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 2005


                                             
             
                 January 2005         Note - Megan Eagen (is studying in Ireland all Spring)
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa     Note - Brian WILL be on leave in January
                                1     Note - Wayne & Anita Beal in Arizona Jan-Feb
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Coming of Age Retreat Jan 22-23
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29         Mark, Toby & Sam
             30 31
             

           Get your blood moving this month with a series of programs related to
           social, political, and economic justice. Tune in to UUFA's own Justice
           Talking every Sunday morning at the fellowship.

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        single 10am service 
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       Jan   2  "Heartfelt Intentions"       Speakers: Kay Puttock, et al 
               SINGLE SERVICE at 10am        Facilitators: Sam Wormley
            [Congregational Discussion]      Accompanist: Anne Kimber (10)    
                                             Special Music: Anne Kimber
                                             
           Come prepared with your good intentions for the new year and kickstart
           your resolutions into reality.


       Jan   9  "Fear Factor: The            Speakers: Rev. Sean Parker Dennison 
                  Marketing of Despair and   Facilitators: Toby Ewing              
                  Our Power to Respond"      Accompanist: Mary Richards (9); Anne Kimber (11)    
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             "Acceptance" arranged by Erv Luedders

           Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, a former member of the UUFA and now minister
           of South Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Salt Lake City, Utah,
           will reflect on cultural messages of fear, powerlessness, and despair.
           Is there a reason so much attention is being paid to "unfortunate
           events" and bad news?  How might we respond? 
           
           
       Jan  16  "Today's headlines:          Speakers: Michael Bugeja                         
                   Missing, misguided,       Facilitators: Carole Kazmierski, Mark Witherspoon
                   mistaken or marvelous?    Accompanist: Mary Richards (9); Ginny Molgaard (11)    
                  [Children - 1st 15 min]    Special Music:  
                                             Associated Forum: 7:30pm in Tower Room                                           
                                              
           Today's whirlwind world of information can leave our heads
           spinning with all the spin, as fewer and fewer hands have control
           of news-gathering operations. Even using all our resources to get
           our news -- newspapers, television, radio, internet and the
           old-fashioned word of mouth -- are we sure we're getting the
           truth? Michael Bugeja, director of the Greenlee School of
           Journalism and Communication and media ethicist, will lead the
           discussion on the effect corporate control of information has on
           us and our world today.
                                             

                                             Youth Prelude: Eden Marek
       Jan  23  "Greed is good" vs           Speakers: Mary Sawyer                    
        "Justice and compassion are better"  Facilitators: Mary Richards                        
                                             Accompanist: Sue Haug (Both)                         
                                             Special Music: Piano Trio (Burkhalter, Carbrey, Haug)
             
           Mary Sawyer will be our chief guide in this program exploring how our
           society's chief economic and political influences, capitalism and
           protestantism, gave us our "greed is good" ethic, and the ways in which
           we can buck the trend and live by an ethic that embodies justice,
           compassion and actively caring for others. 
                                             
                                             
       Jan  30  "Justice Walking"            Speakers: Beverly Reddick (IEJI), and Rev. Brian Eslinger
                                             Facilitators: Marcia Brink            
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Accompanist: Mary Richards (9), Sue Haug (11)    
                                             Special Music:
                                             Associated Forum: 7:30pm in Tower Room                                           

           Poverty in Story County doesn't loiter on street corners; it waits on
           tables, provides child care, cleans offices, and stocks shelves at the
           discount store. Today's program will open eyes and hearts to the tough
           realities of Story County's working poor. It will also introduce a
           model for long-term, broad-based community organizing that can empower
           us to walk the walk of justice for lasting social change.
           


