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Let’s Get this Party Started! Family Minister’s Ideas & Request for Help

Three years ago UUSS members adopted a five-year plan and a mission statement.  The goals include

  • development of the building and grounds to meet the needs of the coming generations of members and friends,
  • deepening connections among members and helping folks get involved and make friends, and
  • strengthening ministries to families and children.  This includes building community across the generations.

I have lots of ideas about the last category, and I am happy to invite you to participate. Here are a few ideas—some new for us, some tried and true:

  • UU District Assembly in Fremont—You’re kidding me!  No, we hear that Young Fun, Child Care and MUUGs programming is very popular with families.  May 13-15.  Eric, Doug, Erika, Carole, Seya and I have registered!
  • All -Church Family Camp—this annual outing an hour away takes place June 17-19.  Have you been?  Can you help organize for it?  See Fran Kennedy or Ruth VanUnen.  (Doug’s got his guitar in the car already, so buy the marshmallows!)
  • A UUSS picnic with outdoor games to kick off the summer.  A group of members made this a party to remember last June.  You can help make one happen again.
  • A swimming and putting-green party for families with kids at a member’s home.  A wonderful person has suggested hosting this, but we need some organizers. See me.
  • A UUSS night at Raley Field to watch the River Cats and feel the Delta breeze.
  • A workday around the RE building in late summer; lemonade afterwards!
  • A Blessing of the Animals ritual for pets–in the spirit of St. Francis–out in our meadow on a Saturday afternoon in September/October.
  • A Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead) potluck supper, with home-cooked dishes reflecting our many ethnic heritages, or favorites of our departed ancestors or parents.
  • Game night at UUSS—puzzles, board games, or some active games to use up some of that child-energy.  We could do this once per month.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner—consider if your activity group wants to organize it this year.
  • Tree-trimming crafts party and holiday potluck dinner Dec. 1 or 8.
  • This is not nearly enough.  I think there is room for more fun, more fellowship across the generations.

I hope you will let me know if you have ideas, and let me know what you think of these.  Remember, a community event must be a community effort.

Yours in service,


PS—Thanks to all who have made pledges of financial support for the coming budget year.  No matter what you get out of being part of UUSS, your gift makes a difference for the good of the whole.  And that makes a difference in my life.  Thank you!


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