IMPORTANT Please Note: June 18 Service is off-site and will NOT BE at VENDOR BLENDER location

Topic: “Living Our Truth”

Presented by: Julie Merrick

PLEASE NOTE!  Our service this Sunday will be at the home of Michael Johnson and Monie Smith, 559 E 300 S, Jerome, Idaho 83338 beginning at 10:30 AM. No service will be held at the Vendor Blender location.

Joy and freedom come to us when we live what we most deeply feel to be true. A path of integrity, where we express and do what is true for us in all situations, is not always easy to follow. We may be fearful of disappointing others or being seen as different. We may be unclear as to what our truth is and how best to live it.

As we tune into our hearts and draw upon courage and kindness, we can embrace a life of honesty and live our truth.

Our service this Sunday will be at the home of Michael Johnson and Monie Smith, 559 E 300 S, Jerome, Idaho 83338 beginning at 10:30 AM.

For information or directions please call Michael Johnson at: 208-420-5567 or Monie at: 208-420-5568.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys.

Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.  Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome.

Wednesday April 18, Film: “Where we Stand” @ CSI 7:00pm

On Wednesday there will be a screening of a  short documentary film from Paper Bridge Films and Kristine Stolakis, entitled Where We Stand , about the Ordain Women within the LDS church, at the College of Southern Idaho, with a discussion to follow. Put on by the Southern Idaho Humanist group, in conjunction with the Secular Students Alliance at CSI, this film should be of interest to a wide range of people coming from both religious and humanist perspectives. Please mark your calendar for the screening of this BAFTA nominated documentary film:

Wednesday April 19th, 7:00pm
Hepworth 195 at CSI
College of Southern Idaho

where we stand

April 15- 16: “All Things Become New” & Saturday Workshop

Spring is a season of beginnings, of renewal and transformation. It reminds us that we exist in an infinite field of potential and possibility.

When we tap into the source of life, a new heart and spirit open to us, shaking loose what is stagnant and allowing a rebirth of wonder.

There will be a MVUUF Workshop, on Saturday, April 15, 9:30 to noon, at the Vendor Blender:

Members and Friends, please join a workshop, facilitated by Rev. Tandi Rogers (our Western Region Congregational Life Staff member), to help us decide our fellowship’s future direction!

We will explore questions, such as, “Who are we called to be, and who do we serve?” And “How do we want to be in our community”? If you would like to see MVUUF be more active and engaged in our community, let us discuss your ideas. We will take a look at our current mission statement to see if it applies to us today, as it did in 1994, when it was first developed by our founders. We may brainstorm slogans that could describe us. Another UU fellowship has the slogan “Rooted in Love, Reaching for Justice”.

The workshop will be multi-generational, and kids are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.  If you have questions, please ask any board member.  Thanks!

from Your MVUUF Board,
Dale Bostock, Rick Dykes, Eleanor Miller (Secretary), Kyi Kyi Whiting (Treasurer), & Michelle Richman (President)

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys. Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Please join us Sunday at the Vendor Blender and Event Center, 588 Addison Avenue West in Twin Falls at 10:30 AM. The Vendor Blender is located near the old hospital near the intersection of Martin St. and Addison Avenue West. Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Child care is usually available. Parking is available in the parking lot to the north side of the building.

Goodbye to Rev. Suzanne Marsh

Suzanne Marsh

We mourn the sudden recent death of our previous minister, Rev. Suzanne Marsh. We lost a great advocate for peace and justice, and we will miss her. Below is a letter from Janine Larsen of the Pacific West Region to our congregation:

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:36:19 +0000

Dear leaders of Pocatello UU Fellowship and Magic Valley UU Fellowship,
 
Though with great sadness, I wanted to let you and your congregations know of the death of the Rev. Suzanne Marsh, on June 24. While traveling with her spouse of nearly 30 years, Rev. Marsh took a sudden fall, hitting her head on a countertop, and did not regain consciousness.
 
