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Aug. 19 — Lama Kathy Wesley

Our dear teacher, Lama Kathy Wesley, will speak after our festive dinner on Friday, August 19 at 7pm. Suggested donation for dinner is $25 and any donation is appreciated.
Lama Kathy will teach on Monday, August 22 and Tuesday, Aug. 23 in Founders Hall with the morning session from 10-12:00 and the afternoon session from 2:00-3:30pm. Suggested donation of $45 for one day and $80 for both. All are welcome regardless of ability to contribute.

Theme of teachings: Aspiration and Inspiration: Deepening Our Practice
Lama Kathy will offer encouragement to strengthen our understandings and direct experience of the Buddhist path. Suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners alike.

We Need Your Input!

The ministerial search survey and focus groups are ready for your input! They will provide the ministerial search committee with vital information about who we are as a congregation, where we are going, and what kind of leader we are looking for in a settled minister. We need everyone to participate in the next few weeks! Look for a committee member wearing a colorful sign or come to the search table on the patio on Sunday or contact Chris Butler at chris.butler@pegroups.com for information about taking the survey. Also sign up for a specific focus group based on time and location at the search table or contact Nancy Harmon (nwharmon06@gmail.com).

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The ministerial search committee is beginning to gather information from members of the congregation about who we are, where we are going, and what kind of a leader we are looking for in a settled minister for our fellowship. This is a vital step in the process and we need everyone to participate. A survey will be available soon. We are also looking for hosts and participants for cottage meetings/focus groups in the coming weeks. Members of the search team will be present at each meeting to facilitate.

Please contact Nancy Harmon (nwharmon06@gmail.com) before 8/22/2016 if you would be willing to host or participate in one of these small group discussions. Sign up sheets will also be available on the patio after Sunday services.

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The Settled Minister Search Committee has begun its work. At a 2-day retreat with UUA transition consultant, Bob Miess, we got to know each other better, learned more about the journey ahead, and agreed on our roles and responsibilities.

The Search Committee members and their lead responsibilities are listed here. As you can see, we are all in it together!

* Lisa Shaffer, Chair (w/Jill)

* Jill Ballard, Congregational Record Editor (w/Don)

* Ed Ulm, Website Editor (w/Nagdeep)

* Nagdeep Giri, Technologist (w/Nancy) and Logistics (w/Lisa)

* Don Jones, Treasurer (w/Nagdeep) and Reference Checks (w/Ed)

* Chris Butler, Congregational Survey (w/Nancy), Negotiating Team (w/Lisa)

* Nancy Harmon, Secretary (w/Lisa) and Focus Groups (w/Chris)

The ministerial search committee is beginning to gather information from members of the congregation about who we are, where we are going, and what kind of a leader we are looking for in a settled minister for our fellowship. This is a vital step in the process and we need everyone to participate. A survey will be available soon.

We are also looking for hosts and participants for cottage meetings/focus groups in the coming weeks, beginning 8/22 and ending 9/16. Please contact Nancy Harmon (nwharmon06@gmail.com) before 8/22/2016 if you would be willing to host or participate in one of these small group discussions or if you have any questions. Sign up sheets will also be available on the patio after Sunday services.

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Aug. 25 — UUFSD Adult Choir

Are you a closet, shower, or wannabe singer? Or a more experienced singer? Consider joining the choir! UUFSD Adult Choir begins Thursday, August 25. All are welome. We have a meaningful and fun year planned in music. If you are new to the choir, please contact Director, Chris Lehman at (760) 612-4853 or by email prior to August 25, so that she can have sheet music ready for you.

August Day Laborers Lunch Program

August represented the last Day laborers Lunch distribution for the remainder of 2016. Preparing and distributing the lunches were Nancy & Roger Harmon, Sharon Weld, Livia Walsh, Alejandra Huffman Chen and Irv Himelblau. During the distribution, we became aware of a day laborer who was studying for an AB 60 drivers license and wanted to pursue political asylum for himself his wife and daughter. We supplied him with names and phone numbers of a Spanish speaking drivers license teachers and immigration attorneys, the North County Immigration Task Force, and the ACLU.

GOES TO SHOW THAT WE CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE, EVEN WHEN IT’S ONE FAMILY AT A TIME.

Food Bank Update

We bagged 3,700 lbs of nectarines this month which were handed out at the Summer Fun Cafe, a program by the SD Schools to provide a little extra food to take home after the free school lunches given to our kids-in-need. THANKS all! We always volunteer the 1st Thursday of each month from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Anyone 6 and over can help but you MUST email me for the Group Code: sara@saraohara.com

2016 Backpack Project

Our UUFSD 2016 Backpack Project exceeded expectations!!! Our goal was to fill at least eighty (80) backpacks and we ended up filling one hundred and seven (107). The backpacks were distributed to the Encinitas CRC Battered Women’s program, Tijuana Colonias, disadvantaged and homeless children in the Encinitas Unified School District and Stand Up for Kids (a homeless teen program) in Oceanside.

Special thanks to Elizabeth Young and Livia Walsh, our Backpack Project coordinators and to everyone in the Fellowship that made this happen.

Aug. 14 — Voices for Children

Voices for Children (VFC) transforms the lives of abused children by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) who spend time getting to understand the child’s needs personally. They review and monitor the court files, write court reports, provide recommendations to the judge, and work closely with a professional Advocacy Supervisor to advocate for their case child’s best interest in the Court, the classroom, and the community. At this time, VFC advocates for 3,000 children in foster care in SD. It takes $2500 to provide a CASA for a year. The collection on Sunday will go towards providing a CASA for a needy child.

* For the Order of Service – there will be two VFC representatives – Sarah Adams (speaker) and Karen Reimus (CASA volunteer)
** Reminder: for the Order of Service we need to mention that if you are writing a check be sure to put Generosity Sunday in the note area of the check.

Time/place: Generosity Sunday during the service