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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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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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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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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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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Letting the Light In: Transforming Your Pain into Power – October 23, 2016

sunlight-923125_1280Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

How do you create the most powerfully fulfilling life? Go where the pain is and come through on the other side.  Our experiences in life and our movement through them allow us to grow and evolve. Our pain can be a great informant of what we want to be aware of moving forward, so we want to give it voice and listen and learn how to transform our pain into power.

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

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Choosing Healing, Healing Choices – October 16, 2016

woman-591576_640Led by Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer and Worship Associate Debra-Lynn Hook

What makes it possible for us to choose healing?  How can we embrace healing choices, even and especially when a healing choice isn’t our first choice?  This morning we will celebrate the way the spirit of life can be our guide in matters of healing and wholeness.

 

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

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They Create One Another – October 9, 2016

adapted from Jon Delorey 2009 photo                                    “UU Neighborhood Winter Camp”

Led by Rev. Don Southworth and Rev. Melissa Carvill Ziemer

The mission of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association is to nurture excellence in ministry.  What are the factors that enable and create excellent ministry?  Your congregation knows more than you probably realize but in this time of transition it may be good to be reminded.

The Rev. Don Southworth is the founding Executive Director of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.  He served congregations in San Francisco, Atlanta and Durham, North Carolina prior to joining the UUMA and has led workshops on stewardship and congregational growth around the world.  

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

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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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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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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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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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