Upcoming Sundays in April 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017
“Make Them Hear You”
One of the components of our congregation’s commitment to work on mental health/illness as our social-justice issue this year has been to educate ourselves and the wider community. In January we heard from two speakers who live with mental illness (and what a moving service it was!). At today’s service we will hear from family and friends of people who live with mental illness (a kind of Part II, so to speak). Since this is a first Sunday, we will also have a Beyond-These-Four-Walls presentation on Visioning a Greater Racine, which is our offertory-outreach recipient for April.

Sunday, April 9, 2017
“Truth Decay”
Come celebrate Buddha’s Birthday with flowers, incense, and chanting, along with a sermon by our minister on the apparent decline of truth telling in politics and social life. This is a flower-communion Sunday, so if you have access to flowers, bring one or more this Sunday (and leave with a different one). We will also have a “historical minute” at this service on the 3 candidates (all women this year!) for president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Sunday, April 16, 2017
Easter Service “Not Enough God and Jesus?”
Every Easter UUs around the country go to church, but what happens in each congregation varies considerably – from services celebrating the Christian resurrection story to ones that celebrate ancient pagan theologies and spring. I have noticed that when visitors begin attending Olympia Brown (not just on Easter but any Sunday), some stop coming eventually because they find there’s “not enough God and Jesus” for their spiritual comfort. Likewise, some come for a while but don’t stay because “there’s too much God and Jesus.” Where do we, as a UU congregation, stand on this continuum? (Or where do we want to stand?) Since this is Tony’s last Easter service with us, this might be a question the congregation will want to consider when searching for a new settled minister. Our Olympia Brown (Adult) Choir will sing this Sunday–as will all of us!

Sunday, April 23, 2017
“The Qur’an or the Bible: Which is More Tolerant?” (request sermon)
As part of their life-cycle ceremony our 6th-8th graders will help us celebrate the Islamic Feast of Al Isra wal Miraj, which takes place tomorrow. “Isra” means “night journey”; “miraj” means “ladder”; “al” means “the”; “wal” means “and the.” So Al Isra wal Miraj means The Night Journey and the Ladder, and it refers to Muhammad’s miraculous journey from Makka (Mecca) to Jerusalem, and from Jerusalem to heaven (the “ladder” part).
Tony’s sermon will address the question of violence and intolerance in the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It’s true, he says, that the Qur’an contains some disturbing content – but then so does the Bible. Which scripture is actually more tolerant?

Sunday, April 30, 2017
“Was Jesus Married?” (request sermon)
Certainly a number of early Gnostic Christians thought so. Tony’s sermon will address this question as we celebrate a Gnostic Communion ceremony that includes gospels and other sacred writings that never made it into “authorized” Christian scriptures, along with bread (including gluten-free) and (non-alcoholic) wine. Since this is a 5th Sunday, we will also have a Beyond-These-Four-Walls presentation on the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, which will be our offertory-outreach recipient today.

LOOKING AHEAD to May 2017

Sunday, May 7, 2017
Youth Sunday Service
Our church’s high-school youth will lead this service–title to be announced as soon as it is chosen. Since this is a first Sunday, we will also have a Beyond-These-Four-Walls presentation on the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (ACLU) Foundation Inc., which is our offertory-outreach recipient for May.

Reminders of Events in April

  • Worship Associates Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on April 1st  
  • Mental Health Committee at 10:00 a.m. on April 1st
  • Vegetarian Potluck 5:30 p.m. on April 1st in George Bray Hall (church)
  • Next Scrip Order Deadline, April 2nd
  • First Friday Lunch Bunch meets at DeRangos Italian Restaurant (3840 Douglas Ave) at 11:30 a.m. on April 7th
  • Sanctuary Church Discernment Task Force Weekly Meeting each Tuesday at 4:15 p.m.
  •  “2nd Saturday Coffeehouse/Live in Concert” in Sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. on April 8th
  • Visioning Session for Visioning a Greater Racine at 12:30 p.m. on April 9th
  • History Committee Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on April 11th
  • Meetings: Program Council, April 5th; Finance Committee, Monday, April 17th; Board of Trustees, April 19th; Committee on Ministry, April 26th
  • Men’s Group every other Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Annex-Lower Level (Keith Heck)
  • Recovery Group on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Church
  • Multi-generational Choir rehearses on 2nd Fridays at 6 p.m. in George Bray Hall
  • Adult Choir rehearsals are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Annex

From Our Pledge Committee

Thank you one and all
for returning your pledge commitment
for our next Fiscal/Budget year – July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018.

Blank forms are available in the Church and Annex
– it’s not too late to submit one now!

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