e-nUUs: June 19, 2024

CLICK HERE to read this week’s announcements.

Topics included:

e-nUUs Information

Messages from the Board

  • Short-term Ministerial Coverage Plan

Community Within

  • Last Out the Door?  
  • Coffee Volunteers Needed to support Social Hour

Income Generation

  • Auction Events Tickets Available
  • Grocery Cards

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sunday Morning
  • Social Justice

Worship and Music

  • Sunday, June 23,  2024 –  The Invisible People – UUYJ’s Experiences with the Oglala Lakota
  • Sunday, June 30, 2024 – The Gift of Listening
  • Orders of Service
  • Community Sing  – June 25, 2024

Lifespan Learning

  • Religious Exploration this Sunday, June 23, 2024
  • Summer Volunteers Needed 

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • June’s Special Collection – Freedom House (how to donate)
  • Middle School Free Store

UU, Interfaith and Community 

  • UUCK for local historic property designation
  • Kids Summer Lunch Program
  • TimeBank Repair Cafe June 23, 2024
  • CERSI July 7-13, 2024
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Sunday, June 23, 2024 The Invisible People: UUYJ’s Experiences with the Oglala Lakota

10 AM in Hobbs Hall

A multi-platform service lead by Youth Leader Ellen McWilliams-Woods, our UU Youth for Justice, and Director of Religious Education Colleen Theole.

Lakota people of South Dakota remain largely invisible to mainstream society in many ways.  Fifteen members of our high school youth group (UUYJ) just returned from a service/cultural immersion trip to the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Through music, art, reflections, and spiritual readings, our youth will bring beautiful Lakota spiritual practices out of the shadows and elevate the awareness of the devastating conditions on the reservation that are rooted in the historical trauma Lakota people have experienced. 

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.    

For those joining via Zoom, our meeting room opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the service (at 9:45 AM) for weekly announcements. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

10:00 AM Zoom Information:

https://zoom.us/j/97464785626
     Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626
        Dial by your location:  1 646 558 8656 (New York)
        Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626
     Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acCRYGAK

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Introducing Rev. Kristina Church

Beloved Community,

The UUCK Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Kristina Church as our new Contract Minister.  Rev. Kristina will be joining us ¾ time effective September 1, 2024.

Rev. Kristina has most recently served the UU Congregation of Erie as its ¾ time Minister, and has also ministered to the UU Church of Hamburg, and the First Unitarian Society of Westchester.  Along with her ministerial training and experience, Rev. Kristina comes to us with a background in social work and the performing arts.

She will be relocating to the area with her husband, Greg, a retired chemistry professor, and her son, Rafael, who will be in 8th grade in the fall.  In her free time, she enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and hiking.  Read more about Rev. Kristina in her full bio.

After almost three months of interviewing several very qualified candidates through multiple rounds of interviews, the Transitional Ministry Search Team was delighted to come to unanimous, enthusiastic agreement on Rev. Kristina’s appointment.  We are confident that her energy and enthusiasm, pastoral presence, passion for life cycle RE and collaboration, commitment to social justice, and growth mindset (both personally and collectively) will serve us all well as we continue to build our shared ministry into the future.

Rev. Kristina is looking forward to working with us, saying “I want to share with you how honored I am to say ‘yes’ to the opportunity to serve your congregation in the coming year …. The future is unknown, but it tingles with possibility, energy, and hope …. I will strive to respect and understand the complexity of your beautiful and bittersweet past … while savoring and appreciating the present … and the ways that we can make meaning together as the future unfolds.”  Read Rev. Kristina’s full message here.

We will be hosting a series of meet and greet sessions for various committees and teams, for and the broader UUCK community this summer and into the fall, as Rev. Kristina begins her ministry with us.  We encourage everyone to participate as they are able.

Thank you to the members of the Search Team (Rev. Christie Anderson, Ginny Horvath, Rhonda Richardson, Randy Ruchotzske, and Susanna Smart), who committed many, many hours of time and much invaluable insight to discerning the right match for our needs both today and as we move into an exciting future.  Also, thank you again to all who completed the Transitional Ministry Feedback survey in March, as that input was incredibly helpful.

