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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The Promise and Possibilities of Shared Ministry

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee


Rev. Gordon McKeeman writes: “Ministry is a quality of relationship between and among human beings that beckons forth hidden possibilities.”  Ministry, once thought to be the work of ordained ministers, is the way we serve one another and the world.  This service will invite us to reflect on shared ministry as a promise all of us make to live out our values as Unitarian Universalists for the benefit of the congregation and the greater community.

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

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From Seed to Fruit

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Martin Luther once said that even if he knew the world were going to end, he would still plant an apple tree.  Today as we gather as a community of all ages to celebrate apple communion, we will give thanks for life’s many gifts, be reminded that apples are a symbol of spiritual gifts, including abundance, love, gratitude and generosity, and find inspiration in the way an apple tree begins as a small seed.

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

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Beyond Diversity: Rethinking Race and Our Congregations

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Led by Scott Piepho and Worship Associate Lori Fatchet-McGee

The conversation among Unitarian Universalists about our churches and people of color tends to center on the advantages that racial diversity offers to our congregations.  That frame tracks the general conversation in our society about issues like civil rights and immigration. The more important conversation is how we guarantee equal access to institutions, including UU churches, as a matter of fundamental justice.

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

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You’re Uni-What?

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Unitarian Universalism is one of America’s best kept secrets.  Even those who have heard of us don’t know much about our religion.  After a light hearted look at some of the common images and stereotypes people have of UUism, we’ll explore the “elevator speech” to discover ways we can tell people about our faith and invite them to join us.

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

Download Rev. Steven’s sermon here (includes examples of elevator speeches)

Image credited to All Souls UU , Sioux Falls, SD

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Wake Now, Our Vision

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Eric van Baars

Humankind once believed that the equator defined the end of the world.  Once this myth was proven untrue as navigators sailed beyond the equator, human progress occurred at an astonishing rate.  What is possible when we challenge our myths as human beings and a congregation and invite our vision to awaken and guide toward who we can be?  As part of the morning’s worship time, we’ll also commission and bless our Religious Education

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

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Many Streams Make One River

Ingathering Sunday, September 9, 2018

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

As many streams come together to make a river, we come together to make a community.  As we return from our summer adventures bringing water and stories to share, this festive multi-generational service of water communion and ingathering invites us to once again blend our lives together and renew our connections with each other.  Please bring a small amount of water for the water communion ritual. 

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

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An Injury to One is an Injury to All

Sunday, September 2, 2018 

Led by Cal Frye and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

Step by step, the longest march can be won, and by union what we will can be accomplished still. Beyond the workplace, the message of collective labor calls us to join together, all of us, to accomplish what we will. From the Wobblies to the Welcoming Congregation, we are called to come together, for we are stronger, better together.

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

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A House of Memory and Hope

Sunday, August 26, 2018           

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman

On August 23, 1868, our church building was dedicated in the spirit of the Universalist message of love and to unite the community in justice, peace and compassion.  As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the building, tell stories from our history, and look to the promise of the future we begin together, we will reflect on what it means to be as, Rev. Kathleen McTigue says in reading #435 in Singing the Living Tradition, a “house of memory and hope”.

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

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Thus Do We Covenant — Sunday, August 19, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

In the absence of a creed, dogma or doctrine, we bind ourselves to this community and to one another in service to our shared life and work through covenant, a promise to walk together towards the life we seek to lead.  This service will explore the history of covenant in Unitarian Universalism, look at covenant as the heart of our UU theology, and invite us to reflect together on what it means to be a community of covenant.  

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

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Blessings for the Journey — Sunday, August 12, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

As our adventure together begins, a new chapter in the long history of this congregation, who are we as kindred souls traveling together?  As we prepare for the journey ahead of us, what will we put in our spiritual backpacks?  What can we leave behind? 

During this service we will also bless backpacks and other bags for students of all ages to affirm that we are with you in the spirit of love and care as a new school year begins.

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care available for children preschool age and younger.

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The Space Between — Sunday, August 5, 2018

Led by Rev. Kristina Spaude

We live in a highly divided world, one where we are separated by politics, fear, the news media, and many other ways. It’s hard to remember to look for points of connection and common experience sometimes. What if, in our interactions with others and ourselves, we focused on the relationship, thinking that it is in the relationship that the holy lives?

Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 AM with nursery care available during all services for children preschool age and younger.

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