UUFA Sunday Morning Program Committee
        
        The Sunday Morning Program Committee (SMPC) plans and
        implements year-round Sunday morning services during times
        when our minister doesn't speak. The committee works with our
        minister to facilitate and to plan shared programs. Members
        arrange for speakers from within and from outside the
        Fellowship.



        Programs Presented in 2003


                 January 2003
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa    Brian on sabbatical all
                       1  2  3  4    of January
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25
             26 27 28 29 30 31
	     
	   Ref: http://www.charlestonuu.org/Principles.html
	        http://www.uua.org/aboutuua/principles.html
	        

       Jan   5  "Prophetic Voices"           Speakers: Annette Rowley
                                             Facilitators: Barb Evenson
                                             Pianist: Anne Kimber (9 AM), Peggy Earnshaw (11 AM)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
	   
	   The 2nd Principle, "Justice, equity and compassion in human 
	   relations" comes from the words and deeds of prophetic women 
	   and men which challenges us to confront powers and structures 
	   of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power
           of love. Join us as we examine what William Blake, English Poet, 
	   Artist and Visionary can teach us.


       Jan  12  "UU Principles and Modern    Speakers: Curt Struck
                 Science"                    Facilitators: Linda Barnes
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Ginny Molgaard (9 am) Peggy Earnshaw (11 am)    
                                             Special Music: 

           UU principles advise us to follow "humanist teachings which counsel 
	   us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and (which)
	   warn us against idolatries of the mind and the spirit." The discoveries 
	   and theories of modern science, and the physical sciences in particular, 
	   do more than provide us a shield of rationality to protect us against 
	   such "idolatries." The mysterious paradoxes and hidden dimensions of 
	   these "empirically tested" conceptual frameworks encourage our awe and 
	   wonder of our universe.


       Jan  19  "What did the                Speakers: Jane Vallier
             Transcendentalists Transcend?"  Facilitators: Laura Hatfield
                                             Pianist: Cynthia Marten (9 AM) Sue Haug (11 AM)     
                                             Special Music: Pam Schwab & Tom Russell

           Our New England Transcendentalist founders were a curious 
           lot of human beings, and a small lot at that. How could so 
	   few people have such a disproportionate effect on American 
	   culture and religion? Open to wonder and given over to an 
	   almost bizarre individuality, they laid a foundation for an 
	   American counterculture that has both religious and secular 
	   dimensions today.

					     

       Jan  26  "A Free and Responsible      Speakers: Bill Larsen        
                  Search"                    Facilitators: Kay Puttock
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Sue Haug     
                                             Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio
              
              
           Our Unitarian Universalist common principles affirm the encouragement 
           of spiritual growth, and the free and responsible search for truth and
           meaning. We will explore some aspects of these principles, based in part 
           on the efforts of a group which has been engaged for over four years in 
           the study of the historical Jesus.

 



                 February 2003
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15     Meeting 10-11:30am
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28


       Feb   2  "Brigid's Well"              Speakers: Toby Ewing          
               (pronounced Breed's)          Facilitators: Kelly Poole
                                             Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (both services)    
                                             Special Music: Women In the Round, Free Spirits

          At the midpoint of winter, we see the days lengthen and look
	  forward to the coming of spring. This is the date of the feast
	  of Brigid, a Celtic goddess who was canonized as an Irish saint.
	  Brigid's sacred well will be our starting point for exploring
	  earth-centered spirituality.                                  
                                              

       Feb   9  "The religious Imgination"   Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing & Kelly Poole
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Sue Haug (both services)     
                                             Special Music:

          In many religious traditions one employs visions or the imagination 
          to help discern what can be for themselves and their world.  We'll 
          explore this idea and how it might apply to our religious community.


       Feb  16  "What in the World?"         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger 
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes
                                             Pianist: Anne Richards Omidvar    
                                             Special Music: Danny Apatiga (Debussy)
                                             
          In every corner of the world there seems to be another religion!  
          In this pluralistic age how do we approach these other believers, 
          learning respectfully but not loosing sight of who we are?
                                             

       Feb  23  "The Means of Meaning        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                                             Facilitators: Barb Evenson
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: N/A    
                                             Special Music: CIS Brass
                                             
           Achieving a meaningful life is often high on our list of priorities.  
           One of the major places we seek meaning is in our religious/spiritual 
           lives. We'll examine some of the latest thought on the role of meaning 
           for us human beings, and what that implies for our religious journeys.





