2019 Sunday Services

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January

2019 January 01, Tuesday, New Year's Day

2019 January 06, Sunday, Epiphany
Pastor Sharon Watkins
"Restoring Common Decency"


When and how has "common decency" been diminished? In recent years, the lack of commonly held values has become a frightening norm among our country’s leadership. While espousing a false morality, many have ignored our culture's and humanity's commonly held values. What happened? How do we empower the thinking and behavior of compassion and empathy in our culture?

Service Leader: Melba Gandy. Music: John Puett.

2019 January 13, Sunday
Dr. Ron Sturgis
"Optimism for The New Year"


Dr. Sturgis will provide an overview of the science of Positive Psychology. After a century of studying psychopathology, psychologists now have a comprehensive understanding of mental illness as defined in the DSM4. Social Scientists are now studying the efficacy of optimistic thought on wellness and happiness throughout the course of a lifespan. As it turns out, people who have optimistic world views tend to be happier and have better life outcomes than do people with negative outlooks. Dr. Sturgis will discuss these and other topics related to positive psychology.

Service Leader: Gerraldine Barker. Music: John Puett. Youth RE.

2019 January 20, Sunday
Pastor, Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
"It's Out with the Old and in with the Bold"


Dr. Norman Vincent Peel wrote: "There is a spiritual giant within you, which is always struggling to burst it's way out of the prison you have made for it." We will be celebrating with a Phoenix Ceremony and symbolically releasing bad habits, negative thoughts, emotions, and unhealthy relationships into the flames of transformation. Then we will be calling to us those miraculous and amazing events that will transform our lives. Life is a process of letting go and letting. This is the Divine Rhythm!

Service Leader: Shirley Center. Music: John Puett. Potluck.

2019 January 21, Monday, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat

2019 January 27, Sunday
Terri Thrower
"Understanding Ableism"


As a society we acknowledge racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and heterosexism as biased, bigoted, and just plain wrong. However, Ableism (which favors and privileges the able-bodied over those with disability), too often remains intact, unchallenged, and as powerful as ever. In this discussion, Dr. Thrower will introduce ableism: what is it, how it plays out in our daily social interactions, and what we can do to counter its negative effects.

Service Leader: Greg Thrower. Music: John Puett. Youth RE.

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February

2019 February 01, Friday, National Freedom Day

2019 February 02, Saturday, Groundhog Day

2019 February 03, Sunday, Super Bowl
Karl Seidman
"The Caring Community"


The concept of a Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church Caring Community, as developed jointly by members Blenda Fairman and Karl Seidman, borrows from concepts in gerontology. We would focus on: getting to know each other better through sharing common interests to create a more close-knit community and organizing for mutual support and caring in small sub-groups. The was a presentation on the concept, as well as a questionnaire, to determine what additional interest groups in which members would like to participate.

Service Leader: Ed Wolpert. Music: John Puett.

2019 February 05, Tuesday, Chinese New Year

2019 February 10, Sunday
Rev. Barry Whittemore
"Sola Gratia or Works Alone? Who's in charge here anyway?"


What do we mean by Grace? What are the long term implications of its rejection? These topics will be explored in the context of Unitarian, Universalist, and UU history. Special attention will be paid to the theological conversations that did not take place at the time of the 1961 merger of the two churches.

Service Leader: Gayle Wood. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2019 February 12, Tuesday, Lincoln's Birthday

2019 February 14, Thursday, Valentine's Day

2019 February 15, Friday, Susan B Anthony's Birthday

2019 February 17, Sunday
Rev. Lorraine Jones
"What's So Amazing About Grace?"


One of the most wonderful and potentially problematic ideas in religion is grace. It implies that no matter what a person has done, that person can still enjoy its gift. Most people prefer a world in which people who do wrong face the negative consequences of their actions. Grace, it would seem, flies in the face of justice. It begs the question: "What's So Amazing About Grace?" [Adapted from a sermon by Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavinhar.]

Service Leader: Patrick Cavigliano. Music: John Puett.

2019 February 18, Monday, Presidents' Day

2019 February 24, Sunday
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
"Amazing Grace"


What would the world look like if we all behaved as though we believed in Grace? How would we treat our neighbors? How would we treat ourselves?

Rev. Jennifer Dalton was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia. She has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. She is currently ordained and recognized by the Alliance of Baptists and considers herself a Unitarian Universalist Baptist.

Service Leader: Kasey. Music: John Puett.

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March

2019 March 01, Friday, Read Across America Day

2019 March 03, Sunday
Ken Sizemore
"no title yet"


Ken has been performing folk and early pop music all over the country for more than 40 years. He plays the "classic" folk music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. His repertoire also includes some selections from pop artists and even pays tribute to country greats.

