Weekly e-nUUs – February 8, 2012

Robert Wood Memorial Service

A memorial service in celebration of the life of Robert Wood will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11.  This memorial will incorporate the plans that were being made by the community involved with Kent Winter Market.  A reception, including a display of Mr. Wood’s artwork, will immediately follow the service. In addition, calling hours will be held this Friday, February 10th at 10:00 am followed by a funeral at 11:00 am at Shorts Spicer Crislip Funeral Homes in Streetsboro.  After the funeral we will process to Standing Rock Cemetery for a graveside service.

We could use volunteers to bake cookies or other treats for Robert’s memorial reception.  In order for us to plan appropriately, if you are willing to bring something, please notify Rev. Melissa.   Thank you.


ACME Community Cash Back – We’re Nearing the End!

The last date for ACME receipts is Saturday, February 11. Please bring all your saved receipts in by Sunday, Feb. 12. Drop off is in the Acme ad covered box on the Acme Bucks table in Fessenden Hall between services or mail your receipts to the church office: UU Church of Kent  228 Gougler Ave  Kent, OH 44240. This is the easiest fundraiser ever and THANK YOU to all who have participated. Stay tuned for what our 5% cash back is.


Making Room

Those of you who regularly attend our second service on Sundays have surely noticed that our sanctuary is often quite full of people.  This makes for wonderful singing and a vibrant, lively feeling in our sanctuary.  It also makes for feeling a little crowded at times.  If you regularly attend the second service but have a flexible schedule on Sunday mornings, we’d like to let you know that there is usually more elbow room available during our first service.  Of course, you remain warmly welcome to come to church whenever you are able.  We are becoming experts at finding ways to make more room!


February 12th Sunday Services:   Darwin’s Interconnected Web
Cal Frye with Worship Associate Joel Slater – The naturalist and author Charles Darwin comes to visit our pulpit and relate a bit of his story, religious views, and thoughts on slavery. This service, in honor of Charles Darwin, is given as part of a global celebration of Darwin Day. Cal Frye was a member of our congregation before he and his family relocated to Oberlin, OH. He is now a member of the Oberlin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship where he is a Commissioned Lay Leader candidate.


 New or not, do you know your niche?

Come learn more about the various ways to get involved and find your way at UUCK!

Join us on February 12th for a coffee chat with your

trustee for fellowship (Julie Lineburgh)  and trustee for programming (Cheryl Spoehr).

There will be a fun presentation for ways to get involved and

a Q and A session for all your burning questions.

All are welcome!  We hope to see you there!


Are you interested in food? With so many different claims about what food is good (for you, for the planet, for farmers, etc), it can be hard to know what to eat.  Here is a chance to investigate and discuss food sustainability issues!  This 6 week course, beginning Feb. 12, called “Menu For the Future” is part of a regional pilot effort through Sustainable Cleveland 2019: Year of Food.  All are welcome to participate by contacting Andrew Rome.  The sessions last from 11am-12:15pm at the Kent UU Annex. Childcare is available.  A coursebook will need to be purchased or borrowed and more information about the course is available at www.nwei.org.


Training For New Website – Sunday, Feb. 12

Our new website runs a powerful but simple technology called “WordPress” designed to empower leaders of the church to easily update the website themselves.  It is about as easy to use as email and includes the ability for each committee to have their own “blog” within the site. This Sunday, Feb. 12 Dan Flippo from the web team will provide training on how to post and update information on the website after second service in the Annex. All board and committee leaders are invited to attend.  We are hoping to train as many people as possible over the next month so that our website can serve as a key communication tool for the congregation.  We have identified a number of people to maintain different pages on the website and will begin sending out usernames and passwords shortly via email.

The web team will be offering additional dates and times for the training. However, if you are unable to attend or if you would like to learn more about WordPress, you can also visit the WordPress Online Tutorial.  This tutorial is also includes details on how someone can create their own blog using WordPress but most of the information also applies to our site.

Please contact Dan Flippo or Jen May  if you have any questions about the website or the training.


“There’s Always Room for Pie!”

Now, honestly, who doesn’t love a good piece of pie?  Cake is great, but isn’t pie even better?  We’re smiling in anticipation as we appeal to your sweet tooth to get involved in our pie-themed 2012 Kent UU stewardship campaign.  Of course we’ll soon be asking for your pledges, too, but our first request is for your favorite pie recipes–apple, custard, coconut cream, pecan–we want them all!

And we also need some special “bakers”–those of you who are willing to make just five pledge calls to UU friends and neighbors during the March campaign.

Please join us as we start getting our ingredients together–send pie recipes and/or your name as a canvasser to Sandy Eaglen  or Marion Yeagler.  Hope to hear from you soon!


