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 2008


 
                 January 2008
             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        (Sam in Twin Cities)
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30 31

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       Jan   6  "We the People"              Speakers: Brenda & Mark Witherspoon & Sam Wormley  [48,86]       
               (common Commons)              Facilitators: Marty Helland & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:

             Given the current political climate, how might we UUs put
             our principles into action? Come explore the relationships
             between individuals and the common good.



       Jan  13  "Meditation"                 Speakers: Joel & Meditation Group  [57,134]
                 (we vs me)                  Facilitators: Jean Marie
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             The "finding me" in mindful meditation can transform the
             me into a we through lovingkindness.


       Jan  20  "Spirituality of Poetry"     Speakers: Mary Richards, et al  [44,74]
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Christine, Anna and Kitty 
                                             with Barb Evenson

             Join us to explore life and UU philosophy as expressed
             through the words of poets.


       Jan  27  "Stone Soup"                 Speakers: Chris White & Linda Barnes  [47,81]
          [Story right at the beginning]     Facilitators: Matt Keller & Dan Cullinan
                [Children - 1st 20 min]      Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:

             Please bring up to one-half cup of a vegetarian soup
             ingredient that is ready (Ingredients should be partially
             cooked or finely chopped) to add to our delicious pot of
             Stone Soup in this celebration of sharing and community
             that truly demonstrates that the whole is greater than the
             parts.
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
                  February 2008
             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              (in youth room)
             24 25 26 27 28 29



       Feb   3  "Greenman's Dreams"          Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [70,94]
                (Pledge Drive Kickoff)       Facilitators: Mary Richards & Tom Janicki
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Recorder Ensemble

            The dreams we have for our community, for the Fellowship,
            and for the wider world are not isolated from even the
            wondering Green Man. How might the dreams of this mythic
            figure, who sometimes meets with me on my forest
            wanderings, inform the green dreams of our Fellowship?


       Feb  10  "Prejudice: The Everyday     Speakers: Rev. Tom Capo  [47,70]       
                   and The Malignant"        Facilitators: Jean Marie & Sam Wormley 
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Barb Evenson in for Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             
             We all have prejudices. We develop these as we have
             experiences in the world. Some of these prejudices we are
             aware of and some we are not aware of. The more aware we
             are of them the better we can manage them. But sometimes
             prejudice can become malignant and destructive--this can
             happen on a personal, community or even a societal level.


       Feb  17  "Elements of Life: Gaia"     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  {38,42] Winter Storm
                                             Facilitators: Chris White & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw 
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             The symbol of the mother goddess and an ecological
             principle of interdependence, Gaia may be a unifying
             principle for humanity today. Join us in this inner
             exploration of an old idea made new.


       Feb  24  "Youth Sunday"               Speakers: High School Youth Group  [52,81]
                                             Facilitators: None Needed
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             The youth have been gathering their thoughts, music,
             poetry, and other materials to bring together this unique
             service. Visions from our youth relating to the work they
             wish to do in their futures regarding faith and politics
             will form the basis of this service.


                      March 2008
                 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                    1
                  2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
     Brian in --> 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
     Des Moines  16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Spring Break (Mar. 16-23)
     Easter ---> 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
                 30 31


       Mar   2  "The Interdependent Web"     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [78, 118]
               [New Member Sunday]           Facilitators: Mary Richards, Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Jim Scott 
                                             
             Join in this celebration of song and story as we explore
             our interrelationship with life. Jim Scott will join the
             Rev. Brian Eslinger for the morning. Jim is a well-known
             folksinger who brings great joy and enthusiasm to his
             earth-conscious songs.
                                                                                     

       Mar   9 "In Praise of Disengagement"  Speakers: Michael Bugeja   [70,81]                
                                             Facilitators: Joel Geske & Sarah Carlson
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Free Spirits
                                             Youth Prelude: Charlotte Mann

             As tuition spikes beyond the means of students who own the
             laptops, iPods, and cell phones being used in the
             interactive classroom, the blurring line between
             entertainment and learning grows as distracting as it is
             expensive. Michael Bugeja recommends less emphasis on
             interactive engagement and more on commitment.

