Chalice Lighting Family

Each month, we invite a family from our Religious Education community to light our chalice. 

Meet the Pinales-Rynearson Family!

Who's in your family? 

Skip, Briana, Alayna, Teagan, Bridger, Asher, Evaline and our cat Pippin

How long have you been attending First Church? 

Skip started going in 2014 and the rest of us started going with him in February 2015. 

Why is First Church and RE important to your family?

We love the lessons of inclusion, open-mindedness and searching for our individual beliefs!

Find the Light! 
Our annual Solstice celebration will be on December 21st! Services will start at 6 pm, with dinner following service. Dinner tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for youth under 12. Tickets will be on sale after service in Eliot Hall starting December 2nd. Solstice Dinner tickets are limited and ALWAYS sell out, so make sure to get your tickets early! All proceeds go to benefit the Religious Education Trip Funds. 

RE Intergenerational Winter Party
Let is snow! Join us for our annual intergenerational winter party on December 8th at 2:30pm This party will be filled with music, activities, and yummy treats. See you there!

Pageant
This years pageant will be on December 23rdduring the 11 am service. We will once again be having a pop-up pageant, so be prepared for anything during this interactive service! If you are willing and able to help wrangle some sheep(and sometimes a unicorn!) email Lissa at


Photo thanks to Ryan Kratzer for these 2017 Pageant Pics

OWL
K-2nd- Have a child in Kindergarten through 2nd grade that you want to participate in OWL? The last OWL class of the year begins January 27th. Please register now so we can make sure your spot is saved. K-2nd OWL Registration

Class Fees- Class fees can be made online herePayments can also be taken in the main church office on Sundays. First Church is committed to all youth participating, regardless of financial capacity. Scholarships and reductions are available by contacting Amanda Esko at or 801-582-8687 ext 206.

Mindfulness Matters
On November 25th, Kindergarten through 5th grade added another tool to their mindfulness toolbox, daily gratitude practices. We created our own gratitude journals, saluted the sun, and practiced meditation. Thank you to everyone who participated! Our next Mindfulness Matters Sunday will be onJanuary 20th!


Photo thanks to Amanda Esko

Family Fun Night
Join us on November 5th at 6:30 pm for Family Fun Night! As we start the busy holiday season, we're focusing on service and community. For the past month, we have been toiletries for the Salt Lake Housing Authority (SLHA) Housing Project. After dinner on Family Fun Night, we will be assembling our donations into bags for the SLHA to distribute to those in need in our community. Additionally, we'll be having a winter kid gear swap! Have your kids outgrown their winter coats? Bring them to Family Fun Night and we'll swap gear! Any leftover winter gear will be given to the Midvale Family Homeless Shelter. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions! Additionally, please note the later start time of 6:30 pm!
Register Here!

Lower School Art Block is Around the Corner
Are you an artist(or crafter!) Can you follow basic directions? Then we have a project for you! Starting from November 4th and going through December 16th we need a few extra hands each Sunday to create art experiences for our youth. Check out the signup to see how you can help!
Art Block Signup

Holiday Party Help Wanted!

Our annual Holiday Party is right around the corner on December 8th! We’re looking for more people to help plan and set-up. If this something you’d like to do, please email Amanda Esko at  

Halloween Party Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended our Halloween party, it was a huge success! We had over 30 families, witches, ninjas, and a 7-foot dinosaur attend. A big thank you goes out to the people who help this event happen including David Owens, the Smith Family, Finlayson Family, Taylor-Jones Family, Pulsipher Family, and the Lander Family.

Chalice Lighting Family

Each month, we invite a family from our Religious Education community to light our chalice. Meet the Anderson-Daybell Family

Who is in your family?  Megan Daybell, Jaxon Anderson & Asher Anderson

How long have you been attending First Church?  We have been attending for about 4 years!

Why is First Church and Religious Education important to your family?  We attend because of the feeling of community we feel at First Church. Additionally, I love the beautiful lessons and values taught in the RE classes, and the opportunity for my boys to apply those values at home and at church.

Beyond Inquirers 

an Adult Religious Education opportunity for those considering membership at First Unitarian Church

Are you thinking about joining First Unitarian Church? Have you attended a UU Orientation, but want to learn more? You are invited to our new Beyond Inquirers series, a monthly class designed to help you discern whether membership is right for you. These classes will be held after the 11am worship, and there's no need to register - just drop in! Class dates and topics:

  • November 4:  What do UUs believe?
  • December 2:  Is this a new religion? 
  • January 6:  How do we "do church"?
  • February 3:  How do we live our values?
  • February 24:  Does it matter if I join?

