Christmas Presence – December 4, 2016

with-love-presenceLed by Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Life is full of distractions, even more so during the holidays.  Our “presence” is valuable and meaningful, even more so than our “presents.”  How can we be more present to those around us?  This service will explore what is means to be present and the ways we can accomplish this during a busy holiday season.

Services are offered on Sunday mornings at 9:45 and 11:30 with Nursery care available for both services.

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e-nUUs November 30, 2016

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Starry UUniverse — Service Auction Information — December 3
  • Christmas Presence — Sunday, December 4
  • Blue Christmas — December 22
  • Dress Rehearsal for Christmas Eve — December 21
  • Youth Group Events
  • Children’s Christmas Choir
  • Spirit Cinema – December 10
  • Teacher Teams – December 4
  • Holiday Share
  • FY2018 Budget Request Information – IMPORTANT CHANGES
  • Poinsettia Order Form
  • Calling All Bakers!
  • Angels in America — Make an Angel Workshop — December 18
  • Pat Pownall UU Book Group – December 8
  • Green Sanctuary Information
  • Holiday Giving
  • Holiday Concert Invitation – Goodyear Stan Hywet Concert Bank — December 4

 

 

 

 

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Starry UUniverse – Thanks-4-Giving Auction – December 3, 2016

auction-artThe church’s annual Thanks4Giving Auction is this Saturday, at 6 PM at the United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St. in Kent. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 each. Please join us for an evening of fun, food and good company.

You can preview the catalog and note which of the fabulous offerings you would like to bid on. Click here for the catalog preview.

For those who cannot attend, we encourage you to find a friend who will be attending to act as your proxy bidder. Or contact Lois Weir at loisweir@aol.com for help in finding one.

 

Please bring your auction donations to Fessenden Hall this Friday, noon to 8:00 P.M.

See you Saturday!

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Tell Me a Story – November 27, 2016

imagen_5Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

The stories we tell about ourselves and each other really do have the power to change our lives.  Next Sunday, we’ll explore our stories.

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

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e-nUUs November 23, 2016

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Tell Me a Story — Sunday, November 27
  • Service Auction Childcare Announcement
  • Special Christmas Children’s Choir
  • Spirit Cinema – December 10
  • Teacher Teams – November 27
  • Hello My Beloved Church Community
  • Pancakes! this Sunday — November 27
  • Starry UUniverse — Service Auction Information — December 3
  • Calling All Bakers!
  • Angels in America — Make an Angel Workshop — December 18
  • Pat Pownall UU Book Group – December 8
  • Holiday Giving
  • Holiday Concert Invitation – Goodyear Stan Hywet Concert Bank — December 4
  • Central East Region Spring Conferences
  • Ohio C.A.N Blessing Bags

 

 

 

 

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The Story Continues – November 20, 2016

farewell-melissa-serviceLed by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer,Worship Associate Andrew Rome, Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee, Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport, Music Director Hal Walker and others

One service only at 10:00 AM at the Kent State University Kiva Auditorium*

For this last worship service I will share with you, I hoped to have just one service so we could all be together.  Our service will be held at 10 am at the Kiva at Kent State University, with a reception to follow in the meeting rooms above the Kiva.  The service will be multigenerational.  Little ones who are too young to make it through the service will receive care from Michelle Bores, Sandy Bowers and Vivien Hogan in the upstairs meeting rooms.  Parking in the lot outside the student center is free on Sundays.  Please reserve the accessible parking near the building for those with mobility limitations.

Come celebrate our shared ministry. Come celebrate Thanksgiving.  Come together with me one last time to say goodbye and to look forward to the next chapter of this wonderful congregation.

* The KSU Kiva is located on Risman Drive next to the Student Center.  Click here for the location on Google maps   Risman Drive, Kent, Ohio 44242

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e-nUUs November 16, 2016

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • One Service on November 20 at 10 AM held at the KSU Kiva
  • The Story Continues — Sunday, November 20 at the KSU Kiva
  • Last Chance to say Goodbye to Rev. Melissa
  • No RE Classes this Sunday
  • Service Auction Childcare Announcement
  • Spirit Cinema – December 10
  • Hello My Beloved Church Community
  • Important Service Auction Information
  • Parents of Young Children – November 18
  • Ho, Ho, Holidays!  Decorate the Church for Christmas —  November 27
  • Gift-giving Time of Year – Holiday Share
  • Pat Pownall UU Book Group – December 8
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Holiday Giving
  • Central East Region Spring Conferences
  • Ohio C.A.N Blessing Bags
  • Robert Fildes Memorial – November 19

 

 

 

 

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What Now? – November 13 , 2016

question-1316632_960_720Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Justin Czekaj

The election is over.  What now?  No matter who wins, we have important work before us as a people, most especially the work of restoring civility to public life.  Come reflect together on the stories we need now and the spiritual practices that can sustain us in our work together.