               
                 February 2005
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa     Note Wayne & Anita Beal in Arizona Jan-Feb
                    1  2  3  4  5 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- PSD Program Council in Ames
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19     PSD Conference Planning Meeting (Bloomington)
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28


       Feb   6  "Searching for Human Worth,  Speakers: Dr. Sean Juguilon, Cindy Cory & Rev. Brian Eslinger
                 and justice in the          Facilitators: Toby Ewing                        
                 US Health Care System"      Accompanist: Mary Richards (9), Anne Kimber (11)   
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices (a capella)
                                             "In the Bleak Midwinter", arranged by Erv Luedders

             Cindy Cory, RN, and Sean Juguilon, MD, will give us an inside view of
             the US health care system: what drives change within it, how it works
             for people with few resources, and what changes, large and small, are
             needed to realize its potential (and promise?) of delivering quality
             health care for all. 

                                             
       Feb  13  "Worship in the Woods:       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                   Celtic Paganism"          Facilitators: Annette Rowley                        
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Accompanist: Mary Richards (9), Anne Kimber (11)      
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Before the legendary Saints dominated the religious life of the Celts,
             there were extensive practices that connected communities in a variety
             of ways. Many of the ancient practices (or facsimiles of them) are
             being revived in modern Celtic societies. Walk down the broken path
             from the ancient to the modern exploration of Celtic Paganism.
                                             

       Feb  20  "Youth Sunday--How Music     Speakers:  UUFA Youth and Benette Sherman
                   Transcends"               Facilitators: None Needed                        
                                             Accompanist:     
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Music. It transcends all boundaries and speaks to us in a thousand
             different voices, but touches us in the same way. Metaphors from music
             help us express aspects of our lives: rhythm, melody, harmony,
             intensity, symphony, improvisation, counterpoint. The youth of the
             Fellowship will explore the ways musical genres touch us from the
             chakras of our bodies to symphonies in our universe.

                                             
       Feb  27  "Holy Saints and Holy        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
               Sites: Celtic Christianity"   Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon                        
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Accompanist: None Needed    
                                             Special Music: Free Spirits
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Celtic Trio
                                             
             Is there a unique historical form of Christianity that is distinctly
             Celtic? Some say yes, some say no, while others contend that there is
             now. Hear my two-pence worth of analysis and conclusion on a topic
             that proves to be as deep as St. Brigit's well.


 
                                             
               
                  March 2005
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28


                                             
                                             Youth Prelude: Charlotte Mann, harp 
                                             Patrick Jasper, recorder
                                             "The Lark in the Clear Air" traditional 
                                             Irish tune arranged by Thom Dutton
       Mar   6  "Singing Our Principles"     Speakers: Mary, Sam, et al 
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley                         
                                             Accompanist:                 
                                             Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio                         
                                             
             "Singing Our Principles"--the second in an occasional series in
             which we revel in the resources found in our hymnbooks. We'll hear
             some thought-provoking comments and quotes about each of the seven
             UU principles, and then sing a hymn that expresses the philosophy
             of each. You'll enjoy it even if you're not a singer!
            
                                             
       Mar  13  "Celtic Folk traditions"     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger    
                                             Facilitators: Krista Weber, Wayne Beal           
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Accompanist: Mary Richards (9), Lise Marcell (11)    
                                             Special Music: Lise Marcell 
                                             
             In this final installment of our Celtic Spirituality series I'll 
             explore the values and ethics apparent in the folk traditions of 
             the Celtic People. Children begin in Fellowship Hall.

                                    
       Mar  20  "Believing What We Must"     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger                                     
                                             Facilitators: Wayne Beal (9), Linda Barnes (11)                                         
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (9), Sue Haug (11)    
                                             Prelude or Special Music: Danny Apatiga
                                             Bach Prelude & Fugue in c minor
                                             
             I heard it said UUs can believe what ever they want; I maintain 
             we believe what we must. Come share in this exploration of the 
             difference of what it means to choose one's faith.


