Archive for November, 2010

Creating Community in Learning Environments

November 30, 2010

 Hi Teachers and Religious School Board members,

In light of the conversations we’ve been having about how a caring

community can prevent/reduce/offset bullying, I wanted to share this

article that just came to me from the Lifelong Learning specialists at the Union for Reform Judaism.

–Lisa

Creating Community in Learning Environments

Teach students, not subject matter. Look at the student as a whole

person, with a life outside the classroom. Care about your students’

interests and lives. It is a productive use of time to talk to

students about their lives. Be around before or after class or during

non-programmed time so that students can talk to you. And don’t forget

about your students after the class ends. Send emails or call just to

say “hi” or “Shabbat Shalom.”

Create a welcoming environment. Write a short personal note to your

students. It’s hard to feel welcome when you’re lost; use clear signs

to help people find key places. Create a central bulletin board with

pictures of teachers, synagogue staff and students. In Pirkei Avot

1:15, Shammai taught, “Greet all people with a cheerful countenance,”

so don’t forget to smile! Reinforce the message that you appreciate

all of your students, that each child is a gift.

Devote time to learning names throughout the class. Include activities

that help students get to know one another and help you get to know

the whole person. Create a class directory and be sure every student

has a buddy to check in with on class work or missed assignments. With

adults, distribute name tags or name tents for every class.

Celebrate the Shehecheyanu moments in the students’ lives—from losing

a tooth to getting a promotion. With the assistance of the caring

committee, learn about the celebrations and the sorrows in each

student’s life. Help organize parents and children to respond in

Jewish ways, like paying shivah calls, sending cards, bringing meals

or sending a mazal tov. You may include a short prayer service at the

beginning or end of each meeting to help recognize these moments.

Keep track of your students’ Jewish journey. Students can create a

personal Jewish snapshot by writing letters to themselves about their

Jewish learning, memories, experiences and questions. For example,

mail one copy to them in the fall; put another copy in the rabbi’s

bar/bat mitzvah file; keep a third copy to send them just before they

start college, along with information about how they can maintain

their Jewish connection in college. For older students, collect

letters at the beginning of the course, summer or year and send them

at the conclusion. In this way, their progress along their Jewish

journey is tracked and the message that they are cared about is

reinforced over again.

As so often when you allow spirit to direct you wonderful things occur.  I was sent this article by Reverend Felecia Mulvany.  She and I had been discussing the bullying issues that are so prevalent at this time and the article moved her.  I like it so much I emailed Rabbi Lisa Levenberg to ask for permission to blog it on our UCM Blog.  Through our wonderful emails Rabbi Levenberg let me know she was not the original author but would ask permission for it to be blogged by us.  Thanks to her effort we were given permission by Wendy Grinber, RJE at the Union for Reform Judaism and the original authors name Joan Carr, RJE.  Below you will find links to the Union for Reform Judaism and Rabbi Levenberg.

I would like to thank Joan Carr for writing a great article, Wendy Grinberg for allowing us to post it and Rabbi Lisa Levenberg for going the extra mile to do the research needed for the permission to post.  All of us at UCM believe it is through this type of outreach in religious communities of all faiths that many problems may be solved.

Reverend Angela DeBry, H.H.D, D.D.

They may reprint if they give credit to the Union for Reform

Judaism. They can link to the full article on page 8 of Torah at the

Center, Vol 10, No 3. This credit was inadvertently left out.

Union for Reform Judaism

Serving Reform Jewish Congregations in North America

212-452-6734

www.urj.org

wgrinberg@urj.org 

Rabbi Lisa Levenberg, Educator

Congregation Shir Hadash

20 Cherry Blossom Lane         

Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 358-1751 x 3

http://rabbilevenberg@shirhadash.org

follow me on twitter: rabbilevenberg

A Joyful Noise!

November 26, 2010

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

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 47 (11-24-10) Thanksgiving Eve

AFFIRMATION

I know that all people are children of God.

November is American Indian Heritage Month

  

 

  

 

 

The First Thanksgiving, painted by Jean Leon G...

Image via Wikipedia

 

  

Happy Thanksgiving to Friends and family

          You may not be having duck, fish and deer for Thanksgiving dinner as was eaten at the original feast. But gathering with family and friends is probably in your plans.

