Faith Formation News – 11/12/2020

Dear SUUS Families,

Are any of you breathing a little deeper this week? I know for me, I felt a huge sense of weight being lifted. I even heard someone refer to it as the lifting of “a baby grand piano off the chest!” I kind of liked that. We had a joyous time at home celebrating together and witnessing history in the making as we watched Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris take the stage for her acceptance speech. It was good to finally be able to tell Viviana that she can truly be anything she wants to be. As we are well aware, there is still a lot of work to be done, but I pause to reflect upon the deep gratitude I have in this moment.

I was so grateful to spend much of the weekend celebrating the Biden Harris victory as well as my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary, and then this week Viviana’s 6th Birthday! Honoring our democracy, love and life filled my heart with joy and brought with it a sense of peace. I hope you too, have peace.

As we approach our Thanksgiving “Gratitude” service on November 22, and as we prepare to send Rev. Jeanne off to retirement, I am again overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude. I hope you and your family are able to send your reflections on gratitude to be shared at the November 22 service. Rev. Jeanne has asked that we reflect on the question below and send responses to her via email at minister@shorelineunitarian.org, no later than November 19.

“In light of all that has happened this year, I am grateful for…”

I am grateful for each and every one of you.

Love,
Amy

Faith Formation Happenings

WORSHIP

Sunday, Nov 15 at 10:30am – Online Worship Service, “Students of Racial Justice” presented by the Racial Justice Group -Laura Martino, Soule Golden, Dave Merrill, and Linda Dalterio
“We, the Racial Justice Group, came together with a desire to improve racial justice in our
communities and the world – starting with ourselves. Today we will share what brought us together and why working towards racial justice is a central aspect of our spiritual practice.”

CLASSES

Phase 1 of the Peace Pole Renovation is complete! Check out our pictures and keep in touch to follow our progress. Thank you, Maryann Bracken for laying down a foundation and to Jennifer Farmer Etzel for the beautiful pebbles. We also made a group tissue paper flower bouquet as a special act of kindness for a dear friend of SUUS. The bouquet was made with pure love and isn’t it gorgeous?!

For any child or youth participating in Faith Formation activities, please complete the online registration form: https://shorelineuu.breezechms.com/form/769f58

Saturday, November 14 at 1pm – Middle Schoolers Hike
Turtle Creek Preserve – Essex, CT
From Interstate 95:
Take Route 9 north to exit 2.
Go north on Route 154 and go 0.8 mile, then right onto Watrous Point Road. 
The entrance and parking area are 0.2 mile on the left.

Please check your email before Saturday for more details from Benna & Laura regarding this outing. For more information about Turtle Creek Preserve please visit: https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/turtle-creek-preserve/

Sunday, November 15 circa 11:30am (directly following online worship!) – ZOOM Family Chapel & Racial Justice Presentation
Please note: FF will be online via ZOOM this Sunday.
*Please have the following supplies on hand: paper, pencils, black marker, crayons, paper for bow, glue stick
*Zoom link & details will be sent in the Friday Eblast. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 22 – Faith Formation Activity (Time TBA)

Sunday, November 29 – NO CLASSES! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend!

YOUTH/COMING OF AGE

Saturday, November 14 at 10amMillers Pond State Park- Foot Hills Road, Haddam
IMPORTANT UPDATE! Due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in Massachusetts (currently “RED”), we have decided to stay local this weekend and hike at Millers Pond in Durham/Haddam. Please meet in the parking lot at 10am.

Directions
From Route 9: Take Exit 11. Follow 155 West. Turn left onto Millbrook Road. Bear left onto Foothills Road. Parking area is on the right. For more information: https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/State-Parks/Parks/Millers-Pond-State-ParK

SOCIAL JUSTICE

A very special thank you goes to Laura Martino and Soule Golden for leading the Semilla Food Drive at SUUS. Each week the bins were filled to the brim and I cannot thank the congregation enough for your contributions. This is a challenging time in regards to food scarcity and we will continue to find opportunities to support local organizations and this cause. Please stay tuned for more information about our next Social Justice project. Thank you again, Laura & Soule.

Birthday Parades

Does your child have a Birthday coming up? We will continue to do our SUUS Birthday Parades and celebrate our children and youth safely! We have a list of Birthdays, but please be in touch with Jennifer Farmer Etzel if your child has an upcoming Birthday and you would like us to organize a parade

PILLARS

Thursday, December 3 at 7:45pm – Faith Formation Committee Meeting
Please stay tuned for more details and Zoom link.

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