UUFA Sunday Morning Program Committee
        
        Sunday morning services are the most visible manifestation of the
        ministry of the UUFA. The Sunday Morning Program Committee (SMPC)
        supports the minister's responsibility for Sunday morning services. We
        actively embody our Fellowship's tradition of shared ministry, and we
        cherish James Luther Adams' famous concept of the "priesthood and
        prophet-hood of all believers." Specifically, the SMPC aims to realize
        the congregation's commitment to being "a beacon of social justice and
        liberal religion" by providing collaborators, facilitators, ideas, and
        feedback to support the minister's Sunday morning services and by
        planning, shepherding, and implementing services when our minister is
        not in the pulpit.


        Programs Presented in 2012

                 January 2012
             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



       Jan   1  "Who Are We and Where We     Speakers: Andrew Williams  [88]
               are Going: Starting the       Facilitators: Linda Barnes, Toby Ewing
                New Year with Direction"     Accompanist: Jen and Jim Coppoc
               [Single Service at 10am]      Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             2012 will be a big year for the Fellowship. We are going to start the
             New Year with a bang, so mark your calendars to attend the Sunday,
             January 1st presentation. Andrew Williams will deliver ONE presentation
             at 10am.  There will be plenty of social time after the talk.  There
             will be no RE; however, the presentation will be kid-friendly. Come
             listen to the tranquil tunes of Jen McClung, hear some thought-provoking
             ideas based on our all-congregation survey results, and consider the
             year ahead with Andrew.  See you on the 1st!


       Jan   8  "Must We Deserve a Rainbow?  Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [61,40]
           [Stewardship Committee 5-7 min]   Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: 
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Greg Bruna

             None of us can truly say that we've done anything to 'deserve' so many
             of the gifts that enrich our lives.  Sometimes, however, it's hard to
             rejoice in our good fortune when so many, who also have done nothing to
             deserve it, are suffering ill fortune. How can we reconcile E.B. White's
             dilemma: "being torn between the desire to savor the world and the
             desire to save it"?


       Jan  15  "Words and Deeds"            Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [65,50]
           [Stewardship Committee 5-7 min]   Facilitators: Amy Slagell & Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies

             On this MLK Sunday I will present the fourth in the series of services
             based on the sources of our Unitarian Universalist Faith: "Words and
             Deeds of Prophetic men and women which challenge us to confront the
             powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the
             transforming power of love".


       Jan  22  "Teach Me How to Pray"       Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [67,55]
           [Stewardship Committee 5-7 min]   Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Faris Winchester
           [Iowa Grown Meal]                 Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Sound: Sam Wormley, Greg Bruna

             UUs are often uncomfortable with the idea of prayer. How do we respond
             when asked to offer a 'blessing' before a meal, or to pray for someone
             during a difficult time? How do we respond when someone says that they
             will be praying for us? What is prayer anyway? These are some of the
             questions I'll be wrestling with in this sermon.


       Jan  29  "Dragged Kicking and         Speakers: Mark Morrison-Reed  [85,54]
                    Screaming into Heaven"   Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Mark Witherspoon
           [Stewardship Committee 5-7 min?]  Accompanist: Barb Evenson
             [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]   Special Music: Fellowship Voices: "Bonse Aba"
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

             Early in the 19th century Universalism swept across our young nation
             finding a popularity it never again achieved. It proclaimed a truly
             radical message. Is it time for us to return to the message that God's
             love brooks no resistance? Universalism re-articulated for the 21st
             century.


                February 2012
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                       1  2  3  4 <-- PSD Annual Conference Planning in Bloomington MN
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25
             26 27 28 29


       Feb   5  "Fellowship Forward"         Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [52,52]
                [Pledge Drive Kickoff]       Facilitators: Mary Richards, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Anne & Thea
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both services)

             The theme of the 2012-2013 Fund Drive is "Fellowship Forward" - but what
             does that mean? Clearly it has different meanings for different people.
             Today Rev. Cowtan will be exploring many of the possible meanings of
             this theme.


