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 2006


 


                 January 2006
             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
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30 31



       Jan   1  "Communitarian Family Values"Speakers: Toby Ewing & Katie Bruna [50]
                   Chosen Communities"       Facilitators: Toby Ewing & Katie Bruna
                Single Service 10am          Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard? 
                                             Special Music: 

             Faster than raising your own family! More powerful than a
             casual circle of friends! Enables you to leap tall
             obstacles with grace and joy! In our mobile society,
             "chosen families" often replace the extended families of
             yore. We'll talk about how a chosen family works, how to 
             build a community, and why you should be part of one.
 


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        During the rest of January the Stewardship Committee requests that                  
        each service begins with one verse of Hymn #347, "Gather the Spirit" 
        preceded by their three minute message.              
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       Jan   8  "What's in It for Us?        Speakers: Mary Sawyer [60,85] 
               Christianity and Community"   Facilitators: Mary Richards
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard (both)
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Testimonial: Molly Nesbitt: A Sense of Place--what our building 
             makes possible, how caring for it enriches me.                          

             Unitarian Universalism draws from many religious
             traditions, including Christianity. Within the membership,
             however, the level of comfort with this tradition is
             varied. How this reality plays in our project of
             community-building may depend on which Christianity we
             look to for resources.


       Jan  15  "There Are No Strangers      Speakers: Vic Moss [60,80]                     
                             here"           Facilitators: Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards (both)
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Special Music:

             Testimonial: Jessica Egli:  Why the Youth program is important, 
             to me and to others I know.                             

             In our community, when we say "there are no strangers
             here," what do we mean? How do we see poverty in our
             community? Vic Moss, the director of the Emergency
             Residence Project, will share his perspective on poverty,
             homelessness, and community.
               
               

       Jan  22  "Community: A Place Where    Speakers: Rev. Kari Skadberg [66(2),82(1)]
                     We Can Be"              Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen (both)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             "Words Like Freedom"
                                             
             Testimonial: Liz Weber: Without our larger UU association, 
             where would we be? What we "get" for our "dues".                                        

             "We are all longing to go home to someplace we have never
             been, a place half-remembered and half-envisioned..." --Starhawk
             I am so looking forward to "coming home" and being with you
             all. It seems it has been so long!


       Jan  29  "Serenity Dogs"              Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [61,92] 
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Facilitators: Joel Geske
             Kids - Guest at Your Table      Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (both)
                  (up to 10 minutes)         Special Music: 
                  
                  
             Testimonial: Donald Lewis: A Sense of Place part II--how the 
             humblest tasks can be meaningful (or how you've watched our 
             building and grounds grow and mature along with the congregation, 
             or what your ministry of our physical space has meant to you--perhaps 
             collude with Molly and try to hit different points)

             Serenity Dogs: How might pets, especially dogs, embody Reinhold 
             Niebuhr's serenity prayer? Can our four-legged friends teach us 
             the "wisdom to know the difference" between what we can and 
             cannot change?  This is the topic Tom Janicki chose for his auction 
             sermon.





                 February 2006
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                       1  2  3  4 <-- Sam at PSD Meeting in Twin Cities
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25
             26 27 28



       Feb   5  "In Support of               Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [46,90] 
                     Transformation"         Facilitators: Mary Richards               
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both) 
                                             Offertory Music: Ed Carbrey, cello, Peggy Earnshaw, accompanist
                                               Intermezzo sinfonico (from Cavalleria Rusticana) by Pietro Mascagni 

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        During the rest of February the Stewardship Committee requests that                  
        each service begins with one verse of Hymn #347, "Gather the Spirit" 
        preceded by their three minute message.              
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       Feb  12  "What Does it Mean to Love"  Speakers: Kelly Poole & Sam Wormley [50,96]
              [Children - 1st 15 min]        Facilitators: Kelly Poole & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: None Needed!
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw (yes!)

             Testimonial: Doug Marek--The importance of UU leadership 
             training--how it's made a difference in your personal life 
             as well as in your leadership at UUFA, and/or how leadership 
             training has benefited the Fellowship generally over the years.
             
