Weekly e-nUUs, March 6, 2013

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Worship & Music


Services are held on Sunday mornings at 10:00 and 11:30.


Sunday,  March 10, 2013    When God and Science Met

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj – In the 20th century, the meeting of God and science helped fuel the rise of humanism. Since then, the ongoing relationship between the two have led down many paths. We’ll explore some of them this morning.


Celtic Clan of Kent Concert.

Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Eve! The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will host a family friendly concert of traditional Irish music on Saturday, March 16th at 7 PM. There will be toe tapping jigs and reels, beautiful songs and dancing too! This is a church fundraiser.

Adults: $7 donation, children 12 years and under, free.

Light refreshments will be served following the concert.


The Music Committee of the UUCK would like to warmly thank the church’s members and friends who attended last Sunday’s outstanding chamber concert of the Zeng Quartet + one.  Their virtuoso performance was received with awe and gratitude by an appreciative audience.  Thank you very much for your support of the church’s music program through your participation and donations.  $145.00 was donated through the free-will offering.


Lifespan Learning


TED and Pizza

On March 10th the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will be continuing its series of TED talks.  The program will return to its regularly scheduled time of 12:45 to 2:00 and will meet in Fessenden Hall.  This week we will be exploring new expressions of atheism through philosopher and author Alain de Botton’s talk Atheism 2.0.  This form of atheism isn’t hostile to religion, but rather draws inspiration from religion.  Intrigued?  To provide another point of view for our conversation, we may also show some short video clips in which the Unitarian Universalist minister Joanna Crawford discusses her search for God.   All are invited-please rsvp your attendance by calling the church at 330-673-4247 so we can be sure to order enough pizza.


The Tradition Continues with the Easter Egg Hunt

Our Middle School Youth will again be hosting the egg hunt for younger children on Sunday, March 31st immediately following the 10:00 am Family-Friendly Easter Worship Service.  Candy-filled plastic eggs will be “hidden” on the grounds around the main building and in the backyard of the Annex.  Parents will be asked to supervise their young children.  Watch the e-nUUs, Thread and email for more details.


Community Within


Have you served on a committee in the last five years?  Did your committee read a book together?  Do you still have that book at your house?  If so, we’d appreciate it if you would bring it to the church office.  We are trying to gather the leadership books committees have used in recent years to keep them available in one central place.  That way future leaders might also benefit from these resources.  Thank you!


The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 7 pm in the home of Betty Kendrick.  This month we are reading The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. This is a novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer in 1922, and how it changes both their lives. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.


The Library committee is working toward making our collection more accessible and current. There are a number of books which have been checked out and are long overdue.  It would help us enormously if you could return them as soon as possible. We operate on a 2-week honor system, (i.e. we don’t collect fines), so we count on you to help us with prompt returns.

In addition to your donations, we try to order at least one new book a month. We always appreciate your suggestions for books  that would be of interest to the congregation, and would be a good addition to our collection.  If you can’t find a committee member, just put your suggestion(s) in the “Return” box near the entrance to the Nursery room. We consider new acquisitions at each monthly meeting.

Ann Waters, Publicity


LANDSCAPE TEAM:  The growing season is about to SPRING upon us!  Aren’t you just itching to dig in some dirt?  A few people have signed up to take charge of some areas around the church, and we have a person dedicated to mowing, but we need a few more hands to keep the workload light and the weeds at bay.  A few hours a month through the growing season is all the commitment that is needed, and there are NO MEETINGS!  Email the Georgia Quinn to sign-up.


Surprise — it’s that time of year again! Want to make a new friend in the church? Looking for a way to celebrate spring? Here is your chance! You are all invited to participate in this fun, intergenerational activity of friendship and caring! We will have a sign up table outside of the sanctuary on March 24, 31 and April 7. Participating adults will be matched with children in the congregation on April 10 and encouraged to exchange notes and artwork on Sundays, April 21 through May 12.  Adults will remain anonymous until the “big reveal” on May 19. Sign-up forms will be available until April 7.


Save the Date: Friday, April 5, 2012   7 PM

Your Basic Treasure Chest of Humor” presented by Ted Voneida and Cast


Outreach and Social Justice


This spring, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform. As people of faith, we must raise our voices for an immigration reform bill that promotes justice, compassion, and keeps families together. Are you interested in learning more about how we can help?  The UUA Witness Ministries and Standing on the Side of Love staff will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, March 13, 8:00pm ET.  Please let Rev. Melissa know if you can attend the webinar and she’ll send you more information.


Thanks to everyone who supported the special collection for the water project in El Salvador.  $939.50 was raised in support of this outreach.


Close to someone with a mental illness? Attend a free program that has helped many Ohioans. The Portage County Family-to-Family Education Program will run Saturdays starting March 16, 2013 for 12 weeks. The course will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at The Church in Aurora, 146 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora 44202. The program is sponsored by the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County and NAMI Portage County. The course is open to anyone who has a family member or a friend with a brain disease, including schizophrenia, manic depression, clinical depression, an anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. It is taught by local residents who have a family member dealing with mental illness. Register by March 14. Call 330-673-1756, ext 201. You can also register by emailing [email protected].

CONTACT:        Amie Cajka

Director of Community Relations

Mental Health & Recovery Board, 330 673-1756, ext. 207


Income Generation


St. Patty’s Day Potato Bar Fundraiser!

On March 17th after 2nd service we will feature a potato bar fundraiser for your enjoyment.  (If the potatoes are done around 11AM and you are hungry we’ll be glad to feed you then)

We will have hot baked potatoes with ALL kinds of toppings!  Come enjoy one topped with Corned Beef and Cabbage and don’t forget the mustard or horsey sauce!  Maybe you are a purist and want butter only, that’s fine too.  We will have butter, sour cream, scallions, cheese, bacon bits, salsa and whatever else we can think of that might be good on a potato.

Our usual donation of $6 per adult and $4 per child under 12 is all we ask!

Thank you,

Your Fundraising Committee



Another Slice of Pie
The annual Stewardship campaign is off to a rousing start.  We have already received over $69,000 in pledges!  Have you thought about yours?  In the coming weeks you will hear about how your financial commitment will help us provide the programs that change all our lives, from Sunday services to Our Whole Lives, the UU sex education program.  Many more are listed in the stewardship brochure.

For more information, look for the Stewardship table at coffee hour every Sunday through March 24.  If you would like further conversation about stewardship and the church, sign up at the table for a ‘dessert event’ or contact Kay Eckman or Marion Yeagler.

And, of course, we’re all looking forward to this Sunday’s pie raffle!  Tickets will again be $1.00 each, but any youngsters from new-born through 18 as well as any not-so-youngsters-but-young-in-spiritsters 65 years old and up will be entitled to one free raffle ticket.  What a deal, you lucky UUs–the opportunity to make your pledge and maybe win a pie, all at the same time! See you on Sunday!


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