September 2016 Newsletter

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

We celebrate our GUUF community, our sharing of work

and play together, our delight in watching the children

participate in our programs and services, our stretching

out to learn, our caring and support for one another,

and our coming together for the following services and


Theme for  September
By all these lovely tokens September days are here,
With summer’s best of weather
And autumn’s best of cheer.”

~ Helen Hunt Jackson
Schedule of Services and Events:
All services, unless otherwise noted, begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, at the Fellowship building. Religious Education (R.E.) will be provided for children and youth on the second, third, and fourth Sundays of the month. There are organized children’s activities on the first Sunday of the month.

September 18, 2016 ~ 10:00 a.m.:
“The I Ching and Me: The Story of How this Ancient Chinese Oracle has Helped Transform My Life”
I don’t talk about it much because it’s kind of weird and hard to explain, but one of my greatest teachers, if not friend, in life has been an old book called the I Ching, an ancient Chinese oracle that precedes Taoism. In this sermon I’ll talk about some of the insights and changes it has brought in my own life, as well as a little about the philosophy behind it. I’ll even include a special message from the I Ching just for you.
Led by Rev. Dr Todd Eklof via Live WebService from UU Church of Spokane.

We hope that you have had many great adventures either at home or away this summer!
We welcome all of you home to GUUF from wherever you have wandered in from, whether a long time “GUUFer” or if you are checking us out for the first time; whatever your history, whoever you love, however you identify yourself…know that you are welcome here.
September 4, 2016 ~ 10:00 a.m.:
First Sunday
We begin the fall with a new format for our First Sundays. Come and see what’s new! Steve Eckels will facilitate our TED Talk Discussion and Cathy Fehlman will lead our Meditation group. Please join us.

September 11, 2016 ~ 10:00 a.m.:
Multigenerational Annual Water Service
A beautiful UU Tradition where we can share our life’s journeys, hardships and blessings. Please bring a bit of water, to add to the common bowl, & a brief story about where it came from or what it means to you. We will have “symbolic” water here for you to use if you don’t bring your own. Please gather with us!

We always end our summer season with this Multi-generational “gathering of the waters.” We all bring a little water from home, our travels, somewhere or someone memorable or significant in some way. We then combine them and make them one…as we are one…It is a UU tradition, one that the children really enjoy being part of!
September 25, 2016 ~ 10:00 a.m.:
“Following the Guide: The Only Inerrant, Infallible, Authoritative Word”
Surprise topic from our September Guest Minister! Look for his bio further on in this newsletter!
Led by Rev. Dr Todd Eklof

Toni’s Teas occur on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, every month.  This is a social discussion group that is open to anyone who enjoys lively conversation & good company. Please call Sandy Alessi at 730-2425 if you have any questions.                    
On  September 6th they meet at Rose Morris’s home (118 Fly Way) in Kalispell;  and on September 20th at Sandy Alessi’s home (812 Greenwood) in Whitefish, from 1p.m.- 4p.m. (Please watch the weekly eBlasts for location updates).
 President’s Message

Happy Summer!   I hope all of you will take time out on Sundays this summer to come to Church, and keep in touch. I also hope all of you find time to get out to the mountains and lakes and revel in our beautiful world.  That is why we live here!
On the first of July, I began another year as Glacier UU Fellowship’s president.  We just had our new “Board Orientation”, and it feels like another satisfying, productive year is in store.  Thank you so much to our 5 continuing Board members, and thank you and welcome to Anne Lent, Dennis Brosten and Bruce Fehlman for coming onto the Board.  We will continue to meet at GUUF the first Tuesdays of the month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.   Our Board meetings are open to anyone, please join us!

We are always looking for artwork, poems, short stories, and other creative items from our youth for the newsletter. Please email me if your child has items that you would like to see in the newsletter. They are a very important part of our GUUF community and we want to make sure they know it!
Glacier Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2016-17 Board of Trustees
Dear GUUF members and visitors,
We are honored to serve as your board representatives. Please let us know what we can do to make our GUUF community even better.
Our GUUF Board of Trustees meets at 6:15 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is welcome.  We also welcome your questions or comments anytime.

Kathy Neff, Board President
406-253-8150 (cell)
406-862-6882 (home)
Preference: Email or text, if urgent

Cathy Cooney, Vice-President
406-212-7243 (cell)
406-441-4954 (office)
Preference: Email or text

Betsy Kohnstamm, Secretary
406-260-2627 (cell)
Preference: Text or email

Bob Byers, Treasurer
406-849-5276 (home)
406- 270-7009 (cell)
Preference: Any

Dennis Brosten,
Preference: Email

Bruce Fehlman
315-247-3443 (cell)
Preference: Email or text

Meg Gordon
517-282-8217 (cell)
Preference: Text or email

Anne Lent
406-471-9554 (cell)
406-862-1585 (home)
Preference: Call or email    

Caring Family Coordinators

Our Caring Family Coordinators are an important part of our congregation. They help to strengthen our community when there are needs to be met. If you are in need of some assistance (meals, errands, transportation, visitors, yard maintenance, childcare…), please contact the current month’s Coordinator.

Caring Family Coordinator for the month of September is Michele Page. Please contact her if you need any assistance, 406-890-5030 or cyrmichele@aol.com .

We are currently looking for coordinators for the Fall. If you would like to be part of this rewarding team please contact the administrator at guufadm@yahoo.com or call 406-253-7941, thank you.

Welcome Back Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof,
of Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane,
September’s Visiting Minister

Please mark your calendars in advance for the weekends of September 18th and 25th when we are delighted to have Reverend Dr. Todd Eklof visiting our congregation from UU Church of Spokane, once via web and once in person!  Reverend Eklof has let us know that he is very excited to continue his outreach to our small congregation, get to know us, and forge a bond between our congregations.  He and his wife Peggy will also be able to explore our beautiful Valley during the late summer rather than the chillier late November which he came last year. This is such a wonderful opportunity and we hope the GUUF community will turn out in large numbers for the special weekend activities.

Rev. Dr. Todd Eklof has been the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane since July 2011. He moved to Spokane from Louisville, Kentucky where he was minister of the Clifton Unitarian Church for twelve years. He also had a fifteen-year career in TV News and Corporate video production, and has been active in the areas of marriage equality, economic justice, the peace movement, restorative justice, criminal justice reform, and environmental issues. Rev. Eklof has been married to his spouse, Peggy, a public school teacher, for more than 25 years. They have two children, Julian and Cassidy, who are both currently in college.