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Dear Reader,

This is the Monday, March 4, 2024 full edition of the Tapestry newsletter of upcoming events and announcements. All events are open to anyone who wishes to join, except where otherwise noted.

Quick Links to Contents:

Upcoming Sunday Service at 11:00 AM:

My journey from religious to spiritual

by Annette Mirsch


My journey from religious to spiritual

If you're unable to join us in person, Zoom is still an option by clicking HERE.


Announcements:

Cooking Covenant Group: Breakfast Enchiladas Suizas Casserole

by Tracy Cook on 3/3/2024

We had breakfast for dinner on March 2 at Dawn and Elisa’s house, and this is what I brought! We devoured almost the whole pan, yum! Several people asked for the recipe, so here it is:

Breakfast Enchiladas Suizas Casserole

Assemble this the night before you want to eat it! 

  • Corn tortillas
  • Green enchilada sauce 1 large can  - I used Las Palmas brand
  • Diced Hatch green chiles about ½ cup or more
  • 6-8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup sour cream

This is for a 9X13 pan. 

Cut up the tortillas into bite-sized pieces. I don’t know how many I used, maybe 12? 15? Enough to cover the bottom of the pan completely.

Add about ½ to ⅔ cup diced Hatch chiles (I got mine at CostCo, but I saw some at HEB) and the can of green enchilada sauce. Stir all of that together to make sure every piece of tortilla is covered in yumminess. 

Top the tortillas with shredded cheese. You don’t want this layer too thick. You can always add more to your plate!!!

Add the eggs, milk, and sour cream to a blender and let it whir for about 5 seconds. You want the eggs whipped and airy.

Pour over the tortilla mixture, cover with foil, and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, preheat oven to 350 and leave the casserole on the counter to take the chill off. Bake, covered, for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 15-20 minutes, until eggs are set and cheese is starting to brown.

Serve!

Read More and Comment on the Cooking Covenant Group Blog


Trans Inclusion in Congregations

Guided, in-depth discussions about gender, spirituality, and welcoming. You will learn about yourself as much as how trans folks need inclusion at Tapestry — a safe place to bring your Whole Self.

Wednesday evenings
7-9pm @ CJCN and Zoom
March 20th – April 24th

Email: Welcoming@UUTapestry.org


Geocaching This Sunday

We will be geocaching with Allan Perkins this Sunday following the Chili Cookoff!

General Information:

Our excursion will be in Collins Park, a wooded area. So wear appropriate clothes. When in nature, it is always wise to wear long pants and sleeves. We will be walking on some dirt paths. So, wear comfortable shoes. A walking stick would be a good idea. Finally, there is no guarantee we will find all the caches we search for Things. Change. Caches can be lost, retire, or muggled. Sometimes a cacher mistakenly returns a cache in the wrong space.

Preparation:

We have already spoken about clothing, but also dress for the weather. It is better to have a jacket or sweater you don't need, than need it and not have it. If you have not already, load the GEOCACHING.COM app and register for an account. You can register for a free account, but that will not allow you to see premium caches. You can register as an individual, or as a family group. Pick a handle you will be comfortable to share in public.

On the Day:

We will leave church at 1:30 and go to the parking lot behind Barbara Bush Park on Cypresswood Drive, east of Stubner-Airline drive. Allan will provide a final brief in the parking lot. We will enter the park as a group and stay together so on one is lost. We will search for four caches. We will have fun in nature!


Share-the-Plate

Our March Share-the-Plate recipient is the UBarU Permaculture Project. The world is faced with multiple environmental dilemmas, which are often exacerbated through human interaction. Among other things, our consumption lifestyle has led us down a path of possible extinction, but we can undo what we have done much faster than people realize. The most pressing of these dilemmas include soil erosion, deforestation, and pollution. Permaculture seeks to address these problems by partnering ecosystem interactions through intelligent ecological design.


Stewardship Blog: Howdy, Friends and Neighbors!

by Tracy Cook on 2/26/2024

My name is Tracy Cook, and I have been a member at Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Church for 17-ish years.

