Gauging Interest in a Puerto Rican Dinner, 2/24

If there’s enough interest, I’m thinking of preparing Puerto Rican meal for 30 to 50 as a fundraiser for the Fellowship on February 24, 2024 at 1 PM. My family emigrated from Puerto Rico to the mainland in 1926 and there are rich food traditions in our culture that I’d like to share. Should be fun and delicious.


~Arroz con gandules (rice with pigeon peas, which is considered the national dish of Puerto Rico);
~Papas con chorizo (potatoes with chorizo), served with tortillas like my grandma used to do;
~Pollo guisado (chicken stew);
~Ensalada verde (simple green salad);
~Habichuelas negras (spiced black beans);
~Tres leches cake, Puerto Rican style (adding coconut milk and whipped cream with toasted coconut sprinkled on top);
~Agua de Jamaica (sweetened hibiscus flower tea, served cold).
~Might also include platanos maduros (fried ripe plaintains, which are naturally sweet).

Cost: $15.00 per person, paid in advance. I will donate all of my time and some of the food so we can donate the maximum. Volunteers welcome.

Unfortunately, due to the traditional menu I won’t be able to accommodate special diets, gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian requests. I’ll prepare a meal that meets these needs at a later date.

Please let me know if this interests you so I’ll know how many people I might expect to serve. Thanks a lot and I hope to see all of you sometime soon.

Ernest Cardona

Dream Boards 1/6

9:00 am to 12:30 pm in the UUFC Fellowship Hall

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Envisioning the New Year with Dream Board Making. A fun, creative morning in a supportive environment!

Please bring scissors labeled with your name.

If you wish to bring:

Magazines, stickers, special photos, your water bottle and a snack

$5 contribution to cover poster board, glue and art supplies

Led by Joyce Marvel-Benoist

This is a Connect Up event! Members can offer to host a Connect Up event with the purpose of gathering together and building relationships.

Queerly Beloved October 2023

Sunday, October 15, 4-6 pm

Join LGBTQ+ folx and allies for social gatherings centered on queer issues and themes. We understand the importance of queer community, and our goal is to provide a safe space where people can find that sense of belonging right here in Corvallis. We meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday in the afternoon. All are welcome! Questions:

October Gathering:

This month, Ginny and Jema will lead an open-ended discussion on the topic of “Coming Out”. In the safe space of our Queerly Beloved group let’s explore and share our experiences of the “stages” we may have gone through or are still going through. Vivienne Cass proposed that there are 6 Stages of Coming Out. Do we agree or would we add other stages?

Stages of coming out identified by Vivienne Cass:

  • Identity confusion. In the first stage, identity confusion, the person is amazed to think of themselves as a queer person. …
  • Denial. This is a sub-stage where one will deny homosexuality. …
  • Identity comparison. …
  • Identity tolerance. …
  • Identity acceptance. …
  • Identity pride. …
  • Identity synthesis.

Sips & Snacks

Join Heather E and UU friends for winery visits this summer! Leave UUFC Parking lot at 11:30.  Visits are ~ 12 to about 2 p.m.

*Winery Visits.  Note – Many of us purchased the Heart of Willamette Valley Wine Passport.  For $40 you get free wine flights.  Most wineries charge $10 per flight, so 4 winery visits pays for the passport.  

Not all Sips & Snacks are passport eligible.   Questions:


Sept 3 SUN Fullerton Wines small bites available for sale

Sept 8 FRI Salt Creek Cider, bring food to share.

Sept 17 SUN Benedetto Vineyard, bring food to share.

Sept 22 FRI Pheasant Court in Philomath, bring food to share.

Oct 1 SUN Harris Bridge in Wren, bring food to share.

Oct 6 FRI Valcan Cellars meet at 5:00 pm. Bring food to share.

Ham on Wry

Friday, September 29th, 2023, 7:00 -8:30 pm in the Social Hall

Improv games and theater sports with UU friends! No experience necessary. Participation in the games is entirely voluntary. You can simply sit back and enjoy the merriment if you wish. 

Hosted by Jim Whiting, Priscilla Galasso, and Anya Ballinger

Connect Up event –

Shakespeare Outing

Love’s Labour’s Lost

Friday, September 15, 2023 7:30 pm

See Rachel Kohler onstage in another rollicking Shakespearean production. Will she be in a wheelchair? That is a story for another time!

Buy tickets online:

A group from UUFC are going to sit together. Contact Priscilla Galasso for more info.

Energy Upgrades for Homes

Energy Upgrades for Homes with Fossil (Natural) Gas. Nancy Evenson, a retired architect who offers Home Retrofit Clinics through the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition, will speak from personal experience to both the:

  • Technological advances that make heat pump and induction
    technology incredibly clean and efficient.
  • Homeowner experience in navigating the switch from fossil
    gas to electricity.

Monday 7 August, 6:30 – 7:30 PM in the UU Social Hall, also available by Zoom, Contact

Hosted by the Faith Based Climate Action Team