          What we think of as the first thanksgiving in 1621 was made possible in part by friends and neighbors.

          Massasoit, leader of the confederacy of Wampanoag tribes and about 90 of his men brought deer and other meats to the harvest celebration.

          The Pilgrims certainly needed the help of friends. After a year in the New World, their numbers had declined by half and they had faced deprivation and hardship. They were looking at a bleak winter with empty larders; the Wampanoag’s generosity was surely welcome.

          Today, we still get along with a little help from our friends, neighbors and Creator. Let’s give thanks for our countrymen, our families and our faith which help us through good and bad times.

          To all of our family and spiritual friends:  Have a thankful, joyous, and safe holiday. Don’t forget – we will be gathering at Seacliff Beach tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010. If you would like to join us – call Rev. Corky at (408)220-5779.

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Oh Great Spirit

Oh Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds,

And whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!

I am small and weak; I need your strength and wisdom.

Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold

Image by ConanTheLibrarian via Flickr

 

the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made

and my ears sharp to hear your voice.

Make me wise so that I may understand the things

 you have taught my people.

Let me learn the lessons you have hidden

in every leaf and rock.

I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,

but to fight my greatest enemy – myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands

and straight eyes.

So when life fades, as the fading sunset

my spirit may come to you without shame.

Chief Yellow Lark, Lakota Tribe

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Indians celebrate Thanksgiving Day, except they call it “You’re Welcome Day!”

Jim Ruehl – member of the Bay Mills Band of Ojibwe and a Comedy Jam presenter.

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AIN’T

He was just a little boy,

On a week’s first day.

Wandering home from Bible school,

And dawdling on the way.

He scuffed his shoes into the grass;

He even found a caterpillar.

He found a fluffy milkweed pod

And blew out all the ‘filler.’

A bird’s nest in a tree overhead,

So wisely placed up so high.

Was just another wonder,

That caught his eager eye.

A neighbor watched his zigzag course,

And hailed him from the lawn;

Asked him where he’d been that day

And what was going on.

‘I’ve been to Bible School,’

He said and turned a piece of sod.

He picked up a wiggly worm replying,

‘I’ve learned a lot about God.’

‘M’m, very fine way,’ the neighbor said,

‘for a boy to spend his time.’

‘If you’ll tell me where God is,

I’ll give you a brand new dime.’

Quick as a flash the answer came!

Nor were his accents faint.

‘I’ll give you a dollar, Mister,

If you can tell me where God ain’t.’

Have a great day

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Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil……it has no point.

Submitted by Rev. Jan Ewers

Center for Creative Living

November 26, 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 11:30 am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome. Spiritual energies, food, hugs and music are lovingly available!

This Sunday after Thanksgiving, join the amazing Rev. Virginia Essene as she discusses “Gratitude.” Virginia is a gifted channel of the Christ Jesus, an acclaimed author of nine spiritual books, an international teacher and lecturer, and has been written up in Who’s Who in the World! She will be joined by the CCL choir, the talented singer, Margee Wheeler and our own assemblage of fantastic performers.

METAPHYSICAL CLASSES AT THE CENTER

No Metaphysical classes during the month of December!

CCL will be starting UCM Life Path Licentiate Healing Classes in 2011.

Please contact the Center for more information.

The 2010 Licentiate ordination will be held on January 16, 2010.

Happenings At The Center

REMEMBER TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR

          Mark your calendar for Thanksgiving at the Beach (November 25th). Join the CCL spiritual community as we play games, sing songs, have fun, eat turkey, watch pelicans, laugh at the dolphins and enjoy the day.

          Seacliff Beach is located off Highway 1 – south of Santa Cruz and New Brighton Beaches. Turn at the State Beach Drive exit and head west to the Seacliff Beach park ranger’s kiosk. There is a fee of $8.00 per car for parking. Go to the end of the picnic area where you will see a large tree with brightly colored signs and lots of picnic tables. People start arriving around 11:00 am or earlier and feasting is at 1:00 pm. We stay to watch the glorious beach sunset.

          If you would like to be a part of this amazing event, please call Rev. Doti at (408)392-9090 or email safedoti@aol.com and tell her how many people will be coming and what you are bringing to share. (We will be supplying the drinks and all serving utensils). Bring a folding chair if you are more comfortable.

