The Weekly -5/13/2022

 “Sometimes in the waves of change, we find our true direction.”

~unknown author



~ A Call to Connection ~


  • Religious Exploration Corner
  • Fellowship Engagement Opportunities
  • Climate Action Campaign
  • Caring Connection
  • Fellowship Happenings
  • Community Bulletin
  • Staff Office Hours


Magic Mondays!!! 
May 2 – 24, 3-5 pm
in the Care Building classroom

For those haven’t had the privilege yet, Debbi Kallish is a lifelong artist who has spent extensive time and training in the land of youth and education.  She has a passion for child-centered, curiosity-driven learning and play-based exploration.

For the month of May, she will be hosting a small group creative space for youth ages 5-12.  Parents are welcome to accompany their kiddo, or drop off as need be. Children can expect to work with a variety of mediums – from paper to wire to natural materials, paint, etc.  Depending on the interests and skills inside the group, the curriculum will flow according to their wants and needs.

Also included in this donation-based offering will be an accompanying story time and snack. Drop-ins welcome, but we would ask that you pre-register your interest with us ahead of time if you would like to participate.
SIGN UP to participate in the magic!
Contact Amy for additional information or needs:


Why Birdsong is Music  ~ TONIGHT!  5/13 from 6:30-8PM

Come enjoy a magical evening of musical performance and conversion with Doug Carroll.
This program will now take place indoors due the inclement forecast. Plan to be masked.
Sponsored by the Redwood Region Audubon Society

Limited seating – Please RSVP to attend (call or text) 707-267-4055

 HUUF in Transition:
Special Congregational Meeting to Discuss the Path Forward 

 Join Rev. Peter Farriday & Guest Facilitator Ursula Bischoff, JD, MSW, PhD
Sunday, May 15th at 11 am.
As HUUF approaches a new phase of transition and change, the congregation has called for a process of deep reflection and discovery to build cohesiveness, energy, and clarity that leads to a shared understanding of who the congregation is now and the direction it will travel in the future. The meeting will be facilitated by Ursula Bischoff, a professional organizational consultant recommended by Humboldt Area Foundation. Please join us as we engage in this important process of discovery.
Attendees, both in person and on Zoom, will be given allotted time to share their opinions and vision.

*This service will be offered in person & on Zoom

Reserve your in person seat HERE 
or Join us on Zoom

 Let Service Be Our Prayer
Social Action Sunday with CUNA 
 Join DLRE, Amy Day 
Sunday, May 21th at 11 am.

For our monthly in-person Social Action Sunday effort we will partner with members of Community United of North Arcata (CUNA) in their monthly park and street cleanup at Carlson Park in Valley West. This will be an excellent chance to witness our seventh principle in action, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part,” as we seek to reclaim the commons as a space for mutual benefit and well-being.

Zoom participants will be treated to an offering presented by the UUA, and Rev. Erika Hewitt, who have come together to create a rich service on the topic of Covenant, entitled, Woven in a Single Garment of Destiny“. There will be time for post-service discussion and virtual coffee hour following the livestream.

*This service will be offered in person & on Zoom

Sign up to participate in the clean up at Carlson Park HERE 
or Join us on Zoom


Room to Write Mondays & Fridays at 11am on Zoom
Dedicate more time to the craft and practice of putting words on the page!  Please note: At present, this is NOT a critique group, simply a co-working space, so please don’t bring writing you want to have read aloud and receive feedback on. Bring whatever tools (laptop or journal) you need to write.

In Person Soul Matters Sharing Circle
*Schedule changeOur final (in person) Soul Matters circle will be held Saturday, May 14th from 10-11:30 am. We are meeting earlier than our regular 2 pm meeting time because Marianne Pennekamp’s celebration of life is at HUUF that afternoon.
Please, take a moment to RSVP if you can attend.
Childcare is also available during that time, so please, be sure to let us know if you’ll have a young one with you.





CAC’s Action of the month focuses on Composting
Be a Compost Hero!
Here are some composting tips:
  • Put wire mesh under your composter to deter rats
  • chop everything fine
  • alternate wet and dry layers
  • get a good stirring tool (Hensel’s Ace has a compost fork for $41.99).
  • Cena Marino saves yard waste from the dry season in big soil or pet food bags and uses it for her dry layer in the rainy season when everything’s wet.

Tell your representatives that—under SB 1383—we want to continue to do backyard composting and use local composting businesses. Transporting compost wastes gasoline and emits greenhouse gases.

CAC member, Pat Carr, provides his personal perspectives on the upcoming local elections. CAC reminds everyone that these are Pat’s own personal views, and are not endorsements by the CAC or HUUF. Early voting by mail has already begun, and these are the following candidates who Pat is supporting as climate friendly candidates.
In the two board of supervisors races, Pat supports Madrone and Arroyo in these races.

The outcome of the race for the one seat on the Arcata City Council could affect whether the Gateway Area Plan (GAP) is enacted. Dana Quillman opposes the GAP, while candidates Alex Stillman and Kimberly White support it. Unfortunately Alex Stillman has been ruled by the FPPC as ineligible to vote on the GAP because she resides too close to the area being considered in the GAP, and hence is considered to have a conflict of interest.

Pat supports Cheryl Dillingham in the race between her and Karen Paz Dominguez (KPD) for County Auditor/Controller.  Cheryl Dillingham temporarily held the position in the past before she retired from the county. Pat says that KPD, the incumbent, has done poorly, and this has begun to affect the county’s ability to get state grants for programs. This could result in programs in the CAP not to receive needed funding; Pat therefore supports Dillingham in this race.

