Who are we? Take the survey today!

Members of the Sunday Program Committee and Reverend Melissa Carvill-Ziemer would like your evaluation of our Sunday worship. We have prepared a short survey enabling members and friends to provide feedback on various aspects of worship. We are also curious about the theological make-up of the congregation and have posed questions pertaining to personal religious beliefs.  The results of the survey will be shared with the congregation in a worship service devoted to highlighting our congregation’s religious beliefs and worship preferences on May 20.  It should take less than 10 minutes to complete on-line.

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Weekly e-nUUs, March 28, 2012

Anti-Fracking Event!

Concerned Citizens Ohio is presenting an ordinance to establish a Community Bill of Rights and a ban on fracking to Kent City Council on Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., at Kent City Hall, 325 S. DePeyster Street.  Rev. Melissa is one of the speakers and all are invited to attend and show their support.   Questions?  Contact Paulette Thurman.

 

Sunday, April 1, 2012     Let My People Go!

Led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Kristina Spaude –

A message of liberation is at the heart of the scriptures and stories of Passover. Freedom is a requirement for the realization of justice. How are we still struggling for freedom in our own time? How can the old story help illuminate the

struggles that greet our hands and feet today?

 

“Let Them Eat PIE!”

Well, folks, this is our last 2012 stewardship campaign “pie piece,” and with this one we want to offer everyone a tempting “piece of pie”!  There might not often be such a thing as a “free lunch,” but there IS a free piece of pie waiting for each of you this Sunday at the stewardship campaign table.  Stop in and celebrate the last day of our campaign–let’s all make sure it’s a successful one!–with us.

 

Sunday, April 1 is the official end of the 2013 Stewardship campaign.  Lots of pledges came in this week; thank you; thank you; thank you!!!  We’re still waiting for a substantial number of pledges from people, who pledged last year, and of course we’re hoping for another pledge this year.  In addition, an increase would help us to continue providing and improving those programs that change our lives, and those of our children, some of whom have pledged!!  As of Tuesday, we were at $162,438 pledged. Many thanks go to those who were able to increase their pledges. The outstanding pledges should take us to at least $200,000……If you haven’t pledged yet, we’re waiting for you. An email or call to the church office at [email protected]  is all it takes. Please…..give as generously as you are able.

 

Art in the Sanctuary

There will be a short “Spring Mood” art exhibit Apr. 1-15 with works by John Kluth with a reception from 12:30 to 2:00 on Apr. 15.  The art retrospective reception for Beth Sholtis will be Apr. 22 from 1-3 pn with that exhibit continuing through Apr. 29.  In May the exhibit will be provided by the RE department.

 

Come Help Make Room for our NEW Tables and Chairs!

April 14th   9 am – 12 pm

Thanks to the generous memorial gifts received in honor of Gordon Vars and Robert Wood, we have the resources needed to replace our old tables and chairs.  In order to make room for our new ones, we need a community work day.  In addition, to preserve the integrity of our new shed, we are ordering patio block to create a level foundation.  We’ll need helpers to move the shed, level the ground and lay the block as well as reposition the shed.  We’ll appreciate all the help we can get with both of these tasks as “many hands make light work.”  Please let us know if you are able to assist.  [email protected]

 

Doctrine of Discovery and Immigration

An Adult Exploration class will be presented on the Doctrine of Discovery and Immigration starting on Tuesday April 3rd at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm for six consecutive weeks.  All are encouraged to participate including our youth.  These two issues are front and center with our UU Association and will be the major components of our upcoming Justice General Assembly in Phoenix.

This doctrine came into being with the 1452 Papal Bull giving Portugal the right to exploit, subjugate and enslave the natives of West Africa. This was followed in 1493 with Spain getting the same “rights” over the “new” world.

Sadly, the former English Colonies of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and USA  codified this Doctrine into law and their native populations are still being subjugated, now in the form of structural violence. An example, the Phoenix Indian School (now gone) in its early years was a “prison school”

where native children were forced to “assimilate” – that is to give up their own tribal culture for the white man’s ways.

Much of our attitude towards immigrants has arisen from this Doctrine.

These attitudes have become part of our American culture and they are now part of the engine that drives our Euro-centric superior thinking, our continued racism, and xenophobia.  We will thoroughly explore the connections here and look seriously at what we might, we must, do about this.

Please let me or MaryBeth know if you will be attending.

