This Week in Religious Education

What is happening for children, youth, and families at OUUC

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Thank you Mystery Pals!

One of the ways that we support the faith development of all ages is through the opportunity to form multigenerational relationships and have experiences with people of all ages. Increasingly, our society is age-segregated, and many of our families don't live near extended family. Many of our elders are also distant from their extended family. And all of us spend more time in age-segregated activities than we once did. Really, church is one of the last remaining places for people of all ages to come together!

A wonderful way we build multigenerational relationships is our Mystery Pal program, which returned this year, and was once again a lovely experience and a great way for connections and relationships to form. Watch for it next year!

The next fun opportunities for all ages:

1) Come on March 24th to see our multigenerational actors putting on the story "How Robin Saved Spring" in the worship service.

2) The Children's Annual Meeting will be on April 14th this year.

3) Children are invited to join our Easter Egg Hunt following the worship service on Easter, this year April 21st.

This Sunday: March 17th


  • Nursery Care
  • All Ages Spirit Play: one of Jesus's teaching parables, The Good Samaritan


  • Nursery Care
  • Pre-K Spirit Play: one of Jesus's teaching parables, The Good Samaritan
  • Labyrinth Learning: learning about the story of Esther and the holiday of Purim
  • Middle School group: debriefing about the last few visits they've had to the Lutheran and Catholic churches and the Islamic Center.


  • Parent/Child Kindergarten-1st grade Our Whole Lives
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Sunday and Every Day: Taking it Home

Last Sunday the children learned the story of Ruth (who received the gifts of food and care as a stranger in a new land). They discussed what it feels like to be new somewhere (a new school, a new church, a new country) and what helps to welcome the newcomer. And then they made salad for our all church potluck, to feed all - newcomer and congregant alike.

Discuss it at home:

  • What is a journey? What kinds of journeys can you take?
  • Who has taken a journey to arrive here? Who are the newcomers in our community? Our school? Our church? What do these newcomers need?
  • How can we welcome and care for the newcomer? How do we practice Welcome and hospitality?

Spiritual Practice:

There is nothing quite like food for building community and caring for one another. You can practice radical care and nourishment for all in as simple a way as carrying granola bars with you to hand to folks who are asking for help or experiencing homelessness, or you could take part in local organized efforts to feed the hungry. You can learn about some OUUC opportunties to serve the homeless here.

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Add to our "Faithful Journey"

For this month's theme of "Journey", we invite you to add some steps or wheels to our "Faithful Journeys" poster in the back hallway. Take a pre-cut footprint or wheelchair track and write on it how you have been living your faith journey recently, then glue it to our poster. Come check out how others have been living their faith journeys as well!

Regional UU Events for High School Youth

Not registered yet for this year's RE programs? It only takes a couple minutes!

If you have not already done so, please take some time this week to complete the registration form for the new program year.

Children's Registration

Youth Registration

Yours in Faith,

Sara Lewis, credentialed religious educator, master level

Director of Lifespan Religious Education

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 10am-2pm

Available by appointment: Saturday through Thursday

Change of Sabbath:

Sabbath Day (when I will not check email or respond to calls): Friday or

360-786-6383 x. 102