UUFA Sunday Morning Services Committee
        

        The Sunday Morning 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 2016



                 January 2016  Theme: Change
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              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
             31


       Jan   3   "Seven Truth of Change"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [58,56]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Melody Griesdorn
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Raj Raman & Kitty Fisher
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Life is largely a process of adaptation to the circumstances
             in which we exist...The secret of health and happiness lies in
             successful adjustment to the ever-changing conditions on this
             globe; the penalties for failure in this great process of
             adaptation are disease and unhappiness." ~ Hans Selye,
             quoted in How to Survive Change...You Didn't Ask For by M.J.
             Ryan


       Jan  10   "Criminal Justice"          Speakers: Social Justice Committee & Ginny Molgaard  [45,48]
                                             Facilitators: Jim Coppoc, Sarah Carlson (Shepherd)
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Ben Woline
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Join us as we explore our next three-month exploration of
             social justice issues - this time in the criminal justice
             system!  Come hear about the link between mental illness and
             the criminal justice system, the school to prison pipeline,
             and the AMOS-sponsored work on the restorative justice
             project.


       Jan  17  "Free from the Fear          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [56,59] -6F
                   of Change"                Facilitators: Janet Alcorn, Ben Speck, Melody Griesdorn
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson (Ginny Molgaard)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Like a Mighty Stream"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (1st), Donald Lewis (2nd)

             "If your mind is expansive and unfettered, you will find
             yourself in a more accommodating world, a place that's
             endlessly interesting and alive. That quality isn't inherent
             in the place but in your state of mind."- Pema Chodron,
             Living Beautifully With Uncertainty and Change


       Jan  24   "Reverent Agnosticism"      Speakers: Rev. Mark Stringer  [87,78]
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Williams (shepherd), Ben Spick
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung & David Slade
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             For this pulpit exchange Sunday, the Rev. Mark Stringer, who
             has served the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines since
             2001, gives voice to a "reverent agnostic" approach to life,
             an approach that maintains reverence for mystery and doesn't
             require decisiveness...or does it?


       Jan  31  Perspectives on Change:      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [63,44]
                The Elephant, The Rider,     Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy
                and The Path"                Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Dennis Kain
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "There are hard changes and easy changes. What distinguishes
             one from the other?...For individual's behavior to change,
             you've got to influence not only their environment but their
             hearts and minds. The problem is this: Often heart and mind
             disagree. Fervently." ~ Chip Heath, Switch



                February 2016   Theme: Humor
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                 1  2  3  4  5  6
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27
             28 29


       Feb   7  "Laughter and Spirituality"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [80,46]
                                             Facilitators: Ben Spick, Janet Alcorn
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Recorder Concort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Humor is that thing that ushers a person's mind from a place
             of constricted consciousness to a place of expanded
             consciousness." ~ Baal Shem Tov, internet quote


       Feb  14  "The Laughing Buddha"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [55,44]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy
              [Committee Cluster Meeting]    Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Laughter...affects our bodies, our minds, our emotions, and
             our spirits in a healing, connecting, and health promoting
             way. Laughter is a spiritual practice. Cultivating a sense of
             humor in response to life is something we can choose to do.
             When I laugh I feel happy. I can forgive myself and others
             more easily when I can laugh at myself...When I can laugh I
             can lighten the blues and feel less isolated. If I muster up
             some humor I feel stronger, more competent and capable of
             weathering what life has to offer." ~ from a sermon by Rev.
             Linda Anderson


       Feb  21  "Humoring Millennials"       Speakers: Campus Group  [71,37]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Melody Griesdorn, Brian Gill, Freddi Funnell, Cris Matibag, Brian Nakayama, Kim Ayers
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Kim Ayers, violin, Bach and Vivaldi
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             They came of age in an electronic era, communicate in
             abbreviations, and are careful to not insensitively offend or
             hurt others with their humor. UUFA Campus and Young Adults
             will provide personal reflections about humor.


       Feb  28   "Laugh and the World        Speakers: Sarah Carlson, Amy Slagell, Melody Griesdorn  [60,51]
                        Laughs with You"     Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Amy Slagell, Melody Griesdorn, Andrew Williams (shepherd), Kent McKusick
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Erik & Raj Raman, Dallas Thies
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             We complete our month on humor with a communal, lay-led
             service which features jokes and quips from the congregation
             along with heartfelt ideas on how humor helps us as a
             community.  Come join us for good laughs and thoughtful
             moments.



