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                September 2017   Theme: Welcome
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- RE Programming starts on Sep. 10
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Fall Equinox  Sep 22 at 3:02 PM CDT
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30



       Sep   3   "The Tom and Doug           Speakers: Doung, Tom, Joe & Rev. Kent McKusick  [55,48]
           (plus one!) Sunday Service Show"  Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jane Runneals
                                             Accompanist: None Needed
                                             Special Music: Doug Gentile, Tom Florek & Joe
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             For Labor Day Weekend, we welcome everyone to the Fellowship
             for a holiday service of the original music, storytelling, and
             fun that Tom and Doug are known for on their radio show. Rev
             Kent serves as the "plus one" to either minister or be
             ministered to. This service will surely lift your spirits!


       Sep  10   "A Community of             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [66,44]
                     Possibilities"          Board Welcome: Mary Richards, TBD
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kitty Fisher
             (Stewardship Kick-off Weekend)  Accompanist: Mary Richards
              (Potluck after 2nd Service)    Special Music: David Slade...
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In his book, "Community", Peter Block writes: "Community
             offers the promise of belonging and calls for us to
             acknowledge our interdependence. To belong is to act as
             investor, owner, and creator of this place. To be welcome,
             even if we are strangers."  A paradigm shift created by
             shifting our attention from the problems of our communities to
             the possibilities of our communities is the beginning of
             collective transformation into the future.


       Sep  17  "Finding Home in the World"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [72,50]
                                             Board Welcome: Jan Vine, Ralph Gandy
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Padraig O Tuama is an Irish poet, theologian, and healer in
             our world of fracture. His understanding of how we might be
             more welcoming is embodied in an old Irish proverb: "It is in
             the shelter of each other that the people live." This service
             explores "welcoming" as a spiritual practice through story,
             poetry, and reflection.


       Sep  24                               Speakers: Lay-Led Service (Amy Slagell Shepherd)
                                             Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen (both services)
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Harmonia Mundi"
                                             Special Music: David Slade
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "This being human is a guesthouse. Every morning is a new
             arrival." These are the words of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad
             Rumi, the most popular poet in the United States (according to
             the BBC). This week marks the 810th birthday of this Persian
             poet and Sufi master. Join us as we engage the poetry of Rumi
             in a service structured around a simplified version of a
             contemplative practice of Benedictine monks called Lectio
             Devina. This practice of deep listening and sharing is an
             opportunity to allow a new idea to coalesce or a "new
             arrival" to help us grow.



                 October 2017   Theme: Courage
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              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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       Oct   1  "Courage"                    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                                             Board Welcome: Jan Cook
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The mystic and spiritual teacher, Osho, believed that courage
             is the total presence of fear and our ability to face it. His
             teachings blended various schools of thought, theology, and
             religion in his search for unity and inclusivity. How might
             Osho and Unitarian Universalism intersect and help us to
             understand and engage our fears and our courage?


       Oct   8                               Speakers: Lay-Led Services (Ralph Gandy Shepherd)
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
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                                             Sound: Sam Wormley


       Oct  15  "Bridging the Confidence Gap" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                                             Board Welcome: Jan Vine, Mary Richards
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Women in th Round
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             It is a common human occurrence to have a lack of confidence
             or an abundance of self doubt at time in our lives. Dr. Russ
             Harris writes: "Our minds are truly brilliant at coming up
             with reasons why we can't do what really matters to us. But
             that doesn't mean our minds are right!" How might we let
             go of the struggle and learn to form a more courageous and
             wiser relationship with our self doubt and fear?


       Oct  22   "The Courage to Learn       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                       from Failure"         Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Ubuntu" (Sam directing)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Last spring, 65% of all UU congregations (including UUFA)
             examined how white supremacy plays out in UU spaces and in our
             culture. One of the organizers, Kenny Willey said, "UUs are a
             lot braver on the whole than we give ourselves credit for. We
             have the capacity to have hard conversations, I really believe
             that." Fifty years ago, similar conversations, controversies,
             and the resulting loss of many people of color was taking
             place in what is referred to as the Black Empowerment Crisis.
             Reflecting on our past and how it repeats invites us to be
             bold and courageous during these transforming times in our
             tradition.


       Oct  29  "Honoring Courage of         Speakers: Lay-Led Services (Jan Cook Shepherd)
                    Our Ancestors"           Board Welcome: Ben Woline
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Jane Runneals
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson
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                November 2017   Theme: Abundance
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              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Thanksgiving Day, Nov.23
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       Nov   5                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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       Nov  12                               Speakers: Jan Cook
                                             Board Welcome: Rev. Kent McKusick
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       Nov  19  400th Anniversary            Speakers: Dr. Rev. Brian Eslinger, Kitty Fisher
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices (David Slade directing)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

       Nov  26  "Abundance without things"   Speakers: Karen Bates shepherd
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                December 2017   Theme: Hope
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- Hanukkah - Dec 12-20
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Winter Solstice, Dec 21 at 10:28 AM CST
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30 <-- Christmas Day - Dec 25
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       Dec   3                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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       Dec  10                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
               (Annual Meeting)              Board Welcome: Mary Richards
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       Dec  17  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Lay-Led
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                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices "Et in terre pax hominibus" (Sam Directing)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

       Dec  24                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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       Dec  24  Christmas Eve Service        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
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       Dec  31                               Speakers: Lay-Led
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                 January 2018   Theme: Intention
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              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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                February 2018   Theme: Perseverance
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                  March 2018   Theme: Balance
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              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 CST
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                  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
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                   May 2018   Theme: Creativity
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              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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                  June 2018   Theme: Blessing
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              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
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             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


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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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       Backup ("hip pocket") Programs
         o  Singing Sunday (congregational member choose their favorites)
         o  Congregational Sharing (topical)


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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