Led by Lois Weir and Andrew Rome – Unitarian Universalists approach prayer in diverse and nontraditional ways. Many of us have adopted prayer and/or spiritual practices from other faith traditions or have developed unique practices that we have incorporated into our daily family life or holiday traditions. Some have learned to use spiritual practice to help navigate through the challenging times in their lives. Members and friends of our congregation will share some of the ways they engage in prayer and/or other spiritual practices with their families in this intergenerational service.
Led by Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Sandra Eaglen – Music, pageantry, poetry, costumes and drama! Join us for our annual multigenerational winter holiday worship service featuring the Golden Tones choir and many other talented thespians. We look at the nativity story through the eyes of the animals and consider what they can teach us about hospitality. The service will include elements of a traditional Christmas Pageant and will be fun and meaningful for all. Both the 9:45 and 11:30 services will be identical, so families may opt to attend either one.
Services are offered Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30. Please join us!
5 January 2014 A New Chapter
Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Lori McGee
A brand new year lies stretched out before us. With its opening our thoughts may be drawn to the possibilities of beginning anew. But to truly do or become something new requires more than just a turning of a page. We look this morning at the courage it takes to make a new start.
12 January 2014 You Be You
Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen
Just be yourself. That advice is often given when we are worried about performing well or making a good impression. It sounds so easy. Just be yourself. This morning we look beneath the easy advice for the courage it takes to be authentically ourselves.
19 January 2014 Arresting Art
Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Ted Voneida
This Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend we will honor his legacy by reflecting on the courage it takes to resist oppression. Drawing on our recent tradition of Art Sunday, we will explore the courage of resistance through the arts. Is there a photograph or a painting, a song or a play or some other work of art from the civil rights movement that speaks to you of courage? If so, send me a note with the name of the artist and the piece. I’d like to include some of the art that has spoken to you in this service.
26 January 2014 A Lion’s Heart
Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj
I don’t think I’ve ever taken a Disney movie as a text for a worship service, so this will be a first. What can The Lion King teach us about mature courage? Not just for kids, everyone is invited to join us for this lively, multigenerational celebration of life.
Led by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy – These are the days of Advent, the days of waiting before the coming of Christmas and the birth of Jesus. Advent is a contemplative, quiet liturgical season. This third Sunday of Advent, we will consider what this season can teach us about waiting with trust, trusting through the dark times of our lives and this dark season of the year.
The Church Office will be closed for the Christmas holiday season on Monday, December 23, 2013 through Friday, January 3, 2014. During the week of December 23 – December 31, please contact Rev. Christie Anderson if you have an urgent need. Rev. Melissa will be returning from maternity leave Wednesday, January 1 and will be available by cell phone if you have an emergency; she will be back working her regular schedule January 2.
Worship & Music
Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.
Dec. 15 – Waiting with Trust
Led by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate John Marfy
These are the days of Advent, the days of waiting before the coming of Christmas and the birth of Jesus. Advent is a contemplative, quiet liturgical season. This third Sunday of Advent, we will consider what this season can teach us about waiting with trust, trusting through the dark times of
our lives and this dark season of the year.
We are in need someone to organize a reception between the two services on Christmas Eve. If you are interested, please contact Carol Gould. Thank you!
Our Traditional Community Tree is now in Fessenden Hall! Each year, members and friends of this church fill this tree with ornaments from their own homes. Please consider sharing one of your favorites with us! If you do, please mark it carefully with your FULL NAME so that we can be sure to return it to you after the season.
Retiree’s Lunch – Tuesday, December 17 at noon in Fessenden Hall
We’ll meet for an hour to an hour and a half depending on the number of people who attend so everyone has an opportunity to check in with the group. All retirees are welcome to join us. Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.
FY2015 Budget Request – Attention All Committee and Program Chairs
In preparation of our next Stewardship Campaign, the Finance Committee is requesting that Budget Requests for Fiscal Year 2015( beginning July 1, 2014) be submitted at this time. Please submit your requests to MaryBeth at [email protected] or Finance Chair, Gene Wenninger no later than January 6, 2014.
