Enduring Legacies – September 30, 2012

A service led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns  – For all its trouble, most of us believe life is an incredibly precious gift. We want future generations to have the opportunities we have had to create lives of meaning and purpose. We want them to be well. This morning we will consider the ways we can help create enduring legacies of love.

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That Thanks 4 Giving Auction

Hello? Hello?  Is this thing on?  OH there you are!

Hi, it’s that time of year again.  We are gearing up for our Thanks 4 Giving Auction and we are Calling all Volunteers!

Are you curious about this Thanks 4 Giving Auction you’ve been hearing about?  Do you want to know more about it?  Do you have some time and the inclination to help out?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then we want you!  To volunteer for the Thanks 4 Giving Auction that is!

We are gearing up and we can’t do it alone.  We need able bodies and minds to help us prepare and set up for this gala.  Can you set up tables and chairs?  GREAT we have an up”lifting” job for you.  Can you bake a dessert?  GREAT we have a yummy job for you.  Can you pick up food the day before or the day of the auction?  GREAT we have a job that will be right up your alley…or Acorn Alley!  Can you sell tickets at Sunday coffee hour?  GREAT the Thanks 4 Giving Auction tickets sell faster then the pancakes at pancake breakfast!  Can you help clear off silent auction tables when they close?  Great but keep it on the down low…it’s silent after all!  Can you use a computer and check in guests at the Thanks 4 Giving Auction?  GREAT we’ve got your number…well actually we don’t that’s why we are asking for it now!  Give us your number, your email, your name and any and all ways to reach you and we will put you to work!

AND the best part is you can attend the Thanks 4 Giving Auction for FREE.  Yes you heard us…FREE!

Volunteer jobs fill up quickly, so let us know right away if you are interested in helping out and having lots fun in the process.  Please contact Trish McLoughlin, Auction volunteer coordinator.

Meg Milko

Thanks 4 Giving Auction Chair

P.S.  We need baskets for people to package their donations in for the auction.  Please drop them off on Sunday’s at the Thanks 4 Giving Auction table in Fessenden Hall. 

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Weekly e-nUUs – September 26, 2012

Worship & Music


Services are offered at both 10:00 and 11:30 AM

Join us Sunday, September 30   for  Enduring Legacies     

A service led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns  – For all its trouble, most of us believe life is an incredibly precious gift. We want future generations to have the opportunities we have had to create lives of meaning and purpose. We want them to be well. This morning we will consider the ways we can help create enduring legacies of love.

 

 

Sunday Flowers!

Are you interested in helping to spruce up the Chancel on Sunday mornings?  If so, please consider sponsoring flowers for our Sunday services. Please see the Sunday Flowers sign-up sheet located on the bulletin board in Fessenden Hall. Flowers may be donated in honor, in celebration, in appreciation of someone or something or for any other reason.   You may indicate your dedication on the sign-up sheet.  In addition, you may choose to supply the flowers yourself or donate the money for flowers to be purchased.  Also, please know that dedications will be noted in the Thread from the Web each week.  If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office.

 

 

Don’t miss the Amazing Josh White Jr.  this Friday, September 28 at the Unitarian Universalist church in Kent, OH. This is the official start to the a new season of the Cuyahoga River Concert Series. If you haven’t been to one of these concerts yet, now is the time to check it out. Internationally known Josh White is an AMAZING singer with a repertoire you will love.  Tickets are JUST $10.00 and, as always, there will delicious baked goods by Kim.

It’s a great way to get new people into our church… BRING FRIENDS!!

Learn more at    http://joshwhitejr.com/

http://www.cuyahogariverconcerts.com/

 

 

Lifespan Learning and Spiritual Growth & Development


What Moves Us: Unitarian Universalist Theology

An Adult Religious Education class co-facilitated by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and The Rev. Christie Anderson

Thursday evenings: 7pm – 9pm in Fessenden Hall

September 27 – October 25

This class will provide a framework for engaging in theological reflection, not as an intellectual exercise, but as a process of meaning-making that equips one for living in the world as a Unitarian Universalist person of faith.  Created by the Rev. Dr. Thandeka, this program explores the life experiences of both historic and contemporary Unitarian Universalist theologians, highlighting that which caused in them a change of heart, a new direction, new hope, and a deeper understanding of their own liberal faith. These workshops offer participants a chance to engage with and bring their personal experiences to bear on the very questions explored by each theologian in turn. The program offers a pathway for developing not only one’s own personal theology but also one’s deep understanding of the threads of our Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist theological heritage.

In total, we will be offering 10 workshops in this series.  The first five will be this fall and the second five will be offered in the winter.  While participants may choose to attend selected sessions as their schedules allow, the program is designed to be sequential and thus those who attend a majority of the sessions will get the most from the experience.

 

 

A Few Spots Remaining in our Small Groups!

Thanks to all of you who signed up to participate in our Food for Thought and Chalice Groups this year.  We have a few open spots remaining in a few of our groups.  If you meant to but didn’t get around to signing up, we still have several open spots in the Wednesday and Thursday evening Chalice Groups and we may have one or two spots in the Sunday evening Food for Thought group.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Rev. Melissa as soon as possible and by no later than Sunday.


 

Calling all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts!

I am surveying the congregation to see what the level of interest is among our children who are in scouting programs–Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as well as Junior, Cadette or Senior Girl Scouts–to offer the scouting religion award programs this year.  If your scouting child may be interested, please email me at [email protected].

Many thanks, Karen Lapidus, DRE.



Halloween Party and Haunted House 

Save the evening of Saturday, October 27th for the church Halloween Party and Haunted House.  This annual tradition has been a favorite on our calendar for many, many years.  The RE Committee will be hosting the party and our youth will be transforming the RE classrooms into a Haunted House experience.  Both tame and not-at-all tame tours of the Haunted House will be available.   Fun for all ages!   Details forthcoming.

 


Community Within


Canning Jars Needed!  Mary Ann Kasper has put out a request for quart size canning jars.  If you have any to spare, please bring them to church with you and leave them in the kitchen for her.  Thank you.


Picture – Picture!  Please remember that the deadline to submit your picture for the Church Directory is fast approaching.  Pictures may be emailed to  Brad Bolton at [email protected]

 

Have you been thinking about membership in the UU Church of Kent?  Have you attended a New UU class or had a conversation with Rev Melissa about membership?  If you think you are ready to take that step, please consider this an invitation to do so now.

We’re in the midst of planning the next New Member Sunday, and we would like YOU to be a part of that special ceremony on October 7 when our newest members are introduced to the congregation during the service.  If you have any questions, or would like to sign the membership book, please contact Marion Yeagler, Claudia Miller,  or Rev Melissa.

