UUFSD Is Energizing for a New Era

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Have you seen the “Why I Love UUFSD” poster in the core area on Sundays? The poster is part of the “UUFSD: Energizing for a New Era” pledge drive.

Our congregation has already accomplished a lot during the current fiscal year (2016-2017):

  • Called a new settled minister
  • Increased congregation size
  • Introduced new music leadership, doubling the size of choir
  • Supported a successful OWL program for our youngest UUs

Team Genero$ity hopes to gather enough pledges from our members and friends for the coming fiscal year (2017-2018) so UUFSD can continue to:

  • Increase membership
  • Grow our music program
  • Upgrade sound equipment
  • Build key reserves for campus repairs
  • Raise staff compensation to meet UUA guidelines
  • Add more congregational programs now that we have a settled minister

So, on March 19 and 26 please stop by the “Why I Love UUFSD” poster to enjoy the testimonials and share your own thoughts about why you love this community.

Have questions about the pledge drive? Send email pledge@uufsd.org.

Want to make your pledge for 2017-2018. Visit http://uufsd.org/giving/pledging/ on the UUFSD website.

Serving with Grace: Lay Leadership as Spiritual Practice

Rev. Meghan will again offer this six-week class on Wednesday evenings from April 12 to May 24, skipping April 26 when she will be away.

This class is for anyone looking for a creative way to relate to our community. The theme is congregational leadership as part of a spiritual path. It is based on a very short book which will be available for loan or purchase ($12) which is packed with innovative ways to make engagement both more fun and more meaningful.

Those who took the class last year were delighted and enriched by the experience, “Serving with Grace” is one module in our evolving curriculum for leadership and personal growth.

Contact Tracey at office@uufsd.org to sign up or ask questions.

New Member Ceremony is Sunday, March 26

Our UUFSD family is growing! The New Member Ceremony is Sunday, March 26!

Please join us during the second service as we recognize UUFSD’s newest members.
You’re invited to join us after service in the core area for celebratory refreshments!

The Willage Rite of Spring: Hiking the Coast-to-Crest Trail on

This spring is going to be epic — let’s help one another take full advantage of the gorgeous outdoors! Beginning Sunday, April 2, The Willage will be hiking one segment of the Coast to Crest Trail each month (hikes are the first Sunday of the month). Little kids of all ages are welcome to join big people of all ages. We will be hiking no more than 3 miles at a time, and taking the 71-mile trail bit by bit (navigating past the segments of the trail that are not yet completed or are closed due to weather). Along the way we will identify plant and animal species, try geocaching and cultivate a greater admiration and respect for our natural world. This will be a great way for our families to get to know one another and work toward completing a challenge we can all be proud of.

When and where: First hike: 12:45 p.m. Sunday April 2. Meet at the trailhead on Jimmy Durante Blvd. and hike the “Coast to Polo fields” segment to the Del Mar Horsepark (we can arrange for a few of us to drop our cars off at Del Mar Horsepark for those who don’t want to hike round-trip).

What to bring: Hats, sunglasses, sunblock, snacks and plenty of water. As we begin to catch the trail farther and farther east, we will account for changes to our hiking schedule, since we will need to include drive time.

Contact Tiffany Fox at tiffanymfox@gmail.com to be part of the Willage Trail Brigade!

Bird Walks with Rigdon Currie

Tuesday Bird Walks with Rigdon Currie

Good News! Rigdon Currie is now leading his popular bird walks once a month. These nature walks are at an easy pace with frequent stops to admire birds.

The newly named “Gray Hawks South” bird watching group will likely go to different habitats every outing to see greatest variety of birds.

Next walk is Bataquitos Lagoon, Tuesday, March 29th.

Bring binoculars. Need to borrow a pair? Let Rigdon know. Cell phones, water and sunscreen strongly suggested.

If interested, please bring a bag lunch to gather for food and conversation after the walk.

Tuesdays with Rigdon
Upcoming Tuesday bird walks:  March 28th. April 25, Tuesday, May 30, and June 27.

Questions? Contact Rigdon via email rigdoncurrie@mac.com.
*all ages welcome to join an activity

New Member Workshop March 4

We are so HAPPY you are considering Membership at the fellowship. Save the Date for our “New Member Workshop” for those on the Membership path. Join Rev. Meghan Cefalu, our Director of Connections Adrienne McCord and other fellowship members and leadership for this enriching, joyful learning experience. Contact the office at 858-755-9225 Adrienne for information. adrienne@uufsd.org. Refreshments will be served. Childcare available upon request and RSVP.

Time: 11:00 1m – 1:30 PM
Location: Founders Hall

Let’s Talk FUN-Raising on Mar 1

Come to the Team Genero$ity meeting on Wednesday, March 1, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Palmer Library. Please bring your creative energy, ideas, and knowledge when we talk about all things FUN-raising, from brainstorming ideas to getting ready for a special event.

On our agenda for March 1 is the annual pledge drive, which starts on Sunday, March 5. We will also discuss the annual auction, which will be held on Saturday, May 13 (save the date!).

We have many other FUN-raising ideas we’d like to share and implement. Please contact Glen and Alice at stewardship (at) uufsd.org if you’re interested in helping out.

April 7-9 Annual Camp DeBenneville Pines Weekend

April 7-9 will be our Annual Camp DeBenneville Pines weekend for UUFSD. This year Eberly Barnes, writing professor at UCSD, will lead a writing workshop. We will also have yoga, hiking, crafts, games, dancing, and a variety show. Rev. Meghan, Alison, and Adrienne will also lead special workshops and worship. Sign up on our website. Registrations are running ahead of our usual–so sign up early.

Accommodations include heated cabins with hot showers, a cozy lodge, and great food. This event for all ages. Bring lots of layers because the weather is unpredictable in the mountains in the spring.

To learn more talk to Adrienne, Diane Masser-Frye, Christie Turner, Chris Faller, or Betsy Gilpin.

Mar 1 – Let’s Talk FUN-raising

Team Genero$ity raises funds for the Fellowship, which is both fun and rewarding. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month in the Palmer Library from 6:30 to 8 pm.

On March 1 we will talk a little bit about the annual pledge drive, which kicks off on Sunday, March 5.

Then we’ll talk about the auction and other fundraising ideas. UUFSD’s annual gala and auction will be held on Saturday, May 13, which from an event planning point of view is just around the corner. Whether you want to give a lot or a little, we welcome your creative energy and ideas to help make the auction a success.

If you’re interested in volunteering for the auction in some way, please contact Adrienne McCord at adrienne@uufsd.org. If you’re interested in Team Genero$ity in general, please contact Glen and Alice at stewardship@uufsd.org.