February 2015 COMPASS Newsletter

The Compass
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Feb 1—Falun
Gong Buddhism
Think Green This Valentine’s Day from Green Living Tips.com by Michael Bloch
Feb 8—Rev.
Phillip Lund
Feb 15—LOVE
Feb 22—TBA
Sermon Topics
UU Valentines 2
New Member
Book Club
Coffee Order
Valentine’s Day is an occasion
celebrated on February 14 and
while it has a very long history
dating back hundreds of years, the
scale of the occasion we have today is largely thanks (or no thanks)
to marketers.
Some fast consumption related
facts about Valentine’s Day:
- Around a billion valentines are
sent each year globally, making the
day the second largest cardsending holiday of the year behind
- Twenty-five percent of all seasonal cards annually are valentines.
- Over 36 million heart-shaped
boxes of chocolate are sold each
- Valentine’s Day is the top holiday
for fresh flower purchases with
red roses being most popular.
- Ten percent of engagements happen on Valentine’s Day.
Those statistics come from the
American Greetings Corporation.
Valentine’s Day is big business and
as such has the potential to have
substantial impact on the environment. For example, the one billion
cards laid end to end would
stretch around the world five
times! That’s a lot of trees.
Valentine’s Day gifts with
the planet in mind
If Valentine’s Day is an important day for you or the one you
love, then you can also show a
bit of extra love for the environment by carefully considering
what you buy. Here are some
- Cards made from recycled or
tree-free paper (this will be indicated on the card)
- Consider sending an e-card
instead, using one of the many
quality services around.
- Fair-trade and/or organic
- Choose organic and/or locally
grown flowers.
- Make a donation to an environmental organization on behalf of the person.
- If you wish to give jewelry,
consider pre-owned or purchasing from jewelers who are certified to be sourcing precious
metals and gemstones in an
ecologically and socially respon-
Soup Sunday—RE Fundraiser on February 8th!
Please join the Religious Exploration council for lunch on Sunday, February 8th! We will be serving a variety of delicious homemade soups and breads after the church service. A suggested donation of $5 per person will go towards the social outreach activities of the children of the congregation. And just in case you’re not
able to stay to eat, we will have carryout containers available.
*The children have used the money from previous fundraisers to
donate bees, chicks, and rabbits to Heifer Project International and
to make donations to our local Patchwork Central Food Pantry.*
sible manner.
Or consider
something really offbeat like a
wooden ring – they look amazing.
- Buy the person a gift certificate
for holistic therapies, e.g. massage, naturopath, health spa.
- Arrange dinner at a local restaurant specializing in organic or
locally grown food. Eating locally
cuts down on food miles.
- Perhaps make dinner yourself
using locally grown ingredients,
accompanied by a nice organic
wine. Set the mood with earthfriendly candles. The effort you
put in will be sure to impress!
- Book a retreat in a wildlife
reserve, park or natural area.
Your business will help support
the running of such establishments.
- Give natural perfumes and
fragrances. Popular mainstream
fragrances are chemical cocktails. By buying natural fragrances, you’ll be showing you
not only care for the environment, but the person’s health.
Sermon Topics
Feb 1—Guest speaker Laura Spahn-Market will
speak about Falun Gong Buddhism. Ed
Howard worship leader.
Feb 8—Reverend Phillip Lund of the Midwest
Unitarian Universalist Association office will
preach. Tom Moor worship associate.
Feb 15—Ed Howard will speak on the theme
of LOVE. Suzanne Perrey worship leader.
Feb 22—To Be Announced. Brian Sturgill
worship leader. Potluck following service.
UU Valentines from
UU Media Works on
Creative by Tim Atkins
& Jessica Ferguson
Graphic Design by Jessica Ferguson
New Member Orientation Class
The long-awaited new member orientation class — required for membership in
UUCE — is tentatively set for the first
three Sundays in March —March 1, 8, and
15 — from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at the church.
It was necessary to schedule the classes this
far ahead so that materials for each participant can be ordered and received by class
time. Lunch, which will be provided by
UUCE’s Congregational Life Committee,
will be served between the church service
and class time. Child care will be provided
for class participants if needed. Those planning to attend the series of classes are requested to sign up as soon as possible on
the sign-up sheet in the church foyer so
that the correct number of materials can be
provided. If you have any questions, please
contact Bev Tonso at 812-476-9235 or via
email at [email protected]
Upcoming Events & Activities
Sun., Feb. 1: 9am Adult Discussion Group
Mon., Feb. 2: 6pm Down to Earth addiction
support group
Mon., Feb. 2: 7pm Board meeting
Fri., Feb. 6: 7pm Drum Circle
Sun., Feb. 8: Soup Sunday RE Fundraiser
following service
Wed., Feb. 18: 6:30pm Congregational Life
Committee meeting
Fri., Feb. 20: 3:30pm United Caring Shelter
Dinner (sign-up sheet in foyer)
Fri., Feb. 20: COMPASS Submissions due for
March edition
Sun., Feb. 22: Potluck following service
Mon., Feb. 9: 6pm Down to Earth group
Sun., Feb. 22: RE Committee meeting following potluck
Mon., Feb. 9: 6:30pm Fall Festival meeting at
the Sizemore’s
Sun., Feb. 22: 3pm Dances of Universal
Sun., Feb. 15: 9am Adult Discussion Group
Mon., Feb. 23: 6pm Down to Earth group
Sun., Feb. 15: 3pm Goddess Drum Circle
Tues., Feb. 24: 11:30am Book Club
Unitarian Universalist
Church of Evansville
2910 East Morgan Avenue
Evansville, IN 47711
Service on Sundays at 10:00am
Youth RE on Sundays at
Child care available
during service!
Mon., Feb. 16: 6pm Down to Earth group
February Book Club
Join the UUCE Brown Bag Book Club on Tuesday, February
24 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. Bring your lunch to eat while we
discuss the book of the month, The Dressmaker of Khair Khana by
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. All welcome!
Coffee Order
Place your order for Equal Exchange
Fair Trade chocolate, cocoa and coffee by
the 15th of the month. Coffee prices average $8-$10 per 10oz package plus shipping. Your purchase supports the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Contact Chris Norrington for details [email protected]
Support Teams
UUCE now has support teams in place to assist those members
who need assistance with activities of daily living, such as grocery
shopping, lawn care, meal preparation, etc., due to illness, death in
the family, or other circumstance. If you or someone else needs such
help, please notify Sharon Dennis at 431-9148 or [email protected], Bev Tonso at 476-9235 or [email protected], or
Teddye Thompson at 402-2744 or [email protected]
Board of Directors:
President Elect
Secretary Elect
Treasurer Elect
RE Director
Other Volunteers:
Building and Grounds
Congregational Life
Social Justice
Worship Associates
Youth Leader
Newsletter Editor
Tina Sizemore
Sharon Dennis
Chris Norrington
Jasmine Sturgill
Mollie Pharo
David Fentress
Suzanne Perrey
Tom Moor
Ashley Perkins
John Schaeffer
Chris Norrington
Chris Norrington
Chris Norrington
Tom Moor
Mary Helen Weldy
Tina Sizemore
[email protected]
Ashley Perkins