With excitement for the future together,

Kara Kramer
UUCK Board Moderator

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Sunday, June 16, 2024 Sui Generis

10:00 AM in Hobbs Hall

A multi-platform service led by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate CLM Kathy Kerns.

“Sui generis” is a Latin phrase that means “Of its own kind.”  It refers to people and ideas that are different from the mainstream.  This is a service about the inherent worth and dignity of people who do not fit well into society.  It includes personal stories and references through history.

CLICK HERE to view, print, or download the Order of Service.

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June 9, 2024 All Creatures, Great and Small

Join us for our annual Service in the Park and Church Picnic! 10 AM at Plum Creek Park, Pavilion #2

We regret that since the service will be in a remote location, Zoom will not be available.

All Creatures, Great and Small

Led by CLM Lori Mirkin-McGee, will begin at 10 AM and will include a pet blessing. Bring your folding chairs, picnic blanket, and your beloved pet(s)!

When I was young, I read the series by James Harriot called, “All Creatures, Great and Small.” The books are about a young English vet and his (mis)adventures with local animals. These books opened my heart to the importance of animals in our lives. As soon as I was an adult, I got my first pet–a cat–and I’ve had pets ever since. This service explores the joys, and sorrows, of having a pet companion. Bring your pet or pictures of your pet to the park for our annual blessing of the animals at Plum Creek Park.

Our annual Church Picnic will immediately follow the service. We ask that everyone please bring your own place settings, a beverage, and a dish to pass (with serving utensils). Ice water will be provided. Also, feel free to bring your favorite “lawn” or tabletop games to share.

Please pitch in to fill in the gaps for our potluck picnic after the animal blessing service! Along with bringing dishes to share and personal table service for our potluck, we want to make sure we have water and extra dishes and utensils on hand.

Please note there is NO electricity at this shelter.

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June 2, 2023 Blooming Together: Flower Sunday

10:00 AM in Hobbs Hall an on Zoom

A multi-platform service (in-person and via Zoom) led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele with Affiliated Minister Rev. Christie Anderson and Transitional Music Director Emily Hall.

This season calls us to life and invites us to create a flowering bouquet of community with love at the center. Join in celebrating our new members and the renewal of our commitment to our faith and each other. Everyone is invited to bring a flower to share at the flower ceremony. Extra flowers welcome.

CLICK HERE to view, print, or download the Order of Service.

Additionally, we will welcoming our newest members to the UU Church of Kent with a New Member Ceremony during the service and a celebration during social hour. Join us!

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May 26, 2024

Led by Alicia Patrice

To honor the seeking of peace that unifies us all and to celebrate our final two-service Sunday before our summer schedule changes, we will gather at 9:15am in Hobbs Hall for an interactive and music-filled experience of the Dances of Universal Peace!

After centering ourselves into a worshipful space, we will move into an hour long (9:30am-10:30am) spiritual practice. Alicia Patrice will lead the community in an engaging and accessible exploration of song and gentle movement. This will be very beginner friendly, inclusive, and there will be opportunities to participate fully while seated.

9:30 – 10:30 AM Dances of Universal Peace

The Dances will replace the discussion circles for this week. All are welcome, including the first-service curious! We would love for this to be an intergenerational community celebration!

10:30 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Following the Dances of Universal Peace, our social time in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.
Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards will be available for purchase. Learn more about this fundraiser

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: Love and Loss are Interwoven

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by CLM Kathy Kerns with Worship Associate Heidi Sumser and Transitional Music Director Emily Hall.

Love comes with its own cost as it opens us to the possibility of grief and loss. This makes grief a fundamental part of the human condition. In this service, we will acknowledge the many sides of grief and consider ways to look for the light as we adapt to loss.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

On Sunday, June 2, 2024 we will begin our summer format of one service at 10 AM held in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom. Beginning on June 23, children and youth will begin in service and then be excused to their summer RE class together following the Time for All Ages.

