What a wonderful start to the new church year we have had! We have had over 100 people involved in our RE classes each of our first few week. Enthusiasm for being together in the new church year is running high and folks new and old appear delighted to be together.
People’s Church School of Witchcraft & Wizardry
The kick off of the Harry and UU Curriculum has been extremely positive! I am excited to use some fun elements from this beloved book series as a spring board for meaningful religious education experiences among our children and youth.
The month of October, Professor Dumbledore’s Army (our children and youth) are fighting the Hunger Horcrux. While learning more about hunger and food security issues, we will also be conducting a Loaves and Fishes food pantry drive this month. Everyone is encouraged to bring in canned goods and nonperishable items for the food drive. They especially need items high in protein, such as canned tuna, peanut butter, hearty soups and nuts. Please leave these items in the bin in the front entry way all through October. Our drive ends on Oct. 30th.
The Religious Education (RE) Committee, RE teachers and I are all excited for another wonderful year in religious education at People’s Church. We are grateful so many children and youth love to come here and be involved in our programs.
October 18-24th I will be in San Diego for my annual LREDA professional association fall conference. The theme this year is “Money, Death, Race and Sex: Bringing the Spiritual Dimension to Tough Topics.”
The conference description says, “Our jobs as religious professionals would be easier if life were all flower bouquets and cotton candy. The children, youth, and adults we serve deal with harsh realities around challenging topics, and in their toughest times our ministry is most needed.”
I am looking forward to gaining more skills to continue to help the members of our congregation navigate the challenging issues that periodically arise in all of our lives.
Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Class
If you are the parent of a 5th or 6th grader and you have not received a letter about the upcoming OWL class, please contact me at email@example.com.
We provide age appropriate sexuality education classes for all ages from kindergarten through adult in intervals. For more information in these classes check it out at http://www.uua.org/re/owl
The orientations for this class will be held Oct. 9th and 16th after church. The class will take place before church in Room 19 for eight weeks.
ImagiCON – Sept. 31-Oct 2 in Indianapolis
Thank you to Julia Kirkwood for chaperoning five teens to this kick off district youth conference!
Mystic Lake Middle School UU Retreat – Oct 7-9
About 15 people will be spending this weekend with youth from other UU churches through out the region in fellowship and fun. We are grateful to have parents willing to chaperone these excited youth for the weekend.
CONsciousness – November 11-13 at People’s Church
Our teens are excited about organizing and hosting this UU district conference for high school aged youth.
Young Adult Ministry
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 Room L-2
All 18-35 year olds are invited to participate in our young adult group that meets at People’s Church twice a month. Group meetings provide opportunities to build friendships, engage in stimulating discussions and deepen connections all while seeking deeper meaning in life.
Childcare available upon request. Contact Mackenzie at 269-779-2111. Join us on Facebook: Kalamazoo UU Young Adults