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                  March 2020   Theme: Wisdom
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30, CST ==> CDT, Mar 8
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21 <-- Spring Equinox  Mar 19, 10:50 pm CDT
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28  
             29 30 31              



        Mar  1   "The Wisdom of No Escape"   Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [69,47] 
                                             Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson, Chris McClure
                                             Plate Split: Reggie's Sleepout
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Accompanist: Amber Anderson
                                             Special Music: Dan and Sue Haug
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley 

             The American Buddhist nun Pema Chodron teaches that we spend
             too much energy trying to improve ourselves rather than
             befriending who we are and cherishing what we have. This
             service explores some of her teachings of trusting the basic
             wisdom that exists already in who we are and what we have.


        Mar  8   "Flickers of Shared Experience"  Speakers: Guest Minister    [46,37]
                                             Shepherd: Sarah Carlson
                                             Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen, Jane Runneals
                                             Facilitators: Dan Haug, Ralph Gandy
                                             Accompanist: Peggy Earnshaw
                                             Special Music:
                                             Sound: Sam Wormley

             As Unitarian Universalists, we often wonder how to talk with
             those with whom we see things differently.  Building trust to
             find flickers of shared experience can lead us towards deeper
             relationships, even when we disagree.


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        Mar 15   "Wisdom in a Frazzled Age"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick     [Zoom 48+]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Angie Poole, Dennis Dake
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Amy Slagell

             What do we do when life lurches out of balance? How can we
             reconnect to one other and to what's sustaining, when evil and
             catastrophe seem inescapable? This service explores Anne
             Lamott's sage advice on how to sew our lives back together.


        Mar 22    "Women of Wisdom"          Speakers:  Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 86 Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Karen Bates, Kitty Fisher, and Jane Runneals

             The Wise Women of the UUFA share their sources of wisdom, 
             with an opportunity for others to share their pearls of wisdom
             as well!  All "wise guys and gals" are welcome!



        Mar 29  Lighten Up, Look Around, and Live! Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 91 Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook, Nichole Ose

             How might improvisational techniques of musicians and actors
             help us find the wisdom of taking on everything life has to
             offer with skill, chutzpah, and a sense of humor?



                  April 2020   Theme: Liberation      
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                       1  2  3  4  
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18 <-- Easter Apr 12
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25 <-- Ramadan Apr 24 through May 23 
             26 27 28 29 30        



        Apr  5   "A River of Feelings"       Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 91 Connections] 
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Plate Split: Community Acadamy - Mike Todd
                                             Readers: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy

        Apr 12   "Easter Sunday"             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 86 Connections] 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Dan Haug

        Apr 19   "Celebrating the Earth"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 82 Connections] 
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Generosity: Susan Posch 
                                             Facilitators: Nichole Ose, Amy Slagell

        Apr 26                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 76 Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Melissa Niesen
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Sarah Carlson
             
             

                   May 2020   Theme: Thresholds       
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                             1  2  
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16 <-- Mothers Day, May 10, Auction May 14??
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23  
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30 <-- Ramadan Apr 24 through May 23 
             31                    



        May  3                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 90+ Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Plate Splity: Natl Alliance Mental Illness - 
                                             Special Music: Emma’s Revolution (California)
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Jane Runneal

        May 10                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 73+ Connections] 
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sara Carlson
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Kitty Fisher

        May 17                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   CANCELLED due to world-wide Zoom disruption (sigh)
          11am                               Board Welcome: Chris McClure
                                             Generosity: Ginny & Stu Huntington
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Dan Haug

        May 24                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 74+ Connections] 
          11am                               Board Welcome: Angie Polle
                                             Generosity: Ginny & Stu Huntington
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Dan Haug 

        May 31                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick     [Zoom 80 Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals, Nichole Ose
                                             Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw



                  June 2020   Theme: Compassion
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                 1  2  3  4  5  6  
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20 <-- Summer Solstice Jun 20, 4:44 pm CDT
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27 <-- GA, June 24-28, 2020 in Providence, RI 
             28 29 30              



        Jun  7   "Black Lives Matter"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 81 Connections]
          11am                               Board Welcome: Cathy Slade
                                             Plate Split: No More [Boarder] Deaths
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson and Dan Haug

