Worship & Music
We are back to our normal schedule of two services being offered Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30. Summer Religious Education will continue to be offered at 9:45 AM only with Nursery care available for all services.
August 17 – Advice to my Younger Self
Led by Saul Flanner and Kathy Walker
If you could travel back in time, and offer a few pointers to yourself as a younger person, would you? If so, what would you say? And would your younger self even recognize the person you are now?
From the Library
The references for Rev. Melissa’s sermon last Sunday, “Inside Out Church” are all online. The first reading, which Rev. Joanna Fontaine Crawford presented at a General Assembly, is called Loving the Hell Out of the World — A Liberal Religion Missional Primer. It is available for viewing at http://sunflowerchalice.com/2013/07/29/loving-the-hell-out-of-the-world-a-liberal-religion-missional-primer/
Another is a report from the Life On Fire Conference on The VUU, a program of the Church of the larger Fellowship, available at the https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6XY0HqNDCg
Those who wish to learn more about the missional ministry in Turley, OK, might appreciate the article in the UU World called Cultivating an Abandoned Place. It is available at http://www.uuworld.org/news/articles/172162.shtml
Sunday Service Proposals Sought – Due 8/20
The Worship Arts Team will be meeting soon to plan lay-led Sunday services through January. We are now accepting program proposals. If you think you might be interested in preparing and leading a service, please contact one of these team members – Andrew Rome, Lori McGee, Christie Anderson or Liz Bright. 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/. Please submit proposals for consideration by noon on 8/20.
The podcast for July 27, Mike Hovancsek’s service, “The Art of Change,” has been changed on the church website. The offertory musical piece written by Sam Baker, whose story was told in the service, has been added.
Mark Your Calendars! Important RE Dates!
August 17th, 24th and 31st ~ Summer RE continues at 9:45. Preschool children meet in the upstairs classroom and for school-aged and younger youth gather in Fessenden. Childcare for babies and children up to age 4 is provided in the nursery during both the 9:45 and the 11:30 services.
September 7th ~ Ingathering Sunday. See the Chalice Flame and the e- nUUs for more information about this wonderful multigenerational worship experience. Preschool RE starts this day @ 9:45 for children age three by 9/1/14 to those 5-year-olds who are not attending Kindergarten in the fall.
September 14th ~ RE starts for everyone else. At 9:45, we have classes for preschool, Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. At 11:30, we have our school-aged RE class, Middle School and High School Youth Group.
Retiree’s Lunch – Tuesday, August 19 at noon.
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.
Are you the parent or caregiver to a young Unitarian Universalist? If your child is in Kindergarten or younger , please join us for a picnic and play date this Friday August 15th at Fred Fuller Park in Kent.
We will meet in the middle pavilion for a picnic dinner at 5:45 pm. Please bring a dish to share. Then it’s play time! At our picnic we will set the schedule for our monthly meetings starting back up in September! We hope you will join us!
New UU Classes in August!
Curious? Interested in learning more? Ready to take the next step?
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 didn’t know where to go or whom 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 2 will be this Sunday, August 17, from 9-11 am. We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church. If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller.
The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, September 9 at 7 pm in the home of Trish Johnson-Kwartler. Carrot cake by Bill Bowen will be served. We’ll meet in the church parking at 6:30 pm to carpool. This month we are reading Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison by Piper Kerman. The author was sent to prison for a ten-year-old crime for drug trafficking. She spent thirteen months in prison, eleven of them at the federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut. This is a look into the lives of women in prison; why we lock so many away, and what happens to them when they are there. In October, it will be reader’s choice. Also at October’s gathering, we will have a book exchange. Bring books that you no longer want and trade with other group members. All left over books will be donated Empower Portage. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper. All are welcome.
Outreach and Social Justice
From Your Green Team:
FaCT – Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness will meet again on Sunday, August 24 at 1:00 p.m. at the Community Church of Chesterland, 11984 Caves Rd, Chesterland (at Wilson Mills & Caves Roads). (Please note the earlier-than-usual meeting start time of 1:00 p.m. The time listed in the Aug. 1 BEACON is incorrect.) A light lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. for those who are interested.
Featured Presenter: Dr. Ted Auch, expert on mapping fracking in Ohio
You are Invited to an Evening to Aid in Developing Awareness of Cultural and Religious Diversity
Presented by: Isam Zaiem, President Emeritus (CAIR-Ohio – Cleveland Chapter)
Topic: Islam 101 and Being Muslim Post 9/11
Challenging Islamophobia, Profiling, and Marginalization
When: Friday September 5, 2014
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent
228 Gougler Ave., Kent, OH 44240
Time: 6:15-7:00 PM Potluck Dinner (Please, NO Pork or Alcohol)
7:00-8:30 PM Discussion, Questions and Answers