Open Circles

Just hearing the word “belonging” can conjure up a deep desire to be included- but being let into the circle is only one section of the path of belonging.  This morning, we’ll explore another section of the path- getting to participate in expanding the circle.

All are welcome in worship, whether you’ve registered or not.  Your registration ahead of time allows for less congestion at the door on Sunday morning, and it helps us plan for spacing in the sanctuary.

Share the Plate

  • The Share the Plate partner for September 18th and 25th is the Solace Friends, Inc (Solace). Solace is a newly formed 501C3 non-profit organization working to bridge the existing gap in services by creating a community supported Social Model Hospice Home, where underserved individuals can receive housing and personal attention that nurtures physical comfort, emotional and spiritual wholeness, and individual dignity as they die. 

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “Becoming” by Mary Grigolia
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Song: Hymn #361 “Enter, Rejoice, and Come In”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “The Spirit of Ubuntu,” a folk tale
  • Song: Hymn #323 “Break Not the Circle”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “We Belong to Ourselves: A Meditation for a Post-Roe World” by Rev. Dr. Julia Corbett- Hemeyer
  • Reflection: “Open Circles” with Rev. Karen Armina
  • Offering: “Circle Round” by MaMuse
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Song: Hymn #1028 “The Fire of Commitment”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction


Membership Gatherings – We want to share that our Membership Team has created several opportunities to gather through the fall.  The first is next Sunday, when you’re invited to carpool to Prairie UU Society for their open house and building dedication after worship.  All the fall gatherings can be found on our website and in your weekly enews.  You can contact Kelly Kearns if you have any questions, or ideas for other kinds of gatherings, in-person or virtual.

New Structure for RE and Family Ministry – We’re excited to share (here) that last week’s family gathering resulted in a structure we’re going to begin for our family ministry and religious education for children and youth. Contact Mandy Nachampassak-Malony, DRE  at

Covenant Groups Forming Now – We’re also continuing to invite signups for in person and virtual Covenant Groups.  There are details on our website and in your weekly enews.  You can contact Rev. Karen for information on Covenant Groups. Contact Rev. Karen at

Reeb Rave (Nov. 12th) Suggestions Needed – Contact Tom McClintock with your suggestions for a theme for the Reeb Rave, our annual fundraiser auction where we share dinner, entertainment, and services.  Save the date for November 12, and let Tom know if you’d like to help.