Rev. Kent Travelling Rev. Kent is visiting our sister city in as president of the Madison County International Committee, working to reinvigorate this cultural program after the pandemic. We ring the Peace Bell in service here next today and he will ring the companion bell in Hokuto, Japan. He returns to Berea on June 9. We welcome Rev. Carla to the pulpit in his absence.
Help Needed—Lorilyn Howie-Kipphut is moving to Cynthiana and will need a couple of helpers Friday, June 9 at 10 am at Osprey Storage in Richmond to help load the rental truck. She’d like to financially support the youth/young adult ministries and/or individual teens/young adults if any able bodied folks who can help her & her daughter for 1 to 2 hours. Email email@example.com or text at 859-358-1849.
Save the Date! Wednesday, June 14th: 5:30 – 7:00pm
Potluck and More!!!
Bring a dish to share. Church will provide drinks & table service
· Training for Worship Readers, greeters, singers, etc. ADD Jennifer’s
· Games Night Group Play cards/board games w/friends
· A Conversion with Rev. David Jones Join David as we discuss ideas, plans, and generate excitement about the new, upcoming Weds. Night Live.
We will also discuss needs for volunteers to work with Children, Youth, & Adults on Wednesdays and Sundays. Parents of children are MOST welcome to this conversation.
Opportunities to be more involved in worship at Union Church!
· Communion Bread Baker(s). Each month we bake gluten-free bread (from a mix) for communion. We are looking for a baker or team of bakers who can bake this bread on the Saturday before communion each month.
· Worship Readers, Ushers, and Greeters. Everyone is welcome to sign up on the sheets in the front of the. Worship Readers read the call to worship, scripture, and prayer. Ushers help serve communion (first Sundays) and collect offering. Greeters hand out bulletins at the doors. All hands welcome!
· Coffee Hour snack bringers. You can make them yourself, or buy. It’s the company that matters!!
Please sign up in the Community Room or contact the office or a member of Worship Board (Teresa Gowler, Diane Bailey, EJ Stokes, Paul Jacobs, Jennifer Melton) Thank you!
Kentucky’s SB150: A Resource Guide for the Trans and LGBTQ+ Community What does SB150 say?
SB150 is a sweeping anti-LGBTQ+ bill – with several components that are especially dangerous when it comes to transgender youth accessing critical health care. The bill prohibits transgender-related healthcare in Kentucky for people under the age of 18; this means that care such as gender-affirming hormone therapy and puberty blockers will soon be inaccessible in Kentucky for most trans people until they turn 18. In-state healthcare providers who violate the law will risk losing their license.
There is vague language in the bill limiting access to gender-affirming mental health services in school settings, but these restrictions do not prohibit access to gender-affirming mental health care outside of schools. This is an evolving area of law and the law is intentionally vague when it comes to what exactly is prohibited as well as how it is enforced. That said, the law does not say that people cannot leave Kentucky and access care in states where it is legal to do so, and a court would likely agree that it is unconstitutional to block people from traveling to other states. Info HERE