 

Attention congregation!  Just a reminder that a one day household hazardous waste event is coming up on Sept 29th.  If you are able, please consider signing up to take some batteries along with other toxic materials out to the Lake County Fairgrounds.  Proof of ID may be required so you must be a resident or at least arrive with one.  For a more local event, consider dropping off batteries at the Summit County hazardous waste facility located on route 59 in Stow.  Check out the sign up board during coffee hour for more details on both events.

 

EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST.  A congenial group has been meeting in Fessenden Hall at 9:15 for breakfast before first service.  Please join us for food and fellowship!  (Donations to cover costs gratefully accepted.)


Did you update your Volunteer Form at the Ministry Fair last Sunday?  If not, why not do it now?  Go to our website:  //kentuu.org/about-us/volunteer-form/  answer the questions and click “submit”.  Wasn’t that easy?

 

Has your life been enriched by our wonderful UU community? Would you like an occasional opportunity to give something back in return?  Our church maintains a database of members and friends and the areas where they might be willing to volunteer. This information is gathered on the “Volunteer Form” and is used by church groups who are looking for helpers.  This form has recently changed, so anyone who filled out a form prior to Aug. 2012 needs to fill out a new one.  Fortunately, this couldn’t be easier.  Go to our website:  //kentuu.org/about-us/volunteer-form/  answer the questions and click “submit”.  If you prefer a paper copy, forms are located on the membership table in the Founder’s Lounge, next to the box for completed forms.  If you have any questions contact Mary Leeson.

 

The Library Committee has received a number of periodicals which are free for the taking and need not be returned. They can be found on top of the bookcases in Founders Lounge. The numbers in parentheses indicate how many copies are available. There are no restrictions on how many periodicals you may take: Ode (1), Spirituality (3). Church and State (6) The Institute of Noetic Science (1), Shift (5), Ions (9), and Parabola (5).

Once again, it is extremely helpful to the committee if you will please fill out a yellow donation form by the Return Box when you contribute books to the Library. It makes the work of the Secretary so much easier.

Ann Waters, Library Publicity

 

We’re updating the UU Church of Kent’s Database

We are asking that everyone please visit the following link to the Church’s website to update their contact information so we may bring our database current and provide you with a more accurate Church Directory.  The information form with only take a few minutes to complete and we very much appreciate your participation!  Just click on the following link to update your records today:  //kentuu.org/about-us/update-church-records/

 

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, October 9 at 7 pm in the home of Kathy Kerns. This month we will be reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  This non-fiction book documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. In November we will be reading On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren and in December we will be reading a Ruth Reichl book of your choice.  If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 


Outreach

Hunger Crop Walk

Let’s field a team of walkers from UUCK to participate in the Kent-Ravenna annual Hunger Crop Walk on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm. The Crop Walk is sponsored by Church World Service, an interfaith alliance that the UUA belongs to and it benefits both local agencies and global efforts to combat hunger. 25% of the money raised stays in here Portage County with Kent Social Services and 75% goes overseas to feed the hungry and fund water projects. Last year, UUCK raised just over $1000 in one short afternoon! I know we can do even better this year.

The Crop Walk is a 4 mile walk (2 miles out and 2 miles back) on a paved hike n’bike trail off Lake Rockwell Road near Beckwith’s Orchard. If you are unable to complete the entire length, do what you can. We meet at the Brady Lake Methodist Church at 2 pm on Sunday, October 14 and will join feet and forces with other area churches from Kent and Ravenna. You need to bring your pledge form and collected pledges with you that day. Leashed dogs are welcome as are wagons & strollers for the little ones.

I’ll be available during coffee 1/2 hour and after 2nd service on 9/30 and 10/7 to sign you up. The first member of the Youth Group to see me this Sunday for a pledge form will receive a $20 pledge from me. Questions? Contact Elaine Bowen.

 

Anti-Fracking Teach-In

The Social Justice Committee/Green Sanctuary will host an Anti-Fracking Teach-In with county wide publicity here at the church on Friday,  Nov 9.
Planning for this event is open to all, and we will have a planning meeting this Tues, Sept 25, at 7pm in the Founder’s Lounge. Please consider getting involved in the first activity to emerge out of the newly restructured Social Justice Committee.  For questions or additional information call Ted & Swanny at 330-678-8486 or Paulette at 330-678-9508.

 

Kent Community Sing (a-long)

October 4, 2012

UU Church of Kent

7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

 

Income Generation

Acme Community Cash Back Program

Please save your ACME grocery receipts from September 22, 2012 until early February so we may benefit from 5% of the Community Cash Back program. This is an easy fundraiser for UUCK. Last year, we were rewarded with $248, up from $162 the year before. Let’s aim for $300 this year! Acme and Food Club branded items are eligible; prescriptions, alcohol and nationally branded items are not.

Bring your receipts in weekly or monthly and place them in the box covered with Acme flyers in Fessenden Hall. It’s that simple; I’ll do the rest. Questions? Contact Elaine Bowen.

 

That Thanks 4 Giving Auction

Hello? Hello?  Is this thing on?  OH there you are!

Hi, it’s that time of year again.  We are gearing up for our Thanks 4 Giving Auction and we are Calling all Volunteers!

Are you curious about this Thanks 4 Giving Auction you’ve been hearing about?  Do you want to know more about it?  Do you have some time and the inclination to help out?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then we want you!  To volunteer for the Thanks 4 Giving Auction that is!

We are gearing up and we can’t do it alone.  We need able bodies and minds to help us prepare and set up for this gala.  Can you set up tables and chairs?  GREAT we have an up”lifting” job for you.  Can you bake a dessert?  GREAT we have a yummy job for you.  Can you pick up food the day before or the day of the auction?  GREAT we have a job that will be right up your alley…or Acorn Alley!  Can you sell tickets at Sunday coffee hour?  GREAT the Thanks 4 Giving Auction tickets sell faster then the pancakes at pancake breakfast!  Can you help clear off silent auction tables when they close?  Great but keep it on the down low…it’s silent after all!  Can you use a computer and check in guests at the Thanks 4 Giving Auction?  GREAT we’ve got your number…well actually we don’t that’s why we are asking for it now!  Give us your number, your email, your name and any and all ways to reach you and we will put you to work!

AND the best part is you can attend the Thanks 4 Giving Auction for FREE.  Yes you heard us…FREE!

Volunteer jobs fill up quick so let us know right away.  If you are interested in helping out and having lots fun in the process, please contact Trish McLoughlin.