                  March 2016   Theme: Privilege
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- ISU Spring Break March 13-20
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19 <-- Spring Equinox, Mar 19, 11:30pm CDT
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30 31


       Mar   6  "White Privilege:            Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [62,51]
                  Beginning with Ourselves"  Facilitators: Ben Spick, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Those of us who are white and, by definition, have white
             privilege must engage in sustained self-examination about how
             our race affects our lives. If we don't fully understand our
             individual and collective roles in maintaining a system of
             white superiority, our relationships with people of color
             remain superficial, our ability to work in diverse workplaces
             is greatly diminished, and we fail to create a just world in
             which everyone has an equitable opportunity to contribute and
             thrive." ~ Frances E. Kendall, Understanding White Privilege


       Mar  13  "Towards Being an Ally       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [34,49]
                  as a Person of Privilege"  Facilitators: Melody Griesdorn, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: Dennis Kain
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             "One of the most effective ways to use our privilege is to
             become the ally of those on the other side of the privilege
             seesaw. This type of alliance requires a great deal of self-
             examination on our part as well as the willingness to go
             against the people who share our privilege and with whom we
             are expected to group ourselves." ~ Frances E. Kendall,
             Understanding White Privilege


       Mar  20  "Hope for Juvenile Justice"  Speakers: Harvey Harrison  [40,52]
                                             Facilitators: Jim Coppoc, Sarah Carlson (shepherd)
                                             Accompanist: Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley


       Mar  27  "Black Lives Matter:         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [47,46]
           Reflections on the Writing        Facilitators: Stu Huntington, Amy Slagell
           of Michelle Alexander             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
            and Ta-Nehisi Coates"            Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "We Are One"
             [Easter]                        Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Black Lives Matter is a movement and a stance in response to
             this reality: the United States was built on a legacy of
             slavery, racism, and oppression that continues to take new,
             ever-changing forms. To say that "black lives matter" doesn't
             mean that black lives are more important than other lives, or
             that all lives don't matter. The systemic devaluing of Black
             lives calls us to bear witness, even as we acknowledge that
             oppression takes many intersecting forms." ~ UUA (Michelle
             Alexander, The New Jim Crow; Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the
             World and Me)



                  April 2016   Theme: Earth
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- ministers retreat and regional assembly
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30



       Apr   3  "Earth as Sacred Community"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [58,52]
                                             Facilitators: Janet Alcorn, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The term "Ecozoic era" was coined by Thomas Berry in
             conversation with Brian Swimme for their book The Universe
             Story in order to describe the geologic era that Earth is
             entering -- when humans live in a mutually enhancing
             relationship with Earth and the Earth community. Berry writes:
             "This entry into the Ecozoic era is the entry into the period
             of the Earth community with a new sense of its sacred
             dimension. Just as the traditional societies entered into the
             sacred liturgy of the natural world expressed in the sequence
             of cosmological transformations throughout the seasons of the
             year, so now we are in the process of rediscovering the sacred
             dimension of the great Earth community in its stupendous
             unfolding over these past billions of years." ~ Thomas Berry,
             Evening Thoughts


       Apr  10  "Soil, Soul and Society"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [59,39]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Aliya Gurganus
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Satish Kumar advocates making peace with soil (nature), soul
             (yourself) and society (others). He believes that the future
             well- being of humanity and the earth is dependent on a new
             world view in which the care of the planet, nourishment of the
             soul and the nurturing of the human community are integrated.~
             Satish Kumar, Soil, Soul, and Society


       Apr  17   "Animals"                   Speakers: Youth Group   [74.62]
                                             Facilitators: Kent (shepherd)
                                             Accompanist: None Required
                                             Special Music: None Required
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Join the high school youth group as they explore our
             connection to animals and their impact on our lives.



       Apr  24   "Hope for the Environment"  Speakers: Social Justice Committee & Bob Haug  [59,45]
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson (shepherd), Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices: Walk on the Rainbow Trail, Harmonia Mundi
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             We all know how important it is for the environment to cut
             down on the use of fossil fuel energy. Join the UUFA Social
             Justice Committee and speaker Bob Haug, as they explore
             municipal solar projects in Ames and other Iowa communities,
             supported by those customers who have an interest and
             willingness to participate. These projects lay out roadmaps to
             achieve energy independence and may well become a model for
             other communities.



