Monday, February 22, 2010
2nd-3rd Grade (Holidays and Holy Days): On Sunday we will take a "UU Pilgrimage" to discover and celebrate the courage of Unitarian Universalist "pioneers" in the struggle for religious freedom, including Michael Servetus, Francis David, George DeBenneville, and Joseph Priestly. We will also make our own "flaming chalices." Our teachers will be Kim and Dave with parent helper Laura.
4th-5th Grade (Jesus and the Kingdom of Equals): In a lesson called "Love Your Enemies," this week we will again visit the Sermon on the Mount. The portion of the Sermon on the Mount we'll explore is a passage that has puzzled and frustrated many for centuries. It is a passage about turning the other cheek and walking the second mile, as well as a passage about loaning money to those you know won't return it. See Matthew 5:38-48, Luke 6:27-29 and 32-35, and finally Thomas 95:1-2 (non-canonical texts). There have been few individuals who have managed to put nonviolent defiance into practice on a lage scale (e.g. Ghandi), but the results have been startling in those cases, so we'll explore them. Our teacher will be Cindy with parent helper Mary.
6th Grade (Amazing Grace): Please join us on Sunday as we explore the meaning of spirituality and ask about the possibilities of souls and the realities of conscience. We'll look at religious beliefs around the world and what they have to say about souls. What is the relationship between beliefs about souls and human nature, and beliefs about God or gods? Our teacher will be Brandt with parent help from Anita.
7th-8th Grade (Popcorn Theology): In our Gospel According to the Simpsons series, this week we'll be watching an episode called "There's Something About Marrying." We'll explore values as we discuss religious as well as cultural struggles over the meaning of marriage. When is there a relationship between values and politics, and what kind of relationship should there be between the two? Also, what is the relationship between faith and values? This lesson is particularly complementary to our Our Whole Lives (OWL/values-based sex ed) class. Helen and Tim will teach. Please note that we may have to provide an alternate lesson due to video rental availability.
Note: The Our Whole Lives class will reconvene this week after two Sundays off for February vacation. We will be discussing unplanned pregnancies.
9th-12th Grade (YRU2 Youth Group): We'll continue working on our upcoming variety show/coffee house, and we'll have a discussion from the small group ministry books. Please be sure to come with your ideas and talents as we prepare for the variety show!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Thank you also to these adults:
Thank you DeeDee B. for the beautiful centerpeices (and the BYKOTA bakesale candy house). Amazing!
Thank you to Scott H, Rudy C, Kris J, Gina G, Cindy C, Diane M, Diane O, Amy B, Cindy B, Pat C, Ben M, DeeDee B, Martha F, and many others (apologies for omissions) for all the incredible hard work in set up and break down.
And thank you to all the congregation for joining us for the party, for your patience in the line for coffee, for humoring us with some games, and for your support of the BYKOTA (middle school youth group) Valentine's bakesale. We hope you had fun!
The middle school youth are glad to report that they earned $200 in their bakesale.
2nd-5th Grade (Holidays and Holy Days and Jesus and the Kingdom): Please join us for a special children's chapel worship service as we prepare for the earth to come alive for spring! Please feel free to bring something for our altar that reminds you of the spring. After we are dismissed from the sanctuary, we will head up together to the chapel on the 3rd floor. This service will include painting a giant banner for the sanctuary in celebration of our 225th church anniversary.
6th Grade (Amazing Grace): This Sunday we will explore variations of theological beliefs. We'll talk about gods created and Gods "uncreated." Who are the gods and Gods of some of the world's religions, and what are their stories? What are the major types of theologies? Our teachers will be Bunny and Joanne. Please note that we will also have a continued class meeting at 9:33.
7th-8th Grade (Popcorn Theology): Please join us for another episode of the Simpsons in our "Gospel of the Simpsons." In this episode, Homer thinks he has only 24 hours left to live and has to decide what to do. What would you do? Our teachers will be Jen and Gina. Please note that there is no "Our Whole Lives" (OWL/sex ed) this week.
9th-12th Grade (YRU2): After a couple weeks of special activities, let's regather and spend some time on check in and social time together. The youth group will soon begin its "small group ministry" style curricular discussions on faith.
