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Resources

What a heart-wrenching day.  As I alternate between sadness, frustration, and anger over the terrible tragedy in Conneticut, I am reminded how connected we all are.  Just because this incident didn’t occur in our back yard, it doesn’t mean we aren’t all affected.  This Sunday’s service is focussed on our children and youth.  We will bask in the love we have for and the love we receive from our children as we worship together as a church family.  How sacred.

In the meantime, I want to offer a list of resources in the event anyone needs them.  Sometimes, despite our best efforts, children are exposed to things we’d rather they not be exposed to.   Please don’t hesitate to contact me for assistance anytime you think I might be able to help.

 

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Reminder for this Sunday

Child and youth R.E. Students are requested to arrive at church at 9:15 this Sunday for a last run-through of the holiday pageant.  We will meet in the sanctuary.  After practice, children will move to the fellowship hall to wait (with supervision) until it is time for them to enter the sanctuary for the service.  Festive and/or fun holiday attire is encouraged, but not required.

We Con!

Below please find a listing of Youth CONS for 2013 that are scheduled to date.  Please be sure to let either me or one of the youth advisors know if your youth is interested in attending any (or maybe all!) of them.  In the coming weeks, we will be ramping up preparation for Justice CON, to be held here.  Keep your eye out for announcements (I think I have at least one very exciting one coming!)  and volunteer opportunities.   As always, thanks for supporting our beautiful, bright, and ambitious youth!

 We are proud in the Heartland District to support a very active youth and young adult conference – CON – schedule.  January 2013 CONS are now open for registration.  Learn more and register at midamericauua.org

January 11-13, 2013

CONtinUUm-Southern Region Middle School CON

Miami Valley UU Fellowship, Dayton, OH

January 11-13, 2013

CONcord-Sr. High Youth CON

People’s Church of Kalamazoo, MI

  

January 18-20, 2013

Click HERE to learn more & register

IncommonCON Kalamazoo MLK Jr. Weekend

Young Adult CON

People’s Church of Kalamazoo, MI

January 25-27, 2013

CONnections-Northern Region Middle School CON

People’s Church of Kalamazoo, MI

Upcoming CONS:

 February 22-24, 2013
JusticeCON

UU Church, West Lafayette, IN

April 2013 (TBA)

Jr. High Election CON

All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis, IN

April 18-20, 2013

Reproductive Justice Trip

(details to follow)

May 17-19, 2013

Bridging CON

Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, Louisville, KY

Lastest post from the District Youth Steering Committee (DYSC)…

Save the Date(s)!!!  Registration for these events will be up on the MidAmerica website soon.
Jan 11-13 MVUUF is hosting Space-Time CONtinUUm, Middle School CON (contact Shannon Harper)
Also Jan 11-13 People’s Church is hosting CONcord, Sr High CON (contact Diane Melvin)
Jan 18-20 People’s Church is hosting a Young Adult CON (Contact Diane)
And Jan 25-27 People’s Church is hosting a Middle School CON (contact Diane)

Parents: Important information about holiday pageant for Dec 16!

The December 16th 2012 worship service has been reserved for the holiday pageant put on by RE children and youth classes.  Children do not need special costumes, but are encouraged to wear festive, fun attire.  Santa is the star and organizing theme of this year’s pageant.

There will be a dry run through next Sunday, December 9th, right after the worship service in the sanctuary.  We will make sure to have snacks during RE time so the kids who stay to practice won’t get too hungry or distracted during practice.

Below are links to videos of the four songs with lyrics the kids will be singing.   It would be helpful if kids could find a little time to practice at home:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWv72L4wgCc

Must Be Santa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42_vCV2_gf0

Up on the Housetop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm7t6jl7qY0

Jolly Old St Nicholas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MDX5Z7rInc

Stay in touch with RE!

Are you looking to stay connected with your child’s religious exploration classes?  Do you want to learn more about RE at our church for your children?  This page lists a variety of places we post information – choose the type and mode that works best for you.

RE GLUU Facebook Group – links to blog posts PLUS photos from recent events that may not show on the blog, and offline discussions from parents and volunteers around all RE;

Youth RE Facebook Group – reminders specific to our youths’ programming (for more info including URL, contact Nicole;

Religious Exploration for Children and Youth – This website will host longer pieces of information regarding upcoming programming, RE structure and scheduling.