                  March 2003  
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                1 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8     Meeting 10-11:30am
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30 31


       Mar   2  "If it Looks Like a Duck     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger           
                and Quacks Like a Duck,      Facilitators: Laura Hatfield
                is it really a Duck?"        Pianist: Anne Kimber (9 am) Ginny Molgaard (11 am) 
                                             Special Music: Free Spirits (2 pieces - 1st 15 min) 
                                             
           I am frequently asked, "Is Unitarian Universalism really a Religion?" 
           Over the years  I've given vehement, confident answers both in the
           affirmative and  the negative.  This Sunday I'll give you my latest
           thinking on  the question, and look forward to hearing your opinions as
           well.
                                     
                                             

       Mar   9  "Servetus to Seuss: Heresy   Speakers: Junior High Class - Art Konar
                and the Cost of Speaking     Facilitators: Sam Wormley (in the shadows)
                the Truth"                   Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw    
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Special Music: Tom Russell
                
           This service is resented by the 7th and 8th grade class and
           will include children's reading, reader's theater, choir music
           and instrumental songs. Special guest include: Deb Kline, Lisa
           Larson, Ann Kimber, Tom Russell, Dallas Thies, and Pam Schwab.       
                                             
                       
       Mar  16  "The Morality of Abortion"   Speakers: Krista Jacob with George Naylor
                                             Facilitators: George Naylor & Linda Barnes (planning)
                                             Pianist: None Available    
                                             Special Music:
                                              
           Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures performed 
           in the United States. On a global level, the abortion issue is 
           inextricably linked to social justice issues such as poverty, over 
           population, and women's societal status. Yet, because of the highly 
           political and controversial nature of this issue, the personal and 
           spiritual aspects are frequently neglected. 

           Krista Jacob, editor of "Our Choices, Our Lives: Unapologetic
           Writings on Abortion", will share experiences from her work as 
           an abortion counselor and will touch on personal and spiritual
           dimensions of abortion.
           
        -----------------------------------------------------------------------  
        The "The Morality of Abortion", because of illnes, was replaced with a
        Congregational discussion program. "The Impending War" facilitated by
        George Naylor, Linda Barnes with contribution from Sam Wormley.
        -----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      

       Mar  23  "Was George Washington       Speakers: Clair W. Keller
                 a closet Unitarian?"        Facilitators: Toby Ewing            
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Reggie Greenlaw, guitar   
                                             Special Music: Blue Moon Players

           This presentation will focus on George Washington's religious
           beliefs and practices in private life, Commander-in-Chief of the
           Continental Army, and President. It will conclude by addressing 
           the question whether or not his views and practices were
           consistent with 18th Century Unitarianism.


       Mar  30  "Reflections from Ireland"   Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley 
                                             Pianist: Sue Haug (both services)   
                                             Special Music: Dan Haug, oboe
					     
					     
                                             


                 April 2003
            Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                   1  2  3  4  5 <-- PSD Annual Meeting & Conference
             6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-     (Brian, Linda, Sam, others at PSD AMC)
            13 14 15 16 17 18 19   `- Next SMPC Meeting
            20 21 22 23 24 25 26
            27 28 29 30


       Apr   6  "Religious Freedom: Our      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger    
           Unitarian Universalist Heritage"  Facilitators: Kelly Poole
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist:     
             PSD Conference Weekend          Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio 
             
            One of the early hallmarks of our religious tradition is the 
            belief in religious freedom. We'll explore the roots of this 
            tradition among our founders.
            

       Apr  13  "A Freedom to Defend"        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger 
                                             Facilitators: Kay Puttock
             CONGREGATIONAL MEETING          Pianist: Ginny Molgaard (9 AM), Anne Kimber (11 AM)      
             (between services)              Special Music:

           In the second part of our series on religious freedom we'll 
           explore current issues confronting advocates of freedom of religion.  
                                 

