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