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Joyful Noise

May 28, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 21 (05-27-10)

Affirmation

I am thankful for all of the men and women

dedicated to keeping our country Free.

          A pilot wrote:  “My lead flight attendant came to me and said, ‘We have an H.R. on this flight.'” (H.R. stands for human remains.)

          “Are they military?” I asked.

“Yes,” she said.

“Is there an escort?” I asked.

“Yes, I already assigned him a seat.”

“Would you please tell him to come to the flight deck? You can board him early,” I said.

A short while later, a young army sergeant entered the flight deck.  He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier.  He introduced himself and I asked him about his soldier.  The escorts of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us.

“My soldier is on his way back to Virginia,” he said.  He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no personal comments.

I asked if there was anything I could do for him and he said no.  I told him he had the toughest job in the military and that I appreciated the work he does for the families of our fallen soldiers.  The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand.  He left the flight deck to find his seat.

We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure.  About 30 minutes into our flight I received a call from the lead flight attendant in the cabin.  “I just found out the family of the soldier we are carrying, is on board,” she said. She told me the father; mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home.  The family was upset because they were unable to see the container the soldier was in before we left. We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia.

The soldier’s father told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for the family to bear.  He asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival.  The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the soldier being taken off the airplane.  I could hear the desperation in the flight attendants voice when she asked if there was anything I could do.

“I’m on it,” I said. I told her that I would get back to her.

Airborne communications with my company normally occur in the form of e-mail like messages.  I decided to contact my flight dispatcher directly on a secondary radio.  There is a radio operator in operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher.  I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.

Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher.  We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:

“Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you.  There is policy on this now and I had to check on a few things.  Upon your arrival a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family to the ramp and planeside.  A van will be used to load the remains with a secondary van for the family. The family will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal where the remains can be seen on the ramp.  It is a private area for the family only.  When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family will be escorted onto the ramp and planeside to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home.  Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans.  Please pass our condolences on to the family. Thanks. ‘

I sent a message back telling flight control thanks for a good job.  I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, “You have no idea how much this will mean to them.”

Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area.  The ramp is huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.

“There is a team in place to meet the aircraft,” we were told.  It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family from getting off the airplane.  As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, “Take your time.”

I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said, “Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement.  We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect.  His Name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold.  Escorting him today is Army Sergeant XXXXXXX.  Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first.  Thank you.”

We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures.  A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door.  I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see.  I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.

When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft were clapping. Words of: God Bless You, I’m sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane.  They were escorted down the ramp to be with their loved one.

Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave soldier.

I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA. 

Footnote:

As a Viet Nam Veteran I can only think of all the veterans including the ones that rode below the deck on their way home and how they were treated.  When I read things like this I am proud that our country has not turned their backs on our soldiers returning from the various war zones today and give them the respect they so deserve.

I know every one who has served their country who reads this will have tears in their eyes, including me.

Please send this on after a short prayer.

‘God, hold our troops in your loving hands.  Protect them as they protect us.  Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need.  Amen.’

Of all the gifts you could give a Marine, Soldier, Sailor, Airman,

and others deployed in harm’s way, prayer is the very best one.

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It is the

VETERAN, not the preacher,

who has given us freedom of religion.

It is

The VETERAN, not the reporter,

who has given us freedom of the press.

It is

The VETERAN, not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech.

It is

The VETERAN, not the campus organizer,

who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is

The VETERAN, not the lawyer,

who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is

The VETERAN, not the politician,

Who has given us the right to vote. 

It is the VETERAN

who Salutes the Flag, 

It is

The VETERAN,

who serves

Under the Flag,

We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service

no matter where they serve.

God Bless them all!!!

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HUMOR IN UNIFORM

As a group of soldiers stood in formation at an Army Base, the Drill Sergeant said, “All right! All you idiots fall out.”

As the rest of the squad wandered away, one soldier remained at attention.  The Drill Instructor walked over until he was eye-to-eye with him, and then raised a single eyebrow.  The soldier smiled and said, “Sure was a lot of ’em, huh, sir?”

