This Sunday 

Deepening Ultimacy and Intimacy Through Chalice Circles 

“Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life.” So starts a Hindu reading we have recited often at UUFF. But how do we make each day well lived? As we enter a enter a new year—a year that will inevitably carry with it a lot of changes and ask us to make transitions—we’ll look both back and forward and talk about the choices we’ve made about how we live in the world, what we are proud of and what we might like to change. Modeled on a Chalice Circle, this service will be a discussion that all can participate in. Lay Leaders: Jana Peirce and Kim Swisher

Fire Communion 

Lay Leaders: Maia and John Peirce

During the service, we write down what we want to leave behind on slips of paper, and then burn them. This is an opportunity to prepare for the beginning of the New Year. Themes can include reflection upon the year that has just passed; hope for the promise of the year to come; resolutions to change; the passage of time; hope; expectation; and dreaming of a creating a better tomorrow.

Fire Communion 

Lay Leaders: Maia and John Peirce  Accompanist: Vera Alexander

During the service, we write down what we want to leave behind on slips of paper, and then burn them. This is an opportunity to prepare for the beginning of the New Year. Themes can include reflection upon the year that has just passed; hope for the promise of the year to come; resolutions to change; the passage of time; hope; expectation; and dreaming of a creating a better tomorrow.

A Holy Night 

Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder  Coordinators: Jenn Wagaman and Krista West

Christmas is a day when Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. Join us for a multi-generational Nativity service that tells the story of Jesus’ birth and the importance of his life. Reflect on the idea that each night a baby is born is truly a holy night.

Winter Solstice Celebration:A Celebration of Darkness and Light in Songs and Stories 

Organizers: Jana Peirce, Laurie Walton, Susan Grace, and Stephanie Sandberg and the UUFF Choir

Intergenerational Service. Drawing on Native American myth and pagan ritual, this non-traditional service begins in darkness with drumming and chanting and ends with the return of light as we weave together music and story to call down the sun. This is an intergenerational program, meaning that children of all ages are invited to stay for the entire service, which has been designed to appeal to all ages. Please join us as we get ready to mark the passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.

Chanukah and Religious Freedom 

Worship Leader:  Rev. Sarah Schurr  Lay Leader: Marilyn Richardson

Rev. Sarah will speak on this ancient festival and how it relates to our lives today. Chanukah is a celebration of the Jewish people standing for the right to worship as they choose.  Religious freedom is a key issue for many Unitarian Universalists and for so many people around the world.

Parenting as a Spiritual Practice 

Worship Leader:  Rev. Sarah Schurr  Lay Leader: Daniel Swisher

There is nothing like parenting to teach us important life lessons like patience and forgiveness. Rev. Sarah will reflect with us on lessons that parenting, and supporting parents, can bring us in our own spiritual development.

Be Who You Are 

Lay Leader: Laurie Walton

This sermon honoring the late Rev. Forrest Church explains how Unitarian Universalism can help us understand how to be who we are, want what we have, and do what we can.

 

Gratitude Communion 

Lay leader:  Michael Bonilla

This service is an opportunity to share the gratitude we feel to be a part of such a wonderful spiritual community. Potluck will follow the service.

 

Future Dreams 

Coordinators: Jana Peirce, Bre Griffin, Frida Shroyer

This last installment of the “Gathered Here” series will focus on discussions on where we see our congregation going and how we want to get there.

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