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 2011



                 January 2011
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30 31


       Jan   2 "On the Backs of our          Speakers: Linda Barnes  [63,32]
               Mothers: Justice, Gender,     Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Sam Wormley
                Basketball, Agriculture"     Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies & Rich Van Valin

             Sometimes amid our angst over social and environmental injustice we fail
             to appreciate all the progress that has been made by those that have
             come before us. This service will explore that very subject from a
             historical and very Iowan perspective.


       Jan   9  "Spirituals"                 Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan & The Music Men  [73,58]
       [Service Built Around Six Sprituals]  Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Sarah Carlson
          "Climbin' Up the Mountain"         Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
          "Deep River"                       Special Music: The Music Men
          "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit"     Sound: Donald Lewis & Greg Bruna
          "Were You There"
          "Ain't Got Time to Die"
          "Ride the Chariot"


       Jan  16  "Civil Right in Music"       Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, Coppoc  [75,42]
   [Martin Luther King Jr Holiday Jan 17]    Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Jess Higgins
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw in for Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung, Jim Coppoc
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley & Greg Bruna


       Jan  23  "Journeying Separately       Speakers: Rev. Steven Protzman  [68,82]
                     Together"               Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Andrew Williams, Amy Slagell
           [Iowa Grown Meal]                 Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis and Dallas Thies

             As Unitarian Universalists, theological diversity is one of our greatest
             strengths, yet it is often a point of division in our congregations and
             in our Association. This service will explore our third principle, which
             calls us to find a way to journey together in a covenant of mutual
             respect even as we each walk our separate and unique paths of spiritual
             discovery and growth.


       Jan  30  "Dancing Into Faith: The     Speakers: Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs  [75,47]
                 In-Between Times"           Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Charlotte
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Raj Raman and sons
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both services)

             Times of transition offer challenges and opportunities. Janne
             Eller-Isaacs, the Ministerial Settlement Representative for the Prairie
             Star District, will explore some of the challenges that face
             congregations in times of transition and will also lift up the
             opportunities that face the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames.



                February 2011
             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


       Feb   6  "A Gererous Spirit"          Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [64,55]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson & Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Trio
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley & Dallas Thies 

             Special Music: Fellowship Trio This Sunday is the kick-off to our
             2011-2012 `No Nonsense' pledge drive. Please study the materials mailed
             to your homes (or access the documents on our website) in advance of
             this Sunday. You will be asked to turn in your completed pledge cards
             during the service.


       Feb  13  "Love In Action"             Speakers: Emma's Revolution and Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [68,56]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Kay Puttock and Paul Jasper
                                             Accompanist: None Required
                                             Special Music: Emma & the Transition
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

             "The powers that be can control the media but it's hard to stop a good
             song... Pat's songs will be sung well into the 22nd century." ~Pete
             Seeger on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" Emma's
             Revolution is the duo of award-winning, activist musicians, Pat
             Humphries & Sandy O, who write songs that become traditions. Their song,
             "If I Give Your Name" won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting
             Contest and their music has been featured on NPR's "All Things
             Considered" and Pacifica's "Democracy Now!". "Peace, Salaam, Shalom" is
             sung around the world and has been called the "anthem of the anti-war
             movement." "Keep On Moving Forward" opened the NGO Forum at the UN
             Fourth World Conference on Women in Bejiing, becoming the unofficial
             theme of the Conference. Pat and Sandy will address this Sunday's theme
             `Love In Action' through their inspiring music.


       Feb  20  "Synergistic Satisfiers"     Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [75,36]
                                             Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon & Paul Nelson
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

             The Fellowship Auction item `Sermon on the topic of your choice' was won
             by Fritz Franzen. He asked me to speak about the work of Chilean
             economist Manfred Max-Neef (The Barefoot Economist) who came to the
             realization that conventional economics has nothing to say to people
             living in poverty. He developed an economic model that focuses on basic
             human needs. Max-Neef 's model speaks deeply to Unitarian Universalists.
             He `says the economy is a subsystem of a larger finite system, the
             biosphere, hence permanent growth is impossible. And the fundamental
             value to sustain a new economy should be that no economic interest,
             under no circumstance, can be above the reverence of life.'


