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

SBUF  Telephone Information:  (310) 374-1451

President:  Penny Hendricks     Newsletter:  Penny Hendricks      Programs:  Penny Hendricks


January  2007  Newsletter

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”                                                                                Ralph Waldo Emerson


                                             SUNDAY PROGRAMS



January 7 - TWELFTH NIGHT   (Okay, it is really the 13th “night”).  Come to a Holiday Party at Penny and Chuck Hendricks’ home in Redondo Beach.  The party begins at 4:30 p.m.  THERE IS NO MEETING IN MATHEWS COTTAGE TODAY.  The party is a potluck dinner and “white elephant” gift exchange.  Please RSVP your intentions and let us know what dish you plan to bring, if you know.   


January 14 - HEALTH OF THE OCEANS.   Peter Landecker has done Scuba Diving in 30 countries, and will relate his experiences and knowledge about the oceans of the world and how they are sometimes significantly degraded by man-caused pollution, over fishing and global warming.  A lively discussion should follow.


January 21 - CHANGING ROLES IN THE 21ST CENTURY.   In one way or another we are involved in the issues of parenting.  We may be dealing with grown children, with grandchildren, with aging parents, or becoming the aging parent.  Ronda Thomas will talk to us about changes in traditional roles and the dynamics of family relationships.  Ronda has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and is working toward her license as a therapist in Marriage and Family Counseling.  She has been involved in care management for 35 years.  Beth Perkins will moderate.


January 28 - HOW SOCCER EXPLAINS THE WORLD.   For many people in the world football -- or what we in the U.S. call soccer -- is much more than a game.  It's a way of life.  So it's no surprise that Franklin Foer puts forward the theory in his book that attitudes toward soccer tell us much about different societies and their cultural attitudes.  John Simpson will report on the book and lead a discussion.


February 4 – THE AUDACITY OF HOPE.   Who is Barack Obama?  Come watch and listen as he talks about his view of things.  Is our country ready for a man of color to be President?  Watch this videotaped interview from Oprah and see how he responds and relates to people.  If you have read his books, please come and share your opinion.  Penny Hendricks will moderate.


February 11 – THE WAR BETWEEN SCIENCE AND RELIGION: A CULTURAL WAR  Reverend Jon Dobrer, minister of the Fullerton Unitarian Church and 2006 PSWIRL Theme Speaker will lead this service.


February 18 – WILLING SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF. For the moment, this constitutes poetic faith. From Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Barbara Reinhart will return for another thoughtful presentation.



                                                VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE







   January 7




Bob J.

   January 14

Peter Landecker


John S.

Les B.

   January 21

Rich Johnson


Rich J.

Miles T.

   January 28

Dave Miller


Penny H.

John S.

   February 4

Carol Simpson


Beth P.

Bob J.

   February 11

Eleanor Thrane


John S.

Les B.

   February 18

Miles Thompson


Rich J.

       *****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.  By the way, thank you very much!!! 


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


January 7 - Pot-Luck Dinner and White Elephant Gift Exchange Party at 4:30 p.m. Call Penny for info.


January 14 - SBUF BOARD MEETING in Mathews Cottage at 12:30 p.m.


SBUF AUCTION   The Auction is held for fellowship fun and to raise fellowship funds.  But more importantly, the auction is held to create social activities and encourage the sharing of talents and ourselves.  The auction will be held this year toward the end of February or the beginning of March.  Begin to think now about any ideas you might have.

   ***************Communications Corner***************************

SBUF PROGRAMS   If there is a particular topic you would like to see presented on a Sunday morning, or an organization you want to know more about, or a good book you would like to share, or any other ideas for Sunday morning programs, please call Penny Hendricks. Your input is valuable!  Thank you for your help.


UUSC is the separate organization that ensures that UU values result in action.  We can advance economic justice.  We can defend civil liberties.  We can make environmental justice a reality.  We can ensure that the most vulnerable people are not denied their rights when disaster strikes. Together, we make a difference!  SBUF has been recognized for its support of UUSC.  In 2003, only 19% of the fellowship members gave financial support to the service committee.  In 2004, 2005 and 2006, 45%, 55% and 71% SBUF members are giving support to the work of the service committee, respectively. Many thanks to Peter Landecker for serving as our UUSC representative, reminding us to support this  valuable organization. To learn more about how this organization works and how your donation is being used, visit on line at


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