This Week in Religious Education: December 18-25, 2019

Whole Congregation Worship Sunday. There are roles and fun for everyone in the holiday pageant! We are celebrating Solstice, Hanukkah and Christmas. You can come dressed in Star Wars costumes, continuing the CUUC tradition. And there will be a special surprise, not to be missed! No RE classes or Youth Group.  *We need to borrow lightsabers for the pageant. Label your items so they return home with you.

Rev. Kimberley has planned a beautiful Christmas Eve service, Tuesday, December 24th at 5:30pm. Join us for this lovely evening. Those participating should be there by 5:00pm for a walk-through. *Youth light the Christmas Eve tapers! Contact Tracy to let us know you will participate (CUUCWPTracy@gmail.com) and arrive by 5:00pm for the walk-through.

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. 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.

A fundamental goal of the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program is to forge a strong partnership between CUUC and home, and a strong bond between parent and child. After each class, families receive the Homelinks discussion page and corresponding OWL Parent Guide session so you can continue the conversation at home. Here are materials for the class David led last Sunday: Session 3, Healthy Bodies, Safe Bodies Homelinks and Parent Guide.

  • Sun Dec 29 – Begin in the worship service at 10:00am then children and youth will leave for an activity. Lyra Harada is introducing musical instruments for fun and spiritual expression. Laura Goodspeed and Laura Sehdeva are assisting.  
  • Fri Jan 3 – No Youth Group.
  • Sun Jan 5 – Whole Congregation Worship. No RE or Youth Group. 
  • Sun Jan 12 – K-1st Grade Our Whole Lives; 2nd-5th Grade Children's Worship; 6th-7th & 8th-9th Grade Classes. 10th-12th Grade Youth Group meets at 10:00am then continues at 11:45am for youth-led worship planning with Tracy & Rev. Kimberley. 

Updated Spring 2020 schedules for classes, youth group and CUUC events!

Ahead of Sundays when classes and youth group meet, each class and group receives their own individualized weekly newsletter. If you would like to receive one or more RE newsletters in your e-mail, sign up here.

We have wonderful programs planned for you. On the way home, we hope you will share about your conversations and activities. Active interest demonstrates support for each others spiritual growth and affirms our shared journey in faith community.  I look forward to seeing you!

in fellowship, Tracy


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