Since our theme for the month is courage, I would like to congratulate our 4th – 6th grade OWL participants for embodying it with their willingness to embrace the program with open minds and willing hearts. They have all been doing a great job of fully engaging in each workshop, and exploring their values around sexual health and behavior. Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a health and human sexuality curriculum. October brings us the mid-point of their OWL workshops.
I’m looking forward to working with the youth during high school OWL, beginning on November 19. Until then, I would encourage you to invite the youth to sit in Sunday services and participate in worship with you. There are times when they may prefer to worship together in their own way in the RE Office upstairs, but the adult members of our congregation have so much wisdom and experience, that I hope you’ll take this opportunity to share it with them.
I would also like to thank the adults who have had the courage to commit to sharing their wisdom and experience by signing up to participate in one of our two RE teaching teams this year. As of this writing, our Preschool to 2nd grade team consists of Crystal Blenker, Katie Johnson, Linda Smidzik, and Doug Root. Grades 3 to 6 will be working with Jenn Bouchey, Mike Paquette, Deb Schneider, and Tom Treuenfels. We still need two more adults on each team to be fully operational for the year, so I hope several more of you will do your small part to make change in the world by being a part of the development of our congregation’s children.