October, 2017, CYRE newsletter

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

Contents:

1a. Sunday school calendar
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 7-9)
1c. Navigators
2. Meet Mr. Barb Greve, Sabbatical Religious Educator
3. Halloween Parade on Oct. 29
4. OWL update

 

1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Oct. 1:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: First Sunday community singing

Sun., Oct. 8:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Oct. 15:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

Sun., Oct. 22:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:35 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch

Sun., Oct. 29:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Halloween Parade

Looking ahead:
Sat., Nov. 4, Annual UUCPA Auction (with Kids Auction)
Sun., Nov. 5, Daylight Savings Time ends

 

1b. Youth calendar
SHYG (Senior High Youth Group), CoA (Coming of Age), and OWL 7-9

Sun., Oct. 1:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 8:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 15:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age (plywood sculptures)

Sun., Oct. 22:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

Sun., Oct. 29:
6:30 p.m.: SHYG

 

1c. Navigators
Navigators, our bias-free scouting group, meets most 1st and 3rd Sundays at 11:00 a.m., September through May. The schedule also includes field trips and overnights, so contact Ed Vail to be put on the email list.

 

2. Meet Mr. Barb Greve, Sabbatical Religious Educator

Mr. Barb Greve will serve as the half-time Sabbatical Religious Educator (SRE) at UUCPA from November 1, 2017 to March 1, 2018. He will be supervising the children, youth, and adult religious education programs while Rev. Dan Harper, UUCPA’s Associate Minister of Religious Education, is on sabbatical.

Barb is credentialed by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) as a Religious Educator/Masters Level, with 11 years of experience as a Director of Religious Education (DRE) at various Unitarian Universalist congregations. Most recently, Barb served for 3 years as the Developmental DRE at Mt. Diablo UU Church in Walnut Creek.

Currently, Barb is serving as one of the Co-Moderators of the UUA, the highest volunteer position within Unitarian Universalism. Barb has also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Starr King School for the Ministry, the Unitarian Universalist theological school in Berkeley.

Barb is a former staff member in the UUA’s Office of Bi-sexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns. Barb’s mother served as a religious educator in a Unitarian Universalist congregation, so like Dan he is a second generation religious educator.

Since Barb will start work at UUCPA in November, the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee will supervise the children and youth religious education programs in October.

Members of the Sabbatical Committee — Maricia Scott, Edie Keating, Emma Grant-Bier, and Wynne Furth — will be able to answer your questions about the sabbatical. The Sabbatical Committee will host a social event to greet Barb when he arrives at UUCPA in November.

While Dan is on sabbatical, he will not be answering email or phone calls. In case of emergency, Maricia Scott, Rev. Amy Morgenstern, and Barb Greve will know how to reach him.

 

3. Halloween Parade on Oct. 29

All kids are invited to wear their Halloween costume on Sunday, October 29! At 10:35, after Sunday school is over, we’ll have our annual Halloween parade. The middle school teens will serve as judges and give out an award to every costume; in the past, these somewhat silly awards have been for “Most Robotic,” “Greenest” (as in the color green), etc. Each award certificate comes with a small bag on candy.

Adults are also invited to dress in costume, though adults do not get certificates (though if you have a really good costume you might get some candy).

 

4. OWL update

We are offering two units of Our Whole Lives, our age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education program, in 2017-2018 — the unit for gr. 4-6, and the unit for gr. 7-9. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.

OWL gr. 4-6 will be offered Sunday mornings at 11, Jan.-March, 2018, and now has 10 children enrolled. There is room for 6 more children to enroll. If you would like to enroll your child in OWL gr. 4-6, please contact the coordinator, Alyssa Erickson. More info about OWL gr. 4-6 here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owlk146

OWL gr. 7-9 will offered Sunday evenings at 5, Jan.-May, 2018. There is a mandatory parent orientation in the evening on Dec. 3, 2017. We expect this class to fill to capacity this year, so to avoid being placed on a wait list be sure that all custodial parents attend the parent orientation. More info about OWL gr. 7-9 here:
https://uucpa-cyre.org/owl-program/#owl79

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