       Feb  12  "The Art of Lying:           Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [56,42]
               To Speak the Truth in Love"   Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Mark Witherspoon
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Greg Bruna

             It has been said that honesty is the best policy--but is it always? Are
             there times when it is best NOT to speak the truth--or even to tell a
             little 'white lie'?


       Feb  19  "Youth Service"              Speakers: Fellowship Youth  [72,65]
                                             Facilitators: None Required
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both services)

            Today the UUFA high school youth share their thoughts, music, and
            reflections on a topic that occupies the minds of people of all ages.



       Feb  26  "Religion as a Subversive    Speakers: Paul Turner with Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [68,60]
                          Activity"          Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Mary Richards?
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Barb Evenson
            [Chili Peper Cook Off]           Special Music: Fellowship Voices: Shine on Me
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Greg Bruna

             Director of AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) All religious
             traditions have a view of how human beings in the 'Perfect' world
             operate. It's also true that although the Ideal World differs from one
             tradition to another, all religious traditions are aware that humankind,
             in their view, fall short of their ideal. This implies that all
             religions are (or should be) subversive organizations attempting to
             change the world brom what it is to what it, in their view, should be.

             Today's Soup Lunch will provide an opportunity or focused discussion
             about the changes we would like to see in ourcommunities.


                  March 2012
             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 <-- Spring Break Mar. 10-18
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31


       Mar   4  "Politics and Religion"      Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [91,37]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Toby Ewing
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Martin Runquist
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis & Dallas Thies

             Presidential Election years are always difficult times for Congregations
             to navigate the fine line between 'voting our values' and engaging in
             partisan politics. In our UU congregations, it is not uncommon for
             Republicans to remain 'closeted' out of fear of being 'shunned' if the
             congregation knew their political affiliation. It is good to be reminded
             of our proud heritage of fighting for the separation of Church and
             State, and how to both live and vote our values while honoring the
             separation of religion and politics that we fought to bring into being.


       Mar  11  "Survival of the Fittest"    Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [48,39]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Jim Coppoc
         [Spring Break Mar. 10-18]           Special Music: Martin Runquist, Jim and Jen Coppoc
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             As some of you are aware, I am an avid Women's basketball fan. And the
             play-offs for NCAA Division 1 start next week -- right here in Ames, IA.
             What's that got to do with religion? Come to the service and find out!


       Mar  18  "A Time of Balance"          Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan & Toby Ewing  [82,30]
               [All Congregational]          Facilitators: Crystal Tice
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
          [Spring Equinox  Mar 20 5:14 UTC]  Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley and Greg Bruna

             The Vernal Equinox is a time of balance between light and dark. The
             Earth responds to the lengthening days, and so do we. Elements from
             nature gathered during the March 11 nature walk will adorn our chalice
             table. Celebrate the season of rebirth and participate in a Seed
             Communion.  Immediately following the 9:15 service, there will be a multi-
             generational nature hunt (aka Easter Egg Hunt) for all ages.


       Mar  25  "Theology in Driftwood"      Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [78,43]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Jim Coppoc
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis & Dallas Thies

             One of the most precious gifts I ever received is a piece of driftwood
             given to me by my minister almost 50 years ago. That simple gift changed
             my world view - and my life.



                  April 2012
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- PSD Conference in Bloomington, MN
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30


       Apr   1  "Keep a Green Tree in your   Speakers: Linda Barnes, Sarah Carlson  [72,53]
                Heart and Perhaps a Singing  Faculitators: Andrew Williams, Sarah Carlson
                 Bird will Come"             Accompanist: Mary Richards
           [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]     Special Music:
                                             Sound: Greg Bruna, Sam Wormley

             "Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart and Perhaps a Singing Bird will Come"
             This Chinese proverb encourages us to maintain a positive outlook. This
             service will explore the bright side of disappointment. Difficult times
             in one's personal life, one's family, and even in one's congregation
             often offer unexpected opportunities.


