Weekly e-nUUs, August 7, 2013

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Worship & Music 


Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:00 AM.


August 11 – Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My!

Led by Kathy Walker and Saul Flanner

In this multimedia service, Kathy and Saul will explore the interdependent web of which we are all a part. We are not qualified to do so, but we think you’ll appreciate our attempt as we share our limited experience with the seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism and the spirit animals that keep pestering Kathy to lead this service.

As we will be enjoying the services led by Kathy and Saul, Rev. Melissa will be leading services at the Akron UU Church.  We look forward to her returning from study leave to lead services along with Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Sophie Smith on Sunday, August 25 at our multigenerational ingathering: The Spiritual Wisdom of Children.   In the meantime, Rev. Renee Ruchotzke along with Worship Associate Justin Czekaj will lead us next week, Sunday, August 18, focusing on Heirlooms, Curiosities, and Castoffs.


Expanding our music program!

As September approaches, we look forward to the beginning of a new season of our wonderful adult choir.  This fall, we return to an old tradition of Sunday evening rehearsals from 6:30-8:00.  If you’re interested in singing, we’d love to have you join us.  Please contact Hal Walker for a conversation about where in the choir your voice would fit best.

This year, we’re also excited about the start of our own “UU Folk Orchestra.”  A “folk orchestra” combines the unique instrumental talents of the congregation.  Music reading skills are required.  We will rehearse on Thursday evenings from 7-8:15.

Finally, we will be creating a youth choir for treble voices from 3rd grade-7th grade. The weekly one-hour rehearsals will be Wednesdays from 5-6 pm.

As a kickoff to a great year of music, Hal Walker will be hosting an open house potluck at his house for anyone with any interest in either singing in the choir or playing in the folk orchestra. The open house will be merely for fun and information… No commitment required, yet.  If you are able to, please bring a dish to share.

Singers and Musicians Open House Potluck!

Sunday, August 18 at 6 o’clock.

Hal Walker’s house

all are welcome…



Cuyahoga River Concert Series  presents Mignarda

Come enjoy and evening of music featuring the both voice and lute.  Friday, August 16 at 8:00 pm in the Sanctuary.  Admission is $10 at the door.  For more information on this duo, please visit www.mignarda.com



 Lifespan Learning

How Do You Like to Play?  Summer RE ~ Just two more weeks of Summer Fun!

Summer RE is going so well and it is not too late to join in the good times!  The children and the various leaders have been experiencing a wide variety of fun activities.  On Sunday, August 11th, the Barzizza-Young family will be sharing the fun of science.  A nut-free treat will be served.  We will light the chalice promptly at 9:45 am in Fessenden Hall.  Nursery care is available for our littlest ones at both the 9:45 and 11:30 services.


Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being

Just a reminder that this book group will be meeting twice monthly during September, October and November in the Annex from 6:00 – 7:30 pm.  Meeting topics will be published in the September Chalice Flame.  Attendance at every meeting is not mandatory to participate; please join us as you are able or interested.  For more information please contact Mary Maske.



Community Within 


New UU Classes in August

Our New UU classes cover everything you wanted to know about the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent in particular and Unitarian Universalism in general, but were afraid to ask.  Well, maybe not everything, but we try to give you an overview, a starting point.  Some history of both, some organizational details. Come join the conversation.  And, if you’re curious about membership, this is the place to be.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, August 11, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, August 18, from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller or Marion Yeagler.



Art in the Sanctuary

Geoff Hill Photography:  Awake in Nature

Geoff Hill is a fine art photographer and nature enthusiast. Through his work, he hopes to bring to light awareness and preservation of our natural Earth.

With roots in Kent Ohio, Geoff has expanded his travels to several areas along the eastern US, documenting wildlife and landscapes along the way. His experience in the arts has also included music, drawing & painting, and poetry. Through his time as a photographer, he has discovered his solace in nature, as well as an understanding of how precious and fragile life is.

This exhibit features Geoff’s work during his stay in Florida. Special thanks to Frederick Kluth and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent for allowing this opportunity.

Geoff will be having an artist reception Sunday, August 11, 1:00 – 4:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.  He hopes you’ll come to meet him and learn more about his work.




Change of plans for the Patricia Pownall UU Book Group. The book group will be meeting on Tuesday, August 13 at 7 pm in the home of Bonnie Harper. We will not be meeting at the home of Annie Brightbill.  This month we are reading Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.  Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at seventeen. After a decade of domestic disharmony, she hikes up a mountain road behind her house toward a secret tryst, but instead encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders and the media.  In September we are offering a choice of two older novels: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis or Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. In October we will be reading The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.



