Flawed to Perfection – September 24, 2017

Led by Rev. Anya Johnston

The Hebrew calendar tells us we have entered the new year 5778 this past week and we are headed for the most solemn and important Day of Atonement. We get to erase some mistakes as we enter the new year, and how we carry those eraser marks is key to how we move forward.

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

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e-nUUs – September 20, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Flawed to Perfection  – September 24
  • Cuyahoga River Concert: Matt Watroba and Hal Walker – September 22
  • Teacher Teams – September 24
  • Acme Community Cash Back Fundraiser
  • Pancakes this Sunday! – September 24
  • Plant-based Vegan Potluck – October 6
  • Where’s Walden in the Fall – October 6-8
  • Attention All Committees & All Group: Ministries Fair  – October 15
  • Special Voting Meeting  – October 1
  • Social Justice Speaker, Jeff Stewart – September 29
  • Portage Farm Bureau Community Breakfast – September 23
  • The Art of Herding Cats: Tips and Techniques for Hosting UU Small Groups – September 21
  • How to Tailor Tapestry of Faith to Your Group – October 5
  • City of Kent Public Hearing on Democracy Day – October 5
  • Save the Date: Beyond Categorical Thinking – November 11

 

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e-nUUs – September 13, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Mending Wall – September 17
  • Cuyahoga River Concert: Matt Watroba and Hal Walker – September 22
  • Teacher Teams – September 17
  • Acme Community Cash Back Fundraiser
  • Youth Group – September 16
  • Board Listening Session  – September 17
  • Retiree’s Lunch – September 19
  • Where’s Walden in the Fall – October 6-8
  • Attention All Committees & All Group: Ministries Fair  – October 15
  • Beyond Categorical Thinking – November 11
  • Special Voting Meeting  – October 1
  • Social Justice Speaker, Jeff Stewart – September 29
  • Portage Farm Bureau Community Breakfast – September 23
  • Shared Ministry Leadership Conference – September 23
  • The Art of Herding Cats: Tips and Techniques for Hosting UU Small Groups – September 21
  • How to Tailor Tapestry of Faith to Your Group – October 5
  • City of Kent Public Hearing on Democracy Day – October 5

 

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Brainstorming Party this Saturday! – September 9, 2017

Feeling Creative?
Want to experience the creative energy that leads to Sunday morning services? … Then come to a Brainstorming Party!

What are the elements that contribute to a great Sunday morning worship service? …flowers, poetry, music, multi-media, colorful decor, ritual…even dance! All of these help to bring a multi-sensory mood to the Sunday morning experience. We’ll meet for 90 minutes to drink coffee, explore ideas and have fun imagining what church could be. Whether you’re brand new or you’ve been here forever, come with an open mind, a creative heart and good sense of humor.

Join us Saturday, September 9
10:30 am – noon in the Sanctuary

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e-nUUs – September 6, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Don’t You Need a Welcome? – September 10
  • Cuyahoga River Concert: Rupert Wates – September 8
  • Play Date – September 8
  • Teacher Teams – September 10
  • Second Sunday Meet & Greet – September 10
  • Social Hour
  • Ministries Fair Coming Soon – October 15
  • Plant-based Potluck Dinner – September 8
  • Special Voting Meeting  – October 1
  • Social Justice Speaker, Jeff Stewart – September 29
  • The World Cafe – September 23
  • City of Kent Public Hearing on Democracy Day – October 5
  • Blue Sky Folk Festival – September 16
  • Shared Ministry Leadership Conference – September 23
  • The Art of Herding Cats: Tips and Techniques for Hosting UU Small Groups – September 21
  • How to Tailor Tapestry of Faith to Your Group – October 5

 

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e-nUUs – August 30, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • The Delicate Art of Hospitality – September 3
  • Cuyahoga River Concert: Rupert Wates – September 8
  • All-Ages Community Activity – September 3
  • Teacher Teams – September 3
  • Social Hour
  • Message to the Community: Who We Are
  • Play-date and Picnic for Parents of Young UUs – September 8
  • Plant-based Potluck Dinner – September 8
  • Special Voting Meeting  – October 1
  • Social Justice Speaker, Jeff Stewart – September 29
  • Shared Ministry Leadership Conference – September 23
  • The Art of Herding Cats: Tips and Techniques for Hosting UU Small Groups – September 21
  • How to Tailor Tapestry of Faith to Your Group – October 5