       Apr   8 "The Promise and the Passion" Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [92,75]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices: Ubi Caritas
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             A celebration of  Passover and Easter. How do these religious stories
             inform us as Unitarian Universalists today?


       Apr  15  "RE Sunday"                  Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, RE Committee  [98,70]
                                             Facilitators: Kay Puttock
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

       Apr  22  "Earth Day Awareness and     Speakers: Lee Molgaard, Sue Jarnigan, Jim Murdock  [76,53]
                 Celebration"                Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Toby Ewing
               [Yucutan Trip Reflections]    Accompanist: Mary Richards
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Jim Coppoc
                                             Sound: (Donald Lewis, Greg Bruna)

             On April 22, more than one billion people of all nationalities and
             backgrounds will voice their appreciation for the planet and demand its
             protection. Together we will stand united for a sustainable future and
             call upon individuals, organizations, and governments to do their part.



       Apr  29   "Democratic Method"         Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [60,44]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell,
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson, Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices: "Uma Familia"
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             As a member congregation of the UUA, we 'Covenant to Affirm and promote
             the  democratic method in our congregations and in society at large'.
             But nothing in the  principles or the UUA guidelines gives us specific
             direction on what that means -- or how  we are to do it. Today I'll look
             for lessons to be learned from our history.


                   May 2012
             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 


       May   6  "Transitions"                Speakers: Lori Allen, Fellowship Youth  [112]
              [Bridging Ceremony]            Facilitators: Sam Wormley
               [Annual Meeting]              Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Youth, Jim & Jen
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Sam Wormley

             Lori Allen will emcee this service of children's music and arts
             performances, the high  school seniors' bridging ceremony, and the
             recognition of volunteers. There will also be a  special celebration of
             Anne Tepper, our nursery childcare provider.


       May  13 "Honoring our (For-)Mothers"  Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [48,45]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Larry Burkhalter
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter and Ann Kimber
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis and Dallas Thies

             In the late 19th century, a group of Unitarian ministers that became
             known as the Iowa Sisterhood, established Unitarian congregations
             throughout this state. The legacy of their ministries remains strong in
             our congregations.      


       May  20  "Celebration of Covanent     Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [55,45]
                     and Community"          Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Paul Ferrone
               Flower Communion              Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
         [Solar Eclipse hour before Sunset]  Special Music: Jen Coppoc
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Flower Communion. (Bring a flower to add to the communal vase) Today we
             will recognize and celebrate our communal life. Volunteers will be
             recognized and The new Board will be formally installed.



       May  27  "Meeting the Divine,         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [107,85]  :-)
                    Hearing the Call"        Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Sam Wormley, Linda Barnes
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Jim & Jen Coppoc
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Most of us want to feel part of something larger than ourselves. In this
             service of personal narrative, music, and sacred text, hear some of Rev.
             Kent McKusick's spiritual biography and recall what called you to the UU
             Fellowship of Ames.


                  June 2012
             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 <-- GA (Phoenix) Jun 20-24
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30


       Jun   3  "Ready for the Journey?"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [85,108]  :-)
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kay Puttock, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Greg Bruna

             How might a disastrous Arctic expedition in the 1840s or the history
             of heretical thinking give clarity to the complex maps of our individual
             and collective journeys of faith and no faith?  As our maps intersect
             this week, we are invited to consider who we might be together and where
             the journey will go, as we ask: Are we ready for the journey?


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       Jun  10  "Celebration of Covenant     Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan  [84]
                     and Community"          Facilitators: Amy Slagell and Chris White
                  [Flower Communion]         Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Flower Communion. (Bring a flower to add to the communal vase.) Today we
             will  recognize and celebrate our communal life. Volunteers will be
             recognized and the new  Board will be formally installed.


