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Chalice Lighter March 2012

Chalice Lighter March 2012

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The monthly newsletter of the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation
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The Chalice Lighter
Newsletter for Members & Friends of the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation, Surrey BC
---------------------------- March 2012 -----------------------------
S u n d a y S e r v i c e s ( 1 0 : 3 0 a m )
Mar 4
“Interfaith Series - Satguru Kabir”
~ Dr. Jagessar Das
Satguru Kabir (1398-1518) was one of the most famousmystic and poetic saints of India. He taught people towake up to the reality of the Self or Soul, that it is of God, and that we need to realize our unity with Him.Realization of this unity would lead us to realize our unity with the whole of creation, for all are themanifestations of God, the Omnipresent. He taughtabsolute non-violence, love for all creatures,fearlessness in spiritual life and of death, universal brotherhood, freedom from superstitions etc. His focuswas not so much prayer to God, but exhortation to us tonot waste this life, but to obtain liberation throughtransformation of our heart, and “going inside” inmeditation.
This service takes place at a
different time andlocation!
See page 2 for details.Mar 11
“The Art of Pilgrimage”
~Katherine Roback 
To embark on a pilgrimage is to open to adventure. Attimes these journeys are made with intention. At other times, wandering in the desert leads us into a newdirection. What do we long for? What do we leave behind? What are we seeking? How can we make our own life journeys more sacred? Whether our pilgrimageis geographical or spiritual or both, we invite you toreflect on your personal journey as a pilgrimage into anunknown "Yes".Mar 18
“Partner Church Sunday”
~ Mona Milne
Come and hear Phillip Hewett, Mary Lage and JohnSmith talk about their pilgrimage to visit partner churches in Hungary and Romania. This was Phillip’stenth visit! Learn how Unitarianism has managed tosurvive there since the 16th century and the issues theyface today.Mar 25
~ Rev. Amanda Aikman
Calendar of Events for March ’12
Sun, Mar 4:
Service moved to Guru Kabir Center (
details page 2
Sun, Mar 11:
CUC Study Group workshop(
details page 2
Sat, Mar 17:
Games Afternoon(
details page 2
Sun, Mar 25:
Sandwich Sunday(
details page 2
In Memory of Vin Pratt
By Pearle Glen
Heplayed hard, he worked hardHe served as M.D. several yearsThe natural beckoned; he answered the callBut he ran into a brick wallHis clinics stood empty: patients weren’t readyHe moved his office to homeAnd practiced there on his own.Midst all of these trying times there were happy times tooHe and Margie traveled abroadAnd spent good times with kinfolk too.Then they decided to move, so off to Mission they did goFate had other plans you seeVin became ill, was rushed to a care home with all speed  No longer needing to fightHe passed quietly into the lightAlzheimers ahd taken his lifeVin payed that price - a heavy tollBut it didn’t capture his soulRest in Peace, Vin. We’ll miss you...Love and Gratitude,Pearl
March Birthday Greetings to:
Dan Coghlan4
Linda Pugh14
Rev. Amanda Aikman29
Joan Campbell-------------------------------------------------------------------
All committee chairpersons need to submit their2011 Annual Report to Carrie Phillips by March 31!
-------------------------------------------------------------------The Fundraising Committee is re-scheduling its
for Saturday, March17th at 12:30. Homemade soups, rolls and fruit will beserved upon arrival, to befollowed by card and boardgames. Win Searle has offered her home for the event....she lives at #108, 1744-128th Street. Sign up sheets will be available closer to the date. Come, jointhe fun and conversation.-------------------------------------------------------------------The Board of Trustees would like to provide
for a child to attend SasamatFamily Camp, June 1st to 3rd. Families who participates in our RE program and are interested inattending camp are invited to contact Erin Knudsen or another Board member.-------------------------------------------------------------------The CUC has formed a
to undertakea national conversation regarding the democratic processes employed in the governance of the CUC. Thisstudy group has requested feedback from congregationsand has asked us to conduct a consultation workshop todiscuss issues around how congregations arerepresented at the CUC. Please join in a short workshopto consider these questions and provide your thoughts,which will be relayed to the Active Democracy StudyGroup. The workshop will be held at after worship onMarch 11th from 12 to 1. In order to facilitate participation, please preview the document at http://cuc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/CUC-Active-Democracy-Resources.pdf. If you are unable to accessthis document, and would like a printed copy of theconsultation questions, please contact Erin Knudsen.-------------------------------------------------------------------
A letter of appreciation was received from the Langley Food Bank for the $904 delivered in early January. If you identifyyour future donations to SFUC for the food bank, youwill receive tax credit.-------------------------------------------------------------------
Business Meeting and SpiritualLeadership Symposium. The Board of Trustees wouldlike to offer support for two members to attend theannual business meeting of the CUC and the SpiritualLeadership Symposium to be held May 17th to May20th in Ottawa. Information about the Symposium isavailable in the most recent edition of The CanadianUnitarian Newsletter. Members who are willing torepresent the congregation at the meetings, to participate in the symposiums, and to report on theexperience to the congregation are invited to apply tothe Board of Trustees by emailing or calling ErinKnudsen or another board member.-------------------------------------------------------------------As the auditorium floors at the Newton Seniors Centreare being refinished on
