First Universalist Church of West Paris Worship Services for October

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WEST PARIS — The public is invited to Sunday worship service at First Universalist Church of West Paris. Services are presented with a combination of guest speakers, worship service committee members and The Rev. Fayre Stephenson (at least twice each month) on a variety of topics that are thought-provoking, inspiring and often humorous.

Church services begin at 9 a.m. with refreshments following.

Oct. 5, “Good Grief,” led by The Rev. Fayre Stephenson. Death is a fact of life. At some point in our lives we all live in grief. We live with an “empty chair.” We know that nothing but time can lessen the pain of grief but knowing more about grief can allay our anxiety about our painful feelings. This service, using Dr. Roberta Temes’s classic book, “Living with an Empty Chair,” will explore the experience of grief.

Oct. 12, “Twilight and Evening Star,” led by guest speaker, Cynthia Reedy. As the earth turns from the sun and we enter the autumn season, we will reflect on the joy and comfort of this evening time of the year and of the twilight of our lives. Poetry and song will celebrate the sights and sounds of this especially lovely time of year.

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Oct. 19, “The Story of Sue — A Heartbreaking Who’s Who,” led by The Rev. Jennifer Wixson. “I once knew a woman named Sue…” The compelling life stories of some famous authors, poets and artists. Did affliction make them stronger? Less afraid of standing up for what they believed? Or were they simply destined for trials and tribulations due to who they were and how they thought. A closer look at 10 men and women whose personal heartbreak helped change the world. Wixson is a Maine farmer, author and itinerant Quaker minister. She is the creator of The Sovereign Series, www.thesovereignseries.com.

Oct. 26, “You Can Tame a Monster,” led by The Rev. Fayre Stephenson. Noting that Halloween is just around the corner, this service will take a look at the ghosts and goblins of the holiday’s Celtic Samhain roots and will reflect on the monsters (fears, challenges) in our own lives. Bring jack-o-lanterns to decorate the altar.

For more information, contact Marta Clements at 674-2143 or mclements96894@roadrunner.com, or visit www.uua.org to learn more about Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.

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