Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. Croix
Newsletter February 2013
(The Fellowship meets at the Jewish Community Center in Hermon Hill the second and fourth Sundays October-May. Services and Sunday School are held at 10 AM. Refreshments and conversation follow.)
Feb. 2 (Saturday) 9:30-Noon: “What It Means to Be a Unitarian Universalist.” Workshop facilitated by President Gail Nealon and Consulting Minister Qiyamah Rahman at the Jewish Community Center, 5 Hermon Hill (Route 83), third building on the left after Beeston Hill intersection. This program is primarily for friends of the Fellowship who attend our services but it is also open to interested guests and members. Registration is requested by January 31. Contact Gail Nealon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 277-8354.
Feb. 3 (Sunday) 10 AM: Special Service: Guest Minister Rev. Edmund Robinson on “To Be of Use” (reflections on the need for activities to occupy us, whether paid or unpaid, and to organize our time). His wife, Jacqueline Schwab, a renowned pianist, will provide music. The Robinsons visit St. Croix every two years with the English Country Dancers. They are from Chatham, MA. Sunday School will be held at the same time.
Please note: There is no Covenant Group meeting this day.
Feb. 10 (Sunday) 10 AM Rev. Qiyamah Rahman leads a “Black History Celebration”
Feb. 17 (Sunday) 10 AM. Covenant group at the home of Emy Thomas
Feb. 20 (Wednesday) 7 PM. Book reading and signing by Helen Engelhardt at the Jewish Community Center, 7 PM. Helen’s memoir, “The Longest Night,” about the death of her husband on Pam Am Flight 103 and the aftermath of that tragedy, is hot off the press. She will have hard cover, paperback and audio versions available.
Feb. 24 (Sunday) 10 AM: Guest Speaker Tracy Sanders, director of the hospice Continuum Care, on “The Journey to Peaceful Life Closure”
Rev. Qiyamah’s Column
While February is the shortest month of the year it does not lack a diversity of holidays. Here are a few monthly events celebrated during February:
American Heart Month; An Affair to Remember Month; Black History Month; Canned Food Month; Creative Romance Month; Great American Pie Month; National Cherry Month; National Children’s Dental Health Month; National Grapefruit Month; and National Weddings Month.
The holidays that invite my delighted attention every year include Leap year (2016), Black History Month, Random Acts of Kindness Day and Valentines’ Day. As a Baby Boomer, my generation of women never needed leap year to justify approaching a love interest. Lol Black History Month is a welcomed opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of individuals of African descent. There was a time when I was growing up that my education failed to include any information about individuals of African descent. You will have an opportunity to hear about Americans and Crucians of African descent in our February 10 worship along with some wonderful music.
Valentines’ Day can be an exciting lovefest if you have a romantic interest in your life. However, I encourage you to expand the commercial interpretation of Valentine’s Day. Isn’t it wonderful to have loving individuals in your life regardless of their relationship? Do not fail to tell your best friends, mothers, fathers, uncles, cousins etc. how much they are loved and appreciated.
Finally, I advocate that Random Acts of Kindness Day become a daily holiday. The world would be a better place if individuals committed random acts of kindness. Try it and make a difference!
So come out and see some of your favorite people, including Rev. Robinson on February 3, and reflect on inspiring topics on Sundays 10 – 11:00 am at the Jewish Community Center. And bring a friend!
See you in Church!
A MESSAGE FROM YOUR TREASURER: Congratulations, Fellowship. We made and exceeded our 2012 match for the Ministers’ fund. Thanks to our anonymous donor for that support. Also, we received $1,700 from the UU Southern Region Chalice Lighters Grant to help fund our efforts. We are currently operating in a deficit, but are hopeful an active winter season will make the difference. Donations and pledges accepted any time.
For fiscal year to date, June 1, 2012 to Jan 7, 2013:
Income = $ 10,588 ( budget $13,831 )
Expenses = $11,003 ( budget $11,431 )