                                             Youth Prelude: Esin Unal, Piece for flute: Gavotte
                                             Composer: Fr. Jos. Gossec (with Ginny Molgaard)
       Mar  27  "Life Springs forth in       Speakers: Jim Scott and Rev. Brian Eslinger                     
             Abundance: Easter Celebration"  Facilitators: Mary Richards           
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Accompanist: none required     
                                             Special Music: Jim Scott
                                             
             Join singer song writer Jim Scott and Rev. Brian Eslinger in a 
             celebration of life, and the promise of renewal. 
                                              
                                             
   
                                             
                  April 2005
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                             1  2   
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <--- PSD Annual Conference and Meeting (April 8-10)        
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting        
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23                                                     
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30 <--- Passover April 24-30


 
       Apr   3  "Shaping our Vision:         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger                   
                  A Community Process'       Facilitators: Kelly Poole                        
                                             Accompanist: Sue Haug (both)      
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                             
          Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio

             During the past several years we have expressed a vision of who we
             want to be as a congregation, providing fair compensation for staff,
             creating a full-time DRE position, providing an excellent religious
             education program for all ages and being an active presence in our
             community.  The financial resources we've committed to this vision
             have not allowed us to fulfill it. Join President Brenda Witherspoon,
             finance co-chair Liz Weber and Rev. Brian Eslinger in a discussion of
             a realistic direction for our congregation.
                                             

                                             Youth Prelude: Daniel Alexander - Prelude from Prelude and Fugue #1
                                             from The Well Tempered Clavier, Vol 1, BWV 846 by J.S. Bach
       Apr  10  "A Spiritual First"          Speakers: Mark Witherspoon, et al                              
                                             Facilitators: Jim Jones (9), Marcia Brink (11)           
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Accompanist: Mary Richards (9), Ginny Molgaard (11)   
                  Tinker/Ekhart Story?       Special Music: Danny Apatiga
                First Amendment Week         Mozart Sonata in F Major, K. 547. 1st & 2nd movements

             Thirty percent of Americans think the First Amendment gives us too much
             freedom and 75 percent of high school students don't know anything --
             and don't care to know anything -- about one of the foundations of our
             democracy. Amid these troubling statistics, we turn our attention to
             the spiritual nature of our First Amendment and how its freedoms
             dovetail with our UU principles.
    

       Apr  17  "Mother's Day for the Earth" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger and Benette Sherman                            
                                             Facilitators: Wayne Beal              
                 All Congregational          Accompanist: Reggie will do all accompanying    
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw and Free Spirits
                                                   "Pollution" by Tom Lehrer

             We'll be creating a human mother's day card for the Earth as we
             gather in this all congregational celebration of Earth Day. Renew
             your connection to our mother earth through stories and songs. Reggie
             Greenlaw and the Free Spirits will provide special music

                                             
                                             Youth Prelude: Eden Marek -- "Starlight" by Walter Noona
       Apr  24  "Play: Flood Story"          Speakers: Readers' Theater with Rowley, Greenlaw, Lewis 
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley                        
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)    
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw 
                                             
             Man, always the myth-maker, creates stories to help us understand
             ourselves and our relationship with others and with the unseen beings
             that must have power over us. One archetype that appears again and
             again in ancient cultures is a story of a great flood, a tale of the
             cycle of birth, corruption that incurs the gods' wrath, death, and
             rebirth. We will discover what we can learn from the Babylonian epic, a
             Greek myth, a Bob Dylan protest song, and an intergenerational modern
             musical-comedy version of Noah's Ark. Children begin in Fellowship
             Hall.

             
             
                                            
                   May 2005
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- Coming of Age Retreat May 14-15
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21         Brian, Mark, Toby & Sam
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30 31

                                             Prelude: UUFA Recorder Ensemble 2-3 short pieces
       May   1  "Tragedy and Tyrany:         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [80,75]
                  Terror at Home and Abroad" Facilitators: Marcia Brink            
                [May Day]                    Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (9), Sue Haug (11)   
               New Member Sunday             Special Music: Fellowship Voices-"Danny Boy"
                                             and "The Merry Month of May"

             The reactions of our nation to terrorism abroad have had a great impact
             on freedoms at home. How do the lofty ideals of religious liberals
             react in the face of global realities?                                   
                                             
       May   8  "A Musical Celebration       Speakers: P. Earnshaw & Fellowship Youth [70,108]
                   for Mother's Day"         Facilitators: Mary Richards           
                  All Congregational         Accompanist: Mary Richards   
                                             
             Join us in this artistic extravaganza as we share our talents, be they
             musical, artistic or of the spoken word. 