          Dogs on a leash are welcome.

Mon. Nov. 29th – 7:30 to 9:00 – GENTLE 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 $15 drop in. FIRST CLASS FREE http://yogadevi09@yahoo.com

Tues. Nov. 30th – 6:45 to 8:45 – MEDITATION with Norbeth, Dr. Ayleen and Friends. Bring your drum or use one of ours – Donation

Wed. Dec. 1st – 6:45 to 8:15 – Prayer Circle with Norbeth and Dr. Ayleen. Come check out this new activity.

Sunday Dec. 5th – Holiday Boutique. Need some money for the holidays? Get a booth and sell some of your hand-made gifts, jewelry, baked goods, pictures, etc. Contact Rev. Doti by email at www.safedoti.info or (408)392-9090 for more information. All booths need to be reserved a week before the event!

Love and Light,

          Rev. Doti Boon

Art of Frugal Abundance, Rev. Carol Fitzgerald

November 21, 2010

The Art of Frugal Abundance

Join us for the first of our four-part series on

“A Life Lived Abundantly in a Climate of Frugality”

December 4th  – 11am-3pm  – Atherton 

This holiday season, many of us find ourselves impacted by the climate of frugality.  At the same time, we feel the sweet urge to express our love and appreciation for special people in our lives.  Join us for a creative and playful day at the edge between these two realities. 

Explore the Art and Craft of Gift Giving without Spending Money! 

The opportunity to create personalized soul collage cards to announce/accompany/herald your special gift will be the focus of this workshop. 

Join us for a creative event that will open up new ways of gifting those you care about.  Whether you are gifting an experience (facial, foot massages, feasts, an evening of song),

a talent (sewing, knitting, computer skill), or the gift of a personal sentiment, your deepest feelings and perfect offerings can find their expression in SoulCollage® cards. Regardless of what you may think about your artistic talent, these cards will inevitably be striking and inspiring. 

We have scores of archetypal images to work with. All materials will be provided; we will guide you in techniques to make your creation impactful and effective in reflecting your deep sentiment.  These are truly gifts from the heart.  The unique and personal images can illustrate your deep caring and support. Knowing that you are thought of and cared for is a precious gift to receive.

As a focal point for your cards, bring photos (that can be modified) of two people for whom you would like to create a soul collage.  We’ll work and play in a lovely Atherton setting- outdoors if possible, indoors if the weather encourages more coziness. (Directions will be provided upon RSVP)

Date:  December 4th

Time: 11am-3pm

Cost:  $25 –  This one-time investment provides a unique and meaningful gift for friends and family, perfect for the holidays approaching, and for sharing your feelings around future important events.

Contact us to reserve a place or to get more information:

Ginny-650-323-4494  freyjand@comcast.net

Carol- 650-722-1292 http:// ceremonies@carolfitzgerald.com

A Joyful Noise!

November 21, 2010

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

 

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 46 (11-18-10)

AFFIRMATION

I enjoy getting older, wiser and having a lot more fun!

    Picture of Gene Olson Celebrating 90 something!     

 Some folks were talking at church last Sunday, and one of them remarked – “I sure hate getting old.” And a fellow parishioner answered, “Well it is better than the alternative.” This made me laugh because both of the folks were under the age of sixty.

          When I was in my sixties I decided to get a divorce, sell my house, change my residence, start a Healing Center, solidify a new relationship and get all of my teeth pulled (well rather the crumbling teeth decided this for me). And to think, some folks feel 60 is OLD and their life is almost done!

          Well, maybe the body creaks a little, the eyesight may need a bit more magnification and some body parts have stopped resisting gravitational pull – but spirituality, old friends, exciting celebrations and loving relationships become more and more interesting.

          As you get older your realize that what people think, what you choose to wear, what kind of car you drive, how much money you have and how you are judged – isn’t nearly as important as laughing with friends, talking to your grandchildren, achieving a sense of spiritual accomplishment, looking at exciting things in the future, a good night’s sleep, and most of all waking up with a smile on your face.

          So, the next time you feel there is nothing left to live for, you are too depressed to go out of the house, or maybe you feel that the Creator has forsaken you – read the following poem – so you can get excited about your seventies, eighties, nineties – and if it isn’t too much of a chore – maybe 104!

