The Stuff of Stars

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Sunday, December 15, 2019 Led

by DRE Colleen Thoele and Sandy Eaglen

This family friendly all-ages service will celebrate the stars! Through dance, song and story, the children of our beloved community will offer tales of Christmas magic and joy. 

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

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Blue Christmas

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Join Lori McGee for our annual Blue Christmas vespers service at 7 PM on Tuesday evening, December 10. This service is open to all; however, those who have suffered pain or loss over the last year are especially encouraged to attend.  Through music, prayer, and ritual, we will honor our suffering and, perhaps, open ourselves to the joy of the season. 

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The Awe Effect

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood

Awe is the feeling we get when something vast challenges our understanding of the world. Feeling awe can be a powerful spiritual experience because as Paul Piff and Dacher Keltner say: “it imbues us with a different sense of ourselves, seeing ourselves as part of something larger.” This service will invite us to reflect on awe and its power to help us grow spiritually by inspiring wonder and curiosity, reverence, kindness, and care for others and the world.

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

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What Does the Earth Require from Us?

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Led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

Taking care of the earth is an important and almost universally shared value.  But  taking care of the earth is also a spiritual challenge as it may require at times that we be intentional and change our behavior so that we feel our actions are in alignment with our values.  This service considers how we can consider ways of “upping our game” in environmental stewardship, especially regarding plastic pollution and the environment.

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

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For All That Is Our Life

Photo by Brad Bolton, adapted

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman, DRE Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Sophie Grubb

Hymn #120 in Singing the Living Tradition invites us to practice gratitude: “For all that is our life, we give our thanks and praise; for all life is a gift which we are called to use to build the common good”. On this Sunday together as a community of all ages, we will celebrate Thanksgiving and renew our commitment to be grateful for all we have by telling stories, singing songs, and creating a gratitude tree.

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

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Paying Attention

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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Lori McGee

Poet Mary Oliver once said: “Attention is the beginning of devotion.” In her poem “Gratitude” Oliver poses eight questions that invite us to be fully present and to pay attention to the world around us. We will reflect on these eight questions as we explore November’s theme of “Attention” and how attention is the heart of the spiritual life as well as an invitation to live more fully.

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

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Wage Peace

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Poet Judyth Hill invites us to “Wage peace”, to use our breath and our ears and our hands and our hearts to not only actively work for peace, but to act as if peace is already a reality. As we thank and honor our veterans for their service to our country on this Veteran’s Day, we will reflect on our sixth principle, the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.

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

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Calling All UU Superheros

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Jennifer May

Commissioner Steven has turned on the Chalice Signal: calling all UU Superheroes! In honor of our Treats and Talents auction with its theme of “SUUperheroes” this year, this service will be an invitation to bring your UUnique superpower and join other “SUUperheroes”, including UU Woman and the Yellow Lantern of Justice, in the work of building community and creating justice and peace.

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

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We Remember Them

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

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

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Longing, Belonging, and Beloved

Sunday , October 20, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns

Unitarian Universalists often use the phrase “Beloved Community”, a concept which was coined by Josiah Royce, who spoke of a community of memory and hope, and then enlarged by Martin Luther King Jr.  How does this vision of the world challenge us as a community to respond to the fundamental human longing to belong and be loved?  Following the second service, there will be a theme discussion group of the month’s Soul Matters theme of “Belonging”.

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

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An Apple for the Journey

Image by Ralf Kunze from Pixabay

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman, Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele, and Worship Associate Elena Kline

The apple, a symbol of autumn, has long been associated with the body, especially healing and good health, but it also represents spiritual gifts, including abundance, love, gratitude and generosity, that help us make our life’s journey more meaningful.  We will gather as a community of all ages to give thanks for life’s many gifts and enjoy the taste of autumn with an apple communion.  We will also commission and bless our musicians.

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

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Begin Again in Love

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Led by Lori McGee and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen

Yom Kippur is the holiest of days for the Jewish people.  During Yom Kippur, Jews around the world will spend their days fasting, praying in atonement and repentance, and asking for forgiveness from God for wrong-doings over the past year.  What can Unitarian Universalists learn from this centuries long tradition of atonement and new beginnings?  This service will provide some insights to this high holy day and offer a ritual of atonement and beginning again in love.  

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

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A Sacred Yes

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman

Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom, in his book “Serving With Grace” invites us to only say yes to an opportunity to serve when it aligns with our passions and our gifts.  As we celebrate our annual Shared Ministries Sunday, we will reflect on answering our heart’s calling to serve one another and to join in the congregation’s work of shared ministry.  In the spirit of shared ministry, we will also commission our Board of Trustees. 

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

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Great Expectations

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman

How often do our expectations of ourselves, our lives, and one another and society’s expectations of us get in the way of living more fully and authentically?  As a community that is held together by covenant rather than creed, what can and should we honestly expect of each other?  The service will explore various aspects of the month’s Soul Matters theme of Expectation.  Following the second service, there will be a theme discussion group in the sanctuary.

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

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Coming Home

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman

Starhawk says: “We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been.”  If Unitarian Universalism is to truly be a spiritual home, we need to both give and receive radical hospitality, offering to one another what we need to become more fully human and creating a place we have never been.  During this service we will commission and bless our Religious Education teachers and leaders as we begin a new RE year.

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

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