UUFA Sunday Services Committee
        

        The Sunday Services Committee (SSC) 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 2014




                 January 2014  Reinvigorate
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                       1  2  3  4
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25
             26 27 28 29 30 31



       Jan   5  "The Transient and the       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [48,43]
                     Permanent"              Facilitators: Jan Vine, Carolyn Myers
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             Theodore Parker publicly disputed the miracles of the New Testament and
             the authority of the Bible in an 1841 sermon titled "A Discourse on the
             Transient and Permanent in Christianity". He was branded as a Unitarian
             heretic prophet. How might his 173 year old controversial message
             reinvigorate Unitarian Universalism today?


       Jan  12  "Reinvigorate with           Speakers: Jan Vine (Shepherd)  [48,68]
                       Movement"             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Amber Anderson Mba, Toby Ewing, Liz Rohret, Tracey Yates
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)


             Two important meetings on Sunday, January 12

             First, in an effort to have open dialogue and communication, a Cottage
             Meeting will be held 1:00-2:00 pm. Members of the board will be
             available to listen and visit directly with fellowship members and
             friends. If you like things the fellowship is doing, let us know. If you
             have concerns about things happening in the fellowship, please let us
             know. If you think there are opportunities we are missing, let us know.
             This is a great opportunity to have your voice heard as we move into
             budgeting season for the upcoming year.

             Second, following the Cottage Meeting we are having a Committee Chair
             Roundtable to visit with and among the committee chairs (2:00-4:00 pm).
             As a part of this we will be asking for input on our strategic plan.
             Each committee chair should have received a list of four planning
             questions from your board liaison. If not, please contact the main
             office for the questions. The strategic planning process will help us
             determine what we, as a fellowship, would like to accomplish over the
             next year and three years. It will help us set budget priorities as
             well. As the plan evolves, there will be future opportunities for
             review, but this will be our starting point, so please make your views
             heard if you have input!



       Jan  19  "30 days of Love"            Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [71,86]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson, David Slade, Dallas Thies
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "People Get Ready"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             As the third year of this UUA program begins (running from Jan. 18 to
             Feb. 16), hear reflections on the six proposed Congregational Study
             Action Issues (CSAI) for 2014 to 2018 that address issues of class; age
             and ability; the war on terror; gun violence; renewing democracy; and
             the pursuit of peace for Israelis and Palestinians. Learn why these are
             spiritual and ethical issues and participate in choosing which CSAIs
             will be presented at this year's General Assembly.
             http://www.uua.org/statements/current/


       Jan  26  "Sacred Ground"              Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [87,93]
                   [Story for all Ages]      Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Andrew William
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Stranger Than Fiction (Greenlaw)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both) with Dallas Thies

             Eboo Patel sees America's religious diversity as a tapestry of beauty
             and potential.  How might we better respond to the divisive rhetoric and
             prejudice since 9/11?  How can faith and interfaith understanding be a
             bridge of cooperation and coming together at UUFA, in Unitarian
             Universalism and for our country?




                February 2014  Finding Resolution
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28



       Feb   2  "Stories from our Tribe"     Speakers: Campus Group, Sarah Carlson (Shepherd)  [56,59]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards, Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Recorded Music
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             Members of the UUFA Campus and Young Adult group will reflect on
             significant stories that influenced their own personal journeys into
             adulthood and to knowing their authentic selves.


       Feb   9  "Committed to Race, Family   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [67,73]
                  and Self: Jack Trice"      Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Nothin' Gonna Stumble My Feet"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             As Unitarian Universalists, what can we learn from the story of Jack
             Trice? Who was this man for whom the ISU football stadium is named? The
             short and tragic life of Jack Trice, how he lived, and how he is
             remembered provides an inspiring legacy of courage and determination.


       Feb  16  "Bayard Rustin, Lost         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [62,83]
                      Prophet"               Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy in for Jan Vine
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards, Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Ella Bartlett and Thea Brenner (both outstanding)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington which
             served as the platform for the I Have a Dream speech. Bayard Rustin was
             the organizer of the March and an advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.
             Rustin was subsequently fired, silenced, and imprisoned. He exemplifies
             the meaning of "high resolve" in his willingness "...to stand up for
             people, even though they had mistreated him - if it was a matter of
             principle."