Today, dear Lord, I’m 80

And there’s much I haven’t done

I Hope, dear Lord, you’ll let me

live until I’m 81

But then if I haven’t finished all I

want to do,

Would you let me stay a while, until I’m 82?

So many places I want to go,

So very much to see,

Do you think that you could

Manage to make me 83?

The world is changing very fast,

There is much in store,

I’d like it very much to live

until I’m 84

And if by then I’m still alive,

I’d like to stay ’til 85.

More planes will be up in the air,

So I’d really like to stick,

And see what happens to the world

When I’m 86.

I know, dear Lord, it’s much to ask,

(and it must be nice in heaven)

but I would really like to stay

Until I’m 87.

I know by then I won’t be fat,

and sometimes will be late,

But it would be so pleasant to be

Around at 88.

I would have seen so many things.

and had a wonderful life,

So, I’m sure that I’ll be willing to

Leave at 89. (maybe)

I’m 90, Lord, my mind is sound

I like it here-I can still walk around.

My time is limited, I know and

Someday I’ll have to go! 

I’m not greedy or guided by fears,

I want to see what happens in the

next few years.

I’m sure you’ve heard this plea before,

but my bags will be packed at 104!

author unknown

 

GETTING OLD ISN’T FOR SISSIES!

A Senior Citizen

I am a senior citizen…

I’m the life of the party…even when it lasts ’till 8pm.

I’m very good at opening childproof caps with a hammer….

I’m the first one to find the bathroom wherever I go.

I’m awake many hours before my body allows me to get up

I’m very good at telling stories…over and over and over and over and laughing every time!

I’m aware that other people’s grandchildren aren’t as bright as mine.

I’m positive I did housework correctly before the Internet.

I’m sure everything I can’t find is in a secure place.

I’m wrinkled, saggy and lumpy, and that’s just my left leg.

I’m having trouble remembering simple words like…uh…

I’m realizing that aging is not for sissies.

I’m walking more (to the bathroom) and enjoying it less.

I’m sure they are making adults much younger these days.

I’m in the *initial* state of my golden years:  SS, CD’s, IRAs, AARP.

I’m anti-everything now:  anti-fat, anti-smoke, anti-noise, anti-inflammatory.

I’m a Senior Citizen and I think I am having the time of my life…Aren’t I?

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After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin. At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old say with a trembling voice, “Who was THAT?”

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A mother was telling her little girl what her own childhood was like: “We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods.” The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in. At last she said, “I sure wish I’d gotten to know you sooner!”

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A little girl was diligently pounding away on her father’s word processor; she told him she was writing a story. “What’s it about?”

He asked. “I don’t know,” she replied. “I can’t read.”

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I didn’t know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her. I would point out something and ask what color it was. She would tell me and always she was correct. But it was fun for me, so I continued. At last she headed for the door, saying sagely, “Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!”

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A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, “Thou shall not take the covers off thy neighbor’s wife.”

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Our five-year-old son couldn’t wait to tell his father about the movie we had watched on television, “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.” The scenes with the submarine and the giant octopus had kept him wide-eyed. In the middle of the telling, my husband interrupted Mark, “What caused the submarine to sink?” With a look of incredulity Mark replied, “Dad, it was the 20,000 leaks!!”

PS from Reverend Clark:

November 21, 2010

Hopefully you have had a chance to view the Fall edition of our UCM Magazine which is now online. Here is a link to the magazine in case you have not already seen it.

  http://issuu.com/UCMMag/docs/ucm_fall_2010_edition_5  

There is also a link to the magazine from our webpage: www.u-c-m.org

It is our hope you will subscribe to the UCM Magazine if you have not already. When you do this you can comment, rate, and for each new person we get a better profile on different search engines. If you have a smart phone like the Droid or IPhone you can download an Issuu Application that allows you to receive us via your phone, and it is all free!

We encourage you to submit articles for the magazine. You do not have to be a UCM member to do so. Articles need to be in Word Format, approximately 800-900 words. Pictures for the article should be sent separately, jpg is preferred but not mandatory. We also ask for a short bio of yourself and a picture if you would like. Submissions should be sent to http://staff@u-c-m.org or http://rev.angeladebry@u-c-m.org. The deadline for our next edition is December 1, 2010. The topic for our Winter Issue is the Healing Arts.