If you have questions about this series, please email Rev. Monica at .

So much is happening in Religious Education this month! Family Fun Night, New Family Dinner, the MDD High School Con, and Halloween, just to name a few. Also, let's not to forget to mention everything that happens on Sundays! Take a look at our offerings and join in on the fun!

Family Fun Night
Mark your calendars for October's Family Fun Night! On October 1st at 6 pm, we will be joined by Rev. Tom Goldsmith, talking about the hot-button issue, Mom Shaming. Plan on joining us? Register Here!
 
Volunteers
As our new teachers get settled, we could especially use your help on Sundays. Please sign up to volunteer in one of our RE classrooms! Signup today!
Infant-36 months
Preschool 
K/1st
2nd/3rd
4th/5th
 

OWL
8/9 and K-2 OWL Class Fees- Class fees can be made online here.  Payments can also be taken in the main church office on Sundays. First Church is committed to all youth participating, regardless of financial capacity. Scholarships and reductions are available by contacting Amanda Esko at  or 801-582-8687 ext 206.

High School
Fall Con registration is live! We're lucky enough to be hosting Fall Con this year. This is a great opportunity for our youth to meet over 70 other UU youth from around the mountain west. Would your youth like to help plan the con? Email Amanda Esko at 
MDD FALL CON REGISTRATION

UU at Home
Do you want to learn more about Unitarian Universalists? Have you ever wondered what it means to be a Unitarian on the other six days of the week? Well, you're in luck! On the last Sunday of each month, Amanda and Lissa will be teaching UU@Home, for both parents and children, in Little Chapel between services. We will look for opportunities to live our principals out in the wild. We will check in with each other on steps we've taken as a whole family to honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people, or to celebrate the web of interconnected life! We will ask questions and learn about our history. We'll play with sequins and glue, and sing songs. Join the last Sunday of every month at 10:15 am!

Sanctuary Sundays
Want to light the chalice as a family on Sanctuary Sundays? Signup here

New Family Dinner
Are you a new family to our congregation? Welcome! We are having a new family dinner on October 9th at 6 pm. Come, have dinner and meet other new families, and hear more about our Religious Education Program. Questions or want to RSVP? Please email Amanda Esko at .

Save the Date!
Our annual Halloween Party will be on October 29th at 6 pm. Plan on dinner, games, dance party, and a sing-along at Friendship Manor. As the date gets closer, look for more information in the Order of Service and the Religious Education Newsletter, The Match. 

Welcome back!  As the ease of summer days falls into the routines of fall, we look to places, like First Church, to provide our families with the centering connection of community. When RE marches into the sanctuary during Ingathering, take a moment to marvel at this community.  Our youth are artists, athletes, activists. And just like their adult counterparts, they are committed to social justice, spiritual growth, and their friendships here at First Church. Welcome our youth back into the sanctuary. Thank their parents and teachers for bringing them, teaching them, and being an integral part of our First Church community. As an RE team, we’re all so glad you’re here. 

 

Teacher Recognition

Our RE program could not function without the time and talent of our amazing volunteer teachers. Our teachers are parents, non-parents, and grandparents in our community. They dedicate themselves to the care and love of our youth. Please thank them when you see them in Eliot Hall!

Kindergarten/First Grade- Carrie Black, Kira Kilmer

Second/Third Grade- Melissa Bond, Kevin Emmerson

Fourth/Fifth Grade- Kendra Smith, Raleigh Smith

Sixth/Seventh Grade- Karin Baumgartner, Kris Lander, Adam Mansfield, Brie Pinales, Usha Spaulding

Eighth/Ninth Grade- Heather Heaton, Erin Johnson, Nancy Moos, Phil Moos, Marlin Taylor

Tenth-Twelfth Grade- Cooper, Derek Gersdorf, Jennica Davis-Hockett, Kristin Quinn, Dot Verbrugge 

 

Thank You!

A big thanks goes out to Steve Quinn for leading a basic first aid training for RE teachers during teacher training. Thanks Steve! 

 

RE Registration Is Up!

Please register your youth for RE today! Registration gives us updated family information, allows us to make accurate class rolls, and helps us plan activities. Follow this link to register! 

