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/




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.



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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