A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Randy Bish.
Spring is a time of many religious holidays with celebrations that invite us to reflect on life’s power to renew itself. With songs, stories, and readings we will tell stories of Easter, a story of life overcoming death; Passover, the story of a people who arose and journeyed to freedom, and Spring, which invites us to rejoice as the earth awakens itself once again. As part of our celebration, we will have a virtual Easter bonnet parade.
Join us Sunday, April 4, 2021 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name. Thank you!
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman along with Jacob Nash and Kevyn Breedon.
As we begin our year long program of renewing our status as a UUA Welcoming Congregation, today we will celebrate the Transgender Day of Visibility. UUCK member Kevyn Breedon and guest speaker Jacob Nash, co-founder and President of Margie’s Hope, will share some of the stories of their life’s journeys with us, tell us about some of the issues transgender people face every day, and invite us to join in the work of seeking equality for transgender people.
Generosity Campaign Raises $260,000 Towards $300,000 Goal
We would like to share a wonderful quote from Reverend Steven to all of you who share in the care of our beloved community,
“I have good news and bad news. The good news is ….. we have all of the funds that we need for next year’s budget, ensuring that the cost of running Hobbs Hall is fully covered, that our opportunity for newly expanded programming will be adequately funded, and that our staff will receive a small cost of living increase, along with covering a 10% increase in health insurance costs effective this July. The bad news is …… $40,000 of that money is still out there in your pockets.”
We raised a lot of money during this campaign, but we need your further help in order to meet our budget goal for FY22. The plain truth is that it is going to take more money than we’ve raised thus far. This is an historic year as we prepare to open Hobbs Hall, a dream we’ve had for many years for expanded facilities so that we are better equipped to carry on our historic legacy and embrace our potential for connection, service, programming, and outreach. As Rev. Steven mentioned in a sermon recently, this substantial addition to our facilities will allow us to offer expanded ministries that will sustain our own community and the community at large, but it means additional operating costs that include more staff hours and utility and maintenance expenses.
We’ve not done this in several years, but we feel that this historical year warrants a second ask by the Generosity Team.
Do you have room in your budget to increase your giving by $7/week?… $30/month?
Are you able to increase your annual pledge by 1%?… 2%… 5%?
Can you give a one time donation of $100.. $200…. $500…. that will help us through this transition year of opening Hobbs Hall?
If you’ve not made a pledge and want to be part of this historic time, please do so,
Thank you for considering our appeal. Please e-mail your information for your gift, a new pledge, or an addition to your pledge to MaryBeth at [email protected].
We are on the verge of a new era in the 155 year history of the UU Church of Kent. Let’s start this new chapter together fully funded and ready to serve our congregation and our community!
Thank you for your generosity and support of UUCK! The Generosity Team: Kay Eckman, Claudia Miller, Marion Yeagler, and Rev. Steven
This series offers “stand alone” classes designed for anyone interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation. These classes are an excellent resource for visitors and friends considering membership in our church. Members are always invited to attend.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Topic: Membership and Stewardship
One of the responsibilities of being a member of this beloved community is to contribute of your time, talents and finances towards the ongoing operation of the church. Supporting a community reflects your values and nourishes your soul and can make giving a spiritual act.
Are you searching for a spiritual community for yourself and your family? Are you seeking opportunities to work for peace and justice? Perhaps you are you considering membership in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent. By attending this program you will learn more about the expectations and benefits of membership.
On Saturday March 6th, we held a special Zoom gathering with Dr. Hayes-Nelson, Director of the Portage County NAACP. During our time together, Dr. Nelson shared with our kids the work the NAACP does in our community. The children shared why they chose the NAACP as the recipient of the January special collection and were excited to officially announce the amount they raised. In an exciting turn of events, the children were told just how their donation will impact the community!
A virtual service led by Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Mirkin-McGee and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen.
Sunday, March 21st, is World Poetry Day. This service will showcase poetry from across the globe; poems from all of the inhabited continents of the world. Come join us for a celebration of poetry that demonstrates we are all, indeed, one global community.
Join us Sunday, March 21, 2021 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name. Thank you!
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood.
The song in our teal hymnal “The Fire of Commitment” says that our future begins when we have “deep assurance of the flame that burns within”. With readings and songs we will explore the fire of commitment as a beacon of light and hope guiding us on our journey, as a song that inspires us to be brave and continue the struggle for freedom, and as a symbol that challenges us to do the work of justice.
A virtual service led the Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns.
As we begin our annual pledge campaign with its theme of “Imagine the places we’ll go”, we’ll take time to look at where we’ve come from and where we imagine ourselves going in the next year. We’ll celebrate what we’ve achieved in the past year, reflect on the dreams we’ve shared for our future, and answer the invitation to share our gifts, our money, and our time so that we can continue our journey into a future we’ll create together.