Although Rev. Marsh’s time with the Pocatello and Twin Falls congregations was brief, I know you will feel the depth of loss of her family and friends. As the Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones reminded her congregation, which ordained Rev. Marsh in 2010, events like this cause us to recall that “life is fragile, that the unexpected happens, and that we must love each other truly, madly, deeply every moment that we have.”
 
At the time of her death, Rev. Marsh was serving the UU Church of the Desert in California. The UU Trauma Ministry team and local ministers are helping to care for the stunned congregation, which is also supporting the grieving family. If you wish to send a message of sympathy, you may reach the congregation at Unitarian Universalist Church of the Desert, PO Box 2853, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270.
 
My very best to you and your congregation.
 
Yours in faith,
Janine Larsen
 
 
Janine Larsen  |  Congregational Life Staff, Pacific Western Region

 

Here is a link to an article about Rev. Marsh from the Desert Sun, a local newspaper:

http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2016/06/27/gay-pastor-and-activist-dies-apparent-heart-attack/86451808/

A Welcome To All: A Meeting For Newcomers

This is a reminder: our Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will have a newcomer meeting hosted by Don Morishita and Elizabeth Greene, at 2 PM on Saturday, February 6th. All members and friends are welcome who would like to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and our Magic Valley UU Fellowship.

This meeting will be held at the home of Karen Fothergill (1636 Poplar Avenue, Twin Falls).

Childcare will be provided at this meeting.

If you are interested in attending this meeting, please let Don Morishita know in person or by calling 208-734-4973

December 24: Christmas Eve Service

Dear Friends and Members of the MVUUF,

On December 24th, this Thursday, we will have our annual Christmas Eve service from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Rosenau Funeral Home, located at 2826 Addison Avenue East.

Our Christmas Eve service will take place in the community room on the west end of the building.

At our Christmas Eve Service, a collection will be taken for Heifer International (a nonprofit organization that distributes farm animals and provides agricultural training to families in need in third world countries).

We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

The MVUUF Board

Saturday, July 11: Sandy Fackler Memorial Service

Dear MVUUF Friends,

As you know from Ken’s message, Sandy Fackler died last week.

Sandy was released from the ordeal she suffered during the past 2 or 3 weeks.

We will mourn her death & celebrate her life in a memorial service at The Vendor Blender & Event Center (our worship space) on Saturday, July 11 at 11:00 am.

Your Caring Committee, Anne Martin & John Eickley, will be sending out a request to sign up to bring food to the luncheon we will host after the service.

If you wish to send a condolence card to her daughter & family, send it to Kristi Cederstrom at 498 Parkway Circle, Twin Falls ID 83301. Also, Doc Smith (1411 Tara St., Twin Falls, ID 83301) of our congregation was a close friend of Sandy’s, & will be grieving like a family member–please keep him in your thoughts, prayers, & cards.

Sandy was incredibly grateful for the kindness you all showed her in her final months, & I feel a deep warmth for your caring. Even if you did not know her well–or, maybe at all–I hope you will attend the memorial, as we bid farewell to one of our community.

Thank you for being a religious community, in the finest sense of the word.

Love & faith,

Elizabeth

Saturday, July 25: Picnic at Dierkes Lake

Greetings MVUUF Friends and Members,

The Magic Valley Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship will be having a picnic Saturday, July 25 at Dierkes Lake. We have the South Shelter reserved from 8 AM to 11 PM so let’s take advantage of it!

We will be organizing some activities for kids and adults (more to follow). If you have ideas for activities, please let Dale Bostock (208-539-9880 ) or Susanna Terry (208-208-421-1781) know.

Dale will be organizing potluck meals and dispersal of front entry tickets. She will have sign-up sheets available at the Sunday services prior to the picnic for both the potluck meals and the front gate tickets.

Also, does anyone have a canoe or small boats they would like to share with the group for the day? If so, please let Dale know.

We will provide directions and more detailed information as we get closer to the picnic day!

Thanks and Take care,

The MVUUF Board

Diekes Lake