Weekly e-nUUs – July 16, 2014

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This week, Rev. Melissa, Karen Lapidus and Hal Walker are attending Summer Institute (SI).  While at SI, Rev. Melissa will check email daily and will be available by cell phone, as well

 

Worship & Music  

One Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM through  the month of July only.  We will return to our regular schedule of two services at 9:45 and 11:30 AM on August 7.

 

July 20 – Spirit Voices

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy (with many other worship associates, too) – This special service will feature poetry. I have invited all of the worship associates who are available to choose a poem that moves them, to share the poem with us and to tell us a little bit about how that particular poem touches their spirit. Beautiful poetry and music are in store for you today. Come be filled up!

 

From the Library

“Bringing Inspiration Home”, Rev. Melissa’s theme for last Sunday’s homily, drew on her experiences at the recent UUA  General Assembly, 2014. She suggest visiting that website and the “2014 Ware Lecture” by Sister Simone Campbell, a charismatic Catholic nun activist in social justice.

Shirley Kiernan suggests two titles to further expand her presentation on autism during the July 6th service,  “Taking Perspective, Giving Perspective”.

Pervasive Developmental Disorder: An Altered Perspective, by Barbara Quinn and Anthony Malone.

Know the Night: A Memoir, by Maria Mutch (a mother who writes about her child).

 

Lifespan Learning

Have You Seen Those Painted Rocks Around the Church?

Those are for you – yes you!  They are a gift from the children in Summer Religious Education.  Please take one as a gift from them to you.  More “Simple Gifts” are planned all summer long.  We are making decorated placemats and fleece lap blankets for the residents at Kent Healthcare Center.   On August 10th, we will be visiting the facility to deliver the gifts and to sing songs.  Parents and caregivers of school-aged children will receive more information via email.

 

Community Within

CALLING VOLUNTEERS TO HELP SATURDAY WITH THE FINAL CLEAN OUT AND METAL SCRAPPING AT THE MILLS HOUSE.  We need some extra hands, Saturday, July 17 at 10 AM to help Randy Ruchotzke with the basement cleaning and removal of any scrap metal.  Please where sturdy shoes or boots and bring your work gloves!

 

Annual Clinton Hobbs Garden Tour – Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tickets are still available for the UUCK Garden Tour and Salad Supper.  Do join fellow nature lovers as we stroll through the gardens of Gingr Vaughn, Amanda and Andrew Rome, Trish and Anatol Kwartler, and then visit two community garden sites including Freedom House, a housing facility for military veterans, and the  Kent Community Gardens.  We will end our experience at Ode to Joy, the Garden Club of Kent’s shelter for dinner and community time.

Attendees will gather at the Church parking lot at 1:30 on Saturday, July 26th to car pool to the first garden.

Interested?  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Sundays from Claudia Miller or Kathie Slater.

 

Boxes Anyone?

Rod and Mary Thompson are back in the Kent/Ravenna area now that Rod has completed his interim ministry in North Carolina.  They have several boxes, including wardrobe boxes available if anyone is in need.  If interested, please contact Rod.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm in the home of Chris Hurlbut.  This month we are reading The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution by Alex Storozynski .  Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian born in 1746, was one of the most important figures of the modern world. Fleeing his homeland after a death sentence was placed on his head, he came to America with little more than a revolutionary spirit and a genius for engineering. He quickly proved his capabilities and became the most talented engineer of the Continental Army.  A lifelong champion of the common man and woman, he was ahead of his time in advocating tolerance and standing up for the rights of slaves, Native Americans, women, serfs, and Jews. Following the end of the war, Kosciuszko returned to Poland and was a leading figure in that nation’s Constitutional movement. He became Commander in Chief of the Polish Army and valiantly led a defense against a Russian invasion. He lived the remainder of his life as an international celebrity and a vocal proponent for human rights. This definitive and exhaustively researched biography fills a long-standing gap in historical literature with its account of a dashing and inspiring revolutionary figure. In the month of August we will be reading Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan or The Bookstore by Debroah Meyler. In September we will be reading Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison by Piper Kerman. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Pray for Relief Faith Summit on Stopping Deportations

Last month I delivered a sermon reflecting on the terrible journeys of the many unaccompanied immigrant children coming into the United States from Central America and Mexico. I talked about my fear that they will face deportation even though the UN reports that many likely qualify for refugee status.  After that sermon, Dan Flippo suggested to me that my concern might warrant proposing an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly.  The UUA Commission on Social Witness (CSW) describes an Action of Immediate Witness as a statement “that expresses the conscience and carries the authority of the delegates at the General Assembly at which it is passed.”  I followed up on his suggestion by writing to several immigration justice leaders in the UUA to ask their advice.  I was encouraged to propose an AIW calling people to an upcoming event in Washington DC focused on asking President Obama to stop the deportations.

With help from Dan, several colleagues and lay leaders as well from members of the Commission on Social Witness (including former UUCK member Susan Goekler who is chair of the CSW,) I proposed an AIW which was accepted and ultimately endorsed by the General Assembly.  Dan took video of me presenting a statement in support of the AIW which he posted to our congregation’s FB page if you are interested in learning more.

I will be going to DC to participate in the Pray for Relief Faith Summit on Stopping Deportations at the end of the month.  I’m hoping a bunch of people from Northeast Ohio will go with me and am willing to try to organize ride sharing, a van or maybe even a bus, if warranted.  Are any of you moved to attend?  Check out this link for much more information and please note the deadline to register is July 15.

http://standingonthesideoflove.org/immigration/pray-for-relief-take-actions-to-stop-deportations/

Weekly e-nUUs – July 9, 2014

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office teamThis week, Rev. Melissa will be working ½ days in the Office.  Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, is available by appointment and Music Director, Hal Walker is off this week.  The Church Office is open this week and also next week while Rev. Melissa, Karen Lapidus and Hal Walker are attending Summer Institute (SI).  While at SI, Rev. Melissa will check email daily and will be available by cell phone, as well.

 

Worship & Music  

One Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM through  the month of July only.  We will return to our regular schedule of two services at 9:45 and 11:30 AM on August 7.

 

July 13 – Bringing Inspiration Home

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

Every year Rev. Melissa attends the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association Ministry Days and the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. After a full week of outstanding worship, workshops, public witness and stimulating conversation, she returns filled with inspiration. This Sunday morning she hopes to share some of that inspiration with you.

 

From the Library

The deeply affecting service last Sunday, “Taking Perspective, Giving Perspective, arranged and organized by Amanda and Andrew Rome, featured moving personal stories by congregation members and guests. Each speaker generously shared the following sources.

Amanda and Andrew Rome: “Adopting the Hurt Child”, and “Parenting the Hurt Child”, both by Gregory Keck and Regina Kupecky.

Ann Lapidus:  “Touching the Rock: An Experience of Blindness”, by John M. Hull.

Fred Smith: “Alcoholics Anonymous”, published by the AA General Service Board in New York.

Trish McLoughlin:  “Kitchen Talk” by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D., and “How to Say It When You Don’t Know What to Say”, by Robbie Miller

 

Lifespan Learning

Summer Religious Education
Our theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.

Summer RE will take place at 9:45 am only.   During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.  At 11:30, the only option for children and youth is to attend the worship service with their parents/designated adult.