                                             
       Mar  16  "Don't Know Much about       Speakers: GA group  [49,67]
                [Our] History: You and Our   Facilitators: Matt Keller & Dan Cullinan 
                Denominational Connections"  Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:

             Members who attended last year's Unitarian Universalist
             General Assembly in Portland, Ore., and various Prairie
             Star District conferences and workshops will explain how
             you can enhance your UU connectivity.
                                             

       Mar  23  "Resurrection of Life:       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [60,98]
                   An Easter Question"       Facilitators: Jean Marie, Sam
                [Easter Sunday]              Accompanist: Mary Richards
             [Equinox Mar 20 5:48 UTC]       Special Music: Tom Russell
                                            
             The Easter story I grew up with centers around the bodily
             resurrection of Jesus. I no longer celebrate that story as
             part of my faith - so what does Easter mean to me?
             Join me in my quandary.

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        Sunday, March 30, 2008
        On Justice Sunday, UU congregations unite in action on a single
        important and urgent human rights issue. UUSC provides materials to
        organize action for change. http://www.uusc.org/justicesunday
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       Mar  30  "Ethics or Ontology, What    Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger
                 is the role of religion?"   Facilitators: Chris White, Linda Barnes
              [Endowment Committe Skit]      Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Rev Dr Kendyl Gibbons' Music
                                             Special Music: Brian, Pam Schwab, Tom Russell, Barb Evenson
                                             
             What, you may ask, is ontology? We've all got one. We
             don't carry it around in our pockets or purses or jackets,
             but it shapes what we believe and how we act in the world.
             Along with ethics, ontologia are a major aim of religions,
             but should they be? Oh sure, it sounds dry and boring -
             but I promise you'll take home stories to
             tell!                                          


 
 
                  April 2008
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                    1  2  3  4  5 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <--- PSD Annual Conference and Meeting (April 11-13)
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30
 



       Apr   6  "Being a Good Neighbor"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger and Tamaria Wright  [58,105]
                                             Facilitators: Jean Marie, Mary Richards
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Join us to experience the meaning of the word neighbor and
             to learn about what we are doing and what we could do to
             be good neighbors in our community. Tamaria Wright is the
             director of the Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance
             Cooperative.
                                             

       Apr  13  "Iowa: Feed, Food, Fuel      Speakers: LaVon Griffieon  [69,81]
                  and the Family Farm?"      Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Dan Cullinan in for Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Iowa is only 0.098 percent of the world's land mass -
             pretty insignificant. Yet, according to the United States
             Department of Agriculture, Iowa has between 10 and 25
             percent of the world's finest soils. When those soils are
             combined with our climate and rainfall, we have the
             greatest potential on earth to grow food. That makes us
             Iowans far from insignificant as the stewards of a
             nonrenewable global treasure.
                                             
                                             
       Apr  20  "Earth Day Celebration"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger and Lori Allen, DYCM  [115,141]
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon in for Joel Geske, Mary Richards
                [All-congregational]         Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Special Music: Free Spirits
                                             Hippopotamus song (Flanders and Swann) and This Pretty Planet        
                                             Special Music: Brian, Pam Schwab, Tom Russell, Barb Evenson

             Join in our annual salute to the planet that makes it all
             happen - Mother Earth! We'll give a rousing three cheers
             in story and song, and, if we're not careful, we may even
             learn a little bit before we're done.


                                            
       Apr  27  "Just Be Natural"            Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [80,90]
                                             Facilitators: Dan Cullinan, Matt Keller
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Peggy Earnshaw & Mary Richards Piano Duet
                                             Special Music: David Hickok, tuba solo
					                                                  
             As I've explored what it means to be a responsible citizen
             of the world, one of the questions that keeps popping up
             is "What is natural?" In terms of environmental ethics,
             great importance is placed on how we define this term.
             Join me in my musings and explorations as I seek a natural
             answer.
                                             

                                             
                                             
                   May 2008
             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
                                            


       May   4  "Visions of Fellowship"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [131]
                                             Facilitators: Chris White, Mary Richards
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Anne Kimber
            [Single half-hour Service]       Special Music:
                  10 a.m.                    Youth Prelude: Zach Witherspoon
					        "New Orleans Celebration" 
						
	     The term 'fellowship' has deep religious roots and, as with most
	     ideas, has changed in context over the years. We'll spend time
	     reflecting on its meaning for us as we continue to walk the path
	     of being a Unitarian Universalist fellowship.
						
