Weekly e-nUUs – April 9, 2014

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Worship & Music

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

April 13 – Big Questions

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Ted Voneida

What are we? What does it mean to be human?  Perhaps the biblical stories of Jesus’ final days can give us some insight into the nature of our own being.

 

From the Library…

Rev. Melissa’s sermon last Sunday, “Moving in with Mystery” referenced the book, The Dancing  Universe: From Creation Myths to the Big Bang, by Marcelo Gleiser. If you are interested in his ideas but don’t want to read a whole book, you might enjoy this article by him called, “Cosmic Birth”, in the Harvard Divinity Bulletin.  http://www.hds.harvard.edu/news-events/harvard-divinity-bulletin/articles/cosmic-birth.

 

The UUCK and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series present:  Magpie

April 12  8:00 pm

$10 donation at the door

call 810-265-4007 to reserve tickets.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973.  In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.  Magpie has always embraced a musical rainbow, and with impressive proficiency in each different genre. From traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the nineteen twenties and thirties, to contemporary songs written by themselves and others, Terry and Greg cover a

lot of musical ground.

Pete Seeger wrote: “Greg and Terry can show us all what a wonderful thing it can be for two voices to harmonize together. How lucky I am to have lived to see and hear more links in the chain.”

Sing Out magazine writes; “This recording (Give Light)  absolutely radiates light, glowing with great songs in radiant performances… Their music is their religion, and Give Light comes very close to the divine.”

 

Lifespan Learning

 

What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalist adult education class final session will meet tomorrow, April 10 at 7:00 PM in Fessenden Hall.

 

Beth and Joe K. and their children will be moving to eastern Pennsylvania soon.  Please join the RE Committee in thanking the family for their many years of volunteer service to the children and youth of our church community.  Both Beth and Joe have taught RE or served as Youth Group Advisor for many years.  Joe is the current Headmaster of KentHogwarts and Beth is a faithful member of the RE Committee.  There will be a special social hour this Sunday, April 13th.

 

Many thanks to everyone who supported the upper elementary RE class’ collection of pet toys for donation to the Humane Society of Greater Akron. The students in this class decided to help the Humane Society because they believe all animals should be cared for.  The class will be visiting the Humane Society on April 19th to drop off the donations.

 

Community Within

 

Due to a lapse in security, the doors codes will be changed on Monday, April 14.  ALL CURRENT CODES WILL BE PURGED AND DEACTIVATED.   If you are in need of a code for the Church and/or Annex, please contact the office to request one. 

 

On Sunday April 20th, 2014 the Building Expansion Team (BET) will hold a short informational meeting during the break between the two services.  At this meeting the BET will give information on how all church members can fill out a survey to help prioritize construction items for the fellowship hall, sanctuary, and Religious Education space.

 

Retiree’s Lunch

Tuesday, April 16 at noon in Fessenden Hall

We’ll meet for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the number of people who attend so everyone has an opportunity to check in with the group. All retirees are welcome to join us. Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.

 

Surprise Friends                                                                                           

You’ve been matched! There is an envelope on the Surprise Friends table in Fessenden Hall with your Surprise Friend name on it. If you don’t remember your Surprise Friend name, please check with one of the RE Committee Members below. Inside the envelope, you will find a note with information about your Surprise Friend, including his or her favorite hobbies, books, colors, and more! Be sure to pick up your envelope today to get started.

Please remember, you have made a commitment to leave a surprise the following Sundays: April 20,27 and May 4,11.  Surprises are as diverse as the Surprise Friends who exchange them. You’ll find some suggestions in your envelope. Gifts are discouraged until the Revealing Ceremony during coffee hour on May 18 when small tokens of friendship (not to exceed $5 in cost) may be exchanged.

Don’t forget to bring your first note or piece of artwork next week and leave it on the Surprise Friends table. But remember, be careful you aren’t discovered!

~ From the RE Committee: Kat Holtz, Michelle Bores , Mary Leeson, Beth Kuemerle, and Tayna Kahl

 

The Library committee has added another category to the collection: UUCK Authors.  So far we have works from Caroline Arnold and Margot Milcetich. Additional works by congregational writers would be appreciated. Do speak to any Library committee member if you have suggestions.

 

Food for Thought Group Sponsors Coffee Hour throughout April

Haven’t tried Small Group Ministries?  UUCK supports two ongoing SGMs:  Chalice Group and Food for Thought.  Both ministries strive to bring partakers together in common pursuit of deeper understanding on theme topics ranging from “holiness”  to “money.”  For the next few Sundays during Coffee Hour, join with members of this year’s Food for Thought Group in the enjoyment of goodies (it’s one way we distinguish ourselves!) and conversation about our experiences in FFT and why it’s worthwhile to us.  We hope that by our sharing, you will consider participating in a Food for Thought group next time around (October, 2014).   Sign interest sheet at our Food for Thought table during April.

Deb & Claudia, co-facilitators

Meg, Ann, John, Alice, Rachel, Bonny, Bonnie, and Connie

 

We are looking for the individual who may have picked up a sewing machine from the Mills’ house?  We have some parts and the instruction manual to the sewing machine that you may be interested in.  Please contact the Church Office if you would like the parts and manual.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

 

Dinner for the Earth

Friday, April 25th, 6pm in Fessenden Hall

Join us for a Potluck Dinner in which we will eat delicious food and teach each other about environmentally conscious eating. Everyone should bring a dish and share the story of their food -

where their food came from, the decisions made in bringing it, and/or how this food helps care for our

living Earth with reverence and gratitude. Deliciously interesting!

Contact Andrew Rome  for additional details (or to let me know that you’re coming).

 

Kent Social Services – Food & Grocery Card Donations

March is rapidly coming to a close and with it, National Nutrition Month and Harvest for Hunger. Sadly, the food baskets have remained nearly empty all month. Won’t you please consider donating non-perishable food items this weekend? The Super-Six remain much in need – PB (and jelly, of course), canned veggies, soup, beef stew, tuna and cereal – as well as other staples such as pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, beans, canned fruit, crackers, meal-in-a-box & meal-in-a-can & macaroni n’ cheese mix. Children often enjoy pudding cups, fruit snacks, granola bars, raisins, and other wrapped snack items.

No fancy style at this welcome table . . . just quality, basic food for meals and snacks; please, no open packages, outdated boxes or rusty cans. Won’t you please consider donating? Baskets are available on the lower level inside the closet next to the elevator and on the upper level outside the sanctuary. [If you are in need of groceries or any other help, please contact Reverend Melissa for confidential assistance.]

If you are not grocery shopping this week, donations of $10 Acme grocery cards are most appreciated so KSS clients can purchase fresh foods or non-edibles that food stamp benefits do not allow.

Thank you in advance for your generosity,

Elaine Bowen.

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 

Spring Art Show

The UU Church of Akron invites us to The UUWA’s Inaugural Spring Art Show exhibit will run April 10 through April 27 with an opening reception on Thursday April 10 at 7 pm.  Meet the artists, enjoy some yummy

hors d’oeuvers.  There will be a silent auction of items donated from the participating artists. The Show will run April 10 through April 27 at The UU Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd., Akron (across from Summit Mall).  Visit during church office hours Tuesday through Friday 9 am – 2 pm or Sundays 9:30 am -1 pm.  For more info contact Carol Dobbins 330-836-2206, uuwakron@gmail.com

 

First Congregational Church of Ravenna is hosting a mission project jewelry sale on April 10 and April 12.  The paper bead jewelry is made by ladies in Uganda and sold through the non-profit business “Bead for Life.”  All profits from the jewelry sales will go towards helping Ugandan ladies work their way out of poverty.

 

Hospice of Western Reserve Warehouse Sale:  Donation are needed for our next sale, Friday, May 9, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110.  Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve throughout northern Ohio.  They are accepting gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork, and holiday items.  To donate items, please contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 800.707.8922, ext. 6881.  Pick up can be arranged for larger items.

 

Income Generation
It’s not too late to make a pledge!

Have you made your pledge of your financial commitment for the upcoming fiscal year?  Our Finance Committee relies on our pledges to set the budget for next fiscal year. Every pledge is important so we may continue our programs and ministries.  If you haven’t had a chance to make your pledge yet, you can do so in many ways:

  • In the Offertory on Sunday – Pledge cards are in the pews
  • Online Pledge card on the website www.kentuu.org
  • Email your pledge to the church office uukent@sbcglobal.net
  • Call in your pledge to the church office 330.673.4247

Thanks to everyone who has helped make this a successful campaign!

The Stewardship Committee,

Sandy Eaglen – Co-Chair

Kathie Slater – Co-Chair

Meg Milko – Co-Chair

Weekly e-nUUs – April 2, 2014

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Worship & Music

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

April 6, 2014     Moving in with Mystery           

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Where do we come from?  What was there before the beginning?  This morning we draw upon the ancient history of religion and the modern insights of science to reflect upon the mystery.

 

From the Library

Rev. Elaine Strawn has kindly shared some sources she used to prepare her sermon, “Generosity of Spirit”, given on Sunday, March 30th.

Teo Drake’s full comments can be found on standingonthesideoflove.org  He wrote the comments for day 24 of the  30 Days of Love. He also blogs on blueboat.blogs.uua.org 

The spirit of the sermon came from John Buehren’s The Unitarians and the Universalists, published by Beacon Press. He corrects many misunderstandings about our history, bringing “our saints” much closer to earth.

A correction: the Marge Piercy poem she quoted is The Low Road, not We.

 

Hal-elujah!  Hal Walker CDs Now Available

I have compiled Hal’s best performances during Sunday morning services at church over the last 6 years into one critically acclaimed* CD, now available at church on Sunday mornings.  They are $10 each, with all proceeds going to the music program at church.   Revel in Hal’s original masterpieces!  Wonder at his ability to play two instruments at once!  Be amazed at John Marfy’s jaw harp prowess!  Hear Hallie transition from a girl into a young lady!

Get your collectible “Hal-elujah” CD during coffee hour on Sunday, or anytime from Brad Bolton.

*Christie likes it.

 

The UUCK and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series present.

Magpie

April 12  8:00 pm

$10 donation at the door

call 810-265-4007 to reserve tickets.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973.  In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.  Magpie has always embraced a musical rainbow, and with impressive proficiency in each different genre. From traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the nineteen twenties and thirties, to contemporary songs written by themselves and others, Terry and Greg cover a

lot of musical ground.

 Pete Seeger wrote:  “Greg and Terry can show us all what a wonderful thing it can be for two voices to harmonize together. How lucky I am to have lived to see and hear more links in the chain.”

Sing Out magazine writes;  “This recording (Give Light)  absolutely radiates light, glowing with great songs in radiant performances… Their music is their religion, and Give Light comes very close to the divine.”

 

Lifespan Learning

 

What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalist adult education class will meet tomorrow, April 3 at 7:00 PM in Fessenden Hall.

 

The upper elementary RE class is collecting new or gently used pet toys for donation to the Humane Society of Greater Akron – and the last day to donate is this coming Sunday April 6th!   Boxes for donations are in the church. The students in this class decided to help the Humane Society because they believe all animals should be cared for.  The class will be visiting the Humane Society on April 19th to drop off the donations.

 

Community Within

 

Tickets Available for Saturday’s Mandala Workshop.

We have two tickets donated by Jen May and Lois Weir for Saturday’s workshop on making Mandalas, which was offered at the auction.  This is a spiritual practice of drawing circular designs and coloring them making beautiful designs. Each one is a work of art and unique.  If you’d like to come and make your own mandalas we have two tickets available for Saturday’s Class which is being held in Fessenden hall from 1 o’clock until 3 o’clock.   First come first serve please contact Meg Milko if you’d like one or both tickets.

 

Surprise Friends

It’s that time of year again! Want to make a new friend in the church? Looking for a fun way to celebrate spring? Here is your chance! You are all invited to participate in this intergenerational activity of friendship and caring. Become a Surprise Friend! Complete a sign-up form and place it in the Surprise Friends Box in Fessenden Hall no later than April 6. Participating adults will be matched with children in the congregation on April 13. (High school youth are invited to participate as an adult Surprise Friend; middle school youth may choose to participate as an adult Surprise Friend OR as a child Surprise Friend.) By signing up to be a Surprise Friend, you make a commitment to attend church each week, April 20,27 and May 4,11 and to share a note or some artwork with your Surprise Friend. Adults and children alike should leave their surprises at the Surprise Friends table in Fessenden Hall, but be careful you aren’t discovered! Adults will remain anonymous until the “big reveal” on May 18. Don’t you just love surprises?

 

Tai Chi Program Canceled – Many thank to Sally Burnell for leading the Tai Chi classes these last few years.  For a variety of reasons, Sally needs to step away from this program.  At this time, Tai Chi will no longer be offered on Monday evenings at the Church. 

 

We are looking for the individual who may have picked up a sewing machine from the Mills’ house?  We have some parts and the instruction manual to the sewing machine that you may be interested in.  Please contact the Church Office if you would like the parts and manual.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm in the home of Kathie Slater. This month we are reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance. In May we will be reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

We Need You to Help us Become a Green Sanctuary!

The Green Sanctuary Steering Committee, Mary Lou Holly, Andrew Rome and Patty Miller, warmly invite you to come out for an evening to explore how you might become involved in helping us become a Green Sanctuary.  To accomplish this goal, we need participation from every area of congregational life – from worship and religious education to the library and buildings and grounds and more.  Whatever your area of interest in congregational life, there is a way you can support this process.  Please consider joining us in Fessenden Hall on Tuesday, April 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 to learn more and to share your ideas.

 

Coffee Hour Connection

Did you know that our coffee hour is provided by volunteers?  Every week Deb Biggins, Shirley and Jonathan Kiernan come to church early to set up for coffee hour so that there is hot coffee, tea and treats available for folks at church to enjoy.  It is a wonderful labor of love.  If you haven’t recently, would you please thank them for their contributions.

