Past Services

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Only one Service in Stow at 11 AM
(There will also be a service for those on retreat at Ferry Beach, led by soon-to-be-ordained Walter LeFlore)

Today is May Day. It is both an ancient pagan holiday that celebrates the end of winter with flowers, May baskets and Maypole dances, and in many countries, a day when the rights of workers are celebrated. This morning we will explore both and consider what meaning they may have for us.  We certainly need to rejoice in the  spring's beauty after such a tough winter and it seems like a most appropriate time to look at the moral issues that surround the treatment of workers in our own country and abroad.   Worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello. Music will be provided by pianist Barbara Jones, and will include selections from Edward Grieg's "Holberg Suite".

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Easter Sunday

Join us for an uplifting service that will focus on what the Easter message can mean for us in our lives today.  The sermon by our minister Tom Rosiello, will examine the ways in which we may be stuck in a place that is like a tomb and how there is an "Easter experience" waiting for us if we can just “roll the stone away”.  Our services will be full of Hallelujahs and after a special Easter Story for all Ages, our children will leave for the great Easter Egg Hunt.  At the 11 AM service, everyone will be invited to join in singing Handel's famous "Hallelujah Chorus" from the Messiah to conclude the service. Please bring you family and friends to for this joyous celebration.

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Led by Rev Tom Rosiello and soon to be ordained minister, Walter LeFlore. For this beautiful candlelight service we will commemorate the story of Jesus’ final days focusing on the meal he shared with his disciples.  Our worship will include readings, reflections, hymns and organ music.  In this service we honor our history and celebrate our Christian roots while reaching beyond to the broader message of community, sharing and the ministry of humble service.  Whether or not your religious background is Christian, please plan to attend.

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

All this weekend at church, UUA Consultant, Mark Ewert, will be with us exploring the viability of a capital campaign to help us meet many of our needs.  He will address the congregation briefly at both services.  The question of our readiness to embark on such a journey together is far more than one of just dollars and cents. There is a spiritual dimension to the question.  In this morning’s sermon, our minister Tom Rosiello, will explore the idea of what it takes for us to move from being a good church to being a great church. Today our organ will be featured as we are joined by guest organist, Robert Humpreville. Our youth choir will join the Adult Choir to provide music at 11 AM which will include a favorite FPC anthem, "Choose Something Like A Star," Randall Thompson's setting of the famous Robert Frost poem.

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Whether you are a Christian or a Muslim or even a Scientific Fundamentalist, there is a serious problem with thinking you have all the answers. This morning we will embrace the mystery of what we don't know, and explore the importance of resisting attitudes of exclusiveness in our interpretation of the world. Worship will be lead by the Rev. Tom Rosiello with assistance from Field Ed. Student, Bryan Elwood.  Our music will be under the direction of Ellen Oak, who will sing a work by Hildegard von Bingen at the 9 AM service, and lead the choir  at 11 AM in a mystical piece drawn from Hindu tradition entitled, "Dravidian Dithyramb." Our guest organist will be Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell.

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

In the book of James it is written, “By my works I will show you my faith.”  This morning we will address the challenge of showing our faith through our actions.  Worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello and Field Ed. Student, Bryan Elwood.  Inspiring music will be provided at both services by our fabulous Jazz Band.  In addition, our Children’s Choir will sing at the 9 AM service and our Adult Choir will sing at the 11 AM service.

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Vesper Service

Boy, do we need the spring to arrive after this winter! In our vesper service we will focus on the renewal that spring brings, not just to the earth, but to our lives. Beautiful music will be provided by harpist Dorothy Sonnichsen. Vespers is a quiet service of readings, sharing, candle lighting, mediation and music. The service lasts about 45 minutes and is the perfect way to end a busy day. You are welcome to bring a poem or other reading that reminds you of spring to share with others. The service will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello with assistance from Bryan Elwood, our Field Ed. Student.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Thousands of years ago the tradition of observing the Sabbath was created. Some consider it one of the greatest contributions to civilization. The practice of observing the Sabbath created a rhythm between work and rest which seems nearly lost in our modern society. That loss comes at a price to our bodies and our souls. The sermon by our minister, the Rev. Tom Rosiello, will focus on restoring Sabbath time in your life. Music at both services will be provided by Ellen Oak with Nick Warseck at the piano. Our Adult Choir will also sing at the 11 AM service.

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

An Intergenerational Service

On this day when Spring begins, we will celebrate our connection to the earth. We will be joined by folks from the United Native American Cultural Center, who will contribute music and ritual from their tradition to our service. There will be wonderful drumming and we will begin the service with the traditional Native American ritual of calling out the four directions. We will join together in singing chants from the Native American tradition, as well as other beautiful songs which remind us of our connection to the earth. Our Adult Choir will sing an anthem entitled, "The Earth is Tired," and with the help of members of the Green Church Task Force, we will explore the things we are doing to save our tired planet. Worship will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello with assistance from our Field Ed. Student, Bryan Elwood.

Sunday, March 13th, 2011


We have something very special at this church. We might describe our church as being "spirit filled." Today we are going to explore this aspect of our church. Sometimes folks say that they consider themselves, "spiritual but not religious." What does that mean and is that a correct way to describe our church? As we journey together in the spirit, we will enjoy wonderful "spirit-filled music" at both services under the direction of Ellen Oak. Our Director of Religious Education, Michelle Cote, will provide the Message for All Ages