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November 2018 archives

                        NOVEMBER 2018 ARCHIVES

The 2018 Spirit Awards have lovingly been presented.  In June the Rev. Patt Herdklotz received hers, followed in October by our own Eric Jensen, and UU/Community friends Paula and Dwight Long.

Our member Scott Wagner was remembered September 22nd by KF family and friends.  In October first-responders in Santa Clara County, CA held a memorial for Scott. Joyce and Justine attended.  Scott was an EMT and fire fighter in his career.

Oregon has a new poet laureate, Kim Stafford, and he has a close connection to our UUFKC.  Kim follows in his father, William’s footsteps as poet laureate. Kim taught at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, as did William.

William was a poet and pacifist and in1970 became twentieth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, now known as U.S. Poet Laureate.

Kim an essayist and poet, is additionally responsible for sorting untold boxes of William’s unpublished poetry, private papers, publications, photographs, recordings, teaching materials for Lewis & Clark’s library Special Collections and Archives. No small task.

Kim’s wife is Perrin Kerns, daughter of Ben Kerns. Ben was one  of the founders of UUFKC, and a guiding light until his demise. In by- gone-years, when visiting family in KF, Kim spoke to our fellowship.  

October 13th Lou and I marched with the Rogue Valley UU Fellowship in Ashland’s Gay Pride Parade. Definitely a highlight, almost akin to the Portland Women’s March of 2017, and truly encouraging for warm response given RVUUF banner & marchers.

Diane Triana and Mark London say, “HI” from Brentwood, CA.

THANKS to Barry Gumburt for his meal-assists for the Wagner family during Scott’s illness. Barry is a former UUFKC board president, and now seeks the Buddha’s way.

Sandi Geer was  diagnosed last May with Psoriatic Arthritis.  After months of enduring pain she had a major fiscal pain.  In August she learned her one-a-week shot @ $500 would no longer be covered by insurance. Acupuncture helped, somewhat.  CHEERS to Sandi.

November 9-10, 2018 is 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, ”Night of Broken Glass”, in Germany and Austria.  Jews were killed and their property destroyed. Too outlandish to have happened?? History IS repeating itself in the mass incarcerations, with no human dignity,  of asylum seekers, and families separated. UU Principle One: The inherent worth & dignity of everyone.

                    We jump from an 80th to a F I R S T.

          Happy FIRST Birthday to Master Raelond Johnson.  

               HAPPY THANKSGIVING  TO ALL

Peace Pole Re-Dedication

Peace Pole Re-Dedication Ceremony

September 23rd, 10:00 am  The simple ceremony will include blessings from multiple faith traditions and cultures, singing, and is open to the public.  Regular Sunday Service at 10:30 follows.

 

A Peace Pole is the simplest of monuments – a wood pole with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” inscribed in several languages.

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Klamath County will host a re-dedication ceremony of their Peace Pole on Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 at 10:00 am. ((  Join the event on Facebook!

This particular peace pole was originally installed in June 1998 beside the former Pine Grove School building which in those days was owned by UUFKC and served as their meeting place.

Twenty years ago, when Connee Pike-Urlacher and Robert Pike-Urlacher lost their second son,  Baby Oliver (in utero)  they  chose  the Peace Pole  as a memorial.    They chose the eight languages to adorn the pole with the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. Hebrew and Arabic were included for the two nations in a conflict at that time, Israel and Palestine, hoping for a peaceful resolution.

“It was the second Peace Pole in Klamath Falls, that I’m personally aware of, ” says Barbara Turk, UUFKC archivist. “Its  dedication was a tribute of hope for good will in our world, and a path from extreme grief to continued living for the Pike-Urlacher family.”

The 1998 dedication drew people of many  faiths and cultures who shared a beautiful summer day with one another,  and heard inspiring speakers on peace between nations and peace between neighbors.

Pine Grove Schoolhouse, former home of UUFKC, which burned in 2011

When the Pine Grove School building burned in 2011, the firefighters on the scene were able to rescue the Peace Pole from the blaze. It has lain in storage for seven years until this summer when a friend of the Fellowship restored the pole’s base and readied it for re-installation at the Unitarian Fellowship’s current home at 801 Jefferson st.

“The message of peace is universal,” says UUFKC board chair, Anya Kawka. “I see this pole as a symbol of humanity’s shared hope for peace. No one wants to live through war and strife. Republican or Democrat, Christian or Jew, we are all trying to live our best lives and care for our families. We have more in common than we do in conflict.”

The Unitarian Universalists have shared a building with St Paul’s Episcopal Church for seven years now. The Episcopalians have been very supportive of the installation of the rescued Peace Pole on the grounds of the church, and will be participating in the dedication ceremony.  “It just shows how much we share,” emphasizes Kawka. “Although we worship differently on Sunday mornings, we are able to come together around this simple prayer for peace.”

