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An Invitation to My Congregation this Sunday–August 28–at 9:30 am or 11:15 am services–KIDS too!

I’d like to invite you to attend one of the services this Sunday with me at my congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento.  We have two services, and both are for all ages:  9:15 and 11:30.

This Sunday, August 28, is our annual Ingathering Service, when we start a new church year.  Many UU churches around the country have a Mingling of the Waters ritual, in which people bring small jars or bottles of water representing summer activities (like vacations, trips to a river or lake, backyard fun, a neighborhood fountain, or the kitchen sink) or representing our reflections on life the past several months.  Individuals and families bring the water up and tell what it represents or where it came from.  (There are jars of water up front for those of us who forget to bring any water to the service.)

Doug Kraft, our lead minister, will give a brief homily, and our new music director will lead our hymn choir.  If you’d like to join me for one of the services, let me know.  You may want to arrive 10-15 minutes early to find your way in, make a name tag, and fill out a visitor card.  Please also plan to stay afterward for refreshments.  The congregation likes to welcome guests.

ABOUT CHILDREN:  This service is for all ages, so we can gather as a community across the generations.  (However, there is a nursery staffed by two people to welcome kids up to age 5, and there’s also a Baby Comfort Room in the library behind the sanctuary, with sound piped in.)  But we do have a Religious Education program for children and teens.  That starts at 9:30 AM on Sunday, Sept. 11.

On that day, volunteer leaders and teachers will get to know the kids and youth in their programs, and we’ll take group pictures of every class level (Nursery, Spirit Play for grades 1-5, Junior High Youth Group for grades 6-8, and Senior High Youth Group).  Religious Education (or Sunday School) will take place only during the first service, at 9:30 AM.


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