 

Ingathering

Ingathering is September 9th! Please meet your youth’s class on the plaza, so we can all march into the sanctuary together. Look for your teacher holding your class flag!

 

OWL

8th/9th Grade-  OWL parent orientation is on September 11th at 6:30 pm in Eliot Hall. This meeting is MANDATORY. Additionally, if you have friends who are interested in having youth participate, they need to email Amanda at as soon as possible. Due to the nature of the class, new students will not be able to register after September 23rd. 

 

Kindergarten- 2nd Grade- Two sessions of Kindergarten- 2nd grade OWL will be offered this year! The first session starts on September 30th and goes until November 18th, and the second session will run from January 27th to March 17th. Follow this link to register for either session. Priority is given to families registered in our RE program, but we welcome and encourage friends to participate as well! Please register as soon as possible for either session. 

 

Classroom Volunteers

Each family is required to volunteer in classes in the lower school. Parent volunteers do a variety of tasks, from helping take roll, to assisting with activities, to gathering snack. No preparation is required, just a willing spirit. Parent volunteers will meet the teacher in Little Chapel just prior to class. Follow the links to sign-up to volunteer in your youth's class!

Preschool

Kindergarten/1st Grade

Second/ Third Grade

Fourth/Fifth Grade

Coming Up!

Family Fun Night August 6th 6pm, weather permitting we will be outside.  Forget cooking and hang out with us!

RE Teacher Training August 19th

Here are some things to put on your calendar for next year!

OWL- Next year we are offering Kindergarten-2nd OWL in the fall and the winter! 8th-9th grade OWL will run during RE(11-12:00) all year. If you have friends who are interested in signing up for these programs, please have them email Amanda at , as soon as possible. We will have a few open spots in each class for visitors!

Back to RE- Our Back to RE night will be September 10th during Family Fun Night. Join us to find out all about next years programming!

MDD Fall Con- For our high school youth, MDD Fall Con is going to be held at First Church for the first time EVER! The Con will be on October 19th-21st. For more information or if you want to help, email Amanda at or Lissa at . Stipends are available for people willing to organize and manage food!

Teachers Needed!

Did you leave our Coming of Age and High School service feeling inspired by our youth? Are you a grandparent missing your grandbabies and want to stay connected with youth? Come and work with Religious Education in the fall! We’re looking for volunteer for several age groups. Have a passion for bible literacy? Join our 2nd and 3rd graders! Want to explore Unitarian Universalist traditions and values? Hang out with our Kindergarten and 1st grade! Think exploring other faith traditions leads to a deeper understanding of your own faith and world, especially in this time of global crisis? Our 6th and 7th graders will be doing just that!We are always able to work around schedules and vacations. Please email Amanda Esko at for more information!

Social Justice Throughout the Summer

Our volunteer commitments do not end simply because it’s summer! In continuation with our work with the VOA Homeless Youth Shelter,  we will continue to make sack lunches, but during Family Fun Night. Not able to make it to Family Fun Night but would like to contribute? We have the answer! If you would like to donate supplies(such as bread, meat, chips, etc.), please visit our signup page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4baead28a6fc1-summer . Labeled donations can be left the the RE fridge on the Sunday before Family Fun Night. 

Due to the increased need in the summer, we will also be collecting cases of bottled water for the VOA. Please leave any cases on the stage in Little Chapel. Cases of water can be left throughout the week. 

Questions? Email Amanda Esko at for more information!

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UUA 2018-2019 District High School Youth Event Dates


9th-12th grade youth are invited to Mountain Desert District youth events. Please contact Jessy Hennesy, MDD Youth Conference Coordinator, with questions, at .


  • October 19-21, 2018 - Fall Con, First Unitarian Church, Salt Lake City, Utah (bus will be available from Denver Metro)
  • November 9-11, 2018 - Leadershop Development Con (limited space available), First Universalist Church, Denver Colorado
  • January 19-21, 2019 - MLK Con, First Unitarian Society of Denver, Colorado
  • February 8-10, 2019 - Worship Arts Training (limited space available), Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, Colorado
  • April 12-14, 2019 - Spring Con, Foothills Unitarian Church, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • June 30-July 6 - QUUest Camp (and Spirit QUUest Camp for middle school youth), La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Party With Us Throughout the Summer!

