Giving our gifts

What a wonderful performance the kids put on last Sunday! And Mark K., Cathy S., and Kathleen O., too, of course! There wouldn’t have been a performance without the three of them.

I got tears in my eyes in the last few moments of the performance as Mark asked us all to come and give our gifts. The children on the platform … those are our greatest gifts, and to see them standing there around the homemade nativity scene made up of stuffed animals and Rachel’s egg carton-turned-manager and all the other brought-from-home representations of the night of Christ’s birth … well, it was almost more than I could bear! Norman Rockwell would be put to shame.

So thank you, parents, for the gift of your children. And to those who put on the performance (I had nothing to do with it!), thank you for the gifts of your time and your talents. We are grateful.

After their special show, the kids were a bit too excited to sit in church. All ages got together in fellowship hall to make ornaments from pipe cleaners and bells and color Christmas pictures donated by Ms. Tracy. The kids apparently held a contest to see whose ornament was the best, but Cathy and I could only say that they were all winners! I will note, however, that Daniel J. (who has a age advantage over the kids given that he's 17!) is a wonderful artisan and made some very worthy-of-showcasing ornaments! 

The kids also received small gifts to take home with them. As the magi showed us with their offerings to Jesus, there's just something about answering one gift with another, even if one pales in comparison.

On a different note, there's a new swing on the playground! We're looking for parent input about it, so please let me (or John P.) know what you think about its safety, fun factor, etc. (And FYI: the plan is to center it in the future so it isn't so close to the poles).

That's it for now. Hope to see you Sunday!

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Sunday in review, plus Advent, Week #1

In case you didn’t already know it, let me tell you: Mahdi REALLY likes to do push-ups. And he’s also really good at them!

How do I know this, you ask? Well, because in Sunday School we played “The Good Shepard Says,” which is just like Simon Says except, well, it’s the Good Shepard. The commands were most commonly to jump and down and to dance. But regardless of the command, Mahdi just did push-ups. Totally Jack-Palance impressive.

There was also a command to pick one’s nose, but only one kiddo fell for that one, and I’m not going to tell you which one. I will say neither of my kids were at church, so don’t look at them!

Per our usual, we did some dancing, but this time it was to Jingle Bell Rocks and Kidz Bop Christmas. I learned that there are no circumstances under which Mira will dance, but Sienna has some awesome moves, including one called the Banana Peel. Who knew?

The kids did do some learning as well, namely about the parable of the sheep and goats, in which Jesus teaches us that what we do for the least of these, we do for Him. This is a super important message, and I hope I was able to articulate it well in class. You might want to ask your child(ren) about it and clear up any lingering questions. This is one lesson I don’t want them to walk away from confused or empty-handed!

This coming Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. I don’t know about you, but I really dislike missing Advent Sundays. It’s such a wonderful thing, the eager anticipation of Christ. Seeing the candles lit each week as we work our way closer to His impending birth is powerful stuff! This Sunday is also our first Sunday intergenerational service, so only the Little Ones and Godly Play will meet. That said, I really hope the older kids/youth can make it to join with the adults in communion.

Here are some dates for your calendar. There are quite a few of them in this season of Advent, and all are well worth the time!

Dec. 2 — Advent Festival
Dec. 3 — Hanging of the Greens
Dec. 9 —  PNO/Kids’ Christmas Party (don't forget to RSVP!)
Dec. 10 — Kids’ Christmas performance during service
Dec. 12 — Charrette follow-up meeting (childcare provided)
Dec. 15 — Winter Relief
Dec. 16 — Winter Relief
Dec. 24 — Christingle

Hope to see you Sunday!

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Sunday in Review (plus Advent at UCCA!)

OK, I know say it a lot, but this last Sunday was truly amazing. There were even guinea pigs for the kids to see, thanks to Ms. Anne! And of course the Thanksgiving Feast was fantastic, as was hanging out inside the warmth of fellowship hall while the gazillion-mile-per-hour wind threatened to blow the church away!

