UUFSMA Newsletter March 4, 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.

The UUA General Assembly 2019 will be held in Spokane, Washington from June 19 through to June 23. We would like to invite members of the Fellowship to attend and represent us. A small stipend will be available. If you are interested, please contact John Simsarian,  jcsimsarian@yahoo.com.


The theme this year is  The Power of We. In a time of great challenge and heartbreak in our world, what does our faith demand from us? At this year’s  General Assembly we will explore the power, possibility, purpose, struggle and joy of finding the path forward together as Unitarian Universalists. Attendees will leave inspired, with the tools needed to carry on the work into their own congregations and communities. Join us as we work for collective liberation inside and outside our faith.

The UUFSMA Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Sunday, March 24 at noon following the Sunday Service. In order to vote at the Annual Meeting, you must be a 2019 member by March 4, 20 days before the meeting.

See you there!

Care Team

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

Veronicka Koebach fell in her home at Chelo's apartments last week and broke her wrist.  She went to MAC Hospital for surgery, which was successful and she was able to attend Service this week. She has a lot of support from her neighbors at Chelo's, but if you would like to visit or just express your wishes for a speedy recovery, please give her a call 415 156 4090 or email  blondepainter@gmail.com.  
Gloria Brown, Care Team Co-chair, took a fall on our treacherous sidewalks and damaged her kneecap. Luckily she did not need surgery, and is back home with a big leg brace to deal with. She will be house-bound for about a month or so and will appreciate calls, emails and visitors - in a few days.  You can reach Gloria at 415 121 0208 or  brownglo55@yahoo.com

Special seminar for the Expat community interested in learning more about international insurance options and to understand the healthcare system here. Presidented by Aldis Barsketis, WeExpats Insuance Solutions. Leading provider of insurance products to the expat community of San Miguel de Allende since 2012 and protecting over 1000 expats. 

Tuesday, March 5, 10am Sharp. The seminar will last about 1 hour, with a Q&A afterward
Light breakfast and snacks will be served. Spots are limited
Where: El Zaguan ed and Art, Zacateros 12

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

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
Gloria Brown: 415-121-0206,  brownglo55@yahoo.com

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, March 5, 10:15 am,  How does the way we use money affect our lives and the lives of others? Is it really the root of all evil or can it be used for good? 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, March 6, 1:30pm, Ten Ten Pie al Carbon. Stirling Dickinson 5. On right just after Potrero. 

The next UUFSMA Board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 7. Anyone wishing to attend, please contact President, John Simsarian at  jcsimsarian@yahoo.com.


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, April 1, 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.

Sunday, March 10, 10:30am  


Women’s Day in the Age of #MeToo

Rev. Carol Huston



International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8. At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Reverend Carol Huston addresses the significance of that holiday in today’s world.

This annual day of solidarity has a history that dates back to a 1909 call by the Socialist Party of America for a day to recognize equal rights for women and suffrage. The earliest Women's Day observance, called "National Woman's Day," was held on February 28, 1909, in  New York.

The idea spread quickly through Socialist and Communist parties and nations in the next few years. Today, International Women's Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

A holiday created in Socialist circles and endorsed by the UN? This is not exactly something that the United States would embrace. As a result, IWD has been little noticed in the Western Hemisphere even while it has been widely observed in Europe and Asia. But it has been growing in the US, and much of the impetus for this has come from a UU women’s organization, the International Women’s Convocation (IWC).

Rev. Huston was a founding Board Member of IWC and served as its second president. IWC was born in 2009 at a large gathering of women in Houston, TX. Since then there have been large convocations in Romania and in California. Smaller gatherings have been held in the Philippines and Bolivia as women came together to set priorities and action plans for women’s empowerment. IWC has helped establish leadership, microcredit, and education projects in Asia, South America, and Africa. A newsletter and a website ( www.intlwomensconvo.org) document these projects and encourage new ones. 

Following careers in teaching and arts administration, Rev. Huston was ordained as a UU minister and served congregations in Rochester, Michigan, and White Plains, New York. She currently lives in Manhattan and is active in a variety of organizations related to women’s issues, poverty, and health. Her late husband Hollis also followed a call to the clergy, working as a hospice chaplain and preaching in several UU congregations. He died last summer after a brave struggle with cancer.

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.

Social Action
On January 6 of this year we collected over 17,600 pesos in a special collection (aka “Blue Plate Special”) for Centro Infantil, an NGO that operates a preschool for children of low income working mothers. The play equipment at their facility had deteriorated to the point of being unusable, and the organization sought funds to buy new play equipment.  We delivered a check the following week so Centro Infantil could place an order. The play equipment has now arrived and has been installed. We received photos this past week of what we purchased and the children enjoying their play time. We are happy to have made a difference to these kids. 
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.

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
Gloria Brown,  brownglo55@yahoo.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 

Denise Galipeau, denise.uufsma@gmail.com

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