UUFSMA Newsletter May 6, 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.

Care Team

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

Upcoming Seminars: 
SkyMed Seminar on May 9th at 11:00 a.m. sharp, Cafe de Martin, Relox 41, Centro
Space is limited. Please RSVP to Sarah Ash at:  sarah.ash@skymed.com

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

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,  lydiajafa@yahoo.com
Joan Wolf, 415-154-9660, joanwolf@umich.edu 
Would you like to make a gift of music to our Fellowship?
We have recently purchased new hymnals and we invite you to sponsor a hymnal! Your US tax-deductible donation of $35 US or $700 pesos will sponsor a new hymnal with your personalized text of dedication…beginning this upcoming Sunday, May 12.

We will have new hymnals ready for your dedication at the Welcome Table after Sunday’s service. Out of town but wish to sponsor some hymnals? No problem. Just email paulapeace@bellsouth.com and we will save some hymnals for you and tell you how to send payment by PayPal. 

This is a beautiful way to honor loved ones with a meaningful gift for our Fellowship!

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, May 7, 10:15 am, In what ways can I help change the world, in large or small ways? 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, May 8, 1:30pm, Mario's Mariscos, Salida a Celaya 81.

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, June 3 2019. Please sign up as host or guest at the Welcome Table after Sunday service or contact Arlena Lawrence,   lawrencearlena@yahoo.com.


Sunday, May 12, 10:30am  


Ravi Nathwani



At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service, Hindu Yoga and Buddhist Meditation teacher Ravi Nathwani tells us that happiness is within our reach if we open our minds and seek it out.

Happiness is our birthright. Each one of us tries to achieve this goal the best they can yet it escapes us for the most part and seems fleeting. Is there a way we can create the conditions for lasting happiness and experience sustained serenity, peace. and wellbeing? What can we do to nourish the causes of happiness?
For most of us it might mean a thorough re-training of the mind to create a level of awareness where one can see the causes and the results of unhappiness as they are arise in our thinking. After all, both happiness and unhappiness are born of one’s own thoughts. To cultivate a habit of seeing clearly the roots of our repetitive thinking and nature of one’s attachments may be very helpful in polishing the mirror of our consciousness. One can take steps to relieve the body/mind of stressful habits and gradually develop a habit of unconditional loving kindness to all beings. As a result we maybe able to connect to the spring of joy which is an integral part of our spirit or true nature.

Ravi Nathwani, co-editor of Mala  of the Heart - 108 Sacred Poems  and MALA of Love 108 Luminous Poems,  was born to a business family in East Africa and raised in India in the Vaishnav Hindu tradition. He lectures on a variety of Vedic studies and teaches Yoga Teacher Training workshops across the United States. In 1998, he created a new course of Hindu Yoga & Buddhist Meditation and taught it at Tufts University from 1998-2014. He also taught at JFK University in California. In the United States and Mexico he leads meditation groups and teaches the Bhagvad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Law of Karma and Advaita Vedanta. Prior to teaching at University, he was an entrepreneur and built and led numerous successful businesses. Ravi has an MBA from Boston University and has lived in Mumbai, London, Boston, San Francisco and Mexico.

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.

Small Group Discussions 

For the tie that binds us to the UUF and to each other, we are offering small group discussions and invite you to participate. Some discussions last two hours; some groups will meet over time. All are on subjects of interest and facilitated by inspiring leaders.

Upcoming Short Discussions

What is Your Legacy?
Thinking about legacy prompts us to put our life into perspective -- making conscious choices about the kind of life we want to live. Our legacy is the part of ourselves that will be left in the hearts and minds of others we will leave behind. As we learn from our past, go through life in the present and foster our potential future, these experiences create our unique legacy. Our values, the examples we set, the paths we choose, the decisions we make, and the way we conduct our life, create our unique signature in this world. The question is what legacy will you leave? Are we living our lives to reflect the legacy we want to leave behind?

Join us for a meaningful small group discussion facilitated by UUF Board member Joanna Kafarowski at her home in Colonia San Antonio on Friday, May 24, 2-4 p.m.

Space is limited so please reserve your spot by emailing Joanna at joannakafarowski@gmail.com. Joanna will send her address to those who reserve.

Ongoing Small Groups

Women’s Group
Connect and interact with other women as we explore the multiple facets of womanhood. At the first gathering we'll decide when, where, and how often we will meet, group structure, and various topics that may be of interest. The goal is for women to have a place to express ideas, share experiences, reflect on the future and the past, laugh heartily, and, of course, make new friends.

All women who are UUF members or Friends are invited to this initial meeting, so come join us to plan how we will proceed. The first meeting will be hosted by Margo Johnson on Wednesday, May 15, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. at her temporary home on Calzada de la Presa 14, Unit 3. Register for this group at margoj325@outlook.com 

If you, or a friend, would like to know more about the Rainbow Group (LGBTQ), please contact Arlene any Sunday or at  aavannote@msn.com

Watch this space for more Small Group Discussions and Ongoing Groups

In the summer we expect to begin an ongoing group of Jewish UUs and Buddhist UUs.

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.

In May we are going to start up Neighborhood Connections of UUs for social and care taking.  If you are interested in connecting with your UU neighbors, the sign up sheet is on the Welcome Table.
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
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 
Becky Langrall, 503-860-3115, 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,  jcsimsarian@yahoo.com

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, l ydiajane56@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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