Sunday is the first of at least four Town Halls to be hosted by the Board of Trustees this year. We’ll meet in the Sanctuary following our 10 AM service to discuss the Congregational Goals. The discussion will focus on the Congregational Goals shared with you in the EnUUs on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The included podcast is a recording of the entire meeting.
The church office is closed today due to the severe weather conditions and may also be closed on Thursday, January 31 if we don’t not see an improvement in the weather. Staff are working from home and available by email and phone.
All UUCK music rehearsals have also been canceled for both Wednesday and Thursday evenings this week. Musicians, please check your email for updates from Hal.
In addition, the Sacred Song Circle, hosted by Saunis on Thursday evenings has been canceled this week (1/31/2019) due to the weather. Saunis looks forward to singing with everyone next week.
Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Colleen Thoele with Worship Associate Rev. Christie Anderson
In his famous “I Have a Dream” speech Martin Luther King Jr. invoked the words of the Hebrew prophet Amos: “But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.” As we begin the UUA Thirty Days of Love, this service for all ages will be an invitation to live out our faith in the next month as we work toward building a promised land where there is justice and peace.
One service at 10 AM followed by a congregational town hall meeting. Nursery care will be available during both the service and the meeting.
This service, originally planned for January 20, has been moved to Sunday, January 27.
Led by Rev. Steven Protzman with Worship Associate Lori McGee
One of the tasks of religion is to explore life’s deepest questions, including “what is our purpose in life?” One possible answer is found in the words of Rev. Frederick Buechner, who speaks of the spiritual place where our passions meet the needs of the world. As life calls us into meaningful lives of service where we share our gifts, talents, and passions, how does the Spirit of yes invite us to respond with our whole lives?
Sunday services are offered at 9:45 and 11:30 am with nursery care available during both services.
Covenant is at the heart of our commitment to each other and our faith community. When we covenant together, we agree to hold ourselves and each other in love, compassion, and right relationship. Oftentimes this is informal in our work together, and occasionally we have the joyful opportunity to celebrate and formalize these commitments.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent, I would like to cordially invite all in our community to covenant with Rev. Steven Protzman, and formally install him as our Settled Minister. It will be a ceremony full of grace and love, honoring his and our commitment to each other and our beloved UUCK community. There will also be time to connect and celebrate!
Installation of The Rev. Steven Protzman as Settled Minister
Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at 2 p.m.
At the United Church of Christ, Congregational 1400 E. Main Street Kent, Ohio 44240
Reception to follow in the UCC Church Social Hall (lower level)
Childcare will be provided Children are welcome and are invited to participate in the service.
As always, we are asking our community to help provide for this event with their time and treasure. We are looking for greeters/ushers, setup and cleanup for the reception, as well as drinks (non-alcoholic) and desserts. Please use the following link to indicate how you would like to participate! https://goo.gl/LXuX9T
Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Kathy Kerns
Parker Palmer writes: “I stand on the brink of everything. I’m old enough to know that the world can delight me, so my expectation is not of the world but of myself: Delight in the gift of life and be grateful.” As we bid the old year farewell and we stand on the brink of a new year with its promise and possibilities, through songs, stories and rituals we will express our hopes for the new year.
Nursery care will be available during the service for children Pre-school age and younger.
Christmas services will be offered on Monday, December 24 only. Everyone is invited to attend.
As we welcome Christmas once again, we will tell stories and sing songs about the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Together we’ll share the beauty and wonder of this special time with its promise that amid the struggles, problems, and suffering of life, all is calm and all is bright. Please note that we will not be offering nursery care on Christmas Eve this year. Since the introduction of our Young Family Friendly Service, we have found that families have not been using nursery care for these services.
4:30 PM — Young Family Friendly Service
Led by Director of Religious Education Coleen Thoele with Michelle Bores. This interactive service is designed especially for families with young children.
6:30 PM – All is Calm, All is Bright
A family-friendly service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Carolyn Schlemmer – Candle light service created with families in mind. The podcast is from this service.
8:30 PM – All is Calm, All is Bright
An adult-oriented service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Elaine Bowen – A meditative candle light service created with adults and older teens in mind.
Led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Christie Anderson
Victoria Safford writes: “At this time of year, during these darkening days, every ancient story that we have ever told from the solstice fire, to the lights of the menorah, to the advent candles — whispers the same message: ‘The light will return, but you must go out and meet it.'” We will gather as a community of all ages to celebrate the Winter Solstice and its promise that the light will return.
Nursery care is available during the service for children preschool age and younger.