                   May 2016   Theme: Stress
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7 <-- ISU Semester done May 6
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- Ames HS Graduation May 22
             29 30 31


       May   1  "RE stories and skits          Speakers: RE   [106]
       9:15         and Flower Celebration"    Facilitators: Sarah Carlson (Shepherd), Ralph Gandy
                                               Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw, Mary Richards
                                               Special Music: Peggy Earnshaw
                                               Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Through the Eyes of Our Children" - When we experience life
             through the eyes of a child, we appreciate more of the beauty
             that surrounds us. Religious Education classes will share some
             of their deepening experiences with the themes that they have
             explored throughout the year. The children will also
             facilitate an intergenerational flower celebration.


       May   1  "Celebrating the Beauty        Speakers: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy   [72]
       11:00    Within: UU Flower Celebration" Facilitators: Sarah Carlson (Shepherd), Ralph Gandy
                                               Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                               Special Music: Recorder Consort, Jen McClung
                                               Sound: Sam Wormley

            Each person is asked to individually select and bring one live
            flower to this service as a symbol of your individuality. It
            may be a flower you picked or one you purchased. We will
            gather these individual flowers into a massive congregational
            bouquet and reflect upon the beauty we each share and beauty
            we can achieve as a community that honors diversity.  


       May  8  "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [59,39]
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba, Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Dennis Kain
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "We humans can get stressed by things that simply make no
             sense to zebras or lions. It is not a general mammalian trait
             to become anxious about mortgages or the Internal Revenue
             Service, about public speaking or fears of what you will say
             in a job interview, about the inevitability of death. Our
             human experience is replete with psychological stressors, a
             far cry from the world of hunger, injury, blood loss, or
             temperature extremes." ~ Robert Sapolsky, Why Zebras Don't Get
             Ulcers


       May  15 "Unpacking Our Mental Baggage" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [61,54]
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Sarah Evans
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber, Cynthia Marten
                                             Special Music: Hayden Pritchard, Clarinet
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The Journey to Inner Peace - "Do negative thoughts and
             the feelings they generate, such as resentment, hatred, anger,
             jealousy, fear, worry, shame, guilt, or blame serve you? Do
             they serve life? Negative feelings not only feel bad, they
             also often make us act in ways that create more negative
             feelings for ourselves and others. Does acting out or even
             expressing such feelings serve you, serve others, or serve
             life?" ~ Gina Lake, From Stress to Stillness: Tools for Inner
             Peace


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       May  22  "Stand Like a Mountain,      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [103]
                   Move Like Water"          Facilitators: Karen Bates, Cris Matibag, Andrew William
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Where There is Light in the Soul"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "So common is the concept of balance that we tend to take it
             for granted. Yet so powerful are the intricacies of balance
             that when we are reminded, it often takes our breath away.
             Such is the power of opposites, which when united, form a
             whole. This is the subtle yet powerful message of the Tao, the
             union of opposites leading to wholeness through balance and
             harmony -- lessons that are quite easily observed in nature."
             ~ Brian Luke Seaward, Quiet Mind, Fearless Heart: The Taoist
             Path through Stress and Spirituality


       May  29  "Bridging Service for High   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [99]
                    School Members"          Facilitators: Kent (Shepherd), Ralph Gandy, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Lucas McLeod
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The transition from Youth to Young Adulthood is a process to
             be supported and celebrated. "Bridging" refers to this service
             and the rituals we engage to honor this transition in the
             lives of UUFA Youth. This service marks a milestone in the
             lives of individuals, families, and the congregation.