       Jun  17  "The Best of Goodbyes"       Speakers: Rev. Charlotte Cowtan, Deb Kline, Sam Wormley, Amy Slagell  [111]
         [Celebration Picnic for Charlotte]  Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Sarah Carlson
                [Fathers Day]                Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
         [Summer Solstice Jun 20 23:09 UTC]  Special Music: Jen and Jim Coppoc 
                                             Sound: Rich Van Valin
                                             Reception: Kay Puttock and Chris White

             Charlotte's Interim ministry with us is coming to a close. This Sunday
             is an opportunity to review the last two years and say our goodbyes. A
             Pot-Luck picnic at Emma McCarthy Lee Park's lower shelter (Butternut
             Shelter) will follow the service, starting at Noon.


       Jun  24  "Why the UUFA?"              Speakers: (shepherds Amy, Mark and Sarah Carlson)
            [similar to "This I Believe"]    Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Amy Slagell  [73]
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             People come to the UUFA for many reasons.  As we begin a series on
             "Being in Community" several of our members will speak from their hearts
             about why they came and what they found in the Fellowship community.


                  July 2012
             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

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       Summer Themes(2) Spiritual Inspiration from Nature, Being in Community
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       Jul   1  "Lessons from the Flying     Speakers: Liz Rohret, Kathy Gandy, Crystal Tice & Toby Ewing  [105]
                 Spaghetti Monster"          Facilitators: Liz Rohret, Crystal Tice, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In 2005, Bobby Henderson wrote a letter to the Kansas State Board of
             Education regarding their decision to allow the teaching of Intelligent
             Design (ID) in public schools.  He claimed belief in a divine Flying
             Spaghetti Monster who created the universe, and asked that his Creator
             be given equal time with ID.  Since then, the Flying Spaghetti Monster
             has become both an international symbol for atheists and agnostics, and
             the "spaghedeity" of a fast-growing religion.  We have much to learn
             from His Noodliness!


       Jul   8  "At the Intersection of      Speakers: Mark Witherspoon  [90]
                  Freedoms and Principles"   Facilitators: Andrew Williams and Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             The First Amendment gives us the freedoms to actively act in our
             community, but to become a beloved community, we need to act
             responsibly.



       Jul  15  "Being in Community, The     Speakers: Brenda Witherspoon and Cheryl Lawson  [80]
                  Lessons of Leadership"     Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Greg Bruna
                                             Sound:

             As a Fellowship, the UUFA has a heritage of lay leadership. A few
             leaders from our midst will share their perspectives on what they've
             discovered about leadership during their journey in this religious
             community.


       Jul  22  "The Numinous Mystery        Speakers: Kay Puttock, Faris Winchester, Mark Witherspoon  [86]
                     of Nature"              Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung Coppoc & Charlotte Mann
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Many members of our Fellowship find the Divine in Nature. Come to a
             service that focuses on Nature's numinous mysteries, both reassuring and
             fearsome. There will be time for congregational sharing, striking
             audiovisuals, and reflections of the poetry of Robert Frost and others.



                                             Shepherds: Susan Franzen & Chris White  [70]
       Jul  29  "Hill Side Reflections"      Speakers: Delphine Douglass, Susan Franzen
               [Focus on Nature]             Facilitators: Chris White & Crystal Tice
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Follow children's games with dice made from seeds of the Kentucky Coffee
             Tree through Native American visions to a journey on our newly
             discovered hillside.  You'll see your own visions as you look around
             with the imagination of naturalists Lotus and Wilmer Miller, who taught
             us the lore of the tree that inspired this hillside reflection. At the
             conclusion of this service everyone will be able to enjoy the hillside
             either from walking the mulched paths or from going up the elevator to
             the handicap accessible deck on the upper level, from which cookies and
             lemonade will also be served.



