Wednesday, November 19 Channing Chimes Bell Ave. Ringers Wednesday Night Dinner

Congregational Response
Led by Margaret Schultz,
Board President
Hymn #346
Extending the Hand of
We, the members of First Unitarian Church,
welcome you to our shared journey of fellowship,
discovery, and celebration. We invite you to
contribute to our concern for justice and pledge to
join our strength and talents with yours, believing
that through our common effort we may better
share the meaning of our lives. May we work
together to sustain this church—this workshop of
common endeavor—a place of comfort and
challenge...a home from which to journey and
return once again.
Come Sing a Song with Me
Milo Bottenfield-Biehn
Joys and Concerns
Rev. Mark Stringer
Children’s Benediction (see inside back cover
of hymnal)
[submit on Sunday or via http://]
Comfort me…O my soul.
Sing with me…O my soul.
Sung Response
Sharing Our Abundance
“We Gather Together” by Joel Raney
Bell Ave. Ringers, Karen
Kraemer, director
Rev. Mark Stringer
*Hymn #322 (verses 1, 2 and 4)
Thanks Be for These
*Closing Words
Words of Wayne Arnason
Rev. Mark Stringer
*Extinguishing the Flame
Jared Dowdell
Terry Lowman
Dana Stuehling
Thank You to all Service Participants and to Today’s Hospitality Teams:
Leader: I extinguish the symbolic flame
of this gathering. May we carry its light
into the world.
People: Let us go from this place, open to life,
expecting to love, and prepared to serve.
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Wednesday, November 19
Channing Chimes 5:00 p.m., Auditorium
Bell Ave. Ringers 5:45 p.m., Auditorium
Wednesday Night Dinner 5:30 p.m., Channing Hall
Sparks Choir 6:00 p.m., Room 105
7-8 Grade OWL (section 1) 6:15 p.m., Room 114
7-8 Grade OWL (section 2) 6:15 p.m., Room 107
Bowen Theory Discussion 6:30 p.m., Room 108
Chalice Choir 6:30 p.m., Room 105
Spirit Play 6:30 p.m., Room 111
Humanist Book Discussion Group 6:45 p.m., Room 108
Enviroscouts 7:00 p.m., Room 103
SOULCOLLAGE 7:00 p.m., Mary Safford Room
UU Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m., Channing Hall
5-6 Grade OWL 7:00 p.m., Room 113
Thursday, November 20
Unity Circle 12:00 noon, Channing Hall
RE Council 6:00 p.m., DRE’s Office
11:00 a.m. Team Leader: Ellen Taylor, Jean Rommes, Karen Kittell, John Ringland, Elaine Ringland, Mary Christopher, Bill Dunlop, Kate Garst, Leland Searles,
Jane Flagler, Martha Sherick Shen, Margaret Petosa, Dave Hurd, Trudy HolmanHurd
Friday, November 21
Progressive Voices Concert: Monroe Crossing 7:30 p.m., Auditorium
Sound Board Operator: 9:15 a.m. - Rob Malcomson; 11:00 a.m. - Ryan Beck
Sunday, November 23
Long Strange Trip 9:00 a.m., Peace Conference Room
Welcoming Newcomers Committee 9:15 a.m., Room 105
Service: "To Rest in the Grace of the World" with Rev. Mark Stringer, Rev.
Erin Gingrich and Linda Barnes, Ministerial Intern; Celebrant: Susan
Jellinger 9:15 & 11:00 a.m., Auditorium
For this pre-Thanksgiving, all-ages service, featuring our adult and children’s
choirs, we’ll share in an apple communion and consider with gratitude the grace
all around us. You may have your child dedicated at either of these services.
Second Basket: Children and Family Urban Movement’s (CFUM) mission is to create
a community to support the potential of children, youth and families through educational success, healthy living and community engagement. This is carried out
through after school programs for children who reside in a near Des Moines
North side neighborhood who are between the grades of K through 12. Planned
Parenthood of the Heartland’s mission is to be a leader in providing accessible reproductive health care, education, and advocacy; responsive to the needs and rights of
families and individuals.
Visually Impaired: Full page magnifiers may be found at the rear of the
auditorium near the sound board.
From All the Fret and Fever of the Day
“The Grace of Non-Anxious Presence”
New Members recognized today are:
Adam Clement
Tyler Dillion
Hilary Hippen-Leek
Sarah Letourneau
Natalie Mason
Kay Scott
Hearing Impaired: We have radio receivers available at the rear of the auditorium near the audio board.