Deb and Shirley have received several requests to provide particular condiments for coffee hour that are not in our budget to provide.  However, if you want to bring your favorite tea or a particular type of milk or sweetener to be available at coffee hour, please feel free to bring it in to share.  And if you have ideas about how you’d like to see coffee hour go, please approach Deb and Shirley and let them know that you would be glad to volunteer.  They’d be happy to have your help!

 

Outreach and Social Justice

 

Thanks to all who support last Sunday’s special collection in support of CoCoDA (Companion Community Development Alternatives),  $ 373.67  was donated in support this outreach program to develop education for youth with limited economic resources from rural El Salvadoran communities.

 

The upper elementary RE class is collecting new or gently used pet toys for donation to the Humane Society of Greater Akron – and the last day to donate is this coming Sunday April 6th!   Boxes for donations are in the church. The students in this class decided to help the Humane Society because they believe all animals should be cared for.  The class will be visiting the Humane Society on April 19th to drop off the donations.

 

Kent Social Services – Food & Grocery Card Donations

March is rapidly coming to a close and with it, National Nutrition Month and Harvest for Hunger. Sadly, the food baskets have remained nearly empty all month. Won’t you please consider donating non-perishable food items this weekend? The Super-Six remain much in need – PB (and jelly, of course), canned veggies, soup, beef stew, tuna and cereal – as well as other staples such as pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, beans, canned fruit, crackers, meal-in-a-box & meal-in-a-can & macaroni n’ cheese mix. Children often enjoy pudding cups, fruit snacks, granola bars, raisins, and other wrapped snack items.

No fancy style at this welcome table . . . just quality, basic food for meals and snacks; please, no open packages, outdated boxes or rusty cans. Won’t you please consider donating? Baskets are available on the lower level inside the closet next to the elevator and on the upper level outside the sanctuary. [If you are in need of groceries or any other help, please contact Reverend Melissa for confidential assistance.]

If you are not grocery shopping this week, donations of $10 Acme grocery cards are most appreciated so KSS clients can purchase fresh foods or non-edibles that food stamp benefits do not allow.

Thank you in advance for your generosity,

Elaine Bowen.

 

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 

Spring Art Show

The UU Church of Akron invites us to The UUWA’s Inaugural Spring Art Show exhibit will run April 10 through April 27 with an opening reception on Thursday April 10 at 7 pm.  Meet the artists, enjoy some yummy

Hors d’oeuvers.  There will be a silent auction of items donated from the participating artists. The Show will run April 10 through April 27 at The UU Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd., Akron (across from Summit Mall).  Visit during church office hours Tuesday through Friday 9 am – 2 pm or Sundays 9:30 am -1 pm.  For more info contact Carol Dobbins 330-836-2206, uuwakron@gmail.com

 

First Congregational Church of Ravenna is hosting a mission project jewelry sale on April 10 and April 12.  The paper bead jewelry is made by ladies in Uganda and sold through the non-profit business “Bead for Life.”  All profits from the jewelry sales will go towards helping Ugandan ladies work their way out of poverty.

 

Hospice of Western Reserve Warehouse Sale:  Donation are needed for our next sale, Friday, May 9, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110.  Proceeds support patients and families of Hospice of the Western Reserve throughout northern Ohio.  They are accepting gently used indoor and outdoor furniture, other household items, collectibles, framed artwork, and holiday items.  To donate items, please contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 800.707.8922, ext. 6881.  Pick up can be arranged for larger items.

 

Drone Teach-In

Drone technology has recently come to the public’s attention.  What are its capabilities and consequences?  Please join The Imagine Peace Task Force, part of the Justice Council at West Shore UU Church, in a  Drone Teach- In, Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH  44116.  Lunch is included.  The event is free and open to the public.  A free-will offering will be taken.

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER- MEDEA BENJAMIN, author and co-founder of the  Nationally renowned grassroots social justice movement CodePink.  Joining her will be the ACLU, the American Friends Service Committee, Chapter 39 of Veterans for Peace, the Cleveland Non-Violence Network, Cleveland Peace Action and others.

 

Income Generation
Have you made your pledge of your financial commitment for the upcoming fiscal year?  Our Finance Committee relies on our pledges to set the budget for next fiscal year. Every pledge is important so we may continue our programs and ministries.  If you haven’t had a chance to make your pledge yet, you can do so in many ways:

  • In Person on Sunday March 30th at the Stewardship Table
  • In the Offertory on Sunday – Pledge cards are in the pews
  • Online Pledge card on the website www.kentuu.org
  • Email your pledge to the church office uukent@sbcglobal.net
  • Call in your pledge to the church office 330.673.4247

Thanks to everyone who has helped make this a successful campaign!

The Stewardship Committee

Sandy Eaglen – Co-Chair

Kathie Slater – Co-Chair

Meg Milko – Co-Chair

Weekly e-nUUs – March 26, 2014

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Please note the following staff schedules for this week.

Karen will be attending the LREDA/UUMA Retreat March 26 – 28; MaryBeth will be away and the Church Office will be closed Friday, March 28; and Rev. Melissa will be attending District Assembly March 28 – 29.

 

Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

March 30 – Generosity of Spirit

Led by the Rev. Elaine Strawn, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County and Worship Associate Max Grubb – What if generosity means a deep call from within-what energizes you, calls you to share from yourself, and challenges you to leave your mark on a better world?

 

From the Library

 Rev. Melissa’s sources for her Homilies on ” If Earth Could Speak”, Sunday, March 23rd, include a report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science called What We Know: the Reality Risks and Responses to Climate Change, which is available on line at http://whatweknow.aaas.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/AAAS-What-We-Know.pdf   The second source is

Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World, by Joanna Macy and Molly Young-Brown.

 

Hal-elujah!  Hal Walker CDs Now Available

I have compiled Hal’s best performances during Sunday morning services at church over the last 6 years into one critically acclaimed* CD, now available at church on Sunday mornings.  They are $10 each, with all proceeds going to the music program at church.   Revel in Hal’s original masterpieces!  Wonder at his ability to play two instruments at once!  Be amazed at John Marfy’s jaw harp prowess!  Hear Hallie transition from a girl into a young lady!

Get your collectible “Hal-elujah” CD during coffee hour starting this Sunday, or anytime from Brad Bolton.

*Christie likes it.

 

The UUCK and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series present.

Magpie

April 12  8:00 pm

$10 donation at the door

call 810-265-4007 to reserve tickets.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973.  In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.  Magpie has always embraced a musical rainbow, and with impressive proficiency in each different genre. From traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the nineteen twenties and thirties, to contemporary songs written by themselves and others, Terry and Greg cover a lot of musical ground.

Pete Seeger wrote:

“Greg and Terry can show us all what a wonderful thing it can be for two voices to harmonize together. How lucky I am to have lived to see and hear more links in the chain.”

Sing Out magazine writes; 

“This recording (Give Light)  absolutely radiates light, glowing with great songs in radiant performances… Their music is their religion, and Give Light comes very close to the divine.”

 

Lifespan Learning

 

What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalist adult education class will next meet on April 3 at 7:00 PM in Fessenden Hall.

 

The Grades 3-5 RE Class works hard to make our world a better place and so they are collecting new and gently-used pet toys for the dogs and cats at the Humane Society of Greater Akron, in Twinsburg.  They will deliver the toys to the center on April 19th.  They are making pull toys for dogs from discarded t-shirts, too.  Toy collection boxes are located in Fessenden Hal and the foyer by the sanctuary.  The pet toy collection takes place from now until April 6th.

 

Younger Young Adult Care-Packages Follow-up – The parents of our college-age young adults recently gathered on a Sunday afternoon to create care-packages for their sons and daughters.  In addition to all the goodies (think chocolate, lip balm, socks, popcorn, chips, etc.), the young adults received a card signed by so many of the members of our congregation.  A number of young adults photographed the contents of their care-packages on Facebook to express their gratitude for our continued care and support.  Logan Bialik asked that this message of gratitude be shared with everyone:

 “I received my care package today in the mail and just wanted to express a word of gratitude! It has reached me at a time of high stress and little sleep, and I found it to be a tremendously uplifting and strengthening act of love and support. A feeling of community is evidently an incredibly powerful remedy to stress and anxiety, and I can’t thank you enough for reminding me of the loving UU community that I am a part of.  Thank you so much!”

 

Community Within

Do you want to become a Surprise Friend this year? Complete a sign-up form and place it in the Surprise Friends Box in Fessenden Hall no later than April 6th.

 

Calling All Bakers!

We are celebrating another successful Stewardship Campaign by offering free pie to everyone on Pie Sunday, March 30th.  We would love to offer homemade pies and need a few bakers to help us out.  If you can bring a homemade pie (or pies) on Sunday morning before 10am to share with everyone it would be greatly appreciated!

No need to let us know ahead of time, just stop by the kitchen with your pie(s) in the morning.

Thank you!

The Stewardship Committee

 

We Need You to Help us Become a Green Sanctuary!

 The Green Sanctuary Steering Committee, Mary Lou Holly, Andrew Rome and Patty Miller, warmly invite you to come out for an evening to explore how you might become involved in helping us become a Green Sanctuary.  To accomplish this goal, we need participation from every area of congregational life – from worship and religious education to the library and buildings and grounds and more.  Whatever your area of interest in congregational life, there is a way you can support this process.  Please consider joining us in Fessenden Hall on Tuesday, April 1 from 7:00 to 8:30 to learn more and to share your ideas.

 

Coffee Hour Connection

Did you know that our coffee hour is provided by volunteers?  Every week Deb Biggins, Shirley and Jonathan Kiernan come to church early to set up for coffee hour so that there is hot coffee, tea and treats available for folks at church to enjoy.  It is a wonderful labor of love.  If you haven’t recently, would you please thank them for their contributions.

Deb and Shirley have received several requests to provide particular condiments for coffee hour that are not in our budget to provide.  However, if you want to bring your favorite tea or a particular type of milk or sweetener to be available at coffee hour, please feel free to bring it in to share.  And if you have ideas about how you’d like to see coffee hour go, please approach Deb and Shirley and let them know that you would be glad to volunteer.  They’d be happy to have your help!

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm in the home of Kathie Slater. This month we are reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance. In May we will be reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Our special collection this Sunday, March 30 is for CoCoDA  (Companion Community Development Alternatives), an organization that works in El Salvador.  Our church has been affiliated with them since 1980.  CoCoDA works to develop education for youth with limited economic resources from rural El Salvadoran communities. Thirty-five youths from the village of Santa Marta graduate each year from high school. Normally, fewer than 10 have been able to realize their life dreams of attending a university because of economic conditions. As a result of CoCoDA’S efforts, 32 Santa Marta students are presently provided basic housing and tuition to attend the university in San Salvador.  They are required to return to their villages on weekends to provide community service in the areas of health care, social action and education.  Our contributions will contribute to their efforts.  Please make your checks out to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, and note CoCoDA in the memo line.

 

Kent Social Services – Food & Grocery Card Donations

March is rapidly coming to a close and with it, National Nutrition Month and Harvest for Hunger. Sadly, the food baskets have remained nearly empty all month. Won’t you please consider donating non-perishable food items this weekend? The Super-Six remain much in need – PB (and jelly, of course), canned veggies, soup, beef stew, tuna and cereal – as well as other staples such as pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice, beans, canned fruit, crackers, meal-in-a-box & meal-in-a-can & macaroni n’ cheese mix. Children often enjoy pudding cups, fruit snacks, granola bars, raisins, and other wrapped snack items.

No fancy style at this welcome table . . . just quality, basic food for meals and snacks; please, no open packages, outdated boxes or rusty cans. Won’t you please consider donating? Baskets are available on the lower level inside the closet next to the elevator and on the upper level outside the sanctuary. [If you are in need of groceries or any other help, please contact Reverend Melissa for confidential assistance.]

If you are not grocery shopping this week, donations of $10 Acme grocery cards are most appreciated so KSS clients can purchase fresh foods or non-edibles that food stamp benefits do not allow.

Thank you in advance for your generosity,

Elaine Bowen.

 

Noreen Kumm-Gory has shaved her hair to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. The event was sponsored by an organization known as the St. Baldrick’s foundation. Childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded, so we can all help through your donations. To support Noreen and do your part in helping out children suffering from cancer, please go to Noreen’s donation web page, http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/685372/2014.

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 

Celebrate Spring with a Concert at East Shore UU

Two talented women come to East Shore

UU Church in Kirtland with their bands on March 29  at 8:00

for an evening of bluegrass/newgrass/acoustic fusion music.  Missy Raines & The New Hip is one of the most respected, popular and trailblazing figures in bluegrass and a huge award-winner for her bass playing.  Opening for Missy is Rebekah Jean, a Burton native who has roots in West virginia coal country but grew up  within earshot of Cleveland’s rock-n-roll scene.  Her original music and voice will have audiences fall in love.  Tickets are $16 at www.blueskyfolkfest.com, $20 at the door, under 13 free.  8:00 PM.  Bring your friends!


Income Generation

 

PIE SUNDAY – FREE PIE FOR EVERYONE!

A heartfelt thank you to all who have pledged to our 2015 Stewardship Campaign.  We are CELEBRATING the official end of the 2015 Stewardship Campaign by serving everyone a free slice of PIE!  Several of our pies are delicious HOMEMADE contributions! Come to Fessenden Hall during coffee hour or after second service, and join the party!

Have you made your pledge of your financial commitment for the upcoming fiscal year?  Our Finance Committee relies on our pledges to set the budget for next fiscal year. Every pledge is important so we may continue our programs and ministries.  If you haven’t had a chance to make your pledge yet, you can do so in many ways:

  • In Person on Sunday March 30th at the Stewardship Table
  • In the Offertory on Sunday – Pledge cards are in the pews
  • Online Pledge card on the website www.kentuu.org
  • Email your pledge to the church office uukent@sbcglobal.net
  • Call in your pledge to the church office 330.673.4247

Thanks to everyone who has helped make this a successful campaign!