        Jun 14   "Compassion: Let Us         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 71 Connections]
          11am       Choose Lover"           Board Welcome: Chris McClure
                                             Plate Split: No More [Boarder] Deaths & Black Lives Matter
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson and Nichole Ose

        Jun 21   "Compassion at the          Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 64 Connections]
          11am      Intersections"           Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook and Ralph Gandy

        Jun 28    "GA Service"               Speakers: UUA Service from GA    [Zoom 38 Connections]
           9am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Jane Runneals and Nichole Ose 


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                  July 2020    [Justice in July]   
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                       1  2  3  4  
              5  6  7  8  9 10 11 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30 
             12 13 14 15 16 17 18  
             19 20 21 22 23 24 25  
             26 27 28 29 30 31     



        Jul  5                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 68+ Connections] 
          10am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Plate Split: Ames High School Prairie ?-
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Amy Slagell

        Jul 12   "History, With Courage"     Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 60+ Connections] 
          10am                               Board Welcome: Angie Poole
                                             Facilitators: Nichole Ose, Sarah Carlson

        Jul 19   "When Nothing Makes Sense"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick    [Zoom 57+ Connections] 
          10am                               Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Generosity: Mary Richards
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jane Runneals

        Jul 26    "AMOS Sunday"              Speakers: Mary Richards & Cynthia Martenc
          10am                               Shepherd: Dan Haug
                                             Board Welcome: Chris McClure
                                             Facilitators: Cynthia Marten, Dan Haug


                 August 2020   Theme:  
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                                1  
              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 <-- ISU Classes start Mon, Aug.17  See: https://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2020/06/10/fallplan 
             23 24 25 26 27 28 29 
             30 31                 



        Aug  2   "Poetry Service"            Speakers: Jan Cook, Jane Vallier, Dan Haug, Jane Runneals, Sarah Carlson   [Zoom 53+ Connections]
          10am                               Shepherd: Dan Haug
                                             Board Welcome: Chris McClure
                                             Plate Split: Ames Prtide  -
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Jane Runneals

        Aug  9   "When Nothing Makes Sense"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 64+ Connections]
          10am                               Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen 
                                             Facilitators: Ralph Gandy, Jane Runneals??
                                             Generosity: Matt Helmers

        Aug 16   "Truth: Every Day           Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 56+ Connections on Sunday following derecho] 
          10am         a New Arrival"        Board Welcome: Angie Poole
                                             Facilitators: Nichole Ose
                                             Generosity: Melissa Niesen

        Aug 23   "Soul Matters A             Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 56+ Connections]
          10am        Communion of_People"   Board Welcome: Sarah Carlson
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy 
 
        Aug 30   "What Do You Want?"         Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 64+ Connections]
          10am                               Board Welcome: Cathy Slade 
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook, Dan Haug
                                             Generosity: Roberta Vann -- Confirmed



                September 2020   Theme: Renewal
             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 <-- REF Partner Church Refresh  Sep 18-20
             20 21 22 23 24 25 26 <-- Fall Equinox Sep 22 8:31 am CDT 
             27 28 29 30           



        Sep  6  "Like Rivers Running to the Sea"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick   [Zoom 64+ Connections] 
          10am                               Board Welcome: Chris McClure
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlsom, Ralph Gandy
                                             Generosity: Joan Mathews (confirmed)

             Please send photos of a time that you found being
             in or around water to be life affirming, joyful,
             or inspiring. Another option is to send a photo
             of pouring water into a bowl or another body of
             water. Narratives are not required. 


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       Transition from single 10am service to single service at 11am via Zoom
       Fellowship Voices 10:30am
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        Sep 13   "Introduction to Drawdown:  Speakers: Deb Schoelerman, Sally Hartman and the SMSC    [Zoom 70+ Connections]
          11am   "Solutions to Global Warming" Shepherd: Dan Haug
                                             Board Welcome: Dennis Dake (recorded)
                 [RE Classes Begin]          Facilitators: Dan Haug, Jane Runneals
                                             Generosity: Fritz Keinert

             Drawdown is the point when carbon dioxide in the
             atmosphere starts decreasing.  How can we find
             solutions for our ailing planet and work together
             to make Drawdown happen?