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While practicing autorotation during a military night training exercise a Huey Cobra screwed up the landing and landed on the tail rotor.  The landing was so hard that it broke off the tail boom.  However, the chopper fortunately remained upright on its skids, sliding down the runway doing 360s.

As the Cobra slid past the tower, trailing a brilliant shower of sparks, this was the radio exchange that took place…

Tower: “Sir, do you need any assistance?”

Cobra: “I don’t know Tower, we ain’t done crashin’ yet.”

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          “I suppose,” snarled the leathery sergeant to the private, “that when you’re discharged from the Army, you’ll wait for me to die, just so you can spit on my grave.”
          “Not me,” said the private.  “When I get out of the Army, I never want to stand in line again.”

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A sailor in a bar leans over to the guy next to him and says, ”Wanna hear a MARINE joke?”

The guy next to him replies, ”Well, before you tell that joke, you should know something.  I’m 6′ tall, 200 lbs, and I’m a MARINE.  The guy sitting next to me is 6’2” tall, weighs 225, and he’s a MARINE.  The fella next to him is 6’5” tall, weighs 250, and he’s also a MARINE.  Now, you still wanna tell that joke?”

          The sailor says, ”Nah, I don’t want to have to explain it three times.”

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Center for Creative Living

May 28, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back. Need directions? Call (408) 392-9090 or visit www.doti.info. Sunday Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome. Food, hugs and music are always provided!

Members of our armed forces to honor the men and women who served to preserve our freedom will join Rev. Doti Boon. Please bring pictures, metals, and stories to share. “In Memory” is this week’s topic.

All of the following events are held at the Center for Creative Living –

1460 Koll Circle “C”, San Jose CA 95112 (408) 392-9090

$15. or 2 for $25.

METAPHYSICAL CLASS

June 3rd 7:00pm to 9:00pm Getting In Touch with Past Lives with Doti Boon (The California Psychic) and her guide Mahalaleel (MAH).

Center Happenings

May 27th 7:00 to 8:30DRUIDRY with Dr. Ayleen Augustine. $5.

May 31st 7:30 to 9:00NO GENTLE YOGA this evening.

June 1st 6:30 to 8:30DRUM CIRCLE with Norbeth and Dr. Ayleen.

Bring your drum or play one of ours. Donation.

June 6th 1:00 to 5:00Basic Foot Magic with Michael Berry in the CCL Library. Experience a gentle form of foot therapy that is safe, fun, and easily learned. Unlike classic reflexology, Foot Magic utilizes gentle strokes and movement to remind your feet that they can actually be comfortable. Your guide on this magical path is Michael Berry. He has studied over 50 forms of Bodymindspirit healing and  has been a practitioner and teacher for over 29 years.

          Prepay $50, at the door $65 (discount for CCL members)

June 8th 6:30 to 8:30MEDITATION CIRCLE with Norbeth and

Dr. Ayleen. Donation

June 9th 7:00 to 9:00CO-ED GODDESS WORKSHOP with Rev. April Lussier and Rev. Anne Corbin. Donation

June 13th 1:00 to 2:30How to Experience More Love, Health and

Abundance with Helene Rothschild, MS, MA, LMFT. Fun workshop with Helene. She will guide you through her unique HART processes (Holistic and Rapid Transformation) to help you quickly identify and resolve the causes of your problems, so you may re-own your power, be loved, happy, healthy, prosperous and successful. $25.00

Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans. What ever you observe, watch or enjoy – know that Bliss is the ultimate spiritual celebration. Have Fun this weekend!

                      Love and Light,

                           Rev. Doti Boon

 ‘When You’re Down to Nothing God is Up to Something!

P S From Reverend Clark:

May 28, 2010

I ask each of you this Memorial Day Weekend to take a moment to remember those who gave so much for all of us, along with their families, and those now serving in our Military Services.

Thank you.

