May 26, 2024

Led by Alicia Patrice

To honor the seeking of peace that unifies us all and to celebrate our final two-service Sunday before our summer schedule changes, we will gather at 9:15am in Hobbs Hall for an interactive and music-filled experience of the Dances of Universal Peace!

After centering ourselves into a worshipful space, we will move into an hour long (9:30am-10:30am) spiritual practice. Alicia Patrice will lead the community in an engaging and accessible exploration of song and gentle movement. This will be very beginner friendly, inclusive, and there will be opportunities to participate fully while seated.

9:30 – 10:30 AM Dances of Universal Peace

The Dances will replace the discussion circles for this week. All are welcome, including the first-service curious! We would love for this to be an intergenerational community celebration!

10:30 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Following the Dances of Universal Peace, our social time in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.
Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards will be available for purchase. Learn more about this fundraiser

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: Love and Loss are Interwoven

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by CLM Kathy Kerns with Worship Associate Heidi Sumser and Transitional Music Director Emily Hall.

Love comes with its own cost as it opens us to the possibility of grief and loss. This makes grief a fundamental part of the human condition. In this service, we will acknowledge the many sides of grief and consider ways to look for the light as we adapt to loss.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

For those joining via Zoom, our meeting room opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the service (at 10:45 AM) for weekly announcements. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

11:00 AM Zoom Information:

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On Sunday, June 2, 2024 we will begin our summer format of one service at 10 AM held in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom. Beginning on June 23, children and youth will begin in service and then be excused to their summer RE class together following the Time for All Ages.

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May 19, 2024

9:15 AM: Talking Across Differences

An in-person all-ages service led by DRE Colleen Thoele with a reflection by Randy Bish.

One of our Unitarian ancestors, Frances Davíd, said that we need not think alike to love alike. How do we talk to each other when we have strong, opposing opinions?

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  1. Share a topic that you feel strongly about and have friends or family that feel differently.
  2. What misperceptions might you have about “the other side” that might impede fruitful dialogue?
  3. How might you avoid “othering” the person with the differing opinion?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by Elaine Yehle Bowen.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

On Sunday, June 2, 2024 we will begin our summer format of one service at 10 AM held in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom. Beginning on June 23, children and youth will begin in service and then be excused to their summer RE class together following the Time for All Ages.

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Peace Vespers – 7:30pm Wednesday, May 22, 2024 in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom

Join us for an evening of lament, ritual, and singing for our wounded world, for hope in our connections to one another, and for our shared resilience as we lift up voices of peace. 

Led by Randy Bish, Transitional Music Director Emily Hall, and Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, with music from the UU Church of Kent Peace Choir.

Order of Service

Zoom Information:

https://zoom.us/j/97464785626
     Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626
        Dial by your location:  1 646 558 8656 (New York)
        Meeting ID: 974 6478 5626
     Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acCRYGAK

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Open Minds, Helping Hands, Loving Hearts: RE Sunday / Open Minds, Helping Hands and Loving Hearts: RE and Bridging Sunday

9:15 AM: Open Minds, Helping Hands, Loving Hearts: RE Sunday / A Sacred Chord

An all-ages service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele, RE teacher and the children of UUCK!

The children are leading the service! The children are leading the service! Each Spring we celebrate our children on Religious Education Sunday. This morning you are invited to sit back, relax and open your hearts to the gifts they have to share with us. 

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

*In the children’s chalice lighting we proclaim that “we are the church of the open minds, helping hands and loving hearts”….. Share a story of how you practice having an open mind.

  1. What are some ways people have helped you?
  2. How have you been inspired to help others?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: Open Minds, Helping Hands and Loving Hearts: RE and Bridging Sunday

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and Chair of the Children’s Religious Education Committee, Amanda Rome.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

On Sunday, June 2, 2024 we will begin our summer format of one service at 10 AM held in Hobbs Hall and on Zoom. Beginning on June 23, children and youth will begin in service and then be excused to their summer RE class together following the Time for All Ages.