Including “A Meditation on Anxiety and
Connection” by Carissa Fields
Sung Response #90
*Please stand as you are able
9:15 a.m. Team Leader: Gene McCracken, Judy Davis, Kay Hertz, Cat Morris,
Curt Simmons, Barb Klubal, Jan Svec, Margaret Wills, Bob Brunia, Mark Adams,
Dan Purcell, Shawn Purcell, Kevin Hanigan, Emma Hanigan, Kay Becker, Dennis
Becker, Linda Krypel
“Grumpy Goat” by Brett Helquist
Singing the Children to Class
Thanks Be for These
Thanks be for these, we celebrate;
Sing and rejoice, our trust declare;
Press all our faith into our fate;
Bless now the destiny we share.
Dessert: Bob Baker
Rev. Mark Stringer, Lori
Emison Clair, Ellen
Taylor, Margaret Schultz
Story for All Ages
*Closing in Song #322 (verse 5)
Sunday, November 16
Long Strange Trip: UU History Film Series 9:00 a.m., Peace Conference Room
RE Classes 9:15 & 11:00 a.m., Lower Level
Service: "The Grace of Non-Anxious Presence" with Rev. Mark Stringer;
Celebrant: Carissa Fields 9:15 & 11:00 a.m., Auditorium
Forum: People’s Climate March 11:00 a.m., Channing Hall
Grounds Council 11:00 a.m., Minister’s Office
World Religions & Their Cultures 11:00 a.m., Room 105
Young Adult Small Group Ministry 11:00 a.m., Room 107
First UU Christian Fellowship 12:15 p.m., Room 111
High School OWL Class 5:00 p.m., Room 107
Monday, November 17
Small Group Ministry 10:00 a.m., Kitchen
Paganism 101 6:00 p.m., Mary Safford Room
Concert Committee 6:30 p.m., DRE’s Office
Tuesday, November 18
PFLAG 6:30 p.m., Channing Hall
(Calendar continued on next panel)
Saturday, November 22
PlayUU Thanksgiving Potluck 5:30 p.m., Channing Hall
Contact Rev. Stringer for more information.
Energy & Justice 11:00 a.m., Room 107
Great Decisions 11:00 a.m., Minister’s Office
World Religions & Their Cultures 11:00 a.m., Room 105
LGBT Rights Action Group 12:15 p.m., Peace Conference Room
Social Justice Think Tank 12:30 p.m., Channing Hall
High School Youth Group 6:00 p.m., Room 107
The Season of Giving
This holiday season, we thank everyone who has supported First Unitarian
Church this past year with their time, talent and financial contributions and look
forward to the year ahead together. This season would be the perfect time to give
a special gift, catch up on your pledge, or give a gift in memory of a loved one.
There are numerous ways to make a gift - by check, through the website or using
your smartphone to scan the QR code on the back of the Order of Service. Visit or contact the church office for more information.
Giving Tree Coming on November 23
The annual Giving Tree will be in the Gathering Area at First Unitarian beginning Sunday, November 23 through December 7. First Unitarian is working
with Children & Families of Iowa’s Adopt-a-Family program, Children & Family
Urban Movement (a second basket collection organization) as well as providing
for the needs of church members. Gift wishes can be fulfilled by individuals, families, groups of friends, a Soul Matters group, or any other group. All gifts should
be returned to the church by Dec. 14 for delivery to the families. If you have any
questions, please feel free to contact Amy Knudsen at [email protected]
(Announcements continued on the back)
Grounds Planning
Are you interested in helping to make our church’s 4 acres of grounds more interesting, inviting, native, and sustainable? Your ideas and energy are welcome! Please
join us for grounds project planning discussions in the Rev. Stringer’s office at
11:10 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 16, following a short Grounds Council business
meeting. Going forward, we’ll meet the third Sunday of each month through May.
I-Con Youth Conference at First Unitarian
The 7th annual I-Con is Des Moines’ YRUU’s weekend-long gathering of Unitarian Universalist youth (grades 9-12) from around the Midwest. It will be held at
First Unitarian December 12-14. The schedule includes workshops, youth-led
worships, meals, games, community-building, and a coffeehouse (open mic). Complete details and registration form are now available at
Registrations are due by December 1.
Telling the Stories of our Lives
How nice would we, as a congregation, be if we had the stories of our members’
lives recorded and archived? Several members have been asking themselves that
same question, and we think we’ve found an answer. We plan to create a local version of National Public Radio’s StoryCorps (or perhaps, “This is Your Life,” for
those who remember the Ralph Edwards show). It’s pretty simple in concept.
We’ll create a space to record our life stories, and then either write them ourselves
and record them, or go in front of the mic with the help of an interviewer. If you
would be interested in helping develop this project for the church, please write or
call Jim Baker at 556-1936 or [email protected]
Thank You for Your Food Pantry Donations!
From the size of the boxes we filled, workers at the Des Moines Area Religious
Council’s Food Pantry estimated the UU donation last Sunday at 1,000 cans of
food and packaged items. Cash and checks totaled $785. Wow! The spontaneous
generosity says a lot about UU character. The folks at the pantry asked that we
relay their appreciation on behalf of the needy—to which the Monday Small
Group Ministry adds its small voice.