             What does it mean to love? The dictionary provides us many
             definitions of love: a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of
             affection (e.g., toward a person); to like or desire
             enthusiastically (e.g., chocolate); or an intense
             emotional attachment or response (e.g., to art)... Join us
             as we discuss together the great loves of our lives.




       Feb  19  "In the Beginning"           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [48,82]
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: NO MUSIC*
                                             Special Music: NO MUSIC*
                                             
             There are almost as many creation narratives as there are
             cultures. Each one tells us something about what it means
             to be human, yet how do we understand that meaning in
             light of a scientific view of the universe?

                                              

       Feb  26 "The Decline of Civility and  Speakers: High School Youth
          Ethical Values in American Life"   Facilitators: none required
                                             Accompanist: none required
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Special Music: Youth

             Is It True? The high school youth group will explore this
             subject in the realm of politics, religion, family life,
             and culture. Join them for another stimulating and
             thoughtful Youth Sunday. 

             Testimonial: Susan Jasper: How Religious Education benefits 
             our children and the long-term vitality of our religion... and 
             maybe even benefits our teachers too!





                  March 2006
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                       1  2  3  4
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18 <== Spring Break in Ames Schools Mar. 13-17
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25     Brian out of town March 19
             26 27 28 29 30 31



       Mar   5  "Universal Benevolence"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [64,79]
                                             Facilitators: Marcia Brink
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)
                                             Offertory Music: Pam Schwab (horn) & Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Youth Prelude: Eden Marek (piano)
                                                1st movement of a sonatina by David Karp

             Many religious traditions offer a 'do unto others'
             principle.  Could this be a basis for constructing a
             universal religious ethic?  We'll explore the roots,
             possibilities and limitations of such a goal.


       Mar  12  "Fulghum Readings"           Speakers: Jack Vas, Chris White and Sam Wormley [57,66] 
               No RE                         Facilitators: Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (9)
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter and Reggie Greenlaw 

             Many people know about Robert Fulghum in the context of
             his best-selling books, including "All I Really Need to 
             Know I Learned in Kindergarten", but fewer people know that
             Fulghum is a UU minister. Today's program is built around
             Fulghum's true, humorous stories to share how they relate
             to UU Principles and how his work has helped and inspired
             countless people. Come and enjoy Fulghum's work that will
             inspire you, cause you to reflect, and make you laugh!


       Mar  19 "Earth Day: Seeking Harmony"  Speakers: Erv Klaas, et al [42,71] 
               No RE                         Facilitators: Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Reggie
                                             Special Music: Lisa Larsen and Dylan Larson-Konar 

             Lisa Larsen and Dylan Larson-Konar will perform special
             music: an arrangement of "Everything is Holy Now" by Peter
             Mayer.  Also, Dylan will perform 2 companion pieces as a
             youth prelude: Whirling Leaves and From a Lighthouse
             Window, both by Edna Mae Burnam.
                                             
             To achieve harmony within our community, we must identify
             our common values. We must engage citizens in the tough
             and complex job of creating a great city with liveable
             neighborhoods and villages. Our decisions for the future
             must look at all the available options on the basis of
             fairness and maximum benefits.
                                             
                                              

       Mar  26 "Growing our Grass Roots"     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Paul Turner [70,76] 
             [Children - 1st 15 min]         Facilitators: Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen  (both)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices

             We know that deeply rooted plants prevent water from
             eroding away top soil. The same is true of communities.
             Deeply rooted people create strong, nurturing communities.
             Join us as we discuss how we can grow the roots of our
             community.




