MEETINGS: 11:00 a.m. SUNDAY at 2603 Mathews Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA       

SBUF Telephone Information:  (310) 374-1451        President:  Carol Simpson

Newsletter:  Penny Hendricks                                   Programs:  Linda Klein

January 2005


“Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.”   William James




January 2 - HOPES AND FEARS FOR THE NEW YEAR.  Come to share your concerns, disappointments, fears, and your hopes and expectations for the coming year.  Do you need to make a change?  Do you want to let go of something?  Hear what others think and feel about the past and present and their ideas for facing the future.  Moderator:  Penny Hendricks


January 9 - THE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL PRACTICE.   You're no idiot of course.  You have said grace at dinner; you remember all the words to "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep;" and you say "God Bless You" when somebody sneezes.  However, there are many other enriching practices that you can learn and use to deepen the quality of your relationship with the miracle of life.  Terri Masters will join us and lead us to discovering the whys and hows of spiritual practice.  Moderator:  Carol Simpson


January 16 - TEACHING TOLERANCE.   Paul Nowatka, a Torrance city councilman and a docent at the Museum of Tolerance, has been teaching tolerance to policemen for 8 years.  He will share his ideas and experiences about this important subject.  Moderator:  Ted Doty


January 23 - THE SOUTH BEACH DIET.   The holidays are over and it's time to realize that New Year's resolution:  Lose Weight!  This is a sensible way to eat and - no it is not low carb.  Learn what it is, how it came about, how it differs from the Atkins Diet and what important health benefits it could have for you.  Receive your very own Body Mass Index Chart. Moderator:  Linda Klein


January 30 – BIONEERS.   This is a thriving network of visionary innovators who are working with nature to heal nature. Our speaker Virginia Hilker attended their annual conference where solutions were sought for restoring the earth and it's people.  Moderator:  Marilyn Doty


February 6 - CONSTRUCTING A LIFE PHILOSOPHY.   Rev. Ernie Pipes is our guest speaker.   "This is the way things are...."Whenever we pursue this line of thinking, we are beginning to articulate our philosophy of life.  Paradoxically, we can't go very far along this line of thought without finding a place for death in our outlook.  This talk focuses on the ways our feelings about death influence our philosophy of life.  Moderator:  Bob Johnson

 February 13 - THE GOD GENE   Milt Holman will present.  Moderator:  Penny Hendricks


                                                VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE




Lorna Mc.

      January 2

Thom Kilpatrick

Beth P.

      January 9

Marilyn Doty

Les B..

      January 16

Jackie Berg

Miles T.

      January 23

Bob Johnson

John S.

      January 30

Peter Landecker

Lorna Mc.

      February 6

Penny Hendricks

Beth P.

      February 13

Linda Klein

Les B.

      February 20

Lorna McClellan

Miles T.

      February 27

Dave Miller

     *****ATTENTION: For Openers and Refreshment persons:  *****

OPENERS arrive at 10:30 a.m., unlock doors, cabinet, put out sign, start water, put on tablecloth, set up cups, coffee, etc. for the refreshments.  Please display the fellowship candle on the circular table.

REFRESHMENTS need to arrive by 11:00 a.m.  Please arrange a trade if you cannot attend or clean up on the day assigned.  When you bring refreshments, it is your turn to be responsible for the clean up of the entire refreshment table including the coffee water and supplies.  If you need help, just ask.  If you cannot bring refreshments on the date listed in the newsletter, you may call someone and trade with them for another date that will be more convenient for you.


**************CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS**************

January 9 - SBUF BOARD MEETING at Mathews Cottage after fellowship at approximately 12:30 p.m..

January 20 - PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEETING at Carol Simpson’s home, at 11 a.m.

January 21 – BEACH CITIES SYMPHONY.  Concert on Friday at 8:15 p.m. (pre-concert lecture at 7:30)  Free parking and free admission; Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College on Redondo Beach Blvd. at Crenshaw, in Torrance.  For more information, call (310) 379-9725 or 539-4649 or checkout

****************COMMUNICATION CORNER**********************

From Carol Simpson, SBUF President:  Here is what I received from the District:

Dear PSWD Congregational Presidents:

The numbers of lives lost in Asia is incomprehensible and as the year ends, once again we are called on to deal with tragedy. In case you have not gotten the word I wanted to let you know that the UUA has joined with the UUSC to raise money for the Tsunami Relief -- I am sure many of your congregations will be taking collections over the next couple of weeks here is the information on where to send the money if you want it to go through a UU source:

Donations can be made through the UU Service Committee's website, or checks may be made out to 'UUSC,' noting that the donation is for Tsunami Relief in the memo box.

Checks can be mailed to:    Tsunami Relief Fund

                                          UU Service Committee

                                          130 Prospect Street

                                          Cambridge, MA 02139

Thanks for your efforts,


(UUSC is the UU Service Committee.  You can be sure that your donation will count with this organization.  Call Penny if you have any questions or go to website for info.)


From Peter Landecker:  

If you check your January-February 2005 UU World magazine, on page 2 we are listed as a James Luther Adams Congregation (Recognizes congregations that support UUSC through a line item gift from their annual budget of at least $1 per member), and on page 4 we are listed as a Vision of Justice Banner Society (Honors congregations in which 50-90 percent of the membership are UUSC members). Congratulations!!


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