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May 19, 2024

9:15 AM: Talking Across Differences

An in-person all-ages service led by DRE Colleen Thoele with a reflection by Randy Bish.

One of our Unitarian ancestors, Frances Davíd, said that we need not think alike to love alike. How do we talk to each other when we have strong, opposing opinions?

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  1. Share a topic that you feel strongly about and have friends or family that feel differently.
  2. What misperceptions might you have about “the other side” that might impede fruitful dialogue?
  3. How might you avoid “othering” the person with the differing opinion?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by Elaine Yehle Bowen.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

On Sunday, June 2, 2024 we will begin our summer format of one service at 10 AM held in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom. Beginning on June 23, children and youth will begin in service and then be excused to their summer RE class together following the Time for All Ages.

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Peace Vespers – 7:30pm Wednesday, May 22, 2024 in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom

Join us for an evening of lament, ritual, and singing for our wounded world, for hope in our connections to one another, and for our shared resilience as we lift up voices of peace. 

Led by Randy Bish, Transitional Music Director Emily Hall, and Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, with music from the UU Church of Kent Peace Choir.

Order of Service

Zoom Information:

https://zoom.us/j/97464785626
     Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626
        Dial by your location:  1 646 558 8656 (New York)
        Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626
     Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acCRYGAK

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Open Minds, Helping Hands, Loving Hearts: RE Sunday / Open Minds, Helping Hands and Loving Hearts: RE and Bridging Sunday

9:15 AM: Open Minds, Helping Hands, Loving Hearts: RE Sunday / A Sacred Chord

An all-ages service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele, RE teacher and the children of UUCK!

The children are leading the service! The children are leading the service! Each Spring we celebrate our children on Religious Education Sunday. This morning you are invited to sit back, relax and open your hearts to the gifts they have to share with us. 

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

*In the children’s chalice lighting we proclaim that “we are the church of the open minds, helping hands and loving hearts”….. Share a story of how you practice having an open mind.

  1. What are some ways people have helped you?
  2. How have you been inspired to help others?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: Open Minds, Helping Hands and Loving Hearts: RE and Bridging Sunday

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and Chair of the Children’s Religious Education Committee, Amanda Rome.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

On Sunday, June 2, 2024 we will begin our summer format of one service at 10 AM held in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom. Beginning on June 23, children and youth will begin in service and then be excused to their summer RE class together following the Time for All Ages.

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Rev. Steven A. Protzman Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 1 PM in Hobbs Hall

Join us on Saturday, June 1 as we celebrate the life of the Rev. Steven A. Protzman. The service, offered both in-person in Hobbs Hall and via Zoom, will begin at 1:00 PM and be followed immediately by a reception. (Ordained colleagues are invited to robe.)

For those joining via Zoom, our meeting room opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the service (at 12:45 PM) for a photo collage. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

9:15 AM: Telling Multiple Stories

An in-person all-ages service led by Music Director Emily Hall, DRE Colleen Thoele, with reflection by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke

Our faith has a long history with lots of changes to what we believe over the years as our faith has become more inclusive of diverse cultures. This year congregations have been thinking about how we might reframe our theology as we put love at the center. We will also have a special porcine guest!

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  1. Of the values Justice, Equity, Transformation, Plurality, Interdependence and Generosity, which is the most important to you, and why? 
  2. How does Love influence that value?
  3. What is the second-most important value, and how does Love influence it?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by CLM Lori Mirkin-McGee with Worship Associate Wendy Mirkin-McGee.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

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e-nUUs: April 24, 2024

CLICK HERE to read this week’s announcements.

