KieraKiera’s Passing

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Kiera was hit by a car and killed on the 4th of July. She has been a wonderful part of our church community for the past four years and provided much ministry in her time here.

I am heartbroken at her sudden passing and am deeply grieving the loss of her daily companionship and love.   I will miss returning to my office to find her sitting in my chair surrounded by children reading to her and petting her.

She was a sweet, gentle and wise spirit who loved to greet everyone with her never ending supply of kisses and her happy wappy tail.

Though I had tried hard to find a new home for Bo, the Siberian Husky I rescued over the winter, I will be keeping him now. He is a sweet boy, but we are both missing Kiera very much. She was one of a kind!

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Director of Religious Education


Seeking Some Great RE Leaders

Religious Education Teachers are needed to teach at all age levels from September through May. Each teaching team consists of four people who rotate according to a schedule you put together with your team. Training and orientation provided on September 6th from 10:00-3:00.

Please contact Diane Melvin if you are interested in being a leader or a helper in an RE class this year at or 269-685-2813.



Friday, August 29 6:00-8:00pm

Everyone is welcome to help up clean up the church for the new year. Pizza provided. Please RSVP to Diane Melvin at 375-3262.



Saturday, September 6 – 10:00am-3:00pm

It is very important for all elementary and middle school-aged RE Teachers to plan to attend this year’s teacher training workshop. We are rolling out new Tapestry of Faith curriculum this year and it is important that our teaching teams begin the year on the same page. Please mark your calendars today!

RSVP to Diane at so we will know how many people to plan lunch and childcare for. Thank you!


Summer Sunday Religious Education

10:00-11:00 am

In August, we will continue our special Sunday RE activities for kids entering kindergarten through those entering eighth grade.

Participants will enjoy creative movement, making crafts, games, and activities based on books written by Jamie Lee Curtis: Big Words for Little People, I’m Gonna Like Me, and Is There Really a Human Race?

We will be making paper cooperation sandwiches, exploring simple yoga, planting vegetables, learning the “Happy UU Hokey Pokey,” planning an End of Summer Fiesta, and talking about how to make the world a better place. Visitors are welcome too!

Questions? Contact Mackenzie Hatfield-Johnson or Mary Kate Webster.

August 3 – I’m Gonna Like Me
August 10 – I’m Loved and I Know it
August 17 – Bold Choices and Bold Voices
August 24 – Make the World a Better Place
August 31 – Summer Celebration

Nursery and toddler care is available each week.

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