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BEACON U n i t a r i a n o f

Sunday Services Including Climate Craziness on Sunday, September 15

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Reproductive Justice offered by Charles Coley

The UUA’s Congregational Study/ Action Issue (CSAI) for 2012-2016 is “Reproductive Justice: Expanding our Social Justice Calling.” The UUA’s CSAI site notes the following: “Reproductive rights and health services are seriously under attack nationally. The right to have children, to not have children, and to parent children in safe and healthy environments is a human right…Unitarian Universalists have been on the forefront of women’s reproductive rights and anti-racist work for decades. The commitment to reproductive justice would re-energize that commitment, and pay attention to the important intersections of race, class, and gender…” UU’s nationally are called to study the issue of Reproductive Justice for the next three years. Reproductive Justice has potential to become a “Statement of Conscience” (SOC), which is a formal policy position of the UUA (thereby shaping future lobbying, social justice, and advocacy efforts.) At the 2013 GA this past June, I attended a workshop focused upon the Reproductive Justice Study/ !

c h u r c h L i n c o l n

Worship Arts Way Station Director Sabbatical Concert

Affordable Health Care Panel

Who will fill Julie’s shoes?

Roy Zimmerman Sept 11

Followed by Q & A

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Action Issue. The workshop addressed the interplay between Reproductive Justice, economic inequality, class, and race. Questions posed included: What is reproductive justice? How do power structures limit individuals’ access to reproductive justice? What moral questions does reproductive technology create? [and] How do economic justice and reproductive justice intersect? Lincoln UU’s should consider concrete actions in support of the Reproductive Justice CSAI. Possible actions include: forming a Reproductive Justice Subcommittee (of the Social Justice Network); advocating for legislative positions that foster Reproductive Justice policy positions in the Unicameral; sponsoring films about reproductive choice; creating interfaith networks and committees; and conferring with Planned Parenthood to support local Reproductive Justice initiatives. Additionally, we should network with national reproductive choice organizations such as SisterSong and/or the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. It is up to us to study and act on this vital issue. Together we can push this SAI forward to become a UUA Statement of Conscience.

“Reproductive choice has to be straightened out. There will never be a woman of means without choice anymore. That just seems to me so obvious. The states that changed their abortion laws before Roe are not going to change back. So we have a policy that only affects poor women…” --SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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A Month of Sundays 10:00 AM in the Auditorium

Sunday, September 1– "Making History?" Presidents and prophets act eying their "place in history." Is it helpful – or just hubris – for us to try to join in? Worship Leader: Fritz Hudson Music: Ryan Wells, piano

Sunday, September 8– "Stop the Merry-Go-Round" Left to their own devices, the universe, our planet, our bodies will lead us to live in never-ending cycles. Could we choose otherwise? Worship Leaders: Fritz Hudson & Chelsea Maitland Music: Pance Zaev, clarinet Share the Care: Sorensen Lecture Committee

Sunday, September 15 – "Practical morality in the age of climate craziness" Our covenant can give Unitarian Universalists a special strength to bring to the challenge of coping with the twisting of our climates due to the global warming process caused by greenhouse gas pollution. We must act with urgency. Our role may be a simple if not always an easy one. Worship Leaders: John Atkeison & Kathy Disney Music: Unitarian Choir

Sunday, September 22 – "Feeling our Way Along" Do your feelings ever "get the best of you?" Is that good or bad – something to change, accept, stifle or celebrate?

from Julie Enersen, Worship Arts Director

“Sabbatical” Time During the months of September November, I will be taking a "sabbatical" as your Worship Arts Director. (The word is in quotation marks, because the spirit of the absence is sabbatical in nature although – unlike a true sabbatical – I will not be paid during those months.) I will be using a portion of that time to visit other churches and connect with my UU music colleagues in the region. I think it will be an interesting and invigorating time. I will be back on duty December 1 ready to launch into the excitement of our renovation year! (Continued on page 9)