Meg Milko

Thanks 4 Giving Auction Chair

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Legacies of Forgiveness – September 23, 2012

A service led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Dani Beale – What are the possibilities and limits of forgiveness? What impact does forgiveness have on the forgiven? What impact does it have on the one who offers forgiveness? How do our choices to forgive or withhold forgiveness echo down the generations? Come join us in reflecting on these worthy questions.

 

Quote by Paul Boese Feb.19, 1967

Photo by Kprateek88 (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html),  via Wikimedia Commons

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Weekly e-nUUs, September 19, 2012

Worship & Music


Sunday, September 23   Services are offered at both 10:00 and 11:30 AM

Join us for  Legacies of Forgivness

A service led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Dani Beale

What are the possibilities and limits of forgiveness? What impact does forgiveness have on the forgiven? What impact does it have on the one who offers forgiveness? How do our choices to forgive or withhold forgiveness echo down the generations? Come join us in reflecting on these worthy questions.

 


Lifespan Learning and Spiritual Growth & Development


What Moves Us: Unitarian Universalist Theology

An Adult Religious Education class co-facilitated by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and The Rev. Christie Anderson

Thursday evenings: 7pm – 9pm in Fessenden Hall

September 27 – October 25

This class will provide a framework for engaging in theological reflection, not as an intellectual exercise, but as a process of meaning-making that equips one for living in the world as a Unitarian Universalist person of faith.  Created by the Rev. Dr. Thandeka, this program explores the life experiences of both historic and contemporary Unitarian Universalist theologians, highlighting that which caused in them a change of heart, a new direction, new hope, and a deeper understanding of their own liberal faith. These workshops offer participants a chance to engage with and bring their personal experiences to bear on the very questions explored by each theologian in turn. The program offers a pathway for developing not only one’s own personal theology but also one’s deep understanding of the threads of our Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist theological heritage.

In total, we will be offering 10 workshops in this series.  The first five will be this fall and the second five will be offered in the winter.  While participants may choose to attend selected sessions as their schedules allow, the program is designed to be sequential and thus those who attend a majority of the sessions will get the most from the experience.


Calling all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts!

I am surveying the congregation to see what the level of interest is among our children who are in scouting programs–Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts as well as Junior, Cadette or Senior Girl Scouts–to offer the scouting religion award programs this year.  If your scouting child may be interested, please email me at dr[email protected].

Many thanks, Karen Lapidus, DRE.


Registration for RE Runs Through September

The 2012-2013 RE Registration forms are available on a “self-service table” in Founders’ Lounge.  Every baby, child and youth must be registered each church year.  Please leave the completed forms in the marked box or hand them to Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education.

 

 

Community Within


Living Our Mission: Are UU Ready?

Our annual Ministry Fair will be held in just two weeks!  Committees and groups throughout the church are all encouraged to attend by setting up a table and sharing their goals and information.  This event will be held after both first and second services and refreshments will be served.  If you have any questions please contact me!  Thanks!

If your committee or group is planning to participate please contact me and let me know!

-Julie Lineburgh, Trustee for Fellowship

NO, WE DON’T HAVE ELVES!  You may have noticed the grounds around the church building have been spruced up recently.  It was not done by elves.  It was done by way of several days hard work by a person.  Such work would not be so intense if a group of people worked together to keep the grounds neat and tidy each week.  Each person would just need to commit a few hours each month to make short work of keeping the grounds welcoming.  To sign up, please email Georgia Quinn.  (This is the committee that has no meetings:  The Landscape Work Team)

On the same topic, now that the landscape area to the right of the new front door has been cleared, several people have proposed ideas for planting.  Unfortunately, that area was neglected for so long that it became infested with a troublesome wild cousin of morning glory known as bindweed.  The area is being rehabilitated and will be resting for at least a year.  Late next spring the mulch and landscape fabric will be removed and any remaining weed plants and seeds will be encouraged to sprout so they can be removed.  Then the area will be available for planting.  Next July would be a good time to share your ideas with the Landscape Work Team.

EARLY BIRD BREAKFAST.  A congenial group has been meeting in Fessenden Hall at 9:15 for breakfast before first service.  Please join us for food and fellowship!  (Donations to cover costs gratefully accepted.)

Has your life been enriched by our wonderful UU community? Would you like an occasional opportunity to give something back in return?  Our church maintains a database of members and friends and the areas where they might be willing to volunteer. This information is gathered on the “Volunteer Form” and is used by church groups who are looking for helpers.  This form has recently changed, so anyone who filled out a form prior to Aug. 2012 needs to fill out a new one.  Fortunately, this couldn’t be easier.  Go to our website:  //kentuu.org/about-us/volunteer-form/  answer the questions and click “submit”.  If you prefer a paper copy, forms are located on the membership table in the Founder’s Lounge, next to the box for completed forms.  If you have any questions contact Mary Leeson at 330 686-2663

The Library Committee has received a number of periodicals which are free for the taking and need not be returned. They can be found on top of the bookcases in Founders Lounge. The numbers in paretheses indicate how many copies are available. There are no restrictions on how many periodicals you may take: Ode (1), Spirituality (3). Church and State (6) The Institute of Noetic Science (1), Shift (5), Ions (9), and Parabola (5).

Once again, it is extremely helpful to the committee if you will please fill out a yellow donation form by the Return Box when you contribute books to the Library. It makes the work of the Secretary so much easier.

Ann Waters, Library Publicity

 

We’re updating the UU Church of Kent’s Database

We are asking that everyone please visit the following link to the Church’s website to update their contact information so we may bring our database current and provide you with a more accurate Church Directory.  The information form with only take a few minutes to complete and we very much appreciate your participation!  Just click on the following linki to update your records today:  //kentuu.org/about-us/update-church-records/

 

 

Art in the Sanctuary

Many thanks to Lori McGee of our church for providing a fine photography exhibit which will be in the sanctuary through October 14.  On Oct. 21 and 28 we will have an exhibit of art that will be sold at the Service Auction on Nov. 3.

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, October 9 at 7 pm in the home of Kathy Kerns.  This month we will be reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  This non-fiction book documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. In November we will be reading On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren and in December we will be reading a Ruth Reichl book of your choice.  If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

Outreach

 

Celtic Clan to play for the KSU Folk Festival’s Folk Around Town

September 21, 2012

7:00 pm @ the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Traditional and contemporary songs, jigs and reels from the British Isles and Ireland.

This event is open and free to the public.

Anti-Fracking Teach-In

The Social Justice Committee/Green Sanctuary will host an Anti-Fracking Teach-In with county wide publicity here at the church on Friday,  Nov 9.
Planning for this event is open to all, and we will have a planning meeting this Tues, Sept 25, at 7pm in the Founder’s Lounge. Please consider getting involved in the first activity to emerge out of the newly restructured Social Justice Committee.  For questions or additional information call Ted & Swanny at 330-678-8486 or Paulette at 330-678-9508.

