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 2015



                 January 2015  Individual Worth & Interdependence
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31


             A month long weaving of the 1st and 7th Principles: The
             inherent worth and dignity of every person; and Respect for
             the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.


       Jan   4  "More Than A Self Alone"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [40,33]
                                             Facilitators: Ben Spick, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Raj Raman and Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             As Unitarian Universalists, we sometimes ask ourselves the age
             old question, "Who am I?" The focus of this question can be
             isolating, looking inward, and hold us independently from each
             other. If we are part of something larger than ourselves in
             this life, how might exploring and deepening our relationships
             become a practice of spiritual discipline and growth? How
             might we balance individualism and interdependence?


       Jan  11  "Strength in Parables:       Speakers: Jim Coppoc and Andrew Williams  [45,48]
                 a Worshipful Look at        Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Snezana (Ana) Dzakovic
               Balancing Our Principles"     Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             A lay-led service taking a worshipful look at balancing our
             Principles


       Jan  18  "The Search for Common Ground" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [78,53]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Make Them Hear You"
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             The Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman dedicated his life to the worth
             and dignity of all people and finding the common ground of
             interconnection during a racially segregated time in US
             history. In 1944, he founded the Church for the Fellowship of
             All People, the first multicultural, interracial, and
             interfaith church in the country. In these times of systemic
             racism and divided communities, what lessons and practices
             might his ministry reveal to help us find our way towards
             justice, healing and wholeness?


       Jan  25  "Building This House of Hope" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [65,38] Snow
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Aliya Gurganus
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In congregational life, UU theologian Rebecca Parker believes,
             "There is no life apart from life together." How might a
             capital campaign to pay off the mortgage represent a spiritual
             practice to connect us more deeply in community and embody the
             UUFA mission?



                February 2015  The Transforming Power of Love
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28



       Feb   1  "Transforming Power of Love" Speakers: Campus/Young Adult Group  CANCELLED - WINTER STORM
                                             Facilitators: None Needed
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Emma Yahn, "La Vie en Rose"
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies, Sam Wormley

 
       Feb   8  "Love is a Source of         Speakers: Joel Gilbertson White  [75,71]
                     Truth and Meaning"      Facilitators: Karen Bates, Snezana (Ana) Dzakovic
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Give us Hope" 
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (accommodate tall)

             In his seminal 1819 sermon "Unitarian Christianity," William
             Ellery Channing changed the course of belief for Unitarians
             and other Christians alike.  From this work, we can find that
             truth and meaning originate from a place of love.  Come
             connect with us as we explore how and where love leads us in
             this moment.

             Our guest speaker is Joel Gilbertson-White, a graduate of
             Starr King School for the Ministry currently living in Iowa
             City. There, he balances time with the Coalition for Racial
             Justice, parenting, substitute teaching in Iowa City schools,
             and building a garden and a treehouse.


       Feb  15  "Radical Forgiveness:        Speakers: Lynda Sutherland  [62,46]
             Pushing the Envelope of Love"   Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Snezana (Ana) Dzakovic
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung, "Let It Go"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Forgiveness is often a necessary part of being in community.
             It is not always easy or simple, but it can be transformative.

             Our guest speaker is Lynda Sutherland, a seminarian at
             Meadville Lombard and Intern Minister at the Cedar Valley
             Unitarian Universalists in Cedar Falls.


       Feb  22  "Straight from the Youth     Speakers: Youth Group, Julia Collett, advisor  [78.74]
                Room: The New Generation"    Facilitators: None Needed
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Youth
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley, Dallas Thies

             The UUFA High School Youth group offers reflections on issues
             that effect their generation and how they handle those issues
             as UU Youth.


                  March 2015  Justice and Equity
             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 <-- Spring Equinox, March 20, 5:45pm CDT
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30 31



       Mar   1  "Courage to Act"             Speakers: Melody Greisdorn  [62,44)
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Carolyn Myers
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: David Slade, Steve Kastli
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             As we think about making positive change in the world around
             us, it can sometimes feel difficult and daunting to stand up
             and take action. Join us as we draw from stories of courageous
             agents of change that have come before and also explore how we
             can find the strength of courage within ourselves to take a
             stand for what we believe.



       Mar   8  "Tensions in                 Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [62,64]
              Interconnectedness and Class"  Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard in for Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Change the World"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Class issues and divisions are part of our history before the
             Unitarians and the Universalists came together as one faith in
             the 1960s. As we prepare to participate in the Congregational
             Study Action Issue, Escalating Inequality, how has classism in
             our dual theological roots influenced us where we are today?