I was given the opportunity to lead the youth class for the first time since it started meeting, and rather than do a lesson, we sat around and chatted. I got caught up on the kids’ lives—it’s been a while since we’ve really talked!—discussed our Thanksgiving plans, and set forth a vision for UCCA CX youth (13+) in 2018. We have a game plan, and lots of bold ideas, but we also have an agreement with one another that if they (or we) are too busy with sports and school and clubs and life in general and the meetings and bold ideas don’t pan out, that’s fine. All we can do is try! I’m glad we trust and understand one another enough to put that out there rather than make false promises. That’s what living in community is all about! Understanding, and being understood.

Moving on to Save the Dates …. December is a very busy month at UCCA! We have some amazing events planned:

Dec. 2 — Advent Festival

Dec. 3 — Hanging of the Greens

Dec. 9 —  PNO/Kids’ Christmas Party (don't to get to RSVP!)

Dec. 10 — Kids’ Christmas performance

Dec. 12 — Charrette follow-up meeting (childcare provided)

Dec. 15 — Winter Relief

Dec. 16 — Winter Relief

Dec. 24 — Christingle

These are all great events, and I hope to see you at each and every one!

See you Sunday,

Jamie

 

 

Veterans Day and our Youth

In 1918, at 1100 hours on the 11th day of the eleventh month, hostilities between nations fighting World War I ceased. It was supposed to be the “war to end all wars”. At the commemoration of its first anniversary in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the day as Armistice Day and it was officially made a federal holiday by Congress in 1926: “Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of this date should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations;”

After another World War and a short while after the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared the 11th of November, instead, to be Veterans Day, as a celebration and thank you to all the men and women who served in the Armed Forces. 

As one of those veterans, I am very humbled when someone says, “Thank you for your service.” My immediate response is to awkwardly thank them for thanking me. My second thought is, “I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into at the young age of 18... so does that still count?” What I do remember (of the good times) revolves around people. Living on a ship for several months at a time brings plenty of opportunities to talk, if only to stay awake. We talked about our families, what we wanted to see during the next port call, and what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives. Spending hour on end with one another meant that you got to know the hopes, dreams, and motivations of each person. This is very similar to how I imagine a church should be like. We take time to get to know each other as we worship and work together. 

Over the past couple of weeks, our youth met with veterans to talk about their service in the armed forces. We met before, during, and after Sunday’s service. During Fellowship, several of the youth told the gathered congregation about what they learned during their conversations. We heard stories about getting through boot camp, going overseas to put out oil fires, going surfing on the West coast of Africa, and intercepting coded communications! There were many more stories to share then time permitted. I hope the youth and veterans that were not able to meet before Veterans Day get a chance to meet in the upcoming weeks. And for those that have more questions, to ask for a follow-up meeting. From generation to generation, we learn through telling and listening to stories. I hope this inter-generational Veterans Day Project is the beginning of a conversation that will help facilitate many more.

Thank you to our Veterans for your service to our nation and for your continued service in our church.

Irish Sirmons

Past, present, and future

Wow, did we have a Halloween party on Sunday! Twenty-one kids, homemade slime, scratch-off sheets, the best homemade cookies I’ve ever had (thanks, Michelle!) … really, it was a blast. Monica, Cathy, Michelle, Elizabeth, and Melissa did a great job keeping the slime craft moving along, and I have to say that the rendition of 5 Little Pumpkins that Michelle and I performed was really quite impressive. J  

Despite how much fun we had, Edwin seemed set on escaping Caton Hall, perhaps due to the lack of a car ramp, and Elias was shocked when the party ended without a single party game being played. I think perhaps he had envisioned a costumed version of Twister, which kind of does sound fun. Maybe next year!

Speaking of costumes, the kids took turns showing off theirs and telling us their Halloween plans; hopefully those plans were well executed last night and everyone came home safe, happy, and with lots of candy.

This coming Sunday our Little Ones and Godly Play students will meet, but Young Disciples and CX will be in the sanctuary for our intergenerational service with communion.