ATTENTION: DIRECTORY BEING UPDATED
Has your contact information changed in the last year? Have you notified the church office of the new information? The Membership Team is updating the directory for release within the next month or so. There is still time to add or change your information. We can also include a photo. You can email us one, or we can take a photo of you. Your information can be emailed or called to Andrea Case .
With winter weather arriving, we are aware that there may be occasions when we need to cancel programming at the church. Though we are unlikely to need to cancel Sunday services entirely (Rev. Melissa, our minister, and Hal Walker, our music director, live within walking distance), we may choose to have only the first service if the weather or the roads indicate limiting programming. It is more likely that we may need to cancel our religious education program in inclement weather as our Director of Religious Education, Karen Lapidus, and many of our volunteer teachers and advisors drive some distance to get to church.
If the weather or the condition of the roads cause you to wonder whether we are proceeding with our programming as scheduled, please check for cancellations before you head out.
You can check in one of three places:
- our church’s Facebook page,
- call the church number and listen to the message on voicemail
- tune in to any television or radio station connected with iAlert. (WKYC-TV, Channel 3)
Radiolab and Pancakes is taking December off, but will return in January. I hope that all of you have wonderful holidays and beautiful New Years. ~ Cheryl Spoehr.
Anyone interested in attending a Christmas Potluck dinner please sign up in Fessenden Hall. Please indicate what you would like to bring; we suggest that you provide for at least 6 people. We will gather in Fessenden Hall on Christmas Day at 2:00 pm to share a meal. If you have any questions, please contact John Kluth or Mary Maske.
Holiday Family Movie Night This FRIDAY!
It is time to mark your calendars for our annual X-Mas movie night! Come to Fessenden Hall on Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm for the funniest Christmas movies and cartoons ever made.
We will start with the classic film Santa Claus Fights the Devil. This is a pot luck affair, so bring your favorite holiday dishes.
If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Spoehr.
The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, January 14 at 7 pm at the home of Betty Kendrick. Please bring a snack to share. This month you may choose between two books on a similar topic. One choice is The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. Forced to leave England and struggling with illness in the wake of a family tragedy, Quaker Honor Bright is forced to rely on strangers in the harsh landscape of 1850 Ohio and is compelled to join the Underground Railroad network to help runaway slaves escape to freedom. The second choice is The Known World by Edward P. Jones. This book tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in Manchester County, Virginia. Making certain he never circumvents the law, Townsend runs his affairs with unusual discipline. But when death takes him unexpectedly, his widow, Caldonia, can’t uphold the estate’s order. In February we will be reading Empire of the Southern Moon by S.C. Gwynne and in March we will be reading The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper. All are welcome.
The Library Committee will be selling the 2013 edition of “Here We Have Gathered” during coffee hour this Sunday. It is a collection of reflections by church members on many of the various activities the congregation supports. Each edition is $5.00 and is the Library’s principal fundraising effort for the year. They would be wonderful adult and young adult holiday gifts, and you would be supporting the Library at the same time. Our profit will be used to purchase new books.
Cloud Cover: a memoir of perseverance and transformation, by Margot S. Milcetich, (Ravenna, OH, Brahmirishi Yoga Publications, October 2013.)
This book was recently donated to our collection by Margot Milcetich of our church. Margot is the founder of the yoga teacher training school, Brahmirishi Yoga, and she teaches at Kent Yoga. She shares her story in which she alleviates her confusion and suffering with the help of meditation, marriage and a guru. This is a local story dealing with her life in the Kent area, and the values that meditation and yoga gave to her. At the end of the book is a glossary of terms relating to the practices used in the texts to which she refers. We have placed this book in a new Library category, Writings by Church Members. The proceeds of the sales of the book will benefit Swami Bawra’s free school in Jabalpur, India. Submitted by Martha Kluth.
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. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or 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. Sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday
UU and Interfaith Connections
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio
Administrative Coordinator Job Announcement
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio (UUJO) seeks a part-time Administrative Coordinator from the Cleveland area to begin no later than February 15, 2014. The Independent Contractor will work forty to sixty hours per month out of home at a starting rate of at least $15 per hour with reimbursement for travel and other expenses.
