Homecoming – October 2, 2016

building-in-morning-xlLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

In celebration of our 150th anniversary, we have invited former members and friends and young adults who grew up in the church to join us in a homecoming celebration.  Between services, we will have a ceremonial groundbreaking to celebrate the progress we have made in working toward our new fellowship hall.  After the second service, everyone is warmly welcome to join in a potluck under the big tent behind the church.  Come join us for a joyful and festive day.

 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is offered during both services.

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October Spiritual Cinema – Bruce Almighty – 10/14 @ 7 PM

brucealmighty2Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Friday, October 14 at 7:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Bruce Almighty” (2003). The movie is 102 minutes, rated PG-13, and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 20 people. Please click his address for a map or directions: 2650 Easthaven Drive, Hudson, OH 44236. Please RSVP to Dan at djf13@cornell.edu.

Comments by Dan:

Bruce Almighty is a comedy about a TV reporter (Jim Carrey) who is convinced that the world is stacked against him.  After questioning the job that God is doing, God (Morgan Freeman) endows Bruce with divine powers and challenges Bruce to take on the big job to see if he can do it better.  Not surprisingly Bruce wildly underestimates how complex it is to try to answer everyone’s prayers and we are left with a relatively UU notion that people need to answer their own and each other’s prayers.  This month we will watch a portion of the movie in our Middle School RE class and I will be showing the movie it its entirety for both the Middle School students and the rest of our UUCK community.

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What Are You Wondering? – September 25, 2016

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Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Becky Cline

Come join together and reflect on the value and power of questions and share with me some questions you have about Unitarian Universalism, this congregation, our shared ministry, interfaith relationships, spiritual growth and development, faith formation, religious education or anything else that seems relevant.

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is offered during both services.

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Promises, Promises – September 18, 2016

pinky-swear-329329_640Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Covenant vs Promise — Although some people consider a covenant and a promise as synonymous, there is a difference.  Together we will examine the differences between these two words, covenant and promise.

 

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is offered during both services.

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September Spiritual Cinema – Forrest Gump – 9/25 @ 6 PM

forrest-gump-52196a490f7381Please join us for Spiritual Cinema on Sunday, September 25 at 6:00 PM. We will watch the motion picture, “Forrest Gump” (1994). The movie is 141 minutes, rated PG-13, and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 20 people. Please click his address for a map or directions: 2650 Easthaven Drive, Hudson, OH 44236. Please RSVP to Dan at djf13@cornell.edu.

Comments by Dan:

Forrest Gump is a modern movie classic and has garnered across the board praise and awards including 6 Oscars for Best Picture, Actor, Director, Writing, Editing, and Effects.  This month we watched a portion of Forrest Gump in our Middle School RE class and I will be showing the movie it its entirety for both the Middle School students and the rest of our UUCK community.  To me, spirituality is a sense of awe and wonder and I personally find this movie extremely moving.  Despite being differently abled, Forrest demonstrates that he is capable of great achievements, service, and love. The movie is beautiful in so many ways and I hope people will consider joining us for a community viewing.

“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump

Description from Amazon.com:

Stupid is as stupid does, says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his relative level of intelligence with a stranger while waiting for a bus. Despite his sub-normal IQ , Gump leads a truly charmed life, with a ringside seat for many of the most memorable events of the second half of the 20th century. Entirely without trying, Forrest teaches Elvis Presley to dance, becomes a football star, meets John F. Kennedy, serves with honor in Vietnam, meets Lyndon Johnson, speaks at an anti-war rally at the Washington Monument, hangs out with the Yippies, defeats the Chinese national team in table tennis, meets Richard Nixon, discovers the break-in at the Watergate, opens a profitable shrimping business, becomes an original investor in Apple Computers, and decides to run back and forth across the country for several years. Meanwhile, as the remarkable parade of his life goes by, Forrest never forgets Jenny (Robin Wright Penn), the girl he loved as a boy , who makes her own journey through the turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s that is far more troubled than the path Forrest happens upon. Featured alongside Tom Hanks are Sally Field as Forrest’s mother; Gary Sinise as his commanding officer in Vietnam; Mykelti Williamson as his ill-fated Army buddy who is familiar with every recipe that involves shrimp; and the special effects artists whose digital magic place Forrest amidst a remarkable array of historical events and people.

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Poetry of Peace – September 11, 2016

chalice w rumi poemLed by Lori Fatchet-McGee and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

September 11, 2016 marks the 15th anniversary of the tragedy that marked America forever.  In this service, we will use the beautiful poetry of Islam to remember lives lost and to look forward to ways that we can bring peace to the world.  Please join us.

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is offered during both services.