						
       May  11  "Women's Work: Making        Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Lois Smidt [75,77]
                       Piece"                Facilitators: Linda Barnes
                 [Mother's Day]              Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
				     
	     Julia Ward Howe, a Unitarian, called for a "Mother's Day of Peace"
	     in hopes that all mothers around the world would join to create
	     peace. We'll take this Sunday to reflect how this work is going
	     and how it can be done by all people, not just mothers.
                                              

       May  18  "Celebration of the          Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger and our Fellowship youth  [69,107]
                   Youth in Arts"            Facilitators: Kay Puttock
                [All-congregational]         Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: The whole Service!

	     Join in this annual celebration of the arts in all their varieties.
	     Youth of all ages will perform arts of all types while we reflect
	     on what the arts mean to us in every stage of life.

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       May  25  "Your Summer Quest"          Speakers: Linda Barnes, Sarah Carlson & Chris White  [105]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah, Chris, Linda
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Esin Unal (flute) 10min
                                             
	     For many of us, thoughts of summer bring a feeling of release, when we
	     may (or think we may) have more opportunity to seek or pursue avenues
	     different from the main roads of our usual journeys. Many of us make
	     some plans to do something special in the summer season. Is it a quest?

                                             


                   June 2008
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7 <-- Sam in Okoboji June 7-8 
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14                                             
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- GA June 25-29
             29 30

 
       Jun   1  "Communion of Flowers"       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [162]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
					     
	     Flowers play a part in many religious traditions, including our own.
	     This Sunday we'll explore those roles, from their roots to their blooms,
	     and participate in our annual flower communion. Please bring a flower
	     (or a bunch) to share as part of our communion service.                                            

 
       Jun   8  "Beauty"                     Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [128]
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:

	     Is Keats right that "beauty is truth, truth beauty," or is beauty in the
	     eye of the beholder? As we enter a season during which the earth's
	     beauty is on display, we'll spend some time exploring what makes beauty
	     beautiful.
                                             

       Jun  15  "Discovering the Point of"   Speakers: Phil Jones   [100 after kids left]
                   Self-Empowerment"         Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
					     
	     Phil Jones, also known as Shiva, has performed extensively throughout
	     the world, pioneering the blending of Hindu chants and Eastern
	     philosophies in his blues/rock music format. Time spent with the
	     Aborigines in his native Australia gave him insight into and 
	     appreciation for the vibrational similarities of ancient chants and the
	     ancient didgeridoos. For 30 years, he has traveled the world using sound
	     as a form of healing, empowerment, and meditation.

 
       Jun  22  "Summer Solstice"            Speakers: Jean Marie & Tammy Hartmann  [103]
                                             Facilitators: Chris in for Sarah Carlson
           [Solstice was Jun 20 23:59 UTC]   Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:

	     We celebrate this time of productivity, growth, and ripening. The dream
	     seeds that rested through the dark winter and then sprouted in the
	     spring now begin to bear fruit
					     
                                             



                   July 2008
             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
    Sam  --> 27 28 29 30 31
    In
    Mason City


       Jul   6  "Strengthening Families"     Speakers: Lee and Ginny Molgaard  [78]
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             The Molgaards will share how a family tragedy and the challenges that
             followed led to the development of a curriculum that is being used all
             over the US, as well as in several other countries. The Strengthening
             Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 is helping young people
             and their parents connect on a deep level and has been successful in
             lowering teen substance abuse and other problems. 

                                             
                                             
       Jul  13  "A Bridge at the Edge        Speakers: Erv Klaas  [78]
                   of the World"             Facilitators: Jon Hunstock & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw in for Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             

       Jul  20  "Rhetoric of Belief"         Speakers: Kay Puttock  [102]
                                             Facilitators: Jean Marie and Greta Anderson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             When UU's use a word like "miraculous" are they merely making a
             rhetorical flourish meaning "fortunate," or do they need to be directed
             to read the Skeptical Inquirer? I think there is a more interesting area
             for inquiry and exploration between these two extremes, especially when
             one looks at modern process theology and ancient wisdom such as Daoism.
                                             
                                             
                                             
                                             
       Jul  27  "Reaching Out to Others"     Speakers: Greta Anderson & Linda Barnes  [82]
                                             Facilitators: Toby
                [Mary Richards Brunch]       Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                  at H. Gunderson home       Special Music:
                                             