       Feb  27  "Youth Sunday"               Speakers: Fellowship Youth  [98,93]
              [Soup Lunch]                   Facilitators: None Required
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallat Thies as needed

             The high school youth will be planning and facilitating the Sunday
             morning services on February 27. Their theme is "Dreams." You can count
             on there being great youth musicians, speakers and writers. Don't miss
             out on the youths' perspectives and wisdom on the topic of dreaming.



                  March 2011
             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


       Mar   6  "Inherent Worth & Dignity"   Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [78,47]
             [New Member Sunday]             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson & Paul Nelson
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis and Sam Wormley

             As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association we
             covenant to "affirm and promote: The inherent worth and dignity of every
             person." What do we mean when we say this? Are there any exceptions? We
             will be welcoming new members to our congregation during both services.


       Mar  13 "Justice, Equity & Compassion Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [73,45]
         [Spring Break starts]               Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Kay Puttock, Faris Winchester
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

             The Second principle that all Unitarian Universalist congregations
             covenant to affirm and promote is "Justice, Equity and Compassion in
             human relations." Today's service will focus on what that might mean in
             today's politically charged environment.


       Mar  20  "The Inquisition and...      Speakers: Sam Wormley  [80,51]
                   the Telescope"            Facilitators: Chris White & Toby Ewing
         [Equinox Mar 20  6:21 PM CDT]       Accompanist: Mary Richards
         [Spring Break ends]                 Special Music: Recorder Consort (Renaissance Music)
                                             Special Music: Liz Gull & Jess Higgins (Sweet Kate)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley and Greg Bruna

             Galileo (1564-1642), is one of the most remarkable men who ever
             lived. More than any one of his predecessors or contemporaries
             he introduced 'controlled experiment' as a means of gaining
             knowledge of nature. Join us as we explore how Galileo helped
             change our view of our place in the universe on this 400th
             anniversary of using a telescope to view the heavens.


       Mar  27 "Acceptance & Encouragement"  Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [91,41]
           [Soup Lunch]                      Facilitators: Linda Barnes and Andrew Williams
           [Congregational Meeting]          Accompanist: Barb Evenson
               Between Services              Special Music: Fellowship Voices, Aaron Zilber Mann
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies and Sam Wormley

             Sometimes Unitarian Universalists find it difficult to accept the
             variety of faith traditions that nourish our members and to encourage
             each other to deepen their spiritual lives in ways that may not satisfy
             us personally. As a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist
             Association we have covenanted to affirm and promote our Third
             principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual
             growth in our congregations. How do we/might we engage in this intricate
             dance?



                  April 2011
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- PSD Annual Conference Apr 8-10
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30


       Apr   3   "Sacred Spaces"             Speakers: Lori Allen & Small Group Ministry  [70,51]
                [Small Group Ministry]       Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Jess Higgins
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both services)

             We all have places that have been important in our lives and remain
             significant in our memories. Our connections to one another are
             enhanced, our understanding of the sacred is clarified, and acceptance
             of ourselves and each other is a gift we receive when we understand that
             the space we share now is sacred. Experience small group ministry today
             as sacred space. Learn how to become part of the renewed and reclaimed
             UUFA Small Group Ministry Program.


       Apr  10   "Gender Identity"           Speakers: Joni Stacy (confirmed)  [60,55]
                                             Facilitators: Kay Pottock, Paul Nelson 
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: 
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies and Rich Van Valin

             Joni Stacy, Guest Speaker Sharing the unexpected journey of finding out
             that gender isn't always as it appears. Join us to explore how our
             children can be the best messengers of God's unconditional love for all
             of us....if we just take the time to listen and learn from them.