Mac Goekler

 

Come Celebrate Passover!

The living tradition of Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources. This spring we will honor the Jewish tradition of Passover celebrating freedom and liberation.  Everyone in the congregation is invited to attend our family friendly Passover Seder on Friday, April 13 from 6:15 to 8:15 pm in Fessenden Hall.  During the Seder you will get to hear the ancient story of the Jewish people in the land of Egypt and to enjoy the special rituals and foods that are associated with this holiday.

Many of those foods require advance purchase and preparation.  In order to make sure that we have enough for everyone we need to know whether you plan to attend by Sunday, April 8.  There is a sign up sheet in Fessenden Hall along with a choice of roles you can play to help make our Seder a success.  If you have questions or need more information please speak to our Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus or our minister Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer.

 

Help Keep Our Littlest Ones Safe

As we all adapt to the new ways that we are using our space, please refrain from using the west door of the nursery (formerly the door to the library) and use only the door with the window.

Our growing group of UU babies thanks you for your cooperation!

 

A new Five Below fundraiser is scheduled for April 5, 6,and 7 at the Stow store located at 4332 Kent Road.  All the items in the store are $5 or less!  It is a great opportunity to purchase spring items and Easter goodies!  10% of your purchase is donated to the church with the necessary flyer.  Click here to print flyer.

 

Egg Hunt for All Children Easter Morning

It has been a long-standing tradition of our church for the Middle School youth to host an Easter Egg Hunt for the younger children on Easter morning. On April 1st they will be busy packing eggs with candy and toys and plan to hide them around the church and in the backyard of the Annex.

Here is what all parents need to know:

  • On Easter, the 11:15 service will be family-friendly and multigenerational.  Families with young and school-aged children should plan to attend then.  The 9:30 worship service will be focused toward older youth and adults. Nursery care for little ones up to age three will be provided both services.
  • Immediately following the 11:15 worship service, all children grade 5 and younger should gather in the front of the sanctuary to decorate bags for collecting the eggs.  (In the meantime, the Middle School youth will hide the eggs outside…)
  • Parents and guardians are encouraged to assist their children as they travel outside.
  • While outside, please supervise your child to assure their safety!  The Middle School youth and a team of adults will be outside with the children, but we still need the watchful eyes of our parents.
  • The youngest children will hunt for eggs in the backyard of the Annex and the older children will hunt around the periphery of the church.
  • In case of rain or other inclement weather, alternate plans will be announced during the 11:15 worship service.
  • Let Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education or any member of the RE Committee know if you have any questions or concerns.

 

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 pm in the home of  Kathie Slater.  Please bring a snack to share. This month we are reading the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghesse. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles–and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

Annual Meeting dates have been set!

Discussion Session: Thursday, May 31, 2012   7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Voting Session: Sunday, June 3, 2012    10:30 am in the Sanctuary

 

Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs

All Annual Reports to be included in the Annual Meeting packet are due April 30th.  Please submit or email reports to MaryBeth at [email protected].  Thank you. Annual Meeting packets will be available to the congregation on May 13th.

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From Tolerance to Humility, March 25, 2012

Led by The Rev. Tim Temerson and Worship Associate Kristina Spaude – 

As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm tolerance as an important religious value. But is it enough simply to tolerate difference and diversity or can we move to a deeper, more authentic place of acceptance and celebration? Today we will explore the beauty and the challenge of difference and consider the role of another religious value – humility – in helping us to move beyond tolerance.

The Rev. Tim Temerson is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron.  He and Rev. Melissa will be participating in the time honored tradition of a pulpit swap this Sunday.  With this swap, they are looking forward to strengthening the ties between our congregations.  

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Spiritual Cinema, Tonight!  March 21st 7:30 pm   Topic: Stereotyping

Our March Spiritual Cinema will explore the damage done by stereotyping of all kinds: racial, gender, GBLT, and other forms of mass media stereotyping.  We will show fifties sit-coms Amos n’ Andy and Car 54 Where Are You?  to illustrate the kind of biases and bigotries that still affect us all.  Each short film will be followed by discussion of the issues raised by this material.  Some snacks will be provided, but this is not a potluck affair.  All materials shown are G-rated, children are encouraged to come and share their reactions to art that has shaped the world in which they are growing up.  Please be aware that this material has been chosen precisely because it is offensive!

