Empowering children and teens to embrace and express their inherent divinity.

Director's Note

Parenting is a process.  From the moment a child makes their appearance in the world, parents begin a journey of all-encompassing love, exhaustion, frustration, wonder, joy, worry, pride, sadness, teaching, learning, exhilaration, separation, and re-connection.  Each parent brings their own special gifts and perspective to the role.  Some are with their child all the time -- some see them on a schedule.  Some become parents to children born to someone else.  However the relationship was created, one thing is clear: it is a lifetime labor of love.  With the evolution of societal roles, dads are playing a bigger part in the lives of their children than in the days of yore.  They have moved from the waiting room to the delivery room; from being seen as only providers and disciplinarians to being encouragers, teachers, friends, and emotional supporters.  Dads are connecting with their kids at deeper levels than ever before.  It goes beyond responsibility -- it's a sacred calling.  So thank you, Dads, for the vital role you play in the life of your child(ren).  Thank you for helping them to not only survive, but to thrive.  
Looking for Summer Cool Specialists:  During the summer months, we offer a different cool, interactive class each week for our K-8th grade students.  Will it be Art?  Yoga? Puppetry?  Music?  Dance?  Cooking?  Acting?  Crafts?  Gardening?  It all depends on our Summer Cool Specialists!  What engaging hobby or activity can you share with our Soul School one Sunday this summer?  Do you know someone with an activity they could share?  Contact Kate or look for the sign up sheet in the Atrium.

This Week's Angel Affirmation:  "Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully."

Rev. Kate Jordan, LUT, CSE
Youth and Family Ministry Director

This Sunday in Soul School

Soul School starts at 10:25 am, with our Sacred Circle, where we share the Daily Word, our affirmations for the week, and our Love Offerings.  Please sign-in your child(ren) in the Garden Room by 10:20 am, so we can get started on time.

Unitots (Infant - Pre-K):  Loving childcare in a free-play environment.

Unikids (Gr. K - 2): Celebrating My God-Self 3 - "How Do I Create Peace in My World?"  We practice our peacemaking tools.  We'll re-visit the story of 'Jesus Calms the Storm;' do a Ripples of Peace visualization and mandala; and do Becoming Peaceful role play.

Unitweens (Gr. 3 - 5):  All Together Now 3 - "Everything Comes from God."  God is our Source.  We'll do a God's Bounty activity; read and discuss the Lilies of the Field story from the Bible; and experience the Prosperity Pond.

Uniteens (Gr. 6-8):  Make a Difference - "Hoe Can I Make a Difference in My Church?"  We create and carry out a service to our church.  We'll Jump Through Hoops; read and discuss a story about Serving Others; and brainstorm ways we can serve UNS.

YOU (Gr. 9 -12):  Continue their study of Living Originally.

UNS Potluck Barbecue Picnic on August 5 after the Service

Fun, food, and fellowship.  UNS provides the hot dogs, burgers, and veggie burgers; you sign up to supply buns, salads, sides, desserts, or beverages.  The sign up sheet will go up in July.  We're also looking for event volunteers (set-up, grillers, clean-up), so look for that sign-up sheet, too!

There will be games and prizes for the kids.  Uniteens and YOUers can earn service hours for events by running the games, and should see Kate if interested.

One of the most fun activities of the year, and a great farewell to the summer.  Put it on your family's calendar today!

Summer Cool Schedule for July and August

During the summer, we give our Soul School teachers a break and offer Summer Cool, different interactive and fun classes each Sunday.  The classes are taught by our Summer Cool 'Specialists' (people who share a talent, skill, or hobby), with Kate assisting.

Here's what we've got scheduled so far:

July 7:  Cool Cooking with Jan

July 14: Puppy Power Art & Games with Jeannine

July 21: Qi Gong with Gemma

July 28:

Aug. 4:

Aug. 11:

Aug. 18

Aug. 26:

Date TBD:  Peace by Piece Art with Piper

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