Rev. Scott Aaseng:


Office Hours:

10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Thursday, September 4

2 - 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 16

3 - 5 p.m., Saturday, September 27


*Walk-ins are welcome, though emailing for an appointment is helpful. Next services are September 7, "We Begin Again in Love," and Sunday, September 28, TBA.



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!


Faith in Action:The Faith-in-Action Committee has chosen September as Homelessness Awareness Month. You will see speakers listed for the Sunday 10 a.m. First Hour Forums who will address homelessness, and events are planned the throughout the month.


Fundraising: It's 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!


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.


Monday, September 1, Labor Day- Church Office Closed


6:30 p.m. Friday, September 5: 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 through the church office for more information.


6 p.m. - Overnight- Saturday, September 6: Homeless Awareness Vigil: Spend the night outdoors on the grounds of First Unitarian to raise awareness around the struggles of those who are homeless. We will have reflections throughout the night as we strive to gain an understanding of what it means to not have a place to call home. We will also be showing the documentary, “My Own Four Walls.” Get friends, and family to sponsor you with a donation. There is no minimum donation required. All monies collected will be donated to Hear Us. Contact Gail Thomas for more details.


10 a.m. Sunday, September 7, First Hour Forum in Parish Hall: Our guest presenter will be James Musial of the Sandcastle Shelter in Michigan City. Sandcastle Shelter is a transitional housing shelter for families. 11 a.m. service, Rev. Scott Aaseng (see above).


Sunday, September 7, First Unitarian Committee Fair after the 11 a.m. service. Committee members will be stationed at tables during coffee hour, providing information about their respective committees. Find out more about a committee you have always been interested in, ask questions, get involved. Discover ways in which you can contribute and put your UU values into action.


6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, Poetry Prose and Potluck will be held at Carla Banks’ home near Hebron. We had planned to hold our August PPP at Carla’s home; however, that get-together had to be postponed until September. 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. Submitted by Glenn and Suzanne Keldsen on behalf of the entire PPP group.


(If you're new, 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.)


7 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 12, Homelessness Awareness Movie Night. Join the Faith-in-Action Committee in viewing a documentary, TBA.


10 a.m. Sunday, September 14, First Hour Forum in Parish Hall. The program, as part of Homelessness Awareness month, will be announced by the Faith-in-Action committee. 11 a.m. service, "Stories Big and Small," presented by Connie Barlow. Science writer and UU Connie Barlow will survey how stories big and small — from the evolutionary epic given by science to the stories of hardship borne by our ancestors — are crucial for challenging times.


7 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, Common Reader Book Group will meet at the church. Dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Park Restaurant, 7 E. Ridge Road, Hobart. We will read Laura Moriarty’s The Chaperone. Contact Wendy Masters.


7 p.m. Saturday, September 20, Autumn Equinox: Our local chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will celebrate the Autumn Equinox, 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 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, September 21, First Hour Forum in Parish Hall. Join Diane Nilan of Hear Us, an organization dedicated to raising the voice and visibility of homeless children. 11 a.m. service, Diane Nilan will be our guest speaker as she discusses her important work advocating for the needs of homeless children.


12:30 p.m. Sunday, September 21, Library and Archives Committee meeting. We will work on the library's inventory and book content review. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, contact Don Parker.


Monday, September 22 through Friday, September 26, the church office will be closed. (Jan Zorn, office manager, will be on vacation during this time.)


7 p.m. Friday, September 26, Science Café features Brad Bumgardner, the Naturalist at Indiana Dunes State Park. Brad will discuss the Saw Whet Owl Project, which began in 2009 when the Interpretive Services at Indiana Dunes State Park set out to study and educate the public on the secretive and smallest of eastern U.S. owls, the Northern Saw Whet Owl. This event is open to the public. Free admission. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m. Children of an appropriate age are welcome, but we are no longer able to provide childcare for younger children.

Glenn Keldsen and Pete O'Day, Coordinators


10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 27, join us in Festival Park for Friends of Paws & Claws’ Pet Blessing event. Bring your pets to have them blessed by our own Rev. Scott Aaseng, check out vendors and animal rescue groups, and buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win baskets of pet goodies. Also, we are looking for additional vendors, so if you craft or sell pet-related items, or know someone who does, let us know. For more information, contact Cheryl Powell or Patricia Riley-Churilla.


9 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 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 coordinators are Carl Wolf and Stephanie Dowell. They are 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.)  There is a sign-up sheet in Parish Hall or contact Stephanie or Carl.


10 a.m. Sunday, September 28, First Hour Forum in Parish Hall. Congregation member Carl Wolf will discuss the current state of homeless services from a national and local level. Carl is the director of Respond Now, a social agency in Chicago Heights, IL. 11 a.m. service, Rev. Scott Aaseng (see above).



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