Diane Melvin (Big)

Spring Wrap-Up/Fall Planning

As June rolls around, we are wrapping up another fabulous church year at People’s. The Coming of Age service was magnificently planned and led by the COA youth where they did a wonderful job sharing their faith statements.

I am looking forward to the June 7th Youth Service where we will bridge the COA youth up and the Seniors out. Again this service will be planned and led by extremely capable and talented youth. We are blessed to have such a vibrant and engaged core of youth in our congregation!

At the same time we are wrapping up this year, we are also planning for next year. Our curriculum team is well underway with preparations for next year’s curriculum. We were so pleased with our experience with the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curriculum this year that we decided to use this format again next year with different subjects. I think it does a great job giving our children and youth a sound religious education foundation with exposure to a variety of religious and ethical ideas through fun activities and meaningful discussions.

Of course we are Seeking Teachers to work with our children and youth next church year. Please let Diane Melvin know if you would consider being a teacher or an assistant in an RE class next year. It is only because of our strong volunteer core that we have such a successful RE program at People’s Church!

Finally, I want to shout out a huge THANK YOU to the RE Committee for the great work they did this year:

Emily Cutler, Stephanie Measzros, Lynetta Carnes, Gwen Abney-Cunningham, Jana Watson, Denise Valette, Cary Betz-Williams, Heidi Johnson and Nicky Gates!

Because of their excellent leadership, our Religious Education Program at People’s has offered many wonderful and enriching programs and activities this year!


Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director


Summer Religious Education Program
10:00 – 11:00AM June 21-Sept. 6
Nursery care provided

Activities for elementary and middle school-aged youth. Older youth are welcome to help with the younger children or enjoy the Sunday Service.

Participants will have fun with crafts, creative movement, gardening, and games based on the book, The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. We will tie in the “letters from the crayons” with learning our UU Principles, teaching tolerance, and building self esteem. Visiting grandchildren are welcome, too. This summer’s activities will be led by Mackenzie Hatfield-Johnson and Mary Kate Webster with help and guidance from Ian Webster.


YRUU Camping Trip – June 12-14
Van Buren State Park

All 9-12th graders are invited to participate in this fun weekend to celebrate the end of our youth group for this church year.  Please RSVP to Karen Friedel if you and/or your youth is planning to attend.


Young Adult UU Group
June 2nd and June 16th
7:00 pm at church

All 18-35-year-olds are invited to participate in our young adult group. Enjoy fellowship with pizza, activities and meaningful discussions. For information contact group coordinator, Mackenzie Hatfield-Johnson at 269-779-2111.

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