The Peace Pole Re-Dedication ceremony is open to the public.

September 2018 Archives

                          ARCHIVES SEPTEMBER 2018

                                                  Barbara Turk, Archivist

An affirmation seemed a great place to start our 2018-2019 spiritual year. So, from our hymnal, here’s #457, by Edward Everett Hale.

I am only one

But still I am one.

I cannot do everything,

But still I can do something.

And because I cannot do

  everything

I will not refuse to do the

   something that I can do.

Working together definitely fits us. After all, our middle name IS

Fellowship!

Dr. Seuss put it this way:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.”

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In May 2017 Lou and I visited UUFKC friends, Victoria Tenbrink and Mike Hosford, in Baton Rouge, LA.   They attended the BR UU, and on its Sunday program was a photo of, “Our Peace Meadow”.

Theirs is a meadow of “Peace Stones”, a gift from Nagoya, Japan to the city of Baton Rouge, and dedicated 29 September 1996, and held, “in sanctuary as a memorial for all persons killed in violence”.

Soon, and with our St. Paul neighbors and others from the community, we will re-dedicate our own Peace Pole.  It was dedicated in 1998, but was nearly lost in the Pine Grove building fire of January 2011.

It has on it, ”May Peace Prevail on Earth”, in eight languages, six  spoken in our Basin over the centuries, plus the languages of Israel and Palestine, who were in a peace struggle.

Initially it was  a memorial for Baby Oliver Pike-Urlacher, son of Connee Pike-Urlacher and Robert Pike-Urlacher, and brother of Zachary.

We welcome it once again, and THANKS  to Rick for his repair efforts, at no fee—-a GIFT.  We are most grateful.

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HAPPY 20th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY to Joan-Marie Michelsen and Gregory A. Holmes, currently of Grants Pass.

The couple were members of UUFKC, and married on the Pine Grove building lawn, under the massive cottonwoods, on 29 August 1998. CHEERS, kiddos!  (Photos & their beautiful ceremony words are in our Archives.)

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Honoring Reverend Patt

You are invited to celebrate Reverend Patt Herdklotz’s 9 years of service with our fellowship!

June 10th, 2018  10:30 am
In a special Sunday Service we will honor Reverend Patt through ritual, song, and words. A potluck feast will follow.

We are so grateful for the many gifts that Reverend Patt has shared with our Fellowship through difficult times and in wonderful times.

As Patt moves toward retirement and our growing fellowship explores other ministerial resources, we will take the time to recognize and celebrate her service to our congregation. Even though she will no longer be our minister, Reverend Patt remains a part of our community.

A note from Reverend Patt, June 4th, 2018:

Dearest UUFKC Friends,

I have been honored to worship with and provide support services for you for nine years–you are very dear to my heart.

At 71 years of age, I have been looking toward my truly being retired. The UUFKC Board has been considering new horizons for the Fellowship, including opening new ministerial possibilities. The Board and I agreed to this being my last year of service to the Fellowship. My last Sunday with you will be June 10, 2018, my closing service of this season. After June 10th, I must excuse myself professionally from any further activity with the UUFKC congregation, including rites of passage, worship and support services, and social visits. This is standard Unitarian Universalist protocol with all congregations, and it allows the congregation to explore new ministries and ministerial relationships. My absence will demonstrate my love for you, my respect for my ministerial colleagues, and my faith in a process that will allow you, the wonderful UUFKC, to blossom. I wish you all the best!

Our worship service June 10th will be a retrospective and celebration of my years with you. I hope you will come and celebrate our rich nine years together.

With all my love,

Yours in the Unitarian Universalist faith,

Rev. Patt Herdklotz

June Church Chronicles

Call it a clan. Call it a network. Call it a tribe. Call it a family.
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
(Jane Howard 1935-1996)

The June 19, 2016 Herald & News noted, ”…the first-ever Father’s Day was in 1910, and celebrated in Spokane, WA”, ironically my father’s hometown. He would have been six years old. I never knew his age when his father abandoned wife, son and daughter.

For all birth-fathers, and fathers-of-the-heart, in our clan, network, tribe, family…
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

On June 18, 2016, during an annual Klamath County Historical Society bus tour, I chatted with Sally Wenz-Etheson. I mentioned the UUFKC’s Pine Grove, “Goodbye Gathering” held June 12th, as the property was in the process of being sold.

Sally, a retired Klamath County teacher, shared the following (all new to me): The county transferred the 1910 two-room school house and property to non-school status when Pine Grove and Henley merged, but used Pine Grove as a community center.

In 1996, our fellowship (then building owner) hosted two reunions for former Pine Grove students and families. Some offspring remembered their parents voting in the “community center”.