 

Family Movie Night, March 23rd, 7  pm

Our March 23rd family movie is a collection of Star Trek parodies. No, we won’t show any actual Star Trek, but we will show famous take offs on Star Trek, like the legendary seventies spoof Quark, “Where no Fan has gone Before” from Futurama, plus the movie serials that inspired the t.v. show, Captain Video and Buck Rogers. All of this leads up to our main feature, the p.g. movie Galaxy Quest. If you love Star Trek, or if you just have a great sense of humor, this is the family movie night for you! This features a pot-luck supper, some food will be ready, but please bring your own favorites to share.

 

Two more Sundays for PIE!!
Prepare yourself for another sweet tooth titillation!  This Sunday is your last chance to take home one of those delicious Amish-baked pies you’ve all been eyeing these past few weeks!  In the interest of fairness, this Sunday anyone whose birthday falls in April, May, June, July, August, September, or October–these are all the months not included last week– can get one free pie raffle ticket at the stewardship table.  As usual, additional tickets can be purchased for just $1.00.

On Sunday, April 1 there will be a PIE celebration at the end of the Stewardship campaign.  Join us in Fessenden Hall during coffee hour for a tasty treat.

Have you made your pledge of financial support to our beloved church?  We’re still looking for about 60 pledges that haven’t come in yet.  At $136,500 pledged so far, we’re a little more than halfway to our goal of $220,000.  We need your help so that we can continue to provide and improve the programming that enriches the lives of us all.  Please give as generously as you are able.

Pledge cards and information will continue to be available at the Stewardship table in Fessenden Hall during coffee hour.  Bring your favorite pie recipe and turn in your pledge at the same time!

Stewardship co-chairs,   Marion Yeagler and Sandy Eaglen

 

 

CUUPs

March 24 from 2-4 PM KC will host a faery garden workshop in Fessenden Hall. Be prepared to get dirty! You will go home with a starter kit for your very own faery garden. A $3 donation is suggested to cover the materials.

If there is anything in particular about the Pagan traditions that you would like to learn more about please contact KC or Deb so we may cover these items in our workshops.

As always, feel free to call KC Pallone or Deb Biggins for more information.

 

 

INTERDENOMINATIONAL FRACKING MEETING

FACT(Faith Communities Together) will be holding a meeting on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on Saturday, March 24th, from 10 am-12:30 pm, at the Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights.  FACT was started in the Kirtland UU Church, and includes 15 churches of various denominations.  It spans eight Ohio counties and has 93 participating members who range from atheists to active members of religious congregations who are approaching environmental issues from a moral and/or spiritual perspective.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Ted and Swanny Voneida for car pooling arrangements.

 

Anti-Fracking Event

Concerned Citizens Ohio is presenting an ordinance to establish a Community Bill of Rights and a ban on fracking to Kent City Council on Wednesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., at Kent City Hall, 325 S. DePeyster Street.  Rev. Melissa is one of the speakers and all are invited to attend and show their support.   Questions?  Please contact Paulette Thurman.

 

Sunday, March 25, 2012    From Tolerance to Humility

Led by The Rev. Tim Temerson and Worship Associate Kristina Spaude

As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm tolerance as an important religious value. But is it enough simply to tolerate difference and diversity or can we move to a deeper, more authentic place of acceptance and celebration? Today we will explore the beauty and the challenge of difference and consider the role of another religious value – humility – in helping us to move beyond tolerance.

The Rev. Tim Temerson is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron.  He and I will be participating in the time honored tradition of a pulpit swap this morning.  With this swap, he and I are looking forward to strengthening the ties between our congregations.  

 

Surprise Friends Returns!

Stop by during coffee hour this Sunday to be anonymously paired up with a child from our congregation if you’ve not yet had an opportunity to do so.  Children who want to participate will need to fill out a short form. Beginning April 11 and continuing through the month, notes and small gifts will be secretly exchanged every Sunday leading up to the big reveal on April 29th!

 

Come Celebrate Passover!

The living tradition of Unitarian Universalism draws from many sources. This spring we will honor the Jewish tradition of Passover celebrating freedom and liberation.  Everyone in the congregation is invited to attend our family friendly Passover Seder on Friday, April 13 from 6:15 to 8:15 pm in Fessenden Hall.  During the Seder you will get to hear the ancient story of the Jewish people in the land of Egypt and to enjoy the special rituals and foods that are associated with this holiday.