 

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e-nUUs – August 23, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Ingathering Sunday – August 27, 10 AM at Plum Creek Park
  • Cuyahoga River Concert: Rupert Wates – September 8
  • Teacher Training – August 26
  • Date Correction: Blessing of the Backpacks – August 27
  • Play-date and Picnic for Parents of Young UUs – September 8
  • Attention New Members – New Member Picnic – August 27
  • Board Sponsored Speaker: Devi Gursahaney – August 26
  • Plant-based Potluck Dinner – September 8
  • Social Justice Speaker, Jeff Stewart – September 29
  • Akron Pride March – August 26
  • Shared Ministry Leadership Conference – September 23
  • The Art of Herding Cats: Tips and Techniques for Hosting UU Small Groups – September 21
  • How to Tailor Tapestry of Faith to Your Group – October 5

 

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Ingathering Sunday – August 27, 2017

One service at 10 AM at Plum Creek Park, Pavilion #2

Led by Rev. Anya Johnston and Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport

On August 27th we will return to Plum Creek Park as we unite for this exciting church year. This is a service where you are invited to bring water or soil that represents your travels, whether they have been travels of the world, the neighborhood, or of the heart. Experienced UUs will recognize this as “The Water Service” or a slight variation. Newcomers are particularly invited to attend, learn, and share into our community.

On this day we will worship together, at one-service only, starting at 10 a.m. It will be a joy to see families and folks of all ages together for a morning of welcoming and celebration.

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e-nUUs – August 16, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • I Have a Voice – August 20
  • Ingathering Sunday – August 27, 10 AM at Plum Creek Park
  • Sermon References from August 13
  • Cuyahoga River Concert: Rupert Wates – September 8
  • Between Times, with Rev. Anya
  • Date Correction: Blessing of the Backpacks – August 27
  • News from the RE Wire
    • RE Summer World Travelers
    • RE Teacher Training – August 26
  • Survey Sunday – August 20
  • Social Hour Returns – August 20
  • Attention New Members – New Member Picnic – August 27
  • Board Sponsored Speaker: Devi Gursahaney – August 26
  • Plant-based Potluck Dinner – September 8
  • Special Collection  – August 20
  • Akron Pride March – August 26
  • Shared Ministry Leadership Conference – September 23
  • The Art of Herding Cats: Tips and Techniques for Hosting UU Small Groups – September 21
  • How to Tailor Tapestry of Faith to Your Group – October 5

 

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e-nUUs – August 9, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Waking Up: What Could It Mean to be Spiritual and Not Religious  – August 13
  • Ingathering Sunday – August 27
  • News from the RE Wire
    • OWL Registration is Open
    • Save the Date: RE Teacher Training
    • RE Summer World Travelers
  • Homework Assignment
  • Second Sunday Meet & Greet – August 13
  • New to UU Class Postponed
  • Retiree’s Lunch – August 15

 

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e-nUUs – August 2, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Mind the Gaps — August 6
  • News from the RE Wire
    • OWL Registration is Open
    • RE Summer World Travelers
    • Save the Date: RE Teacher Training
  • New to UU Class Postponed
  • Board Update
  • Retiree’s Lunch – August 15
  • Update from the Building Expansion Team
  • Special Collection Thank you
  • KSS Needs Food Items
  • UUJO Assembly – Save the Date – October 14
  • Portage County Financial Wellness Fair – August 19

 

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News from the Ministerial Search Committee – July 27, 2017

 

WHO IS YOUR MINISTERIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE?

We are a KSU psychology professor, a former professor of communication and two former elementary-school teachers. We are a working journalist, a Kinko’s design specialist, a former NASA engineer, a former KSU vice provost and a longtime interim minister who has served congregations in seven states.

“What really stands out is this particular group’s dedication
and their determination to see a full picture.”

— Committee chair Kathie Slater, former member of the search committee that brought us Rev. Melissa

We are the father of a young child and mothers of grown adults who went all the way through UUCK Religious Education. We are Summer Institute groupies and never-beens. We are former or current members of the care team, the social-justice committee, the finance committee, the centennial committee, the religious-education committee, the board of trustees — two of us were moderator and the search committee that brought us Rev. Melissa. We are UUCK greeters and pancake-makers, photograph-takers and choir members, instrumentalists, worship associates, Sacred Song Circle singers and former co-chairs of the capital campaign. We bring seasoned UUCK voices with as many as 53 years’ membership and new eyes with only one.

