The Match- 4/17/19

18 April 2019

End of Year Update!

We're about a month out from the end of the church year, which is BANANAS. The next few weeks are busy, and I wanted to take a minute to highlight a few things.

- You'll see the invite below, but I'm encouraging all of our families to try and attend Family Fun Night this month. We've invited speakers from the Utah Suicide Coalition to present their suicide prevention training, "Q, P, R: Question, Persuade, Refer." Utah's youth suicide rate is at a crisis level, and as a community of faith it is our responsibility to be informed of best practices to help where we can. Register with the link below. 

Lower School
-Our Easter Egg Drop is this weekend! Have you ever wanted to throw something off the RE balcony into Little Chapel? Well, you get the chance this weekend!
-The last day of RE will be on May 19th. We will be having a RE talent show! This is not something, big, or stressful, but simply an opportunity to share our gifts with one another.  Does your youth have a magic trick, song or dance they want to share? Be sure to come that day! 
-We resume 1 service at 10 am on May 26th. Childcare will be available until RE begins again September! 
-June 9th will be Intergenerational Flower Communion. Please plan on joining us, then going to the Church Picnic in Sugar House Park!

Upper School
-High School Worship service is on April 28th. Please check in with your youth on their part of the worship service!
-High School- Final payments for the Alabama Trip are due May 26th. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.
- If you have a senior, Bridging will be on May 19th during the worship service. Please email Amanda at and let me know if your youth is participating. Thank you to everyone who already has emailed me!
- 6th/7th grade-Please start thinking about someone to be a mentor for your youth next year in Coming of Age. See my email sent this week for more information. 
-We're looking for help selling pre-paid tickets and supplies for the Congregational Meeting Sandwich Fundraiser on May 19th. See the signup genius links below for more information!

I love how busy these last few weeks are! Please reach out with any questions, concerns, or great ideas!

In Peace,
Amanda Esko 
Director of Religious Education
Congregational Meeting Sandwich Fundraiser
Signup below to help. With everyone pitching in we will meet our fundraising goals for the High School Trip and start the Coming of Age fundraising off to a great start!

Ticket Selling Signup

Sandwich Lunch Supply Signup
Art Fair
Youth art will featured at the Art Fair! Art will be available for purchase Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds from the youth art will go to fund our arts program at First Church. Join us!
RE Teacher Party!
Our RE teacher celebration will be on June 8th. RE teachers, look for an invite this week for dinner and an outdooor movie. Want an invite to the super cool party? We're recruiting teachers for NEXT year right now. Email Amanda at  for more information! 
Family Fun Night









Please join us for a very important Family Fun Night this month. We've invited trainers from the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition to join us and lead us in their QPR training. From their website, "QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help."

As always, we will start with dinner. This month, however, we are going to start dinner early at 6:00 pm. Unlike most months where we can be a little more flexible with dinner, dinner is going to be cleaned up and put away by 6:40, so the training can begin at 6:45. Thank you all for respecting our trainers time by arriving on time and eating promptly! Older, mature youth attending with a parent(7th grade and above) are welcome and encouraged to join.


Please reach out with any dietary restrictions or concerns, this will hopefully be an important learning opportunity for our community.

Sandwich Sunday
This should not be shocking, but sandwich Sunday is right around the corner. These lunches will go to the VOA Homeless Youth Shelter. Sign up below to contribute supplies!

Sandwich Sunday Sign Up
First Church's annual campout is scheduled for July 25th-28th. This weekend is always a highlight of the summer for our community. Families are enthusiastically encouraged to attend, even if it's not for the full weekend. Look for more details and a signup in the next few weeks!
RE Calendar
April 21- Easter Egg Drop
April 28- High School Worship Service
May 5-Sandwich Sunday
May 6- Family Fun Night
May 12- Sanctuary Sunday
              Jr Choir Sings
May 19- Last Day of RE

             Congregational Meeting
             High School Bridging Service
             Congregational Meeting Sandwich Fundraiser
May 26- 1 service, 10 am