                 August 2012
             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 <-- Ames Schools and Iowa State start classes this week
             26 27 28 29 30 31


       Aug   5  "GA Social Action"           Speakers: Lori Allen, et al  [68]
                                             Facilitators: Chris White, Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Synergy means "The interaction or cooperation of two or more
             organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect
             greater than the sum of their individual effects." This year Terry
             Lowman, Mark Kassis, Linda Barnes, Emma Wilson, Hanna Vollbrecht,
             Charlotte Mann, and Lori Allen attended the UUA General Assembly in
             Phoenix, AZ. Their stories of combined experiences around immigration, a
             vigil at Maricopa County's tent city jail, proposing a UUA Congregation.


       Aug  12  "Is this World Enough?       Speakers: Linda Barnes  [100]
        Finding Meaning and Transcendence    Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Andrew Williams
              in Here and Now"               Accompanist:Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             This service will explore Religious Naturalism, a theological
             perspective that invites us to find transcendence, wonder, and even to
             be deeply religious without adherence to God or a being beyond
             ourselves.


       Aug  19  "Out of the Wilderness"      Speakers: David Kraemer  [139]
                                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Dylan.Larson-Konar
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             We will front only the essential facts of life, reduce them to their
             lowest terms, cut a broad swath, shave close, and explore the American 
             Transcendentalists and their idea of the metaphysical link of 
             inspiration. Oh, and we will speak in the language of stones.


       Aug  26  "Packing, Unpacking,         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [190]
                    (Un)unpacking            Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Sarah Carlson
             [Summer Picnic - Moore Park]    Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The intentional process and archeological practice of moving provides an
             opportunity for reflection. How do we respond when we discover parts of
             the past which have been in storage. What do we take with us? What do we
             throw away? What is sacred? What is not?



                September 2012
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1 <-- Sunday Morning Program Committee Meeting
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Fall Equinox  Sep 22 9:49am CDT
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30


       Sep   2  "Random and Reason?"         Speakers: Toby Ewing & Sam Wormley (Dr.s Dirt & Wormhole)  [90]
               [Science with Humor]          Facilitators: Chris White, Kay Puttock
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Anne Kimber

             Things happen as if by chance. How do we make sense of life
             if chance is really what's in control? How could we decide
             whether it's just chance, or something else? And why do we
             persist in searching for meaning when, as Steven Weinberg
             once wrote, "the more comprehensible the universe becomes,
             the more pointless it seems"? Come watch Sam and Toby try
             to make sense of Life, the Universe, and Randomness.


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             the more pointless it seems"? Come watch Sam and Toby try
             to make sense of Life, the Universe, and Randomness.


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       Sep   9  "Ingathering and Water       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [76,71]
                     Service"                Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Crystal Tice
             [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal}   Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                 [RE Begins]                 Special Music: Charlotte Mann
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             As we gather to begin another year of fellowship, we will offer thanks
             for the gift of water and for the web of life which we all share. 
             Please bring a small sample of water from near or far to be used in a
             traditional Unitarian Universalist Water Ritual and Community Blessing.


       Sep  16  "Gratitude as A Spiritual    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [90,86]
                     Practice"               Facilitators: Toby Ewing,
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Larry Burkhalter and Ann Kimber
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies & Greg Bruna

             Gratitude can be thought of as a state of mind or a way of life. An
             appreciation of the theology of gratitude has the capacity to become a
             practice that deepens our spiritual connections to each other and the
             world.


       Sep  23  "Autumn Equinox and the      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [113?,83]
                     Goldilocks Enigma"      Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Mark Witherspoon, Paul Ferrone
             {All Congegational]             Accompanist: Mary Richards
         [Fall Equinox  Sep 22 14:49 UTC]    Special Music: Fellowship Youth
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             As we pause to observe the momentary balance of light and darkness, we
             celebrate the harvest and prepare for the change of seasons and a new
             year. In the never ending cycle of seasonal change, do we ever find
             (like Goldilocks) the "just right" season or the "just right" balance?


