Some old- fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.

-Laura Ingalls

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 April! This month's services will center around "Walking with Nature". 

  We've begun this year with mindfulness and meditation, continued with experiencing wholehearted living, and then appreciating new growth. Now, with an open mind and an open heart, let's walk with nature... ( just make sure you've taken your antihistamine, wink, nod; abundant pollen is here too :) )

  We now have trees and early spring flowers in full bloom, and dappled sunlight returns! The lushness of the new spring landscape sings a melody straight to the heart if one listens closely enough. The acorns the squirrels missed are now sprouting, hoping to become as majestic as their parents. Sown seeds are also sprouting, promising a bountiful bloom of flowers for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and we who enjoy them. Our major grain and fruit food crops are again being started again. Our wildlife is in the process of rearing a new generation, whether they inhabit the land or the water. Our domesticated animals also hear the call of spring and begin their new families as well, if they were not neutered.

 While we celebrate the freshness and newness of the season, please remember to be a responsible steward of this unique, miraculous habitat in our solar system. Its and our mere existence should humble us all. To view tips that will keep our planet healthy and clean enough for our own future generations to inhabit, see our activism corner. 

 

QUOTES TO PONDER THIS APRIL:

"Why are so many tired on April 1st? Because they just finished a 31 day March."

- Unknown

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."

- William Shakespeare

"A gush of bird-song, a patter of dew, a cloud, and a rainbow's warning, suddenly sunshine and perfect blue--- an April day in the morning."

-Harriet Prescott Spofford

"The sweet small clumsy feet of April came into the ragged meadow of my soul."

- E.E. Cummings

Elections should be held on April 16th- the day after we pay our income taxes. That is one of the few things that might discourage
politicians from being big spenders.


- Thomas Sowell

"It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen."

- George Orwell

"Shining through tears, like April suns in showers, that labour to overcome the cloud that loads 'em."


- Thomas Otway
 

IN MEMORIAM:

Linda Knightes, beloved UU member, UU board member, mother, wife, friend. Linda passed away on 26 March 2019 relative to complications of open heart surgery. Linda, we will miss you and your robust sense of humor deeply and pray that you are now in the place that you believed in. To the Knightes family, we wish you healing and an abundance of comfort in the memories you have with both Linda and Peter; our hearts to yours. 

Sydney Aiello, 19, d 17 March 2019

16 Y/O sophomore, d 23 March 2019

The two youth abovementioned were Marjorie Stoneman Douglas students. Sydney's best friend was killed in the attack that ravaged their school and suffered from PTSD. There is no elaboration on the loss of our 16 Y/O fellow American human being but we can conclude with certainty that he or she was experiencing great pain as well.

Jeremy Richman, 49, neuroscientist, d 25 March 2019

Jeremy is the father of Avielle Richman, who passed away at 6 Y/O in the Sandy Hook school massacre.

Jeremy was the founder of the Avielle Foundation. He studied the brain and how it is affected by violence.


Dearest America: Can we do better than this??? Thank you for the ban on the bump stocks, to those who made that happen, but please do recognize that THIS is one of the true national emergencies we are encountering. We are losing children and productive, intelligent members of our society relative to gun violence and a lack of deep emotional support for those who have encountered loss and trauma. Can we employ the same type of strength in action New Zealanders displayed immediately after enduring their own horrific massacre? Why is it so hard? WHY??? Why must we just acknowledge these losses and continue business as usual? Why must something happen to someone before most are motivated to find a solution? Why must we keep on having to ask why?

We demandfully ask for actual, meaningful progress in our legal system and funding for mental health with qualified practitioners... not situational opportunists or prayers without action. Amen.

 

ADULT RE CHAIRPERSON: CHARLES CAPEN

07 April 2019 Sunday Service: Stephanie Taylor presents this year's Animal Service. Participants are encouraged to bring a pet!

14 April 2019 RE : Charles Capen presents: Atheism

21 April 2019 Sunday Service: Flower Communion. All participants need to bring a flower to exchange with another for this beautiful memorial service.

28 April  2019 RE: Charles Capen presents: TBA



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:


07 April 2019: 
 

Animals are such agreeable friends: they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” -George Eliot

* Try out some fun animal yoga poses at kidsyogastories.com

14 April 2019: 

Which is easier to hold on to, forgiveness or anger?

* Write or draw a time you were so angry at someone; then take three deep breaths, tear it up, and throw it away.


21 April 2019: 

I wish you a world of greater peace, justice, harmony, and beauty; a world that is more full of life.

* Enjoy a picnic dinner with your family.


28 April 2019:
 

What does “exuding a feeling of loving kindness” mean?

* Do something nice for someone else.

UPCOMING CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY EVENTS:

Saturday, 13 April 2019- Family Movie Night; Movies and Munchies at 6pm featuring “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” Bring your favorite snack to share. * Editor clarification: this movie event does NOT overlap the other movie night, which is held on Friday. * 

Saturday, 11 May 2019: Feed The Need ( for Community) event. This will be a soup and salad dinner. This dinner overlaps with Drum Circle, so bring your drums or other instrument to join the jam.

Saturday, 22 June 2019- S.P.A.R.K.S.- Kids RE takes over K- Hall, 10 am- 4pm, as we explore "How Love Will Guide Us in Troubled Times". Cost: donations for the Ronald McDonald House in Temple.

RSVP to: kidsre.uufbc@yahoo.com

DID YOU KNOW:

We can help bluebirds maintain their population? They are driven out of their homes/ killed by house sparrows and starlings, which are both non- native birds. Their eggs will be targeted by native wrens, which are a protected species. Here is a link you can access to learn more about bluebirds and how to make nesting boxes:

http://www.nabluebirdsociety.org/nabs-fact-sheets/

" Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself."

- Chief Seattle

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.

DID YOU KNOW:

1) Humankind's well- being is intertwined with the fate of bees?

See more here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3oMN1a_pdg

2) Humankind's well- being is intertwined with the fate of fish?

See more here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd85OL72Bl4

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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