Sing with the Choir! The Unitarian Church Choir is open to all of our members and friends. If you like the challenge of reading music and would enjoy singing in the Sunday services, then simply come to our rehearsals in the church auditorium. Sept. 4 - 7:00 rehearsals Sept. 11 - NO rehearsal (go to Roy Z concert!) Sept. 12 - 7:00 rehearsal in Room 5 Sept. 15 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service

Worship leader: Fritz Hudson

Oct. 9 & 23 - 7:00 rehearsals

Naming Ceremony: Eliza Ann Cleveland

Oct. 16 - NO rehearsal

Music: Marshall Trio

Sunday, September 29 – "Waiting for Godot?" In Samuel Beckett's iconic play, Vladimir voices the "hope" of his time: "What are we doing here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we happen to know the answer. In this immense confusion one thing alone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come." Are we waiting still? Worship Leaders: Fritz Hudson & Chelsea Maitland Music: Nick Vaccaro, piano Share the Plate: Planned Parenthood !

Worship Arts News

Oct. 27 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Nov. 13 & 20 - 7:00 rehearsals Nov. 24 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Dec. 4 & 11 - 7:00 rehearsals Dec. 15 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Dec. 22 - 9:00 rehearsal for One-Hour Choir

We're happy to have you join us on a month-by-month basis....there is no obligation to sing for the entire year. Just stop by and give the group a try!

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WO RS H IP Parson to Person:

Transition offered by Rev. Fritz Hudson

Dateline: Minneapolis. What a great Water Communion & Groundbreaking Sunday we had together! And what a joy to be quite literally "washed in (our) spirit" as I tried ohso-gingerly to carry ALL our water to feed our new northside roots. So do we enter into our "transition year" together – constructing our new home, camping out for a few months in an as yet an undisclosed location, and then turning over the new keys to your Interim Minister. We begin this time fully as "We" - minister and membership. Already, though, I've stumbled more than once to speak of futures beyond this time as "ours." In truth they are fully only yours. They cannot be mine, in the same way, with you. So do I need training in the profoundly spiritual discipline of letting go with God-speed. And so this week I'm taking part in the UU Association's Transitional Ministry orientation in Minneapolis. I'm

storing up treasures and tools, provisions for our journey, together and in parting, which I look forward to sharing with you all. Our Trustees will get their own training-intransition later this month. Leading their annual retreat will be Ian Evison, Congregational Life Consultant in our newly formed UUA MidAmerica Region. Ian is Chicago based, and a long-recognized resource for exploring leadership development, denominational resources and congregations of the future. He'll bring and share even more treasure and tools I'm sure. As I'm learning this week, this one of the important challenges for our special time – strengthening our sense of interdependent connection with our larger body of our faith. And in that body (as my spouse Ginny is helping me to see and say) you and she and I will always be WE. See you in Church


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RELIG IO US G RO WTH & LEA RNING 2013-2014 Curriculum Descriptions: World Religions Preschool: Combination of the curriculum books: Chalice Children and Celebrating Me and My World. Lessons are specifically focused on concepts of peace and justice which are appropriate for the preschool level. Lessons introduce concepts such as: Peace, Sharing, Fairness, Friendship, Diversity, and Cooperation. K-1st: 'Treasure Hunting' This curriculum uses the theme of treasure hunting as a concrete way of involving children in the excitement of the search for the meaning of life. It addresses issues that children face daily, explores the meaning of Unitarian Universalist principles and values, and emphasizes an accepting and caring community. This curriculum will help children learn about their congregation, understand and celebrate the uniqueness and feelings of people, and gain awareness and appreciation of the community and world around them. 2-5th: 'Holidays and Holy Days' In this program, participants learn about the origins and meanings of holiday and holy day celebrations. The authors state, "Holidays are the natural, age-old vehicle of religious socialization. Their festivities tell a story which children absorb with delight, through experiences far more than through words. Decorations, colors, costumes, dances, lights, songs, foods, festivity, gifts, excitement, pageantry, solemnity, ceremony, and ritual: it is of these that tradition is woven, that !