                  April 2006
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                1 <--- Daylight Time began Apr 2  
              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 <-- First Amendment Day, Apr 20, VEISHEA weekend
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29 <--- PSD Annual Conference and Meeting (April 28-30)
             30



       Apr   2  "Buddha's B'Day"             Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Chris Albrecht & Marcia Brink [61,84]  
                                             Facilitators: Chris Albrecht & Marcia Brink in for Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (9) Anne Kimber (11)
                                             Youth Prelude: Emma Runquist
                                             
              Approximately 2,569 years ago in a northern province of
              India, a baby was born who sought to change the world.
              This babe, born in the shade of protective trees, became
              the Buddha. Join in a celebration of his birth, as we
              recount the story of his life and some essentials of his
              teachings.
                                             

       Apr   9  "Of Suffering and Mercy:     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [85,123]
                     the Story of Job"       Facilitators: Marcia Brink
              [Children - 1st 15 min]        Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Youth Prelude: Ian Werbel and Carter Slagell
                                             Special Music: The UUFA Recorder Ensemble
               
              The UUFA Recorder Ensemble has 2 pieces prepared to
              perform.  We thought that we would play one piece at the
              offertory spot (Ricercare #6 by Palestrina) and one for
              Special Music (Fantasia I by Alfonso Ferrabosco II).

              The Ricercare (shorter than the Fantasia) could be played
              as a Postlude, if that would open the offertory slot to
              the recorded piece suggested by Dena.

              As the middle school class presents its interpretation of
              the Hebrew Bible story of Job, we'll explore the meaning
              of suffering and how we can be merciful in its wake.
              We'll also kick off our Guest At Your Table program to
              benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

               

       Apr  16  "The Magic of Easter         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [82,101]
                           and Spring"       Facilitators: Krista Weber in for Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (9), Mary Richards (11)
                   All-congregational        Special Music: Free Spirits
                                             Youth Prelude: Zoe Prichard
                                             
             Spring and Easter recur each year in a tandem reminder of
             life born from seeming death, of hope rising from the cold
             ground that seemed to have signaled defeat. Is it magic?
             Certainly not the sleight-of-hand variety of tricks and
             misdirection chicanery, but maybe there is a more powerful
             "magic" that nudges us toward remembering and honoring
             spring and Easter.
                                                                             
                                             

       Apr  23  "Balance of Freedoms"        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [96,91] 
            [Children - 1st 15 min]          Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon
                 Ethics                      Accompanist: Megan Eagen
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             
             Prelude - "One Light through Many Windows", B.A. Brannon/J.S.Bach 
             Offertory - "To You", Music by Dave Brubeck, Text by Langston Hughes
                                             
             In our nation we have freedom of belief, freedom of
             speech, and freedom of assembly. Sometimes these freedoms
             clash. When that happens, how do we balance these
             interests?
                                             

       Apr  30  "Pests that Changed          Speakers: Lyric Bartholomay and Donald Lewis [68,80] 
                              History"       Facilitators: Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw

             From the earliest origins of our species, through biblical
             stories and the modern military-industrial complex,
             insects, those ubiquitous 6-legged critters that surround
             us, have altered the course of history, shaped the destiny
             of nations and determined the outcomes of wars. Join us as
             we learn more about the history of the world as seen by
             our two (count them, two!) UUFA entomologists.




                   May 2006
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                 1  2  3  4  5  6
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27
             28 29 30 31


       May   7  "The Art of Creativity:      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger and Peggy Earnshaw [85,125]
                   Fine Arts Sunday"         Facilitators: Chris Albrecht
             All-congregational              Accompanist: Anne Kimber (if needed)
                                             Special Music: Everybody

             Join in this celebration of the creative spirit. 
             Performance of the musical, spoken, and visually artistic
             genre will all be featured on this special Sunday.


       May  14  "Theologies of Peace"        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [58,69]  
                     Mother's Day            Facilitators: Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (9), Mary Richards (11)
                                             Offertory & Special Music: Mary Richards in for Barbara Evenson (harp)

             Many religious traditions promote the idea of peace. Why
             then is our world so filled with war? We'll honor Mothers
             Day by exploring the hope for peace that led Julia Ward
             Howe to initiate this holiday.