       Apr  20  "Bursting Forth into Life"   Speakers: Rev. Eslinger, Deb Kline, Cheryl Lawson 
                All-Congregational Easter    Facilitators: Laura Hatfield
                        Service              Pianist: Anne Kimber (9 AM), Peggy Earnshaw (11 AM)    
                                             Special Music:
                                             
           Join us for a celebration of life as we reflect on the common themes 
           of Earth Day and Easter in story and song. No Religious Education classes.
           
                                                           
       Apr  27  "The Morality of Abortion"   Speakers: Krista Jacob, Linda Barnes, George Naylor
                                             Facilitators: George Naylor, Linda Barnes
                                             Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (9 AM), Sue Haug (11 AM)  
                Brian in Dubuque             Special Music: Fellowship Voices (Simple Gifts)
                                              
           Abortion is one of the most common surgical procedures performed 
           in the United States. On a global level, the abortion issue is 
           inextricably linked to social justice issues such as poverty, over 
           population, and women's societal status. Yet, because of the highly 
           political and controversial nature of this issue, the personal and 
           spiritual aspects are frequently neglected. 

           Krista Jacob, editor of "Our Choices, Our Lives: Unapologetic
           Writings on Abortion", will share experiences from her work as 
           an abortion counselor and will touch on personal and spiritual
           dimensions of abortion.
                                             



                           May 2003
                     Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                  1  2  3
                      4  5  6  7  8  9 10
                     11 12 13 14 15 16 17        
       Sam in -----> 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
       Mason City    25 26 27 28 29 30 31 <---------- Next SMPC Meeting
                                                      10-11:30 am

       May   4  "Fellowship Circles"         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Deb Kline, Lynn Avant
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Sue Haug (both)     
                                             Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio 
                                             
           Are there crop "circles" out back? Are we "circling" the wagons?
           Do we have dark "circles" under our eyes? Is it time to "circle" 
           the right answers? Well, these aren't exactly the kinds of "circles"
           we have in mind. To find out more about "Fellowship Circles" and
           how this program will help us connect in meaningful ways, be sure
           to "circle" May 4 on your calendar.
                                             


       May  11 [Mothers' Day Service]        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Annette Rowley
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley
                                             Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (both services)   
                                             Special Music: Kids, Adults & Fellowship Voices
                                             
           We'll celebrate Mother's Day by sharing the talents of our young
           people and adults. With stories, songs, poems and maybe even a 
           dramatic act or dance, we'll share the talents that bring more joy
           to life. If you're interested in participating in this intergenerational
           fine arts program, please contact Peggy Earnshaw at 232-1665.
                                             

       May  18  "Strengthening Families"     Speakers: Ginny & Lee MOLGAARD  
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Cynthia Marten (both services)
                                             Special Music: 
                                     
           Strengthening Families -- Lee and Ginny Molgaard The Molgaards
           will share how a family tragedy and the challenges that followed
           led to the development of a curriculum that is being used all
           over the US, as well as in several other countries. The
           Strengthening Families Program:  For Parents and Youth 10-14 is
           helping young people and their parents connect on a deep level
           and has been successful in lowering teen substance abuse and
           other problems. 

           Sam at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of North Central Iowa
           (Mason City) Ref: http://uufnorthiowa.org/

        -----------------------------------------------------------------------  
        Transition to single 10am service from two services at 9am and 11am
        -----------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      
       May  25  "Memories of War             Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger           
                   Prayers for Peace"        Facilitators: Toby Ewing 
                                             Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             
           On this Memorial Day Sunday we'll acknowledge our debt to 
           those who serve in our nation's military while offering our
           hopes and prayers for peace in the world. There will be
           special milestones of remembrance for family and friends who
           are veterans.                             
                                             

                  June 2003
            Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa     The June meeting of the Sunday Morning
             1  2  3  4  5  6  7     Program Committee will be held May 31, 2003
             8  9 10 11 12 13 14
            15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Summer Solstice June 21 at 2:10pm CDT 
            22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- GA (Boston) June 26-30               
            29 30                    (B. Eslinger, K.Fisher, SE Tuttle, K. Puttock)


