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 2010


 
                                             
                 January 2010
             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 

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        January -- Class Distinction Series: Inclusiveness, Inclusivity, 
        Diversity, and Racism
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       Jan   3   "Don't Make My Blindness    Speakers: Clay & Jamie Gurganus, Andrew Williams  [52,72]
                Your Disability: My Vision   Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Greta in for Sarah Carlson
                     of Our World"           Accompanist: Guest Accompanist - Curtis Chong
                                             Special Music: Curtis Chong
					     Sound: Donald Lewis & Sam Wormley 
                                                              
             As part of our series on acceptance and inclusivity the Gurganus' offer
             their insights into becoming blind.  Come and listen as they share
             moments along their journey and, perhaps, gain a greater appreciation of
             their views.
                                                          
                                             
       Jan  10  "Religious Pluralism and Spiritual Convergence " Speakers: Mary Sawyer  [49,61]
                  [Kids Down 15 min]         Facilitators: Mary Richards & Kelly Cheney
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
					     Sound: Donald Lewis & Sam Wormley 
                                             Special Music: Daniel Apatiga, piano

             In the last half-century, America has become a religious marketplace in
             which individuals can "shop around" for a religious home or spiritual
             expression that meets their particular needs at a given point in their
             life. We will examine the meaning of this expanded religious pluralism
             for our society as a whole, and also explore the freedom that this
             pluralism creates for configuring our personal spiritual values and
             perspectives.
                                             
                                             Prelude: Thea Brenner
       Jan  17  "And the truth is marching on" Speakers: Preston Daniels  [50,80]                  
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Jess Higgins
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
					     Sound: Donald Lewis & Sam Wormley 
                                             Special Music: Jess Higgins & Liz Gull
                                             
             Barack Obama's election as president was a glorious victory for equality
             in the United States. But the struggle for civil rights for everyone is
             far from over. Preston Daniels, director of the Iowa Department of Human
             Rights, will provide insight into how we can keep moving forward to keep
             the dream alive.
             
 
                                             Prelude: Emma Runquist, flute
       Jan  24 "Rootedness vs Parochialism"  Speakers: Linda Barnes  [54,91]
                   [Kids Down 15 min]        Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Jess Higgins
         [Congregational Meeting 10:15am]    Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
					     Sound: Donald Lewis & Sam Wormley 
                 [Iowa Grown Meal follows]   Special Music: Recorder Consort    
                      
             This service will explore inclusivity as it pertains to our sense of
             place. When does a sense of place or rootedness in a community become
             parochialism?  Can we be rooted in our communities and keep an eye
             toward the wider world, particularly when making decisions that impact
             both the wider world and our community in conflicting ways? 
                             
                     
       Jan  31  "DRAWING A CLUMSY CIRCLE:    Speakers: Chuck Richards (Chris White - Shepherd)  [48,68]
                 Viewing Life Through an     Facilitators: Sam Wormley & Mary Richards
                     Artist's Eyes"          Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
					     Sound: Donald Lewis 
                                             Special Music: Upstairs Drummers

             Drawing can be an obsession. Making marks on paper is the purest and
             most basic of all art forms. Imagine traveling down a long, twisting
             path, crossing through places you had visited before and finally winding
             up back where you started. A drawing of that journey might look like a
             large, clumsy circle. This is life's path. Drawing teaches me ways to
             connect with the world, to learn about myself, and to communicate with
             others. I hope our paths cross on Sunday, January 31st.
	     



                	   February 2010
        		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
        Linda Barnes   	14 15 16 17 18 19 20         (Includes Facilitators Workshop)
       in Storm Lake ->	21 22 23 24 25 26 27 <-- Possible PSD Program Council Meeting
        		28

              
                                             Prelude: Eden Marek, piano            
       Feb   7  "Stewardship Sunday"         Speakers: Rev. Mark Stringer  [61,57]          
                   [Kids Down 15 min]        Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Sam Wormley with Deb Kline
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Charlotte Mann, harp

             The Rev. Mark Stringer, minister of the First Unitarian Church of Des
             Moines, helps us kick off our stewardship campaign, Defying Gravity,
             with reflections on how we can transform our Fellowship in this time of
             transition and in these hard economic times by putting our generosity
             where our vision, our hearts, and our minds
             are.                                                                

