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                 January 2018   Theme: Intention
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              7  8  9 10 11 12 13
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27
             28 29 30 31


       Jan   7   "Door of Intention"         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [67.53] Light Colored Hawk
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Zalea
                                             Facilitators: Catherine Huisman, Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
                                             
             This New Year begins with the theme of intention. Richard Paul
             Evans writes: "The most important story we'll ever write in
             life is our own -not with ink but with our choices." Using
             doors as a metaphor, this service is an invitation to "seek
             out" and "pass through" the door of life with knowledge,
             intent, and action.
                                             

       Jan  14   "The Intentions of          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [70,42]
                    Radical Love"            Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Molly Helmers
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Amelia
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Recorded
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
                                             
             Cornel West describes the radical love of Martin Luther King,
             Jr. as a love that "...emerges from catastrophe, perseveres
             through crisis, and yields an indomitable spiritual center - a
             radical humility and radical integrity." How did these radical
             intentions make him the most dangerous man in America?
                                             

       Jan  21  "Searching for Wisdom"       Speakers: Jane Vallier, Kitty (shepherd)   [72,60]
                                             Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Miya
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices - "May Beauty Walk With Us" by Tom Benjamin (Ginny Molgaard Directing)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
                                             
             Follow the star as we search for legends, myths, and
             historical tales of The Three Wise Ones.


       Jan  28   "Living With Intent"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [68,50]
                                             Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen, Ben Woline
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Roland
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Dan Haug
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber, Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Aliya Gurganus
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The path to intention can be a somewhat messy and bumpy
             journey to purpose, peace, and joy. Mallika Chopra's life
             story offers guidance and inspiration on how we can identify
             the seeds of our deepest longings; state them; and experience
             the questions: Who am I? What do I want? How can I serve? 



                February 2018   Theme: Perseverance
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             11 12 13 14 15 16 17 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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       Feb   4   "Perseverance: Remaining    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [50,32]  Windchill -11
                          on the Edge"       Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Molly Helmers
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Jasmine
                                             Facilitators: Catherine Huisman, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Dan Haug, oboe
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Margaret Wheatley calls us to be spiritual warriors. If we
             accept her call, we must commit to living our beliefs with the
             knowledge that we will face failure, blame, jealousy,
             aggression, and on occasion, praise. This service is an
             invitation to explore the virtues of perseverance.


       Feb  11  "Stories of Perseverance"    Speakers: Paxton Williams & Amy Slagell   [71,33]
                                             Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Dorian 
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook, Dan Haug
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson
                                             Special Music: Don McLean - Waters of Babylon (recording)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             George Washington Carver encouraged people to "Start where you
             are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be
             satisfied." Frederick Douglass once confessed, "I prayed for
             freedom for twenty years, but received no answer until I
             prayed with my legs."  Witnessing the power of perseverance in
             the lives of these men and in the life of writer Paul Laurence
             Dunbar, can help us find the strength to face challenges large
             and small. Join us as Paxton Williams shares their stories and
             his work to connect people with this history.


       Feb  18   "Living With Conviction     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [70,54]
                     and Perseverance"       Board Welcome: Angie Poole
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Jasmine 
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Nichole Ose
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices #18 "What Wondrous Love", #315 "This Old World" (Peggy Earnshaw Directing)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             There are many stories of people working for change during
             difficult times. In Soul of a Citizen, Paul Rogat Loeb
             encourages us to embrace a form of spiritual politics that
             grows out of an engaged community. This service considers how
             ordinary people are able to transform themselves and their
             community through practice and perseverance. 


       Feb  25   "Life Begins When You.      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                         Get Back Up"        Board Welcome:
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Sophie 
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Raj Raman
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The playwright Samuel Becket said: "Ever tried. Ever failed.
             No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Imagine a
             conversation between Humpty Dumpty, Pema Chodron, and Brene
             Brown. That is where this service on perseverance begins!



                  March 2018   Theme: Balance
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                          1  2  3 <-- Janet Klaas Memorial Service 2pm
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17 <-- Spring Break - Mar 10-18
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- Spring Equinox  Mar 20, 11:15am CDT
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31



       Mar   4   "The Rhythm of Life"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                                             Board Welcome: Angie Poole, Molly Helmers
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Amelia
                                             Facilitators: Dan Haug, Catherine Huisman
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Wayne Muller believes that "...in the relentless busyness of
             modern life, we have lost the rhythm between work and rest."
             This loss of balance invites us to engage a conversation about
             the forgotten necessity of rest, reflection, and restoration.


