CYRE news for Dec., 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. “Guest at Your Table”
4. Sing for Democracy Dec. 4, 2-4 p.m.
5. OWL comprehensive sexuality education for gr. 7-9

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Dec. 4:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Posadas service
10:30: Christmas carol singing in the Fireside Room

Sun., Dec. 11:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 p.m.: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Dec. 18:
9:30 a.m.: No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

Sun., Dec. 25:
9:30 a.m.: Intergenerational Christmas service
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., Jan. 1:
Regular services, but no child care and no Sunday school

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Dec. 4:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 7-9 parent orientation

Sun., Dec. 11:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: SHYG
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12

Sun., Dec. 18:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Dec. 25:
No programs

Sun., Jan. 1:
No programs

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets twice a month. Contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

 

2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Keep your eye out for the following holiday special events:

— On Sat., Dec. 3, at 7:00 p.m., join the “Family Orchestra” to play Christmas carols. The organizers will supply the easy sheet music, you supply the instrument!

— On Sun., Dec. 4, at 9:30, participate in a recreation of Las Posadas, a Mexican-American Christmas tradition that re-enacts how Mary and Joseph had difficulty finding a place to stay in Bethlehem. Las Posadas has become quite topical with all the political discussion around immigrants and refugees, so come to this kid-friendly service that can provide a discussion starter for all families.

— Also on Sun., Dec. 4, at 10:30, come sing Christmas carols in the Fireside Room!

— On Sun., Dec. 18, come see the No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant. If you’ve never been, you really have to come be a part of it. And who knows, maybe you’ll get to be a star or an angel!

— On Wed., Dec. 21, at 7:00 p.m., the longest night of the year, there’s a Winter Solstice celebration with music, readings, mulled cider, and a fire.

— Best of all, on Sat., Dec. 24, celebrate Christmas Eve at the annual candlelight service. Listen to seasonal music, sing Christmas carols, hear the Christmas story — and everyone who’s old enough gets to light a candle.

Note that there won’t be Sunday school or child care on Sun., Dec. 25, although the Sunday service will definitely be child-friendly. Also on Sun., Jan. 1, there will be no Sunday school, and there will be no child care (to give our child care workers a much-needed holiday).

See you soon,
Dan Harper

3. “Guest at Your Table”

GAYT is the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) annual program that highlights people around the world who have been helped by UUSC. 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.

Before Christmas, 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.

4. Sing for Democracy Dec. 4, 2-4 p.m.

Join us for a song circle Sun., Dec. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Fireside Room — after the rancorous and divisive 2016 election, this is a way to get more music, and more community, in our lives. All singers are welcome, including children — and not just singers, but guitarists, ukulelists, banjo players, and people who play any other instrument that goes well with singing.

We’ll go around the circle, each in turn choosing a song to lead. We’ll have copies of the “Rise Up Singing” songbook. You can bring your own songs to share — bring a dozen lyrics sheets or lead sheets, or teach simple songs by ear.

5. OWL comprehensive sexuality education for gr. 7-9

This winter and spring, UUCPA will offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for grades 7-9. Parents who wish to enroll their youth in the program must attend a mandatory Parent Orientation Meeting on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 6:30-8 p.m. with Rev. Dan Harper and members of the OWL teaching team. If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to enroll your child in OWL, please contact Dan Harper by phone or e-mail.

More information about the OWL program: https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owl79

NEXT CYRE NEWSLETTER will arrive the week of Jan. 1, 2017.

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