CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: April, 2015


1. April 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 continues
4. Purple class in April
5. Ecojustice Camp June 22-26
6. Children’s Choir in April
7. UUCPA Youth Ministry Town Hall meeting May 10
8. Easter egg hunt Sunday, April 5, after the service

1. February, 2015, calendar
Sun., Apr. 5, 9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Easter service
10:30 a.m.: Easter egg hunt

Sun., Apr. 12, 9:30 a.m.: Judean Village
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey (drop-in group)
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Apr. 19, 9:30 a.m.: Judean Village
12:30: UUCPA annual meeting

Sun., Apr. 26, 9:30 a.m.: Judean Village; Purple class prepares Morris dance
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
10:30 a.m.: Maypole and Morris dancing

Sun., May 3, 9:30 a.m.: Judean Village

1a. Senior High Youth Group (SHYG), Coming of Age (CoA), and OWL gr. 7-9 calendar:
Sun., Apr. 5, 6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: Coming of Age

Sat., Apr. 11, 3-8 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Apr. 12, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
NO OWL gr. 7-9 today!

Sun., Apr. 19, 6:30 p.m.: Coming of Age led by Rev. Amy Morgenstern
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Apr. 26, 6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: OWL parents: STD and contraception update for parents

1b. Navigators
Navigators is our bias-free scouting program. 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’ll be on sabbatical in the month of April. I plan to work on developing curriculum, particularly curriculum on ecology and ecojustice. Since I won’t be around all month — I look forward to seeing you again in May!

See you next month,
Dan Harper


3. Judean Village program continues

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.

Children become “apprentices” in the village, and get to choose projects with the Herb and Potions Maker, the Potter, the Weaver, the Scribe, or one of the other shopkeepers or artisans. This popular and fun program will continue through May 3. Look for a grand finale on May 3!


4. Purple class in April

The Purple class which visits other faith communities will meet on April 12 and 19. Middle schoolers not wanting to participate in that class may join the Judean Village — the “shopkeepers” are always glad to have assistance from middle schoolers.

On April 26, Paul Kostka and Robert Neff will meet with all interested middle schoolers. Robert and Paul will teach a raucous Morris dance, which involves whacking large sticks together. They they will perform the dance during social hour.


5. Ecojustice Camp June 22-26

EcoJustice Camp is now open to grades 2-5. We are planning to cook on rocket stoves, learn safe use of woods tools, take field trips to nearby nature preserves, camp overnight, and more!

For registration information, visit:


6. Children’s Choir in April

Attention children and parents: New children’s choir begins Sunday, April 12
Do you love to sing? Did you enjoy singing in the children’s choir last fall — or miss out on it? Our new musical Sunday school class begins on April 12. This alternative Sunday school group will be led by UUCPA’s wonderful music director, Bruce Olstad.

All children aged 6 and up are invited to meet in the Choir Room, 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. (regular Sunday School time), on April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3.

After singing together each of these four weeks, the Children’s Choir will sing in the Flower Communion service on May 10, at both 9:30 and 11 (choir members may leave the 11 a.m. service after their piece early in the service).

Bruce works frequently with children as a staff member of the acclaimed Ragazzi Boys Chorus, in opera performances, and as a Teaching Artist in “Book to Bravo!”, the San Francisco Opera Guild’s program at Ohlone Elementary School in Palo Alto. Singers praise him for making singing together fun while helping them make beautiful music. The children who were in the group last fall had a great time, so if you love to sing, grab this chance! Any questions, e-mail Bruce at


7. UUCPA Youth Ministry Town Hall meeting May 10

Dan Harper and members of the CYRE Committee will present a town hall meeting on our UUCPA ministries with youth. UUCPA has made it a priority to support adolescent health and spirituality. Come hear the ministries and programs we now have (we probably have more than you know about). We will talk honestly about the reality of our financial and volunteer resources.

And come tell us how UUCPA might be able to further support you (if you’re a teen), or your child and family (if you’re a parent), or the wider community.

There will be two of these town hall meetings, one after each service — exact times and locations will be announced later.


8. Easter egg hunt Sunday, April 5, after the first service

The Easter egg hunt is this Sunday, April 5th on the playground behind Rooms 4/5 after the first service. Easter is an intergenerational service, so we hope most children will enjoy staying in service with their parents, but childcare is available in room 1-2 for children who need to move around more.

Interested youngsters are encouraged to bring a small Easter egg basket (we will have extras on hand). Gather after the 9:30am service at the playground entrance to get organized by age before the hunt begins. Young-at-heart spectators are also welcome to come enjoy the fun.

If you want to help with the Easter Egg Hunt, you can:
* bring a dozen hard boiled, decorated eggs (drop off no later than 10:15am at entrance to playground) AND/OR
* a dozen plastic eggs stuffed with small candies or stickers — Please, no items containing nuts!
* loose foil-wrapped candies (such as chocolate eggs) that can be hidden individually (fair trade is preferred!)
* bring a couple of extra baskets for kids to use who forget theirs (clearly marked with your name so that we can get it back to you).

Please contact Heather Chen if you are planning to bring decorated eggs so that we can plan accordingly.

Looking forward to a fun hunt!