memories, beliefs, values, fears, hopes, and reverence are transmitted. A holiday is not something to talk about . . . it's something to DO." The program is divided into three calendar sections: fall, winter, and spring. Middle School: ‘Neighboring Faiths’ 32 flexible sessions explore history and development of different faith traditions. Participants learn about different world religions while they visit and relate to their own growing faith. Includes historical resources and tips for hosting guests, visiting other faiths, creating worship experiences and more. High School: This year the Sr High students will put our UU Principles into action as they explore involvement in the church and Lincoln community. In Peace, Faith and Love,


September RGL Calendar Preschool Class and Nursery Care are available every Sunday for younger Pre-K children. Sept 1

First Day of Classes

Sept 8

Regular Classes

Sept 15

Regular Classes

Sept 22

Regular Classes

Sept 29

Regular Classes

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RGL Needs YOU! We are still in need of a teacher and assistant for our 4-5th grade room and at least three more assistants for our middle and high school room. Please contact Religious Growth Director, Chelsea Maitland if you are willing to teach or assist or want to learn more:

Parents/Guardian Chat

Assistant Orientation

Sunday, Sept 1 • 11:30AM • Room 7

Sunday, Sept 8 • 11:30AM • Room 7

Are you new to our church?

Assistants: Please consider joining our assistant orientation on Sunday, Sept 8. This meeting is not mandatory but will include lots of helpful information if you are new to volunteering in our program or if you did not attend the orientation last year.

Are you curious about what the children and youth will be learning in Sunday School during this church year? Interested in learning more about what we do? Please consider joining our optional Parent/ Guardian Chat where our Director of Education, Chelsea Maitland, will explain the lessons for the year, traditions in our classrooms, our Safety Policy as it relates to children and youth and other helpful information.

Registration Please register your children for Sunday School we need to update our list each year. Register online: or you will find registration forms on the Religious Growth and Learning (RGL) Table in the Gallery.

Our church will be walking the neighborhood collecting quarters as a part of the 'Safe Quarters' project helping women at the Friendship Home. "Safe Quarters is a grassroots, community-wide effort to collect change and other financial contributions for women and children who seek refuge at Friendship Home from violence in their own homes. Safe Quarters also exists to raise awareness of domestic violence and resources available to help victims." To sign up to be a part of our team please e-mail Chelsea Maitland at:


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EV ENTS A C TIV ITIES NEWS & & ANNOUNCEMENTS Charles in Charge We cultivate growth and celebrate the changes growth brings. This sentence, the second to last of our mission statement, was the opening for the August 7 congregational letter cosigned by Senior Management Team Member Linda Hellerich and me. The letter detailed the major opportunities upcoming this church program year. Our letter was joined by a letter from Rev. Fritz Hudson in which he detailed the conclusion of his settled ministry among us. Fritz’s summer 2014 retirement (and the formal end of his 16 years’ ministry here) will be the finale of a wondrous, growth-filled era for our congregation. It will also mark the beginning of a new era in our history...and of incredible opportunities. As some of you know, it is accepted practice within the UUA for a settled parish ministry to be followed by two years’ interim ministry. Those two years are a bridge between the former settled ministry and the beginning of the next; they provide a time for reflection and consideration of congregational priorities. If done well, interim ministry guides the decision-making process towards selection of a new settled minister. As was detailed within that August 7th letter, our governance will work with the UUA Transitions Office to interview and select an interim minister (who will, in turn, serve our congregation from 2014-2016). For this purpose, a Ministerial Transitions Task Force was formed to coordinate the interim ministry process. Consisting of four trustees, the Ministerial Transitions Task Force recently commenced meetings with Fritz and discussions with Rev. Keith Kron, director of the UUA Transitions Office. It is the task force members who will be given a list of UUAapproved interim ministry candidates late next spring; one from among that list will be selected as our interim minister.


More information about interim ministry will be forthcoming, but herein I’ve aimed to highlight the general process (and the many opportunities abundant). Interim ministry will be a new bridge for our congregation, and I look forward to crossing it with you, my friends.

A Conversation with Board of Trustees Member Penny Urwiler Youʼve been on the board since May 2013. What are your first impressions? The first meeting started with a social time to welcome new members and to thank the retiring members. We were welcomed as valuable members right away. The meetings are well organized with an agenda. We have announcements, committee reports and discussion and are usually finished in ninety minutes. Everyone pitches in to get the work done.