 

Kent Community Sing (a-long)

October 4, 2012

UU Church of Kent

7:00 pm  in the Sanctuary

 

 

Income Generation

 

That Thanks 4 Giving Auction

Hello? Hello?  Is this thing on?  OH there you are!

Hi, it’s that time of year again.  We are gearing up for our Thanks 4 Giving Auction and we are Calling all Volunteers!

Are you curious about this Thanks 4 Giving Auction you’ve been hearing about?  Do you want to know more about it?  Do you have some time and the inclination to help out?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then we want you!  To volunteer for the Thanks 4 Giving Auction that is!

We are gearing up and we can’t do it alone.  We need able bodies and minds to help us prepare and set up for this gala.  Can you set up tables and chairs?  GREAT we have an up”lifting” job for you.  Can you bake a dessert?  GREAT we have a yummy job for you.  Can you pick up food the day before or the day of the auction?  GREAT we have a job that will be right up your alley…or Acorn Alley!  Can you sell tickets at Sunday coffee hour?  GREAT the Thanks 4 Giving Auction tickets sell faster then the pancakes at pancake breakfast!  Can you help clear off silent auction tables when they close?  Great but keep it on the down low…it’s silent after all!  Can you use a computer and check in guests at the Thanks 4 Giving Auction?  GREAT we’ve got your number…well actually we don’t that’s why we are asking for it now!  Give us your number, your email, your name and any and all ways to reach you and we will put you to work!

AND the best part is you can attend the Thanks 4 Giving Auction for FREE.  Yes you heard us…FREE

Volunteer jobs fill up quick so let us know right away if you are interested in helping out and having lots fun in the process.

Meg Milko

Thanks 4 Giving Auction Chair

 

 

NEW Fundraising Approval Process & Procedures!!

In our continuing efforts to move towards Policy Governance, the newly formed Fundraising Committee, Meg Milko – Chair, Andrew Bores, Noah Kerns, John Bores, Eric & Amber Strock, Connor May and Ann VerWiebe, are pleased to announce they have created a NEW Fundraising Approval Process & Procedure policy that was recently approved by the Board of Trustees.

Not only did the policy arise from our efforts to move to Policy Governance but also out of a need to keep better track of the wonderful efforts everyone makes at raising money for the church.  With proper record keeping we will be able to make informed decision about fundraising events now and into the future.  The new policy will also help us to keep better track of expenses related to fundraisers and of course how much money each fundraiser makes.  A fundraiser is any effort or event where money will be raised for the church (or perhaps for an outreach effort) and then given to the church either at the end of the event or ongoing as money is collected.

The two most important things to know are effective immediately every fundraiser will need to complete a Fundraiser Proposal Form (the approval form) and a Fundraiser Report Form at the end of the event (the record of expenses & money raised form).

Existing fundraisers such as Acme & Giant Eagle Bucks and fundraisers that are ongoing will only need to complete an initial Proposal Form and then once per year (at the end of the fiscal year) you will complete a Report Form stating total annual expenses and money raised as it relates to that fundraiser.  We did this so you don’t have to spend a lot of time filling out forms each week and can focus on what you do better – raise much needed money for the church!

There is an approval process in place now as follows:

The approval of the Ministry Executive Team and/or Board of Trustees is required for:

·  Fundraisers expected to generate $500 or more in gross proceeds;

·  Special collections or offerings;

·  Emergency relief fundraisers.

The approval of the Fundraising Chair is required for:

·  Fundraisers expected to generate less than $500 in gross proceeds.

The approval of the Director, Religious Education is required for:

·   All Religious Education Fundraisers, and

·  The DRE has the sole authority to approve Fundraisers with goals of less than $250

     (Fundraiser  Proposal Form & Fundraiser Report Form should be completed for any  fundraising event), but

·    Fundraisers over $250 should be approved by the DRE and either Fundraising  Chair if under $500 or Ministry Executive Team and/or Board of Trustees if over $500.

We know this is a lot of new information to digest but we are available to help you complete the forms and guide you through the process.  If you run an existing fundraiser please let us know and we will get you the forms you need and help you fill them out!

And if you have a NEW idea for a fundraiser just let us know and we will help guide you through the approval process and the forms completion.

When planning your fundraiser please try and promote our UU principals and keep in mind the vision and mission of the church and we’re sure they will be successful.

The fundraising committee worked very hard on creating this policy and want you to know this is not meant to hinder anyone’s efforts or ideas but merely to keep a record of  what we do well so we can repeat it in the future. Or decide if something isn’t as effective as it was in the past to let it go and move on to new events and ideas.

Thank you,

Meg Milko

Fundraising Chair

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That Thanks 4 Giving Auction

Hello? Hello?  Is this thing on?  OH there you are!

Hi, it’s that time of year again.  We are gearing up for our Thanks 4 Giving Auction and we are Calling all Volunteers!

Are you curious about this Thanks 4 Giving Auction you’ve been hearing about?  Do you want to know more about it?  Do you have some time and the inclination to help out?

If you answered YES to any of these questions then we want you!  To volunteer for the Thanks 4 Giving Auction that is!

We are gearing up and we can’t do it alone.  We need able bodies and minds to help us prepare and set up for this gala.  Can you set up tables and chairs?  GREAT we have an up”lifting” job for you.  Can you bake a dessert?  GREAT we have a yummy job for you.  Can you pick up food the day before or the day of the auction?  GREAT we have a job that will be right up your alley…or Acorn Alley!  Can you sell tickets at Sunday coffee hour?  GREAT the Thanks 4 Giving Auction tickets sell faster then the pancakes at pancake breakfast!  Can you help clear off silent auction tables when they close?  Great but keep it on the down low…it’s silent after all!  Can you use a computer and check in guests at the Thanks 4 Giving Auction?  GREAT we’ve got your number…well actually we don’t that’s why we are asking for it now!  Give us your number, your email, your name and any and all ways to reach you and we will put you to work!

AND the best part is you can attend the Thanks 4 Giving Auction for FREE.  Yes you heard us…FREE!

Volunteer jobs fill up quick so let us know right away if you are interested in helping out and having lots fun in the process.

 

Meg Milko

Thanks 4 Giving Auction Chair

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Living Legacies – September 16, 2012

A service led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate MaryLou Holly  – The more I learn about the formation of the universe, the more astonishing it seems that we are here. Our earth is a living legacy of an extraordinary confluence of cosmic events. Come discover again what Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow call The Great Story of humanity’s common creation. Come consider again your part in tending the legacy we hope will continue to evolve for countless generations to come.