       Mar  15  "Transforming Power of Love" Speakers: Campus/Young Adult Group  [44,36] Spring Break
                                             Facilitators: none needed
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Emma Yahn, "La Vie en Rose"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley


       Mar  22  "Reclaiming Prophetic        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [51,47]
                      Witness"               Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Melody Greisdorn
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Liz Rohret
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Paul Rasor believes that we defer to religious conservatives
             in public policy positions.  How might we embrace our
             prophetic heritage and our beliefs as religious liberals to
             address the issues of our time? How might we reclaim prophetic
             witness?


       Mar  29  "Selma -- Crossing the       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [74,56]
                the Bridge for Justice"      Facilitators: Ben Spick, Snezana (Ana) Dzakovic
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: UUFA Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In 1965, the march for justice in Selma changed Unitarian
             Universalism from a movement that passed racial justice
             resolutions to a movement with people willing to put their
             lives on the line. Fifty years later, how might we
             reinvigorate and realign our practices and actions with our
             values?



                  April 2015  Elements of Nature
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                       1  2  3  4     Easter is April 5th
              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



       Apr   5  "Stone: A Tabernacle of      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [67,39]
                      Memory (Easter)"       Facilitators: Snezana (Ana) Dzakovic, Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: David Slade and Steve Kastli
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley(1st), Dallas Thies(2nd)

             It has been said that stone absorbs and silently preserves the
             tones, textures, and memories of human and animal experience.
             When the Earth's memories are triggered, the past is brought
             into the present and connects to the future.  Has the Earth
             been silent, or have we not been listening? How might Earth be
             resurrected? 


       Apr  12  "Water: Beauty and Justice"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [75,73]
                                             Facilitators: Carolyn Myers, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Play On The Harp"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The availability of clean and potable water is a basic human
             right. This availability marks the difference between life and
             death. Climate change is threatening water supplies throughout
             the world. This service invites you to engage water justice as
             a spiritual journey.


       Apr  19  "Protecting Our Earth"       Speakers: Bill Cox of Interfaith Power & Light (Shepherd: Carson)  [70,70]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Toby Ewing
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Interfaith Power & Light is mobilizing a religious response to
             global warming. The mission of Interfaith Power & Light is to
             be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global
             warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy
             efficiency, and renewable energy.


       Apr  26  "The Fire Within"            Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [60,56]
                                             Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The power of fire symbolizes the possibility of
             transformations within us and in the world.  In a poetic
             description of the grace and risk of fire, John O'Donohue
             invites us to look beyond our fears to discover "...embers
             of anger to kindle justice."



                   May 2015  Peace
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             31

 

       May   3  "The Peace of Wild Things"   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [85,57]
                                             Facilitators: Stu Huntington, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "The Road Home"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             What do you do when you are consumed with fear or despair?
             Inspired by Wendell Berry's poem, this service invites us to
             discover how peace exists in the wild world. Can nature teach
             us how to dissolve and break apart our fears and open our
             heart to peace?


       May  10  "Mother's Day/Flower         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [61,62]
                    Communion"               Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn, Ben Spick
                 "Youth Bridging"            Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             This service invites a celebration of the UUFA Children as
             they offer us stories and music from their year in Religious
             Education. We will also honor and celebrate the Mothers in our
             fellowship with a flower ceremony.

             Mother's Day and Youth Bridging: In this service, we
             celebrate, honor, and support the high school youth as they
             move into adulthood and share a Unitarian Universalist
             Bridging Ceremony. We will also honor and celebrate the
             Mothers in our fellowship with a flower ceremony.


       May  17  "Fighting With Another       Speakers: Rev. Jeff Briere (Kent Shepherding)  [49,42]
                        Purpose"             Facilitators: Ben Spick, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Mary Richards
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             At West Point, one of the sayings is "Cooperate and graduate."
             What is truly worth fighting for? What are the alternatives to
             war?


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       May  24  "Bridging the God Gap"       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [77]
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards in for Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Dennis Kain
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             How might we support a more peaceful theological relationship
             between believers and non-believers? How might individuals
             with fundamental disagreements about religion find common
             ground and engage in rich, meaningful and respectful
             conversations?


       May  31  "Embracing Things We         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [100]
                    Cannot Change"           Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn, Snezana (Ana) Dzakovic
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: David Slade and Steve Kastli
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             This service explores how we might open up our hearts and
             lives to pain and fear and by doing so, discover our greatest
             gifts. Discovering and embracing the things we cannot change
             may open the path to more peaceful and happier lives.



