January Sermon Topics

6 January      Connections Across Cultures: The Mayan Sacred Book

Lori McGee and  Worship Associate Trish McLoughlin

The Mayan civilization had long disbanded by the time the conquistadors arrived in central Mexico.  Their culture, however, was still alive and being disseminated orally through stories from the Mayan sacred text, The Popol Vuh.  By examining some of the stories found in this sacred text, we can see how Mayan theology and Unitarian Universalism have many connections.  This service will explore those connections and how they may impact us today.

 

13 January     Blessings and Curses

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

We often speak of blessings and curses as entirely separate and completely opposed.  Could it be, though, that at times the line between the two isn’t quite so clear?

 

20 January     Justice and Mercy

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Joel Slater

Shall we extend justice or mercy?  Or shall we extend justice and mercy?  Is that even possible?  That is what we will explore this morning during our annual celebration of the life and ministry of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Our service this morning will be multigenerational – children in grades 1 and higher will stay for the entire service.

 

27 January     To Be Announced       

A guest and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

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Worship & Music

Friday, Dec. 21

7 pm  Winter Solstice Service followed by a Wassail Party and Caroling with Saunis.  Childcare will be available during the service.

 

Sunday, Dec. 23   Chances Taken

10:00  & 11:30 am  Multigenerational services led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus, Worship Associate Bonnie Harper, Music Director Hal Walker, Rev. Rod Thompson and many more!  It has become our custom to celebrate with a special multigenerational service the Sunday before Christmas. This year we look forwarding to sharing what happened when Emmet and his Ma took a chance with the delightful story of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.  Nursery care available at both services.

 

Monday, Dec. 24  Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

6:30 pm  Family Friendly Service of Lessons & Carols  to welcome the spirit of Christmas into the world.  Nursery care available.

8:30 pm  Adult Oriented Service of Lessons & Carols  to welcome the spirit of Christmas into the world.  Nursery care is NOT available  at this service.

 

Sunday, Dec. 30    A Loaf is only Half a Loaf Unless We Share It 

10:00 am  One Multigenerational Service led by Worship Leader Lois Weir and assisted by Liz Bright – We will explore and celebrate the ancient rite of bread making. Service is adapted from the Worship Arts Clearing House of the Department of Education and Social Concern UUA 1975.  Nursery care available.

 

 

Lifespan Learning

It’s Not Too Late to Register for a Leadership Education Opportunity!

The Smart Church Workshops will enable your Leaders to help shift the culture of your congregation. We begin with an overview of the concepts, then go deeper into how systems thinking will help you in various parts of congregational life, providing a foundation for real and lasting change.

Why take the Smart Church Training? Congregations whose leaders participate this training and incorporate it in their practices experience less destructive conflict and more growth.

Who should participate?
Ministers, Religious Educators, Board Members, Committee Chairs, etc.

What is the cost? $15 per Saturday or $50 for the series includes lunch and materials. Participants are also asked to have available Peter Steinke’s Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (available during online registration).

Dates 

January 12 – Systems Thinking
February 9 – Leading Change
March 16 – Smart Leadership
April 6 – Practice and Tips

Interested in Participating?  Visit  

 

 

Community Within 

RSVP FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER NEEDED BY NOON ON FRIDAY – to date we do not have anyone signed up that is attending the Christmas dinner.   If we do not have a minimum of 10 people signed up, we unfortunately will have to cancel the dinner.  Please email [email protected] or call the Church Office at 330.673.4247 before noon of Friday, Dec. 21 if you are planning to attend.  Also, please see the following announcement regarding the time and bringing a dish to share. Thank you.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is pleased to open its doors for a Christmas Day dinner.  You are invited to gather in Fessenden Hall for a potluck Christmas dinner on Tuesday, December 25 at 4:00pm.  The church will supply a Spiral Sliced ham and beverages.  Everyone is invited to bring a favorite dish or dessert to share and to offer a little time to help with set up or clean up.  So that we can be prepared, please sign up on the sign-up sheet in Fessenden Hall or contact the church office to let us know you will be coming, what you plan to bring and whether you can help with set up or clean up.