                  June 2016   Theme: Letting Go
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                       1  2  3  4
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Summer Solstice, June 20, 5:34pm CDT
             26 27 28 29 30           UUA GA in Columbus, OH - June 22-26



       Jun   5  "Suppression, Expression,    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [82]
                 and Escape: The Paradox     Facilitators: Andrew Williams
                 Letting Go"                 Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "If we take a close look at human life, we see that it is
             essentially one long elaborate struggle to escape our inner
             fears and expectations that have been projected upon the
             world...It is not thoughts or facts that are painful but the
             feelings that accompany them. Thoughts in and of themselves
             are painless, but not the feelings that underlie them!" ~
             David R. Hawkins, Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender


       Jun  12  "Expanding Our Capacity      Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [102]
                    for Love"                Facilitators: Karen Bates, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Thea Brenner
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "Love is a way of being. It is the energy that radiates when
             blocks to it have been surrendered. It is more than an emotion
             or a thought -- it is a state of being. Love is what we have
             become through the pathway of surrender." ~ David R. Hawkins,
             Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender


       Jun  19   "Letting Go of the          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [92]
                    Toddler's Creed"         Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Barb Evenson, Kristin Maahs & Mary Richards (Harps)
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             "When it comes to attachments, in many ways we are all still
             two-year-old toddlers. 'Mine' translates into 'me, myself, and
             I' pretty soon in human development. This self-centered
             attitude is the root of evil and unhappiness, for who really
             possesses our body and our possessions, and for how long?
             Walking the spiritual path to enlightenment implies that we
             are trying to be a little less toddler-like regarding our
             attachments." ~ Lama Surya Das, Letting Go of the Person You
             Used to Be


       Jun  26  "Letting Go with Qigong"     Speakers: Karen Bates, et al  [66]
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates (shepherd), Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Paul Ferrone
                                             Special Music: Paul Ferrone
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Qigong (also spelled Chi Kung) is the system of ancient
             Chinese exercises that uses our awareness and breath to move,
             transform, direct, and balance our energies.  Qigong is 2000
             years old (1000 years older than the more familiar Tai Chi).
             Included in qigong are mindful movements, breath work,
             self-applied massage, and guided meditation.  Qigong is a
             moving meditation that relaxes and calms the body and the
             mind......a beautiful technique for letting go.  (All
             exercises are easy to learn and can be done seated or
             standing.)


                  July 2016   No Theme
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                             1  2
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- NO SMSC Meeting in July
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30
             31


       Jul   3  "Stitches in Time: Sacred    Speakers: Sarah Carlson & Catherine Huisman  [64]
                     Threads"                Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards
                                             Special Music: Recording
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Quilts are often used as a metaphor for life. Whether created
             as art or for utility, quilts represent comfort, heritage,
             memory, diversity of patterns and color purposefully or
             haphazardly stitched into a wholeness and unity.  This
             participatory service will give the opportunity for us to
             reflect upon the imagery and meaning in the UUFA quilts of
             Carmon Slater hanging in our worship space, as well as to
             share personal stories of quilts that have made meaning in our
             lives.


       Jul  10  "Becoming, Still Becoming"   Speakers: Mark Witherspoon  [81] No Power
                                             Facilitators: Andrew Williams, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: None
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Despite reaching maturity (or at least middle age), I find
             that my life's journey continues to demand personal growth,
             which means change. That was a surprising realization. In
             fact, it kind of made me angry. I'm not a fan of change. I was
             always hoping to arrive at my personal state of perfection.
             Never happened. And it seems ever more elusive. But I'm
             growing more comfortable with never-ending growth and
             transformation. Today, we'll reflect on the role of change in
             our journeys from here to there.


       Jul  17  "The Seventh Principle:      Speakers: Amy Slagell  [80]
                 What We Do Matters"         Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Andrew Williams
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Dallas Thies

             Inspiration can be found in unlikely places. Even Jonathan
             Edwards has made me think about our seventh principle
             ("Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which
             We are a Part") in new ways. We'll explore the challenges and
             opportunities of taking to heart our seventh principle and aim
             to become more mindful of our interconnections with nature and
             our community.


       Jul  24   "The Black Spot: The Rise   Speakers: Kay Puttock, Stan Henning  [~80]
                   of Welsh Unitarianism"    Facilitators: Karen Bates, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (ppt and DVD)


       Jul  31   "Killing the Buddha with    Speakers: Eric Daishin McCabe  [95]
                      All Your Heart"        Facilitators: Karen Bates, Cris Matibag
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley (no ppt)

             There is a Zen saying, "When meeting the Buddha on the road,
             kill him." For those of us with a tendency toward literalness,
             be careful. Zen koans like this point to how to mature our
             mind. We'll explore the two wings in Buddhism of Wisdom and
             Compassion. We'll explore the desire for peace and look at
             the what to do with the energy of violence that exists within
             all of us, and how to use it skillfully.