Don’t forget our upcoming PNO on the 18th! I haven’t received any RSVPs yet, which I need to make sure that there’s enough demand to keep the PNO on the November calendar.

In case you’re wondering … Ms. Tracy is healing up nicely, but is still on bed rest following her hip replacement surgery. She’s rocking physical therapy, though, and will be up and around in no time. Please hold her and her family in your prayers, and if you’d like to take her a meal or send her a meal via delivery, you can sign up here.  

See you Sunday!

Best,
Jamie

This Little Light of Mine

It was a treat to have N and Y’s kids in Sunday School yesterday. We had a lot of fun talking about how those around us shine in special ways, and how we can shine in return. And then take all that shine out into the world!

Ms. Anne taught our Godly Play class as Ms. Michelle was in Ohio; Aaron said it was a great class and that Ms. Anne treated them all to mini-pumpkins. Thanks, Anne, for filling in!

Ms. Tracy had her last day in the Little Ones class until December, when she’ll be all healed up from her hip surgery. She was teary at the end of the day, knowing it would be a month before she’d be back. Please keep her and her family in your prayers, and keep an eye out for a Meal Train to hit your inbox as she’ll need some help over the next few months.

One of our youth, Melissa, turned THIRTEEN yesterday, believe it or not. Sooner or later we’re going to have a whole slew of pre-teens and teenagers, which isn’t something I like to spend too much time thinking about!  

The upcoming weeks hold a lot of activities for UCCA youth and adults alike, beginning with this Wednesday’s Living the Questions at 9:30am, then Thursday’s charrette planning session at 6:30pm at the Elks Lodge right across from the church. Childcare will be provided!

Other dates include:

Oct. 29th – all-youth Halloween party, as well as the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation. Come in costume!

November 10th, 11th, or 12th we will have a Veteran’s Day project. This is still in the works so watch your email for more information.

November 18th – Parents’ Night Out from 5pm to 8pm, Caton Hall, dinner provided. RSVP to Jamie.

I hope your kiddos remember to let their lights shine out into the world this week!

See you Sunday (in costume?),

Jamie

 

 

CE Updates and Save the Dates

Not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but UCCA is bursting at the seams with kids these days! (This is especially noticeable when, say, Aaron and Rachel are cursing each other with wands during the Children’s Sermon.)

All of our wonderful teachers have been raving about how classes are going! Our new youth class is especially off to a strong start, so much so in fact that we’re adding in additional class time. If your pre-teen or teen is in the youth class, keep an eye on the weekly updates and/or church calendar for when classes will be held.

And, of course, we’ve added Ms. Jolyn to our Little One’s rotation. She is AMAZING! If you haven’t met her yet you’ll have plenty of chances in November, when she’ll be around every Sunday while Ms. Tracy is out due to hip surgery.

Dates to remember:

October 22nd – parents should plan to stick around for a potluck celebration of the Yasir family during fellowship hour, and then a church visioning session. We want to hear your vision for UCCA! Childcare will be provided.

October 26th – We will hold a church expansion charrette at the Elks Lodge. Childcare will be provided.

Oct. 29th – all-youth Halloween party, as well as the 500th anniversary celebration of the Reformation. Come in costume!

November 10th, 11th, or 12th we will have a Veteran’s Day project. This is still in the works so watch your email for more information.

November 18th – Parents’ Night Out from 5pm to 8pm, Caton Hall, dinner provided. RSVP to Jamie.

That’s it for now. Hope to see you Sunday!

Best,
Jamie

 

 

 

 

Off and Running! (plus Save the Dates and Sign Ups!)

Sunday School has gotten off to an awesome start! The kids have huddled around a watermelon “campfire”; (hopefully) learned the power of forgiveness, even for their siblings; taken a garden tour; written Haikus; and created homemade invitations to distribute for our Family Fun day on October 7th.  And we’ve only met twice!!

