What's Up at UCG?
The United Church of Granville
October 7, 2015
The United Church of Granville
Coming Up at UCG...


You can always access a detailed calendar on the church website.  Click here & bookmark it if you'd like! 

Wednesday, October 7
The Thirteenth Turn Reading & Discussion Group, 8 PM in the Chapel

Thursday, Oct. 8

Property Group, 11:15 AM
Zazen in the Chapel, 6:30 for first-timers, 7-7:20 sitting

Friday, Oct. 9
"Chaplain's Table," DU's Slayter Dining Hall, 12 noon-1 PM
AA in the Main Building, 7 PM


Saturday, Oct. 10

Service in Memory of Dominick P. Consolo, Swasey Chapel, 10:30 AM 


Sunday, Oct. 11                             

20th Sunday after Pentecost
Worship, 10 AM
Nursery, 10 AM -12:15 PM
Activities for All Ages 11:30-12:15
Open Board Meeting, 12:30 PM

Monday, Oct. 12
Spiritual Life Book Group, 3 PM 
Meditation, 4:15-4:45 PM

Tuesday, Oct. 13            

NO Pastor's River Road Office Hours this week 


Other Dates to Remember   

Oct 10 Celebration of the Life of Dominick P. Consolo, Swasey Chapel, 10:30 a.m.
Oct 16 Granville Community Red Cross Blood Drive in UCG Chapel, 9-1
Oct 18 CROP Hunger Walk, 1 PM
Oct 24 Parent's Night Out, 5-7:30 PM
Oct 25 "Quiet Places" All Age Worship, Lunches on the Square and
"Field Trip" with Ohio Interfaith Power and Light to OSU's  Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, 4-7 PM
Oct 31 Central Southeast Ohio Association of the UCC Fall Meeting, Dublin Community Church, Dublin, OH
Nov 1 All Saints Sunday
Nov 2 UCG Livestream of Cardinal Turkson's speech about Laudato Si
Nov 13-14 UCG Women's Retreat, Pilgrim Hills, Brinkhaven, OH
Nov. 22 Thanksgiving "Agape Meal" All Age Worship in the Annex
Nov 29 Advent Begins
Dec 5 Candlelight Walking Tour
Dec 24 Christmas Eve Service, 7 PM
Dec 25 Christmas Day 
Good Causes

"Black People and the Police in the US Today: What's Going On?"
Tomorrow, THURSDAY
Oct. 8th, 4:30 PM

Dr. Glenn McNair, African-American History Professor at Kenyon College will speak at Denison's Barney-Davis Boardroom.  All are welcome to attend this public talk.


An Opportunity to Thank our Local First-Responders...

"Patti and I were talking this week about the troubles in Granville lately. With the pedestrian casualty last week and the bicycle fatality before that, our first-responders have had a tough time. We think it would be nice to put together something to show our support for their efforts. We're going to put out a box by the welcome table. We hope you'll put something in it that can be added to a gift basket going to the police station and the fire house. Suggestions: packs of crackers, candy bars, chewing gum, granola bars, anything else you think of that's non-perishable and tasty. We'll collect for a couple of weeks, then deliver."
                                    - Tom Burkett

Save the date! OCT. 13th
YES for Solar! Project Celebration

The solar array has been installed at the YES! Club and is ready to be turned on when the final inspection is completed. Here is the link for following its performance once it is turned on:

In addition, there will be a Community Celebration for the completion of the YES for Solar! Project on Oct 13, 4-6 PM

Note the new event details!

A 9 minute digital slide show loop of events of the last 5 months will be playing as people gather, beginning at 4 PM. The program will begin at 5 PM.  A special thanks to all the cooperative members and interested citizens who helped out on the project!


Granville Community Blood Drive
The United Church of Granville
Chapel, Friday, Oct. 16th
9 AM - 1 PM

You may make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Sunday, Oct. 18th


"Barb Bowling Memorial Crop Walk."
This year, participants in the October 18 CROP Walk may register and donate electronically. You do not need to be part of a team to donate, and donors do not have to walk! How easy is that?

If you want to walk, the walk begins at 1pm at First Baptist Church, Newark, 1000 Granville Road near the OSU campus. Participants will walk a loop on the bike path beginning and ending at the church.


Labor Education Film Series, 2015-2016

Series films will be shown at 7 PM on the third Thursday of each month at GMP Local 244 Union Hall, each followed by discussion and refreshments.
Click here to see the flyer with film details.  Co-sponsored by the Freedom School of Licking County, GMP Local 244, and Licking Knox Central Labor Council.