 

Church Office Closed  for the Holidays

Please know that the Church Office will be closed Dec. 24 – Jan. 1.   Rev. Melissa will be on vacation Dec. 25 – Dec. 31 and MaryBeth will be on vacation Dec. 24 – Jan. 6.    If you have a pastoral concern or emergency, Rev. Melissa may be reached by cell phone on Dec. 25 and then again from Dec. 31 on; the Rev. Christie Anderson will be available for pastoral concerns and emergencies Dec. 26 – Dec. 30.  Karen will be available for RE matters by email or phone.

The Church Office will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 2.  We wish everyone a joyful Christmas and happy New Year!

 

Bailey Clegg has recently moved to WA in order to be near his sister.  If you would like to send him a note wishing him a happy holiday, please contact the Church Office.

In addition to thinking about Bailey during this holiday season, we encourage you to remember other members and friends that have moved away.  If you need addresses, please contact the office.

 

Our Traditional Community Tree is now in Fessenden Hall!  It’s not too late to add your ornament.  Each year, members and friends of this church fill this tree with ornaments from their own homes.  Please consider sharing one of your favorites with us!  If you do, please mark it carefully with your FULL NAME so that we can be sure to return it to you after the season.

 

Please see the notice at the end of this e-nUUs regarding Winter Weather and Program Cancellations.

 

The Library committee would like to thank, again, all those who supported the acquisition fund with the purchase of Here We Have Gathered. We hope your generosity has been rewarded by the compelling information it contains on current and past church life. As the end of the year approaches and tax deductions are reviewed, the Library committee would be grateful for consideration as we work to update and broaden our collection. And as always, we appreciate and actively seek your suggestions for new additions to the Library collection.

 

Un-Deck the Halls & Pizza Party!  January 6, 2013    12:45 PM

Bring your goodies for dessert and join us following second service for pizza.  We’ll be removing the Christmas decorations from the Church.  Please RSVP to Kathie Slater  if you plan to attend so we are assured to order enough pizza.  Thank you.

 

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at 7 pm at the home of Betty Kendrick.   In January we’ll be sharing books we received as gifts or any book of your choice. In February, we will be reading Beautiful Lies: A Novel by Lisa Unger.   If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

Pancakes and Chat:  An Update on Issues  January 27 at 12:45 pm.  Join the Board following second service for pancakes and a discussion.

 

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

CozyCon is back again!

Escape the cold and join us for eating comfort food, gaming, watching movies, socializing with old friends and making news ones!

Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

When: January 4-6

Who: You! And other UU Young Adults (ages 18-35)

Registration: $15-$25 (sliding scale)

For details, including the registration page and scholarship application, please visit:  www.facebook.com/groups/OMDUUYAN/events or omduuyan.ohiomeadville.org

 

 

Outreach

Thank you to all who purchased poinsettia plants to both decorate the Sanctuary for Christmas and raise money for Safer Futures!  $72 has been donated to Safer Futures from the proceeds of the plant sale.  Your plant(s) will be available for pick-up immediately following the 8:30 service on Christmas Eve.

 

KSS NEEDS for Holiday Cheer

We’re getting down to the wire on procuring enough items for holiday gift baskets for clients of Kent Social Services. The greatest NEED currently are $10 Acme gift cards which you can purchase at church during coffee hour and turkeys which can be delivered directly to KSS at 1066 S. Water Street in Kent between 9 am and 3 pm weekdays.

As always, your donations of non-perishable food items may be brought to church and left in the lower level closet next to the elevator. Children will be home for the winter holiday break without the benefit of school breakfast and lunch. Please consider PB & J, cereal, mac n’cheese mix, canned fruit & veggies, and canned pasta/soup to help folks feed their families during this time.

Volunteers to sort toys into age appropriate groupings are needed this week and 12/17, also between 9 am and 3 pm. Please call (330) 673 – 6963 to arrange a time.

Thank you for helping our neighbors in need; your time and donations are priceless gifts to a hungry community.

