This Sunday’s service: Reflections on parenthood

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Church member Iain Goddard will discuss the life of his late father, George J. Goddard, at our service this Sunday, September 14. George was the artist who produced the needlework currently exhibited in the church meeting room, which you can read about here.

Iain will also reflect on how our relationship with our parents changes — or doesn’t — as we grow up. The title of his talk will be “So You Think You Know Your Parents?”

The offering will be donated to the church’s Capital Fund for Hearing Improvement in order to upgrade the listening experience in the meeting room.

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

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Religious Exploration Open House to be September 21

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The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church will hold a Religious Exploration Open House at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 21. Families with children are invited to attend our service, meet our community, and discuss our children’s programs. Meryl Baier, our RE Director, will meet with prospective parents about the program vision, curriculum, and what we teach for what age. You can find out more about our RE Program by clicking here.

Our Religious Exploration Program will begin on September 28 and offers programming for children from pre-school through eighth grade (in Young Church) at all of our regular Sunday services. Toddler care is available with advance notice, and we are happy to accommodate this need. High school youth are welcome to attend regular Sunday service; and our active Youth Group for high school youth meets on alternating Sunday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.

We offer a learning environment where each child is valued. Our congregation is a place for fun, learning, and affirmation — a place where your values are supported by a loving, open-minded spiritual community. Our two classrooms for Young Church are divided based on age, grade, and comfort. Currently they are kindergarten through fourth grade, and fifth through eighth grade.  The younger class will study Super Heroes from the Bible and Unitarian Universalism.  The older class curriculum is You, the Justice Creator, which invites youth to be right with their world by helping to make their world right.

For more information, you may contact Ms. Baier at nsuu.dre@gmail or phone the church at (978) 774-7582.

This Sunday’s service: “Mingling Waters/Mingling Lives”

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Please join us this Sunday, September 7, for our first regular service of the 2014-’15 church year. The theme will be “Mingling Waters/Mingling Lives,” and the service leader will be church member Helen Brandt.

We celebrate our reunion as a church community with our traditional water ceremony. Bring a small container of water (real or symbolic) from a place that had meaning for you this past summer and we will mingle our waters together. Children will be in the service for the water ceremony and are invited to share where their water comes from and why it is important. Music will be provided by the church Singing Group.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our Religious Exploration Program will begin on September 28. Details about the 2014-’15 offerings are available by clicking here.

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This Sunday’s service: “Making Music, Making Meaning”

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Please join us for our last lay-led service of the summer this Sunday, August 24, titled “Making Music, Making Meaning.”

Inspirational music has always played an important role in American society and in our growth as individuals. Most of us have memories of songs that hold particular meaning for us. Our Unitarian traditions alone are a rich and diverse source of songs about belief, social justice, healing, relationships, emotions, aspirations, peace and war that continue to inspire and sustain us. This will be a participatory service of words and music that explores some of our best. Please come prepared to share some of your favorites and to sing.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Following a one-week break for Labor Day weekend, our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.

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This Sunday’s service: “Acceptance”

“Acceptance — A Beginning Rather Than an End” will be the theme of our lay-led summer service this Sunday, August 17. The service will be led by church member Brian Orr.

Acceptance has been described as the end point of a process. What if it was the beginning of new processes? What if we got to acceptance earlier? Could that improve our ability to respond in the moment? Dr. Orr will discuss the benefits of moving more rapidly to acceptance in our daily lives.

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.

This Sunday’s service: “More Than Meets the Eye?”

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Church member Amy Tedford will be the guest speaker at our lay-led summer service this Sunday, August 10. Her topic, “More Than Meets the Eye?,” will explore the connection between humans and animals. She explains:

Several encounters with wild animals and domestic pets have caused me to wonder if there is some psychic connection between humans and animals. Telepathy? Good vibes? Body language? Or a possible connection held over from our animal past?

The service will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee and fellowship at about 11:30. Visitors are always welcome. Our regular church services and Religious Exploration Program will resume on Sunday, September 7.

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