Simple Peace – December 27, 2015

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Come and drink in simple peace during this Taizé inspired service of song, meditation, silence and prayer.  Taizé is an ecumenical, intercultural, monastic community in France.  People from all over the world, young adults especially, have been inspired by the work and worship of the Taizé community.  We will draw upon their worship form in this single service to end the year in simplicity and peace.  The service will be held at 9:45 am only.

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Celtic Christmas Joy – December 20, 2015

celtic xmas wreath Led by the Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements, and Sandy Eaglen

Join us for our annual, multigenerational celebration of the season, which will once again feature a dramatic story adapted and directed by the oh-so-talented Sandy Eaglen.  Our services will celebrate the joys of Celtic Christmas and Winter Solstice traditions that have influenced our own traditions.  The lovely sounds of the Celtic Clan will be featured both services.

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The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group – January 12, 2016

bookwormThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, January 12 at 7 pm in the home of Shannon Osorio. If you want to carpool, meet at the church at 6:30 pm. This month we are reading a biography or autobiography of your choice. In February we are reading another book by Anthony Doerr, the author of All the Light We Cannot See.

If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

All are welcome.

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How To Request Childcare

The Words Child Care made from wooden alphabet blocks and on a white backgroundIf you are Hosting an event and would like to provide childcare, please make arrangements three weeks in advance.

If you are Requesting childcare for an event, our deadline for is one week in advance.

Reservations are NOT needed for Nursery care during Sunday morning worship services.

Thanks for your help!

Colleen Thoele
Director of Religious Education
[email protected]

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RE Teachers and Leaders Retreat – January 9th

you are invitedIf you interact with children as a RE volunteer, Greeter, Membership Team member, etc. then you are invited to hear a speaker from Children’s Advantage speak on welcoming and integrating children and youth with special needs.

Presentation is at 10am, preceded by a gourmet breakfast bar at 9am.

RSVP to Colleen Thoele at [email protected].

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Christmas Eve Services – December 24, 2015

Xmas eve service4:30 pm – Young Family Friendly Service

6:30 pm – Family Friendly Service

8:30 pm – Adult Oriented Service

Please note that we will not be offering nursery care on Christmas Eve this year. Since the introduction of our Young Family Friendly Service, we have found that families have not been using nursery care for these services.

Young Family Friendly Service

Led by Rev. Renee Zimelis Ruchotzke and Religious Education Assistant Colleen Thoele

This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children who are sure to be filled with wiggles and excitement. Dress your child in their Christmas finery or their Christmas pajamas – whichever will be more fun – and come join the celebration.

Family Friendly Service

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Created with families with school aged children in mind, this service of lessons and carols features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and Peace Pipers as well as uplifting story, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

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Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Created with adults and older teens in mind, this service of lessons and carols also features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and Peace Pipers as well as inspiring poetry, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

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Upcoming Congregational Meetings

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Dec. 27th – Special Congregational Meeting

In Fessenden Hall after the service during pancakes and grocery card sales

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • Discussion of Architectural Fees
  • Vote
  • Discussion of Resolution of Confidence and Authority:

The Congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent authorizes the Building Expansion Team to pay out draws on the Capital Campaign funds as needed in the construction process of the new Fellowship Commons and Classroom Building.  The Board of Trustees will be asked to endorse each payout before it is made.

  • Vote

Jan. 31 – Informational Meeting: New Building Update

In the Sanctuary between services by the Building Expansion Team


Feb. 7 – Special Congregational Meeting

In the Sanctuary after second service by the Building Expansion Team

  •  Presentation of Final Plans for new Fellowship Commons and Classroom Building
  •  Vote on proceeding with project

RSVPs for childcare are required one week prior to each meeting date.  Please contact the Church Office if you need childcare,330.673.4247 or [email protected].

 Absentee ballots are available through the Church Office.

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Are You Expecting Miracles? – December 13, 2015

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Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Miracles feature in the central stories of both Hanukkah and Christmas.  How can we understand what those miracles once meant?  And how can we understand what it might mean for us to be expecting miracles now?

