Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains December 19, 2021 2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
Religious Education classes and activities for 1st-12th graders are on break for the holidays. We look forward to seeing you in January!
In the meantime, you might like to read this UU World article by Meg Cox about creating special holiday traditions. Families, watch your snail mail for a special Breneman holiday tradition shared by Tracy.
The CUUC office will be closed and staff will be on holiday break from Fri Dec 24 to Sun Jan 2. Happy Holidays!
This Sunday December 19th
Diane and Hans offer childcare for young children. Everyone wears a mask. Children play outside, weather permitting. No snacks are served. Drop off in room 32 in the yellow hallway. Pick up in Fellowship Hall.
10:00am Worship In Person & Online
“Dickens' Carol” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon Reflections on the enduring message of the little novel that re-invented Christmas.
In our sanctuary, we follow Covid safety protocols: being vaccinated, remaining masked, and maintaining social distance. Please have your mask on and proof of vaccination (or blue dot on your name tag) ready as you enter. At this time, we are not hosting in-person or virtual coffee hour after worship.
To join the online livestream, clickhttps://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship, or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468
Religious Education classes and activities are on break for the holidays.
We look forward to seeing you in January!
Bake Sale at CUUC
This Sunday! Walnut pound cake with cranberry compost, Christmas spiced sweet bread with caramel whipped butter, walnut brittle sweet bread. Nut free options available.
$10 each or 3 for $25. All proceeds to benefit CUUC Meals for HOPE cooking project. Additional donations gratefully accepted. Contact: Amy Swiss, email@example.com.
CUUC Winter Choral Concert
On Zoom, 4:30-5:00pm,bit.ly/Music-at-CUUC
Out of love and concern for the safety of all, we are holding our holiday concert virtually this season.
The 30 minute program includes such favorites as "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," "Nanita Lullaby," and "Ding Dong, Merrily On High," among others. To view online, log in tobit.ly/Music-at-CUUC, or listen by phone: 646-876-9923, Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468. Free to attend online. Donations gratefully accepted! Click here to donate - select "Music at CUUC."
Christmas Eve Service In Person & Online
Friday, December 24th, 5:30pm Our annual gathering will include storytelling, music videos from our choir, a small live choir (vaccinated, tested, and masked), plus a piano four hands musical selection. To allow us to set up distanced seating and ensure we have capacity to safely accommodate everyone, we are requiring everyone attending in person to register ahead of time. If you haven't signed up yet, please click here to register for your entire family or group.
Everyone attending must be vaccinated and masked. We are not offering childcare during the Christmas Eve service.
December 26th Worship *Online Only*
“Unity” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
The swahili word, "umoja" means unity -- and it's the theme of the first of the seven days of Kwanzaa. This morning's worship will be pre-recorded. We will not be gathering in person. Watch on Zoom at 10:00, https://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship, or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468.
Connecting in Community
We are collecting donations that will spread some holiday cheer. Thank you for helping brighten the season for those in our local community!
NEW!Appeal for Minister's Discretionary Fund - The need for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund has been greater than usual and our fund balance has become low. The fund allows Rev. Meredith to provide confidential assistance to those experiencing financial hardship. Please consider a donation to help us replenish the fund and once again give our minister the ability to help others. Make checks out to CUUC with the memo “MDF” or “Discretionary Fund.” We are also accepting donations of Shoprite gift cards, which can be left in the black plastic bin on the office door.
NEW!Beds and Mattresses Needed - The Refugee Resettlement Team is looking for immediate donations of bunk bed, double/queen bed frames, and twin and full/queen mattress sets for one our Afghan refugee families. Contact Paula Meighan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Robin Rocchi (email@example.com).
Mitten Tree - Share the gift of warmth. Our Mitten Tree is a little "thinner" this year. All the more reason to fill it up with your donations of mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages and sizes.
Personal Items for Shelter Residents - We collect new men's and women's socks, underwear, and toiletries throughout December, for residents of local shelters.
Coachman Gift Cards - Help us buy a $25 gift card for each school-aged child at the Coachman Family Center, a local shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Donate at our table after worship through Dec 19, or mail checks to CUUC with the memo "Coachman Gift Cards." You can also donate online atcucwp.orgby clicking Donate and selecting "Coachman Gift Cards." We will purchase the cards and deliver them to the approximately 200 children at Coachman. Contact Jacy Good (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dungeons & Dragons UU Style
Calling all Adventurers! Tracy and Raquel attended a D&D training with a group of UUs and it was fun! They use some great modifications that ground play in UU values.
Do we have any players or DMs out there? Would you be interested in playing? All ages and experience levels are welcome! We could play in person (pandemic conditions allowing) or online. D&D allows players to have adventures full of endless possibilities and surprises as they create a story together. If you are new to D&D, read about it here. We could start a group after the holidays. If you’re interested in participating, contact Tracy (email@example.com).
U.S. Surgeon General Report
Youth Mental Health
Recently, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a report about the state of youth mental health, noting that the pandemic has increased rates of anxiety and depression and calling it a critical issue.
You can read or listen to NPR's report here, and read the full report from the Surgeon General here. The full report includes information about the pandemic's impact on the mental health of children and youth, steps young people can take to protect or improve their mental health and that of friends, and what family members or caregivers can do to support young people. Those prompts might offer an opening for checking in with the young people in your life.On page 15, there is a list of valuable resources that children, youth, and adults can consult.
At CUUC, we are exploring the possibility of offering the National Council for Mental Wellbeing's Youth Mental Health First Aid training, which teaches adults how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and crises and offers practice applying appropriate steps to getting young people the help they need. We are also looking for workshops, training, or other support for our young people. If you have suggestions, please contact Tracy, firstname.lastname@example.org.
UUA Office at the UN
Save the Date: April 22-24, 2022 This is a fantastic multigenerational opportunity for our youth and adults!
The UUA Office at the UN is hosting its Intergenerational Spring Seminar in partnership with UU Ministry for Earth and UUSC, focusing on climate justice, forced displacement, and human rights. The Seminar is for everyone age 14+ and is expected to take place online with opportunities to participate in New York City too! Registration will open in December. Find more details at the UUA website.