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Rev. Steven A. Protzman Celebration of Life

Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 1 PM in Hobbs Hall

Join us on Saturday, June 1 as we celebrate the life of the Rev. Steven A. Protzman. The service, offered both in-person in Hobbs Hall and via Zoom, will begin at 1:00 PM and be followed immediately by a reception.

For those joining via Zoom, our meeting room opens 15 minutes prior to the start of the service (at 12:45 PM) for a photo collage. We request that everyone joining the service please display your first and last name.  Thank you!

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

9:15 AM: Telling Multiple Stories

An in-person all-ages service led by Music Director Emily Hall, DRE Colleen Thoele, with reflection by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke

Our faith has a long history with lots of changes to what we believe over the years as our faith has become more inclusive of diverse cultures. This year congregations have been thinking about how we might reframe our theology as we put love at the center. We will also have a special porcine guest!

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  1. Of the values Justice, Equity, Transformation, Plurality, Interdependence and Generosity, which is the most important to you, and why? 
  2. How does Love influence that value?
  3. What is the second-most important value, and how does Love influence it?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by CLM Lori Mirkin-McGee with Worship Associate Wendy Mirkin-McGee.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

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e-nUUs: April 24, 2024

CLICK HERE to read this week’s announcements.

Topics included:

e-nUUs Information

Messages from the Board

  • Short-term Ministerial Coverage Plan

Pastoral Care

Community Within

  • FY 2024 Annual Report
  • Welcome New Members
  • Volunteer Needed – Plastics Collector
  • Dances of Universal Peace – April 26, 2024
  • Annual Voting Meeting – May 19, 2024
  • Rev. Steven Protzman Celebration of Life – June 1, 2024
  • Hobbs Hall Spring Rentals – Volunteers Needed
  • Coffee Volunteers Needed to support Social Hour

Income Generation

  • Here Comes the sUUn Auction – May 4, 2024
  • Silent Auction Tickets Available – New Item Added
  • UUCK FY2025 Stewardship Campaign
  • Grocery Cards

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sunday Morning
  • Hobbs Hall
  • Social Justice

Worship and Music

  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 – Music Sunday
    • 9:15 AM In-Person All ages Worship in the Sanctuary – Come Sing a Song With Me
    • 10:00 AM – Lifespan Religious Exploration
    • 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM Community Cafe
    • 11:00 AM Multi-Platform Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary and on Zoom – A Sacred Cord
  • Sunday, May 5, 2024
    • 9:15 AM In-Person All ages Worship in the Sanctuary – Telling Multiple Stories
    • 10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration
    • 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM Community Cafe
    • 11:00 AM Multi-Platform Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary and on Zoom – The 2%
  • Multi-platform services at 11:00 AM only 
  • Feedback on Sunday Two Service Experiment – May 2, 2024
  • Seeking Proposals for Lay-led Services  – May 1, 2024
  • Sunday Greeters Needed
  • Community Sing

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Special Collection for April is the Indigenous Environmental Network (how to donate) 
  • Special Collections for 2024-2025
  • Middle School Free Store  

Lifespan Learning

  • Religious Exploration for Sunday, April 28, 2024

UU, Interfaith and Community 

  • Hunger Challenge
  • CERSI July 7-13, 2024

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Come Sing a Song With Me / A Sacred Chord

9:15 AM: Come Sing a Song With Me

An all-ages service led Transitional Music Director Emily Hall, Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and Affiliated Minister Renee Ruchotzke.

You know that feeling when a song speaks to your heart? Or how sometimes a song can transport us back to a time and place or a memory?  Come and share in the magic of music and storytelling. This morning we will explore how sharing music together can strengthen our connections to each other. 

