Weekly e-nUUs – June 25, 2014

 

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Rev. Melissa is attending the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly this week in Providence, RI.  If you have an urgent concern, please call her cell phone.  She will then be on vacation from June 30 through July 5.  If you have an urgent pastoral concern while she is away, please contact our Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke by phone from Monday, June 30 through Thursday July 3.  Rev. Melissa will take emergency calls over the Fourth of July weekend.


Worship & Music  

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Please note that for the month of July only, one service at 9:45 am will be offered.  We will return to our regular schedule of two services at 9:45 and 11:30 am on August 7.

 

June 29 – Cooperation, Covenant, Community

Led by Cal Frye with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

The story of how the folks in Deadham, MA organized a church (in 1637!) should inform how we approach our covenantal community.

 

From the Library

References used by Rev. Melissa for her “Journey” sermons of the last two Sundays are:  Pilgrim Heart, the Inner Journey Home, by Sarah York, and the UN report called, Children on the Run: Unaccompanied Children Leaving Central America, and Mexico, and the the Need for International Protection. This report is available at http://www.unhcrwashington.org/sites/default/files/UAC_UNHCR_Children%20on%20the%20Run_Full%20Report.pdf

 

Sacred Song Circle every Thursday in Fessenden Lounge.
Every Thursday a group of us gather to create sacred space for thirty minutes by singing together in community.  This is a safe space where all levels of singing experience, comfort level and skill are welcome.  There is no need to bring anything with you but water.  Saunis Parsons leads the group in singing choruses, zipper songs, familiar hymns, camps songs, and sometimes even children’s songs.  Sacred songs for us are songs which celebrate and encourage things like hope, peace, community, care for each other and the earth, forgiveness, and thankfulness.  We gather in the sanctuary around 6:00 PM, and sing from 6:15 till 6:45.  Typically folks come up the stairs to the back door of the sanctuary, but if you need to come in on the ground floor to use the elevator, just call Saunis at 330-472-0956.  Hope to see you there!

 

Lifespan Learning

 

Summer RE

Our theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.
Summer RE will take place at 9:45 am only.  At 11:30, the only option for children and youth is to attend the worship service with their parents/designated adult.  During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In June and August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.  This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fesenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

 

The Summer RE Program is in need of clean, used t-shirts of various colors and patterns for a project we are doing on July 6th.  Please leave your donations in the bin located at the northeast corner of Fessenden Hall.

 

Community Within

We regret to announce that Brian Mulloy, our Sexton, will be leaving us at the end of July.  Brian wishes he could stay but the demands of his full-time job and raising a young family are requiring more of his time and attention.  We wish him every success and hope that his family will continue to be a part of our community.   Last week, we began advertising for the Sexton position and hope to have a new hire by the end of July or early August.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in the position, please direct them to the Church Office to pick up an application packet.

 

Our Care Team invites you to stop by their table in Fessenden Hall after either service to start or sign cards others have started for people in our community who might appreciate the gesture of care and concern.

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 7 pm in the home of Chris Hurlbut .  This month we are reading The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution by Alex Storozynski .  Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-Lithuanian born in 1746, was one of the most important figures of the modern world. Fleeing his homeland after a death sentence was placed on his head, he came to America with little more than a revolutionary spirit and a genius for engineering. He quickly proved his capabilities and became the most talented engineer of the Continental Army.  A lifelong champion of the common man and woman, he was ahead of his time in advocating tolerance and standing up for the rights of slaves, Native Americans, women, serfs, and Jews. Following the end of the war, Kosciuszko returned to Poland and was a leading figure in that nation’s Constitutional movement. He became Commander in Chief of the Polish Army and valiantly led a defense against a Russian invasion. He lived the remainder of his life as an international celebrity and a vocal proponent for human rights. This definitive and exhaustively researched biography fills a long-standing gap in historical literature with its account of a dashing and inspiring revolutionary figure. In the month of August we will be reading Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan or The Bookstore by Debroah Meyler. In September we will be reading Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison by Piper Kerman. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

 

It has come to our attention recently that there are some members and friends that may not be receiving the Weekly e-nUUs  and/or the monthly newsletter, The Chalice Flame.  If you happen to be one of these individuals but would like to begin receiving either of these publications electronically, please send a request, including your email address, to the Church Office at [email protected].  Thank you.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Many thanks to those who supported last Sunday’s special collection benefiting LoveLight, Inc..  $301.00 has been donated to support this outreach organization.


UU and Interfaith Connections

UUA General Assembly Mobile App  Most of us will not be attending the annual General Assembly with Rev. Melissa, Max Grubb and Dan Flippo,  however, with the GA Mobile App you will be able to view all program listings, speaker profiles, exhibitor profiles and maps. You can also create your personal General Assembly (GA) schedule and get connected via social media. This year’s mobile app is available in the iTunes App Store and in Google Play Store. All other devices should visit the UUA website.

