Stepping Into Justice – January 8, 2017

Led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Andrew Rome

Working for social justice is a key tenet of our faith. It is found in the principles and our hymns. How can we act in ways to create justice, especially in the context of all of the rest of the demands in our lives?

 

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

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Holiday Service Schedule – New Year’s Day podcast

Holiday Service Schedule

 

December 22, 2016    Blue Christmas Gathering 

Our annual “Blue Christmas” gathering will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  Blue Christmas services traditionally provide a place to honor loved ones lost in the preceding year.  With so much grief surrounding us now, this year’s Blue Christmas service will be not only a place to remember our departed but also to simply be in community together, to hold one another, and to find our joy again.  Please join Intern Minister Dave Clements and Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee in this service of prayer, silence, and song.

December 24, 2016  Christmas Eve

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.

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Parking for Christmas Eve services is available in the lot behind the Church, street parking on Gougler Avenue, and additional parking is available in the parking lots located  behind the Bissler Building and in front of the medical arts building which are located on the corners of West Main and Gougler Avenue. 

 

4:30 PM — Young Family Friendly Service
Led by Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport and Religious Education Assistant Colleen Thoele
This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children who are sure to be filled with wiggles and excitement. Dress your child in their Christmas finery or their Christmas pajamas – whichever will be more fun – and come join the celebration.

6:30 PM — Family Friendly Service
Led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with families with school aged children in mind, this service of lessons and carols features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and other musical guests as well as uplifting story, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

8:30 PM — Adult Oriented Service
Led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with adults and older teens in mind, this service of lessons and carols also features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and other musical guests as well as inspiring poetry, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

 

December 25, 2016  Christmas Day

10:00 AM —  A Celebration of Peace
Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen
Perhaps the most characteristic element of Christmas is what we call the Christmas Spirit, its joy, its reassessment of life as good. This persistent presence is difficult to explain, but no one questions its genuineness. Come worship together as we learn about the Christmas spirit and experience its light.

 

January 1, 2017   New Year’s Day

10:00 AM —  A New Day
Led by Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer
Today is here. A new beginning, a new opportunity, and a new chance. We have the chance to build a new way.  Our service will explore how we can be prophetic regarding our own lives and how we can leave behind those things in our past and begin anew. Come and be engaged in beginning to build a new way.

 

 
Podcast is from New Year’s Day

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Holiday Service Schedule – Christmas morning podcast

Holiday Service Schedule

 

December 22, 2016    Blue Christmas Gathering 

Our annual “Blue Christmas” gathering will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  Blue Christmas services traditionally provide a place to honor loved ones lost in the preceding year.  With so much grief surrounding us now, this year’s Blue Christmas service will be not only a place to remember our departed but also to simply be in community together, to hold one another, and to find our joy again.  Please join Intern Minister Dave Clements and Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee in this service of prayer, silence, and song.

December 24, 2016  Christmas Eve

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.

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Parking for Christmas Eve services is available in the lot behind the Church, street parking on Gougler Avenue, and additional parking is available in the parking lots located  behind the Bissler Building and in front of the medical arts building which are located on the corners of West Main and Gougler Avenue. 

 

4:30 PM — Young Family Friendly Service
Led by Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport and Religious Education Assistant Colleen Thoele
This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children who are sure to be filled with wiggles and excitement. Dress your child in their Christmas finery or their Christmas pajamas – whichever will be more fun – and come join the celebration.

6:30 PM — Family Friendly Service
Led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with families with school aged children in mind, this service of lessons and carols features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and other musical guests as well as uplifting story, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

8:30 PM — Adult Oriented Service
Led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with adults and older teens in mind, this service of lessons and carols also features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and other musical guests as well as inspiring poetry, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

 

December 25, 2016  Christmas Day

10:00 AM —  A Celebration of Peace
Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen
Perhaps the most characteristic element of Christmas is what we call the Christmas Spirit, its joy, its reassessment of life as good. This persistent presence is difficult to explain, but no one questions its genuineness. Come worship together as we learn about the Christmas spirit and experience its light.

 

January 1, 2017   New Year’s Day

10:00 AM —  A New Day
Led by Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer
Today is here. A new beginning, a new opportunity, and a new chance. We have the chance to build a new way.  Our service will explore how we can be prophetic regarding our own lives and how we can leave behind those things in our past and begin anew. Come and be engaged in beginning to build a new way.

 

 
Podcast is of Christmas morning

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Holiday Service Schedule – Christmas and New Year’s

Holiday Service Schedule

 

December 22, 2016    Blue Christmas Gathering 

Our annual “Blue Christmas” gathering will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  Blue Christmas services traditionally provide a place to honor loved ones lost in the preceding year.  With so much grief surrounding us now, this year’s Blue Christmas service will be not only a place to remember our departed but also to simply be in community together, to hold one another, and to find our joy again.  Please join Intern Minister Dave Clements and Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee in this service of prayer, silence, and song.

December 24, 2016  Christmas Eve

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.

Click to enlarge.

Parking for Christmas Eve services is available in the lot behind the Church, street parking on Gougler Avenue, and additional parking is available in the parking lots located  behind the Bissler Building and in front of the medical arts building which are located on the corners of West Main and Gougler Avenue. 

 

4:30 PM — Young Family Friendly Service
Led by Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport and Religious Education Assistant Colleen Thoele
This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children who are sure to be filled with wiggles and excitement. Dress your child in their Christmas finery or their Christmas pajamas – whichever will be more fun – and come join the celebration.

6:30 PM — Family Friendly Service
Led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with families with school aged children in mind, this service of lessons and carols features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and other musical guests as well as uplifting story, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

8:30 PM — Adult Oriented Service
Led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with adults and older teens in mind, this service of lessons and carols also features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and other musical guests as well as inspiring poetry, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

 

December 25, 2016  Christmas Day

10:00 AM —  A Celebration of Peace
Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen
Perhaps the most characteristic element of Christmas is what we call the Christmas Spirit, its joy, its reassessment of life as good. This persistent presence is difficult to explain, but no one questions its genuineness. Come worship together as we learn about the Christmas spirit and experience its light.

 

January 1, 2017   New Year’s Day

10:00 AM —  A New Day
Led by Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer
Today is here. A new beginning, a new opportunity, and a new chance. We have the chance to build a new way.  Our service will explore how we can be prophetic regarding our own lives and how we can leave behind those things in our past and begin anew. Come and be engaged in beginning to build a new way.

 

 
Note that the included podcast is of Christmas Eve, the 8:30 service.

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Holiday Service Schedule – Christmas Eve podcast

Holiday Service Schedule

 

December 22, 2016    Blue Christmas Gathering 

Our annual “Blue Christmas” gathering will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  Blue Christmas services traditionally provide a place to honor loved ones lost in the preceding year.  With so much grief surrounding us now, this year’s Blue Christmas service will be not only a place to remember our departed but also to simply be in community together, to hold one another, and to find our joy again.  Please join Intern Minister Dave Clements and Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee in this service of prayer, silence, and song.

December 24, 2016  Christmas Eve

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.

Click to enlarge.

Parking for Christmas Eve services is available in the lot behind the Church, street parking on Gougler Avenue, and additional parking is available in the parking lots located  behind the Bissler Building and in front of the medical arts building which are located on the corners of West Main and Gougler Avenue. 

 

4:30 PM — Young Family Friendly Service
Led by Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport and Religious Education Assistant Colleen Thoele
This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children who are sure to be filled with wiggles and excitement. Dress your child in their Christmas finery or their Christmas pajamas – whichever will be more fun – and come join the celebration.

6:30 PM — Family Friendly Service
Led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with families with school aged children in mind, this service of lessons and carols features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and other musical guests as well as uplifting story, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

8:30 PM — Adult Oriented Service
Led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Lori McGee
Created with adults and older teens in mind, this service of lessons and carols also features the beautiful music of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent Peace Choir, Bell Choir and other musical guests as well as inspiring poetry, candlelight and a chance to reflect on the meaning of Christmas.

 

December 25, 2016  Christmas Day

10:00 AM —  A Celebration of Peace
Led by Intern Minister Dave Clements and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen
Perhaps the most characteristic element of Christmas is what we call the Christmas Spirit, its joy, its reassessment of life as good. This persistent presence is difficult to explain, but no one questions its genuineness. Come worship together as we learn about the Christmas spirit and experience its light.

 

January 1, 2017   New Year’s Day

10:00 AM —  A New Day
Led by Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer
Today is here. A new beginning, a new opportunity, and a new chance. We have the chance to build a new way.  Our service will explore how we can be prophetic regarding our own lives and how we can leave behind those things in our past and begin anew. Come and be engaged in beginning to build a new way.

 

 
Podcast is from Christmas Eve.

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A Presence of Angels – December 18, 2016

Led by Director of Religious Education Lily Rappaport, Religious Education Coordinator Colleen Thoele, and Sandy Eaglen. 

Join us for this annual multigenerational service featuring a special Christmas Children’s Choir and a holiday dramatic story, Elijah’s Angel, adapted and directed by Sandy Eaglen.

 

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

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Meditations on the Season – December 11, 2016

Led by Rev. Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Amidst the excesses of the Christmas season, we need to take time to savor the meaningful gifts of the season. Renew your spirit with gentle Christmas music performed by the Celtic Clan and a time to reflect on the blessings of Christmas and winter through our senses of sight, smell and hearing.

 

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

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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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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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