       Jun   1  "Simple Gifts"               Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Barb Evenson
                                             Facilitators: Barb Evenson
                                             Pianist: Anne Kimber    
                                             Special Music:
                                             
           Join us as we reflect on the simple moments of life and the way
           they give meaning to living. We will honor our graduating high
           school seniors and join in sharing a Flower Communion. If you wish
           to bring flowers to share, please do.
                                              

       Jun   8  "Cosmology Marches On"       Speakers: Sam Wormley, Toby Ewing
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing
                                             Pianist: Sue Haug    
                                             Special Music: 
                                         
           Two thousand years ago we could easily imagine ourselves to be the 
           purpose of creation. In the last four hundred year Copernicus, Kepler, 
           Galileo, Newton and Einstein shook our ideas that the Earth was the 
           center of Universe. We now know that we are on a habitable planet, 
           circling an average star, lost on the edge of a typical galaxy in a
           lost corner of the universe. The Big picture has changed in the last
           year. Join us and find out why! And find out why we are so connected!                          
                                             

       Jun  15  "When the Summer Comes       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Toby Ewing
                    Shining"                 Facilitators: Toby Ewing (backup: Linda Barnes)
                                             Pianist: Cynthia Marten    
                                             Special Music:
                                             
           Come celebrate the longest day of the year as we mark the summer 
           solstice.                                 
                                             
                                             
       Jun  22  "We are Lovable, You are     Speakers: Roger Evans <revans1933@mchsi.com>
           Lovable, and Even I am Lovable"   Facilitators: Roger Berger & Roger Klinkenborg
                                             Pianist: Ginny Molgaard   
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices?
                                              
           In "We Are Lovable, You Are Lovable, And Even I Am Lovable", 
           Roger Evans, as a psychologist (retired), talks about and clearly 
           states that we are lovable and uses his experiences and education 
           to convince us.
                                 
                                                                                     
       Jun  29  "A Summer Music Festival"    Speakers: Earnshaw, Molgaard, Wormley, et al        
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley
                                             Pianist: Non     
                                             Harpsichord: Peggy Earnshaw, Ginny Molgaard 
                                             
           Special Music: includes, Deb Kline, Blue Moon Players, Women in the Round, 
           UUFA Recorder Consort, Fellowship Voices with Megan Eagen, oboe, and The Music Men.
                                                
           One Sunday morning during the spring, Ginny Molgaard, pointed out
           that Peggy Earnshaw's harpsichord would be in the Fellowship the
           last week of June... Did we want to build a service around that?
           The result is a "A Summer Music Festival". This fine arts program
           includes Renaissance and Baroque music and discusses how it was
           used in religious context.
           


                  July 2003
            Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                   1  2  3  4  5
             6  7  8  9 10 11 12
            13 14 15 16 17 18 19
            20 21 22 23 24 25 26
            27 28 29 30 31
 
       Danny Apatiga <annerypstat@hotmail.com> is
       Available for Special Music in July.                                            


       Jul   6  [peace trip - middle east]   Speakers: Kari Holmes-Stone <sherlock@i-rule.net>
                                             Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Marcia Brink (Planning Help: Kelly) 
                                             Pianist: Sue Haug     
                                             Special Music:
                                             
           In support of Human Rights work of Christian Peacemaker Teams, Keri
           traveled to Palestine and Israel where she met with peace and human 
           rights organizations, stayed with families whose homes are under
           threat of demolition, escorted children to school, listened, wept, and
           encouraged those living and working under extreme stress every day. 
           She comes to our fellowship to share the stories of the people she
           met. Expect to be challenged.
           

