Special Congregation Meeting – Sunday, March 24, 2013
The board has voted to schedule a special congregational meeting for this Sunday, 3/24, after the second service. We have only two agenda items:
- To ask members of the congregation to vote to temporarily suspend the bylaw notification requiring two-weeks notice before holding a special congregational meeting.
- To ask members of the congregation to vote on the purchase of adjacent property.
Please remember that only people who have been members of the congregation for at least 4 weeks are eligible to vote. Please note also that a quorum is required in order to conduct the business scheduled for this meeting. All the details regarding the property, cost and requirements will be explained in the meeting.
If you will be unable to attend, we will accept absentee ballots. However, please be aware that absentee ballots do not satisfy the quorum requirement. Please contact Moderator Kathie Slater if you require an absentee ballot.
Kathie Slater, Moderator
on behalf of the Board of Trustees
Worship & Music
Services are held on Sunday mornings at 10:00 and 11:30.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 God’s Becoming
Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Joel Slater
One of the most innovative developments in recent theology has been the development of a field called Process Theology. According to this view, everything is interconnected and God is always in relation, always becoming in relationship with all. This morning we’ll unpack this view of God and consider its implications.
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 are asked to supervise their young children. Weather permitting, children and parents will gather on the narrow strip of driveway between the Annex and the main church building. The area will be cordoned off with orange cones.
Folks who use the three accessible parking spaces behind the Annex during the first service, should plan on not moving their cars until the Easter Egg Hunt is over (no later than 11:30 am).
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.
The parking lot behind Franklin Township Hall is being designated as a handicap accessible parking area for Sunday mornings during both services. We are asking all others to please park across the street or in the gravel lot behind the church. We appreciate your assistance with our trying to be more accommodating to those who have physical challenges. Thank you.
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.
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.
Save the Date: Friday, April 5, 2012 7 PM
“Your Basic Treasure Chest of Humor” presented by Ted Voneida and Cast
The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 7 pm in the home of Kathie Slater at 740 Governors Circle in Kent. Please bring a non-dessert snack to share. This month we are reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (young adult fiction, 2006). It is 1939 Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and it will become busier still. By her brother’s graveside, Liesel Meminger’s life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden by the snow. It is The Grave Digger’s Handbook, left there by accident and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins a love affair with books and words, as Liesel, with the help of her accordion-playing foster father, learns to read. Soon she is stealing books from Nazi book-burnings, the mayor’s wife’s library; wherever there are books to be found. But these are dangerous times. When Liesel’s foster family hides a Jew in their basement, Liesel’s world is both opened up and closed down. In May we will be reading Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper. All are welcome.
UU & Interfaith Connections
District Assembly convening in Niagara Falls April 26-27
This year our Ohio-Meadville District, in a historic move, is having a joint District Assembly with St Lawrence District. And the Rev Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, is the keynote speaker! This promises to be an energizing event not to be missed! Deadlines are fast upon us. Some partial scholarships are available, and must be applied for by March 29. If you would like more information about workshops and timelines, please go to https://www.uua.org/central-east/events . You may also contact Marion Yeagler, Ohio-Meadville District Board of Trustees.
Outreach and Social Justice
April Showers Service Project
The Campus Ministers’ Organization at Kent State University hopes to make showering a little bit easier for the homeless and transient populations in Portage County with the April Showers Service Project. As a congregational member of the Campus Minister’s Organization, we will collect new, unopened travel size hygiene items for the people at Family and Community Services. These items will be assembled into personal hygiene kits by students and anyone else who passes through the main lobby of the Kent Student Center on Tuesday, April 16 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. These kits will be given to Family and Community Services, who will distribute them to persons in need.
All new, unopened, travel size personal hygiene items will be accepted, but we are particularly encouraging donations of toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, deodorant, shampoo, bar soap (can be regular sized), and wash cloths. Please drop your items in the box located in the Founders Lounge by April 7.
PIE SUNDAY IS MARCH 24! FREE PIE FOR EVERYONE!
We are CELEBRATING the official end of the 2014 Stewardship Campaign by serving everyone a free slice of PIE! Several of our pies will be delicious HOMEMADE contributions from our favorite bakers including Kathie Slater, Julie Lineburgh, MaryBeth Hannan, Kathy Kerns, and Renee Ruchotzke. (And of course, we’d be happy to accept additional pies from any of our other star UUCK bakers out there!) Come to Fessenden Hall during coffee hour or after second service, and join the party!
Have you made a pledge of your financial commitment for the upcoming fiscal year? If not, please do so as soon as possible so that the church can make our programming plans for the 2013-14 financial year. You may put your pledge card in the offering basket, hand it to a member of the Stewardship Team, or call or email the information to the church office, 330.673.4247.
Thanks to everyone who has helped make this a successful campaign!
Marion Yeagler, Kay Eckman, Sandy Eaglen and the Stewardship Team
We hope that everyone enjoyed the St. Patty’s Day Potato Bar Fundraiser last Sunday; $128.00 was raised through this event.