Topics included:

e-nUUs Information

Messages from the Board

  • Short-term Ministerial Coverage Plan

Pastoral Care

Community Within

  • FY 2024 Annual Report
  • Welcome New Members
  • Volunteer Needed – Plastics Collector
  • Dances of Universal Peace – April 26, 2024
  • Annual Voting Meeting – May 19, 2024
  • Rev. Steven Protzman Celebration of Life – June 1, 2024
  • Hobbs Hall Spring Rentals – Volunteers Needed
  • Coffee Volunteers Needed to support Social Hour

Income Generation

  • Here Comes the sUUn Auction – May 4, 2024
  • Silent Auction Tickets Available – New Item Added
  • UUCK FY2025 Stewardship Campaign
  • Grocery Cards

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sunday Morning
  • Hobbs Hall
  • Social Justice

Worship and Music

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 – Music Sunday
    • 9:15 AM In-Person All ages Worship in the Sanctuary – Come Sing a Song With Me
    • 10:00 AM – Lifespan Religious Exploration
    • 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM Community Cafe
    • 11:00 AM Multi-Platform Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary and on Zoom – A Sacred Cord
  • Sunday, May 5, 2024
    • 9:15 AM In-Person All ages Worship in the Sanctuary – Telling Multiple Stories
    • 10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration
    • 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM Community Cafe
    • 11:00 AM Multi-Platform Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary and on Zoom – The 2%
  • Multi-platform services at 11:00 AM only 
  • Feedback on Sunday Two Service Experiment – May 2, 2024
  • Seeking Proposals for Lay-led Services  – May 1, 2024
  • Sunday Greeters Needed
  • Community Sing

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Special Collection for April is the Indigenous Environmental Network (how to donate) 
  • Special Collections for 2024-2025
  • Middle School Free Store  

Lifespan Learning

  • Religious Exploration for Sunday, April 28, 2024

UU, Interfaith and Community 

  • Hunger Challenge
  • CERSI July 7-13, 2024

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Come Sing a Song With Me / A Sacred Chord

9:15 AM: Come Sing a Song With Me

An all-ages service led Transitional Music Director Emily Hall, Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and Affiliated Minister Renee Ruchotzke.

You know that feeling when a song speaks to your heart? Or how sometimes a song can transport us back to a time and place or a memory?  Come and share in the magic of music and storytelling. This morning we will explore how sharing music together can strengthen our connections to each other. 

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  1. Who and what has been part of your relationship with music?
  2. What yearnings do you have about expressing and embodying your musicality?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: A Sacred Chord

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by Transitional Music Director Emily Hall with Affilifated Minister Rev. Christie Anderson.

Making music together, or musicking, can be a sacred act. The collaboration and community that we embody when we make music together is more vast than what we can access individually, on our own. Join us on this Music Sunday, as we explore our theme of musical interdependence and celebrate the many talents, voices, and musical hearts of our congregation! 

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

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Annual Voting Meeting

May 19, 2024 — 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Attention ALL Members and Friends

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting however only Active Members (as defined by our Church Bylaws) are eligible to vote on church matters (see below).

Members, your attendance is important as a quorum will be required for voting matters. Need an absentee ballot?  Contact [email protected].

CLICK HERE to review the eligible voter list.

The Information Meeting will be held Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

CLICK HERE to view or download the FY2024 Annual Report.


ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS

This Church is a welcoming and inclusive community. Membership is open to all who are in sympathy with the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Church Mission and Vision and who live in alignment with the Church Covenant.

A. ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

  1. Definition. An Active Member is a person who:
    • Is at least fourteen years of age
    • Has signed a declaration to become a member in the presence of the Minister, a member of the Board of Trustees, or a member of the Membership Committee. The date of the declaration is the official date of beginning Active Membership.
    • Has made an identifiable financial contribution in support of the most recently completed fiscal year.
      • New Members must have made an identifiable financial contribution in the current fiscal year.
    • Is actively involved in the Church
    • May withdraw membership by notifying the Minister or Membership Committee
  2. Rights. An Active Member may:
    • Vote on Church matters four weeks after becoming an Active Member

C. MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERSHIP

6. VOTING OF THE ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

  • Only eligible Active Members may vote by attendance at a meeting or by submitting Absentee Ballots.
    • A list of eligible voters will be made available
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