December 26, 2021: Religious Education

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
December 26, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
Covid Safety Update
Earlier this week, Joe Majsak and Christian Force sent an announcement to the congregation letting us know that the Board of Trustees and Building Reopening Committee have suspended all in-person gatherings at CUUC to ensure the safety of our community. Our Christmas Eve celebration, all Sunday worship/Religious Education classes, and other gathering on our buildings and grounds have returned to virtual, Zoom format. Click here to read the full announcement. 
1st-9th Grade Classes Resume January 9th.
The RE Council has been discussing the shift back to online programming. We are currently planning to offer 1st-9th grade RE classes on Zoom during 10:00am Sunday worship with staggered log in: 1st-5th grades log In at 9:50am; 6th-7th grades log In at 10:00am; 8th-9th grades log In at 10:10am. If attending RE and worship at the same time would create a challenge for your family in terms of needing multiple devices and additional bandwidth, please let Tracy know (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). We want programming to be as accessible as possible.

We are are exploring online programming for 8th-12th grade Youth Group. Diane may offer stories or dance parties for young children. Online Children's Story Time with Barbara returns Thursday, January 6th at 7:15pm. And, we might play D&D online (see the box below). 

Please watch upcoming newsletters for additional information and
bookmark the RE schedule posted here - this page will always have the most up-to-date schedule and information. Click here for a .pdf of that page, showing the revised January & February RE schedule.
More than ever, we are grateful for your understanding and patience as we continue making adjustments around the unfolding pandemic. 
Happy Holidays!

Christmas Eve Service
*Online Only*

Friday, December 24th, 5:30pm
In the spirit of love and with commitment to care for the health and safety of all, we will hold our Christmas Eve service online only.  Join us at 5:30pm in Zoom 2210 (our Coffee Hour Zoom) where we can see one another as we share story, songs, and candlelight virtually.

We recommend that you set up your computer -- or any device you’ll be using to connect to the service -- in a darkenable room. Also, have a candle handy and a way to light it. Click here to join the online Christmas Eve service, or call (audio only): 929-436-2866, Meeting ID: 336 956 2210, Passcode: 468468.
Up On the Rooftop

If you have someone eagerly awaiting Santa, you can watch their flight around the world on the 24th with NORAD's Santa tracker. So fun!

Let It Snow
Upcoming Sundays
Religious Education classes and activities are on break for the holidays.
We look forward to seeing you for online RE January 9th!

December 26th Worship
*Online Only*

December 26th, 10:00am
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
The Swahili word, "umoja" means unity -- and it's the theme of the first of the seven days of Kwanzaa.
Our story is Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis. Enjoy these Kwanzaa coloring pages as you hear a story about how family members can pull together, for their own good and the good of the entire community, demonstrating the seven principles of Kwanzaa. 

This morning's worship will be pre-recorded. Join us on Zoom at 10:00am and greet others in the live chat stream. To join, 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.
January 2nd Worship
*Online Only*

January 2nd, 10:00am
“Question Box” 
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
It's our sometimes-annual question box service. Bring your questions, and I'll offer an answer. Will it be a satisfactory answer? We'll all find out.
Connecting in Community
Dungeons & Dragons
UU Style

Calling all Adventurers! Tracy and Raquel attended a D&D training with a group of UUs and it was fun! They suggested some modifications that ground play in UU values.

Do we have any players or DMs out there? Would you be interested in playing? All ages and experience levels are welcome! If we have someone to act as DM, or a couple people to partner in the role, we would play online until we can meet in person again. D&D allows players to have adventures full of endless possibilities and surprises as they create a story together.  If you are new to D&D, read more about it here. If you’re interested in participating, contact Tracy (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 

Holiday Giving

We are collecting donations that will spread some holiday cheer. Thank you for helping brighten the season for those in our local community! 
Appeal for Minister's Discretionary Fund - The need for the Minister’s Discretionary Fund has been greater than usual and our fund balance has become low. The fund allows Rev. Meredith to provide confidential assistance to those experiencing financial hardship. Please consider a donation to help us replenish the fund and once again give our minister the ability to help others. Make checks out to CUUC with the memo “MDF” or “Discretionary Fund.” We are also accepting donations of Shoprite gift cards, which can be left in the black plastic bin on the office door.

Beds and Mattresses Needed - The Refugee Resettlement Team is looking for immediate donations of bunk bed, double/queen bed frames, and twin and full/queen mattress sets for one our Afghan refugee families. Contact Paula Meighan (paula.meighan74@gmail.com) or Robin Rocchi (robinandal@verizon.net).

Mitten Tree - Share the gift of warmth by donating mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages and sizes. As the building is now closed, you may drop off donations on the porch of Mary Cavallero's home by Sunday,  Jan 2. She lives at 42 Wyndham Close, White Plains, NY 10605. This is the first right on Bryant Ave from North Street. 

Personal Items for Shelter Residents - We collect new men's and women's socks, underwear, and toiletries throughout December, for residents of local shelters.

Coachman Gift Cards - Help us buy a $25 gift card for each school-aged child at the Coachman Family Center, a local shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Donate at our table after worship through Dec 19, or mail checks to CUUC with the memo "Coachman Gift Cards." You can also donate online at cucwp.org by clicking Donate and selecting "Coachman Gift Cards." We will purchase the cards and deliver them to the approximately 200 children at Coachman. Contact Jacy Good (goodjacy@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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