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Emmy's Friday Update

Greetings CYM Families & Friends!

I just came from the Earth Day rehearsal, and I am so excited for this service!  I encourage you all to attend and be part of the powerful art and energy that will flow through the Sanctuary this Sunday.  Sometimes we get focused on our differences - difference in opinion, beliefs, and lived experiences.  But there is always one shared experience that unifies us all.  We share this planet.  As Unitarian Universalists we value and work to protect and care for our Great Mother and all her elements and creatures.  We rely on her and are accountable to her.  We are accountable to our siblings and children of today, and the generations of tomorrow.  This is a gift to be both given and received, and that includes YOU, as an essential part of our beloved community.

After the Earth Day service CYM families are invited to meet me in the garden to pot up some decorative planters to flank our program door!  We’ll begin about 12:30 so be prepared to get a little dirty!  For me, there is nothing more spiritual than having my bare hands in soil and the scent, sight, and feel of plants.  Our children and youth will be working with me in two garden beds throughout this Spring as well.  Teaching our children about plants, gardening, and caring for our planet is one of the most important gifts we can give to ensure we raise protectors of the Earth.

Here’s what else is happening in CYM this Sunday, April 21, 2024:

All Congregation Earth Day Service in the Sanctuary at 9 AM and 11 AM

Nursery: Childcare will be available in our nursery at 11 AM for children age 3 and under.  

OWL: “Unintended Pregnancy Options” - As they learn about three options for resolving an unintended pregnancy, participants explore their attitudes toward and feelings about being faced with an unintended pregnancy. They practice making the very difficult decision of how to respond to an unintended pregnancy.

High School Youth Group: Will meet this Sunday in the couch room and attend service together as a group.

Save the Date:


  • Sun, April 21: Potting up flowers and food in planters alongside the newly adopted CYM garden beds!  Please join me in the garden at 12:30pm, after the Earth Day service.  All ages and families welcome, bagged lunch recommended.  Be prepared to get dirty!

  • Sat, April 27: UUSE 2nd Annual Mayfair!  A variety of booths will be set up in the Sanctuary and the UUSE Pagan Group will lead a Beltane ritual.  Activities for the whole family! Mayfair Cookie Competition!: Who makes the best cookie? Enter your tried-and-true family recipe or a new experiment you’ve been wanting to try. It’s a multi-generational competition—There will be prizes for an adult and a kid winner. Bragging rights and a beautiful UUSE Master Cookie Baker Apron are up for grabs! To Enter 1. Contact Jennifer Klee at to reserve your spot in the competition. 2. Bake! Since this is a competition and we want everyone to sample many cookies, please make 6-8 dozen SMALL, bite sized cookies. 3. Send the list of ingredients to Jennifer so we can have that information available for people with allergies. Questions? Contact Jennifer Klee at


  • Sat, May 4: Spring clean-up of the UUSE grounds - Would your family enjoy getting outside and earning a prize for completing family-friendly tasks?  Come lend a hand to the Building & Grounds committee and breakfast foods will be provided!  Please shoot me an email if your family plans on joining so I can have enough prizes on hand!

  • Sun, May 5: Youth Group Bake Sale, CYM family potluck lunch then All Congregation Meeting - Bring cash for the Youth Group Bake Sale and then please join us on the Garden Level at 12:15 for a potluck lunch before the All Congregation meeting at 1 PM in the Sanctuary.  Please let me know asap if you need childcare in order to attend that All Congregation meeting!  Items to be discussed are important proposed changes to policy and information about upcoming voting at the annual meeting.

  • Fri, May 10 - Sat, May 11: High School Youth Group Lock-In.  More details coming soon.

  • Sat, May 11: Watercolor lesson with Carolyn Emerson from 10am-12pm on the Garden Level!  CYM families are invited to learn and create with expert instruction.  A great opportunity to create a gift for Mother’s Day the following day!  Open to all ages, please RSVP by email to me at

How You Can Help in CYM: 

NEEDED: A couple parents volunteers to help out at the CYM booth at Mayfair on Saturday, April 27!  Please email if you are interested and available to help.  Thanks!

Nursery (ages 3 and under)

Workshop Adventure (Grades 1 through 5) 


High School Youth Group (Grades 9-12)

CYM Committee Members:

Desiree Holian-Borgnis, Chair

Michelle Spadaccini

Paula Baker

Heather Alexson

Sudha Sevins

Committee email: 

Angela Attardo, CYM Program Assistant

With Love and Gratitude,

Emmy Galbraith

Cell: (860)576-7889

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