       Feb  23  "Reality TV Love"            Speakers: Youth  [108,67]
                  [UUFA Youth Service]       Facilitators: none required
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Youth
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both)

             UUFA High School Youth have created a Sunday Service that gives you a
             bit of a peek inside the world they live in. Some aspects of their lives
             can be explained metaphorically by the popular social phenomenon of
             reality TV shows where one goes looking for love.



                  March 2014  Raising Awareness
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22 <-- Spring Equinox, Mar 20, 11:57am CDT
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30 31



       Mar   2  "Generous Giving Changes     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick & Stewardship  [43,54]
                         Lives"              Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy in for Jan Vine
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson, Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Aaron Mann & The Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Sam Wormley

             This service celebrates the annual pledge campaign as a piece of the
             UUFA stewardship culture of generosity.  Rather than approaching giving
             as a consumer, how might embracing giving as a spiritual practice change
             our lives and the community?


       Mar   9  "Genre Benders! Words,       Speakers: Jim Coppoc - Amy Slagell (Shepherd)  [56,70]
                   Music, Meditation,        Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson
               and All the Space Between.."  Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Isabel McCleod and Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Sam Wormley


       Mar  16  "Eve's Exemplary Mistakes"   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [46,60]
                                             Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten?, Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Patrick Jasper (Piano & Sax)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             The general condition of sinfulness is often linked to the story of Eve
             in the Garden of Eden.  This service explores the possibility that Eve
             gave the human race authority and wisdom instead of sinfulness.



       Mar  23  "An Experiment in Right      Speakers: Rev. Jim. Eller  [72,68]
                 Living and Sustainability"  Facilitators: Jan Vine, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw, Rick Exner
                                                            and Fellowship Voices celebrating Pete Seeger
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             UUSC has created a model Eco-Village in Haiti as a part of the Service
             Committee's humanitarian response to the devastating hurricane. It has
             been so successful that it has become an international model for
             sustainable development. This Sunday we celebrate the spirit of
             compassion as we explore both the work of the Unitarian Universalist
             Service Committee and "sustainability".


       Mar  30  "Transgender Day of          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [58,80]
                            Visibility"      Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Peter Mayer
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both)

             As a Welcoming Congregation, we continue to deepen our commitment to a
             ministry that encompasses many aspects of identity.  The International
             Transgender Day of Visibility was initiated in 2009 to acknowledge,
             celebrate, and support the transgender community. Michigan founder
             Rachel Crandall writes: "The day of visibility aims to focus on all
             the good things in the trans community, instead of just remembering
             those who were lost."



                  April 2014  Renewal
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19     Regional Conference in Topeka (11-13)
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30



       Apr   6  "The Meaning of Membership"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [65,61]
            [New Member Sunday]              Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             The 2001 UUA Commission on Appraisal wrote: "...Membership is a journey,
             both for the individual and the congregation... It is a process that
             engages human beings and takes us from a starting place to a new
             place."  What is the relationship of an individual to the congregation
             and the congregation to the individual?  Share and renew your journey of
             commitment and growth as we welcome new members to the fellowship.


       Apr  13  "After the Democalypse,      Speakers: Mark Witherspoon  [69,56]
                  the First Amendment in     Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Andrew Williams
                    the New World Order"     Accompanist: Mary Richards, Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: David G. Smith
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             Because Americans do not understand their First Amendment freedoms, you
             have been able to take over the United States, and as its newest
             dictator, you have to decide how best to control your citizens. First
             things first, so which First Amendment freedoms do you take away first?
             You decide, then we'll see how well you control the masses.


       Apr  20  "You Are the Resurrection"   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [65,65]
                                             Facilitators: Jan Vine, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Paul Ferrone
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Dallas Thies

             You Are the Resurrection: With Christian teachings as one of the sources
             of this living tradition, how might Unitarian Universalist find meaning
             in the resurrection?  How might the incredible and challenging story of
             "the empty tomb" contribute to the spiritual life of a non-believer?


