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The faith we live by in this church searches for truth in our own individual hearts, in our own life experiences, in the many faith traditions and philosophies that nurture us, in the explorations of science. Ours is not a blind faith: It is based neither on creeds, the scriptures of any particular religion, the pronouncements of a church hierarchy, nor the words of any single person. Rather, we submit our beliefs to the test of knowledge, reason, and compassion. Our faith aims to treat all humans irrespective of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious belief with caring and respect. Ours is a faith of deeds and commitment to building humane character and love for the natural world. It is a faith of the free mind and the loving heart.
You're Welcome Here
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate - Luanne Billstein
"Hospitality is both the answer to modern alienation and injustice and a path to deeper spirituality." ~from Radical Hospitality: Benedict's Way of Love by Father Daniel Homan, O.S.B., and Lonnie Collins Pratt
A call to radical hospitality. The sermon topic was given by Melanie Christiansen, who won the "buy a sermon" bidding in last spring's auction.
Music Notes: The Reverend William Gill and Chris Joseph will lead us in our musical selections at today’s service.
After the service, you are invited to
Due to lack of volunteers, fellowship hour refreshments going forward will be limited to coffee only through the remainder of the year. This will reduce the amount of weekly set-up and clean-up required by the kitchen committee.
Hosting fellowship time requires arriving at church early to brew coffee and set up fellowship hall and the kitchen through cleaning up and closing the kitchen and fellowship hall afterward. If your group would like to host fellowship time, please contact Carla or another member of the kitchen committee to sign up and learn procedures.
Please note that this does not affect potluck, which will continue to take place on the fourth Sunday of each month only. Please contact Gwen if you would like to help with Potluck.
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate - Karen Christie
For the 100th anniversary of the armistice to World War I--the "Great War"--we'll look at efforts to make for great peace, and wonder why war is still such a part of the human condition a century later.
Music Notes: The music in today’s service is in recognition of Armistice Day. It will feature will feature guest jazz vocalist-pianist Nancy Hattner and our own Tom Sheehan.
Coffee hour birthday cake is provided on the first Sunday of each month by Compass. Food donations for coffee hour are as follows: the first Sunday A-I, the second Sunday J-Q, the third Sunday R-Z, the fourth Sunday is normally potluck. If there is a fifth Sunday, please bring something if you are able.
It's Discrimination, Not Stigma
Reverend Jami Yandle
with Holly Brown, UU Ministerial Student
Worship Associate - Melissa Jeter
We are called by our faith to resist all forms of oppression. The pursuit of mental health wellness affects everyone, although the stigma around mental illness is often not widely discussed nor viewed as discrimination. In this service we will explore some mental health stigmas, their dangers, and possible deadly effects when not taken seriously. We will learn about personal struggles, resources, and how to be better allies to those around us.
Passing The Threshold: The Ordination of Jami Yandle
Reverend Tim Barger
First Unitarian will exercise one of its congregational responsibilities by ordaining Jami Yandle to be a minister. Jami is already a hospice chaplain and a community minister. This Sunday closest to Halloween is an appropriate time to declare that Jami’s work with people close to death recognizes that Jami’s activity comes with the title and responsibilities of “Reverend.” The morning service will primarily be Jami’s ordination ceremony, and it will include Rev. Tim giving a sermon on “Passing Thresholds.”
Please bring a dish to share for potluck
following the service.
Paganism: Then and Now
To follow up on a sermon last spring, “Pagan Roots,” let’s continue with the roots but extend into the branches, leaves, and blooms to see how paganism is practiced in the 21st century. We will also recognize the newly formed Tree of Life chapter, the Toledo Unitarians group of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans.
Story for all ages: For this service the Tree of Life CUUPS is taking the kids on a spiritual journey to get in touch with their power animals. We invite all the children to dress up as their favorite animal or wear some animal ears or bring something that represents their favorite animal. We will be doing this during story time. We are really excited and happy to take your children on this journey. We also invite the adults to join in the fun and showing us you favorite animal. Please join us!
COFFEE HOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: If your last name begins with R-Z, please bring something to share in Fellowship Hall during Coffee hour.
We have one new helper during church. Aaron, grandson of Patt, is helping Dan and the Kitchen Committee set up tables and chairs and put the donations on the table. Both of them make things run much smoother. Thank you!
Interested in selling your
arts and crafts at the Bazaar?
Please be sure to fill out the
Vendor Interest Form
as soon as possible!
First Unitarian Church of Toledo is selling gourmet chocolate bars and coupon books.
These can be purchased during office hours or in Fellowship Hall following the Sunday Service.
Additionally, church calendars are now available to order!
All They Do Is Talk About Money
Reverend Tim Barger
Worship Associate Luanne Billstein
What we’ll be talking about is stewardship, and yes, that includes money, but be open to what we’ll say. First Unitarian has a new way and a new schedule of conducting our pledge campaign, setting the budget, and showing you how the support you give is responsibly handled. This stewardship sermon is part of the beginning of our new approach to finances.
COFFEE HOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:The first Sunday of the month is usually birthday cake and ice cream.Things happened last Sunday in the kitchen to prevent me from baking, so we will celebrate the second Sunday this month, including ice cream of course! The celebration will be in Fellowship Hall following church service.
Also remember if your last name begins with J-Q, please bring something to share in Fellowship Hall during Coffee hour.
We have one new helper during church. Aaron, grandson of Patt , is helping Dan and the Kitchen Committee set up tables and chairs and put the donations on the table. Both of them make things run much smoother. Thank you!
What, After All, Am I?
The labels that we use to describe race and ethnicity can help us identify and address injustices in our society. However, labels such as ‘black’, ‘white’, or ‘latino’ are often over-simplifications that distort our perceptions or expectations of other people. We will reflect on racial identity and the need to respond with compassion and empathy even when the labels seem confusing or unclear.
COFFEE HOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: Coffee hour birthday cake on the first Sunday for each
month is provided by Compass. Food donations for coffee hour are as follows: the first Sunday A-I, the second Sunday J-Q, the third Sunday R-Z, the fourth Sunday is normally potluck. If there is a fifth Sunday, please bring something if you are able.
Paper products are needed: small cups for juice, lunch plates (not the largest ones please), dessert plates or snack size.
Any donation of time for set up or clean up after coffee hour, would also be greatly appreciated.
Hand in Hand
Reverend Tim Barger
September 30 is the 248th anniversary of what’s recognized as the first Universalist sermon in the western hemisphere, given by
John Murray. We’ll look at the Universalist context of
today’s Unitarian Universalism.
FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: Please join us for coffee and conversation in Fellowship Hall after the Service. It is the fifth Sunday of the month and everyone is invited to bring snacks and finger foods.
In The Face Of
Bishop Saroya King
Our member Saroya King will have been a bishop in the Liberty Pentecostal Fellowship for almost a month when she leads a service for us. She is intent on building bridges, as illustrated by her being both Unitarian Universalist and a leader in a Christian group that does church in a different manner than we do. Her sermon topic will discuss the idea that once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.
Join us for Potluck in Fellowship Hall after the service. Everyone is invited to bring your favorite summer foods such as potato salad, baked beans, corn, BBQ, etc. Don't forget the desserts! If the weather permits, we may have a couple of tables outside. Fall Potluck schedule: Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 25, and Dec 23.
Our worship services are held each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. We offer many opportunities to engage in fellowship directly after service in our Fellowship Hall. We have Lifespan Faith Development programs for children and adults September through May. We will be glad to see you here!
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