CYRE newsletter for March, 2016

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Party for Pari (March 13)
4. Girl Scout Sunday (March 13)
5. Annual Easter egg hunt (March 27)
6. Easter intergenerational service (March 27)
7. Register now for Ecojustice Camp

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Mar. 6:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Community singing

Sun., Mar. 13:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Party for Pari
11:00 a.m.: Parent Journey
12:15 p.m.: 2nd Sunday lunch

Sun., Mar. 20:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Mar. 27:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Easter service
10:30 a.m.: Easter egg hunt, 4th Sunday brunch

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

Sun., Mar. 6:
9:30 a.m.: SHYG
9:30 a.m.: Coming of Age meets for field trip
6:30: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Mar. 13:
9:30 a.m.: High school drop-in group
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Mar. 20:
9:30 a.m.: SHYG
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9

Sun., Mar. 27:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Easter service, no high school drop-in group
11:00 a.m.: Intergenerational Easter service, no Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

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.

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2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Here’s why you should not tune out this year’s annual fundraising drive at UUCPA:

We’re in the middle of our fundraising drive. So far the response rate is low. We’re all super busy and overwhelmed with information. Besides, UUCPA is obviously in good shape financially, so no one is feeling any urgency.

But —

The new fiscal year begins May 1. The Board of Trustees will set the 2016-2017 budget at their meeting on March 22. The Board relies on pledges to project revenue for next fiscal year.

If too many people forget to pledge, the Board must make budget cuts. That might mean no pay raises for our hard-working child care staff and RE Assistant (I don’t mind if I don’t get a cost of living increase, but I would be very sad if our hardworking CYRE staff didn’t). Or it might mean cuts to our music program. Or it might mean reduced funding for social justice projects. Just because too many of us forgot.

How much should you give? Depending on your finances, give what you gave last year, plus a little more. Or — like me, many religious liberals have the goal of giving away 10% of their income to charity, with about half going to their congregation — mind you, this is a GOAL, which we hope to reach some day.

I admit that I had forgotten to send in my pledge. So I just stopped writing this, and sent in my pledge. Could you please do the same? You can send your pledge to: pledge@uucpa.org

See you soon,
Dan Harper

 

3. Party for Pari (March 13)

Pari M., our senior child care worker, has worked at UUCPA for just over two decades. She has watched a whole generation of UUCPA children grow up under her care!

So we decided to have a party for Pari on Sunday, March 13, between the two services. Please bring your children, and yourselves, to tell Pari how happy we are that she has been with us for so long. Yes, there will be cake!

 

4. Girl Scout Sunday (March 13)

Celebrated the week of the “Girl Scout Birthday” on March 12th, Girl Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sabbath give girls an opportunity to attend their place of worship and be recognized as a Girl Scout. For the past couple of years, UUCPA has celebrated this day with our Girl Scouts as they performed roles in the service (handing out orders of service, performing readings, introducing hymn, collecting the offering, etc.). We have also taken a moment to recognize the adults who were Girl Scouts growing up, or serve as adult leaders.

This year UUCPA will mark Girl Scout Sunday on March 13th. We invite Girl Scouts of all ages to participate at the 9:30 service: Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior, Ambassador. Participating girls will have a role in the service, and be recognized with the Girl Scout Sunday patch to place on their uniforms.

If you have a Girl Scout who wishes to participate, please contact Ann Hepenstal to see if there is still room to participate. Please include your name, your Girl Scout’s name, and her grade in school.

 

5. Annual Easter egg hunt (March 27)

The annual UUCPA Easter egg hunt will take place between the two services on Sunday, March 27. If you would like to be part of the fun, you can either help put candy in hollow plastic eggs (UUCPA will supply the eggs), and/or you can decorate hard-boiled eggs. Kris Geering is coordinating this year’s egg hunt, so if you want to help email her.

 

6. Easter intergenerational service (March 27)

Another great intergenerational service for kids to attend, and an important part of our educational program. At this service, we explain what Unitarian Universalist believe about Easter (no supernatural miracles are involved). Amy and Dan have planned another edition of Silent Sermon Bingo. There will be an activity book with puzzles and coloring pages, made by Dan.

After the 9:30 service, we’ll have our annual Easter egg hunt. This is fun for adults to watch, and fun for kids. The best part is watching how the older kids help out the little kids, making sure they find enough eggs!

 

7. Register now for Ecojustice Camp

UUCPA will be running three ecology camps this year:

— a camp for middle schoolers June 13-17
— a camp for gr. 2-5 June 20-24
— a half-day camp for gr. K-1 June 20-24

We like to keep the camp small, so there will be a limit on enrollment. Don’t be disappointed, register now:
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