Welcome to Parent News for the Week of December 16th!

Our fall semester has come to an end. And what a wonderful semester it has been!  Thank you to all of our families for participating and to our volunteers for offering us your time and talents.

If you did not have the opportunity to volunteer this year, please know that we have many opportunities inside and outside of the classroom in the upcoming semester. It takes a village to have a strong, engaging program and we ask that parents consider volunteering a minimum of two times during the school year.

Please note that after this week’s intergenerational service and COA class, there will be no more regular RE classes until after the New Year. We will be taking a break from our regularly scheduled classes on 12/23 and 12/30 to give our wonderful volunteers a well-deserved vacation!

There will still be group activities for children and youth during service:

•12/23- We will have a fun Christmas ornament craft day for children and youth from Kindergarten to 8th grade.

•12/30-  We will have a multi-aged children’s activity discussing Kwanzaa and how it relates to the 7 UU principles.

We hope to see families at these activities!


An Important Reminder:

ALL children, from 0-18, should be registered. It is vital that parents complete the registration process for their children if they have not already done so.

Registering all children not only helps keep parents informed about RE classes and family events, it also helps us keep accurate participation records, and most importantly, keeps our children safe. This year we are striving to strictly enforce our policy that returning children must be registered prior to participating in childcare, Sunday School, OWL, youth group, or family programs.

Click here to register your infant, child, or teen. Please contact Tryst at [email protected] with any questions regarding registration.


What to expect this Sunday, December 16th:

This week brings an intergenerational service and COA class. No regular Sunday School will be held. Free optional childcare will be provided for children 0-4 in the Susan B. Anthony Room.

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

This Week in RE:

Intergen Service/Optional Childcare Available
Susan B. Anthony Room

Intergen Service/NO CLASSES

Intergen Service/NO CLASS

Music Room


High School Youth Group:

Sunday, Dec 16th, 12:30pm-3:00pm

Join us for a holiday celebration! We will meet at the Cary Ice House at 12:30pm for pizza, ice skating, and a white elephant gift exchange. Pizza and the cost of ice skating will be covered by UUFR. Let us know you’re coming, what kind of pizza you want, and your transportation needs/availablity HERE! For the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped item, suggested value no more than $10. Re-gifted items are highly encouraged.  We also need parent volunteers to drive youth to the Ice House, if you’re able to help out, please let Kathryn know at [email protected]

Parents, please consider taking the time to complete a survey here.


Wellspring Holiday Ornament Party!

Get your family into the holiday spirit by making  festive holiday ornaments with Kim Hersey.  All ages are welcome (younger children will need your supervision) and all supplies are included! Join us on December 12th at 7pm for this fun, family friendly event.


UUFR Holiday Project:

As a holiday project, your family and friends may want to create a surprise for a needy family through Urban Ministries’ Holiday Basket program!

Baskets or boxes should be delivered to UUFR no later than Sunday, December 10th- they can be stored in the Office Manager’s office.

For the baskets: please purchase a $25 gift card from Food Lion so the family can purchase a turkey, ham, or chicken, as they wish.

Some possible items to include are stuffing, potatoes/yams, cranberry sauce, fruits and vegetables, biscuit mix, cream of mushroom soup, cake mix, prepared icing, pie filling, brownie mix.

The food pantry manager reports that families love to get these holiday boxes or baskets.  Many thanks for considering this very special holiday project!

Ministry with Youth Ministry Team

It is time for us to take a good look at our programs; it is time for us to envision what we want to be offering to teens, to plan for the actualization of that vision, and to greater invest our resources in our youth. To that end, we invite you to consider serving on an emerging ‘Ministry with Youth’ ministry team (or to suggest others who you think would be a good fit). If you have interest, please email Tryst Chagnon.
It would also be very helpful for our parents of youth and youth (9th-12th graders) to complete our survey here.