                  June 2015  Honoring Our Connections
             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 <-- Summer Solstice, June 21, 11:38am CDT
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27        June 24-28 GA
             28 29 30

             7th Principle ~ Respect for the Interdependent Web of
             Existence of Which We Are a part


       Jun   7  "Finding Meaning in a        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [67]
                    Paradoxical Life"        Facilitators: Paul Ferrone, Janet (reader)
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Paul Ferrone, Ginny Molgaard & Cindy Scholten
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             To find meaning in an irrational world may require us to live
             in a paradox. Sometimes, that which seems illogical and/or
             absurd may hold the unexpected opportunity to change our lives
             for the better and increase our interconnectedness.


       Jun  14  "The Cathedral of the World" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [67]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Dennis Kain
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The late Forrest Church offered a twenty-first century
             theology based on the concept of one light and many windows.
             His Universalist theology honors all religious and spiritual
             beliefs, except absolutism. This service explores his
             invitation to liberal religion.


       Jun  21  "Time to Turn the Wheel"     Speakers: Amy Slagell  [79]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: David Slade, Mary Richards
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             With the summer solstice we turn the wheel of the seasons one
             more time and reflect. How might we embrace this longest day
             of the year? We'll confront the challenges of living with time
             famine and seek ways to live with time affluence.


       Jun  28  "The Year in Review"         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [76]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ben Spick, Melody Greisdorn
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Ginny Molgaard, Kitty Fisher
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             For the forty-fifth service of the Fellowship year, you are
             invited to experience where we have travelled together this
             year in theme, theology, poetry, music and narrative. Come
             celebrate with the Sunday Morning Service Committee!


                  July 2015
             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




       Jul   5  "Astonishing Historical Truths Speakers: Linda Barnes  [95]
                  About Our Liberal Faith"   Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kitty Fisher
                    [No Child Care]          Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Ben Woline
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Want a pocketful of fun facts about Unitarian universalist
             history? Want to travel in time with depth of an Instagram or
             a Facebook post? Then this is the service for you. Join us
             this Fourth of July Weekend as we have some fun exploring some
             surprizing thruths about our collective past.


       Jul  12  "One Step at a Time: Social  Speakers: Terry Lohman, Erv Klaas, Greta Anderson and Jill Mortensen  [81]
                 Justice and the UUFA"       Facilitators: Ben Spick, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher & Ginny Molgaard
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Fellowship members will share some of what we have done over
             the years to promote justice with LGBT issues, hunger and
             homelessness in Ames, and environmental activities. We will
             aslo hear about a plan starting this fall to bring new
             congregational awareness and action to additional social
             justice issues.


       Jul  19  "In Your Minds Eye"          Speakers: Ralph Gandy (shepherding)  [80]
                                             Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn, Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             "The artificial obvious is hard to see. My eyes account for
             less than one percent of the weight of my head; I'm bony and
             dense; I see what I expect." from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, by
             Annie Dillard. Come explore how our expectations "color our
             vision".


       Jul  26  "The Unspoken Principle"     Speakers: Ben Spick  [78]
                                             Facilitators: Melody Greisdorn
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Join us as we celebrate and explore the spiritual merits of
             Doubt as they relate to our Unitarian Universalist religious
             experience.



                 August 2015
             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 31



       Aug   2  "Grace from the Garden"      Speakers: Ethy & Steven Cannon, AdaMae Lewis, Susan DeBlieck  [98]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Amber?
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Rick Exner
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Four UUFA members will talk about their experiences gardening,
             describing how they both give and receive from their gardens.
             Rick Exner will sing two original songs about gardens and
             gardening.


       Aug   9  "Spiritual Practices in the  Speakers: Jane Vallier  [98]
                     Age of Emerson"         Facilitators: Karen Bates, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Ralph Waldo Emerson changed the nature and form of spiritual
             practices in the early days of Unitarianism in America. It's
             thanks to Emerson that we have no traditional communion, no
             public prayers, no regular reading of scripture and many
             programs on nature.  Jane Vallier will explain how these
             radical changes came about.


       Aug  16  "Oh, I Should Not Have Done  Speakers: Andrew Williams  [105]
           That!  Successfully Dealing with  Facilitators: Ben Spick, Andrew Williams
           Regrets for Good Mental Health"   Accompanist: None Needed
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

            Living with a few regrets is part of the human experience but,
            for some, regrets can grow into baggage and weigh us down.
            Andrew Williams will lead us through a process where we can
            release our baggage and turn regrets into wisdom. Come enjoy
            original music by Jen McClung and learn how to it let go.