       May  15  "UU and South Park:          Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Katie Bruna [70,80]              
                   Rantings and Ravings"     Facilitators: 
            Coming of Age Retreat            Accompanist: Lise Marcell (both)    
                                             Special Music: Lise Marcell 

             Katie Bruna found some startling similarities between the irreverent
             cartoon South Park and the irreverent religious tradition
             Unitarian.                                           
                                             
       May  22  "On the Cusp of a Wave"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [63,87]                                 
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley                        
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Accompanist: Sue Haug (both)    
             Includes Senior Recognition     Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio
              Child Welcoming Ceremony       Prelude or Special Music: Danny Apatiga
                                             Rachmaninoff's Prelude in g minor
                                             
             During the past year we've made many transitions as a community, as
             have many people in our community. On this Sunday we'll explore the
             spiritual energy that is harnessed and released as we acknowledge and
             engage in such changes.                                         
                                      
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                      Youth Prelude Aida(violin) and Sophia(viola) Villareal Licona
                      Rigadoon by Henry Purcell 
       May  29  "Is there a Theocracy        Speakers: Mary Sawyer [101]                          
                    in Our Future"           Facilitators: Wayne Beal                      
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
 
             Join Mary Sawyer as she explores the meaning of theocracy and
             tendencies of our government, past and present, in relationship to
             church and state.



                                  June 2005
                            Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa     Mary Richards gone June 1-8, 16-27
                                      1  2  3  4 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting 
                             5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sam in Council Bluff June 11-12
       Sam at UUNCI         12 13 14 15 16 17 18
       Mason City  -------> 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <--- GA, June 23-27, 2005 Fort Worth, TX
                            26 27 28 29 30



       Jun   5  "Flower Communion and        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                 Fellowship Picnic"          Facilitators: Sam Wormley                        
              At Ada Hayden  Park 10 AM      Accompanist:     
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices

            Load up your picnic baskets and games for the kids and venture out to
            Ada Hayden Park where we'll explore the environs of the Park and our
            own annual ritual of the Flower Communion.  We'll have a pot luck
            picnic to follow so bring a dish to share and your own table service. 
            If it's raining we'll meet at the Fellowship and picnic in the fireside
            room.
                                 

       Jun  12  "The World's All Right"      Speakers: Linda Barnes [82]           
                                             Facilitators: Jim Jones                        
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw    
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson (harp)
                                             Sound: Rich Van Valin

             We're back at the Fellowship for this program by Fellowship member and
             biologist Linda Barnes.


       Jun  19  "Coloring and Other          Speakers: Krista Weber, Jim Jones, Kay Puttock [65]
                   Hands On Activities"      Facilitators: Krista Weber, Jim Jones, Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber    
                                             Special Music:

             What do coloring, clay and play have to do with spirituality?  Come
             experience it for yourself at this program suitable for all ages.
             
             

       Jun  26  "A Plan for Tomorrow:        Speakers: Erv Klaas, ISU professor emeritus of animal ecology [81]                   
            Creating Stronger and Healthier  Facilitators: Marcia Brink            
                 Communities Today"          Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw    
                                             Special Music:

             Our communities can continue to grow the way they have for the past 50
             years, with sprawling, low-density growth, or we can create a new model
             for community development that more closely embodies and promotes UU
             values of social, economic, ecological, and environmental justice. 
                                                      

 
                                             