You can also review the live video schedule here:  http://www.uua.org/ga/virtual/2014/index.shtml

 

Save the Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Join us for an evening in developing cultural and religious awareness presented by Mr. Isam Zaiem,

Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11 – Challenging Islamophobia, Profiling, and Marginalization

 

Mr. Isam Zaiem’s lecture, “Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11: Challenging Islamophobia and Marginalization”, on Sept 5 is the introductory event to 3 fall Symposiums, sponsored by the Library Committee. “Art and Allah: Increasing Our Understanding of Muslim Art, History and  Culture” will be held at 7:00 P.M. in the Sanctuary on Wednesdays, September 24, October 22 and November 19.  The first 2 events will be presented by Gingr Vaughn and will concentrate on Islamic Art as an expression of the Islamic belief system and culture. The 3rd event will concentrate on Islamic history with presenter TBA. Mark you calendar for the dates above. Recent political developments in the Middle East make this is a special learning opportunity for our entire congregation.

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How You Can Participate in the UUA General Assembly Online

GA-Logo-2014-horizontal-redo.jpgAnyone can participate in this year’s UUA General Assembly through the live stream of services and speakers online:

On this page is also a link where you can chat with other UU about the video and you can also follow the #UUAGA hashtag on Twitter.

Live Video Schedule

Events in the Plenary Hall are streamed live, and posted for viewing afterwards. You can watch from your home or congregation. The following events should be available via live-streaming on this page. All times are local, Eastern Daylight Time.

Thursday, June 26

Friday, June 27

Saturday, June 28

  • General Session V
    8:00 to 9:45 a.m.
  • General Session VI
    2:15 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Ware Lecture
    5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday Evening Worship
    7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 29

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go – June 22, 2014

hot air balloonLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Bonnie Harper – Summer is an excellent time for a journey. Whether the journeys you will take this summer will be trips to other places or journeys of your mind and heart, this Sunday will provide you with inspiration for your adventures.

 

 

 

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Part-time Church Sexton Position Available

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is seeking a part-time Church Sexton (custodian). This position (12 hrs./week) is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the Church, Eldredge Annex and property. The successful candidate must be a high school graduate (or equivalent) with at least one-year experience in cleaning and caring for a building and have the ability to lift 40 pounds. Candidates must be available to work Sunday mornings; have a flexible schedule to accommodate facility rentals (additional hours and compensation) and will be required to pass a background check and drug test. Download an Application packet below or pick-up at the Church Office located at 230 Gougler Ave., Kent, OH 44240.  Questions, please 330.673.4247.  Application deadline is Friday, July 11, 2014. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Description         Responsibilities          Application

 

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Summer Religious Education

RE logoOur theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.

Summer Religious Education will take place at 9:45 am only.  At 11:30, the only option for children and youth is to attend the worship service with their parents/designated adult.  During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In June and August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.

This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fesenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

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Generative Journeys – June 15, 2014

generative journeysLed by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith –How have the journeys you have taken shaped your life? What are the journeys that define the experience of a generation? What is it about a journey that creates new possibilities? Come explore these and other questions as we also lift up the celebration of fathers. If you would like to honor your own father or another person in your life who has been a father figure to you, please send a photograph to Melissa by the Saturday prior to this service for inclusion in our Father’s Day SlideShow.9:45 and 11:30 am

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Weekly e-nUUs – June 11, 2014

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Worship & Music  

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Please note that during the month of July only, once service at 9:45 am will be offered.  We will return to our normal schedule of two services at 9:45 and 11:30 am in August. 

 

June 15 – Generative Journeys

Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Sophie Smith

How have the journeys you have taken shaped your life? What are the journeys that define the experience of a generation? What is it about a journey that creates new possibilities? Come explore these and other questions as we also lift up the celebration of fathers. If you would like to honor your own father or another person in your life who has been a father figure to you, please send a photograph to Melissa by the Saturday prior to this service for inclusion in our Father’s Day SlideShow.9:45 and 11:30 am

 

From the Library

Rev. Melissa’s references for her “Blessing of the Animals” reflection last Sunday include: In Praise of Animals, a treasury of poems, quotations and readings, collected by Edward Searl.  This may be found in our church library.  An additional reference source is:  Blessing of the Animals: Celebrating our Kinship With All Creation, by Gary Kowalski.

Those who are grieving the loss of a pet might like to know we have two excellent books in our church library about coping with pet loss: Goodbye Friend: Healing Wisdom for Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet, by Gary Kowalski, and Goodby My Friend: Grieving the Loss of a Pet, by Mary and Herb Montgomery.