       Apr  17   "Interdependent Web"        Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [75,31]
          [Earth Day Apr 22]                 Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Amy Slagell
                [Palm Sunday]                Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: The Coppoc Duo
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies and Sam Wormley

            In honor of Earth Day, we will look at the 7th principle that Unitarian
            Universalist congregations have covenanted to Affirm and Promote: The
            interdependent web of existence, of which we are a part.


       Apr  24   "Easter Sunday"             Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [88,70]
             [Easter Sunday]                 Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Nikki Krueger
             [Soup Lunch]                    Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices (Ubi Caritas)
                                             Sound:  ... & Dallas Thies

             This Sunday we will celebrate the miracle of the earth awakening from
             its winter slumber. We will also have a Child Dedication Ceremony to
             celebrate new life in our congregation and to commit ourselves to
             nurturing these children as they grow.



                  May 2011
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              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


       May   1  "Peace, Liberty & Justice"   Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [84,35]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Greta in for Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Ginny Molgaard and Jen Coppoc
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Greg Bruna

             As a UU congregation we covenant to affirm and promote: "A world
             community with peace, liberty and justice for all." This Sunday I will
             look at this principle in the light of the current immigration reform
             debate.


       May   8  "Of Woman Born"              Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [106,35]
         [Mother's Day]                      Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Paul Nelson
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Jim Coppoc
                                             Sound: Rich Van Valin (with Assistance from Sam), Dallas Thies

             The one thing that all human beings have in common is that we are all
             born of a woman. This Mother's Day I'll be looking at our expectations
             and understanding of Mothers and of Mothering.


       May  15  "Religious Passages"         Speakers: Lori, Ruth Appleton, et al  [127+]
               [Single Service at 9:30]      Facilitators: Chris White & Sarah Carlson
         [Congregational Meeting 10:45]      Accompanist: Anne Kimber
           [Recognition of Seniors]          Special Music: Dylan Larson-Konar, Thea & Iris Brenner
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             One more year the wheel has turned. Today is a day to say thank you to
             our religious Page 3 education volunteers and participants through
             music, story and ritual. Through our Ministerial Search Bridging
             Ceremony, we acknowledge our high school seniors and the importance of
             their Committee time in UUFA religious education and youth programs as
             we bid them Godspeed on their Page 5 journey into adulthood. Merry meet,
             and merry part, and merry meet again!


       May  22  "Responsible Search"         Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [79,24]
                                             Facilitators: Jess Higgins, Paul Nelson
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson & Deb Kline
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both services)

             As a Unitarian Universalist congregation we covenant to affirm and
             promote "a free and responsible search for truth and meaning." This is
             the principle that makes it clear that as Unitarian Universalists, we
             are not free to believe whatever we want, but rather to believe what
             we must.

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       May  29  "Personal Reflections"       Speakers: Mark Witherspoon  [82]
          [Memorial Day Sunday]              Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             On this Memorial Day Sunday several members of our congregation will
             share personal reflections of their spiritual journeys and the meaning
             of Memorial Day.


                  June 2011
             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 <-- GA Charlotte, North Carolina June 22-26
             26 27 28 29 30



       Jun   5  "Flower Communion"           Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [130]
              Quilting, Community            Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Faris Whinchester
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             The process of designing and piecing quilts has much to teach us about
             how to create religious community. Today is also Flower Communion
             Sunday. Please bring a blossom or two to add to the communal vase.



       Jun  12  "Interfaith Youth Con"       Speakers: Lori Allen Shepherd, Ruth Appleton  [85]
                                             Facilitators: Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Iris, Melissa, Paul
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             UUFA Youth Advisor Ruth Appleton and the youth attendees of the UUFA
             Interfaith Youth Conference share their vision for communities of
             interfaith youth working for inclusion, acceptance, and caring, as a
             part of their daily living.