Many of those foods require advance purchase and preparation.  In order to make sure that we have enough for everyone we need to know whether you plan to attend by Sunday, April 8.  There is a sign up sheet in Fessenden Hall along with a choice of roles you can play to help make our Seder a success.  If you have questions or need more information please speak to our Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus or our minister Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer.

 

Annual Meeting dates have been set!

Discussion Session: Thursday, May 31, 2012   7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Voting Session: Sunday, June 3, 2012    10:30 am in the Sanctuary

 

Attention All Leaders and Committee Chairs

All Annual Reports to be included in the Annual Meeting packet are due April 30th.  Please  email reports to [email protected]al.net.  Thank you.  Annual Meeting packets will be available to the congregation on May 13th.

 

The 4th and 5th grade RE class has started raising money to donate to people around the world through a kiva account. Kiva is a non-profit organization that helps people around the world who are trying to better their lives set up loan accounts that others can then donate money to.  The money is donated in $25 increments and the children will have the opportunity to read the people’s story and decide who they want to donate the money too. The great thing about the Kiva program is that it is a loan so as soon as the people receiving the money can pay it back the money will be returned to the 4th and 5th graders account allowing future classes to continue donating and helping to make difference in people’s lives.  More information on the Kiva program can be found at www.kiva.org.  If you would like to help out with this cause the 4th and 5th graders are making origami cranes that will be available to purchase during coffee hour or you can see one of the 4th and 5th grade RE teachers for more information or to purchase one.

 

Doctrine of Discovery and Immigration

An Adult Exploration class will be presented on the Doctrine of Discovery and Immigration starting on Tuesday April 3rd at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm for six consecutive weeks.  All are encouraged to participate including our youth.  These two issues are front and center with our UU Association and will be the major components of our upcoming Justice General Assembly in Phoenix.

This doctrine came into being with the 1452 Papal Bull giving Portugal the right to exploit, subjugate and enslave the natives of West Africa. This was followed in 1493 with Spain getting the same “rights” over the “new” world.

Sadly, the former English Colonies of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and USA  codified this Doctrine into law and their native populations are still being subjugated, now in the form of structural violence. An example, the Phoenix Indian School (now gone) in its early years was a “prison school” where native children were forced to “assimilate” – that is to give up their own tribal culture for the white man’s ways.

Much of our attitude towards immigrants has arisen from this Doctrine.

These attitudes have become part of our American culture and they are now part of the engine that drives our Euro-centric superior thinking, our continued racism, and xenophobia.  We will thoroughly explore the connections here and look seriously at what we might, we must, do about this.

Please let me or MaryBeth know if you will be attending.

Mac Goekler

 

The financial literacy program known as $.A.F.E. (Strategies for Attaining Financial Empowerment) is hosting its third annual “Money Saving Expo” at the Kent Free Library meeting hall in downtown Kent, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday March 29, 2012.

This year we are focusing on showing communities to save money using local available resources with a theme “Go Local, Save Local and Live Local”. This expo, generously sponsored by Fortis College, Hometown Bank and Portage Community Bank, includes a variety of exhibitors and demonstrators who will be on hand to share information including Kent Community TimeBank, Habitat for Humanity of Portage County, Haymakers Farmers’ Market, Main Street Kent, Consumer Credit Counseling Services, Kauffman Tire, DIY household cleaners, Couponing, and Preserving locally grown foods.

The Ohio Benefit Bank will offer free tax filing services for Ohio residents whose annual income is less than $ 60, 000. Admission and parking is free. There will be free refreshments and door prizes. Transportation is available, courtesy of PARTA, for those in need.

There will also be a presentation on “Identity Theft – What you need to know”, Insurance Importance, Investing for your future, Manage Family Finances & Create Spending Plan, and from Kent Community TimeBank. This expo is a wonderful opportunity to Portage and surrounding county residents for one-stop free financial education that encourages self-sufficiency, enjoy food, and a chance to win door prize.

 

A new Five Below fundraiser is scheduled for April 5, 6,and 7 at the Stow store located at 4332 Kent Road.  All the items in the store are $5 or less!  It is a great opportunity to purchase spring items and Easter goodies!  10% of your purchase is donated to the church with the necessary flyer.  Click here to print the flyer.

