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

SBUF  Telephone Information:  (310) 374-1451

President:  Carol Simpson     Newsletter:  Penny Hendricks      Programs:  Linda Klein

  March and April  2005 Newsletter

“With all your science, can you tell me how it is that light comes into the soul?” 

                                                                         Henry David Thoreau 


 March 20 - CELEBRATION OF THE EQUINOX.  Today is known as "Eostar," one of eight sacred days of the year in the Wiccan religion.  Victoria Wright, a light and energy healer, visionary artist, and practicing Wiccan will lead us in an experiential program in search of balance and sacred harmony.  Moderator:  Marilyn or Ted Doty.

March 27 - THE EASTER BUNNY AND OTHER EASTER TRADITIONS - How is the date of Easter Sunday determined each year? The formula is more complicated than you thought. Who was the first president to host the White House Easter egg hunt? How did the Easter Bunny get introduced in the United States?  We will answer these and other questions as we look at the history and little known facts of some of the traditions and rituals associated with Easter. You will have an opportunity to share your holiday experiences.  Moderators: Linda Klein & Bob Johnson.

April 3 - COMEDY IMPROVISATION - Our speaker is Betty Calame, a local psychotherapist who has been involved in comedy improv for the last 5 years.  She will give a brief history and explain the rules of comedy improv and will lead us in some optional warm-up exercises.  Moderator:  Ted or Marilyn Doty.

April 10 - ZOROASTRIANISM:  THE COMMON GROUND BETWEEN CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM. Courtney Roberts, a Florida author who specializes in the history of astrology and religion, will share her knowledge of  the ancient Persian prophet Zoroaster, whose ideas about God and the devil, heaven and hell, and good and evil profoundly influenced the development of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Moderator:  Carol Simpson.

 Upcoming programs:

                 April 17 - PASSOVER

                 April 24 - THE PILL PROBLEM

                 May 1 - Peter Glenn returns.

                                                 VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE




Les B.

      March 20

Miles Thompson

Miles T.

      March 27

John Simpson 

Lorna Mc.

      April 3

Claire Aukerman

Beth P.

      April 10

Les Berg

Les B.

      April 17

Ted Doty

Miles T.

      April 24

Ada Furth

Lorna Mc.

      May 1

Penny Hendricks

Beth P.

      May 8

Bob Johnson

Les B.

      May 15

Richard Johnson

     *****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.   

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

April 17 - SBUF BOARD MEETING at Mathews Cottage after fellowship at approximately 12:30 p.m..

 May 14 – ANNUAL SBUF AUCTION  Mark your calendars for this fund raiser that allows us to support the fellowship in a creative way.  We can offer services of various kinds, offer dinners, breakfasts, desserts, a trip, etc.  We can offer items (new or slightly used).  See if you can come up with something to offer and plan to attend.  It is always a fun afternoon and any money you spend helps the fellowship meet expenses. Come to the home of Bob Johnson and Linda Klein at 1:30 p.m.  Optional:  Bring some finger-food to share.  (This is not a potluck dinner.)  If you have a question, call, and ask Bob or Linda. Click here for more information about the auction.

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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ted Doty.  He recently celebrated his 85th.  So, 85 cheers for Ted!!!!

 SBUF warmly welcomes our two newest members, Eric La Scala and Tara Haughton.

      Eric was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, where he was first exposed to the Unitarian Universalist community.  He has lived in Redondo Beach the past 15 years.  He and his wife, Lisa, are parents of a 12-year-old son, Patrick. Eric is involved with the North Redondo Little League and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

       Tara has lived in Gardena for more than 20 years and works in human resources for the Los Angeles Unified School District.  Her religious background is Catholicism.  Tara is single.

Here's some "news" from the President's corner:

 Applause, applause...

     For Les Berg, whose persistence with our Verizon billing problem finally paid off.  He has convinced the company to forgive the bogus local calling charges that were erroneously billed to us last summer.  Great job Les!

     For  Peter Landecker, who has agreed to serve as SBUF's local representative for the Unitarian Universalist Social Committee (UUSC).  Peter has been doing this job unofficially for several years.  Now it's official. Thanks Peter!

     And finally, for Linda Klein, who does a wonderful job as Program Chairman, and Penny Hendricks, who puts out a superb newsletter.  You are helping us grow, and for that I thank you. 

Marilyn Doty is home from the hospital and recovering from an undiagnosed illness.  Our thoughts are with Marilyn and Ted, and we wish her a speedy recovery. 

                    From Carol Simpson, SBUF President


How do I become a member of the South Bay Unitarian Fellowship??  Membership is open to all persons 15 years of age or older who sign a membership card expressing agreement with the purpose of the Fellowship.  Members become eligible to vote and hold office three months after signing membership cards.

Members are expected to participate in SBUF activities and to provide a helping hand and financial support when needed.


PROJECT NEEDS is a program sponsored and administered by our “landlord” Methodists who serve dinner to over 100 hungry people every Tuesday evening.  Currently they are collecting donations that are then increased by a donation from the Feinstein Foundation.  The church across the parking lot continues to meet the needs of people in our community.  All of this effort is accomplished through volunteers and donations.  If you would like to donate, an effort is being made to present the donations from SBUF members, as an effort to show the church support from the fellowship.  Penny Hendricks is collecting the checks made out to:

Project:  NEEDS.  

(Donations of any amount will be enhanced by funds from the Foundation.)

If you have any questions, call Penny.  Thank you.

Please get your check to Penny by March 27.


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