by Kelly Lownds

 Welcome Back, Everyone! 

Church starts at 10:30 a.m., and we will be meeting during the church service, downstairs after the Message for All Ages, around 10:45 a.m.  Registration is rolling and can be completed at any time (see below).   

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Religious Exploration
This year we are Building a Bear of Wholeness.   What does it take to make a home?  This year we will think about this and what purposes and functions our home serves for both humans and animals.  We will explore concepts of belonging, the role we play in our home and our community, and we will think about our faith home.  Our faith home, much as our family home, offers joys, protection and responsibilities.  Each month we will add items to our “build a bears.”  

Youth Group
Our Youth Group will begin on September 24 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  This year we will be exploring our power to confront “powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and transforming power of love.”  We will use the elements of earth, fire, air and water to explore different forms of power.  We look forward to everyone getting together again at the end of September!

Parent Coffee Hour
We will bring back our Parent Coffee Hour and make efforts to meet the 2nd Sunday of the month after church starting in October.  We will meet at 11:45 a.m.  I will set up a table in the children’s area for anyone interested in meeting in person.  

Annual Bonfire Party
We will have our annual church bonfire (aka, Halloween party with roasted marshmallows over a small grill) on October 29, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., at the church.   We will do some of our traditional games – the bone hunt, toilet paper mummies, balloon stomp, donuts on a string and trick or treat as well as some new ideas.

Volunteer Opportunities
Our first RE Committee meeting will be Wednesday, September 6, at 7:00 p.m.  We will meet at church, and new members are welcome.  You do not need a child participating in the RE program to join, just ideas and a love of our youth.  Please consider volunteering to teach downstairs for a section of our program. We also need volunteers to help with plays and skits during the year as well as readers for our Message for All Ages during the service. Please contact if you are interested.

Kelly Lownds, Director of Religious Exploration