THEME FOR SEPTEMBER: COVENANT
September 25, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
“And Service is Our Law” – Lara Fuchs and Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
Lara Fuchs and Rev. John will dialog on what service really means in a world of struggle and beauty.
Worship Associate: Linda Hudson
Pastoral Care Chaplain: 9:00: Carrie McEvoy – 11:00: Jim Francek
Music: 9:00 am Women’s Choir, 11:00 am Men’s Choir
THEME FOR OCTOBER: HEALING
October 2, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
“Animal Blessing: When Elephants Weep and Dolphins Laugh” – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
On this Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Rev. John will bless your animals and offer a reflection on animal’s healing power. You are welcome to bring your well behaved a pet to church to be blessed or a photograph or item from your pet living or in memory.
Worship Associate: Carrie McEvoy
Pastoral Care Chaplain: 9:00: Pat Francek – 11:00: Kristi Hardin
Music: the Once & Again Folksingers at both services
October 9, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
“Take Me to the Alley” – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
In honor of the Jewish High Holy Days Rev. John will consider the healing power of redemption in its many forms. The title for this service comes from a song by the Jazz Vocalist Gregory Porter.
October 16, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
Called to Love, Justice, Vitality – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse & Rev. Susan Frederick Grey
This is a defining moment. The challenges we face for humanity and the planet are great. Yet, this is also a moment of opportunity. How is our faith calling us to respond to this moment? What skills do we need? How can we be a vital voice for love and justice for this time preaching , Susan is the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Phoenix, AZ and one of three candidates for President of the Unitarian Universalist Association will preach. We will dedicate our rainbow flag given to us from our sister congregation in Danbury and that afternoon welcome renowned Harvard Professor Dr. Diana Eck as she speaks about pluralism in a changing world. A panel of interfaith leaders will respond to Dr. Eck.
October 23, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
Vulnerability and Acceptance – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
Rev. John explores the difference between forgiveness and acceptance in the face of sorrow. How does being vulnerable foster spiritual growth? How do we open up when we have been hurt in the past? What do we do when forgiveness does not seem possible? How can we heal from such a struggle? Our worship will include special dancers led by our own Barbara Webster.
October 30, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
“When the Going Gets Tough” – TUCW Intern Minister, Lara Fuchs
Grief, fear, anger and despair effect us all, especially in these anxious and uncertain times. As these emotions assault our senses, can we find a healing path from within? Is there room for us to hold both hope and despair together? To feel both anguish and joy? Let us explore ways to sit in the darkness, and kindle a light to warm our spirits.
THEME FOR OCTOBER: STORY
November 6, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
“United Nations Sunday” – Bruce Knotts
Bruce Knotts executive director of the UU United Nations Office will speak on the important work of the United Nations.