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THE FOREWORD - September 2014


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


Upcoming Sundays:  Services at 10:30 am

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.

September 7 - Water Service:  In the Beginning Rev. Art Severance. Looking forward to a new church year and sharing stories of water collected in our travels this summer.

September 14 - Welcome Back to Church Rev. Art Severance. Special music by Jim Scott, "The Spirit of Music."

September 21 - Illness, the Story of Job, and Why Prayer May or May Not Work Rev. Art Severance. We often ask, 'why?' or especially, 'why me?' or even, 'what have I done to deserve this?' when illness strikes. Well-meaning religious people may quote the Book of Job or tell us they are praying for us, or that we should start praying. The story of Job is actually a very Unitarian Universalist-like book in a part of the Jewish scripture called "Wisdom Literature," written perhaps 2500 years ago, and is, I will argue, still relevant because it gives no easy answers, but makes us search for our own answers!

September 28 - Ask the Minister Rev. Art Severance. What questions would you like to ask the minister that he could answer fromt the pulpit about theology, personal beliefs, church dynamics, ministerial experiences, etc.? I will take writeen questions in advance and answer a number of them. There will be a chance to write one on a card that morning, if there's time. Example:  Do you believe in the death penalty? Why or why not? Obviously, these will be relatively short, but may lead to further sermons if there is interest in a particular topic or answer.



     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


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.



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