Join the Peace Movement

Two workshops that may be of interest to our youth –
October 21: Calling All Peace Warriors (9th-12th graders)
Are you one of those teens or do you know a teen who hears the call to step up and stand for peace? Now is the time to answer that call. The world needs us, all of us, to be the peace we want to see in the world, but there is a special need for youth. The StillSpeaking Youth Group of First Congregational UCC Manhattan will be getting strong with exercises and practices that help us to be peace. This group is for youth of ALL religions, ALL genders, ALL sexual orientations, and ALL races.
October 22: Help Increase the Peace (6th-8th graders)
Do you want to make a more peaceful world and become a more peaceful person? Do you know a young person who does?  The StillSpeaking Youth Group at First Congregational UCC Manhattan will be working with 6th-8th Graders who want to learn how to be and create peace.
Both workshops are conducted by the youth leader at First Congregational Church in Manhattan.
For more information contact Sandy at dre@uufm.net

 

 

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Welcome Back Party

Welcome back to everyone! We hope you enjoyed your summer adventures! We celebrated our return with a party and started with our favorite, “pin the flame on the chalice”. The bounce house was tons of fun, and we worked up such a sweat that everyone was begging to be  in the sponge toss and have the sponges tossed directly at them – the wetter the better. Thanks to everyone for pitching in to help, bringing food to share, and cleaning up after the potluck.

Pin the flame

Keaton takes one in the face

Bounce, bounce, bounce

Drew and Varae bounce gently

What goes up must come down. Thanks to everyone for helping fold up the bounce house

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Tour of England’s Lake District

Many thanks to Rev. Jonalu Johnstone for taking us on a tour of the Lake District in England. She even arranged to have Sunday’s weather match the typical weather in the Lake District! We learned a lot about Lake District resident Beatrix Potter and read some of her books. We also got to taste gingerbread. The morning finished up with the creation of a large mural where everyone was an illustrator of their own special landscape.

Jonalu reads a Beatrix Potter book.

Students illustrate their own special landscapes.

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Tour of Essential Oils

Many thanks to Enell Foerster for sharing her knowledge about essential oils.
We learned where many of the plants grow and got to smell as well as taste! Lavender was a popular one as well as lemon grass. Peppermint and spearmint aromas were accompanied with peppermint and spearmint candies. Citrus oils were accompanied by tastes of lemons and oranges. The entire hallway smelled of citrus for the duration!
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Tour of Woolly Bee Farm

We went to the farm! Jen and June showed us all around their Woolly Bee Farm. We fed sheep and rummaged through the garden. We had yummy watermelon and got to spit the seeds to see how far they’d go! The trip back was even fun as we sang songs from our pre-school days all the way home. Thank you Matt & Jen Campbell (and Cade and June)!
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Tour of Italy

We were delighted to have Katie Kingery-Page and daughter Ruby usher us all to Italy on Sunday! Their pictures were delightful. Students had fun using a variety of stickers to mark pictures that involved… food… travel… and more!  We got to taste bread and talked about how some customs in Italy were the same as Kansas and how some were different.
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Finding food pictures

Ruby made pasta while in Italy!

Tasting bread

Italy has art!

Italy has turtles!

Family fun!


 

 

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Tour of Backpacking in Wyoming

Katherine Colburn took us on a tour of backpacking. She taught everyone a few different ways to cross a river (we practiced the eddy method), showed us topo maps, gear, and more. We set up a tent, purified our water, made potato pearls (yum), and roasted marshmallows on a camp stove. Then we looked at spectacular pictures of places we could go if we went backpacking in Wyoming. We had fun testing her boots, backpack, mosquito head net, sleeping bag, trekking poles, and tent. 
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eddy method

Practicing the eddy method.

topo maps

Examining topo maps.

Rose

Rose tries the mosquito head net

Julia

Julia tries the sleeping bag

Roasting marshmallows

Purifying water

Rose is ready to go!


 

 

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Water Park fun!

Summer family fun at the water park!


 

 

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Tour of Saint Louis

Last Sunday Nick and Molly took everyone on a tour of Saint Louis. They talked about the importance of Saint Louis in river trade and the Gateway Arch and what it symbolizes. Then they talked about the Saint Louis City Museum (a must see for any family traveling through Saint Louis!) and watched a short go pro video about it and looked at some pictures. Everyone was excited and we made our own City Museum inspired tunnel! We used duct tape, corrugated plastic sheets, sharpies and some found objects. After the service Cade and June came and got to enjoy it, too!

Many thanks to Austin Roberts for snapping some pictures of the adventure.

tunnel
 

 

 

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Tour of Maps

On Sunday, Susan Adamchak took us on a tour of maps. LOTS of maps. She read a wonderful book called “My Map Book” by Sara Fanelli.

map book

It had maps of the child’s bedroom, daily activities, family, and even the food in the child’s stomach! Susan gave everyone a map of Kansas and we found interesting markings showing where there are airports, parks, and cities. She showed us how to mark a map with pins to show where we’ve been. We even drew our own maps!

Susan reads to us.

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