Thursday, December 29, 2011

ends and beginnings...

* print and color as you wish! *

Note: This Sunday, January 1st, 2012 
there is no Formal CRE, but feel free to enjoy the pipe cleaners, games and music and Rebecca's Sermon!

Also, super important note! And Very Exciting!!!
We are going to be building a city together!

We need:
boxes of all sizes, 
Christmas lights, 
A more complete list to come soon and more details about this project!

In the mean time, check out this little town! see below

Thursday, December 22, 2011

12.24 in Darkness- Hope

Calling all Polar bears,
Ladybugs, Farmers,
Babies, Owls, birds and more
Come dressed up as one of those animals or bring in a stuffed animal of one if you have one.

We need all of you for a special sharing of 
"On The Night You Were Born"!

Arlington Street Church, Boston MA
5pm - Christmas Eve

The Snow is coming! So in this dark time of the year!
Make a Flake ~>

Thursday, December 15, 2011

12.18 Stories, Snows and perhaps some Snow

Stained Glass Window @ the Unitarian Church in Ann Arbor MI
Traditional Polish Paper cutting "Chalice Star" by Laura Evonne Steinman

This Sunday, here's the Sneak Preview!

about Darkness, Birth, War, Bells and Magic!

Songs about Bells, Snow, Peace and more!!!

If you had a story to tell with one of those theme with this Holiday Season what is yours? 
And what would your Song be!
I'd love to hear about it this Sunday morning. 
Come Find me!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Mitten Tree Sunday!

Please bring in Men's 
Gloves, Scarfs and Hats for our 
Friday Night Supper Program Guests!

 Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.
Mother Teresa

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

grateful gifts

Grateful Gifts!   

"psychologists say it is often the giver, rather than the recipient, who reaps the biggest psychological gains from a gift"  <- What is that all about? Lets share our thoughts about this on Sunday!


Adjective: Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful.


Noun: A thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present

We will be making scarfs for those in need as the weather becomes colder. They will be  hung on our mitten tree next Sunday ( Dec 11th) and then given to the:
Friday Night Supper Program Guests @ ASC!

As we express our gratitude, 
we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, 
 but to live by them.   ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

(lets think about this as well..., what do you live by this Holiday Season?, 
how do you express your gratitude? )

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mad Thankfulness

This Sunday at ____________(place), I shared my __________(noun) about my  ______(size)
Thanksgiving ___________(noun) and it was ____________( adjective)  and __________ (adjective).
 What a better was to spend the Sunday after Thanksgiving 
then writing and sharing our silly stories about Thanksgiving!

Norman Rockwell's Cousin Reginald Catches the Thanksgiving Turkey (1917)
Copyright © 1917 The Country Gentleman and Curtis Publishing Company

Thursday, November 17, 2011

weaving together

Weaving our :
thoughts, wishes, differences;
all together!

Rebecca Froom our Intern Minister @ Arlington Street Church
will be sharing her time and thoughts with us about WEAVING! -
weaving as part of our Principles!

Come join in, as we hear with our hearts, 
and weave with paper and yarn and fabric with our whole bodies. 
We'll be weaving placemates this time for the ones,
we will be sharing our Thanksgiving Feast with.

Take to spinning to find peace of mind. The music of the wheel will be as balm to our soul. I believe that the yarn we spin is capable of mending the broken warp and woof of our life. The charkha (spinning wheel) is the symbol for nonviolence on which all life, if it is to be real life, must be based." - Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, November 10, 2011

11/13/11 weaving thankfulness

Weaving Thankfulness

Weaving is working together! 
Individual pieces that come together making up a beautiful whole!
Come create a place mat for the Friday Night Super Program's Thanksgiving Feast at Arlington Street Church!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

11.6 planting memories!

"Inch by Inch....someone warm them from below...."

This Sunday am we will be planting our memories 
of people and animals that have passed on 
that we want to remember!

We will be doing this with Bulbs in the ASC yard!
Why do we plant bulbs when it is going to get cold outside?
And why would be plant bulbs to remember?

Come SUnday and find out!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

10.30 Happy Halloween, Happy Memories

As the lines between the worlds of the 
living and the dead come more thin 
as we approach Halloween,
We will be thinking about memories and
how we remember people 
and animals that have died that are close to our hearts.