             Deb Schoelerman and Sally Hartman attend the UU
             Society in Coralville.  Both retired educators,
             they are involved in many committees and
             organizations, but they are most passionate about
             their work with the UU Society Green Sanctuary
             Team.  
 

        Sep 20    "Generosity Service"       Speakers: Generosity Team with Rev. Kent McKusick --    [Zoom 70+ Connections] 
          11am                               Board Welcome: Sue Koehrsen
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Nichole Ose
                                             Special Music: David Slade
                                             Testimonials: Ben, Sarah, Sam


             We Are One ~ We are all here for each other, in good times
             and in challenging times.  On this Generosity Sunday with a
             Soul Matters theme of "renewal," one of the ways we can
             support each other is by renewing our commitment to support
             the Fellowship. Come celebrate community with us and
             remember the many ways we all can contribute!


        Sep 27    "Transylvania Harvest Communion"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Jan Cook, Kitty Fisher or Ralph Gandy
                                             Special Music: Kitty Fisher, Amt Slagell??

             There are some significant differences between
             Thanksgiving here and in Tordatfalva. In Romania,
             Thanksgiving is observed on September 30th and is
             one of the four most sacred days in Unitarianism.
             A virtual communion will be shared. Come discover
             the liberal religious connections with our
             partner church.



                 October 2020   Theme: Deep Listening
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                          1  2  3  
              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  
             25 26 27 28 29 30 31  



        Oct  4  "Now I Become Myself"        Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Ralph Gandy
                                             Generosity:

             In the poem "Now I Become Myself", May Sarton
             expresses the challenge of living through life
             dissolved and shaken by having "worn other
             people's faces". How would life be different if
             we listened deeply to our inner lives?


        Oct 11  "Just Be (It's Beautiful!)"  Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Nicole Ose, Sarah Carlson 
                                             Generosity:

             On this 32nd National Coming Out Day, we
             celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community! The Broadway
             musical Kinky Boots reminds us to celebrate our
             lives triumphantly however we identify and
             whoever we are! Join us on the special day and
             just be! It's beautiful!
             

        Oct 18                               Speakers: Lay Led Service
          11am                               Shepherd: Dan Haug
                                             Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Kitty Fisher, Jane Runneals: 

             This service features some words of wisdom from members of
             UUFA groups that meet during the week about what those
             opportunities mean to them and connecting that to the deep
             listening theme.  Kitty and Jane will shepherd; Dan will help
             with tech. We’ll all share some ideas to help. 



        Oct 25   "Attentiveness in a Word    Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick & Peter Meyer
          11am       of Distraction"         Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Sarah Carlson, Amy Slagell
                                             Special Music: Peter Mayer

             In this noisy world full of distractions, it is
             difficult to truly hear. Adam McHugh writes:
             "People talk past each other, eager to be heard
             but somehow deaf to what is being said. Listening
             is an essential skill for healthy relationships -
             but it is more than that: listening is a way of
             life." Our lives are different and better when we
             become better listeners.


 

                November 2020   Theme: Healing
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
              1  2  3  4  5  6  7  
              8  9 10 11 12 13 14 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             15 16 17 18 19 20 21  
             22 23 24 25 26 27 28 <-- ISU Classes End, Nov 25, Thanksgiving Nov 26 
             29 30                 



        Nov  1                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: Amy Slagell, Ralph Gandy 

        Nov  8                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 

        Nov 15                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 
                                             Generosity:

        Nov 22                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators:

        Nov 29                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators:
 


                December 2020   Theme: Stillness
             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 <-- Winter Solstice Dec 21  4:02 am CST
             27 28 29 30 31        



        Dec  6                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                  [Annual Meeting??]         Facilitators: 

        Sep 13                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          10am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 

        Dec 20                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 
                                             Generosity:

        Dec 27                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators:
                                             Generosity:
 

                 January 2021   Theme: Imagination      
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                             1  2  
              3  4  5  6  7  8  9 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             10 11 12 13 14 15 16  
             17 18 19 20 21 22 23  
             24 25 26 27 28 29 30  
             31                    


