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Please remember to drop off your auction donations in Fessenden Hall
on Friday, December 2 between 12 - 8 PM.  Thank you!
Worship & Music
Services are offered at  9:45 and 11:30 AM with
Nursery care available during both services

December 4, 2016    Christmas Presence
Led by Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee and Worship Associate Jeff Marsh

Life is full of distractions, even more so during the holidays.  Our "presence" is valuable and meaningful, even more so than our "presents."  How can we be more present to those around us?  This service will explore what is means to be present and the ways we can accomplish this during a busy holiday season.

Blue Christmas Gathering
Our annual "Blue Christmas" gathering will take place on Thursday, December 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.  Blue Christmas services traditionally provide a place to honor loved ones lost in the preceding year.  With so much grief surrounding us now, this year's Blue Christmas service will be not only a place to remember our departed but also to simply be in community together, to hold one another, and to find our joy again.  Please join Intern Minister Dave Clements and Commissioned Lay Minister Lori Fatchet-McGee in this service of prayer, silence, and song.

A Christmas Eve Full Dress Rehearsal will be held on Wednesday, December 21 at 7 PM.   All participants in the Christmas Eve services are asked to attend this rehearsal.  Questions?  Please contact Rev. Renee Ruchotzke at

Lifespan Learning
The following events are for all youth in grades 7-12.

Service Opportunity. Hot lunch prep and serve at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kent.
  The youth will be leading the hot lunch this month. Parents, RE Teachers are welcome! 
  Saturday, December 10 @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
  600 S. Water St, Kent

   Bring your favorite board games and spend the afternoon hanging out! Lunch will be provided by the church.
   Sunday, December 11, 1:00 - 3:30 pm in Fessenden Hall
MOVIE NIGHT - Movie TBA - Save the Date
  Saturday, January 14, 6:00 - 10:00 pm.
   Start thinking of what you want to watch!    

Special Christmas Children's Choir
Children's voices are needed for a very special Christmas children's choir to perform during this year's Family Christmas service on December 18. All children in grades 2nd - 8th are invited and encouraged to participate. There will be two rehearsals on Wednesdays December 7 and 14 from 4:30-5:15pm. This is a family friendly service, centering around the story of Elijah's Angel: A Story for Chanukah and Christmas, by Michael J. Rosen.

Teacher Teams for Sunday December 4, 2016
9:45 AM
Nursery:  Michelle Bores (Staff) and Sandy Bowers
Pre-K-Kindergarten:  Amanda Rome and Elisabeth Swango
Grades 1-2:  Patty Miller and Kim Homsher
Grades 3-5:  Trudy Diehl and Iris Mack
11:30 AM
Nursery:   Michelle Bores (Staff), Vivian Hogan and Natasha Swango
Middle School:   Dan Flippo and Liz Wagoner (Meets in the Annex)
High School:    Vivien Sandlund and Lily Rappaport


December Spiritual Cinema 
Dances With Wolves
December 10 @ 7 PM

This year the middle school youth group will be studying “Popcorn Theology” and we are going to use our monthly Spiritual Cinema as an opportunity to watch some of the movies in their entirety. Our movie nights have always been open to people of all ages but we strongly encourage youth to attend with their parents.

For our next Spiritual Cinema on Friday, December 10 at 7:00 PM, we will watch the motion picture, “Dances With Wolves” (1990). The movie is 183 minutes, rated PG-13, and will be followed by a short discussion of some of the topics raised by the movie. Dan Flippo has volunteered to screen the movie in his home and has room for at least 20 people. Please click his address for a map or directions: 
2650 Easthaven Drive, Hudson, OH 44236. Please RSVP to Dan at
Income Generation
It’s that gift-giving time of year!

UUCK’s annual Holiday Share begins on Dec. 4 and is an easy way to buy gifts and let go of items that would make good presents for other people. This year, there will be three areas: Auction items that are still available, gently used items with a holiday theme or gift items, and homemade items. We appreciate donations of things that would make a nice present or homemade items (which have in the past included knitted or crocheted things, jams, soaps, cider, etc.). If you have questions, ask Ann VerWiebe (330-732-7079).

Important!  Change in budgeting and budget submissions for next Fiscal YearPlease review the new budget guidelines and submit your committee budget request to the Church Office by paper or email before December 31st.
Even if you are not requesting a change in budget we need input from all budget-funded committees and programs.  Per the revised By-laws, our Church Board sets budgetary priorities each fiscal year.  Please read the statement of Board priorities for FY2018 (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) below. 
The Church Board has set budget priorities for 2017-2018 fiscal year as part of our new budget process that focuses our resources on fulfilling our mission, "To inspire love, to seek justice, and to grow in community."  The new by-laws define this process as starting with mission-driven priorities to be enacted by church staff, committees through the budget and programming.  This is a new process and the Board has selected several priorities on which our church will focus throughout the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
  • Economic justice - We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person and must seek economic justice for all people, in our church, in our community, and in the world.  Advocating for economic justice requires education about inequities and those people who are forced to the sides of our economic system as well as recognizing our own privileges. Seeking justice also requires that we ensure fair compensation for our church staff, who have not received a raise or cost-of-living increase in years, despite their excellent service. We will work for economic justice inside and outside of the church.
  • Outreach to serve the wider community - We work to grow a peaceful and free community, in our congregation and in society at large. Personal growth and congregational growth can be achieved through service, as our church seeks to live in right relationship with the community of which we are a part. We will recognize and use the amazing spiritual, volunteer, and practical resources our church can bring to solving the problems which face our community.
  • Environmental justice - We are part of the interdependent web of all existence and live in a time of crisis and opportunity.  While the catastrophic environmental destruction threatens our natural world and the most vulnerable human communities, we can make a difference through our individual and collective actions. We will demonstrate our love for the Earth by both avoiding environmental harm and building a new way.
Church committees planning to make budget requests for the 2017-2018 fiscal year should describe how their planned activities will focus on these priorities. 