                       July 2005
                 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                 1  2
                  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
                 10 11 12 13 14 15 16   Mary Richards gone July 1-4, 9-16
      Mary       17 18 19 20 21 22 23   Brian gone all of July
      Richards   24 25 26 27 28 29 30 <--Benette In Office this week
      Brunch --> 31
             

       Jul   3  "When I Grow Up              Speakers: Toby Ewing [72]         
                   I Wanna be..."            Facilitators: Kelly Poole                        
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia     
                                             Special Music:                   

             Did you dream of being a firefighter (nurse/lawyer/artist) when you
             grew up? Is that who you are now? If not, why not?  Did growing up
             require letting go of dreams? Join us in a consideration of what we
             wanted to be, who we became, and how we become.

                                             
       Jul  10  "Where has my village        Speakers: Darius Jackson (FUCDM) <jaxunfamily@msn.com>
                           gone?"            Facilitators: Krista Weber [80]                      
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber    
                                             Special Music:
 
       Jul  17  "Justice or Mercy:           Speakers: Sally Boeckholt <salgal23@yahoo.com>
                    UU Faith in Action"      Facilitators: Marcia Brink [67]                       
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard    
                                             Special Music:

             Our principles call us to seek justice. We'll explore the difference
             between justice and mercy and how we, as individuals and as a
             community, can answer this call.

                                             
       Jul  24  "A Few Good Words"           Speakers: Xenda Lindel (FUCDM) <xenda@iowalink.com>
                                             Facilitators: Wayne and Anita Beal [62]                       
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw     
                                             Special Music:
                                             
       Jul  31  "My Lot in Life"             Speakers: Doug Hoffman (FUCDM) <douglas.hoffman@mchsi.com>
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley [66]                        
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber     
                                             Special Music: Leiming Tang 
                                               "Valse, Op. 64, No. 1"  by Chopin
                                               "Sonata"  by W.A. Mozart

                                             
             "My Lot in Life." is about my attempt at a mid-life career change to
             car sales having never sold anything for a living before. It's a
             reflection on change, crisis, self-image and perspective.
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                  August 2005
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                 1  2  3  4  5  6 <-- Boston Trip (Brian)
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
    Sam at   14 15 16 17 18 19 20
    UCMC --> 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 <-- PSD Retreat (Brian)
             28 29 30 31
             

       Aug   7  "A Devil's Chaplain:         Speakers: Mary Richards [82]       
               Reflections on Hope, Lies,    Facilitators: Sam Wormley             
                 Science, and Love"          Accompanist: Anne Kimber     
                                             Special Music: 

             Is the theory of natural selection incompatible with
             religious beliefs that teach compassion? Enjoy Richard
             Dawkins's first essay in his book of the same name, in
             which he discusses the historical responses to the theory
             of evolution and his view of how we can both accept
             nature's "cruel indifference" as embodied in natural
             selection and glory in the power to negate such
             indifference with hope and ethical progress.
             
                                             
       Aug  14  "Whole-Hearted Spirituality" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [100]    
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon                        
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards     
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             The heart is often used as a metaphor for spirituality.
             We'll explore how the metaphor can lead us toward a vision
             of spirituality that matters in our lives and in our
             community.
                                                     

       Aug  21  "Time of Transformation:     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [102]          
                 UUA General Assembly"       Facilitators: Tom Janicki with Marcia Brink                        
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw     
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Whether they described it as being "born again and again
             and again" or as a moment of enlightenment, the attendees
             at the General Assembly, the national gathering of
             Unitarian Universalists, found the experience to be
             transforming. Join them as they describe their moments of
             clarity and revelation.                                 
                                             
                                             
                                             
       Aug  28  "Simple Living"              Speakers: Marcia Brink & Kay Puttock [105]                     
                                             Facilitators: Kay Puttock & Marcia Brink                        
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw     
                                             Special Music:



                September 2005
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30


       Sep   4  "Miraculous Year (1905)"     Speakers: Toby Ewing & Sam Wormley [82]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist:     
                                             Special Music:     
                                             
