Religious Education: November 21, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
November 21, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
Sunday Morning 

9:30-11:45am, Room 32 in the Yellow Hallway
Diane and Hans offer childcare for young children. Weather permitting, they will play on our outdoor playground. Everyone wears a mask. No snacks are served. Drop off and pick up in room 32, in the yellow hallway. 
10:00am Chapel
In Person
"Gratitude" ~ Tracy Breneman
We will have Chapel for all ages in Fellowship Hall.
Learn about The Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address and hear a story. We'll share our gratitudes and make gratitude journals to take home.  Rev. Meredith and Tracy will swap places in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall for the first part of services so our young people can enjoy special time with the Minister, then they’ll switch back.  The 1st-9th grade classes and Youth Group do not meet. 

Religious Education classes and activities are now meeting inside. Enter through the RE lobby doors and visit our Welcome table. As your family completes vaccinations, please bring or e-mail Tracy photos of your cards or other verification so we can put blue dots on name tags of everyone who is vaccinated. Please review the recent email from our Board of Trustees with our updated protocols.
Pick Up in Fellowship Hall or Childcare. All children in 5th grade and younger, along with unvaccinated youth in 6th grade and older will wait for parents/guardians to pick them up. Please pick up children right after worship so RE leaders may leave for meetings or other activities. Vaccinated youth 6th grade and older with blue dots on their name tags will be released to find their parents/guardians. 
10:00am Worship
In Person & Online

“The Good News: Gratitude” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon 
“Things fall apart," wrote Yeats over 100 years ago. Many of us, maybe, find that even more true than ever in our times. Yet there are signs of hope. There's good news to be grateful for, but the best news of all is our own capacity for gratitude.
At our in-person worship in our sanctuary, we follow Covid safety protocols, showing proof of vaccination, remaining masked, and maintaining social distance from those not in our household. Please have your mask on and proof of vaccination (or blue dot on your nametag) as you enter. We will not yet be hosting in-person or virtual coffee hour after worship.

We livestream the service on Zoom for people to join online or by phone. To watch the service online, click https://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship, or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923, Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468.

Orders of service are e-mailed and uploaded to our website prior to each Sunday.  Revisit past services anytime at our YouTube Channel.
Meet the Board

Sun Nov 21, after worship, in Fellowship Hall and Livestream on Zoom 2210

Meet the members of our Board of Trustees and learn more about upcoming exciting projects at CUUC. In person and livestream event.

Westchester Interfaith Youth Alliance

November 21, 2:00-5:00pm
Thanksgiving Cooking and Interfaith Service Event at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford, NY

Join a grassroots initiative to cook and prepare over 2,000 holiday meals combatting food insecurity. Help make meals for over 20 food pantries that brighten the holiday for those hit by economic pressures. Then join an Interfaith Community Service immediately after. This event is for and run by Westchester Youth Alliance youth! REGISTER HERE. All Covid Protocols follow CDC guidelines. Vaccines and masks required, social distancing and outdoor work areas. Contact Chloe Fernandez, Program Director, pd@westchesteryouthalliance.org

Connecting in Community
We Are a Community of Welcome

We invite you to share in joy of greeting each other, and helping Sunday mornings go smoothly and feel welcoming to all.
Greet Families in the RE Lobby - Contact Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 

Join the Ushering Team - Contact Karen Leahy (karenleahy101@gmail.com). 
Lobby Greeters Wanted Sign up here to greet our visitors in person on one or more Sundays. Contact Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). 
Online Greeters Wanted - Click here to sign up for a Sunday or two... or three!

Toys for a New Family

We are collecting new and gently used toys for boys ages 1 and 4 who are arriving in our area with their family from Afghanistan. Donations may be left in the bin and put it in the sanctuary or RE lobby) beginning this Sunday through Dec 15th.  Contact Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com) with questions.  

Brighten a Child's Holiday

Coachman Family Center Gift Cards, Sun Nov 28 - Dec 19
Be on the lookout for a Coachman Gift Cards table coming to the Fireside Area soon!

Sign up and donate what you can so we meet our goal of presenting a $25 gift card to each school-aged child at the Coachman Family Center, a local shelter for families experiencing homelessness. You can bring cash or check, and the Hunger and Homelessness committee will purchase the gift cards to be delivered to the approximately 200 children currently residing at Coachman. You can also mail checks to CUUC with the memo "Coachman Gift Cards." Finally, you can donate online at cucwp.org by clicking the yellow Donate button and selecting "Coachman Gift Cards" from the dropdown list. Thank you in advance for continuing to help improve the season for those in our local community! Contact Jacy Good (goodjacy@gmail.com).

Annual Appeal

Financial Donations for the Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry of White Plains. Hunger in Westchester is an ongoing problem. We can help. Your monetary donation in any amount is greatly appreciated.

Look for our table after worship. Or make checks to CUUC with the memo "Food Pantry" and mail or add to the Sunday collection. You may also pay online at cucwp.org by clicking the yellow Donate button. A small percent of online donations goes to PayPal fees; please consider increasing your donation by a few dollars to compensate. Contact: John Cavallero (jcwpny@gmail.com)

Green Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving can be one of the most joyous holidays of the year and also one of the most resource-intensive days as Americans collectively travel billions of miles and consume more than a billion pounds of food. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the holiday while being mindful of your carbon footprint.

From the Committee on Ministry

Survey on Covenantal Relationship, Now through Sun Dec 5
Given two major transitions that we are facing – the return to in-person services and the possible retirement of our minister in June 2023 – this is a good time for us to explore our covenantal relationships. The brief COM survey has 11 questions and should take less than 10 minutes, so help us hear your voice by taking a few minutes to complete it. The survey will be open until Sun Dec 5. Click here to take our survey.

Placekeeping Practice at CUUC

Join the Conversation on Thursday, December 2, 7:30pm, Zoom 8428. Our sanctuary sits within 8+ acres of land that includes walking trails that wind through our woodland, wetlands, gardens, and streams. A group of congregants has recently started meeting to brainstorm how best to enlarge our bonds with the beautiful place we share. 

This might include relaxing in the woods without electronics, hanging out with friends at the spirit fire, better understanding our ecosystem by studying its water, plants and animals, and working together to foster stewardship of our property at CUUC. Let’s discuss how to engage all of our congregants-from children in the Religious Education Program to Youth Group to adults of all ages and interests.  Please join us for an online conversation on Thursday, December 2, at 7:30PM. Zoom 8428. Meeting ID: 817 388 428 & Passcode: 468468. Please contact Cynthia Roberts for more information at CynthiaVroberts@gmail.com.   
Story Time
New Room: Zoom 3131
Thursdays, 7:15-8:00/8:15pm
Barbara M is starting a new book for story time, Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (grades 4-7). While their parents are away, some English children unearth a sand-fairy who is forced to grant their wishes, but luckily for them the wishes come undone at sunset.  
Barbara reads a chapter or two each Thursday. Put on your pjs and get comfy to hear a story. We hope your child(ren) will join us. Zoom 3131Meeting ID: 313 195 3131 · Passcode: 468468. Contact: Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com)
For up-to-date information, schedules, and Zoom links, visit the RE overview and schedule. You may also consult our CUUC website calendarFamilies participating in childcare through 12th grade RE, please submit 2021 registration (click here for the form). Read All CUUC Announcements in the Weekly e-Communitarian Newsletter
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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