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THE FOREWORD - August 2014

(Part One: Spiritual --- listing Sunday worship activities, religious education for all ages & Notes from the Minister, or visit our entire  June newsletter)

 

END OF CHURCH YEAR
     June 30th will bring an end to our church’s 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. Our minister is on vacation and/or study leave during the month of July and a portion of August.
     During this time, members of our congregation (who were trained in a workshop called “Preaching By Parishioners”) lead worship and preach, where our Summer services tend to be more informal. Our “Summer Schedule” will begin on Sunday, June 29 and end on Sunday, Aug. 10 when our minister will return to the pulpit.
     The new church year will begin in September.

    

Upcoming Sundays:  Services at 10:30 am

June 29 - Helping Those Who Cannot Help Themselves Yvonne Stocker 

July 6 - Temet Nosce: Self Knowledge and Our Social Contract Scott Mulder 
July 13 - The Power of Nothing Joe Rautenstrauch 
July 20 - Our Superman Who Art in Metropolis, Hallowed Be Thy Kryptonite Dave LoTempio 
July 27 - Why Would An Atheist Go to Church?  leader: Peter Diachun.  Since an atheist does not believe there is a god or an afterlife, it seems he or she would not have any reason to go to church. Yet our Unitarian Universalist churches have a substantial number of active members who are atheists. Why?


August 3 - Using the "F" Word in Church Will Crago will lead this service. Faith doesn’t have to come from religious dogma. Our principles give us the necessary framework to build a spiritual faith.

August 10 - The Theology of Summer Rev. Art Severance returns to the pulpit. Most Unitarian churches in New England closed for their summer, leading some to think that Unitarians were the only church who trusted in God enough to give God off for the summer! Everyone went away for the summer. Even growing up in the Congregational Church, we rarely went to church.

August 17 - A Church for Those 'None of the Aboves' Rev. Art Severance. The largest growing segment in religious surveys is now up to almost 20%, those that check off "none of the above" when asked to define their theology. They are our demographic potential. Why American religion is changing.

August 24 - How To Shop For A Church Rev. Art Severance. Think about it; if you suddenly had to move to where there was more than one UU church, what would you look for? How about if you didn't know about UUism? Or even more possibly, how about if there were no UU Church?

August 31 - “Ollie, Ollie In Free”  Rev. Art Severance. The call in the children's games when it was "safe" to come out of hiding translated as "it's safe to come back!" So Labor Day Weekend is the end of summer, back to school, back to work, back to church.

 

 EXPRESSING JOYS & SORROWS

     Because sometimes the very lighting of a special candle can be healing, during the quiet time after Joys and Concerns have been read, people may come forward silently and light a candle, then return to their seats. We have moved the candle stand for easier access, and also so it doesn't interfere with the children coming forward for the story.

     If you want to share a joy or sorrow with the congregation, arrive early Sunday morning before the service. Visit the table in the foyer next to the Welcome Desk and fill out the appropriate card - yellow for a Joy; blue for a Sorrow. During the service, the cards will be read by a member of the Caring for One Another committee and a candle will be lit for each.

 

 Celebrating the Past; Embracing the Future

In 1962, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst started construction on the chapel. On Easter morning of 1964, the sanctuary was used for the first time. April 2014 commemorated our 50th Aniversary! 

 A Note about Applause
I have found that applause in church is problematic; some people dislike it strongly because they feel it breaks the "mood of worship" and makes it seem like a performance. It raises issues like the mixed feelings when only a few people applaud, or makes one wonder 'Should you applaud after ALL music?' I think that there are times when spontaneous applause must be expressed, but it should be done sparingly. Worship is not a performance which requires or expects applause, AND it bothers some people. If you knew that by clapping you were hurting the worship experience of someone else, would you still do it? 
~Rev. Art

 

If you are unable to attend church, or would like to hear a particular sermon again, there is a good chance you can find it on the UUCA website. Go to the "sermons" tab under "Worship & Ministry" on the left side of the page in the Main Menu - or click here. ~Joe Rautenstrauch

 

INVITATION TO MEMBERSHIP
If you are eager to consider religious questions with others who
are not always certain they have all the answers, but who are determined to keep searching with an open mind, and acceptance of other peoples' beliefs....

If you are looking for a religious community in which to seek spiritual growth...

If you would like the fellowship of others for celebration and worship, discussion and education, friendship and mutual support...

If you want children to be helped to develop their own religious beliefs...
If you wish to preserve and extend the traditions of personal freedom and human dignity against the dangers they face today, you may find this church fills your spiritual and human needs.

If you wish to know more about us as you consider membership, talk to our minister.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP

Church Staff

Minister Emeritus:  Rev. Maureen Q. Thitchener
Chairperson, Board of Trustees:  Lauraine Marcus ()

Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3 pm

Caretaker:  Chris Barry
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