 

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 pm in the home of  Kathie Slater.  Please bring a snack to share. This month we are reading the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghesse. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles–and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

Children’s and Family Library Moves to Founders’ Lounge

All of the children’s books that had been housed in the Annex are now part of the library in Founders’ Lounge. We have a wide selection of folk tales from many corners of the world and from many ages in time.  The collection of  books with craft and game ideas are sure to keep children busy and happy for long stretches of time.  There are books to help families celebrate just about every holiday of the year.

We are especially blessed to have such a wide array of resources that affirm and support all kinds of families.  Many aspects of family life are addressed in our books on birth, death, adoption, illness, disability and the blending of families.

What we don’t have a lot of, however, are resources about Unitarian Universalism!  If you happen to be browsing the online UUA bookstore and happen upon a gem that you think would be a good addition to our collection, your donation will be gladly accepted!

Books can be signed out for 2 weeks.  Each book has a brightly colored card clipped inside.  Please put your name, the date and your contact information on the card and place the card in the basket on the table near the nursery door.  When you return books, please place them in the box on the table near the nursery (not on the shelves).  We are sharing the check-out and return system with the Adult Library.

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April Sermon Topics

During the month of April, we hope you’ll join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 or 11:15 as we explore expressions of justice.

 

April 1, 2012                Let My People Go!

The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Kristina Spaude – A message of liberation is at the heart of the scriptures and stories of Passover.  Freedom is a requirement for the realization of justice.  How are we still struggling for freedom in our own time?  How can the old story help illuminate the struggles that greet our hands and feet today?

 

April 8, 2012                In His Eyes

The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Max Grubb – Jesus was radically egalitarian.  In his eyes all people were equal.  Equality is a hallmark of justice.  We will celebrate human equality and dignity in our special Easter services this morning.  Our earlier service will be crafted with adults in mind, our later service will be created for children (first graders and up) and adults together.  The choir will sing, we will celebrate and our annual egg hunt will be held immediately following our second service.

 

April 15, 2012   

Led by Commissioned Lay Leader, Deb Chaney from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Canton and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

 

 April 22, 2012              The Planet our Children Will Inherit

The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate MaryLou Holly – Justice needs us to take a long view.  Our children and our children’s children and their children and theirs will be the inheritors of this planet.  What must we do, who must we be to be good stewards of the earth?  Today is Earth Day.  Come hear stories, come sing praises, come pledge your hearts again to this planet we share.

 

April 29, 2012              Grateful for the Changemakers

The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper – So often our conversations about the demands of justice can become difficult or even depressing.  To be grounded in the quest for justice as a religious person is to be grounded in a vision that sustains hope.  This morning we will lift up stories of people creating change, people who are helping us find a way and the will to travel the way we have found.  Today we lift up gratitude for people who help us become the change we want to see.

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This Particular Call, March 18, 2012

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper
Every year our association of congregations has a General Assembly in June. This year our gathering will not be business as usual. This year we will have a Justice General Assembly with a very particular call. Whether you think you might have any interest in attending or not, I hope you will join us to consider the call our association is being invited to respond to in Phoenix and all across our country. David Petras of the Phoenix Witness Project will be with us to receive our special collection which will be used to help fund scholarships to Justice GA.

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Screening Lost in Detention

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will host the next gathering of the William Williams Project (formerly the Sacred Conversation on Race) for a screening of the PBS Frontline video Lost in Detention followed by community conversation.  Lost in Detention is a documentary by award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa which “examines the impact of the Obama Administration’s controversial get-tough immigration policy.”   We will reserve some time at the end of our gathering to discuss next steps in planning for the future of this group.

We will be meeting from 4pm to 6pm on Sunday, March 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, 230 Gougler Avenue, Kent, OH 44240.  There is parking behind the church in a gravel lot.  Refreshments will be provided.  All are welcome.  Please contact the church with questions or for additional information.

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Five Below Fundraiser – Raise Money While You Shop!

A new Five Below fundraiser is scheduled for April 5, 6,and 7 at the Stow store located at 4332 Kent Road.  All the items in the store are $5 or less!  It is a great opportunity to purchase spring items and Easter goodies!  10% of your purchase is donated to the Church.  (Flyer must be presented at time of purchase for donation credit.)

Click here to open flyer.

