Rev. Melissa is on vacation this week. If you have an urgent pastoral concern while she is away, please contact our Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke by phone 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.
July 6, 2014 – Taking Perspective, Giving Perspective
Led by Andrew and Amanda Rome
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!
Summer Religious Education
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 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.
We continue to move forward towards our expansion. On Monday, July 7 work will continue on the Mills House with beginning of the asbestos abatement. We ask that folks keep clear of the house during this time. This project will continue for approximately one week. Following that will be many small tasks that will include the final clearing of any remaining contents in the house. We project that the house demolition will be concluded by the end of the month!
About the July Artist . . .
My name is Melodie Luther Peterson ). I am a spirit artist and my spirit name is Dancing Dove. I am not Native American by bloodline but I believe that I have had many Native American lives. I have often been drawn close to Mother Nature and I listen to my Heart. This means that I channel my art from angels, masters, guides, elementals and other benevolent Beings that work with me according to the prayer that I say that precedes each painting. If you are drawn to a painting, it is speaking to you. They are live paintings. They will do what they are meant to do whether that is healing, guiding, giving a lesson, etc. I mention on my bio that my inspiration is from my God, the ultimate naturalist and my parents. You may view my art and channeled message for each painting on my blog: mylivepaintings.blogspot.com and click on Heart Speak or make comments to: [email protected]
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.
Outreach and Social Justice
Help Needed This Saturday at the Hot Lunch Program at Trinity Lutheran Church!
Due to family illness, the team that had committed to prepare and serve the lunch this Saturday has greatly diminished in numbers. We need at least 3 people to fill in. The time commitment is 10:30 – 1:00. Adults, as well as children with their families are welcome to participate. This is a great way to live our Unitarian Universalist faith! If you are able to help, please notify Karen Lapidus ([email protected]) or Tanya Kahl (Tanya Kahl <[email protected]) for more details.