CYRE newsletter

June, 2017, CYRE newsletter

June, 2017, news for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA)

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education
3. Summer Sunday school schedule
4. Sabbatical update
5. Parent Journey needs coordinator
6. Please sign in for child care


1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., June 4:
9:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

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

Sun., June 18:
Summer services begin — one service only at 10:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school

Sun., June 25:
10:30 a.m.: Summer Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

1b. Youth calendar

Wed., June 21:
OWL gr. 10-12 final meeting (and party), contact Dan Harper for details

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


2. From your Associate Minister of Religious Education

Summer is one of the best time for families to come to UUCPA. Summer Sundays are relaxed and low-key. Summer Sunday school feels more like summer camp. It’s a great time to connect with old friends, and meet people you don’t know yet. Just remember that UUCPA has only one Sunday service, at 10:30, from June 18 through July 31.

Starting August 6, we’ll go back to two services. Then the annual ingathering service, our popular Water Communion service, will take place on Aug. 13, the same week that many local schools start up.

I’ll be on vacation during July, but I hope to see you at UUCPA in June and August!

See you soon,
Dan Harper


3. Summer Sunday school schedule

Summer Sunday school is a lot like summer camp. Programs are aimed at children entering gr. K-5, though older kids are welcome to participate. (Activities and adult leaders are subject to change.)

June 4, 9:30: Act out stories with Dan Harper
June 11, 9:30: Make UU chalice crafts with Kris Geering
(Summer services begin; one service at 10:30)
June 18, 10:30: Learn some origami with Dan Harper and Hong Bui
June 25, 10:30: Make brunch for UUCPA with Edie Keating and Tina Kochel
July 2, 10:30: No Sunday school due to Independence Day holiday
July 9, 10:30: Cook 2nd Sunday lunch with Edie Keating
July 16, 10:30: Fun TBD with Edie Keating
July 23, 10:30: Make brunch for UUCPA with Edie Keating and Tina Kochel
July 30, 10:30: Field trip to Mitchell Park with Tina Kochel
(Return to two services; Sunday school at 9:30)
August 6, 9:30: TBD
August 13, 9:30: Intergenerational water communion service
August 17, 9:30: First day of regular Sunday school


4. Sabbatical update

The UUCPA Board has approved a sabbatical for Dan Harper, our Assoc. Minister of Religious Education, from Oct. 1, 2017, through Feb. 28, 2018. Two committees have been chosen to make the sabbatical go smoothly.

One committee has been charged with hiring a part-time staff person to fill in while Dan is on sabbatical (as Rev. Mary Ganz filled in for Rev. Amy Morgenstern, our senior minister, when she was on sabbatical last year). Members of the hiring committee are Sally Ahnger (UUCPA Board president), Heather Chen (member of the CYRE Committee), Audrey Erbes (Member of the UUCPA Board), Robert Neff (Sunday school teacher and youth advisor), and Tessa Swartz (youth representative). Amy Morgenstern, Dan Harper, and Hong Bui (Religious Education Assistant) will also be involved in the hiring process.

The second committee, the Sabbatical Committee, is charged with communicating with the congregation about Dan’s sabbatical. They will write a brochure explaining the sabbatical, and they will be available to answer questions about the sabbatical through the coming year. The members of the Sabbatical Committee are Wynne Furth (member of the Adult RE Committee), Emma Grant-Bier (youth representative), Edie Keating (member of the CYRE Committee), and Maricia Scott (member of the Committee on Ministry).


5. Parent Journey needs coordinator

Parent Journey, our monthly drop-in discussion group for parents, needs a coordinator for the coming year. This person would set the schedule, ensure the room is available, and schedule in volunteer facilitators each month. Parent Journey is an important group for two big reasons:

1. It is one of the ways that new families get to know others when they arrive.
2. It gives parents a place to vent, reflect on what they are doing, learn new ways to parent, and support one another.

Please consider giving this volunteer role a try if it intrigues you! Contact Brooke Bishara to learn more.


6. Please sign in for child care

On Sunday mornings, when your child enters child care, please take a moment to sign in. If you do not see the sign-in sheet, ask the child care staff where it is.

And when you pick your child up, please take a moment to sign your child out, and/or let the child care staff know that you have come to pick up your child.