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Weekly e-nUUs, March 14, 2012

Debut Performance this Friday, Mar. 16 th at 8:00 pm 

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent    228 Gougler Ave   Kent, OH 44240 

You, You and Me will open for Claudia Schmidt as part of the  the Cuyahoga River Concert Series!   If you haven’t been to a Cuyahoga River Concert yet, this is one not to miss. In a warm, intimate, acoustically ideal setting, this trio will soothe your soul with sweet harmony.

The headliner for the evening is Claudia Schmidt, a nationally known jazz/folk singer from Michigan. Her concert is sure to delight!  http://www.claudiaschmidt.com/

Tickets $10 at the Door

 

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner – There are still a few remaining tickets available!  

Dinner includes of corned beef, cabbage, colcannon, carrots, and soda bread.  Saturday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. in Fessenden Hall.  Contact Lois Weir  or Meg Milko for tickets or more information.

 

Celtic Clan of Kent Concert.

Come to a family friendly Concert of traditional and contemporary Irish folk music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Saturday, 17 March, 7 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Visit us at Facebook to hear some tunes. Tickets at the door: $7 Adults, children under 12 free. This is a fun fundraiser for the church.  Contact for information: Trish McLoughlin

 

A Pie for All Seasons!

Let’s gladly say farewell to the chilly winds and gray skies of winter!  If your birthday is in one of the cold months–November, December, January, February, or March–you could probably use a delicious pie to warm your heart! We want to help you out–if your birthday falls in any of these months (all ages qualify), you can get one free raffle ticket for this week’s pie drawing; additional tickets can be purchased for $1.00.

Oh, and by the way, we’ll also have pledge cards available at the  stewardship table, right next to the pies.  We’re at the midpoint of our March campaign–don’t be the last to turn in your card!

P.P.S.  We’re still looking for tempting pie recipes–please share your favorites.

Sandy Eaglen and Marion Yeagler

 

Sunday, March 18, 2012  This Particular Call

Led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper –

Every year our association of congregations has a General Assembly in June. This year our gathering will not be business as usual. This year we will have a Justice General Assembly with a very particular call. Whether you think you might have any interest in attending or not, I hope you will join us to consider the call our association is being invited to respond to in Phoenix and all across our country. David Petras of the Phoenix Witness Project will be with us to receive our special collection which will be used to help fund scholarships to Justice GA.


Surprise Friends Returns!

March 11, 18 or 25th stop by during coffee hour to be anonymously paired up with a child from our congregation.  Children who want to participate will need to fill out a short form. Beginning April 11 and continuing through the month, notes and small gifts will be secretly exchanged every Sunday leading up to the big reveal on April 29th!

 

A new Five Below fundraiser is scheduled for April 5, 6,and 7 at the Stow store located at 4332 Kent Road.  All the items in the store are $5 or less!  It is a great opportunity to purchase spring items and Easter goodies!  10% of your purchase is donated to the church with the necessary flyer.  Flyer is attached to this email.


The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 pm in the home of  Kathie Slater.  Please bring a snack to share. This month we are reading the book Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghesse. Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon. Orphaned by their mother’s death and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Moving from Addis Ababa to New York City and back again, Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles–and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

CUUPs

Thank you to everyone that came to the CUUPS first meeting and full Moon ritual. It was a privilege to be in such wonderful company! The food was delicious and the energy we raised was nurturing in many ways. We have named the new group Sacred Moon Cuups and the next meeting we have KC will propose a mission statement for review. I know many people wanted to attend but could not, and I hope to see you at other gatherings.

Ostara will be celebrated on Sunday March 18 from 1-4 PM at the Jailhouse in Fred Fuller park. There will be potluck refreshments, a children’s Ostara Egg hunt, a children’s ritual, and an adult ritual!

March 24 from 2-4 PM KC will host a faery garden workshop in Fessenden Hall. Be prepared to get dirty! You will go home with a starter kit for your very own faery garden. A $3 donation is suggested to cover the materials.

If there is anything in particular about the Pagan traditions that you would like to learn more about please contact KC or Deb so we may cover these items in our workshops.

As always, feel free to contact KC Pallone or Deb Biggins for more information.

 

INTERDENOMINATIONAL FRACKING MEETING

FACT(Faith Communities Together) will be holding a meeting on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) on Saturday, March 24th, from 10 am-12:30 pm, at the Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Boulevard, Cleveland Heights.  FACT was started in the Kirtland UU Church, and includes 15 churches of various denominations.  It spans eight Ohio counties and has 93 participating members who range from atheists to active members of religious congregations who are approaching environmental issues from a moral and/or spiritual perspective.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Ted and Swanny Voneida for car pooling arrangements.