       Sep  30  "The True Meaning of         Speakers: Jen and Jim Coppoc  [44,66]
                    "Counterpoint"           Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis (9:15), Dallas Thies (11)

             The True Meaning of "Counterpoint": How Music Shapes and Informs Our
             Worship and Our Spirituality

             We are more than our intellect. We need more than Reason alone can give
             us. Our UU liturgy--based on the evolution of centuries of religious
             traditions before us--devotes just as much time to song as it does to
             sermon. This service not only explores the purpose of special music and
             congregational singing in worship, but also expands that theory into
             personal spiritual practices.

             And of course, there will be singing.



                 October 2012
             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

                                             Shephard: Crystal [75,56]
       Oct   7  "Creating A Spiritual Home"  Speakers: Amber
               [This I Believe Type]         Facilitators: Kay Puttock
                    4 - speakers             Accompanist: Amber A Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound:  Dallas Thies (9:15), Greg Bruna (11)

             Where do we find home? For some, they find a home in brick and mortar,
             others in a community. Some look for a place where you don't have to
             fake it to fit in. Some seek a tribe with a similar state of mind,
             morals, and ethics. Some find home in the trees above them and the
             earth beneath their feet. Some carry home with them, wherever they go.
             How do these places feed our souls?


       Oct  14   "Crossing the Threshold     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [89,84]
                      of Giving"             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Chris White
                 [Fellowship Voices]         Accompanist: Cynthia Martin
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Giving is a spiritual practice that supports the mission and dreams of
             this Fellowship. This service explores the theology of giving, endowment
             as a lifelong possibility, and how stewardship embodies more than the
             financial.


       Oct  21   "Walking Into Our           Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
                         Sacred Space"       Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (with Navvab Munirih)

             The Fellowship Spirit inspired the founders of this community. It is
             embodied in the landscape and building, our sacred space. This service
             celebrates the spirit and the "fire of commitment" that connects us to
             our past and inspires the mission and vision of our present and future.


       Oct  28   "Spirituality and           Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [86,102]
                     Ghoulish Fun"           Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon, Sarah Carlson, Andrew Williams
                    [Iowa Meal]              Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
               [All Congregational]          Special Music: Coppoc Duo
                                             Sound: Navvab Munirih (with Sam Wormley)

             For many, Halloween conjures up a delightful and/or frightful mix of
             imagery, costuming, and ritual. This service seeks to find connections
             between this ancient pagan festival and the rich sources of Unitarian
             Universalism.



                November 2012
             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


       Nov   4   "Peace Be to this House     Speakers: Linda Barnes  [85,108]
                 and All Who Dwell in It"    Facilitators: Amber Mba, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molaard
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Uma Familia"
                 [Good Neighbor Concert]     Sound: Donald Lewis(9:15), Dallad Thies(11)

             This service explores how we might grow peace personally through
             spiritual practice and how we can further this peace in relations with
             each other.


       Nov  11  "The Right of Conscience"    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [63,77]
                                             Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Navvab Munirih(9:15 with Dallas Thies), Sam Wormley(11)

             The fifth Unitarian Universalist principle addresses more than voting
             for a president.  On this Sunday following the election, it is time to
             remember that freedom of conscience embraces the possibility of
             difference in community.  Whatever the outcome brings for you, joy or
             sadness or some complex mixture of emotions, it is time to come
             together.


       Nov  18  "A Free and Responsible      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [47,85]
               Search: New Member Sunday"    Facilitators: Cyrstal Tice, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: UUFA Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Greg Bruna (2nd service)

             As responsible seekers, we are on a continual search for truth and
             meaning.  The fourth Unitarian Universalist principle invites us to
             consider many perspectives.  During this service, we welcome new members
             into the fellowship.