This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fessenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

 

Community Within

Retiree’s Lunch – Tuesday, July 15 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.Congregational Administrator Mary Beth Hannan will host the lunch in Rev. Melissa’s absence.

 

Annual Clinton Hobbs Garden Tour

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tickets are still available for the UUCK Garden Tour and Salad Supper.  Do join fellow nature lovers as we stroll through the gardens of Gingr Vaughn, Amanda and Andrew Rome, Trish and Anatol Kwartler, and then visit two community garden sites including Freedom House, a housing facility for military veterans, and the  Kent Community Gardens.  We will end our experience at Ode to Joy, the Garden Club of Kent’s shelter for dinner and community time.

Attendees will gather at the Church parking lot at 1:30 on Saturday, July 26th to car pool to the first garden.

Interested?  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Sundays from Claudia Miller or Kathie Slater.  You may also call Kathie at 330-673-2789 to reserve a spot.

 

Moving Forward

We continue to move forward towards our expansion.  On Monday, July 7 the asbestos abatement at Mills House began.  We ask that folks keep clear of the house during this time.  This project will continue for approximately one week.  Following that will be many small tasks that will include the final clearing of any remaining contents in the house.  We project that the house demolition will be concluded by the end of the month!

 

Boxes Anyone?

Rod and Mary Thompson are back in the Kent/Ravenna area now that Rod has completed his interim ministry in North Carolina.  They have several boxes, including wardrobe boxes available if anyone is in need.  If interested, please contact Rod.

 

About the July Artist . . .

My name is Melodie Luther Peterson ).  I am a spirit artist and my spirit name is Dancing Dove.  I am not Native American by bloodline but I believe that I have had many Native American lives. I have often been drawn close to Mother Nature and I listen to my Heart.  This means that I channel my art from angels, masters, guides, elementals and other benevolent Beings that work with me according to the prayer that I say that precedes each painting.  If you are drawn to a painting, it is speaking to you.  They are live paintings. They will do what they are meant to do whether that is healing, guiding, giving a lesson, etc.    I mention on my bio that my inspiration is from my God, the ultimate naturalist and my parents.  You may view my art and channeled message for each painting on my blog: mylivepaintings.blogspot.com and click on Heart Speak or make comments to: dancingdove358@yahoo.com

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm in the home of Chris Hurlbut.   This month we are reading The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution by Alex Storozynski .  Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian born in 1746, was one of the most important figures of the modern world. Fleeing his homeland after a death sentence was placed on his head, he came to America with little more than a revolutionary spirit and a genius for engineering. He quickly proved his capabilities and became the most talented engineer of the Continental Army.  A lifelong champion of the common man and woman, he was ahead of his time in advocating tolerance and standing up for the rights of slaves, Native Americans, women, serfs, and Jews. Following the end of the war, Kosciuszko returned to Poland and was a leading figure in that nation’s Constitutional movement. He became Commander in Chief of the Polish Army and valiantly led a defense against a Russian invasion. He lived the remainder of his life as an international celebrity and a vocal proponent for human rights. This definitive and exhaustively researched biography fills a long-standing gap in historical literature with its account of a dashing and inspiring revolutionary figure. In the month of August we will be reading Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan or The Bookstore by Debroah Meyler. In September we will be reading Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison by Piper Kerman. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Pray for Relief Faith Summit on Stopping Deportations

MCZ  AIW 6.2014Last month I delivered a sermon reflecting on the terrible journeys of the many unaccompanied immigrant children coming into the United States from Central America and Mexico. I talked about my fear that they will face deportation even though the UN reports that many likely qualify for refugee status.  After that sermon, Dan Flippo suggested to me that my concern might warrant proposing an Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly.  The UUA Commission on Social Witness (CSW) describes an Action of Immediate Witness as a statement “that expresses the conscience and carries the authority of the delegates at the General Assembly at which it is passed.”  I followed up on his suggestion by writing to several immigration justice leaders in the UUA to ask their advice.  I was encouraged to propose an AIW calling people to an upcoming event in Washington DC focused on asking President Obama to stop the deportations.

With help from Dan, several colleagues and lay leaders as well from members of the Commission on Social Witness (including former UUCK member Susan Goekler who is chair of the CSW,) I proposed an AIW which was accepted and ultimately endorsed by the General Assembly.  Dan took video of me presenting a statement in support of the AIW which he posted to our congregation’s FB page if you are interested in learning more.

I will be going to DC to participate in the Pray for Relief Faith Summit on Stopping Deportations at the end of the month.  I’m hoping a bunch of people from Northeast Ohio will go with me and am willing to try to organize ride sharing, a van or maybe even a bus, if warranted.  Are any of you moved to attend?  Check out this link for much more information and please note the deadline to register is July 15.

http://standingonthesideoflove.org/immigration/pray-for-relief-take-actions-to-stop-deportations/

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

Our friends at the United Methodist Church have invited us to their annual Concert featuring the Stan Hywet Concert Band on Monday, July 14 at 7:00 pm at the United Methodist Church.  The concert will be followed by refreshments.   Admission is FREE; free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted.

Weekly e-nUUs – July 2, 2014

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Rev. Melissa is on vacation this week. If you have an urgent pastoral concern while she is away, please contact our Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke by phone through Thursday July 3.  Rev. Melissa will take emergency calls over the Fourth of July weekend.

 

Worship & Music  

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Please note that for the month of July only, one service at 9:45 am will be offered.  We will return to our regular schedule of two services at 9:45 and 11:30 am on August 7.

 

July 6, 2014 – Taking Perspective, Giving Perspective

Led by Andrew and Amanda Rome

 

Sacred Song Circle every Thursday in Fessenden Lounge.
Every Thursday a group of us gather to create sacred space for thirty minutes by singing together in community.  This is a safe space where all levels of singing experience, comfort level and skill are welcome.  There is no need to bring anything with you but water.  Saunis Parsons leads the group in singing choruses, zipper songs, familiar hymns, camps songs, and sometimes even children’s songs.  Sacred songs for us are songs which celebrate and encourage things like hope, peace, community, care for each other and the earth, forgiveness, and thankfulness.  We gather in the sanctuary around 6:00 PM, and sing from 6:15 till 6:45.  Typically folks come up the stairs to the back door of the sanctuary, but if you need to come in on the ground floor to use the elevator, just call Saunis at 330-472-0956.  Hope to see you there!

 

Lifespan Learning

Summer Religious Education
Our theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.

Summer RE will take place at 9:45 am only.  At 11:30, the only option for children and youth is to attend the worship service with their parents/designated adult.  During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.

This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fesenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

 

The Summer RE Program is in need of clean, used t-shirts of various colors and patterns for a project we are doing on July 6th.  Please leave your donations in the bin located at the northeast corner of Fessenden Hall.

 

Community Within

Moving Forward

We continue to move forward towards our expansion.  On Monday, July 7 work will continue on the Mills House with beginning of the asbestos abatement.  We ask that folks keep clear of the house during this time.  This project will continue for approximately one week.  Following that will be many small tasks that will include the final clearing of any remaining contents in the house.  We project that the house demolition will be concluded by the end of the month!

