I am thrilled to report that Beacon Interfaith Housing’s Night on the Street was a fabulous experience! Allison C, Hailey & Steve S, one of Hailey’s friends from school, and I had beautiful weather for sleeping out. Everyone who attended seemed really open to stepping well outside their comfort zone in order to put themselves in the shoes of homeless youth. Hailey Shager was the top fundraiser for the year, bringing in around $1,100 of the $13,000 total raised. Way to go Hailey! Based on the age range of some of the attendees from other churches that I saw at the event, I would definitely like to consider taking some of our younger RE students next year.
Allison C and Hailey S will also be participating in a Coming of Age Sunday this month. On May 22nd, the girls will lead the service with Rev. Karen and share with the congregation their experiences and insights from participating in the program this year. In order to allow all of the youth to be present and hear the Coming of Age presentation, there will be no regular RE class that week.
May also brings with it our annual volunteer recognition and we have so many wonderful volunteers to recognize! I’d like to thank the following people who gave of their time and talents to support Sunday classes in RE during this church year: Anna H, Allison C, Hailey S, Isabella H, Zach R, Pat F, Chris G, Jenn B, Katie J, Tom T, Michele W, Doug R, Bob M, Carlotta S, Steve S, April A, Marie P, Debbie S, Lara N, Gary C, Kendra R, Crystal B, Jennifer R, Laures Y, Marti R, Lynne S, Jamie H, Connie M, Kathy B, Beth H, Chad S (COA), Amy L (COA), and Rev. Karen Gustafson (COA). Our program would also not have been nearly as successful without the efforts of the Land & Facilities committee and all those who have put sweat equity into making the RE office and classrooms so much more user friendly and organized. If you’d still like to come and have some fun with us upstairs before the church year ends, please let me know and I’ll be sure to help you find an opportunity.
Next year’s curriculum has been selected and will be a full year of Dr. Seuss! We’ll all be together in one room again, examining the works of Dr. Seuss as they relate to Unitarian Universalist principles. If you’d like to take a closer look at the curriculum, or have questions/comments, please stop by the RE office, catch me before or after service, or send me an email!