       Apr  27  "Celebrate Our Children"     Speakers: RE Committee Led  [95,48]
                                             Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Youth and Aliya G.
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             The future of our UU faith and the future of the UUFA is in the minds,
             hearts, and hands of the next generations. Join Lori Allen, the children
             of the UUFA, and the volunteers who have been so important to our
             children this year as we share a glimpse of the past year. Children will
             perform original dramas, share music, and convey their understanding of
             Unitarian Universalism's role in their lives. We will also say "thanks"
             to our many volunteers.

                   May 2014
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31



       May   4  "Blessed are the History     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Paul Turner  [94,86]
                    Makers"                  Facilitators: Sarah Carlsom, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (both)

             Scholar and theologian Walter Brueggemann writes, "The history makers
             have always been those who could speak covenantal truth to power...
             Serious history makers are passionate poets, moral energizers, and
             dangerous theologians." Our guest speaker, Paul Turner, is the lead
             organizer for AMOS, a community organization that brings ordinary people
             together across the lines that divide, and crafts creative solutions to
             the real issues that impact central Iowa families. How might ordinary
             people working together become history makers?


       May  11  "Daring to Disturb the       Flower Communion/Mother's"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [52,50]
                               Universe"     Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Stu Huntington
                   [Story for all Ages]      Accompanist: Cynthia Marten, Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (both)

             Madeline L'Engle wrote, "The artist, if s/he is not to forget how to
             listen, must retain the vision which includes angels and dragons and
             unicorns and all the lovely creatures which our world would put in a box
             marked Children Only. How might this wife, grandmother and storyteller's
             combining of faith and art invite Unitarian Universalists to disturb the
             universe? On this day, we celebrate Mothers and share flowers in the
             annual Flower Communion.


       May  18  "Reconciled With Eternal     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [69]
                   Love"                     Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Sarah Carlson
         [Single Service - Annual Meeting]   Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jim and Jen Coppoc
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Hosea Ballou was the most influential preacher in the Universalist
             movement of the 1800s. This service tells some of Ballou's story
             and asks how the theological questions he asked over 200 years ago are
             reflected in the questions asked by Unitarian Universalists today.


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       May  25   "Where Have We Been and     Speakers: Linda Barnes  [115]
                      Where Are We Going?"   Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jan Vine
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: David Slade, Dallas Thies, etc.
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Unitarian Universalists are often asked, "What do you believe?" as if
             believing was critical to one's identification with a faith. Is it? What
             in our religious past allowed us to evolve into our current form(s)?
             What do we worship? Join us for an exploration and search for meaning in
             our history and our future.


                  June 2014  Broad Horizons
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Summer Solstice, Jun 21, 5:51am CDT
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- GA: June 23-29
             29 30

       Jun   1  "Honeymoons an Homesickness" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [83]
                                             Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Jan Vine
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             When a sense of freshness and excitement shifts to feelings of sadness
             and separateness, what might this mean in our personal or fellowship
             lives? How might we move from the sense of excitement that comes with
             newness to longer term comfort, trust, and commitment in a diverse
             community?


       Jun   8  "Let it Go, Let it Dance"    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [94]
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Ric Masten was an accomplished artist, a modern day troubadour, theatre
             performer, composer, and UU minister. The man who wrote Let It Be a
             Dance wove stories of letting go in music, poetry, art and ministry
             throughout his life. Through living and dying, he showed us that letting
             go can be an act of faith ripe with possibilities.


       Jun  15  "Rocking Chairs and Hot Air  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [90]
                     Balloons"               Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Thea Brenner with Patrick Jasper
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Whenever I return to my home state of Maine, I remember tall tales and
             folk stories my grandfather told, some of them even true! His stories
             made me laugh. Many were passed from generation to generation. Stories
             are frequently a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously, to find
             humor during the hard times, and that living in a caring community is
             more easily accomplished with a sense of humor.


