CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: March, 2013

March, 2013, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at UUCPA


1. March calendar
   1a. Senior High and Coming of Age calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Save the date for the Bass Lake trip
4. Save the date for an April social event
5. Navigators scouting program to begin at UUCPA

1. March calendar
   Sun., Mar. 31, 9:30 and 11:00: Intergenerational Easter services
      10:30 a.m.: Easter egg hunt

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and Coming of Age (CoA) calendar:
   Sun., Mar. 3, 6:30 p.m.: CoA
   Sun., Mar. 10, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
   Sun., Mar. 17, 6:30 p.m.: CoA
   Sun., Mar. 24, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
   Sun., Mar. 31, 6:30 p.m.: Possible CoA meeting, watch your email for details

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

This is the time of year when UUCPA has its major fundraising effort. The new fiscal year begins on May 1, and prior to that members and friends of the congregation make annual pledges for financial support.

The money we give to UUCPA does a lot for us, and for the community. Our donations pay for building maintenance, so that we have a place to meet — and our building also serves as an important resource for many community groups, including twelve step groups, social justice meetings, and Hotel de Zink, the rotating homeless shelter that stays at UUCPA every September. Our donations also go towards staff salaries, including our custodian, our secretary, our administrator, our child care workers, etc.

The bulk of our operating budget is funded by our donations. We don’t get any money from the government, or from other outside sources, except for some income from renting our building. Because members and friends are so generous, we can provide free child care for infants and toddlers so tired parents can enjoy some adult contact; provide free comprehensive sexuality education programs open to the community, including free text books; provide excellent Sunday school programs that train our kids to be freethinkers and good world citizens.

I just made my pledge to UUCPA. I believe strongly in our mission. I’ve seen the tired parents of infants dozing on the patio while their child is in child care. I’ve talked to homeless people who feel welcomed by our congregation in September. I’ve watched our kids learn and grow into fabulous young adults. I like supporting this institution that supports so many other people.

If you want to learn more about annual giving at UUCPA, visit:

— Dan
(Rev. Dan Harper)

3. Save the date for the Bass Lake trip

Please mark your calendars now for our annual long weekend “mini-vacation” at Bass Lake, near the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. This year’s dates are September 12th-15th. Co-chairs this year will be Diane Meier Phelps and Mark Freeman Williams.

More information will be available soon. Early registration for UUCPA members opens May 12th.

4. Save the date for an April social event

Brooke Bishara, member of the Membership Committee and parent of Grace and Manny, writes:

“Just a heads up to let you all know that the first annual All-Church Dance is coming up on Saturday, April 20th in the Main Hall. Paul Kostka (parent of John, Sarah, Emma, and James) and his Irish band will be playing tunes, and Bob Fraley will be calling the steps. The night is being sponsored by the Membership and Growth Committee and the Religious Education Committee.

“This will be a community dance for all ages, even the little ones. Expect silly moves and delightful tunes, all designed to lift your mood and inspire pure fun! A pizza dinner (free!) will be provided at 5, with the action starting at 6. Mark your calendars — you won’t want to miss it!”

5. Navigators scouting program to begin at UUCPA

A chapter of Navigators USA is now forming at UUCPA. The chapter will start out by offering the Junior Navigators program for boys and girls aged 7-10. Navigators USA chapters welcome everyone, no matter what gender, race, lifestyle, ability, religious or lack of religious belief. The mission of Navigators is as follows: “Our mission is to teach future generations how to navigate the challenges of living outdoors while navigating the conflicts that arise through human interaction.”

Meetings will take place on Sunday afternoons twice a month, with monthly outdoors activities. The first chapter meeting is planned for early April. To find out more, visit the Navigators USA in Palo Alto Web site here.