Faith Formation Weekly News – 9/10/2020

Dear SUUS Families,

I am so excited to join you in worship this coming Sunday for Water Communion and share a Story for All. We will also be doing a “Blessing of Electronic Devices” so I ask that you have your device handy, if separate from what you use to participate in worship, along with an item from nature (e.g., flower, rock, acorn, blade of grass or leaf).

If you haven’t had a chance yet, I invite you to fill out our Faith Formation survey along with the online registration form for this year. One silver lining in the pandemic is our switch to online forms and saving paper! A special thanks to our Board President, Mary Strieff, for helping to create. I also encourage you to check out the new SUUS website and see what you think!

Faith Formation Survey:

Faith Formation Registration Form:

Faith Formation Happenings:


Sunday, September 13 at 10:30am – Multigenerational Online Worship Service & Water Communion
“Restless Beauty”
Rev. Jeanne will conduct our annual service intergenerational water communion, lifting up the power of water to serve as a reminder to each of us of the beauty, rhythm and balance needed in our lives to restore our souls. All are invited to participate in this special ritual that symbolizes the official re-gathering, once again, of our congregation for the coming year. You may participate by sharing with Rev. Jeanne a photo of a place with water that is meaningful to you by September 10th (email: Please also bring an electronic device, if separate from what you use to participate in worship, along with an item from nature (e.g., flower, rock, acorn, blade of grass or leaf).


Sunday, September 13 at 6:30pm – Youth Group Gathering with Advisors
This Sunday our Youth will join advisors for a meet-up in the SUUS parking lot to roast marshmallows over the firepit and connect after being away for the summer. Please bring your masks, an outdoor chair and a smile! And don’t forget to save a marshmallow for me please!

Sunday, September 20 – First day of FF!
We will have an outdoor All Ages Children’s Chapel at 1pm on Sunday, September 20 (weather permitting). We will join together for a chalice lighting, music, sharing of sads & glads along with an activity and much more! All you need to bring is your mask, a blanket, yoga mat or chair and a positive attitude! The playground will be closed, but the Fellowship Hall bathroom will be open. Please check temps before joining and kindly stay home if feeling ill. The gathering will be approximately an hour long.


Sunday, September 27 at 1pm – Witness Stone Walk in Guilford
Please save the date for a Witness Stone Walk in Guilford. We will join Dennis Culliton, co-founder of the Witness Stones Project who spoke at SUUS last January. Dennis will lead our children and youth on a walk and talk about the project and stories of enslaved Guilford families. More details to follow! For more information about Witness Stones please visit their website:


Birthday Parades
We will continue to do our SUUS Birthday Parades and celebrate our children and youth safely! Special thanks to Sue Schaedler who has graciously agreed to coordinate this effort. Please stay tuned for more info from Sue about the next celebration.


Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30pm – Faith Formation Committee Meeting
Our next FF Committee Meeting will be on Wednesday, September 30 at 7:30pm via Zoom. More details to be circulated ahead of time.

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