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2019-12-05

This Week in Religious Education: December 4-11, 2019


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6th
8th-12th Grade Youth Group, 6:30-8:30pm making holiday paper chains and other decorations for the sanctuary. RSVP with Cyndi & Daniel Tillman in the GroupMe chat or by email at cccdtil@aol.com and dtillman13@gmail.com.
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th
Childcare is available at 9:30am. We begin every Sunday in the sanctuary at 10:00am. Music Director Adam Kent invites children and youth to find a nook under the piano where they can enjoy the centering music he plays before worship, 10:00-10:10am. Following the Time for All Ages, children and youth leave for RE classes and youth group, which meet until 11;30am. Children 3rd grade and younger must be picked up in their classroom at 11:30am; children 4th grade and older will be allowed to leave for coffee hour.
 
CHRISTMAS EVE OPPORTUNITY
Rev. Kimberley is planning a beautiful Christmas Eve service that will include many voices. We invite children, youth, young adults, adults and families to participate by reading short passages during the service. Contact Tracy to volunteer.
 
RE ASSISTANTS NEEDED
All adults have the opportunity to serve as assistants in Religious Education classes. 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. The 8th-9th Grade Coming of Age class needs an assistant this Sunday. Click HERE to view all available dates - then volunteer!
 
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IN THE COMING WEEKS
  • *Fri Dec 13 (not Dec 20), 6:30-8:30pm – Faith Friday: Rev. Kimberley's class, Habits of the Heart; Journey Groups for adults and children; 8th-12th Youth Group. Click here for the December packet.
  • Sat Dec 14, 3:00-5:00pm - Gingerbread House Decorating at the Rockland UU Congregation in Pomona, NY (click here for the flyer). RSVP by December 11th.
  • Sat Dec 14, 3:00-5:00pm – CUUC is participating in a new Youth Interfaith and Justice Leadership Lab. South Presbyterian Church invites 6th-12th grade youth to gather and hear from Dale Williams, Executive Director of Midnight Run, about finding common ground with the homeless. Youth will then wrap holiday gifts for distribution on the Christmas Eve Midnight Run. More information and a RSVP contact below. 
  • Sun Dec 15 – All begin in worship at 10:00am then leave for classes. The Youth Group is attending worship. Community meal and winter concert following worship. 
  • Sun Dec 22 – Whole Congregation Worship Sunday: Holiday Pageant. There are roles for everyone! Or come dressed in Star Wars costumes, continuing the tradition. And there will be a special surprise, not to be missed! No RE classes or Youth Group. 
  • Tues Dec 24, 5:30pm – Christmas Eve worship service. Rev. Kimberley is planning a beautiful Christmas Eve service that will include many voices. We invite children, youth, young adults, adults and families to participate by reading short passages during the service. Contact Tracy to volunteer.

YOUTH INTERFAITH AND JUSTICE LEADERSHIP LAB
CUUC is participating in a new Youth Interfaith and Justice Leadership Lab with the Westchester Muslim Center, South Presbyterian Church and Woodlands Temple. Saturday, December 14th, 3:00-5:00pm, 6th-12th grade youth are invited to attend a presentation with Dale Williams, Executive Director of Midnight Run, where he will talk about finding common ground with the homeless. Dale was homeless in NYC as a young man. He will share his story, what the Midnight Run means to those who are homeless and ways of engaging with those we serve on the run. After Dale’s talk, we will wrap holiday gifts for distribution on the Christmas Eve Midnight Run. Saturday, December 14th, 3:00-5:00pm in Fellowship Hall, South Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry. Parking on the street or off Washington behind the Church. All are welcome. Snacks will be served. RSVP to learninglab@southpres.org or call Marie-Louise, Interim Director, 917-647-7881.  




LGBTPQIA+ SUPPORT DURING THE HOLIDAYS While many are celebrating the holidays, many are also struggling with families who make it difficult to share their full selves or celebrate their loves, or families who have rejected them for doing so. To our LGBTPQIA+ family of all ages and stages: You are whole and holy, and you are loved. PFLAG offers these suggestions for taking care of yourself and navigating gatherings. Know you are not alone. Click here for links to hotlines and other support. If you need a message of unconditional love and affirmation, read this fierce message of support from S. Bear Bergman and know you can call or text Rev. Kimberley (518-423-1964) and Tracy (914-434-7539). Allies and Upstanders, your support is needed! PFLAG offers suggestions for friends and family. The Ossining LGBTQ Alliance shares this guide for being a LGBTQ Ally during the holiday season. 


I look forward to seeing you!

in fellowship, Tracy

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