What other responsibilities do board members have? So far, a subcommittee or two; reading the announcements during Sunday service; writing newsletter articles and thank you notes, and most anything the president requests of us.

Youʼve been a member here for a few years. What brought you to the Unitarian Church? A president, a novel and a poet got me thinking about religion. My husband and I were looking for a liberal church. A friend suggested this one.

What drew you in? The open mindedness to spiritual growth was what we were looking for. It was reaffirming to have the support of likeminded people. Social welfare, community involvement, and equality for everyone were soon apparent. We joined about six years ago.

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcome Newcomers! Are you new to the Unitarian Church? Do you want to learn more about Unitarian Universalism? Here are two upcoming opportunities: Newcomer Chat: Sunday, September 8. Grab a cup of coffee and join us in Room 3. We will begin at 11:15AM after Service. We’ll show a short DVD about Unitarian Universalism and you’ll get a chance to ask questions. Children is available or you may bring your child(ren) with you. Your Search and oUUrs class: Sunday, September 22 at 11:30AM in the Auditorium. A light lunch will be served and childcare will be provided. This is your opportunity to meet others new to Unitarian Universalism, to tell us a bit about yourself, and to learn a bit about our UU history. We'll finish up by 1:00PM. All are welcome! Sign-up at the Welcome Table or contact Fritz Hudson or Karen Dienstbier

Great dishes.. New friends…  Old foods…  New dishes… Old friends…  Great foods… Mix & match ‘em any way you want – it’s time for the 2013-2014 edition of the 6300 Dinner Club!  Enjoy a potluck dinner with two to three other UUassociated couples/pairs, three times between now

and next June. Singles are welcome; first round dinners will begin in October.  Newcomers get a “free pass” on hosting, so it’s a great way to get to know more of our church community!  Sign-up at church after Sunday services between August 25 and September 8, or for more information contact Debbi Barnes-Josiah at

Shared Hospitality Workshop Saturday September 7 • 8:30AM – 12:15PM Childcare will be available.

All new members, members and friends are encouraged to attend the Shared Hospitality Workshop. You will have fun while making new friends. You will interact with others and become an integral part of our ongoing mission of welcoming the stranger. Training at each of the Sunday stations will take place and we’ll discuss visiting with newcomers during coffee hour, and at the Newcomer Chat. This is important work that we do. It feeds our soul as we learn to “claim our strand of the interdependent web while honoring the needs of others.” Please save the date and sign-up at the Welcome Table! Contact the church office 402-483-2213 or Karen Dienstbier for more information

Way Station Concert: Roy Zimmerman Wednesday, September 11 • 7:00PM “Roy Zimmerman Funny Songs and Bad Advice”  Admission is $18 or pay what you can. Roy Zimmerman’s show “Funny Songs and Bad Advice” contains both. In thirteen albums over twenty years, Roy brings the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice, with his songs heard on HBO and Showtime, he’s recorded for Warner/Reprise Records, been profiled on “All Things Considered,” and is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive originals are incisive calls to action: smart, savvy and undeniable. !

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Cemetery Spaces For Sale

Green Corner

Planning ahead? Want to help your family know where to bury you? The church has two donated cemetery spaces for sale. Proceeds will go the capital campaign fund. Description: Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, 6700 S. 14th Street, Lincoln, NE: Section S-2, Lot 4, Spaces 11 & 12. Accessible spaces located adjacent to the road in the northeast portion of the cemetery, an area with mature trees west of the Cremation Estates. Space 12 is next to a bench easement area where a memorial bench or a bench with cremation remains could be placed. (Easement would need to be purchased separately from Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Cost is $1900.) Prefer to sell both spaces to one purchaser but will consider separate offers. Current value is $1900 for each space. Asking $1000 per space (obo) plus you pay the $250 transfer fee (which will be waived if you purchase something from LMFH the same day as the transfer, e.g., the bench easement, a funeral service, or a headstone). Contact Capital Campaign Treasurer Mary Sommermeyer at or 402-489-8213.

Suggestions for September: Personal Lifestyle:

Try an extra meatless day each week. If already a vegetarian, try a vegan day each week. Education:

One powerful tool to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions is putting a tax on carbon to reflect its true cost to our health and that of the planet. This approach is supported by both conservative and progressive economists.  Citizens Climate Lobby is an organization that is building support for such a tax.  Learn more about both a carbon tax and the organization at Mark your calendar for the Sorensen Lecture by Amy Seidl on October 23rd. Her books are Early Spring and Finding Higher Ground. Advocacy

Write a letter or send an email to Mayor Chris Beutler thanking him for installations such as the solar system on the police station at 27th and Holdrege and asking him to support more such projects. Mayor Chris Beutler, 555 South 10th St., Suite 301, Lincoln, NE 68508

P S D & UUA N EWS UU College of Social Justice Trips Planned The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice’s new programs for this fall and into next spring include a two-week trip to India, two to Chicago to learn about organizing for justice in the food industry, and four involving immigration justice. The India trip, through the UU Holdeen India Program is to the state of Gujarat, where participants will witness the work of the Self Employed Women’s Association, a Holdeen Program partner, and will learn about efforts to organize Dalits, the people once branded as “untouchables.” In Chicago, the Restaurant Opportunities Center, a partner of the UU Service Committee, will help participants on two trips learn about labor history, injustices in the restaurant industry, and organizing strategies. The immigration justice trips, with BorderLinks, will delve into the connections between the food system and social justice and show how to stand with communities struggling for justice in the state of Chiapas. There are four trips in total. Full information on the trips is on the UU College of Social Justice website. !

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NEWS & Understanding the Affordable Care Act Thursday, Sept 12 • 7:00-9:00PM • Auditorium

Panelists will discuss what the health care law means for Nebraskans and how people can obtain health coverage. Speakers include Mark Intermill, advocacy director with AARP Nebraska and Jerusha Hancock, health care access attorney with Nebraska Appleseed. Q & A will follow. Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will make health care available to an estimated 196,000 Nebraskans who are not covered by a health care plan now. Open enrollment in health plans starts Oct. 1. The health care law will provide access to people who have a pre-existing condition, create new marketplaces that will allow insurers to offer more affordable coverage and provide tax credits to lower the cost of coverage. To learn more about enrollment in health plans and options under the Affordable Care Act, visit or call (800) 318-2596. Another free resource is AARP’s Health Law Guide This event is underwritten by the League of Women Voters of Lincoln – Lancaster County, AARP Nebraska, and the Nebraska League of Women Voters.

Worship Arts News (continued from page 2) A wonderful team of musicians will assist with Sunday mornings in my absence. Members of our Worship Arts team — Barb Brant, Nancy Marshall and Rachel Smith – will act as liaisons between the office, the worship leaders and the musicians. I truly appreciate their generosity in volunteering time and energy to supporting my "sabbatical." Jake Bartlett will be conducting the choir for four rotations. Jake is Assistant Professor of Music at Peru State College, where he teaches Applied Voice, Music Appreciation, and directs the Misty Blues show choir. Jake received the D.M.A. degree in voice from the University of Nebraska. He has a Masters of Music from UNL, as well as a Masters of Science in Education and Bachelors of Science in Education from Northwest Missouri State University. He is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), ACDA (American Choral Directors Association), CMS (College Music Society), and NAfME (National Association for Music Education). Jake and his wife, Lindsay,attend our church and we are VERY fortunate to have someone so capable stepping in as our sabbatical choir director. The church will be in good hands…and in my heart….as I spend some time away this fall!



Sept 1

Sept 8

Sept 15

Sept 22

Sept 29

Pulpit Decoration

Debbi Barnes-Josiah

Molly Klocksin

Leona Braziel

Amy Miller

Geri Cotter


Scott Braly

Jan Buffum

Gary Colvin

Martha Horvay

Linda Hellerich

Coffee Hosts



Mandy BonneyHeermann




Cindy Maly

Lindsay Bartlett

Charles Coley

Liz Bonney

Charles Coley


Wesley Botham, Terry Werner

Becky & Sharad Seth

Bob & Alysa Haack

Shamene & Dan Dixon

Orvis & Sheila Wall


Don Pinkley





Welcome Table

Linda Ager

Mary Jane Gruba

Whitney Bauer & Adam Gibson

JoEllen Polzien

Lee & Les Manns

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O N - G O I N G A C TI V I TI ES The fellowship activities and discussion groups listed below happen on a regular basis and are open to new participants at any time. Please contact the group’s organizer if you have any questions!

