Patricia Pownall UU Book Group – May 12, 2015

bookwormThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 pm at the home of Kathy Wilen. This month we are reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This is a novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

In June we will be reading The Love Song of Miss Quennie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

All are welcome!  Questions? Contact Bonnie Harper.

We’re Working Hard for You!

LibraryThe Library committee is working on a new system of classifying all the books in our collection. We feel this will make it much easier for the congregation to access our holdings, and easier for the committee to keep track of those books in circulation. It is a daunting task, but we are making substantial progress. Books may continue to be checked out, but the committee urgently requests that all donations be suspended until we have finished this process. We cannot store or evaluate any donations until we have completed the project. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact a member of the Library committee, and we thank you sincerely for your cooperation.

Revelations of Beauty – April 19, 2015

Triliums Eagle Creek 5.2014Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

As you have learned more about the environmental justice movement over the years, have you found that you see beauty in new ways?  Has your imagination of the beautiful been re-shaped by your growing environmental consciousness?  In celebration of Earth Day, this service will include several members of the congregation sharing stories of their revelations of beauty.

Revelation is Not Sealed – April 12, 2015

Revelation is openLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee

The affirmation that revelation is not sealed has long been cherished in Unitarian Universalism.  So where does revelation come from?  And how can we prepare ourselves to notice when it comes?

 

 

 

 

Photo: Rev. Renee Ruchotzke

http://vitalleaders.blogs.uua.org/tag/theology/

Upcoming Congregational Information and Voting Meetings

Congregational Information Meeting on April 22 and TWO Voting Meetings on Sunday, April 26

 

Dear Members of the UU Church of Kent,votersmeeting1

You are cordially invited to a special congregational meeting to discuss the proposed new church by-laws. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd in the church sanctuary at 7PM. The proposed new by-laws are attached for your review. Please bring questions and comments to the meeting or contact a board member with your questions and comments. The church board has endorsed the proposed new by-laws.

The congregational special meeting to vote on the proposed new church by-laws will take place on Sunday, April 26th in the church sanctuary between the first and second services. Only active church members may vote. Absentee ballots can be obtained in the church office. Absentee ballots must be turned in to the church moderator Max Grubb 24 hours before the vote. A quorum of 25% of active church members present at the time of voting is required.

Sincerely, Vivien Sandlund

For the Church Board of Directors

Click here to open the Proposed New Bylaws

 

Congregational Voting Meeting: Second Vote for Capital Campaign  

Capital Campaign LogoThere will be a congregational meeting on Sunday April 26 after second service (12:45PM) to review and discuss the findings of the feasibility study. This study, which is being conducted by a UUA consultant, will provide us information on our readiness for a campaign, including an estimate of what we can likely raise. There will also be a second vote at the meeting to authorize the capital campaign; this is to provide the congregation an opportunity to indicate their support  for the campaign in light of the findings of the feasibility study.  A quorum is needed, please plan to attend this important meeting. Absentee ballots are available by contacting the Church Office at uukent@sbcglobal.net or 330.673.4247.

Marion Yeagler and Kathy Kerns, Capital Campaign Team co-Chairs

My Ears Awake, My Eyes Are Opened – April 5, 2015

IXthankXXeeXcummingsLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Deb Biggins

The title of our Easter services are drawn from the beautiful e.e. cummings poem, “i thank You God for most this amazing.”  This year Passover and Easter fall on the same dates.  Both have central stories about revelation.  This morning we will tell those stories and consider what revelation might mean for our own lives.

Raising the Bar

FY2016 Stewardship LogoAs we wind up this year’s Stewardship Campaign, thanks to all who have turned in their pledge cards. For those of you who have not yet done so please turn them in as soon as possible so we may move forward with our budgeting process.

Pledges can be made online through the website, http://kentuu.org/giving/stewardship/ , by emailing your pledge amount to MaryBeth at uukent@sbcglobal.net, or by putting you pledge card in the offering basket during Sunday’s services. Thank you.

Failure’s Gifts – March 29, 2015

failureXsuccessXquoteLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy

It’s often been said that failure is an essential ingredient in growth.  How can we learn to embrace failure as a gift and use it as a catalyst to greater resilience?

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group – April

bookwormThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 pm at the home of Shannon Ossorio. Meet at the church at 6:30 if you want to carpool. This month we are reading The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. The Sandcastle Girls is a spellbinding tale that travels between Aleppo, Syria, in 1915 and Bronxville, New York, in 2012—a sweeping historical love story steeped in the author’s Armenian heritage. When Elizabeth Endicott arrives in Syria, the First World War is spreading across Europe, and she has volunteered to deliver food and medical aid to refugees of the Armenian genocide. Elizabeth meets Armen, a young Armenian engineer who has lost his wife and infant daughter. Armen leaves Aleppo to join the British Army in Egypt, and he begins to write Elizabeth letters. He soon realizes that he has fallen in love with the wealthy, young American woman. Flash forward to the present, where we meet Laura Petrosian, a novelist living in suburban New York. Laura has never really given her Armenian heritage much thought, but when a friend calls, claiming to have seen a newspaper photo of Laura’s grandmother promoting an exhibit at a Boston museum, Laura embarks on a journey back through her family’s history that reveals love, loss—and a wrenching secret that has been buried for generations. In May we will be reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. In June we will be reading The Love Song of Miss Quennie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper. All are welcome.

The Annual Easter Sunday Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza!

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Each year between Easter services the Middle School youth host an egg-cellent Easter egg hunt! We ask that those with children nursery age through grade 5, who would like to participate, please head immediately after first service to Fessenden Hall. The egg hunt will begin promptly and take place outside (weather permitting).

Parents of preschool age children and under are asked to participate with your child.

Pancake Update!

pancakeXbreakfastFor all you vegans out there this Sunday’s Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is for you!

This Sunday our host Shirley Kiernan, along with some of her friends, are offering us VEGAN pancakes and VEGAN Sausage!  We will even have a vegan syrup option for all you sweet tooths.  Last time Shirley made us Vegan pancakes they sold out, but this time we plan on making a larger quantity.

In addition to vegan offerings we will have plain pancakes, veggie sausage along with meat sausage.

Upcoming Pancake & Food Fundraising events to look forward to:

April – NO pancakes in April but I’d like to do a Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser on April 12th – if you would like to help with this event please let me know

May – We will have TWO pancakes Sundays in May:

May 3rd – The 150th Celebration Committee will host pancakes

May 31st – Hogwarts is returing to the kitchen to whip up something yummy for us

June – OPEN – volunteer now!

July – Parents with Young Children will be our hosts

August – OPEN – volunteer now!

If you’d like to help with one of these OPEN events, please let me know.  No experience required and it’s a lot of fun; contact Meg Milko.