       Jun  19  "It Still Moves"             Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan & Sam Wormley  [79]
     [Summer Solstice  Jun 21  12:16pm CDT]  Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Drummers
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             This Sunday recognizes the ancient Midsummer celebration of Summer
             Solstice - when the Sun appeared to stand still on the longest day of
             the year. Ancient civilizations paid great attention to the seasons.
             Devices are still found at Angkor Wat in Cambodia; Stonehenge in
             England; Abu Simbel in Egypt; Chichén Itzá in Mexico; and the Great
             Plains of North America. Join Charlotte and Sam as we explore our
             connections to the motions of sun on this solstice Sunday.



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       Jun  26  "The Reluctant Prophet:      Speakers: Linda Barnes  [73]
                 When Your Passions          Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Mark Witherspoon
                 meet the World's Needs"     Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             If we are (un)fortunate we may be called upon because of our passions to
             take action in a way that we may find both thrilling and terrifying.
             This service explores those kinds of events in our lives and introduces
             the summer series.


                  July 2011
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
    Sam at    3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
    UCMC     10 11 12 13 14 15 16
    Ames --> 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             31


       Jul   3  "Unleashing the freedoms     Speakers: Mark Witherspoon  [76]
                  in the First Amendment"    Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Jen and Jim
                                             Special Music: RE Kids
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             If you know the freedoms in our First Amendment, you understand that
             they align very well with our UU principles. But knowing the freedoms of
             the First Amendment is not the same as using those freedoms to serve our
             community and our world. Today, we'll discuss how to unleash the power
             of the First Amendment to make our world a better place.


       Jul  10  "A God As Big As             Speakers: David Kreamer  [108]
                     Lake Superior"          Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Toby in for Melissa Jones
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Greg Bruna

             Former UUFA member David Kraemer shares a bit of his theological journey
             since entering seminary at United Theological Seminary of the Twin
             Cities. We might call it excursions in "naturalistic humanism." Today
             we'll hear what David has come to decide for himself and why he thinks
             it makes a difference in the world.


       Jul  17  "Music and Poetry"           Speakers: Jim & Jen Coppoc  [73]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Chris White
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

       Jul  24  "What I Am Is What           Speakers: Erv Klaas  [88]
                      I Was When"            Facilitators: Toby in for Mark Witherspoon, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Greg Bruna
                                             
             As with most people, my basic character was formed in early childhood.
             Significant emotional experiences coupled with life-long learning
             resulted in what you see today. 


       Jul  31  "Helping: The Original       Speakers: Suzanne Zilber  [76]
                      Ethical Dilemma"       Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Transylvania Crew?
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Suzanne will explore what has compelled her to feel "response able"
             around social justice issues as well as ways she feels "response
             disabled" in the quest to be helpful.



                 August 2011
             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


       Aug   7  "Germplasm Botany: Finding   Speakers: David Brenner  [60]
                  and Saving Plants the      Facilitators: Paul Nelson, Kay Puttock
                   World Needs               Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter & Anne Kimber
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             David Brenner's passion for collecting plants led directly to his career
             as Curator of a seed collection, finding and preserving seeds from
             around the world. As an internationally-recognized expert in a
             specialized field, David has become a resource and mentor for young
             botanists worldwide. Come and learn about grapes and amaranth, and also
             about the great government seed vault here in Ames. Then, after the
             service, sample treats made from some fun plants.


       Aug  14  "The Quest for a Story is    Speakers: Lori Allen  [96]
                   a Quest for a Life"       Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Charlotte 
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             When we pay close attention to the stories others tell, we learn much
             about what they think and believe. If we pay close attention to our own
             stories, the way we describe our lives, we reveal the way we understand
             why we live our lives the way we do. We are the narrators of our own
             stories. When we change, our plots change, opening possibilities for
             new and different stories in our future.


