CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: March, 2015


1. March calendar
  1a. Senior High, Coming of Age, and OWL gr. 7-9 calendar
  1b. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Judean Village begins March 22
4. Game night
5. Belize service-learning trip update
6. Bass Lake registration open

1. March, 2015, calendar
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

Sun., Mar. 8, 9:30 a.m.: Regular Sunday school
Girl Scout Sunday, contact Ann Hepenstal for details
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

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

Sun., Mar. 22, 9:30 a.m.: Judean Village
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL gr. K-1, OWL gr. 4-6: Potluck for all families!

Sun., Mar. 29, 9:30 a.m.: Judean Village

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG), Coming of Age (CoA), and OWL gr. 7-9 calendar:
Sun., Mar. 1, 6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Coming of Age

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

Sat., Mar. 14, 3-8 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

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

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

Sun., Mar. 29, 6:30 p.m.: Coming of Age (mentors invited)
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: OWL parent discussion

1b. Navigators
This month’s schedule for the Navigators bias-free scouting program may 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

There’s so much going on at UUCPA these days, you may find it hard to remember who’s in charge of what. Below is a listing of volunteers who run some of our key programs. (Note that this list does not include the more than 30 volunteer Sunday school teachers!) Email addresses are included in the emailed version of this newsletter.

Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee works on all programs at UUCPA for kids age 0-18 and their parents/guardians:
  Carmela Abraham — Chair
  Shannon Casey
  Heather Chen
  Edie Keating
  Beth R. Nord
  Dan Harper — ex officio

Staff for children and youth religious education:
  Rev. Dan Harper, Assoc. Minister of RE
  Hong Bui, R.E. Assistant
Childcare: to request child care for a UUCPA event, please email

Baby Journey monthly drop-in group: Linda Henigin
Bass Lake weekend: Diane Meier-Phelps
Belize service-learning trip coordinator: Anne Frahn
Coming of Age mentor coordinator: Alyssa Erickson
Community singing (first Sundays): Beth R. Nord
Fourth Sunday brunch: Edie Keating
Game night: Gloria Wong
Hotel de Zink shelter (in Sept.): Edie Keating
Navigators (alternative scouting group) leaders:
  Nathan Harris
  Ed Vail
OWL sexuality education coordinators:
  Gr. K-1 and 4-6 coordinator: Maribea Berry
  Gr. 7-9 coordinator: Jenny Robertson
Parent Journey monthly drop-ing group: Shannon Jones
Purple class field trip coordinator: Ann Hepenstal
Stevenson House lunches: Edie Keating
Youth advisors for Senior High Youth Group:
  Dan Harper
  Chris Jacobi
  Carol Steinfeld

It’s quite a list of volunteers and programs, isn’t it? If you’d like to help out with one of these programs, please contact one of the people above. And if you have an idea for a new program (and, yes, the time to make it happen) please contact Dan Harper or a member of the CYRE Committee!

See you next month,
Dan Harper


Judean Village program begins March 22

Beginning March 22, children in gr. K-5 travel back in time during Sunday school, to the year 29 C.E., in a small village in the land of Judea.

We gather in the village square, where the artisans and shopkeepers of the village (i.e., the Sunday school teachers) exchange gossip and rumors (gossip about what the hated tax collector has been up to this week, what the Roman overlords are doing, etc.), including rumors about the wandering rabbi named Jesus of Nazareth. This Jesus person is rumored to actually sit down to share meals with tax collectors (horrors!), and he is rumored to be planning some of resistance movement against Roman rule.

At the beginning of each Sunday session, all the children gather in the village square (Room 4/5). The Village Elder tells the children that they will get to be apprentices to shopkeepers and craftspeople. They might do a project with the Herb and Potions Maker, the Potter, the Weaver, the Scribe, or one of the other shopkeepers or artisans. Whichever shopkeeper they are with, they must remember that the evil Roman Empire rules over their land, so the children should be especially careful around those who work for the Roman Empire, like the Roman soldier and the tax collector!

This popular and fun program will continue through May 3 (though April 5 will be the intergenerational Easter service).


4. Game night

Do you like board games? Come on down for a casual potluck and game night. We’ll provide chicken, dal, and rice. Please bring your favorite games along with something to share, like a side dish, main dish, dessert or beverage.

Friday, March 20 from 5 to 9 pm in Fireside Room.

All ages welcome to this family-friendly event. Volunteers needed for set up and clean up. If you can help or for more information, please email Gloria Wong.


5. Belize service-learning trip

For the date of the next planning meeting for the Belize service-learning trip, please email trip coordinator Anne Frahn directly. Trip participants have decided that they will fly to Houston, Tex., on Fri., July 24, then fly from Houston to Belize on Sat., July 25. This trip is for youth entering high school in fall, 2015, and their parents. Trip participants will be working with the nonprofit Teachers for a Better Belize to provide volunteer labor to improve the facilities at several primary (K-8) schools.

Justine Burt is coordinating the crowdfunding page on Check out the video on this page featuring UUCPA youth — — Your donations will go to supply materials for this project through Teachers for a Better Belize.


6. Bass Lake registration open

Your favorite fun-filled long weekend comes early this year! Due to an anomaly in the 2015 calendar we’ll be kicking off the summer at Skylake Yosemite Camp, rather than being the last group at YCS for the season.

Please note that early, members-and-friends early registration is March 1-8. Submit/send a completed registration form and payment to the UUCPA office. If you did not receive a registration packet through the CRE Parents email list, you can get one from Diane Meier-Phelps.