Our new youth class has met once, and from the description Irish gave me, the class couldn’t have gone better. We have such inquisitive and intelligent youth in our midst! I’m grateful to have them, and grateful for those who meet with them every 2nd and 4th Sunday to talk about matters of faith. If you’re interested in being one of those people, you can sign up here.

Ms. Tracy is back in our Little Ones class along with Erine and Khorey. This last Sunday Khorey and I attempted to teach the kids the motions to Father Abraham, and I began teaching them how to sign “Jesus Loves Me.” While Cove and Floyd looked at us like we were nuts and Edwin wore a look of vague amusement, they were definitely listening and even dancing along with the music! In the words of Floyd, “Yep, more.” Indeed!

Our first PNO was also a great success, with 12 kids in attendance. They enjoyed pizza and made crafts, and in general ran amok (in a good way).

In other news, this Sunday is intergenerational Sunday. Godly Play and Little Ones will meet as usual, but there will not be a Young Disciples class. You can find out more about the power of our intergenerational service of communion here.

Interested in providing snacks for the kiddos on Sundays? Sign up here!

Upcoming events: Family Fun day is on October 7th at Hillsmere beach, 11am setup, 12pm start. For more information on Family Fun day, contact Lora or Kathy M.

Also on October 7th is the annual Blessing of the Pets, which begins at 10am at the church. Bring your pet(s) for a laying on of hands that’s super cute and slightly smelly.

October 14th is our next PNO, 5-8 at the church. RSVP directly to Jamie, please!

October 29th we’ll have a joint Halloween/Reformation celebration, so perhaps come dressed as a 16th-century theologian?

Hope to see you Sunday, and happy fall!

Best,

Jamie
Chair of Christian Ed

 

Welcome back!

This Saturday, 9/16, we will have our first PNO of the new church year! Same as before - Caton Hall, dinner provided, 5pm - 8pm, staffed by Khorey and Erine. All ages are welcome, and a swing and Pack-n-Play are available for infants. If children under 2 will be in attendance, let me know so I can add in a third childcare provider. Please send me your RSVPs by Wednesday, 9/13.

This Sunday we'll be back to our regular Sunday School schedule, but with some changes:

Nursery is ages 0-3, drop off begins at 10:20. (This week's teachers are Erine and Tracy. Yes, Ms. Tracy is back!)

Godly Play is 4-6. Kids will begin in the sanctuary sitting with their teacher, then dismiss to classroom after the Children's Sermon. Kids should bring a small offering and their Bibles. If you need a Bible for your child, please let me know! (This week's teachers are Michelle and TA Melissa) 

Young Disciples is 7-11. Kids will begin in the sanctuary with their parents, then dismiss to the classroom after the Children's Sermon. Kids should bring a small offering and their Bibles. If you need a Bible for your child, please let me know! (This week's teachers are Jamie and TA Hannah)

The older youths' class is 12+, and will meet in the Butterfly Room on 2nd and 4th Sundays. They will begin in the sanctuary then dismiss to the classroom after the Children's Sermon. (Does not meet this week; next week will be led by Irish.)

All children are to remain in their classrooms until picked up by a parent.

Please consider signing up to bring a snack every once in a while for our kids to enjoy during class. At least one gluten-free snack and dairy-free snack should be provided; preferably these would be on par with the "regular" snacks. (i.e., if we have cookies for kids without allergies, we don't want carrot sticks for the kids with allergies, as this isn't "fair" in their estimation.)

Here is a link to sign up to bring snacks:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45aaab28a6f94-food1

Thanks, and I'll see you Sunday!

Volcanoes, Save-the-Dates, and Lots of Sign-up Geniuses!

The kids had an awesome time learning about volcanoes from Jake and Lora Bleacher this last Sunday! I took some pictures that I’m sure will end up on the church FB page, so be sure to check that out later this week. The Blessing of the Backpacks was also a very special time, and the kids seemed to love the tags given to them by Pastor Ryan to hang on their backpacks. If you didn’t get a tag let me know and I will get you one!

Jake B taught how volcanoes work and what they do with the older children.