 

About the July Artist . . .

My name is Melodie Luther Peterson ).  I am a spirit artist and my spirit name is Dancing Dove.  I am not Native American by bloodline but I believe that I have had many Native American lives. I have often been drawn close to Mother Nature and I listen to my Heart.  This means that I channel my art from angels, masters, guides, elementals and other benevolent Beings that work with me according to the prayer that I say that precedes each painting.  If you are drawn to a painting, it is speaking to you.  They are live paintings. They will do what they are meant to do whether that is healing, guiding, giving a lesson, etc.    I mention on my bio that my inspiration is from my God, the ultimate naturalist and my parents.  You may view my art and channeled message for each painting on my blog: mylivepaintings.blogspot.com and click on Heart Speak or make comments to: dancingdove358@yahoo.com

 

Our Care Team invites you to stop by their table in Fessenden Hall after either service to start or sign cards others have started for people in our community who might appreciate the gesture of care and concern.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm in the home of Chris Hurlbut.  This month we are reading The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution by Alex Storozynski .  Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian born in 1746, was one of the most important figures of the modern world. Fleeing his homeland after a death sentence was placed on his head, he came to America with little more than a revolutionary spirit and a genius for engineering. He quickly proved his capabilities and became the most talented engineer of the Continental Army.  A lifelong champion of the common man and woman, he was ahead of his time in advocating tolerance and standing up for the rights of slaves, Native Americans, women, serfs, and Jews. Following the end of the war, Kosciuszko returned to Poland and was a leading figure in that nation’s Constitutional movement. He became Commander in Chief of the Polish Army and valiantly led a defense against a Russian invasion. He lived the remainder of his life as an international celebrity and a vocal proponent for human rights. This definitive and exhaustively researched biography fills a long-standing gap in historical literature with its account of a dashing and inspiring revolutionary figure. In the month of August we will be reading Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan or The Bookstore by Debroah Meyler. In September we will be reading Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison by Piper Kerman. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper. All are welcome.

 

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Help Needed This Saturday at the Hot Lunch Program at Trinity Lutheran Church!

Due to family illness, the team that had committed to prepare and serve the lunch this Saturday has greatly diminished in numbers.  We need at least 3 people to fill in.  The time commitment is 10:30 – 1:00.  Adults, as well as children with their families are welcome to participate.  This is a great way to live our Unitarian Universalist faith!  If you are able to help, please notify Karen Lapidus (dre-uukent@sbcglobal.net) or Tanya Kahl (Tanya Kahl <kahltanya@yahoo.com) for more details.

 

Weekly e-nUUs – June 25, 2014

 

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Rev. Melissa is attending the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly this week in Providence, RI.  If you have an urgent concern, please call her cell phone.  She will then be on vacation from June 30 through July 5.  If you have an urgent pastoral concern while she is away, please contact our Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke by phone from Monday, June 30 through Thursday July 3.  Rev. Melissa will take emergency calls over the Fourth of July weekend.


Worship & Music  

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Please note that for the month of July only, one service at 9:45 am will be offered.  We will return to our regular schedule of two services at 9:45 and 11:30 am on August 7.

 

June 29 – Cooperation, Covenant, Community

Led by Cal Frye with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

The story of how the folks in Deadham, MA organized a church (in 1637!) should inform how we approach our covenantal community.

 

From the Library

References used by Rev. Melissa for her “Journey” sermons of the last two Sundays are:  Pilgrim Heart, the Inner Journey Home, by Sarah York, and the UN report called, Children on the Run: Unaccompanied Children Leaving Central America, and Mexico, and the the Need for International Protection. This report is available at http://www.unhcrwashington.org/sites/default/files/UAC_UNHCR_Children%20on%20the%20Run_Full%20Report.pdf

 

Sacred Song Circle every Thursday in Fessenden Lounge.
Every Thursday a group of us gather to create sacred space for thirty minutes by singing together in community.  This is a safe space where all levels of singing experience, comfort level and skill are welcome.  There is no need to bring anything with you but water.  Saunis Parsons leads the group in singing choruses, zipper songs, familiar hymns, camps songs, and sometimes even children’s songs.  Sacred songs for us are songs which celebrate and encourage things like hope, peace, community, care for each other and the earth, forgiveness, and thankfulness.  We gather in the sanctuary around 6:00 PM, and sing from 6:15 till 6:45.  Typically folks come up the stairs to the back door of the sanctuary, but if you need to come in on the ground floor to use the elevator, just call Saunis at 330-472-0956.  Hope to see you there!

 

Lifespan Learning

 

Summer RE

Our theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.
Summer RE will take place at 9:45 am only.  At 11:30, the only option for children and youth is to attend the worship service with their parents/designated adult.  During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In June and August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.  This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fesenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

 

The Summer RE Program is in need of clean, used t-shirts of various colors and patterns for a project we are doing on July 6th.  Please leave your donations in the bin located at the northeast corner of Fessenden Hall.

 

Community Within

We regret to announce that Brian Mulloy, our Sexton, will be leaving us at the end of July.  Brian wishes he could stay but the demands of his full-time job and raising a young family are requiring more of his time and attention.  We wish him every success and hope that his family will continue to be a part of our community.   Last week, we began advertising for the Sexton position and hope to have a new hire by the end of July or early August.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in the position, please direct them to the Church Office to pick up an application packet.

 

Our Care Team invites you to stop by their table in Fessenden Hall after either service to start or sign cards others have started for people in our community who might appreciate the gesture of care and concern.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm in the home of Chris Hurlbut .  This month we are reading The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution by Alex Storozynski .  Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian born in 1746, was one of the most important figures of the modern world. Fleeing his homeland after a death sentence was placed on his head, he came to America with little more than a revolutionary spirit and a genius for engineering. He quickly proved his capabilities and became the most talented engineer of the Continental Army.  A lifelong champion of the common man and woman, he was ahead of his time in advocating tolerance and standing up for the rights of slaves, Native Americans, women, serfs, and Jews. Following the end of the war, Kosciuszko returned to Poland and was a leading figure in that nation’s Constitutional movement. He became Commander in Chief of the Polish Army and valiantly led a defense against a Russian invasion. He lived the remainder of his life as an international celebrity and a vocal proponent for human rights. This definitive and exhaustively researched biography fills a long-standing gap in historical literature with its account of a dashing and inspiring revolutionary figure. In the month of August we will be reading Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan or The Bookstore by Debroah Meyler. In September we will be reading Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison by Piper Kerman. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

It has come to our attention recently that there are some members and friends that may not be receiving the Weekly e-nUUs  and/or the monthly newsletter, The Chalice Flame.  If you happen to be one of these individuals but would like to begin receiving either of these publications electronically, please send a request, including your email address, to the Church Office at uukent@sbcglobal.net.  Thank you.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Many thanks to those who supported last Sunday’s special collection benefiting LoveLight, Inc..  $301.00 has been donated to support this outreach organization.


UU and Interfaith Connections

UUA General Assembly Mobile App  Most of us will not be attending the annual General Assembly with Rev. Melissa, Max Grubb and Dan Flippo,  however, with the GA Mobile App you will be able to view all program listings, speaker profiles, exhibitor profiles and maps. You can also create your personal General Assembly (GA) schedule and get connected via social media. This year’s mobile app is available in the iTunes App Store and in Google Play Store. All other devices should visit the UUA website.