       May  21  "Natural Constants and       Speakers: Toby Ewing and Sam Wormley [47,66] 
                   Human Variables"          Facilitators: Toby Ewing and Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             "The Forest [Wakes]" - Williams/Martin
                                             "At the River" - Jacobson/Emerson
                                             
             There are unchanging constants in nature, yet nature is
             constantly evolving. Perspectives on humans' place and
             part are constantly changing. A free and responsible
             search for truth and meaning is at the heart of "Natural
             Constants and Human Variables".
                                             

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       May  28  "Bridges to Cross:           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger and Benette Sherman [122]
            Re-Membering and Memorializing"  Facilitators: Wayne Beal
                  Flower Communion           Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw 
               All Congregational            Special Music: Brian Eslinger - Pipes (excellent)
                Bridging Ceremony   


             Life has many transitions. We'll honor several such
             changes in the lives of our community while acknowledging
             the service people whose sacrifices are especially noted
             on this day.



                   June 2006
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                          1  2  3 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- GA is in St. Louis, Missouri, June 21-25th
             25 26 27 28 29 30

   
       Jun   4  "Helping the Next            Speakers: George Belitsos & Rev. Brian Eslinger [75]
                  Generation Soar to         Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon
                    a Brighter Future"       Accompanist: Anne Kimber & Megan Eagen
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             "Madrigal of Joy" - Linda Spevacek
                                             "Bird in a Cage from the Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" - Megan Eagen

             What is it that creates the passion in a person to work
             for our young people? What can we do to help insure a
             brighter future for every young person in our community?
             Join us to explore these important questions.


       Jun  11  "Illegal Immigration         Speakers: Dr. Hector Avalos [82]                  
                     through Latino Eyes"    Facilitators: Chris White (Chris Albrecht, Spoon avail.)
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Current debates about immigration focus on the definition
             of "illegal." Dr. Avalos will provide a brief history of
             "legal" and "illegal" as it pertains to immigration,
             especially from  Mexico. He places this discussion in the
             context of policies proposed by President George W. Bush,
             and in the context of recent developments in Iowa.
                                             

       Jun  18  "Faith of our Fathers?"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [97]   
               (Father's Day)                Facilitators: Chris Albrecht
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             In 12 years, I've never done a service on Father's Day--is
             it ambivalence or fear? Join me as I explore what it means
             to me to be a father and how to reconcile oneself with the
             idea of fatherhood.


       Jun  25  "Spirituality of Crafts"     Speakers: Krista Weber and Kay Puttock [57] 
                                             Facilitators: Krista Weber and Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (not)
                                             Special Music:

             This fun-filled, interactive, intergenerational program
             combines meditation and action through coloring, crafting
             and kitchen projects. Discover, experience, and discuss
             how crafts you haven't done since elementary school (or at
             least last week) can be spiritual and/or meditative
             activities. 




                           July 2006
                     Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                        1
                      2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sam at PSD Meeting -- Jul 8 (10am-2pm)
       Sam in         9 10 11 12 13 14 15 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
       Mason City--> 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
                     23 24 25 26 27 28 29
                     30 31



       Jul   2  "Ideas that shaped           Speakers: Ewing, Witherspoon and (Albrecht) [64]
                America: the good, the bad,  Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Witherspoon
                 and the ugly"               Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw  
                                             Special Music: Copland

             Our intention is to provide a patriot's appreciation and
             critique of some seminal ideas that underlie the American
             dream psyche, and myth.  Where did we go wonderfully
             right, where tragically wrong, and how did we end up with
             a cowboy for president?



       Jul   9  "I've never met people       Speakers: Darius Jackson (FUCDM) <jaxunfamily@msn.com> [84]
                      like you before"       Facilitators: Krista Weber, Matt Keller
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:

             Do you know where your children are? Please join us as
             Darius Jackson, of the First Unitarian Church of Des
             Moines, explores these questions from different cultural
             perspectives.
 


       Jul  16  "The Power of Now"           Speakers: Bob Sanda (FUCDM)  <bobdsm@mchsi.com> [90]
                                             Facilitators: Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard 
                                             Special Music:

             Do you control your thinking, or, does your thinking
             control you? Being in the present moment by "Stop
             thinking!" is "easier done than said." Bob Sanda reflects
             on some implications in spirituality derived from Eckhart
             Tolle's book "The Power of Now".  
 
             Mary Richard's UU Brunch follows service.                              

