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Aug 7: Food Bank Volunteer Night

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Thursday August 7  from 6 – 8 PM!
Join us at the next Food Bank Volunteer Night

In July we bagged 6,300 lbs. of potatoes at the San Diego Food Bank!

FoodBank7.14Anyone over 6 years old can help! It’s always the 1st Thursday of each month. Usually we just put food in boxes on an assembly line – really easy, no lifting, no bending, great camaraderie. This is a wonderful way of helping locally those in need and strengthening our UUFSD community as well. The San Diego Food Bank distributes over 20 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout San Diego county. They need our help! Email Sara Ohara at sara@saraohara.com if you’re interested in joining us.

July 20 Service: Curves and Edges

Do you honor your own inherent worth and dignity? How do we use our UU values to help us deal with our own self-criticism? How much do we need to care about what others think? This sermon offers some thoughts on how to be self-compassionate and learn to love our imperfections.
Lisa Shaffer

This sermon is available in the following formats:

Click here to watch it as a video on Vimeo.
Click here to listen to it in MP3 format.

July 14: Urgent Call For Helping Hands

Encinitas Community Resource Center (CRC)
A UUFSD Social Action Program

URGENT CALL FOR HELPING HANDS

One of our current UUFSD Social Action programs is distributing food at the CRC Food Pantry on Thursday mornings. However, because of the demand, the CRC is adding a Friday food distribution. They will add two shifts every Friday: 11 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm. There is a need for two volunteers per shift. UUFSD volunteers need not sign up for every Friday, for example it could be once or twice a month ( 11 am – 1 pm, first Fridays  or  1 pm – 3 pm, second and fourth Fridays).

Volunteers need to be committed to long term, reliable service.  It would be good if they could find substitutes if they have to be on vacation.

SIGN UPS will be held in the core area, at the SAC table, after the service on Sunday, July 20 through August 3. For questions please contact Janet Robinson at jdrobin@sbcglobal.net

Aug 23: A Taste of UU BBQ

August 23
BBQ: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Music: 6:00 – 8:00 PM

San Diego UU Network (SUUN) BBQ — Join UUs from across the county at this summer celebration at UUFSD. There will be great food and live music with Chalice’s Grunnion Run. Childcare will be provided. Event is free of charge, but registration is required, so we can plan for food, beverages, and childcare.

No Admission Charge but please register at EventBrite.
Questions? Contact Vicky

Download a Flyer to share HERE.

Oct. 18: Peter Mayer Concert!

Peter Mayer Concert

October 18th in Founders Hall!

Renowned Minnesota singer-songwriter Peter Mayer (‘Blue Boat Home’) “writes songs for a small planet—songs about interconnectedness and the human journey; about the beauty and the mystery of the world. Whimsical, humorous, and profound, his music breaks the boundaries of “folk”, and transcends to a realm beyond the everyday love song, to a place of wonder at the very fact of life itself.” Visit www.petermayer.net for more on his music.

Tickets are available for purchase http://petermayer2014.eventbrite.com
For concert questions, contact: Vicky at suun.events@gmail.com

Peter Mayer

July 20: Generosity Sunday Recipient

Prison University Project, San Quentin Prison, CA
is the July 2014 Generostiy Sunday Recipient

More information: www.prisonuniversityproject.org

Mission
Provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; create a replicable model for such programs; and stimulate public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California.

Because
Correctional education programs have been shown to save dollars, and greatly decrease recidivism rates, which means they increase public safety. It’s smarter to use education to provide incarcerated individuals the best possible shot at a second chance.

Program
Prison University Project provides college preparatory classes and college credit courses that go towards an AA degree from Patten University. Courses are ongoing: 3 semesters per year, 6 days a week.

Students
Anyone who is classified as “general population” at San Quentin and holds either a GED or high school diploma. Cognitively, culturally, and emotionally diverse inmate students come from all counties in California. In 2013, over 400 students took part. Many more are on the waiting lists.

Training Initiative
Prison University Project will “train teachers on how to identify, accommodate and encourage students with learning differences, so that we can offer these students more support; we will also seek out experts to advise us on the most effective interventions and approaches to ensure each student reaches his potential.”

What is Generosity Sunday?
One of the ways our congregation participates in outreach and social justice work is to designate one Sunday in each month as a Generosity Sunday. On these Sundays, we donate the offering to an organization or project that serves the community or the cause of social justice. generosity@uufsd.org

July 13 Service: Can I Get a Witness?

Pain needs a witness. We can heal ourselves by allowing others to witness that pain and we can heal others by giving them an opportunity to express empathy and compassion for our pain. If we can share our pain, it helps us to avoid getting caught up in suffering.

Tiffany Fox

This sermon is available in the following formats:

Click here to watch it as a video on Vimeo.
Click here to listen to it in MP3 format.

July 6: Children and Families on the Bus

“CHILDREN & FAMILIES ON THE BUS PROJECT”

The UUFSD Social Action Committee is responding to a call for action, from Border Angels and the interfaith ministries in California, in support of the children and families seeking refuge in the US. UUFSD has been asked to be one of the drop off centers for donations of clothing, toiletries etc.. for the San Dieguito area.

Beginning Sunday, July 6th a designated area in Founders Hall will be set up by the double doors on the EAST side of the Hall. The Hall will be open on Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Our plan will be to collect donations through Sunday July 13th, but we might extend the deadline should conditions require that we do so. During the week, (Monday-Friday) monetary donations can be brought to the office and placed in an envelope marked CHILDREN ON THE BUS PROJECT which will be on the Administrators desk.
Please make checks out to the UUFSD with a memo line: Children on the bus. On Sundays, we will have the donation envelope at the Social Action table in the core area.
List of Items Needed:

  • Baby Wipes
  • Baby Formula
  • Baby Bottles
  • Baby Food (plastic if possible)
  • Diapers in all sizes
  • Anti-bacterial lotion/dispensers
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons
  • Soft toys for small children
  • Playing cards for older children and maybe puzzles
  • Balls for children of various ages
  • Small Towels Small Soaps
  • Juice boxes
  • Sealed snacks

If you have any questions contact Livia Walsh at: livwalsh1@gmail.com or Nancy Harmon at: nwharmon06@yahoo.com

July 13: Sunday Service at Friendship Park (SD/Tijuana Border)

Sunday Service at Friendship Park (SD/Tijuana Border) 

 Sunday, July 13, 1 to 2 pm.

We will be joining the Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry (UUJM) of California and UUs from across the State on the San Diego side of the SD/Tijuana border wall (Friendship Park)  for an Interfaith Sunday Service. We will share our compassion and concern for the refugee children and families escaping violence and poverty in their homelands. This is our opportunity to Stand on the Side of Love, and show our care for this important issue. We will car pool from the Fellowship at Noon.

Directions to the  Friendship Park
Take Hwy 5 South, exit at Dairy Mart Road.
Turn right (west), Dairy Mart Road will curve to the right and turn into Monument Road. Keep following this winding road until see an entrance gate and, further ahead, a kiosk. This is the entrance to Border Field State Park. There is a $5 parking fee.