The Stewardship Committee

Sandy Eaglen – Co-Chair

Kathie Slater – Co-Chair

Meg Milko – Co-Chair

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Please note the following staff schedules for next week.

MaryBeth will be away and the Church Office will be closed Monday, March 24 and again Friday, March 28; it will be open Tuesday, March 25 – Thursday, March 27.  Rev. Melissa will be attending District Assembly March 28 – 29 and Karen will be attending the LREDA/UUMA Retreat March 26 – 28.

 

Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

March 23 – If Earth Could Speak

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

We end our exploration of sin and evil by considering what the earth might say about this subject if the earth could speak.

 

Hal-elujah!  Hal Walker CDs Now Available

I have compiled Hal’s best performances during Sunday morning services at church over the last 6 years into one critically acclaimed* CD, now available at church on Sunday mornings.  They are $10 each, with all proceeds going to the music program at church.   Revel in Hal’s original masterpieces!  Wonder at his ability to play two instruments at once!  Be amazed at John Marfy’s jaw harp prowess!  Hear Hallie transition from a girl into a young lady!

Get your collectible “Hal-elujah” CD during coffee hour starting this Sunday, or anytime from Brad Bolton.

*Christie likes it.

 

The UUCK and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series present Magpie

April 12  8:00 pm

$10 donation at the door

call 810-265-4007 to reserve tickets.

Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner began to play music together in Kent, Ohio in September of 1973.  In the years since then, they have traveled and toured extensively, performed in concerts, at folk clubs and festivals around the world, and recorded many times.  Magpie has always embraced a musical rainbow, and with impressive proficiency in each different genre. From traditional, classic country, swing, and blues of the nineteen twenties and thirties, to contemporary songs written by themselves and others, Terry and Greg cover a

lot of musical ground.

Pete Seeger wrote:

“Greg and Terry can show us all what a wonderful thing it can be for two voices to harmonize together. How lucky I am to have lived to see and hear more links in the chain.”

Sing Out magazine writes; 

“This recording (Give Light)  absolutely radiates light, glowing with great songs in radiant performances… Their music is their religion, and Give Light comes very close to the divine.”

 

Lifespan Learning

 

What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalist adult education class does not meet this week.  The class will resume March 20 at 7:00 PM in Fessenden Hall.

 

Parents of Young Children!

Are you the caregiver of a child or children in Kindergarten or younger? Do you need something to do on a Friday night? Then come on out and join us on March 21st  for a family potluck followed by a small group meeting focused on the joys and challenges of raising our little UU’s. Childcare is provided. Dinner begins at 6pm in Fessenden Hall. For more information please contact Colleen Thoel or Karen Lapidus.

 

Community Within

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm in the home of Kathie Slater. This month we are reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance. In May we will be reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

Do you want to become a Surprise Friend this year? Complete a sign-up form TODAY and place it in the Surprise Friends Box in Fessenden Hall no later than April 6th.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

 

Noreen Kumm-Gory will shave her hair at the end of the month to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. The event is sponsored by an organization known as the St. Baldrick’s foundation. Childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded, so we can all help through your donations. To support Noreen and do your part in helping out children suffering from cancer, please go to Noreen’s donation web page, http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/685372/2014.

 

Go with the Flow – Earth Day Fundraiser

To promote watershed awareness and raise fund for the upcoming “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival.

Saturday, March 22    7 – 10 pm  at the North Water Street Gallery , 257 N. Water St, Kent

$20 suggested donation, space limited, for reservations email info@standingrock.net or call 330.673.4970

www.whosyourmama.org

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 

Celebrate Spring with a Concert at East Shore UU

Two talented women come to East Shore

UU Church in Kirtland with their bands on March 29  at 8:00

for an evening of bluegrass/newgrass/acoustic fusion music.  Missy Raines & The New Hip is one of the most respected, popular and trailblazing figures in bluegrass and a huge award-winner for her bass playing.  Opening for Missy is Rebekah Jean, a Burton native who has roots in West virginia coal country but grew up  within earshot of Cleveland’s rock-n-roll scene.  Her original music and voice will have audiences fall in love.  Tickets are $16 at www.blueskyfolkfest.com, $20 at the door, under 13 free.  8:00 PM.  Bring your friends!

 

Drone Teach-In

Drone technology has recently come to the public’s attention.  What are its capabilities and consequences?  Please join The Imagine Peace Task Force, part of the Justice Council at West Shore UU Church, in a  Drone Teach- In, Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, OH  44116.  Lunch is included.  The event is free and open to the public.  A free-will offering will be taken.

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER- MEDEA BENJAMIN, author and co-founder of the  Nationally renowned grassroots social justice movement CodePink.  Joining her will be the ACLU, the American Friends Service Committee, Chapter 39 of Veterans for Peace, the Cleveland Non-Violence Network, Cleveland Peace Action and others.

 

Income Generation

 

Stewardship Campaign is off and running!

Our Stewardship Campaign is in full swing and the pledges are coming in strong.  We’ve heard wonderful heartfelt stories about how this church, OUR church, has inspired our members to give and contribute of their time and talent because of what they receive in return.  We’ve heard how an increase in overall giving can add so much to our community.  We’ve sold PIE raffle tickets and given away several delicious pies!

If you haven’t committed to your pledge yet there is still time to do so!  The campaign doesn’t end until March 31st.  Don’t forget this is for next fiscal year which runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

If you have already turned in your pledges we thank you!!  If not, you can turn in your pledge cards during the offertory on Sundays or at the Stewardship table during coffee hour.

 

Thank you,

Your Stewardship Committee

Kathi Slater, Co-Chair

Meg Milko, Co-Chair

Sandy Eaglen, Co-Chair/Treasurer

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Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

March 9, 2014    Do You Take Confession?

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Joel Slater

Every now and again someone asks me whether Unitarian Universalist ministers take confession.  This morning we’ll consider the question as well as the experience behind the question.  This morning we look at the personal dimensions of sin.

 

As part of our work helping members and friends of the congregation become aware of the resources of our church library, the Library Committee is advertising some of the sources Rev. Melissa uses in preparing her sermons.  This past Sunday’s sermon on Seven Deadly Sins drew from the work of John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker and their book A House for Hope: the Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-first Century.  Our library has two copies of this book available for loan.

 

The Unitarian-Universalist church of Kent and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series announce a  “March Music Weekend.– March 15-16, 2014.

Saturday, March 15, 8:00 pm:  WILD CARROT in Concert

Pam Temple and Spencer Funk are Wild Carrot. This Cincinnati-based, award-winning group has what it takes to please all types of folk music fans. Rooted in traditional American music, their repertoire branches in diverse directions: from original tunes to swing, blues and traditional songs, using guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, concertina and vocals.  Their performances have often been described as “honest, soothing, uplifting and fun all at the same time”, moving an audience from laughter to tears and back again in a way that makes the listener feel like they’re in a conversation with old friends. All of this adds up to a performance that’s been described as “seamless”“life-sized complex, subtle and powerful” and “a joy.”  $10 donation at the door.

 

Sunday, Mar 16, 2:00- 3:30pm:  Matt Meyer workshop: Drumming and Spirituality

Matt’s “Drumming and Spirituality” workshop is a chance for people of all skill levels to participate in hands on rhythm-making. The workshop includes instruction on basic technique, as well as information on the origins of percussion instruments from around the world. Participants will also experience the spirituality of community music-making through stories, games and discussions as well as look at how rhythm and music intersect with Unitarian Universalist values. Bring your own drum if you have one, for those who don’t, enough will provided.  $10 donation at the door.

 

Lifespan Learning

Parents of Young Children!

Are you the caregiver of a child or children in Kindergarten or younger? Do you need something to do on a Friday night? Then come on out and join us on March 21st  for a family potluck followed by a small group meeting focused on the joys and challenges of raising our little UU’s. Childcare is provided. Dinner begins at 6pm in Fessenden Hall. For more information please contact Colleen Thoele  or Karen Lapidus.

 

Sadly the CD player in the nursery has played its last lullaby and gone kaput! Do you have a new or used CD player to donate to the nursery? Please contact Colleen Thoele, Michelle Bores or Karen Lapidus if you can help!

 

Care Packages for younger Young Adults

On Sunday, March 9th, the parents of our college-aged young adults will be assembling care packages (think cookies, packages of hot chocolate, candy, lip balm, etc.) to send their children.  This will be a great way to stay connected to our Young Adults and let them know that we are thinking about them.  There will be greeting cards for each of the Young Adults at the Caring Committee’s card table for everyone to sign.

 

Community Within

Pi Day Celebration!  Come one, come all! 

Join us for a family friendly evening of games and activities involving Pi, including “Pizza Pi”.   We’ll be celebrating Pi Day in honor of the mid-way point of our Stewardship Campaign.  Bring a game and join us in Fessenden Hall on Friday, March 14 (3.14) 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Please RSVP to the Church Office, 330.673.4247 or uukent@sbcglobal.net, by noon on March 12 so we know how much pizza supplies to purchase for our evening of Pi.  We need to have at least 15 participants in order to go forward with this event; if you plan to attend, please submit your RSVP to the Office as soon as possible.  Thank you.

 

Do you want to become a Surprise Friend this year? Complete a sign-up form and place it in the Surprise Friends Box in Fessenden Hall no later than March 25th.

 

Come enjoy an evening of theatre, featuring Ted Voneida and Company

Presenting all new material on Mark Twain, plus Bob & Ray, Nichols & May, Abbott & Costello!

Saturday, March 8 @ 7:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

All for the ridiculously low donation of $12

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 pm in the home of Chris Hurlbut. This month we are reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the Whittaker family as led by Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s daughter, Alma becomes a botanist. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. In April, we will be reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

SOS from Miller Community House, the only shelter for homeless in Portage County. They need donations of feminine hygiene products and as soon as possible. Please bring bags/boxes of any type of pads or tampons to church on Sunday, March 2 & leave in the lower level closet by the elevator. I’ll get all donations delivered after 2nd service.

On behalf of the women of Miller House, thank you.

Elaine Bowen

 

Noreen Kumm-Gory will shave her hair on March 16, 2014 to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research. The event is sponsored by an organization known as the St. Baldrick’s foundation. Childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded, so we can all help through your donations.

To support Noreen and do your part in helping out children suffering from cancer, please go to Noreen’s donation web page, http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/685372/2014. Also, Noreen and Fred will be available during coffee hour for questions and donations. Thank you. Noreen

 

Income Generation

Are you ready for another slice of Pie/Pi?

Our Annual Stewardship Campaign began  March 2 and ends March 30

During our Stewardship Campaign we ask members and friends to reflect on what this church community means to them and make a monetary pledge to this church community for fiscal year 2015, which runs July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

Our church is entirely self-funded, and our by-laws prevent us passing a deficit budget, so we rely on pledges and fundraising to pay for the many slices of programs and services offered.  In addition there are concrete expenses like building maintenance, salaries, supplies, utilities, etc that need to be paid in order to remain a viable community and have a place to gather and sometimes eat pie together!

Many of you will receive a stewardship packet in the mail, and our wonderful canvassers will be making calls to discuss stewardship, the church and what it means to them.  At that time you are encouraged to share your story of what this church means to you and also commit to a pledge.

There will be a stewardship table at coffee hour, where you can get more information, make your pledge, and take part in a pie raffle. If you have a birthday in March ask for your FREE raffle ticket BUT if it happens to fall on 3/14/ (National Pi Day), you’re a “Pi” – - Lucky you,  you get 5 free raffle tickets. Otherwise you can purchase one for $1 or six for $5.

If you have any questions about the annual stewardship campaign, please feel free to contact Kathie Slater, Meg Milko, or Sandy Eaglen.

P.S.  Be sure to see our announcement about our Pizza Pi Family Game Night to be held on Friday evening March 14th in Fessenden Hall.

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Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

February 23 – Harmony at What Cost?

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

Is there a shadow side to the pursuit of harmony? Are there times when seeking harmony isn’t necessarily the best goal?  Come join us as we continue our exploration of what harmony is and is not.

 

The Unitarian-Universalist church of Kent and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series announce a “March Music Weekend.– March 15-16, 2014.

 Saturday, March 15, 8:00 pm:  WILD CARROT in Concert

 Pam Temple and Spencer Funk are Wild Carrot. This Cincinnati-based, award-winning group has what it takes to please all types of folk music fans. Rooted in traditional American music, their repertoire branches in diverse directions: from original tunes to swing, blues and traditional songs, using guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, concertina and vocals.  Their performances have often been described as “honest, soothing, uplifting and fun all at the same time”, moving an audience from laughter to tears and back again in a way that makes the listener feel like they’re in a conversation with old friends. All of this adds up to a performance that’s been described as “seamless”“life-sized complex, subtle and powerful” and “a joy.”  $10 donation at the door.

 Sunday, Mar 16, 2:00- 3:30pm:  Matt Meyer workshop: Drumming and Spirituality

Matt’s “Drumming and Spirituality” workshop is a chance for people of all skill levels to participate in hands on rhythm-making. The workshop includes instruction on basic technique, as well as information on the origins of percussion instruments from around the world. Participants will also experience the spirituality of community music-making through stories, games and discussions as well as look at how rhythm and music intersect with Unitarian Universalist values. Bring your own drum if you have one, for those who don’t, enough will provided.  $10 donation at the door.