                                             Prelude: Orff Players? 
       Feb  14  "The Challenge of Love"      Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [75,50]
                  (Jesus)                    Facilitators: Kelly Cheney & Amy Slagell
                 William Ellery Channing     Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                 Good Samaritan              Special Music: Fellowship Voices & Orff Players
                                             New Quartet: Deb & Kendal Kline, Barb Evenson and Sam Wormley

            In a program last fall, I asked whether love could be sufficient grounds
            on which to base our religious convictions and ethical actions. My
            answer was: not really. After much reflection, I've decided that this
            idea deserves more than one Sunday's attention. This week, I'll explore
            how a deeply relational understanding that we can call love may serve us
            well.                
                                             

       Feb  21  "Do No Harm (Jainism)"       Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [63,76]
                   [Kids Down 15 min]        Facilitators: Kelly Cheney & Mary Richards
             [UUA GA Chalice]                Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Paul Jasper & Patrick Jasper

             The Jain tradition has an ideal of Ahimsa, meaning to do no harm. This
             admonition extends to believers' actions, their speech, and even their
             choices of profession. What can we learn from this central tenet of the
             Jain faith? How does one function in the world with such a lofty goal?
 
                     
       Feb  28  "Youth Sunday"               Speakers: UUFA High School Youth [56,132]
                                             Facilitators:
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:



                  March 2010
             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 <-- Spring Break (Ames Schools)
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27
             28 29 30 31


              
       Mar   7  "Zen and the Art of          Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [65,80]           
                            Bagpiping"       Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Andrew Williams
                  [Kids Down 15 min]         Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Kristin and Barb (harps) 

             What could Zen Buddhism and bagpiping have to do with each other? You
             don't see the similarities between sitting quietly, allowing the mind
             to settle, and blowing furiously to make a sound that would scare the
             fleas off a dog? What do they have in common? More than one might
             think.                                                             
                                                          
                                             
       Mar  14  "Fatal Fallacies"            Speakers: Rev. Evan Keely  [54,65]
           (no Fellowship Voices rehearsal)  Facilitators: Sam Wormley & Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             
             There are misconceptions about every religion. These misunderstandings 
             are not only found among those outside a religious community: adherents 
             to any given faith don't always clearly comprehend what they've 
             committed to. We are no exception. There are a number of commonly held 
             fallacies about Unitarian Universalism among us that do not serve us
             well.
                                             
                                                                                          
       [Vernal Equinox  Mar 20  12:32 PM]   
       Mar  21  "Mental Illness Today:       Speakers: Kelly Cheney, et al  [53,64]
                     A Community Issue"      Facilitators: Jess Higgins & Kay Puttock
                  [Kids Down 15 min]         Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Hanna Vollbrecht, horn

             In a program last fall, we asked you to hold hands with individuals with
             mental illness. Your response was what do we do next? To understand the
             answer to that question we will look at the issues affecting individuals
             with mental illness and how mental illness has evolved into a community
             issue. Then we will explore how can help respond to this matter in the
             greater community, personally, and within our congregation. 
                                             
 
                     
       Mar  28  "Justice Sunday"             Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [62,95]
                 [Justice Sunday]            Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             
             Three topics that too often are viewed as competitors for our energy are
             actually intricately related. Join us for this special justice Sunday
             program, where we will explore these interlocking issues and describe
             how the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee represents us while
             seeking to improve lives around the world.
             

                                             
                  April 2010
             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 <-- PSD Conference (April 23-25, 2010) in Davenport
             25 26 27 28 29 30    



              
       Apr   4  "Easter"                     Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [78,79]         
               [Kids Down 15 min]            Facilitators: Jess Higgins & Kelly Cheney
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Trio
                                             Anne Kimber, piano; Larry Burkhalter, violin; Christopher Hopkins, cello
                                             Sound: Donald, Sam                    
                                                          
             As winter recedes, we are left with the remnants of that time of fallow 
             fields and seeming lifelessness. Now spring is before us, the buds begin
             to appear on trees, and our  faith in nature's cycles is renewed. But
             what of winter's losses? Easter may help us to make sense  of the
             realization that life endures while death is a real
             presence.  
                                                        
                                             Prelude: Ian Werbel, violin; Michiyo Hattori, piano
       Apr  11  "This I Believe"             Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger, et al  [63,89]
                                             Facilitators: Mary Richards & Kelly Cheney
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Tony (both)

             Meeting for three consecutive Thursday evenings, participants in this 
             group worked their way through how to share their beliefs and how to
             listen. We'll explore both the outcomes of those conversations and the
             process that helped us arrive there.