Sacred Song Circle
Join us for another Sacred Song Circle on Thursday, August 15, at 6:30 in the Founder’s Lounge for 30 minutes of sacular stimulation and community harmony.  You don’t have to consider yourself a singer to be able to participate.  It’s free and open to all.  The more voices the better!  Bring your friends and a water bottle if you’ll need it.

Hope to see you there.    Saunis



The Library committee is planning a fall issue of the church publication, Here We Have Gathered, about people and activities of our church.  The planning is well underway, but if you would like to submit an article (500 – 1000 words), please contact Martha Kluth or Ann Waters.

The Library Committee is also planning 2 fall Symposiums. Each event will include a one-segment viewing from the Bill Moyers Faith and Reason series, followed by a discussion and refreshments. Each program will

begin at 7:30 and should end by 9:00 P.M.  The schedule is:

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 7:30 P.M. in Fessenden Hall, “The Mirror Image”.

Moderator – Harry Noden

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 P.M. in Fessenden Hall, “Richard Rodrigues”

Moderator – Carolyn Schlemmer

We hope you will be able to attend and look forward to seeing you. If you have any questions, please speak to any Library committee member.

Ann Waters



Fall Walden Scheduled for October 4-6, 2013

Mark your calendars for the first weekend in October (4-6th) to participate in the annual campout and celebration of our seventh principle knows as “Walden”.

The group site reserved this year is located in the “Buckaloons Recreation Area”, which rests on the site of a former Seneca Indian village, six miles west of Warren, Pa.  Buckaloons is the only camping and recreation area within the Allegheny National Forest that is along the Allegheny River.  There are also 50 family campsites (15 with electrical hookups) for those who have Rv’s and pop-ups.

Some suggested activities include a visit to the Audubon Center and Sanctuary near Jamestown, N.Y., canoeing/kayaking the Allegheny River or the Conewango Creek (where you may spot an otter), hiking the many trails of the Allegheny National Forest or just connecting with the natural world on your own terms.

There will be an upcoming informational meeting between services in August.  Members of other U.U. congregations have expressed interest in this event also.

Questions?  Contact [email protected]



Outreach and Social Justice


August Special Collection

On August 11, a special collection will be taken to benefit Portage County Family and Community Services in support of the organization’s school supply drive.  This program will assist families with school age children that are in be prepared for the upcoming school year.

In response to this need, the children who attended the summer RE class last Sunday decided to hold a drive to collect school supplies for children in Portage County.  We have a quick turn-around time and will only be collecting on Sunday, August 11th.  The school supplies will be collected in Fessenden Hall before and after the services on Sunday, August 11th. Please note that the first 4 items listed in bold print are especially needed.

  • Pocket folders (with prongs)
  • Rulers
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • 1” Binders
  • Wide-ruled paper
  • Wide-ruled spiral note books
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Glue bottles
  • Glue Sticks
  • Black and blue pens
  • Pencils
  • Pink erasers

We appreciate your consideration to support this worthwhile cause.



UU and Interfaith Connections


Jim Scott in Concert at the UU Congregation of Greater Canton, Friday, August 9!

“Jim’s lyrical melodies, well-crafted words, guitar mastery and humorous surprises moved Pete Seeger to call him ‘some kind of magician.’ Cultivated in his days with the Paul Winder Consort, Jim brings warmth and authenticity that turns any concert into an intimate gathering.”

Potluck dinner at 6 pm, Concert at 7 pm.

Suggested donation: $5 (“more if you can, less if you can’t”)

Print and recorded music will be available, too.

The potluck was Jim’s suggestion as an opportunity for all to talk with him about music, Sunday worship services, and anything else before the concert begins. More about Jim can be found here: http://jimscottmusic.com/ The UU Congregation of Greater Canton is located at 2585 Easton St NE, Canton, OH  44721.


Income Generation


Hot Dogs & Ice Cream anyone?

Your Fundraising team would like to have hot dogs and ice cream Sunday, August 18 during coffee hour and after 2nd service.  It’s more of a Thank You for all you support this past year than an actual fundraiser, but if you’d like to make a free will donation we won’t turn it down since it all goes to the church.

Hope you can come enjoy!




Our annual Thanks 4 Giving Auction will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the Kent United Church of Christ.  Stay tuned for details in the coming months as planning gets under way.

Also, if you want to get involved in a VERY fun committee, the Auction Committee is looking for a few good people to join us!  We begin meeting in August a couple times a month to plan and execute our annual auction.

Let me know if you are interested.

Meg Milko

Auction Chair



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