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.

For those joining via Zoom, our meeting room opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the service (at 10:45 AM) for weekly announcements. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

11:00 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

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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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.

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!

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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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Town Hall Session Feedback

Thank you to all those who attended the Town Hall sessions on March 3 and 4, for asking some great questions, and for providing fantastic input as we think about our next steps as a congregation. If you were unable to attend either session, contact the church office to request a link to view the recording.

Following up, we need your input in order to make the best decision about our next steps.

TRANSITIONAL MINISTRY FEEDBACK FORM – The feedback form is at https://tinyurl.com/bddvya5vand will be open until March 18. It includes the following sections:
  • Ministerial Attributes – These are the attributes upon which we evaluate both our congregation and our ministers. All of them are important, but we would like your input on which are highest priority as we look towards our next phase in ministry. We ask that you rank them accordingly.
  • Transitional Ministry Preference – Please indicate your perspective on each potential ministry type, and also rank by preference.
  • Open-ended Feedback on Budget and Transitional Ministry – Please share as much or as little perspective here as you deem important.

ANNUAL GENEROSITY CAMPAIGN – Please submit your Annual Generosity Campaign pledge cards as soon as possible so we know what our budget parameters will be for the next fiscal year. The campaign closes on March 23, but we would be incredibly grateful if you were able to submit by March 20.

We are grateful for a community of engaged, thoughtful members and friends, and look forward to continuing to build a bright future together!

Kara Kramer
UUCK Board Moderator

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Who Are Our Leaders?

During this time of transition, it may be helpful for folks to know who our official leaders are, and what areas they cover.

We have a Board of Trustees, led by Moderator Kara Kramer. The board members are our elected leaders and have been given the authority by us to make decisions about the future (with opportunities for members to give input).

We also have a Ministry Executive Team (MET) which includes our Administrator MaryBeth Hannan, our volunteer treasurer Lois Weir, and two other former board members, Diana D. Watt and Kathie Slater. The MET oversees our day-to-day operations and collaborates with our ministry teams.

Our Committee on Shared Ministry, led by Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Mirkin-McGee, helps us to live into our covenant by practicing faithful communication and gentleness with one another.

Our Worship Arts team plans the 11:00am traditional service and is led by Commissioned Lay Minister Kathy Kerns. Our Director of Religious Exploration Colleen Haines Thoele oversees the 9:15 all ages service and Sunday morning religious exploration, with assistance from Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renée Ruchotzke.

Our parish minister serves as a member of all of the above leadership groups and provides a lot of the communication/coordination. In times when we don’t have a minister, the various groups make adjustments so that communication is maintained. Please give them all extra grace during the next several weeks as they make those adjustments.

Rev. Christie Anderson and Rev. Renée Ruchotzke are affiliated community ministers, and fill in as volunteers in partnership with–and are accountable to–the above leaders.

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