Weekly e-nUUs – Febraury 15, 2012

The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer will be out of town from Thursday, 2/16 through Sunday 2/19 presenting at the Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity Conference in Fort Worth, TX.  She will not be checking email regularly while she is away, but will be available by cell phone if an urgent concern arises.


Spiritual Cinema – Wed., Feb. 15 at 7:30 pm.

Our movie will be “The Invention of Lying” starring Ricky Jervais.  This is a R rated film, very funny but for adults and teens.  As always, a discussion of ideas presented in the film will follow the show.


The Cuyahoga River Concert Series continues this Saturday, Feb. 18th with a wonderful folk musician, Anne Hills.   Tom Paxton writes,  “Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters”   Tickets may be purchased at the door.


February 19th Music Sunday:   The Courage to Sing

Led by: Hal Walker – On this annual music Sunday, we welcome the West Shore UU Church choir into our sanctuary for a very special misic centered service.  Through stories and songs, we will explore the subject of courage.


This Sunday, February 19, there will be no Social Justice Social Hour during second service.  We will resume on February 26.


“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!


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.


MARK THE DATE:  Sunday, February 26th at 3 P.M. in the Sanctuary.  The Library Speaker’s Forum will host Dr. Daniel Roland from the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science. Before beginning his academic career, Dr. Roland was a Methodist Minister in Kansas. His current research involves information and religion. He speaks about it as follows:   “The lack of information causes uncertainty. Uncertainly causes fear. Fear causes religion. Creating information and the better means to access information reduces uncertainty. The reduction of uncertainty leads to a reduction in fear. A reduction in fear leads to a reduction in religion and the potential increase in spirituality, which is not based on fear but rather on the informed awareness of the vast richness of life. So my research focuses on the use of information to generate or alleviate fear.”

The Library Committee is excited about Dr. Roland’s presentation and its potential for a lively Q&A session with discussion.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Ann Waters, Library Publicity


What are you passionate about?

Do you have an idea for a Sunday service?  The Sunday Program Committee is currently soliciting proposals for Sunday services in the Spring and Summer.  You can find a proposal form on our web site at:  //kentuu.org/docs/spc/sunday-proposal-e-form.pdf.  You can also contact Lois Weir to discuss your idea and get some assistance with formulating it into a service.  You have something to say.  Share it with your church community!


The middle school youth have been learning about justice this year as a part of their curriculum “Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justicemaker.”  Using the democratic process—and with concern for the interdependent web of existence—they have chosen a social responsibility project for the rest of the year.

Inspired by a video by rapper Jay Z, they have decided to raise money and awareness for the human right to water.  They are planning to make items out of duct tape and sell them…the proceeds going to help the global water crisis.

What we need from you: 

  • If you have duct tape you would like to donate (the more colorful, the better!) please contact Karen Lapidus, or drop it off in the Middle School classroom.  (1st room to your right, upstairs classroom level)
  • Watch for the duct tape and other fundraisers to help support this noble cause!

Thank you!
The Middle School Class and Teachers


Last call for Acme receipts dated by 2-11-12!!! If you still have any receipts, please drop them off in the Annex, back entry and place in the Fundraising mailbox by no later than Sunday, Feb. 26. This is the absolute deadline. Thanks! Elaine Bowen

A special thank you . . . to the generous and anonymous donor of Mustard Seed Market brown paper grocery bags for Kent Social Services. Your regular donations are greatly appreciated by the food pantry so clients can take their groceries home. Thank you so very much . . . you are making a valuable contribution. If you let me know who you are, there’s a big hug waiting. If you prefer to remain anonymous, I send a virtual hug, my brown bag angel. ~ Elaine ~


Art in the Sanctuary

We want to thank local artist, Wally Unsold, for providing the art for the month of February.

John Kluth


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 in Fessenden Hall. Please contact K.C. with any questions.  Look for information sheets during the next few weeks in Founders Lounge.


The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, March 13, at 7 pm in the home of Betty Kendrick.  Thank you, Betty for helping us out this winter with an accessible place to meet.  Those attending should bring a snack to share.

We have been reading fairly serious/heavy novels in recent months.  We decided on a fun, light book for March. We will be reading Home to Woefield by Susan Juby. Prudence Burns, a well-intentioned New Yorker full of back-to-the-land ideals, just inherited Woefield Farm–thirty acres of scrubland, dilapidated buildings, and one half-sheared sheep. But the bank is about to foreclose, so Prudence must turn things around fast and thus our story.

In April we will be reading the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghesse. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.


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%.

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