 

Image:Cassiopeia nubual

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September Spiritual Cinema This Saturday – Creation: How Darwin Saw the World and Changed It Forever

 

Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Creation: How Darwin Saw the World and Changed It Forever” (2009). The movie is 108 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 14 people. Please click his address for a map or directions: 2650 Easthaven Drive, Hudson, OH 44236. Please RSVP to Dan at [email protected].

Please consider reading the following related article from UUWorld prior to the movie night:

“Natural faith: How Darwinian evolution has transformed liberal religion” by Rev. Dr. William R. Murry, former president of Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago

Comments by Dan:

Our next movie will continue some of the themes brought up last month when we watched “Contact”. The movie “Creation” focuses on a similar conflict and synthesis of science and religion.  The movie focuses on the conflict Charles Darwin’s research causes with his own faith and his wife’s.  The film is based on “Annie’s Box,” a biography penned by Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal Keynes using personal letters and diaries of the Darwin family.

“There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”

? Charles Darwin (1859). On the Origin of Species

Description from Amazon.com:

More than 150 years after its publication, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and its theory of natural selection remain the subject of much debate; the divide between those who accept Darwin’s ideas as incontrovertible science and those who consider them blasphemous may be wider now than ever. Released in 2009, director Jon Amiel’s Creation goes right to the heart of the matter–indeed, right to the heart of Darwin himself. As portrayed by Paul Bettany, the Darwin who has returned to England following his voyage aboard HMS Beagle is a man for whom “deeply conflicted” is a barely adequate description. Well aware his theory is “perhaps the most powerful idea ever to occur to a human mind,” he is caught between the scientists who insist that he has “killed God” and the religious conservatives, including his wife Emma (Jennifer Connelly), who counter that his very soul will be in peril if he finishes and publishes his book. What’s more, he is haunted, sometimes literally, by the death of his favorite child, Annie (seen in frequent flashbacks), and its effect on his marriage–in fact, it is this personal angle that dominates the film. But while the toll his work has taken on his health, his faith, his family, and his very sanity is obvious, he also knows that it is far too important to ignore. Creation is not a documentary; liberties have been taken, and there are multiple sequences, including Darwin’s nightmarish fever dreams, that are clearly the invention of the filmmakers. But Bettany and Connelly, who are a real-life couple, are both superb; the cinematography is gorgeous; and various scenes illustrating the notion of “survival of the fittest” in nature are riveting (there won’t be a dry eye in the house when Darwin tells his dying daughter about the fate of an orangutan captured in Borneo). And while the tone of the film would seem to favor science over religion, the DVD includes numerous bonus features in which both sides have their say. This one is not to be missed. –Sam Graham

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Living Our Mission: Are UU Ready?

Our annual Ministry Fair will be held in less than two weeks!  Committees and groups through out the church are all encouraged to attend by setting up a table and sharing their goals and information.  This event will be held after first AND second service and refreshments will be served.  I know the times have been changed around, but this is the official time.  If you have any questions please contact me!  Thanks!

If your committee or group is planning to participate please contact me and let me know!

 -Julie Lineburgh, Trustee for Fellowship

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New info about the Thanks 4 Giving Auction


We will soon be asking you to think about donating something to the auction, which will be held on Saturday, November 3. Put it on your calendar!  You don’t want to miss it!

Themed baskets are a BIG part of the silent auction.  Some themes from past auctions are book club books basket, Beckwith’s basket, soup basket, wine basket, West Point Market snack basket, game basket, Browns basket, Indians basket….the possibilities are endless.  Right now we are asking for empty baskets that can be taken by donors and filled.  Bring them in and leave them at the auction table in Fessenden Hall beginning Sunday, September 23.

And……Thanks 4 Giving!

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Weekly e-nUU’s – September 13, 2012

Worship & Music

 

Sunday, September 16   Services are offered at both 10:00 and 11:30 AM

Join us for  Living Legacies  a service led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate MaryLou Holly  – The more I learn about the formation of the universe, the more astonishing it seems that we are here. Our earth is a living legacy of an extraordinary confluence of cosmic events. Come discover again what Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow call The Great Story of humanity’s common creation. Come consider again your part in tending the legacy we hope will continue to evolve for countless generations to come

 

 

Information reflecting the results of the congregational survey on theology and worship is now available in several locations.  The text of the sermons offered on May 20 and May 27, which summarized the survey results, can be found at the church web site at the following link.  //kentuu.org/2012/08/29/results-of-the-spring-2012-congregational-survey/  In addition, a white binder containing the sermons, raw data, pie charts, and additional cross tabulations is located in the church library and can be borrowed like other library materials.  A second copy of the white binder is located in the Annex on the bookshelf in the copier room.  This copy is for reference purposes and is meant to remain in the Annex.

 

Lifespan Learning and Spiritual Growth & Development

 

Registration for RE Runs Through September

The 2012-2013 RE Registration forms are available on a “self-service table” in Founders’ Lounge.  Every baby, child and youth must be registered each church year.  Please leave the completed forms in the marked box or hand them to Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education.

 

 

September Spiritual Cinema – Creation: How Darwin Saw the World and Changed It Forever

Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Creation: How Darwin Saw the World and Changed It Forever” (2009). The movie is 108 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 14 people.  Please RSVP to Dan.  More information including the movie trailer is available on our website.


Community Within

 

Breakfast Fellowship Hour at 9:15 am Sunday

Early Bird Breakfast Fellowship hour last Sunday was a pleasant experience for all who came.  We will meet again at 9:15 this coming Sunday (and many more Sundays to come) for fellowship and a light breakfast in Fessenden Hall prior to the 10:00 am service.  Homemade muffins, cheese, eggs, fresh fruit and congenial conversation – a great way to start your Sunday.  If 9:15 is to early for you, come a little later.  Just be sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy your meal and be upstairs before the service starts at 10:00.

 


What do you call a committee that has no meetings?  Answer: a work team.

What do you call a work team that loves to dig in dirt, whack weeds, and trim trees?  Answer: a landscape team.

Volunteers are needed for the newly organized Landscape Work Team.  This group will take responsibility for keeping the grounds around the church neat and orderly.  Each volunteer will adopt an area of the grounds around the church and coordinate with another volunteer or two to make sure that each area of the landscaping gets weekly attention.  ALL “meetings” will take place by email, except a brief organizational/meet- each-other meeting which will be held between services at a date to be announced.

For further information or to volunteer, please contact Georgia Quinn or Randy R., Trustee for Building and Grounds.