  • Every Thursday- 6:45 pm
    Join us in the garden for our Garden Parties! We’ll tend our garden plot and play outside for these long summer nights!
  • Every Friday- 10:00 am
    Our weekly playdates will continue throughout the summer. Have a cup of coffee and a doughnut on us all while strengthening community!
  • July 2nd and August 6th- 6:00 pm
    Family Fun Nights continue throughout the summer! All summer long we’ll be outside, eating and playing(usually with water!). Forget cooking and hang out with us!

Coming Up!

Here are some things to put on your calendar for next year!

OWL- Next year we are offering Kindergarten-2nd OWL in the fall and the winter! 8th-9th grade OWL will run during RE(11-12:00) all year. If you have friends who are interested in signing up for these programs, please have them email Amanda at , as soon as possible. We will have a few open spots in each class for visitors!

Back to RE- Our Back to RE night will be September 10th during Family Fun Night. Join us to find out all about next years programming!

MDD Fall Con- For our high school youth, MDD Fall Con is going to be held at First Church for the first time EVER! The Con will be on October 19th-21st. For more information or if you want to help, email Amanda at or Lissa at . Stipends are available for people willing to organize and manage food!

Teachers Needed!

Did you leave our Coming of Age and High School service feeling inspired by our youth? Are you a grandparent missing your grandbabies and want to stay connected with youth? Come and work with Religious Education in the fall! We’re looking for volunteer for several age groups. Have a passion for bible literacy? Join our 2nd and 3rd graders! Want to explore Unitarian Universalist traditions and values? Hang out with our Kindergarten and 1st grade! Think exploring other faith traditions leads to a deeper understanding of your own faith and world, especially in this time of global crisis? Our 6th and 7th graders will be doing just that!We are always able to work around schedules and vacations. Please email Amanda Esko at for more information!

Social Justice Throughout the Summer

Our volunteer commitments do not end simply because it’s summer! In continuation with our work with the VOA Homeless Youth Shelter,  we will continue to make sack lunches, but during Family Fun Night. Not able to make it to Family Fun Night but would like to contribute? We have the answer! If you would like to donate supplies(such as bread, meat, chips, etc.), please visit our signup page: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4baead28a6fc1-summer . Labeled donations can be left the the RE fridge on the Sunday before Family Fun Night. 

Due to the increased need in the summer, we will also be collecting cases of bottled water for the VOA. Please leave any cases on the stage in Little Chapel. Cases of water can be left throughout the week. 

Questions? Email Amanda Esko at for more information!

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UUA 2018-2019 District High School Youth Event Dates


9th-12th grade youth are invited to Mountain Desert District youth events. Please contact Jessy Hennesy, MDD Youth Conference Coordinator, with questions, at .


  • October 19-21, 2018 - Fall Con, First Unitarian Church, Salt Lake City, Utah (bus will be available from Denver Metro)
  • November 9-11, 2018 - Leadershop Development Con (limited space available), First Universalist Church, Denver Colorado
  • January 19-21, 2019 - MLK Con, First Unitarian Society of Denver, Colorado
  • February 8-10, 2019 - Worship Arts Training (limited space available), Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, Colorado
  • April 12-14, 2019 - Spring Con, Foothills Unitarian Church, Fort Collins, Colorado
  • June 30-July 6 - QUUest Camp (and Spirit QUUest Camp for middle school youth), La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Congregational Meeting Sandwich Fundraiser

COA and High School Parents! On May 20th, before the congregational meeting, we will be holding our annual sandwich lunch fundraiser. This is our last trip fundraiser for the year! We have several items still needed in order for this annual fundraiser to happen. Additionally, we are looking for adults to help supervise the making of and selling of the sandwiches. Please take a look at the signup sheet to see where your family can help!

 

Summer Garden Parties!

Come to our garden party! This summer, RE is growing a garden for Harvest for Hunger, a local nonprofit, whose mission is to bring fresh foods to at-risk communities. Every Thursday night, starting on May 17th, we’ll be meeting in the garden around 6:45 pm to tend the plot and mingle. Join us!

RE Calendar

May 11- 10 am playdate
May 17- Garden Party 6:45pm
May 18- 2 pm playdate
May 20- Congregational Meeting
              Sandwich Fundraiser
              High School Bridging
May 24- Garden Party 6:45pm
May 25- 10 pm playdate
May 27- 1 service- 10 am RE end of year party
June 1- 2 pm playdate