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       Aug  21  "Ingathering and Water       Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [40,85]
                     Communion"              Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Kay Puttock
             The Fellowship's annual picnic  Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jaw Harp Potential
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley & Dallas Thies

             Water, like our congregation, is not static -- it is ever moving,
             changing form. Each of us has been changed in some way by the events of
             our lives over the past few months. None of us are the same people we
             were last May or June or even last week.

             Please remember to bring a small container of water (gathered from
             streams, oceans, lakes, the backyard garden hose, rain barrels, kitchen
             sinks or whatever best represents the milestones of your summer) which
             we will co-mingle in celebration of our beginning a new program year
             together.

             The Fellowship's annual picnic will be after the second service on
             Sunday, August 21, at Emma McCarthy Lee Park in the Butternut (lower)
             shelter. More information will be available closer to the date from the
             UU Meals Planning Group. Contact Helen Gunderson (232-9416 or email
             helen@gunderfriend.com)if you have suggestions or questions. Thanks.


       Aug  28  "Bringing it Home"           Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [62,63]
                   [GA Service]              Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Linda Barns (1st), Amy Slagell?
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis & Sam Wormley

             During the last week of June, Ruth Appleton, Hanna Vollbrecht, Terry
             Lowman and Charlotte Cowtan joined more than 4000 UU's at General
             Assembly in Charlotte, NC. It was an educational and transformative
             experience for all of us, and we are excited about sharing some of the
             highlights with you this Sunday.



                September 2011
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                          1  2  3
    Sam in    4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
Mason City ->11 12 13 14 15 16 17     & FACILITATOR'S WORKSHOP starting at 9am
    UUFNCI   18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30



       Sep   4  "Labor Related"              Speakers: Suzanne Zilber, Danelda Allen & UUFA Youth  [70,50]
            http://workersinterfaith.org/    Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Shelli Pitner
                                             Special Music: Tom McGivern & Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             In these times of economic uncertainty, Labor Day and its traditions
             have particular relevance for UUs.  In the words of past UUA President
             William Sinkford: "Rewarding an honest day's labor with a just living
             wage is the right thing to do, and advocating for fair compensation is
             our religious duty. It is only when our most vulnerable sisters and
             brothers achieve a basic level of economic and physical security that
             they can embark upon a 'free and responsible search for truth and
             meaning.' Making that spiritual journey possible for all people is the
             heart and soul of Unitarian Universalism." Suzanne Zilber will talk
             about the moral issues around Labor Day, and we'll be hearing more about
             AMOS's Project IOWA, a labor intermediary that has received a $25.000
             grant to help disadvantaged central Iowans move into a higher-wage
             career path.


       Sep  11 "Working Together for Peace"  Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan & Sal Syed  [80,91]
               [Recongnition of 9/11]        Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Greta Anderson
           [First Forum Upstairs]            Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
               [Muslim Community]            Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Greg Bruna

             Sal Syed is the Vice President of Masjid Arquim, the Islamic Center in
             Ames. Charlotte and Sal will be sharing today's service which focuses on
             our shared values of Justice, Equity, Compassion and Peace.


       Sep  18  "DREAM Sabbath and           Speakers: Gini Courter, UUA Moderator  [56,50]
                       Jubilee GA"           Facilitators: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, Amy Slagell
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: 
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Mark Harris 

             The UUA is a member of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, a
             partnership of faith-based organizations committed to enacting fair and
             humane immigration reform. Together we invite you to participate in
             DREAM Sabbath 2011, a time for education, reflection, action and
             solidarity in diverse faith communities across the country.


       Sep  25  "Up in the Air"              Speakers: Rev. Mark Stringer  [87,50]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Kay Puttock
                  [Soup Lunch]               Accompanist: Anne Kimber
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: 
               [Equinox Sept 23  9:05 UTC]   Sound: Sam Wormley (both services)

             Rev. Mark Stringer recalls a recent theological discussion he shared
             with a stranger at 25,000 feet. Poor visibility and turbulence sure make
             for a bumpy ride. How exactly do we land this plane anyway and arrive at
             our destinations in one... peace?



