February’s Theme is Love

February 3- Love of Church, Children’s Chapel Sunday (Making valentines for select church members )

February 10- For Love of Family, the 4-6th graders will be baking bread with Amy French, for Celebrating Love , 1st-3rd graders will be singing with Sharon McKnight, and for Love of Self,
Prek-K will be doing yoga with Suzanne McConville

February 17th- 4th-6th graders will be doing yoga with KrisTaylor, 1st-3rd graders will be baking with Amy, and prek-K will be singing with Sharon

February 24th- For Love of Other Living Creatures, all the children will meet together for a presentation on animals by Barney Dunning

To get us all in a General Assembly state of mind, our March Theme is From Promise to Commitment. Our workshops for March 3, 10th, and 17th will be based on who /what we make promises to:

Our UU Faith- making chalices with Tony Pawli
Our Congregation- rewriting our church covenant with Sherry Tripodi and Lisa Pantea
One Another- social skills games and thinking about how we interact with one another with Laura Geiger Reid

**March 24, Spring Break- No R.E.**

March 31, Easter- This will be our Children’s Chapel Sunday and the focus will be our Commitment to the Larger Community with a canned food hunt to benefit Food Finder’s planned.

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The words to the protest song composed by our 4th-6th graders and sung in a round with the congregation during Time For All Ages this morning:

(To the tune of 3 Blind Mice)

Know your food.  Know your food.

See where it’s grown.  See where it’s grown.

Nutritious food with no pesticides.

Eat something healthy for your insides.

Look at it from the farmer’s side.

And know your food.

Special Announcement

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to our new nursery administrator, Liz Cohen, who will begin working in the nursery this Sunday, January 20th.  Liz comes to us with an associates degree in early childhood education  from Ivy Tech and a variety of experiences working with children, including her current position as an early head start teacher at Bauer Family Resources.  We’re so happy to have you, Liz!  Welcome aboard!!!

Our Walkie Talkies Walked!

The walkie talkies primarily used for communication between volunteers and the DRE on Sunday mornings are missing. They were last seen charging in room 106 Thursday, January 3th and were found to be missing for church services on Sunday the 6th. If you have any information, please contact the office. Thanks!

Time to Start Thinking About GA Now!

With GA being so close this year (in Louisville KY), one of our goals is to have as many people go as possible. 
 
General Assembly Financial Aid Opportunities

The GA Office and Planning Committee are committed to the goal of making GA accessible to the maximum number of attendees possible. Recognizing that traveling to and participating in General Assembly can be a costly venture, we would like folks to be aware of the following opportunities for financial aid:

Become a Volunteer – The GA Volunteer Committee funds full-time GA registrations in exchange for 24 hours of volunteer work at GA (16 hours for those eligible for reduced registration rates). Applications for volunteer positions must be submitted by March 31.

Apply for a Scholarship – Secure a pledge of support from your congregation and apply for a GA Planning Committee scholarship. If your application is accepted, the Planning Committee may match your congregation’s pledge (up to $250) and also fund your full-time registration. Apply by March 31.

Our All Church Theme for January is Justice

In general, the format that workshop rotation will follow is for three weeks the children will meet in smaller groups according to age for workshops related to our theme of the month, and one week there will be a larger Children’s Chapel worship, activity, and discussion to talk about what we have or will learn that month.  The three workshops and schedule for January are: 

Protest Songs: January 13- 4th-6th grades, January 20- pre-K, January 27- 1st-3rd grades

Fair Chocolate?: January 13th- pre-K, January 20th- 1st-3rd grades, January 27th- 4-6th grades

Bullying: January 13th-1st-3rd grades, January 20th-4-6th grades, January 27th-pre-K