Blessings, Elaine Bowen

 

 

Income Generation

FULLY RETIRED AFTER OVER 20 YEARS

Esther Duncan has sold her last Grocery Card. After more than 20 years of doing this, she has trained the rest of us well over the last year, and is now looking forward to complete retirement from grocery cards and enjoying her coffee hour. Join us in congratulating her on her complete retirement from and her long and dedicated service to this activity.

 

Just a reminder as you prepare for Christmas:  Acme Community Cash Back Program

Please save your ACME grocery receipts through 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..

 

 

Winter Weather & Church Program Cancellations

With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.

Listed below are the TV stations, radio stations and websites that i-Alert notifies this year:

Television Stations powered by iAlert

WKYC-TV Channel 3

Radio Stations powered by iAlert

Newsradio WTAM 1100, AM
WMVX, Mix 106.5 FM
WMJI, Magic 105.7 FM
WGAR, My Country 99.5 FM
WAKS, KISS 96.5 FM
WMMS, 100.7 FM Cleveland’s Rock Station
WHLO, 640 AM
WKDD, 98.1 FM
RADIO FREE OHIO 1350 AM

90.3 WCPN ideastream
WCRF, 103.3 FM
WCLV, 104.9 FM
Websites

wkyc.com

wviz.org

wtam.com

wmvx.com

wmji.com

wgar.com

kisscleveland.com

wmms.com

640whio.com

wkdd.com

1350radiofreeohio.com

 

WKYC Severe Weather Website
http://www.wkyc.com/weather/severe_weather/cancellations_closings/

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Holiday Worship Schedule – December 21 – 30, 2012

chalice+hymnalcourtesyofUUplanetFriday, Dec. 21

7 pm  Winter Solstice Service followed by a Wassail Party and Caroling with Saunis.  Childcare available.

 

Sunday, Dec. 23   Chances Taken

10:00  & 11:30 am  Multigenerational services led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus, Worship Associate Bonnie Harper, Music Director Hal Walker, Rev. Rod Thompson and many more!  It has become our custom to celebrate with a special multigenerational service the Sunday before Christmas. This year we look forwarding to sharing what happened when Emmet and his Ma took a chance with the delightful story of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas.  Nursery care available at both services.

 

 Monday, Dec. 24  Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

6:30 pm  Family Friendly Service of Lessons & Carols  to welcome the spirit of Christmas into the world.  Nursery care available.

8:30 pm  Adult Oriented Service of Lessons & Carols  to welcome the spirit of Christmas into the world.  Nursery care is NOT available  at this service.

 

Sunday, Dec. 30    A Loaf is only Half a Loaf Unless We Share It 

10:00 am  One Multigenerational Service led by Worship Leader Lois Weir and assisted by Liz Bright – We will explore and celebrate the ancient rite of bread making. Service is adapted from the Worship Arts Clearing House of the Department of Education and Social Concern UUA 1975.  Nursery care available.

 

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Seeking Serenity – December 16, 2012

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith – It is the most _________ time of the year. You fill in the blank – wondrous, exciting, beautiful, stressful, lonely, challenging. . . . This year more than one of those words might fit for you. Whichever words you choose, this service will invite you to settle into a space of serenity and just breathe peace.

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

Join us Sunday, December 16  for Seeking Serenity

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

It is the most _________ time of the year. You fill in the blank – wondrous, exciting, beautiful, stressful, lonely, challenging. . . . This year more than one of those words might fit for you. Whichever words you choose, this service will invite you to settle into a space of serenity and just breathe peace.

 

Winter Solstice Service Scheduled for December 21 at 7pm

Featuring the music of the Celtic Clan and led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj, our Winter Solstice service will celebrate the return of the light following the longest night of the year.  This multigenerational service will include time for reflecting and rejoicing at the turning of the year.  Nursery care will be offered for children ages 3 and under.  A wassail party will follow the service.

 

Lifespan Learning

 

Leadership Education Opportunity!

The Smart Church Workshops will enable your Leaders to help shift the culture of your congregation. We begin with an overview of the concepts, then go deeper into how systems thinking will help you in various parts of congregational life, providing a foundation for real and lasting change.

