Sunday, November 5, 2017
Veterans Sunday On this Sunday before Veterans Day (November 11) we will hear from our church president, Addison Tower, about his service in our country’s military. (Since this is Tony’s last Veterans Sunday service with us, it felt right to have Addison, who was a child in the church when Tony arrived, be the veteran to share his journey.)
Our Olympia Brown (adult) Choir will sing for us at this service, and there will also be a time for sharing photos and memories, so feel free to bring a picture of a family member or friend who served in the military.
We will also have a Beyond-These-Four-Walls presentation at this service on Youth Empowered in the Struggle (YES), which is our offertory-outreach recipient for November.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
“What Will People Think?” About his sermon, Tony says, “Most of us like to believe we are immune to other people’s opinions of us, and that we (and politicians) make decisions not from ‘opinion polls’ but out of personal integrity. Yet research suggests that this might not be as true as we wish to believe. So what is the proper balance between following the crowd and following your inner judgment? And can we even find that balance?” Doug Clum and friends will be providing special music for this service!
Sunday, November 19, 2017
“The Only Holy Book
Some Will Ever Read” Our high-school youth will help us celebrate Guru Nanak’s birthday as part of their Sikh life-cycle ceremony, and our Multigenerational Choir will sing for us on this Sunday before Thanksgiving. Tony’s sermon will explore the wisdom behind a saying he recently came upon: “You are the only Bible some people will ever read.” The idea was that you can preach all you want out of the Bible (or whatever scripture you deem holy), but your actions always speak louder than your words. What might this mean in terms of how we present our UU faith to others? We can talk all we want about how wonderful our UU principles are, but what will that mean to others if we are not actually living them? (Another way to say that would be: What if you are “the only holy book” some will ever read? Will it be worth the reading?)
Sunday, November 26, 2017
“A Few Overlooked Gifts” Our Olympia Brown (Adult) Choir will sing for us at this Thanksgiving service, and Tony’s sermon will explore some strange things to give thanks for. Are there any gifts you have overlooked?