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The Weight and the Wait – December 6, 2015

expectationsLed by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

This month we begin exploring the theme of expectation in our worship services.  As our thoughts turn to the upcoming winter holidays, we will reflect together on the weight of expectation in a season of waiting.

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Holiday Comedy Movie Night – Dec 12th

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Sat Dec. 12 is our annual HOLIDAY COMEDY MOVIE NIGHT! It starts at 6 PM in Fessenden Hall and goes on as long as the fun lasts!  This time around it is a full Pot Luck for all ages!

As always, our movies and cartoons are g rated and safe for all ages, and also especially fun and funny for adults.  But, this is the first year that the movie night is sponsored by The RE Committee, so we are going all out for fun, food, and frolic!  Whatever your age you will enjoy our combination of Oscar winning classic cartoons and the most funny holiday movies and t.v.shows we can find!

This year we have a returning favorite, the famous Cinema Mexico musical comedy “Santa Claus.”   All in English and full color, this film is full of laughs, imagination, and songs you will want to dance to (and some you won’t…but dancing is encouraged either way).  BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY,OR JUST BRING YOURSELF, you won’t want to miss our next Holiday Comedy Movie Night!  Bring whatever dish you wish, traditional or new, main course or desert, and prepare for a good time! If you have any questions, contact Cheryl Spoehr.

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The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group

bookwormThe Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Tuesday, December 8 at 7 pm in the home of Bonnie Harper.  This month we are reading TransAtlantic: a novel by Colum McCann.

Newfoundland, 1919. Two aviators—Jack Alcock and Arthur Brown—set course for Ireland as they attempt the first nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, placing their trust in a modified bomber to heal the wounds of the Great War.

Dublin, 1845 and ’46. On an international lecture tour in support of his subversive autobiography, Frederick Douglass finds the Irish people sympathetic to the abolitionist cause—despite the fact that, as famine ravages the countryside, the poor suffer from hardships that are astonishing even to an American slave.

New York, 1998. Leaving behind a young wife and newborn child, Senator George Mitchell departs for Belfast, where it has fallen to him, the son of an Irish-American father and a Lebanese mother, to shepherd Northern Ireland’s notoriously bitter and volatile peace talks to an uncertain conclusion.

These three iconic crossings are connected by a series of remarkable women whose personal stories are caught up in the swells of history. Beginning with Irish housemaid Lily Duggan, who crosses paths with Frederick Douglass, the novel follows her daughter and granddaughter, Emily and Lottie, and culminates in the present-day story of Hannah Carson, in whom all the hopes and failures of previous generations live on. From the loughs of Ireland to the flatlands of Missouri and the windswept coast of Newfoundland, their journeys mirror the progress and shape of history. They each learn that even the most unassuming moments of grace have a way of rippling through time, space, and memory.

In January we will be reading a biography or autobiography of your choice.  If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper.

All are welcome.

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Order Poinsettias for the Holidays!

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Help decorate the Sanctuary for the Christmas season and support a local outreach.  Orders for poinsettias will be taken through Monday, December 14.  This year, proceeds from the poinsettia sales will benefit the International Institute of Akron, a non-profit dedicated to providing programs and services that assist those born outside the United States to integrate into American society here in Akron, Ohio.  Poinsettias are scheduled to be delivered and decorating the Sanctuary for Sunday, December 20 through Christmas Eve.  Plants will be available to take home following the 8:30 PM service on Christmas Eve.

Click here to download an order form.

 

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Our Whole Lives (4th through 6th grade)

OWLOur Whole Lives (4th through 6th grade) will begin in January, facilitated by Jeff Lang and Jennifer May.

All parents/guardians of fourth, fifth and sixth graders are invited to attend a Parents’ Meeting on Sunday, December 6 from 12:45 to approximately 2:15 in the Annex. This will be the time to learn more about the program and decide whether or not your child(ren) will participate. Children do not attend this session, parents/guardians only.

Childcare will be provided if needed; please contact Jennifer May, [email protected], to let her know how many children you will need childcare for as soon as possible, so arrangements can be made.

We look forward to supporting you and your child!

Questions? Contact the facilitators, Jennifer May, [email protected], or Jeff Lang, [email protected], or the Interim DRE, Karen LoBracco, [email protected].

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