Basic responsibilities will include
- Administrative management of data base/membership roster/budget reports (Excel); Webmaster (wordpress), Facebook social media/Google Group Manager; Exchange Newsletter Editor/action alerts (Mailchimp), UUJO email.
- Administrative support for the Officers, Steering Committee, and issue task forces facilitating conference calls, webinars, meetings and reports.
Based on qualifications and experience additional responsibilities/pay may include
- Administrative support for Coordinator in assisting issue Task Force facilitators, exchange information, set priorities, promote coalitions and partnerships
- Administrative support for organizational consultants making Congregational Visits with leaders + committees, Workshops, liaison to partner organizations + legislators
- Other duties as may be identified by the Co-Chairs
Qualifications: B.A. degree (or its equivalent) preferred. Self-starter; good interpersonal skills; able to work collaboratively; advanced computer, software and Internet skills; must be willing to attend some evening conference calls; need valid driver’s license and ability to travel to some meetings; administrative experience, commitment to justice and UU principles a plus.
Compensation: $15 /hr. 10-15 hours/wk. Flexible, variable by wk up to 60 hours/month.
Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume that includes email and phone contact information for three references. Applications should be submitted as electronic attachments to Howard Tolley, Co-Chair, [email protected], and by mail to 3900 North Cliff Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45220. Applications may be submitted until January 25, 2014. UUJO is an equal opportunity employer
Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio is a statewide public policy network for the 38 UU Congregations in Ohio and their more than 5,000 members – 27 churches and fellowships in the Ohio Meadville District of CERG and 11 in the MidAmerica Region. UUJO promotes Unitarian Universalist principles and values through education, research, advocacy, witness, and service. UUJO works to facilitate communications among the UU congregations and supports their social justice programs. https://www.uujo.org/
Supported in part by a grant from the UU Funding Program Social Responsibility Fund
We are currently seeking donations for Holiday Gift Fair!
We are accepting donations for Gifts made from the Heart – handmade items; Gifts made from the Hearth – homemade goodies; And finally Re-gifted items that are new or like new.
The kickoff of the Holiday Gift Fair is scheduled for Sunday December 8, 2013 during coffee hour and will run for 3 Sundays in December: December 8, 15 and 22.
Please bring your donations to Fessenden Hall. If you have questions, please contact Meg Milk. Thank you for your support of this UUCK tradition.
Worship & Music
Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.
Sunday, December 1 – Not by Might
Led by Rabbi David Horowitz and Worship Associate Max Grubb
A Service of Memories and Light
Sunday, December 1, 7 p.m.
Many of us look forward to the upcoming winter holidays with heavy hearts. We are missing loved ones who have died, and we know the holidays will bring our memories into sharper focus. On Sunday, December 1 at 7pm, we offer a Service of Memory and Light to acknowledge our sadness, and together honor the lives of those we miss so much. Rev. Christie Anderson and Rev. George Buchanan will lead this service of loving fellowship. We’ll have music, readings and time for contemplation, with a ritual of individual remembrances. We’ll follow the service with a dessert and snack reception. This service is open to all adult and mature teen congregants who are in need of this Service of Memories and Light.
Looking for your creativity and expertise with felt!
We are seeking individuals who are both creative and work well with felt! It is our hope to offer a felt board presentation at our earliest worship service offered on Christmas Eve. If you would are interested in assisting with this project, please contact Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, [email protected] or Karen Lapidus, [email protected].
On 12/29 we will be sharing some of the ways that members and friends of our congregation engage prayer and/or other spiritual practices with their families. Whether or not you have children at home or even at all, we invite your stories. Do you have any regular prayer practices or other spiritual practices you keep with your family (however you define family for yourself). If not, have you had milestone, transitional or otherwise special moments with your family life in which you have prayed or observed some other spiritual practice together that has been especially meaningful for you? If you are willing, we would love to share your story during the service. This will be a multimedia program, so any photos, recordings, or videos that illustrate your family’s spiritual traditions will be most welcome. Lois Weir and Andrew Rome will be coordinating this intergenerational service. Please contact Lois or Andrew with your contributions.
Idea of the week: Gratitude
“Gratitude is the memory of the heart” (old French proverb)
Rev. George Buchanan
Jump-start your holiday spirit and join us for our annual Hanging of the Greens!
