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

Sunday Services Including “Interim Schminterim” Sept 20

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

Way Station Concert

Welcome New Members

Save the Date

Roy Zimmerman Sept 19

Brianne K. & Nick H.

Pledge Kickoff Event Face to Face October 3

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the story-telling, the more we will come to know one another.

effered by your Interim Minister, Gretchen Woods

The Transition Team will be providing libations and snacks as we gather at 6:30 pm, then the storytelling begins at 7 pm in the sanctuary. All are invited. Please tell your long time friends and newcomers to join us. What good is a feast with no one to enjoy it? We have also scheduled a follow-up evening on September 18, if the process is not complete the first night.

A Feast For the Senses Late summer and early fall provide incredible sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures to be savored: leaves changing color, crunching under foot, breathing in the scent of late roses, letting late season fruit drip down our throats, and feeling the early cooling winds of fall. This is also possible as a congregation: to enter the time of harvest savoring the wholeness of who we are and what we have accomplished. This season truly is a feast for the senses. Let’s consider the programming of the Transition Time as another feast for the senses.

“T ELLING Y OUR S TORY ” Friday, September 11 • 6:30 – 9PM • Gathering Place

Like individuals, churches have stories: stories about whom you have been, who you are, and who you wish to become. As your new Interim Minister, I am very interested in your story as the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, NE. I hope we can produce a mind map, rather than a timeline: a chance for you to come to know your own mind. So, the first step is telling the story of your past. Some individuals don’t remember their past, don’t want to talk about their past, and avoid such activities. I can understand that. I am hoping, however, that enough of you also know about the triumphs of this congregation, as well as the trials, and are willing and able to share them with me – and the rest of you. The more of us who gather for

L ISTENING C IRCLES Thursdays, October 15 and 22 • 6:30 pm

I am aware that there is still confusion among members about the conclusion of the prior Interim Minister’s time with you. We will follow the process of Circles of Trust, to allow all who wish hear or to tell their story of the first year of transition, to engage with one another in a safe and respectful way. Facilitated by Gretchen Woods.        Welcome to the Feast! All are invited.        Yours for the interim,


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A Month of Sundays 10:00 AM at 6300 A Street Sunday, September 6 - “Work That Is Real” On this Labor Day weekend, we examine what work means to us – or doesn’t. Worship Leaders: Julie Enersen, Chelsea Krafka, Gretchen Woods Worship Associate: Barb Brant Music: Bill Carpenter, piano

Sunday, September 13 - “Telling Our Stories: Getting to Know One Another” We only truly begin to know one another when we risk telling our stories from the heart. How can we do this well? Worship Leaders: Julie Enersen, Chelsea Krafka, Gretchen Woods Worship Associate: Jesse Metcalf Music: Chris Sayre, folk singer Share the Plate: Lincoln Literacy

Sunday, September 20 - “Interim, Schminterim: What Are We Doing?” An exploration of the concerns of the minister and the congregation during a transition. Worship Leaders: Julie Enersen, Chelsea Krafka, Gretchen Woods Worship Associate: Evelyn Weymouth Music: Unitarian Choir Share the Care: Fundraising Committee

Sunday, September 27 “Living in Story” What stories do you tell yourself about your life? Have you ever changed your story? Drawing on Arthur Frank's book "The Wounded Storyteller," about illness and our perspectives on life, this is the second sermon to have been created during last winter's sermon writing classes. Worship Leaders: LauraLee Woodruff, M.A. Worship Associate: Wesley Botham Music: Jennifer Buehler, harp


Choir Resumes in September! A new church year is beginning and that means the choir will once again be rehearsing. We invite any and all singers to join us for our rehearsals in the Auditorium: Sept. 9 & 16 - 7:00 rehearsals Sept. 20 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Oct. 7 & 14 - 7:00 rehearsals Oct. 18 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Nov. 4 & 11 - 7:00 rehearsals Nov. 15 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Dec. 2 & 9 - 7:00 rehearsals Dec. 13 - 8:30 rehearsal, 10:00 service Dec. 20 - One-Hour Choir, 9:00 rehearsal for 10:00 service Willingness and enthusiasm are the two major requirements! And it's also helpful if you know how to read music. But don't rule yourself out because you're "not a very strong singer." We need all kinds of voices in our group and yours is most certainly welcome here.

