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.




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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