Prayer Pin Beads

For those who attended the multigenerational worship service on November 23rd and would appreciate a reminder of what each of the colored beads represents while saying your prayer…

beaded-pin-5Green is the gratitude bead to remind us to consider what we are thankful for.

Yellow is the sorry bead to remind us to be mindful of when we do or say things that hurt others.

Purple is the wishing bead for when we want our prayers to express the hopes we have for ourselves.

Orange is the loving bead for when we want our prayers to express the wishes we have for others and the wider world.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education

Honoring Deceased Loved Ones

woodenXheartsXonXtreeAll are invited to partake in a gesture memorializing a loved one this holiday season.  A remembrance service was held to honor loved ones who are particularly missed during the holiday season. Participants wrote names of their loved one on wood hearts and hung them on a memorial tree.  The small evergreen tree bearing the hearts will be in the sanctuary throughout the holidays as acknowledgement that although our loved ones are not present physically, they are present in our hearts and minds.  Anyone wishing to honor a loved one may hang a memorial heart on the tree. Blank hearts and a marker are laying at the bottom of the tree.

From Untouchable to Dalit – November 30, 2014

dalits_tamilnadu_loLed by Lori McGee with Worship Associate Bonnie Harper

India is known for its caste system–its way of structuring social classes–but how much is actually known about how that system affects the people, most especially the “untouchables”? This service will explore a brief explanation of the caste system with focus on the women of the untouchable caste. We will also explore how some of these women are rising about their social constraints to become Dalit–touchable members of the lowest class.

(Note: there will be parts of the service which may be hard to hear as the violence against these women is often horrific. Please feel free to leave during those times.)

 

Photo:   https://minorityrights.wordpress.com/category/minorities/dalit-minorities/

Time to Deck the Halls – December 7, 2014

hangingXofXtheXgreens-5-XLWe will be hanging the greens in the sanctuary after the second service on Sunday, December 7.  Please consider volunteering to help with the decorating.   It can be a lot of fun and the more people we have involved the quicker it will get finished.  This can be a fun event for families and others who want to get in the spirit of the season.  We especially need someone who is willing to get up on the tall ladder to decorate the tree!  Please direct any questions to Jack Graham (330-618-7572) or Mary Ann Stephens (330-618-7976).

Thanks in advance for your help.

Holiday Giving Opportunities

gift2New toys are being collected for Kent Social Services. You may place unwrapped toys or gift cards for teens, in the large box downstairs in Fessenden Hall from now until Dec. 7th.   Monetary donations are also being accepted in a separate container. This money will be used to purchase gift cards for the residents of Freedom House, a homeless shelter for veterans.   Checks should be made payable to the church, with “Freedom House” written on the memo line.

Thank you for your generosity – the RE Committee

Holiday Gift Fair Coming!!! – December 7 – 21, 2014

gift fairIt’s that time of year again for our annual Holiday Gift Fair!  We are now accepting donations of Handmade, Homemade and Like New items.  We will have a box out in Fessenden Hall and I’ll be around to collect items from you as well.  So check your pantry for any canned goods from Summer’s bounty, get your needles clacking and gather those gifts you never used that would be perfect for someone else to own!  The sale begins December 7th and will be open on Sundays during coffee hour until December 21st.

This is a wonderful time to shop for all your holiday needs or maybe to pick up that something special for yourself!

Meg Milko

Fundraising Chair

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group- December 9, 2014

bookXXXglassesThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 9 at 7 pm in the home of Janice Schelat. This month we are reading Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. This tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico is a winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother’s womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef. She shares special points of her favorite preparations with readers. In January we will be reading A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea by Dina Nayeri. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

Library Symposium focuses on Islamic Mysticism

mahallati-photoA reminder that our final Symposium will be held next Monday night, November 17, at 7:00P.M. in the Sanctuary.  Prof. Mohammad Ja’far Mahallati will speak on Islamic Mysticism, using the writings of Rumi and 2 contemporary poets. This is a special opportunity to learn more about Islamic culture from a distinguished scholar, using their  most intimate art form, the spoken word. We hope you can attend, (along with a friend), and look forward to seeing you there.

Service of Memories and Light – November 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

candleXinXhandLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Rev. Christie Anderson

As the holiday season begins, we offer this contemplative service especially for people who experience the holidays with a heightened sense of loss of loved ones.  Adults and mature teens are invited to bring your memories, a photo or other memento of your loved one, and the fullness of your heart to this time of remembering. Light refreshments will be served following the service.

This service will be held at 7pm in the Sanctuary.