Growing Edges

August 10, 2014

by Intern Minister
Matthew McHale

This is Matthew’s last service as our Summer Minister. We'll look back at the ways that he and the congregation have grown, and what we have taught each other. And he'll offer some parting thoughts about his hopes for how the church might continue to grow.

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Simply Living

July 20, 2014

by Reverend

Matthew McHale

Contemporary American society has more "stuff" than any other society in human history, and yet we are not any happier for it; and the pursuit of stuff can leave us feeling miserable and unfulfilled; not to mention that it is completely unsustainable. This Sunday we reevaluate our relationship to the stuff in our lives, and bring our focus back to the things that really matter.

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Honoring Our Grief

July 6, 2014

by Reverend

Matthew McHale


 Grief is a normal part of what it means to be human, and manifests itself in many different ways. Yet our society sends signals that there are right and wrong ways to grieve, appropriate lengths of time for grief, and that there are appropriate and inappropriate things to grieve for. All this can make us feel self conscious about our own grieving process, and sometimes leads to healthy grief being pathologized. This Sunday we will honor and reclaim that process as our own way of expressing not only our sadness but our love. 

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Embracing Change

June 22, 2014

by Reverend
Matthew McHale

Part Two of the Series: We often think of our daily lives as being fairly routine and unchanging, and take a certain com-fort in knowing what to expect from day to day. Yet our individual lives are filled with countless changes and transi-tions—births, deaths, jobs, health, graduations, relation-ships, moves—not to mention the global shifts currently underway. If “change alone is unchanging,” can we em-brace change and uncertainty for the possibilities they open up? Or, at least, learn to go with the flow? This Service will include our annual flower communion, so bring your fresh cut flowers. The youth will be in part of the service and will leave to participate in an RE program.

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Sowing the Seeds of Justice & Growing Community

April 6, 2014

by  Intern Minister
  Matthew McHale  

At the beginning of spring, as signs of new life and new possibilities emerge all around us, we consider our relationship to one another and to the environment which sustains all life on this planet. Can planting a garden be radical act? How can the way we grow and eat food help create communities that align with our liberal religious values— promoting justice and honoring the interconnected web of existence?

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How Do Unitarian Universalists Worship?

March 30, 2014

by Intern Minister
Matthew McHale

The words above our entrance say, “One Church, Many Paths.” While that may be true when it comes to beliefs, does that hold true when it comes to worship? For many of us, the way we worship feels familiar and comforting, to others it might feel constraining—often it is a little bit of both. This Sunday, you are invited to step outside of your comfort zone as we explore some of the myriad ways Unitarian Universalists can worship.

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Putting It on the Line

March 23, 2014

by Intern Minister Matthew McHale with

Kathy Strawser, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

In honor of women’s history month, we will honor the lives of Unitarian Universalist women from the past to the pre-sent, who took a risk and dared to organize, march and speak out for justice and equality in face of strong opposi-tion. What can we learn from their stories, to give us inspi-ration and courage to overcome obstacles and work for justice? The Junior Choir will sing “I’ll Stand By You” by the Pretenders

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Taking the Mountain Top with You

January 5, 2014

by Intern Minister
Matthew McHale

Have you ever had one of those mountaintop moments— moments of transcendence, mystical experiences, or mo-ments of clarity when everything snaps into focus? These moments can be life changing, and then like that they are gone, and all that is left is a hazy memory. As we leave the literal or proverbial mountaintop and head back to our daily lives, and into the valley of stress, or anger, or fear, or sor-row, where we can’t even see the mountaintop, how we can draw upon those moments of peace, connection or clarity? The Free Spirit Band will be playing for this service.


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The Hard Truth

November 17, 2013

by Intern Minister
Matthew McHale

Service offered by Matthew McHale, Intern Minister Nobody likes to be told that their behavior was out of line, or that they hurt or offended someone. Yet hard truths like these are often the most important for us to hear. They give us insights into how we show up in the world and how our actions actually impact others. In this service, we will ex- plore how we can be less defensive and more receptive to these hard truths, so that we can learn and grow.

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When I Am Frightened

October 27, 2013

by  Matthew McHale, Intern Minister and
 Kathy Strawser, Director of Lifespan Faith Development

There once was a boy who hid under his bed whenever he was afraid. We all have different ways of responding to scary situations. Join us for a multi-generational service of story and song, where we explore the different ways we face our fears. This service also includes a child dedication ceremony; please see the announcement on the next page for more information.



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For Our Children’s Children’s Children

September 29, 2013

by Intern Minister
Matthew McHale

Living in a world faced by climate change and ecological destruction, which is already threatening life as we know it, what kind of future are we leaving for our children? For our children's children's chldren? Our new Intern Minister, Matthew McHale, will share how his call to ministry  as been shaped by these realities, and how we can help make it right for future generations. 

With Worship Associate April Stoltz

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