 

Doctrine of Discovery and Immigration

An Adult Exploration class will be presented on the Doctrine of Discovery and Immigration starting on Tuesday April 3rd at 7:00 pm until 8:30 pm for six consecutive weeks.  All are encouraged to participate including our youth.  These two issues are front and center with our UU Association and will be the major components of our upcoming Justice General Assembly in Phoenix.

This doctrine came into being with the 1452 Papal Bull giving Portugal the right to exploit, subjugate and enslave the natives of West Africa. This was followed in 1493 with Spain getting the same “rights” over the “new” world.

Sadly, the former English Colonies of Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and USA  codified this Doctrine into law and their native populations are still being subjugated, now in the form of structural violence. An example, the Phoenix Indian School (now gone) in its early years was a “prison school”

where native children were forced to “assimilate” – that is to give up their own tribal culture for the white man’s ways.

Much of our attitude towards immigrants has arisen from this Doctrine.

These attitudes have become part of our American culture and they are now part of the engine that drives our Euro-centric superior thinking, our continued racism, and xenophobia.  We will thoroughly explore the connections here and look seriously at what we might, we must, do about this.

Please let me or MaryBeth know if you will be attending.

Mac Goekler

 

Children’s and Family Library Moves to Founders’ Lounge

All of the children’s books that had been housed in the Annex are now part of the library in Founders’ Lounge. We have a wide selection of folk tales from many corners of the world and from many ages in time.  The collection of  books with craft and game ideas are sure to keep children busy and happy for long stretches of time.  There are books to help families celebrate just about every holiday of the year.

We are especially blessed to have such a wide array of resources that affirm and support all kinds of families.  Many aspects of family life are addressed in our books on birth, death, adoption, illness, disability and the blending of families.

What we don’t have a lot of, however, are resources about Unitarian Universalism!  If you happen to be browsing the online UUA bookstore and happen upon a gem that you think would be a good addition to our collection, your donation will be gladly accepted!

Books can be signed out for 2 weeks.  Each book has a brightly colored card clipped inside.  Please put your name, the date and your contact information on the card and place the card in the basket on the table near the nursery door.  When you return books, please place them in the box on the table near the nursery (not on the shelves).  We are sharing the check-out and return system with the Adult Library.

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Spiritual Cinema, March 21st, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 P.M. Topic: Stereotyping

Our March Spiritual Cinema will explore the damage done by stereotyping of all kinds, racial, gender,gblt, and other forms of mass media stereotyping. We will show fifties sit-coms Amos n’ Andy and Car 54 Where Are You? to illustrate the kind of biases and bigotries that still affect us all. Each short film will be followed by discussion of the issues raised by this material. Some snacks will be provided, but this is not a pot-luck affair. All materials shown are g-rated, children are encouraged to come and share their reactions to art that has shaped the world in which they are growing up. Please be aware that this material has been chosen preciously because it is offensive!Amos n' Andy t.v. show ad.

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Family Movie Night, March 23rd,7 P.M. to 9 p.m.(+)

kids watching space patrolOur March 23rd family movie is a collection of Star Trek parodies. No, we won’t show any actual Star Trek, but we will show famous take offs on Star Trek, like the legendary seventies spoof Quark, “Where no Fan has gone Before” from Futurama, plus the movie serials that inspired the t.v. show, Captain Video and Buck Rogers. Unfortunately,we can not show our planned movie, Galaxy Quest, due to copyright issues .This just leaves us more time for Star Trek parodies and inspirations. These will include “Space Patrol”,which is often called “The Star Trek of the Fifties”,animated cartoons, and much more. This is a potluck affair, while some food will be provided, please bring in your favorite dishes.

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Weekly e-nUUs – March 7, 2012

PARKING INFORMATION AND REQUEST FOR ALL UU CHURCH OF KENT MEMBERS ATTENDING

GORDON VARS’ MEMORIAL SERVICE

Saturday, March 10th at 2:00 pm

We are expecting approximately 200 people for this service and reception and are still very much in need of volunteers to donate food.