                                           

       Jul  23  "Ode to Joy"                 Speakers: Rev. Kari Skadberg [75]
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:

             It is a rare and beautiful quality to feel truly happy
             when others are happy. When someone rejoices in our
             happiness, we are flooded with respect and gratitude for
             their appreciation. When we take delight in the happiness
             of another, we increase exponentially our opportunities
             for experiencing joy in our own lives.



       Jul  30  "Stopping Along the Way:     Speakers: Rev. Jean Marie Marsden [79]
                My Spiritual Journey:        Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                Or, How I Came to Be         Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                 an Interfaith Minister      Special Music:

             A young girl's search for the non-existent role and role
             model of a woman minister becomes this old girl's realized
             dream. "I am just now answering a life-long call and am
             ready to see where my answer leads me."
                                            --Rev. Jean Marie Marsden





                  August 2006
             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 29 30 31

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       Aug   6  "Living in Overdrive"        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [111]
                                             Facilitators: Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Each of us has motivations and goals that drive our lives.
             Sometimes those drives push us too fast and before we know
             it, we're in overdrive. We'll look at motivations for
             living, and the effects they can have in leading us toward
             chaos or harmony.
                                             

       Aug  13  "Personal Watermelon"        Speakers: Greg Pelley (FUCDM) <gspelley@msn.com> [62]
                                             Facilitators: Tom Janicki 
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:

             "Personal Watermelon" with Greg Pelley. An inquiry into
             how "we" have become so isolated - so insular - from our
             families, neighbors, and community that there is a growing
             market for diminutively bred varieties of the
             quintessential summer fruit.
             
             
       Aug  20  "Reflections from the        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [122]
                      Garden"                Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Blue Moon Players

             While constructing and nurturing a new garden and picking
             cherries from our trusted tree, I had time to reflect on
             what these small efforts mean to me. The garden is a
             special place, both in real and metaphorical terms. What
             could such an ideal represent in our lives?
                                                                                     
                                             
       Aug  27  "Greetings from the          Speakers: Linda Barnes & Mark Runquist [112]
               non-barcode people: Eating    Facilitators: Matt Keller
               and Living Well in Place"     Accompanist: Megan Eagen
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             "Flow, Oh My Tears"

             Eating at its most basic essence is an act to physically
             sustain oneself but the act also has spiritual, political
             and ecological consequences. What are those consequences
             and just who are the non-barcode people?   





                September 2006
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23       9-11:30 (includes facilitator's workshop)
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30                                             
                                                                


       Sep   3  "Perfectly reasonable        Speakers: Toby Ewing & Sam Wormley [60]
                 deviations from the         Facilitators: Toby Ewing & Sam Wormley
                 beaten track"               Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:

             The late Richard Feynman, winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize
             in Physics, was as remarkable for his entertaining and
             insightful personality as for his groundbreaking work in
             physics. We make use of his scientific contributions every
             day (a brief quiz on this topic will be administered
             during the service), but there is also much that we can
             learn from him as a person. Come explore with us some of
             the physical and metaphysical gems in Feynman's life and
             writing.


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       Sep  10  "Ingathering"                Speakers: Revs. Eslinger & Cooley  [80,136]           
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Chris Albrecht (in spirit)
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards (both services)
                                             Special Music:
                                             Special Dance: UU Co'Motion Kids 

             As we return to our two-service format and gather together
             after many summer adventures, we'll take time to share and
             reconnect. Bring some water (be it actual or symbolic) to
             represent your summer's story, and we'll join them during
             our water communion. Whether your travels took you to the
             backyard wading pool or the snows of the Andes, each story
             is precious and important to the life of our community.
                                                                                     

       Sep  17  "Faith"                      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [63,104]
                                             Facilitators: Wayne Beal & Kali Hayslett 
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both services)
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter with Anne Kimber 
                                             Offertory: Larry Burkhalter with Anne Kimber 

             Each of us has experiences that help us to develop a view
             of the world. From that view, we gain the insight that
             guides and directs the next steps we take. Is that
             insight, faith? Is faith a verb or a noun? How does our
             "faith" or denial of it affect our view of ourselves and
             our lives?                                      
                                             

       Sep  24  "Forgiveness (Equinox)"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [64,118]
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Cathy Nelson & Chris White
             (High Holy Days - Judaism)      Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard (both)
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson (harp) & Kristin Fallon (harp)

             This Sunday follows the Jewish holy day Rosh Hashanah
             (which marks the beginning of the New Year) as well as the
             Autumnal Equinox. One aspect of Rosh Hashanah is
             reflection and forgiveness. The Equinox is a day of
             balance and harmony. There may well be a relationship
             between these concepts which we will explore as aspects of
             beginning again.




