We welcome the New Year with an informal lay led service in Fellowship Hall. Our worship leaders will be Nancy Banks, Trisha Guditz, and Hector Constantzos.
Sunday, January 1st, 2012
Sunday, December 25th, 2011
Our Christmas services will all be on Christmas Eve
and we will not have services this morning.
Have a wonderful Christmas morning with family and friends.
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
4 PM Family Service
"Nativity in a Trunk"
Led by our minister, Tom Rosiello and our DRE, Michele Coté
This service will be oriented towards our children. We will have lots of them participating as we act out the Christmas Story and create a Christmas Tableau. Our Junior Choir and Youth Choir will be performing, and there will be familiar carols for all to sing. We will conclude this service with the traditional candle-lighting ceremony.
9 PM Traditional Christmas Eve Service
Led by our minister, Tom Rosiello. this service will feature traditional Christmas carols and anthems, the reading of the story of the birth of Jesus from the Christian Gospels, and a candle-lighting ceremony. It will be a quieter and more traditional service than the 4 PM service, with beautiful music provided by the Adult Choir, under the direction of Mike Pfizer, organist/pianist Sanghee Kim, and talented guest musicians. An extended prelude of Christmas music will begin at 8:45 PM. Be sure to come early!
Sunday, December 18th, 2011
9 AM “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”
And Other Great Stories of the Season.
The holidays are a time of story telling and in those stories we find many different ways of expressing the meaning of this season. Our Minister, Tom Rosiello will share a favorite story or two. If you have a favorite short holiday story or would like to read a story, please send an email at email@example.com. The service will also include a time of quiet reflection, familiar carols and other beautiful music of the season.
11 AM Family Service "Annual Mummer's Play"
A Celebration of the Winter Solstice
We will dispel the darkness of the season with lively music and the presentation of our Annual Mummers Play under the direction of Pat Sorn. This is a great family service with lots of children participating. Worship will be led by Minister Tom Rosiello, Director of Religious Education, Michelle Coté, Music Director, Mike Pfitzer and Organist/Pianist, Sanghee Kim.
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
These words come from a text by hymn writer, Ruth Duck. In this service we will share them in a beautiful musical setting, and share our thoughts on this time of winter. This season of cold and darkness is also the season of candles, fire and increasing light. You are invited to bring a poem or short reading about the season to share. Music will be provided by Mike Pfitzer and Sangee Kim, and will include piano, organ, and vocal solos. This is the perfect opportunity to pause and refresh your spirit in the midst of the hectic holiday season. Vespers is a monthly service of readings, sharing, candle-lighting, music and silence. Please join us.
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
What do the Christian season of Advent and the Jewish season of Hanukkah have in common? They both tell the story of a people living with extraordinary hope and expectation. This morning we will explore just how critical this way of living is for us as individuals, and as a church community. At the 9 AM service, our newly formed FPC Singers, and at the 11 AM service, our Adult Choir, both under the direction of Mike Pfitzer, will perform wonderful music of the season. Organist/pianist Sanghee Kim will add her talents to the mix, and lead us in hymns and carols from both traditions.
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Thirty years have passed since AIDS was first diagnosed. Millions have died and entire communities have been devastated. Both research and treatment have been challenged by racism and homophobia. AIDS has challenged our love and caused many to abandon hope. But this is a time of renewed hope for the treatment and cure of the disease. This Sunday we will share the journey of this disease, beginning with its devastating effect on American gay men in the 1980's and moving to its present impact on other communities. We will look at how it has changed the world and changed all of us as well. We will remember those we lost to the disease, celebrate the lives of those living well with the disease, and pray for ways to continue to bring the treatments and possible cures for the disease to the poor of the world, who still go untreated. This is a service about hope, compassion and hard lessons learned. It will be lead by our minister, Tom Rosiello. Music will include “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, the beautiful Zulu Chant “Senzeni Na” and hymns of hope and compassion.
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
This Morning Worship will be led by a guest minister, the Rev. Nannene Gowdy. Rev. Gowdy has served congregations in MA, NY, and IL. For 8 years she was the UUA Board Trustee for our district. She has authored RE curricula and served on many UUA anti-racism committees. Now in retirement, she volunteers for the UU Trauma Response Ministry.
Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Sunday, November 20 at 9 AM and 11 AM
This Intergenerational Celebration of Thanksgiving will be led by our minister, Tom Rosiello and our Director of Religious Education, Michelle Cote with help from many members of the congregation of all ages. Mike Pfitzer, our music director and Sanghee Kim, our pianist/organist are preparing “a bounty” of music for both services. At 9 AM the Children’s Choir, under the direction of Pat Sorn, and the FPC Singers will be featured, at 11 AM our Youth and Adult Choirs will be singing, and at both services we will all join together in singing traditional Thanksgiving hymns. The morning message will focus on how we give thanks for our many blessings. The services will conclude with the traditional ritual of breaking and sharing bread. The bread will be baked for us by our junior youth group. Please bring nonperishable food items and toiletries, which will be collected during the service for the Stow Food Pantry.
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
What are you thankful for this year? Come and share a thought, or a thanksgivings reading. Our vesper services include the lighting of candles, readings, sharing, music and silence. This 30-45 minute service is the perfect way to end a busy day, and prepare yourself for a more meaningful Thanksgiving.