                 August 2016   No Theme
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                 1  2  3  4  5  6
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27
             28 29 30 31


       Aug   7   "Who Are Your Ancestors"    Speakers: Ralph Gandy, Amy Slagell  [67]
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson Mba
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors,
             and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You
             create yourself out of those values. -Ralph Ellison, American 
             writer


       Aug  14  "Building Intentional        Speakers: Jim Coppoc  [66]
                 Community Through the Arts" Facilitators: Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: None are Available
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: None are available.

             The underground music and spoken word scenes in Ames are well
             known throughout the region for their strength of talent and
             for their radical inclusivity. In this service Jim Coppoc
             discusses his experience as an active member of these scenes,
             and how these intentional communities interact with his UU
             faith.


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       Aug  21  "The Quest of Summer"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [44+3,47]
                                             Board Welcome: Jill Mortensen, Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Melody Griesdorn
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music: None
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Parker Palmer believes that the seasonal cycles are a wise
             metaphor for the movement of life. The seasons encourage us to
             embrace it all and find opportunities for growth. I travelled
             to the ocean on a quest to renew my spirit. I returned to the
             plains to continue my journey as a seeker. What am I learning
             from the season of summer? What opportunities have appeared
             for us?


       Aug  28  "Soul Matters: A New Year    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [58,42]
                  of Theme Based Ministry"   Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Sarah Carlson, Cris Matibag
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Special Music: Anne Kimber, Joni Mitchell
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             In this new cycle of shared ministry, we are part of the Soul
             Matters Sharing Circle, a national group of UU congregations
             exploring the same themes each month in Sunday services,
             religious education, social justice, and weekly programs. Come
             explore the possibilities of our new themes and how we might
             engage them fully.



               September 2016   Theme: Covenant
            Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                         1  2  3
             4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- SMSC Meeting 10-11:30
            11 12 13 14 15 16 17
            18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- Fall Equinox Sep 22 at 9:21 AM CDT
            25 26 27 28 29 30


       Sep   4  "Science as a Spiritual      Speakers: Kathy Gandy and Sam Wormley  [61,40]
                 Practice"                   Board Welcome: Hayden Pritchard, Jan Vine
                                             Framing Mission Statements: Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Cris Matibag, Jane Runneals, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: Anne Kimber
                                             Offertory Music: Anne Kimber
                                             Sound: Donald Lewis

             Science as a Spiritual Practice continues a Labor Day Sunday
             tradition of sharing the spirituality of science with a dash of
             humor. Please join Kathy Gandy and Sam Wormley as we explore
             why our appreciation of science is truly spiritual.


       Sep  11  "A Promise to Walk Together" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [64,46]
                                             Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Jan Cook
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson  (1st)
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (2nd)
                                             Special Music: David Slade & Steve Kastli
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The free church tradition in North America began in the 1630s
             as a radically lay-led movement in Dedham, Massachusetts.
             Their desire to gather in community parallels some of the
             underpinning of the Fellowship Movement. How does covenant
             connect them to us and remain relevant to the way we move in
             the world?


       Sep  18  "Love That Does Not Let Go"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [71,53]
                                             Board Welcome: TBD, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jan Cook
                                             Accompanist an Offertory: Brab Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, For This We Stand, by Jim Scott
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The foundations of covenant are build in ways of being and
             being in relationship. Theologian James Luther Adams believed
             that there are ingredients of covenant.  How do those
             ingredients inform who we are as individuals and how we are in
             relationship to each other in the fellowship and with the
             wider community?


       Sep  25  "New Every Day:              Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [69,41]
                    Return and Repair"       Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Jane Runneals
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Special Music: Recorder Consort
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             When we unpack the meaning and practices of covenant, it holds
             a whole vision for how to live in this complicated, beautiful
             and broken world. It is a vision that says we are most human
             when we are connected in relationship, but not just any
             relationship -- relationships of trust, mutual accountability
             and continual return.



