Backpacks and Blessings!

Sunday, August 25 during worship service
Be sure to bring your backpack or something symbolic of any new beginnings in your lives this fall, to the worship service on Sunday, August 25. Whether school, work, or home related, there are many new things to anticipate in the fall that deserve special focus and support of the congregation. Join us for this brief but fun dedication so you start out right!

Adult Volunteers Needed: RE Summer Fun Program

Summer Fun religious education programming for children is provided on an entirely volunteer basis. We would greatly appreciate you sharing your time and interests! Create your own activity or use the curriculum already available right in the Boxelder room. Please sign yourself up or partner with a friend to work with a wonderful small group of mixed ages.

Volunteers are still needed on the following dates!
August 18 and 25
September 1

Sign up at tinyurl.com/SumFun2019 and feel free to contact Malia Brandt with any questions you may have. Thanks in advance for investing in our kids!

OWL Facilitator Training Soon in Robbinsdale

If you are interested in being trained to teach OWL classes at UUCM, sign up now for the August 23-25 training at Robbinsdale UCC. Choose one of two levels: Grades 7-9/10-12 or Grades K-1, 4-6. Register here. The cost is relatively low, but do speak with Malia Brandt if you are interested in having your registration fee reimbursed. The church has the necessary curricula.  Act now and let us know when you are trained!

The UUCM Greeter Sign-up Has New Options

Now there are two greeting options for Sunday mornings at UUCM, available through the Greeter “button” at the top of the UUCM website home page.

  • Guestbook + Red Cup Greeter – Welcomes all people as they arrive and helps newcomers to feel oriented and at ease.
  • Family Greeter – Welcomes all people as they arrive and attends specifically to new families with children to help them feel oriented and comfortable. Please sign up for as many services as you can manage. Greeting instructions are on the sign-up page.

We welcome and encourage children to join adults in greeting (and ushering!), as well. They often enjoy these roles. Thanks very much for all you do for UUCM!

UUCM and RE Classroom Safety Improvements

Over the next couple of weeks, you may notice some modifications to the RE classrooms including installation of blinds over the windows, and keys hanging by the doors. These changes are part of a broader effort on the part of the church to update and more thoroughly implement our Active Threat Policy. As we’ve seen over the last several years, attacks in and on public spaces do occur, and while the likelihood that we at UUCM would be a target is small, the UUCM Board felt it prudent to be sure that we are equipped to respond should an emergency arise. So, we’ll be making some modifications to the classrooms over the coming months, and before May, plan to have opportunities for the congregation to practice how we would respond to different kinds of emergency situations. If you have questions or concerns about any of this, please be in touch with Arif Mamdani via email or at 952.473.5900 x 102.

Heartfelt Gratitude to Fall CYRE Volunteers

Please share your thanks with the following people who have been journeying on the path of faith development with your children and youth since September:

Toddler/Preschool: Jessie Billiet, Sarah Martin, Mark Hickey, Janna Sundby
Kindergarten – 1st Grade: Maren Askins, Tyler Grossheusch, Sara Williams
2nd – 3rd Grade: Lori Arnold, Sam Brandt, Karen Hulting
4th – 5th Grade: Steve Sundby, Melinda Bennett
6th – 8th Grade: Julia Antonsen, Eric Billiet, Marie Calabria, Mitch Kanter, Rachel Williams
Senior High: Marc & Stacy Doepner-Hove, Michelle Seets, Brian & Karen Zais

This Sunday is the last day of fall term classes. The dedicated adults working with the toddler/preschool class and the middle/high school youth continue their leadership through spring term, so please offer them your help as well as your gratitude. Take a turn in the toddler/preschool room with our paid child care provider, Tina Christianson, or offer transportation for youth activities. Remember that it takes a village!