Why take the Smart Church Training? Congregations whose leaders participate this training and incorporate it in their practices experience less destructive conflict and more growth.

Who should participate?
Ministers, Religious Educators, Board Members, Committee Chairs, etc.

What is the cost? $15 per Saturday or $50 for the series includes lunch and materials. Participants are also asked to have available Peter Steinke’s Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (available during online registration).

Dates 

January 12 – Systems Thinking
February 9 – Leading Change
March 16 – Smart Leadership
April 6 – Practice and Tips

Interested in Participating?  Visit

 

 

Community Within


Bailey Clegg has recently moved to WA in order to be near his sister.  If you would like to send him a note wishing him a happy holiday, please contact the office for his new address.

In addition to thinking about Bailey during this holiday season, we encourage you to remember other members and friends that have moved away.  If you need addresses, please contact the office.


Holiday Family Movie Night & Potluck Dinner, December 14  at 7 pm.  Our movie will be a forgotten gem from the nineteen forties called “Tenth Avenue Angel”. This film stars Margret O’Brien as a twelve year old girl from New York City’s poor section. The lack of social justice around her convinces her that there can be no God. She goes on a quest for the miracles taught to her by her mother, to test her faith. These include mice that transform into money, and cows that kneel in worship. If she can find just one real miracle, she will believe, if not, she will not. This is both a fun film, and a heartwarming one.  Questions?  Please contact Cheryl Spoehr.


The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is pleased to open its doors for a Christmas Day dinner.  You are invited to gather in Fessenden Hall for a potluck Christmas dinner on Tuesday, December 25 at 4:00pm.  The church will supply a Spiral Sliced ham and beverages.  Everyone is invited to bring a favorite dish or dessert to share and to offer a little time to help with set up or clean up.  So that we can be prepared, please sign up on the sign-up sheet in Fessenden Hall or contact the church office to let us know you will be coming, what you plan to bring and whether you can help with set up or clean up.

 

Our Traditional Community Tree is now in Fessenden Hall!  Each year, members and friends of this church  fill this tree with ornaments from their own homes.  Please consider sharing one of your favorites with us!  If you do, please mark it carefully with your FULL NAME so that we can be sure to return it to you after the season.

 

We’re still looking for Coffee Hour Volunteers!

Volunteer to be a coffee hour helper!  We need people to help with set up and with clean up.  Set up involves coming half an hour before the first service to put out snacks and help prepare the drinks.  Clean up involves staying half an hour or so after either service, primarily to wash cups.  It is more fun and lighter work if you volunteer with a friend.  So grab a friend, and contact the church office to get yourselves on the schedule.

Also, two special opportunities for social hour hosting are coming up.  We need people to organize a reception between the two services on Christmas Eve as well as a wassail party after the Winter Solstice service on December 21.  Thank you for all you do to help create Beloved Community!

 

Please see the notice at the end of this e-nUUs regarding Winter Weather and Program Cancellations.

 

The Library committee would like to thank, again, all those who supported the acquisition fund with the purchase of Here We Have Gathered. We hope your generosity has been rewarded by the compelling information it contains on current and past church life. As the end of the year approaches and tax deductions are reviewed, the Library committee would be grateful for consideration as we work to update and broaden our collection. And as always, we appreciate and actively seek your suggestions for new additions to the Library collection.

 

Un-Deck the Halls & Pizza Party!  January 6, 2013    12:45 PM

Bring your goodies for dessert and join us following second service for pizza.  We’ll be removing the Christmas decorations from the Church.  Please RSVP to Kathie Slater  if you plan to attend so we are assured to order enough pizza.  Thank you.

 

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at 7 pm at the home of Betty Kendrick.  In January we’ll be sharing books we received as gifts or any book of your choice. In February, we will be reading Beautiful Lies: A Novel by Lisa Unger.   If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 

CozyCon is back again!

Escape the cold and join us for eating comfort food, gaming, watching movies, socializing with old friends and making news ones!