                 October 2016   Theme: Healing
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              2  3  4  5  6  7  8 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
              9 10 11 12 13 14 15
             16 17 18 19 20 21 22
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29
             30 31



                                             Shepherd: Ralph Gandy
       Oct   2  "Healing Journeys"           Speakers: Susan Posch, Deb Kline & Ian Michalec  [56,54]
                                             Board Welcome: Amber Anderson, Ralph Gandy
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Ralph Gandy, Ian Michalec
                                             Accompanist: Amber (1st), Paul Ferrone (2nd)
                                             Offertory Music: Amber Anderson (1st), Paul Ferrone (2nd), Vocalise by Rachmaninov
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             May you find deep relief in the hope that comes from knowing
             your own inner strength and the comfort that comes from being
             loved.  ~Alexis Engelbrecht


       Oct   9  "the Opposite of Loneliness" Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Erv Klaas  [62,47]
                                             Board Welcome: TBD, Jan Cook
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Cris Matibag
                                             Accompanist: Mary Richards (both services)
                                             Special Music: Mary Richards
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Inspired by Wendell Berry, this service explores the idea that
             the concept of health is rooted in the concept of wholeness.
             Bodily health is not compatible with spiritual confusion,
             cultural disorder, pollution, or impoverished soil. What is
             the relationship between healing ourselves and healing the
             Earth?


       Oct  16  "A Fish Doesn't Know         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [66,50]
                        it's Wet"            Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Jane Runneals
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson (both services)
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "Ubuntu" words an music by Mark Hayes
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The concept of Ubuntu is challenging if we think only as
             individuals. Thinking only from that perspective is like a
             fish trying to understand what it means to be wet. How might
             interdependent relationships in community impact the
             healthiness of individuals? What is Ubuntu, and why does it
             matter?


       Oct  23  "Connection in a Culture     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [66,46]
                   of Disconnection"         Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Catherine Huisman, Sarah Carlson
                {New Members}                Accompanist: Ann Kimber (both services)
                                             Special Music: Jen McClung
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             How might claiming our imperfections connect us to each other
             and the wider world? What is the relationship between
             authenticity, compassion, courage, connection, and healing for
             ourselves and the community?


       Oct  30  "Transylvania Connection:    Speakers: Rev Dr. Brian Eslinger, Kitty Fisher, Zach, Brenda & Mark Witherspoon  [76,55]
         Why It Mattered and Why It Matters" Board Welcome: TBD, Ralph Gandy
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Karen Bates
                                             Accompanist: Amber (1st), Peggy Earnshaw (2nd)
                                             Special Music: Anne Kimber, Peggy Earnshaw - Romanian duets 
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             The history of Unitarianism in Transylvania and the United
             States is intertwined as is the story of our UUFA
             congregation's partnership with the Unitarian church in the
             little village of Tordatfalva in Romania.  Join us as we
             explore the ways these two communities, separated by an ocean,
             support, encourage and partner with each other to form a web
             of faith across the globe.



                November 2016   Theme: Story
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
                    1  2  3  4  5
              6  7  8  9 10 11 12 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             13 14 15 16 17 18 19
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26
             27 28 29 30


       Nov   6  "Seeds of Our Humanness"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Liz Hall  [78,54]
                                             Board Welcome: Alexandria Coffman, Jill Mortensen
                                             Facilitators: Ian Michalec, Sarah Carlson
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson (1st), Anne Kimber (2nd)
                                             Special Music: Women in the Round
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Mark Nepo writes: "The truth is that long before disciplines
             of knowledge were formed, long before degree programs were
             certified, the quandaries of living were addressed and carried
             forward in pockets of wisdom we call stories...Every story has
             in its marrow the accumulated voices of all its teller and
             listeners." How are our stories informed by past stories and
             story tellers? How will their stories and ours be carried
             forward?


       Nov  13  "Choose to Bless the World". Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [90+]
                                             Board Welcome: Jan Vine (single service)
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Karen Bates
          [Single Service - Annual Meeting]  Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, "I have a Dream" by Max Exner, MLK text
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Part of the service will include a ritual of moving through a
             difficult time. Please bring a picture or object that
             represents someone who helped you through a time of struggle,
             loss, or grief. You will have time to briefly share who they
             are/were and how they helped you move forward from a place of
             challenge.



