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This week, November 17th we will continue with our theme for November-What Does It Mean To Be a People of Attention? You can find the November parents’ resource packet, with questions, games and activities that will help you enforce the theme at home, here.

Please read below for news, reminders, and announcements.


Upcoming Event:



Please remember that all families with children aged 0-18 need to formally register within Family Ministry regardless of whether you plan to attend Sunday programming. Registration allows us to maintain current emergency contact and medical information, better plan for programming (supplies, staffing etc), have accurate budget needs data and insures that you are signed up to receive our Children’s and Youth Ministry’s monthly newsletters and information about special programming (OWL, COA, HSYG, etc) and other social events of interest to families.

New families are welcome to join our programming on Sundays as guests three times before formally registering for classes. Visitors are required to fill out a one page Visitor’s Form when dropping off their children. After three visits, guests will be asked to complete the full, more detailed registration form.

We will be providing Child Care in the Nursery for children 0-2 during service on Sundays.

As always, all children are always welcome to attend services with their families.


What to expect Sunday, November 17th:

All unregistered children, visitors and children K through 10th grade should report directly to Founder’s Hall (same location as coffee hour) for check in, beginning at 10:50AM.

8th grade OWL class begins at 10:45am in Schweitzer (Upper Peace Hall).

All students participating in Sunday programming are required to register before attending classes. Visitors should be prepared to fill out a one page Visitor Form.

As always, all children are always welcome to attend services with their families.




NEW Play Church Location- We’ve made some improvements to our Play Church! The most exciting part is that it has moved to the back of the sanctuary so that children and their parents can SEE the slides and better engage with the service. We are already getting rave reviews about the change!

NEW Parents of Young Children Meet-Up Group- Parents and caregivers of children under 3 are invited to meet in the nursery on:

Sunday December 8th from 12:15-1pm

Wednesday, November 20th and

Wednesday, December 18th from 5:30-6:30pm

Grab your coffee or dinner and bring your children for a chance to connect to fellow UUFR parents.

Discussion topics can include parenting while being active at UUFR, parent support needs, and ideas for family social activities Contact Elle at [email protected] for details.

Chalice Circles-Attention Parents! We are very excited about the Chalice Circles program beginning at UUFR in January, 2020 which will meet six times between January and June. Chalice Circles are small groups of six to 12 people that meet once a month for about two hours, either at UUFR, in a member’s home, or online using video conferencing technology. Each meeting provides an opportunity for people to talk about what’s happening in their own lives, to practice deep listening with others, and to reflect on some of life’s big questions.

Since our Sunday morning classes for children and youth are using the same Soul Matters themes as the Chalice Circles, parents will be able to more easily be able talk with their children about the material they are exploring on Sundays. To learn more about this exciting opportunity, click here.

•Chapel Offering -Please note that we have begun to include an ”offering” during our children’s Chapel service in Founder’s Hall. Important lessons are learned as children are encouraged to grow more generous in spirit and in action. Please feel free to give your child any spare change in your pockets or encourage kids to bring pennies or any coins they find to Sunday’s worship. We will always have a jar of change on hand for those who have forgotten theirs at home.

Let’s Get Social! Please be sure to join our UUFR PARENTS COMMUNITY GROUP on Facebook!


Save the Dates:


Sunday, November 24th– Join us for an Intergenerational service led by Rev. Sasha: Every Day is Thanksgiving Day (we are thankful so we give)

Thursday, November 28th-Join us on Thanksgiving Day in Founders Hall for a potluck celebration! Prepare your family’s favorite Thanksgiving food and share your traditions with others. You can come alone or bring your family and friends. Arrive any time after 1:00 pm to socialize and get ready to eat at 2:00 pm. Click here for details.

Sunday, December 1st– Children and youth in K-12th grades will gather at 11am in Founder’s Hall for special activities preparing for UUFR’s 70th anniversary celebration! Families are encouraged to stay for the Congregation-wide 70th Anniversary Potluck following service.