                                            
                        October 2006
                   Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                    1  2  3  4  5  6  7 <-- Brian Gone
                    8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- Sam at PSD Meeting -- Oct 14 (10am-2pm)
        Fritz &    15 16 17 18 19 20 21     No SMPC Meeting in October
        Sam in --> 22 23 24 25 26 27 28
        Okoboji    29 30 31



       Oct   1  "Building Bridges"           Speakers: Matt Keller, et al [55,69]
                                             Facilitators: Jean-Marie Marsden & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen (both)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices (Offertory)
                                                 "Follow the River" by Julie Wheeler
                
             A strong community can't be built without reaching out, or
             building a bridge, to those with different beliefs and
             traditions.  Join us as we hear testimonials from members
             of our own congregation that have built bridges in their
             own lives.
               

       Oct   8  "Business Ethics:            Speakers: Jim Werbel  [52,71] 
                Preaching to the Choir"      Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Chris White
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Dr. James Werbel, who was a Senior Fulbright Scholar to
             Portugal for the summer 2006, is the William and Elizabeth
             Goodwin Fellow in Management and professor of management
             at Iowa State. Werbel's areas of expertise include
             employee selection, work and family issues, and business
             ethics.        


       Oct  15  "Doubt"                      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [59,94]
                [New Member Sunday]          Facilitators: Kali Hayslett & Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)
                                             Special Music:

             Throughout human history, doubt has served to create new
             understandings of our place in the universe. Doubt can be
             an entryway into new insights or a stumbling block to
             understanding. We will explore the thoughts of some of
             these great doubters and the importance of doubt in
             creating our faith.                                             
                                             

       Oct  22  "The End of Faith"           Speakers: Dawn Cooley  [54,80] 
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Krista Weber, Kali Hayslett (11 only)
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard (both)
                                             Special Music: Ed Carbrey & Ginny Molgaard
                                             
	     In his book of the same name, Sam Harris calls for the
	     "end of faith." Yet in Brian's service on Faith in
	     September, an "abiding faith" (ŕ la Sharon Salzberg) seems
	     to be something we need more of, not less. Is there a
	     conflict here? Though Harris writes mostly of/to religious
	     conservatives and moderates, might his message have
	     something of value for Unitarian Universalists as
	     practitioners of liberal religion? 


       Oct  29  "Day of the Dead"            Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [74,74]
                [All-congregational]         Facilitators: Matt Keller & Jean-Marie Marsden
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)
                                             Special Music:

	     Festivals around the world celebrate this time of year as
	     a special one connecting us with loved ones who have 
	     died. We will join in this important human ritual during
	     our service. We will be constructing an altar of memories;
	     please bring a photograph or artifact that reminds you of
	     someone you would like to honor.


                                            
                                                                     

                 November 2006
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                       1  2  3  4 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              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



       Nov   5  "Rescue 911"                 Speakers: Dawn Cooley  [61,82]
                                             Facilitators: Cathy Nelson & Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards(9), Ginny Molgaard(11)
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Millennials (not to be confused with millennialists) are
             looking for answers. But the answers they are drawn to are
             often based on emotion rather than reason. Can we make
             room in our congregations for these young people? What
             happens if we don't?                                            


       Nov  12  "Bounties of the Season"     Speakers: Dawn Cooley, Linda Barnes, Benette [71,67] 
                [All-congregational]         Facilitators: Jean-Marie Marsden & Wayne Beal
                  [Apple Communion]          Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             
             The song Bread and Roses reminds us that we need food for
             the body and food for our spirits. During this service, we
             will participate in both types of nourishment in an annual
             tradition: the Apple Communion and revisiting our
             connections with Unitarians in Transylvania.
                                             

       Nov  19  "Mindful Living"             Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [54,84]
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Chris White & Jean-Marie Marsden
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber (both)
                                             Special Music:

             As we enter the holiday season, it is often easy to get
             swept up in the turmoil and habits of the past and not
             approach this time mindfully. We'll explore what it means
             to be mindful and to approach life in such a manner.