Where: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent

When: January 4-6

Who: You! And other UU Young Adults (ages 18-35)

Registration: $15-$25 (sliding scale)

Scholarship application deadline is December 14

For details, including the registration page and scholarship application, please visit:  www.facebook.com/groups/OMDUUYAN/events or omduuyan.ohiomeadville.org

 

 

Outreach

 

Poinsettias Fundraiser to Support Safer Futures & Help Decorate the Church too!

10.5” pots available in Red or White – $15.00 each

Please email your order to the Church office before December 14, 2012.

Please include  the following information with your order:

 Name

# and Color of Poinsettias

Dedication:   In honor of

In memory of

In celebration of

In appreciation for

Other

None

Flowers will be available for pick-up on Christmas Eve following the 8:30 pm service.

 

KSS NEEDS for Holiday Cheer

We’re getting down to the wire on procuring enough items for holiday gift baskets for clients of Kent Social Services. The greatest NEED currently are $10 Acme gift cards which you can purchase at church during coffee hour and turkeys which can be delivered directly to KSS at 1066 S. Water Street in Kent between 9 am and 3 pm weekdays.

As always, your donations of non-perishable food items may be brought to church and left in the lower level closet next to the elevator. Children will be home for the winter holiday break without the benefit of school breakfast and lunch. Please consider PB & J, cereal, mac n’cheese mix, canned fruit & veggies, and canned pasta/soup to help folks feed their families during this time.

Volunteers to sort toys into age appropriate groupings are needed this week and 12/17, also between 9 am and 3 pm. Please call (330) 673 – 6963 to arrange a time.

Thank you for helping our neighbors in need; your time and donations are priceless gifts to a hungry community.

Blessings, Elaine Bowen

 

Income Generation

 

Last Sunday for the new Holiday Gift Fair is December 16th!  If you haven’t stopped in to see what is for sale, please do so either this coming during coffee hour and after second service. There are still MANY gift items to choose from and our congregation really stepped up with wonderful donations.

Thank you for your support of this UUCK tradition.

 

Just a reminder as you prepare for Christmas:  Acme Community Cash Back Program

Please save your ACME grocery receipts through 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.

 

 

Winter Weather & Church Program Cancellations

 

With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church.  Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming.  It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church.

If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.

You can check in one of three places:

  • our church’s Facebook page,
  • call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
  • tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert.

Listed below are the TV stations, radio stations and websites that i-Alert notifies this year:

Television Stations powered by iAlert

WKYC-TV Channel 3
Radio Stations powered by iAlert

Newsradio WTAM 1100, AM
WMVX, Mix 106.5 FM
WMJI, Magic 105.7 FM
WGAR, My Country 99.5 FM
WAKS, KISS 96.5 FM
WMMS, 100.7 FM Cleveland’s Rock Station
WHLO, 640 AM
WKDD, 98.1 FM
RADIO FREE OHIO 1350 AM

90.3 WCPN ideastream
WCRF, 103.3 FM
WCLV, 104.9 FM
Websites

wkyc.com

wviz.org

wtam.com

wmvx.com

wmji.com

wgar.com

kisscleveland.com

wmms.com

640whio.com

wkdd.com

1350radiofreeohio.com

WKYC Severe Weather Website
http://www.wkyc.com/weather/severe_weather/cancellations_closings/

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Bright Possibilities – December 9, 2012

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy – There was only one day’s worth of oil left in the Temple. The miracle of Hanukkah is that the oil burned for eight days. This morning we will consider again the story of Hanukkah and consider what inspiration there might be in the story for our own lives tugging at your spirit?

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Winter Solstice Service Scheduled for December 21 at 7pm

sun over earth nasaFeaturing the music of the Celtic Clan and led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj, our Winter Solstice service will celebrate the return of the light following the longest night of the year.  This multigenerational service will include time for reflecting and rejoicing at the turning of the year.  Nursery care will be offered for children ages 3 and under.  A wassail party will follow the service.

 

 

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Worship & Music


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

 

Join us Sunday, December 9  for Bright Possibilities

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy – There was only one day’s worth of oil left in the Temple. The miracle of Hanukkah is that the oil burned for eight days. This morning we will consider again the story of Hanukkah and consider what inspiration there might be in the story for our own lives tugging at your spirit?