             The Ames chapter of "elevate", an Iowa-wide group of teens in foster
             care, will lead a service in how to reach out to others, especially to
             teens -- and the value and impact such gestures can have. Throughout the
             year, elevate youth meet to support each other, advocate on foster care
             issues with our legislators, and educate the public through art and
             spoken presentations.  
                                             
                                             
                                             
                  August 2008
             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 <-- PSD Program Council Retreat Agu 22-24
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             31



       Aug   3  "A Meditation Retreat        Speakers: Deborah Kline  [90]
                       Into Sensation"       Facilitators: Sarah Carlson 
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Engage your senses to ease the mind beyond thought into relaxed, present
             moment awareness. You are invited to participate in sensations of touch,
             taste, sight, smell, sound, and movement in five-minute intervals of
             focused attention. Experiencing these simple, brief encounters can
             enhance your well-being. These mini-retreats can be easily inserted into
             your daily life, at work and at play.
                                             
                                             
       Aug  10  "Two Unlikely Unitarians"    Speakers: Xenda Lindel  [82]
                                             Facilitators: Marty Helland & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             The service is about two historical figures, one of whom
             we claim (Servetus) and one of whom we quote (Jesus). Join
             us as we explore the parallels between these historic men. 

                                             
       Aug  17  "Developing the Spirit"      Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [133]
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:

	     One of the key topics in religious education is spiritual development.
	     What does that mean as a religious philosophy, and what could it mean
	     for adults, as well?

                                             
       Aug  24  "Summer in a Jar"            Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Joel Geske  [115]
              [Salsa Communion]              Facilitators: Sarah Carlson & Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard 
                                             Special Music:

	     For many people, summertime means canning. Salsa, a favorite product of
	     summer produce, holds in it good eating and an interesting metaphor for
	     creating spiritual community. Join Brian and Joel as they explore the
	     sweet and spicy possibilities.

                                             
       Aug  31  "The Dark Side of the        Speakers: Toby Ewing and Sam Wormley  [92]
                      Universe"              Facilitators: Toby Ewing and Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:

	     In the UU Hymn "We Laugh, We Cry", the last verse ends with "even to
	     question, truly is an answer". When speaking of the universe as a whole,
	     the scientific community has no choice but to question, for all the
	     stars, galaxies, you, and me -- we make up only four percent of the whole.

 

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                          September 2008
                       Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                           1  2  3  4  5  6
                        7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- COA Retreat
       Sam at Storm    14 15 16 17 18 19 20 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
       Lake Area UU -> 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
                       28 29 30



       Sep   7  "Minister's Creek Adventure" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [99,142]
                [Water Communion]            Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Jon Hunstock, Greta Anderson
               [All Congregational]          Accompanist: Mary Richards
              [Children - 1st 15 min]        Special Music:
	      
	     As we gather to reconnect after the summer, we'll share in our annual
	     water communion. At this ritual of ingathering, you can bring a small
	     amount of water from your travels (or use water provided) and share a
	     brief story about one of your meaningful summer adventures. Your water
	     could be from the pools of glacier melt on the Himalayas or the wading
	     pool at Brookside. Just as all water is connected in a hydrologic unity,
	     so, too, all our adventures are connected in a lifting of the human
	     spirit.
	      
                                             
       Sep  14  "Road Trip"                  Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [80,85]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Marty Helland
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Recorder Group (awaiting confirmation)
					     
	     Three days, 1,800 miles, and a 16-year-old boy. If this sounds like the
	     recipe for an adventure, you're right. Traveling across the western half
	     of the United States with my son, Thomas, offered inspiration in both
	     the scenery and the company.
					     
                                                                                          
       Sep  21  "The Equinox?"               Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Linda Barnes  [74,94]
                [Equinox Sep 22 15:44 UTC]   Facilitators: Greta Anderson & Mark Witherspoon
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Burkhalter-Kimber Duet - Joseph Suk piece
                                             
             As the earth reaches one of the two days of balance in its calendar,
             we'll reflect upon our own connection to the cycles of the season and
             how those connections may lead to more harmony in our days and nights.
                                             
                                                                                  
       Sep  28  "Who Says Laughing Isn't     Speakers: Jon Hunstock, Amy Slagell, Cynthia Marten and Barb Evenson  [167c]
                     Spiritual"              Facilitators: Linda Barnes and Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson? 
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                                            PDQ Bach - Knock, Knock, Cantata

             As you can probably tell, we think laughter is good medicine. Perhaps
             laughter is a form of prayer, a way of opening ourselves to life and to
             each other, a way of expressing the inexpressible delight we feel at
             being alive. Please join us as we explore the spirituality of a joke
             service.
                                                            
                                             

                 October 2008
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                       1  2  3  4 <-- PSD Annual Program Planning Committee
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18 <-- PSD Program Council at UUFA
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25
             26 27 28 29 30 31



       Oct   5  "A Place to Call Home"       Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [128c]
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Facilitators: Greta Anderson & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:

             As a child, I lived in 13 houses, but only one was really home. What
             happens  when that home becomes a place to which you can't return? How
             do we create our own sense of "home" in the ever-more-transitory
             world? We'll explore these facets of place and rootedness as we  start
             our month of caring. 

                                             
       Oct  12  "Voting: Like Riding         Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [134c]
                       a Bicycle"            Facilitators: John Hunstock & Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Just in case you missed it, we're in the middle of an election season.
             With a little  less than a month to go, we'll explore the spiritual
             implications of the democratic process and the ethical requirements of 
             being a citizen. 
                                                     
                                             
       Oct  19  "Harvest Festival"           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger, Lori Allen & Linda Barnes  [72,135]
               [All Congregational]          Facilitators: Jean-Marie & Sam Wormley
                [Apple Communion]            Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             
             Connecting our harvest in Iowa to the gathering of crops in Tordtfalva,
             Transylvania (home of our partner church), we'll celebrate the bounties
             of the earth and the joy that friendships across the world bring into
             our lives.                                              
                             
                                             
       Oct  26  "Rhetoric of Belief"         Speakers: Kay Puttock  [40,87]
                       Part II               Facilitators: Chris White & Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music:
 
             Continuing to use the insights of Daoism and process theology, we will
             consider some heavily freighted terminology, such as God, selfish genes,
             miracle, and reverence. 
             
             


                 November 2008
                      Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                                         1
       Toby Ewing -->  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
       at Storm Lake   9 10 11 12 13 14 15 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
                      16 17 18 19 20 21 22
                      23 24 25 26 27 28 29 <-- Thanksgiving is 27th
                      30


       Nov   2  "Day of the Dead"            Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Youth Con  [62,130]
                [Children - 1st 15 min]      Facilitators: Jean-Marie Marsden & Greta Anderson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             Join youth participating in a district conference as we recognize and
             celebrate the Day of the Dead. As part of our time together, we will
             construct an altar of memories. Please bring a photograph or artifact
             that reminds you of someone you'd like to honor.
                                             
                                             
       Nov   9  "Guest at Your Table"        Speakers: Greta Anderson, Lori, Amy, Mark, Sarah & Pat  [52,101]                              
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort

             Are there really Unitarian Universalist missionaries? Is that really
             ethical? And who is that ghost sitting at your dinner table? Explore how
             to consider the annual UU Service Committee's Guest at Your Table
             offering as an exercise in imagination.

                                             
                                             
       Nov  16  "Question Box"               Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger with Thomas Eslinger  [68,92]
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Facilitators: Chris White & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                                            "Who can Sail"
                                                            
             Ever wanted to ask me a question or wonder what I think about ...
             anything? This is a chance to find out. Before heading off on
             sabbatical, I will briefly reflect on what I hope to accomplish and then
             respond to questions. We'll distribute note cards and allow my son,
             Thomas, to serve as master of ceremonies, sorting and asking questions.
                                                            
                                             
       Nov  23  "Constitutional Convention"  Speakers: Clair Keller and COA Readers  [57,114]
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Ed Carbrey, Larry Burkhalter, Kitty & Sam (period music)

             The presentation will use a readers theatre format that consists of two
             views of the Constitutional Convention that took place during the summer
             of 1787. The inside view will be given by General George Washington
             (portrayed by Clair Keller in costume) who presided over the convention.
             The other view will be given by ordinary citizens (portrayed by RE
             students) who debate the issues for and against the  necessity of the
             convention and its final outcome. 
                                             
 
       Nov  30  "A People's Faith"           Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [64,75]
               [Children - 1st 15 min]       Facilitators: Jon Hunstock & Mary Richards
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Kristin Maahs & Barb Evenson (harps)

             The history of religion, especially in this country, is often shaped by
             the people's needs. We're seeing just such redefinitions happening
             today. I'll reflect on where we, as liberal religionists, might
             contribute to these developments.
 
