This is a place to share the happenings of Lifespan Spiritual Exploration (LSE) programs at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Thank you to all the children, youth, and adults who participate and volunteer in order to make these programs possible. Thank you to the congregation as a whole for supporting these programs.
Thursday, April 29, 2021
April 12th and 16th: Exploring Unitarian Universalist History: Early roots of liberal religious thinking in Europe
Sunday, April 25, 2021
April 25, 2021 ~ Tree Planting at North Branch Nature Center
2021 Kids Annual Meeting
Friday, April 2, 2021
April 2, 2021 ~ Spring Care Packages to UCM Families!
Once again, I'm so full of gratitude for the team effort to get some Spring Care packages out to our fabulous UCM families. Families have been navigating so many of layers challenge this past 12 months. The LSE Committee (plus the junior members) helped assemble the contents of 60 packages, and there was a crew of 14 UCM Easter bunnies who are delivering the packages this weekend! These packages are our way of saying "We miss you, here are some ways to stay connected and to explore our UU values, including service projects for those with the capacity to help others right now." If you want to know exactly what's in the packages, read on!
April 2, 2021
Happy Spring! With the days getting longer and warmer, the crocuses and snowdrops
coming out of the ground, we couldn’t help but put together these care packages to
congratulate YOU, our amazing church families! The winter was filled with wonder and
magic and yet challenges too! We’re proud of all that you have done in your families to
create special moments together. We want to honor all the resilience and strength, the
times that you have helped others, said something kind, tried something new, and didn’t
give up. We’ll stick with virtual worship this spring and hope to be back in the fall,
perhaps with a mix of in-person and online options. We miss you, love you, and hope
to see soon!
Packed with love:
Easter Chocolate and the
--To align with our UU principles this is Fair Trade certified and non-GMO chocolate.
Stickers or post-its to say good job sticking to the COVID guidelines!
Butterfly craft & service project --
All ages invited to join us in the Zoom Children’s Chapel on Easter Sunday
(April 4th) at 9:15am to get started with this simple craft.
Click the yellow “Join Children’s Chapel” button at ucmvt.org
~OR~ Youtube search ‘coffee filter butterflies’
6 pipe cleaners
12 coffee filters
(You’ll also need: some non-permanent markers and
a spray bottle or dropper (water color paints can work too).
Optional service project: Donate some or all of your butterflies to people who
could use a boost! Take a picture of you with the butterflies and email it to Liza
so we can show others what we’re up to! Then place them in a bag labelled with
your name. Drop-off any time in April to Liza’s front porch (397 Elm St.) The Lay Pastoral Care volunteers will get these to UCM members who are
struggling with illness or other challenges. We’ll also include them as a gift for
any of the people who get the free meals on Mondays or a local nursing home!
Crescent moon and stars mobile
Like Spring and Easter, it is based on the lunar calendar.
Make a sun and star mobile on your own schedule OR
Join us in the Zoom Children’s Chapel on Sun. April 11, 9:15am to do this
craft and learn more about Ramadan.
Calendar of upcoming programs--Stay connected.
some outdoor, socially distanced gatherings outside as the weather warms.
These are contingent on the state guidelines allowing for multi-household
outdoor gatherings, so may need to be postponed, depending. Stay informed
via the weekly e-news letter. Email Liza if you’d like to be added.
Seedling supplies --To grow life from a seed is a such a hopeful thing to do.
excellent way to connect with nature and build a relationship that inspires climate
action and other care for the environment as they grow. We’ll be doing this in the
Zoom Children’s Chapel Sun. April 18th (see Seedling Directions for more details
and Zoom info). Older kids / youth welcome to join us for an all ages time!
1 quart VT Compost Fort Vee potting soil
High Mowing seed packet
Clear container for mini-greenhouse (salad containers donated by congregants)
Seedling Directions (attached)
You can use these supplies to
1. start some seeds (directions attached) and just call that the goal, or
2. transplant seedlings to a garden or growing pot, or
3. bring them to our Seedling Swap (church side yard on the morning Sat. May 29th).
4. If it feels beyond you, it’s also fine to just gift the soil and seeds to someone else
who might enjoy them!
Envelope with Forgiveness Puzzle
How do we forgive others and ourselves for these mistakes? How do we begin the
repair and enter back into right relationship with each other? Cut out the puzzle
pieces on your own and explore as a family, or join us on Sunday May 1st in the
Children’s Chapel to do that.
** Many thanks to High Mowing Seed Co. for donating 100 seed packets! **
Liza and the LSE Committee members (and junior members): Beth Merrill and Maizy,
Kate Spring and Waylon, Ginnie Humphreys, Liz Benjamin, Margaret Blanchard
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