e-nUUs – April 8, 2020

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Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • A Message from Rev. Steven
  • Sunday Service each week via Zoom!
  • Rolling the Stone Away – Sunday, April 12
  • Vespers – Wednesday evenings
  • Virtual RE
  • Parent and Caregivers Meet-up
  • UU Kids Virtual Meet-up
  • OWL Youth (Grades 7 – 9) Connections
  • A New Way to Donate – Text to Give
  • Grocery Card Available through church office
  • Call for Annual Meeting Reports – Due April 17
  • Opportunities for Social Connections
  • Portage County Bail Reform
  • How to Vote in the Ohio Primary
  • U.S. Census — Why it’s important
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e-nUUs – April 1, 2020

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Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • A Message from Rev. Steven
  • Town Hall via Zoom on April 5
  • Sunday Service each week via Zoom!
  • What Really Matters – Sunday, April 5
  • Vespers – Wednesday evenings
  • Virtual RE
  • Parent and Caregivers Meet-up
  • UU Kids Virtual Meet-up
  • OWL Youth (Grades 7 – 9) Connections
  • A New Way to Donate – Text to Give
  • Together We Shine Generosity Campaign
  • Grocery Card Available through church office
  • Call for Annual Meeting Reports – Due April 17
  • Opportunities for Social Connections
  • Leadership opportunities
  • How to Vote in the Ohio Primary
  • U.S. Census — Why it’s important
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Rolling the Stone Away

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Sunday, April 12, 2020

A virtual Easter service led by Rev. Steven Protzman, Colleen Thoele, and Hal Walker

Rev. Sarah York says:  “Roll the stone away from in front of your hearts.”  She invites us to realize that parts of ourselves may be shut away, especially in this time of fear and anxiety.  As we celebrate Easter with its many meanings and its promise that life ultimately triumphs over death, let us be open to Easter’s invitation to open our hearts and live more fully. 

Join us Sunday, April 5 at 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below.
Time: Apr 12, 2020 09:45 AM

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Meeting ID: 764 615 105

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What Really Matters

Sunday, April 5, 2020

A virtual service at 10 AM led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Emhoff Wood.

Click here to view or download a .pdf copy of the Order of Service.

Bill Gates recently wrote a reflection on what the coronavirus is teaching us about life and the need to reprioritize.  In this time when we are so aware of life’s fragility and the truth that life is a precious gift, what really matters?  We’ll reflect together on what this time is teaching us about living and life’s invitation to consider making some radical changes in our priorities for a more just, more loving world.

Join us Sunday, April 5 at 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below.
Time: Apr 5, 2020 09:45 AM

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Click here to Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/764615105
Meeting ID: 764 615 105

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Meeting ID: 764 615 105

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The Lion’s Whisker

Sunday, March 29, 2020

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A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser

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In this difficult time where we are physically distanced from one another and we need to stay home to help lessen the spread of the coronavirus, how do we care for one another and stay connected?  What lessons can we learn from this time that help us provide a safe haven for each other?  Using a folk tale from Africa, we will reflect on the gifts of compassion, patience, and kindness that can help us through challenging times.

Join us Sunday, March 29 at 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service is below.

Time: Mar 29, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
          Every week on Sunday until further notice
          Mar 29, 2020 09:45 AM

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Meeting ID: 764 615 105 Password: 980570

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+1 669 900 6833
+1 408 638 0968  
Meeting ID: 764 615 105

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Opportunities for Social Connection in Our Church Community

During this time of social distancing, would you like more time for informal conversation with church members?  Times when you can get more variety in your day by talking to someone other than your roommates or yourself…  Get to know more about those folks at church you may only know vaguely… Get ideas for daily living… Help build community at church.

You can do so by dropping into our two weekly scheduled zoom calls for social connection. There is no need to sign up in advance, just join calls if you want to participate.  Each session will be an hour long (Tuesdays 11:30AM – 12:30PM; Thursday evenings 7 – 8PM), and the conversation will focus on a specific theme. The sessions will be lightly moderated just to make sure that by the end of the call everyone who wants to do so has a chance to chime in.  Below is the schedule for the first few sessions and links to the Tuesday and Thursday zoom sessions.