In short, your 2017 Ministerial Search Committee is a diverse group with a variety of talents, skills and interests and at least one important thing in common: Dedication to the task at hand.

“I am just really impressed with the dedication and the energy people are putting into this search process,” says committee chair Kathie Slater. “It’s not just that they want to do the job. They want to do the job incredibly well.”

Your search committee was chosen through a careful process that began with every member of the church being asked to electronically submit the names of up to three nominees. Any member who didn’t submit a recommendation was personally contacted. Some 70 people were nominated, many of them multiple times, by the congregation.

The UUCK Leadership Development Committee and members of the board of trustees gave careful consideration to these recommendations, also to personally expressed interest, skill sets and diversity. Ultimately 12 people were contacted to serve. A few people, most notably folks with young families, turned down the nomination because of the time commitment required; each member of the committee must be prepared to work 250-400 hours during the one-year search process. (Look for a timeline soon in the social hall to let you know exactly what we hope will happen during this year, as we head toward Fall 2018 and a new settled minister!)

One month into committee work, indeed, and your search committee of nine is right on schedule, having finished the interview portion of its Voices of the UUCK project. Some 69 people, more than one-third of the church, were interviewed one-on-one (19), in focus groups (44 participants in 11 groups) and by questionnaire (six).

Next up is a survey, which is being carefully crafted by internal experts and likely will be used as a model in UU searches throughout the nation, Kathie said. Supervised by MSC member Becky Cline, a former KSU professor of communication, it is a tool that must diligently ask the right questions to present a true picture of the church for incoming ministerial applicants.

Next up: The Voices of the UUCK survey.
Watch this space for details to learn how you and your beloved church community
can benefit from your participation.  (There will be prizes!)

“The church has entrusted us to make the best decisions. And from the looks of this committee and how they are working together, they take that trust seriously,” says Kathie.

As always, your search committee welcomes ideas, questions, comments and concerns. We are sincere when we say we are here to serve you.

Your ministerial search committee members are:

     Kathie Slater, chair
     Becky Cline
     Don Easterling
     Saul Flanner
     Bonnie Harper
     Debra-Lynn Hook
     Kathy Kerns
     Rod Thompson
     Gene Wenninger

 

 

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e-nUUs – July 26, 2017

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Headlines from this week’s announcements:

  • Play and Purpose – July 30
  • News from the RE Wire
    • RE Summer World Travelers
    • Save the Date: RE Teacher Training
  • Attention Parents of 8th and 9th Graders – OWL Registration
  • Simple Gifts
  • Board Update
  • Update from the Building Expansion Team
  • UUCK Annual Garden Tour – Room for more participants
  • Fall Walden Update
  • Special Collection this Sunday – July 30
  • KSS Needs Food Items
  • UUJO Assembly – Save the Date – October 14
  • Portage County Financial Wellness Fair – August 19

 

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News from the Ministerial Search Committee – July 20, 2017

 

SEARCH-COMMITTEE FOCUS GROUPS ALMOST DONE!

“We are here, and we are listening.”

Stage One of the church-wide listening project “The Voices of the UUCK,” is almost complete, as the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) finishes focus groups this weekend.

Once these final focus groups are done, the MSC will begin compiling notes from all groups and individual interviews, with particular attention on the identity and needs of the congregation as expressed by all of you, as well as the skills and qualities you deem most important in the next minister.

We will also begin work on Stage Two, an all-important church-wide survey. No need to sharpen your pencils yet: The survey won’t be ready for distribution for a few weeks, and we’ll let you know well in advance through e-mail, E-nUUs and the Sunday bulletin.

We are grateful, meanwhile, up to this point and beyond, for your voices. Your stories, thoughts, ideas and concerns, provided through focus groups; one-on-one interviews; and eventually, the survey, will be front and center as we compile the all-important “congregational record.” This record is what will tell the story of our beloved church to prospective ministerial candidates.

As always, we welcome your questions, and we thank you for your participation and your patience.

Here’s to a new settled minister in the pulpit by Fall of 2018!

 

Your ministerial search committee members are:

     Kathie Slater, chair
     Becky Cline
     Don Easterling
     Saul Flanner
     Bonnie Harper
     Debra-Lynn Hook
     Kathy Kerns
     Rod Thompson
     Gene Wenninger

 

 

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