Briefly tell us how your committee, program or activity relates to one or more of the priorities and how budget monies will be used to support these.  We recognize that all Church Committees activities do not necessarily tie directly into the Board led priorities.


Community Within
Order your 2016 Christmas Poinsettias!

Help decorate the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent’s Sanctuary
for Christmas and once again support the  International Institute of Akron!

Click here to download a Poinsettia order form.
Calling All Bakers – Calling All Bakers -- Desserts Needed for Service Auction Dinner!
Cookies, brownies, cakes, breads, and all kinds of yummy desserts are needed to top off our auction dinner.  If you are willing to donate a dessert, please contact Jennifer Gregg  at
Many thanks in advance for helping to make our annual service auction a success!

Angels in America!

Sunday December 18th 1:00pm
All materials will be made available for you. Workshop is being led by Intern Minister Dave Clements.  $5.00 – To Cover Cost of Materials
In order to ensure that we have enough materials for everyone, we ask that you please sign-up to participate.  Email to sign-up today!

The Patricia Pownall UU Book Group will be meeting on Thursday, December 8 at 7 pm in the Annex at church.  Please bring a dish to share for our holiday book group gathering. This month we are reading A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.    If you have any questions you may contact Bonnie Harper at  All are welcome.


Green Sanctuary
Did you know?
We have two unique UUCK Green Sanctuary images designed for our church? The one you see here is by Jack Homsher. Next week you will see Brad Bolton’s design.  You might remember that Rev Melissa gave the church a clock made with Jack’s symbol and a pillow made with Brad’s design. 
Did you know?
Many of our “green” projects began in 2009 when the congregation voted to make living greener, more sustainably, a church priority?

Have you noticed?
. . . any differences in your thoughts, habits,  behaviors (maybe attitudes?)  – or those of our church – to live greener lives since 2009 that might be linked to  church activities?  If so, please let us know!  Email: and with the subject line, "Green Sanctuary."
Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of our  (12!) green projects and results – check out the Green Sanctuary board in Fessenden and see which is these projects have engaged you – and which you are most intrigued with now. . .  .
Outreach and Social Justice
Holiday Giving
Gift collection for Kent Social Services and Freedom House (Kent's shelter for homeless veterans) began last Sunday, Nov. 13th. In honor of our 150th anniversary, we have set a goal of collecting at least 150 gifts. Please help us reach our goal. Monetary donations will be collected for Freedom House to purchase Walmart gift cards for the residents. There will be a donation can in Fessenden Hall, or you can write a check to UU Church of Kent with “Freedom House” on the memo line. Deadline for Freedom House donations is Dec. 11th.
Kent Social Services Toy and Gift Collection runs through December 4th. There will be a box in Fessenden Hall that will remain out during the week. New, unwrapped toys, books, diapers, wipes, pull-ups, and other gifts will be collected. Although toys for young children are always popular, please don't forget about the older children and teens.
UU, Interfaith, and Community Connections
You Are Invited!
The United Methodist Church in Kent invites all to attend the Goodyear Stan Hywet Concert Band performance on Sunday, December 4 at 4 PM.  The concert is a free event with refreshments being offered following the performance.  The United Methodist Church is located at 1435 E. Main Street, Kent, Ohio 44240.

Upcoming Programs and Events
Thanks-4-Giving Service Auction: Starry UUniverse!  -- December 3
Plant-based Eating Affinity Group Potluck -- December 9
Spiritual Cinema: Dances with Wolves -- December 10
Parent's of Young Children -- December 16
Angels In America - Make your own paper angels workshop!  -- December 18
A Look Back at the Last Few Weeks
Click on the date below to re-visit a previous e-nUUs.

November 23
  • Tell Me a Story — Sunday, November 27
  • Service Auction Childcare Announcement
  • Special Christmas Children’s Choir
  • Spirit Cinema – December 10
  • Teacher Teams – November 27
  • Hello My Beloved Church Community
  • Pancakes! this Sunday — November 27
  • Starry UUniverse — Service Auction Information — December 3
  • Calling All Bakers!
  • Angels in America — Make an Angel Workshop — December 18
  • Pat Pownall UU Book Group – December 8
  • Holiday Giving
  • Holiday Concert Invitation – Goodyear Stan Hywet Concert Bank — December 4
  • Central East Region Spring Conferences
  • Ohio C.A.N Blessing Bags

November 16
  • One Service on November 20 at 10 AM held at the KSU Kiva
  • The Story Continues — Sunday, November 20 at the KSU Kiva
  • Last Chance to say Goodbye to Rev. Melissa
  • No RE Classes this Sunday
  • Service Auction Childcare Announcement
  • Spirit Cinema – December 10
  • Hello My Beloved Church Community
  • Important Service Auction Information
  • Parents of Young Children – November 18
  • Ho, Ho, Holidays!  Decorate the Church for Christmas —  November 27
  • Gift-giving Time of Year – Holiday Share
  • Pat Pownall UU Book Group – December 8
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Holiday Giving
  • Central East Region Spring Conferences
  • Ohio C.A.N Blessing Bags
  • Robert Fildes Memorial – November 19

Unitarian Universalist
Church of Kent

228 Gougler Avenue
Kent, Ohio 44240

Phone: 330.673.4247
Our Mission:
To inspire love, to seek justice, and to grow in community.
Please remember to bring
your auction donations to Fessenden Hall
Friday, Dec. 2, noon - 8:00 PM

Holiday Share begins December 4!
Sunday Services:
9:45 and 11:30 AM
Nursery care available.
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