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Adult Religious Growth and Learning As Interim Minister, I feel it is important to provide opportunities for additional religious exploration beyond the Sunday morning services. Here are a few programs I am offering through the fall. I hope they prove to be feasts for the senses as well, as all are experiential, rather than lectures. All are invited to participate.

human beings have addressed under the rubric of “theology,” without carrying the baggage of “theos.” All are welcome. Facilitated by Gretchen Woods. Light refreshments will be provided for participants after the regular service.

O PENING S PIRITUALITY Sunday, November 15 • 11:45AM • Gathering Place

Have you been stumped by the word “spirituality?” Do you wish someone would offer a model that made sense to you? Come and explore your own experiences to mine deeper understandings of how spirituality already is a part of who you are. All are welcome. Facilitated by Gretchen Woods. Light refreshments will be provided for participants after the regular service.

C REATING H EALTHY H UMAN S YSTEMS Sunday, September 20 • 11:45AM • Gathering Place

I was once told that “dysfunctional family” is redundant. So I set out to find out if there really are some things we can know about functional human systems. This workshop briefly reports the characteristics of unhealthy systems, before delving more deeply into how a healthy system behaves, how we can help create one, and what leadership looks like in such gatherings. All are welcome. Facilitated by Gretchen Woods. Light refreshments will be provided for participants after the regular service.

L IVING U LTIMOLOGY Sunday, October 18 • 11:45AM • Gathering Place

Have you ever wondered whether there was a way to think about what is ultimate for you without lapsing into theology? We will explore the alternative of “ultimology,” a term a student of mine and I co-created in a class for Unitarian Universalist ministers. We will address the timeless and unanswerable questions that 6300 A St • Lincoln, NE 68510 • 402-483-2213 • unitarianlincoln.org


RELIG IO US G RO WTH & LEA RNING 2015-2016 Curriculum Descriptions

Theme: Peace & Social Justice PRESCHOOL: Combination of the curriculum books: Chalice Children and Celebrating Me and My World. Lessons are specifically focused on concepts of peace and justice and are appropriate for the preschool level. Lessons introduce concepts such as: Peace, Sharing, Fairness, Friendship, Diversity, and Cooperation.

K-2ND GRADE CLASS: This class will be using a combination of three curriculum books:

Tapestry of Faith: Love Will Guide Us In this program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?" "What happens when you die?" Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.

3RD-5TH GRADE CLASS: In Our Hands—A Peace & Social Justice Program

In Our Hands—A Peace & Social Justice Program

(See description above)

The curriculum involves children in exploring their own knowledge and feelings about the issues of peace and justice. The program helps children to learn about their own feelings and understanding about conflict and unfairness and to explore constructive ways of resolving conflict and promoting peace and fairness in their personal relationships. In Our Hands also engages children in exploring peace and fairness in their relationship with nature. Finally, it introduces them to several Unitarian Universalists who have made contributions to peace and fairness in the world

Tapestry of Faith: Love Connects Us

Tapestry of Faith: Love Surrounds Us

Popcorn Theology: Students will watch a short clip from popular films and discuss ‘big questions’ as they pertain to our values and the topics of peace and social justice

At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. This program explores all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school, neighborhood. Participants engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.

Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another's search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.


HIGH SCHOOL CLASS (9TH –12TH GRADE CLASS): Sr. High students will combine curriculum, discussion, activities and guest speakers in their classroom experience to explore aspects of peace and social justice as it ties into our UU principles. Peace, Faith, and Love, Chelsea

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS RGL Registration Forms We need Parents and Guardians to register their Children and Youth each year. Forms are on the back of the calendar in this newsletter and in the RGL brochure available on the table just inside the double doors of the RGL wing across from the Office Window.

Unitarian Church Art Gallery

Youth In Action Youth In Action leaders needed! Youth In Action typically starts in October and runs through May. The middle and high school group meets 6:30-8pm Wednesday nights. The goal is to have the youth do social justice work in the community while also getting to know one another and do group bonding activities. This group cannot happen without adult leaders. Please contact Chelsea Krafka if you are willing to volunteer.

Assistants Needed We are still in need of assistants and substitutes for our Sunday School. The commitment is 7-10 times per church year and training will be provided. Choose your own schedule! This is your opportunity to learn and grow alongside our terrific young people Sunday mornings.

SEPTEMBER RGL CALENDAR Preschool Class and Nursery Care are available every Sunday for younger Pre-K children in the Preschool Room.