Adult Game Night 2nd Saturday of the month • Sept 14 6:30PM Potluck • 8:00PM Games

Game night at Brice and Leona Braziel's at 1809 Pinedale on Sept. 14. Bring a friend and join the fun, food & conversation! Please bring a dish to share at 6:30.  Card and/or board games begin about 8:00. Everybody welcome. Contact: Braziel's 402-489-0916

Men’s Potluck

UU Meditation Sangha 2nd & 4th (& 5th) Wednesday 7:15PM • 1834 Ryons Street

All men are invited to attend to enjoy good food and conversation. Table service will be provided. Bruce Raymer 402-475-7875

When you enter the front door, please leave your shoes in the foyer and come in to the yoga studio through the French doors to your left. Meditation, discussion and fellowship included. Contact LauraLee Woodruff 402-474-3272

Bridge Groups

Moms Group

Women’s Book Group

Intermediate Group

2nd Monday of the month • Sept 9 5:30PM • Preschool/Room 5

Every three weeks •10:00AM

Moms with young children meet to chat while the kids play. Contact Kim Ziemann 402-464-1179

For more information, contact Diane Richards

Every Tuesday 2:30PM

Coordinator: Jackie Egan 402-435-6111

Advanced group

Second Monday of the month Sept 9 • 6:30 – 7:30PM

Every Wednesday •1:00PM

Newcomers Chat

Coordinator: Earl Kramer

First Sunday of every month Sept 1 • 11:15AM • Room 2


Meet with visitors and friends in the Library to watch and discuss a 10-minute film called "Voices of a Liberal Faith.” Contact Karen Dienstbier 402-489-7545

Want to join us? Contact us prior to the day of the game.

Coffeehouse Fourth Friday •Sept 27 7:00PM • Gallery

Board games for adults and kids. Open to all individuals. Hosted by the LGBTA Welcoming Cmte. Contact Nathan Woodruff

Men's Discussion Group Second & Fourth Tuesdays Sept 10 & 24• 7:15PM

This is an open group which welcomes new participants at any


time. Contact Duane Polzien 402-483-0522

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Fourth Tuesday • Sept 24 • 7:00PM Gallery/Aud/Rm 3 & 7

The LGBTA Welcoming Committee sponsors PFLAG which meets at our church each month. Maintaining confidentiality at each meeting is of the upmost importance. Please join us or visit us at

Gere Library • 56th & Normal Blvd.

September 14: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver October 5: The Green Boat:  Reviving Ourselves in Our                 Capsized Culture by Mary Pipher

Women’s Brunch Second Thursday of the month Sept 12 • 1:00 – 2:30PM Braeda @ 48th & O

All UU Women are invited to join in the dining and conversation. Contact Margaret Brown 402-488-2882

Zen Meditation Every Thursday • 7:00PM • Room 11

We are a small group of UU's who meditate at at church each week. The Meditation Room can be used at any time. Contact Norm Simon 402-435-0225

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Thank You’s Water Communion

What an awesome day Sunday August 18 turned out to be! The Water Communion service is always good and this year was no exception. Lots of people came to church to tell us about their summer activities and to join their renewed spirit with the rest of us. Groundbreaking

Breaking ground for the new administrative wing following the Water Communion was a very special time for all who stayed. AND the wonderful potluck that followed the ground breaking was delicious! All Church Potluck

UU are great cooks! Many thanks to the Newcomer Committee for sending out the invitations, making the posters, bringing their many offerings of food and for their expertise in coordinating the placement of the food before and after church as well as staying after the potluck to wash the dishes and put them away. AND thanks very much to those who stayed following the church service to clean-up either in the kitchen or by helping with the job of putting away the table and chairs. It was a wonderful day! THANK YOU ALL! Summer Camps

A big thank you to Christina Strong - our Summer Sunday and Harry Potter Camp lead teacher! Both programs were a great success and Christina is awesome. Church Cleanup

Thanks to all who helped with the Church Building and RGL cleanup on Sunday, August 11. Our apologies for not keeping track of everyone who helped but please know your time and effort was greatly appreciated.


