This Sunday 

Shared Harvest 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leaders: Molly Lemen and Silvia Daeumichen

We’ve enjoyed the tastes, smells, and sounds of the farmers market and our gardens, now drawing to a close as winter approaches. Join us for a celebration of summer’s abundance with stories and songs for all ages.

We will be taking up a collection of produce and canned goods and non-perishable food for local organizations that provide support to people experiencing food insecurity, so bring what you can to share!

Water Communion 

Leaders: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails and Laurie Walton

Each year as we gather in the fall, it is our custom to offer water as a symbol of our connection one to the other. This year there will be 4 periods of water sharing during the service. We may be sharing where the water came from but perhaps more importantly, what this water means to you … what it symbolizes in our lives together .

Please bring a small container of water from a place special to you, anywhere from your dog’s water dish to your favorite fish camp, deep in the wilderness.

The Trajectory of our Faith 

Lay Leaders: Jana Peirce, Marsha Sousa, and Hayden Nevill

Join Jana Peirce, Marsha Sousa, and Hayden Nevill as they share messages from our recent General Assembly in New Orleans.

There will be a special collection at this service for the UUSC’s efforts to assist the folks affected by Hurricane Harvey.

A Revolution of the Heart 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Jana Peirce

The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?” – Dorothy Day. We are called to work for a just and peaceful world, yet we live in a society that actively encourages us to ignore the suffering of others. As Labor Day approaches, we’ll draw inspiration from the example of Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker movement who dedicated her life to serving the poor and challenging injustice wherever she found it — including within the church that she loved.

Blessing of the Animals 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Cam Leonard

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Unitarian Universalists gather once a year to celebrate the creatures who accompany us through life. Whether they walk, swim, hop, crawl, scamper, or fly, your animal friends are welcome to join us in “paw-son” for a special service of blessing (as long as they play well with others). You can also bring a photograph of your animal friend, or of beloved pets who have passed on. This service will honor them all.

Beyond #Blessed 

Minister: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails  Lay Leader: Mike West

What does it mean to be a people of blessing? During today’s Time for All Ages, we’ll be celebrating our first annual “Blessing of the Backpacks.” Whether you’re heading back to school, homeschool, or grad school, bring your backpack — or your pencil bag, laptop, or favorite notebook — for a blessing as you prepare to carry your UU faith with you into the new academic year.

Faith, Hope and God (or Lack Thereof) 

Speaker: Maia Peirce   Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder Music: Vera Alexander

Personal theological reflections on finding faith as a pantheist.

A Place in the Choir 

Minister: Rev. Jason Shelton Lay leader: Jana Peirce

There’s truth in that old saying about preaching to the choir. They’re the ones who show up no matter what, when times are hard or tempers thin.

Next Generation Church 

Minister: Rev. Jason Shelton  Lay Leader: Holly Blood Music: Jake Svendsen

Is Unitarian Universalism a faith for kids? How might we practice a faith into which they’ll want to grow? The service will include our annual Child Dedication, a time for celebrating and welcoming our children into the world, into the family and into the church community.

The Faith We Sing 

Minister: Rev. Jason Shelton Lay leader: Jana Peirce

For Rev Jason’s first service with us, we’ll explore the idea that “what we sing is who we are.”