       Jun  22  "Solstice Theme"             Speakers: Nikki Bado  [69]
                                             Facilitators: Ben Spick, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Aliya Gurganus
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (hall recording)

             Join Nikki Bado, author of Coming to the Edge of the Circle: A Wiccan
             Initiation Ritual as we reflect on the past and present of the Summer
             Solstice.


       Jun  29  "The Hitchhikers Guide to    Speakers: Toby Ewing, et al  [76]
                   UU -- Don't Panic"        Facilitators: Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Zach Witherspoon
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Don't Panic! Explore the unfashionable western spiral arm of the galaxy
             with "Implausible Deniability" (Crystal, Kathy, Liz, Toby) as they try
             to sort out just what it means to be living on a planet labeled
             "mostly harmless" and where the answer to the question of life, the
             universe, and everything is "42."



                  July 2014
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30 31


       Jul   6  "Hymn Sing"                  Speakers: Sara Carlson, Ben Spick (shepherd)  [57]
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley



       Jul  13  "Preparing for Captain Kirk: Speakers: Andrew Dennison, Ben Spick and Sarah Carlson  [70]
            Looking Forward to Our Future"   Facilitators: Ben Spick, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             James Tiberius Kirk was a 23rd century Human Starfleet captain best
             known as the commanding officer of the Federation starship USS
             Enterprise.

             He was born stardate 2233.04, the son of George and Winona Kirk. He was
             born in space on a medical shuttlecraft, just a few moments before his
             father's death. He was named after his maternal grandfather James and
             his paternal grandfather Tiberius. Kirk grew up near Riverside Iowa
             living with his mother and Uncle Frank. A bit of a rebel, Kirk decided
             to attend Iowa State University before his graduate study at the
             Starfleet Academy at the San Fransico Presido on earth.

             While at Iowa State University, Kirk discovered the Unitarian
             Universalist Fellowship of Ames. He later said, "if I had not discovered
             Unitarian Universalism in Ames, IA, it is possible my life would have
             taken a far different course." It is through visioning, which is the
             process of forming a mental image in order to set goals, make plans and
             solve problems that will guide an organization into the future. Visions
             provide a sense of direction for the long term--the means to the future.
             Visions that are merely proclaimed or not lived convincingly are nothing
             more than mockeries of the process.


       Jul  20  "Touching Our Authentic      Speakers: Morgan Rivers (confirmed)  [63]
                 Essence: Dances of          Facilitators: Sarah Carson (shepherd), Karen Bates
                 Universal Peace"            Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought
             people together -at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part
             of everyday life and passages, in daily renewal and meditation.
             Dances of Universal Peace are spiritual practice in motion and
             part of this timeless tradition. Morgan Rivers, a practitioner of
             healing arts out of Urbandale, IA, will speak about how blending chant,
             live music and evocative movement open the possibility of a deep
             spiritual connection within the person.

             After the service, Morgan will lead a Dances of Universal Peace session
             in the Fellowship Hall at the UUFA. The Dances use simple musical,
             lyrics and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and
             others. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and
             everyone is welcomed to join in and discover how people worldwide
             yearning for Unity have found in the Dances of Universal Peace a
             renewing and inspiring practice.


       Jul  27  "Something about Art"        Speakers: Chris Martin, Dennis Dake and the art committee  [84]
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Thea Brenner
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             There is something about art.  It moves us, it causes us to contemplate
             and emote.  Those who are fortunate, find spirituality in the results of
             brushstrokes, images, and smudges of clay.  Come join us for a Sunday
             morning filled with a mindful exploration of that unique experience we
             call art.



                 August 2014
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             31



       Aug   3  "The Future is Calling Us    Speakers: Rev. Michael Dowd  [108]
                      to Greatness"          Facilitators: Ben Spick, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Harps! Isabel McLeod and Chloe Bannit
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Humans, unwittingly, have become a planetary force. We are changing,
             irreversibly, the very climate of our world. Henceforth, any actions we
             take as individuals and societies will be done in the new light of
             climate change. What vision will carry us forward and inspire us to work
             together? How shall we frame the need to shed our business-as-usual
             outlook on life and take on a new vision of possibility that can unite
             us as a species in joyful self- sacrifice and service? What vision will
             charge us with a sense of heroic purpose that the future is, indeed,
             calling us to greatness?