Last Day of Summer Classes


Ingathering: Blessing of the Classes


First Day RGL Program Classes


Regular Classes


Regular Classes

The featured artist in the Unitarian Church Art Gallery during the month of September will be our very own church member Duncan Case. He has been documenting travels with Meg on her international conferences. This show is about last summers' trip to France, including Lyon, Auvergne, and Bretagne.  Sorry, no pictures of Paris.

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Way Station Concert - Roy Zimmerman   

offered by Julie Enersen & Jean Helms

Saturday, Sept. 19 • 7:30 PM • Auditorium

In early September, you will notice that our website has undergone a change. We are currently revamping the layout and content of the site by utilizing a new website creation system.

$18 ~  Adults, $10  ~  Students, $2  ~  12 and under. Donations accepted if unable to pay full cover.

The re-designed site will: •engage our mission •be streamlined and user-friendly •be geared toward visitors, newcomers and seekers •incorporate more photos and less text •allow us to embed our newsletter on the site •give members links to items frequently accessed •be a cost-effective option for our church •allow staff to maintain the site more easily We think the new site will be a more useful tool for all of us and will give our visitors a better sense of who we are. We will let you know when the revamped site is up and running and hope that you’ll take the opportunity to explore it!

New Open Circle Group begins soon! Open Circles are small covenant groups that meet monthly to give our members and friends the chance to meet with the same people each month to consider a variety of topics. Open Circle Groups give you the opportunity to discuss serious questions about what is important to you in your daily lives. These groups are also known as affinity groups in some congregations. If you are a newcomer, a new member, or someone who is looking for connections this may be a great way for you to feel connected in a more meaningful and intimate way. Please join us. Nick Hernandez will be the leader for this newest Open Circle Group which will begin soon. To sign up talk to Membership Associate Karen Dienstbier or to Nick. Email Karen Dienstbier to find out more membership@unitarianlincoln.org or look for the yellow brochure on the brochure rack.

What can one person do about climate change, torture, racism, gun violence, fracking, Congressional ineptitude, ignorance, war and greed? “Write funny songs”, says Roy Zimmerman. "The Faucet's on Fire!" is ninety minutes of Zimmerman's hilarious, rhymeintensive original songs.   

Foundation bequest The Unitarian Foundation Committee encourages members and friends to consider bequests to the Church, on behalf of the living and those honored with a memorial. Contributions can be in the form of memorial gifts, wills and trusts to support the church's continued liberal religious presence in Lincoln. Please contact the church office for details and federal tax ID number. Current members of the Unitarian Church Foundation are: Gene Hanlon, Harry Heafer, Norm Hostetler, Amy Miller, Barbara Pearson, Bruce Raymer and Alan Worth. Please feel free to ask them any questions regarding contributing or putting the Unitarian Foundation in your Will or Trust.

Green Corner Unitarian Church of Lincoln Energy Use

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NEW ME MBERS New Member: Nick Hernandez

New Members: Brianne Keschell

Nick began coming to church about two years ago because he was looking for friendship, a religious community where he could be himself and have a conversation on topics that other congregations might find difficult. Since coming to church he has helped with the Wednesday Youth in Action Group, taken the Join Us class, and the A Chosen Faith book discussion class. In the future he looks forward to getting involved in other church activities. Nick says about his journey through life the following:

"I like to say often, that I did not choose UUism. UUism choose me. It wasn't until I went to my first sermon with Justin, our enlightening previous minister that I immediately knew that my struggles with being 'distant' or 'unsupported' by God were over. Life circumstance and hardship ate at my strained relationship with Religion/Faith and God for many years between my teens and late twenties. Moving to Lincoln from Omaha two years ago -which felt even further from my homeland of Southern Californiabrought me immense opportunity to attract a tribe of magnificent individuals from the UU community. I had befriended many of the UU congregation prior to joining or even visiting the church. Occupationally, I am a caregiver to long lasting congregation members, nanny to a UU family and a customer service rep/ cashier at Natural Grocer's. And I am loving friend to many other UU individuals with whom I have met on this beautiful journey of newfound independence in Nebraska.

“After taking one too many strengthsfinder surveys, I became convinced that I had character strengths, and that I could use them to create positive community change. Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence causes me to notice goodness in the world around him, and Maximizer drives me to elevate everything I can get my hands on to its full potential. In the fall of 2014 in partnership with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I organized Happiness Lincoln: A Summit on Wellbeing to celebrate the work of wellbeing researchers, community leaders, and wellbeing educators in the Midwest. I enjoy serving as the President of the Havelock Neighborhood Association, host of Community Matters Radio on KZUM 89.3 FM, and as Vice-president of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. I served the state of Nebraska as an economist before becoming a community wellbeing activist and advisor. You can learn more about his work at www.communityvisionquest.com.” When you see Nick at church please welcome him as one of our new members.