 

Lifespan Learning

RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES

RadioLab and Pancakes will meet this Sunday, Feb.23 during 2nd service; our short will be “Ally’s Choice.”  This short is about a girl who lives in a very racist environment.  How will her friends and family respond when she decides that she is not “African-American” but “White”, and is accepted as such by the racist leaders in her school?  “Ally’s Choice” challenges all our preconceptions about race and identity. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists

We are regularly faced with moral choices, big and small.  How should we respond to a tricky family or relationship situation?  What is the right thing to do when faced with a dilemma at work? What is the most ethical course for a community, state, or nation to follow, and how much are we prepared to invest in advocating for that course? How should morality or ethics enter our consumer decisions? How do we treat others?  How can we follow the values of our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition?

Rev. Melissa is leading this course using curricula from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Tapestry of Faith resources.  The course meets from 7-9 pm on the following Thursdays in Fessenden Hall:  2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3 and 4/10.  Participants will be invited to consider frameworks from various schools of ethical thought.  Those who attend regularly will derive the most benefit, but each session can stand on its own for those who prefer to drop in.

 

Are you raising a little UU? Come and join the Parents of Young Children group!

Starting in February we will meet once a month. We’ll begin by sharing a meal all together (adults and kids). Childcare will be provided during a our meeting. The Parents of Young Children (PYC) group will resemble our small group ministry but would focus specifically on the issues, concerns, joys and challenges of raising children and creating balance in our spiritual life and parenting roles. This group is for parents and caregivers of kids in kindergarten and under.

For more details, please see Colleen Thoele or Karen Lapidus

 

Community Within

The Library committee holds its final Symposium this Tuesday evening, Feb.25th at 7:00 P.M. in Fessenden Hall. We will view the Bill Moyers interview with Margaret Atwood, noted Canadian author, on the subject of fundamentalism as an alternative to rational, scientific inquiry in forming belief systems. Ms. Atwood speaks to the use and advantages of fundamentalism in her writing. Refreshments provided by the committee members will be served after the viewing. The discussion will be moderated by Joel Slater. Fundamentalism has contemporary political implications in addition to its use in literature. This promises to be a lively and stimulating evening. Please plan to join us; we look forward to seeing you there.

 

The references Rev. Melissa used in last Sunday’s sermon, “Harmony” are the Tao Te Ching,  and Harmony: A Treasure of Chinese Wisdom for Children and Parents,  by Sarah Conover and Chen Hui. Rev. Melissa adds, “Though this is marketed as a children’s book, I believe it has broader appeal and includes good basic information on Taoism, Buddhist and Confucian influence on China.”

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 pm in the home of Chris Hurlbut.. This month we are reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the Whittaker family as led by Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s daughter, Alma becomes a botanist. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. In April, we will be reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

Book Review by Martha Kluth

 The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Weddings, by Tess Ayers and Paul Brown, Los Angeles, Alyson Books, c1999.

This complete guide includes an historical look at gay and lesbian unions and practical advice such as breaking the news to your family and the straight world. It describes planning the event and negotiating vendor contracts. There are witty anecdotes, proper etiquette and unexpected trivia. It is sprinkled with true stories of same-sex couples who have married.  This book was donated to the church Library and is located in the BGLT category.

 

Stop by the Caring Cards Table on Sunday

Our Care Team is trying an experiment.  For the next several Sundays we will have a table in Fessenden Hall where you can start or sign a card to another member or friend of the congregation to let them know that you are thinking about them and wishing them well.  A member of our Care Team will be at a table in Fessenden Hall during coffee hour with a variety of cards.  You can stop by and ask that a card be started for someone in particular or just stop by and sign the cards that others have started.  The cards will remain on the table after the second service so that those who attend that service can sign as well.  The cards will be collected and mailed at the beginning of each week.  This experiment is designed to help us widen the caring net of our congregation.  Give it a try and let us know what you think about the effort.

 

With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.  (WKYC-TV, Channel 3)

 

We’d like to remind our members and friends of the online tool we are using to help schedule volunteers for Sundays.   It would be really helpful to the Sunday Volunteer Coordinators if you would be willing to use this tool.  Please see the link below.  Thank you.

All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Kent Social Services is looking for a used camper that can sleep six (6) people.  However, it doesn’t need have to have six beds or even be in running order (it can be towed).  If you know anyone who has a used camper that they can donate, please contact Christie Anderson or Marquice Seward at 330.673.6963.

 

Green Sanctuary Presents:  Chasing Ice

Join us Friday, February 21 at 7:00 PM for the free screening and discussion of the acclaimed film Chasing Ice.

All friends of the earth are invited to this event! Environmentally friendly refreshments included. For further information contact Mary Lou Holly.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity conference is going to be in our backyard this March!  Well, technically, it is going to be at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River.  This is an excellent opportunity to connect with Unitarian Universalists from across the country as we explore ways to grow in our journey toward wholeness.  The complete conference brochure is attached to this email.

 

My fellow Unitarian Universalist,  

I am pleased to share with you the news that the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is expanding!

The College has added new experiential learning trips and new youth justice trainings. These programs will allow you and UUs of all ages, from all over the country, to be immersed in real hands-on experiences. Go on a trip. Make it a priority. It will deepen your commitment to our faith and transform how you do justice work in your community. You will become part of a larger team of dedicated spiritual activists who will make a difference in the world. I’ve personally witnessed this transformation time and time again. I invite you to learn more about these programs

The UUCSJ is a formal collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Its mission is to increase the capacity of UUs to catalyze justice. Building on several years of successful UUA-UUSC partnership, especially in the area of disaster relief, the UUCSJ combines the resources of both organizations to offer a broader and more effective portfolio of service learning and justice education experiences.

Take the first step, if you haven’t already. I encourage you to sign up for the UUSCJ monthly newsletter  and stay up-to-date with all the new opportunities and latest news.

In Faith,

Rev. Peter Morales

President, Unitarian Universalist Association

 

WALK TO PREVENT SUICIDE – March 29, 2014   10 AM – 12 PM

This walk is important so that we as a community acknowledge that depression is a problem many of us face, and that we can support each other.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO PAY TO REGISTER OR TO WALK!  However, if you raise $100 by Feb. 22, you will get a T-shirt at the walk!  And you can raise $100 up until the walk to earn a T-shirt!  So ask your family and friends to support you in this important cause!

Please walk with us on March 29th!  Click here to register as an individual or form a team:  http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2558

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

Come join us at the UU Church of Akron for Fun Family Theatre Night!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron will host Magical Theatre’s professional touring production of Bunnicula!  The Vampire Bunny.  Thursday, February 20 at 7 pm.

Based on the beloved children’s book by Deborah and James Howe, Bunnicula is fun for the whole family. BEWARE THE HARE! Is he or isn’t he a vampire? Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!

The performance is open to the public, all are welcome!  $5 suggested donation at the door.  To let us know you are coming or if you have questions contact uuwakron@gmail.com or call the church office at 330-836-2206.

Performance is Thursday, February 20, 7 pm, UU Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd, Akron, OH  (across from Summit Mall).

 

Income Generation

Stewardship Canvasser Training Dates Set

The annual Stewardship Drive is fast upon us.  We have two dates set for canvasser orientation:  Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm in Fessenden Hall,  and Sunday, March 2, 1:00 pm in Fessenden Hall.  If you are interested in serving in this important ministry, please contact Meg Milko or Kathie Slater.

 

This is the Last Sunday to turn in your Acme Register Tapes!

The Acme Community Cash Back Program ended Saturday, February 8, 2014.  Please submit your register receipts to the box located on the Grocery Card Table in Fessenden Hall.  The deadline to submit receipts is February 23.  The Church receives 5% of the Community Cash Back total located at the bottom of each receipt. Many thanks to everyone who has supported this fundraiser.

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Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

February 16 – Harmony is . . .

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

What is harmony? How do we find it, create it or sustain it? This morning we will explore this often sought but sometimes elusive goal.

 

Lifespan Learning

 

Our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, is on vacation through February 18.  Colleen Thoele, Religious Education Assistant, will handle any RE concerns while Karen is gone.

 

Congratulations to Quinn Barker, Daniel Flippo, Sophia Grubb, Brady Ingersoll, James Janus, Elena Kline, Sydney Mack, Gia Marfy, Spencer Marfy, Lucas Pierre and Isaac St. Clair for completing the OWL for Grades 4-6 class.  Many thanks to Jennifer May and Jeff Lang for their excellent leadership.  OWL is short for Our Whole Lives, which is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s program of comprehensive sexuality education.  We also offer the OWL for Grades 7-9 and will offer Adult OWL in the future.

 

RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES

Feb.23rd during 2nd service, our short then is “Ally’s Choice”  “Ally’s Choice” is about a girl who lives in a very racist environment.  How will her friends and family respond when she decides that she is not “African-American” but “White”, and is accepted as such by the racist leaders in her school? This short challenges all our preconceptions about “race” and identity.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

Community Within

Please RSVP for New UU Class February 16.  Cancellation possible

As no one attended the February 9 New UU Class, unless we receive RSVPs by Friday, February 14, the class scheduled for this coming Sunday, the 16th, will be cancelled.  Please let us know if you would like to attend;  we are eager to meet you and would like to share our church with you.  If you can attend then, there will be classes again in May, and we encourage you to attend those.  Everyone is welcome at these classes, whether you are new our church, or to Unitarian Universalism.

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both; some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

If we convene, Part 2 will be on Sunday, February 16, from 9-11 am.  Each session covers different topics.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

To RSVP, or if you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller or Marion Yeagler.

 

Retiree’s Lunch

Tuesday, February 18 at noon in Fessenden Hall

We’ll meet for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the number of people who attend so everyone has an opportunity to check in with the group. All retirees are welcome to join us. Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 pm in the home of Chris Hurlbut, 585 Dover Drive in Aurora. This month we are reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. Spanning the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the Whittaker family as led by Henry Whittaker—a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia. Born in 1800, Henry’s daughter, Alma becomes a botanist. As Alma’s research takes her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, she falls in love with a man named Ambrose Pike who makes paintings of orchids and who draws her in the exact opposite direction—into the realm of the spiritual, the divine, and the magical. Alma is a clear-minded scientist; Ambrose a utopian artist—but what unites this couple is a desperate need to understand the workings of this world and the mechanisms behind all life. In April, we will be reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

The Library’s final Symposium, (#4)  will be held Tuesday, Feb. 25th at 7:00 P.M. – Fessenden Hall. Bill Moyers’ complete interview with Canadian author, Margaret Atwood, will examine fundamentalism. The discussion centers around 2 different ways of perceiving “the truth”, empirical thinking vs the intuitive, subconscious mode found in art. Ms. Atwood will speak about the value of portraying extremists in fiction. These concepts provides rich material for a lively discussion, which will be moderated by Joel Slater. Refreshments will be served. Plan to join us; we promise you won’t be disappointed. As our Library “sage” reminds us, “all the fun of a book club and none of the work.”

 

Rev. Carol Cissel has graciously shared 3 sources she used in her moving homily, “Because We Can” presented last Sunday. They are: Doing Good Makes you Feel Good, by Melinda Wenner;  Why Helping Other”s Caregivers May Make You Happier, by Anne-Marie Botek, Agingcare.com; The  Science of Good Deeds, by Jeanie Lerche Davis, Livescience.com.

 

Book Review by Martha Kluth

The Essential Guide to Lesbian and Gay Weddings, by Tess Ayers and Paul Brown, Los Angeles, Alyson Books, c1999.

This complete guide includes an historical look at gay and lesbian unions and practical advice such as breaking the news to your family and the straight world. It describes planning the event and negotiating vendor contracts. There are witty anecdotes, proper etiquette and unexpected trivia. It is sprinkled with true stories of same-sex couples who have married.  This book was donated to the church Library and is located in the BGLT category.

 

Stop by the Caring Cards Table on Sunday

Our Care Team is trying an experiment.  For the next several Sundays we will have a table in Fessenden Hall where you can start or sign a card to another member or friend of the congregation to let them know that you are thinking about them and wishing them well.  A member of our Care Team will be at a table in Fessenden Hall during coffee hour with a variety of cards.  You can stop by and ask that a card be started for someone in particular or just stop by and sign the cards that others have started.  The cards will remain on the table after the second service so that those who attend that service can sign as well.  The cards will be collected and mailed at the beginning of each week.  This experiment is designed to help us widen the caring net of our congregation.  Give it a try and let us know what you think about the effort.

 

GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS

Several of the members of our congregation have an allergy to gluten. The symptoms can vary from mild to very severe. It is important to confirm that any products provided at coffee hours are indeed gluten free. The best way to confirm this is to speak with the person who baked the products. When in doubt, it is best to assume that the product is NOT gluten free. Thank you all for helping to make our refreshments healthy and safe.

 

Are you raising a little UU? Come and join the Parents of Young Children group!

Starting in February we will meet once a month. We’ll begin by sharing a meal all together (adults and kids). Childcare will be provided during a our meeting. The Parents of Young Children (PYC) group will resemble our small group ministry but would focus specifically on the issues, concerns, joys and challenges of raising children and creating balance in our spiritual life and parenting roles. This group is for parents and caregivers of kids in kindergarten and under.

For more details, please see Colleen Thoele or Karen Lapidus


With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.  (WKYC-TV, Channel 3)

 

 We’d like to remind our members and friends of the online tool we are using to help schedule volunteers for Sundays.   It would be really helpful to the Sunday Volunteer Coordinators if you would be willing to use this tool.  Please see the link below.  Thank you.

All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Kent Social Services is looking for a used camper that can sleep six (6) people.  However, it doesn’t need have to have six beds or even be in running order (it can be towed).  If you know anyone who has a used camper that they can donate, please contact Christie Anderson or Marquice Seward at 330.673.6963.

 

Green Sanctuary February Heat: Bring your energy, experience, and creative ideas to the continuing UUCK Green Sanctuary process. Think back on your involvement in green activities over the last decade or so. On February 16th during coffee hour we will document our progress in becoming greener as individuals and as a congregation. We will note projects and activities on a timeline along the East wall of Fessenden Hall.