             In 1905 an anonymous patent clerk in Bern rewrote the laws of physics
             in his spare time. In little more than eight months in 1905 he
             completed five papers that would change the world for ever. Spanning
             three quite distinct topics - Einstein overturned our view of space and
             time, showed that it is insufficient to describe light purely as a
             wave, and laid the foundations for the discovery of atoms. Join us
             as we share the the excitement of this Miraculous Year (1905).
                                                   
                                             
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       Sep  11  "Ingathering Sunday"         Speakers: Benette [39,126]             
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Deb Kline                         
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)    
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Wheels of the Bus (and Cars and Trains and Bikes) Bring Us
             Back to our Spiritual Home. Join us as we renew our connections
             on Ingathering Sunday. Meet and how new religious education 
             teachers and participate in the water communion.
                                             

       Sep  18  "Can I call This God?"       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [66,106]         
                                             Facilitators: Annette Rowley & Sam Wormley                         
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                         
             The word 'God' has undergone many transformations throughout
             human history. What are some of the understandings about God
             today? How are they a help or a hindrance in regards to the  
             current situation in which the world finds itself?                      
                                             
                                             
       Sep  25  "One View of the World"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [55,71] 
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Mary Richards                        
                                             Accompanist:     
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Recent research indicates that what we believe thologically
             affects how we understand the world. We'll explore differing 
             connections between theological understandings and views of
             the world and how those affect our lives.                               


        

                 October 2005
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                1     
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15     At home of Carole Kazmierski 8:30-11:30 a.m.
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29 <-- Sam, PSD Meeting
             30 31
             
             
       Notes for Oct 2 "Discussion" services
         2-3 SMPC Members (with the help of several more SMPC members)
           o Summerize, Recap main points from previous two Sundays (10 minutes max)
           o Ensure balanced and fair participation          


       Oct   2  "Discussion"                 Speakers: Toby Ewing, Chris White, Kelly Poole [44,60]                     
                 (Large Group Format)        Facilitators: Chris White, Kelly Poole                        
                 (Chairs - Circle)           Accompanist: Anne Kimber    
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter - Dvorak Slavonic Dances                   
                                                            Anne Kimber - Piano
                                                            
             Check the guns, ropes, and knives at the door! (Rotten tomatoes will
             be allowed, though...) Join Toby, Kelly, and Chris in a large group
             discussion of the previous Sundays? presentations.
             

       Oct   9  "Everything Is Holy Now"     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [58,85]   
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Marcia Brink                        
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten     
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             How do we understand reality if we see only special people or things
             as "holy"? What happens if we see the world as imbued with holiness?
             What do I mean by "holy" in the first place? Join us for Part Three
             of our continuing theological journey.
   

       Oct  16  "The Nature of the Human"    Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [42,85]         
                                             Facilitators: Mary Richards                        
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen    
                                             Special Music: Christopher Hopkins, Viola da Gamba 
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "All Ye Who Music Love"					     

             Throughout human history we have explored and altered our
             understanding of what it means to be human. In today's world that
             question is extremely important as humanity has the power not only
             to destroy our planet but to alter the environment to an
             unprecedented degree. How do our religious values help us define
             what it means to be human?

                                             
       Oct  23  "Discussion"                 Speakers: Kay Puttock, Mary Richards [33,58]                      
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Chris White, Mary Richards                         
                 (Sub Group Format)          Accompanist: Mary R (9), Ginny Molgaard (11)    
                 (Chairs - Circle)           Special Music:
                 
             We'll break into smaller groups this time to explore our
             recollections of and our reactions to the programs of the past two
             weeks.


       Oct  30  "Good and Evil"              Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [55,99] 
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes                        
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)    
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson - Harp
                                             
             Is evil real or an invention of humanity? On this Halloween program,
             we'll explore the different theologies of good and evil and what
             masters they might serve.