 

 

Fall Walden Update

An educational/interpretive visit to the Jennings Environmental Educational Center has been scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 22.  Jennings was the first reserve established in Pennsylvania to protect an individual  plant species (blazing star).  The park contains a 20-acre prairie ecosystem which is home to distinctive prairie plants and the endangered Mississauga rattlesnake.  This is the only public and protected prairie in the Commonwealth.  Our  tentative guide is a member of the Slippery Rock UU congregation.

Hopefully, this program will provide an appreciation and understanding of the area as we pursue our individual activities.  Scheduling this event in the morning will allow those not staying Saturday night plenty of time to return home.

Ed Stolish

 

 

Living Our Mission: Are UU Ready?

Our annual Ministry Fair will be held in less than two weeks!  Committees and groups through out the church are all encouraged to attend by setting up a table and sharing their goals and information.  This event will be held after first AND second service and refreshments will be served.  I know the times have been changed around, but this is the official time.  If you have any questions please contact me!  Thanks!

If your committee or group is planning to participate please contact me and let me know!

 -Julie Lineburgh, Trustee for Fellowship

 

 

We’re updating the UU Church of Kent’s Database

We are asking that everyone please visit the following link to the Church’s website to update their contact information so we may bring our database current and provide you with a more accurate Church Directory.  The information form with only take a few minutes to complete and we very much appreciate your participation!  Just click on the following linki to update your records today:  //kentuu.org/about-us/update-church-records/

Photos Needed for New Directory

The new church directory is being assembled, and we would like to include a photo of you.  Yes, you!  The directory will be a PDF file sent to you and unavailable online, so your photo will be seen only by other members and friends.  I prefer to use a photo you supply, but I will take your photo if you wish.  Please send photos to Brad Bolton .  You can have more than one photo per family, but duplicates of one person are not allowed.  Photo guidelines are—

  • Files need to be of size 200 K or larger and JPG, RAW, GIF or DNG file type.
  • If the photo is of one person, a head shot is best, but I will also accept torso (from the waist up) shots.
  • If the photo is of more than one person, the heads of the people need to be grouped together. The photo in the directory will be square, so pick a photo in which the heads will easily fit into a square.
  • Faces must be in focus, well lit, and easily recognizable.
  • Photos will be  2 x 2 inches in the directory, so make sure your face will be recognizable in your photo.
  • Deadline for submitting photos is Sept. 30.

For people who want me to photo them – I can take your photo at church during coffee hour any September Sunday, or I can photo you during the week. MaryBeth at our office can schedule you between 5:00 and 8:00 pm on one of the following dates: September 17 or 18..  Hours available would be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on each day.  I’m willing to schedule another time if you really, really, really can’t make one of the above dates.

Brad Bolton

 

Art in the Sanctuary

Many thanks to Lori McGee of our church for providing a fine photography exhibit which will be in the sanctuary through October 14.  On Oct. 21 and 28 we will have an exhibit of art that will be sold at the Service Auction on Nov. 3.

 

 

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, October 9 at 7 pm in the home of Kathy Kerns. This month we will be reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.  This non-fiction book documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping. In November we will be reading On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren and in December we will be reading a Ruth Reichl book of your choice.  If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

Outreach

 

Celtic Clan to play for the KSU Folk Festival’s Folk Around Town

September 21, 2012

7:00 pm @ the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Traditional and contemporary songs, jigs and reels from the British Isles and Ireland.

This event is open and free to the public.

 

 

Kent Community Sing (a-long)

October 4, 2012

UU Church of Kent

7:00 pm  Fessenden Hall

 

Income Generation

 

Matt & Hal Folk Fest – Friday, September 14th.  Clap your hands and join in!  The Kent UU Music Committee and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series are excited to present a fun benefit concert for the UUCK’s music program on Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m. in the UUCK sanctuary. Featuring the highly entertaining and talented folk musicians Matt Watroba and Hal Walker, a rollicking good time will be had by all! Help us kick off the new season of concerts and support  the church’s growing music program by attending. Advance tickets will be available at breakfast and between Sunday’s services at $10 each, and at the door.

“Wait, Wait….Don’t Tell Me!”  To add to the concert’s excitement – modeled after a contest from NPR’s hit game show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me”,  the Music Committee will be selling raffle tickets at $1 each or 6/$5 for a chance to win a special musical message by Matt & Hal for your own voice mail!  An unlimited number of tickets for the raffle can be purchased in advance (or the night of the show) with the winner announced at the concert!  Be the envy of all you know.  In a good way.

 

 

The Sistine Chapel: A Presentation and Movie on the Cleaning of the Sistine Chapel

Join us on Sunday, September 16 at 1:00 pm in Fessenden Hall as Heidrun Hultgren presents information on the cleaning of the Sistine Chapel.  The discussion will be followed by a Nova movie about the arguments about the cleaning. Free will offerings to benefit the UU Church of Kent will be gratefully accepted.

 

 

New info about the Thanks 4 Giving Auction
We will soon be asking you to think about donating something to the auction, which will be held on Saturday, November 3. Put it on your calendar!  You don’t want to miss it!

Themed baskets are a BIG part of the silent auction.  Some themes from past auctions are book club books basket, Beckwith’s basket, soup basket, wine basket, West Point Market snack basket, game basket, Browns basket, Indians basket….the possibilities are endless.  Right now we are asking for empty baskets that can be taken by donors and filled.  Bring them in and leave them at the auction table in Fessenden Hall beginning Sunday, September 23.

And……Thanks 4 Giving!

 

 

NEW Fundraising Approval Process & Procedures!!

In our continuing efforts to move towards Policy Governance, the newly formed Fundraising Committee, Meg Milko – Chair, Andrew Bores, Noah Kerns, John Bores, Eric & Amber Strock, Connor May and Ann VerWiebe, are pleased to announce they have created a NEW Fundraising Approval Process & Procedure policy that was recently approved by the Board of Trustees.

Not only did the policy arise from our efforts to move to Policy Governance but also out of a need to keep better track of the wonderful efforts everyone makes at raising money for the church.  With proper record keeping we will be able to make informed decision about fundraising events now and into the future.  The new policy will also help us to keep better track of expenses related to fundraisers and of course how much money each fundraiser makes.  A fundraiser is any effort or event where money will be raised for the church (or perhaps for an outreach effort) and then given to the church either at the end of the event or ongoing as money is collected.

The two most important things to know are effective immediately every fundraiser will need to complete a Fundraiser Proposal Form (the approval form) and a Fundraiser Report Form at the end of the event (the record of expenses & money raised form).

Existing fundraisers such as Acme & Giant Eagle Bucks and fundraisers that are ongoing will only need to complete an initial Proposal Form and then once per year (at the end of the fiscal year) you will complete a Report Form stating total annual expenses and money raised as it relates to that fundraiser.  We did this so you don’t have to spend a lot of time filling out forms each week and can focus on what you do better – raise much needed money for the church!