 

Sunday Service Proposals Sought

The Sunday Program Committee will be meeting soon to plan lay-led Sunday services for the summer.  It is now accepting program proposals.  If you think you might be interested in preparing and leading a service, please contact a member of the Program Committee –Lois Weir, Liz Bright, Andrew Rome, Lori McGee, or Christie Anderson.  They can provide you with assistance if you are new to the process.  Links to information about planning a service and the proposal form may be found on the Sunday Program Committee’s web page at //kentuu.org/ministry/sunday-program/.

Lois Weir,

Chair, Sunday Program Committee

 

Lifespan Learning

Summer RE program begins this Sunday @ 9:45!  

Our theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.

To kick-off the summer RE program, on June 15th, the school-aged children and youth will be guided through a process of envisioning their ideal space as we move into the building expansion and renovation.

Summer RE will take place at 9:45 am only.  At 11:30, the only option for children and youth is to attend the worship service with their parents/designated adult.  During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In June and August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.

This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fesenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

 

Community Within

Dedication of the Play Space ~ Sunday, June 22nd immediately following the first service

There will be a brief ceremony to dedicate and sanctify our new Play Space behind the church.  We will circle around the space and bless it with our words and intentions.

All are welcome!

 

It has come to our attention recently that there are some members and friends that may not be receiving the Weekly e-nUUs  and/or the monthly newsletter, The Chalice Flame.  If you happen to be one of these individuals but would like to begin receiving either of these publications electronically, please send a request, including your email address, to the Church Office at [email protected].  Thank you.

 

Outreach and Social Justice

Countryside Conservancy called a few days ago to personally express their gratitude for the generosity of this congregation.  They were thrilled with the special collection donation and very grateful to be a beneficiary of the gift.  It was requested that we extend their appreciation to those who supported the collection.  Thank you!

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

 Save the Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Join us for an evening in developing cultural and religious awareness presented by Mr. Isam Zaiem,

Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11 – Challenging Islamophobia, Profiling, and Marginalization

Watch for more information in the future.

 

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Walked By My Dog: Blessing of the Animals (9:45 ONLY) – June 8, 2014

blessing of the animals june 8Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Back by popular demand, we will once again have a Blessing of the Animals during our annual outdoor service at Plum Creek Park in Kent. We will have one service only beginning at 9:45 am at pavilion number 2. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and your cats or dogs or other pets on a leash or in a crate. If you don’t think your pet will do well around all those other pets and people, feel free to bring a photograph instead.

After the service we will enjoy a potluck picnic lunch. Please bring your own place setting and silverware and a dish to share. Bring any games you might like to invite others to play and come join in the fun. For directions to Plum Creek Park, visit tinyurl.com/plumcreekpark

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Weekly e-nUUs – June 4, 2014

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Worship & Music

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

 

June 8 – Walked By My Dog: Blessing of the Animals (9:45 ONLY)

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Back by popular demand, we will once again have a Blessing of the Animals during our annual outdoor service at Plum Creek Park in Kent. We will have one service only beginning at 9:45 am at pavilion number 2. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on and your cats or dogs or other pets on a leash or in a crate. If you don’t think your pet will do well around all those other pets and people, feel free to bring a photograph instead.

After the service we will enjoy a potluck picnic lunch. Please bring your own place setting and silverware and a dish to share. Bring any games you might like to invite others to play and come join in the fun. For directions to Plum Creek Park, visit tinyurl.com/plumcreekpark

 

Sunday Service Proposals Sought

The Sunday Program Committee will be meeting soon to plan lay-led Sunday services for the summer.  It is now accepting program proposals.  If you think you might be interested in preparing and leading a service, please contact a member of the Program Committee –Lois Weir, Liz Bright, Andrew Rome, Lori McGee, or Christie Anderson.  They can provide you with assistance if you are new to the process.  Links to information about planning a service and the proposal form may be found on the Sunday Program Committee’s web page at //kentuu.org/ministry/sunday-program/.

Lois Weir,

Chair, Sunday Program Committee

 

Would you like to enjoy a night of great music all and help fund an Accompanist to the Choir at the same time?  If so, please come to the Saunis and Friends of the UU Church of Kent concert on June 6 and enjoy an evening of music provided by many of our talented Friends of the UU Church of Kent.  I love to make music with all of the various musicians this church has been blessed with, but it’s hard to make that happen very often.  So I decided to invite all kinds of musicians to join me for a night of music- making to benefit the church and a bunch of them said “ Yes!  Let’s do it!”   Some of the songs will be ones chosen by the folks who bought choosing-rights and front row seats during the Service Auction in November.   So far I know there will be a wide variety of songs including: funny songs, sad songs, naughty songs, Celtic songs, folk songs, blues, and some ragtime.  Audience participation is encouraged. During intermission there will be goodies.  The concert starts at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary of the UU Church of Kent.  The cost is $15.00 per person.  Spread the word.

