The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group – November 10, 2015

bookwormThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, November 10 at 7 pm in the home of Trish Kwartler. If you want to carpool, meet at the church at 6:30 pm. This month we are reading Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the US when she was young. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn’t the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village–they’ve all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men–her own “Siete Magníficos”–to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

In December we will be reading TransAtlantic: a novel by Colum McCann. If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.  All are welcome.

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“Second Sunday Meet & Greet” – November 8, 2015

Meet-and-GreetAnd Every Second Sunday at 11 o’clock

Each Second Sunday, the Membership Team will host a Meet & Greet for newcomers in the Founders’ Lounge at 11:00.  Please join with members of the Membership Committee and Church Staff for coffee, light refreshments, and informal conversation.  Take the opportunity to make yourself known and to meet some friendly folks who can serve as your first circle of UUCK acquaintances!  We’ll do our best to make you feel welcome and comfortable.  Andrea, Trish, Cheryl, Cheryl, Diane, Shannon, Mary, and Claudia will be on hand to help answer your questions, to alert you to activities and opportunities, to “show you the ropes,” and to help you break into the sometimes daunting “Coffee Hour” experience.

Please stay for a short visit after First Service, or, come a little early before Second Service.  We look forward to meeting you.  Whether you are “brand new,” “nearly new,” “sort of new”, or just want to meet UUs, plan to stop by the Meet & Greet table in the Founders’ Lounge (same level as sanctuary) at 11 am every Second Sunday of each month.  This is a family friendly event, so kids are welcome.  Nursery care provided.

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New to UU Classes in November!

spiralchaliceCurious?  Interested in learning more?  Ready to take the next step?

Our “New to 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, we will help to clarify what membership in UUCK entails.

Part 1 will be on Sunday, November 8, from 9-11 am. Part 2 will be on Sunday, November 15 from 9-11 am.  You may attend one or both, although attendance at both is encouraged.  Different topics will be covered in each.  We will gather at the Annex, the yellow house next to the church.

If you have any questions, contact Claudia Miller.

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Exciting News From the Capital Campaign Team!

Capital Campaign LogoThe Capital Campaign Team would like to celebrate the terrific progress towards our goal. As of this week, we have raised enough money to fund Phase I of the expansion plans, the new building!  Is everyone ready and excited to see a new building with a large social hall, kitchen with a commercial dishwasher, 2 new RE rooms, and a library? But we’re not done!  Next up: funding Phase II, renovation of the church basement to new and better RE space. Let’s do it!

We appreciate that folks have been taking the time they need to thoughtfully consider their commitment. We thank those who have already pledged, and ask those who have not yet done so to consider making their pledge this week. We are looking forward to bringing the campaign to a conclusion, and want every gift to be counted. Questions? Capital Campaign Team members are available to speak with you at their table in Fessenden Hall after each service.

Marion Yeagler & Kathy Kerns

co-Chairs, Capital Campaign Team

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GrUUvy Kent! Thanks-4-Giving Auction – November 7, 2015

peace-handFar out, dudes and dudettes–what are you waiting for!!  GrUUvy Saturday, November 7, is just around the corner!

It’s time to pull out your favorite bell-bottoms and tie-dye T-shirts so you’ll be ready for GrUUvy Kent, UUCK’s biggest and best social/fundraising event of the year!  Join the rest of us swingin’ hipsters at the United Church of Christ at 6:00 P.M. for good food, good talk, and good buys. Get your ticket for just $20.00, and PLEASE remember to turn in your donation forms by this Sunday, November 1!  Well, off to look for our love beads so we can practice our funky chicken in style–see you a week from this Saturday!




UUCK Service Auction Committee

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3rd Annual UU’ve Got Talent – November 14, 2015

UUveXGotXTalentAn Evening of Musical Variety 
November 14, 2015     7:30 pm  $15 suggested donation

Our amazingly musical church community has been working hard to prepare for “the big show.” All proceeds from this concert go directly toward continuing to fund the essential position of accompanist for our choir.  Please help us meet our goal of raising $1,000!

Don’t miss what has become a UUCK musical tradition.  We need YOU to take your place in the audience!

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Releasing Resentment – October 25, 2015

let-it-go-31-250x250Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

We have all experienced mistreatment by others. The resulting anger and resentment, if left to fester, can negatively affect our mood or even impact our physical health. We will explore techniques for liberating ourselves from the clutches of resentment.

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It Is All Temporary – October 18, 2015

leaves-public-domain-image-1 impermanence quoteLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Intern Minister Dave Clements

One of Buddhism’s central teachings is about impermanence.  The Buddha said that impermanence is the nature of the human condition.  What can we learn from Buddhism about being people who learn to let go?


Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.

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Grief and Loss – October 11, 2015

letting goLed by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

We all have experienced loss and grief in our lives. A loss of a loved one, a friend, a partner – this is the cycle of life. How do we learn to let go and continue on? This Sunday we will explore together stories from the bible as well as modern day of people who have learned to let go.

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Surrendering to the Way it Is – October 4, 2015

Man plans - God laughs proverbLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

You have surely seen the Yiddish proverb about how we plan and God laughs.  We get it because we know that life so often does not go according to our plans.  When that happens, what might help us surrender to our new, unplanned realities?

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