UUCPA RE newsletter: October, 2012

Contents:
1. October calendar
  1a. Senior High and Coming of Age calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Community-building dinners
4. Free tickets to Aquarium of the Bay
5. Room changes for Red, Yellow, and Green classes
6. Last chance for Coming of Age

1. October calendar

Sun., Oct. 14, 11-12: Parent Journey discussion group
Sun., Oct. 21, 5-7 p.m.: Community-building dinner #1 (see below)
Sun., Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.: 4th Sunday brunch
    10:30 a.m.: Hallowe’en parade, wear your costume!
    11:00 a.m.: Optional teacher workshop
    5-7 p.m.: Community-building dinner #2 (see below)

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and Coming of Age (CoA) calendar:
Sat., Sept. 29, 6:00 p.m.: CoA @ Hotel de Zink
Sun., Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
Sun., Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.: CoA
Sun., Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
Sat., Oct. 20 – Sun., Oct. 21: CoA overnight
Sun., Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Why is Sunday school such an enduring institution? After all, there are plenty of other excellent activities our children can spend their time on. Back in 1970, a historian concluded that one of the things that makes Sunday school from all those other activities is that it is one of the few places in U.S. society where children can talk openly about death.

I’d expand that answer a little bit more. Sunday school is one of the few places in U.S. society where it’s acceptable to talk about the biggest questions that face us human beings. In Sunday school, we can talk about the meaning of life, death, suffering, evil, truth, and beauty.

That’s why I think one of the most important things we do in Sunday school is what we call “check-in,” where children have a chance to tell one good thing and one bad thing that has happened to them in the past week. This is done differently at different age levels, of course — preschoolers point to a happy face or a sad face, while high school youth talk in depth about what’s going on in their lives.

Once last month when I was teaching Sunday school, I left out check-in, and the children stopped me. “Don’t we get to say a good thing and a bad thing like we always do?” one child said, and then when her turn came she had something pretty important to tell. That reminded me how important it can be for children to feel that they have a place where they can talk about what’s going on in their lives.

Actually, the same is true for us adults! We, too, need a place in our lives where we can talk openly about both the pains and the joys of life. That’s why we have Parent Journey, and Chalice Circles — so we, too, can have small groups where we can talk about both the good things and the bad things.

— Dan Harper

3. CYRE Community-building dinner

You’re invited to a community-building dinner for UUCPA’s CYRE families. You can attend either on Sunday October 21 or Sunday October 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. UUCPA will provide the dinner, and parents and children can eat together. Once dinner is over, the kids can play (childcare will be provided) and parents will have a chance to talk to each other and Rev. Dan Harper about what’s important to them at the church.

This has been a popular event in past years, and we hope you can come. If you can’t come on either date above, or you would rather leave the kids at home and come to an adults-only dinner, let her know that and she’ll work with you to arrange a different date. Questions? Call Susan Owicki, or use the contact form below.

If you can attend, please email Susan Owicki, saying which date(s) work for you, and the ages of your children. You can do this with the contact form below — we’ll forward your message to Susan!

4. Free tickets to Aquarium of the Bay

Thanks to UUCPA member Ben Hammett, Dan Harper has 40 free tickets to give away for Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco. He will give them away on Sunday mornings beginning October 7 (it usually takes two Sundays to give them all away). Please check the Aquarium of the Bay Web site to see how many general admission tickets your family will need (some children may get in free).

5. Room changes for Red, Yellow, and Green classes

— 24 children are registered for Green class (gr. 2-3), and their present classroom, Room 6, is too small. So Green class will move to Room 4/5 (which is a double room) as of September 30. Yellow class (gr. K-1) has 10 children registered, and they will move to Room 6. There will be adults to direct children to the correct room, but parents/guardians may want to tell children in advance so there is no surprise.

— Beginning September 30, 2012, Red class will meet in Room 1, instead of in Room 2/3. Room 2/3 is too big for the number of children we have in Red class. Plus, Room 2/3 is primarily for child care, and we need to give Red class their own room. This should be better for everyone, but if you have any problems, please contact Dan Harper (email him, or use the contact form below).

6. Last chance for Coming of Age

If your child is in grades 8-10, and would like to participate in the Coming of Age program — he or she can still join the program. Either show up this Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6-10 p.m. to help make dinner for Hotel de Zink, the homeless shelter currently housed at UUCPa, or contact Dan Harper as soon as possible (email him, or use the contact form below).

Have questions about anything in this newsletter? Use the contact form below!

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