Rev. Tim Barger
Reverand Tim Barger
Covenant in Our Liberal Religion
April 9, 2017

Sunday Services

Our Sunday morning services are from 11:00 to 12:00 and are customarily followed by a Q & A period, then coffee and conversation. We engage a variety of speakers, each exploring his/her own subject, which may be religious philosophy, history, current politics, local social concerns, education, ethical development, comparative religions, and so forth. We try to open our minds to receive truth and inspiration from every possible source.

You are warmly invited to visit at our Unitarian Fellowship House, 875 West Market Street, Lima, for Sunday morning services.

2016-2017        Sunday Sermons

Date Title Speaker Description
09/11/16 Water Ceremony Everyone The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year, often at the beginning of the new church year (September). Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources.
Service Leaders: Jacob and Carla
09/18/16 Something More is Required of Us Now Larry Hutchinson Are you a Universalist, this morning? Are there Unitarians and/or Universalists, anymore? Are we hybrids or do we oscillate? A glance at our Universalist roots while looking for the future.
Service Leaders: Jacob
Congregational Meeting to Follow Service
09/25/16 Gathering of Five Northwest Ohio UU Churches Rev. Barger NOTE! this service is Off-Site
Five area UU churches — Lima, Findlay, Bowling Green, Lyons, and Toledo — will gather for the 11:00 AM service. at the Toledo UU Church. A pot luck afterwards for all members and friends will be a great time to get to know people from other churches. Join us all to share a service and fellowship. Click here for details and to sign up for car pooling.
10/02/16 Horton Hears a Who Jacob King and Carla Thompson Service for All Ages ? Horton Hears a Who? we will read the story together and focus on ways that all people (big, small, young, old, etc.) are important
Service Leaders: Jacob and Carla
10/09/16 The Power of Friendship Holly Norton Friends play a profound role in our lives, but we don't always realize it and tell them so. Today's program is in appreciation of friendship and all that it has to offer. UU Principles: 1, 2, and 3
Potluck luncheon to follow service.
10/16/16 Ghosts Rev. Barger As we look forward to Halloween, let's do some exploring related to that haunting time. Is there a Unitarian Universalist acknowledgment of ghosts? UU Principles: 3
10/23/16 Women Suffrage Millie Hughes, President of the League of Women Voters of Lima The presentation will be a short introduction on the video the League produced with local Lima people about the debate of Women Suffrage based on an actual debate that occurred in the early 1900's.
Service Leader: Chuck Wolfe
10/30/16 Day of Dead Ceremony. Jacob King We will explore the significance of this honored event.
Service Leader: Jacob King
11/06/16 Iranian Women?s Rights Activist in Exile Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh is an Iranian women's rights activist, researcher and film-maker. Poster
Service Leader: Cris Elstro
11/13/16 The Veterans Pantry Betsy Potts The pantry is a non-profit that services all veterans in Northwest Ohio - not just Allen County. She will tell about the history of the pantry and the current goals/needs. You can grab a bit of info online about the pantry. facebook
11/20/16 Puritans, Pilgrims, Unitarians Rev. Barger Thanksgiving Feast and Interfaith Meeting
11/27/16 Please Don't Call Me Nebraska Maha Zehery
Service Leader: Louise Daniels
12/04/16 Medicare for All, Health Care Justice Debbie Silverstein Debbie Silverstein is the State Director of Single Payer Action Network of Ohio.    Span Ohio Website
12/11/16 The Merry Gentlemen John Bell The Merry Gentlemen. A presentation of holiday-themed literature.
12/18/16 How Many Shopping Days Rev. Barger text of sermon
Christmas brunch will follow service
12/25/16 NO MEETING
01/01/17 Miracles and Resolutions Jacob King and Carla Thompson Service for all ages: Jacob King and Carla Thompson We will explore the concept of personal and group miracles and making resolutions. We will emphasize our seventh principle, which situates us in the interconnected web of life on earth.
Service Leader: Jacob King and Carla Thompson
01/08/17 CUP Mary Stepleton Downtown Lima churches have joined together to make sure that people in our area will not go hungry. These churches provide financial support and volunteers to work the 'store'. Food is donated or purchased from the West Ohio Food bank, and then distributed to local residents. CUP is an amazing ministry that serves hundreds of people each month on a shoestring budget.
Service Leader: Chuck Wolfe
01/15/17 Full-time Religion Rev. Barger A talk on not just being Unitarian Universalist, but being publicly religious.
01/22/17 Revolution in the Comics! Jacob King Taking a closer look at comic books and graphic novels to reveal their ability to engender radical change in politics, race relations, and the formation of gender identity
01/29/17 Staples, Paper Clips, and Rubber Bands Chuck Wolfe How do we bond and bind ourselves in our lives together? We will explore the important and how do we incorporate diverse parts of our lives and culture into a workable life filled with virtue and joy? With the seven principle governing our behavior as UU's how do we attach these to make ourselves better human beings and the world a better place, well at least adding our voice to the chaos? Let's staple, paperclip and rubber band for purpose, and the good of all.
02/05/17 Joshua Hayes Standing Rock Protests
02/12/17 Valentine?s Day Service for All Ages Jacob and Carla
02/19/17 UU and United Nations Ann Edwards The Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) United Nations Office (UU-UNO) is engaged in international advocacy work at the UN based on Unitarian Universalist (UU) values. From involvement in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to leading the faith caucus to establish the International Criminal Court, to overcoming UN apathy about sexual orientation & gender identity issues, the UU-UNO has a long history of providing strong leadership in all aspects of human rights at a policy level through UN consultative status
02/26/17 In the Bleak Midwinter Rev. Barger Tim Barger will speak on the state of the season.
03/05/17 Apistevism Jordan Fried The difference between Faith and Trust in a Responsible Search for Truth
03/12/17 Eye Can Jacob King Jacob will discuss his own visual impairment and the upcomingEye Can low vision awareness event.
03/19/17 Tree Service Carla Thompson and Connie Hornung Come celebrate our annual Tree Service
03/26/17 Hello, Dolly John Bell
04/02/17 Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington Paul Reiser
04/09/17 Covenant in Our Liberal Religion Rev. Barger Covenant in Our Liberal Religion
04/16/17 Cris Elstro Easter
04/23/17 The Village Felix and Paula Sirls music and poetry presentation
04/30/17 Everyone w/ pets Blessing of the Pets
05/07/17 Jacob & Carla Dedication of Little Free Library
05/14/17 Mother's Day Service for All Ages Jacob and Carla
05/21/17 Annual Flower Communion Anne Edwards UU Flower Ceremony
The Annual Meeting will follow the service.
05/28/17 Suicide prevention and other programs of PVFF Donna Dickman The Partnership for Violence Free Families
06/04/17 Church Picnic
11 AM to 1 PM
Rev. Barger This Sunday gathering will be at Heritage Metropark at the east end of Reed Road in the Lions Shelter
Bring a dish to pass for the Potluck Lunch

There are not regular Sunday Services over the 2016 summer. An occasional special service may be scheduled. The list above is of the Sunday Services presented during the 2016-2017 year. Regular Sunday Services will resume in September. Titles and speakers for Sept 2017 will be available in mid August.

Click here for list of previous year's services. 2015-2016


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Day of the Dead "Day of the Dead"

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