February 2017

Dear Families,

Click here to register children and youth for Sunday & Wednesday classes

Volunteers are always needed and appreciated!
If you are interested in helping with R.E., email Tracy Beck, DREdre@ucdsm.org

Also, if you are interested in having your child dedicated at our Christmas Eve service, please contact Rev Mark Stringer by Dec. 12 at minister@udsm.org

Dear Families,

All this month at church we are talking about identity. Identity is all about who you are. There are many aspects of your identity, including your race, gender, class, age, ability, religion and more. Our church celebrates the religion of Unitarian Universalism. One of the amazing things about this free and open faith is that you can come to this church with all your identities. If you come to this place a lot, part of your religious identity might be that you are a Unitarian Universalist. Unitarian Universalists believe that we need to learn to love each other with all of our shared identities. The things you learn at this church are a part of your Unitarian Universalist religious identity. It is up to you to decide how much of your Unitarian Universalist identity you want to value and use in your own life. As a family this month, talk about the ways your Unitarian Universalist identity plays a role in your household, in your school life, work life and community.



Story Readers Needed!

We need more story readers!  Does your child or youth want to participate in services?  We would love to have more people involved with telling the Story for All Ages in Sunday services.  Please email Tracy Beck if you or your child is interested dre@ucdsm.org   Tracy chooses stories that both fit the theme of the sermon and also match the reader’s ability.  Stories are always only 3-5 minutes long and are emailed to you on Tuesday or Wednesday to allow plenty of time to practice. Children can even request co-reading with DRE Tracy Beck!


Thank you to Rob Stephens as he steps down after 1.5 years serving as our High School Youth Ministry Coordinator. Dana Stuehling and Gene McCracken will continue in their volunteer roles with the High School Youth, but the position is posted to be filled as soon as possible. Please email Tracy Beck with any questions dre@ucdsm.orgClick here for Youth Coordinator job description (PDF)

February 11 Religious Education Volunteer Appreciation Event

Soul Collage ® with Deb Richards on Saturday, February 11, 9:30 – 11:30 am

Originated by Seena Frost, SoulCollage® is a process for accessing your intuition and creating an incredible deck of cards with deep personal meaning that will help you with life’s questions and transitions.

Watch this video about Soul Collage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtDBTTneHfY

Who is invited:  All Children, Youth and Adult Religious Education Volunteers, Facilitators, Mentors, Council members – anyone who serves in the religious education program

Where: Channing Hall

  • One of our gracious Soul Matters groups will also be serving treats for the event
  • Please RSVP to Tracy Beck dre@ucdsm.org

Dates of Importance

January 29: Sunday RE Classes, 9:15 & 11 am

YRUU, 6-8 pm

February 1: Wednesday Night Programming

February 5: Sunday RE Classes, 9:15 & 11 am

YRUU, 6-8 pm

February 8: Wednesday Night Programming

February 11 (Saturday): Soul Collage – R.E. Gratitude Event

February 12: Sunday RE Classes, 9:15 & 11 am

YRUU, 6-8 pm

February 15: Wednesday Night Programming

February 19: Sunday RE Classes, 9:15 & 11 am

YRUU, 6-8 pm

February 22: Wednesday Night Programming

February 24-26 (Fri-Sun): High School Youth attending out-of-town YOUTH CON

February 26: Sunday RE Classes, 9:15 & 11 am

YRUU, 6-8 pm (might be cancelled due to CON)