 

Winter Solstice Service Scheduled for December 21 at 7pm

Featuring the music of the Celtic Clan and led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj, our Winter Solstice service will celebrate the return of the light following the longest night of the year.  This multigenerational service will include time for reflecting and rejoicing at the turning of the year.  Nursery care will be offered for children ages 3 and under.  A wassail party will follow the service.

 

 

Lifespan Learning

 

“TED” and Pizza

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

Sunday, December 9   12:45 – 1:45 PM   Fessenden Hall

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

Please contact the office if you will be attending so we may have a head count for ordering pizza.  Thank you.

 

 

Leadership Education Opportunity!

The Smart Church Workshops will enable your Leaders to help shift the culture of your congregation. We begin with an overview of the concepts, then go deeper into how systems thinking will help you in various parts of congregational life, providing a foundation for real and lasting change.

Why take the Smart Church Training? Congregations whose leaders participate this training and incorporate it in their practices experience less destructive conflict and more growth.

Who should participate?
Ministers, Religious Educators, Board Members, Committee Chairs, etc.

What is the cost? $15 per Saturday or $50 for the series includes lunch and materials. Participants are also asked to have available Peter Steinke’s Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times (available during online registration).

Dates 

January 12 – Systems Thinking
February 9 – Leading Change
March 16 – Smart Leadership
April 6 – Practice and Tips

Interested in Participating?  Visit  

 

 

Community Within

 

The Lost & Found is once again overflowing!

Please check in Fessenden Hall for any items that you may have left at the Church, including any serving dishes.  After Sunday, Dec. 9th any remaining items will be donated.

 

Looking for an easy way to serve the church and meet new people?

Volunteer to be a coffee hour helper!  We need people to help with set up and with clean up.  Set up involves coming half an hour before the first service to put out snacks and help prepare the drinks.  Clean up involves staying half an hour or so after either service, primarily to wash cups.  It is more fun and lighter work if you volunteer with a friend.  So grab a friend, and contact the church office to get yourselves on the schedule.

Also, two special opportunities for social hour hosting are coming up.  We need people to organize a reception between the two services on Christmas Eve as well as a wassail party after the Winter Solstice service on December 21.  Thank you for all you do to help create Beloved Community!

 

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” by Barbara Robinson

Dynamics Community Theater presents Barbara Robinson’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” on Dec 7 and 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm at the Tallmadge High School Auditorium featuring Gia and Spencer Marfy. “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” tells the story of a traditional church Christmas pageant that somehow gets hijacked by the Herdmans.  This family of misbehaving children manages to bully their way into all the best parts.

After the show you are invited to complimentary punch and cookies, and a visit from Santa.  The Tallmadge High School Acapella Choir will sing in the lobby before the show.

Tallmadge High School is located at 140 N. Munroe Rd. in Tallmadge.  Tickets are $8 for adults, and $6 for students and seniors (60+).  Tickets can be purchased by calling 330-217-1227 or by emailing [email protected].  All seating is reserved.

 

The Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 11 at 7 pm at the home of Kay Wind.  This month we are reading a Ruth Reichl book of your choice.  In January we’ll be sharing books we got as gifts or any book of your choice. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

 

Holiday Family Movie Night & Potluck Dinner, December 14  at 7 pm.  Our movie will be a forgotten gem from the nineteen forties called “Tenth Avenue Angel”. This film stars Margret O’Brien as a twelve year old girl from New York City’s poor section. The lack of social justice around her convinces her that there can be no God. She goes on a quest for the miracles taught to her by her mother, to test her faith. These include mice that transform into money, and cows that kneel in worship. If she can find just one real miracle, she will believe, if not, she will not. This is both a fun film, and a heartwarming one.  Questions?  Please contact Cheryl Spoehr, e-mail c.spoehr1223.

 

The Library committee would like to thank all those who purchased copies of Here We Have Gathered.  We hope your generosity is rewarded by learning the rich and interesting history of our church, past and present, contained in these essays. We remain indebted to Caroline Arnold and all the contributors who worked so hard to complete this project, and to Carol Gould who covered the printing costs. Proceeds from the sale will support new acquisitions for the Library, and help fund the Library’s special event in February. All copies were sold last Sunday, but extra copies can be printed upon request. Please speak to any Library committee member if you want a copy.