We'll be making mini shrines for them!

Please bring with you this Sunday am: ~ a small box (shoe box, etc, something you have around that we can decorate)~ photos or drawings of people/animals that have died for the shrines.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

10.23 - Friends, Faith and our Flaming Chalice

Welcome Friends!
Hello UU Faith, Hello Flaming Chalice!
We'll be hearing stories about the history of our chalice (the symbol of our UU Faith) and then creating some extra fun Chalice Arty, Art, Art Art!  

Do you know the history of our Chalice? 
What does our Chalice stand for?

If you were to have a symbol representing your family, 
what would it look like? 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

10.16 Planting goodness!, Harvesting Hungry Hearts!

Happy Sukkot!
(The Jewish Harvest Festival) 

As the Weather Permits, we will be outside
digging, singing and planting Bulbs around ASC.

Feel free to bring some bulbs with you to plant.

We'll be learning what Sukkot it all about and how 
Jews use a special Lulv and Etgro to bless the sukkah!

What values would you like to plant this season? 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

10.9 I Pledge ! , I'm Sorry :(

What does it mean to PLEDGE?
What would we as UU's PLEDGE FOR and ABOUT?

Bring your questions and thoughts to share this Sunday in CRE!

Also, we will be writing letters 
(and drawing pictures) 
on what we are sorry about this past year.
What wrongs did we do, what actions could of gone a different way?

Bring these thoughts to share; for when we reflect and share what we can do better, we grow and transform ourselves and our relationships to the better!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

10.2 Animals and Apples

Animals & Apples in UU Style!
St. Francis

Come this Sunday with your pets as we gather for our Animal Blessing Celebrations!

What UU Principle do you think this 
celebration asks us to think about?

We will also share apples and honey together in Celebration of the sweet Jewish New year and how blessed we are to have animals in our lives!
Print and color!

What is something sweet that animals bring to you?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

9.25 Creating Covenants

Creating Covenants
What is a Covenant anyway?
It's a set of aggreements we decided on together that we will follow.

We are friendly with each other!
We are all special!
We are strong together!

What do you want to add to our covenants?

Bring your open minds 
caring hearts will you to share

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Water, Welcome and Wonder

Water, Welcome & Wonder!

WATER is so much of who we are
where we live and 
what keeps us going.

This Coming Sunday, 
Please bring with you a bit of water 
from near or far lands for our Water Service.

We will be sharing our time together reflecting on water in our lives.

There are many people that don't have clean water to drink,
here is how you can help.

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - 
they all have differnt names, 
but they all contain water. 
Just as religions do - 
they contain truths.
- Muhammad Ali

Friday, June 17, 2011


We'll be putting together little books of 
Our 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles!

Come create a book and 
share it with folks you care about.

What do you believe?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Remembering the Divine and where we come from

Remembering that WE, 
each & everyone of us
are Divine!!

We are a rainbow of colors,
of fruit flavors!
Join us, for the PRIDE service 
this Saturday, June 11th at 11am

Then, This coming Sunday, June 12th at 11am
for our Multi-generational 
Flower Communion Service 
- Sharing our Divine gifts!
Bring a Flower to share and let me know if you can help with the different parts!
What special flower will you bring with you?


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Reviewing, Rewinding, Remembering... our 7 UU Principles

Reviewing, Rewinding, Remembering... 
Our 7 UU Principles

How would you explain each of our Principles?

On Sunday Morning, 
you'll have a change to build, draw, create a song about 1 of our UU Principles and then share it with everyone! 
Please bring in legos, or a musical instrument with you to creatively work with!

 Our 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles:
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Earth Meditation

Hello Earthlings! 
Join in this Sunday for a WALK over the to 

We'll live out our 7th UU Principle (Caring for the Web of life, we are a part of!) - by really taking in all the EARTHY beauty around us. 

This will happen on a  silent meditation walk 
and then if weather and time permits!! 
A ride on the swan boats!