NEXT FILM:  A Day's Work, A Day's Pay, Oct. 15th, 7 PM


Do you know of someone who may need some extra care in the congregation?

Contact   Louise Gemmell with details, and she can pass it along to appropriate staff and our Congregational Care group.  Thanks so much!

Consider joining the Justice & Peace Action Network!
Did you know that the UCC has a Justice and Peace Action Network you can be a part of? 
to join and get news of ways you can speak your mind on issues of peace and justice to those in positions of leadership.

Progressives for Social Justice in Licking County, Ohio Facebook Group
Feel free to send the church an e-mail if you'd like to join this closed Facebook group, and someone in the group can add you as a member.

The Food Pantry
October is Canned Goods Month for the Food Pantry.  A donation basket is near the piano in the Chapel.  Remember that you may also give financially as well (envelopes are available by the donation basket). 
For more information, see
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Something a little different...

Do you have a favorite hymn/song that you'd like to sing in our worship service?  Maybe your grandmother sang it; maybe it's a new one; maybe it's from your past spiritual background... 

In any case, the Worship Team is putting out a drop box at the rear of the sanctuary where you can place cards offering your suggestions!  Each week, we'd like to select one suggestion to be used in the Sunday service.  Your favorite doesn't need to be in our hymnal, but please note a source where the music can be found.  We'll have a "hymn sing" at the end of the quarter so that we can sing all the songs that couldn't be fit into the morning worship services!

Dwight (& Adrianne Walker, Worship Team Chair)
Continuing on Wednesdays

Jack Shuler is leading a five-week reading & discussion group here at UCG on Wednesday nights at 8 PM, beginning Sept. 16th, focusing on his latest book, The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose (Public Affairs, 2014).  From The Boston Globe: "Richly researched and beautifully written, this is an essential history of our country, as seen through one homely, terrifying object." For those who may not know, Jack teaches American literature and Black Studies at Denison University.  A great opportunity!  P.S. Jack has access to books he can sell at cost--speak to him tonight, if you're interested in one!


All are invited to a Celebration in Memory of Dominick P. Consolo at Denison's Swasey Chapel this Saturday, 10:30 AM.

Please keep Gary Stansbury in your prayers as he continues to battle illness, and remember Jane Glennie, who has been hospitalized with an infection.

Also, Jane Glennie shares that, in preparation for a move later this month, she needs to find a home for her two, good-natured cats, one 4 yrs. old and one 8 yrs. old.  If you know of a good home, please let Jane know by calling (740) 755-5853!

This Sunday, October 11th    
20th Sunday after Pentecost
Have you wondered about the morality of killing to punish killers? This Sunday, our service will focus on the question of capital punishment.  Jack Shuler will be sharing a message, "Looking at the Things that Make us Wince."  As background, both the UCC and the ABC/USA have produced resolutions on the death penalty, which may be read here:
ABC/USA Resolution on Capital Punishment
    (first adopted, 1958)
UCC Resolution to Abolish Capital Punishment
     (first adopted, 1969)

After worship --   
  • Nursery care available until 12:15 PM
  • Kid's Club (K-5th grade) in the Annex Gym
  • Middler's Class in the Annex, 1st Floor
  • High School PeaceJam Youth Group, Annex Youth Room
  • Feminist Class in the Choir Room, 11:30-12:15
  • Laudato Si' Reading Group in the Chapel, 11:30-12:15 (see notice below for details!)
  • Open Board Meeting, 12:30 in the Annex

Children & Families News!

Please plan to join us for Parents' Night Out on October 24th! We'll have childcare from 5-7:30 at the church. Dinner will be provided for the children. And then...parents will meet out in the village (within walking distance of the church--suggestions welcome for where you'd like to get together). It'll be great to get out together, share a drink or appetizer and just relax and talk. Parents of all ages welcome.  
- Ceciel Shaw

Opportunities to grow, connect & serve...
Peace & Justice   Discernment Groups!  
Two of the large concerns that face us and our society are Climate Change/Earth Care and Racism/Black Lives Matter. What do we as individuals know and need to know about each? What can individuals do about each concern? Can UCG play a role in responding to these concerns?
If you are interested in being a part of either discernment group, please call or email Pastor Dwight and indicate which group you'd like to join (740-587-0336,   dwight@myucg.org).

