The Spirit of Yes – Sunday, January 13, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lori McGee

One of the tasks of religion is to explore life’s deepest questions, including “what is our purpose in life?” One possible answer is found in the words of Rev. Frederick Buechner, who speaks of the spiritual place where our passions meet the needs of the world. As life calls us into meaningful lives of service where we share our gifts, talents, and passions, how does the Spirit of yes invite us to respond with our whole lives?

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

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Installation Service of Rev. Steven Protzman – January 12, 2019

Beloved UUCK Members and Friends,

Covenant is at the heart of our commitment to each other and our faith community. When we covenant together, we agree to hold ourselves and each other in love, compassion, and right relationship. Oftentimes this is informal in our work together, and occasionally we have the joyful opportunity to celebrate and formalize these commitments.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, I would like to cordially invite all in our community to covenant with Rev. Steven Protzman, and formally install him as our Settled Minister. It will be a ceremony full of grace and love, honoring his and our commitment to each other and our beloved UUCK community. There will also be time to connect and celebrate!

Installation of
The Rev. Steven Protzman
as Settled Minister

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
at 2 p.m.

At the United Church of Christ, Congregational
1400 E. Main Street
Kent, Ohio 44240

Reception to follow in the UCC Church Social Hall (lower level)

Childcare will be provided
Children are welcome and are invited to participate in the service.

As always, we are asking our community to help provide for this event with their time and treasure. We are looking for greeters/ushers, setup and cleanup for the reception, as well as drinks (non-alcoholic) and desserts. Please use the following link to indicate how you would like to participate!  https://goo.gl/LXuX9T

With gratitude for all of you,

Dani Beale, Moderator

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On the Brink of Everything – Sunday, December 30, 2018

One service at 10 AM    

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Parker Palmer writes: “I stand on the brink of everything.  I’m old enough to know that the world can delight me, so my expectation is not of the world but of myself: Delight in the gift of life and be grateful.”  As we bid the old year farewell and we stand on the brink of a new year with its promise and possibilities, through songs, stories and rituals we will express our hopes for the new year.

Nursery care will be available during the service for children Pre-school age and younger.

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Christmas Eve Service Schedule

Christmas services will be offered on Monday, December 24 only.  Everyone is invited to attend.

As we welcome Christmas once again, we will tell stories and sing songs about the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.  Together we’ll share the beauty and wonder of this special time with its promise that amid the struggles, problems, and suffering of life, all is calm and all is bright.  Please note that we will not be offering nursery care on Christmas Eve this year.   Since the introduction of our Young Family Friendly Service, we have found that families  have not been using nursery care for these services.

4:30 PM — Young Family Friendly Service

Led by Director of Religious Education Coleen Thoele with Michelle Bores. This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children.

6:30 PM – All is Calm, All is Bright  

A family-friendly service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer – Candle light service created with families in mind.  The podcast is from this service.

8:30 PM – All is Calm, All is Bright  

An adult-oriented service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen – A meditative candle light service created with adults and older teens in mind.

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The Promise of Light – Sunday, December 23, 2018

One Service at 10:00 AM

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Christie Anderson

Victoria Safford writes: “At this time of year, during these darkening days, every ancient story that we have ever told  from the solstice fire, to the lights of the menorah, to the advent candles — whispers the same message: ‘The light will return, but you must go out and meet it.'”  We will gather as a community of all ages to celebrate the Winter Solstice and its promise that the light will return.

Nursery care is available during the service for children preschool age and younger.

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Mother Spider’s Christmas Gift – Sunday, December 16

Led by Sandy Eaglen,  Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele with Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

Our annual holiday family-friendly all ages service will celebrate the interdependent web of life through the magic of the Christmas season.  Join us for a morning of storytelling and singing as our community weaves tales of peace, hope and love.

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

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Let There Be Light!

Sunday, December 9,  2018

Led by Katie Grigg and Eric van Baars, Worship Associate 

It’s the darkest time of year, and there seems to be so much despair, fear and darkness in the world.  Let’s find out how to let in the light!  Light holds great cultural and sacred significance in many of the world’s major religions,especially in the holiday season.  We’ll pay homage to traditions and welcome new ways to usher light into the dark corners of our mind, and our world.

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

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The Mystic Lights

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Rev.Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lori McGee

In her poem “The Feast of Lights” Emma Lazarus speaks of the mystic lights as she tells the story of Hanukkah, the story of a military victory and the miracle of a sacred lamp that burned for eight days even though there was only enough oil for one day.  As we tell this story, we celebrate the light burning in the human heart, a light that brings hope and possibility even in times of darkness and despair. 

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 ans 11:30 AM with nursery care for  Pre-school age and younger available during both services.

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The Lovers, the Dreamers and UUs

Sunday, November 25, 2018  

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Carolyn Schelemmer

Kermit the Frog says: Yeah, well, I’ve got a dream too. It’s about singing and dancing and making people happy. That’s the kind of dream that gets better the more people you share it with.” In honor of our Treats and Talents auction with its theme of “The Lovers, the Dreamers, and UUs ” this year, this service will be a romp through Muppet theology about rainbows, lovers, dreamers, life, and Unitarian Universalism.

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

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Amazing Gratitude

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman, Colleen Thoele and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

In his song “Amazing Gratitude” Hal Walker sings: “The heart of the thing, the song I sing, and the prayer I pray is amazing gratitude”. On this Sunday together as a community of all ages, we will celebrate Thanksgiving and renew our commitment to live with amazing gratitude and build the path of love by telling stories, singing songs, and creating a gratitude tree.

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care for children Pre-school and younger is available during both services.

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Now More than Ever

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

No matter how the election turns out, our country will still be a people divided by class, by race, by politics, by the idolatry of nationalism, by an “us versus them” mentality. In this post-election service, we will affirm that now more than ever our Unitarian Universalist message of love and hope, of inclusivity and diversity is needed to heal ourselves, our democracy and our world.

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

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Tension or Temper

Sunday, November 3, 2018

Led by Cal Frye

What is the purpose of the church? Is our task to heal ourselves, or society? How do we balance our desire for social justice with our need for the social hour between first and second service? And can we find the balance while still maintaining harmony and compassion within these walls? Courage, my friends! In the tension is our strength.

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

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Safely Kept in the Heart

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee

“So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.”  The words of this Reformed Jewish prayer remind us that our loved ones live on in our hearts as long as we remember them.  In keeping with the many spiritual traditions of remembrance during this time of the year, we will once again remember and honor our beloved dead with rituals and songs, love and tears. 

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

                      

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The Promise and the Practice

Sunday, October 20, 2018

Led by Melissa Jeter and Worship Associate Rev. Steven Protzman

The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign is our opportunity to take the lead as a faith denomination in addressing our history of upholding white supremacy. Together, we can collectively work to dismantle it and amend a long broken promise to the Black Lives within our Association.  Click here for more information on the Promise and the Practice Campaign for Black Lives Unitarian Universalist (BLUU).

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

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