Category Archives: Service Announcement

Stages of Belief

Stages of Belief

What’s the  difference between “believing in” something and “believing” something? Many people gather status from believing in a cause, but, no matter how noble, this can be self-serving. The true activists or change agents are often working quietly at the grassroots level and being driven by their internal value system.

Meeting at 10:30 am, Sunday Feb. 15th  at 1st Cong. UCC, LOWER LEVEL, 431 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, Ohio.  Enter through rear glass doors and take elevator down.

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Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck

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Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!  Our Annual Membership Meeting and Potluck will take place on May 19th, 10:30 at Mary Douhit’s home: 2930 Valley Lane, Sandusky.  (Some of you may remember being there last year).  Please remember to bring a dish and join us for the potluck afterward.  See you there!    

Mary Grigolia: “American Dreaming” and New Member Induction, Followed by Potluck and Membership Meeting

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Sunday Service, May 5 – AMERICAN DREAMING: What is the dream guiding America today? Is there a dream? Should there be? What is the role of organized religion in a collective dream? How might we become a congregation of lucid dreamers, for America and beyond? Service led by Rev. Mary Grigolia

Of Note:  This Sunday, we will be welcoming a few new members to our Fellowship: Steve Hall, Paul Kay, Beverly Kendall, and Tricia O’Connor.

Service will be followed by a Potluck and Membership Meeting.

Mary’s Musings

As a minister, the month of May is always about mothering and remembering: Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. On a personal level, it asks: How do we care for those whose lives touch ours? How do honor those who went before? How do hope to be remembered? And at the collective level it challenges and encourages us to be aware of a community of care. How are we caring for the families and individuals in our community? This year, I find myself sitting with our responsibility to care for those who would join us. To mother them. To remember the dream of those who came before. What happens when we welcome immigrants but don’t provide a way for them and for their children to understand and enter into the collective life? How do we remember those dreamers and doers who have made possible the dream of America, a society founded on a dream of freedom – freedom to believe what is true for you as an individual, freedom to gather as congregations, freedom to pursue what makes you happy, what makes us happy. Is our dream big enough? Is there a new dream stirring?

What Really Matters? (Potluck and Workshop Sunday)

487894_542809495752508_1690200112_nPlease join us this Sunday, April 21, for “What Really Matters.”

As an alternative to the “So What? Who Cares?” culture of narcissism, cynicism, and consumerism, Rev. Mary Grigolia reflects on what touches us as individuals and how we make a difference as individuals, as a congregation and beyond.

Our service will be followed by a delicious finger food potluck and workshop.

This month’s workshop will focus on implementing one or more new programs in our Fellowship.  You need not be a member or regular attendee to join us. We would love to have you!  Survey results will be shared and plans will be made to do some exciting new things in our immediate future.  If you are interested in getting involved with a new program such as regular informal fun gatherings for all ages, a book discussion group, or a Chalice circle, please do plan to attend!   YOU are what really matters!

 

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Human Trafficking: A presentation by Tracy Gross McGinley

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 Join us Sunday, April 14th at 10:30 AM, as Tracy Gross McGinley discusses human Trafficking.

Join us for a TED Talk Screening: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor on the Brain and Spirituality

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Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor experienced a debilitating stroke, and awakened to new spirituality!  Join us this Easter Sunday for a special viewing of her TED Talk.

Visit her website for more information about her experiences and work in brain science!  http://drjilltaylor.com

BRING A FRIEND + POTLUCK! Join Us This Sunday, February 3 – Rev. Mary Grigolia Speaks

Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, Sunday, February 3 at 10:30am. Service facilitated by Rev. Mary Grigolia.

Bring a dish to share for the potluck lunch following the service! We will be having our board meeting after to discuss details for our holiday party – please feel free to join us!

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities.

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Join us Sunday for a discussion of Breakthough Congregations. Don Leake and Lisa Dewey will be sharing a short DVD of a UUA Breakthrough Congregation in Seattle, with discussion to follow. Visitors are welcome to join us for our 10:30 … Continue reading

Join Us This Sunday, January 20 – Rev. Dr. Rob Smith Speaks: New Information on Dead Sea Scrolls

Join the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County on the Lower Level of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 431 Columbus Avenue in Sandusky, Sunday, January 20 at 10:30am. Rev. Dr. Rob Smith will be speaking on new information on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Please enter the church at the glass enclosure to the rear of the building and take the elevator down to basement.

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities.

Join Us This Sunday, January 13 – Jonathan Brenneman Speaks on Christian Peacemakers Team & Non-Violent Resistance

This Sunday, January 13, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Erie County will be hosting as our speaker a young Mennonite from St. Mary’s, Ohio, named Jonathan Brenneman, who is doing a year of religious service in the city of Hebron in Palestine.  Mr. Brenneman will be discussing his work with the Christian Peacemakers Team, a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation.  Visitors are welcome to join us for our 10:30 AM service in the basement of the 1st Congregational UCC, 431 Columbus Ave, Sandusky.  Please enter the church at the glass enclosure to the rear of the building and take the elevator down to basement.

Fair Trade Coffee & Tea will also be for sale before and after the service to benefit the fellowship and the well being of small farm cooperatives & communities.