We are part of the Associate Program offered by Amazon.com

This means when you enter their website through ours, or the above link, UCM receives a commission on your purchases. Should you need to leave the website before completing your purchase you need to again go through our web site for us to receive the commission.

The deadline for articles and advertising in the UCM online magazine is June 1, 2010.  Please submit to staff@u-c-m.org or reverenddebry@u-c-m.org.

Submission for A Joyful Noise can be made to http://Safedoti@aol.com or staff@u-c-m.org.

Reverend Sandy Clark

President

Universal Church of the Master

100 W. Rincon Ave. #101

Campbell, CA 95008

PS from Reverend Clark:

May 21, 2010

I am thankful for all of you and the support you give to UCM. You are the heart of UCM and without you UCM would not exist. We just held our Annual Meeting last weekend and I thank those of you who attended in person, and those of you who were not at our meeting, your support was felt. Again Thank You All.

I would like to add my thanks to all of you who attended our Annual Meeting last Saturday. UCM exists because of the support that you all extend, and even if you were not at our meeting in person, your support was still felt. I again say Thank You to all of you.

We are part of the Associate Program offered by Amazon.com

This means when you enter either their website through ours, UCM receives a commission on your purchases. Should you need to leave the website before completing your purchase you need to again go through our web site for us to receive the commission.

The deadline for the Summer Issue of the UCM Online Magazine is June 1,2010.  For articles we suggest 800 – 1000 words.  Please include your bio and send all pictures separately preferably in Jpeg.  Advertisers the prices are as follows:  ¼ page $25. ½ page $50. ¾ page $75. Full page $100.  You do not have to be a UCM member to submit articles or ads.

Submission for A Joyful Noise can be made to http://Safedoti@aol.com or staff@u-c-m.org.

Reverend Sandy Clark

President

Universal Church of the Master

100 W. Rincon Ave. #101

Campbell, CA 95008

408.370.6519

Fax 408.370.6591

www.u-c-m.org

Center for Creative Living

May 21, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back. Need directions? Call (408) 392-9090 or visit www.doti.info. Sunday Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome. Food, hugs and music are always provided!

We are delighted to have Rev. Bea Baechle return to do her “Recreating Your Life – My Healing Journey Part 2.” We are excited to have Rev. Bea at the Center to continue telling about her marvelous battle against cancer and how it changed her life! Part 1 was dynamic and fascinating – and the best is yet to come!

Center Happenings

All of the following events are held at the Center for Creative Living –

1460 Koll Circle “C”, San Jose CA 95112 (408) 392-9090

May 20th 7:00pm to 9:00pm – PAGAN TO PRESENT Thursday night class with Rev. Anne Corbin and Dr. Ayleen Augustine. Join us as they explore healing Spirituality from Pagan to Present. Also, construct an Earth Rosary for work with earth based religions. Ministerial class credit $15. or 2 for $25.

Center Happenings

May 24th 7:30 to 9:00GENTLE YOGA with the delightful Krishanpriya (Laura Marshall), certified Yoga instructor. You will be doing specific asanas (poses) that benefit a part of the back. Magical Ones reviewed each session to round out practice. Pranayama (Breathing) exercises – and Guided Meditation in every class FIRST CLASS FREE yogadevi09@Yahoo.com

May 25th 6:30 to 8:30MEDITATION CIRCLE with Norbeth and Dr. Ayleen. Donation

May 26th 7 to 9:00METAPHYSICAL MOVIE  “NOT IN GOD’S NAME.” In Search of Religious Tolerance with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama $5. Donation FREE popcorn

May 27th 7:00 to 8:30DRUIDRY with Dr. Ayleen Augustine. $5.

June 1st 6:30 to 8:30DRUM CIRCLE with Norbeth and Dr. Ayleen. Bring your drum or play one of ours. Donation.