 

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

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e-nUUs November 9, 2016

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • What Now? — Sunday, November 13
  • UU’ve Got Talent — Saturday, November 12
  • Youth Organizational Meeting this Sunday
  • Service Auction Childcare Announcement
  • Teacher Teams
  • Many thanks – “Froggie Fundraiser”
  • Second Sunday Meet & Greet this Sunday
  • New to UU Class this Sunday
  • Thank you — Election Day Dinner
  • Patricia Pownall UU Book Group
  • Kent Hogwarts Yule Ball
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Thanksgiving Baskets Supplies Needed for KSS – Donations due by Sunday, November 13
  • Holiday Giving
  • Kent Interfaith Post Election Forum
  • An Invitation for  Faith Communities in the Kent Area
  • Robert Fildes Memorial
  • Ohio C.A.N. Blessing Bag Donations Requested

 

 

 

 

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Post Election Service and Discussion Tonight at 7 PM – November 9, 2016

candles-209157_960_720We need one another now and we process our reactions to this election.  We will gather at 7:00 pm tonight in the sanctuary for a service and discussion.  Nursery care will be provided for the littlest ones.  Children are welcome to join us in the sanctuary.  We will begin the service all together with music and comforting words.  Before we begin inviting people to share their feelings, we will invite the children to join DRE Lily Rappaport and other RE volunteers for a discussion of their own, along with reminders about the ways we will work together to keep everyone safe and keep answering the call of love.

Below you will find a letter Lily prepared for families with resources about how to talk with children about the outcome of this election.  Rev. Christie, Intern Minister Dave, Hal Walker and I look forward to welcoming you tonight.

Rev. Melissa

 

Dear Families and Friends,

Some of us may be experiencing strong emotions in the wake of yesterday’s presidential election. As we move ahead together, we must come together in love and do what we need to do to take care of ourselves and of those who need us.

There will be a post election gathering tonight at 7 pm in the Sanctuary. This will be a space for us to share our feelings and reflect together on what we need to do now. Older children who need this opportunity will begin with us in the Sanctuary and then join DRE Lilly Rappaport and RE volunteers for their own time together. Childcare will be available.

 

Many are asking this morning, “What do I tell my children?” The following article may be a helpful resource for you to use in having discussions with children.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-should-we-tell-the-children_us_5822aa90e4b0334571e0a30b

Lily Rappaport

Director of Religious Education

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Stories of Spiritual Discovery – November 6, 2016

healing-668178_960_720Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

What kinds of circumstances lead to opportunities for spiritual discovery.  This morning, as we introduce our monthly theme of story, I have invited three members of the congregation to share one of their own stories of spiritual discovery.  Come join us as we listen together for what the stories of others can teach us about our own.

 

Sunday Services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with Nursery care available for both services.

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December Spiritual Cinema – Dances With Wolves – 12/10 @ 7 PM

Dances With Wolves PosterThis year the middle school youth group will be studying “Popcorn Theology” and we are going to use our monthly Spiritual Cinema as an opportunity to watch some of the movies in their entirety. Our movie nights have always been open to people of all ages but we strongly encourage youth to attend with their parents.

For our next Spiritual Cinema on Friday, December 10 at 7:00 PM, we will watch the motion picture, “Dances With Wolves” (1990). The movie is 183 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:

In Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner plays U.S. Army Lieutenant John G. Dunbar during and shortly after the U.S. Civil War. Following a victory with Union troops under his command, he requests an assignment to the western frontier and is assigned to an isolated military outpost. John waits patiently for other troops to arrive at the outpost, but they never do. With no means to communicate with his superiors, John bides his time by taking care of the outpost and himself, as well as writing in his journal. A nearby wolf begins to take an interest in John. At first, he tries to chase the wolf away, but eventually, the wolf becomes John’s unwitting companion. Later, John realizes that there is a nearby Native American Sioux tribe. Members of the tribe meet John, but since they do not have a common language to speak with one another, they are somewhat suspicious of him. Eventually, John learns how to speak Sioux and is adopted by the tribe after he helps them.  However, the tribe’s way of life is coming to an end and we get to make our own decision about which society is truly civilized and barbaric.

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e-nUUs November 2, 2016

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • We’re Trying Something New with the e-nUUs!
  • Stories of Spiritual Discovery – Sunday, November 6
  • UU’ve Got Talent concert
  • Coming of Age Program canceled
  • Spiritual Cinema: Contact
  • GLSEN Youth Conference
  • Youth Group Organizational Meeting
  • Important announcement regarding childcare for the Service Auction
  • Teacher Teams – Sunday, November 6
  • Froggie Fundraiser
  • Exciting News!  Service Auction announcement
  • Plant-based Potluck
  • Bringing GA Home
  • Parking Notice for Election Day Dinner
  • Youth Help Needed
  • Patricia Pownall UU Book Group
  • Kent Hogwarts Yule Ball
  • Kent Interfaith Post-Election Forum
  • Race Forward Akron: Building Community and Taking Action for Racial Justice

 

 

 

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How We Do Anything is How We Do Everything – October 30, 2016

mural-1347673_960_720Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee

I’ve heard this phrase multiple times in the last year, it seems all of a sudden.  This morning we will consider what we can learn about ourselves from the way we say goodbye.

 

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

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