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       Aug  23  "A Thematic Year of Sharing  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick & SMSC  [60,61]
                    and Seeking"             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ben Spick, Melody Greisdorn, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Nathan Schmidt with Alan Henson
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             On June 28th, we offered a kaleidoscope of our year in themes
             and services. Following the service, members and friends had
             the opportunity to choose the monthly themes for September
             through June. This service announces the congregation's
             choices and offers a preview of the themes by offering samples
             of poetry, prose and music for the year to come.


       Aug  30  "Well Behaved Women Rarely   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [70,53]
                     Make History"           Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: UUFA Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Olympia Brown: Olympia Brown was the first American woman
             ordained into ministry. Many people identified her as someone
             who misbehaved. By sharing her story, we honor her fierce
             determinism, courage and spirit as a leading Universalist and
             leader of her times who indeed made history.



                September 2015  Theme: Hope
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5 <-- Labor Day is Sep 7, 2015
              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 <-- Fall Equinox, Sep 23, 03:20am CDT
             27 28 29 30


       Sep   6  "A Sense of Humor"           Speakers: Kathy Gandy & Sam Wormley with Liz Rohret (Reader) [64,63]
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard, Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies (Donald Lewis is also available)

             The theme for services this month is "Hope". Please join
             Kathy Gandy and Sam Wormley as we explore the value of humor
             in our lives. Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "To laugh often and
             much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the
             affection of children...



       Sep  13  "Hope: Embracing the World   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Sue Hegland  [75,64]
                    in Love and Struggle"    Facilitators: Ben Spick, Janet Alcorn
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

            "To thrive, hope requires a home, a sustaining structure of
            community, meaning, and ritual. Only with such habitation can
            hope manifest the spiritual stamina it needs to confront evil,
            endure through trouble, and hold fast to that which is good."
            ~ Rebecca Parker, A House for Hope


       Sep  20  "Hope Begins with You"       Speakers: Jan Cook, Sue Ann Peck, Tom Andre, Sue Hegland  [72,51]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Melody Griesdorn
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Dennis Kain
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             This service will focus on the recognition of mental health
             issues wherever we go - with neighbors, friends, co-workers,
             and yes, here at the UUFA.  Members will share personal
             stories of help they received during difficult times and also
             gaps in local and national services.  The service will also
             introduce special programs and forums in our community on
             mental health over the next three months.


       Sep  27  Transylvanian Thanksgiving   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Kitty Fisher  [53,43]
                  and Harvest Communion"     Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Peggy Earnshaw - Anne Kimber
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In Transylvania, communion is about survival and faith: faith
             that has been life-sustaining and life-saving through years of
             political control, violence, oppression, and domination. The
             communal ritual in this service is symbolic of our coming
             together and reaching out and seeking to hold our own
             understandings of the mysteries of life in a community of many
             faiths and no faiths.



                 October 2015  Theme: Death
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                          1  2  3
              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- Sunday Services Committee Meeting
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31


       Oct   4  "Death: Every Day Is         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [62,58]
                      a Miracle"             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: David Slade, Steve Kastli
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Think for a moment about your life. That's what lies in the
             balance here. Think about your loves, which, of all the things
             that may live beyond you, are the only things that really
             matter...Every day we live is a miracle, rich with
             possibility." ~ Forrest Church, Love and Death


       Oct  11  "Antidotes for Death Phobia: Speakers: Rilla Fox & Compassionate Companions  [55,56]
                  Gratitude and Generosity"  Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             A service devoted to overcoming fearful attitudes toward dying
             with a wise, appreciative and generous spirit toward the
             natural order of things.


       Oct  18  "Death: Dancing Into         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [56,36]
                  the Emptiness of Space"    Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Mourning...powerfully reminds us of our smallness. But it is
             precisely here...that the dancer invites us to rise up and
             take the first steps...And as we dance, we realize that we
             don't have to stay on the little spot of our grief, but can
             step beyond it...We come to know that all the world is our
             dance floor." ~ Henri Nouwen, Turn My Mourning Into Dancing


       Oct  25  "Soul Cakes and Samhain"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick with Liz Rohret  [77,72]
                                             Facilitators: Ben Spick, Stu Huntington
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard in for Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort, Fellowship Voices
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             During the Middle Ages, children would go door to door asking
             for soul cakes, little cakes commemorating the dead. Samhain
             is a reminder that someday we will move to the other side of
             the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead. What
             goodness will endure on this side of the veil because we have
             lived?