Being a part of the Lincoln community prior to discovering my path with UUism made the transition all the easier. I now feel the light, love, support and acceptance I had been seeking but just didn't stop to remember, it was already there. I love movies, music, dance parties, food galore, fashion unicorns and everything to do with being a beacon of Empathy, Integrity, Unconditional Love and Compassion for Self and All.”   Brianne will be helping to serve meals at Fresh Start Home for Women, and she will be hosting the First Sunday Chat occasionally. Please welcome Brianne as one of our new members when you see her during coffee hour.

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Capital Campaign Report by Mary Sommermeyer, Capital Campaign Treasurer

As of July 31, 2015, the balance in the capital campaign fund was $75,344, 12.13% or $127,150 of the total $1,048,462 financial commitment remained to be paid, and the liabilities for the project were: Outstanding amount on Union Bank line of credit: $104,286.20, Member loans: 430,000.00, Total: $534,286.20 While most of the building project bills have been paid, costs are still being incurred, primarily related to the detention pond and landscaping. A portion of the balance in the capital campaign fund that is not needed for anticipated expenses will be transferred to Union Bank fairly soon to help reduce that liability. Financial commitments to the capital campaign were originally scheduled to be paid by January 2016. When the “close the gap” campaign was held in May 2013, those commitments were allowed to be paid through December 2016. We plan to officially close off the capital campaign as of the end of January 2016 and will use the remaining “close the gap” payments that come in through December 2016 to continue to pay down the Union Bank loan and to start repaying member loans in December 2016. Any payments on capital campaign financial commitments that can be made sooner than you otherwise had planned will help to reduce the interest costs on the Union Bank loan. If you didn’t (or couldn’t) make a commitment before, please consider becoming a stakeholder in this historic, climate-conscious project by helping to lower our construction debt. More details about the Capital Campaign Fund and expenses paid are available on the church website in the “Members Only” section. You can also contact me at 402-489-8213 or sommerlaw@neb.rr.com.

Co-Operations: The Fruits of Listening offered by Christine Starr Davis, on behalf of the Management Team

There is an old Twilight Zone episode in which a neatly suited man takes a drag from a cigarette while thinking his thoughts audibly for the TV viewer. In the background, his wife is sharing information with him that is clearly important to her. The voice-over of his thoughts purrs, “She talked and talked, but I wasn’t listening.” It’s a superb (and uncomfortably humorous) example of the arrogance of not listening. This vintage TV moment is the antithesis of what each member of the Management Team (MT) strives for — to be interested, active and responsive listeners regarding operations of the church. Did you know that something as simple as our new concrete patio relied upon the collaboration of our resident arborist (Scott Josiah) our grounds and building chairs (Martha Horvay and Harry Heafer) our property and finance coordinator (Christine Starr Davis) our 2016 Member (Curt Donaldson), our Administrative Director (Jean Helms) and a trio of contractors including Walt the concrete man? Each of us listened to one another and together, we designed a space that will serve us and our rental customers well in the months to come, not to mention the nearby linden tree, important aesthetic sensibilities and ongoing maintenance of the environs. Soon, the preschool fencing will appear – likewise, the optimized result of much listening and sharing of ideas among us. The funding too will be cooperative (some from grounds, some from RGL, some from the MT). Finally, the MT joined hearts and minds with the dedicated leaders of the Art Gallery (Jo Brown and Bob Egan) to seek a compromise that could enable a celebration of life that required substantial gallery space. Each time we share and listen, we grow. This month, the words we speak so often walked and worked for our community!