      
       Apr  18  "Earth Day"                  Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger & Lori Allen  [76,93]
     [Earth day is April 22 every year]      Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Andrew Williams and Linda Barnes
                [Kids Down 15 min]           Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Donald, Sam
                                             
             Join Brian and Lori in this all-congregational celebration of our
             planet Earth.
             
 
       Apr  25  "Building a Legacy I Can     Speakers: Kali Hayslett  [45,81]
                         Live With"          Facilitators: Chris White & Amy Slagell
         PSD (April 23-25) in Davenport      Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Orff Group
                                             Sound: Donald, Dallas (not)

             It has been a couple years now since Ames or even Iowa has been my home
             base, but I still consider UUFA my church home. It has been a winding
             journey these last couple years with many ups, and of course, my fair
             share of trials. Yet that is exactly what life is, trial and error, and
             you can always start over. Join me this Sunday to hear what the pursuit
             of ministry has been like for me and what wisdom in life I have learned
             in the process.



                                             
                      May 2010
                Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
  Brian in                         1
  Des Moines --> 2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- PSD Annual Conference Planning Meeting -2
                 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 <-- May 14 Friday Night (2hr) PSD, Hawkeye, Dawn
                16 17 18 19 20 21 22         Bennett, Community
                23 24 25 26 27 28 29     Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting, May 15
                30 31

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        Transition to single 10am service from two services at 9am and 11am
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       May   2  "What we sing is             Speakers: Music Committee Members  [148]
                        who we are"          Facilitators: Kay Puttock & Sam Wormley
       [Annual Meeting after single service] Accompanist: Mary Richards
              [Kids Down 15 min]             Special Music:
                                                          
             This program explores and celebrates the newest UUA collection of songs,
             Singing the Journey published in 2005, the supplement to Singing the
             Living Tradition.  Come enjoy and be inspired by a morning of music, and
             learn some UU history in the bargain.


       May   9  "Mother's Day"               Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [111]
              [Mothers's Day]                Facilitators: Mary Richards & Kelly Cheney in for Sarah Carlson
              [Peace Sunday]                 Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices

             When Julia Ward Howe advocated for creating Mother's Day, she wanted a
             vehicle by which women around the world could join together to create
             peace. We'll explore how the efforts toward peace in our world are
             faring.


       May  16  "Fine Art Sunday (with       Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [145]
                    Deb Kline)"              Facilitators: Kelly & Jess Higgins
                  [Kids Down 15 min]         Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Kids

             This annual tradition will feature performance art during the service,
             as well as display art. Graduating seniors will also be recognized
             during this service.


       May  23  "Youth Experiences"          Speakers: Clair Barnes-Runquist & Alex Askew  [94]
                                             Facilitators: Linda Barnes & Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                    
       May  30                               Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [89]
          [Memorial Day observed May 31]     Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Andrew Williams & Paul Nelson
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher
                                             
             As our nation pauses for a day of remembrance, we will join in that time
             of recognition, both of those who have given their lives for our country
             and those whose lives we wish to celebrate and remember.




                  June 2010
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
     Sam at         1  2  3  4  5
     UCMC --> 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 <-- GA 2010 Minneapolis, June 23-27
             27 28 29 30


 
       Jun   6  "Flower Communion"           Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [143]
               [Group Photo]                 Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Jess Higgins
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Eslinger, Barb Evenson?


       Jun  13  "One More Story to Tell"     Speakers: Rev. Dr. Brian Eslinger  [182]
               [Cake and Punch Reception]    Facilitators: Wormley, Linda, Kelly 
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson & Brian Eslinger

             As we extinquish this chalice to end our time together this morning, we
             carry these stories in our hearts. Brian, we want you to know that what
             you have given us is profound and has life-long impact. Thank You! May
             you, your family and we, our congregation, prosper on our new paths. May
             it be so!



       Jun  20  "Finding the Balance"        Speakers: Tammy Hartmann  [79]
    Summer Solstice Jun 21 6:28 AM CDT       Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Paul Nelson
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Sean Hartmann

             Throughout the cycles of the Earth, we are physically and emotionally
             affected by the seasonal changes. The summer solstice is a time for
             finding a way to celebrate balance and harmony.  Exploring ways that
             internal reflection and personal rituals help us to find and maintain
             both.


       Jun  27  "Summer Reading"             Speakers: Greta Anderson, Paul, Toby  [69]
                Book Exchange Communion      Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:

             Looking for summer reading that is enriching as well as entertaining?
             Members of the Program Committee profile seven recent works that
             illuminate UUFA principles in refreshing new ways. Don't miss the
             service handout featuring further reading recommendations, and come with
             your own recommendation for fellow UUs.