       Jul  13 "God Talk for Believers       Speakers: Priscilla Witke <priscillabill@msn.com>
                    and Non-Believers"       Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Pianist: Ginny Molgaard 
                                             Special Music:
                                             
           God exists. Some believe God exists as a reality. Some, like myself,
           believe God is a creation of human imagination and do not believe in a
           reality of God. But anyone who lives in this world lives in a world in
           which the concept of God is alive and powerfully influential. Whether
           as reality or influential concept, God exists.
                                     

       Jul  20 "G. Verdi:                    Speakers: Anita Beal <AnitaMBeal@aol.com>                      
             ..Italy's first Mega-star"      Facilitators: Annette Rowley, Wayne Beal      
                                             Pianist: none needed     
                                             Special Music: 
					     
	   Giuseppe Verdi was much more than a composer of operatic music. He
	   was strongly anticlerical and would drive his wife to church but he
	   would not enter. He was known for his love of farming, calling
	   himself the "Farmer of Busetto". He was kind to those who were in
	   need. One of his greatest hopes was to see Italy united as one
	   Nation. He helped accomplish this through his fiery and patriotic
	   music.
                                                                                     
       Jul  27 "Enter By the Chinese Door"   Speakers: Elaine Rockwell <erocky@aol.com>
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes (Planning Help: Kelly)
                                             Pianist: Anne Richards Omdivar    
                                             Special Music: Danny Apatiga
 
           Life is packed with activity, some of which is just activity and some
           of which is a conscious effort to create meaning. From time to time, a
           life-altering moment occurs: a crisis, a choice, or just a pause. Such
           moments can be "Chinese doors" slowing the flow of traffic, presenting
           you with the opportunity to claim or create your own unique and
           meaningful life.

                                
                                    
                 August 2003
            Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                            1  2 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting 10-11:30am
     +-----> 3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Restart Fellowship Voices, August 6th
     |      10 11 12 13 14 15 16
     |      17 18 19 20 21 22 23     Megan Eagen rejoins the Fellowship Voices
     |  +-> 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 <-- on August 27th
     |  |   31 
     |  +--------------------------- Sam doing service in Des Moines
     +------------------------------ Mary Richards Brunch, after the service.
      
     
       Aug   3  "Zen and the Art of Home     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger                
                   Repair"                   Facilitators: Kay Puttock
                                             Pianist: Anne Kimber (tentative)    
                                             Special Music:

           We spent the summer with much of our house torn up, during this
           time with no TV and a great deal of dust and noise I had the 
           opportunity to reflect upon the spiritual lessons of home repair.
           
           Mary Richards Brunch - 3217 West St., August 3, 11am, Please bring
           a brunch dish to share. Table service and beverages will be provided!
                                             
                                             

       Aug  10  "Seven Habits of Highly      Speakers: Michael Bugeja (Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication)
                     Mediated People"        Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Sam Wormley
                                             Pianist: Mary Richards   
                                             Special Music:
        
           This program is a take-off on the Covey paradigm* associating unethical
           behavior with overconsumption of media and overuse of technology. It
           focuses on how media and technology flatten perception and dull conscience, 
           with recommendations to live deeply in real community with others.

           *The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a book written by Stephen
           R. Covey has to do with one's paradigm on life-one's worldview, the
           basic set of assumptions about life that filter all one's perceptions
           of life, and color one's understanding of all of life.                    

       Aug  17  "Sanctuary"                  Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                                             Facilitators: Barb Evenson                         
                                             Pianist: Cynthia Marten (call her if needed)    
                                             Special Music:
                                             
           The word "sanctuary" sets off different images in many people's minds.  
           For some it is the unfriendly daunting room of their childhood religion, 
           for others it is the place where safety was found fro run away salves 
           and, more recently, illegal immigrants.  Sanctuary is a religious word 
           that can have meaning in how we shape our every day lives and gain the 
           peace needed to face the everyday world.                                  

       Aug  24  "Back From Boston"           Speakers: Ames General Assembly Delegation
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing     
                                             Pianist: Ginny Molgaard    
                                             Special Music:   
                
           Come join in a sharing of songs and stories as members of the Ames 
           GA delegation, Rev. Brian Eslinger, Kitty Fisher, Kay Puttock and 
           Sue Ellen Tuttle, share the excitement and challenges generated at 
           the 42nd UUA General Assembly.                              
                                               
                                                                                     
       Aug  31  [Patriot Acts]               Speakers: Adrian Bennett (292-9474)                     
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley
                                             Pianist: Paula Forrest    
                                             Special Music: Samantha Bennett, Violin


        -----------------------------------------------------------------------  
        Transition from single 10am service to two services at 9am and 11am
        -----------------------------------------------------------------------
        
                   September      
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                 1  2  3  4  5  6 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting 10-11:30am
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13     Annual Facilitators Workshop
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27 
             28 29 30  <------------- Sam doing services at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
                                      of Eau Claire WI on 28th "Three Revolutions in Cosmology"
                                      

       Sep   7  "Water Communion"            Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger    
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley & Katherine Buckley
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist:     
                                             Special Music: 
                                             
           In our community we are like waves on the ocean, individual droplets
           and part of a larger force as well. Join us as we share stories of our
           travels far and near and uncover the way we are all connected, even in
           our individual stories.                                   