 

BOOK REVIEW

Most of us have some involvement with parenting practices, whether as a parent, a grandparent, or a judgmental outsider. I think two books from the Family Life category of the church Library are especially pertinent in this area.

Living Simply With Children: a voluntary simplicity guide for moms, dads, and kids who want to reclaim the bliss of childhood and the joy of parenting  by Marie Sherlock, (New York, Three Rivers Press, c2003). It covers such topics as how (and why) to live simply and find more time to be with your children, realistic ways to reclaim your children from corporate America, and how to focus on the “good stuff” with less stuff.

The second book is Last Child in the Woods: saving our children from nature-deficit disorder, by Richard Louv, (Chapel; Hill, NC, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, c2008 rev. and expanded ed.). From the author: “The children and nature movement is fueled by this fundamental idea: the child in nature is an endangered species, and the health of children and health of the Earth are inseparable.”

Submitted by Martha Kluth

Ann Waters, Library Publicity

 

 

Outreach

 

Poinsettias Fundraiser to Support Safer Futures & Help Decorate the Church too!

10.5” pots available in Red or White – $15.00 each

Please email the Church office to order your flowers before Dec. 14, 2012.

Please include  the following information with your order:

 

Name

# and Color of Poinsettias

Dedication:       In honor of

In memory of

In celebration of

In appreciation for

Other

None

Flowers will be available for pick-up on Christmas Eve following the 8:30 pm service.

 

 

Kent Social Service Toy Drive and Gifts for Homeless Veterans Programs Ending Soon!

Our annual new toy collection will end on Sunday, December 9th.  The toys that we donate will be distributed by Kent Social Services.  They especially need toys for boys and gift cards from WalMart or Target for teens.

Our drive to collect donations to give gift cards to the veterans at Freedom House homeless shelter will end on Sunday, December 16th.  We will purchase gifts cards for the residents.   If you are writing a check, make it out to the church with “Freedom House” in the memo line.

 

 

Income Generation

 

The new Holiday Gift Fair got started last Sunday with a flourish.  If you haven’t stopped in to see what is for sale, please do so either this Sunday or December 16th during coffee hour and after second service. There are MANY gift items to choose from and our congregation really stepped up with wonderful donations.

We are still accepting donations for Gifts made from the Heart – handmade items like crocheted or knitted gifts, sewn or decorated items like aprons, T-shirts, potholders or cat nip toys, pottery bowls or cups, soaps, jewelry, etc.  Gifts made from the Hearth – homemade goodies like canned vegetables and fruits, jams and jellies or maybe your very own salsa.  And finally Re-gifted items that are new or like new.  Every item you donate must be tagged with a price sticker, but not to worry we will have stickers available for you to use!

We will also be taking orders for our NEW commemorative holiday ornaments.  These are special order items made just for our church!  They will sell for $15 each and we plan on introducing a new design each year!  They will be delivered on Sunday December 16th or 23rd, depending on the number ordered.  The more we order the longer it may take to make them but there shouldn’t be a problem having them in time for the Christmas Holiday.

 

Another new addition to the fair is a Gift Wrapping Station!  The youth will man a gift wrapping station and for a free-will donation they will be glad to wrap your holiday purchases from the Holiday Gift Fair or items you bring already boxed or packaged.  Please note we cannot handle overly large items.  Shirt box size or small electronic box is our limit.  We will have some lovely decorator gift boxes available for a small donation if you need a box or container.  All proceeds from the Gift Wrapping Station will go the RE Committee.

Any items not sold at the fair will be donated to local charities.

Thank you for your support of this UUCK tradition.

 

Just a reminder as you prepare for Christmas:  Acme Community Cash Back Program

Please save your ACME grocery receipts through 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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Yes! – December 2, 2012

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen – What might happen if you were to say yes to the possibilities tugging at your spirit?  This first Sunday of Advent we will consider Mary’s yes and the difference it made.

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