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        The Rev. Brian Eslinger is on Sabbatical from December 2008 through   
        most of March 2009...  Rev. Mark Stringer will be our first will be out
        first Sabbatical minister. Courtesy to all!
          
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                         December 2008
                     Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 
                         1  2  3  4  5  6
       Sam in         7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
       Mason City -> 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 <-- Solsice Gathering
                     21 22 23 24 25 26 27
                     28 29 30 31

                                             
       Dec   7   "Moving Mountains and       Speakers: Rev. Mark Stringer  [49,104]
                                 Houses"     Facilitators: Greta Anderson & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:

             Dire circumstances can lead to surprising developments in our spiritual
             lives. Our guest minister, the Rev. Mark Stringer from First Unitarian
             Church of Des Moines, shares his story of a recent intersection of
             prayer, practice and panic.   

             Bio: While serving in Des Moines since 2001, the Rev. Mark Stringer has
             been an active leader in the central-Iowa Industrial Areas Foundation
             affiliate AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) and has served as a
             board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, an organization he
             chaired from 2004-2006.  On August 31, 2007, in the front yard of his
             Drake neighborhood home, Mark had the honor of officiating Iowa's first
             (and only, for now) legal same-sex wedding.  He is looking forward to
             serving as the chaplain and evening vespers leader for the inaugural
             session of the PSD's new UU summer camp, Camp StarTrail in August of
             2009 (http://www.psduua.org/Camps/CampStarTrail) and hopes some friends
             from UUFA will join him there.
             
                                             
       Dec  14  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Lori Allen  [56,72]
                 [All Congregational]        Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Sarah Carlson
                [Collect Boxes]              Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                                            "Jabula Jesu"
                                                            
             Lori Allen and other members of the congregation share songs and holiday
             memories of humor, love, celebration, and family during this
             all-congregational service.            
                                                            
                                             
                                             Prelude: Anda Tanaka
       Dec  21  "Bridging the Gap Between    Speakers: Kali Hayslett
               the Holidays and Our Values"  Facilitators: Sarah Carlson & Sam Wormley
                [Solstice 12:04 UTC          Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                  06:04 a.m. CST]            Special Music: Anda Tanaka (trumpet)
                                             
             2nd year Meadville Lombard student and longtime member of the UUFA 
             returns to speak about the Holidays. Every year the holidays come and 
             go and every year we get pulled a little further into the capitalist 
             consumer market we can't help but be a part of. This year, I urge you 
             to consider a little moderation. What do you want to remember this
             year and what traditions shall you continue in the years to come?  How
             has history informed where we are today? Please join me in a
             conversation about the holidays, past and present.
                                             
                                              
       Dec  24   "Where is the Light?"       Speakers: Lori, Kay, Mark & Jon (Ruth Appleton-Play)            
         5pm     [All Congregational]        Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher
                                             
             In this play, written by Thea Brenner and Anne Kimber, diverse families
             find common challenges in their journeys to find their own light. Ruth
             Appleton directs. Lori Allen and Paul Ferrone complete the service with
             music and message.                                      


       Dec  24   "Quiet Magic of Christmas   Speakers: Sam, Barb, Kay, Jean-Marie & Jon             
         9pm       Eve"                      Facilitators: Kay Puttock & Jon Hunstock
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson (Harp)
                                             
             Please join us in the Quiet Magic of Christmas Eve as we share music,
             stories, peace and love with each other. 
                                                     

       Dec  28   "Saturnalia"                Speakers: Greta Anderson & Sam Wormley
                 [Children - 1st 15 min]     Facilitators: Toby Ewing and Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Liz Gull and Jess Higgins (duet)

             If we could bulldoze the mega-mall that signifies Christmas today, and
             excavate the ruins below, we'd find the Roman festival of the
             Saturnalia, occurring every year from Dec. 17 to 23. In this popular
             and, yes, somewhat rowdy holiday, slaves and masters switched places and
             dined together. What can the Saturnalia teach us about making merry? (in
             the spirit of the Saturnalia, the "masters" of ceremony will defer to
             the audience to choose the hymns).  
 
             [Saturnalia became one of the most popular Roman festivals. It was
             marked by tomfoolery and reversal of social roles, in which slaves and
             masters ostensibly switched places.]