Our summer services will begin on July 19

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Our regular services have concluded. Our lay-led summer services will begin on July 19. Services are held at 10:30 a.m., with coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Here is a list of the schedule and service leaders:

July 19

Our Favorite Poetry
Peter VanDeBogert

Participants are invited to read their favorite poems, plus any they may have written themselves.  Everything from Walt Whitman to Robert Frost to Mary Oliver and anything else. If you’re not into reading poetry, you’re welcome to just  come and listen. Most of the hour will be the same format as a regular service.

July 26

Ease
Brian Orr

Consciously and subconsciously our minds, bodies, and spirits work to get to a place of ease. This is what spirituality and religion comes down to at a basic level. It defines our search for comfort in our lives. Join us for an exploration of  “Ease.”

August 2

Silent Meditation
Peter VanDeBogert

This service could easily be a follow-up to Brian’s previous week’s theme. The first 15 minutes will follow the regular routine. The last 45 minutes or so will include a brief introduction and then the silent meditation itself, followed by optional sharing. Even if meditation is new to you, you will find this process easy, enjoyable, and perhaps revealing.

August 9

More Than Meets the Eye
Amy Tedford

This service  will explore various encounters Amy has had with animals, both wild and domestic; and offer some layman’s speculations about the connections between human and animal consciousness.

Note: The first service of the 2015-’16 church year will be held on Sunday, September 13.

Photo of summer solstice sunrise at Stonehenge via Wikimedia Commons.

Statement following church shooting in Charleston

Reverend Peter Morales

Reverend Peter Morales

The Reverend Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued this statement (also online at UUA.org) following the news of the shooting in a church in Charleston, South Carolina:

News of last night’s shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, fills me with a profound sadness. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims and to the entire Emanuel Church community.

Unitarian Universalists are sadly familiar with the tragedy of church shootings. When two congregants were killed and six wounded at our Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in 2008, the entire community reached out and embraced our congregation with love and support. We will pass that love along to the Emanuel Church community in any way we can.

Emanuel AME Church has faced many hardships over the years, but the church has persevered and thrived. May Emanuel’s faithful find the strength to make their way through the tragedy that has taken the lives of nine of their members, including their pastor. We share their grief, and we stand with them in love and solidarity.

This Sunday’s service: A year-end celebration

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In our year-end service this Sunday, June 21, we will review the special, highly unique year we have had here at Northshore Church. There will be a recognition of new members and a presentation of the annual Frank Farnum Award. The service and the year will conclude with a flower-sharing ceremony. Please bring a at least one flower to church for flower sharing.

The service leader will be Tracee Kneeland.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome.

Following the service there will be an important congregational meeting. The Ministerial Search Committee has completed its work. Please come this Sunday for our final service, some exciting news, and an important vote.

This will mark our final regular service of the 2014-’15 church year. Our summer services will begin on July 19.

Photo (cc) by ForestWander and published under a Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved.

This Sunday’s service: “Return of Delight”

Julie Lombard

Julie Lombard

Our service this Sunday, June 14, will be on the topic “Return of Delight.” Our guest speaker will be Julie Lombard, an intern minister.

This message of hope unmasks a couple of unsung heroines and tells how they turned their do-gooding deeds into spiritual practices. It offers a year-end celebration uplifting volunteering as a place where passion and mission crisscross on the road to delight.

The service will also include a bridging ceremony for Remy Beauregard. Bridging is a Unitarian Universalist recognition of the transition into adulthood.

The offering will be donated to the UUA-UUSC joint appeal for Nepal relief work after the recent earthquakes there.

The service leader will be Helen Brandt.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.

This Sunday’s service: “I Got Plenty o’ Nuttin’”

Walden_Map_fromWalking_150dpiIn this sermon the Reverend Charles Wilson, a retired Northshore UU Church minister, will join the discussion between beauty and adornment, and luxury versus simplicity, solitude, and the study of sagacious minds.

We’ll listen again to Henry David Thoreau at Walden — with inspiration from Porgy. To refine the soul, Thoreau demonstrates by words and daily living a simple path to a more fulfilling life. He said, and Charles agrees, “We must balance the acquisition of accessories with the necessaries for the good of the planet, as well as our own personal wellbeing.”

The service leader is Peter VanDeBogert.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.

A “car yard sale” will be held after the service. We have organized this to be a yard sale out of the trunk of your car. As you do your spring cleaning at home, pack up some of your junk in the trunk. If you sell it after the service, the proceeds can be given to the church.

This is also Food Sunday. Please bring food to the church and place it in the Food Pantry basket in the Fellowship Hall. Or you can donate via check or a grocery-store gift card.

Map image via the Concord Free Public Library.

This Sunday’s service: “Religious Exploration Sunday”

Please join the Religious Exploration children and leaders this Sunday, May 31, as we present to you a service that will encapsulate our UU year of exploration and discovery.

The service, to be led by Director of Religious Exploration Meryl Baier, will include all three groups of children including young, middle school, and senior youth group, as they present a spirited representation of their curriculum and what they have taken from it in both spirit and knowledge. This is our gift to you, so please plan on enjoying it with us!

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Religious education classes are offered, and visitors are always welcome.

“An Evening of Musing and Music” on May 29

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On Friday, May 29, the Northshore Church will present an evening of humor and song, from 7 p.m. until around 9:00. This fun event is open to the whole community.

Church members Jeri Kroll, Helen Brandt, Terri Hansen, and Judy Putnam are teaming up to bring you the evening’s entertainment. Helen and Terri, accompanied by Judy, will present a wide selection of music, solos and duets ranging from classical to popular, operetta to Broadway, from composers such as Purcell, Bernstein, and Barber.

In addition, we will “muse” together through Jeri’s very-funny-sometimes-off-beat — and somewhat irreverent — writings about the trials and tribulations of being a Unitarian Universalist.

There will be an intermission with refreshments. There is no admission fee, but donations will be gratefully accepted.

Illustration is in the public domain via pixabay.com.