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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.

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Center for Creative Living

November 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. Spiritual energies, food, hugs and music are lovingly available!

This Sunday:  “Spiritual Multi-Tasking” by Rev. Angela and Dale DeBry. At the end the Joyful Noise each week, Doti closes with the statement: “If you are down to nothing, God is up to something”. This statement is at the root of Spiritual Multi-Tasking. How many of you have found yourself in a place for what you thought was a pretty clear purpose and once there you realized that your Guides, Teachers, Higher Self or Higher Power had something else in mind? Guess What? You were Spiritually Multi-Tasking.

REMEMBER: Nov.18th –THE GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT

Accept the challenge and quit for a day. You can do it!

METAPHYSICAL CLASSES AT THE CENTER

Thursday Nov. 18th $15.00 7pm to 9pm

(Open to the public and for UCM ministerial credit)

“Becoming a Minister, Healer, and Reverend through UCM”

Rev. Angela (UCM Trustee) and Rev. Doti will explain the benefits of becoming a Licentiate Minister, Ordained Reverend, or Healer Practitioner through UCM.  Rev. Angela will also speak on state and local laws regarding healing and how they apply to our ministerial candidates.

UCM also has an accredited Remote Degree program offering Associate, Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Theology which Rev. Angela developed. She will and will describe the various programs and answer all of your questions.

CCL will be starting UCM Life Path Licentiate Healing Classes in 2011.

Please contact the Center for more information.

The 2010 Licentiate ordination will be held on January 16, 2010.

Saturday Nov. 20th $50.00 11am to 5pm

(Open to the public and for UCM ministerial credit)

Preparing an Altar and Presenting a Ceremony and Sermon

Rev. April Lussier and Rev. Doti Boon

Happenings At The Center

Mon. Nov. 22nd – NO GENTLE YOGA

Tues. Nov. 23rd – NO MEDITATION

REMEMBER TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Nov. 25th THANKSGIVING DAY at Seacliff Beach! Party starts at 11:00 and Feasting begins at 1:00. Join the CCL group as we play games, sing songs, have fun, eat turkey, watch pelicans, laugh at the dolphins and enjoy the day. Bring your family, friends and dog on a leash. Call to reserve your space and let us know what you will be bringing (408)392-9090. No more worrying about cooking a turkey, cleaning the house or getting along with your relatives. JOIN US AT SEACLIFF BEACH INSTEAD!

An alcohol free event.

Seacliff Beach is located off Highway 1 – south of Santa Cruz and New Brighton beaches. Turn at the State Beach Drive exit and head west to the Seacliff Beach park ranger’s kiosk. There is a fee of $8.00 per car for parking. Go to the end of the picnic area where you will see a large tree with brightly colored signs and lots of picnic tables. We stay to watch the glorious beach sunset.

          If you would like to be a part of this amazing event, please call Rev. Doti at (408)392-9090 or email http://Safedoti@aol.com and tell her how many people will be coming and what you are bringing to share. (We will be supplying the drinks). Bring a folding chair if you are more comfortable.

Wed. Dec. 1st – 6:45 to 8:15 – Prayer Circle with Norbeth and Dr. Ayleen. Come check out this new activity.

Sunday Dec. 5th – Holiday Boutique. Need some money for the holidays? Get a booth and sell some of your hand-made gifts, jewelry, baked goods, pictures, etc. Contact Rev. Doti by email at www.safedoti.info or (408)392-9090 for more information. All booths need to be reserved a week before the event!

Love and Light,

            Rev. Doti Boon

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

A Joyful Noise!

November 13, 2010

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

 

The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, V...

Image via Wikipedia

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon

http://safedoti@aol.com

Vol. 9 pg. 45 (11-11-10)

AFFIRMATION

Now there is peace on earth and it has begun with me!

 

Why do we celebrate November 11th?

World War I officially ended on June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The actual fighting between the Allies and Germany, however, had ended seven months earlier with the armistice, which went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. Armistice Day, as November 11 became known, officially became a holiday in the United States in 1926, and a national holiday 12 years later. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.