Questions?  Suggestions for future topics?  Contact Kathy Kerns.

  • Thursday March 26, 7 – 8PM.   Topic: Meet the UU Church Pets! Let’s meet the important members of our households who do not participate on Sunday mornings.  Come share about your pet and/or meet the pets of other members.
  • Tuesday March 31, 11:30AM – 12:30PMTopic: Making meaning in daily life. What are some things you’ve done in the last two weeks that were especially meaningful or important for you, or that helped you get through this time of social separation? 
  • Thursday April 2, 7 – 8PM.  Topic: Nature. Where is a place you like to go in nature, and why is that place special to you?  Or, would you like to share a specific time you were in nature, where you were and what happened?
  • Tuesday April 7, 11:30AM -12:30PM.  Topic: Keeping ourselves fed (and enjoying it).  Have you changed your approach to eating the last few weeks?  How have the changes been for you?  Or maybe you would like to crowd source ideas for family meals!
  • Thursday April 9, 7 – 8PM.  Topic: Hobbies.  Share with us your hobbies, and find out who else at church has interests similar to yours.
  • Tuesday April 14, 11:30AM – 12:30PM. Topic: Share your creative/artistic side! Do you have creative or artistic things you’ve been working on or doing that you want to share with us?  Do you want suggestions for future projects?  Do you have something we could all do together during the call? 

Below are links for the two sessions:

Tuesday Mornings starting March 31 at 11:30 AM  (11:30 am – 12:30 pm)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/638532533

Meeting ID: 638 532 533

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Thursday Evenings starting March 26 at 7 PM (7:00 – 8:00 pm)

Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/781042042

Meeting ID: 781 042 042

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Congregational Town Hall

Sunday, April 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Important:  This will be a separate meeting from the worship service and you will need to navigate to the meeting using the Zoom link below.

Topic: UUCK Town Hall Meeting
Time: Apr 5, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 165 367 519

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e-nUUs — March 25, 2020

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Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • A Message from Rev. Steven
  • News from the Board of Trustees — Town Hall via Zoom on April 5
  • Sunday Service each week via Zoom!
  • The Lion’s Whisker – Sunday, March 29
  • Together We Shine – Generosity Campaign
  • Grocery Card Available through church office
  • Opportunities for Social Connections
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Pastoral Pals
  • Committee, Activities, and Team Meetings
  • UU Ministry for the Earth



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Rising Green

Join us Sunday, March 22 at 10 AM for this virtual service hosted via Zoom Video Conferencing. The link to join the worship service can be found below.

Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and DRE Collen Thoele

The song “Rising Green” reminds us that the energy of the earth flows through us as well as through all of life and with it is the promise of a new day full of possibilities.  We will gather as a community of all ages to welcome the return of spring and celebrate the Spring equinox with stories, songs, and rituals that invite us to join in the renewal of life.

Also particicpating today was Elaine Bowen, Worship Associate.

Click here to download a copy of the Order of Service.

To Join the Zoom Gathering:

Time: Mar 22, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

         Every week on Sunday until further notice

          Mar 22, 2020 09:45 AM

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Exciting News from our Board of Trustees

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I’m pleased to announce that we have voted to approve the start of construction of the Fellowship Hall. We are able to move forward with the contract immediately due to a generous bequest from Olive Hobbs, a beloved and long-time member of our church. I wish to also extend my gratitude to everyone who has contributed to the capital campaign fund and the planning committees around the building expansion over the years for your commitment and faith in our congregation. With everyone’s generous support, we are able to begin fulfilling our vision
 
In celebration,
Jennifer May
UUCK Board of Trustees Moderator

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e-nUUs – March 18, 2020

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Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • A Message from Rev. Steven
  • Sunday Services: via Zoom!
  • Rising Green – Sunday, March 22
  • A Port in the Storm – Sunday, March 29
  • Together We Shine – Generosity Campaign
  • Grocery Card Available through church office
  • Pastoral Pals
  • Committee, Activities, and Team Meetings
  • UUCK Book Club



