In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it is so important to occasionally pause and remember to express gratitude for our blessings.

Meister Eckhart says “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.”

December often brings up a range of emotions in folks from elation and joy to dread and sorrow. Practicing gratitude can serve as a grounding force with all these feelings.

Teaching our children about the importance of expressing gratitude can help to counteract the influences of consumerism and entitlement that are all around them.

Whether that means sharing something we are grateful for each day or writing thank you notes for gifts, expressing gratitude is good for the soul.

They say expressing gratitude can help rewire the plasticity of our brains in positive ways. I know it is helpful for me in keeping a positive perspective in my life.

One of the things I am very grateful for right now is the amazing team I am working with on the RE Committee!

Annie Hampel, Betsy Johnson, Elizabeth Huff-Willis, Dolores Strom, Bobby Goldstein, Amy Gulaszewski, Laura Bultman, Steve Cavanaugh and Shannon Rench are all doing such great service to our children, youth and families at People’s Church this year! THANK YOU for your service to this congregation!

I am grateful to the 32 individuals who are teaching RE classes this year! The gifts of their time, energy, dedication and love are enormously appreciated!

Everyone who made the Elementary Sleepover such a huge success is also on my gratitude list. Thanks to you, 45 kids got to enjoy a fun night at church deepening connections with one another and our church home.

In whatever ways you contribute to this congregation, know that you are appreciated! Pass it on by thanking someone this week for whom you are grateful. Simply letting folks know they are appreciated can go a long way to bringing more generosity and kindness into this world.

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director

Young Adult CON – January 17-19, 2020

WHO: All 18-35-year-olds
WHAT: Weekend UU Conference
WHERE: People’s Church
WHEN: 8:00 p.m. Fri. Jan. 17 – 9:00 a.m. Sun. Jan. 19

Spend the weekend at church and enjoy amazing workshops, inspiring young adult worship, great food, music, a coffee house, connection and Community!

Contact Diane Melvin for more information at

High School Worship Circle & Youth Group

Who: All 9-12th Graders
What: UU Worship, Connections, and Fun
When: 2nd Sundays until 1:30
Where: Gather for lunch in Room 8 after church
Questions? Contact youth group leader Annie Hampel

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