                 October 2011
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15     (Sam at Prairie Star District Meeting 9:30-3:30)
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30 31


       Oct   2  "The Compulsion to Serve"    Speakers: Tammi & Chris Martin  [66,58]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Andrew Williams, Crystal Tice
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both services)

            UUFA members Tammi and Chris Martin embarked on a journey to live their
            UU principles, and at mid-career they together decided to serve over 2
            full years in the Peace Corps. They will share what compelled them to
            service and reflect on what they learned as volunteers in Ghana, West
            Africa.


       Oct   9  "Excellence in Ministry"     Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [60,40]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Linda Barnes, Greta Anderson
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: 
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

             Today we will be joining with hundreds of UU congregations across the
             continent and beyond to celebrate the fifth annual Association Sunday. A
             special collection will be taken. Funds collected this year will be used
             to encourage "Excellence in Ministry" in a variety of ways, including
             providing scholarships and continuing education grants for UU religious
             professionals and conducting a comprehensive assessment of UU
             ministries.

       Oct  16   "Our Living Tradition:      Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [86,64]
                   Humanist Teachings"       Facilitators: Crystal Tice, Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices: "Lift Up Your Voice"
                                             Special Music: Anne Kimber, Piano
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Sam Wormley (Chris White, apprenticing)

             The Unitarian Universalist Bylaws list the six primary sources from
             which we draw in the ongoing development of our faith. This is the first
             of a series of services this year that will be focused on the Sources of
             our UU Faith: "Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance
             of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolitries of
             the mind Youth and spirit".


       Oct  23 "Beyond Categorical Thinking" Speakers: Michael Takada and Eddy Carroll  [64,58]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Andrew Williams
            [Soup Lunch]                     Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music:
     [Beyond Categorical Thinking Worshop]   Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies 

             Michael Takada and Eddy Carroll will share their thoughts and
             experiences around inclusive vs. biased thinking, important concepts for
             congregations to consider while in the ministerial search process.

             They will also lead a Sunday afternoon workshop, providing us with an
             opportunity to discuss what we are looking for in a new minister and the
             challenges around being as inclusive as possible while considering
             ministerial candidates. The conversations will address both unconcious
             biases we all carry related to how individuals identify as well as new
             biases that may arise after we identify our unconcious biases.


       Oct  30  "UUs in Uganda"              Speakers:  Rev. Mark Kiwimba  [91,70]
                                             Facilitators: Greta Anderson, Kay Puttock
             [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]   Accompanist: Shelli Pitner
                                             Special Music: Kids Choir
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis & Sam Wormley

             Rev. Mark Kiyimba is the minister of the Unitarian Universalist church
             in Kampala, Uganda. Rev. Kiyimba is also the founder of an orphanage and
             the New Life School in Masaka (3 hours by car from Kampala) which has
             over 500 students (K-8), many of them orphans who have lost their
             parents to HIV/AIDS. The UU Church of Kampala, Uganda is welcoming to
             gay and lesbian people. This stand has put Rev. Kiyimba in personal
             danger, and he is here only until it is deemed safe for him to return
             home. Rev. Kiyimba will be speaking today about how his people live
             their UU faith in today's Uganda.


                November 2011
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
    Sam in    6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
Mason City ->13 14 15 16 17 18 19
    UUFNCI   20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30


       Nov   6  "Our Living Tradition:       Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan with Linda Barnes  [107, 46]
                  Earth Based Spirituality"  Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Mark Witherspoon
                [Apple Communion]            Accompanist: Barb Evenson
              [John Rainer Jr Flute Music?]  Special Music: Fellowship Voices: "We Are One"
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Greg Bruna

             This is the second in a series of services based on the sources of our
             Unitarian Universalist Faith: "Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered
             traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to
             live in harmony with the rhythms of nature". We will have a Child
             Dedication Ceremony; our annual Apple Communion will be led by Linda
             Barnes, and Fellowship Voices will sing!


