New Beginnings

I am excited for a fresh start to the new church year with Reverend Rachel at the helm. After two years that included much change and flexibility, it will be nice to regain our energy at People’s Church and move forward again.

It is interesting to reflect back on the 15 years we had with Jill and see how our congregation moved, transformed and lived out our mission during that chapter in our 160 year history.

I anticipate many changes ahead and am energized to ponder the possibilities of what we can create together.

Whether you come to People’s Church because you are seeking comfort or community, inspiration or social action, connection or religious education, I hope that there are opportunities for all of the above to occur.

As the old adage indicates, together we can accomplish more than as individuals. We can comfort, support and inspire one another; we can work together to build authentic community and create a more just society. We can bear witness to each others’ sorrows and suffering and we can celebrate together our joys and triumphs. We can challenge and educate one another as we learn, search and grow together.

As we gather together to celebrate the water ceremony on September 13th, the mixing of the water we each bring symbolizes the coming back together of each of us in our sacred community of seekers. By coming together each week with open hearts and minds and participating fully in this blessed community, we open ourselves to the possibility of being moved and changed in ways that were previously unimagined.

I begin this new year filled with hope and anticipation that this new chapter beginning at People’s Church is pregnant with possibilities for inner and outer growth and transformation, healing and wholeness. The potential of the life saving message of Unitarian Universalism is enormous and so needed in this divided world in which we live today.

I look forward to beginning this new leg of the journey together with each one of you. May we rise together through both the challenges and the enriching times.

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director


Religious Education for Children and Youth

Curriculum for children and youth this year will be as follows:

Preschool – Chalice Children
Kindergarten/1st Grade – Love Surrounds Us
2nd/3rd Grade – Love Will Guide Us
4th Grade and 5th Grade classes – Toolbox of Faith
6th Grade – Riddle and Mystery
7/8th Grade – Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education
9-12th Grade – Popcorn Theology and OWL

Follow the link and check out the classes we are offering this year if you are interested at

Our 7th and 8th grade class will be engaged in Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education curricula this year. If you are new to People’s and have a 7th or 8th grader who may be interested in attending this excellent class please let Diane Melvin know at


Seeking RE Teachers and Assistants

Characteristics Required: Must be open to a Very Rewarding and Enjoyable Experience with Phenomenal Kids!

At this time, five more people are needed to teach or assist in the elementary classrooms this year. Training and mentoring are provided. Team Teachers alternate Sundays and set their own schedules. Please let Diane Melvin know if you are interested at

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