You can also review the live video schedule here:  http://www.uua.org/ga/virtual/2014/index.shtml

 

Save the Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Join us for an evening in developing cultural and religious awareness presented by Mr. Isam Zaiem,

Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11 – Challenging Islamophobia, Profiling, and Marginalization

 

Mr. Isam Zaiem’s lecture, “Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11: Challenging Islamophobia and Marginalization”, on Sept 5 is the introductory event to 3 fall Symposiums, sponsored by the Library Committee. “Art and Allah: Increasing Our Understanding of Muslim Art, History and  Culture” will be held at 7:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary on Wednesdays, September 24, October 22 and November 19.  The first 2 events will be presented by Gingr Vaughn and will concentrate on Islamic Art as an expression of the Islamic belief system and culture. The 3rd event will concentrate on Islamic history with presenter TBA. Mark you calendar for the dates above. Recent political developments in the Middle East make this is a special learning opportunity for our entire congregation.

Weekly e-nUUs – June 11, 2014

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Worship & Music  

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Please note that during the month of July only, once service at 9:45 am will be offered.  We will return to our normal schedule of two services at 9:45 and 11:30 am in August. 

 

June 15 – Generative Journeys

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

How have the journeys you have taken shaped your life? What are the journeys that define the experience of a generation? What is it about a journey that creates new possibilities? Come explore these and other questions as we also lift up the celebration of fathers. If you would like to honor your own father or another person in your life who has been a father figure to you, please send a photograph to Melissa by the Saturday prior to this service for inclusion in our Father’s Day SlideShow.9:45 and 11:30 am

 

From the Library

Rev. Melissa’s references for her “Blessing of the Animals” reflection last Sunday include: In Praise of Animals, a treasury of poems, quotations and readings, collected by Edward Searl.  This may be found in our church library.  An additional reference source is:  Blessing of the Animals: Celebrating our Kinship With All Creation, by Gary Kowalski.

Those who are grieving the loss of a pet might like to know we have two excellent books in our church library about coping with pet loss: Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, by Gary Kowalski, and Goodby My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet, by Mary and Herb Montgomery.

 

Sunday Service Proposals Sought

The Sunday Program Committee will be meeting soon to plan lay-led Sunday services for the summer.  It is now accepting program proposals.  If you think you might be interested in preparing and leading a service, please contact a member of the Program Committee –Lois Weir, Liz Bright, Andrew Rome, Lori McGee, or Christie Anderson.  They can provide you with assistance if you are new to the process.  Links to information about planning a service and the proposal form may be found on the Sunday Program Committee’s web page at http://www.kentuu.org/ministry/sunday-program/.

Lois Weir,

Chair, Sunday Program Committee

 

Lifespan Learning

Summer RE program begins this Sunday @ 9:45!  

Our theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.

To kick-off the summer RE program, on June 15th, the school-aged children and youth will be guided through a process of envisioning their ideal space as we move into the building expansion and renovation.

Summer RE will take place at 9:45 am only.  At 11:30, the only option for children and youth is to attend the worship service with their parents/designated adult.  During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In June and August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.

This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fesenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

 

Community Within

Dedication of the Play Space ~ Sunday, June 22nd immediately following the first service

There will be a brief ceremony to dedicate and sanctify our new Play Space behind the church.  We will circle around the space and bless it with our words and intentions.

All are welcome!

 

It has come to our attention recently that there are some members and friends that may not be receiving the Weekly e-nUUs  and/or the monthly newsletter, The Chalice Flame.  If you happen to be one of these individuals but would like to begin receiving either of these publications electronically, please send a request, including your email address, to the Church Office at uukent@sbcglobal.net.  Thank you.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Countryside Conservancy called a few days ago to personally express their gratitude for the generosity of this congregation.  They were thrilled with the special collection donation and very grateful to be a beneficiary of the gift.  It was requested that we extend their appreciation to those who supported the collection.  Thank you!

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 Save the Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Join us for an evening in developing cultural and religious awareness presented by Mr. Isam Zaiem,

Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11 – Challenging Islamophobia, Profiling, and Marginalization

Watch for more information in the future.

 

Weekly e-nUUs – June 4, 2014

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Worship & Music

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

 

June 8 – Walked By My Dog: Blessing of the Animals (9:45 ONLY)

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Back by popular demand, we will once again have a Blessing of the Animals during our annual outdoor service at Plum Creek Park in Kent. We will have one service only beginning at 9:45 am at pavilion number 2. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and your cats or dogs or other pets on a leash or in a crate. If you don’t think your pet will do well around all those other pets and people, feel free to bring a photograph instead.

After the service we will enjoy a potluck picnic lunch. Please bring your own place setting and silverware and a dish to share. Bring any games you might like to invite others to play and come join in the fun. For directions to Plum Creek Park, visit tinyurl.com/plumcreekpark

 

Sunday Service Proposals Sought

The Sunday Program Committee will be meeting soon to plan lay-led Sunday services for the summer.  It is now accepting program proposals.  If you think you might be interested in preparing and leading a service, please contact a member of the Program Committee –Lois Weir, Liz Bright, Andrew Rome, Lori McGee, or Christie Anderson.  They can provide you with assistance if you are new to the process.  Links to information about planning a service and the proposal form may be found on the Sunday Program Committee’s web page at http://www.kentuu.org/ministry/sunday-program/.

Lois Weir,

Chair, Sunday Program Committee

 

Would you like to enjoy a night of great music all and help fund an Accompanist to the Choir at the same time?  If so, please come to the Saunis and Friends of the UU Church of Kent concert on June 6 and enjoy an evening of music provided by many of our talented Friends of the UU Church of Kent.  I love to make music with all of the various musicians this church has been blessed with, but it’s hard to make that happen very often.  So I decided to invite all kinds of musicians to join me for a night of music- making to benefit the church and a bunch of them said “ Yes!  Let’s do it!”   Some of the songs will be ones chosen by the folks who bought choosing-rights and front row seats during the Service Auction in November.   So far I know there will be a wide variety of songs including: funny songs, sad songs, naughty songs, Celtic songs, folk songs, blues, and some ragtime.  Audience participation is encouraged. During intermission there will be goodies.  The concert starts at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary of the UU Church of Kent.  The cost is $15.00 per person.  Spread the word.

 

Lifespan Learning

Summer RE program begins!  Our theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.  

To kick-off the summer RE program, on June 15th, the school-aged children and youth will be guided through a process of envisioning their ideal space as we move into the building expansion and renovation.  We will dedicate the new play area, as well.

Summer RE will take place at 9:45 am.  During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In June and August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.

This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fessenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

 

Community Within

It has come to our attention recently that there are some members and friends that may not be receiving the Weekly e-nUUs  and/or the monthly newsletter, The Chalice Flame.  If you happen to be one of these individuals but would like to begin receiving either of these publications electronically, please send a request, including your email address, to the Church Office at uukent@sbcglobal.net.  Thank you.

 

Outdoor Play Area at UUCK

It has been a long time coming, but an outdoor play space for kids at UUCK is now a reality!  The space is right behind the church on half of the lot we purchased this past winter.