June 13th 1:00 to 2:30How to Experience More Love, Health and Abundance with Helene Rothschild, MS, MA, LMFT. Fun workshop with Helene.  She will guide you through her unique HART processes (Holistic and Rapid Transformation) to help you quickly identify and resolve the causes of your problems, so you may re-own your power, be loved, happy, healthy, prosperous and successful. $25.00

Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans. What ever you observe, watch or enjoy – know that Bliss is the ultimate spiritual celebration. Have Fun this weekend!

              Love and Light,

                   Rev. Doti Boon

‘When You’re Down to Nothing, God is up to Something’

Joyful Noise

May 21, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Fractal Design, Minister Steve Waites, M.T.

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 20 (05-20-10)

Affirmation

I am thankful to be living in this marvelous world at this time!

       When I hear folks complaining about their lives – I wonder how they would orchestrate it. And what would happen if they were indeed “thankful” for being a Child of God.

       Sometimes you hear the word “thankful” so often that it ceases to have meaning to you.  What does the word “thankful” actually mean?  Encarta defines the word thankful:

       1. Feeling gratitude: feeling or expressing gratitude.  We must be thankful for small mercies.

       2. Glad about something: glad or relieved about something.

       How have you been blessed this year?  Can you recall specific times when you called out to God or your angels in prayer?  How did they respond to your request?

       Sometimes our prayers aren’t answered the way we think they should be.  God sees our situation much better than we do and we can trust that our best interest is being served.  We only see a tiny piece of the big puzzle and God has the entire puzzle in sight.

       Do you ever find it difficult to be thankful?  Sometimes situations in our lives can make being thankful a difficult task.  However, even in the worst of times we can find reasons to be thankful.  Knowing that God is in control and has a purpose for our lives is a reason, all on it’s own, to be thankful.

       We are blessed in so many ways and sometimes we fail to see or recognize God’s handiwork in our lives.  Think about all the wonderful things in your life such as family and friends.  Sometimes a brother or a sister can seem to be anything BUT a blessing but think about how empty your life would be without them.

       Be thankful for your Mom & Dad.  Take the time to tell them how much you appreciate all the little things they do for you.  Write them a note and let them know that what they do for you is valued by you.

       Be thankful for the home in which you live.  If you have a warm bed to sleep in and good food to eat, then you should thank God for providing for your needs.

       Give back to someone who is not as fortunate as you and donate food or your time to help him or her through this difficult economic time.

       People with a strong sense of gratitude and appreciation don’t necessarily have more than others; they simply recognize more beauty in their lives.  A 2008 study suggests that people who count their blessings are generally happier and healthier than people who don’t.  If you ever feel as if anything in your life isn’t “enough”, try practicing an attitude of thankfulness.  You might realize how good you have it after all.

       The following is something I received on my e-mail and it certainly shows what we can be thankful for:

       I am thankful for the wife who says its hot dogs tonight, because she is home with me, and not out with someone else.

       I am thankful for the husband who is on the sofa being a couch potato, because he is home with me and not out at the bars.

       I am thankful for the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes because it means she/he is at home, not on the streets.

       I am thankful for the taxes I pay because it means I am employed.

       I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends.

       I am thankful for the clothes that fit a little too snug because it means I have enough to eat.

       I am thankful for my shadow that watches me work because it means I am out in the sunshine.

       I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.

       I am thankful for all the complaining I hear about the government because it means we have freedom of speech.

       I am thankful for the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.

       I am thankful for my huge heating bill because it means I am warm.

       I am thankful for the lady behind me in church who sings off key because it means I can hear.

       I am thankful for the pile of laundry and ironing because it means I have clothes to wear.

       I am thankful for weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day because it means I have been capable of working hard.

       I am thankful for the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours because it means I am alive.

       And finally, I am thankful for too many e-mails because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

Joyful Noise

May 14, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg.19 (05-13-10)

Affirmation

I am a Light Worker – bringing energetic healing to all in need.

          People attending a Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Creative Living often question the lack of dogma in the sermon.  CCL is a charter church of the Universal Church of the Master.  UCM believes that each person must find and travel his or her own path to the Light, and that no single set of fixed rules is applicable to everyone on that journey.

