Rev. Scott Aaseng:


Office Hours:

Saturday, November  1, 4 - 7 p.m.

Sunday, November 2, 10 - 11 a.m.

Wednesday, November 12, 12 - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19, 2 - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25, 2 - 6 p.m.

*Walk-ins are welcome, though emailing for an appointment is helpful.


Upcoming Services:

11 a.m. Sunday, November 2,  “Playing Without a Catcher’s Mitt”

11 a.m. Sunday, November 16, “Why Are You Here?”



New UU Sessions in the Parish Hall: Choice of afternoon or evening sessions. Sign up sheet is posted on the library table or call the church at 219-942-1611. Please note, all four sessions must be attended in order to qualify for membership.

Wednesday, November 12: Both sessions need to be attended, but decide which time works best for you.

  • Session 1: "Sharing Personal Religious Odysseys" leg by Scott Aaseng, 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
  • Session 2: "Learning the History of Unitarian-Universalism" led by Brian Barnes, 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and repeated 8:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 3: Both sessions need to be attended, but decide which time works best for you.
  • Session 3: "Serving as a Unitarian-Universalism" led by Connie Barnes and Carla Banks, 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. and repeated 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
  • Session 4: "Exploring Issues within Unitarian-Universalism" led by Scott Aaseng, 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and repeated 8:15 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Introducing Monthly Birthday Coffee Hours: On the second Sunday of each month, those who share a birthday that month are invited to help us all celebrate. It's a little different twist--we're asking the birthday celebrants to provide something to share for that Sunday's Coffee Hour. Add your name to the easel for that month's birthdays so everyone may wish you a Happy Birthday! For example, on the second Sunday of September (September 14), we'll celebrate all September birthdays. If you were born that month, please bring a treat to share and allow all of us to celebrate you. October birthdays will be celebrated during coffee hour of that month's second Sunday, October 12, November birthdays on November 9, and so on. We're glad you were born!


7 p.m. Saturday, November 1, Wheel of the Year Our local chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will celebrate the Samhain in the fellowship hall.  The ritual will be followed by a pot luck, 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.


6:30 p.m. Friday, November 7, First 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.


10 a.m. Sunday, November 9, First Hour Forum. Topic: “Transcendentalism, Part 2,” leader Don Parker.


11 a.m. service, Sunday, November 9, "Who You Calling a Wretch?" Amazing Grace for the Disgruntled,” Misha Sanders Lentz. Misha is a seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological Institute in Chicago. She resides in Huntley, Illinois, and her home church is the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, Illinois. Misha is a writer and a storyteller, and has created two very different one-woman shows. One called “Reverent Heretic” is about her conversion to Unitarian Universalism. An older show focuses on Misha's commitment to justice and  acceptance for bodies of all sizes and abilities. She is also a licensed massage therapist, and mother to the coolest 13-year-old daughter on the whole planet.


6 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, Poetry, Prose and Potluck. The next get-together will be at  the home of Bob and Zeta Allen in Hobart. If you would like to come, please contact Bob and Zeta by phone or email or through the church office. That way our hosts will know how many places to set, and they can advise you on what kind of food might still be needed.

Submitted by Glenn and Suzanne Keldsen on behalf of the entire PPP group. 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. If you just want to come and listen, you're welcome to do that too!


9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Saturday, November 15, Faith-in-action is sponsoring a day of action. This day will benefit an Arc Bridges home in Merrillville. We will be painting a couple of rooms there. Please let Tracy or Michele Ferrell or Gina Miller know if you are interested. Thanks!


10 a.m. Sunday, November 16, First Hour Forum. Topic: “What Is Unitarian Universalism All About, Anyways?” lead by Rev. Scott Aaseng.


5 – 9 p.m. Saturday, November 15, Let's Go to the Movies! Michele Ferrell, religious education chair, will be introducing Popcorn Theology in November. Popcorn Theology is borrowed from a middle school Unitarian Universalist curriculum, and will be offered as a multigenerational religious education experience. The movie for the first session will be “Back to the Future.” Feel free to come late or leave early, if needed, these will be informal sessions. All ages are welcome and encouraged for this movie. Bring a dish, snack, or beverage to share, if you wish. Do you have a favorite movie? Anyone interested in hosting a Popcorn Theology session at church, their home, or another venue, please contact Michele for a list of movies and the curriculum. Any questions, please contact Michele.


Noon Wednesday, November 19, Common Reader book group will meet. Bring  your lunch. The book to be discussed is Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider, and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask. 1:30 p.m., the Shawl Ministry will meet. We have lots of yarn available but we need knitters, crocheters, and needle workers to use it! We could use several men’s shawls, two boy baby blankets, two gender-neutral baby blankets and several lap blankets (gender-neutral); cancer and baby/children’s hats are always welcome. These items are to be shared with members and friends. Contact Wendy Masters.


7 p.m. Friday, November 21, Science Café will focus on "The Karner Blue Butterfly at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore." Despite years of habitat management for the Karner blue, the population of these endangered butterflies has decreased to an alarmingly low level. Join the Great Lakes Research and  Education Center’s education coordinator, Wendy Smith, as she explores Karner blue ecology, monitoring, and research at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.  This event is open to the public. Free admission. Light refreshments: 6:30 p.m. Program: 7 p.m. Children of an appropriate age are welcome, but we are no longer able to provide childcare for younger children. Please note that this month's Science Café is scheduled one week earlier than usual in order to avoid a conflict with the Thanksgiving weekend.


9 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 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 there. This month’s coordinator is Brian Porter. He is looking for people to help. There is a sign-up form in Parish Hall. For information contact Brian.


10 a.m. Sunday, November 23, First Hour Forum. Topic: “Family Giving Project Kickoff 2014,” Leader, Don Parker with the Faith-in-Action committee.


11 a.m. Sunday, November 23, Sermon: “Thankfulness and UU's,” Don Parker. So here we are again. Another year mostly gone, and we seldom take the time to stop and consider WHY we should be thankful, let alone what we are thankful for. We'll try to take a few minutes before our annual Thanksgiving luncheon to consider that, as well as kick off the annual UU Service Committee “Guest At Your Table' program.”


After Service, Sunday, November 23, Church Thanksgiving Celebration. Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, so bring out the old family recipe book and start planning on the show-off dish you plan on bringing. This is one of our favorite gatherings of the year. Turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes will be provided. There is a sign-up sheet on the kitchen door for anything else you want to bring. Also this year there will be a raffle drawing for a beautiful hand-made quilt. More details to come; please see James Johnson to sign up or get more information.


10 a.m. Sunday, November 30, First Hour Forum. Topic: “National UUA update,” leader Don Parker.


11 a.m. Sunday, November 30, Sermon: presented by Youth Religious Education.




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