There is an approval process in place now as follows:

The approval of the Ministry Executive Team and/or Board of Trustees is required for:

·  Fundraisers expected to generate $500 or more in gross proceeds;

·  Special collections or offerings;

·  Emergency relief fundraisers.

The approval of the Fundraising Chair is required for:

·  Fundraisers expected to generate less than $500 in gross proceeds.

The approval of the Director, Religious Education is required for:

·   All Religious Education Fundraisers, and

·  The DRE has the sole authority to approve Fundraisers with goals of less than $250

     (Fundraiser  Proposal Form & Fundraiser Report Form should be completed for any

      fundraising event), but

·    Fundraisers over $250 should be approved by the DRE and either Fundraising

     Chair if under $500 or Ministry Executive Team and/or Board of Trustees if over $500.

We know this is a lot of new information to digest but we are available to help you complete the forms and guide you through the process.  If you run an existing fundraiser please let us know and we will get you the forms you need and help you fill them out!

And if you have a NEW idea for a fundraiser just let us know and we will help guide you through the approval process and the forms completion. When planning your fundraiser please try and promote our UU principals and keep in mind the vision and mission of the church and we’re sure they will be successful. The fundraising committee worked very hard on creating this policy and want you to know this is not meant to hinder anyone’s efforts or ideas but merely to keep a record of what we do well so we can repeat it in the future. Or decide if something isn’t as effective as it was in the past to let it go and move on to new events and ideas.

Thank you,

Meg Milko

Fundraising Chair

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Weekly e-nUUs – September 9, 2012

Worship & Music

 

Sunday, September 9     Services are offered at both 10:00 and 11:30 AM

Join us for  Legacies of Peace   

A service led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Kristina Spaude

At last year’s auction of goods and services, Beverly Cole purchased the opportunity to select a topic for one of our Sunday services. This is that service! After a lifetime of teaching in public schools, Bev has been deeply dismayed by the tragedy of school shootings. While not at schools, the horrific shootings this past summer have many of us thinking again about the terror and heartbreak of shootings in our society. Why is this happening and what can we do to try to help shape new legacies of peace? In addition, during the Time for All Ages, we will commission and thank the many volunteers who will be teaching, facilitating and advising our children and youth in our religious education program this year.

 

 

Choir Open House

Wednesday, September 5 at 7 pm

Hal’s House  131 S. Chestnut St  Kent, OH

RSVP [email protected]

 

 

Information reflecting the results of the congregational survey on theology and worship is now available in several locations.  The text of the sermons offered on May 20 and May 27, which summarized the survey results, can be found at the church web site at the following link.  //kentuu.org/2012/08/29/results-of-the-spring-2012-congregational-survey/  In addition, a white binder containing the sermons, raw data, pie charts, and additional cross tabulations is located in the church library and can be borrowed like other library materials.  A second copy of the white binder is located in the Annex on the bookshelf in the copier room.  This copy is for reference purposes and is meant to remain in the Annex

 

Lifespan Learning and Spiritual Growth & Development

 

Registration for RE Runs Through September

The 2012-2013 RE Registration forms are available on a “self-service table” in Founders’ Lounge.  Every baby, child and youth must be registered each church year.  Please leave the completed forms in the marked box or hand them to Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education.



September Spiritual Cinema – Creation: How Darwin Saw the World and Changed It Forever

Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Saturday, September 15 at 7:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Creation: How Darwin Saw the World and Changed It Forever” (2009). The movie is 108 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 14 people.  Please RSVP to Dan.  More information including the movie trailer is available on our website.

 

Community Within

 

Breakfast Fellowship Hour at 9:15 am Sunday

Early Bird Breakfast Fellowship hour last Sunday was a pleasant experience for all who came.  We will meet again at 9:15 this coming Sunday (and many more Sundays to come) for fellowship and a light breakfast in Fessenden Hall prior to the 10:00 am service.  Homemade muffins, cheese, eggs, fresh fruit and congenial conversation – a great way to start your Sunday.  If 9:15 is to early for you, come a little later.  Just be sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy your meal and be upstairs before the service starts at 10:00.



What do you call a committee that has no meetings?  Answer: a work team.

What do you call a work team that loves to dig in dirt, whack weeds, and trim trees?  Answer: a landscape team.

Volunteers are needed for the newly organized Landscape Work Team.  This group will take responsibility for keeping the grounds around the church neat and orderly.  Each volunteer will adopt an area of the grounds around the church and coordinate with another volunteer or two to make sure that each area of the landscaping gets weekly attention.  ALL “meetings” will take place by email, except a brief organizational/meet- each-other meeting which will be held between services at a date to be announced.

For further information or to volunteer, please contact Georgia Quinn or Randy R., Trustee for Building and Grounds.

 

 

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, September 11 at 7 pm in the home of Trish Johnson-Kwartler. This month we will be reading Lake of Dreams. Kim Edwards gives us the story of a woman’s homecoming, a family secret, and the old house that holds the key to the true legacy of a family. As Lucy discovers and explores the traces of her lineage, the family story she has always known is shattered. Her quest for the truth reconfigures her family’s history, links her to a unique slice of the suffragette movement, and yields dramatic insights that embolden her to live freely. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

 

Fall Walden Update

An educational/interpretive visit to the Jennings Environmental Educational Center has been scheduled for 10:00 am on Saturday, Sept. 22.  Jennings was the first reserve established in Pennsylvania to protect an individual  plant species (blazing star).  The park contains a 20-acre prairie ecosystem which is home to distinctive prairie plants and the endangered Mississauga rattlesnake.  This is the only public and protected prairie in the Commonwealth.  Our  tentative guide is a member of the Slippery Rock UU congregation.

Hopefully, this program will provide an appreciation and understanding of the area as we pursue our individual activities.  Scheduling this event in the morning will allow those not staying Saturday night plenty of time to return home.

Ed Stolish

 

 

Ministry Fair: Living Our Mission!

September 23rd after second service the Board will be hosting a ministry day to highlight what our various committees and groups have going on for the coming year. Each committee or group will present up to three events/goals and information will be given on ways to get involved. This is a great way to hear about what’s going on in our vibrant church community

Each committee and group will have a signup sheet where you can leave your information to be contacted.

Everyone is encouraged to get involved and find a way to share your own unique gifts with our church community!

Light refreshments will also be served.

Julie Lineburgh, Trustee for Fellowship

 

 

Volunteer for the easiest job in the church
Would you like to get to know our church family better?  Have you wanted to get a little more involved, but not overwhelmed?  Serving as a greeter/usher is a commitment of about an hour and a half once a month, during a service that you would probably attend anyway.  Our greeters are the face of our church on Sunday morning and go a long way toward making the congregation and our guests alike feel more welcome.