          That is the reason ministers from many faiths and many ideologies speak at Sunday service.  You will find Christians, Jews, Bahai’s, Yogis, Buddhists, Moslems, Science of Mind practitioners, Vatican trained Catholic priests, doctors, psychologists, pagans, druids, African-Americans, Native-Americans, Hospice workers etc. imparting their spiritual energies.

          We are Universal and accept all Sacred Paths.  Our founders, in a time of bias, bigotry and racism were truly touched by “Spirit.”  Dr. B. J. Fitzgerald wrote a book, A New Text of Spiritual Philosophy and Religion honoring all people and all faiths.  It allowed UCM to “hide in plain sight.”  UCM embraces all faiths, and does so in a way that offends none.  We had ministers of both genders from the very beginning.  While other churches were and still are fighting about gender and race, it was never an issue.

          The following by Rev. Tom Garry and is representative of UCM.

The Temple of One

The renovation has already begun, to create the temple of one.

Removing any thought of hate, as we center, unfold and meditate.

Temples and altars don’t look the same, each enclosed in its custom frame.

Let us release every thought of malice,

honoring each other as a sacred palace.

Live in the wonder of the now, embrace each thought that tells us how.

Drawing union from every soul,

birthing a universe entirely whole.

Listen to the prayer of the Divine Mother, calling together

every sister and brother.

Experience the oneness in the sacred breath,

transcending the pinnacles of life and death.

The awakening of centers freed of stress, filled with love of the divine caress

Brings a vibration of this time and space,

celebrating the growth of the human race.

The holy of holies in the Temple of One, glows with the light

of the eternal sun.

May all hearts experience the sensation, of our spiritual rebirth

and recreation

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BANK ACCOUNT!!!

            A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised, proud man, fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with his hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.

          His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary.  After hours of waiting patiently in the nursing home lobby, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.  As he walked to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.

          “I love it,” he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.

          “Mr. Jones, you haven’t seen the room; just wait.”

          “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” he replied.  “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.  Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged, it’s how I arrange my mind.  I already decided to love it.”

          “Every morning when I wake up I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for ones that do.”

          “Each day is a gift, as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away just for this time in my life.”

          Old age is like a bank account.  You withdraw what you’ve put in.  So, my advice would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank.

          Remember the five simple rules to being happy:

          1. Free your heart from hatred.

          2. Free your mind from worries.

          3. Live simply.

          4. Give more.

          5. Expect less

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I just had a call from a Charity asking me to donate some of my clothes to the starving people throughout the world.  I told them to take my number off their call list…….Anybody who fits into my clothes isn’t starving!!

P.S. Reverend Sandy Clark

May 14, 2010

PS from Reverend Clark:

This Saturday May 15th is the Universal Church of the Master annual meeting being held at Vito’s New York Trattoria, 90 Skyport Drive, San Jose, CA. Our meeting will begin at 3:00PM. Following our meeting will be a Buffet Dinner and the Graduation Ceremony for two of our Degree Program students. There is no charge to attend our meeting; however there is a $30.00 charge for the dinner. If you would like to register for the dinner please call our office at 408.370.6519.

We are part of the Associate Program offered by Amazon.com

This means when you enter their website through ours, UCM receives a commission on your purchases. Should you need to leave the website before completing your purchase you need to again go through our web site for us to receive the commission.

Submission for A Joyful Noise can be made to http://Safedoti@aol.com or staff@u-c-m.org. 

Reverend Sandy Clark

President

Universal Church of the Master

100 W. Rincon Ave. #101

Campbell, CA 95008

408.370.6519

fax 408.370.6591

www.u-c-m.org

Center for Creative Living

May 14, 2010

All are welcome to Sunday Celebrations at the Center for Creative Living, UCM Charter #801, at 1460 Koll Circle, Suite “C” – services in back.  Need directions?  Call (408)392-9090 or visit www.doti.info.  Sunday Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am.  Dress is casual and Kids are welcome.  Food, hugs and music are always provided!