The Hanging of the Greens will take place after the second service on Sunday, December 8. We are soliciting volunteers for that event. We especially can use help from individuals who were involved last year. Also, we need someone who is not fearful of climbing our tall ladder to reach the top of the tree! Get in the holiday spirit by volunteering. Contact Jack Graham or Mary Ann Stephens..
Once again the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent will host Thanksgiving dinner at the church on Thursday, November 28 beginning at 2 pm in Fessenden Hall. Our host, Bonny Graham Esparza, will be preparing a turkey for the feast.
Turkey will be provided so there will be no charge for anyone; however, we will take a free will offering to help cover the cost of a few supplies and some other treats. All who attend are asked to bring a favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish or dessert to share. A variety of alcohol-free drinks will be provided.
If you plan to come, consider bringing your favorite game to share if you’d also like to enjoy time relaxing with others after the meal. In order to prepare, please let us know if you are coming; RSVP to Bonny Esparza.
HERE WE HAVE GATHERED
Who are the “WE?” Where have we GATHERED”?
The We” is you and all of us , the congregation of free thinkers that form the Unitarian Universalists, GATHERED together in Kent, Ohio.
The title of the booklet refers to a collection of essays written by current and former members about current and past events that have had an impact on our congregation. Included in this edition (vol.3) are a new prayer by Rev. Melissa; remembrances of May 4th and the active response of our church written by Gene Wenninger and Caroline Arnold; the Summer Institute experiences of the Slater family and Lori McGee; a recollection of his church religious education by Reid Parsons, recipes used for church activities donated by Olive Hobbs and Kathy Slater, plus many pictures of church groups and individuals. Each volume of “Here We Have Gathered,” represents the Library’s commitment to recording church activities that collectively form the history of our Kent Church.
The sale of this booklet represents the primary, yearly fundraiser for the Library. Proceeds from the sale of this edition ($5.00/copy) will help us to purchase new books for the Library collection. We will be most grateful for you support. Copies may be purchased during coffee hour or from any committee member.
Holiday Family Movie Night It is time to mark your calendars for our annual X-Mas movie night! Come to Fessenden Hall on Dec. 13 at 7:30 pm for the funniest Christmas movies and cartoons ever made. We will start with the classic film Santa Claus Fights the Devil. This is a pot luck affair, so bring your favorite holiday dishes. If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Spoehr.
The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 7 pm at the home of Kay Wind. Please bring a snack to share. This month we are reading Gone Girl by Gillia Flynn. Flynn’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper. All are welcome.
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. We need a large team of people who volunteer to help greet and usher on Sunday mornings, to prepare an inviting coffee hour or 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.
Sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/904054FA9A62BA57-sunday
Outreach and Social Justice
Many, many thanks for your generous giving. Once again, our UU community has demonstrated its big heart and caring values through outreach giving. The special collection in support of UUSC/UUA Philippian Typhoon Relief raised $1029.93.
Holiday Toy Collection Drive to Benefit Kent Social Services
From now until DECEMBER 8th, we will be collecting new toys to donate from our congregation to the Kent Social Services Toy Drive. Please consider adding a new and unwrapped toy OR A GIFT CARD FOR A TEEN to the
collection box in Fessenden Hall to support Kent Social Services in their goal to bring joy this holiday season to the children of our community.
The Holidays are quickly approaching and the RE Committee has received a list of Christmas wishes from a local family at Miller Community House. The family we received is a mom, dad and 2 daughters. Our tradition of providing Christmas gifts for a family in need is a very special project for our congregation. We hope you will help!
In addition to asking for your cash donations so that we may purchase special gifts for the whole family, this year we are looking for a few bigger items to help this family enjoy their new living space. These items can be new or in good used condition. The items are: a T.V., DVD player and an iPod Touch. If you have any of these more expensive items to donate (new or used), please contact Colleen Thoele or Karen Lapidus.
There will be a table for monetary donations to purchase gifts for this family during coffee hour each Sunday until the deadline of December 8th.
Led by Rabbi David Horowitz and Worship Associate Max Grubb