We have lost eight greeters from our volunteer pool during the last scheduling cycle, so your help would be most appreciated.  Please consider joining the ranks and contact Marion Yeagler.  I can find a slot for YOU on the October thru January schedule!

 

 

We’re updating the UU Church of Kent’s Database

We are asking that everyone please visit the following link to the Church’s website to update their contact information so we may bring our database current and provide you with a more accurate Church Directory.  The information form with only take a few minutes to complete and we very much appreciate your participation!  Just click on the following linki to update your records today:  //kentuu.org/about-us/update-church-records/

Photos Needed for New Directory

The new church directory is being assembled, and we would like to include a photo of you.   Yes, you!  The directory will be a PDF file sent to you and unavailable online, so your photo will be seen only by other members and friends.  I prefer to use a photo you supply, but I will take your photo if you wish.  Guidelines for submitting photos are –

Files need to be of size 200 K or larger and JPG, RAW, or DNG filetype.
If the photo is of one person, a head shot is best, but I will also accept torso (from the waist up) shots.
If the photo is of more than one person, the heads of the people need to be grouped together. The photo in the directory will be square, so pick a photo in which the heads will easily fit into a square.
Faces must be in focus, well lit, and easily recognizable.
Photos must be submitted by September 18

For people who want me to photo them – I can take your photo at church during coffee hour any September Sunday, or I can photo you during the week. MaryBeth at our office can schedule you between 5:00 and 8:00 pm on one of the following dates: September 10, 12, 17 or 18.  Hours available would be from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on each day.  I’m willing to schedule another time if you really, really, really can’t make one of the above dates.

Thanks, Brad Bolton

 

Upcoming Art in the Sanctuary

We are looking for an art exhibit for the sanctuary for the month of November and another for January.  Contact John Kluth if you are interested in exhibiting your art or photography or  know of someone who would like to have an exhibit in our church.

 

Outreach

 

Kent Community Sing (a-long)

September 6, 2012

UU Church of Kent

7:00 pm  Fessenden Hall



Celtic Clan to play for the KSU Folk Festival’s Folk Around Town

September 21, 2012

7:00 pm @ the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

Traditional and contemporary songs, jigs and reels from the British Isles and Ireland.

This event is open and free to the public.

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 

Help us showcase our church on Sept 14-15
The UU Church of Kent is hosting the last retreat of the three year Growth and Vitality effort.  Will you help us make our church welcoming to our visitors?  There will be about 40 attendees from around the district.  We will need help with breakfast and lunch on Saturday the 15th.  We will also need a few people to provide ‘home hospitality’ on Friday, the 14th, that is, would you be able to put up an overnight guest or two?

If you are willing to help with a meal or can host someone overnight, please contact Marion Yeagler.

 

Income Generation

 

Matt & Hal Folk Fest – Friday, September 14th.  Clap your hands and join in!  The Kent UU Music Committee and the Cuyahoga River Concert Series are excited to present a fun benefit concert for the UUCK’s music program on Friday, September 14 at 8 p.m. in the UUCK sanctuary. Featuring the highly entertaining and talented folk musicians Matt Watroba and Hal Walker, a rollicking good time will be had by all! Help us kick off the new season of concerts and support  the church’s growing music program by attending. Advance tickets will be available at breakfast and between Sunday’s services at $10 each, and at the door.

“Wait, Wait….Don’t Tell Me!”  To add to the concert’s excitement – modeled after a contest from NPR’s hit game show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me”,  the Music Committee will be selling raffle tickets at $1 each or 6/$5 for a chance to win a special musical message by Matt & Hal for your own voice mail!  An unlimited number of tickets for the raffle can be purchased in advance (or the night of the show) with the winner announced at the concert!  Be the envy of all you know.  In a good way.

 

 

The Sistine Chapel: A Presentation and Movie on the Cleaning of the Sistine Chapel

Join us on Sunday, September 16 at 1:00 pm in Fessenden Hall as Heidrun Hultgren presents information on the cleaning of the Sistine Chapel.  The discussion will be followed by a Nova movie about the arguments about the cleaning. Free will offerings to benefit the UU Church of Kent will be gratefully accepted.

 

 

More about that THANKS 4 GIVING AUCTION
Mark your calendars now for the most exciting social event and and fundraiser of the year for the UU Church of Kent. It’s the evening of Saturday, November 3.  You’ll be hearing a lot about it for the next two months.  There is something for everyone.  The price of admission will give you food, non-alcoholic drinks, the chance to mingle with old and new friends, the chance to bid in the silent auction, and, the most exciting part, the verbal auction!

Start thinking about what you would like to donate to the auction.  In addition to items from artwork to canning supplies and themed baskets, events are also donated.  Past donations have included trips to museums, garden tours, jewelry-making classes, painting classes, home maintenance, pans of lasagna, kettles of soup, and ,of course, the ever popular dinners.  Dinners can be hosted either in your home or at the church. It’s a great way to meet people and socialize outside of your normal circle.

Many volunteers will be needed to help stage this event.  Right now we need someone to help Sandy Bowers coordinate donations from the congregation.  We also need someone to chair the food and drink for the evening. and the good news is it’s not all cooking!  If you can help with either of these, please contact Meg Milko.  As time goes on we will ask for help with smaller jobs both before and during the Auction.

So, put it on your calendar now!  I hope to see you there!

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Breakfast Fellowship Hour at 9:15 am Sunday

Early Bird Breakfast Fellowship hour last Sunday was a pleasant experience for all who came.  We will meet again at 9:15 this coming Sunday (and many more Sundays to come) for fellowship and a light breakfast in Fessenden Hall prior to the 10:00 am service.  Homemade muffins, cheese, eggs, fresh fruit and congenial conversation – a great way to start your Sunday.  If 9:15 is to early for you, come a little later.  Just be sure to give yourself enough time to enjoy your meal and be upstairs before the service starts at 10:00.

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Legacies of Peace – September 9, 2012

Led by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Kristina Spaude – At last year’s auction of goods and services, Beverly Cole purchased the opportunity to select a topic for one of our Sunday services. This is that service! After a lifetime of teaching in public schools, Bev has been deeply dismayed by the tragedy of school shootings. While not at schools, the horrific shootings this past summer have many of us thinking again about the terror and heartbreak of shootings in our society. Why is this happening and what can we do to try to help shape new legacies of peace? In addition, during the Time for All Ages, we will commission and thank the many volunteers who will be teaching, facilitating and advising our children and youth in our religious education program this year.

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