Sunday, December 4, 2016
“Saving ‘Faith'” Our own Wayne G. Johnson (former UW-P professor) will give us his own unique views on faith – and whether UUs actually have any. We will also have a Beyond-These-Four-Walls presentation on Segue Racine, Inc., which will be our December offertory-outreach recipient.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
“God and Santa: A Comparison”
“He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice” – does that sound more like God or Santa? Or is it a little of both? And what is the difference between believing in God or believing in Santa? (About his sermon, Tony says, “I once knew a minister whose little boy once said to her, ‘God, germs, and Santa Claus – that’s all I ever hear about, and I’ve never seen a single one!'”)
Sunday, December 18, 2016
“A Service of Lessons and Carols”
Music by our Olympia Brown (Adult) Choir – and all of us. We will have holiday readings, Joys & Concerns, etc., so it will be a service and not just a concert.
This is Bring-A-Friend Sunday, so be sure to invite neighbors, co-workers, family or friends who would enjoy holiday cheer!
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Yuule Service: “What’s Waiting in the Dark?” – 7:00 PM Today’s solstice service (sol = sun; stice = stand) will celebrate the shortest day (and longest night) of the year. The sun, which has been retreating from the sky for the last 6 months, seems to stand still; and then, as the days go on, she begins to come back. (Yes, there’s no reason the sun can’t be female. In fact, the sun deity in Japan – Amaterasu – is decidedly so!) What in your life is “waiting in the dark,” ready to be birthed by you?
Sunday, December 24, 2016
Christmas Eve Services
4 p.m. Candlelight service with our church-school Christmas pageant – plus songs by the Multigenerational Choir – oriented primarily towards young children and their families. This service will include stickers, mistletoe, and “Rainbow Connection,” but no Hanukkah dance.
6 p.m. Candlelight service with songs by our Adult Choir – oriented primarily towards older children and adults. It will include a portrayal by our minister (of a biblical character who “witnessed” the birth of Jesus), plus the Hanukkah dance, blessing stickers, mistletoe, and “Rainbow Connection” – in other words, our traditional Christmas Eve service.
8 p.m. Candlelight service with songs by our Adult Choir – oriented primarily towards older children and adults. It will include Christmas carols, a message by our minister (not a biblical portrayal), and “The Rainbow Connection” (back by popular demand) – but no Hanukkah dance, blessing stickers, or mistletoe.
Sunday, December 25, 2016 – 10:00 AM Only
Yes, we know most of our members and friends are likely to attend one of the services the night before Christmas. However, it is Sunday, so we will have a (multigenerational) service for those youth, adults and children who would like to get together on Christmas Day itself – with special music by Colleen Wilkinson. Tony’s sermon will be about strange gifts, antidotes to bullying, poignant memories – and, oh yes, Christmas too. The children will be with us for the entire service and Tony’s sermon will be family-friendly.