Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

Dear Friends,

October is one of my favorite months of the RE year. September is all about getting ready: creating class rosters, training volunteers, organizing materials, planning worship themes, and so much more. October, on the other hand, is all about getting down to business. And by business I mean the business of learning, playing, and having fun together in beloved community. September is the work of raking the leaves into a big pile, and October is the joy of jumping in!

There’s no shortage of engaging, enriching opportunities to “jump into” at UUS:E this year. In fact, there are quite a few offerings coming right up in October. You can access a complete schedule of activities by checking out the calendar of events on the UUS:E Web page. I encourage you to take part. Not sure where to begin? You might consider attending one (or more) of the following:

  • Pet Memorial Service, 10/ 1, 1:00 PM at UUS:E ; Bring a photo or other memento to place on an altar as we pay tribute to our deceased pets.
  • CT Rally for Racial Justice, 10/1, 2:00 PM in Hartford; Practice social justice advocacy as a family!
  • Build a Scarecrow, 10/8, 12:30 PM at UUS:E; Folks of all ages are invited to help build a UU Super Hero Scarecrow for the Annual Downtown Scarecrow Festival in Manchester.
  • UU Parenting Film & Discussion, 10/15, 12:30 PM at UUS:E; Join us to watch the documentary “Resilience,” lunch and childcare provided.
  • RE Harvest Brunch, 10/22, 10:15 – 11 AM (between services) on the Garden Level; All are invited to this multigenerational feast. Bring a dish to share if you can!
  • Trunk or Treat, 10/28, 6:30 PM at UUS:E; Adults come “trick out” your car trunk and kids come collect some yummy treats! Afterward we’ll go inside for refreshments and a not-too-scary movie.
  • Ancestor Day Multigenerational Worship Service, 10/29 at 9 & 11 AM, followed by Trick or Treating for UNICEF. Feel free to come in costume. Please bring coins for the UNICEF collection boxes.

The High School Youth Group will also be working on a month long project collecting donations for care packages that will be sent to young adults from the congregation who are away at school or pursuing other adventures. A collection box will be located in the upstairs lobby. Please consider donating soup, tea, candy, snacks, toiletries, or any fun items a college student might enjoy. Handwritten notes are great, too. Or make a monetary donation to help cover the cost of shipping.

I wish you an autumn filled with an abundance of all good things. May you not be afraid to jump right in!


Be well & be loved,