UUCPA RE newsletter: March, 2012

Contents:
1. March calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Service opportunity for families with children
4. Family dinner on March 3
5. Workshop on special needs kids and Sunday school

1. March calendar

Sat., Mar. 3, 11:30 a.m.: Service opportunity for families with children (see below).
Sat., Mar. 3, 5-7 p.m.: Family dinner at UUCPA (see below).
Tues., Mar. 6, 7:15 p.m.: Children and Youth Religious Education Committee meeting. Contact Heather Chen, chair.
Sun., Mar. 11, 11 a.m.: Parent Journey, discussion/conversation group for parents. Child care provided.
Sat., Mar. 17, 9:30-4:30, UUCPA hosts a Bay Area training on integrating special needs kids into Sunday school (see below).
Sun., Mar. 25, 10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday Brunch, served by Edie Keating and the “Teal” Sunday school class.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Sometimes I think we do too much at UUCPA. Look at the calendar for this month — Sunday school every week, a service opportunity, a family dinner, a brunch, a workshop on special needs, Parent Journey. We are ambitious people here in Silicon Valley.

What I hope for you is that it doesn’t feel like too much. I hope that UUCPA feels like a refuge for you. Yes, UUCPA relies on volunteers to run most of its programs. But I always try to make sure that volunteer jobs are limited — so I try to set thing up such that when you sign up to teach Sunday school, you never teach every week, which should allow you to attend services in the Main Hall.

Even though we have a full calendar this month, everything is optional, and most events require a minimum of preparation on your part. If you come to the family dinner on March 3, you don’t have to bring anything. If you want to help serve lunch at Stevenson House, no preparation is required. If you want to come to Parent Journey and talk with other parents, just come — and UUCPA will provide child care.

Obviously, if you’re looking for leadership opportunities, you can find them at UUCPA. But if you’re looking for a quiet refuge, you can find that at UUCPA as well. (And as always, if life feels too complicated and you just want someone to talk with, I’d be happy to set up a phone appointment or a face-to-face appointment with you — just email me at my church email address.)

Hope to see you Sunday mornings!

Cheers, Dan

Rev. Dan Harper, Assoc. Minister of Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, California
“Transforming ourselves, each other, and the world.”

3. Service opportunity for families with children

You and your children can help serve lunch at Stevenson House, the federally-subsidized elder housing complex next door to UUCPA. Stevenson House only provides meals on weekdays, so congregations in the area have gotten together to serve meals every Saturday. UUCPA will be serving lunch this Saturday, March 3. We already have people signed up to prepare the meal, and now we need friendly children and adults to serve the meal.

Anyone age 5 and up may help serve meals. We also need greeters to welcome people in the dining room, and go around and chat — greeters can be babies on up (though infants and toddlers should bring a parent to carry them around). Please let Edie Keating know if plan to come and help serve lunch (her email address is in your email version of this newsletter)

Park in the UUCPA parking lot at 11:30, walk over the bridge across the creek to Stevenson House, and follow the path to the main building where you’ll easily find the kitchen.

If you can’t make it this Saturday, plan ahead for upcoming Stevenson House lunches! We’ll be serving lunch again on May 5, Aug. 25, and Oct. 6.

4. Family dinner at UUCPA, Saturday, March 3

This is a low-stress, no-prep way to enjoy a social occasion with other UUCPA parents and kids. Soup, bread, and salad are provided — all you have to do is show up. Meet in the Main Hall from 5-7.

If you want to bring something, you can bring a dessert to share, but it’s not necessary. Just show up!

5. Workshop on special needs kids and Sunday school

UUCPA is hosting a great workshop for the whole Bay area, and if you want to attend, the congregation will pay your registration fee. You may want to attend if you’re teaching Sunday school, or have a special needs child, or are just interested in the topic. Here’s the workshop description:

We are delighted to bring in Sally Patton to the Pacific Central District to conduct her “Involve Training” to help us create more welcoming communities for all families. This will be a one day workshop for religious educators, ministers, teachers, lay leaders and parents who are looking for guidance in pastoral and congregational care, and are seeking effective assessment tools, teaching strategies, sensitivity training and hands-on activities which support the compassionate inclusion of our special needs children into full congregational life.

Please join us: Saturday, March 17th, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto.

Register by March 12 with Rev. Lisa Wiggins — her email address is in your email version of this newsletter. (If you register, just tell Lisa that UUCPA will pay your registration fee, and Dan will take care of it for you.)

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