Religious Education News: Sun Feb 3

The Great Chili Cook-Off as it is known in some culinary circles couldn’t hold a candle or chili pepper to the CUUC Chili Community Meal! Special, special thanks go out to Kim Force who ably headed up this event, coordinated volunteers, sent out emails and so much more. Our success was due in large part to her efforts. She was “smokin’,” as they say! The variety of chilis were amazing along with all the side dishes. Everyone I saw was thoroughly enjoying this classic comfort meal. I would be remiss to not single out the great CUUC teamwork demonstrated by members of the congregation working so hard in the kitchen under the guidance of Steve Miller: the RE Council chairs, Christina Haran and Laura Goodspeed, all the teachers, and most of all the students of 4th–5th and 6th–7th grades.

For this Sunday’s Children’s Worship, our students will help Amy Swiss of the Hunger and Homelessness team “stuff” our donated backpacks with school supplies and personal notes to support teens in the Brighter Futures After-School Mentoring Program. Winter has its grip on us with extreme temperatures, but that doesn’t stop our teachers and students from enjoying the beauty of winter with the upcoming lesson for 2nd–3rd grade celebrating the wonder of winter and our universe. Our hope is that the children come to appreciate the splendor of our natural world and respect how fragile it is. Grades 4th–5th get the opportunity to explore “humor”: how it heals, can sustain us, and help us in times of tribulation. Certainly humor warms our hearts and souls! So RE is fully engaged as usual and living winter with spring in our hearts

Michele Rinaldi
RE Coordinator

Looking ahead...

RE This Sunday, Feb 3
Grades K-5 start in Fellowship Hall for Children’s Worship, where we will fill our donated backpacks with school supplies and personal notes for area teens in need. Grades 6-12 start in classrooms.

Special Friends Sign Up
This Sun Feb 3 we begin our pen pal program that anonymously matches children in RE and adults in the congregation so they get to know one another better. After exchanging six letters over nine weeks, the pen pals get to meet at the Canvass Community Meal on Sun Mar 31. Any questions? Contact RE@cucwp.org.

2019 Variety Show, Sat May 4, 5:00pm
SAVE THE DATE: This year will be our 7th Annual Variety Show (WOW!), always one of the most FUN fundraisers at CUUC. It is also an event where everyone, children to adults, can pitch in and create meaningful ties to a social justice cause. So work on your act and get ready to vote on Sun Feb 10 for which charity we will support this year. HELP WANTED: It really takes a village to run this event, and just like in the past 6 years, the 2019 Variety Show requires all hands on deck. PLEASE help by signing up to be our Bake Sale Director, or Head of Donations, or Pizza Dinner Coordinator. Learn more HERE. Contact Liz Suvanto (elizabethsuvanto@hotmail.com). When the big jobs are filled, the smaller details fall into place and the fun can begin! ~ The Variety Show Team

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