Weekly e-nUUs, October 3, 2012

Worship & Music  

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

Join us Sunday, October 7 for  The Fight for the Vote

Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

Susan B. Anthony devoted many years of her life fighting for women’s right to vote. She died before that right was won. In this multigenerational service, we will tell her story and reflect on the lessons we can still learn from that struggle. We will also welcome and celebrate the newest members of our congregation this morning.

This Sunday will be a Multigenerational Worship service that includes everyone First Grade and older.  The Spirit Play Preschool/Kindergarten class will meet in the classroom at 10:00 and the nursery care is available at both services.


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.


Kent Community Sing (a-long)

October 4, 2012

UU Church of Kent

7:00 pm in the Sanctuary


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.


TED” and Pizza

for Teens and Adults Co-facilitated by The Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Joel Slater

Sundays: 12:45 – 1:45 PM   Fessenden Hall

October 7, November 4 & December 9

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.”  Though it first began as a conference, many people now learn about the organization through its online TED Talks. TED Talks are offered on a wide range of topics and themes by inspiring voices in a variety of fields.  TED Talks have attracted a global audience in the millions.

The Oct. 7 Ted Talk will be “Listening to Shame” by Brené Brown.  Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.   We will have pizza while we view her 20 minute presentation, which will be followed by discussion for the remainder of the hour.  All are welcome!  We just ask folks let us know if they plan to attend so that we can order enough pizza.  We will put out a donation basket for the pizza, but if you are unable to contribute you are still welcome.


The New Jim Crow

Lee Brooker will facilitate a thorough discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass-Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness with the aid of a study guide for the book developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association.  The class will be conducted in three parts, each 90 minutes in duration, each discussing two chapters of the six chapters of Ms. Alexander’s book, the book about the great injustice done a huge segment of our society.  Anyone may attend any session so long as they are prepared to participate. Participants are expected to read the book in its entirety, or at least the chapters up to the point the group will be discussing in order to facilitate discussion.  Sessions will be held from 1:00 – 2:30 PM on three consecutive Sundays, October 14, 21, and 28 in Fessenden Hall.


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.


Standing on the Side of Love is offering Alex Kapitan’s brilliant “Transgender Identity & Inclusion” workshop as a webinar on Wednesday, October 17, 7:00-8:15 pm ET.  For more information or to register:Click here or visit the following website:  http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1272/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=7080


Community Within

The Early Bird Breakfast social hour on Sunday mornings from 9:15 until 9:55 is a pleasantly quiet place to enjoy a home-cooked breakfast and friendly conversation.  Please join us in Fessenden Hall for cheese, eggs, fresh fruits, muffins and, since it is autumn, pumpkin pie.  Breakfast will be offered every Sunday from now until at least November 4.

Kent Bog State Nature Preserve Bog Walk

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Join the staff of the Ohio Department of Natural Resource’s Division of Natural Areas and Preserves and “The Friends of the Kent Bog” volunteers on Saturday, October 13, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm to celebrate Gordon F. Vars Bog Day. There will be music by the UU Church of Kent choir, a dedication in honor of Gordon Vars, founder of the Friends group, and a guided hike through one of Ohio’s most unique ecosystems. Light refreshments will be served.

This approximately one-hour hike winds through a half-mile long boardwalk that is ADA accessible. Kent Bog is located on Meloy Rd. approximately 1/8 of a mile west of S.R. 43 in Kent. Parking is limited so you are encouraged to car pool.

Visit us at: naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov; on facebook at: Friends of the Kent Bog; or at: www.kentenvironment.org/ for more information. E-mail at: [email protected]


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.


Did you update your Volunteer Form at the Ministry Fair?  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?


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


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.


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.


Save the Date:  Beef O’Brady’s in Stow Fundraising Event October 21st from 11AM to 11PM

If you like to eat out AND help the church then mark your calendars now for the Beef O’Brady’s fundraiser on October 21st.  For anyone eating at Beef O’Brady’s in Stow on Sunday October 21st who hands in a flyer about our fundraiser 20% of your food bill will be donated to the church!  (Alcoholic drinks & tips not included)  If you forget the flyer and mention you are there for the UUCK fundraiser they will add your bill to the fundraiser.

Also, we can host a Bake Sale there that day as well.  We are looking for some yummy baked goods to be donated for that day.  If you can help please let Meg Milko know.

We will have flyers for you to bring to Beef O’Brady’s posted in Fessenden Hall on the kitchen bulletin board beginning Sunday October 7th.

This event is for ONE day only so please plan on eating out on October 21st and helping the church.  The Out to Lunch Bunch is going there that day to help out so let’s plan on joining them!


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!  The Auction is on Saturday, November 3, at 6:00 pm.  It is being held at the United Church of Christ in Kent, Ohio.

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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