A place for peace

Do you want to live in a peaceful world? Then regularly make a place for peace in your life.

Get in the habit of spending some time each day that’s not filled with frenzied activity. Make some peaceful moments in each day and you’ll begin to see more peaceful qualities in the people, places and events around you.

Peace is not something that can be squeezed in between appointments. To know peace is to commit some time to it.

Find a place of serenity and solitude, and just listen. Let go of the need to fill every second with activity, and, for a while, just be.

Allow the tension to melt away. Relax your body, quiet your thoughts, and experience how it is to be fully in the moment, with all worries and anxieties far, far behind you.

A peaceful world comes from peaceful people. Make a place for peace each day, and a real sense of peace will start to flow from you, right into your world.

Ralph Marston 

PRAY THIS EVEN IF YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT!!

IT WILL ONLY TAKE A MINUTE. 

           Dear Mother/Father God, I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I’m blessed because You are a part of me at all times.

          Creator, I pray that you keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude and peace.  Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things for which I have no control.

          I know that when I can’t pray, You listen to my heart. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.  I pray for those that are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know You are a part of everyone and everything. I pray for all of those men and women in the military at home and abroad that risk their lives to help keep our nation safe and free. I pray for those that don’t believe.

          I know that the Creator changes people, every family member in their households. I pray that everyone has health, peace, love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt and all their needs are met.

          I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance, or situation greater than God.

Submitted by Polly Kam

HUMOR IN UNIFORM

My father was often away on lengthy tours of duty, leaving my mother to manage five kids by herself. While he was gone, we used to sneak into their room to sleep. So before shipping out one time, Dad reminded us to respect Mom’s space and sleep in our own rooms. Upon his return, as Dad disembarked the plane with the rest of his unit, my brother ran up to him, jumped into his arms and loudly announced, “Dad, you’re going to be so happy. While you were gone this time, nobody slept with Mom.”

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There’s an Air Force guy driving from McCord to Ft Lewis, and an Army guy driving from Ft Lewis to McCord. In the middle of the night with no other cars on the road they hit each other head on and both cars go flying off in different directions.

The Air Force guy manages to climb out of his car and surveys the damage. He looks at his twisted car and says, “Man, I am really lucky to be alive!”

Likewise the Army guy scrambles out of his car and looks at his wreckage. He too says to himself, “I can’t believe I survived this wreck!”

The Army guy walks over to the Air Force guy and says, “Hey man, I think this is a sign from God that we should put away our petty differences and live as friends instead of archrivals”

The Air Force guy thinks for a moment and says, “You know, you’re absolutely right! We should be friends. Now I’m gonna see what else survived this wreck”

So the Air Force guy pops open his trunk and finds a full, unopened bottle of Jack Daniels.

He says to the Army guy, “I think this is another sign from God that we should toast to our new found understanding and friendship”

The Army guy replies, “You’re right!” and he grabs the bottle and starts sucking down Jack Daniels. After putting away nearly half the bottle the Army guy hands it back to the Air Force guy and says, “Your turn!”

The Air Force guy twists the cap back on the bottle and says, “Nahh, I think I’ll wait for the cops to show up.”

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Three weeks into training camp, I still hadn’t gotten used to Navy cooking and was surviving on milk and desserts. In one food line, I picked up the biggest piece of cake available and set it on my tray. The mess cook behind the counter saw the gleam in my eye and asked me if I’d like two pieces. When I eagerly answered that I would, the cook leaned over and cut my piece of cake in two.

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After an overnight flight to meet my father at his latest military assignment, my mother wearily arrived with my eight siblings and me – all under age 11. Collecting our many suitcases, the ten of us entered the cramped customs area. A young customs official watched our entourage in disbelief.

“Ma’am,” he said, “do all these children and all this luggage belong to you?”

“Yes, sir,” my mother said with a sigh. “They’re all mine.”

The customs agent began his interrogation: “Ma’am, do you have any weapons, contraband or illegal drugs in your possession?”

“Sir,” she calmly answered, “if I’d had any of those items, I would have used them by now.”

The official allowed us to pass without opening a single suitcase.

Center for Creative Living

November 13, 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 http://www.doti.info. Sunday Celebration is from 10:00 to 11:30am. Dress is casual and Kids are welcome. Spiritual energies, food, hugs and music are lovingly available!

Join Rev. Doti Boon as she talks about how “Love Has No Limits.” Come to service and help us honor the Men and Women of the United States Military.

This Sunday there will also be a Sweatshirt/T-Shirt Donation Drive at CCL. We have a friend working in Thailand who desperately needs children’s (not toddler or baby) up to men’s small/medium size sweatshirts/t-shirts for the children. Another friend is going to visit him in 2 weeks and can transport them.  Any donations would be greatly appreciated.  Used items are just fine if in good shape. 

METAPHYSICAL CLASSES AT THE CENTER

Thursday Nov. 18th $15.00 7pm to 9pm

(Open to the public and for UCM ministerial credit)

Responsibilities of Being a Spiritual Minister

Rev. Angela DeBry (UCM Trustee) and Rev. Doti Boon

Happenings At The Center 

Thurs. Nov. 11th – 7:00 to 9:00 – The Seven Gifts with Dr. Ayleen Augustine. Join Dr. Ayleen for an amazing journey that covers all basic aspects of druidic traditions and opens doors into practicing modern day Druidry. This 7-part series of classes will explore the Seven Gifts of Druidry and how these gifts can deepen your connection to and working with Earth-based energies.

In addition to her training as a chiropractor, Dr. Ayleen is a massage therapist and is also certified as a Reiki and Matrix practitioner. Class dates: 11/11, 12/9, 1/13/11, 1/27/11. To register: http://dr.ayleen@the-healing-house.com call (408) 372-2840.

Cost: $25.00 per session for general public and $20.00 per session for Divine Events members and CCL church members. 

Mon. Nov. 15th – 7:30 to 9:00 – GENTLE 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 $15 drop in. FIRST CLASS FREE http://yogadevi09@yahoo.com

Tues. Nov. 16th – 6:30 to 8:30 – DRUMMING with Norbeth, Dr. Ayleen and Friends. Bring your drum or use one of ours – Donation

Sun. Nov. 21st “Spiritual Multi-Tasking” with Rev. Angela DeBry and Dale DeBry 10:00 to 11:30. Sunday Celebration!

REMEMBER TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Nov. 25th THANKSGIVING DAY at Seacliff Beach! Party starts at 11:00 and Feasting begins at 1:00. Join the CCL group as we play games, sing songs, have fun, eat turkey, watch pelicans, laugh at the dolphins and enjoy the day. Bring your family, friends and dog on a leash. Call to reserve your space and let us know what you will be bringing (408)392-9090. No more worrying about cooking a turkey, cleaning the house or getting along with your relatives. JOIN US AT SEACLIFF BEACH INSTEAD!

An alcohol free event.

Sunday December 5th – Holiday Boutique. Need some money for the holidays?  Get a booth and sell some of your hand-made gifts, jewelry, baked goods, pictures, etc. Contact Rev. Doti by email at http://www.safedoti.info or (408)392-9090 for more information. All booths need to be reserved a week before the event!

Love and Light,

                 Rev. Doti Boon

P.S. Reverend Clark

November 12, 2010

November 15, 2002 was the first issue of the Joyful Noise which makes this an anniversary week for our writer and editor Reverend Doti Boon. I remember when Doti first called me about doing a newsletter I do not think either of us anticipated how this would develop and the commitment it would take. Thank you, Doti; my hat is off to you in appreciation and joy.

We have three great new articles just posted on the blog this week:  We Belong, by Rev. Tana Marie; Review of the Earth Medicine Alliance held in San Francisco last weekend, by Minister Steve Waites; and November Astrological Update, By Elizabeth Barton: “It’s all about the economy”. 

http://https://ucmblog.wordpress.com or our website at www.u-c-m.org

Articles for our magazine are due December 1, 2010 for the Winter Issue.  The theme for this issue is the Healing Arts and you do not have to be a member or student of UCM to submit an article.  We ask that you send the article in word, with a short bio and also a picture if you would like.  The articles should be between 500 – 1000 words. Your articles may be sent to http://staff@u-c-m.org or rev.angeladebry@u-c-m.org.

We also encourage you to contribute to the UCM blog.  Articles should be no more than 500 words, please include a short bio and picture if you would like.  They may be submitted to the above emails.

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