Faith Formation News – 4/15/21

Faith Formation Happenings

Sunday, April 18 at 10:30am: “Wisdom to Love Yourself” – Rev. Terry Sweetser
Do you remember RuPaul’s hit Supermodel? RuPaul is the fantastic drag star who famously promotes self-love and igniting your spark within.

A Coming of Age Celebration
Gratitude for our Faith Formation Children, Families & Volunteers


Saturday, April 17 – Rettich Preserve Work Party for YOUTH
Meet at 10:00am at Rettich Preserve, 274 River Road, Madison
Bring: Mask, work gloves, goggles if you have and a reusable water bottle.
Tasks to include: Removing graffiti, Restoring the grape arbor, Clearing brush, Planting bushes, Removal of large debris from the woods
Pick-up: 1pm
More info: Rettich Preserve:
*Organized by Beth Skudder (THANK YOU, BETH!). Please RSVP directly to Beth (pls see SUUS directory for email address).

Sunday, April 18 at 1pm – Faith Formation Family Chapel & Gardening at SUUS
Meet at SUUS for an ALL AGES gathering and Garlic Planting activity. Please bring food for the food drive, a mask and gardening gloves if you have them. Special thanks to Soule Golden for providing garlic! YUM!

Sunday, April 18 at 1:30pm – SUUS & All Souls Youth Hike to Gillette Castle via Chester -Hadlyme Ferry
Youth from SUUS & All Souls will take the ferry across the CT River, hike up to the castle and explore the park together.
Drop off/Meet: Chester-Hadlyme Ferry (West Side Landing) 99 Ferry Rd, Chester, CT 06412
Bring: Mask, $4 for the ferry(RT), Water & Snack (Hat or Sunblock if sunny)
Trail Map:
For Parents: (Check out downtown Chester while you wait!)
Pick-Up: 4pm

Saturday, April 24 – Madison’s Green Up Clean Up
Join Beth Skudder & “Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society Earth Helpers” (i.e. SUUS Families, Members & Friends) to help clean up Madison! Thank you, Beth, for organizing!
Meet: 9am
Location: TBD
in Madison
RSVP: Please email Beth Skudder directly (pls see SUUS directory for email address)
*SUUS Helpers should bring mask, work gloves, and a reusable water bottle.
“On Saturday, April 24th from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. check in at the Memorial Town Hall, 8 Meetinghouse Lane; or Roberts Food Center in the North Madison Shopping Center. Pick up your supplies: bags, gloves, and safety vests for the children and then GO TO WORK! When you have finished, bring the litter to the dumpsters at the Memorial Town Hall or at Robert’s Food Center.”
More info:

Sunday, April 25 at 1pm – CoA Class w Advisors
Meet at Benna’s for a Coming of Age class before Credo Statements are due (April 30). Explore “Spirituality” and the elements of putting together a worship service.
*Please hold Sunday May 2 at 1pm for class and bookmark May 16 for video submissions of Credo Statements

For any child or youth participating in Faith Formation activities, please complete the online registration form:

Amistad Catholic Worker House Food Drive
So far we have made TWO deliveries of food to Amistad thanks to the Skudder Jobson & Martino Families! And the food drive CONTINUES! Please consider supporting our neighbors at Amistad Catholic Worker House in East Haven, CT where Luz Catarineau and her husband Mark Colville have been feeding the homeless since 1994. Now more than ever they need our help, and even in a global pandemic they continue to provide breakfast and lunch to those in need. Please review the list below and if you are able, kindly deliver your items to the covered bins at the top outdoor stairs at SUUS. If you are unable to contribute food at this time, they are always accepting prayers. For more information about Amistad, please visit their website:

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Pancake mix (complete preferable)
Pancake Syrup

Juice mix
Pasta sauce
Canned vegetables
Beans-red, black, garbanzo beans

Essential Paper Products
Toilet tissue
Paper towels
Facial tissue

*Please note: Amistad is happy to take anything else beyond the items listed above to either use as part of a meal or to bag up for families that are served.

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Saturday, May 1 at 1pm – SUUS MOMs Group hosted by Briana Benn-Mirandi
Please save the date for the May MOMs Group Gathering! More details soon!
Thank you, Karis Lagasse, for initiating this small group ministry, hosting the group the past two months and for sharing a beautiful reading with us last week. If you missed Saturday’s gathering you can find the reading Karis shared titled, “Every Mother Has a Different Story” by Cheryl Strayed here:

Wednesday, May 12 at 7pm- Faith Formation Committee Meeting
Please save the date for the next meeting. Details to follow!

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