       Sep  14  "The Bible and UU's"         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Kay Puttock
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon (Sam Wormley backup)
                                             Pianist: Megan Eagen    
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             
           For much of the American religious world the Bible is the central 
           text. For UUs it ranges in importance from formative to being a doorstop.
           We'll explore why the Bible continues to be important to UUs and how
           we might approach this ancient text.                              

       Sep  21  "Reading the Landscape"      Speakers: Jean Eells <jceells@ncn.net>
                                             Facilitators: Kelly Poole & Carole Kazmierski
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: None required     
                                             Special Music: Peter Mayer

           Reading the landscape is a lifelong pursuit of literacy of a different sort.
           There are plenty of myths to challenge whether you are at the "picture book"
           level or that of advanced texts.  What does it mean for our UU lives?

       Sep  28  "A question of Class"        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger   
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes     
                                             Pianist: Cynthia Marten (9 AM), Peggy Earnshaw (11 AM)    
                                             Special Music: 
                                             
           Author bell hooks writes, "Nowadays it's fashionable to talk about race
           and gender; the uncool subject is class." Luckily, I've never been 
           accused of being "cool". On this Sunday we'll look at the relationship
           we have with the class of our origins, the expectations of our lives
           and the effect class has on our society.                                      
                                                                                     
 

 
                    October         
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa   
                       1  2  3  4   
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting 10-11:30am
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18   
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25   
             26 27 28 29 30 31      
             

       Oct   5  "Women and Religion"         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger    
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley 
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Ginny Molgaard (would you be willing to play for both services?)     
                                             Special Music: Good Company
					     
	   Through music, poetry and stores we'll explore the role of women in
	   religion. The choir "Good Company" will provide images varying from 
	   women's suffrage to "Nunsense". This service will include teacher 
	   dedication.			      

       Oct  12  "To love as one will...      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger 
                   legally"                  Facilitators: Kay Puttock
                                             Pianist: Cynthia Marten (9), Peggy Earnshaw (11)    
                                             Special Music: 
					     
	   All across our nation the debate is raging over who should be allowed 
	   the legal rights and protection of marriage. I'll weigh in with my 
	   thoughts on this religious and political hot button.				     

       Oct  19  "Happy B'day Ralph Waldo     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                     Emerson"                Facilitators: Carole Kazmierski       
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Sue Haug (both)    
                                             Special Music: Jonathan Sturm, violin and Sue Haug, piano
 
           This year we are celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of one
	   of the most influential thinkers of the Unitarian School of thought,
	   Ralph Waldo Emerson. His legacy has its positive and negative aspects,
	   and we'll uncover them both.


       Oct  26  "Witches and Pagans and      Speakers: Toby Ewing, Ashley Kyber, Kathy Hickok             
                      Satan, Oh My!"         Facilitators: Kelly Poole
                                             Pianist: None Required
                                             Special Music: Sam Wormley 352 & 397
                                                                                     
           In this time of pumpkins and goblins, we see witches lurking on many 
	   porches and lawns.  Who are these witches, and why does Western culture 
	   have such an ambivalent relationship with them?  I'll explore some of 
	   the history linking the Judeo-Christian tradition with witches, pagans, 
	   and Satan.

                 

                   November     
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1 <--- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting 10-11:30am       
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <--- Brian at PSD Board Meeting this first weekend of November.
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15 <--- Sam doing services at UUFNCI (Mason City) on the 9th
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29 <--- Thanksgiving November 27th
             30
             

       Nov   2 "A Gathering of Women"        Speakers: Women's Spirituality Group                       
                                             Facilitators: Non Required
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Ginny Molgaard (11)    
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Offertory: Deb Kline
                                             Song: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             
           The UUFA Women's Spirituality Group will share their thoughts,
           readings, songs, and poetry. We will focus on the circles in our
           lives and broaden the circle of our group to include the entire
           congregation.                                     