Jake B taught how volcanoes work and what they do with the older children.

This coming Sunday, September 3rd, we will have our intergenerational service. Youth 6 and over will remain in the sanctuary. Childcare will be provided for those 6 and under in the Little Ones classroom. (ICYMI, you can find the blog post on the special nature of our intergenerational Sundays here.)

As we get closer to the start of Sunday School, please consider signing up to bring snacks for the youth on occasion. You can find the Sign-up Genius here.

Dates to remember:

September 10th we will have an end-of-summer party during the Sunday School hour.

September 16th will be our first PNO of the fall, 5pm-8pm, Caton Hall. Send RSVPs to Jamie no later than September 12th, please!

September 17th our new Sunday School year will begin!

Here’s a reminder of how the 2017-2018 Sunday School year will be structured:

This year the classrooms will be grouped into the following age ranges and locations:

Little Ones: 0-3, will meet in the nursery each week. Drop off begins at 10:20. Infants are welcome. The Bishop family has supplied the church with a playpen and infant swing—thank you, Nathan and Michelle!

Godly Play: 4-6, will meet in the Godly Play room after the Children’s Sermon each week. Prior to the Children’s Sermon they will sit in the sanctuary with their teacher. (Teachers are Cathy S. and Michelle B.)

Young Disciples: 7-10, will meet in Caton Hall after the Children’s Sermon all Sunday’s but Communion Sunday, which is held the first Sunday of each month. (Teachers are Jamie C-H. and Anne E.)

NEW CLASS, CX Youth: 11-up, will meet in the Butterfly Room every 2nd and 4th Sunday after the Children’s Sermon. They will walk to the Butterfly Room with their teacher. (Teachers are Monica R-W. and Irish S. If you are interested in volunteering to teach, please let me know ASAP. You can find the calendar for signing up to teach here.)

All children are to remain in their classrooms until picked up by a parent.

There will be a Children’s Sermon each week for the children to enjoy. I hope this makes them feel an integral part of each Sunday’s worship time!

October 7th Blessing of the Pets. Bring your pets to the church for a special blessing from Pastor Ryan! (10am-11am).

Also on October 7th we will have a special day of fun at the beach with some of the families we’ve gotten to know over the last year, such as the Abed and Morales families. More information to come, but mark your calendars now! (12pm-4pm, Hillsmere Beach)

Hope to see you Sunday!

Best,
Jamie

The Most Important CE Blog You'll Read All Year!

Our Summer Fun classrooms are going wonderfully! There’s only one left, which will be led by Jake and Lora on August 27th. This coming Sunday, August 20th, the nursery will be open but there is no program planned for the older children. They will remain with their parents in the sanctuary.

Also on August 27th we will have our annual Blessing of the Backpacks as a send-off for the new school year! Children should bring their backpacks to church with them and to the front of the sanctuary during the Children’s Sermon.

September 10th we will have an end-of-summer party during the Sunday School hour, and on September 17th our new Sunday School year will begin!

This year the classrooms will be grouped into the following ages and locations:

Little Ones: 0-3, will meet in the nursery each week. Drop off begins at 10:20.

Godly Play: 4-6, will meet in the Godly Play room after the Children’s Sermon each week. Prior to the Children’s Sermon they will sit in the sanctuary with their teacher. (Teachers are Cathy S. and Michelle B.)

Young Disciples: 7-10, will meet in Caton Hall after the Children’s Sermon all Sunday’s but Communion Sunday, which is held the first Sunday of each month. (Teachers are Jamie CH and Anne E.)

NEW CLASS, CX Youth: 11-up, will meet in the Butterfly Room every 2nd and 4th Sunday after the Children’s Sermon. They will walk to the Butterfly Room with their teacher. (Teachers are Monica RW and Irish S. If you are interested in volunteering to teach, please let me know ASAP).

**All children are to remain in their classrooms until picked up by a parent.**

There will be a Children’s Sermon each week for the children to enjoy. I hope this makes them feel an integral part of each Sunday’s worship time!

