Sunday, March 8, 2015

March and April Services

March 1 - Lay Minister Rick Johnson will speak about our Sixth Principle, "The Goal of a World Community with Peace, Liberty and Justice for All."  Is such a community attainable?  How does this goal give guidance to our actions at a local level?  Childcare will be offered during the service.

March 8 - Martha Downey of the Bishop Hill State Historic Site will give a program on the history of the colony and efforts to preserve and interpret the history of this former utopian community.  Childcare will be offered during the service.

March 15 - Our service this morning will be a celebration of spring in poetry, prose, and music.  Join us as we shed the grey gloom of winter and enjoy the growing warmth of the Sun and the new growth we see around us.  Rick Johnson will lead this service, and religious education will be offered for our youngsters.

March 22 - Carolyn Evans will present a program on yoga.  Many will remember Carolyn from her younger years here in the congregation as an active member of our youth group.  Having returned to the area she is establishing herself as a yoga instructor.  Please come welcome her back to our Meeting House.

March 29 - TBA

April 5 - Our Seventh Principle will be the topic of this morning's program.  Rick Johnson will lead an exploration and discussion of the concept of the Earth as a living entity, casting our existence as a symbiotic relationship with a larger entity. Readings from several sources should spark a lively discussion.

April 12 - Our annual Pledge Sunday Service.  We invite all members and friends to come for a time of reflection on the purpose of our Fellowship and how we can contribute to fulfilling that purpose.  Pledge cards will be made available at the end of the presentation.  Childcare will be offered during the service.

April 19 - Musician Johnny Lipford will present a concert of his music.   Johnny Lipford is considered a master of the Native American flute, having performed around the world.  He has released twelve albums of flute music and has an active teaching program with students across the country.  This program will appeal to young and old alike.

April 26 - Rick Johnson will lead this morning's program.  As we approach our annual meeting it is a good time to ask ourselves some questions about our future.  We have changed, are changing, and will continue to change.  How can we best manage that change to insure not only that we survive, but that we thrive and fulfill our purpose here in our comfortable corner of the world.  Childcare will be provided.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

January Services

January 4 - Rick Johnson will lead this morning's service as we look back at the past year and the changes it brought to our religious community.  We will also look ahead to the possibilities offered as we enter the new year.  Children's religious education will be available.

January 11 - This morning's program will be led by Kenny Duke.

January 18 - Miriam Kashia is a 35 year UU and retired psychotherapist from the Iowa City area who spent 8 months last year walking every step for 3000 miles from LA to DC with the Great March for Climate Action. She'll take us on a "10-Minute March" slide show, and talk about what she saw and learned about our climate crisis during this epic journey.

January 25 - Jane Edwards and Rick Johnson will lead the second half of the service on "Random Acts of Kindness". Today we will share how the acts of kindness went, how they were received, and any impressions they may have made in our holiday season.