I started my journey looking for a community for myself several years ago. I wasn’t out of the broom closet yet, but I wanted somewhere I could go to grow spiritually. I know, that sounds weird right?! Why would I go to a Christian organization to grow my pagan self?! Well, my work friends all attended church together. And I thought I could use my internal translator for the messages. 

Nope. It was super frustrating and stressful. At one point, all of this hit me hard. I came home nearly in tears and told George I NEEDED something different, and he sighed and said he thought he knew just the place we all could go as a family. 

He was raised UU, for like 5 generations back. He took us all to NWCUUC (former name) and we met the then-President and her kids after a scheduled Play Group. My kids loved it, I liked what she had to say, and we showed up the next Sunday.

George jokes that he saved me, but he really did.

The kids liked that they weren’t harassed on the bus any longer, no more scary stories about going to hell since they could answer that they attended church. They enjoyed learning from the other adults in the community, especially Andy!

I embraced my pagan side and found kindred spirits to honor the natural rhythms of our world. 

So what do I see for our future? What is next?! I see so much opportunity for us to be a beacon to those who feel lost and overwhelmed. I love the home I found here, and I want others to feel they are welcome here, too. Rev Alisha has laid out an excellent plan and timetable for involvement, both here at Tapestry and in the larger community. She put a lot of thought and work into aligning everything we shared, and came up with a wonderful document.

I’m going to increase my Pledge in order to help us make these dreams a reality! Who’s with me?!

Read More and Comment on the Stewardship Blog


Tapestry Book Club

The Mixed Bag Book Club will be meeting on Thursday, February 29th at 6:30 p.m. CST on Zoom. We will be discussing the classic book Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. All are welcome to join us on Zoom by clicking HERE.


Houston UU Network Annual Music Fest 2024

Event Date: Saturday, March 23, 2 pm - 9 pm

Event Location: Unitarian Fellowship of Houston, 1504 Wirt Road, Houston, TX 77055

SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL wants your musical talent! Saturday March 23, 2:00 to 9:00 PM. Get your solo, combo or band registered to participate, space is limited six outdoor start times on big stage, five start times on indoor stage. Email Mark Holt at uumusicfest@gmail.com.

SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL needs volunteers. Help set up early or help move stuff around during the day or help take down and clean up or monitor kids play ground or help all day and have the most wonderful day of your life. Saturday, March 23, 2:00 to 9:00 PM.  Email Mark Holt at uumusicfest@gmail.com or show up, we will put you to work.


Brew Crew

The Brew Crew will meet next on 3/17 at Craft Culture Xhttps://craftculturex.com/, 7201 Wynnpark Dr., Houston, TX 77008, a shared taproom of two breweries, “created to pursue our similar vision: bringing craft beer to more people of all colors and genders.”

Please send questions and recommendations for future outings to brewcrew@uutapestry.org. The Tapestry Brew Crew meets at a different brewery or brewpub every 3rd Sunday after church. All are welcome, even if you don’t drink beer!


NAMIWalks Greater Houston - May 18, 2024

NAMIWalks Greater Houston

Event Date:  Saturday May 18, 2024

Location:  Sam Houston Park,  1000 Bagby St.,  Houston, TX 77002

Event Time:  9 am- 12 pm CT

Planned Walk Distance:  5 km

To REGISTER Click here and then click on the REGISTER link.


Summer 2024 UBarU Camps

  • Family Camp - Programming for 5yo+ May 24- May 27th
  • Primary camp for campers ages 9-11 or rising* grades 4-6th - June 9-15, 2024
  • Intermediate camp - for campers age 12-14 or rising grades - 7-9th June 16-22, 2024
  • Senior camp camp - for campers age 15-18 or rising grades 10th-2024 high school graduates - June 23-29, 2024
  • Youth Adult Camp - ages 18-30 years old may join Senior youth Camp Bridging ceremony on Saturday, June 29, 2024 at 10 a.m. and stay until noon on Tuesday, July 2, 2024
  • SWUUSI - July 21 July 26 Intergenerational Southwest UUs
  • * “rising” means this is the grade the camper will attend in the fall of 2024, not the grade they have just completed.

