UUFSMA Newsletter July 15, 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.

Finance Committee Recruitment—Volunteers Needed

The Board is forming a working Finance Committee to review and advise on several
financial matters concerning our Fellowship. Among other things, this Committee will be
charged with researching and making recommendations as to the optimum size of our
operating reserve as well as what to do with funds that exceed that operating reserve. It
also will become acquainted with the Treasurer's job with an eye towards its
manageability and treasurer succession. The Committee should provide backup to theTreasurer and support by offering structure and clarity. It will recommend practical audit controls. The Board would like the Committee to review our budget and make
recommendations for the next fiscal year. Committee people can also serve as a resource
to members who have questions.

We are recruiting volunteers to work on this Committee. Volunteers should understand
basic financial management principles as it relates to our congregation (including our use
of duel currencies and cross-border banking) and be prepared to review and understand
our bookkeeping software and methods. Volunteers will delve into some of our
procedures in order to understand them and make recommendations. Volunteers need not be full time in SMA.

We want people who can apply a large dose of common sense to this charge, be willing
to put in some time, and be willing to engage in positive, collaborative discussions in the
process of making recommendations.

A Committee member will serve as the chairperson. The Treasurer will not chair the
committee but will participate and advise as needed. If you are interested in possibly
helping with this important Fellowship Committee, please contact Jane Wilkinson,
Treasurer, jane.wilkinson@gmail.com or John Simsarian, President,

Care Team

News from our members:

Thank you to Care Team member Hilary Toyryla for visiting Maxine Arnold regularly and walking her dog (who is very picky!) We are happy to know the Maxine is making a good recovery and we hope to see her soon at Sunday service.
It was great to see Linda Sorin today! She is making great progress after her shoulder surgery and enjoying not being housebound. She is planning to attend several of the movies during the GIFF festival, and would enjoy the company!
New Care Team member Pat Scott is suffering from bursitis and would welcome some help carrying her heavy purchases from the Organic Market on Saturday. Her email is mermaidpls@gmail.com. Thank you.
In an effort to learn about various health care options for members of the Fellowship, the Care Team invited Chris Hatlestad, MD to make a presentation about his medical consulting services at our recent meeting. If you want more information about Dr. Hatlestad, he can be contacted at: Hatlestadmd@gmail.com
Message from the  24 Hour Association: We are saddened to report the death of our Executive Secretary, Linda Cooper. If anyone needs help with 24 Hour business, please call Marthe Fraser at landline 152-0752, cell 415-119-2928, or call President Sue Gearhart at landline 185-2232.


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

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,  lydiajane56@gmail.com
Joan Wolf, 415-154-9660, joanwolf@umich.edu 

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, July 16, 10:15 am, Are there current threats to our democracy in the United States? Do social media have a big influence? Join 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, July 17, 1:30pm, OKO, Plaza la Alhondiga Local 1F, across from La Comer.

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, August 5, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.


Sunday, July 21, 10:30am  


Your Legacy of Love

Eli Hans and Joseph Bennett




Eli Hans and Joseph Bennett, collectively known as the Sublime Guys, invite you to expand your heart to bring more awareness of what truly matters in life at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

“After the passing of my father last month,” says Eli, “it became clear to our family that what truly matters in this lifetime is the legacy we leave inside people, not what we leave for them. What we can leave behind upon our departure from this world is what we impart in people’s hearts: joyful memories, acts of kindness, loving expression, and deep connection. Beyond material things, what truly lives on is the degree to which we allow ourselves to share love with others. Yet, it’s important to remember that love is something precious that we must first give to ourselves. Not only in special circumstances, but as a way of life.

“As my father, Ben, used to say: ‘When confronted with a challenging decision, always ask yourself this question: What’s the most loving thing to do that will bring you the most peace of mind?’ It’s an act of love for yourself as well as others involved in the equation.”

The talk on Sunday explores the idea of living life from that perspective and offers helpful tools to facilitate forgiveness and step into a place of vulnerability to live our life with an open heart.

“If you’re someone who truly lives this way already,” says Bennett, “then please come and share your loving presence with everyone. If this idea is somewhat of a challenge for you, our time together could bring about some welcome shifts to create a more loving and self-expressed life. Participating in this experience can be very rewarding. Afterwards you’ll be able to reinforce the principles of ‘Your Legacy of Love’ as a community.”

Eli and Joseph are life and business coaches, motivational workshop leaders, and speakers ( SublimeGuys.com) who have been San Miguel residents for ten years.

For more information about the UUFSMA, including our 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 visit our website at uufsma.org. Our Sunday morning Children’s Religious Education program is on summer break until September.

Social Action

Last week before leaving for ABBA, the safe house in Celaya for migrants, I texted Pastor Ignacio and asked what he needed and what I should bring. He texted back, “frijoles y calcetas” - Beans and socks. With the numbers up and more families with young children, pantry basics get depleted quickly. If you can bring a bag of rice, beans, or socks to next Sunday's service, we could make an important and nutritious difference.Thanks to all for your continued support of ABBA House and the migrants.
Abrazos, Stan

Small Group Discussions 

Small Group Discussion on August 13

Topic: The Guantanamo Military Commission and Why They Have Failed.

Richard Kammen, a UUSMA member and part time resident of San Miguel, worked in the U.S. Military Commissions system for nearly ten years representing one of the major Guantanamo Defendants. Rick will describe his experiences, how U.S. governmental and judicial misconduct caused him to leave the case and why the Military Commissions have failed to provide any resolution to the serious cases that are languishing there.

This discussion will summarize and update a discussion that Rick led a couple of years ago.

Location: Rick’s home is in Colonia Guadiana, Gusdiana 19-1, which is just below the corner of Corner of Guadiana and Gorrion

Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For reservations, send an email to Ellie Goodwin at epgoodwin@hotmail.com


Exploring Womanhood, one of the small discussion groups recently launched for UU women, is full and active. Membership to the group has now been closed, and members will continue to meet each week for sharing and supporting one another.


Other UU women’s groups may be formed if more women want to participate. If interested please contact Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com or Joanna Kafarowski, joannakafarowski@gmail.com.


Watch this space for information about two Small Group Discussions coming in August.

If you have an idea about a new group, please pass your suggestions to Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com or Joanna Kafarowski, joannakafarowski@gmail.com, co-chairs of the Member Services Team.

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 2019-2020 (as of April 1, 2019)

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 
Rebecca Langrall, 415-151-0065, 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, 

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

Nominating Committee
Chris Kellogg, christopher_louro@yahoo.com

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


Care Team
Lydia Jane Failing, lydiajane56@gmail.com
Francoise Yohalem, francoise.yohalem@gmail.com
Joan Wolf

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

Circle Cena
Arlena Lawrence, lawrencearlena@yahoo.com

Tuesday Discussion Group
Liz Stone, elmendorf7@aol.com

Sunday Services
Paula Peace, paulapeace@bellsouth.net

Coffee Hour
Peter Podesta, parlino27@gmail.com

Cynthia Sterling, sterlingsilver33@gmail.com

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

Membership Services
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com
Joanna Kafarowski, j

Neighborhood Groups
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 

Special Music
Jon Sievert, jon@humblepress.com

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

Small Group Discussions
Ellie Goodwin, epgoodwin@hotmail.com 
Joanna Kafarowski, joannakafarowski@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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