Other HUUF members Tracy Jordan French, Eric Kirk, and Kate McClain support Karen Paz Dominguez for County Auditor/Controller. Look for their supporting statements in the next Friday Weekly.

For those who could not attend the Youth vs Gov screenings in April, see the follow up webinar conversation with the filmmaker Christi Cooper of Barrelmaker Productions, and two of the 21 young plaintiffs from the case who are now in their early 20s. The conversation with all is so encouraging, and we are pleased to share the recording with you.


Remembering Marianne Pennekamp 

A Celebration of Life  – Saturday, May 14, 2022

Two o’clock in the afternoon

Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

24 Fellowship Way, Bayside

Limited seating ~ RSVP HERE or access Zoom link

*Please dress for indoors or outdoors.

Memories & Music – Saturday, May 14, 2022

Seven o’clock in the evening

Arcata Veterans’ Hall ~ 1425 J Street

Zoom link:
Meeting ID 863 4059 3245

*Mask required for all events. Carpooling appreciated.

– Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon

A Special Showing of : “Marianne: One Immigrant’s Journey”  followed by a Question & Answer session with filmmakers Amy Uyeki and Joy Hardin.

Freshwater Grange, 49 Grange Rd., Eureka, CA 95503

The film is also available online at Vimeo:  (password: Marianne)

We also look forward to an autumn concert to Benefit for the Marianne Pennekamp Memorial Scholarship Fund


Fellowship Happenings

  • HUUF May Newsletter now online:  The May edition of the printed monthly newsletter is now posted on our website – Click HERE to view it.
    • Note: There are several significant statements in the Newsletter this month. Please take time to read these important messages related to the May 15 Congregational meeting.
  • Coming up: May 14 – Remembering Marianne Pennekamp – There are multiple events and opportunities to share in celebration of our beloved Marianne’s life . See the Event flyer HERE – Seating is by reservation Sign up HERE
  • Retreat Planning Zoom meeting – Sunday, May 15 at 4 pm: All are welcome to help plan our All Fellowship Retreat to be held August 12-14 at the Mattole Camp and Retreat Center. Come with your ideas. Questions? Berti Welty, 707 476-0654,  Join the Zoom meeting HERE.
  • Giving is Easy! Please help with our upcoming fiscal budget planning by registering your pledge promise. Access an online pledge form HERE
  • Coming up: May 21 -Listen to the Birds While Beautifying Our Grounds-The Grounds Committee invites you to enjoy the spring songs of our feathered friends while we water, mulch the beds, lop up Himalayan blackberries and dig up pesky weeds on Saturday, May 21, 10 am to 1 pm. ~ Thanks from your grounds committee

Committee Bulletin


Humboldt’s letter carriers are once again teaming up with Food for People to collect canned and non-perishable foods from friendly neighbors. Postal workers will be loading up their mail trucks with canned foods! We anticipate another record breaking year with up to 40,000 lbs of food donations!

The Letter Carriers and Food for People need your help to unload, sort, an d box up the donations! We will be set up in Arcata and in Eureka.

Want to help but have limited lifting and walking abilities? You can staff the welcome and snack table!

Want to get a workout and wear the kids out? You help unload postal trucks or help sort and box up the donations for short term storage and distribution.

We will need the most help between 1:00 pm and -7:00 pm as that is when the bulk of the food donations come in.

Please RSVP with your preference of location and shift time:

  •  Arcata-  Pan Arts Building 1049 Samoa Blvd, Arcata, CA 95521 – 10:00 am -1:00 pm, 1:00 pm -4:00 pm, or 4:00 pm -7:00 pm.
  • Eureka – First Presbyterian Church  819 15th St, 10:00 am -1:00 pm, 1:00 pm -4:00 pm, or 4:00 pm -7:00 pm.
 We will provide snacks, gloves, and always have extra masks.

Volunteer Safety:

Covid-19 Safety – Food for People staff are  continuing to wear masks indoors and outdoors as we serve vulnerable members of the community, including seniors and immunocompromised people, and have no way of knowing when we come in contact with  Coronavirus. If we are outdoors and socially distanced we are unmasking; if we are in close quarters or loading cars, we are staying masked as Covid-19 is still contagious.  If you have been exposed/potentially exposed, or have cold/flu/ Covid-19  symptoms – please quarantine for a week or have a negative PCR test before returning to volunteer. Thanks for keeping us healthy!

The Letter Carrier Food Drive is outdoors. We will be walking, standing, and lifting of canned goods or produce into boxes,  and/or lifting bags or boxes weighing 10 -20 lbs. Please ask for help lifting heavy items – teamwork and safety matters.  Closed toe shoes required and wearing layers for “Humboldt Weather” is always suggested.  We want to include you, so shout out if there is anything we can do to help.

Staff Office Hours

OFFICE – Congregational Administrator, Bridgette Garuti, on campus: 9:30-4:30 Monday-Wednesday, available by email only on Thursdays.

DLRE – Amy Day, on campus: Tuesday and Thursday

TECH – Scarlett Tripsmith,  available by email

MINISTER – Peter Farriday, : Open hours on campus: Tuesdays from 11am – 1pm  and  Wednesdays from 1:30 – 4:30.
General availability: 11:30am – 6pm M-F when he doesn’t speak that coming Sunday; or M-Th 11:30am – 6pm on weeks he does.
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