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Wednesday Evening Vespers

Weekly Vespers

A short weekly vespers service will be offered by Rev. Steven each week on Wednesdays at 7 pm..  Please join us in sharing, reflection, and mutual care.  Below is the Zoom link to join the service this evening:  
 
Time: Mar 18, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
        Every week on Wed, until Apr 29, 2020, 7 occurrence(s)
 
Join the Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/269969926
Meeting ID: 269 969 926
 
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An Update from Rev. Steven about the Coronavirus

March 13, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the UU Church of Kent,

Our Seventh Principle, which affirms the interconnected web of existence of which we are all a part, calls us to our responsibility as a religious community to care for one another.  I was hoping that it would be longer before it was necessary to be in touch with you again regarding the coronavirus but it is time to take further action to protect your well being.  With schools across Ohio being closed, plus a recommendation from the UUA to limit gatherings to no more than 25 people, the proximity of diagnosed cases of the virus in Ohio, and in collaboration with our Board of Trustees and the UUCK Staff, it is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you that we are moving into Phase II of our response plan. 

We are suspending all in person activities, including Sunday worship and Religious Education, immediately. 

This will be in effect until further notice.  We strongly encourage smaller groups to meet via Zoom ( https://www.zoom.us/ ) or other virtual means and to limit in person contact as much as possible. 

We will continue to be a spiritual community that inspires love, seeks justice, and grows in community.  It is only the ways we will be together as a community that need to change for the time being in order to protect your well being and help slow the spread of the virus.  I realize this is a sudden change and I ask your patience as your staff and leadership work on the details of how to remain together in community and care for one another in creative ways that do not involve face to face contact.

We are exploring ways to use technology to connect with one another and we will start with worship.  This Sunday we will have one service at 10 am online using Zoom. 

Here is the link to the order of service for Sunday:
https://kentuu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/OoS-3.15.2020.pdf

Below is a link to join the worship service:

Time: Mar 15, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
          Every week on Sunday until further notice
          Mar 15, 2020 09:45 AM

To Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/764615105?pwd=SitTNUpMZDIvMUtqQk83Rk52a3kyQT09

Meeting ID: 764 615 105
Password: 980570

You can also join by phone using one of these numbers:
+1 646 876 9923
+1 669 900 6833
+1 408 638 0968
Meeting ID: 764 615 105


Follow the link below for basic instructions for using Zoom:
https://kentuu.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/How-to-Join-a-Zoom-Meeting.pdf

I know that the internet is not an ideal way to connect and that it is not a way some of us connect at all.   I invite every one of us to reach out to each other in other ways because our congregation is based on relationships and it is critical right now that we attend to our relationships with one another. It is my hope through this challenging time that no member or friend of this congregation feels alone, isolated or unsupported.  

AND:   Please continue to stay calm, do not spread rumors, be a community of mutual care and support, and strive to be our best and most loving selves.   

For more information on personal prevention measures you should practice, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention-treatment.html

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

May you be well, may you know peace in these times of fear and worry, and may you join in the work that love calls us to do,

Rev. Steven

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e-nUUs — March 11, 2020

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Headlines from this week’s announcements

  • A Message from Rev. Steven on the Cornavirus
  • Sunday Services: 9:45 and 11:30 AM
  • A Timeless Wisdom – Sunday, March 15
  • Rising Green – Sunday, March 22
  • We the People – Sunday, March 29
  • Calling All Singing Children!
  • CANCELED — Soulful Home Dinner
  • Outreach card ministry to graduated seniors
  • RE Teachers – March 15
  • Week 3 of our annual pledge drive
  • Retiree’s Lunch – March 17
  • A Bit of Housekeeping — Attention ALL Leaders
  • Last week to order spring potted flowers for Easter (click for order form)
  • African-American History Series – Sundays in March
  • Dances of Universal Peace – March 12
  • UUA General Assembly– Registration now open!
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