CYRE newsletter for March, 2019

This is the monthly newsletter for Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA) — March, 2019.

Contents:
1a. Sunday school calendar (including OWL K-1)
1b. Youth calendar (SHYG, Coming of Age, OWL 10-12)
1c. Navigators
2. Spring project: “Nature Fun”
3. Make Your Voice Heard at UUCPA
4. Families can volunteer with Heart and Home women’s homeless shelter
5. Register for Ecojustice Camp at UUCPA
1a. Sunday school calendar

Sun., Mar. 3:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL gr. K-2

Sun., Mar. 10: CHANGE TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL gr. K-2
12:00 noon: Second Sunday lunch

Sun., Mar. 17:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
11:00 a.m.: OWL gr. K-2

Sun., Mar. 24:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school
10:30 a.m.: Fourth Sunday brunch
11:00 a.m.: OWL gr. K-2

Sun., Mar. 31:
9:30 a.m.: Sunday school

1b. Youth calendar

Sun., Mar. 3:
9:30 a.m.: Coming of Age meets for field trip to SF (return at 12:30)
6:30 p.m.: No evening SHYG meeting, due to leading worship in morning

Sun., Mar. 10: CHANGE TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age class
6:30 p.m.: OWL gr. 10-12
No SHYG

Sun., Mar. 17:
11:00 a.m.: NO Coming of Age
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., Mar. 24:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age class
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

Sun., Mar. 31:
11:00 a.m.: Coming of Age works on plywood sculptures
6:30 p.m.: Senior High Youth Group (SHYG)

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. Spring project: “Nature Fun”

From March 31, through May 5, the 9:30 a.m. kids program will focus on “Nature Fun.” All ages from gr. K-5 will meet together, and kids will decide which Nature Fun activity they would like to try that week. Middle schoolers from the Ecojustice class will help adults lead activities that will include nature crafts, cooking with natural ingredients, cooking outdoors, games, singing nature-themed songs, and more. It is rumored that Trash Man, an evil genius who spreads yucky trash everywhere, may visit Nature Fun, but we are sure he will be defeated by Eco Super Hero.

If you would like to lead a nature-themed activity during 3 or more weeks of Nature Fun, please contact Dan Harper. We have lots of ideas for activities you could lead, or you could use an idea of your own.

3. Make Your Voice Heard at UUCPA

Once you’ve become active in the UUCPA community, becoming a voting members is the next step in making your voice heard. Voting members can vote at the annual meeting and have a voice on budget priorities. If you’d like to become a voting member, pick up a membership packet at the Welcome Table on Sunday mornings.

The next Annual Meeting takes place on April 14, 2019. The budget for next fiscal year will be voted on at this meeting. Voting members may vote in person or by proxy. To be eligible to vote at this year’s annual meeting, submit your membership packet by March 8.

If you’d like to know more about becoming a formal voting member of UUCPA, you can ask Rev. Amy Morgenstern or Rev. Dan Harper. Or stop by the Welcome Table on Sunday to talk with Membership Engagement Coordinator BJ Wishinsky.

You are, of course, welcome to keep participating in UUCPA without being a voting member. We’re just so glad you’re here. But if you’d like to make sure your voice is heard, now is a good time to act.

4. Families can volunteer with Heart and Home women’s homeless shelter

The Heart and Home Women’s Shelter is staying at UUCPA through March. The main volunteer opening at UUCPA will be helping with set up every night. The job description is help carry plates, etc. to set up for dinner, and put supplies out for bag lunches, beginning at 6:45. Stay for dinner at 7:30, and eat with the guests.

The Heart and Home online signup is here:
https://signup.com/Group/11056662780112/
Scroll down a little to see UUCPA openings.

Please sign up so we can share our UUCPA hospitality with our Heart and Home guests.

5. Register for Ecojustice Camp at UUCPA

Ecojustice Camp, a week-long day camp sponsored by UUCPA, will run from June 10-16 in 2019. There’s a half-day camp for children completing gr. K-1 in June. For children and teens completing gr. 2-8, there’s a full day camp from 9-3, with a long day on Wednesday for a field trip, and an overnight on Thursday evening. The planning team includes Kris Geering, Dan Harper, Lorraine Kostka, Abby Porter, and Sarah Kostka.

To register, or for more information, visit the camp Web site: ecojusticecamp.org

Author: Dan Harper

Dan Harper is Associate Minister of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto. He is also Camp Director for Ecojustice Camp in Palo Alto.

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