Weekly e-nUUs, August 28, 2013

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Worship & Music


Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.


September 1 – Strong is What We Make Each Other

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer  and Worship Associate John Marfy.

For many, Labor Day is the marker that connotes the end of the summer.  This morning we will return to the stories that gave rise to the Labor Day holiday and consider again the ways in which we are all lifted up by the power of union.


U.U.’ve Got Talent!

“We know you’ve got it, it’s time to let it out!”

On Saturday, September 28, the UU Church of Kent music committee is hosting a musical fundraiser. WE ARE IN SEARCH OF TALENT. This is your opportunity to perform solo or to invite other members of the congregation and friends to create a small ensemble. This is your chance to release that creative spark within you. Before Sunday, September 15, please contact Hal Walker with your idea. We are looking for a diverse range of 3 to 5 minute musical selections that express your unique talent. Only a limited number of spots are available, so start getting ready now!   All ages welcome!



U.U.’ve Got Talent!  “An Evening of Musical Variety”

Please SAVE THE DATE!  On Saturday September 28th, the UU church of Kent Music Committee is hosting a musical fundraiser. We are hoping to raise $800 to pay for the services of an accompanist for our beloved choir.  Join us at 7:30 that evening as we transform the Kent sanctuary into a venue for highlighting the remarkable talents of local UU’s and Friends!  $10 is the suggested donation, but please give what you can – hope to see you there!


It takes all of us to create a welcoming environment on Sunday mornings.  All the members and friends of this church are needed to extend hospitality to our visitors.  On any given Sunday, some people volunteer to be a part of our hospitality efforts in particular ways.  We have a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour and to donate flowers to add a focal point of beauty to our services.  In order to make it easier to participate, we are using a new tool that will allow you to see what Sunday morning hospitality positions are available and to decide when and how frequently you might be able to help.

If you are a member or an active friend of this congregation, we hope you will consider finding at least one time this fall and early winter when you might be able to volunteer in one of this very easy but extremely important roles.  Of course, there is no limit to the number of times you can volunteer!  Also, we want you to know that children and youth are welcome to participate in any of these roles.  Thank you for considering how you might be part of helping us practice the fragile art of hospitality every Sunday.

Sign up at:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday



Lifespan Learning


Small Group Ministry:  Food for Thought Groups and Chalice Groups

Please keep an eye open for this year’s Small Group Ministry brochure and sign-up form  that will be attached to next week’s e-nUUs!


Our Religious Education is back to its regular schedule. The RE committee is very excited about the curriculum.  And we are even more excited about the amazing group of teachers who are graciously giving their talents to the awesome kids of our church!  It’s going to be a great year!

Please see the website for detailed information:  //kentuu.org/education/childrens-religious-education/

During the 9:45 service we will offer:

  • Nursery
  • Preschool for ages 3 + 4
  • Early Elementary for grades K-2
  • Upper Elementary for grades 3-5

During the 11:30 service we will offer:

  • Nursery/playtime for babies through preschool
  • Multi-age class for school-aged children
  • Middle School Youth Group for grades 6-8
  • High School Youth Group for grades 9-12

With the new RE year comes fall registration so that our information is current. Please stop by the registration table during coffee hour on 8/25 and register the children in your family. For more information on registering your family please contact RE Assistant Colleen Thoele.


Have you ever wanted to volunteer at church but cannot make a continued or lengthy time commitment? Do you enjoy spending time with infants and toddlers? If yes, then volunteering in the nursery is right up your alley! Every Sunday we ask that 2 adults or older teens (1 for each service) assist Michelle in the nursery. We are scheduling for nursery helpers now and we NEED you! To volunteer to be placed in the potential pool of nursery helpers, please email  Colleen Thoele.


Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being by Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.; Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard medical School.

The group will meet from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Eldredge Annex on the following Sunday evenings:  September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, and November 3 & 17.

Upcoming Meeting Topics

September 8:    There will be a general overview of the book as well as examination of what we each believe about our brains.  The authors present us with five myths about our brains we can work to dispel as well as three brain Super         Heroes.

September 22:  The topic will be depression.  Additional materials will be presented.

Feel free to join us as you are able for an exciting examination of who we are as humans and as individuals.

Questions? Call May Maske.


Community Within


Ministries Fair:  September 15

Please join us on Sunday, Sept. 15 when we highlight the many programs and ministries here at the Church.  Following each of the services, representatives from each team and committee will be available to help you explore varied opportunities to get involved.  We hope you’ll find something that both interests you and helps build your faith and sense of community here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent.


 Art in the Sanctuary

Thoughts on the Human Brain

This year, President Obama announced a $100 million project to map the human brain. This got me thinking about exploring the relationship between what we know about the brain (anatomy) and what we still don’t yet understand (imagination). Perhaps we are more than the sum of our parts. I have cited the literary inspiration for each painting.

About the Artist

Lyndse Rae Faba studied painting and illustration at Pratt Institute, under the guidance of Charles Goslin, who she still refers to as “Goose,” despite his having rejoined the force in 2007. She eventually completed her BFA at the University of Akron where she majored in graphic design and minored in illustration and drawing with the support of Vlada Vukadinovic.

She has a long-standing love affair with jazz guitar and includes among her hobbies the study of physics: longboarding, sportmotorcycle riding and obstacle course running.


The Library Symposium on Faith Vs Reason, with Bill Moyers’ interview of author Mary Gordon, and philosopher Colin McGinn is coming faster than we realize. (Where did summer go?)

Please join us Wednesday evening, September 11th, at 7:15 in Fessenden Hall for a lively discussion of the arguments presented in Moyers’ program, recorded on DVD. We will view the video, then discuss the conflicting points of view. Harry Noden will be Moderator.

Reservations Not Necessary.  Come; enjoy stimulating conversation and tasty refreshments. The program should conclude by 9:00 P.M.   We look forward to seeing you.


The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, September 10 at 7 pm in the home of Trish Johnson-Kwartler.  This month we are offering a choice of two older novels: Main Street by Sinclair Lewis or Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser.  Main Street tells the tale of a big-city girl who marries a physician and settles in a small town in the Midwest, only to fall victim to the narrow-mindedness and unimaginative natures of the town’s residents. Sister Carrie is a novel about a young country girl who moves to the big city where she starts realizing her own American Dream, first as a mistress to men that she perceives as superior, and later becoming a famous actress. 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.


Outreach and Social Justice

The Human Rights Social Justice Committee will meet on Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 pm in the Annex.  All are welcome.

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