       Nov   9  "Middle School Kids Play"    Speakers: Middle School Kids    
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley with Art Konar
                                             Pianist:     
                                             Special Music: 
                                             
           The middle school class is trying to spread the Good Word. We will
           talk about how important Unitarians have positively affected us.
           We will also have a "Good Samaritan" play with a Unitarian twist.                                 

       Nov  16  "UUSC Guest at Your Table"   Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger, Deb Kline & Den. Affairs Com.                  
                All-Congregational           Facilitators: Katherine Buckley, Sam Wormley (at UCMC first)
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Mary Richards (9), Sue Haug (11)     
                                             Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio
                                             Prelude Music: Eden Marek, "The little Shepherd" by Claude Debussy
                                             
           How does the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee help us to create 
           a welcome table around the world?  Join us as we explore UUSC programs 
           and history to learn how our UU faith is lived through out the world.             

       Nov  23  "The Green Man Returns"      Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger 
                Thanksgiving Theme           Facilitators: Toby Ewing                        
                                             Pianist: Cynthia Marten (9), Peggy Earnshaw (11)     
                                             Special Music: Free Spirits
                                             
           Many years ago the Green man and I took a walk through the woods. This 
           legendary figure of nature is full of knowledge and advice. This time, 
           he's returned to help me think about the meaning of sabbatical.                           

       Nov  30  "A Reverent Harvest"         Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger    
                Thanksgiving Theme           Facilitators: Mary Richards?   
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Cynthia Marten (9), Peggy Earnshaw (11)     
               Single Service at 10am        Special Music: Youth Brass group
                                               Anda Tanaka, trumpet
                                               Lauren Schwab, trumpet
                                               Thomas Eslinger, French horn
                                               David Tepper-Hickok, tuba
                                               Pam Schwab, French horn 
                                               
           During this thanksgiving season we will take time to contemplate how we 
           reap the benefits of nature, offering thanks and contemplating how we 
           might be sensitive to our place in the natural world.   
	   
	                                           

                   December       
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                 1  2  3  4  5  6 <--- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting 10-11:30am
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13      Kazmierski 296-4869  2039 Indian Grass Ct  Ames IA 5001
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20      Potluck Brunch? Coffee for sure!
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27      Map: http://www.google.com/search?q=515+296-4869&pb=f
             28 29 30 31


       Dec   7  "Celebrate Simply and        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger    
                     Simply Celebrate"       Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Wayne Beal
                                             Pianist: Sue Haug (9), Ginny Molgaard (11)     
                                             Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio
					     
	   Have the holidays left you feeling kind of Scrooge-y? Start the season
	   right with this discussion of how to celebrate the holidays and not let
	   them overwhelm you. We will have a special collection for the UUSC 
	   Afghanistan Relief Fund.
	   				     

       Dec  14  "The Arts Surround Us"       Speakers: UUFA Art Committee Members
                                             Facilitators: None Required    
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist: Sue Haug (both)     
                                             Special Music: Dan Haug, oboe
					     
	   Art, while it may delight or enrage us, is created to help us ponder,
	   to engage us, to evoke new depths of experience within our spirit.
	   
                               
       Dec  21  "Holiday Festival"           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, DRE Deb Kline, et al
                All-Congregational           Facilitators: Katherine Buckley & Mark Witherspoon
                                             Pianist:     
                                             Special Music: 5th-8th grade Orff players
					     
	   Join in singing, stories and creative projects that capture the essence
	   of the winter season. This promises to be a joyous morning for all ages.
	   

       Dec  28  "Words to Live By"           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger   
              Single Service @10pm           Facilitators: Marcia Brink
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Pianist:     
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices 
					     
	   As we enter the New Year we'll gather to share the words, poems, quotes
	   and literary references that shape our lives. Please bring your favorite
	   saying with you as we create a communal sense of the voices whose wisdom
	   we heed.