Weekly e-nUUs, October 10, 2012

Worship & Music

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


Join us Sunday, October 14  for  Squirmy Patriotism

Service Leader: Elaine Yehle Bowen and worship associate John Marfy – A pacifist UU living in a flag wrapped America can be a challenge. Come along with me on my journey to maintain a necessary separation of church and state. Together, let’s redefine what being a patriotic American means through a UU lens.


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.


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

Join us, Thursday, October 11 for readings authored by transcendentalist Margaret Fuller.  We will reflect upon how we sometimes lose heart and discuss sources that help us regain our emotional wholeness.  All are welcome.  Those who have not participated in the first two classes are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early to receive information about the goals and format of the course.


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.

Halloween Party and Haunted House October 27th

Our umpteenth annual Halloween Party and Haunted House will be held the evening of Saturday, October 27th at the church.  The RE Committee will be hosting the party and our youth will be transforming the RE classrooms into a Haunted House experience.

  •   6:30-8:30 pm
  •   Bring a finger food to share and $3.00 to cover the cost of prizes and surprises
  •   Wear your costume
  •   Both mild and wild versions of the Haunted House
  •   Fun and games for all ages ~ families, singles, couples, everyone!


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

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]


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.



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.


UU and Interfaith Connections

Kent Community Dinner Scheduled for Saturday, October 20 at 5:30 pm.

Come hear Barbara and Jim Geisey, of our Kent community and members of the Baha’i faith, lead the program, “Who Are the Baha’is?” Also chat with one of the dozen Baha’i practitioners attending.

The potluck celebrating diversity has become a great place to get to know people from around the world–who just happen to be neighbors here in Kent.  On October 20 at 5:30 pm, meet at the United Methodist Church, 1435 East Main St.

Beverages and dessert provided.  Please bring an appetizer, side dish, or main dish to share.  All together Now, Inc.  Questions?  Call 330-678-8760.


Income Generation

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 would like the baked goods to be wrapped individually in larger pieces that we can sell for $1 a piece. Or we are going to let them mix & match desserts at 6 for $5. One muffin is one piece, one piece of bundt cake is a piece, one large cookie or two small wrapped up equals one piece, one large rice krispy treat, etc.  We can also take whole pies or bundt / coffee cakes to sell for a higher price.  Please drop them off at the Church in the Kitchen (marked for the Beef O’Brady’s Bake Sale) on Saturday October 20th or Sunday early morning (before 10AM).  I plan on packing them up and taking them over to the fundraiser at 10:30AM on Sunday October 21st.

We have flyers for you to bring to Beef O’Brady’s posted in Fessenden Hall on the kitchen bulletin board and in the stairwell bulletin board so look for them and take a couple flyers to use and pass out to your friends.

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!

Thank you,

Meg Milko

Fundraising Chair


A Taste of Kent Auction tickets available
The Thanks 4 Giving Auction, A Taste of Kent, will be here before we know it.  It’s happening on Saturday, November 3, 6:00 pm at the United Church of Christ on Horning Rd in Kent.  Put it on your calendar!
Tickets are available every Sunday at the Auction table in Fessenden Hall.  Not only is this the biggest fundraiser of the UU Church of Kent after the annual Stewardship campaign, it’s a social event you won’t want to miss; fun, food and fundraising all wrapped up into one. Tickets are only $20, available every Sunday at the Auction table in Fessenden Hall.
You may also drop off your donation forms and donation items at the Auction table.  Make your plans, and buy your tickets, and I’ll see you at the Auction!


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.


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