                  July 2010
             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


       Jul   4  "Voices of Democracy"        Speakers: Amy Slagell, Linda Barnes, et al  [87]
                                             Facilitators: Chris White, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: McGiverin & Steve Kastli
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley


       Jul  11  "GA Report"                  Speakers: Erv Klaas  [65]
                                             Facilitators: Mary Richards & Jane Johnson
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: from GA
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley



       Jul  18  "Living the Principles"      Speakers: Kelly & Congregational Members  [52]
                                             Facilitators: Jane Johnson (in for Toby Ewing & Andrew Williams)
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Tom McGiverin
                                             Sound: Tony Jefferies
 
             What does each principle means to you and how do you try to live it in
             your life? Several members of the congregation will answer that question
             for themselves and share their thoughts with us on one of the
             principles. Join us as we celebrate the principles of our faith in word
             and song.
 

       Jul  25  "Web of Connectivity"        Speakers: Andrew Severin  [91]
                                             Facilitators: Jess Higgins & Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Jess Higgins and Band
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Connectivity is the sharing of reality.  Andrew Severin will expand his
             thoughts on connectivity and how this applies to your everyday life.


                 August 2010
    Sam at   Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
    UUFNCI -> 1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30 31


       Aug   1  "Is Anal-Retentive           Speakers: Toby Ewing, Jess Higgins [81]
                          Hyphenated?"       Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Kelly Cheney
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis
                                             
             Editing is a delicate dance.  The editor is not the writer, and must
             bring out the best without imposing him- or herself on the work. 
             Editing also requires paying attention to the niggly little details of
             style, grammar, and format.  Overview and detail, rules and when to
             break them - sounds like a metaphor for life!
                                             

       Aug   8  "Spirituality and the        Speakers: Jim Coppoc  [92]
                    Spoken Word Movement"    Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Greta Anderson
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung and Band
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

            "The use of written materials--pamphlets, tracts, bibles, etc--for
            spreading dogmatic and spiritual values is a relatively recent
            development in the course of human history.  In fact, most religions
            spring from the oral tradition and spread best through oral culture. 
            This presentation looks at traditional uses of the spoken word for
            spiritual purposes--chant, poem, song, etc--and the spiritual influence
            on the contemporary spoken word movement."

            [Is it possible to get a projector with sound for this?  I have some
            great multimedia material on my laptop I'd like to share, but I need
            some way to present it.]                                         


       Aug  15  "Sustainability"             Speakers: Erv Klaas  [75]
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis


       Aug  22  "Nature, Science,            Speakers: Rich Leopold (Director of the DNR)  [107]
                  Spirituality, and You"     Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw or Mary Richards
                                             Sound:
                                             Special Music: Burkhalter & Earnshaw

             Belief systems flow worldwide linking nature and spirituality.  Director
             of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Rich Leopold joins us as a
             provocative guest speaker to present ideas and rouse our thoughts on the
             confluence of nature, science, spirituality, and you.


       Aug  29  "Running as a Spiritual      Speakers: Ron Schuck  [116]
                     Practice"               Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Amy Slagell, Jess Higgins
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Adult Orff group
                                             Sound:

             Dedicated runner Ron Schuck will talk about his spiritual journey, with
             a particular focus on running as part of his development as a human.
             Should running be seen through the lenses of western philosophy,
             Buddhist practice, spiritual materialism, science or socially acceptable
             Dopamine-fueled obsessive compulsion? Did Thoreau begin the modern
             running boom?
  


                September 2010
             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        (CANCELLED)
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25
             26 27 28 29 30


       Sep   5  "Regrets*"                   Speakers: Andrew Williams  [105]
         [Ramadan Aug 11 - Sep 9]            Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Kelly Cheney
         [West Window Pulpit]                Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley
                                             Dancers: Silvina & Elizabeth

             *Oh, I Should Not Have Done That!   Successfully Dealing with Regrets 
             for Good Emotional Health

             To err is human. We all make mistakes. Good emotional health begins
             with learning from those errors and letting go the sense of regret. 
             Please join me this Sunday to better understand regrets though words,
             music, and interpretive dance, then learn how to cast off the baggage of
             regrets and live an emotionally healthy life.


