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.




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.



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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