In this sermon I’ll look at some of our religious predecessors that we don’t like to claim. We readily claim many of our country’s founding fathers and mothers and other famous persons as Unitarians and or Universalists, but there are some equally famous persons that we don’t talk about. Why? Is it that we don’t know about them? Or are we ashamed of them? Join us and find out.
The stories we tell shape the people we are. Come join us for stories, music and ritual in our annual, multigenerational celebration of Thanksgiving. In keeping with our tradition, we will offer communion and everyone is welcome to the table.
Bring Holiday Cheer
We have 3 different opportunities to help Kent Social Services and Miller Community House, a homeless shelter in Portage County, make the holidays brighter for their families.
- Place new, unwrapped toys in the box downstairs in Fessenden Hall by Dec. 13
- Choose a colored star from the Christmas tree downstairs. Each star has a specific gift listed for the family we’re sponsoring. Write your name on the white star and leave it on the tree, so we know who is donating this gift. Purchase your gift and place it under the tree by Dec. 13.
- Donate cash or checks (made payable to UU Church of Kent with “Miller House” in the memo) in the collection can downstairs in Fessenden Hall by Dec. 13. The money collected will be used to purchase gift cards for the family we’re sponsoring.
Mary Leeson and the RE Committee
In the struggles we choose for ourselves, in the ways we move forward in our lives and bring our world forward with us, it is right to remember the names of those who gave us strength in this choice of living. It is right to name the power of hard lives well lived. Come and learn about those in our church community who served us well.
When we think of ancestors we often think of a family’s heritage. This morning we will think instead of our nation’s heritage. Our ancestors in this land were both native and immigrant. The history of colonial oppression of indigenous people affects us still. What does that legacy have to do with our spiritual health today?
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 UU
Church of Kent 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.
This year, our hosts are Lori and Jo Fatchet-McGee who will be preparing a turkey and ham for the feast. Turkey and ham 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 beverages.
All who attend are asked to bring a favorite Thanksgiving dinner side dish or dessert to share – please sign-up by the dish you will be preparing. . 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.
A sign-up sheet has been posted in Fessenden Hall. Alternatively, you can email your reply to the church office. If you do reply via email, please let us know what you will be bringing and whether you are free to help with set up or clean up.
Have you been meaning to pledge to the capital campaign, but just haven’t gotten around to turning in your form yet? Now is the time! The Capital Campaign will be ending on November 15, so please turn in your pledge card soon to be part of our historic campaign.
Need a form? You can stop by the Capital Campaign table after either service or check the card holders in the pews.
The results of the campaign will be announced during service on Sunday November 22. Come help us celebrate!
We appreciate that people have started paying their pledges. As a reminder, please write “Capital Campaign” on your check so your donation will be credited appropriately.
Questions? Contact Marion Yeagler or Kathy Kerns
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Our worship theme this month is ancestry. We begin our exploration by considering the ways in which people relate to elders in our own country as well as other places around the world. What are the foundations of a spiritually whole and healthy response to elderhood?
Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30 with Nursery Care available during both services.