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        Transition from single 10am service to two services at 9:30am and 11:30am
          o West Window Pulpit
          o Change Chalice Table
          o Kids down at beginning of every service
          o Setup all red chair every service
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       Sep  12 "Ingathering, Water Ceremony" Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, Lori Allen  [156,55]
          [Ramadan Aug 11 - Sep 9]           Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Deb Kline
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley & Dallas Thies

             The annual ingathering service marks the end of summer scheduling and
             the beginning of the fall season. Bring a small container of water
             representing a highlight of this summer from a travel destination, the
             garden hose, or your kitchen faucet to add to the communal font.


       Sep  19  "In the Interim"             Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [102,52]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Janet Alcorn
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley & Greg Bruna
                                             
             The congregation is in a time of transition. The question, of course,
             is  "What are you transitioning from and to?" This service will be
             explore  the challenges and possibilities of transitional times in our
             personal  and congregational lives.


       Sep  26   "Worth Holding Onto"        Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan   [78,67]
               [Soup Lunch]                  Facilitators: Mary Richards & Paul Nelson
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound:

             There are times in life when we need to tidy our lives, physically, 
             mentally and spiritually, and during these times most of us have managed 
             to throw out the proverbial baby with the bathwater. How do we know 
             what's worth holding onto.


                 October 2010
             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



       Oct   3  "Our Kindered Fellowships    Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, Mary & Sam  [81,58]
                           Unite"            Facilitators: Linda, Mary & Sam
             [Association Sunday]            Accompanist: Barb Evenson 
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

             Charlotte Cowtan, Sam Wormley and Mary Richards will reflect on the
             importance of being in relationship with the larger UU Community.


       Oct  10  "Living Intentionally:       Speakers: Linda Barnes, Chris White, Charlotte, Janet McKee  [92,49]
           Becoming a Green Sanctuare        Facilitators: Sam, Chris, Mary
           Congregation"                     Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
         [Midwest Leadership Alumni?]        Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

             On 10/10/10 we will lanch our Green Sanctuary Action Plan. In doing so,
             we will be joining the whole world in a global workl party to send
             politicians a clear message: "We are getting to work to solve the
             problem of climate change, what about you?'


       Oct  17  "Builders, Boomers, Busters  Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan [97,48]
                 and Millenials"             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies & Greg Bruna

             This service will look at the similarities and differences in
             experiences four generations of adults active in today's society and how
             this impacts congregational life.


       Oct  24  "Stages of Faith"            Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [70,56]
              {Soup Lunch]                   Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Paul Nelson
             (Chili Cook off]                Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Caleb Raman and Patrick Jasper
                                             Meditation Singers: Janet Alcorn and Amy Slagell
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley & Greg Bruna

             According to James Fowler. 'faithing' is a basoc human developmental
             task which occurs in a predictable series of stages. He claimes that
             people at the same stage of faith from different religious traditions
             have more in common than do  people of differing stages of faith within
             the same tradition. What does this mean for people at differing stages
             of faith within the same congregation?


       Oct  31  "Day of the Dead"            Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [77,35]
                                             Facilitators: Jess Higgins [in for Jane Johnson], Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Tom McGivern is singing "Holy Now" by Peter Mayer
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis & Rich Van Valin

             Samhain, All Souls, All Saints and Day of the Dead are all observed this
             weekend, and they all focus on those who have died, but are still very
             much  in our memories. We will honor those who have gone before us and
             come to a deeper understanding of the power that this season holds for
             people of many faiths.



                November 2010
             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 <-- Thanks Giving Nov 25
             28 29 30


       Nov   7  "Harvest Festival"           Speakers: Cowtan, Barnes, Allen [112,57]
              [All Congregational]           Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Andrew Williams (1st), Linda (2nd)
                 [Visioning]                 Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Youth Music: Emma Runquist, flute
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies & Sam Wormley

             Scott Peck once contrasted Pseudo Communities, where no one publicly
             disagreed, with True Communities in which people had learned to speak
             the hard truths to one another and to fight gracefully. Rev. Cowtan will
             be discussing the implications of this insight for the development of
             truly religious communities. Apple Communion led by Linda Barnes;
             Fellowship Voices will sing.