RGL Cleanup

Much appreciation to those who helped with the RGL portion of our all-church clean-up: Yvette Davis, Debbie Barnes-Josiah, Priscilla Handy, Martha Horvay and Karen Heafer. RGL Volunteers

Thank you to our summer assisting volunteers: Priscilla Handy, Yvette Davis, Debbie Barnes-Josiah, Renee Burchell, Amy Birky, Linda Brown, Deb Hope, and Laura Booton. Sunday Hospitality

Thank you to those who have volunteered to help with the Sunday Hospitality Team work during the month of August. You are a VALUED part of our church community and appreciated for the work that you do! Plant Moving Day

Thanks to Becky Seth, Jackie Egan, Mary and Earl Sommermeyer, Karen and Harry Heafer, Tim Johnson, Barb Frank, Penny and Rick Urweiler, and Julie for helping transplant shadeloving perennials from the west entrance to the Memorial Garden. Weeders and Mowers

We are also grateful to Becky Seth, Jackie Egan, Penny and Rick, Debbi Barnes-Josiah, Harris Lehl, Megan McGuffey and Kay Hoff for weeding our numerous flower beds, and to our mowing posse; Jett Jakota, Tim Johnson and Scott Braly we owe major thanks. Playground Moving

Thank you to Curt Donaldson, Tim Johnson, Les Manns, Earl Kramer, Mary Sommermeyer and Harry Heafer for dismantling and moving the playground equipment in preparation for our soon to begin new construction.  And to Jackie Egan for setting up water, coffee and bringing us some refreshing fruit.

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O U R C O M M U N I TY Thank You’s

Milestones, Millstones, Stepping Stones Our thoughts are with Linda Brown after the death of her mother in August. Cards can be sent to Linda at 3745 Garfield, 68502 Our sympathies to DiAnna Schimek and her family on the death of DiAnna’s mother. Cards can be sent to DiAnna at 6437 Lone Tree Dr, 68512 Our congratulations to Ali Osborn and Jason Hamata on their September wedding. We wish them a long and happy life together!

Congratulations to Jennifer and Robin Bowman on their recent marriage in Iowa. Best of luck to Schuyler Geery-Zink as she begins her adventure overseas in France and studies abroad! Congratulations to the McClelland Clan. A naming ceremony was held on Tuesday, August 20 for two of the grandchildren. Congratulations to Michelle Harris and Joe Dooley who were married on Saturday, July 13.



Fritz Hudson, Minister • Charles S Stephen, Jr. Minister Emeritus • Chelsea Maitland, Religious Growth Dir. • Jean Helms, Administrative Dir. • Julie Enersen, Worship Arts Dir. • Karen Dienstbier, Membership Associate • Christina Strong, Administrative Associate •

Board of Trustees

Management Team

Charles Coley, President Linda Hellerich Curt Donaldson, Vice-President Bob Haack Lindsay Bartlett, Secretary Christine Starr Davis Priscilla Handy Officers: Cindy Maly Mark Weddleton, Church Treasurer Leslie Ryan Linda Ager, Assistant David Williams Jo Donohoe, Assistant Penny Urwiler Liz Bonney-Heermann Mary Sommermeyer, Stephanie Geery-Zink Capital Campaign Treasurer The Board of Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church. Any member or friend of the church is welcome to attend these meetings.

Church Office 6300 A Street Lincoln, NE 68510 Office Hours: Sunday: 9:00 AM—1:00 PM Tues-Fri: 9:00 AM —3:00 PM Closed Monday & Saturday Phone: 402.483.2213 Fax: 402.483.7461 Email: Website: The Beacon is published monthly. Newsletter subscriptions are $20 a year. This newsletter is printed on 35% minimum post-consumer content recycled paper. It is also available online at 6

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