After finding the hidden afikomen (Passover matzoh) on Fri, doing an Easter egg hunt at my wife Barbara’s workplace on Sat, and joining the CUUC Easter egg hunt on Sun, our daughter Nora arrived at Aunt Donna’s house Sun night to find an Easter basket prepared with goodies and blurted out, “Oh no! Not again.” You might feel this way when you think about celebrating Passover this Sun, but you will find our Passover Service to be interactive, interesting, and fun for all ages. It will be good to honor this important holiday in our congregation. We are bringing the elements of a Passover Seder into our regular Sunday service, with a meal to follow, so it is accessible to everyone. There will be explanations of the rituals to go with the readings, songs, and matzoh breaking. I look forward to sharing this with you on Sunday.
Please see the following seven (7) announcements:
1) This Sun Apr 8
Passover Service and Meal
All ages are in the sanctuary for this interactive multigen service. (Childcare is available for those who need it.)
Learn about and celebrate Passover, the important holiday about freedom, through our regular service that will contain Passover Seder elements and seat us all at tables in the sanctuary. The meal will follow the service in the sanctuary and close with the children's search for the afikomen (matzoh hunt) and a final blessing.
If you would like to help with the Passover cooking on Sat or serving and cleanup on Sun, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2) Faith Development Friday - Apr 13
An evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community
RSVP to email@example.com
6:15pm Pizza & Salad Community Dinner
7:00pm Programs Begin...
Faith Like a River
The Wisdom RE Ministry Team invites you to an Adult RE experience facilitated by Rev. Meredith. This class explores the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. What lessons do the stories of our history teach that can help us live more faithfully in the present? What lessons do they offer to be lived into the future? You may also join this program online via Zoom videoconferencing by going to https://zoom.us/j/2898507899.
Family Journey Group
Parents gather to discuss the theme of faith (facilitated by Barbara Montrose), while children have their own group with activities and discussion based on the theme (facilitated by Perry Montrose, DLRE). Adults without children are invited to participate in the parents’ group.
Youth Group Social Night
Join us for a night of fun with fellow high schoolers and bring a friend!
Social Time for Adults
Those who would like more time to chat and just be together are welcome to continue hanging out in Fellowship Hall after the meal. Come to simply get to know your fellow CUUCers better, without specific programming.
Also stay for coffee and conversation after the programs.
3) UU Common Read Discussion Sun Apr 15, 11:40
Hosted by CUUC Wisdom Reading and Discussion Group
We will discuss Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, one of the two books selected for this year’s Common Read. This optimistic book is for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump's victory, What do we do now? The answer: We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy.
Facilitated by Rev. Meredith and Sabrina Cleary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
4) Let's Play
Sun Apr 15, 1-3pm, Ethical Culture Society, White Plains
Children of all ages are invited to an afternoon of street games and activities. Free. ECSW is a participating congregation in the Council for New Americans and would love to meet all the refugee families that have recently settled in the county. Please spread the word—and bring your family, too! Contact: Sabine Salandy, director of education (SabineSalandy@ethicalculturesocietywestchester.org). FLYER FOUND HERE.
5) Save the Date for Bingo!
April 27 at 6:30
A night of pizza and community fun!
Help us out by donating a gift to our collection of prizes.
All ages welcome! $5/adult; $3/child; $15/family max.
6) The 6th Annual Variety Show is Coming!
Sat May 12, 5pm
Rehearsal - Fri, May 11, 4:30-7pm
Proceeds from this year's show will go to:
The New American Children’s Cultural Enrichment Fund.
This fund gives the children of refugees in Westchester County the opportunities they have not had to play sports, attend performances, or explore the arts.
DECIDE HOW YOU WILL PARTICIPATE.
- Perform - contact Liz at email@example.com
- Bake - contact Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Submit Recipes – contact Irene at email@example.com Include 1 recipe with your own introduction/description/story (up to 200 words) and a photo of you/your family in the kitchen or elsewhere
- Donate Raffle Prizes - contact Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org (previous prizes: restaurant gift certificates, bouquets of flowers, wine, movie gift cards, games for kids (new only), chocolate and many more. If you are soliciting donations from local businesses, a letter explaining the background of the show and CUUC can be FOUND HERE.)
7) UU Summer Camps & Retreat Centers for Children, Youth, and Families
Unitarian Universalist retreat centers offer the opportunity to connect with UUs from around the country in fun and fellowship. Whether you are looking for a place to go as a family or somewhere for your kids to experience a fun camp, there are many amazing Unitarian Universalist summer destinations:
Ferry Beach is oceanfront in ME.
The Mountain is atop the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC.
The Rowe Center is in the Berkshire Mountains in MA.
Sophia Fahs RE Camp is one week in August on Shelter Island.
Star Island is a 46-acre island off the NH coast.
Unirondack is in the NY Adirondacks.
Murray Grove is a Universalist retreat center nearby in NJ.
UUMAC Retreat is one week in July at DeSales University in PA.
The Central East Region offers a Summer Institute focused on climate change.
SUUSI is a weeklong multignerational event in North Carolina.
Director of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development