Please join me in thanking all the people who worked on this project.  Randy Ruchotzke has taken the lead and he has been assisted by Larry Johnson (who donated the fencing), John Brovarone and Michael Lee (who helped install it),  Ian Hogan (who cleaned out locust bushes), Kevin Kerns (who identified the species of bee back there) Jennifer Gregg (who encouraged those docile bees to relocate and who, with her husband Don, rolled a big magnet over the property to get up all the nails and other bits of metal) Colleen Thoele (who is organizing our play equipment collection), Angela Barzizza-Young (who started the Facebook organizing group and contributed ideas) and Noah and Alan Kerns and Kim, David and Jack Homsher (who came out to help build the little path to the play area.)

We want you to be aware that the church is not supplying a play space monitor.  Adult supervision is required for kids playing in the space at all times.  We hope children and families will enjoy this space and find it a great addition to their time at church!

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, June 10 at 7 pm in the home of Mary Ann Kaspert.  This month we are reading Cloud Cover: A Memoir of Perseverance and Transformation by Margo Milcetich . Born in Boston in 1953, traveling the world, eschewing a college career at Brown University in Rhode Island, in the ’70s, Margot Milcetich turns her focus to meditation for peace of mind. Eventually, she lands in Kent, Ohio, in a home by a lake, married with two children, trying to find herself, and creating an extraordinary life in an ordinary “householder” package. Meditation and yoga help her to heal herself, living in the beauty of nature, enabling her to transcend a devastating diagnosis, become an equal, loving partner to her spouse, find meaningful work and ultimately expressing her voice. She integrates within herself what felt unmoored and fractured. Today’s yoga practitioners will especially appreciate this account of how yoga and meditation transcend our circumstances. In July we will be reading The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution Alex Storozynski . If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper .  All are welcome.

 

Drivers Needed

On any given Sunday, we usually have a handful of people who need a ride to church and back home again.  Our ability to respond to requests for rides has been inconsistent.  Sometimes we are able to help link riders with drivers, and other times we run up against a lack of volunteers.  We are wondering if we might be able to identify a person or two who would be regularly available to drive in exchange for gas money and a little stipend in appreciation for the time.  Knowing that someone is available even when we cannot find volunteers would make it possible for us to help more people get to church more often.  If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please contact Rev. Melissa at the church office.

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

What is permaculture? And, What might permaculture mean for UUCK – now and in the future?    Come explore the 7th UU Principle on the interdependent Web of Life with Tom Gibson of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland.

Related to a church project for national UUA Green Sanctuary certification, Tom facilitated use of this ecologically sustainable creative design process to cultivate northeast Ohio’s first 5,400 square foot permaculture “nibbling” garden: a feast for the eyes and the earth and its people, animals, insects, and plants. June 10, 7pm in Fessenden Hall. All members, friends and community members are welcome! For further information contact Mary Lou Holly.

 

Save the Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Join us for an evening in developing cultural and religious awareness presented by Mr. Isam Zaiem,

Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11 – Challenging Islamophobia, Profiling, and Marginalization

Watch for more detailed information in the future.

Weekly e-nUUs – May 14, 2014

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Worship & Music

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

 

May 18 – Color and Fragrance

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

Perhaps the only uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual we celebrate is our annual Flower Ceremony. Though each flower is lovely on its own, together the flowers create a more expansive beauty. Come experience the ritual and consider the meaning of the metaphor in our beloved community. Please bring a flower (or two) to share during the service.

 

References from Rev. Melissa’s sermon, “Colorful Spirituality” and the Time for All Ages last Sunday, include Praying in Color: Drawing A New Path to God, by Sybil MacBeth. Those who want to learn more about Holi could access either of these websites:

http://www.holifestival.org/   or  http://longlongtimeago.com/once-upon-a-time/the-spirit-of-festivals/

The book Rev. Melissa mentioned about the importance of embracing the dark in our spiritual lives is called Learning to Walk in the Dark A Spirituality for Those With Questions, by Barbara Brown Taylor.

 

 

Community Within

Surprise Friends: The “Big Reveal” will take place this week during coffee hour! Meet your Surprise Friend and bring a small token of friendship (not to exceed $5 in cost) to exchange with him or her.  We will gather in the sanctuary immediately following the 9:45 service and then gather outside, if the weather is cooperative.

 

Drivers Needed

On any given Sunday, we usually have a handful of people who need a ride to church and back home again.  Our ability to respond to requests for rides has been inconsistent.  Sometimes we are able to help link riders with drivers, and other times we run up against a lack of volunteers.  We are wondering if we might be able to identify a person or two who would be regularly available to drive in exchange for gas money and a little stipend in appreciation for the time.  Knowing that someone is available even when we cannot find volunteers would make it possible for us to help more people get to church more often.  If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please contact Rev. Melissa at the church office.

 

Spring Walden will occur at Moraine State Park located in Butler County, PA, less than 1 3/4 hour drive from Kent, during the weekend of May 30-June 1.  This was the only time slot available as this site is quite popular.

The campsite is “Five Points” and is located near a paved bicycle trail.  There is plenty of space to pitch your tent and the site includes drinking water, fire-rings, picnic tables, and updated restrooms.  If overnight camping is not your thing, come spend the day as it is not a relatively long drive from our area.

Possible activities include a trip to nearly Jennings Environmental Education Center (refuge to the endangered eastern Massasauga rattlesnake) as well as a lab using passive technologies to combat abandoned mine drainage into local streams.

Visit a native plant butterfly trail, experience various hikes including one I will lead at McConnells Mill State Park and glacial gorge, bicycling (bring your own or rent), swimming, bird-watching, canoeing or kayaking or just exploring the lake shore and surrounding area.

This park contains 16,752 acres and has been restored from prior coal mining and oil and gas drilling practices through the efforts of many people.  Come see for yourself.  More info and a sign-up sheet are located in Fessenden Hall.

Ed Stolish

 

Attention ALL UU Church of Kent Families:  Hogwarts has reached its capacity for student applications!  UU Church of Kent (UUCK) children will be given first priority, however, applications for UUCK children will only be accepted through today, May 14.  Student applications postmarked after May 14 will not be accepted.   Please know that there is still space available for Prefects and Assistant Professors.   If you need an application, please email Val Henry.  Applications are no longer available through the website.

 

The Library committee is in the process of adding new books to the collection. Three available new titles are: A Convenient Hatred: The History of AntiSemitism, by Phyllis Goldstein (Religious Studies); Tales from Rumi: Essential Selections from The Mathnawi by E. H. Whinfield, trans.,(Meditation), and Bless This Child: A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings to Celebrate Birth, by Edward Searle, ed. (Meditation).

 

New UU Classes in May!

Curious?  Interested in learning more?  Ready to take the next step?

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 didn’t know where to go or whom 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 2 will be on Sunday, May 18th, 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.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

A young woman who is a member of the Kent Community TimeBank is fostering newborn twin girls as of today.  Baby gear, diapers and clothing is desperately needed .  If anyone can spare any of these items please bring them to Fessenden Hall on Sunday.