Third Principle Team (3PT) - Your Leadership Development and Nominations Team

Visual Experience Manager 1 (of 4 total) Weekly Time Commitment: 2 Hours. Work w/ the speaker and others to create a slide-show presentations, suggest visual elements that might enhance the worship service, use Canva to create newsletter, website, or social media images

Online Experience Manager 1 (of 2 total) Weekly Time Commitment: 1.5 Hours. Monitor the needs of the online viewers, suggest enhancements, encourage participants to tie-in online viewers

Tech Equipment Manager 1 (of 4 total) Weekly Time Commitment: 2 Hours. Maintain knowledge of the tech equipment for Sunday services. Assist worship participants with tech setup on Sunday morning (requires 10:30am arrival). Monitor for needs and suggest equipment upgrades.

  • Caring Team member(s) (2+)

Weekly Time Commitment: varies. Work together to get the word out when members need help, provide support to members who are ill or otherwise in need by actions like organizing a casserole patrol, care visits, rides, etc.

Time Commitment: 2-3 hours a quarter. Shop for refreshments, bring to the fellowship hall before the worship service. Set up the table, make the coffee.

  • Membership Team Lead or Member (1)

Weekly Time Commitment: 2 hours. Facilitate tasks supporting the journey for our interested visitors to become contented, engaged members. Work with minister on visitor follow-up. Connect new members with pathways to involvement and community. Click here for job description.

  • Safe Congregations Team member(s) (2+)

Weekly Time Commitment: 1 hour.
This team will be primarily composed of the Minister, Religious Education Lead (REL), the president of the Board, and other Tapestry members identified by the Third Principal Team. Team members are appointed by the board. The Third Principle Team will interview anyone interested and make recommendations for board appointment.

  1. Promote safety in all areas of congregational life: physical, emotional, intellectual, sexual, and spiritual;
  2. Provide training and guidelines for handling unsafe situations, and
  3. Establish a plan for addressing these issues of safety.
  • President-Elect (1) - Third Principle Team will interview anyone interested and make recommendations for board appointment.

Weekly Time Commitment: 1-2 hours. The President-Elect shall commit to a three-year term on the board that starts by filling in for the President whenever there is a need, and the duties shall be the same as those of the President when that occurs. The President Elect shall also lead the Program Council, which is comprised of all committee and team leaders at Tapestry UUC. The President-Elect will become President after a one-year- term, and then Past-President.
Click here for job description.


UUA General Assembly

The 63rd General Assembly will take place virtually Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23, 2024. Adult registration is $280, and includes access to General Assembly 2024 in the Whova event app, as well as on-demand programming, featured speakers, and major worships. Register through February 29 with a down payment of $50 by selecting the Early Bird Payment Plan at checkout. Voting delegates who wish to participate only in General Sessions may also register with the business-only option; this option is no-cost, but a donation is suggested. Registration rates increase March 1, 2024. See more information on the UUA GA website.


Women-Aligned Spirituality Group

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 18. We will be discussing Atlas of the Heart – "Chapter 10: Places We Go When the Heart Is Open". Bring a snack or beverage to share! Doors open at 6:30. Check-in will start promptly at 7:45 pm and the meeting will end at 9:00 pm.

Dawn and Elisa’s
17115 Rustington Dr
Spring, TX 77379

For more information contact wasg@uutapestry.org.


Tapestry Disc Golf!

The Tapestry Disc Golf Group is planning a road trip to coincide with the Spring Men-Aligned Retreat at UBarU, 2/28-3/3/24. Please let us know if you are interested in joining us.

Everyone is invited to join the Disc Golf Group who meets this criteria:

The Group is open to current and former members and friends of Tapestry UU Church of Houston who are interested in playing disc golf. Games and other outings are organized on the Tapestry Disc Golfers Facebook private group page. 

It’s good fun, companionship, and a great way to get out in nature. All skill levels are welcome, and loaner discs are available. There are a variety of attractive and challenging courses in the NW Houston area (no fees required), and we sometimes organize weekend trips to sample other venues. We also meet on Zoom Fridays at 4 pm CT to talk and plan future events. To learn more, request to join the Tapestry Disc Golfers Facebook group, where game times and locations are decided, or email dg@uutapestry.org. See you on the course!