       Nov  14  "Unexpected Frienships"      Speakers: Greta, Jan Cook + 5 persons  [95,53]
    The readers' theater production          Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Amy Slagell
                of Beyond Welfare" 20 min    Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
            [Congregational Meeting]         Special Music: Adult Orff Group
           [New Member Sunday]               Sound: Dallas Thies & Greg Bruna (2nd Service)

             Have you ever had a friendship that overcame socioeconomic or some other
             difference to become reciprocal, authentic and truly alive? This past
             year the UUFA Social Justice fund supported the collection of interviews
             of people in poverty and their allies by members of Ames-based Beyond
             Welfare. The interviews focused on the importance of "unlikely
             friendships" in easing the isolation that poverty imposes. Guest
             presenter Jan Cook and her BW team present these stories in a
             thoughtprovoking readers' theater.


       Nov  21  "Welcoming Other to Our      Speakers: Paul, Greta, Sarah, Charlotte  [66,35]
                 Table"                      Facilitators:Paul, Greta, Sarah
         [Guest at Your Table - UUSC]        Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson, Drummers
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley & Rich Van Valin (2nd Service)

             Today at our gathering we welcome unseen guests; people in our own
             community and throughout the world who seek to eat at the table of
             social justice.


       Nov  28  "Deep Well of Gratitute"     Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [70,42]
           [Soup Lunch]                      Facilitators: Sam & Toby
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Chris Hopkins and Ethy Cannon, viola da gamba
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies & Sam Wormley

             This is a day for saying "thank you" for the gifts in our lives.
             Thanksgiving Potluck  bring your Thanksgiving `leftovers' to share
             following the second service.



                December 2010
             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
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Christmas Day   
             26 27 28 29 30 31


       Dec   5  "Standing on the Side        Speakers: Terry Lowman, Deb Kline & Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [101,39]
                    of Love"                 Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Greg Bruna with Sam Wormley assisting

             Standing on the Side of Love (or SSL) is a UUA campaign based on
             Unitarian Universalism's First Principle, which affirms and promotes the
             "inherent worth and dignity of every person." It is a call for
             congregations to form coalitions to address discrimination in their own
             communities.


       Dec  12  "Gini Courter"               Speakers: Gini Courter (UUA Moderator)  [52,47]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Greta Anderson (snowed in)
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Jess Higgins
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis & Dallas Thies with Sam Wormley assisting

             Gini has served as the UUA Moderator (that is the Chief Governance
             Officer of our denomination) since 2003. Recent attendees to the UUA
             General Assembly describe her as exceptional! In her professional life,
             Gini is an Information Technology consultant, author of twenty-eight
             books, and a nationally recognized speaker on collaboration and
             productivity software. Join us for this exciting opportunity.


       Dec  19  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Lori Allen & Kay Puttock  [119,50]
            [All Congregational]             Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Mark Witherspoon
            [Solstice Dec 21  5:38 PM CST]   Panist: Barb Evenson
               [Barnes-Runquist Farm]        Special Music: Orff Players
                                             Sound: Rich Van Valin & Dallas Thies with Sam Wormley assisting

             Join Lori Allen and other UUFA members and friends as we share stories
             of holidays past. Poignant, amusing, funny, and heart warming - these
             stories and songs will remind us that even though our celebrations at
             this time of year come from different traditions, the emotions they
             invoke are universal. This is an All Congregation Service for children
             and adults.


       Dec  24  "Room for a Little One"      Speakers: Lori, et al  [80]
            [All Congregational]             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Sarah Carson
                 5pm                         Accompanist:
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Bring your family and join your UU friends for this interactive
             Christmas Eve Service, where anyone can become a part of the the
             pageant. If you're willing, you can be a star, an angel, an animal, or
             even a wise person. All props and participation prompts will be handed
             out as the service progresses. There will be a familiar theme to the
             story and songs that are offered.


       Dec  24  "Candlelight Service"        Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [40]
            [Quiet Christmas Eve service]    Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Sam Wormley
                 9pm                         Accompanist: Michiyo Hattori
                                             Special Music: Kathryn Mosiman
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Join us for a UU Friendly Christmas Eve service with traditional carols,
             readings and candlelight.


       Dec  26  "Reflection on the           Speakers: Paul Nelson, Jess Higgins
            Spirituality of Returning Stuff  Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Charlotte Cowtan
            You Didn't Really Want..."       Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

            Reflections on the Spirituality of Returning Stuff You Didn't Really
            Want in the First Place Jess Higgins, Paul Nelson Is there a
            "spirituality for returning unwanted stuff" especially during the
            holidays? For instance, did you get another sweater; this one which is
            too small? How about that self-help book that a friend "thought you'd
            enjoy?" We'll explore this topic in all its serious (and its not so
            serious) ramifications.