Holiday Giving Tree & Winter Clothing Drive Begin Nov. 26

Two holiday mittens

Holiday Giving Tree: This holiday season the Children’s Religious Education program leaders will once again be teaming up with a local organization to provide gifts for families in need. In the past, we have had requests for new items such as toys/games, sweaters, shirts, art supplies, and small denomination gift cards, but we will issue […]

Blessings before a Meal – Ideas for UUs and Others

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

Grace for Unitarian Universalists. By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. As Thanksgiving approaches, UU families often consider blessings that might be said before a meal. Here are a few of my favorites, including some from the Children’s Religious Education team:   “For the food before us, the family (and friends) beside us, and the […]

“All About Youth” for November

Deb Solis, Youth Program Coordinator

By Deb Solis, Youth Program Coordinator. (See 2018 Mission Trip deadlines below.) First, congratulations to Ehlona Walker, a sophomore member of our YRUU youth group, who has received recent recognition from the UUA as a Luminary Leader. The Luminary Leaders program recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service and leadership in Unitarian Universalist communities. Recognized […]

REflections for November – Beryl Aschenberg

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education

REflections.  By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education. “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” – Meister Eckhart Several years ago, following advice found in Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance, I started to keep a gratitude journal. Each night I write down five […]


By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education I remember my first visit to a Unitarian Universalist church. Just taking the step to walk into a “church” felt courageous to me. I had grown up Jewish, married a Catholic, and felt like an agnostic. I wanted my children to have the opportunity to experience the richness […]

All About Youth…

By Deb Solis, Youth Program Coordinator As T.S. Eliot said, and that is how our YRUU youth group at First Church is starting the new church year. In August, eight of us gathered for our annual Youth Steering Committee retreat and some exciting ideas and opportunities surfaced in our discussions. Our youth will definitely be […]

Children & Youth to Join Us Weekly In Worship

By Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education Communal worship is the central spiritual practice of Unitarian Universalism and is an integral part of our spiritual growth as human beings. Sunday mornings provide us with a unique opportunity to come together as a community, to help our young people learn what it means to grow as […]

Taking to Children about Charlottesville

Candles Memorial

Dear First Church Families- We are grieving this week after the heartrending violence in Charlottesville. Once again we find ourselves struggling to comprehend how such things can happen. Here are three links to websites with suggestions for talking about violence and tragedy with children: some words from Mr. Rogers about limiting TV exposure during tragedy […]

Hogwarts Camp


Our Summer Religious Education program will be magically transformed into a Harry Potter camp – with UU overtones, of course. Kids will learn a  few spells,  make a craft or two and talk about  the  UU Principles in the Harry Potter books. If you haven’t read the books, don’t worry! This summer Religious Education program […]