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The "Getting to Know UU" service on Sunday, July 11th was an enlightening interview with member, Jacob Furst. The opportunity to hear another's growing up experiences with religion gives perspective on one's own faith journey. While everyone's experience and beliefs are unique, these deep conversations continue to reveal the things we have in common more than what our differences are. For instance, Jacob spoke about having the feeling of being "home at last" during his first visit to Beverly Unitarian. He was not alone! Discussions after the service centered around many having that same exact feeling. It really is no surprise because Beverly Unitarian Church not only welcomes all types of diversity, we thrive on it! When (and where) we feel respected, valued and appreciated for who we are and what we believe, we truly are "home at last."
On Mother's Day, Sunday, May 11th. the Religious Education group did a fine job of showing their support for the walkers in the 15th Annual Beverly Breast Cancer Walk. Trees were decorated with pink bows and pompoms and the children provided jovial cheers and cold water! We used 1,200 paper cups and could have used more because there were more than 12,000 participants!
Last year, $540,000 was raised via the 3-mile walk. The proceeds help the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park. Since its inception, the event has raised $3.4 million, which has built the suburban hospital's cancer center and its Comprehensive Breast Health Center as well as paid for upgrades to the mammography department.
This year, funds raised from the walk will be directed toward clinical services. This includes a designated breast nurse navigator, who will offer individualized assistance to patients and families facing the disease as well as provide survivorship plans. The money raised in 2014 will also be used to hire a research coordinator who will identify patients eligible to participate in clinical trials at the hospital.
It was great to see our children working hard to support such a worthwhile endeavor. We can be very proud of our kids and the grown-ups who participated.
Forty-five church volunteers were fine hosts for the friendly crowd who attended Castle Auction 2014. The event was a community building, FUNdraising success! The evening was a whirlwind of activity beginning with the second floor sale that was filled with interesting and eclectic displays of conversation pieces and beautiful collectibles alike. Odella Hampton's savory appetizers kept everyone satisfied as they browsed for their treasures. Later in the evening, on the first floor, Bill Robinson, a charming and most entertaining auctioneer, and his Vanna, Linda Petersen, presented us with an wide array of items that were so interesting, people just could not resist. There was only one item in the live auction that was not sold!
Bidders were lively and most willing to dig deep into their generous pockets, not to mention the generosity of the donors of all the items. An original Comiskey Park chair, beautiful clocks, a vibrant hand stitched quilt, Native American - Santa Clara pottery and a Jack Simmerling signed lithograph of the castle were the items that pleased the most. The event netted nearly $7,000; we are pleased and grateful!
If you were unable to attend the forum experience on April 10th, here is how to have a healthy brain:
- Play games! Social games are the oldest art form. Laughter is good for you!
- Anything that’s good for you is good for your brain (good nutrition, exercise, sleep!)
- For better sleep, stay in dim light the last hour and a half you’re awake – no TV! You can use a light directed on a book to read, but no direct light into your eyes.
- Limit your TV watching
- Eat blueberries, almonds, walnuts, whole grains, sardines and salmon
- Drink half your weight in ounces of filtered water every day (if you weigh 140 pounds, drink 70 ounces)
- For an instant mood lift, put a pen or pencil between your teeth – it will force your mouth into a smile and your brain will know you’re feeling good
- Stay calm and slow down
- Listen to music – Mozart helps focus the brains of kids with ADD
- Meditate (come on Sundays!)
- Do yoga (Come on Tuesdays or Wednesdays!)
Thanks to our presenters: Rev. Karen Hutt, Rev. Dr. Tom Aldworth, Daniel Kynaston, Beth Aldwoth, and Marsha Vihon and our clean-up crew of Betsy Perrine and Fran Sowa.
GREEN SANCTUARY CONTACT ARTICLE, APRIL, 2014
Thanks to all of our BUC members and friends, the March 1st Farmers’ Market was very successful. About 240 persons attended, and they purchased approximately $5,400. worth of local produce and fair traded goods.
Our Intergenerational Earth Day Service titled “The Fierce Green Light”, will take place on Sunday, April 27th. This Service takes its inspiration from the life and works of Aldo Leopold, the first American Conservationist to call for an intelligent approach to humanity’s place in nature. The children’s Religious Education Class will participate in the Service with a presentation entitled “The Call of the Wild Ones”.
As part of our effort to keep hazardous refuse out of the waste stream throughout Chicago, we have scheduled our next expanded Electronic and Hazardous Waste Collection in the Tenth Ward. The collection will take place at “The Zone”, 11731 So. Avenue “O” on Saturday, June 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This collection is co-sponsored by the Southeast Environmental Taskforce. We are expecting a large turnout for this event; So please consider volunteering to help us. We will arrange car pools from BUC on the morning of the 7th.
For more information please contact Fran Sowa,firstname.lastname@example.org, (708)423-6392 or Eileen Klees, email@example.com,
Sunday: August 3rd
Guest in the Pulpit: February Sky
Dimming of the Day – the Songs of Richard Thompson
Richard Thompson is a brilliant folk/rock songwriter/guitarist. His work is strongly influenced by traditional folk music, and also by the varied directions that his spiritual life has taken over the years.
Childcare and religious education is available during services from September to June. UU Summer Camp actively engages children of all ages during July and August. All children are welcome!
Participate in a Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome.