Soul Matters at Tree of Life: Creativity

Soul Matters at Tree of Life Being a Community of Creativity

Within the order and design of nature the experience of life and change is constantly unfolding around us — Nature and Life continually flow in acts of creation.  And every sound or movement you make enters the world as part of that flow.   Just by being alive you impact all that’s around you and when you act with intention, the possibilities are unbounded in what may unfold through you.   You are hard wired to be creative — it is a natural impulse within you.  Imagine, what an amazing force of creativity you are!

Bringing the idea of creativity into a philosophy of faith in action, Matthew Fox has organized and teaches Creation Spirituality.  —

“Honoring all of creation as Original Blessing, Creation Spirituality integrates the wisdom of Eastern and Western spirituality and global indigenous cultures, with the emerging scientific understanding of the universe, and the passion of creativity.  It is both a tradition and a movement, celebrated by mystics and agents of social change from every age and culture.  It is also the tradition of the historical Jesus himself since it follows the wisdom tradition of Israel.”

To use our human acts of creativity in alignment with the balance of all life, Creation Spirituality encourages a mindful, and respectful approach has guideline principles:     s The universe is fundamentally a blessing.  s  Through the work of spiritual practice we find our deep and true selves.  s  Every one of us is a prophet.  s Every one of us is an artist.  s Every one of us is a mystic. s Diversity is the nature of the universe.  s Ecological justice is essential for the sustainability of life on Earth.

For creativity to serve and benefit the order and balance of nature and life, it’s important that we grow a mindful awareness of the impact of what we are creating.  To be effective creators, paying attention and reflection are handy tools to develop

The May Soul Matters packets offer materials to explore the meaning and possibilities of “creativity” – as we consider how we experience it in our lives and how it is a part of our experience in community.   The Soul Matters resource packet can be accessed here If you need a printed copy, please feel free to take one from those available in the fellowship room or ask for a copy, if they have all been taken.   You might also like to consider joining a chalice circle to share your insights and hear what others are saying.

Wishing you joy in community,

M.E. Tanabe

Rummage Sale 2018 Bargains

Woodstock Manual Typewriting $100

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 9am-2pm

Friday, May 4, 2018, 9am-2pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018, 9am-Noon

Furniture, clothing, tools, electronics, books, records, toys, jewelry, luggage, linens, office, holiday, pet supplies, and much, much more! Clean and organized!

Saturday clothing is $2/bag (we supply bag) and everything else is 1/2 off!

No early birds!

Rolltop Desk – great condition

Glassware and household items galore!

Clothing in all sizes, beautifully organized

Hutch in excellent condition

Solid wood coffee table with storage and built-in tv table

Lots of solid wood furniture

Two couches

Lots of electronics and sporting goods

Pet Supplies

Kitchen for your little one

Lots of puzzles and games!

Pub height table with 8 chairs, solid wood

 

Life As a Work of Art

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 10:45 am

M.E. Tanabe

We have the power and freedom to be creative with our surroundings and with what we do and with who we want to be. Just thinking about that possibility can open doors of the imagination. So have you thought about what you might be creating?

We welcome Lou Ness

Lou Ness has joined the Pastoral Care team at Tree of Life. Lou, ordained in the Episcopal Church as a deacon in 2005 has 15 years of training and formation as a chaplain, completing 2 ½ units of Clinical Pastoral Care (CPE) at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge and serving as a police and fire chaplain for the city of Rockford. Her ability to “be with people,” and offer a ministry of presence during times of painful transitions will support the members of our church.

Lou holds a Masters in Mediation and is a certified Organization Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC) through the Center for Right Relationship. In addition, Lou is trained in and has experience in Crisis Intervention Stress Management (CISM). Lou is available for hospital calls, in-home calls, funerals. memorial services and other duties related to pastoral care.

Lou has spent 10 years responding to 24-hour emergencies and is willing to offer her support to Tree of Life as we work our way towards selecting a Minister. You can contact Lou 24 hours a day at 815-404-7246 or through email at – lou@livingforwardllc.com.

Mother’s Day Service Filled with Music

Mother Earth

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:45 am

AMP ensemble is the performing arm of the non-profit Art Music Project, the organization also responsible for the Rattle the Walls fundraising series. AMP ensemble is a flexible instrumentation ensemble comprised of some of the most exciting and compelling performers of new music in and around Chicago today. Dedicated to music on the cutting edge, AMP concerts feature works by some of the most vibrant voices of our generation as well as iconic works of the modernist canon. AMP embraces experimentation and exploration. Come to an AMP concert to discover new music, new friends, and maybe even a new adventure!

The service-based program AMP will present at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Mother’s Day, May 13th is titled “Mother Earth” and will feature works dedicated to the planet and its preservation. These works will range from an intimate setting for alto flute and guitar to experimental electronic work, to a beautiful piece of modernism that has at this point become almost classic! Come out to take this adventure around Mother Earth with us.

From Forrest Ransburg, Music Director at Tree of Life: “AMP ensemble is, I have to say, the project of mine whose future I am most excited about. The chemistry of the players and the magical nature of the rep we’re tackling is honestly the start of something great. We are still in our first season together, and I can’t wait to see where we will go!”

 

 

We Remember Joyce Fisher

February 13, 1942 – April 6, 2018
Wonder Lake, Illinois | Age 76

Loving Mother, Sister and Aunt
Joyce E. Fisher, 76, of Wonder Lake, Illinois, passed away unexpectedly on April 6, 2018.
She was born in Chicago on February 13, 1942, the daughter of Allen J. and Inez R. (nee Samppala) Schimke. The family moved to Wonder Lake in 1947. Joyce attended McHenry High School and graduated in 1959.
She attended Northern Illinois University from 1959 to 1960 and transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago to study illustration and painting. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1963. Joyce continued to live in Chicago, and due to her charm and hospitality, her apartment was a popular gathering place for the Art Institute crowd. Joyce developed friendships there that she maintained for a lifetime. Joyce thrived in Chicago and enjoyed the fashion, art, culture, and music the city had to offer. Living in Chicago also provided Joyce the opportunity to spend time with her beloved Aunt Elsie Schimke, after whom she was named.
In 1966, Joyce married Edward Michael Fisher, a decorated Army medevac helicopter pilot (Dustoff) in Vietnam (1967-68) who was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star with V device, 15 Air Medals, and the Combat Medic Badge. In 1968-69, the couple was stationed in Mainz, Germany.
Joyce and Michael returned to Chicago, and their daughter, Johanna, was born in 1970. In 1974, Joyce opened an antique shop, The Peasant Patch in Ridgefield, Illinois, with friend Judy Ham (formerly Koch.) Joyce moved to Woodstock in 1976, and she and Judy started a decorative quilted pillow business also called The Peasant Patch. For the next 40 years, Joyce’s handcrafted home goods were sold at boutiques, gift shops, and galleries across the country, including Yankee Peddler in Hinsdale, Folkworks Gallery in Evanston, and Craftland in Providence, Rhode Island. She also exhibited at regional and national gift and craft shows including Lambs Farm Craft Fair and Fair Diddley on the historic Woodstock Square.
While in Woodstock, Joyce attended the Woodstock Congregational Unitarian Universalist Church. She was a force of love and hospitality for all those who knew her and often donated her fierce sewing skills to school plays, dance recitals, and community theater performances. Known by her daughter’s high school friends as a “cool mom,” Joyce’s home was the place where they would congregate after school and on the weekends.
In 1989, Joyce started work at Pioneer Center of McHenry County as a case manager with adults with developmental disabilities. During her 13-year tenure she served as a QMRP in client and family support, managed group homes, and was manager of intake and central records. Joyce joined Options & Advocacy for McHenry County in 2002 and worked there for 15 years until her retirement in December 2017. During her 28-year career as a case manager, Joyce assisted hundreds of families and individuals in the community and ensured they got the care and support they needed.
Joyce was a sweet, loving person who loved cats, interior decorating, the theater, classical music, gardening, travel, antiquing, and the fine arts. Her family remembers her for her wonderful culinary skills. She was always researching new recipes and brought family favorites to holiday parties such as magic cookie bars and pear lime Jell-O. Joyce was a worthy opponent at games like Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit, and her siblings will concur that she rarely lost a game. Her many great-nieces and great-nephews looked forward to making holiday crafts with Aunty Joyce. Joyce was generous with her crafting talents, and if you knew her, you most likely received one of her handcrafted treasures.
Joyce is survived by her daughter, Johanna Fisher (Erick Salnave); sister, Janet (Mitchell) Ringer; brother, Phil (Penni) Schimke; cousin-in-law, Leonard (Anita) Fisher; nieces and nephews Courtney (Stephen) Doninger, Cara (Patrick) Broderick, Corinne (Greg) Regnier, Calene (Ken) Kieffer, Nathaniel Ringer, Bartholomew Ringer, Carin (Dave) Marney, Allison Steurtze, Sharon Alexander, Heather (Ted) Tamburo, and Hali (Jason) Larson-Blair; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to her parents and former husband, Joyce is preceded in death by her granddaughter, Charlotte Salnave, and her great-nephew, Lennox Broderick.
A celebration of life service for Joyce will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Church, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, Illinois 60050.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joyce’s name to Options & Advocacy of McHenry County, 365 Millennium Drive, Suite A, Crystal Lake, Illinois 60012. Condolences may be sent to the family of Joyce Fisher, P.O. Box 11, Wonder Lake, Illinois 60097.

Green Sanctuary Movie Night

Friday, April 27th, 2018, 7:00 pm

‘Chasing Coral’: Documentary Vividly Chronicles A Growing Threat To Oceans

 

Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”-a sign of mass coral death-has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater. Chasing Coral taps into the collective will and wisdom of an ad man, a self-proclaimed coral nerd, top-notch camera designers, and renowned marine biologists as they invent the first time-lapse camera to record bleaching events as they happen. Unfortunately, the effort is anything but simple, and the team doggedly battles technical malfunctions and the force of nature in pursuit of their golden fleece: documenting the indisputable and tragic transformation below the waves. With its breathtaking photography, nail-biting suspense, and startling emotion, Chasing Coral is a dramatic revelation that won’t have audiences sitting idle for long.

Here’s the link to NPR’s review of it:

https://www.npr.org/2017/07/13/536644965/chasing-coral-documentary-vividly-chronicles-a-growing-threat-to-oceans

Flower Communion on Earth Day

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 10:45 am

We invite you and your family to join us for a traditional Unitarian Universalist service, the Flower Communion.  We will learn about Norbert Capek who started this celebration of individual beauty and gifts. Please bring flowers to share.

As an Earth Day celebration, the Green Sanctuary committee invites you to assist in raking and cleaning up of the church grounds after the service.   An order for pleasant weather has been put in to Mother Earth.  If you have a favorite rake, please bring it to church.

Big Rummage Sale News!

Rummage Sale 2018

No Size Tags this year!  You heard right. This year you do not need to put size tags on the clothing you are donating.  The charity that gets and pays for our leftovers has a new rule against tags.

Please still label electronics with masking tape as to their working order.

Please make sure clothing is clean and in good condition.

We are still going to price items other than clothing and books individually. We will have to remove those price tags this year so we need lots of extra help at noon on Friday, May 5th when the sale ends.

Let the Rummage Queen know you can help. office@treeoflifeuu.org or 815-322-2464.

Most of all, donate, donate, donate. Bring those donations on Sunday, April 29th, 1pm-5pm.