UUFSMA Newsletter September 10, 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.

The next UUFSMA Board meeting will be held on Thursday, September 13th at 1:00pm. Please contact President, John Simsarian, at   jcsimsarian@yahoo.com if you wish to attend.

Celebrate Independence Day

Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16. Flags, flowers and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – are seen in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. "Viva  Mexico" or "Viva la independencia” are shouted amidst the crowds on this day.

Independence Day is a national public holiday in Mexico. Banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed. Some streets and roads may be closed or restricted in major cities to make way for large celebrations. People intending on travelling via public transport in Mexico should check with public transit authorities on any timetable or route changes.

Independence Day celebrates the day Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of
independence ( El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central
part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico.

There is no scholarly agreement on what was exactly said by Hidalgo, but his speech, also known as the cry of Dolores ( el Grito de Dolores), was made on September 16, 1810 to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the
Spanish soldiers in the fight for independence, but he was captured and executed on
July 30, 1811. Mexico's independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

For Independence Day Events happening in San Miguel de Allende, please click on
this link -  https://www.discoversma.com/?geodir_search=1&stype=gd_event&event_start=September+15%2C+2018&event_

Social Action

The Social Action Committee is considering groups in immediate need of funds for a one time gift from our Blue Plate Special, a quarterly special collection.  Members are invited to suggest an NGO that could benefit.  Current grantees are not eligible. Please 
contact Dick Snyder, Social Action chair at  rcs39@aol.com or call 121-0612.

Care Team

Hello from your UUFSMA Care Team!

New initiative of your Care Team.  Last Call!
“Managing Fear of Falling: Preventing Falls with Awareness and Balance Training”. A two-session workshop will be given ty Cynthia Campbell, Certified Fall Prevention and Balance Coach. Cynthia is a long-time friend of Lydia Jane Failing, Co-chair of the Care Team.
The workshop will be given on Tuesday, September 18, 2-4 p.m. and Thursday September 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the TV room at Hotel Quinta Loreto. There is a $100 MX  fee, payable in advance. Registration will be open only to UUF members and friends until September 3rd, after which it will be open to all and advertised.  For more information and questions    lydiajane56@gmail.com  or 415-149-3784.
Our condolences to the family of Joe Miller, a friend of the UUFSMA who passed away recently.
We heard from the daughter of Roger Hind who returned to Australia about one year ago. Roger is still battling cancer and would appreciate hearing from his UUFSMA friends.  Please contact him through his daughter's email address -  nat_hind@gmail.com
On Wednesday, September 12tat 5:00pm, Deborah Bickel and Sue Leonard from Be Well San Miguel will lead a discussion of "End of Life Planning" including a review of how to create a medical directive that is legal in Mexico. The presentation will be in the Quetzal room in the Biblioteca.  

Many of you have created a medical directive naming a healthcare proxy or someone able to make decisions on your behalf should you become unable to do so. Most likely you have not visited the document in a long time and likelier still, the person you have designated as your health proxy is not living in Mexico. It is important for you to know that any directive you have created in the States is not legally binding here. This discussion is for those of you who have created a medical directive in the States who want to know more about how to create a similarly binding document  in Mexico, or for those of you who are creating a medical directive for the first time. 
Please join us for this discussion on Wednesday, September 12th. An RSVP to Deborah at  bewellsanmiguel.com would be welcome but not necessary. 

Please let us know if you or someone you know needs help.  The Care Team is here for you!
Meanwhile: Take Care!

Francoise: 415 149 3053
Lydia Jane: 415 149 3784  

For pastoral care please contact Rev. Wyman Rousseau at    emailforwyman@gmail.com
For a copy of the Medical Resource directory, contact either Lydia or Francoise.

Calendar of Activities

Tuesday Discussion Group, September 11, 10:15 am, What effect does optimism or pessimism have on our lives? Can pessimism be just a realistic way of considering thhings? Happiness: Is it just chance? Join us for these meaningful discussions led by Liz Stone. The group will meet at the Quinta Loreto restaurant, Loreto 15.

Wednesday Lunch Bunch, September 12, 1:30pm, Media Naranja, Calz. de la Luz 110, enter from Hidalgo, upstairs.

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

Sunday, September 16, 10:30am  

A Theology of Repair:
From Teshuvah to Tikkun Olam

Judith Jenya & Mark Johaningsmeir

Mark Johaningsmeir and Judith Jenya explore the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in a variety of different ways at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

Coming at the start of the new year on the Jewish Calendar, Yom Kippur is a time when we are encouraged to both look back at where we have “missed the mark” in the past year and look ahead to the positive changes we can make in our lives to right the wrongs we have committed. It is a time when we focus on returning to the best part of ourselves.

In Judaism this is done through a practice known as Teshuva (returning), which involves acknowledging the wrong done and doing what we can to make it right. This message applies to everyone’s personal lives but today’s service takes it a step further and looks at the idea of a collective practice where we work towards righting societal ways where we have “missed the mark”--what some have called “a Teshuva to Restore a National Conscience.” This leads to another concept central to Judaism: Tikkun Olam, or our shared responsibility to not only to acknowledge wrongs and injustice, but to do what we can to repair the world.   

The service includes a time of personal reflection and self-examination and a personal reflection by Ms. Jenya on what it means to live a life guided by the concept of  Tikkun Olam. She is a retired attorney, mediator, and family therapist, and the founder/director of a humanitarian organization to help children caught in wars. She lives a full life in San Miguel as a poet and painter, and is an active member of the UU Fellowship and co-leader of the First Friday Shabbat services at the Jewish Culture and Community Center. Mark is a retired Methodist minister who was educated at Grinnell College (Iowa) and Bethel Theological Seminary (Minnesota). He was ordained in the United Methodist Church and served congregations in Minnesota and Colorado for 25 years. 

Music for the service is provided by our own Paula Peace and will nclude an arrangement of the hauntingly beautiful and powerful Kol Nidre, traditionally sung to open the evening Yom Kippur service.

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.

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, lydiajafa@yahoo.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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