CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: October, 2014


1. October calendar
1a. Senior High and Coming of Age calendar
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Dan Harper on sabbatical in November
4. New children’s choir begins Oct. 26
5. Halloween parade Oct. 26
6. Coming of Age dinner meeting Oct. 18

1. October calendar

Sun., Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Community sing-along, Fireside Room

Sun., Oct. 12, 9:30: Regular Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school

Sun., Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
9:45 a.m.: First meeting of the new children’s choir (see below)
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch and Halloween parade (see below)

Sat., Nov. 1: Dan Harper begins a month of sabbatical (see below)

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and Coming of Age (CoA) calendar:

Sun., Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m.: CoA

Sun., Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sat., Oct. 18, 7-10:30 p.m.: CoA dinner meeting (see below)

Sun., Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m.: NO Coming Age

Sun., Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

In September, 2014, attendance in our children and youth programs was 45% higher than the same month the previous year. On August 24, we had the highest single-Sunday attendance in the five years I’ve been at UUCPA, with 85 children and youth present.

I think it’s safe to say that we’re growing.

I think we’re growing because we offer fun programs for children and youth, programs which have serious content, and which are led by volunteers who are good adult role models. Kids have fun, and parents like what their children are learning and doing.

We’ve hit one or two bumps on this road to growth. Some of our classrooms have been a little crowded. We’re still short-staffed in our middle school class, our Coming of Age class, and the Senior High Youth Group (even though we now have more volunteers than we had all last year). There have been some other bumps in the road as well.

Please be patient while we — the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee, the volunteer teachers, and I — smooth over the bumps in the road. As I write this, we’re in the process of reconfiguring classrooms so we can fit more people more comfortably. And if you’re not yet volunteering, please tell us what talents and skills you can offer.

Both kids and their parents tell me that UUCPA is making a difference in the lives of children and youth. We are transforming lives. No wonder we are growing!

See you soon,
Rev. Dan Harper


3. Dan Harper on sabbatical in November

Dan Harper will be on sabbatical in the month of November. During that time, he will not be engaging in routine duties.

— If you have a pastoral concern or need to see a minister during November, please make an appointment with Rev. Amy Zucker-Morgenstern.

— The Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee can answer questions about programs and policies. The members of the CYRE Committee are: Carmela Abraham, chair, Heather Chen, Shannon Casey, Edie Keating, and Beth Nord.

— Hong Bui, the Religious Education Assistant, will be available as usual to help support teachers and advisors with supplies, class email lists, registration information, etc.

— Members of the Sabbatical Committee can answer questions about Dan’s sabbatical. The members of the committee are Wynne Furth, Castor Fu, and Amelia Shaw.


4. New children’s choir begins Oct. 26

Does your child love to sing? All children aged 6 and up are invited to join a musical Sunday school class, which will meet in the Choir Room during the regular Sunday school time, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., on four Sundays, October 26, November 2, November 9, and November 16.

This alternative Sunday school group will be a Children’s Choir led by UUCPA’s wonderful music director, Bruce Olstad. After singing together each week from Oct. 26 to Nov. 16, the Children’s Choir will sing in both intergenerational services on November 23 (choir members will sing near the beginning of the 11 a.m. service, and they may leave that service after singing). After November 23, all children will rejoin their regular Sunday school groups.

Amy, Dan and Bruce have planned this program to incorporate music education into religious education, and to bring our children’s voices into the services. Bruce works frequently with children as a staff member of the acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus, and in opera performances, and receives much acclaim for making singing together fun as well as helping singers sound their best.


5. Halloween parade Oct. 26

The annual Halloween parade will take place on Sunday, October 26, at the 10:30 social hour (between the two services). Children and adults are invited to participate in this informal event. Wear your costume that Sunday morning, and during social hour those in costume will line up and parade in a line so everyone can admire you.


6. Coming of Age dinner meeting Oct. 18

The Coming of Age group will meet on Saturday, October 18, to cook dinner together and try some spiritual practices. Unfortunately, the Coming of Age group will *not* spend the night at UUCPA, as originally planned — the Coming of Age program is still short-staffed (see “From the Associate Minister of Religious Education” above), and we just didn’t have quite enough volunteers. However, we will still have a fun and important session together. (Coming of Age families will be receiving a separate email about this.)