UUCPA RE newsletter: February, 2015

Contents:

1. February calendar
1a. Senior High, Coming of Age, and OWL gr. 7-9 calendar
1b. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. UUCPA Babysitting on Valentine’s Day
4. Rev. Dan Harper on sabbatical in February

1. February, 2015, calendar
Sun., Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational service
10:30 a.m.: Community sing-along, Fireside Room
10:45 a.m.: Baby Journey (drop-in group)
11:00-1:00: OWL gr. K-1, OWL gr. 4-6 (note double length session)

Sun., Feb. 8, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey (drop-in group)
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL gr. K-1, OWL gr. 4-6

Sat.. Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m.: Valentine’s Day babysitting service (see below)

Sun., Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
NO OWL gr. K-1, or OWL gr. 4-6 today!

Sun., Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL gr. K-1, OWL gr. 4-6

Sun., Mar. 1, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Community sing-along, Fireside Room
10:45 a.m.: Baby Journey (drop-in group)
11:00 a.m.: OWL gr. K-1, OWL gr. 4-6

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG), Coming of Age (CoA), and OWL gr. 7-9 calendar:
Sun., Feb. 1, 6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
NO Coming of Age (due to Superbowl)

Sat., Feb. 14, 3-8 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6-10 p.m.: SHYG babysitting

Sun., Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: 6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m.: Coming of Age led by Rev. Amy Morgenstern
NO OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30: OWL, gr. 7-9

Sun., Mar. 1, 6:30 p.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

1b. Navigators
This month’s schedule for the Navigators bias-free scouting program will be different than usual due to the OWL program for this age group. For this month’s schedule, please contact Nathan Harris OR Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

I’m getting excited about UUCPA’s new EcoJustice Camp, which we will offer for grades 3-5 on June 22-26.

First of all, I’m excited because I believe that environmental problems are probably the most important problems the human race faces right now. Global climate change, toxic substances in the environment, and other environmental problems are already harming human communities (especially people of color, and people with lower incomes). Ecojustice Camp will be a chance for us adults to pass on to kids the important belief that humans can have a positive impact on each other, and on the natural world.

I’m also excited because I’ve been talking with Dr. Roy King, former professor of psychiatry at Stanford, now in process to become a UU minister. Roy is on the camp’s board of advisors, and recently I sat down to talk with him about the camp. I asked him if he thought “nature deficit disorder” was real. “Oh yes!” he said. He strongly believes that kids need to spend time in nature for their emotional and spiritual well-being. And that’s one of the things Ecojustice Camp will provide for kids — time to connect with the natural world.

Third, I’m excited because EcoJustice Camp represents more innovative programming here at UUCPA. We keep experimenting with new programs, trying to meet the needs of kids, while passing on our UU values, and fitting into the schedules of busy families. I think our innovation is paying off. Not only did enrollment in our programs grow by over 25% from calendar year 2013 to calendar year 2014, but I’m hearing from families that they are increasingly happy with UUCPA’s program offerings for children and teens.

I’ll be taking a month of sabbatical time in February, and part of what I’ll be doing is developing curriculum materials for EcoJustice Camp. I hope you’ll support this innovative effort by signing up your kids, and/or telling your friends with kids in grades 3-5 to check out the camp Web site at http://www.ecojusticecamp.com.

See you next month,
Dan Harper

 

3. UUCPA Babysitting on Valentine’s Day

Want to go out on Saturday, February 14, without the kids? The Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) will babysit your children and feed them dinner from 6 and 10 p.m. for a reasonable rate, and all proceeds will go to support the SHYG service trip.

Hourly rate is $15 an hour for the first child, and $5 an hour for each additional child. This includes a pizza dinner, games and fun, and a movie. Four experienced high school babysitters plus two adults will be on duty at all times.

You can sign up for this service during social hour during the next two Sundays. Sign up soon — space is limited!

 

4. Rev. Dan Harper on sabbatical in February

Dan will be taking a month of sabbatical in February. During this time, he will not be in his office or checking email. If you need to contact him during February, please contact Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, who will know how to reach him. Dan will return to UUCPA on March 1.

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