First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Weekly Family eNews

Worship this Sunday
September 18, 9:30 and 11:15am 

Invited In
Rev. Justin Schroeder, Senior Minister

Sometimes invitations are obvious, like the ones that show up in your mail or email box. Other times invitations are more subtle and complex. How might we listen for those invitations, and how might we respond?

Learn more about the upcoming service online
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Religious Education classes begin this Sunday for all ages, from nursery through senior high school!

Many classrooms have changed.
Here are some tips and reminders to make your Sunday morning easier:

This Sunday, be sure to pick up your families' registration packet from your oldest registered child's classroom. 
In the packet we've prepared just for your family, you will find our beautiful new Children, Youth & Family Ministries brochure, a calendar for each of your children's classes (preschool through high school), and the church's annual events and Fall worship calendar. Lots of helpful information and useful dates for your family to save! 

Nursery care through 1st grade classes run from 9:30-10:40am and 11:15am-12:25pm. 
Children must be signed in and released to a parent or guardian. Please be sure there are at least two adults or teen staff in the classroom before leaving your child. Children can be dropped off in the 10 minutes before class begins. For little ones up through 3 years or for any children who have difficulty with separation, please leave your cell number and set your phone to vibrate.

Nursery (6-17 months) - Room 206 (upstairs!)
Toddlers (18 months-2 years) - Room 100
Preschool  (3-4 years) - Room 104
PreK (4-5 years and starting K in 2017) - Room 102
Kindergarten - Room 101
1st grade - Room 105

2nd-9th grade classes run from 9:30-10:45am and 11:15am-12:30pm. Senior High Youth Group meets from 11:15am-12:30pm only. 
Children up through 6th grade should be signed in at their classroom by an adult each week, and children in 3rd grade and younger must be picked up by a parent/guardian after class. Kids in 4th grade and up will be released at 10:45am/12:30pm; please wait outside if you prefer to meet your child at their classroom.

2nd grade - Room 107
3rd grade - Room 208
4th grade  - Chalice Room
5th grade  - Room 204
6th grade  - Room 202
7th grade  - Room 201
8th grade  - Room 200
9th grade, 9:30am  - Cummins Room
9th grade, 11:15am  - Room 203
10th-12th grade, 11:15am  - Cummins Room

The parking lot is currently under construction.
Please plan a little extra time for parking if you drive to church.

All returning children and youth must be registered in order to attend classes or childcare on Sunday mornings during the regular church year.

Visitors are always welcome! Please feel free to visit a class with your child, or bring them to the worship service with you, or drop them off in their classroom while you attend service. Whatever works best for your family is just fine. Please do arrive to church 15-20 minutes early and check in at the Visiting Families Welcome Station if you and/or your child would like to visit a class so we can get you signed in and settled. We ask that you register after 2-3 visits.

Also coming up this weekend:
  • 8th grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) Parent/Guardian Orientation, Saturday, 9am-12pm, Social Hall
  • 9th grade Family Info Meeting immediately following classes, 10:45-11:05am or 12:30-12:50pm, both meet in Room 203

Did you miss out on 

Religious Education Classroom Volunteer Training?

Are you signed up to volunteer in a Religious Education classroom but missed the training last weekend? Never fear! You can find lots of information, links to session plans, and a place to sign up for your Sundays on the Volunteer Resources page of our website. The password to view session plans is "peace."
Chalice Lighter Training
Sunday, September 25, 12:30-3pm
C halice Lighters serve an important role in our worship tradition, lighting the chalice before each Sunday service. Our 3rd-5th grade Chalice Lighters bring a sense of wonder, reverence, joy and beauty to our chancel. In return, the experience gives them a sense of confidence, satisfaction, pride and belonging in a community that sees and values their contributions.

Saturday, September 24, 11am-4pm
First Universalist Church is excited to host an outdoor community event in our newly-resurfaced, environmentally-friendly parking lot! There will be live music, food trucks, a bounce house and general fun times with fellow congregants and our neighboring community. Performers include: Ron Parker, folk band members, Alan Ware and David Lauth, Ellis, and A Ghost Revival. This family-friendly event is free (food available for purchase), though donations will gladly be accepted to help cover costs. Mark your calendar now and don't miss this fun fall event!

2016-2017 Religious Education Registration Open
Children, youth and families are at the heart of the ministry of First Universalist, and our Religious Education program for children and youth is one of the largest among bricks and mortar UU churches worldwide. We continue to align Religious Education with the values and mission of the larger church so that children and youth are actively engaged in a spiritual journey with the whole congregation. E ach class offers a variety of activities  on Sunday  mornings, including stories, singing, sharing joys and concerns, spiritual practices such as prayer and meditation, games, crafts and hands-on projects.

for the 2016-2017 church year. Read through the class descriptions for each age/grade level and find the registration form on our Religious Education website. Please keep in mind that some classes are now full, and bring a spirit of flexibility. We will find a spot for every family at one of the two service times. The safety of our kids, the capacity of our volunteer staff, and the quality of the church experience for everyone informs our enrollment policies. 
for Religious Education and learn more about our Sunday morning programs for children and youth
First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Lauren Wyeth, Director of Children, Youth & Family Ministries
3400 Dupont Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 825-1701 x111