SUNDAY SERVICES:

Fellowship for all Ages Service: 10 a.m., 1st & 3rd Sundays 

Adult Religious Education: 10 a.m., 2nd & 4th Sundays  

Please check our News and Events for other programs and special events occurring on 5th Sundays.

*Childcare is provided for all Services.*

Each Sunday, children are invited to fellowship in our “Suncatchers” Art room and our “Torch-bearers” Game and Movie room. Our youngest members may prefer to play in the “Little Lights” nursery.

Happy New Year! This month will center on "Living with Mindfulness". 

While we make promises to ourselves to exercise more, eat healthier, get a better job, go back to school, finally take that trip you've been delaying, etc., it is also important to slow down and concentrate on the positive things that aren't offered much thought, while pushing away negative thoughts. In order to better appreciate the bulk of your living experience, mindfulness is an exercise much recommended by its practitioners that can, in essence, recharge your batteries and shine a light into your daily walk.


 

 TO PONDER THIS  JANUARY:

"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves."

-Bill Vaughan

"Let our New Years resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word."

- Goran Persson

"I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's."

- Henry Moore

"Your success and happiness lives within you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."

-Helen Keller

" The new year stands before us , like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals."

-Melody Beattie

What will you resolve to do this year, or this day?  Will you remember to take some time to just enjoy the moment you are in, where you are?

IN MEMORIAM:

Jakelin Caal Maquin , 7 years old, from Guatemala

Felipe Gomez Alonso, 8 years old, from Guatemala 

Jazmine Barnes, 7 years old, from Houston

Please say their names. Say them again. And again.

There were 56,178 gun violence incidents in the United States as of noon, 29 December 2018:

Of those, 14,430 were deaths and 27,837 were injuries.

337 of these were mass shootings.

The total numbers do not reflect 22,000 annual suicides.

This information was obtained from gunviolencearchive.org .

This violence extends its fingers into Bell County, which has encountered several incidents in December 2018.

This past year's total US gun death statistics easily surpass the entire total deaths (5,563) encountered by the Western Coalition (US, UK, Canada,Germany, France) in its entire Operation Enduring Freedom campaign from 2001-2018.

Could there possibly be a louder call for the need of love in community? We must and can do better; a resolve to lower these numbers and eradicate these tragedies begins with every individual's contribution to the health of themselves, and then our communities.

To all those who suffered loss in 2018 relative to natural disasters, we still wish you strength and abundance in your recovery. We also demand pounds of prevention and wisdom in action from those who contribute to the conditions that make them more intense and frequent. 

" If we all use our gifts for each other the world can be a wonderful place." 

- Hulda Burgar

 

ADULT RE CHAIRPERSON: CHARLES CAPEN

06 January 2019 Sunday Service: An Introduction to Mindfulness: Vitamin You

13 January 2019 RE : Charles Capen presents: Me Too is a Movement, Not a Moment

20 January 2019 RE: Hulda Burgar presents: How We Live an Undivided LifeSunday Service: Guest speaker TBA

27 January 2019 : Sunday Service: Guest Speaker Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa


KIDS'(S) RE CHAIRPERSON: HULDA BURGAR

This year we journey around the world as we explore our UU sources of faith.

Weekly thoughts and take home challenges:

06 January 2019: How do we turn challenging characteristics into strengths?
- Listen to the song “How Could Anyone Ever Tell You” (Karen Drucker).

13 January 2019: What is a WOW moment?
-Take a wow walk with your family, point out little things that amaze you.

20 January 2019: What does it mean to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy? 
-Check out a Magic School Bus book or video.

27 January 2019: How do we stay grateful when we are disappointed?
-Make a list of things you’re thankful for. (Count your blessings)

UPCOMING CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY EVENTS:

Friday, Jan 11- Movies and Munchies at 7pm, featuring “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.” Bring your favorite snack to share. NOTE: These movie events will play in the sanctuary while another for adultsairs in the K- Hall. 

Saturday, Feb 9- Feed the Need for Fellowship at 5pm we open our doors to the community for dinner. Spontaneous music may result in a drum circle or jam session.

Saturday, Mar 23- S.P.A.R.K.S
Kids RE takes over K-hall, 10am-4pm, as we explore how “love will guide us in our community.” Cost: donations for the animal shelter. Please bring your lunch and a plain t-shirt, in your favorite color, to decorate.
RSVP to: kidsre.uufbc@yahoo.com

Please, let's be thankful for how fortunate we may be... and be mindful that needs of the less fortunate occur all year long and require just as much attention as the giving holidays.

ABOUT US:

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bell County welcomes people from all religious, ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds. We are a welcoming and inclusive community which supports open-minded religious exploration, free from doctrine or creed. We work together to seek spiritual and intellectual growth and understanding, in accordance with our mission.

We hold weekly services and other regular events. Please check our News & Events page to see the full list of activities.

Whatever your background, beliefs, or journey, we welcome you with open arms and open minds.

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