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.
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).
January 12 – Systems Thinking
February 9 – Leading Change
March 16 – Smart Leadership
April 6 – Practice and Tips
Interested in Participating? Visit
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
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
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
WKYC Severe Weather Website