Service Leader: Kasey. Music: John Puett.

2019 March 04, Monday, Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

2019 March 05, Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

2019 March 06, Wednesday, Ash Wednesday

2019 March 10, Sunday, DST begins
Ron Sturgis
"no title yet"


Dr. Ron Sturgis, a retired Eagle Scout, will give an informative presentation on the history of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), the codes and guidelines, the impact of scouting, and the recent policy changes for the inclusion of girls and LGBTQ leaders. Since MLUUC is sponsoring a new Scout Troop in Ellijay, Ron would like to share the joys of scouting with the church. Ron Sturgis will enliven his discussion with tales of his personal scouting experiences.

Service Leader: Laura Sturgis. Music: John Puett. Youth RE.

2019 March 17, Sunday, St. Patrick's Day
Pastor, Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
"no title yet"


David-Michael was introduced to several religious beliefs in his upbringing which sparked his desire to study religion and spirituality. His ministry is infused with his Pentecostal roots, Wicca and Science of Mind, which he has studied and practiced for over 30 years.

Service Leader: Bruce Wood. Music: John Puett.

2019 March 20, Wednesday, Spring Equinox

2019 March 21, Thursday, Purim (Jewish), Holi (Hindu)

2019 March 24, Sunday
David Wilcox
"no title yet"


David Wilcox is a singer/songwriter. He was a winner of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk award in 1988, and his songs have been covered by artists. He holds audiences rapt with nothing more than a single guitar, thoroughly written songs, a fearless ability to mine the depths of human emotions of joy, sorrow and everything in between, and all tempered by a quick and wry wit.

Service Leader: Ron Sturgis. Music: John Puett.

2019 March 29, Vietnam War Veterans Day

2019 March 31, Sunday, César Chávez Day
Ed Wolpert
"Pledge Drive"


Our Mountain Light UUC Treasurer, Ed Wolpert, will present our 2019-2020 Pledge Drive.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

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April

2019 April 03, Wednesday, Isra and Mi'raj (Muslim)

2019 April 07, Sunday
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
"no title yet"


Rev. Jennifer Dalton was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia. She has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. She is currently ordained and recognized by the Alliance of Baptists and considers herself a Unitarian Universalist Baptist.

Service Leader: Shirley Center. Music: John Puett.

2019 April 11, Passover begins

2019 April 13, Saturday, Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

2019 April 14, Sunday, Palm Sunday
Rev. Barry Whittemore
"no title yet"


Rev. Whittemore is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister having served at the GA Mountains UU Church in Dahlonega. Dr. Whittemore currently teaches Appalachian, American, and religious history at UNG.

Service Leader: Gerraldine Barker. Music: John Puett.

2019 April 15, Monday, Tax Day, Boston Marathon

2019 April 18, Thursday, Maundy Thursday (Christian)

2019 April 19, Friday, Good Friday

2019 April 21, Sunday, Easter
Pastor, Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
"Easter Sunrise Service"


David-Michael will lead our traditional sunrise service at the home of Ted and Terry Woehr with a breakfast potluck after the service. There will be no service at the church this Sunday.

Service Leader: Terry Woehr. Music: John Puett.

2019 April 22, Monday, Earth Day

2019 April 26, Friday, Arbor Day

2019 April 27, Last Day of Passover

2019 April 28, Sunday
Cynthia Michel
"Holocaust Remembrance Week"


The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year, the Week of Remembrance, runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the following Sunday.

Service Leader: Karl Seidman. Music: John Puett. Potluck.

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May

2019 MAY 01, Wednesday, Yom HaShoah (Jewish), May Day, Law Day, Loyalty Day

2019 May 02, Thursday, National Day of Prayer, Holocaust Remembrance Day

2019 May 04, Saturday, Kent State Shootings Remembrance, Kentucky Derby, National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day

2019 May 05, Sunday
Pastor John Pavlovitz
"no title yet"


John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest NC. His blog, Stuff That Needs To Be Said, has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local-church ministry, he is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 May 06, Monday, National Nurses Day

2019 May 09, Thursday, , Thursday, Yom Ha'atzmaut (Jewish)

2019 May 12, Sunday, Mother's Day
Rev. Scott Dillard
"no title yet"


Rev. Dillard is an ordained Interfaith Minister and a Professor of Rhetoric at GCSU in Milledgeville GA. He has a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication from Blackburn College and an M.S. and PhD in Speech Communication (Performance Studies) from Southern Illinois University.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 May 15, Wednesday, Peace Officers Memorial Day

