Thanks to the generosity of so many members and friends of our congregation, our annual stewardship campaign was a great success! For the first time in many years, we are going to be able to pay our full fair share in Annual Program Fund dues to both the Ohio Meadville District and the Unitarian Universalist Association. This is a goal we have been working toward for some time and we are thrilled to be able to fulfill our covenantal obligations to our larger association. In addition, our budget allows for cost of living adjustments for the staff as well as a decent rainy day fund for unforeseen expenses. You will learn more about the details of our budget at the annual congregational meeting coming up on May 31. But before then, we are planning a special coffee hour on May 27 to thank you for your generosity. We hope you will be able to attend and enjoy celebrating this success!
Sunday, May 27 Engaging Sacred Curiosity and Flower Celebration
Led by Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Trish McLoughlin – We will continue to share the results from the recent congregational survey as we continue to explore who we are as a faith community.
This Sunday is our annual flower celebration. If you are able, please bring a flower stem to church to share as part of our flower communion. Even if you are unable to bring a flower, please join us as there will be extra flowers. The children will be having their own Flower Ceremony in the RE classroom. Each child should bring a cut flower or two for when they go to their RE class at 11:15.
New Summer Schedule for the RE Program
- May 27 Social Justice Intersession at 11:15 (No “Time for All Ages” during the worship services, but we will hold a Flower Ceremony for the children in the classroom) We continue our mini-curriculum on immigration justice. Classes will be for younger children (grade K through 3) and for older children (grade 4 through 8). Childcare will be offered for 3- and 4-year-olds in the Spirit Play room. Our nursery care will be offered as usual during both worship services and our multi-age program will happen during the 9:30 service. We will be collecting new socks which we will send to the UU church in Tucson, AZ which partners with other churches in the region to support the “No More Deaths” program.
- June 3 Coming of Age Multigenerational Worship at both services Our CoA youth will be presenting their faith statements during the worship services. It is going to be wonderful! Children in grades 1 and older are welcome to attend with their families. We will offer a Spirit Play session at 11:15 and nursery care at both services. (No multi-age program at 9:30)
- June 10 Church Picnic and Multigenerational Worship at 10:30 in Plum Creek Park No nursery care or RE classes. More details forthcoming…
- June 17 Summer RE Begins (No “Time for All Ages” during the worship services.) Our theme for this summer, is “Stories that Inspire”. During the months of June and August, we will be offering an all-ages, story-based program at 11:15 in Fesenden Hall. During the month of July, we will be holding only one service at 10:30 and will offer RE at that time. Nursery care will be available during all of the worship services.
Recycle your Electronics and Small Appliances
The KentHogwarts School is in need of any unwanted electrical or mechanical small appliances; for example: vacuum, kitchen appliances, old computer equipment, typewriters. No TVs or monitors please. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Please bring your items to church and deposit in the box located in Fessenden Hall. Deadline to donate is June 6th. Please contact John Bores with any questions.
Information Meeting: Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 7 PM
Voting Meeting: Sunday, June 3, 2012 @ 10:30 AM
Please note: Only active members who have signed the membership book, at least 4 weeks prior to the annual meeting are eligible to vote on June 3, 2012.
Concerned Citizens Ohio is looking for folks to help with its petition campaign in support of a Community Bill of Rights and a ban on fracking in Kent. Please call Paulette Thurman for information.
For those who may be interested, here is a link to the latest newsletter of Interweave Continental: http://interweaveuu.org/
Now Available in the Library
Joining Hands and Hearts: Interfaith, Intercultural Wedding Celebrations, by Reverend Susanna Macomb with Andrea Thompson, Simon and Schuster, New York, 2003.
Reverend Macomb is a licensed, ordained interfaith minister. Her book answers these questions: 1) How do we make sure that our ceremony is a reflection of our love and our relationship? 2) How do we remain true to ourselves and still make our families happy? 3) How can we create a wedding ceremony that merges our religious spiritual, and personal beliefs? 3) How can we create a wedding ceremony that merges our religious, spiritual and personal beliefs? Can we do this without offending or alienating anyone? 4) Who will officiate at our ceremony? 5) When will the ceremony take place? Which rituals shall we include?
Ann Waters, Library Publicity