Friday, May 20, 2011

5.22.11 Mandala Wheels of Centering & Wonder

"The heart is an organ of perception."   Lama Surya Das

This Coming Sunday,
We have a special guest Lama Surya Das that will share a story and chant with us during the service!
We will then head down to CRE for Mandala Wheel creating.

And of course some fun in the HUGE web. 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

5.15.11 Web Song Stories

Web Song Stories 
4 our 7th UU Principle!

Question:  What is a Web?

Question: What is a Song?
Question: What is a Story?
Bring your Answers, Ideas, thoughts this coming Sunday!
We will be making our very own Web Song Stories with musical instruments and our voices!

If you have a musical instrument you would like to bring with your to play, please bring it in!!! We want to hear it, for real!!!

Kids 0-6 will be with me (Laura Evonne) and a youth helper
& kids 7-12 will be with JP and a parent helper, and a youth helper!

Joy by jenni horne

Thursday, May 5, 2011

5.8.11 Our 7th UU Principle : Webs of connections

Have you ever wanted to be a SPIDER? We'll This Sunday you can!This coming Sunday morning with Rebecca Froom, our Intern Minister, come weave webs on connections and learn about our 7th UU Principle.

What facts do you know about webs and spiders? 

Bring them to share with the CRE Crew!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

5.1.11 Flowers and Faith - Our 7th UU Principle

Garden Plot in Warsaw, Poland  

On Sunday morning, We'll be starting Our: 7th Unitarian Universalist Principle - Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

We'll be hearing the story "One Flower in the Field" Adapted from "One Flower in a Field" by Joshua Searle-White, in Magic Wanda's Travel Emporium: Tales of Love, Hate and Things in Between ( Boston : Skinner House, 2007).

And then we'll get a little messy...

Come Sunday to find out with what!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

4.24.11 Easter Extravaganza

 Happy Holy Week, Happy Easter Sunday!
This Sunday, We start off in the service by processing in (marching in), listening to some special music and then, Rebecca Froom, our Intern Minister and I will be blessing our Eggs! We will need your help! (please bring some hard boiled colorful eggs with you)
We'll then head down for our own special CRE time,
listening to a story about Transformation and also transforming paper and eggs into -> Colorful Art & Egg Salad!

The KidZ ages 10 and up will be helping with the Egg Salad if they wish and the KiDZ under 10 will be creating paper eggs!
Question to ponder (think about):

What is something that transforms? 
Bring your thoughts with you this Sunday! 
We would love to hear them!

Also, near the end of the Service, I've got a secret to share SSSSHHHHHHHH,
and need your help with it!PLEASE
This is a little sneak preview! Just released! Starting U,U's
Thanks for every ones help creating Hatching Hopes!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

4.17.11 places, palms and the present

Join us this Sunday for some Spiritual Spring Fun!
Polish Palms!
We'll be exploring our sense of place and what in the world Palm Sunday is all about.

We will about be making some presents for Easter SUnday... (that parts a spring secret so come and find out all about it)!

Jesus on Palm Sunday (print and color if you wish)

Some of us are honoring Passover next week 
(starts Monday night) by having Seders or attending them. 

Some of us are doing some GREEN in honor of Earth Day!

Whatever U,U might be doing, being, celebrating this season, do it with :
<3 love,  

Feel free to click this link for some celebrating ideas!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

4.10.11 Hopes 2 Hatch!

What do you HOPE to HATCH this Season?
Come Sunday and share your hatching hopes!

We will be doing Inner Digging 4 -> 
Transformation & Renewal in this Easter/ Passover Season.

huuummmm what is inner digging?! 
Come find out this Sunday! 

New section of the BLOG:
This Season of HOPE.. here's something to help hatch!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

4.3.11 Covenant Renewal (Coming together, refreshed)

by: Christopher Birtwistle-Smith

We'll be spending our time together this Sunday renewing our visions and wishes for our ->
ASC community, oursleves and world.

We'll be exploring this by making a 
BIG rainbow Covenent wreath together.

  • What wishes do you have for Arlington Street Church if you could think of anything!
    I really mean anything over the

    This comes at a time between finishing our 6th UU Principle and starting our Final 7th UU Principle of the Year!

    It's Covenant Renewal Sunday!

    Looking forward to seeing you over the