Scheduling on February 16 connects us to the 2014 Interfaith Power & Light National Preach-In on Climate Change (“Doing Our Part”) and to Valentine’s Day weekend.  As Preach-In participants we will write and send cards on behalf of the Earth to Members of Congress. To further generate heat we will write love letters to the Earth and post them on the giant new globe hanging in Fessenden Hall.

Next steps? Friday, February 21 at 7pm:  Free screening and discussion of the acclaimed film Chasing Ice.

All friends of the earth are invited to these events! Environmentally friendly refreshments included. For further information contact Mary Lou Holly.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity conference is going to be in our backyard this March!  Well, technically, it is going to be at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River.  This is an excellent opportunity to connect with Unitarian Universalists from across the country as we explore ways to grow in our journey toward wholeness.  The complete conference brochure is attached to this email.

 

My fellow Unitarian Universalist,  

I am pleased to share with you the news that the UU College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is expanding!

The College has added new experiential learning trips and new youth justice trainings. These programs will allow you and UUs of all ages, from all over the country, to be immersed in real hands-on experiences. Go on a trip. Make it a priority. It will deepen your commitment to our faith and transform how you do justice work in your community. You will become part of a larger team of dedicated spiritual activists who will make a difference in the world. I’ve personally witnessed this transformation time and time again. I invite you to learn more about these programs

The UUCSJ is a formal collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Its mission is to increase the capacity of UUs to catalyze justice. Building on several years of successful UUA-UUSC partnership, especially in the area of disaster relief, the UUCSJ combines the resources of both organizations to offer a broader and more effective portfolio of service learning and justice education experiences.

Take the first step, if you haven’t already. I encourage you to sign up for the UUSCJ monthly newsletter  and stay up-to-date with all the new opportunities and latest news.

In Faith,

Rev. Peter Morales

President, Unitarian Universalist Association

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

Come join us at the UU Church of Akron for Fun Family Theatre Night!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron will host Magical Theatre’s professional touring production of Bunnicula!  The Vampire Bunny.  Thursday, February 20 at 7 pm.

Based on the beloved children’s book by Deborah and James Howe, Bunnicula is fun for the whole family. BEWARE THE HARE! Is he or isn’t he a vampire? Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!

The performance is open to the public, all are welcome!  $5 suggested donation at the door.  To let us know you are coming or if you have questions contact uuwakron@gmail.com or call the church office at 330-836-2206.

Performance is Thursday, February 20, 7 pm, UU Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd, Akron, OH  (across from Summit Mall).

 

Income Generation

Stewardship Canvasser Training Dates Set

The annual Stewardship Drive is fast upon us.  We have two dates set for canvasser orientation:  Wednesday, February 26, 7:00 pm in Fessenden Hall,  and Sunday, March 2, 1:00 pm in Fessenden Hall.  If you are interested in serving in this important ministry, please contact Meg Milko  or Kathie Slater.

 

The Acme Community Cash Back Program ended Saturday, February 8, 2014.  Please submit your register receipts to the box located on the Grocery Card Table in Fessenden Hall.  The deadline to submit receipts is February 23.  The Church receives 5% of the Community Cash Back total located at the bottom of each receipt. Many thanks to everyone who has supported this fundraiser.

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Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

February 9 – Because We Can

Carol Thomas Cissel, Resident Minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, OK and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper – One of life’s salient questions is this, “Why should I help others?” The simple, quick answer is that we help because it is the right thing to do. But, we are not a simple people. There are deeper reasons why we care for others. Join us this morning to talk about the beauty of giving, that unknown thing which drives us to work towards justice and the call to help Because We Can.

 

Lifespan Learning

Congratulations to Quinn Barker, Daniel Flippo, Sophia Grubb, Brady Ingersoll, James Janus, Elena Kline, Sydney Mack, Gia Marfy, Spencer Marfy, Lucas Pierre and Isaac St. Clair for completing the OWL for Grades 4-6 class.  Many thanks to Jennifer May and Jeff Lang for their excellent leadership.  OWL is short for Our Whole Lives, which is the Unitarian Universalist Association’s program of comprehensive sexuality education.  We also offer the OWL for Grades 7-9 and will offer Adult OWL in the future.

 

Our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, will be on vacation from February 11-18.  Colleen Thoele, Religious Education Assistant, will handle any RE concerns while Karen is gone. .

 

RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES

Feb.23rd during 2nd service, our short then is “Ally’s Choice”  “Ally’s Choice” is about a girl who lives in a very racist environment.  How will her friends and family respond when she decides that she is not “African-American” but “White”, and is accepted as such by the racist leaders in her school? This short challenges all our preconceptions about “race” and identity.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

Community Within

Rev. Melissa will be out of town Thursday through Monday in Portland, OR to chair the UUA’s Western Regional Subcommittee on Candidacy.  She will be available by cell phone for urgent concerns and will check email as often as she can.

 

Stop by the Caring Cards Table on Sunday

Our Care Team is trying an experiment.  For the next several Sundays we will have a table in Fessenden Hall where you can start or sign a card to another member or friend of the congregation to let them know that you are thinking about them and wishing them well.  A member of our Care Team will be at a table in Fessenden Hall during coffee hour with a variety of cards.  You can stop by and ask that a card be started for someone in particular or just stop by and sign the cards that others have started.  The cards will remain on the table after the second service so that those who attend that service can sign as well.  The cards will be collected and mailed at the beginning of each week.  This experiment is designed to help us widen the caring net of our congregation.  Give it a try and let us know what you think about the effort.

 

GLUTEN FREE PRODUCTS

Several of the members of our congregation have an allergy to gluten. The symptoms can vary from mild to very severe. It is important to confirm that any products provided at coffee hours are indeed gluten free. The best way to confirm this is to speak with the person who baked the products. When in doubt, it is best to assume that the product is NOT gluten free. Thank you all for helping to make our refreshments healthy and safe.

 

New UU Classes in February

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, February 9, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, February 16, from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller or Marion Yeagler.

 

Are you raising a little UU? Come and join the Parents of Young Children group!

Starting in February we will meet once a month. We’ll begin by sharing a meal all together (adults and kids). Childcare will be provided during a our meeting. The Parents of Young Children (PYC) group will resemble our small group ministry but would focus specifically on the issues, concerns, joys and challenges of raising children and creating balance in our spiritual life and parenting roles. This group is for parents and caregivers of kids in kindergarten and under.

For more details, please see Colleen Thoele or Karen Lapidus

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm at the home of Kathy Kerns. This month we are reading Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. This book spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanche.  In March we will be reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome

 

Art in the Sanctuary

For the month of February, we want to thank abstract artist Karen Millia of Ravenna for providing the art in the sanctuary. She graduated recently with a Fine Arts degree from Kent State.  She is currently studying graphic design at Stark Tech.

 

Reverend Melissa’s prepares her thoughtful Sunday homilies using various references that may be of interest to our congregation. The Library will print in the e-nUUs, the primary homily reference she used the previous Sunday, and we will indicate whether the reference is in her personal collection (MCZ), or in the Library (L.) The Library will give strong consideration to purchasing selected references for our collection.

Sunday, January 26th, for the homily, “A Lion’s Heart”, Rev. Melissa used references from the DVD collection, “The Necessity of Virtue,” by Galen Guengrich. This is a 10-part presentation on virtues and how they can support people living into their potential. (MCZ)

 

A reminder to save Tuesday, Feb. 25 for the 4th and final Library Symposium at 7P.M. in Fessenden Hall. The program will present the recorded (DVD) Bill Moyers interview with the writer, Margaret Atwood. Refreshments will be served after viewing the interview, followed by a discussion with Joel Slater as Moderator.

 

Come browse in the church Library. We have recently UU Publications from UU sources, donated books on a variety of topics, and magazines of interest which are free for the taking. Instruction for self-checkout are in the Library, but a Library committee member is generally available during coffee hour to assist you.

 

With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.  (WKYC-TV, Channel 3)

 

We’d like to remind our members and friends of the online tool we are using to help schedule volunteers for Sundays.   It would be really helpful to the Sunday Volunteer Coordinators if you would be willing to use this tool.  Please see the link below.  Thank you.

All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Green Sanctuary February Heat: Bring your energy, experience, and creative ideas to the continuing UUCK Green Sanctuary process. Think back on your involvement in green activities over the last decade or so. On February 16th during coffee hour we will document our progress in becoming greener as individuals and as a congregation. We will note projects and activities on a timeline along the East wall of Fessenden Hall.

Scheduling on February 16 connects us to the 2014 Interfaith Power & Light National Preach-In on Climate Change (“Doing Our Part”) and to Valentine’s Day weekend.  As Preach-In participants we will write and send cards on behalf of the Earth to Members of Congress. To further generate heat we will write love letters to the Earth and post them on the giant new globe hanging in Fessenden Hall.

Next steps? Friday, February 21 at 7pm:  Free screening and discussion of the acclaimed film Chasing Ice.

All friends of the earth are invited to these events! Environmentally friendly refreshments included. For further information contact Mary Lou Holly

 

The Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity conference is going to be in our backyard this March!  Well, technically, it is going to be at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River.  This is an excellent opportunity to connect with Unitarian Universalists from across the country as we explore ways to grow in our journey toward wholeness.  The complete conference brochure is attached to this email.

 

Sunday, Feb 9 – IRTF Social Justice Teach-In at Case Western Reserve University. Workshops include: hunger, poverty, homelessness, sexism, nonviolence, storytelling, voluntarism, justice Bible study, militarism, environmental racism, sustainability and advocacy. Keynote: Sarah Kalloch of Oxfam America’s Behind the Brands campaign. Registration $10, or free for students. Info at 216.961.0003 or www.IRTFcleveland.org .

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

Come join us at the UU Church of Akron for Fun Family Theatre Night!

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron will host Magical Theatre’s professional touring production of Bunnicula!  The Vampire Bunny.  Thursday, February 20 at 7 pm.

Based on the beloved children’s book by Deborah and James Howe, Bunnicula is fun for the whole family. BEWARE THE HARE! Is he or isn’t he a vampire? Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits…and fangs!

The performance is open to the public, all are welcome!  $5 suggested donation at the door.  To let us know you are coming or if you have questions contact uuwakron@gmail.com or call the church office at 330-836-2206.

Performance is Thursday, February 20, 7 pm, UU Church of Akron, 3300 Morewood Rd, Akron, OH  (across from Summit Mall).

 

Income Generation

Holiday Gift Fair . . . Another huge success

 We had a very successful fundraiser again this year. With your help, donations and participation we raised right around $1,200!!!

Thank you,

Meg Milko, Fundraising Chair

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Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

February 2 -     Music Sunday: Together!

Led by Music Director Hal Walker and Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson

Come celebrate through music and words the power of being “Together”.  The service will feature personal reflections, singing, instrumental performance and a surprise to highlight ways in which our talents are enhanced by working together.

 

Lifespan Learning

Feeling Chilly?

The children in the Grades 3-5 class made three fleece blankets in December.  One was given to the family that we “adopted” at Miller Community House, one was given to a homeless person from Kent and the other was given to the members and friends of the church.  If you are feeling chilly or just need to feel held in the embrace of our community, you are welcome to wrap yourself in the fleece blanket during the worship services.  The blanket is stored in the foyer on top of the little desk.  It has fringe and a planet pattern.

 

RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES

Feb.23rd during 2nd service, our short then is “Ally’s Choice”  “Ally’s Choice” is about a girl who lives in a very racist environment.  How will her friends and family respond when she decides that she is not “African-American” but “White”, and is accepted as such by the racist leaders in her school? This short challenges all our preconceptions about “race” and identity.

If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

Community Within

We have 6 seats are still available for the following Auction Event…

Groundhog’s Eve with Mme. Moderator and the Mighty Minions

Saturday, February 1, 2014  6:00 PM

A fun, lighthearted evening with your Board of Trustees; includes a buffet dinner by Chef Bill, a screening of the PG-rated movie “Groundhog Day”, and desserts, also prepared by Chef Bill. If you don’t have a great time, the board will have to repeat it until they get it right.   $20 per person

       If interested, please contact the Church Office by noon on Thursday to reserve your seat.  Thank you.

 

Art in the Sanctuary                             

For the month of February, we want to thank abstract artist Karen Millia of Ravenna for providing the art in the sanctuary. She graduated recently with a Fine Arts degree from Kent State.  She is currently studying graphic design at Stark Tech.

 

Reverend Melissa’s prepares her thoughtful Sunday homilies using various references that may be of interest to our congregation. The Library will print in the e-nUUs, the primary homily reference she used the previous Sunday, and we will indicate whether the reference is in her personal collection (MCZ), or in the Library (L.) The Library will give strong consideration to purchasing selected references for our collection.

Sunday, January 26th, for the homily, “A Lion’s Heart”, Rev. Melissa used references from the DVD collection, “The Necessity of Virtue,” by Galen Guengrich. This is a 10-part presentation on virtues and how they can support people living into their potential. (MCZ)

 

A reminder to save Tuesday, Feb. 25 for the 4th and final Library Symposium at 7P.M. in Fessenden Hall. The program will present the recorded (DVD) Bill Moyers interview with the writer, Margaret Atwood. Refreshments will be served after viewing the interview, followed by a discussion with Joel Slater as Moderator.

 

Come browse in the church Library. We have recently UU Publications from UU sources, donated books on a variety of topics, and magazines of interest which are free for the taking. Instruction for self-checkout are in the Library, but a Library committee member is generally available during coffee hour to assist you.