Please let me know if you have any questions about our upcoming “semester.” I can’t wait to get started!

Blessings,

Jamie
Chair of Christian Ed

 

First Sundays – A Special Time of Worship!

Hi all,

Please join us this Sunday for our once-a-month intergenerational service as all ages join together in the sanctuary for a child- and adult-friendly service during which we will take communion together as the Body of Christ.

Communion has become a rote practice for many, as the significance of the act is lost to the mundanity of the routine. But we want our youth to know just how important this act is! So, if you have a moment to explain communion to your child(ren) prior to our First Sunday Intergenerational Service days, that would be great! A simple way to explain Communion to a young child could look something like this:

Taking communion goes all the way back to the earliest days of the church. In fact, it was Jesus Himself who began the tradition of communion. Right before He was crucified, He had a meal with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Jesus knew He wouldn’t be with His disciples much longer, and so He made a point of giving part of Himself to them so that they could remember Him. 

The Bible says this is how it happened: “And Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” 

From that time on, communion became a super important part of Christian worship. In the early days of the church, it wasn’t always easy to take communion or even to go to church at all, as not everyone wanted people to worship Jesus. But those who loved Jesus took communion anyway, even if they got in trouble for it, because they knew how amazing a thing it was to receive His gifts, and to do so together in community. Jesus did not intend for us to take communion alone, but instead to do so side-by-side with others, just as His disciples at the Last Supper did. Just as we take special meals together such as at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, we are to take this most special of “meals” together as a whole church! So being in the church with the grown-ups for this time is really important and special!

Hope to see you and your little ones this Sunday for our time of Communion and worship!

Outcomes of Parent Meeting and Praying With Our Feet

On Wednesday evening, UCCA parents came together to eat pizza and discuss the upcoming fall season of Sunday School. As a team, those gathered decided UCCA youth would be best served by altering the current age and classroom breakdown:

Little Ones: 1–3

Godly Play: 4–6

Young Disciples: 7–10

TBD Youth Classroom: 11–13

I’m especially excited by the creation of the 11–13 classroom. That class will meet every second and third week, and we already have a handful of people eager to volunteer in the classroom!

Other topics discussed included the Children’s Sermon, creating a regular acolyte rotation, field trips, mission projects, and more!

This Sunday Suzie R. and Rick D. will lead the kids in the Summer Fun session, Praying with Your Feet. I think the kids will really enjoy this one!

Looking Ahead

Interested in bringing snacks for the kids one Sunday this fall? Sign up here.

Sign-ups for fellowship hour food, set-up, or clean-up can be found here.

The first PNO of the fall season will be on September 16th! You can RSVP here.

The first Sunday School class of the fall season is September 17th, which is also the day of our annual picnic. Mark your calendars!

See you Sunday,

Jamie
Chair of Christian Education

 

This Sunday in Christian Ed...

Last Sunday the kids (and more than a few parents!) had a great time painting the playground. They were led by John and Daniel, who have spent many hours over the last several months working to make our playground as safe and welcoming as possible. If you haven't already, please take the time to say thank you to those two for all their hard work!

This week our Summer Fun program will be led by CX. This is sure to be a fun-filled activity as all ages of UCCA youth come together to spend time in community. 

Parents will soon receive in their inbox a survey to fill out prior to the July 26th parents' meeting.  It's short and sweet, so please take the time to fill it out, preferably by July 23, so CE can read through the responses prior to our meeting. 

Hope to see you all on Sunday!

Best,

Jamie
Chair of Christian Education

Paint the Playground with John Plumley and All Parent Meeting

Just a reminder that this Sunday will be a Paint the Playground Day. Kids and any adults who want to help should plan on wearing clothes that can get messy. The painting will begin after the older kids dismiss from the Children's Sermon.

It's also our third Sunday potluck!

