Rachel LonbergDear Ones,

First, logistics:

The new year has brought change to my family—Brian has started a new job. He is the private chef for the Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority at Western. He’s really enjoying the work so far. DeForest seems to be enjoying his time in daycare as well. Because of the new routines in my family, I am adjusting my office hours. Beginning February 1, my office hours will be 1-4 on Tuesdays, 3-5 on Wednesdays, and 10-1 on Fridays. Thursdays will be my writing day when I work from home on my sermon and Mondays will continue to be my day off. If you want to meet with me, it is usually best to make an appointment—and I am available at many times other than these office hours, if these times are not convenient for you.

I have also recently learned that some People’s People had developed plans for their memorial services with Jill when she was your minister. Sadly, somewhere in the transition time, those plans have been lost. If you had made your memorial service wishes known to the church previously, please contact me so we can set up a time to revisit that conversation. If you haven’t had this conversation before but would like to now, you are also welcome to set up a time to talk.

Second, opportunities:

There are two adult religious education opportunities starting this month that I want to make sure you know about. They focus on sex and death.

Sex: I will be one of the co-leaders for an Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for Young Adults class. Our Whole Lives is the wonderful comprehensive sexuality education program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ that we offer to our children and youth here at People’s Church—but it’s not only for kids. This is the version for everyone aged 18-35. If this is your demographic, it would be great to have you in the class. The class will be held on Tuesday nights at 6:30 from February 1 to May 3. Childcare is available upon request.

Death: The Facing Life, Facing Death group has decided to go in a new direction and meet at a new time. We will be meeting on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30-3:00pm. The first half-hour will be group check-in.  For the final hour, I will lead the group in exploring death and dying through film clips, personal reflection, sociological information, articles, conversation, and perhaps a field trip or two. This class is open to all People’s Church adults. Childcare is available upon request.

I hope you consider participating in these activities—or the many other great opportunities to connect, grow, reflect,
and learn—at People’s Church.


See you in church,

Rev. Rachel

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