This Coming Sunday

September 17

9:30 AM Traditional Program: Dr. Matthew Stein


Health care is currently the most discussed – and controversial – domestic issue. Dr. Matthew Stein, prominent local physician and volunteer educator, will discuss where we are and how we got here by reviewing medical practices, insurance developments, and public policy from 1900 to today.

10:30 a.m. Coffee in Founders Hall

We will feature work by photographer Earl Richardson, who, after earning a degree in photojournalism, worked for 20 years for newspapers, including the Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas City Star, and Topeka Capital-Journal. Then he returned to KU and earned a law degree. He now does freelance work and has been exploring the art of making tintypes. Plan to meet the artist at the reception on Sunday, September 24, between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m.

11:00 AM Worship Service: “Creation of a Free Space”  – Rev. Jill Jarvis


Theologian Henri Nouwen wrote that hospitality means primarily “the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter…to offer them space where change can take place.” But the human tendency is to view strangers as potentially threatening or challenging on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels. To truly welcome the stranger is a radical, intentional act that may require more than a change in perspective.

Faith Development Classes

Adult Faith Development at 9:30 a.m. in Founders Hall
Mood Talkers: How We Cope with Depression and Anxiety

Mood disorders come in all shapes and sizes. Some are just inconvenient or annoying, while others can be devastating. Some are episodic while others are chronic. They do have a couple of things in common. One is that no reliable “cure” has been discovered that can make them go away forever. The other is that the sufferers are not inclined to talk about how we feel except possibly to our therapists. Those of us who have been taking medications or using other coping strategies for years or decades figure “why not just leave well enough alone?” But is that the best we can do?

Amber Watts Hall and John Brewer invite you to a preliminary discussion to learn if we have the makings of a short-term sharing group in which we can name our experiences, victories and defeats with mood difficulties. It will not be a therapy group, as we do not bring any theories or systems (or pills) to the table. We simply have our own stories to share and we’re thinking that misery, so to speak, loves company.

Starting soon: Soul Matters Sharing Circles will begin on September

24 th. “What does it mean to be a person of Welcome?”

Packets rich with a variety of resources and spiritual exercises are now available at the Welcome Table in our lobby.

Children’s Religious Exploration at 9:30 a.m.

Spirit Play

Bonnie Blosser is looking forward to telling one of our Spirit Play story, “The Flaming Chalice”. Weaving our Soul Matters theme for September of Welcome, this story reminds us that we are all connected to each other and to the spirit of Love and Mystery which some people call God. Our 7 promises help us to be a community of welcome.

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (OWL) – Grades 4 & 5

OWL youth will meet in the Beatrix Potter room for Workshop #1.

Middle Youth

We’re Back! Join Michelle and Melissa and help plan the new

year together!

Children’s Activities at 11:00 a.m.

All families gather in the sanctuary. After the Story for All Ages and Meditation (about 11:15), children under 9 will be sung out of the service and will go to the Beatrix Potter Room for play, friendship building. (Sometimes being in community is challenging and we get to practice our 7 promises with one another!)

Youth Group at NOON

BRING YOUR CALENDARS – planning gets seriou ! Paul Calnon will bring lunch. Who is going to go to the Des Moines youth con Nov 2-4?