All Things RE!

January 2023

And just like that...we have a new year. 2022 seemed to exit in a whirlwind, sprinkling blessings and challenges all along the way. As we enter this traditional time of reflection and resolution, let us remember to color with kindness, but give ourselves permission to color outside of the lines. With this in mind, our Religious Education team has many exciting adventures planned for our children and families. Cherished opportunities to learn and grow together. I hope the turn of the calendar brings you love, peace and joy. Have a happy new year.


LaToya Bates

Director of Religious Education

Vote for Family Fun!

Family Fun Coming in March!

We’re planning a family fun day in March. Thanks to everyone that voted already! We’ve decided to extend the voting period until January 25th. The RE Committee meets the following day and will finalize planning. Ready to let the good times roll with a little roller skating? How about bowling? Have you been to Rockin’ Jump? Would your family rather enjoy the outdoors and go sledding?

Maybe you have a favorite. Maybe you want to try something new. Either way, click here to cast your vote. The winning event and registration information will be shared in the February RE Newsletter.

December Recap

2022 Holiday Store

UCN friends and members donated a wide variety of items to stock the annual Holiday Store, held on December 11th. This year, there was a shopping room and a giftwrapping room, shopping elves and giftwrapping elves. Elves helped shoppers find the perfect gift for every family member on their list. For each gift shopped, a non-perishable food item was donated as “payment”. Judging by the smiling faces, there was 100% customer satisfaction!

Thanks to our volunteers and everyone who donated. A special thank you to Julie C., Katie E.B. and Emily O. for their leadership! An entire bin of food was collected at the store.

Holiday Store Video 2022

Holiday Cantata

In preparation, for the Holiday Cantata, students had an extra RE session on December 11th. They learned about different holiday traditions and created art to share during the cantata. RE students practiced song lyrics and scripts at home, before arriving at church for a final rehearsal before service.

The cantata, held on December 18th, highlighted festivals of light. There was a light display for each; Diyas for Diwali, a menorah for Hanukkah, luminated snowflake for Winter Solstice, tree and nativity for Christmas, a kinara for Kwanzaa. Members of the Coming of Age class shared an introduction to each tradition, which was followed by art and songs for that holiday/festival. RE students did a very good job presenting each festival/holiday and truly brought the spirit of the season.

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Religious Education Classes Update

K4-4th Grade

While the topic for December was traditions and rituals, community was the overarching theme. K4-4th grade students created a colorful talking stick and shared joys and concerns as part of their RE class. The group also learned about different holiday traditions and worship rituals. They enjoyed art and time getting to know each other.

In January, we’ll continue to explore rituals and traditions in worship practices. On January 15th, we’ll have a flower ceremony. The flower ceremony reminds us that we are all different but have a special place as part of the whole. Each student will receive a flower to take home.

Making a Talking Stick

5th Through 8th Grade

The World Religions class has been learning about Christianity. In December, the class studied the Greek Orthodox Church. We visited St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church and had an opportunity to sit talk with a priest afterward. Thanks to all that participated!

The study of Christianity continues with Catholicism on January 15th. On February 5th, we’ll visit St. Monica Catholic Church, in Whitefish Bay. Please use the link below to register if you would like to join us. Parents, you’ll receive a Field Trip Form for your World Religion students in the next few weeks. Please contact Betsy or LaToya with questions,

St. Monica Catholic Church Visit

Sunday, Feb. 5th, 9:30am

5681 North Santa Monica Boulevard

Whitefish Bay, WI

Join our World Religion Students for a visit to St. Monica Catholic Church in Whitefish Bay. Families are welcome and volunteers are needed. Please contact Betsy or LaToya at for more information.

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Coming of Age Class (COA)

Our COA class is going strong. UCN members were invited to share their spiritual practices on December 4th. Thanks to all that participated! Students will have a COA Sunday service in September 2023. More details will be available later in the year.