Thanks, MaryAnn Kasper

 

RiverDay Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday, May 17th, 10am-12pm

Meet at the parking lot at 143 Gougler Ave. across from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent to protect our riverside park from invasive weeds. Contact Andrew Rome for more information.

 

Green Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent presents a free showing of the movie:

Forks Over Knives

“A film that can save your life” Roger Ebert Chicago-Sun Times

“Great Movie” Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist

Date:  May 23, 2014

Time:  7 pm

Place: The Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Followed by discussion and healthy snacks

Contact person: Trish McLoughlin

 

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 

The Kent Community TimeBank, Inc.  Presents:  “Let The Sun Shine In,”  A TimeBank Fundraiser*

Friday May 23, 2014

5:30-7:30 PM

At the Kent Historical Society Museum, 237 E. Main St., Kent OH

Admission $20

Contact  MaryAnn Kasper if you are interested in purchasing a ticket.

 

 

Income Generation

 
Tupperware Fundraiser Kick Off Party!

Please join us this Sunday at 12:45pm in Fessenden Hall for our Tupperware Party.  We will be seeing some of the latest Tupperware has to offer all while making fresh Fruit Salsa!

Learn this quick easy salsa recipe so you can be ready for Summer with fresh fruit salsa made from your garden’s bounty or the farmer’s market.

You will have an opportunity to place an order and take home a fundraiser flyer and collect orders from family, friends and co-workers.  The church will earn good money so let’s all participate.

Questions, please contact Meg Milko.

Weekly e-nUUs – May 7, 2014

Mother’s Day Slide Show

Our service next Sunday will include a slide show in celebration of Mother’s Day. If you would like to honor your mother or someone who has been a mother figure in your life, please email a photo to Rev. Melissa by this Saturday morning.  Include the name of the person you are honoring.  If you are not able to email a photo, you can bring a print to the church office by Friday afternoon instead. 

 

Worship & Music

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

 

May 11 – Colorful Spirituality

Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

Hindus celebrate a spring holiday called Holi. It is literally a festival of colors. This morning we wonder together how exploring color might help us explore spirituality.

 

The Library Committee would like to thank the Youth Group and their Advisers for the thoughtful and inspiring service,”Letting Go”, presented last Sunday. Youth participants included Sydney Haines, Allison Norris, Natasha Swango, Paul Marsh, Breanna McCrystal, and Connor May. Their advisers were Mary Ann Kasper, Kathy Kerns, Lori McGee and Beth Kuemerle.

The readings and all the homilies were very moving, the music beautifully chosen, and the sequence of each presentation had a logical and a rhythmic flow from one to the next. We feel fortunate, indeed, that the future of this church rests with such outstanding future leaders.

The readings were taken from The Teachings of the Buddha, Jack Kornfield, ed., Boston, Shambhala, 1996. This book is in the church Library.

The Library Committee: Jane Krimmer, Harry Noden, Carolyn Andrews-Schlemmer, Gene Wenninger, Kathy Wilen, Martha Kluth and Ann Waters.

 

 

Community Within

A Walden information meeting will be held in the sanctuary between services on Sunday, May 11th.  Whether you are a dedicated Waldenite, a moderate Walden-lite, or an uncertain Walden-might, you are invited to attend.

 

Dear UUCK Family,

Thank you not only for the gifts but for all of your kindness, prayers, and comforting words through this journey to build our family.  I look forward to bringing Hunter to church to meet his extended, chosen family.

Thank you, Trudy Diehl

 

Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs

All Annual Reports to be included in the Annual Meeting packet are due immediatelyPlease submit or email reports to MaryBeth at uukent@sbcglobal.net. Annual Meeting packets will be available to the congregation on May 14. The Annual Congregational Information Meeting is scheduled for May 28 @ 7 PM and the Voting Meeting will be held on June 1 @ 12:30 PM.

 

Surprise Friends – Just a reminder…

Don’t forget your Surprise Friend this week! Bring your surprise (a note, a piece of artwork, etc.) and leave it on the Surprise Friends table in Fessenden Hall.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 pm in the home of Trish Kwartler.  This month we are reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Elegantly weaving together seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.” A sweeping and radical social novel, it captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. In June we will be reading Cloud Cover by Margo Milcetich. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

New UU Classes in May!

Curious?  Interested in learning more?  Ready to take the next step?

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 didn’t know where to go or whom 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, May 4th, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, May 18th, 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.

 

Defective Hal Walker  Hal-elujah! CDs
If you have purchased a Hal Walker CD from me and found that it would not play, please return it to me and I will replace it with a (hopefully) good one for free.  I know of 2 or 3 blank CDs already, and am assuming there are others out there.  My expert staff has contacted the manufacturer about the problem.  Sorry!

Brad Bolton

 

Outreach and Social Justice

RiverDay Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday, May 17th, 10am-12pm

Meet at the parking lot at 143 Gougler Ave. across from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent to protect our riverside park from invasive weeds. Contact Andrew Rome for more information.

 

Green Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent presents a free showing of the movie:  Forks Over Knives

“A film that can save your life” Roger Ebert Chicago-Sun Times

“Great Movie” Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist

Date:  May 23, 2014

Time:  7 pm

Place: The Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Followed by discussion and healthy snacks

Contact person: Trish McLoughlin

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

The Kent Community TimeBank, Inc.  Presents:  “Let The Sun Shine In,”  A TimeBank Fundraiser*

Friday May 23, 2014

5:30-7:30 PM

At the Kent Historical Society Museum, 237 E. Main St., Kent OH

Admission $20

Contact  MaryAnn Kasper if you are interested in purchasing a ticket.

 

Income Generation

Tupperware Fundraiser coming May 18th!!

During coffee hour we will have a cash-and-carry table of Tupperware for you to purchase, then plan on joining us for the kick off party of our annual Tupperware Fundraiser at 12:45 pm in Fessenden Hall.  Please plan on stopping by to see the latest Summer catalog and place your order.  This is also a good time to bring in any broken Tupperware that needs replaced.

We will have Fundraiser brochures available for you to take home and obtain orders from family and friends as well as an online party where out of town family and friends can place orders for the church fundraiser.

The church receives a percentage of the sales from every order placed!

Any questions, email or call Meg Milko.  Thank you for your support.

 

Some Notes About Our FY ’15 Budget

The Board has reviewed the budget recommended by the Finance Committee.  It is a decent budget in that it covers the expenses of our operation, preserves our current level of staffing, and preserves our payment of our fair share of annual program fund dues to the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Ohio Meadville District.  The congregation has made clear that these are core values for us, and we are happy that our pledging is sufficient to reflect these values in our budget.  We can all be proud of the hard work we have done to get to this place.

However, we know that many of you will be disappointed to learn that our pledging is not sufficient to maintain the budget we had in FY ’14, nor are we able to grow into all of the goals we had for FY ’15.  We told you at the beginning of our stewardship campaign that we had three goals for this year: to respond to rising health insurance costs, to create a fund for our 150th anniversary celebration in 2016-2017, and to invest in our music ministry.  Of course we want to make sure that all of our staff meet the UUA fair compensation guidelines, and we also hoped to provide them with a modest 1 or 2% cost-of-living adjustment.  Because our pledge total for FY ‘15 shows only a small increase over FY ’14, we are not able to able to accomplish as much as we hoped.

