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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

ANTS Student E-News - Wednesday, November 8, 2006

In this message:


- Student Loan Information Sessions


- UU Worship This Week
- Orphaned Coffee Mugs
- Winterim Commuter Housing
- Win a Free Course at ANTS - UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest! -
Nov. 1-30
- Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9

Student Loan Information Sessions

Student loan informations session will be held in the Peck Room

Thursday November 16 12:00 to 1:00
Friday November 17 12:00 to 1:00

Students who have not attended a session must attend one of the sessions
in order to receive a spring loan payment.


UU Worship This Week

Dear friends and colleagues,

Our Unitarian Universalist worship this coming Thursday (November 9)
will take place in the Meetinghouse at 1:00pm. Everyone is welcome. This
service will be led by the Rev. David Johnson, on the theme of Hymns and
Ministry. Rev. Johnson serves as interim minister at the Unitarian
Church of Marlborough and Hudson, and as advisor to the UU students at
Andover Newton. Come reap the benefits of his experience and his
knowledge of UU history and hymnody. And invite your friends!

The UU Worship schedule is available on the ANTS website at

The worship coordinators welcome your feedback and suggestions
regarding these Thursday services. If you'd like to lead worship
this coming semester, please let us know. Also, we will appreciate
your recommendations for speakers from the faculty and from the
greater UU community.

The Worship Coordinators
Bruce Taylor (
Marilyn Richards (

Orphaned Coffee Mugs

I have a growing collection (now 2) of orphaned thermal coffee mugs -
one (brushed stainless steel & black plastic) was left in my office at
the end of last week; the second (red & black plastic, OXO by name) I
found this afternoon on the Quad.
They're quiet at the moment, but if I end up having to wash their mouths
out with soap I may consider them mine...

David Ames

Winterim Commuter Housing

New forms for Winterim commuter housing are available outside of the
Housing Office, Worcester 101. Please be aware that if you picked up a
form before October 31, it was incorrect. Please take a moment to pick
up and fill out the new, corrected form. Thank you for your patience -
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Amelia O'Dowd
Housing Coordinator

Win a Free Course at ANTS - UCC 50th Anniversary Video Contest! - Nov.
Be a YouTube star! And win a free course at ANTS...

The United church of Christ is looking for home-made clips to celebrate
the UCC at 50. These videos will be shared on YouTube.

The most entertaining video entries will be included in a web-cast on
November 5 (we've missed the deadline for this early web-cast), and
shown at the General Synod in Hartford, CT next June.

Andover Newton wants to get in on the fun, so we are asking for entries
from ANTS community members.

- The winning entry will become the "official" Andover Newton video clip
for the UCC 50th Anniversary Celebration AND win a free course at ANTS.

- The winning entry and runners-up will be displayed on the Andover
Newton web site.

Instructions from the UCC:

The videos can be anything, really, as long as they are fun or
meaningful to watch. Ideas might include:

- Silly take-off on a moment in UCC history or a joke about UCC
- Unique, innovative rendition of "This Little Light of Mine," playing
on the 50th's "Let it Shine" theme.
- New take on UCC's commercials.
- Animation or claymation.
- A monologue by a "really interesting character" in your school.
- A presentation of what makes your school so special.
- Use your imagination!

Contest Rules:

-Save your videos as either QuickTime .MOV, Windows .AVI, or .MPG files.

-Please create your video at a MINIMUM resolution of 320x240 pixels or
the video will be very pixilated on youtube (which displays at 425x350)

-ALSO: There is a production length stipulation -- 30 to 60 seconds
MAXIMUM. A lot can be conveyed in a brief time period.

Contest Dates: November 1 - November 30. All entries must be received
by Monday, November 30 at Noon. The winner will be announced on December

Submission: Submit your video file to Karen Brockney in Dabney 16. You
can submit the file on CD or provide a Web link to a downloadable file.

Tune in to see what others are doing with their videos!

UCC 50th Anniversary Kick-Off
Live Web Streaming Event
All Saints Sunday, November 5
6 p.m. (ET), 5 p.m. (CT) 4 p.m. (MT), 3 p.m. (PT) 1 p.m. (Hawaii)

Questions? Call Karen Brockney at 617-964-1100 ext. 225 or send mail to

Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - Begins November 9
"Search and Call in the United Church of Christ - A Series of Events for
Seminarians" begins on November 9.

All events take place in the Meetinghouse at Andover Newton Theological

Are you graduating from seminary this year? Have you already graduated
and are beginning the search process? Come to these upcoming events to
find out how to enter the search process, meet with search committees,
start your benefits, and enter a congregation!

Though everyone is welcome, these events are designed particularly for
graduating seminarians who plan to search for a call as a pastor in a
United Church of Christ congregation.

Entering the Search Process: Preparing Your Ministerial Profile
November 9, 2006
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- The In Care Process and the Search Process
- Writing a Ministerial Profile to get an interview
- Navigating the UCC Search and Call Network
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference,

Meeting with Search Committees: Discerning a Match
February 8, 2007 (snow date Feb. 15)
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Spiritual Discernment and the Search Process
- Reading a Church Profile
- Interviewing Skills: How to Answer and What to Ask
Leaders: Associate Conference Ministers of the Massachusetts Conference,

Starting Your Benefits - Establishing Your Future: UCC Benefits and the
Pastoral Call Agreement
March 15, 2007
9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Elements of a Pastoral Call Agreement
- UCC Health and Pension Benefits
- Continuing Education and Ongoing Pastoral Formation
Leaders: representative from The Pension Boards, UCC

Entering a Congregation: Thriving as a New Pastor
April 12, 2007
9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Forming a Pastoral Identity
- Entrance Strategies for Pastors New to a Congregation
- Developing Healthy Habits and Practices of Ministry
Leaders: New Clergy Group Facilitators and Christina Braudaway-Bauman
Associate for New Clergy Development, MACUCC

Registration to attend all four events is $60. Registration for a single
event is $20. (Fees cover the cost of materials and refreshments).
Registration is due AT LEAST 1 WEEK before each workshop is scheduled.

Please send a check for the amount due ($60 for all 4 programs or $20
per session), made payable to MACUCC to:

Kris LoFrumento
One Badger Road
Framingham. MA 01702

More information and registration form:

ANTS E-news
Karen Brockney and Jason Bachand