Rev. Scott Aaseng:
Office Hours: 2-6pm
Thursday, July 31
Friday, August 22
Thursday, August 28
*Walk-ins are welcome, though emailing for an appointment is helpful. Rev. Scott will be on vacation from Monday, August 4, through Monday, August 18.
Fundraising: It's almost Back to School time. You can do all your back-to-school shopping with SCRIP cards and make a little money for the church. Clothes and shoes, paper and pencils, computers and laptops, we can take care of all of it. How does it work, you may be wondering. You buy a card for face value, so it costs you nothing. We purchase cards a discounted price, and the balance is our profit. How much can we make? It is a percentage, which varies by the store. Some give back 2%, and some as much as 9 or 10%. But it is all our profit, and it all adds up. We made $851.00 last fiscal year, at no cost or effort to us.We can order cards for most major retailers, so ask to see the list. And don't forget groceries and gas, and your other everyday expenses. Chances are we can get cards for that too!
If you have any questions or want to order cards, see Beth Porch or any other member of Fundraising. Using SCRIP cards is a win-win for us!
Saturday, July 26, Cafe Agape: Every Saturday, the Presbyterian Church of Hobart hosts Cafe Agape, a free community meal. First Unitarian volunteers coordinate a meal once a month. This month's coordinator is Carl Wolf. He is looking for people to arrive at the Presbyterian Church to prepare food from 9 - 11 a.m., to serve food from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., and to help with clean-up from noon - 2 p.m. (Help with all if you can).
11 a.m. Sunday, July 27 Service: "Religious, Spiritual, or Both?" James Galasinski. Everyone has heard someone say they are spiritual but not religious. This negative view of religion may be due to the limited and compartmentalized definition our culture works with. This sermon will explore how expansive and all-encompassing religion can be so we can proudly and definitely say that we are indeed religious. James Galasinski completed his ministerial internship in May at Unitarian Church North in Mequon, WI, and is taking his final class this summer at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Cardinal Stritch University, freelances as a jazz bassist in the Milwaukee area, and is a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee. James has been a pulpit guest in numerous UU churches throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.
7 p.m. Saturday, August 1, Friday Friday Games and Potluck: Join us for our game and potluck night. Bring your favorite game (board and card games) and a dish to share. Or just bring the food and see what everyone else is playing. Be sure you are able to explain any game you bring, in case others have never played it before. We eat at 6:30 p.m., and we break out the games soon after. Contact Patricia Riley-Churilla.
7 p.m. Saturday, August 2, Lughnasadh: Our local chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will celebrate Lughnasadh, or the first harvest, in the fellowship hall. The ritual will be followed by a potluck, so bring a dish to share. This event is open to the public. All ages are welcome, but no child care is provided so that children may participate. (You may accompany your child in the nursery if they need a break.) Minors must bring a parent. Participants must sit within the Circle and give their name during introductions. For more information, contact Kele Ivey or Patricia Riley-Churilla.
10 a.m. Sunday, August 3, First Hour Forum: Forum in Parish Hall. “Long Strange Trip,” the UU history video series, continues with part 5: Unitarianism and Universalism in the 20th century. 11 a.m. service “Do You Ever Wish That Your Life Had Come With a Script?” This service will feature a reading of the one-act play “Impromptu” by Tad Mosel. The readers will be Glenn Keldsen, Suzanne Keldsen, Kim Swift, and a fourth reader whose identity had not yet been revealed at press time. "Impromptu" will be presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.
10 a.m. Sunday, August 10, First Hour Forum: Conclusion of "Long Strange Trip" from the UU history video series, part 5: Unitarianism and Universalism in the 20th century. 11 a.m. service, "Reflections on Consciousness: How My Sister's Coma Awakened My Co-Creation Consciousness," Kathy Sipple. As a social media coach who is very involved in environmental work, I’m a fusion of business coach, story teller, public speaker, tree hugger and marketer. Someone once described me as a hippie in Talbots clothing. I took that as a compliment. I think about sustainability. A lot. Sustainability from the standpoint of time, resources, energy and spirit as well as its environmental impact.
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, Poetry, Prose and Potluck: The get-together will be at the home of Carla Banks near Hebron. If you would like to come, please contact Carla by phone or email or through the church office. That way our hostess will know how many places to set, and she can advise you on what kind of food might still be needed.
PS: If you're new, it may be helpful to know that the “Poetry, Prose and Potluck” (PPP) group meets monthly in one another’s homes, where we break bread together, check in, and share poetry and prose readings. Some of these readings are original, but most are not. A new addition to our activities: Last month a couple of people chose just to comment on books that they've been reading lately. Even if you just want to come and listen, you're welcome to do that too!
10 a.m. Sunday, August 17, First Hour Forum: Forum in Parish Hall. Faith-in-Action.11 a.m. service, “If being a Unitarian Universalist were against the law, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Gail Thomas. Many times we joke about what it is like to be a Unitarian Universalist, giving a sense of being a laid back do-what-you-will religion. Is that how to identify a Unitarian? Just what would it take to really convict a person of being a Unitarian Universalist? Is it hard work or is it a cake walk? You are invited to attend as the accused, the prosecutor, or the jury; may we all be found guilty as charged. Amen.
7 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, Common Reader Book Group: Book Group will meet at the church. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Park Restaurant, 7 E. Ridge Road, Hobart. The book selection is “The Greatest Generation,” by Tom Brokaw. The book is available at public libraries and other sources. Reading it is not mandatory. Contact Wendy Masters.
10 a.m. Sunday, August 24, First Hour Forum: Forum in Parish Hall. “Long Strange Trip,” UU history video series, part 6: The UUA and the Future. 11 a.m. service Sunday, August 24, join our music director Jeremy Jacobsen for a unique presentation of classic songs as well as a few of his own. Folk songs blues and hymnody will be emphasized in this program that celebrates the role of music in our faith and in our lives.
10 a.m. Sunday, August 31, First Hour Forum: Forum in Parish Hall. “Long Strange Trip,” UU history video series, part 6: series wrap-up. 11 a.m. service, Annual In-gathering Water Ceremony. Have you collected any water this summer? We come together at the end of summer to share a symbol of life and hope, to honor our connections with one another and this church, and to blend our water together in demonstration of our commitment to one another an the world. There will be water available for any who do not bring some from travels or home. May the water inspire us to a year of hope, love, and courageous faith. Amen.