 

Save the date February 2

Recently the UUCK Membership Team decided to celebrate the membership of some of our longstanding Church members by designating them as Jubilee members.  We envision such Jubilee membership status would be recognized first at twenty years of service and each five-year interval thereafter (i.e., 25, 30, 35, etc.).  In honor of those members who have reached such landmark membership anniversaries in 2013 and 2014, we are holding our first Jubilee Anniversary Celebration during coffee hour on Sunday, February 2.  We hope that you will be able to join us so that we can recognize these long commitments to our beloved church.

 

New UU Classes in February

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, February 9, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, February 16, from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller or Marion Yeagler.

 

Are you raising a little UU? Come and join the Parents of Young Children group!

Starting in February we will meet once a month. We’ll begin by sharing a meal all together (adults and kids). Childcare will be provided during a our meeting. The Parents of Young Children (PYC) group will resemble our small group ministry but would focus specifically on the issues, concerns, joys and challenges of raising children and creating balance in our spiritual life and parenting roles. This group is for parents and caregivers of kids in kindergarten and under.

For more details, please see Colleen Thoele or Karen Lapidus

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm at the home of Kathy Kerns. This month we are reading Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. This book spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanche.  In March we will be reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome

 

With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.  (WKYC-TV, Channel 3)

 

We’d like to remind our members and friends of the online tool we are using to help schedule volunteers for Sundays.   It would be really helpful to the Sunday Volunteer Coordinators if you would be willing to use this tool.  Please see the link below.  Thank you.

All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Michele Norris: Eavesdropping on America’s Conversation on Race

Monday, February 3, 2014 7:30 PM

EJ Thomas Hall – The University of Akron

Sponsored by Culture Quest and E. J. Thomas Hall

Award-winning journalist and author Michele Norris is one of the most recognized voices in radio. For nearly a decade, she was host of NPR’s longest-running national program, All Things Considered.

Since departing the popular program in late 2012, Michele has been a host and special correspondent for NPR. Her lecture will be about an initiative she developed, The Race Card Project and how six-word snapshots paint a vivid picture of America’s attitudes and experiences about race.

 

Sunday, Feb 9 – IRTF Social Justice Teach-In at Case Western Reserve University. Workshops include: hunger, poverty, homelessness, sexism, nonviolence, storytelling, voluntarism, justice Bible study, militarism, environmental racism, sustainability and advocacy. Keynote: Sarah Kalloch of Oxfam America’s Behind the Brands campaign. Registration $10, or free for students. Info at 216.961.0003 or www.IRTFcleveland.org .

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Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

January 26 – A Lion’s Heart

This multigenerational service will be led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj – I don’t think I’ve ever taken a Disney movie as a text for a worship service, so this will be a first. What can The Lion King teach us about mature courage? Not just for kids, everyone is invited to join us for this lively, multigenerational celebration of life.

 

Seeking Reflections on the Power of “We”

Our capabilities as individuals are enhanced by the shared creativity of others.  Members and friends of the congregation are invited to illustrate the power of collaboration by contributing true personal reflections for the Music Sunday service.  The Feb. 2 worship theme will celebrate the power of an ensemble of people to inspire new possibilities.  Brief personal reflections from any type of setting are sought that highlight a new opportunity that emerged from a group effort. Contributors are urged to express the emotional tone of the experience.  

Selected submissions will be read aloud during the service without revealing authorship. Please note that based on the number of submissions, it’s possible that not all will be able to be included for this particular service.  Email your reflection to both Hal Walker and Christie Anderson by Sunday, Jan. 26.  Thanks!!

 

Lifespan Learning

Feeling Chilly?

The children in the Grades 3-5 class made three fleece blankets in December.  One was given to the family that we “adopted” at Miller Community House, one was given to a homeless person from Kent and the other was given to the members and friends of the church.  If you are feeling chilly or just need to feel held in the embrace of our community, you are welcome to wrap yourself in the fleece blanket during the worship services.  The blanket is stored in the foyer on top of the little desk.  It has fringe and a planet pattern.

 

RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES will return during 2nd service on Jan.26th. Our short is “Cosmic Habituation”.

“Cosmic Habituation explores the ways that new scientific discoveries can invalidate old, our Unitarian Universalism puts science and reason among our spiritual sources, what happens to our spirits when something we have long considered fact is proven false? That is the start of our discussion for Jan.26th.

We will return on Feb.23rd during 2nd service, our short then is “Ally’s Choice”  “Ally’s Choice” is about a girl who lives in a very racist environment.  How will her friends and family respond when she decides that she is not “African-American” but “White”, and is accepted as such by the racist leaders in her school? This short challenges all our preconceptions about “race” and identity.

Thank you for attending RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES throughout the previous year, I promise to bring the most interesting and thoughtful Radiolab shorts to our discussion group throughout the coming year. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

Community Within

Are you raising a little UU? Come and join the Parents of Young Children group!

Starting in February we will meet once a month. We’ll begin by sharing a meal all together (adults and kids). Childcare will be provided during a our meeting. The Parents of Young Children (PYC) group will resemble our small group ministry but would focus specifically on the issues, concerns, joys and challenges of raising children and creating balance in our spiritual life and parenting roles. This group is for parents and caregivers of kids in kindergarten and under.

For more details, please see Colleen Thoele or Karen Lapidus

 

Looking for a Ride

Do you drive anywhere near the intersection of Summit Road and South Prospect Streets in Ravenna on your way to church?  Kay Wind lives near there and she is looking for a ride to and from church on Sundays.  She is happy to come to either service and is even willing to stay for both if needed.  If we could find a small handful of people who can help, perhaps we could set up a monthly schedule.  If you can help (even only in one direction), please let Rev. Melissa know.

 

Save the date February 2

Recently the UUCK Membership Team decided to celebrate the membership of some of our longstanding Church members by designating them as Jubilee members.  We envision such Jubilee membership status would be recognized first at twenty years of service and each five-year interval thereafter (i.e., 25, 30, 35, etc.).  In honor of those members who have reached such landmark membership anniversaries in 2013 and 2014, we are holding our first Jubilee Anniversary Celebration during coffee hour on Sunday, February 2.  We hope that you will be able to join us so that we can recognize these long commitments to our beloved church.

 

New UU Classes in February

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, February 9, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, February 16, from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller or Marion Yeagler.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm at the home of Kathy Kerns. This month we are reading Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. This book spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanche.  In March we will be reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome

 

The Library Committee would like to thank all those who purchased the 2013, volume 3, of Here We Have Gathered. Your support of the Library is deeply appreciated and will give us the resources to continue adding new books to our collection. A few copies remain. If you would like one please see any Library committee member.

The Library Committee is pleased to welcome Jane Krimmer and Gene Wenninger as active committee members. We are indeed grateful to you both for agreeing to help us with this important work.

A brief heads-up: the final Symposium for this church year will be held on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 P.M. in Fessenden Hall. We will view a discussion between Bill Moyers and the the author, Margaret Atwood. Refreshments will be served after the viewing, to be followed by a discussion. Joel Slater will be the Moderator.  Do plan to join us for a thoughtful and stimulating evening. The program should conclude around 8:45 P.M.

 

Book Review   

Madiga, Arthur J., ed. How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies. v.1, 1996; v.2, 1997; Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock VT, 2nd ed. Coedited by Stuart M. Matlins. This 2 volume set was recently donated to the church library collection and is located in the category, “Celebrations and Passages.”

Ecumenical interaction has always been a part of the UU tradition, whether in the RE program visiting other churches or when adults participate in various community groups. Vol. 1 covers the basic service and ceremonies of all major religions and denominations in America. Vol. 2 covers other religions and denominations in America with smaller memberships. This group includes Unitarian Universalists. In both cases the material is based on information obtained directly from each group. Submitted by Martha S. Kluth

 

With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisers drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.  (WKYC-TV, Channel 3)

 

We’d like to remind our members and friends of the online tool we are using to help schedule volunteers for Sundays.   It would be really helpful to the Sunday Volunteer Coordinators if you would be willing to use this tool.  Please see the link below.  Thank you.

All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

It is with much appreciation that we acknowledge the special collection donations received to benefit the Minister’s Discretionary Fund (MDF).  To date, $2,570.25 has been received in support our UUCK community’s pastoral outreach.  Please know that donations to benefit the MDF can be made at any time throughout the year; please designate your donation by writing MDF on the memo line of your check.  Thank you.

Weekly e-nUUs – January 15. 2014

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Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

January 19 – Arresting Art

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Ted Voneida

This Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend we will honor his legacy by reflecting on the courage it takes to resist oppression. Drawing on our recent tradition of Art Sunday, we will explore the courage of resistance through the arts

 

Seeking Reflections on the Power of “We”

Our capabilities as individuals are enhanced by the shared creativity of others.  Members and friends of the congregation are invited to illustrate the power of collaboration by contributing true personal reflections for the Music Sunday service.  The Feb. 2 worship theme will celebrate the power of an ensemble of people to inspire new possibilities.  Brief personal reflections from any type of setting are sought that highlight a new opportunity that emerged from a group effort. Contributors are urged to express the emotional tone of the experience.  

Selected submissions will be read aloud during the service without revealing authorship. Please note that based on the number of submissions, it’s possible that not all will be able to be included for this particular service.  Email your reflection to both Hal Walker and Christie Anderson by Sunday, Jan. 26.  Thanks!!

 

Lifespan Learning

RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES will return during 2nd service on Jan.26th. Our short is “Cosmic Habituation”.

“Cosmic Habituation explores the ways that new scientific discoveries can invalidate old, our Unitarian Universalism puts science and reason among our spiritual sources, what happens to our spirits when something we have long considered fact is proven false? That is the start of our discussion for Jan.26th.

We will return on Feb.23rd during 2nd service, our short then is “Ally’s Choice”  “Ally’s Choice” is about a girl who lives in a very racist environment.  How will her friends and family respond when she decides that she is not “African-American” but “White”, and is accepted as such by the racist leaders in her school? This short challenges all our preconceptions about “race” and identity.

Thank you for attending RADIOLAB AND PANCAKES throughout the previous year, I promise to bring the most interesting and thoughtful Radiolab shorts to our discussion group throughout the coming year. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

Community Within

Coffee Hour Celebration

The Committee on Ministry invites everyone to attend a special coffee hour this Sunday, January 19 in honor of Dan Hayes.  Dan has been mowing the church lawn for the past 15 years!  He has just retired from this position and we hope you can join us to thank him for his service.  Coffee, tea, and cake will be provided.

CoM members: Please attend if you can.

 

Retiree’s Lunch

Tuesday, January 21 at noon in Fessenden Hall

We’ll meet for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the number of people who attend so everyone has an opportunity to check in with the group. All retirees are welcome to join us. Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.

 

Save the date February 2

Recently the UUCK Membership Team decided to celebrate the membership of some of our longstanding Church members by designating them as Jubilee members.  We envision such Jubilee membership status would be recognized first at twenty years of service and each five-year interval thereafter (i.e., 25, 30, 35, etc.).  In honor of those members who have reached such landmark membership anniversaries in 2013 and 2014, we are holding our first Jubilee Anniversary Celebration during coffee hour on Sunday, February 2.  We hope that you will be able to join us so that we can recognize these long commitments to our beloved church.

 

New UU Classes in February

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, February 9, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, February 16, from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller or Marion Yeagler.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 11 at 7 pm at the home of Kathy Kerns. This month we are reading Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne. This book spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.  In March we will be reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome

 

The Library Committee would like to thank all those who purchased the 2013, volume 3, of Here We Have Gathered. Your support of the Library is deeply appreciated and will give us the resources to continue adding new books to our collection. A few copies remain. If you would like one please see any Library committee member.

The Library Committee is pleased to welcome Jane Krimmer and Gene Wenninger as active committee members. We are indeed grateful to you both for agreeing to help us with this important work.

A brief heads-up: the final Symposium for this church year will be held on Tuesday, February 25th at 7:00 P.M. in Fessenden Hall. We will view a discussion between Bill Moyers and the the author, Margaret Atwood. Refreshments will be served after the viewing, to be followed by a discussion. Joel Slater will be the Moderator.  Do plan to join us for a thoughtful and stimulating evening. The program should conclude around 8:45 P.M.

 

Book Review   

Madiga, Arthur J., ed. How to be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious Ceremonies. v.1, 1996; v.2, 1997; Jewish Lights Publishing, Woodstock VT, 2nd ed. Coedited by Stuart M. Matlins. This 2 volume set was recently donated to the church library collection and is located in the category, “Celebrations and Passages.”

Ecumenical interaction has always been a part of the UU tradition, whether in the RE program visiting other churches or when adults participate in various community groups. Vol. 1 covers the basic service and ceremonies of all major religions and denominations in America. Vol. 2 covers other religions and denominations in America with smaller memberships. This group includes Unitarian Universalists. In both cases the material is based on information obtained directly from each group. Submitted by Martha S. Kluth

 

With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisers drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.  (WKYC-TV, Channel 3)

 

We’d like to remind our members and friends of the online tool we are using to help schedule volunteers for Sundays.   It would be really helpful to the Sunday Volunteer Coordinators if you would be willing to use this tool.  Please see the link below.  Thank you.

All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

January Special Collection – This Sunday our monthly special collection will be taken to replenish the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.  This fund exists primarily to help members and friends of the congregation in times of financial emergencies. We take a collection to replenish the fund once each year. A few people have already made their contributions for this year and for them we are grateful. Thank you for considering this fund as part of your annual giving.

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing (UUCGL) seeks to hire an experienced and qualified Director of Music, to lead the welcoming and inspiring music program at our church.  The Director of Music supervises the entire music program (including several ensembles) and the music staff of the church. S/he also serves as the Adult Choir Director or the pianist/accompanist.  The Director of Music reports to the Senior Minister, leads the planning and goal-setting for the music program, and is accountable for the program budget.  This half-time position consists of 20 hours a week (averaged throughout the year) with attendance expected on no fewer than 43 out of 52 Sunday mornings, as well as Christmas Eve.