Then a family, the Kenslers, lived in the former school house. (Their “ownership” was unknown.) Gordon Kensler, his wife, Barbara, and (maybe) two children lived in and remodeled it. The Kenslers were artists; Gordon was Art Supervisor for the city schools district.

When new to the fellowship, I heard artists had resided in the old school, but little more. That was 1994. The building’s kitchen cabinets took us aback with their very colorful paint combo—cocoa-brown, with orange trim. And they were very tall.

Eventually, UU’s Lynne & Dave LeBlanc replaced the cabinets with wood, at reasonable access; also new kitchen linoleum. Lynne, a county teacher (maybe mid-40’s), claimed she had housemaid hands and knees from scrubbing the WOOD floors of the two former classrooms. In 1994 Lynne, Dave, Phil Studenberg were the youngest UU members; Lou and I were up a rung at 55.
Look at our transition in 2018!!!

“LOVING COMMUNITY”

On May 20th while learning about, “Beloved Community” with Rev. Sarah Schurr, imagine my surprise when I learned she, too, attended Marylhurst University. I had graduated in 1961, when Marylhurst was a women’s liberal arts Catholic college.

Later, (still a Catholic institution), it transformed to a life-long-learning university. More recently Sarah’s taken theology courses at MU, and was working with the theology department on more ecumenical courses. WOW! Both Sarah and I bemoan the recent announcement of closing Marylhurst, by year’s end.

LET’S ‘PIQUE-NIQUE’

Once fashionable social entertainment, picnics were a pleasure party, where all partook of a repast out of doors. Participants may bring with them individually the viands and means of entertainment, or the whole may be provided by someone who ‘gives the picnic’.
(Oxford-English Dictionary)
Echoing the French, let’s PIQUE-NIQUE!! See you JUNE 24th.
Then we’ll regather in September. Enjoy your summer.

New Board Members 2018

TERYSON DICKERSON – TREASURER

Hello Klamath Falls UU, I am Honored to be your Treasurer. I will do my best to provide the financial information needed to expand our Fellowship.
I came from Modesto, Ca and was a member of the UU there for 11 years. I sold Scrip (Gift Cards), gathered and created groups for the Circle Dinners. I donated services for the Silent Auctions.
I moved here in November of 2017 and have been volunteering where I can while setting up my home.

DAWN ALBRIGHT – SECRETARY

I am a Native Texan, born and raised in Dallas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. I worked as a newspaper reporter for several years, then as an editor at Hoover’s Online (now owned by Dun & Bradstreet), a business information publisher. Later, I was a bill analyst for the Texas Legislature and public information officer for the Texas Comptroller.

My most interesting volunteer gig was a summer in Honduras testing dairy cattle for infections. I’ve also been a Girl Scout Leader, PTA lady, and lacrosse mom. I find a lot of peace and joy in gardening. One of my favorite books: Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver.

The UU Fellowship, because I want to be around like-minded people. This photo is from Election Night 2008.

 

 

Church Chronicles May 2018

by Barbara Turk

 

Call it a clan, Call it a network, Call it a tribe, Call it a family.
Whatever you call it, Whoever you are, You need one.
(Jane Howard, 1935 – 1996)

To the naturals and the mothering-moms
in our clan, network, tribe, family,
and all around the world as well,

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

I was blessed to have three mothers—my birth mother (so wise). While my parents worked my care-giver-mother took charge of me 24/5. She also prepared evening  meals, from shared ration books (it was WW II).  Every weekday evening we ate as a family.   Weekends I went home with Mom and Dad.  The next week the same, until I started kindergarten in 1943.
My caregiver’s daughter was 21 when I was born, so she became my third mother; AND at age 75, was my witness when Lou and I married (1993).
Wish I could sit down with each of you and hear your stories of Mother. I will share one unforgettable Mother’s Day service at our former Pine Grove site,  we heard about one mother from hell. No kidding!  Such is real life.
Enjoy your big and small  memories, even the hurtful ones. They’re YOURS, your possession, to deal with, and grow. Hopefully you’ll have many to cherish, with gusto.

In a March Inquirers’ Class it was noted (as always) UU’ism is a non-creedal church. (It is!)  Here’s a creed I think any denomination or belief system could agree:
Let me be a little kinder,
Let me be a little blinder
To the faults of those around me.      (Edgar A. Guest)

Labeled, “The People’s Poet”, Guest penned a hefty  11,000 poems. They were syndicated in 300 newspapers, including the Detroit Free Press, and collected in 20 books. He  was made Poet Laureate of Michigan, the only poet to be awarded the title.  My mother was a Guest admirer, but she just  dabbled in poetry.
Guest and I are Detroit kids, tho he was born in England in 1881, and moved with  family to Detroit in 1891.  (All a tad before my time!
His grand-niece, Judith Guest, also a daughter of Detroit, is a novelist and screenwriter.  She authored, “Ordinary People”.