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FACE TO FACE: THE TREASURE WE BEAR, THE MASKS WE WEAR October 3, 2015 • 6:30-8:00PM Unitarian Church of Lincoln Cash bar and generous edibles Child care will be provided It is nearly autumn – a time of transition for us. So many changes. The fall foliage turns and gathers at our feet, frost draws its magical scenes on our windows. Our thoughts turn too. We think about preparing our houses and cars for winter. We bring warm clothes out of storage. We harvest the last precious fruits of our summer labor. How familiar we are with transition and change of late, with reflecting. When this effort takes us to a new and a better place, it can be fun and energizing! Coming face to face with our selves can be hard work though, and at such a time, what is more welcome than a party? It is pledge time, a time when we celebrate the difference our gifts have made in the prior year and renew our commitment to the stewardship of our church in the year ahead. We can hardly wait to see you face to face. On Saturday October 3, our members will gather in our beautiful green building (what Harlan Limpert from the UUA last year dubbed not a renovation, but an imagination!) from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. We will share company, nibbles, skits, drinks, and singing. We will ponder the time, talent and treasure “masks” we wear and why. Masks can hide who we are, it is true, but they can also reveal and highlight important parts of ourselves. Unmasked, we will start our journey toward heartfelt and informed pledge decisions for 2016. Oh yes, every person who attends will receive a $10 certificate good for the church’s upcoming 500 Faces Project. Please join us! Offered by your Pledge Team, Christine Starr Davis, Jamie Radcliffe, Bruce Raymer, and Michael Reinmiller

SAVE THE DATE: SORENSEN LECTURE "BUILDING A COMPANY AND REBUILDING A COMMUNITY" Sunday, October 4 • 7:00PM • Auditorium Lance Morgan, CEO of Ho-Chunk, Inc, the award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska will tell the story of Ho-Chunk, Inc, and the Winnebago Tribe’s rise from economic despair to an international company with over $250 million a year in revenue in one generation, and its impact on a small, poor, rural community. Free and Open to the Public.

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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 Sat. • Sept. 12 • 6:30/8:00PM 6300 A Street • Gathering Place

Come join us for potluck dinner at 6:30PM and board/card games at 8:00PM. Come for one or both. All welcome. Contact: Leona Braziel 402-489-0916   windflower@aol.com

Bridge Groups Intermediate Group Every Tuesday • 2:30PM 6300 A Street • Gallery

Coordinator: Jackie Egan egan@neb.r.com 402-435-6111

Advanced group Every Wednesday • 1:00PM 6300 A Street • Gallery

Coordinator: Earl Kramer krameyer@neb.rr.com 402-489-8213 Want to join us? Contact us prior to the day of the game.

Coffeehouse 4th Friday • Sept 25 • 7:00PM 6300 A Street • Gallery

Visit us for more details or contact Duane Polzien 402-540-5025 duaneep2000@yahoo.com

Men’s Potluck 2nd Monday • Sept 14 • 6:30PM 6300 A Street • Gallery

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

Men’s Reading Group 1st & 3rd Tuesdays • Sept 1 & 15 7:00PM • 6300 A Street • K/1 Rm

The book we are reading is “Fire in the Belly” by Sam Keen. Duncan Case 402-202-9152 frankcase4346@gmail.com

Newcomers First Sunday Chat Sunday, Sept 6 • 11:15AM 6300 A Street • Library

Meet with visitors and friends in the Library to watch and discuss a 10-minute film called "Voices of a Liberal Faith.” Contact Newcomer Chair Megan McGuffey marie.megan@gmail.com

Tai Chi Every Wednesday • 6300 A Street Gallery • 5:30PM Beginners, 6:30PM Intermediate

All UU Members and Friends are invited. No experience necessary. Contact Karen Dienstbier 402-489-7545

UU Meditation Sangha 2nd & 4th Wednesdays • 7:00PM 6300 A Street • Music Room

We gather at 7:00 and begin a short meditation promptly at 7:15PM. Then we have discussion time followed by another meditation period. Contact LauraLee Woodruff 402-770-9382 holybear47@gmail.com

Women’s Book Group Every three weeks •10:00AM 6300 A Street • Gallery

For more information, contact Diane Richards dianemn2@gmail.com September 12 China Dolls by Lisa See October 3  A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly

Board games for adults and kids. Open to all individuals. Hosted by the LGBTA Welcoming Cmte. Contact Deb Hope debra.a.hope@gmail.com

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

Zen Meditation

4th Tuesday • Sept 22 • 7:00PM 6300 A Street • Gallery

Every Thursday • 7:00PM 6300 A Street • Music Room

Men's Discussion Group

The LGBTA Welcoming Committee sponsors PFLAG which meets at our church. Confidentiality at each meeting is very important. Please join us or visit us at: www.pflagcornhusker.org

We are a small group of UU's who meditate at church each week. Contact Norm Simon 402-435-0225 nsimon1@neb.rr.com

2nd & 4th Tuesdays • Sept 8 & 22 7:00PM • Gathering Place

New participants are welcome any time. Discussion topics vary.