Salary is $25,000 annually, plus annual leave, sick leave, and access to purchasing health insurance coverage.  Please submit a resume, cover letter, and professional references. You are also encouraged to send a video or audio recording representing your musical expertise. Send application materials by way of email to UUCGLmusicsearch@gmail.com or mail to UUCGL, Attn: Director of Music Search, 855 Grove St, East Lansing, MI 48823.  Preference will be given to candidates who submit materials by 3/1/14.

Visit http://bit.do/UUCGLmusicdirector for more information about this position andwww.uulansing.org for more information about the church.

 

Income Generation

THANK YOU!

A heartfelt and sincere thank you to all who have caught up on their pledges and made up the financial shortfall that I wrote about in the January newsletter. The response has been tremendous and our dire straits are no longer dire, thank goodness. We are in much healthier financial shape now and we are breathing easier.

On behalf of your Board of Trustees and the UUCK staff, thank you.

In service and in faith,

Elaine

Weekly e-nUUs – December 11, 2013

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The Church Office will be closed for the Christmas holiday season on Monday, December 23, 2013 through Friday, January 3, 2014.  During the week of December 23 – December 31, please contact Rev. Christie Anderson if you have an urgent need.  Rev. Melissa will be returning from maternity leave Wednesday, January 1 and will be available by cell phone if you have an emergency; she will be back working her regular schedule January 2.

 

Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

Dec. 15 – Waiting with Trust

Led by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy

These are the days of Advent, the days of waiting before the coming of Christmas and the birth of Jesus. Advent is a contemplative, quiet liturgical season. This third Sunday of Advent, we will consider what this season can teach us about waiting with trust, trusting through the dark times of

our lives and this dark season of the year.

 

Community Within

 

We are in need someone to organize a reception between the two services on Christmas Eve.  If you are interested, please contact Carol Gould.   Thank you!

 

Our Traditional Community Tree is now in Fessenden Hall!  Each year, members and friends of this church  fill this tree with ornaments from their own homes.  Please consider sharing one of your favorites with us!  If you do, please mark it carefully with your FULL NAME so that we can be sure to return it to you after the season.

 

Retiree’s Lunch – Tuesday, December 17 at noon  in Fessenden Hall

We’ll meet for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the number of people who attend so everyone has an opportunity to check in with the group. All retirees are welcome to join us. Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.

 

FY2015 Budget Request – Attention All Committee and Program Chairs

In preparation of our next Stewardship Campaign, the Finance Committee is requesting that Budget Requests for Fiscal Year 2015( beginning July 1, 2014)  be submitted at this time.  Please submit your requests to MaryBeth at uukent@sbcglobal.net or Finance Chair, Gene Wenninger no later than January 6, 2014.

 

ATTENTION: DIRECTORY BEING UPDATED

Has your contact information changed in the last year?  Have you notified the church office of the new information?  The Membership Team is updating the directory for release within the next month or so.  There is still time to add or change your information.  We can also include a photo.  You can email us one, or we can take a photo of you.  Your information can be emailed or called to Andrea Case .

 

With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.  (WKYC-TV, Channel 3)

 

Radiolab and Pancakes is taking December off, but will return in January.  I hope that all of you have wonderful holidays and beautiful New Years.   ~ Cheryl Spoehr.

 

Christmas Potluck

Anyone interested in attending a Christmas Potluck dinner please sign up in Fessenden Hall.  Please indicate what you would like to bring; we suggest that you provide for at least 6 people.  We will gather in Fessenden Hall on Christmas Day at 2:00 pm to share a meal.  If you have any questions, please contact John Kluth or Mary Maske.

 

Holiday Family Movie Night This FRIDAY!

It is time to mark your calendars for our annual X-Mas movie night! Come to Fessenden Hall on Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm for the funniest Christmas movies and cartoons ever made.

We will start with the classic film Santa Claus Fights the Devil. This is a pot luck affair, so bring your favorite holiday dishes.

If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, January 14 at 7 pm at the home of Betty Kendrick. Please bring a snack to share. This month you may choose between two books on a similar topic. One choice is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier.  Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom. The second choice is The Known World by Edward P. Jones. This book tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can’t uphold the estate’s order.  In February we will be reading Empire of the Southern Moon by S.C. Gwynne and in March we will be reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

The Library Committee will be selling the 2013 edition of “Here We Have Gathered” during coffee hour this Sunday.  It is a collection of reflections by church members on many of the various activities the congregation supports. Each edition is $5.00 and is the Library’s principal fundraising effort for the year. They would be wonderful adult and young adult holiday gifts, and you would be supporting the Library at the same time. Our profit will be used to purchase new books.

 

Book Review 

Cloud Cover: a memoir of perseverance and transformation, by Margot S. Milcetich, (Ravenna, OH, Brahmirishi Yoga Publications, October 2013.)

This book was recently donated to our collection by Margot Milcetich of our church. Margot is the founder of the yoga teacher training school, Brahmirishi Yoga, and she teaches at Kent Yoga. She shares her story in which she alleviates her confusion and suffering with the help of meditation, marriage and a guru. This is a local story dealing with her life in the Kent area, and the values that meditation and yoga gave to her. At the end of the book is a glossary of terms relating to the practices used in the texts to which she refers. We have placed this book in a new Library category, Writings by Church Members.   The proceeds of the sales of the book will benefit Swami Bawra’s free school in Jabalpur, India.  Submitted by Martha Kluth.

 

It takes all of us to create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings.   All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.  Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio

Administrative Coordinator Job Announcement

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) seeks a part-time Administrative Coordinator from the Cleveland area to begin no later than February 15, 2014.    The Independent Contractor will work forty to sixty hours per month out of home at a starting rate of at least $15 per hour with reimbursement for travel and other expenses.

Basic responsibilities will include

  • Administrative management of data base/membership roster/budget reports (Excel); Webmaster (wordpress), Facebook social media/Google Group Manager; Exchange Newsletter Editor/action alerts (Mailchimp), UUJO email.
  • Administrative support for the Officers, Steering Committee, and issue task forces facilitating conference calls, webinars, meetings and reports.

Based on qualifications and experience additional responsibilities/pay may include

  • Administrative support for Coordinator in assisting issue Task Force facilitators, exchange information, set priorities, promote coalitions and partnerships
  • Administrative support for organizational consultants making Congregational Visits with leaders + committees, Workshops, liaison to partner organizations + legislators
  • Other duties as may be identified by the Co-Chairs

Qualifications:  B.A. degree (or its equivalent) preferred. Self-starter; good interpersonal skills; able to work collaboratively; advanced computer, software and Internet skills; must be willing to attend some evening conference calls; need valid driver’s license and ability to travel to some meetings; administrative experience, commitment to justice and UU principles a plus.

Compensation:   $15 /hr.  10-15 hours/wk.  Flexible, variable by wk up to 60 hours/month.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume that includes email and phone contact information for three references. Applications should be submitted as electronic attachments to Howard Tolley, Co-Chair, uujo@ohiomeadville.org, and by mail to 3900 North Cliff Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45220.  Applications may be submitted until January 25, 2014.   UUJO is an equal opportunity employer

Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio is a statewide public policy network for the 38 UU Congregations in Ohio and their more than 5,000 members – 27 churches and fellowships in the Ohio Meadville District of CERG and 11 in the MidAmerica Region.   UUJO promotes Unitarian Universalist principles and values through education, research, advocacy, witness, and service. UUJO works to facilitate communications among the UU congregations and supports their social justice programs. http://ohiomeadville.org/uujo/

Supported in part by a grant from the UU Funding Program Social Responsibility Fund

 

Income Generation

We are currently seeking donations for Holiday Gift Fair!

We are accepting donations for Gifts made from the Heart – handmade items; Gifts made from the Hearth – homemade goodies; And finally Re-gifted items that are new or like new.

The kickoff of the Holiday Gift Fair is scheduled for Sunday December 8, 2013 during coffee hour and will run for 3 Sundays in December:  December 8, 15 and 22.

Please bring your donations to Fessenden Hall.  If you have questions, please contact Meg Milk.   Thank you for your support of this UUCK tradition.

 

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Worship & Music

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

Sunday, December 1 -  Not by Might

Led by Rabbi David Horowitz and Worship Associate Max Grubb

 

A Service of Memories and Light

Sunday, December 1, 7 p.m.

Many of us look forward to the upcoming winter holidays with heavy hearts.  We are missing loved ones who have died, and we know the holidays will bring our memories into sharper focus. On Sunday, December 1 at 7pm, we offer a Service of Memory and Light to acknowledge our sadness, and together honor the lives of those we miss so much.  Rev. Christie Anderson and Rev. George Buchanan will lead this service of loving fellowship. We’ll have music, readings and time for contemplation, with a ritual of individual remembrances.  We’ll follow the service with a dessert and snack reception. This service is open to all adult and mature teen congregants who are in need of this Service of Memories and Light.

 

Looking for your creativity and expertise with felt!

We are seeking individuals who are both creative and work well with felt!  It is our hope to offer a felt board presentation at our earliest worship service offered on Christmas Eve.  If you would are interested in assisting with this project, please contact Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, rruchotzke@uua.org or Karen Lapidus, dre-uukent@sbcglobal.net.

 

Got Prayer?

On 12/29 we will be sharing some of the ways that members and friends of our congregation engage prayer and/or other spiritual practices with their families.  Whether or not you have children at home or even at all, we invite your stories.  Do you have any regular prayer practices or other spiritual practices you keep with your family (however you define family for yourself).  If not, have you had milestone, transitional or otherwise special moments with your family life in which you have prayed or observed some other spiritual practice together that has been especially meaningful for you?  If you are willing, we would love to share your story during the service.  This will be a multimedia program, so any photos, recordings, or videos that illustrate your family’s spiritual traditions will be most welcome.   Lois Weir and Andrew Rome will be coordinating this intergenerational service.  Please contact Lois or Andrew with your contributions.

 

Lifespan Learning

 

Idea of the week:  Gratitude

“Gratitude is the memory of the heart” (old French proverb)

Rev. George Buchanan

 

Community Within

 

Jump-start your holiday spirit and join us for our annual Hanging of the Greens!

The Hanging of the Greens will take place after the second service on Sunday, December 8. We are soliciting volunteers for that event.  We especially can use help from individuals who were involved last year.  Also, we need someone who is not fearful of climbing our tall ladder to reach the top of the tree!  Get in the holiday spirit by volunteering. Contact Jack Graham or Mary Ann Stephens..

 

Once again the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will host Thanksgiving dinner at the church on Thursday, November 28 beginning at 2 pm in Fessenden Hall.  Our host, Bonny Graham Esparza, will be preparing a turkey for the feast.

Turkey will be provided so there will be no charge for anyone; however, we will take a free will offering to help cover the cost of a few supplies and some other treats.    All who attend are asked to bring a favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish or dessert to share.   A variety of alcohol-free drinks will be provided.

If you plan to come, consider bringing your favorite game to share if you’d also like to enjoy time relaxing with others after the meal.  In order to prepare, please let us know if you are coming; RSVP to Bonny Esparza.

 

HERE WE HAVE GATHERED

Who are the “WE?”  Where have we GATHERED”?

The We” is you and all of us , the congregation of free thinkers that form the Unitarian Universalists, GATHERED  together in Kent, Ohio.

The title of the booklet refers to a collection of essays written by current and former members about current and past events that have had an impact on our congregation. Included in this edition (vol.3) are a new prayer by Rev. Melissa; remembrances of May 4th and the active response of our church written by Gene Wenninger and Caroline Arnold; the Summer Institute experiences of the Slater family and Lori McGee; a recollection of his church religious education by Reid Parsons, recipes used for church activities donated by Olive Hobbs and Kathy Slater, plus many pictures of church groups and individuals. Each volume of “Here We Have Gathered,” represents the Library’s commitment to recording church activities that collectively form the history of our Kent Church.

The sale of this booklet represents the primary, yearly fundraiser for the Library. Proceeds from the sale  of this edition ($5.00/copy) will help us to purchase new books for the Library collection. We will be most grateful for you support. Copies may be purchased during coffee hour or from any committee member.

 

Holiday Family Movie Night It is time to mark your calendars for our annual X-Mas movie night!  Come to Fessenden Hall on Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm for the funniest Christmas movies and cartoons ever made. We will start with the classic film Santa Claus Fights the Devil. This is a pot luck affair, so bring your favorite holiday dishes. If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 pm at the home of Kay Wind.  Please bring a snack to share. This month we are reading Gone Girl by Gillia Flynn.  Flynn’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

It takes all of us to create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings.   All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

 

Many, many thanks for your generous giving.  Once again, our UU community has demonstrated its big heart and caring values through outreach giving.  The special collection in support of UUSC/UUA Philippian Typhoon Relief raised $1029.93. 

 

Holiday Toy Collection Drive to Benefit Kent Social Services

From now until DECEMBER 8th, we will be collecting new toys to donate from our congregation to the Kent Social Services Toy Drive. Please consider adding a new and unwrapped toy OR A GIFT CARD FOR A TEEN to the

collection box in Fessenden Hall to support Kent Social Services in their goal to bring joy this holiday season to the children of our community.

 

The Holidays are quickly approaching and the RE Committee has received a list of Christmas wishes from a local family at Miller Community House. The family we received is a mom, dad and 2 daughters. Our tradition of providing Christmas gifts for a family in need is a very special project for our congregation. We hope you will help!

In addition to asking for your cash donations so that we may purchase special gifts for the whole family, this year we are looking for a few bigger items to help this family enjoy their new living space. These items can be new or in good used condition. The items are: a T.V., DVD player and an iPod Touch. If you have any of these more expensive items to donate (new or used), please contact Colleen Thoele or Karen Lapidus.