Tapestry Board Meetings

Your Tapestry Board of Trustees is meeting monthly.

When: 2nd Thursday of each month beginning at 1 pm.
Where: Alisha's office at CJCN unless otherwise published.

View the upcoming agenda by clicking HERE.


Covenant Groups

The following groups are currently accepting new members:

  • Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group
  • Cooking Covenant Group
  • Gardening Covenant Group
  • Spanish Conversation Group

The Women Aligned Spirituality Group is now a closed group. The group may open to new members again next summer.

For more information, please see https://uutapestry.org/CovenantGroups or to suggest a new group, email sgmt@uutapestry.org.


Tapestry Caring Team


Upcoming Events From Our Calendar:

March 5 (Tuesday), 5:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Worship Team Meeting

Weekly team meeting to discuss upcoming services and current projects.


March 6 (Wednesday), 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Spanish Conversation Group

Bienvenidos! The Spanish Conversation Group meets on Wednesdays from 3 to 4pm CT on Zoom. Currently, we write a paragraph or two in Spanish about something we like to do and share it with our classmates. Then we take turns reading, discussing and answering questions in Spanish about what we’ve written. If you would like to join us or have questions, please contact us at spanish@uutapestry.org. All are welcome, no matter your level of proficiency.


March 6 (Wednesday), 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Tapestry Potluck

Tapestry's monthly potluck is on the first Wednesday of each month in the fellowship hall at CJCN. No pork or shellfish products please. Good food, casual conversation, games, and now crafting table for fiber arts, paper crafting, whatever you enjoy. Contact Susan Berg at hospitality@uutapestry.org if you have questions.


March 8 (Friday), 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Disc Golf V-Beer Meeting

Weekly Friday 4 PM to 5:50 PM disc golf v-beer Zoom meeting


March 10 (Sunday), 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM: Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group

The next Big Questions, Deep Listening Covenant Group meeting will be on 2/25. The B?DL CG meets the 2nd and last Sunday of each month from 4 to 5:30 pm CT on Zoom using the same link as our Sunday services. Come join our discussions about the big questions we all face. See our video at https://youtube.com/shorts/TzK5TTkXljo. Please email BQDL@uutapestry.org for more information.


Upcoming Events From Our Community Calendar:

March 7 (Thursday), 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Spring Interfaith Council's Women's Voices Group

Women’s Voices is an interfaith discussion group that meets once a month for discussion based on a book they are reading.  From time to time they also share a social time together.

Northwoods Presbyterian Church,  3320 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston TX 77068

If you'd like to know more about this group, please contact Nancy Agafitei. Her email address is:  nancy.agafitei@gmail.com 


March 8 (Friday), 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM: UBarU Virtual Zoomba

Every Friday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Zumba for Body and Spirit - Dance as a spiritual practice, for all ages (adults and kids), genders, abilities, and fitness levels. Set an intention for joy, energy, movement, and community. Open to UUs and wider community, led by Community Minister Rev. Erin Walter. Questions or song requests, contact erinjwalter@gmail.com

link to join


March 8 (Friday), 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM: UPLIFT Monthly Trans/Non-Binary Small Group

Please sign up here to let us know if you're interested in learning about our pastoral small group for adults. 2nd Fridays Monthly 8pm Eastern/7pm Central.

UPLIFT Trans/Non-Binary Small Group Registration

If you'd like to chat directly about this event, please contact Jami Yandle at jyandle@uua.org.

This is a closed event specifically for trans/nonbinary+ people. Anyone who is trans, nonbinary, metagender, multigender, genderfluid, agender, demigender, genderqueer, and otherwise not wholly or entirely cis is welcome to attend.

You do not have to be UU to attend, as long as you are comfortable with this space having a UU flavor/focus.

This pastoral small group is for ages 18 and older. Note: anyone who is a legal adult but is enrolled in high school and/or their congregation's youth group is asked to attend the youth space.


March 10 (Sunday), 3:00 PM - 6:30 PM: D&D RPG Group @ Dragon's Lair

Monsters from beneath the streets have long threatened the fantastic cities of the Sword Coast, but now the plague of disappearances has become more literal.  Can you stop The Vanishing?


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