2019 May 18, Saturday, Armed Forces Day, Preakness Stakes

2019 May 19, Sunday
Youth Led
"Flower Communion"


Our Flower Communion is an annual ritual that celebrates beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. In this intergenerational ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower. Each person places a flower on the altar or in a shared vase. The congregation and minister bless the flowers, and each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 May 22, Wednesday, Harvey Milk Day, National Maritime Day

2019 May 23, Thursday, Lag BaOmer (Jewish)

2019 May 25, Saturday,National Missing Children's Day

2019 May 26, Sunday
Pastor, Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
"no title yet"


David-Michael was introduced to several religious beliefs in his upbringing which sparked his desire to study religion and spirituality. His ministry is infused with his Pentecostal roots, Wicca and Science of Mind, which he has studied and practiced for over 30 years.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 May 27, Monday, Memorial Day

2019 May 30, Thursday, Ascension Day (Christian)

2019 May 31, Friday, Lailat al-Qadr (Muslim)

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June

2019 June 02, Sunday
Ann Low
Annual Congregational Meeting


The practice of congregational polity dictates that the business of our congregations take place at congregational meetings. At this Annual Congregational Meeting, we will hear reports from our officers, elect our new Board of Directors, approve the annual budget, and conduct other business.

Service Leader: Kasey. Music: John Puett.

2019 June 05, Wednesday, Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)

2019 June 09, Sunday, Pentecost (Christian), Shavuot (Jewish)
Ken Sizemore
"no title yet"


Ken has been performing folk and early pop music all over the country for more than 40 years. He plays the "classic" folk music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. His repertoire also includes some selections from pop artists and even pays tribute to country greats.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 June 10, Monday, Whit Monday (Christian)

2019 June 14, Friday, Flag Day

2019 June 15, Corpus Christi

2019 June 16, Sunday, Father's Day
Rev. Scott Dillard
"no title yet"


Rev. Dillard is an ordained Interfaith Minister and a Professor of Rhetoric at GCSU in Milledgeville GA. He has a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication from Blackburn College and an M.S. and PhD in Speech Communication (Performance Studies) from Southern Illinois University.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 June 19, Juneteenth (Emancipation Day)

2019 June 21, Friday, Summer Solstice

2019 June 23, Sunday
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
"no title yet"


Rev. Jennifer Dalton was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia. She has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. She is currently ordained and recognized by the Alliance of Baptists and considers herself a Unitarian Universalist Baptist.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 June 30, Sunday
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"no title yet"


No details yet.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

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July

2019 July 04, Thursday, Independence Day

2019 July 07, Sunday
Kasey Castleberry
"Keeping Joy Alive"


Living our lives often leads to difficult moments, but it is our choice how we react to them. We can surrender to despair or choose to look at them as opportunities to learn, to grow, to become better and wiser people. Embracing Joy can change lives.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 July 14, Sunday, Bastille Day
Rev. Barry Whittemore
"no title yet"


Rev. Whittemore is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister having served at the GA Mountains UU Church in Dahlonega. Dr. Whittemore currently teaches Appalachian, American, and religious history at UNG.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 July 21, Sunday
Rev. Scott Dillard
"no title yet"


Rev. Dillard is an ordained Interfaith Minister and a Professor of Rhetoric at GCSU in Milledgeville GA. He has a Bachelor’s in Speech Communication from Blackburn College and an M.S. and PhD in Speech Communication (Performance Studies) from Southern Illinois University.

Service Leader: Gerraldine Barker. Music: John Puett.

2019 July 28, Sunday, Parents' Day
Pastor, Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
"no title yet"


David-Michael was introduced to several religious beliefs in his upbringing which sparked his desire to study religion and spirituality. His ministry is infused with his Pentecostal roots, Wicca and Science of Mind, which he has studied and practiced for over 30 years.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

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August

2019 August 04, Sunday
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
"no title yet"


Rev. Jennifer Dalton was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia. She has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. She is currently ordained and recognized by the Alliance of Baptists and considers herself a Unitarian Universalist Baptist.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 August 11, Sunday, Tisha B'Av (Jewish)
Rev. Barry Whittemore
"no title yet"


Rev. Whittemore is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister having served at the GA Mountains UU Church in Dahlonega. Dr. Whittemore currently teaches Appalachian, American, and religious history at UNG.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 August 12, Monday, Eid al-Adha (Muslim)

2019 August 14, Wednesday, 4, Wednesday

2019 August 15, Thursday, Assumption of Mary

2019 August 18, Sunday
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No details yet.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 August 21, Wednesday, Senior Citizens Day

2019 August 23, Friday, Janmashtami (Hindu)

2019 August 25, Sunday
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"Water Communion"


No details yet.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 August 26, Monday, Women's Equality Day

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September

2019 September 01, Sunday, Muharram (Muslim)
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"no title yet"


No details yet.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 September 02, Monday, Labor Day, Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

2019 September 08, Sunday, Grandparents' Day
Ron Sturgis
"no title yet"


Ron is a retired Navy Chaplain who currently teaches psychology and military resilience for Liberty University online. He is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and has extensive experience as a pastoral care giver in a myriad of venues.