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TH A NK Y O US Thanks to you all! offered by Karen Dienstbier, Membership Associate

We had a successful Shared Hospitality Workshop in August. Thank you to the Newcomer Committee for providing the setup, cleanup and the breakfast for the group. Thank you to the Rev. Dr. Gretchen Woods for her insight and words of encouragement to the group. And thank you to Megan McGuffey, Newcomer Committee chair for presenting the coffee chat discussion with newcomers for the workshop as well as doing the training for the First Sunday Chat. And thank you to Keith McGuffey for providing the AV for us. We appreciate the help of all of you! Because several of you were unable to attend the workshop there will be a follow up session in September. Look for an invitation to come to

you by email. If you have an interest in offering your time on Sunday morning to volunteer email Karen Dienstbier membership@unitarianlincoln.org or speak to her during coffee hour. Thanks go to the Newcomer Committee for their expertise in providing the backup for the potluck lunch following the Water Communion Service. They did a great job of setting up chairs and tables, setting out the food and cleaning up too. And a big THANK YOU to those in the congregation who helped with those jobs as well. Thanks very much to ALL of you! Thank you to those of you who have served our congregation well in the past month by volunteering a portion of their time as Sunday Morning Greeters. We appreciate your devotion to our church and your generosity of giving back to the church by being a Sunday morning greeter. We all very much appreciate your time and effort!


September 6

September 13

September 20

September 27

Pulpit Decoration

Molly Klocksin

Janine Copple

Barbara Ellis

Leona Braziel

Cyn Monohon


Sheila & Orvis Wall

Denise Craig & Falla Halsey

Evelyn Weymouth, Gary Colvin

Deb Bevard, Mary Jane Gruba

Connie Benjamin, Linda Hellerich

Carol Kendrick




Coffee Hosts

BJ Wheeler & Barb Ellis


Kristi WamstadEvans


Liz BonneyHeermann

Jamie Radcliffe



Barbara & Al Pearson

Earl Kramer, Mark Weddleton

Les & Lee Manns

Tim Johnson, Pamela Forster

Sheila & Orvis Wall

Don Pinkley,

Larry Gregg,

Don Pinkley,

Keith McGuffey

Keith McGuffey

Larry Gregg



Welcome Table

Jan Hostetler

Mary Sommermeyer

Michael Straatman

Chalice Lighters





LaVonne & Gene Hanlon None

Kay Hoff None

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O U R C O M M U N I TY Thank You’s

Milestones, Millstones, Stepping Stones Please keep KK Munson and Ada Munson in your thoughts after the passing of their beloved Neil last month. A Memorial will be held for Neil on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00PM.

Congratulations to Lindsay and Jake Bartlett on the birth of their baby girl, Aurora Jesenia on August 7, 2015 at 1:05PM. She is now at home getting to know her puppy siblings. A memorial service will be held for Judy Cole on Sunday, August 30 at 2:00PM.

S TA F F & LA Y LEA D ERS Staff Rev. Dr. Gretchen Woods, Interim Minister • revdocgwoods@gmail.com Fritz Hudson, Minister Emeritus • fhudson@uuma.org Charles S Stephen, Jr. Minister Emeritus • patandcharles@windstream.net Chelsea Krafka, Religious Growth Dir. • religiousgrowth@unitarianlincoln.org Jean Helms, Administrative Director • admin@unitarianlincoln.org Julie Enersen, Worship Arts Director • worshiparts@unitarianlincoln.org Karen Dienstbier, Membership Associate • membership@unitarianlincoln.org Christina Strong, Administrative Associate • associate@unitarianlincoln.org

Board of Trustees

Management Team

Christine Starr Davis Lindsay Bartlett, President Reed Maly, Vice-President __________________ Molly Klocksin, Secretary Kathy Disney Liz Bonney-Heermann Officers: Leslie Ryan Hess Dyas, Co-Treasurer Penny Urwiler Linda Ager, Co-Treasurer Kristi Wamstad-Evans Jo Donohoe, Assistant Jamie Radcliffe Mary Sommermeyer, Amy Birky Curt Donaldson, Immediate Capital Campaign Treasurer Past President 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 August 15 - June 14: Sunday: 9:00 AM—1:00 PM Tues-Fri: 9:00 AM —3:00 PM Closed Monday & Saturday Phone: 402.483.2213 Email: admin@unitarianlincoln.org Website: www.unitarianlincoln.org 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 www.unitarianlincoln.org/news

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