                          November 2005
                      Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
       Brian in              1  2  3  4  5 
       Boston -------> 6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Brian at PSD Board Retreat
                      13 14 15 16 17 18 19 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
                      20 21 22 23 24 25 26
                      27 28 29 30


       Nov   6  "A Harvest of Friendship"    Speakers: Deb, Benette & Linda Barnes [86,78]   
                                             Facilitators: Deb Kline & Linda Barnes
                All-congregational           Accompanist: Mary Richards (both)    
                                             Special Music: Zoe (Debinski) Pritchard - Youth Prelude
                                             "Firedance" and "Rage over a lost penny"
                                             Photographer: Sam Wormley
                                             
             We have sown the seeds of caring and concern for our partner
             church in  Transylvania over the years, and we  continue to reap
             a harvest of friendship. As we inch our way towards our
             Thanksgiving, we pause  this day to consider and be grateful for
             the abundance of an Iowan harvest (as demonstrated with our Apple
             Communion) and compare it  to the customs of our partner church
             in the birthplace of Unitarianism.  
                                             


       Nov  13  "Are you Saved?"             Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [44,97]  
                                             Facilitators: Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)    
                                             Special Music: Danny Alexander - Youth Prelude
                                                            "Stairway to Heaven" (Jimmy Page and Robert Plant) 

             One of the primary questions addressed by many religions has
             to do with salvation. What does it mean? What does it take
             for humanity to achieve it? Universalism, half of our
             Unitarian Universalist tradition, is named for this idea. How
             we shape the answers to these questions in our lives has
             implications for our faith. 



       Nov  20  "The Discussion Keeps        Speakers: Mark Witherspoon & Sam Wormley [50,55]
                     Getting Better"         Facilitators: Sam Wormley & Mark Witherspoon
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (9), Ginny Molgaard (11)
                                             Special Music: Eden Marek
                                             

       Nov  27  "Sacred Texts,               Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [101]
                      Sacred Stories"        Facilitators: Mary Richards
                 Single Service 10am         Accompanist: Megan Eagen
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices

             During the holiday season we retell stories of our culture and
             history that help us to understand who we are. What are the
             stories that shape us? How do we incorporate them into our
             lives? 
             


                  December 2005
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31


       Dec   4  "Faith in the Practice"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [47,80]
                                             Facilitators: Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)     
                                             Special Music: Christopher Hopkins, Cello
                                             
             This title could be read two ways, both equally appropriate.
             The first is as a statement: we put our faith into practice.
             The second is as a question: do we have faith in our
             practice? In other words, does our religious practice really
             have the potential to make a difference, in our lives and in
             the world around us?       
                                     
                                                     
       Dec  11  "Final Discussion:           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [51,52]
                      The Next Steps"        Facilitators: Sam Wormley (for Tom Janicki)
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             As we conclude this series, Rev. Brian Eslinger will offer
             closing thoughts and engage the congregation in a
             discussion of  where we go from here

                                             
       Dec  18  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [66,118]
                                             Facilitators: Marcia Brink
                 All-congregational          Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (both)
                                             Special Music: Cynthia Marten & Barbara Evenson 
                                             Youth Prelude: Rosa Unal's Children & Peggy Earnshaw

             Winter is a time of celebration for many traditions. Join
             us as we share stories and songs to brighten the winter's
             cold.                                                                                                  

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       Dec  24  "Christmas Eve Play"         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Youth [120]
              Single Service 5pm             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon            
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen    
                                             Special Music: Some Fellowship Voices

       Dec  24  "Christmas Eve Music"        Speakers: Sam Wormley & Rachel Tell [51]
              Single Service 9pm             Facilitators: Sam Wormley & Rachel Tell
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen   
                                             Special Music: Some Fellowship Voices
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       Dec  25  "Christmas"                  Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [61]
              Single Service 10am            Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson

             Each story of Christmas has a unique meaning, but they
             also tell us something about what it means to be born with
             purpose. Celebrate Christmas morning wi th an exploration
             of meaning and lots of singing.