We are delighted that the UCM Board of Trustees will be part of today’s service.  Dr. Rev. Richard Jelusich will be giving a sermon on “How to Connect, Balance and Integrate.”  Please join these delightful folks as they congregate from all over the United States to present today’s service.

Center Happenings

May 13th  7:00 to 8:30 – Druidry with Dr. Ayleen Augustine $5.00

May 15th  9am to 2:30pm – Shamanic Healing Workshop please join noted indigenous ceremonialist, healer and teacher Norbeth Granado for an exploration of shamanic traditions from across the Americas and around the world.  Be introduced to the ways of earth-based magic and hear how communion with the ancestors and the natural world can open spiritual doorways into non-ordinary states of consciousness.  Experience ceremony and explore the world of animal totems, spirit guides and personal transformation.

This workshop is $50, please call (408) 392-9090 to reserve your place in this fascinating and informative class.  Please bring a drum or rattle – or use one of ours.  Class is open to the public and offered for Ministerial credit.

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May 16th  1:00pm to 3:00pm – CCL CHOIR REHEARSAL Join us for fun, music and inspiration.  No experience needed!

May 17th  7:30pm to 9:00pm – GENTLE YOGA with Krishanpriya/ Laura Marshall, Certified Yoga instructor.  You will be doing specific asanas (poses) that benefit a part of the back.  The Magical Ones are reviewed in each session to round out the practice.  Pranayama (Breathing) exercises – and Guided Meditation in every class.  FIRST CLASS ALWAYS FREE.  Yogadevii09@Yahoo.com

May 18th  6:30pm to 8:30pm – DRUMMING with Norbeth and Friends.  Bring a drum or play one of ours – Donation

May 20th  7:00pm to 9:00pm – PAGAN TO PRESENT WORKSHOP with Rev. Anne Corbin and Dr. Ayleen Augustine.  Join us as we explore healing Spirituality from pagan to present.  Also, constructing an Earth Rosary for work with earth based religions.  Ministerial class credit $15. or 2 for $25.

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Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans.  What ever you observe, watch or enjoy – know that Bliss is the ultimate spiritual celebration.  Have Fun this weekend!

      Love and Light,

Rev. Doti Boon

‘When You’re Down to Nothing, God is up to Something’

Joyful Noise

May 6, 2010

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

These are a Mommy's gift.

Oh my, a sugar high!

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg.18 (05-06-10)

Affirmation

I am honored my Mother shared her life with me.

This is my first Mother’s day without my fantastic Mom. 

I read the following and immediately thought of her.

Something for Mothers

To be shared on Mother’s Day

This is for mothers who sit up all night with sick toddlers in their arms, saying, ‘It’s okay honey, Mommy’s here.’

Who sit in rocking chairs for hours on end soothing crying babies who can’t be comforted.

This is for mothers who show up at work with milk stains on their blouses and diapers in their purse.

For mothers who run carpools, make cookies and sew Halloween costumes. And all the mothers who DON’T.

This is for mothers who gave birth to babies they’ll never see. And the mothers who took those babies and gave them homes.

This is for the mothers whose priceless art collections are hanging on their refrigerator doors.

And for the mothers who freeze their buns on metal bleachers at football or soccer games instead of watching from the warmth of their cars. And when their kids ask, ‘Did you see me, Mom?’ they say, ‘Of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world,’ and mean it.

This is for mothers who yell at their kids and swat them in despair when they stomp their feet and scream for ice cream before dinner. And for mothers who count to ten instead, but realize how child abuse happens.

This is for all mothers who go hungry, so their children can eat.

For mothers who read ‘Goodnight, Moon’ twice a night for a year. And then read it again. ‘Just one more time.’

This is for the mothers who teach their children to tie shoelaces before they start school. And for mothers who opt for Velcro instead.

This is for all mothers who teach their sons to cook and iron and their daughters to take out the trash and change the oil.

