UUCPA RE newsletter: August, 2012

Contents:
1. August calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Coming of Age program for 2012-2013
4. Summer Sunday school for August
5. Service opportunity for families with children
6. All Ages BBQ and TNT Saturday, August 4

1. August calendar
In August, we return to having two services at 9:30 and 11:00. Summer Sunday school is offered during the 9:30 service, and child care is available during the 11:00 service.

Sat., August 4, 5:30 p.m.: Barbeque and TNT (see below)
Sat., August 25, 11:45 a.m.: Service opportunity for families with children (see below).
Sat., Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m.: All Ages Playground BBQ

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

I love our summer Sunday school. It’s one of the few times when we don’t separate children in grades K-6 out into different age groups. While it’s important for kids to spend time with other children their own age, it’s also important for children to learn how to spend time with kids of different ages. Older children often enjoy feeling older and wiser, and without knowing it they are also learning how to help and look after younger kids. And younger children sometimes learn better when they can watch how the older kids do things.

I also like summer Sunday school because it’s more relaxed. One of our four big educational goals is to have fun and build community. Summer Sunday school is a time when we make a great deal of progress towards this goal. We want kids to have fun and make friends at UUCPA, not only because it makes it easier for you to get your kids to come on Sunday mornings, but also because we want kids to know that being part of a religious community is both fun and a good way to build connections with others.

Hope to see you and your kids some Sunday in August! — Dan

3. Coming of Age program for 2012-2013

UUCPA’s Coming of Age program is an opportunity for young people in 8th and 9th grades (approx. age 13-15) to explore their own religious and spiritual identity. The program includes fun and challenging activities over the course of nine months, and culminates with a Sunday morning service led by the young people in the program.

Coming of Age is the Unitarian Universalist equivalent of traditional Christian confirmations, or Jewish bar and bat mitzvahs. Since we are Unitarian Universalists, we do not ask young people to ascribe to any specific beliefs. Instead, we challenge them to figure out who they are, and what their place is in their immediate community, and in the wider world.

If you are the parent of a young person, and have filled out a Sunday school registration form for that young person, you will soon receive specific information about the program via email — keep an eye out for it! If you are not sure if your child is in our files, let Dan Harper know via email — danharper@uucpa.org.

4. Summer Sunday school for August

You can find a list of Summer Sunday School topics online at the following URL: http://uucpa.org/cre/2012_Summer_Program.html

However, there may be changes in the topics, as we continue to think up new and fun projects to do with kids. Come and be surprised!

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 on Saturday, August 25. 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 11:45, 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 Oct. 6, and four Saturdays to be determined in 2013.

6. All Ages BBQ and TNT Saturday, August 4

Come to the All-Ages Barbeque and Talent – No Talent show on Saturday, August 4. Appetizers at 5:30, dinner at 6:00. The organizers provide the basic meal and ask a small contribution (suggested contribution $4 adult $2 kids, but pay what you can is fine). Please bring a side dish to share, or just show up. We dine by the UUCPA playground (behind Rooms 4/5) so the children can play!

Our TNT (Talent – No Talent) show starts around 6:45. It is is open to all. Short performances please, 2 or 3 minutes per person or per group. Last year we were treated to a few lovely songs, a five year old ballerina, jokes, poems, and more.

Menu:
Grilled hotdogs, chicken, hamburgers, veggie burgers
Side salads
Water, lemonade, wine
Marshmallows and s’more makings

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