June 2019

Dear Families, Welcome to summer at First Unitarian Church of Des Moines!  Beginning Sunday, May 26th there will be only one service at 10 am.  Faith Formation class will be held, and will be multi age for children entering kindergarten next year, through children entering 5th grade.  All other youth are invited to attend service.  Childcare for our youngest babies and toddlers is available as usual.  Class will include UU themed stories and then free play, going outside as much as possible! 


Enjoy the summer!

Tracy Beck

Director of Faith Formation


Dates of importance

Sunday, June 2 Faith Formation 10 am

Sunday, June 9 Faith Formation 10 am

Sunday, June 16 Faith Formation 10 am

Sunday, June 23 Faith Formation 10 am

Sunday, June 30 Faith Formation 10 am


“What does it mean to be a family of Beauty?”

With Your Kids

(Ideas to engage Beauty as a Family)


Family Journey


Tree Beauty

Take a tour of a nearby park and notice the beauty and variety in the trees. What if all trees were  supposed to look like a social construct from a cartoon? Invent personalities for the  trees, i.e. these 5 cedars are a little wild, as they live in the back of the park. They have a secret rock band they play in when no one is around.


Stories To Read Together

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

by Joyce Sidman  (Author),‎ Beth Krommes (Illustrator)

Book: http://amzn.to/2jWtGiv

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUjWBEXniMM


Celebrate the beauty and value of spirals. What makes the tiny snail shell so beautiful? Why does that shape occur in nature over and over again—in rushing rivers, in a flower bud, even inside your ear?


Video: Sometimes You’re a Caterpillar


As recommended by UUA Youth Office, Race and Identity Resources

Snail and Caterpillar are besties, but they are different. The importance of trying to see what others have to deal

with. It’s really important to stop and see the other side so the beauty of everyone can shine through.


Family Discoveries

Try Umami , the fifth taste

“Umami describes foods with an inherent savoriness. It has been described as brothy or meaty. You can taste umami in foods like Parmesan cheese, seaweed, miso, and mushrooms, which contain a high level of the amino acid, glutamate… Foods with umami elements include chicken, beef, and pork, as well as tomatoes, cheese, soy, potatoes, and carrots.” –  https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15819485

Serve bits of tofu, cooked chicken tenders, parmesan cheese or mashed potatoes.


Make a Salad or Soup

Use the senses of taste and smell and sound to create and eat a salad. Hear the snap of carrots, smell the green onions, feel the cucumber juice, use the sense of space to be careful if you are using a knife. Be mindful of the beauty that our senses can provide.



Family Games for Beauty

Online Spirograph Game

A short description: https://www.fastcompany.com/3039458/stop-working-play-with-this-virtual-spirograph-instead

The Spirograph:



The Original Spirograph Game



Family Movie Night Ideas


A Beautiful Planet (G)


“The images… might be a little overwhelming for younger kids, but anyone interested in science, space, or the environment will be blown away, and the astronauts are great role models who demonstrate the importance of communication and cooperation.” – Incredibly beautiful images of our planet.



For You

(Support for Parents as Faith Formation Guides)


Grateful Song to Inspire You



How to Teach What “Being Beautiful” Looks Like



Dates of importance

Sunday, June 2 Faith Formation 10 am

Sunday, June 9 Faith Formation 10 am

Sunday, June 16 Faith Formation 10 am

Sunday, June 23 Faith Formation 10 am

Sunday, June 30 Faith Formation 10 am