CYRE newsletter

UUCPA RE newsletter: December, 2015


1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Adopt a Family
4. Guest at Your Table
5. New youth group schedule

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Dec. 6, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.: Intergenrational Posadas service
10:30 a.m.: Christmas carol singing, Fireside Room
7:00 p.m.: Family Orchestra, Main Hall

Thurs., Dec. 10, 6:00 p.m.: Celebrate Hanukah with Amy, Fireside Room

Sun., Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:15 p.m.: 2nd Sunday lunch

Sun., Dec. 20, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.: The No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

Thurs., Dec. 24, 6:30 and 8 p.m.: Christmas Eve candlelight services

Sun., Dec. 27, 9:30 a.m.: No Sunday school, child care available
(Dan will be preaching on the Silicon Valley teen suicides)

1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL)

Sun., Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.: SHYG
6:30: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30: OWL parent meeting with Dan Harper

Sun., Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m.: High school drop-in group
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Dec. 20, 9:30 a.m.: SHYG meeting
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Dec. 27, No youth meetings

N.B.: Coming of Age will begin meeting weekly as of Jan. 3.

1c. Navigators
Navigators is our bias-free scouting program. Junior Navigators is ages 7-11 (approx.), and Senior Navigators is 11-17. Both groups usually meet at 11:00 a.m. on first and third Sundays, but often do special activities. For meeting dates, please contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.


2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

It’s holiday season, and there’s lots of fun things to do with your children and teens at UUCPA this month.

There will be two fun intergenerational services this month. On Sun. Dec. 6, we’ll celebrate Posadas, a Hispanic tradition that involves lots of singing. On Sun. Dec. 20, we’ll have the annual No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant. Both these services are not just fun, they are meaningful and kids learn a lot from them.

Also on Dec. 6, we’ll have our annual Christmas carol sing-along from 10:30 to 11. And there’s more music on Dec. 6, because from 7-9 p.m. you can join the Family Orchestra; bring your instrument, easy music will be supplied.

And for even more music, children in Red, Yellow, and Green classes are learning two Christmas carols in class on Dec. 13, under the leadership of Paul Kostka. Then on Dec. 20, they get to stand up in front of the Main Hall, and sing the songs with the whole congregation joining in.

Come celebrate Hanukah with Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern, at 6:00 p.m. on Thurs. Dec. 10, in the Fireside Room. Light the menorah, hear the Hanukah story, eat latkes. For even more fun, show up in the kitchen at 4:00 p.m. to help make the latkes!

And celebrate the Winter Solstice at 7:00 p.m. on Tues. Dec. 22 in the Main Hall, with music, readings, lighting of candles, and of course lots of food.

Finally, don’t miss the Christmas Eve candlelight service at 6:30 and 8:00 on Thurs., Dec. 24. This is one of the favorite services of the year for me: see old friends, sing lots of familiar carols, light candles, what’s not to like?

See you soon,
Dan Harper


3. Adopt-a-Family

During this time of year, the image of light is found in many of our traditions and celebrations. Bringing light into darkness, teaching compassion and philanthropy, is key any time of year, but now in particular.

This is why this year the CYRE committee has joined the Bill Wilson Center Adopt-A-Family Program. We have “adopted” three foster children, all boys, ages 11, 13, and 14. The boys are not able to live with their parents due to issues of drug abuse and mental health, and the gifts from us will comprise the bulk (if not the whole) of their Christmas gifts.

The Program requests that each child receive gifts totaling no more than $200 (ranging between $100-200) to maintain equity among the children. I’ve included a list below of what the boys have requested as “tags,” as well as clothing sizes and favorite colors. You may sign-up online here.

None of the gifts can be wrapped, but they are welcoming the additional donation of gift bags. Please bring all donations to church by December 6 (please label your gift with the “tag” number). You can drop them off in the office.

The deadline for all donations is December 6. If you can’t drop the donations off by then please contact Kris Geering to make other arrangements.


4. Guest at Your Table

There’s still time for your family to participate in the Guest at Your Table program.

GAYT is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) annual program that highlights people around the world who have been helped by UUSC. Each year several are chosen and their stories are described in the pamphlet, “Stories of Hope,” available online here:

Click to access stories_of_hope_2015-2016.pdf

If you want to get the children involved, here’s what you can do: Pick up a Guest at Your Table box at UUCPA. These are small cardboard boxes that sit on your dinner table. Each night at dinner, have your children place some spare change into the box — perhaps the amount that their evening meal would cost for one more person. Emphasize to the children that everyone joining together in a small way can bring about changes in a big way.

The boxes should be returned to the church office by Sunday, Dec. 20. You can count up the money you have collected, and submit a check made out to “UUCPA” with “Guest at Your Table” on the memo line.

Questions? Contact Beth Nord, this year’s Guest at Your Table Coordinator.


5. The new youth group schedule

Several people attended the meeting on Nov. 8 to talk about the new youth group schedule, and a few people filled out the online form. Although having youth group meetings at two different times felt “fragmented,” families appreciated having the flexibility to be able to attend youth group meeting either Sunday morning or Sunday evening. Furthermore, some families could only come Sunday mornings, while others could only come Sunday evenings. So we will continue with the two different meeting times for the rest of this year.

Therefore, the Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) will meet as follows:
— at 6:30 p.m. on the 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sundays (except not on Dec. 27)
— at 9:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sundays

The “drop-in” group will continue to meet at 9:30 a.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays (except not on Dec. 27) — this is a less structured group with adult chaperones.