Theme of the Month: Mercy & Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
                                                                           ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Say you’re sorry” is something that I used to say frequently as an elementary classroom teacher. After a child muttered “sorry,” it was never clear what the other student should do or whether the situation was actually repaired. This theme feels especially timely these days. Studies have found that people who know how to forgive are generally happier and have stronger relationships. As an adult, I am still learning to apologize and forgive.

How do you apologize genuinely? How do you forgive someone that has harmed you? How do you commit to justice while also being able to let go of anger?
Link to Jessica's full article on the February Theme

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Youth Group: Presents & Pleasantries

During the holidays, the youths had a very fun time talking and exchanging secret snowflake gifts. The gifts varied tremendously, some of which were: baked goods, bead art, baked goods, drawings, paper airplanes, baked goods, and a hand-made Transylvanian hat as tall as some typical Romanian chapeaus. Edric even did the classic “present inside a present inside a present etc.” to reveal an adorable, little, wooden withe*. However, the star of the show was still Madeleine’s hat, which was given to Alice. 

*Fine Print: A severely sleep deprived Cameron was out of ideas for humor in this entry, therefore he started improvising; aka recommending that the reader take the statements marked by an asterisk with a grain of salt; aka shamelessly downright lying. To put it nicely, he delighted in utilizing a wee bit of sarcasm. Sorry to all sarcasm-destesting readers out there. Sarcasm will not be used again in future entries.

Link to Cameron Gray-Lee's Full Article

February Family Events

RE Council hosted a rousing night of bingo in January with the talented emcee, Steve O'Day. Thanks to everyone who donated prizes! On February 20, 6-7 pm, everyone is welcome to join our virtual games night, where you will get to learn some new games and enjoy some old favorites.

 Our masked family outing will take place on February 14, from 1-2:30. Parents & caregivers as spiritual guides will focus on Justice on February 9, 7:30-8:30 and parents & caregivers as sexuality educators will discuss Relationships: Guiding with Wisdom on February 25, 7-8:30.

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Faith Exploration at Home

The February care package invites families to explore forgiveness with discussion prompts, activities, and stories. To learn about the 7th principle of UUism -- respect for the interdependent web of which we are a part -- kids will get supplies to make woven crafts. There are 2 service projects for the month: a forgiveness project and a secret valentine.

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February Events & Activities Calendar

* Monday, Feb 1, 6:30-8 pm: Coordinating Council, Donate the Plate Decision

* Sunday, Feb 7, 4-5 pm: Young Adult Outing

* Monday, Feb, 8, 6:30-8PM: Leading in Love

* Tuesday, Feb 9, 7:30-8:30 pm: Parents & Caregivers as Spiritual Guides - Justice

* Sunday, Feb 14, 10-12: Side with Love Multigenerational Service & Discussion Groups;    1-2:30 Family Outing

* Tuesday, Feb 16, 8-9 pm: Young Adult Zoom Gathering

* Friday, Feb 19, 7 pm: 1619 Project Podcast and Discussion

* Saturday, Feb 20, 6-7 pm: Games Night

* Tuesday, Feb 23, 6:30-8 pm: What Moves Us - Margaret Fuller

* Thursday, Feb 25, 7-8:30 pm: Parents & Caregivers as Sexuality Educators - Relationships

* Friday, Feb 26, 7-8 pm: Jr Youth Craft Night