There will be a table for monetary donations to purchase gifts for this family during coffee hour each Sunday until the deadline of December 8th.

 

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Worship & Music

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

November 24 – Grateful Sharing of the Bread

Led by Rev. George Buchanan; Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education; Hal Walker, Music Director; and  Trish McLoughlin, Worship Associate

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Multigenerational Worship Service!  This is a bread communion service, with several different types of bread we gratefully share with one another. This expresses the importance of “moving to the middle” in our lives with family and close friends – giving and receiving with deep gratitude as we grow together and increase the common good.

 

We are looking for just a few households to volunteer to bake bread for the Nov. 24 service. Please contact MaryBeth Hannan in the church office if you are willing to bake.  In the Chalice Flame newsletter, we had asked that each household bring bread to share – our plans changed and this is no longer necessary.  So just bring your wonderful selves, and of course anyone you know in need of our open and loving community.

 

A Service of Memories and Light

Sunday, December 1, 7 p.m.

Many of us look forward to the upcoming winter holidays with heavy hearts.  We are missing loved ones who have died, and we know the holidays will bring our memories into sharper focus. On Sunday, December 1 at 7pm, we offer a Service of Memory and Light to acknowledge our sadness, and together honor the lives of those we miss so much.  Rev. Christie Anderson and Rev. George Buchanan will lead this service of loving fellowship. We’ll have music, readings and time for contemplation, with a ritual of individual remembrances.  We’ll follow the service with a dessert and snack reception. This service is open to all adult and mature teen congregants who are in need of this Service of Memories and Light.

 

Looking for your creativity and expertise with felt!

We are seeking individuals who are both creative and work well with felt!  It is our hope to offer a felt board presentation at our earliest worship service offered on Christmas Eve.  If you would are interested in assisting with this project, please contact Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, rruchotzke@uua.org or Karen Lapidus, dre-uukent@sbcglobal.net.

 

Lifespan Learning

 

RadioLab and Pancakes!

Radiolab and Pancakes will meet in Fessenden Hall during second service, on Nov. 24th. This time we will take a break from Radiolab and listen to On Being with Kristina Tippet. Her guest is a young Lutheran Minister who created a church specifically for young transgender people. Seeking to avoid tradition, her church has a chocolate fountain rather than a baptismal font. The story of this inspiring church will start our monthly discussion.

 

Idea of the Week – the Great Turning

The Great Turning is the name for our turn towards a sustainable and just human society, and away from the current dominant consumer culture leading us to despair and destruction.  David Korten, Joanna Macy and other writers have made the term “Great Turning” popular.

There are signs we, the human race, are actually making this turn.  It is not clear how much will be lost before the Great Turning is complete.

Rev. George

 

Community Within

 

The Hanging of the Greens will take place after the second service on Sunday, December 8. We are soliciting volunteers for that event.  We especially can use help from individuals who were involved last  year.  Also, we need someone who is not fearful of climbing our tall ladder to reach the top of the tree!  Get in the holiday spirit by volunteering. Contact Jack Graham or Mary Ann Stephens..

 

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL VOTING MEETING – QUORUM REQUIRED!

Please join us on Sunday, November 24 at 12:45 pm in Fessenden Hall for an information and voting meeting on the property acquisition.  Here we grow again!

 

Once again the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will host Thanksgiving dinner at the church on Thursday, November 28 beginning at 2 pm in Fessenden Hall.  Our host, Bonny Graham Esparza, will be preparing a turkey for the feast.

Turkey will be provided so there will be no charge for anyone; however, we will take a free will offering to help cover the cost of a few supplies and some other treats.    All who attend are asked to bring a favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish or dessert to share.   A variety of alcohol-free drinks will be provided.

If you plan to come, consider bringing your favorite game to share if you’d also like to enjoy time relaxing with others after the meal.   In order to prepare, please let us know if you are coming.  A sign-up sheet has been posted in Fessenden Hall.  Alternatively, you can email your reply to the church office.  If you do reply via email, please let us know what you will be bringing and whether you are free to help with set up or clean up.

 

HERE WE HAVE GATHERED

Who are the “WE?”  Where have we GATHERED”?

The We” is you and all of us , the congregation of free thinkers that form the Unitarian Universalists, GATHERED  together in Kent, Ohio.

The title of the booklet refers to a collection of essays written by current and former members about current and past events that have had an impact on our congregation. Included in this edition (vol.3) are a new prayer by Rev. Melissa; remembrances of May 4th and the active response of our church written by Gene Wenninger and Caroline Arnold; the Summer Institute experiences of the Slater family and Lori McGee; a recollection of his church religious education by Reid Parsons, recipes used for church activities donated by Olive Hobbs and Kathy Slater, plus many pictures of church groups and individuals. Each volume of “Here We Have Gathered,” represents the Library’s commitment to recording church activities that collectively form the history of our Kent Church.  The sale of this booklet represents the primary, yearly fundraiser for the Library. Proceeds from the sale  of this edition ($5.00/copy) will help us to purchase new books for the Library collection. We will be most grateful for you support. Copies may be purchased during coffee hour or from any committee member.

 

Holiday Family Movie Night

It is time to mark your calendars for our annual X-Mas movie night! Come to Fessenden Hall on Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm for the funniest Christmas movies and cartoons ever made. We will start with the classic film Santa Claus Fights the Devil. This is a pot luck affair, so bring your favorite holiday dishes. If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Spoehr.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 pm at the home of Kay Wind. . Please bring a snack to share. This month we are reading Gone Girl by Gillia Flynn.  Flynn’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.   All are welcome.

 

It takes all of us to create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings.   All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.  Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

 

Nov. 24 Special Collection for Philippines Relief
This coming Sunday, November 24 will take a special collection to contribute to the relief efforts in the eastern Philippines. Our national Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has a long-established presence in the Philippines focused on care for those most vulnerable – women and children, and farmers and fisherfolk in rural areas .  In conjunction with the UUA, our national denomination, the UUSC has established a joint emergency fund to focus on immediate relief for these same vulnerable people.  Our donations this coming Sunday will go this joint emergency fund.

 

Holiday Toy Collection Drive to Benefit Kent Social Services

From now until DECEMBER 8th, we will be collecting new toys to donate from our congregation to the Kent Social Services Toy Drive. Please consider adding a new and unwrapped toy OR A GIFT CARD FOR A TEEN to the

collection box in Fessenden Hall to support Kent Social Services in their goal to bring joy this holiday season to the children of our community.

 

The Holidays are quickly approaching and the RE Committee has received a list of Christmas wishes from a local family at Miller Community House. The family we received is a mom, dad and 2 daughters. Our tradition of providing Christmas gifts for a family in need is a very special project for our congregation. We hope you will help!

In addition to asking for your cash donations so that we may purchase special gifts for the whole family, this year we are looking for a few bigger items to help this family enjoy their new living space. These items can be new or in good used condition. The items are: a T.V., DVD player and an iPod Touch. If you have any of these more expensive items to donate (new or used), please contact Colleen Thoele or Karen Lapidus.

There will be a table for monetary donations to purchase gifts for this family during coffee hour each Sunday until the deadline of December 8th.

 

Income Generation

 

Just a reminder that we are participating in the Acme Community Cash Back Program.  Please save your Acme register receipts and turn them in to the box located on the grocery card table in Fessenden Hall.  The Church receives 5 % of the Community Cash Back total listed at the bottom of the receipts through this fundraiser.  Thanks so much for your support, we appreciate it!

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Worship & Music

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

 

Sunday, November 17 – Gadgets and Gods

Led by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

Humanism is a core value and influence in Unitarian Universalism, yet we live in a time where our interfacing with technology is changing how our human brains function.  How can we keep the best of human nature while adapting to new ways of sharing information?

 

November 24 – Grateful Sharing of the Bread

Led by Rev. George Buchanan; Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education; Hal Walker, Music Director; and  Trish McLoughlin, Worship Associate

Please join us for our annual Thanksgiving Multigenerational Worship Service!  This is a bread communion service, with several different types of bread we gratefully share with one another. This expresses the importance of “moving to the middle” in our lives with family and close friends – giving and receiving with deep gratitude as we grow together and increase the common good.

 

We are looking for just a few households to volunteer to bake bread for the Nov. 24 service. Please contact MaryBeth Hannan in the church office if you are willing to bake.  In the Chalice Flame newsletter, we had asked that each household bring bread to share – our plans changed and this is no longer necessary.  So just bring your wonderful selves, and of course anyone you know in need of our open and loving community.

 

Looking for your creativity and expertise with felt!

We are seeking individuals who are both creative and work well with felt!  It is our hope to offer a felt board presentation at our earliest worship service offered on Christmas Eve.  If you would are interested in assisting with this project, please contact Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, rruchotzke@uua.org or Karen Lapidus, dre-uukent@sbcglobal.net.

 

Got Prayer?

On 12/29 we will be sharing some of the ways that members and friends of our congregation engage prayer and/or other spiritual practices with their families.  Whether or not you have children at home or even at all, we invite your stories.  Do you have any regular prayer practices or other spiritual practices you keep with your family (however you define family for yourself).  If not, have you had milestone, transitional or otherwise special moments with your family life in which you have prayed or observed some other spiritual practice together that has been especially meaningful for you?  If you are willing, we would love to share your story during the service.  This will be a multimedia program, so any photos, recordings, or videos that illustrate your family’s spiritual traditions will be most welcome.   Lois Weir and Andrew Rome will be coordinating this intergenerational service.  Please contact Lois or Andrew  with your contributions.

 

Lifespan Learning

 

Idea of the Week – Becoming Our True Selves

The religious and spiritual process is about emerging as our truer, more loving selves.  Many define this in terms of improving our relationship with God or a Higher Power in some form.  And that is fine.  Others, including many Unitarian Universalists, experience emergence of their truer, more loving selves in relationship to a world without a God-image.   It’s all good.

Rev. George Buchanan

 

RadioLab and Pancakes!

Radiolab and Pancakes will meet in Fessenden Hall during second service, on Nov. 24th. This time we will take a break from Radiolab and listen to On Being with Kristina Tippet. Her guest is a young Lutheran Minister who created a church specifically for young transgender people. Seeking to avoid tradition, her church has a chocolate fountain rather than a baptismal font. The story of this inspiring church will start our monthly discussion.

 

Community Within

 

SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL VOTING MEETING – QUORUM REQUIRED!

Please join us on Sunday, November 24 at 12:45 pm in Fessenden Hall for an information and voting meeting on the property acquisition.  Here we grow again!

 

Retiree’s Lunch – Tuesday, November 19 at noon 

We’ll meet for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the number of people who attend so everyone has an opportunity to check in with the group. All retirees are welcome to join us. Bring your own lunch, beverages will be provided.

 

New UU Classes continue this coming Sunday, Nov 17!

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 was last Sunday, November 10. Part 2 will be on Sunday, November 17, from 9-11 am.  You are encouraged to attend this coming Sunday, even if you missed the first session.  Different topics are covered in each session.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller or Marion Yeagler.

 

Once again the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will host Thanksgiving dinner at the church on Thursday, November 28 beginning at 2 pm in Fessenden Hall.  Our host, Bonny Graham Esparza, will be preparing a turkey for the feast.

Turkey will be provided so there will be no charge for anyone; however, we will take a free will offering to help cover the cost of a few supplies and some other treats.    All who attend are asked to bring a favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish or dessert to share.   A variety of alcohol-free drinks will be provided.

If you plan to come, consider bringing your favorite game to share if you’d also like to enjoy time relaxing with others after the meal.

In order to prepare, please let us know if you are coming.  A sign-up sheet has been posted in Fessenden Hall.  Alternatively, you can email your reply to the church office.  If you do reply via email, please let us know what you will be bringing and whether you are free to help with set up or clean up.

 

The Library Committee would like to thank all who participated in Symposium 3 last night in spite of the weather. Moyers conducted a wonderful interview of Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses), followed by plentiful and delicious refreshments and a very stimulating discussion sparked by Rushdie’s idea that morality is hard-wired into human beings. (Is it?) There were requests for another Symposium after the holidays. Stay tuned.

 

Here We Have Gathered, Volume 3 will be on sale for $5.00 during coffee hour Sunday, the 17th, and on succeeding Sundays. This is the Library’s sole fundraiser for the year (all symposiums are free), and the committee will be most grateful for your support. The money is used primarily to purchase new books for our collection.

 

It takes all of us to create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings.   All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday

 

Outreach and Social Justice

 

Many thanks to everyone who supported our November Special Offering to honor veterans on Veterans’ Day. The collection raised $977.00 which will be donated to Freedom House.

 

The UUCK Environmental Justice Task Groups Presents:  Fracking Film Series

7pm Fridays, Fessenden Hall

November 15th, 7pm

Gasland II is a deeper look into the complexities of fracking. Director Josh Fox explores

the gas industry and its portrayal of natural gas as a safe and clean alternative to oil. This film provides a comprehensive look at fracking and its impact on individual lives, environmental devastation, and political corruption.

Gasland II will be followed by a speaker presentation and discussion with Mary Greer from Concerned Citizens Ohio.

Contact the church office for more information at (330) 673-4247.

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

Kent Community Dinner – Celebrating the Jewish Community!   November 16, 5:30 PM at the Cohn Jewish Student Center, 613 E. Summit Street, Kent, OH   There will be educational programming led by Hillel, dinner music by Guy Pernetti, help from the Boy Scouts, and special songs from Hal Walker.  For more information, call 330.678.8760.

 

Income Generation

Just a reminder that we are participating in the Acme Community Cash Back Program.  Please save your Acme register receipts and turn them in to the box located on the grocery card table in Fessenden Hall.  The Church receives 5% of the Community Cash Back total at the bottom on the register tape.  Thanks so much for your participation, we appreciate your support!