Diane Melvin (Big)Fall Kick-Off Enormous Success
It’s been a great start to our new church year! The parking lot is overflowing with cars and the building is full again on Sunday mornings! It is great to have so many people come back to church and to meet so many new people who are seeking a religious home.

If you haven’t yet completed Registration Forms for your child(ren), I encourage to do so as soon as possible. You will find them near the front entrance.

There are abundant opportunities for religious growth and learning for all ages as well as for fellowship and social action. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year growing, learning and worshipping together!

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director

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Elementary OWL
Kindergarten/1st Grade Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Class begins with a Parent Orientation on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Room 9. The teachers are Brooke Feltner-Beebe, Kelly Henderson and Pam Wadsworth. If you did not get a letter in the mail and you would like your child to participate, please contact Diane Melvin at 375-3262.

Kindergarten-1st Grade Our Whole Lives Class Schedule
Oct. 12 Combined Parent Meeting & Parent/Child Orientation – Lunch – 12:15-1:00, Meeting 1:00-3:30
Class 9:30-10:30 A M for sessions 1-8
Oct. 19 Session 1: Our Wonderful Bodies, Part One
Oct. 26 Session 2: Our Wonderful Bodies, Part Two
Nov. 2 Session 3: Healthy Bodies, Safe Bodies
Nov. 9 Session 4: Families
Nov. 16 Session 5: Families and Feelings
Nov. 23 Session 6: Babies and Families
Nov. 30 Thanksgiving Weekend – No OWL Class
Dec. 7 Session 7: Birth of a Baby
Dec. 14 Session 8: Celebrations!

A 5th and 6th grade OWL class will be held before church for 8 weeks in the winter beginning with a parent orientation after church on January 25.

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Elementary Sleepover
All K-6th Graders are invited to stay overnight at church on Oct. 24th. Games, crafts, movies, a haunted house and a Halloween costume parade are all on the agenda. Don’t miss out! Look for a sign-up sheet in the lobby beginning October 5. Questions? Email Brooke Feltner-Beebe at Brookefbeebe@gmail.com.

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Youth
Our 8th & 9th grade youth are participating in the Coming of Age program this year and will enjoy their first retreat on Oct. 11 & 12.
We have twenty 10-12th graders in our Sunday morning RE class. They are exploring virtue and ethics this year and have started off with opportunities for meaningful discussions and deepening relationships.
Even though the 9th graders are in Coming of Age, there will be plenty of opportunities for them to enjoy activities with the rest of the high school group.

Youth Group Activities- for all 9-12th graders
Random Acts of Kindness and Sleepover – Oct 4
The youth will gather at church and then head downtown Kalamazoo to commit random acts of kindness. After returning to church they will have dinner, fun activities and a sleepover.
Youth Chaplaincy Training Oct. 10-12 Palatine, IL
Contagious FUN CON Oct. 24-26 Indianapolis, IN
Haunted House at Elementary Sleepover – Oct. 24
Spirituality Development Training Nov. 7-9 Fort Wayne
Youth Group Meeting – Nov 1st 1-3:00pm at church
Questions? Contact Karen Friedel

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Mystic Lake Middle School Retreat Oct 17-19
This popular regional middle school UU retreat is open to all 6-8th graders. Register at midamericauua.org and let Diane Melvin know if your youth plans to attend.

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