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NOVEMBER THEME:  ABUNDANCE

November 26, 2017

No Forum. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Worship 10:30am

“Beauty Before Us,”

Rev. Bruce Johnson, presenting

“Beauty will save the world,” declared a character in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot. How are we to understand this enigmatic remark? How, exactly, does beauty function as a saving power? Beauty is a form of abundance, often hidden but always there if we know how to appreciate it.

DECEMBER THEME:  HOPE

December 3

Adult Forum at 9:30 am

Challenges and Solutions: Safe Haven's Domestic Violence Work with Susan Utech, Executive Director. Safe Haven’s Shelter provides safe, temporary, emergency housing for women and children with a 95% occupancy rate. In the fall of 2016, a program was designed and implemented for children who have experienced crime victimization and abuse either as a primary or secondary victim. This programming was started to help improve the services we offer to youth who are either victims themselves of domestic violence, or exposed to domestic violence. 99 children have been served by this program in the last year. Safe Haven is the Woven Basket recipient for the month of December.

 

Religious Education 10:30 am

 

Worship Service 10:30 am

“Hope From the Ashes,” Karen Bauman, presenting

December 7 will mark the 76th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing which ushered the United States into active battle in WW II. Self-described ‘Peace-nik’ Music Director Karen Bauman will share a reflection she wrote following a transformative visit to Pearl Harbor and the Valor in the Pacific National Monument. There will be some fine music of the era provided by both volunteer and guest musicians.

Please note that images from the Holocaust Museum, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Valor in the Pacific National Monument will be integral to our worship service. Some of the images will depict war and its consequences.

 

 

December 10

No Forum this week

 

Religious Education 10:30 am

 

Worship Service 10:30 am

“Wait Without Hope?” Rev. Bruce Johnson, presenting

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope

For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,

For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith

But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.

These lines from T.S. Eliot’s poem, East Coker, provoke the questions that will be explored in today’s sermon: What is the relationship between waiting and hope? How is ‘waiting’ a spiritual practice? What are we waiting for? New members will also be welcomed and recognized in the service this morning.

 

December 17

No Forum this week

 

Multi-Generational Worship Service 10:30 am

 “A House for Hope”

Our annual “Welcome Winter” service is a multi-generational celebration of the season. Through music, meditation, storytelling, poetry, and thoughtful reflection, we remind ourselves and one another of the rich treasures of darkness that surround us and sustain us through the cold months ahead. This year, in keeping with our December theme of Hope, we will be exploring the question of where hope has its habitation, its dwelling place, and its spiritual home.    To be effective, hope must have a place to live. Its residence is in the human heart and especially in beloved community. As Unitarian Universalists, we are invited to lift and celebrate the many ways that we can help to build a “house for hope.”

 

December 24

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL

No Forum this week          

 

Multi-Generational Worship Service 10:30 am

 “For So the Children Come,” Rev. Bruce Johnson, presenting

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of humanity,” wrote Rabindranath Tagore. And the Unitarian Universalist religious educator, Sophia Lyon Fahs, agreed: “Each night a child is born is a holy night -- a time for singing, a time for wondering, a time for worshipping.” We will have one family-friendly, multi-generational service on this Christmas Eve morning. There will be no candle-light service this year.

 

 

December 31

HAPPY NEW YEAR

No Forum this week

 

Multi-Generational Worship Service 10:30 am

 “Poetry and Hope”

At our annual poetry service, people are invited to bring a favorite poem to read. The format will be casual, and children are welcome to participate. As our December theme is “Hope,” you might want to consider sharing a poem that speaks of hope, or that gives you hope in times of discouragement.

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