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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Saved by Unitarian Universalism — Sunday, July 29, 2018

Led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Eric van Baars

Salvation is an old and important idea in Universalism, but does it have relevance today for our faith?  This service is an opportunity to explore the meaning of salvation and to hear stories from people who were saved by Unitarian Universalism.

Sunday service is offered 10 AM with nursery care available for children Pre-school age and younger.

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Patching Chindis: On Brokenness — Sunday, July 22, 2018

Led by Rev. Robin Landerman Zucker, Interim Minister, UU Church of Meadville (PA)  with Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

Among the multitude of Hindu deities, there is a goddess named “Akhilandeshvari” – the “Never Not Broken Goddess.”  She is anything but frail, though – she carries a trident and rides in on a crocodile!  As humans, we are also “never-not-broken,” yet how do you relate to our brokenness? Do we despise it? Embrace it? Feel empathy for it? Want to soothe it? Experience its intense pathos and pain and seek to transform it? We’ll ride along with Akhillandeshvari, as we explore these questions through an Eastern spiritual lens. In this participatory service, we’ll also hear a classic Indian folk tale and engage with Rev. Robin in a ritual of healing.

Sunday service is offered 10 AM with nursery care available for children Pre-school age and younger.

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All Are Called: Bringing General Assembly Home – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Led by Elaine Bowen and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

On this Sunday, leaders will share their reflections of General Assembly.

 

Sunday’s service is offered at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Secrets and Elephants — Sunday, July 8, 2018

Led by Rev. Dave Clements and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer

Secrets can be defined as those experiences, thoughts, sometimes feelings that we choose to keep from view or to talk about. There are some secrets that are by their very nature contain information whose authorized disclosure could endanger lives or security. But then there are those secrets that become “elephants in the room.” These can be questions, problems, solutions or issues that many people if not all know about but choose to ignore because to do otherwise could cause embarrassment, sadness or even trigger an argument. What happens when secrets become elephants in the room?

Sunday service is offered at 10 AM with nursery care available for preschool age and younger.

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Hope in Unity – Sunday, July 1, 2018

Led by Lori Fatchet-McGee with Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

This Sunday we will use poetry to focus on unity, peace, freedom, and hope; Independence Day; and democracy.

One service will be offered at 10 AM with nursery care available.

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The Challenge of Change – Sunday, June 24, 2018

Led by Lisa Thiel and Friends

Let’s face it, change can be hard, and yet it is an absolutely unavoidable part of our existence. How can we deal with the upheavals in our lives with the most grace we can muster? In this special service, we will shake things up a bit in order to feel change, as well as hear personal stories of transformation from members and friends. Special guests include musician and author Margot Milcetich, classical cellist Kris Paggett, Saunis Parsons, Lori Fatchet-McGee, and Cal Frye.

 

Sunday service is offered at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Fathers and Flowers – Sunday, June 17, 2018

Led by Eric van Baars and Friends
June is the month to celebrate “Dads and Glads”, as we honor  traditions  of  our UU heritage and the father  figures who help  shape our community.  Please bring a stem or two of any flower that appeals to you with you to the service for our Unitarian Universalist Flower Ceremony.

Sunday service is offered at 10 AM with nursery care available during the service.

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Blessings in the Park (AT CHURCH) – Sunday, June 10, 2018

One service at 10 AM with Pet Blessings

Led by Lori Fatchet-McGee and Worship Associate Lisa Thiel

UPDATE: Due to rain, this service has been moved to the church building – NOT at Plum Creek Park. Please bring a picture of your pet for the blessing, rather than your actual pet.

On this Sunday, we’ll gather together for our annual service in the park and church picnic as we look  at how pets bless our lives and other blessings around us.

Our annual Church Picnic will immediately follow our worship service and pet blessings. 

Plan to bring the following:

  • Something to sit on – folding chairs or a blanket
  • A dish to share
  • Place settings for you and your family (plates, silverware, napkins, and cups)
  • Beverages (the Church will supply ice water)
  • Bring any games you might like to invite others to play.

For directions to Plum Creek Park, visit www.tinyurl.com/plumcreekpark

 

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May the Blessings Be – Sunday, June 3, 2018

Led by Elaine Bowen and Worship Associate Cal Frye

On this Sunday we will look at blessings through a UU lens.

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

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Life Calls Us On — Sunday, May 27, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson

In the hymn “Life Calls Us On”, written by Rev. Kendyl Gibbons and Rev. Jason Shelton, the fourth verse says:  “And the Spirit’s gracious power dreams of good that yet shall be.”  After a week together of getting to know each other and dreaming and talking about possibilities for our shared ministry, we will reflect on our time together and who life calls us to be together in the years to come.

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

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May I Have This Dance With You? — Sunday, May 20, 2018

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

 

The theme “Come Dance With Us” has guided your search committee in its journey of seeking your next settled minister.  As we reflect on the similarities between ministry and dancing, both of which invite us to practice partnership, adaptability and creativity, intimacy and experimentation, today will be a day of celebration as we begin our dance of ministry together, and we say yes once again to the invitation to join in the dance of Life.

 

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

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