we arenot able to meet there that day. Fortunately our guestspeaker has invited our us to join his congregation ininterfaith worship at the Guru Kabir Centre. Please notethat this service will run from
10 am until noon!Location
: Guru Kabir Centre, 208 - 14770 64th Ave There are a few other things to keep in mind for thisservice: 1) The Guru Kabir Centre is a bit tricky to find.It is in an industrial park. The entrance is south off of 64th Avenue, just west of 148th Street. Drive in towardsthe back of the complex. There will be signs markingthe way, and maps are available. It is about a fiveminute drive away from the Newton Seniors Centre. 2)The Kabir Centre is two stories, the worship servicewill take place on the upper floor. There is no elevator.There will be helpers available to assist others up thestairs. 3) Shoes are removed at the front door. Wear clean socks! 4) Traditionally, worshippers sit on thecarpeted floor. There will be ample chairs available for those who need them, but those who are able too areencouraged to sit on the floor. Any questions? ContactDavid Dalley at (604) 502-8661 or davidanderin@dalley.ca.-------------------------------------------------------------------
June 1-3. Set in thenatural splendor of Belcarra Regional Park, the campoffers swimming, boating, hiking, climbing, a children’s program, campfires and other communal events. Heatedcabins with electricity. Meals provided. Early birddeadline: March 25th. Adults: $120; Children: $113.Register early, save, and help out the planningcommittee! Download a brochure/registration form atwww.beaconunitarian.org/sasamat.html-------------------------------------------------------------------
has been changed from thefirst Sunday to the FOURTH Sunday of the month. Thechange was made so that Rev. Aikman could sharecoffee and a light lunch with the congregation.
Roots and Wings: Religious Education at SFUC
By Kate Coghlan, DRE
It was just 2 months ago that I wrote about my resolve not to make resolutions. And while that is true, there are times of the year where I naturally start to make changes in my life. Definitely not in January... but spring, is good for that!We’re preparing to do a long and interesting experiment at home (but that’s another article). I’m making some dietarychanges which I’m feeling really good about. We’re renovating a room in the basement to make a new office, andmoving all the RE Supplies in. Craft supplies galore! It’s nice to have materials for creating new story boxes right at myfingertips.And oh, South Fraser Unitarians... a new minister! I know I am not alone in my excitement, and I eagerly welcome Rev.Aikman to our congregation.I am also beginning to contemplate changes for the children’s RE program. It will soon be time to split our program intotwo distinct age groups for certain activities. This won’t be an immediate change, but I think it would be nice to starttesting it out in the fall, so it is time to sow those seeds now (I should start a garden). A divided class, of course, meansneeding a few extra volunteers. If you would like volunteer before I come find you, please let me know right away!Oftentimes, volunteering in this regard tends to be left to the parents but I challenge other people to step up, also. I knowmany of our members have experience with children and would be a huge asset to our program! And please, we aren’tlooking only for people with teaching or RE experience. We only ask that you bring an enthusiasm to learn and help – we will train you in classroom procedures and the SpiritPlay methodology.We ask for a once-monthly commitment from our volunteers, and my bet is you could ask any of our current CRE teamabout the rewards of participating and get an enthusiastic response! Overwhelmingly I hear the idea that we as acongregation have a desire to grow our membership, and I believe strongly that supporting families is one of the bestways to accomplish this goal.
Submitted by Carrie Phillips, Board Secretary
Highlights from the Board Meeting held Feb 2, 2012
Erin Knudsen, Mike Sands, Carrie Phillips,Sandy Chism, Reverend Amanda Aikman, Mona Milne(guest representing the Worship Committee)
Juan Duran has been appointed tofill a vacancy on the Board. (Royce Rourke has,regretfully, resigned from the Congregation.) SandyChism and Rosemary Liburd will begin to search for new physical space. Suggestions will be appreciated.
The AGM is planned for May 27th.
 Lay Chaplaincy
- ThePeace Arch Hospital is offering a training program for Lay Chaplains.
- Mona reported that only twoSunday Service openings remain to be filled until mid -June.
- At the upcoming AGM on May 18th -20thin Ottawa, resolutions will be voted upon regardingrules changes for Lay Chaplains; CUC Policy onEnvironmental and Socially Responsible Investing;Criminal Justice Policy. On March 11th, Erin will call ameeting for interested persons to discuss issues of congregational input into CUC decisions.
 A new member signing ceremony is planned for February 12th during the Service.
The historic records are being held by Ryan Usenik, as chair of Membership Committee.The Adult Education committee has instigated adiscussion of the Robert Latham book “Church FollyLane” after the Service on February 19th and February26th. A coffee helper is needed for the second Sundayof each month. The Board will sponsor two delegates tothe Ottawa AGM CUC meetings from May 18th to May20th. The delegates’ expenses for travel, registrationand reasonable accommodation will be covered.SFUCwill sponsor one child’s registration for the SasamatCamp. The child selected should have participated inour R.E. Program. An opportunity to “Meet and Greet”our new minister, Amanda Aikman, is planned for February 26th after her first Service. Amanda will helpthe Congregation discern its calling, and to examine itsmission.The meeting adjourned at 8:45 p.m. The next meetingwill be on Tuesday, February 28th between 3:30 p.m.and 5:30 p.m. at the home of Mike Sands.

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