This is for every mother whose head turns when a little voice calls ‘Mom?’ in a crowd, even though their own offspring are at home — or away at college — or have their own families.

This is for mothers who have sent kids to school with stomach aches, only to get calls from the school nurse an hour later asking them to please pick them up. Right away!

This is for mothers whose children have gone astray, who can’t find the words to reach them. But love them every day.

For mothers who bite their, lips until they bleed, when their 14 year olds dye their hair green.

For all the mothers of the victims of recent school shootings, and the mothers of those who did the shooting.

For mothers of the survivors, and the mothers who sat in front of their TVs in horror, hugging their children who came home from school, safely.

This is for all mothers who taught their children to be peaceful, and now pray they come home safely from war.

What makes a good Mother anyway? Is it patience? Compassion? Broad hips? The ability to nurse a baby, cook dinner, and sew a button on a shirt, all at the same time? Or is it in her heart?

Is it the ache you feel when you watch your son or daughter disappear down the street, walking to school alone for the very first time?

The jolt that takes you from sleep to dread, from bed to crib at 2 A.M. to put your hand on the back of a sleeping baby?

The panic, years later, that comes again at 2 A.M. when you just want to hear their key in the door and know they are safe again in your home?

Or the need to flee from wherever you are and hug your child when you hear news of a fire, a car accident, a child dying?

The emotions of motherhood are universal and so our thoughts are for young mothers stumbling through feeding, diaper changes and sleep deprivation. And mature mothers learning to let go and deal with the “empty nest.” For working mothers (and their mothers), stay-at-home mothers. Single mothers and married mothers. Mothers with money, mothers without.

This is for you all. For all of us…Hang in there. In the end we can only do the best we can do. Tell them every day that we love them. Pray and never stop being a mom.

Please pass along to all the Mom’s in your life.

            (Thanks to all the Moms who sent this to me)

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A mother was teaching her three-year-old daughter The Lord’s Prayer.  For several evenings at bedtime, she repeated it after her mother.  One night she said she was ready to solo.  The mother listened with pride, as she carefully enunciated each word right up to the end, “…And lead us not into temptation,” she prayed, “but deliver us some e-mail, Amen.”

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Once again Standing Women, now partnered with Gather the Women Global Matrix and Light Pages, is inviting us to stand together for a better world for the mothers, children, and families of the world. The invitation is to participate in a global moment affirming the unity of the world’s women on May 9 at 1 pm. Please join us at the Center as we stand for five minutes in observance of this cause. http://www.standingwomen.org for further information.

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            This week we celebrate Cinco de Mayo, what most Americans think is Mexican Independence Day (Sept. 16th). In fact Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the victory of the Republican forces over the French in the State of Puebla in Mexico on May 5, 1862 and very few in Mexico, outside of Puebla, where it took place, even notice or recognize this event.

            The date is best recognized in the United States as a date to celebrate the culture and experiences of Americans of Mexican ancestry, much as St. Patrick’s Day, Oktoberfest, and the Chinese New Year are used to celebrate those of Irish, German, and Chinese ancestry respectively. Similar to those holidays, Cinco de Mayo is observed by many Americans regardless of ethnic origin. In San Jose it has become a Hispanic celebration – honoring Spanish-speaking people of all lands. Celebrations tend to draw both from traditional Mexican symbols, such as the Virgin de Guadalupe, and from prominent figures of Mexican descent in the United States, including César Chávez.

            According to a paper published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture about the origin of the observance of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, the modern American focus on that day first started in California in the 1860s in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico.  The paper notes “The holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico.”

            Yesterday the Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival was held in the Guadalupe River Park, in the Discovery Meadow and the Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose, CA.  There were many flags, banners, political slogans, exciting Mariachi music, tantalizing smells of tacos, and enchiladas, people of all ages and all backgrounds milling around enjoying the regional dancing, the cultural demonstrations and the feeling of freedom expressed by everyone.

            Happy Cinco de Mayo to us all. Another reason to celebrate and drink beer, imagine that!