Weekly e-nUUs, March 13, 2013

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Worship & Music


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


Sunday,  March 17, 2013    Poetry Sunday

Led by Lay Leaders Joe Kuemerle and Lori McGee

Poetry is an important part of many people’s lives here at the UUCK. We are reviving the long-held tradition of Poetry Sunday, a tradition that has fallen to the wayside for several years. This service will include poems sent in by members and poems chosen by Joe and Lori which will be woven into an uplifting and inspirational service.


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.


Lifespan Learning

Family-Friendly Easter Offerings
Our Middle School Youth will again be hosting the egg hunt for younger children on Sunday, March 31st at 11:00 am, 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.


Have you been intrigued by our Chalice Group program, but missed the sign-up this past fall? Perhaps you’re interested in checking it out for a spell before committing to a full season next year. The Thursday Night Chalice Group has some available openings and would welcome your presence. We meet about twice a month on Thursday Nights from 7pm to 9pm, and will be meeting through the month of May.. Please e-mail Leah Gillig  if you’re interested.


Community Within


I will be away this week from Thursday through Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) annual conference. As the president of ARE, I have significant responsibilities presenting workshops and leading meetings at the conference, but I will make a point to check my email at least once each day and will be available via cell phone for urgent concerns.  I’ll be concluding my responsibilities by leading worship Sunday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford.  I only regret I will miss Poetry Sunday back here with you!

Peace, Melissa


Please note that the Church Office will be closed for the next several Mondays.  The Office will be open each week Tuesday – Friday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm.  Thank you.


The Library Committee urgently requests all overdue books (2 weeks after checkout date) be returned as soon as possible. We are trying to account for all the volumes listed in the collection in order to create another data base for easy access.  We are most grateful for your cooperation.


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 14 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.


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!


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 Georgia Quinn to sign up.


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 TONIGHT, March 13, 8:00pm ET.  Please let Rev. Melissa know if you can attend the webinar and she’ll send you more information.


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


Stewardship Campaign is off and running!

Our Stewardship Campaign is in full swing and the pledges are coming in strong;  to date, we’ve received approximately 60 pledges.  We’ve heard wonderful heartfelt stories about how this church, OUR church, has inspired our members to give and contribute of their time and talent because of what they receive in return.  We’ve heard how an increase in overall giving can add so much to our community.  We’ve sold PIE raffle tickets and given away several delicious pies!

If you haven’t committed to your pledge yet there is still time to do so!  The campaign doesn’t end until March 24th.  Don’t forget this is for next fiscal year which runs from July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2014.  If you aren’t at the 3% giving level yet and can make that stretch to give 3% of your adjusted gross income that would be ideal and really help with future planning.

If you have already turned in your pledges we thank you!!  If not you can turn in your pledge cards during the offertory on Sundays or at the Stewardship table during coffee hour.  If you need more information or just want to chat with fellow members we have some dessert nights still available.  You can sign up for one of them at the Stewardship table during coffee hour.

A classic pie to share with someone special –  Be sure to get one of these homemade apple pies, each in its vintage Ovenex 6” pie pan.   Carolyn Schlemmer makes apple pies with a mixture of Granny Smiths for tartness and Golden Delicious for sweetness so that only a little sugar is needed.  A touch of Saigon cinnamon and real butter enhances the apples’ flavor.  The pie pans belonged to Carolyn’s Granny Edna, and the light crust is made with Granny Edna’s recipe.  Each pie provides two people with a generous half a pie.  Only six pies will be offered, and all proceeds go to our own “slice of the pie” stewardship fund.

We will have a special silent auction of these delicious homemade pies.  Get your bids in at coffee hour!

Thank you,

Your Stewardship Committee



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