       Nov  26  "Gratitude"                  Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [86]
                [Single Service 10am]        Facilitators: Tom Janicki & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Erv Luedders
                                             Special Music:

             Often food seems to come from a supermarket instead of
             growing from the ground. On this Thanksgiving weekend,
             we'll express gratitude for the bounty the earth
             provides.





                 December 2006
             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
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             31

 
       Dec   3  "Science and Spirituality"   Speakers: Dawn Cooley  [80,102]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing & Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)
                                             Accompanist: Ed Carbrey - Cello
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter
                                             Offertory: Aria by J. S. Bach
                                             Special Music: Andantino by Fritz Kreisler
 
             The Auction Sermon, purchased by Sam Wormley. Is there a
             dichotomy that exists between the scientific and the
             spiritual? If so, how do we reconcile the tension between
             them in our congregations. If not, where are the meeting
             points?

                                             

       Dec  10  "On the Other Hand"          Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [64,98]
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Matt Keller & Kali Hayslett
                                             Accompanist: Megan Eagen (both)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices - "Winter" by Z Randall Stroope

             As a left-handed person I've notice how being different
             than the majority has its challenges. Winter is also a
             season when different celebrations co-exist or collide. 
             We'll explore the commonalities of our responses to those
             physical and religious differences and how instead of
             dividing, they might strengthen us.

                                               
                                               

       Dec  17  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [68,120+]
                [All-congregational]         Facilitators: Cathy Nelson & Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten (both)
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson and Cynthia Marten

             The winter season is full of stories about overcoming
             winter's cold and about heroes being born. Join in the
             telling of our winter holidays tales.
                                             
                                             

       Dec  24  "Winter Memories"            Speakers: SMPC  [96]
        10am      Sharing Stories            Facilitators: Sam Wormley
            [Hot Chocolate Communion]        Accompanist: Erv Luedders & Megan Eagen
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices - 
                                                "Hold Fast To Dreams" bu André J Thomas

             The first of three services offered on Sunday, December
             24, is dedicated especially to everyone who may experience
             a 'dissonant congruence' at this time of year. For some,
             the pull of winter's natural rhythm to slow down, grow
             quiet, and turn inward in contemplation, reflection, and
             introspection is quite strong. This often puts us at odds
             with the season's festivities. We will honor the urge to
             seek stillness in winter. We'll invite you to relax with a
             hot cocoa meditation. Come create new memories as we share
             memories of winters past.
                                                
                                                
                                         
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       Dec  24  "The Journey to Christmas"   Speakers: Brian Coordinating  [132]
         5pm                                 Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist:
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Our early service on Christmas Eve will feature our play
             The Scottish Shepherd's Story and explore the meaning
             of the journey to Bethlehem, then and now. What might the
             trek taken by shepherds, wise people, and Joseph and Mary
             mean for the journeys of our lives in the 21st century?
                                             
                                             

       Dec  24  "Christmas Vespers"          Speakers: Dawn Cooley  [33]
         9pm                                 Facilitators: Chris White & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Erv Luedders
                                             Special Music: 

             In the cold, dark night, let us come together to honor the
             Christmas tradition in song, story, sharing, and
             meditation. Come prepared to sing Christmas carols!

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       Dec  31  "How are the Children"       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [82]
                [Single Service 10am]        Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             As we enter the New Year, we will explore ethical
             imperatives used by different cultures to ground their
             societies. If you have a measure, like the Masai saying in
             the title, that you believe helps us determine if our
             society and our lives are heading the right direction,
             please bring it to share.