Religious Education News: Sun Dec 16

Last Sunday's Children’s Worship for grades K–5 was a multi-purpose event. Lyra Harada, our children's music director, was at the forefront “up close and personal,” engaging the children. The students all gathered around as Lyra described the beauty and function of the piano and led them in song. The children then worked together on a joint project writing holiday cards to our home-bound congregants. Each class group was responsible for a specific part of the creation so that they “all” contributed to the cards, which this week will be placed in gift baskets to be delivered. The activity was expertly facilitated by RE Council members and the enthusiasm and fun was clearly visible. Back in the classrooms, grade 2–3 had a very thoughtful and interesting hour with Doreen Rossi and Norm Handelman. The kids explored the importance of thinking about choices before voting, and learned that decisions sometimes have to be made beforehand about what is right or wrong. The teachers segued into an imaginative story Hey, Little Ant, where a little boy is determined to squish an ant, who in turn gives him reasons not to. The children thought about how insects help us and how they should be treated. As an added bonus, the students created their very own insects from construction paper and pipe cleaners! Regardless of season or events, the quality of Religious Education for our children and youth remains constant, and enables our wonderful teachers to utilize resourcefulness, creativity, and dedication to inspire and motivate their students. The holidays are fast upon us and as we reflect on peace and joy, let us not overlook the tremendous gift we are given year ‘round, and that is our children and volunteer teachers!

Michele Rinaldi
Religious Education Coordinator

Looking ahead...

This Sun Dec 16
All ages are in the sanctuary for our No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant. As the story unfolds, you become Mary, Joseph, goats, sheep, cows, horses, angels, shepherds, and wise folk. Join us for Christmas music, the story, and a reflection. Costumes provided; just bring a joyful spirit.

After the service, come enjoy our Holiday Community Meal in Fellowship Hall, and then the annual Holiday Concert with the CUUC Choir in the sanctuary at 12:30 pm.

Help us Decorate the Mitten Tree
Please bring mittens, hats, gloves, and scarves of all sizes and place them on the Mitten Tree in the sanctuary. These items are for men, women, and children of local shelters: The Coachman Family Center, Open Arms, and Samaritan House. Help us bring both physical and emotional warmth to their holiday season.

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