Upcoming date of interest:

July 26, 6:30pm will be our All Parent Meeting. It will be held at my house, and there will be food. Kids are welcome. : )

Hope to see you Sunday,

Jamie

Intergenerational Service July 2nd, Danishes with Kathy July 9th

Who said corporate worship has to be done from the pews? Last Sunday the children were led by Andy in a fun game of flag football, which was a fun and meaningful time of community building and fellowship for our youngest congregants. This coming Sunday, July 2nd, is General Synod, which is where I will be. Those at UCCA will enjoy an intergenerational service—childcare will be provided for children 5 and under, while those over 5 will worship in the sanctuary. Summer programming will continue July 9th, when Kathy W. will lead the children in baking Danishes.

Our all-parent meeting in coming upon July 26th. If you don’t already have it on your calendar, add it now, and please send me your RSVP.  

Enjoy your week, and I’ll see you on July 9th, apron in hand.

Best,
Jamie, Chair of Christian Educatio

Art Project Success/Upcoming Flag Football

Our art project was a great success! The kids started with a communal art project—they were given an instruction on what to draw (such as, draw the smallest dot you can) then told to rotate to the next person’s spot and given another instruction. This went on until each child had been around the paper several times. The end result was a beautiful, colorful piece of art that shows what the children can do when they work together in community. For the second project, they painted to music, drawing what the music made them feel. They had a lot of fun with this one! The kids’ art will be showcased in the church, location to be determined.

This coming Sunday, June 25, Andy will lead the kids in flag football unless it’s too hot or raining, in which case we will have an age-appropriate Board-Game-a-Thon in Caton Hall.

While the older kids will enjoy a different project each Sunday, the Little Ones will meet in their classroom as usual. Ms. Erine and Ms. Khorey are our dedicated teachers this summer, however, we still need adult volunteers each Sunday to assist. Please let me know if you are able to sign up for a Sunday or two this summer.

Stay cool, and I’ll see you Sunday!

Best,

Jamie 

School Ends and Summer Begins!

We had a fantastic summer kick-off yesterday! All ages gathered together for a small party to end the Sunday School year. Each child was given a lei and small trophy, accompanied by a statement of praise for each individual child’s special gift to the Sunday School classroom. I don’t know if I will remember this all accurately, but I’ll try my best:

·      Aaron: for the unending exuberance he exhibits each Sunday

·      Cameron: for the stellar social skills he brings to the Godly Play community

·      Eleanor: for the special sparkle and shine she takes with her wherever she goes

·      Elias: for his spirit of peace making (and for leaving his name tag in the silliest of places)

·      Emmalene: for the devotion to discipleship she shows each Sunday

·      Harley: for the contagious enthusiasm he brings to all that he does

·      Jack: for being a great learner

·      Lillie: also for being a great learner (it must run in the family!)

·      Rachel: for being a great listener in class

·      Simon: for his joyful smile and smiling eyes, both of which light up any room he’s in

Obviously there is more we could say about each child, but these are special gifts that have become apparent over the past several months. Contagious enthusiasm and joy, community building, intellect, peace-making, discipleship… we are blessed with a talented group of kids!

I’ll see you all next week, when we will be painting with Leslie Moon. The kids will dismiss after the children’s sermon, somewhere around 10:15, and Leslie thinks the lesson will last about an hour.

Hope to see everyone Saturday evening at drop off/pick up, but if not, see you Sunday!

Best,
Jamie

PS: Here's a list of our upcoming Sunday activities. There are two Sundays we've yet to fill, but hope to soon. If you have a talent you'd like to share with the kids, please let me know!

 

June 18 - local artist Leslie Moon will lead the children in an expressive art project. It will be taught outside, and the children should dress to get messy! 

June 25 - flag football with Andy. There will be a secondary activity for those who don't want to play or are too young, etc.

July 2 - intergenerational worship -- no SF programming

July 9 - Danishes with Kathy W.

July 16 - Paint the Playground Day with John P.

July 23 - CX-led Summer Fun Sunday

July 30 - TBD

August 6 - Summer Science with Sara S.