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  1. Who and what has been part of your relationship with music?
  2. What yearnings do you have about expressing and embodying your musicality?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: A Sacred Chord

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by Transitional Music Director Emily Hall with Affilifated Minister Rev. Christie Anderson.

Making music together, or musicking, can be a sacred act. The collaboration and community that we embody when we make music together is more vast than what we can access individually, on our own. Join us on this Music Sunday, as we explore our theme of musical interdependence and celebrate the many talents, voices, and musical hearts of our congregation! 

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

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Annual Voting Meeting

May 19, 2024 — 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary

Attention ALL Members and Friends

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting however only Active Members (as defined by our Church Bylaws) are eligible to vote on church matters (see below).

Members, your attendance is important as a quorum will be required for voting matters. Need an absentee ballot?  Contact [email protected].

CLICK HERE to review the eligible voter list.

The Information Meeting will be held Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary.

CLICK HERE to view or download the FY2024 Annual Report.


ARTICLE II. MEMBERSHIP AND MEETINGS

This Church is a welcoming and inclusive community. Membership is open to all who are in sympathy with the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Church Mission and Vision and who live in alignment with the Church Covenant.

A. ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

  1. Definition. An Active Member is a person who:
    • Is at least fourteen years of age
    • Has signed a declaration to become a member in the presence of the Minister, a member of the Board of Trustees, or a member of the Membership Committee. The date of the declaration is the official date of beginning Active Membership.
    • Has made an identifiable financial contribution in support of the most recently completed fiscal year.
      • New Members must have made an identifiable financial contribution in the current fiscal year.
    • Is actively involved in the Church
    • May withdraw membership by notifying the Minister or Membership Committee
  2. Rights. An Active Member may:
    • Vote on Church matters four weeks after becoming an Active Member

C. MEETINGS OF THE MEMBERSHIP

6. VOTING OF THE ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP

  • Only eligible Active Members may vote by attendance at a meeting or by submitting Absentee Ballots.
    • A list of eligible voters will be made available
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Sunday, April 21, 2024

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An Amazing World Below / Ecotopia

9:15 AM: An Amazing World Below

There are more living things in one teaspoon of soil than there are people on the planet. How does this impact us humans? An in-person all-ages service led by Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke with Transitional Music Director Emily Hall. Reflection by Randy Ruchotzke.

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  1. Do you (or have you ever) garden? How connected do you feel to the soil, and all of the life that is a part of it?
  2. What are ways that we can widen our understanding of the interconnected web of life in a way that includes all of the life we cannot see?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: Ecotopia

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by Heidi Shaffer Bish with Worship Associate Randy Bish.

What can an offbeat novel written in 1975 offer us today? In the face of apathy, denial, apocalyptic or dystopian thought, can we vision our own ecotopian societies and live into them? Join worship leader Heidi Shaffer Bish and worship associate Randy Bish in an exploration of ecology, culture and the interdependent web.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

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e-nUUs: April 10, 2024

CLICK HERE to read this week’s announcements.

Topics included:

e-nUUs Information

Messages from the Board

  • Short-term Ministerial Coverage Plan

Pastoral Care

Community Within

  • Shared Ministries Council Meeting – April 14, 2024
  • Journey of Belonging Series – April 16, 2024
  • Why Membership Matters
  • Information Meeting – April 21, 2024
  • Dances of Universal Peace – April 26, 2024
  • Voting Meeting – May 19, 2024
  • Rev. Steven Protzman Celebration of Life – June 1, 2024
  • Upcoming Hobbs Hall Spring Rentals – Volunteers Needed
  • Coffee Volunteers Needed to support Social Hour

Income Generation

  • Here Comes the sUUn Auction – May 4, 2024
  • Silent Auction Tickets Available – New Item Added
  • Grocery Cards

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Sunday Morning
  • Hobbs Hall
  • Social Justice

