This Week in Religious Education: Sep 17-23

September 17-23, 2019

We had a wonderful start to RE last Sunday!  Most of the RE volunteers were on hand for the first day of classes and youth group.  Many parents visited classes during coffee hour to meet teachers and youth advisors, to hear about plans for the year. 

Children and youth made name tags.  These will be kept on the felt strips on the end of the coat rack, next to the carousel with adult name tags.  We ask everyone to wear their name tags so we can greet each other by name. 

NEW: All adults have the opportunity to serve as assistants in RE classes this year.  No preparation required, just spend an hour with our amazing children and youth while you fulfill our Safe Congregation practice of having two adults with our young people at all times.  See below for the class that needs you this Sunday and e-mail me to volunteer (CUUCWPTracy@gmail.com). Soon there will be a list of all available dates. 

FRIDAY, September 20th
Rev. Garmon and several CUUC members are participating in the Climate Strike.  Watch the newsletter for information about when and where to gather. 

Faith Development Fridays begin this week at 6:15pm with community dinner.  RSVP by e-mailing CUUCevents@gmail.com so we know how much pizza and salad to order.  Groups meet 7:00-8:30pm.  The September theme is Covenant (click here for the packet)
  • 8th-12th Grade Youth Group: Cindy Tillman, Daniel Tillman, Jason Stoff and Imelda Cruz Avellan are meeting with youth to discuss opportunities this year and a group covenant, as well as the Climate Strike.  Then they'll play games so bring your favorite board game to share!
  • Children's Journey Group: I am leading with Diane Keller. We will discuss this month's topic of Covenant, play games, and then wind down for the evening.  Bring your favorite board game to share!
  • Adult Journey Group: Alex Sehdeva leads the adult group as they explore the monthly theme.
  • We are looking for leaders for the 6th-8th grade group; e-mail me to join the team.
SUNDAY, September 22nd
Classes meet again this Sunday.  We will all begin in the sanctuary at 10:00am.  Following the child dedication, we will leave for classes, which meet until 11:30am.  Children 3rd grade and younger must be picked up in the classroom.  Those 4th grade and older will be dismissed to head to coffee hour at 11:30am. 
  • Childcare with Diane Keller and Hans Elsevier.
  • PreK-1st Grade World of New Friends: Laura Goodspeed is leading the lesson about Unitarian Universalism as a starting point for learning about other religions. Donna Vought is the assistant. 
  • 2nd-3rd Grade Passport to Spirituality: Norm Handelman is leading the lesson about Unitarian Universalism as the children start at home before they launch into a year of 'travels.' We need an assistant/second adult for this class. No preparation required, just enjoy an hour with the children. E-mail me to volunteer (CUUCWPTracy@gmail.com).
  • 4th-5th Grade Bibleodeon: Suzanne Cacchione and Christine Major are introducing the Bible as the class begins to learn stories from Hebrew and Christian scriptures. 
  • 6th-7th Grade World Religions and Neighboring Faiths: Nicole Turygin and Muhammad Loutfy are leading discussion about Unitarian Universalism as the youth begin a year of learning about many religions and spiritual practices.
  • 8th-9th Grade Coming of Age: Denice Tomlinson and Alex Sehdeva are leading a discussion about spirituality as the youth begin a year of exploring their spiritual journey. They will also discuss the question posed by the Committee on Ministry about what they need in faith community. 
  • Youth Group does not meet Sunday since they are meeting Friday evening. 
On your way home from worship, RE classes, journey groups and committee meetings, I encourage you to share thoughts around these three questions:
  1. What did I learn about Unitarian Universalism?
  2. What did I learn about the way Unitarian Universalists think and see the world?
  3. What did I learn about the way we act and behave as Unitarian Universalists, as we are in relationship with each other?
I look forward to seeing you!

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