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Waking Up from the American Dream – September 4, 2016

statue-of-liberty-500700_1280Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

This month we begin to explore the meaning of covenant. Is there some kind of covenant between this nation and its workers? If there is, does it include everyone? How can Unitarian Universalism inform our relationship with the American dream?

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is offered during both services.

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Ministries Fair – Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ministries FairOn September 18th, after both services, all UUCK Committees, Teams, and Groups will be showcasing their work and ministries.  Every Committee and Group is looking to educate us about what their team does and how we can help!  There is a Committee or Group for you!  Plan to come to the Ministries Fair in Fessenden Hall during Coffee Hour and after Second Service.  Learn what goes on and find a match with your interests and skills, and your time availability.  Engaging in service to our Community is a pathway to personal and spiritual growth.

Realize our Covenant in your life by committing to some new way of belonging within our Beloved Community this year, whether small or large.  There is much to be done.

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Staying Grounded in the Winds of Change – Saturday, September 17, 2016

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With Reverend Melissa leaving, there are a lot of unknowns about our congregation’s future. If we approach the unknown future with wisdom and intentionality, we may not know its details, but we will be able to guide its shape and underlying values.

The “STAYING GROUNDED IN THE WINDS OF CHANGE” workshop is a terrific opportunity to understand how you can help move our congregation into our next season of fruitful ministry!

  • Learn about how we, as humans, naturally respond to change.
  • Learn how we can use times of change to help better ourselves and our communities.
  • Discover where you can help serve our congregation during the upcoming transitions.

The afternoon will begin with the Rev. Renee Ruchotzke and lay leader Jennifer May sharing tips and tools about how to be intentional during times of transition.  We will have a break with a Mediterranean Tea, then will convene into small groups to hear about your interests and answer any questions.

WHEN: Saturday, September 17. 2016

WHERE: Fessenden Hall, Kent Unitarian Universalist Church

TIME:  2:00p – 5:00p

Mediterranean Tea: 3:30pm

Click here to register. 

Deadlines:

Need Childcare?  Friday, September 9, 2016
No Need for Childcare?
 Wednesday, September 14, 2016

 

Click to Download the flyer  (Right-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” to save the document to your computer) Finish Reading: Staying Grounded in the Winds of Change – Saturday, September 17, 2016

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Humanist Wisdom Today – August 28, 2016

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Photo taken by Gunther Cartright (UU Church of Munice) featuring the Arthur Harshman Stained Glass Panel celebrating Humanism that was gifted to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie. More information about the Harshman Stained Glass Panels (16 in all) can be found here: http://www.uuchurchmuncie.org/web/information-for-visitors/harshman-stained-glass

Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Becky Cline

Since the early 20th century, humanists have found a home within our faith tradition.  Contemporary Unitarian Universalism has been profoundly shaped by humanist wisdom, which is always growing and evolving.  Come celebrate this rich legacy as we lift up humanist wisdom that can help us understand and respond to some of the challenges we live with today.

Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is offered during both services.

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Ingathering Service: Invisible Threads – August 21, 2016

spider-silk-1287407_1280with Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport and Religious Education Coordinator Colleen Thoele

As children and teachers return to school, rhythms shift for families and even, sometimes subtly, for those of us no longer connected to academic calendars.  This morning we come together, children and adults, to celebrate our community uniting again after the adventures of summer.  We will honor the invisible threads that keep us connected no matter where we go or what we do.  There are two things to remember when you come to church next Sunday:

  1. Please bring a little container of water or earth from your home with you to church next week for our ritual gathering of water and earth.
  2. During the service we will offer a Blessing of the Backpacks for children and youth.  Please remind your children or youth to bring their backpack with them to the services next Sunday.

We look forward to celebrating together!

 

Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30.  Nursery care is available.

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Lover or Fighter – Finding a Balance – August 14, 2016

lover or fighter seesawLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and members of the Committee on Ministry

In this world of constant news, we are all too familiar with instances of innocent people’s lives being profoundly altered by the intrusion of violence in some public place.  Closer to home, we could all tell stories of small scale disruption in a public place.  As a community that serves and welcomes the public, how do we balance our concern for hospitality and security?  As individuals, how do we balance our desire to love the world and our desire to fight against hate, cruelty and injustice?  The Committee on Ministry has spent the last year exploring questions such as these.  We invite you to come join us as we reflect together on some of what we have discovered.

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Nursery care is available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Spiritual Journey with John Muir – August 7, 2016

John_Muir_c1902Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Mary Lou Holly

Has your present theology or your understanding of the meaning of life changed compared to the beliefs you held as a child?  You will have an opportunity to reflect upon the influences that have shaped your religious beliefs as we explore the fascinating life and spiritual journey of John Muir, naturalist, conservationist and writer.

 

Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 am.  Nursery care is available for all services.

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