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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Finding Joy in Trying Times – July 31, 2016

joy-233380_1280Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

Colleen Norris was the winner of the raffle at our last service auction which gives her the opportunity to choose a subject upon which I will preach.  Collen has asked me to reflect on finding joy in trying times.  Why is finding joy amidst the struggle important?  How can we move past the obstacles that get in the way of choosing joy?

Our Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care for children Preschool age and younger.

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We Hunger for Justice – July 24, 2016

street-market-fruits-groceryLed by Elaine Yehle Bowen and Worship Associate Becky Cline

The focus of July in our 150th anniversary year is hunger. We celebrate our congregations’ long history of supporting Kent Social Services food programs with Christmas in July to collect 150# of non-perishable food during the month and a special collection to assist KSS in its mission to serve those in need.

Our service will explore various aspects of hunger within our community.

Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care for children Preschool age and younger.

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Many Voices of Inspiration – July 17, 2016

alive-1250975_1280Led by Justin Czekaj and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

Do you have a favorite quote?  Words that remind you to stay the course, lift you up on a bad day, or drive you to action?  Inspiration can be found everywhere and sometimes the words of others can be enough to entice us to act or provide a moment of clarity.  We will seek to be inspired by these phrases through our worship.

Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care available for Children Preschool age and younger.

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Podcast of the Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation and Justice Vigil – Sunday, July 10

candle-1239970_1280If you were unable to attend the Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation and Justice vigil held on Sunday, July 10 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, consider listening to the podcast below.

This vigil was an opportunity for people to come together to express their grief resulting from the terrible violence in Baton Rouge, LA, Minneapolis, MN, and Dallas, TX and to honor the lives that were lost – the black ones and the blue ones.  Several people joined together to grieve and to pray and to recommit themselves to working together for peace and equity for all people.  This vigil was an opportunity for folks to witness the connections between us.  None of us are free until all of us are free.

 

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Sustained by Love – July 10, 2016

access-933130_640Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Through transitions large and small, this congregation has been sustained by love for 150 years.  We gather this morning to celebrate that love.

 

Sunday Service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Spiritual Parenting – July 3, 2016

parenting wordlLed by Mike Hovancsek and Worship Associate Lori McGee

A service about the challenges and the spiritual lessons of giving and receiving parenting.  This message is shared through music, personal anecdotes, readings, and humor.

 

Through the month of July, our Sunday service will be offered at 9:45 AM.  Nursery care is available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Tis a Gift to Be Simple – June 26, 2016

live-life-love pubicdomainpictures.netOne service only today at 9:45 AM led by Worship Leader Andrew Rome

Busy! Busy! Busy! We often add new layers of complexity to our lives, turning joyful activities into burdens.  Let’s stop to enjoy a simple service. We’ll reflect on creating simplicity in our lives and try to experience a pause in the world’s chaotic energy.

 

Sunday service is offered at 9:45 AM with Nursery care available for children Preschool age and younger.

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Plain and Simple – June 19, 2016

flowers-1Led by  Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Simplicity is not only a pleasant practice, it may well be an antidote to some of the soul sickness of our own time.  One of the simple rituals Unitarian Universalists keep is an annual Flower Ceremony.  With this ceremony we celebrate the beauty of unity in diversity.  Please bring a stem or two of any flower that appeals to you with you to the service this morning.

We will also have the joy of celebrating baby dedications during our services today.  Mike Hovancsek and Stefanie Workman look forward to the dedication ceremony for Katherine during first service and Melissa and Evin Carvill Ziemer look forward to the ceremony for Owen during the second service.

 

Services will be offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM.  Childcare is available for all worship services.

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Simple Idealism – June 12, 2016 at Plum Creek Park!

Church Picnic Plan to attendLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

In the mid 19th century, Unitarians and Universalists started and became involved in a number of intentional utopian communities.  Often these communities began simply because the founders wanted to find a way to enact their lofty ideals.  What can we learn from their efforts in our own attempts to build and sustain community?

We will have one service only today and it will begin at 9:45 at Plum Creek Park in Kent.  Please bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on, sun screen or insect repellent and plan to stay for the morning. The service will be followed by an old-fashioned picnic to celebrate our church’s 150th anniversary.  Please bring something to share in the  pot-luck picnic lunch.  We’ll enjoy home- made root beer and ice cream. Afterwards, we’ll have the opportunity to participate in games and activities of the 1800’s.  If you wish, you may dress in the clothing styles of the 1860’s.  If you’d like to help with this event, please contact Mary Leeson.

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Simple Gifts – June 5, 2016

Tree_of_Life_-_Shaker_-_painted_by_Hannah_Cohoon public domain wikimediaLed by the Children, Youth, and Leaders of our Religious Education Program

This is our annual RE Sunday – a time to celebrate with our children and youth their experiences in religious education this year, salute our HS graduate, and express our appreciation for the fabulous volunteers that make it all possible.  Join us for special music and two unique worship experiences.

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

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The Blessing of 150 Years – May 29, 2016

uu church old-Edit-X2Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Association Carolyn Schlemmer

On May 27, 1866, 19 men and women officially founded the First Universalist Church of Kent and affixed their names to a constitution of their creation. Their creation has been shaped and molded by the ones who followed them and now by us, but the core of it remains and continues to be a blessing for so many people.  This morning we lift up our gratitude for the ones who came before as we celebrate our 150th anniversary.

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

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