Did you forget your GAYT box last Sunday? No worries! We will continue to accept them (or a check made out to UUSC with GAYT notated on the subject line) through Sunday, December 8th.
December 1st– Thanksgiving break. No RE today.
December 8th– Help decorate the mitten tree!! The hats, mittens, and scarves we collect this year will go to MESA, a local organization that serves the migrant farm worker population in our community. “MESA focuses on reaching families that do not receive traditional support from under-served communities.” Holiday pageant practice during RE today. There will be healthy snacks during our r.e. time so that we can do a short run-through of the pageant on the stage immediately after the service.
December 15th– All Ages Service- “Celebrate the Light” holiday pageant. December 22nd- RE will create holiday crafts as we explore seasonal traditions this time of year
– Holiday Break- NO RE today
1st-8th grade r.e. classes will be visiting Purdue’s Black Cultural Center near the corner of 3rd and Russel this Sunday. Parents are responsible for transportation for their children. Drop off at the parking lot doors is between 10-10:15 and pick up between 11:45-noon. Guides and other adults should plan on arriving at 10:00. Please make sure we have a current registration and permission slip on file for your child. The preschool/kindergarten class and high school youth group will have class as usual, and should report directly to their classes this Sunday.
During our Stone Soup service this coming Sunday, November 3rd, we will be taking up a collection of food suitable for donation to a local food pantry, Seeds of Hope. (For more info, please go to: http://seeds-of-hope.info/). Also this Sunday, Guest at Your Table is an annual tradition in which congregation members learn about several people with whom the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is working to highlight social justice issues around the world. For those who choose to participate, a GAYT box is taken home and coins deposited daily over the course of the month. The boxes and money are then collected the last Sunday before Thanksgiving, and the money is donated to the the UUSC. During today’s service, GAYT boxes will be distributed to take home for the month of November to encourage families to discuss the humanitarian struggles occurring around the world, and to contribute to the work towards social justice that UUSC does.
- Next Sunday, November 10th, 1st-8th grade r.e. classes will be visiting the Black Cultural Center at Purdue.(http://www.purdue.edu/bcc/). Families are asked to drop their children off and pick them up directly at the center that day. In order to participate, children need to have a signed permission slip and current 2013-14 r.e. registration on file. Look for the r.e. table during the November 3rd potluck- there will be copies of both forms and someone from r.e. will be available to answer questions. Forms can also be accessed from the church website- (you will need to scroll to the bottom of the page: http://uulafayette.wordpress.com/programs/children-and-youth-religious-exploration/).
- November 17th- All r.e. classes will meet directly in the fellowship hall at 10:30 (no time for all ages today) forSpirit Circle and to learn about the work done at Family Promise, a local non-denominational non-profit organization devoted to assisting families in transitional living circumstances (http://www.fpglinc.org/index.html) Josh Prokopy, a member of our congregation, youth advisor, and Family Promise volunteer will share a little about Family Promise and the work he does there. Children and youth will end the morning working together to create pillows to be donated to the organization, which will then be distributed to children of the families they serve.
- Practice for this year’s holiday pageant begins November 27th
Questions? You can ALWAYS speak with a member of the r.e. council (Kathy Coder, Cheryl Fowler, Frank Arnold, Kirsten Reynolds, Beth Hoffman, Rae Schnapp) or email Sheila (firstname.lastname@example.org).