Weekly e-nUUs, October 24, 2012

Worship & Music

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


Join us Sunday, October 28 for  Whose Democracy?

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Max Grubb – It is an important question in an age of factionalized media and big money. This morning we will explore the challenge of participation in the democratic process.


Thank you for the Sunday Flowers

We like to thank those who have donated flowers for Sunday morning services.  If you are interested in sponsoring flowers for our Sunday services we ask that you please sign up on the sheets located on the bulletin board in Fessenden Hall.  We’d not only like to publish your dedication but also avoid duplicate donations. 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.  If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office.  Thank you.



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

October 25: 7pm – 9pm in Fessenden Hall

Using eighteenth century writer, preacher, and social advocate, George de Benneville, we will examine personal emotional awareness of love, guilt and shame, and consider how these feelings can be transformed into compassion for oneself and others.  All are welcome.  Newcomers are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early for background information on the program format.


Please join us for Spiritual Cinema this 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 Fessenden Hall. Please RSVP to Dan Flippo at [email protected].

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…”

This Saturday!  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!


The Youth are looking for some props for this Saturday’s Halloween Party:  

  • Clown costume items
  • paint stirring sticks
  • jingly joker hat
  • strobe light
  • theatrical makeup
  • glow in the dark paint
  • scary masks
  • fog machine

Please put your name on the items that need to be returned drop them off on Saturday afternoon.

In faith & service,
Rev. Renee Ruchotzke


The KentHogwarts Yule Ball is coming on November 10th!  Come join us for a family evening of music, dancing and fun.  The Yule Ball will be held at the United Church of Christ at 1400 East Main Street Kent, OH

44240 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM.  Wear your best robes for the fashion show and bring your wand for the dueling competition.  Please bring a dish to share, KentHogwarts will be providing the paper goods and beverages.  We are requesting a $5 per person/$15 a family donation for tickets and you can get tickets during coffee hour, online at www.kenthogwarts.org or email us at [email protected] .



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 or Marion Yeagler.


Our very own Hal Walker will have his “18 minutes to change the world” at the 2012 TedXAkron talks at the University of Akron this 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.



The Environmental Task Force (former Social Justice Committee) is co-sponsoring an ANTI-FRACKING TEACH-IN along with Frack-Free-Kent on Nov. 9 at 7:00pm.  FFK is the group that submitted a Community Bill of Rights Ordinance to Kent City Council last spring in an attempt to ban fracking and its related activities in Kent.

Vanessa Pesec, President of NEOGAP – Network for Oil & Gas Accountability & Protection – will speak on “Effects of Fracking on Urban Areas”.  Also, Fran Teresi, Trustee, Garrettsville Board of Public Affairs, will speak on “Protecting Our Public Drinking Water.”  Both are good speakers and will have time to answer questions.  Snacks and beverages will be available.

Questions? Call Ted & Swanny Voneida or Paulette Thurman.

Income Generation

We’d like that everyone who supported the  Beef O’Brady’s Fundraising Event this past Sunday!

Please keep an eye out for the amount raised; we’ll publish it when it becomes available.


A Taste of Kent Auction donations needed!

The Thanks 4 Giving Auction, A Taste of Kent, is coming soon.  It’s happening on Saturday, November 3, 6:00 pm at the United Church of Christ on Horning Rd in Kent.  Do you have your tickets?  Have you submitted your donation forms or donation baskets or items?

Do you know a local business owner who you would like represented at the auction?  Do you know the owner of a new business in Kent who would like to get in front of over 130 adults who like to shop locally?  If so, please let Meg Milko know and she will reach out to them and see if they have something to donate to help the church through our silent auction.

Last chance to drop off your donation forms at the Auction table is on Sunday October 28th.  Items may be left with the form, or brought to the church on Friday, November 2, between 12 and 8 pm.

Tickets are available this 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 fund raising all wrapped up into one. Tickets are only $20, available every Sunday at the Auction table in Fessenden Hall.

New to the Auction this year is a photo booth.  Wear your finest dressy casual and have your photo taken as a souvenir of the evening!

Make your plans, buy your tickets, and we’ll see you at the Auction!


Share this: