Rev. Scott Aaseng:
2 - 6 p.m., Tuesday, September 16
3 - 5 p.m., Saturday, September 27
*Walk-ins are welcome, though emailing for an appointment is helpful. Next service- Sunday, September 28, TBA.
Rummage Sale is Coming Soon: Our semi-annual rummage sale is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18. Finally, all the stuff cluttering your house can find a good home, and you can find some new treasures to replace them! The hours will be 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday. Remember, volunteers setting up get first dibs on the good stuff. We will begin taking donations on Sunday, October 12. Please make sure clothes and other articles are clean and in good repair.
As usual, we will need all the help we can get for setting up all the week before, as well as working the sale days. If you can give even an hour, we will be glad to have you. Even more important is tear-down on Saturday; that has to be done much more quickly. If you are willing and able to help transport larger items, that would be very much appreciated. Please contact Rosalind Davila for more information or to volunteer.
Introducing Monthly Birthday Coffee Hours: On the second Sunday of each month, those who share a birthday that month are invited to help us all celebrate. It's a little different twist--we're asking the birthday celebrants to provide something to share for that Sunday's Coffee Hour. Add your name to the easel for that month's birthdays so everyone may wish you a Happy Birthday! For example, on the second Sunday of September (September 14), we'll celebrate all September birthdays. If you were born that month, please bring a treat to share and allow all of us to celebrate you. October birthdays will be celebrated during coffee hour of that month's second Sunday, October 12, November birthdays on November 9, and so on. We're glad you were born!
Faith in Action:The Faith-in-Action Committee has chosen September as Homelessness Awareness Month. You will see speakers listed for the Sunday 10 a.m. First Hour Forums who will address homelessness, and events are planned the throughout the month.
7 p.m. Saturday, September 20, Autumn Equinox: Our local chapter of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans (CUUPS) will celebrate the Autumn Equinox, in the fellowship hall. The ritual will be followed by a pot luck, so bring a dish to share. This event is open to the public. All ages are welcome, but no child care is provided so children may participate. You may accompany your child in the nursery if they need a break. Minors must bring a parent. Participants must sit within the Circle and give their name during introductions. For more information, contact Kele Ivey or Patricia Riley-Churilla.
10 a.m. Sunday, September 21, First Hour Forum in Parish Hall. Join Diane Nilan of Hear Us, an organization dedicated to raising the voice and visibility of homeless children. 11 a.m. service, Diane Nilan will be our guest speaker as she discusses her important work advocating for the needs of homeless children.
12:30 p.m. Sunday, September 21, Library and Archives Committee meeting. We will work on the library's inventory and book content review. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, contact Don Parker.
Monday, September 22 through Friday, September 26, the church office will be closed. (Jan Zorn, office manager, will be on vacation during this time.)
7 p.m. Friday, September 26, Science Café features Brad Bumgardner, the Naturalist at Indiana Dunes State Park. Brad will discuss the Saw Whet Owl Project, which began in 2009 when the Interpretive Services at Indiana Dunes State Park set out to study and educate the public on the secretive and smallest of eastern U.S. owls, the Northern Saw Whet Owl. This event is open to the public. Free admission. Light refreshments at 6:30 p.m., program at 7 p.m. Children of an appropriate age are welcome, but we are no longer able to provide childcare for younger children.
Glenn Keldsen and Pete O'Day, Coordinators
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, September 27, join us in Festival Park for Friends of Paws & Claws’ Pet Blessing event. Bring your pets to have them blessed by our own Rev. Scott Aaseng, check out vendors and animal rescue groups, and buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win baskets of pet goodies. Also, we are looking for additional vendors, so if you craft or sell pet-related items, or know someone who does, let us know. For more information, contact Cheryl Powell or Patricia Riley-Churilla.
9 a.m. Saturday, September 27, Cafe Agape. Every Saturday, the Presbyterian Church of Hobart hosts Cafe Agape, a free community meal. First Unitarian volunteers coordinate a meal once a month. This month’s coordinators are Carl Wolf and Stephanie Dowell. They are looking for people to arrive at the Presbyterian Church to prepare food from 9 - 11 a.m., to serve food from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and to help with clean-up from noon - 2 p.m. (Help with all if you can.) There is a sign-up sheet in Parish Hall or contact Stephanie or Carl.
10 a.m. Sunday, September 28, First Hour Forum in Parish Hall. Congregation member Carl Wolf will discuss the current state of homeless services from a national and local level. Carl is the director of Respond Now, a social agency in Chicago Heights, IL. 11 a.m. service, Rev. Scott Aaseng (see above).
6:30 p.m Friday, October 3, First Friday Games and Potluck: Join us for a our game and potluck night. Bring your favorite game (board and card games) and a dish to share. Or just bring the food and see what everyone else is playing. Be sure you are able to explain any game you bring, in case others have never played it before. We eat at 6:30 p.m., and we break out the games soon after. Contact Patricia Riley-Churilla through the church office for more information.
6 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, Poetry, Prose and Potluck: Poetry, Prose and Potluck will meet at the home of Richard Johnson and Marti Pizzini in Chesterton. If you would like to come, please contact Richard and Marti by phone or email or through the church office. That way our hosts will know how many places to set, and she can advise you on what kind of food might still be needed.
P.S. If you're new, it may be helpful to know that the "Poetry, Prose, and Potluck" (PPP) group meets monthly in one another's homes, where we break bread together, check in, and share poetry and prose readings.
7 p.m. Friday, October 10, Science Café, "Determining the Health Risks of Homelessness: Dying on the Street": (Please note the October Science Cafe occurs two weeks earlier than usual.) Join Carl Wolf, Executive Director of Respond Now and member of First Unitarian Hobart as he discusses the health risks associated with homelessness. Carl will present the Vulnerability Index & Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool, a tool for identifying and prioritizing the street homeless population for housing according to the fragility of their health. It is a practical application of research into the causes of death of homeless individuals living on the street, conducted by Boston’s Healthcare for the Homeless organization, led by Dr. Jim O’Connell. The Boston research identified the specific health conditions that cause homeless individuals to be most at risk for dying on the street.
12 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, Common Reader Book Group will meet at the church. Please bring your lunch. We will be discussing a yet-to-be selected book for October. We will let you know the title through the weekly email and Sunday bulletin. Books will be available on the first Sunday in October. See Sandy Ashmore. The Comfort Shawl Ministry will also meet on the same day about 1:30 p.m. Bring your hooks and needles; there is lots of yarn on hand. Contact Wendy Masters through the church office with any questions.