Weekly e-nUUs, December 12, 2012

 Worship & Music

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).


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





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:


# and Color of Poinsettias

Dedication:   In honor of

In memory of

In celebration of

In appreciation for



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
WMMS, 100.7 FM Cleveland’s Rock Station
WHLO, 640 AM
WKDD, 98.1 FM

90.3 WCPN ideastream
WCRF, 103.3 FM
WCLV, 104.9 FM












WKYC Severe Weather Website

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