       Nov  20  "Laughter, Lunacy and Love"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick, Amy Slagell  [76,54]
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Catherine Huisman, Amy Slagell
                                             Accompanist: Ginny Molgaard
                                             Offertory: Barb Evenson - Hugh Gillespie's Fig for a Kiss, traditional Irish
                                             Special music: Barb Evenson - Molly MacAlpin, by Thomas Connelly
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             UU minister Webster Kitchell tells stories about Coyote, a
             Trickster or a semi-divine character in Native American
             culture. While we do not want Coyote in our lives, we love to
             hear stories of his relationship with a parish minister as
             they meet for donuts, drive through the desert in an old VW to
             discuss death, lying, progress and the nature of the universe.
             How do tricksters inform the stories of our lives?


                                             Shepherds: Jan Cook, Cris Matibag  [49,36]
       Nov  27  "The Power of Stories        Speakers: Multiple Speakers
                      to Transform"          Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Hayden Prichard
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Cris Matibag, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: NO ACCOMPANISTS AVAILABLE
                                             Special Music: RECORDED MUSIC
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Stories are a primal form of communication, a way we make
             meaning, how we justify decisions, how we persuade others and
             understand our place in the world. What purposely untrue
             stories have caused harm in our world?



                December 2016   Theme: Presence
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
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              4  5  6  7  8  9 10 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30
             11 12 13 14 15 16 17
             18 19 20 21 22 23 24 <-- Winter Solstice Dec 21, at 4:44 AM CST
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31


       Dec   4  "The Secret of Inner         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [62,37]
                        Presence"            Board Welcome: Jan Vine (both)
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook (both), Amy Slagell (1st), Karen Bates (2nd)
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw (both)
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             If you have ever experienced "intuitive guidance" or felt an
             "inner knowing," spiritual writer and artist Lin Lipetz would
             suggest that you have felt your inner presence which waits to
             be discovered during times of creativity or moments of feeling
             awe. As we await the return of the light, where are you
             finding awe and wonder?


       Dec  11  "Cultivating Presence        Speakers: Karen Bates, Doug Gentile, Joel Geske, and Faith Winchester  [59,44]
         through Mindfulness and Meditation" Board Welcome: Ralph Gandy, Dave Fox
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Sarah Carlson (also Shepherds)
                                             Accompanist: Barb Evenson
                                             Special Music: Fellowship Voices, Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio No.2 Chorus
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Presence is defined as the state or fact of existing,
             occurring, or being present.  This service will explore
             various paths to being present.  Come and experience presence
             through listening, eating, hearing, movement, and
             contemplation.

             Led by UUFA members who attend the Mindfulness and Meditation
             group on Sunday evenings:  Karen Bates, Doug Gentile, Joel
             Geske, and Faith Winchester.

       Due to inclement weather, all services and activities
       have been CANCELED for Sunday, December 18.  Stay safe
       and warm out there!

       Dec  18  "Guest at Your Table"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [CANCELLED - INCLIMENT WEATHER]
                                             Board Welcome: Ben Woline, Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Kitty Fisher
                [Intergenerational]          Accompanist: Amber Anderson (1st), Ginny Molgaard (2nd)
                                             Special Music: Ben Woline and the Voices, "Where is the Light" by Peter Mayer
                                             Special Music: Eileen Murray, Suzanne Zilber, "Tumbalalaika"?
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Whether making quilts for our partner church, trick or
             treating for UNICEF, or collecting food for MICA, he children
             of UUFA are committed to increasing love in our community and
             the world. Come and hear stories and sing songs of hope as we
             work together to build a deeper presence of love.


       Dec  24  "Carols of the Season"       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [64]
         6pm                                 Facilitators: Karen Bates, Amy Slagell, Sam Wormley, Kitty Fisher
                                             Accompanist: None Available
                                             Special Music: Carter & Kenny Slagell (Cellos), Mark Slagell Arrangement of "Ode to Joy"
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             On this night of expectation, come sing songs of the season
             and hear how they represent sources of our Unitarian
             Universalist Living Tradition.


       Dec  25   Christmas Day               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick  [42]
         11am                                Board Welcome: Jan Vine
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Kitty Fisher, Sam Wormley
                                             Accompanist: None Available
                                             Special Music: None Available
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             Please join us for a UU Christmas service with seasonal music,
             holiday readings, and a UU perspective on the birth of Jesus.