Just learned a new poetry group, a “starter set”, includes our own Carol Imani, Sally Wells and Emily Strauss, plus UU friends Ron Crete, Nicole Sanchez and Charlie McGonigle.  Emily will be first to read poetry at Quail Park. Eventually, all will do so. Way to go, “Starter Set”!!
“WE ARE ALL WE”.

Building Beloved Community

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
We will welcome Reverend Sarah Schurr as guest speaker at our regular 10:30 am worship service.

Rev. Sarah Schurr will help us look at Martin Luther King’s ideas of Beloved Community and what might help us live into those values in our Unitarian Universalist Congregations.  We will explore what could be getting in our way, and what can help us thrive with compassion and generosity.  Rev. Sarah Schurr is our congregation’s primary contact from the Pacific Western Region of the UUA, and specializes in supporting small and growing congregations.

Special Workshop

All members and friends are invited to join Sarah after the service for a 90 minute mini-workshop to help build Beloved Community here in our Fellowship.  This is an interactive event that is thoughtful as well as fun. We will explore and honor the inherent worth and dignity of each person as we cherish our past and walk towards our future.  Everyone is welcome, including children.

Annual Meeting agenda 2018

Annual Congregational Meeting will be held at 12:00 pm on April 8th, 2018, in the UU Fellowship Hall at 801 Jefferson Street.

All members and friends of UUFKC are invited to attend. Only members who have signed the book may vote.

Agenda:

Start time: 12:00 pm

Registration of members & non-voting friends

Welcome
Declaration of Quorum

Report from board Chair (Anya)
Questions and discussion of this information

Report from Treasurer (Eric)
Presentation of proposed Budget
Questions and discussion of this information

Election of board members 
Nominating Committee presents slate

Any other business according to our bylaws

This concludes the business portion of the meeting.

Slideshow & Feel Good activity

End time: 1:20 pm

April 2018 Church Chronicles

                                APRIL   2018 ARCHIVES

 

HELLO one and all as we stride forward, and with great strength, into our  61st year as a UU fellowship. (Wish I could remember what it’s like to be 61!)

With Easter baskets of goodies, and grass strewn about as you read this, ever have a child, sibling, niece, nephew, or even yourself needing allergy testing??  At age 2 ++, my middle son (now 52) underwent testing. My caring (??) prayer was, ”Please don’t let him be allergic to chocolate”. We could handle eggs, nuts, etc. But NO chocolate—no way!!!   (His big allergies: horse hair and English walnuts.  What a combo!)

FYI, I recently learned chocolate  chip cookies and I both turn 80 this year.  They’re named for the Toll House Restaurant, Whitman, Mass. Anyone not like ccc’s??

Rev. Meg Riley of Church of the Larger Fellowship, recounted in a recent winter newsletter her summer flower and veggie gardens, await a final frost.  She shared: “Plants do us the service of letting us know in advance, whether we can count on a summer fling or, or long-term commitment. People are less predictable.”

Edwin Way Teale, an American naturalist (1899 – 1980), shared: “All nature, with bud and seed and egg, looks forward  with optimism.” In our own way I guess we do as well—most of the time.

I have a plaque: “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain”.

The November 22, 2016 Portland Tribune had an article headlined, ”It’s time to learn to dance in  the rain”, by Rabbi Ariel Stone. (Remember where you were 09 November 2016; your reaction??)

Rabbi Stone suggested:  Look within for pillars of strength, aka ”wells of self”, and let them hold up.  She added a favorite folk saying: “Life is not about waiting out the storm, but about learning to dance in the rain.”   Hmmmm.

As a rabbi, and from an  ancient culture in which prayer may take the form of dance she wrote, “It inspires me to a vision of a dance that we can and must share. We must refuse to dance  our own community’s dance alone, and think to take care only of ourselves.

“While our specific strength comes from knowing who we are, we are strongest when we reach out to make others our allies”—as with our own Family Thursdays, and affiliations  with Blue Zones, Friends Church and St. Paul’s Episcopal; UU’s participating in Peace Readers, and so much more.

Rabbi Stone concluded, “…Strength does not derive from  exclusion or rejection of others”; also, “Lend the support you also need to receive”.  (SO true!)

Finally,  something archival. On April 4th, at the Alliance luncheon/meeting of Portland’s First Unitarian, the speaker will be Kim Stafford, son of the late William Stafford (former poet laureate of Oregon). Kim is a teacher, author, and husband of Perrin Kerns, daughter of our founder, Ben Kerns.

Dear Ones, it’s April showers time. Come, let’s dance!!!!  

“We are all we”.  (Thanks David Hedelman.)