             "All human activities, professions, programs, and institutions must
             henceforth be judged primarily by the extent to which they inhibit,
             ignore, or foster a mutually enhancing human-Earth relationship." ~
             Thomas Berry

             Rev. Michael Dowd is the author of the bestselling, bridge-building
             book, Thank God for Evolution, which was endorsed by 6 Nobel laureates
             and other science luminaries, along with noted skeptics, and by
             religious leaders across the spectrum.


       Aug  10  "You Could be Wrong"         Speakers: Jordinn Nelson Long  [92]
                Summer Picnic -              Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Tom Russell, Jim & Jen Coppoc
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Each of us has probably considered how to offer forgiveness when we have
             been wronged. This Sunday we will look at another side of that question:
             what does it mean to know that we might be wrong? How can we act
             decisively, say no to oppression and injustice wherever we find it, and
             stand on the side of love... in the knowledge that we will make
             mistakes, and that our best intentions will sometimes lead us astray?
             Join returning guest and Meadville Lombard seminarian Jordinn Nelson
             Long as we consider the role of humility and repentance in the context
             of our UU values.

             Come to Moore Park to the Big Bluestem Shelter immediately following the 
             service on Sunday, August 10 for our annual end-of-summer picnic. Bring 
             food to share and your own table service. Water will be provided. Let's 
             be ready to eat at 11:45.


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       Aug  17  "Beloved Community:          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [40,54+]
                   An Unfinished Journey"    Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Mary Richards
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Mary Richards
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Rev. Tom Owen-Towle offers a road map for congregations committed to a
             communal spiritual journey. He believes that the process of "growing
             the soul" is more relevant if it is the work of a community. From this
             perspective, Unitarian Universalism transcends individualism and truly
             becomes interdependent and incarnated in community.


       Aug  24  "No Such Thing as a          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [50,77]
                      True Story"            Facilitators: Karen Bates, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Liz Rohret - "Father William," words by Lewis Carroll with Jim Coppoc
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In her book, The Wisdom of No Escape, the Buddhist nun Pema Chodron
             offers an alternate translation of a Taoist saying: "As soon as you
             begin to believe in something, then you can no longer see anything
             else." How might this notion support or negate a free and responsible
             search for truth?


       Aug  31  "Spirituality of Doing With  Speakers: Sam Wormley, Liz Rohret, Toby Ewing and Kathy Gandy  [43,59]
                         Less"               Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Liz Rohret, Toby Ewing, Kathy Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Liz Rohret with Jim Coppoc, John Rainer Jr.. Indian Flute
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             From four different perspectives, we will explore how to cope without
             something we take for granted in our lives today that might be affected
             by changing climate or fewer resources in an over populated world, and
             how one might turn less into an opportunity or even a spiritual
             experience.



                September 2014  Searching
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                 1  2  3  4  5  6
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27 <-- Fall Equinox, Sep 22, 9:29pm CDT
             28 29 30



       Sep   7  "Water Communion             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [48,62]
             Ingathering and Water Service"  Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Anne Kimber
                                             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  14  "Searching for a Spiritual   Speakers: Ben Spick, et al  [51,52]
                      Home"                  Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone in for Ginny Molgaard
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: David Slade
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Many of us have come to the UUFA from other places, while some of us
             have been here our whole lives. Join us as we explore and reflect upon
             the meaning of finding, creating, and maintaining a spiritual home.


       Sep  21  "Eco-spirituality: A         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [77,64]
                 Journey in Response to      Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn, Amy Slagell
                 the Earth's Calling"        Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Andrew Mushel & Craig Mushel
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The ecological crisis and the pleas of the Earth call us to reconnect
             with the sacred.  Eco-spirituality is a search for "the holy" in the
             natural world.  Eco-spirituality brings science and religion together in
             a search to sustain the planet and life.