       Nov  25  "Celebrating Harvest:        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick with Linda Barnes  [66,60]
                    Apple Communion"         Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Paul Ferrone
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies

             Even during years of drought, there is sweetness for which we can be
             thankful.  Harvest is a time to celebrate gifts from the earth, expected
             and unexpected. In this multigenerational gathering, we will share and
             celebrate the annual apple communion.

             Even during years of drought, there is sweetness for which we can be
             thankful.  Harvest is a time to celebrate gifts from the earth, expected
             and unexpected. In this multigenerational gathering, we will share and
             celebrate the annual apple communion.



                December 2012
             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 <----- Winter Solstice Dec 21 5:12am CST
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29     Winter Solstice Celebration - Barnes-Runquist Farm
             30 31


       Dec   2   "Spirituality in the        Speakers: Amber Anderson Mba  [68,65]
                       Backyard"             Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Sam Wormley

             We often look far away for spiritual inspiration, a majestic mountain
             range, a vast ocean, but what about right here at home. In this case,
             literally, in the backyard. Multiple members will share their stories of
             backyard spiritual practice and inspiration.


       Dec   9  "The Four Agreements"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [66,72]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             As we enter the holiday season and consider the approaching New Year, we
             may sense a need for simplicity (a difficult concept for Unitarian
             Universalists!).  How might four shamanistic precepts of living
             suggested by New Age spiritualist Don Miguel Ruiz be lived out by a
             Unitarian Universalist?


       Dec  16  "The Dark Night of Our Soul" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [85,127]
                                             Facilitators: Crystal Tice, Chris White
           [Winter Solstice - Dec 21]        Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                 [11:12 UTC]                 Special Music: Fellowship Voices "Solia Sallow"
                                             Sound: Anne Kimber, Navvab Munirih

             What are the connections between Unitarian Universalism, Dorothy in the
             Wizard of Oz, the 16th century mystic John of the Cross, and feeling
             lost during a time of seasonal or personal darkness?  Come to this
             service and find out!


       Dec  23  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [63,94]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Toby Ewing
              [All Congregational]           Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Coppoc Duo
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             This annual UUFA service offers a time of hearing favorite stories and
             music of the holiday season when people of many faith traditions wait
             with hope for the return of the light.  Come hear some familiar stories
             and perhaps, some new ones, too!  (A family friendly multigenerational
             holiday service on the day before Christmas Eve.)


       Dec  24  "Christmas Eve Service:      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
       5pm/5:15pm  [Traditional]             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson,
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Navvab Munirih

             Please join us for a traditional Christmas Eve service with seasonal
             music, carols, holiday readings, a sermon offering a UU perspective on
             the birth of Jesus, and the comforting glow of candlelight.


       Dec  24  A Non-Christmas Christmas    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick (with Sam)
       9pm         [Christmas Eve]           Facilitators: Chris White, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jim & Jen Coppoc
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             If the holiday season makes you "blue" or if you want to gather with
             others for a non-traditional Christmas Eve, this is the service for
             you.  The service will include music, poetry, shared stories, candles of
             remembrance, laughter, and silence.  


       Dec  25   Christmas Day               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick [18]
       11am                                  Facilitators: None Planned
                  [Christmas Meal]           Accompanist: None Planned
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Room to Breathe, Meditations on Silence: Gather in the fellowship hall
             on Christmas morning before sharing a fellowship meal.  Your minister
             will be present for conversation, quiet reflection, meditation, shared
             readings you bring from home (or choose from the hymnal), unaccompanied
             singing, milestones and fellowship.  This unplanned, participatory and
             spontaneous service will rest your soul and lift your spirits.


       Dec  30  "Celebrating Creation"       Speakers: Sam Wormley  [51,63]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Anne Kimber

             "We have left the age of miracles behind, but not, we trust, our sense
             of wonder. We are pilgrim scientists, perched on the edge of eternity,
             curious and attentive. A scientific skeptic encounters the numinous in a
             seventh-century chapel in the west of Ireland". Join us as we celebrate
             creation.