Worship and Music

  • Sunday, April 14,  2024
    • 9:15 AM In-Person All Ages Worship in the Sanctuary – We Need One Another -Interdependence in Faith
    • 10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration
    • 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM Community Cafe
    • 11:00 AM Multi-Platform Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary and on Zoom –Engage! -Embracing the Liberating Religion
  • Sunday, April 21, 2024
    • 9:15 AM  In-Person All ages Worship in the Sanctuary – An Amazing World Below
    • 10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration
    • 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM Community Cafe
    • 11:00 AM Multi-Platform Traditional Worship Service in the Sanctuary and on Zoom – Ecotopia
  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 – Music Sunday Song Proposals – due April 16, 2024
  • Multi-platform services at 11:00 AM only 
  • Seeking Proposals for Lay-led Services  – May 1, 2024
  • Sunday Greeters Needed
  • Community Sing

Social Justice and Community Outreach

  • Special Collection for April is the Indigenous Environmental Network (how to donate) 
  • Middle School Free Store  

Lifespan Learning

  • Religious Exploration for Sunday, April 14, 2024

UU, Interfaith and Community 

  • Local Racial Documentary Film and Discussion April 16, 2024
  • Hunger Challenge
  • CERSI July 7-13, 2024
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Sunday, April 14, 2024

An in-person all-ages service led by Rev. Sunshine Wolfe, Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele, and Affiliated Minister Rev. Renée Ruchotzke.

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  • How do you relate to the difference between punitive and restorative practices of reconciliation?
  • How do you think covenant helps guide the relationship and connection between you and members of the congregation and community?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by Rev. Sunshine Wolfe and Worship Associate Lori McGee.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

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Sunday, April 7, 2024

9:15 AM: Threading the Web of Interconnection

An in-person all-ages service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele, Transitional Music Director Emily Hall and Affiliated Minister Rev. Renee Ruchotzke. The reflection will be offered by Mary Ann Kasper.

What does our interdependence look like in practice? How might we care for the earth as well as one another?

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  • The motto “Reduce-Reuse-Recycle” is often just associated with “recycle.” What are some practices where you reduce the amount of trash you produce, or reuse things that other people might throw out?
  • What are some things you do in your own life that care for both the planet and for other people?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: Love at the Center

Christian Nationalism is on the rise and the upcoming election will provide a stark choice about what kind of world we want to live in. We will explore how the national UU conversation about updating our seven principles is a conversation about our core values of inclusion and interdependence and how they can help us model a compelling alternative.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

9:15 AM: Rise in Love: Easter Sunday

An in-person all-ages service led by Affiliated Community Minister Renée Ruchotzke, Director of Religious Exploration Colleen Thoele, Transitional Music Director Emily Hall, and Worship Associate David Weaver.

The story of Easter is a story of resistance to power and oppression, grounded in the love that surpasses all. How has the story of Jesus been changed over the millennia? Reflection dialogue between David Weaver and Rev. Renée Ruchotzke.

10:00 AM Lifespan Religious Exploration

Religious exploration for our children and youth in classrooms.

Facilitated small reflection groups for adults in Hobbs Hall using our wondering questions:

  • What was your understanding of the Easter story growing up? What parts (if any) still resonate with you?
  • Our Universalist heritage is grounded in the redeeming power of God’s love for the world, with no exceptions. What are ways the Universalist part of our faith shows up in your personal beliefs?

10:00 – 11:15 AM Community Café

Our social hour in Hobbs Hall is open to all. Connect with others, learn about the church, find out about programs and other opportunities to connect.

Acme, Giant Eagle, and Meijer grocery gift cards are available for purchase every 2nd and 4th Sunday each month. Learn more about this fundraiser.

11:00 AM: Things I Didn’t Learn in Sunday School

A multi-platform service (both in-person and on Zoom) led by CLM Lori Mirkin-McGee and Affiliated Community Minister Rev. Christie Anderson.

CLICK HERE to view, download, or print the Order of Service.

Learn more about our “new” Sunday morning format.

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