       Mar  11                               Speakers: Karen Bates
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Miya
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist: Sue Haug 
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       Mar  18   "Koyaanisqatsi"             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Zalea
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
                                             
             A Hopi Indian word, Koyaanisqatsi means life out of balance
             and is the title of a 1983 art film that consists exclusively
             of shots of nature layered with shots of dense, urban
             landscape. The images are underscored with haunting musical by
             John Cage. The visual and aural impact is stunning and offers
             a commentary on the lost bond between Humankind and Nature.
             This service will include viewing segments of the film,
             poetry, music, and reflections on our relationship with the
             Earth.

             A pot luck lunch and screening of the full 90 minute film will
             follow the service at 12:30


       Mar  25   "Living Off-Balance         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                      On Purpose"            Board Welcome:
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Roland 
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Hand in Hand" (Sam Directing)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             We constantly receive messages extolling the importance of
             balance in our lives. If the perpetual quest for balance
             leaves you feeling overwhelmed and unfulfilled, perhaps there
             is a problem with the messages. What would change if we
             accepted the fact that balance cannot be achieved? How might
             life change if our focus shifted from balance to purpose? 



                  April 2018   Theme: Emergence
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              1  2  3  4  5  6  7 <-- Easter, Apr 1
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- Earth Day, April 22
             29 30



       Apr   1   "Easter"                    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

       Apr   8  "National Tell a Story Day"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Storytelling is an ancient practice used to hand down
             knowledge from one generation to the next.  It's a wonderful
             way to pass on family traditions, histories, and long told
             tales and can be entertaining as well as educational and
             spiritual. National Tell a Story Day is observed in the United
             States each year on April 27th. This service will offer
             stories from members of the congregation, real or not! Come
             enjoy some stories!


       Apr  15  "Justice for Each Generation"  Speakers: Erv Klaas (Dan Haug shepherd)
                                             Board Welcome:
                                             Flamekeepers Chalice Lighter: Dorian
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Love Will Guide Us", Arr. by Erv Luedders (Sam Directing)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The young plaintiffs in Juliana vs. US have framed climate
             change as not just a environmental issue but a matter of
             justice.  We stand in solidarity with these youth.


       Apr  22   "Sacred Instructions"       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In the tradition of Native American wisdom, this Earth Day
             service considers a vision of how we can restore our broken
             relationships with each other and with the Earth.             


       Apr  29  "Class"                      Speakers: Suzanne Zilber
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley




                   May 2018   Theme: Creativity
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19 <-- Ramadan begins May 16
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30 31


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                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices & Instruments - Vivaldi: "Gloria in excelsis" (Sam Directing)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices & Instruments - Vivaldi: "Domine fili unigenite" (Sam Directing)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
 

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                  June 2018   Theme: Blessing
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              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- Ramadan ends Jun 14
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Summer Solstice Jun 21 5:07am CDT
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30     GA June 20-24, Kansas City, MO (a hop, skip, and a jump away)


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                  July 2018   Theme: None
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              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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                September 2018   Theme:     
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              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15  
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Fall Equinox Sep 22 8:54 pm CDT  
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                 October 2018   Theme:     
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              9 10 11 12 13 14 15     Hanukkah - Dec 2-10 
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Winter Solstice Dec 21   4:23 pm CST
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       Backup ("hip pocket") Programs
         o  Singing Sunday (congregational member choose their favorites)
         o  Congregational Sharing (topical)

Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_the_Living_Tradition 

Ref: http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html 

Year    March Equinox           June Solstice           September Equinox       December Solstice
2017    Mar 20   5:29 am CDT    Jun 20  11:24 pm CDT    Sep 22  3:02 pm CDT     Dec 21  10:28 am CST
2018    Mar 20  11:15 am CDT    Jun 21   5:07 am CDT    Sep 22  8:54 pm CDT     Dec 21   4:23 pm CST
2019    Mar 20   4:59 pm CDT    Jun 21  10:54 am CDT    Sep 23  2:50 am CDT     Dec 21  10:19 pm CST
2020    Mar 19  10:50 pm CDT    Jun 20   4:44 pm CDT    Sep 22  8:31 am CDT     Dec 21   4:02 am CST
2021    Mar 20   4:37 am CDT    Jun 20  10:32 pm CDT    Sep 22  2:21 pm CDT     Dec 21   9:59 am CST
2022    Mar 20  10:33 am CDT    Jun 21   4:14 am CDT    Sep 22  8:04 pm CDT     Dec 21   3:48 pm CST


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