Faith Formation News – 10/6/22

Dear SUUS Families,

Scarecrows are near completion, a Faith Formation covenant drafted and our social justice activities posted! It was a productive EXPLORATION last Sunday, and I am grateful to all who participated!

This Sunday, October 9 at 10:30am there will be a multigenerational worship service followed by a FIRE PIT & DRUM CIRCLE led by Steve Ernst & Scott Swenson! We have plenty of drums to share, but please feel free to bring your own!

If you are looking for additional family activities, there are plenty! Here’s the scoop:
Saturday, October 8 from 4-6pm – Save the Sound BEACH CLEANUP @ Madison Surf Club
Join Beth Skudder at the Surf Club or Hammonassett in the morning. Please contact Beth for more info!
Sunday, October 9 from 12-4pm – Madison Pride Fest (SUUS is a sponsor!)
Join Mary Strieff on the Madison Green following the Fire Pit & Drum Circle
Tuesday, October 11 from 6-8pm – LGBTQIA+ FAMILY EVENT @ Polson

Hope to see you at one or more of these gatherings!


Faith Formation Happenings

Sunday, October 9 at 10:30am – Multiplatform Worship Service
A Gitchee Gumee Gathering” with Steve Ernst
“In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Steve will Tell the tale of how UU, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, visited and lived with the Ojibwe/Chippewa Nation during a time when U.S. Government policy was to label all Native Americans as “savages.”  He used his newfound language and cultural learning to pen his epic poem, “Song of Hiawatha.” In doing so, he created America’s first “superhero!”
*CLICK HERE to access the Facebook LIVESTREAM.

**Children & youth must be REGISTERED ONLINE to participate in Faith Formation activities.**

**Until we confirm nursery care, children younger than kindergarten are very welcome to join Faith Formation explorations, but need to be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Thanks so much!**

OWL Grades 7 – 9 (October through May. Dates to the end of the year below)
Sunday, October 16 at 10am – Parent & Student Orientation
Sunday, October 23 at 10am – OWL #1
Sunday, November 13 at 10am – OWL #2
Sunday, December 4 at 10am – OWL #3
Sunday, December 18 at 10 am – OWL #4 & 5

*All OWL classes will be from 10-11:30am at All Souls New London
19 Jay Street
New London, CT 06320

We are thrilled to collaborate with All Souls New London for OWL this year! The classes will run from October through May from 10-11:30am at All Souls and Jennifer Swenson will be one of the facilitators. Thank you Jennifer for committing to our youth and this program! Please be in touch if your child is interested in participating. To learn more about OWL, please click HERE.

October Theme – “Courage”
Sunday, October 9 at 10:30am – Multigen Worship Service
****Fire Pit & Drum Circle following worship****
Sunday, October 16 at 10:30am – FF Exploration
Sunday, October 23 at 10:30am – FF Exploration & OWL #1
Sunday, October 30 at 10:30am – FF Halloween Party!

November Theme – “Change”
Sunday, November 6 at 10:30am – Multigen Worship with UU Westport (Live-Streamed at SUUS)
Sunday, November 13 at 10:30am – FF Exploration & OWL #2
Sunday, November 20 at 10:30am – Thanksgiving Multigen Service (No FF)
Sunday, November 27 – No FF (Thanksgiving Break)

December Theme – “Wonder”
Sunday, December 4 at 10:30am – FF Exploration & OWL #3
Sunday, December 11 at 10:30am – Christmas Pageant Multigen Service & Caroling
Sunday, December 18 at 10:30am – FF Exploration & OWL #4&5
Saturday, December 24 at 5pm – Christmas Eve Multigen Service (Carols at 4:30p)

*Please Note: Schedule Subject to Change!

COVID 19 SAFETY: Attendees who are eligible (ages 5+) must be fully vaccinated and show proof of vaccination at the door (unless already cleared). If enrolling in Faith Formation, participants who are eligible per the CDC (ages 6mo. +) must show proof of vaccination. Masks are required indoors. Please remain at home if you experience any of the following symptoms: Fever 100 or higher, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. Thank you!

Do you have a High School youth interested in joining Youth Group? All high school aged youth are welcome to participate and create together a space of friendship and fun! Youth Advisors for 2022-23 are Benna Lehrer & Amy Buckley Velasquez. Contact us for more details!


Little Free Library – Our LFL could use some more books! Please considering donating both children and adult books to replenish our library. Thank you!

Collection for Local Food Pantries! Faith Formation will continue to support efforts to help stock the Madison Food Pantry! We will collect items listed below until further notice. Help spread the word and help Faith Formation with this SOCIAL JUSTICE project!

Toothpaste (full size)
Shampoo (full size)
Conditioner (full size) 
Period products – pads, tampons, cups

Collection bins are in the fellowship hall and outside by the front door. Any extra items will be shared with the Guilford and Clinton pantries. Please contact Amy Buckley or Beth Skudder if you have any questions. Thank you!

Friday, October 21 at 6pm – Potluck & Game Night at SUUS
Sunday, October 30 at 10:30am – FF Halloween Party & Fire Pit

Tuesday, November 1 at 6:30pm – FF Monthly Committee Meeting
Thank you, Pillars, for joining the October meeting. See you next month!

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