The Feminist Class is meeting in the Choir Room on Sunday mornings, 11:30-12:15.

Laudato Si' Reading Group, Sunday mornings in the chapel, 11:30-12:15.  This week, we're discussing the second chapter of Laudato Si' which can by read here.
If you'd like to look over the discussion questions beforehand, click here!
We'll take six weeks (Oct. 4,11,18 and Nov. 1,8,15) to read through the letter carefully, discussing a chapter a week.  Laudato Si' is a 
revolutionary call for the church to take a moral stand against the exploitation of people and of our sacred Earth home.

Monday Book Group & Meditation...
Monday's 3 PM spiritual life book group has resumed in the Martin library, reviewing/reading the book, Radical Acceptance: Embracing your Life with the Heart of the Buddha by Tara Brach.  A few copies are available.  For this Monday: read the Chapter 2 - "Awakening from the Trance [of Unworthiness]."  Please enter through the "Office" door.  Meditation/Contemplation will follow, from 4:15-4:45.  All are welcome!
                                                                         - Doris Jane Conway

Thursday-night Sitting Zen (Zazen)
Every Thursday night in UCG's chapel. 6:30 PM for first-timers. Bell will ring at 7:00 for a 20 minute sitting. Participants may stay afterwards for 15 minutes or so of sharing if they'd like. Click here for a good, short introduction to sitting from Fr. Ruben Habito's Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. You may bring your own zafu/zabuton if you have a set--there are a number in the chapel as well. You may sit in a chair if it's more comfortable, too. This is free & open to anyone of any (or no) religious tradition.  Peace.
- Dwight

United Church of Granville
Fall Women's Retreat
Friday 4 PM - Saturday 4 PM, Nov. 13-14
A retreat about Hope and Transformation
Fellowship Hill Cabins,
Brinkhaven, OH (1 hour drive)

About twenty people have registered to attend!  We're looking forward to a wonderful time at Pilgrim Hills!

"Chaplain's Table" (most) Every Friday
Denison University's Slayter Dining Hall
Some may not know that the pastors of our four corner churches in Granville (& Msgr. Enke of St. Edward's) are considered adjunct chaplains at Denison.  Pastor Dwight hosts "Chaplain's Table" every Friday from 12 noon to 1 PM up in Slayter.  Come by and share lunch or just stop to say hello.  All are welcome--"town & gown."

Pastor's River Road Coffee Hours
Most Tuesdays, 1:30-3 PM (check the web before heading out!)
Come by to chat or to share a cup of coffee.  No program--just conversation.

Also coming up...


Let's take a Climate Justice field trip!
Sunday, Oct. 25th, carpooling from Granville at 3 PM
We're going to join Ohio Interfaith Power and Light (and the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio) for a guided tour of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Scott Hall, 1090 Carmack Rd, Columbus (4-7 PM).  The Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center (BPCRC) at The Ohio State University is recognized internationally as a leader in polar, alpine, and climate research. Dr. Lonnie Thompson, Principal Investigator and Professor, and Dr. Ellen Mosley-Thompson, Principal Investigator/Director will be available to share up to date information about the BPCRC's climate research and how ice cores allow scientists to study past climate. 
An interfaith panel discussion will follow the presentation. Please let Pastor Dwight know if you're interested in attending. Also, to register, click here!   

ABC/USA International Ministries Resolution
on Syrian Refugees

As the Syrian civil war enters its fifth year, the millions of internally displaced persons (IDPs) within Syria are streaming into neighboring nations and far beyond. Over the last four years, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and even Iraq have together received over 3 million refugees. In recent weeks, the stream of refugees seeking shelter further to the north and west-and, according to the United Nations, in some 90 countries around the world-has become a torrent.

The Board of Directors of American Baptist International Ministries (IM) unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon American Baptists to respond to the human disaster created by the ongoing civil war in Syria.  Please read the full resolution here.
IM has sent One Great Hour of Sharing funds as emergency support, and now the pool of OGHS funds available to make initial emergency grants is significantly depleted. Therefore, the ability of IM to provide aid for Syrian IDPs and refugees will depend on giving that is focused on this need. Individuals can make tax-deductible contributions through their local churches,  online by credit card or by mailing a check to International Ministries, Attn: Syria Refugee Relief, P.O. Box 851, Valley Forge, PA 19482. All checks should be identified with "OGHS-Syria Relief" on the memo line.


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Thought for the Day

"You become courageous by doing courageous acts.  Courage is a habit."

- Mary Daly