UUCPA RE newsletter: May, 2012

Contents:
1. May calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Intergenerational Flower Communion
4. Intergenerational Peace Experiments service
5. Service opportunity for families with children
6. Family dinner on March 3
7. CYRE Newsletter online

1. May calendar

Tues., May 1, 7:15 p.m.: Children and Youth Religious Education Committee meeting. Contact Heather Chen, chair
Sat., May 5, 11:30 a.m.: Service opportunity for families with children (see below).
   and from 5-7 p.m.: Family dinner at UUCPA (see below).
Sunday, May 6: “Peace Experiments” continues. Maypole dancing, and middle school Morris dancers after the first service, ice cream social.
Sunday, May 13: Intergenerational Flower Communion service (see below)
   and from 11-noon: Parent Journey. Contact: Kristen-Marie Freeman Williams
Sunday, May 20: Intergenerational “Peace Experiments” service (see below)
   and at 12:30: Open meeting to plan for next year’s Coming of Age program for gr. 8-9.
Sunday, May 27: No Sunday school, child care only.

N.B.: Sunday, May 13, is the last Sunday for the SUnday evening OWL program.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

April was a fun month in our children and youth religious education programs.

On Easter, children stayed in the main service so they could hear our Unitarian Universalist opinions about this holiday, and also so they could learn how to be part of an intergenerational service. After the first service, we had our usual Easter egg hunt, during which I enjoyed watching the big kids helping the little kids fill up their Easter baskets; it’s nice when the big kids grow up and realize that they get the most fun from helping the little kids. Easter was one of those Sunday where I think everyone (or nearly everyone) had fun.

Since Easter, the spring project, “Peace Experiments,” has been going well: kids and their adult leaders are experiencing peaceful ways of being together — and having fun.

And the young people participating in our Sunday evening OWL comprehensive sexuality education course for grades 7-9 have been learning and growing — and having fun.

This is what I hope for in our congregation: that you can come on Sundays, that everyone will have a chance to learn and grow, and that everyone will have fun.

— Dan

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

3. Intergenerational Flower Communion

The Flower Communion service was invented by Unitarians in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. It is one of our very own religious rituals, one that celebrates the interconnection between all people, and one that children typically enjoy.

4. Intergenerational “Peace Experiments” service

The “Peace Experiments” program will culminate in an intergenerational service on May 20. During the service, the whole congregation will get to see some of the products of the “Peace Experiments” program: a quilt with squares made by our children, cookies baked by our children, etc.

Some children will be invited to participate in the service. If your child is one of these, Dan will contact you to make sure it fits into your schedule.

5. 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, May 5. 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). You can Edie Keating know if you plan to come and help serve lunch, or just show up!

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 Aug. 25 and Oct. 6.

6. Family dinner at UUCPA, Saturday, May 5

This is a low-stress, no-prep way to enjoy a social occasion with other UUCPA parents and kids. Pasta, fixings, salad are provided — all you have to do is show up. Meet in Room 4/5 from 5-7.

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

7. CYRE Newsletter online

Newsletters will be posted here soon after subscribers receive them via email.

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