Weekly e-nUUs, October 18, 2012

Worship & Music

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

Join us Sunday, October 21  for  Staying True and Staying Kind: Living Amidst Diverse Perspectives

Led by Kathy Kerns with Worship Associate Kristina Spaude – We live in a world where we constantly come into contact with people who espouse views that differ from our own. How can we respond to this, in ways that reflect our values? This service will consider ways of staying true to our beliefs while peacefully co-existing with others.


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 through October 25: 7pm – 9pm in Fessenden Hall

Last week’s class members found Margaret Fuller so fascinating that we will be reflecting further on theological questions prompted by her life.  We will also consider the theological impact the Transcendentalists had on Unitarianism.  Newcomers should arrive 10 minutes early for background information.


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 21, and 28 in Fessenden Hall.


Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Friday, October 26 at 7:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Dogma” (1999). The movie is 130 minutes and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. This month we will be screening the movie in Fessendon Hall. Please RSVP to Dan Flippo.

Comments by Dan:  This movie is perhaps the most sacrilegious movie ever created and is a hilarious spoof on Catholic Dogma.  After the movie we will discuss some of the dogma’s involved and how they compare to  the views of those attending.

“Rufus: He still digs humanity, but it bothers Him to see the shit that gets carried out in His name – wars,

             bigotry, televangelism. But especially the factioning of all the religions. He said humanity took a good

             idea and, like always, built a belief structure on it.
Bethany: Having beliefs isn’t good?
Rufus: I think it’s better to have ideas. You can change an idea. Changing a belief is trickier…”

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
  • We are asking folks to make donations, if they’d like, 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!


Community Within

New UU Classes in November
Everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, Nov 11, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, Nov 18, from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.  If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller [email protected], or Marion Yeagler [email protected] or 330-678-1181.


Our very own Hal Walker will have his “18 minutes to change the world” at the 2012 TedXAkron talks at the University of Akron on Friday Oct 26. 9am-1pm.  If we buy a bundle of 10 tickets, we can get a 20% discount on the ticket prices. (That would make it just $40/ticket) Please email Hal, [email protected], if you’d like to be included in this bundle purchase



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.

Early Bird Volunteer Needed.  Beginning November 4 and continuing for about 4 weeks, a volunteer is needed to provide the Early Bird Breakfast.  This person would prepare or purchase food and arrive before 8:45 to set up and serve, then clean up afterwards.  On-the-job training provided November 4.  Please email Georgia Quinn  if you are interested.


The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 pm at the church. Look for the exact location in the weekly publications. Everyone should bring a snack to share. This month we are reading On the Divinity of Second Chances by Kaya McLaren. In this book, McLaren portrays a family on the brink of dissolution-a mother besieged by middle age, a distant father lost in daily life, and their three teenage children struggling in various ways with the family’s disintegration even as they conceal a secret that could send their parents further over the edge. With the help of a group of tap-dancing old ladies, a sensual tango teacher, and a lot of luck, this family is about to learn that everyone gets a second chance which, as McLaren beautifully reminds us in this inspiring novel, is sometimes even better than the first. In December we will be reading a Ruth Reichl book of your choice.  If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper .


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.

And all you procrastinators, you know who you are, remember to drop off your donation forms at the Auction table.  Need a donation form?  Click here.

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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