In addition, we also are in need of the following volunteers

  • Saturday set-up  beginning at 9 am
  • Kitchen volunteers to receive and organize food for reception beginning at 12 pm; this will also include making coffee/tea and putting food out just prior to the end of the service
  • Clean-up crew volunteers following the reception

Please contact Rev. Melissa if you are able to assist with any of these tasks.  [email protected]

Also, arrangements for additional parking have been made at both Central School for the lot located behind the school and at the lot at the Physical Therapy and Pain Management offices located on the corner of Gougler Ave and Main Street.  A uniformed Kent City Police Officer will be directing traffic and assisting those crossing Mantua Street from Central School.

We are requesting that our Church members who are able to walk a short distance please use these additional parking areas leaving the spaces closest to the Church available for those visiting us.  Also, please remember that the parking spaces closest to the Annex and those behind Franklin Township Hall are reserves for handicap accessible parking.

Since we will have police assistance, we no longer are in need of parking volunteers, we thank those of you who had previously volunteered for this and are hopeful that you will consider assisting with set-up and clean-up.

Please know that we very much appreciate everyone’s cooperation and assistance!  You are what makes this church a community!  Thank you.

 

“What’s That?” You Say.  More Pies?!  Hooray!!

This week, in honor of Youth Sunday, each of our “junior” U.U.ers eighteen and younger–including infants and toddlers– can get a free raffle ticket for a yummy pie just by stopping at the stewardship campaign table during coffee hour.  Our “senior” U.U.ers, those of us over eighteen, can also purchase tickets for $1.00.  By the way, did you know that some of our younger congregational members already pledge on their own?  Wow!

Three lucky pie winners will be selected at 11:10; last week’s  winners–you’ll recognize them by their happy smiles– were Becky Haines’ granddaughter Margee, the Slaters, and Michelle Bores. Remember– March is our stewardship campaign month–let’s celebrate spring by pledging to support and build our wonderful church together!

Sandy Eaglen and Marion Yeagler

 

Sunday, March 11, 2012  What it Takes to Speak Out

Led by the Youth Group and Worship Associate, Kristian Spaude

Our Youth take over!  This service will be about how our Unitarian Universalist principles and background affect us (the youth) on our journey into adulthood. The service features music by and stories from the youth.

Join us at 9:30 and 11:15 AM.

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time – you don’t want to miss what the Youth have planned.

 

 

Children’s Choir will rehearse with Becky Haines in the sanctuary from on Sunday, March 11 at 10:40 until 11:10.  Children younger than 5 must be accompanied by an adult.  This is a great time for children to join the choir!  They will sing during worship sometime this spring.

 

Concerned Citizens Ohio is collecting signatures of Kent residents in support of an ordinance to ban horizontal hydrofracking during coffee hour and after second service  on March 11.  Information handouts are available.

 

Beth Sholtis funeral  –  The family of Beth Sholtis has announced that her funeral will be held at 2 p.m., March 12th, at Guerriero Funeral Home, 1550 W. 19th St., Ashtabula, with burial to follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of service, March 12th, at the funeral home.

We are exploring the possibility of hosting a showing of Beth’s artwork in our sanctuary later this spring.  If you have any pieces of her work that you would be willing to loan for this purpose, please contact John Kluth who will be coordinating the show.

For those that want to send condolence cards – please contact the church office for an address.

 

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.

 

Celtic Clan of Kent Concert.

Come to a family friendly Concert of traditional and contemporary Irish folk music to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Saturday, 17 March, 7 pm

Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Visit us at Facebook to hear some tunes. Tickets at the door: $7 Adults, children under 12 free. This is a fun fundraiser for the church.  Contact for information: Trish McLoughlin

 

The middle school youth have been learning about justice this year as a part of their curriculum.  Using the democratic process—and with concern for the interdependent web of existence- 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. They are seeking donations of duct tape as well as empty cereal boxes (to make amazingly funky folders).

 

We are a generous church indeed! Thanks to all of you, our March Special Collection total for the Hartville Migrant Ministry was $664.23. Thank you to the entire congregation for supporting this most worthy cause!

Peace, ~)–|

Sally Burnell, chair

Social Justice Committee

 

Joanne Nussbaum, a member of our church, is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Mongolia and has requested that we send seeds, preferably for food items, but also flowers. The Social Justice Committee will provide a box in the Founders Lounge for the next few weeks where you can drop seed donations that we will then send to Joanne to assist the Mongolian people. Your help in this project will be most appreciated. If you have any questions about it, please feel free to contact Sally Burnell. Thank you! ~)–|

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