CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: November, 2014


1. November calendar
1a. Senior High and Coming of Age calendar
1b. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Dan Harper on sabbatical in November
4. Children’s Choir in November

1. November calendar

Sun., Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
9:30 a.m.: Children’s Choir rehearsal
10:30 a.m.: Community sing-along, Fireside Room

Sun., Nov. 9, 9:30: Regular Sunday school
9:30 a.m.: Children’s Choir rehearsal
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
9:30 a.m.: Children’s Choir rehearsal

Sun., Nov. 23, 9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational service
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) and OWL calendar:

Sun., Nov. 2, 6:30 p.m.: CoA

Sun., Nov. 9, 9:20-12:30: SHYG sells pies at both services
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sat., Nov. 15, 6:00 p.m.: SHYG runs “Kids’ Auction”
Sun., Nov. 16, 9:20-12:30: SHYG sells pies at both services
6:30 p.m.: CoA

Sat., Nov. 22, 7 p.m.: SHYG pie-baking
Sun., Nov. 23: 9:30-12:30: SHYG delivers pies at both services

Sun., Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: CoA

1b. Navigators

For this month’s schedule for the Navigators bias-free scouting program, contact Nathan Harris OR Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

I’d like to remind you about the importance of one of the key components of our religious education program — intergenerational services.

In a society that promotes the segregation of ages, kids learn how to interact with older kids, adults, and elders. Intergenerational services teach kids (and remind adults) that in intergenerational settings, no one age group gets to have everything they want, so you have to learn how to put up with the needs of other age groups. This is not only an essential skill for voluntary communities like ours, it is also an essential skill for living in a democratic society.

Our worship services also provide direct and participatory multi-media experiences of the arts. We make music together by singing hymns and songs. We get to listen to professional and talented amateur musicians, playing in genres like world music, folk and singer-songwriter, classical, Broadway and jazz, and more. We get to hear our senior minister, Amy Zucker Morgenstern, deliver those spoken word pieces historically known as sermons. And unlike typical performances, our worship services break down the barriers between performers and audience, so that ultimately everyone in the room is a participant.

Most importantly, our worship services let children and teens participate in a face-to-face community where we commit ourselves to the highest and best values of humanity. We come together to transform ourselves, to be transformed by others, and to figure out how to transform the rest of the world for the better.

I know it is not always easy for kids to sit through intergenerational services. We always offer child care for those kids who can’t make it all the way through a service, and the lobby is a great place to hang out with toddlers and preschoolers who need to move around and make a little noise. Yet I encourage you to help children learn how to participate in our worship services, so they can benefit from intergenerational contact, from direct experience of the arts, and from the highest human values.

See you soon,
Rev. Dan Harper


3. Dan Harper on sabbatical in November

Dan Harper is 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.

More info about Dan’s sabbatical is online here.


4. Children’s Choir in November

The Children’s Choir will continue to meet in the Choir Room during the regular Sunday school time, from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., on November 2, November 9, and November 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.

Children may join the Children’s Choir up through the Nov. 2 rehearsal. After that date, please consult with choir director Bruce Olstad.