       Sep  28  "John Murray: Questioning    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [60,55]
                   the Truth of Fear"        Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             On September 30, 1770, the Rev. John Murray preached one of the first
             sermons on universal grace in America.  Having been raised in the
             English Reform tradition, Murray's questioning of a fearful God
             resulted in excommunication, a journey to America, and preaching the
             hope of universal salvation for everyone, the seeds of a free and
             responsible search for truth.




                 October 2014  Embracing Complexity
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                       1  2  3  4
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25
             26 27 28 29 30 31



       Oct   5  "Do Everything"              Speakers: Amy Slagell  [62,63]
            Inspiration and Challenge in     Facilitators: Amy Slagell
          the Legacy of Frances E. Willard   Accompanist: Mary Richards
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Aliya Gurganus
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Arguably the most famous woman in American in the 1880s, Frances
             Willard, longtime President of the Women's Christian Temperance Union
             and First President of the National Council of Women, called a
             generation of women to realize and exert their power to create positive
             change. With statements such as "Woman will bless and brighten every
             place she enters, and she will enter every place", Willard negotiated
             the challenge of adapting to nineteenth-century beliefs about women's
             roles while calling for an evolution of those beliefs and for women's
             right to participate fully in public life.  By examining her life and
             words we can find new inspiration for our commitments and see with fresh
             eyes the potential for transformation that comes from working together
             for social change.


       Oct  12  "National Coming Out Day"    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, James P, Melody G, Chris W., Jim C.  [70,60]
                                             Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn, Toby Ewing, Ben Spick and Ian
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             This service celebrates the 26th anniversary of the National March on
             Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.  One of the most deeply affirming
             and meaningful acts for many people is coming out as part of the LGBTQ
             community or as an ally. One out of every two Americans has someone
             close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number
             is only one in 10. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far
             more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, sharing
             stories of our identity and relationship is powerful and supportive of
             lives and the changing cultural climate of America. Much progress has
             been made. There is still much work to accomplish. Every person who
             speaks up changes more hearts and minds and creates new advocates for
             equality.


       Oct  19  "God Without God"            Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  {53,57}
                                             Facilitators: Ben Spick, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Liz Rohret, Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis, Dallas Thies

             In a world full of unsettling challenges and questions, many people find
             answers through belief and faith in the divine and religion.  It has
             been reported that half of the US population holds prejudice against
             non-believers.  Living an ethical life as a good person is difficult
             with or without God. What might non-believers find in a search for
             commonality with others and something to believe in?  How might a belief
             in life before death make a difference?


       Oct  26  "Service and Stewardship"    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [76,65]
                                             Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Fellowship Voices, Barb Evenson
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Typically, a stewardship service introduces the annual pledge campaign.
             How might responsible managing of our time, talent and service to the
             fellowship serve the congregation as a primary form of stewardship? 
             Non-monetary gifts become stewardship when we each find the something in
             the Edward Everett Hale quote: "I am only one, but still I am one. I
             cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot
             do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."
             How might regular gifts of time, talent and service become a spiritual
             practice, and not a road to resentment?




                November 2014  Spiritual Growth
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                                1
              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30



       Nov   2  "Feeding Your Soul           Speakers: Melody Greisdorn, Sarah Carlson  [63,58]
                Recharging your Spirit"      Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Theis

             There are people who passed before us and have inspired us as
             our paths crossed. Fellowship members will share stories to
             honor the memory of those who influenced their own spiritual
             growth.


       Nov   9  "Apps for the Soul"          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [75,65]
            (technology and spirituality)    Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Snezana (Ana) Dzakovic
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Patrick Jasper, Vocal/Guitar
            [Good Neighbor Concert]          Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies

             The great mysteries of life remain. The way in which we
             explore the great questions of life and how we connect to one
             another is constantly changing. How are technological
             advancements and applications changing our spiritual journeys?
             Is technology the new theology?


