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THE FOREWORD - July 2014
(Part One: Spiritual --- listing Sunday worship activities, religious education for all ages & Notes from the Minister, or visit our entire June newsletter)
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.
| 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
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 will lead the service. Compassion — social justice, one small step at a time.
July 6 - Temet Nosce: Self Knowledge and Our Social Contract Scott Mulder will be our leader today. Unitarian Universalism and American Religious Identity
July 13 - The Power of Nothing Joe Rautenstrauch leads an exploration of how the many "somethings divide us and how our absence of dogma may bring us together.
July 20 - Our Superman Who Art in Metropolis, Hallowed Be Thy Kryptonite Dave LoTempio will lead this service. We live in the stories we tell ourselves. Comic books and their heroes speak loudly and boldly to our greatest fears, deepest longings, and highest aspirations. They're not afraid to be hopeful, not embarrassed to be optimistic, and utterly fearless in the dark. The best of their stories deal directly with mythic elements of human experience that we can all relate to, in ways imaginative, profound, funny, and provocative. This will be a brief but entertaining journey through this culture and what it has to tell us about being human.
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
|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
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!
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.
Minister Emeritus: Rev. Maureen Q. Thitchener
Chairperson, Board of Trustees: Lauraine Marcus ()
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