As an employer we are obliged to fulfill the health insurance commitments we have made to staff; this necessitates absorbing increased costs of insurance in our FY ’15 budget.  Since FY ’15 pledging does not cover this amount, we had to make cuts in some of our program areas to absorb the additional cost in the budget.  The proposed budget as it currently stands covers the increased health insurance costs, but it does not allow us to meet the UUA’s most recent (just received a few days ago) minimum fair compensation guidelines for all of our staff, nor does it include cost-of-living adjustments for all of them.

In addition, this budget does not provide a fund for the 150th anniversary celebration or sufficient additional investment in our music ministry.  This past year Hal created the Golden Tones Junior Choir, the Fallow Time Folk Orchestra, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Tone Chimers, in addition to his work with the adult choir and other responsibilities.  We will not be able to sustain the level of musical programming we have this year without additional funding for FY15.

If you are able to reconsider your pledge in light of this information, we would welcome additional contributions.  We would love nothing more than to revise the budget to achieve more of our goals in support of our mission.

Thanks to all who worked hard on our stewardship campaign this year, especially the leaders, Kathie Slater, Meg Milko, Sandy Eaglen, and Marion Yeagler.  And thanks again to all of you for your contributions of time, talent, and treasures to our beloved church community.

Sincerely,

Elaine Yehle Bowen, on behalf of the Board of Trustees

Sandy Eaglen, Treasurer

Weekly e-nUUs – May 1, 2014

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Worship & Music

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

 

May 4 – Youth Sunday

Led by our Youth and Worship Associate Loir McGee

Join us for our annual Youth Sunday created and led by our senior high youth.  They will consider the joys and challenges of letting go as they move from childhood to young adulthood.

 

Community Within

 

Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs

All Annual Reports to be included in the Annual Meeting packet are due immediately.  Please submit or email reports to MaryBeth at uukent@sbcglobal.net. Annual Meeting packets will be available to the congregation on May 14. The Annual Congregational Information Meeting is scheduled for May 28 @ 7 PM and the Voting Meeting will be held on June 1 @ 12:30 PM.

 

What a lucky break!  

There’s still a chance to buy tickets for the fourth annual Light Bites (Service Auction event) for this Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 P.M.  Tickets, $35.00 each, include a reader’s theatre performance put on by ten of your favorite UU “actors”:  Kat Holtz, Sarah Verity, Vivien Sandlund, Trish McLoughlin, Lori McGee, Ted Voneida, Connor May, Sandy Eaglen, Cheryl Spoehr and Marion Yeagler.  The evening also includes a delicious and plentiful array of food, including drinks and desserts, offered by our six incredible chefs: Mary and Randy Leeson, Jen May, Lois Weir and Dave and Diana Watt.  If you’re able to join us, please contact Sandy Eaglen, so that we have an accurate “food count” –you can pay for the tickets ahead of time in the office or online (please write Service Auction on the memo line of your check or in the information box on the online donation page), or just pay at the door.  Hope to see you there!

 

Attention All UU Members and Friends – RE: Email

A few of our members with AOL email accounts were recently hacked.  They have requested that we send notice to our members and friends that may have received an email from them in the last few days.  The emails say “signed documents are uploaded” and ask you to click here and sign-in with your email.  Please know that they are very sorry if you have received one of these emails from them and hope that you did not follow the instructions contained within.

 

Defective Hal Walker  Hal-elujah! CDs
If you have purchased a Hal Walker CD from me and found that it would not play, please return it to me and I will replace it with a (hopefully) good one for free.  I know of 2 or 3 blank CDs already, and am assuming there are others out there.  My expert staff has contacted the manufacturer about the problem.  Sorry!

Brad Bolton

 

New UU Classes in May!

Curious?  Interested in learning more?  Ready to take the next step?
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 didn’t know where to go or whom 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, May 4th, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, May 18th, 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 Yeagler7.

 

Surprise Friends

Don’t forget your Surprise Friend this week! Bring your surprise (a note, a piece of artwork, etc.) and leave it on the Surprise Friends table in Fessenden Hall.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at 7 pm in the home of Trish Kwartler.  This month we are reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Elegantly weaving together seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.” A sweeping and radical social novel, it captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. In June we will be reading Cloud Cover by Margo Milcetich. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

 

Kent Bill of Rights Charter Amendment  – Monday, May 5th, 7-8:30pm

Join us in Fessenden Hall as Tish O’Dell, the Ohio Organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and the State Coordinator of the Ohio Community Rights Network will be sharing how residents are using Community Bills of Rights to exercise democracy where they live to create healthy, sustainable communities for the future.  Members of the Kent Environmental Rights Group will also be available to answer questions about the Kent Bill of Rights Charter Amendment Initiative and how to help.

 

RiverDay Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday, May 17th, 10am-12pm

Meet at the parking lot at 143 Gougler Ave. across from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent to protect our riverside park from invasive weeds. Contact Andrew Rome for more information.

 

Green Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent presents a free showing of the movie:

Forks Over Knives

“A film that can save your life” Roger Ebert Chicago-Sun Times

“Great Movie” Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist

Date:  May 23, 2014

Time:  7 pm

Place: The Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Followed by discussion and healthy snacks

Contact person: Trish McLoughlin

 

Income Generation

Some Notes About Our FY ’15 Budget

The Board has reviewed the budget recommended by the Finance Committee.  It is a decent budget in that it covers the expenses of our operation, preserves our current level of staffing, and preserves our payment of our fair share of annual program fund dues to the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Ohio Meadville District.  The congregation has made clear that these are core values for us, and we are happy that our pledging is sufficient to reflect these values in our budget.  We can all be proud of the hard work we have done to get to this place.

However, we know that many of you will be disappointed to learn that our pledging is not sufficient to maintain the budget we had in FY ’14, nor are we able to grow into all of the goals we had for FY ’15.  We told you at the beginning of our stewardship campaign that we had three goals for this year: to respond to rising health insurance costs, to create a fund for our 150th anniversary celebration in 2016-2017, and to invest in our music ministry.  Of course we want to make sure that all of our staff meet the UUA fair compensation guidelines, and we also hoped to provide them with a modest 1 or 2% cost-of-living adjustment.  Because our pledge total for FY ‘15 shows only a small increase over FY ’14, we are not able to able to accomplish as much as we hoped.

As an employer we are obliged to fulfill the health insurance commitments we have made to staff; this necessitates absorbing increased costs of insurance in our FY ’15 budget.  Since FY ’15 pledging does not cover this amount, we had to make cuts in some of our program areas to absorb the additional cost in the budget.  The proposed budget as it currently stands covers the increased health insurance costs, but it does not allow us to meet the UUA’s most recent (just received a few days ago) minimum fair compensation guidelines for all of our staff, nor does it include cost-of-living adjustments for all of them.

In addition, this budget does not provide a fund for the 150th anniversary celebration or sufficient additional investment in our music ministry.  This past year Hal created the Golden Tones Junior Choir, the Fallow Time Folk Orchestra, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Tone Chimers, in addition to his work with the adult choir and other responsibilities.  We will not be able to sustain the level of musical programming we have this year without additional funding for FY15.