Service Leader: Laura Sturgis. Music: John Puett.

2019 September 11, Wednesday, Patriot Day

2019 September 15, Sunday, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Ken Sizemore
"no title yet"


Ken has been performing folk and early pop music all over the country for more than 40 years. He plays the "classic" folk music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. His repertoire also includes some selections from pop artists and even pays tribute to country greats.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 September 17, Tuesday, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

2019 September 22, Sunday, Gold Star Mother's Day
Rev. Marti Keller
"no title yet"


No details yet.

Service Leader: Gayle Wood. Music: John Puett.

2019 September 23, Monday, Fall Equinox

2019 September 29, Sunday, Navratri (Hindu), Gold Star Mother's Day
Pastor, Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
"no title yet"


David-Michael was introduced to several religious beliefs in his upbringing which sparked his desire to study religion and spirituality. His ministry is infused with his Pentecostal roots, Wicca and Science of Mind, which he has studied and practiced for over 30 years.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 September 30, Monday, Rosh Hashana

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October

2019 October 04, Friday, Feast of St Francis of Assisi

2019 October 06, Sunday
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No details yet. ?Blessing of the Animals?

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 October 07, Monday, Dussehra (Hindu), Child Health Day

2019 October 09, WednesdayLeif Erikson Day

2019 October 13, Sunday, Chicago Marathon
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
"no title yet"


Rev. Jennifer Dalton was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia. She has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. She is currently ordained and recognized by the Alliance of Baptists and considers herself a Unitarian Universalist Baptist.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 October 14, Monday, First Day of Sukkot (Jewish), Columbus Day, Indigenous People's Day

2019 October 16, Wednesday, Boss's Day

2019 October 20, Sunday, Last Day of Sukkot (Jewish)
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No details yet.

Service Leader: Gerraldine Barker. Music: John Puett.

2019 October 21, Monday, Shmini Atzeret (Jewish)

2019 October 22, Tuesday, Simchat Torah (Jewish)

2019 October 27, SundayDiwali/Deepavali (Hindu)
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No details yet.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 October 31, Thursday, Halloween

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November

2019 November 01, Friday, All Saints' Day

2019 November 02, Saturday, All Souls' Day

2019 November 03, Sunday, DST ends, New York City Marathon
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No details yet.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 November 05, Tuesday, Election Day

2019 November 10, Sunday, The Prophet's Birthday (Muslim)
Rev. Barry Whittemore
"no title yet"


Rev. Barry Whittemore is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister having served at the GA Mountains UU Church in Dahlonega. Dr. Whittemore currently teaches Appalachian, American, and religious history at UNG.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 November 11, Monday, Veterans Day

2019 November 17, Sunday
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 November 24, Sunday
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Lead-off by one MLUUC member.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 November 28, Thursday, Thanksgiving Day

2019 November 29, Friday, Black Friday

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December

2019 December 01, Sunday, 1st Sunday of Advent
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
"no title yet"


Rev. Jennifer Dalton was born and raised in the mountains of Virginia. She has her bachelor’s degree in political science and her Master of Divinity degree from Emory’s Candler School of Theology. She is currently ordained and recognized by the Alliance of Baptists and considers herself a Unitarian Universalist Baptist.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 December 02, Monday, Cyber Monday

2019 December 06, Friday, St Nicholas' Day

2019 December 07, Saturday, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

2019 December 08, Sunday, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Ken Sizemore
"no title yet"


Ken has been performing folk and early pop music all over the country for more than 40 years. He plays the "classic" folk music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. His repertoire also includes some selections from pop artists and even pays tribute to country greats.

Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 December 15, Sunday,
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 December 21, Saturday, Winter Solstice

2019 December 22, Sunday
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"Edible Gift Exchange"


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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 December 23, Monday, Chanukah begins

2019 December 24, Tuesday, Christmas Eve

2019 December 25, Wednesday, Christmas Day

2019 December 26, Thursday, Kwanzaa begins

2019 December 29, Sunday, New Year's Eve
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett.

2019 December 30, Monday, 30, Monday

2019 December 31, Tuesday, New Year's Eve