New Group at First Unitarian: Christian Fellowship
The First Unitarian Christian Fellowship offers opportunities for participants to
explore, practice, appreciate and critique Christian theologies, rituals and spiritual
disciplines. We provide a safe environment to heal spiritual wounds and to redirect the lost energies from these wounds into spiritual growth, maturity, caring
ministry and service. We seek creative interchange across theological divides (so all
are welcome). Our group meets at 12:15 p.m., the third Sunday of each month in
Room 111. Our first meeting, on Nov. 16, as a tie-in with Thanksgiving, will focus
on developing a mindset and theology of gratitude and understanding some of the
obstacles that keep us from doing this. Join us to explore what this means. First
time visitor or life-long member: All are welcome!
RE Email
Interested in receiving a weekly email from the RE program? Email Tracy Beck at
[email protected] to be added to the list.
Caring Ministry and Joys and Concerns
To have a joy or concern shared during services, or if you are in need of assistance,
please go to by noon on Friday.
Dungeons & Dragons Tuesday, Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m., Peace Conference Room
Scriptease: Mr. Marmalade by Noah Haidle Tuesday, Nov. 25, 7:00 p.m., Auditorium
Small Group Ministry Monday, Dec. 1, 10:00 a.m., Kitchen
UU Book Club Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:00 p.m., Smokey Row coffee Co. (1910 Cottage Grove)
Bridge Friday, Dec. 5, 7:00 p.m., Channing Hall
(go to for more information on these and other events)
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines
A Unitarian Universalist Church
1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines IA 50315
Phone: 515.244.8603 Fax: 515.244.9761
First Unitarian Church of Des Moines invites people into
a respectful, authentic, and joyful religious community that
nurtures meaningful connections, pursues justice, and inspires service.
Rev. Mark Stringer, Minister
[email protected]
Rev. Erin Gingrich, Associate Minister of Social Justice
[email protected]
Linda Barnes, Ministerial Intern
[email protected]
Deb Dessert, Director of Finance & Administration
[email protected]
Tracy Beck, Director of RE for Children & Youth
[email protected]
Megan Salley, Youth Program Coordinator
[email protected]
Laura Thomas, RE Assistant
[email protected]
Lori Emison Clair, Dir. Of Congregational Life
[email protected]
Carissa Fields, Congregational Life Assistant
[email protected]
Terry Lillie, Caring Ministry Coordinator
[email protected]
Abby Chungath, Communications Coordinator
[email protected]
Moira Leu, Director of Music
[email protected]
Bruce Martin, Pianist
[email protected]
Amy Anderson, Choir Accompanist
[email protected]
Connie Price, Bookkeeper
[email protected]
Jane White, Office Assistant
[email protected]
Don Werner, Groundskeeper
Michelle Plymate, Pre-school Teacher
[email protected]
Margaret Schultz, President
[email protected]
Jean Rommes, Vice President
[email protected]
Zac Bailey, Co-Secretary
[email protected]
Amy Luebbert, Co-Secretary
[email protected]
Charlie Ahern
[email protected]
Bob Belosky
[email protected]
Brandon Bundt
[email protected]
Ross Loder
[email protected]
Barb Royal
[email protected]
Scott Emison Clair, Stewardship
[email protected]
Chris Jorgensen, Facilities
[email protected]
Sally Boeckholt, Councilor at Large
[email protected]
Kate Allen, Social Justice
[email protected]
Ellen Taylor, Congregational Life
[email protected]
Julie Brown, Religious Growth And Learning
[email protected]
Bill Paxson, Worship & Arts
[email protected]
A Unitarian Universalist Church
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 9:15 & 11:00 a.m.
Bruce Martin, pianist
Andrew Curl & Moira Leu, song leaders - 9:15 a.m.
Kat Smorodinsky, Sarah Chang & Moira Leu, song leaders - 11:00 a.m.
November Theme: What does it mean to be a people of grace?
Intoning the Chime
Centering Music
Bruce Martin
Opening Words
Carissa Fields
Inspired by “Otherwise” by Jane
Chalice Lighting
Leader: Life is a gift for which we are
People: We gather in community to celebrate
the glories and the mysteries of this great gift.
Leader: So let us kindle now the flame
of our liberal religious heritage.
People: In its glow, may our reason and our
passion lead us to be true to ourselves, true to
each other, and true to what we can together
*Hymn #303
We Are the Earth Upright and Proud
Carissa Fields
(tune: Old Hundredth #371)
From all that dwell below the skies
let songs of hope and faith arise;
let peace, good will on earth be sung
through every land, by every tongue.
New Member Recognition
Welcome - Rev. Stringer
Roll Call of New Members
Lori Emison Clair,
Director of Congregational
Responsive Reading #728
Led by Ellen Taylor,
Councilor for
Congregational Life
Blessed Are Those
(congregation reads plain type; new
members read italics)