August 13 - Summer Science with Lora and Jake

August 20 - TBD

August 27 - Summer Science with Lora and Jake 

Summer's Finally Here! (and lots of other need-to-know info)

This Sunday should be a fun one! The schedule is a little wonky, but worth it, I think, for a fun summer kick off!

This Sunday’s schedule:

Little Ones: begin in the classroom, then go to children’s sermon, then (along with their teachers) to Caton Hall for a summer kick off! (Ms. Erine and volunteer Becca)

Godly Play: begin in the classroom, then go to children’s sermon, then back to GP for the lesson. After the lesson, GP students and teachers will join us for the celebration! (Cathy S. and Becca)

Young Disciples: begin in sanctuary, participate in children’s sermon, then dismiss to the summer celebration. (Jamie, Ms. Erine, Becca, and Cathy S.)

Snacks that consider dietary limitations will be provided. If you’d like to donate a food item or drink, please contact me by Friday at jamiehanauer@gmail.com.

Our summer is shaping up to be a fun one. We have the following programs lined up, with more to come!

·      June 11 – summer kick off! A small celebration in Caton Hall.

·      June 18 – expressive art with local artist Leslie Moon (dress for mess!)

·      June 25 – flag football and other outdoor event with Andy H. (dress for grass stains, and
       don’t make Saturday a bath night…)

·      July 3 – first Sunday intergenerational service (children sit on the front row; I will join them. 
      Others are welcome!)

·      July 9 – making Danishes with Kathy W. (bring an apron if you have one)

If you’re interested in signing up for a summer Sunday project post-July 9, please contact me ASAP at jamiehanauer@gmail.com.

LOOKING AHEAD:

If you haven’t already done so please RSVP for our very important Christian Ed planning meeting, where all interested parties get to have their opinions heard on what Christian Ed at UCCA should look like! This is your chance to get your great idea out there, don’t let it pass you by! ALL AGES will be discussed, from age 0 to 18).

Don’t forget that we have our LAST PNO OF THE SCHOOL YEAR on June 17, 5pm to 8pm, Caton Hall. The next PNO will probably be in September, so take advantage of this 3 hours of freedom while you can! Attendance is free, with a suggested donation of $10 per family. RSVP *NOW* to jamiehanauer@gmail.com.

Christian Ed Committee Meeting: My house, June 14, 10am, children welcome, snacks and coffee/tea provided.

And, as always, if you’re interested in volunteering with the children in any capacity, or being on the Christian Education committee, please let me know. There’s always a need!

See you Sunday,

Jamie, Chair of Christian Ed

 

 

May 28 Sunday School Info, Parents Night Out, and Important Summer News!

Thanks to Hannah and Matt for teaching Young Disciples last week while I was out sick. I missed the kids very much, but heard that Hannah and Matt did an excellent and fun job!

This week's YD class will be taught by Anne Eastman, assisted by Melissa. The kids will be learning about the Ascension from Acts 1:6-14.

Godly Play will be taught by Cathy Sanders, and assisted by Hannah.

Ms. Erine will provide care for the Little Ones. We are still searching for a volunteer to assist. If you're interested, please let me know!

PARENTS NIGHT OUT!

June 17th is our next Parents Night Out, 5pm-8pm, Caton Hall. A light dinner will be provided. Childcare provider information to come.

SUMMER NEWS!

Believe it or not, summer is almost here! June 11th will be our last "regular" Sunday School class (we will likely have a little party in each class), and June 18th will kick off our summer programming.

For the last two years, which is as far back as my institutional history goes, we have had a volunteer teach a special class to the kids. Examples have included baking bread, a nature walk around the church grounds, play-doh making, science experiments... you get the gist. 

If you would like to contribute your time and talents this summer, please let me know what kind of class you have in mind, and what date would work for you. We already have a volunteer who will conduct an art class (thank you, Leslie!), and it's possible Andy and I might get a flag football game in there somewhere...  

Also, if you know of someone who might like to lead a class or two but who isn't on this email, please forward it along and encourage him/her to get in touch with me.

Best,

Jamie
Chair, Christian Education