Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of St. John, U.S.V.I.

November 2014 St John Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Newsletter

November 2014  Tday


Nov 2: Colby Collins 10am  at Gifft Hill School:  “Romancing the Divine & Making Love with Life” This talk explores the possibility of what it means to make love with life and romance the Divine inside of each of us. What does life look like when we are no longer searching for fulfillment outside of ourselves but engaging life from an already whole place of fulfillment from within? How passion and joy-filled, life can become when we feel connected to our own inner Beloved. Includes inner Beloved meditation

Nov 9: SPECIAL EVENT Gail Karlsson 9 am at Francis Bay Parking Lot; “Finding peace watching birds” Bird watching gives us an opportunity to take time being quiet in nature, fully alert and open to experiencing whatever comes into view. White cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts are among the resident STJ birds you can see at the Francis Bay pond this time of year. Also keep your eyes open for snowy egrets and great blue herons, or pelicans flying over on their way to fish along the beach. During the walk we will focus on being present in the moment and save most of our discussion about the birds and their behavior for later on. See below for special event instructions

Nov 16: SPECIAL EVENT  “Kayak Tour and Beach Day at Honeymoon Beach” Sybille Sorrentino, Virgin Island EcoTours: 9:30 am for the guided tour and show up whenever for the day pass portion!
PLEASE NOTE NON-Memebers are welcome but you MUST sign up at topscotch@earthlink.com before Fri Nov 14th.
SPECIAL OFFER! Take a 3 hour Guided Kayak/Snorkeling paddle to Henley Cay YOU MUST RESERVE with Linda at topscotch@earthlink.net by Friday Nov. 14 if you would like to be on the guided kayak trip so we can give Sybille a head count. For those interested, meet at 9:30 1 mile paddle out to the Cay and enjoy lovely snorkeling. OR simply enjoy your free-Honeymoon Day Pass. More info in Special events below.

Nov 23: Lisa Etre and Viki Brown:  “Experience Your Inner Artist”  Join us for an art day with the fellowship and two talented artists. Make a special painting, card or a collage to frame. Create visionary wonders. Let your inner artist come out and play. Viki Brown will use progressive relaxation and guided imagery to assist your inner creative side to open up. Lisa Etre will also be available to guide you in your own creations.  Bring materials that you may like to use: paper, water color paints, crayons, magazines (that can be cut up and extras if you have them), magic markers and scissors. Some supplies will also be provided. Bring Sack lunch or snack if you wish to stay later.
More info in special events below.

Nov. 30th Part II of our Fellowhsip Service and Mission Statement Discussion; more information and home work soon come! 10 am Gifft Hills School

Special EVENTS

9:30 each Sunday- Musical Practice If you’d like to practice our songs before fellowship please come and join in

Nov. 2nd Executive Committee meeting after Service.

Nov 9th: Bird Walk;  further details: Meet at Francis Bay Beach parking at 9:00am for the approximately 60 minute bird watch. Terrain for the walk is flat boardwalk and trail. Wear a hat and walking shoes, bring binoculars, sunscreen, bug repellent and water. Also bring your beach gear and a picnic or snack if you want to go for a swim and share your birding observations after the walk.

Black-necked stilt






Nov 16th; Honeymoon Day Pass or Guided Kyak tour:  There’s lots of fun to be had using the complimentary Honeymoon Beach Day Pass, from 10am-4pm. Relax in the water on a float, lie in a hammock under a shady palm tree or enjoy a snorkel exploring the two colorful reefs at each end of the beach, and/or paddle around the bay in single & double kayaks, and/or take a turn on the standup paddleboards. Directions for getting to Honeymoon Beach and other details at: http://viecotours.rezgo.com/complete/TkVNMFVEVkZNVWN3Vmc9PXxORU0wVURWRk1VY3dWZz09  

Your valuables will be safe in your own locker at the Honeymoon Hut where you will also have access to flush toilets and a gift shop with a wide variety of necessary items including cold drinks & ice cream. Bar beverages & food are available through Caneel Bay Resort or bring a sack lunch.

The Honeymoon Beach Day Pass includes: •locker •beach chair •snorkel gear: mask, snorkel, fins & flotation •floating matt • standup paddleboard • kayak •hammock

Nov. 23: At Gifft Hill Inner Artist; Also bring a sack lunch and beverage so we can sit back to reflect, critique and admire our creations afterwards. No problem if you need to depart earlier. We are scheduling to allow enough time for those who would enjoy staying longer. It should be a fun and relaxingexperience!

Sun Nov 30th th Potluck after service- share conversation and added time with our fellowship. Bring a dish to share, be green and bring your own utensils as well, and if you can’t bring anything, stay anyway!



Colby Collins Through his masterful LifeLift facilitation, Colby helps people connect what’s most True about their essential LoveLight Nature. Colby became a Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, Yoga-Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor, Ordained Minister from the Church of Wisdom, Doctor of Metaphysics and Transpersonal Psychology from Delphi University (delphiu.com) at the young age of 20.
Over the last ten years, Colby has practiced as an intuitive/spiritual counselor having extensive experience facilitating intuitive development and spiritual healing classes, giving present and long distant transformational healing and Soul coaching sessions, and personal readings about health, love, and finding your own inner strength. See website makelovewithlife.com for more information or for scheduling private services

Gail Karlsson is an environmental lawyer and United Nations consultant, and a member of  the St. John Audubon Society. She has been a part-time resident of St. John for over 20 years and is the author of The Wild Life in an Island House.

Lisa Etre is a 34 year resident of St. John with 30 years experience teaching art. She loves the natural beauty and the people of the island. She is known for her colorful paintings in oil, watercolor and printmaking.

Viki Brown is a Fine Artist and has advanced certification in Metaphysical Hypnotherapy, Clinical Hypnotist, Meditation, Shaman and Nada Yoga: Sound healing. She has weekly classes and a private practice. For more information go to www.innercreativejourneys.com Email is vikibrown2@yahoo.com.

 Phone number for Guest Apartment and Visiting Speakers: 693-8392

Our Sunday Services are held in the Great Room of the Gifft Hill School, Lower Elementary Campus, promptly at 10:00 AM. Children are invited to attend the service. Services are held October through June. Quiet time begins 9:45 AM each Sunday. Please be seated before 10 so we can begin on time.

WEBSITE; Go to our homepage

Ride from the Cruz Bay Ferry Dock: If you would like a ride, please call Anna Tuttle at 776-6332 (a day in advance if possible).

Lunch after Sunday service: Members and friends regularly meet for lunch after Sunday service. We welcome visitors to join us.

Child care is available upon request (in advance)

We are always seeking donations to the operational costs of our fellowship. This will become very easy now that we have a PayPal account simply go to the page DONATIONS and click the “Donate” button. Your commitment and offerings pay for: our guest speakers (both local and visiting), upkeep and insurance for the car they use (which needs replacing), rent, utilities and cleaning of the apartment for them, rent of the school room for services, in addition to our accompanist, liability insurance for the school (new expenses), child care/education, and our dues to the National and Distinct UU. We encourage you to make a personal commitment so that your board may more realistically budget for the year and so that you can receive a tax deductible donation letter from us.


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Copies of our Guide to Island Housekeeping are still available for your personal use or for rental properties (I’ve had several guests comment extremely favorably about our work- and one took home to their own congregation so see how something could be adapted to their area!) Also available for reading or download at our website SMART GUIDE

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