been spending part of every year here ever since. He and his wife own a home East of San Miguel on the road to Dr. Mora.

Bill has served as Secretary on the Board of Directors of our fellowship for the past 3 years, and is on the Sunday Service Committee and the Social Action Committee.

Care Team

Never believe that a few caring people cannot change the world. For, indee, that's all who ever have. - Margaret Mead


How Ageism Warps Our View of Long Life, Ashton Applewhite
Monday, January 7th, 5:00pm, La Casona

2019 is near, and what better way to ring in the New Year than with a forward-thinking conversation with a big thinker, Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism.

Hugely entertaining, Applewhite takes her sharply witty sword and systematically carves away at aging's myths and untruths.

There will be an informal reception with complimentary appetizers and beverages available for purchase following a Q&A.

Advance tickets $250 pesos online or at Tienda Tesoro at the Biblioteca. $300 pesos at the door.

Medical Planning

At 5:45pm, Wednesday, January 9th, Deborah Bickel and Sue Leonard from Be WellSan Miguel will lead another discussion on medical planning. This presentation will include a review of how to create a medical directive tht is legal in Mexico. The presentation will be in Sala Quetzal at the Biblioteca.

The presentation will also include a discussion on medical planning for our later years. Aging, of course, is a process that starts as soon as we are born, howevr, there comes a time when responding to that process takes up ore than its share of our lives. First things start happening all too fast and then, either for ourselves or for someone we love, aging and the debilitation that may come with it becomes all consuming. Join in a discussion of these issues and the resources that can make them more manageable. There will be a $150 peso fee.

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 a copy of the Medical Resource directory, contact either Lydia or Francoise.

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, January 1, 10:15 am,   We will be taking a break on December 25 & January 1.

Wednesday Lunch Bunch, January 2, 1:30pm, Dragon Chino, Salida a Celaya 71.

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, February 4, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.

Sunday, January 6, 10:30am  


Our Shared Ministry

Rev. Tom Rosiello



This Sunday, the frequent guest minister Rev Tom Rosiello leads worship for the first time as the Affiliate Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel. About two years ago, the members of this rapidly growing lay-led fellowship decided they wanted a part-time minister to assist them. After an 18-month search, the Board unanimously selected Rev. Tom Rosiello to serve as their Affiliate Minister. Rev. Rosiello, a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, retired to San Miguel after serving as minister of The First Parish of Stow and Acton in Massachusetts, where he now is Minister Emeritus.

During this week’s service, the congregation and Rev. Rosiello officially enter into this new relationship, expressing their agreement with each other in a covenant. The service will focus on the ministries we all share. Rev. Rosiello will preach on how we are all called to service and how that will be different for each of us. In the words of Frederick Buechner:

“To find our calling is to find the intersection between our own deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger, that point which allows our fullest expression even as it provides an avenue for our greatest service.”

Perhaps you have felt that calling to connect with others and find your fullest expression through service to others. Perhaps you are looking for a community where people do not have to believe alike to love alike. Or perhaps your spirit is at a low point and you need the caring ministry of others. Many opportunities to minster and to be ministered to are waiting for you.

Recently, the UU Fellowship has developed a ministry to children focused on teaching religious principles and values while having a fun time. They have an active group but would love to welcome more families with children. This would be a perfect week to visit, as our children will be involved in leading the first part of our service before they leave for their activity. With words and gestures, they will share what is at the heart of this Fellowship and this faith tradition: We are the church of the open mind. We are the church of the loving heart. We are the church of the helping hands.

The service will be enriched by music of acclaimed pianist Malcolm Halliday performing arrangements of music of the season and leading us in song.

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 afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site at uufsma.org.

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

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, 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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