       Nov  13  "Our Biblical Heritage"      Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [72,44]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Chris White
               {Forum Upstairs]              Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Andre Flipping?
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Greg Bruna

             Today's service is the third in the series of services based on the
             sources of our Unitarian Universalist Faith: "Jewish and Christian
             Teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors
             as ourselves".


                
       Nov  20  "United Nation Sunday"       Speakers: Holly Sarkissian  [66,46]
                [UUUNO]                      Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Jaw Harp Potential, "Swimming to the Other Side"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies

             Holly Sarkissian will speak about the role of the Unitarian Universalist
             United Nations Office (UUUNO), one of the most influential non-profit
             organizations in the United Nations. The UUUNO works to promote human
             rights, climate change, peace and social justice in our world through
             activism, constructive participation, and leadership. Their special
             focus this year is "Empowering Women for a Better World". Holly will
             offer an opportunity for questions and discussion following both
             services in Fellowship Hall.


       Nov  27  "Connection and Gratitude"   Speakers: Lisa Larson, Helen, Greta and Sam  [69,35]
                  Guest at your table        Facilitators: Crystal Tice, Sam Wormley
         Sharing Thanks at Community Candle  Accompanist: Shelli Pitner
             [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]   Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Greg Bruna

            Thanksgiving commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims
            in 1621. Please join in sharing of stories of connection and gratitude
            from Fellowship members. Instead of traditional milestones, you are
            invited to share a few words of thanks at one community candle.


                December 2011
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31


       Dec   4  "Building an Inclusive       Speakers: Jim and Jen Coppoc  [90,48]
                   Culture of Music"         Facilitators: Chris White, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices: "Hand in Hand"
                                             Special Music: Kids Choir, Earnshaw and Evenson Duo
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Greg Bruna

             Music is as natural to humans as breathing.  From the first rhythms of
             our mothers' hearts to the melodies and movement that are so much a part
             of early childhood on, music is a form of thought, a mode of expression,
             and a natural and powerful channel for human connection.  It's no
             surprise, then, that nearly all religious traditions keep music at the
             core of their worship experience.  This service focuses on how our
             congregation can use music to build community, to enhance worship, and
             to underscore our core values as Unitarian Universalists.


       Dec  11  "The Imperfect Holiday"      Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [72,42]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies

             Whether we celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, or Kwanzaa, this is
             stressful time of the year for many of us. We worry about finding (and
             affording) the perfect gifts; we struggle to set aside time from our
             busy schedules for visiting, travelling, cooking, wrapping, cleaning and
             entertaining. Perhaps it would be helpful to consider the blessings of
             imperfection.


       Dec  18  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Lori Allen and others  [104,60]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Crystal Tice
           [All Congregational]              Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
         [Winter Solstice Dec 22  5:30 UTC]  Special Music: Orff Kids
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies


       Dec  24  "Holiday Pageant"            Speakers: Jim Coppoc and Lori Allen  [55]
            5pm Service                      Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist:
                                             Special Music: RE Kids - Images of Christmas
                                             Sound:

             "Shepherdy - The Unitarian Universalist Christmas Quiz"   Shepherdy
             teams will be comprised of children and good sports in the congregation
             who care to test their ideas of fact and myth surrounding Christmas. 
             Carols and candles will complete our annual child and family friendly
             Christmas Eve celebration.   


       Dec  24  "Lessons, Carols & Candles"  Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [50]
            9pm Service                      Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Amy Slagell, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Carole Benson-Holm
                                             Special Music: Carole Benson-Holm & Jen McClung-Coppoc
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             A traditional Christmas Eve service: familiar carols, Bible
             readings and candlelight.

       Dec  25  "The Gift of Presence"       Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, Sam Wormley  [~50-55]
             [Single Service at 10am]        Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Toby Ewing 
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                [Christmas Meal]             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies