A positive path for spiritual living

An April Message from Dixie!

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:54am -- hsylvester

April 11, 2017

Hello, Friends!

News Alert: Still taking donations of filled Easter Eggs for next week’s Hunt! Feel free to drop them off in the office this week.  Office hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Thanks for your generosity!

Weekend before last, you may have missed seeing me and Y.O.U.er Kylie Brightwood. We were at the Y.O.U. Spring Rally 2017. It was great to see her meet and interact with teens from all over the Southeast Region, and we had a great conversation on the way home. Be sure to ask Kylie about her experience. Please know that your participation in our fundraising efforts is much appreciated, as that is how some of those funds are used! I am eager to send more teens to both Uniteen retreats and Y.O.U. rallies in the future. Stay tuned!

What a beautiful Spring season we are having! We have had a great series on the Season for Nonviolence for the last couple of months. The children have learned about famous peace makers like Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa. They have learned about important peace concepts like Dreaming, Courage, Gratitude, Mission/Service, Listening, Forgiveness, and Kindness. Our Palm Sunday lesson was about Choice as it relates to the practice of Nonviolence.  These are powerful concepts that are useful in all of our lives.  

Palm Sunday, we talked about our upcoming Youth Service. The children are instrumental in planning and presenting the service, and we have space for actors, singers, and speakers. We have a need for greeters and ushers, as well. Please let me know if your children are available so we can find just the right spot for them! It is so important for our congregation to see how capable and deeply spiritual our kids are, and I am grateful for Rev. Yvonne and her willingness to let us show up in this way!  I have two Saturday dates listed below for rehearsals, and would like to know which is better for each of you. I am available for both, so please let me know what your preference is.

Our Creative Kids Camp 2017 is in the planning stages. We are working on getting it on the calendar and will let you know as soon as we have the dates and details!

I am still looking for a few volunteers for one or two Sundays a month. If you have any thought that might be something you are called to do, please contact me!

Here is our calendar for this month:

  • April 16, 2017          10:30 Easter Service and Egg Hunt

  • April 22, 2017 (Sat.)  9:00 Rehearsal for Youth Service

  • April 29, 2017 (Sat.)  9:00 Rehearsal for Youth Service

  • April 30, 2017            9:00 Rehearsal and Youth Service


Thank you all for sharing your beautiful children with us. I am so very grateful for each and every one of them. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions!



Dixie Smith
UCCL YFM Director