As has been our tradition for nearly a decade, we will start our new season of programs with a Water Ceremony. The Water Ceremony is a great way to reconvene after summer break. For those who may not be familiar with this annual tradition, members and friends bring to the service a small amount of water that represents something of significance for them. One by one the water is poured into a larger bowl. This is more than a “what I did this summer” report but represents a re-gathering of our community.
Please join us for our annual clean-up day! We're timing this day one week before the auction because we want to make the building and grounds as gorgeous as possible.
Duties will include cleaning, tidying, repairing, and updating features in and around the A-Frame. Come prepared to tackle a variety of tasks, including pulling weeds, sweeping deck and stairs, inside tidying (mainly the kitchen), cleaning the carpet, and generally taking a look around and pitching in where you see a need!
This video was composed by one of Jo Hermann's granddaughters and originally uploaded to Youtube. It was first played for the Lake Fellowship congregation on April 17, 2016.
Today, we'll hear an update from repersentatives who attended the UUA's 2016 MidAmerica Region Annual Meeting and Regional Assembly. You can read more about the event and other MidAmerica events on their website: https://midamericauua.org/
Life can sometimes be lived more easily when we maintain an indifference to the the world around us. But "the path of least resistance," while often quickest, isn't always the most fulfilling. Our UU principles charge us to endeavor on a never-ending search for truth, and remind us that our lives have meaning that may not always be obvious. Upholding these principles requires action and effort, compassion and reflection, community and wonder.
Marnie Karger will lead us through a rediscovery of our own abilities to wonder, through a multi-media presentation and group discussion.
We love that so many members and friends of Lake Fellowship have such skilled and varied repertoires. And we love it even more that they are willing to share a program on their specialties with us! Friend of the fellowship, Helen Strand is also a Master Naturalist. For her program, she will share a brief description of the Master Naturalist Program, followed by some of the things she has learned about making her yard friendly to wildlife. Her emphasis will be on birds, pollinators, and beneficial insects.
Join us as we welcome back the beautiful harmonies of Don Penn and Susan Reitzel. This duo has been singing together for many years, and will share their musical talents with us this morning.
Join us as we welcome guest speaker, Audrey Kingstrom. Audrey is the President of Humanists of Minnesota (http://humanistsofmn.org/), and a member of First Universalist Church in Minneapolis. She will be speaking to us on the foundation of humanist ethics, and its ties to stewardship.
We kick off April with our new theme of Stewardship. In the past, we've had discussions about how we've been good stewards across a wide spectrum of services and good deeds. Today, we'll look into our pasts to share what and who shaped us to become good stewards. We'll also talk about what we can do to help foster and nurture good stewards around us.
In anticipation of this discussion, please consider the following questions:
1. What thoughts, ideas, images come to mind when you think of the word "steward"?
"American Politics in the Age of Polarization: 1976-2016" - How and why has the US become polarized? What are the implications of that and what might be done to address it? As part of this month's theme of Wonder (grace, being present, etc.) it is important as UU's to understand what we can do to cross the divide and keep open minds when discussing political topics.