If you are able to reconsider your pledge in light of this information, we would welcome additional contributions.  We would love nothing more than to revise the budget to achieve more of our goals in support of our mission.

Thanks to all who worked hard on our stewardship campaign this year, especially the leaders, Kathie Slater, Meg Milko, Sandy Eaglen, and Marion Yeagler.  And thanks again to all of you for your contributions of time, talent, and treasures to our beloved church community.

Sincerely,

Elaine Yehle Bowen, on behalf of the Board of Trustees

Sandy Eaglen, Treasurer

Weekly e-nUUs – April 23, 2014

 

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UU Church of Kent’s advertisement with Kent Area Chamber of Commerce that will be e-blasted Friday, April 25.

Worship & Music  

 

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

 

April 27 – Sowing Seeds of Justice and Growing Community

Led by Matthew McHale, Intern Minister, West Shore UU Church and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj -  This spring, as signs of new life and new possibilities emerge all around us, we consider our  relationship to one another and to the environment which sustains all life on this planet. Can planting a garden be a radical act? How can the way we grow and eat food help create communities that align with our liberal religious values—promoting justice and honoring the interconnected web of existence?

From the Library

Rev. Melissa’s references for her Easter Sunday homilies were taken from two different sources.

For those who want to learn more about Malala, an excellent article may be found at http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-24379018

Dr. Cornel West has stated, “never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” One source that provides a good introduction to what that means to him in practical terms is an interview he and two other theologians gave on the Bill Moyers show called “Faith and Justice”:   http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07032009/transcript1.html

 

Lifespan Learning

 

The Youth Sunday worship service will happen at both services on Sunday, May 4th.  The high school youth have chosen “Letting Go” as their theme.  They have created a worship experience filled with story, music, readings and homilies that is sure to inspire and enlighten.

 

Community Within

 

Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs

All Annual Reports to be included in the Annual Meeting packet are due May 1, 2014. Please submit or email reports to MaryBeth at uukent@sbcglobal.net. Annual Meeting packets will be available to the congregation on May 14. The Annual Congregational Information Meeting is scheduled for May 28 @ 7 PM and the Voting Meeting will be held on June 1 @ 12:30 PM.


Congregational Meeting Postponed to April 27

The Building Expansion Team postponed the meeting between services to from April 20 to April 27.  The purpose of the meeting is to invite you to engage with an expansion project survey that will help guide the members of the Building Expansion Team in discussion with the architects.


Surprise Friends

Don’t forget your Surprise Friend this week! Bring your surprise (a note, a piece of artwork, etc.) and leave it on the Surprise Friends table in Fessenden Hall.

 

The  Food for Thought group would like to thank all those who contributed to our wonderful Easter Sunday coffee hour. After Rev. Melissa’s inspiring homilies and Hal’s wonderful celebratory music, the “groaning table” and the sustained fellowship we enjoyed together in Fessenden Hall made the morning especially memorable. We are fortunate, indeed to be a part of this generous congregation.  Anyone interested in joining this group may contact Claudia Miller.

 

New UU Classes in May!

Curious?  Interested in learning more?  Ready to take the next step?

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 didn’t know where to go or whom 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, May 4th, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, May 18th, 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, May 13 at 7 pm in the home of Trish Kwartler.  This month we are reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. Let the Great World Spin is the critically acclaimed author’s most ambitious novel yet: a dazzlingly rich vision of the pain, loveliness, mystery, and promise of New York City in the 1970s. Elegantly weaving together seemingly disparate lives, McCann’s powerful allegory comes alive in the unforgettable voices of the city’s people, unexpectedly drawn together by hope, beauty, and the “artistic crime of the century.” A sweeping and radical social novel, it captures the spirit of America in a time of transition, extraordinary promise, and, in hindsight, heartbreaking innocence. In June we will be reading Cloud Cover by Margo Milcetich. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

Due to a lapse in security, the doors codes have been changed.  All previous codes were purged and deactivated.  If you are in need of a code for the Church and/or Annex, please contact the office with your request.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

 

Dinner for the Earth

Friday, April 25th, 6pm in Fessenden Hall

Join us for a Potluck Dinner to eat delicious food and learn from each other.  Everyone should bring a dish and share the story of their food, as sharing a meal and our stories helps us care for the living Earth with reverence and gratitude.  Our goal is to share and respect each other’s food decisions, if that is good home cookin’ like my Mama’s, or nutritionally exact FDA certified food, or organic/local/seasonal/artisanal fare.  Whether plant-based or paleo, home grown or store bought – all are welcome.

Contact Andrew Rome for additional details!

 

Amphibians are declining globally and their disappearance is likely to have significant impacts on ecosystems. Amphibians are particularly vulnerable to environmental change and contaminants. FrogWatch is a citizen science program of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums that invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads. Join us on Tuesday, April 29th, from 6:30-8:30pm for a FrogWatch USA introductory education session led by Cara Constance, PhD and Jennifer Clark, PhD of Hiram College.  The session will be held in the sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.


RiverDay Garlic Mustard Pull on Saturday, May 17th, 10am-12pm

Meet at the parking lot at 143 Gougler Ave. across from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent to protect our riverside park from invasive weeds. Contact Andrew Rome for more information.

 

 Green Sanctuary of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent presents a free showing of the movie:

Forks Over Knives

 “A film that can save your life” Roger Ebert Chicago-Sun Times

“Great Movie” Mark Bittman, New York Times columnist

 Date:  May 23, 2014

Time:  7 pm

Place: The Sanctuary

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Followed by discussion and healthy snacks

Contact person: Trish McLoughlin

 

Income Generation

 

Last Call for FY2015 Pledges

The Finance Committee will meet tomorrow morning, April 24 to set the budget for our next fiscal year beginning July 1.  Below is an announcement that was sent last week detailing the results of the current stewardship campaign.  If you would like to make a pledge or consider an increase in pledge, please send an email to the Church Office, uukent@sbcglobal.net   or complete the online pledge card found on our website:  http://www.kentuu.org/membership/stewardship/       Thank you.

 

Stewardship Campaign Update: Good News and Other News

The good news is that many people responded to our annual stewardship campaign.  With thanks to all of the leaders and all of you who chose to make a pledge, we have nearly $220,000 in commitments for our next fiscal year.  We are very grateful for your ongoing support!

The other news is that the total pledge commitments for our next fiscal year are the same as our pledge commitments for the current fiscal year.  This means that our budget is flat.  Without additional pledges, we will be unable to implement the new ministry goals we set for next year.  Because of increased costs we cannot control, the same pledge income we received for this fiscal year will not go quite as far next fiscal year.  This means that we will need to make some modest cuts to our budget for next year.

The Finance Committee will be meeting to finalize the budget for the Board of Trustees this coming week.  If you haven’t yet made a pledge or would like to consider an increase to your pledge, please let the church office or one of our stewardship campaign leaders know before Thursday morning.

Thank you for your generosity and commitment to support our beloved church.

Sandy Eaglen, Treasurer

Marion Yeagler, Kathie Slater and Meg Milko – Stewardship Committee

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.  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

Weekly e-nUUs – March 19, 2014

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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

Weekly e-nUUs – March 5, 2015

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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.