Children’s Choir Resuming Rehearsals
The Children’s Choir, under the direction of Becky Haines, rehearses from 10:40 until 11:10 am in the sanctuary near the piano.  All children age 3 and older are invited to participate.  (Children age 3-5 must be accompanied by a parent or other designated adult.)  Now is a great time for new children to join in the fun and fellowship.  They will be singing at the Music Sunday worship service on February 19th.


“Soup”er Bowl Results!

Thank you for $170.75, $80 in Acme gift cards, 52 cans of soup/stew/chili/ravioli and a large box of other groceries for Kent Social Services food programs – hot meals and food pantry.

The winner of the pot of soup donated by Creative Cuisine is Tanya Kahl. Congratulations, Tanya!   Stay tuned for “Soup”er Bowl VII on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013!

In gratitude for a generous community,

Elaine Yehle Bowen


Sheetz Coupons Fundraiser

Purchase your coupon books at coffee hour for Sheetz.  The books cost $10 and contains coupons worth at least $25.  The church earns 40%.


Chili Cook Off Fundraiser

Thank you to all the people who cooked and ate at the Chili Cook Off.  We made $260! Look for more in the newsletter!



Join us in Fessenden Hall during second service each week for informal discussions about how we as churches, communities and social entities deal with issues of common justice and the common good.

These are free-wheeling explorations of ideas about both substance and process. We aren’t limited to certain topics, nor excused from controversial ones. We tackle timely and difficult issues –  poverty, fracking, drone killings, campaign practices, WikiLeaks, abortion, gun control, sexual abuse, nuclear energy & weapons, immigration and anything else.

My hope is that these discussions may help us get to know one another and our priorities, generate conviviality and solidarity within the church, and create a little more focus and direction on the moral, political, economic and environmental parameters of the  issues of justice and injustice we face as a church, and as citizens of a world community.

Caroline Arnold


The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, February 14 at 7 pm in the home of Betty Kendrick.  This month we are reading Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks. In 1665, a young man from Martha’s Vineyard became the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College. Upon this slender factual scaffold, the author has created a luminous tale of love and faith, magic and adventure. In April we will be reading the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghesse. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper .


Puppet Show:  Peer Gynt    Sunday, Feb. 26  at 12:30 pm In the Sanctuary

Adapted from the Play by Ibsen with music by Edvard Grieg and presented by Heidrun Hultgren.  All donations to benefit the UU Church of Kent.


Holiday Share Fundraiser

Thanks to everyone who donated and shopped for Holiday Share!  We made just under $600!


The “Library Speaker’s Forum” will host Dr. Dan Roland from the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, on Sunday afternoon, February 26th  at 3:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary. Dr Roland’s  topic will be “Communication and the Fear Factor”. Dr. Roland is known for his engaging and thought-provoking lectures; don’t miss this special opportunity! Watch for more information. This event is free and open to the public as well as to the congregation.

The Library is soliciting volunteers to serve on a committee that will sponsor a bi-annual Chapbook that aims to capture special memories of church history from its current members.  Caroline Arnold will serve as Chair of this committee.  If you are interested in participating, please contatct Caroline  or Ann Waters, or any member of the Library committee.

Ann Waters, Library Publicity


A new Pagan group will be starting up this March, lead by K.C. Pallone. She is a Pagan Priestess and would like to begin a new CUUPS group here at the UU Church of Kent. Her focus is on Earth centered and family friendly rituals. Being Pagan is not a necessity and this group is open to everyone. K.C. will have question/answer sessions during both services and during the coffee hour on March 4. Please contact K.C. with any questions . Look for information sheets during the next few weeks in Founders Lounge.


Hi Friends!

I am sending a shout out request for seeds for this years garden and the accompanying greenhouse I hope to build here in Mongolia.  The produce from these ventures will be used for feeding the kids residing in the dorm (92 at last count this year), giving them more veggies and vitamins!  (I of course also love fresh veggies and have my own tomatoes and salad fixings growing in my apartment windows year round!)

Last year the garden was not highly successful, though many students and dorm workers were involved in helping to water and tend to it!  It was a learning experience for us all and made me aware of the need for a greenhouse to cultivate warm weather crops to harvest!

Seeds are difficult to come by here and are limited.  Therefore, I am requesting a helping hand from you back at home.  Seed packets can be mailed in envelopes, making them relatively inexpensive to send out.

Any flower and veggie seeds would be much appreciated, even those saved from your own gardening would be awesome!

There are some particular seeds I’d love to have, and I’ve listed them below:

foxglove, lavender, forget me nots, cosmos, wildflowers, asters, zinnas

Veggies: onions, squash (every variety), beets, carrots, cucumbers, beans, eggplant, cabbage,

cauliflower, broccoli, turnip

please send to:

Joanne Nussbaum, PCV

1st 12 Year Secondary School

Arvaikheer, Uuvrkhangai, Mongolia

Via China

You can follow my adventures on Facebook or my blog mongolimonologues.blogspot.com



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