 

Lifespan Learning

Summer RE program begins!  Our theme is “Simple Gifts”, which will be a series of easy, mostly stand-alone social action and social justice projects.  

To kick-off the summer RE program, on June 15th, the school-aged children and youth will be guided through a process of envisioning their ideal space as we move into the building expansion and renovation.  We will dedicate the new play area, as well.

Summer RE will take place at 9:45 am.  During the month of July, we will only have services at 9:45.  In June and August, we’ll have the usual two services at 9:45 and 11:30.

This year we are adding a separate preschool program along with the multi-age group, which includes school-aged children and Middle School youth as helpers.  Nursery care will be available for our youngest UUs during all worship services during the summer.  The preschool will meet in the upstairs classroom while the older children will meet in Fessenden Hall.

Karen Lapidus, Director of Religious Education and the members of the RE Committee

 

Community Within

It has come to our attention recently that there are some members and friends that may not be receiving the Weekly e-nUUs  and/or the monthly newsletter, The Chalice Flame.  If you happen to be one of these individuals but would like to begin receiving either of these publications electronically, please send a request, including your email address, to the Church Office at [email protected]t.  Thank you.

 

Outdoor Play Area at UUCK

It has been a long time coming, but an outdoor play space for kids at UUCK is now a reality!  The space is right behind the church on half of the lot we purchased this past winter.

Please join me in thanking all the people who worked on this project.  Randy Ruchotzke has taken the lead and he has been assisted by Larry Johnson (who donated the fencing), John Brovarone and Michael Lee (who helped install it),  Ian Hogan (who cleaned out locust bushes), Kevin Kerns (who identified the species of bee back there) Jennifer Gregg (who encouraged those docile bees to relocate and who, with her husband Don, rolled a big magnet over the property to get up all the nails and other bits of metal) Colleen Thoele (who is organizing our play equipment collection), Angela Barzizza-Young (who started the Facebook organizing group and contributed ideas) and Noah and Alan Kerns and Kim, David and Jack Homsher (who came out to help build the little path to the play area.)

We want you to be aware that the church is not supplying a play space monitor.  Adult supervision is required for kids playing in the space at all times.  We hope children and families will enjoy this space and find it a great addition to their time at church!

 

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, June 10 at 7 pm in the home of Mary Ann Kaspert.  This month we are reading Cloud Cover: A Memoir of Perseverance and Transformation by Margo Milcetich . Born in Boston in 1953, traveling the world, eschewing a college career at Brown University in Rhode Island, in the ’70s, Margot Milcetich turns her focus to meditation for peace of mind. Eventually, she lands in Kent, Ohio, in a home by a lake, married with two children, trying to find herself, and creating an extraordinary life in an ordinary “householder” package. Meditation and yoga help her to heal herself, living in the beauty of nature, enabling her to transcend a devastating diagnosis, become an equal, loving partner to her spouse, find meaningful work and ultimately expressing her voice. She integrates within herself what felt unmoored and fractured. Today’s yoga practitioners will especially appreciate this account of how yoga and meditation transcend our circumstances. In July we will be reading The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution Alex Storozynski . If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper .  All are welcome.

 

Drivers Needed

On any given Sunday, we usually have a handful of people who need a ride to church and back home again.  Our ability to respond to requests for rides has been inconsistent.  Sometimes we are able to help link riders with drivers, and other times we run up against a lack of volunteers.  We are wondering if we might be able to identify a person or two who would be regularly available to drive in exchange for gas money and a little stipend in appreciation for the time.  Knowing that someone is available even when we cannot find volunteers would make it possible for us to help more people get to church more often.  If you are interested in exploring this possibility, please contact Rev. Melissa at the church office.

 

UU and Interfaith Connections

What is permaculture? And, What might permaculture mean for UUCK – now and in the future?    Come explore the 7th UU Principle on the interdependent Web of Life with Tom Gibson of the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland.

Related to a church project for national UUA Green Sanctuary certification, Tom facilitated use of this ecologically sustainable creative design process to cultivate northeast Ohio’s first 5,400 square foot permaculture “nibbling” garden: a feast for the eyes and the earth and its people, animals, insects, and plants. June 10, 7pm in Fessenden Hall. All members, friends and community members are welcome! For further information contact Mary Lou Holly.

 

Save the Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Join us for an evening in developing cultural and religious awareness presented by Mr. Isam Zaiem,

Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11 – Challenging Islamophobia, Profiling, and Marginalization

Watch for more detailed information in the future.

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The Journey Through Childhood – June 1, 2014

The Children of the Church and their RE Teachers and RE Committee members serving as Worship Associates
Our annual Religious Education Sunday is the culmination of the church year. The children have prepared presentations to illustrate what they have learned. There
will be special music, teacher appreciation and at the 11:30 service, the Bridging Ceremony for our graduating high school seniors. Come join us on this joyful Sunday!

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