       Nov  16  "Holy Wholly Holey"          Speakers: Toby Ewing  [31,67] snow last night
                                             Facilitators: Ben Spick, Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Ella Bartlett, Clarinet
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             We walk on it without giving it a thought, but it feeds us and
             will receive us when we die.  We deploy troops overseas to
             protect American soil, while letting tons of it wash down the
             Mississippi every year.  If you think the topic is dull as
             dirt, come prepared to find that your opinion was groundless! 
             This service will explore spiritual aspects of the soil and
             how we Earthlings relate to it.


       Nov  23  "What Is Spirituality?"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [88,72]
                                             Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Fellowship Voices
              [New Member Sunday]            Sound: Sam Wormley

             On New Member Sunday, this service will explore the notion of
             spirituality. Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega
             Institute asks, "If spirituality is not religion or cynicism
             or sentimentality or narcissism, then what is it?"


       Nov  30  "Transylvanian Harvest"      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Linda Barnes, Kitty Fisher  [65,59]
                                             Facilitators: Stu Huntington, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard in for Paul Ferrone
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Come honor our partner church in Tordatfalva, Transylvania
             and hear first-hand stories from Ministerial Candidate Linda
             Barnes who recently visited Transylvania as part of her
             seminary experience. A traditional Harvest communion will be
             offered as a way of remembering and celebrating the
             connectedness of past, present and future.



                December 2014  The Returning Light
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                 1  2  3  4  5  6
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27 <-- Winter Solstice, Dec 21, 5:03pm CST
             28 29 30 31


       Dec   7  "Lucia Brings Light at       Speakers: Ben Spick, Sarah Carlson  [61,56]
                   Yule Tide"                Facilitators: Ben Spick, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
            [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]    Special Music: Amy Slagell, Melody Greisdorn, Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In Swedish tradition the Yule season begins on December 13
             with St. Lucia's Day and goes through January 13. It is a time
             of leaving the darkness and entering the light. Join us as we
             explore the traditions and symbols of Yuletide in Scandinavia,
             welcoming the coming light.


       Dec  14  "Stories of the Season"      Speakers: Amy Slagell, Melody Greisdorn  [101,83]
                                             Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn, Amy Slagell, Karen Bates, Kent
             [Intergenerational Service]     Accompanist: Barb Evenson
             [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]   Special Music: Fellowship Voices, 7-8 grade RE class musicians
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Join Melody Griesdorn, Amy Slagell and other UUFA members and
             friends as we share stories of the holidays. Poignant,
             amusing, and engaging - these stories and songs will remind us
             that even though our celebrations at this time of year come
             from different traditions, the emotions they invoke are
             universal. This is an All Congregation Service for children
             and adults at both services. Special music will be provided by
             our 7th and 8th graders.


       Dec  21  "Beauty In the Darkness"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [50,63]
                                             Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Janet Alcorn, Paul Ferrone
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
             [Fellowship Voices Rehearsal]   Special Music: Barb Evenson
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Since ancient times, Solstice has been celebrated as a sacred
             time spiritual awakening and enlightenment. Given the many
             distractions and busyness that accompany the commercialization
             of the season, how might we be more fully present to the
             beauty of darkness and the aliveness we find in anticipation
             of the returning light.


       Dec  24  "Traditional Christmas Eve   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [68]
        5:15pm          Service"             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Dylan Larson-Konar
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             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  "Searching for Light,        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [24]
        8:00pm     Hope and Connection"      Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Dylan Larson-Konar
                                             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  28  "Reflections on the Returning Light"  Speakers: Karen Bates, Sam Wormley & the Congregation [37,26]
            [Congregational Reflection]      Facilitators: Karen Bates, Sam Wormley
              (Circular Seating]             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Ginny Molgaard & Kitty Fisher
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             After the Winter Solstice, there is a returning of light, as
             the daylight increases day by day. So too, there can be a
             "returning of the light" as our spiritual paths deepen and our
             connection to all that is around us and to each other grows.
             Please join in sharing your personal reflections on the
             returning light and what that might mean in your life and for
             the life of our religious community.