        Jan  3                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 

        Jan 10                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 

        Jan 17                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 
                                             Generosity:

        Jan 24                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators:

        Jan 31                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators:
 

                February 2021   Theme: Beloved Community    
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                 1  2  3  4  5  6  
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20  
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27  
             28                    


        Feb  7                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 

        Feb 14                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          10am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 

        Feb 21                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 
                                             Generosity:

        Feb 28                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators:
                                             Generosity:
 


                 March 2021   Theme: Commitment      
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                 1  2  3  4  5  6  
              7  8  9 10 11 12 13 <-- SSC Meeting 10-11:30  
             14 15 16 17 18 19 20 <-- Spring Equinox  Mar 20, 4:37 am CDT 
             21 22 23 24 25 26 27 
             28 29 30 31           
 
 
        Mar  7                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 

        Mar 14                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick 
          10am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 

        Mar 21                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators: 
                                             Generosity:

        Mar 28                               Speakers: Rev. Kent McKusick
          11am                               Board Welcome:
                                             Facilitators:
                                             Generosity:


                  April 2021   Theme: Becoming
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                          1  2  3  
              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  
             25 26 27 28 29 30     


                   May 2021   Theme: Story
             Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa  
                                1  
              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                 


                  June 2021   Theme: Play     
             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 <-- Summer Solstice Jun 20  10:32 pm CDT 
             27 28 29 30           



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             Backup ("hip pocket") Programs
               o  Singing Sunday (congregational member choose their favorites)
               o  Congregational Sharing (topical)
      
             Ref: UUA Resources
             Ref: Soul Matters Themes
             
             Ref: Index Of Hymn Titles In Singing The Living Tradition
             Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_the_Living_Tradition 
             Ref: Hymns in Singing the Living Tradition

             
             Ref: https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/seasons.html?year=2000 
             
             Year    March Equinox           June Solstice           September Equinox       December Solstice
             2017    Mar 20   5:29 am CDT    Jun 20  11:24 pm CDT    Sep 22  3:02 pm CDT     Dec 21  10:28 am CST
             2018    Mar 20  11:15 am CDT    Jun 21   5:07 am CDT    Sep 22  8:54 pm CDT     Dec 21   4:23 pm CST
             2019    Mar 20   4:59 pm CDT    Jun 21  10:54 am CDT    Sep 23  2:50 am CDT     Dec 21  10:19 pm CST
             2020    Mar 19  10:50 pm CDT    Jun 20   4:44 pm CDT    Sep 22  8:31 am CDT     Dec 21   4:02 am CST
             2021    Mar 20   4:37 am CDT    Jun 20  10:32 pm CDT    Sep 22  2:21 pm CDT     Dec 21   9:59 am CST
             2022    Mar 20  10:33 am CDT    Jun 21   4:14 am CDT    Sep 22  8:04 pm CDT     Dec 21   3:48 pm CST
             2023    Mar 20   4:24 pm CDT    Jun 21   9:57 am CDT    Sep 23  1:50 am CDT     Dec 21   9:27 pm CST
             2024    Mar 19  10:06 pm CDT    Jun 20   3:50 pm CDT    Sep 22  7:43 am CDT     Dec 21   3:20 am CST
             2025    Mar 20   4:01 am CDT    Jun 20   9:42 pm CDT    Sep 22  1:19 pm CDT     Dec 21   9:03 am CST
             2026    Mar 20   9:45 am CDT    Jun 21   3:24 am CDT    Sep 22  7:05 pm CDT     Dec 21   2:50 pm CST
             2027    Mar 20   3:24 pm CDT    Jun 21   9:10 am CDT    Sep 23  1:01 am CDT     Dec 21   8:42 pm CST
             2028    Mar 19   9:17 pm CDT    Jun 20   3:01 pm CDT    Sep 22  6:45 am CDT     Dec 21   2:19 am CST
             2029    Mar 20   3:02 am CDT    Jun 20   8:48 pm CDT    Sep 22 12:38 pm CDT     Dec 21   8:14 am CST
             
             
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