                November 2015  Theme: Gratitude
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28
             29 30


       Nov   1  "The Potential of            Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [78,44]
                       Each Moment"          Facilitators: Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Anne Kimber: Bach or Scriabin
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "I've come to experience the freedom of gratitude. By
             appreciating the gifts of each moment, gratitude frees us from
             past regrets and future anxieties. By cultivating
             gratefulness, we are freed from envy over what we don't have
             or who we are not. It doesn't make life perfect, but with
             gratitude comes the realization that right now, in this
             moment, we have enough, we are enough." ~ Robert Emmons,
             Thanks!


       Nov   8  "Water Blessing"             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [72]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson
          Single Service & Annual Meeting    Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Dennis Kain
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Open your eyes and see how many gifts there are to unwrap.
             Notice the presence of your presents. It's not your life that
             is disappointing: it's your mind." ~ Gregg Krech, Naikan:
             Gratitude, Grace, and the Japanese Art of Self-Reflection


       Nov  15  "Gratitude for Life's Path"  Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger  [82,54]
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Mark Witherspoon
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson, Harp & Ames Children's Choir
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Each of our lives has their own specific path, with choices
             made along the way. I'm grateful for the path my life has
             followed, and for the opportunities it has provided me, that I
             may be of use in the world.


       Nov  22  "Dancing Through the Open    Speakers: Jim Coppoc  [49,60]
                   Windows of Our Hearts"    Facilitators: Amy Slagell and Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson (Peggy Earnshaw as backup)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Fanfare for a Musical Gathering"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

            "Gratitude dances through the open windows of our hearts. We
            cannot force it. We cannot create it. And we can certainly
            close our windows to keep it out. But we can also keep them
            open and be ready for joy when it comes." ~ Lewis Smedes, A
            Pretty Good Person


       Nov  29  "Thanklessness"              Speakers: Rev. Jeff Briere (Ralph shepherd)  [41,51]
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Melody Griesdorn
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Aliya Gurganus
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Join us as we welcome guest Rev. Jeff Briere, interim minister
             at Peoples Church in Cedar Rapids.  He brings us a tale of
             Jason, who "ain't thankful at Thanksgiving..."


                December 2015  Theme: Simplicity
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26 <-- Winter Solstice, Dec 21, 10:38pm CST
             27 28 29 30 31


       Dec   6  "Simplicity: Reimagining     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Sarah Carlson  [67,52]
                      the Good Life"         Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Janet Alcorn
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "My best shot at a definition of simple living or voluntary
             simplicity would go something like this: Simple living or
             voluntary simplicity are lifelong processes in which we turn
             loose of the quest for more wealth, status , and power in
             favor of an authentic life of inner peace and fulfillment."
             ~ Linda Breen Pierce, Choosing Simplicity


       Dec  13  "Surviving the Holidays"     Speakers: Rev. Amy DeBeck, Amy Slagell (shepherd) [53,49]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Melody Griesdorn
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Holidays are a time when lots of families come together. Rev.
             Amy is visiting to tell you how that might go more smoothly.


       Dec  20  "Solstice Simplicity:        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [59,61]
                    Stories of the Season"   Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Janet Alcorn
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Liz Rohret and Amy Slagell
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "As we gather together in the soft darkness of the Solstice we
             are reminded there are rhythms and cycles that move without
             thought to us humans. As we embrace families and friends
             singing out greetings of peace and faith, let us also remember
             we have a calling to love one another, every single person,
             without stopping. There is no pausing to regard if they are
             worthy. What we are asked to do is love." Solstice is an
             excellent time to pause and rest. It is a wonderful time to
             reflect on what we might be here to accomplish or who we are
             trying to become. Come to hear and experience stories and
             rituals of the season for all ages.


       Dec  24  "Traditional Christmas Eve"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [44]
         5:15 pm                             Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist:
                                             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, Hope,  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [15]
         7:00 pm      and Connection"        Facilitators: Sam Wormley, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist:
                                             Special Music:
                                             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  27  "Silencing the Mind"         Speakers: Ben Spick  [29,41]
                    (Simplicity)             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Thea Brenner
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Between the rush of the Winter holidays and the anticipation
             of the New Year, join us in celebrating the simplicity that
             can come from a silenced mind, a quieted spirit, and an
             appreciation of life as it unfolds in each moment.