Friday, February 12, 2010
This dollhouse style church includes many precious touches such as a banner with an Emerson quote, a beautiful flower arrangement for the altar, long candle sticks for candle lightings at the pulpit, a chalice, the grey hymnals (which will be made by our children) and more! The church will be used to teach the children about a number of topics, from:
- the identity of the Angel Gabriel (who adorns the church weathervane)...
- to Corinthians (one of the church bibles is open to a page in Corinthians)...
- to the history of founding churches (we'll have a building dedication ceremony for our little Doll Church)...
- to Unitarian Universalist Church Polity and governance (we'll also install the church minister of our little Doll Church and make up a governing board)...
Bunny and one of our 6th grade students made up the Doll House "Search Committee" and have selected a minister for the congregation (he is a unique doll with a beard, and Bunny is currently making a robe for him!). Bunny has also acquired a few congregants, but we will need several more.
Note: Monetary donations to help cover the costs of this project are also gratefully received! Make out checks to First Unitarian Church, place "Doll Church" in the memo line, and send to Jennifer Bowes at the church address.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
- Red: Respect all people.
- Orange: Offer fair and kind treatment to ourselves and others.
- Yellow: Yearn to learn about ourselves, each other, and the Mystery.
- Green: Grow by searching for what is true and right in life.
- Blue: Believe in our ideas, share them, and listen as others share their ideas.
- Indigo: Insist on a fair and peaceful world.
- Violet: Value the earth, our home.
Monday, February 8, 2010
We'd like to do it again. We'll need volunteers to hide the eggs (teen volunteers very welcome!) during the worship service. We'll also be collecting filled plastic Easter Eggs in March.
The eggs should be filled with small toys, stickers, money, or candy.
Please no candy with nuts, including peanuts and tree nuts!! This is very important because a candy with nuts can contaminate a whole bag full of eggs. Once you've filled your eggs, place them in a bag or basket and label the bag or basket with your name, the number of eggs, and what you've filled them with (this last item is because we divide the items up by classes and can address allergens and age appropriateness for groups where this is an issue).
The week before Easter we'll have an egg counting and sorting event! Plan to come and help...it will be fun!
There are many ways you can help. Please consider volunteering to:
- Provide music during the party
- Provide decorations (we already have a volunteer making centerpeices for our tables)
- Bring some ice cream or sorbet, or no-nut toppings (we are especially in need of folks willing to contribute the gluten and dairy free ice cream, which can be purchased by the pint at Living Earth...we'll need three or four pints)
- Bring a craft or game for kids to do during the party
- Lead a craft or game for kids during the party
- Lead a game for everyone (kids and adults) that helps get people mingling
Note: 6th graders, please plan to gather at 9:39am! We will have a class meeting.
Prekindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade (Spirit Play): As our Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) guests will still be here on Sunday, we will meet as a single combined class in the chapel on the 3rd floor. Please prepare your children for a Sunday that is out of the ordinary, though we will bring our lesson baskets upstairs and follow the regular class schedule. The children will review all promises from "red through violet" in a new story, with new props.
2nd grade-8th Grade (Holidays and Holy Days, Jesus and the Kingdom of Equals, Amazing Grace, and Popcorn Theology): All children not in Spirit Play will meet together as one large group in Unity Hall on the third floor to prepare the intergenerational Valentine's ice cream social that will take place after church on Sunday (during fellowship/coffee hour). The children will be learning about hospitality and practicing their host and hostess skills. Children are invited to dress nicely for this event if they wish. We need parent volunteers to help with this party! Please contact Sierra-Marie at 508-757-2708 ext. 105 or smg erf ao@ fir st unitar ian. com (take out all spaces please).
Monday, February 1, 2010
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Grades will not have clasess, as we are asking these children to attend the worship service led this Sunday by our senior high school students.
Regular rehearsal times: Every SUNDAY unless otherwise noted,
Please email David (firstname.lastname@example.org) ahead of time if you know you will be absent for any rehearsal or a performance.
Schedule of Upcoming Performances and special dates:
Saturday, February 6 (not a teen choir event, but a majority of us are involved anyway) - rehearsal for downtown church senior high Sunday service – theme “Where the Wild Things Are” Anyone who has song ideas should communicate directly with Anna Lindgren.
Sunday, February 7 Senior High Sunday service at downtown church (come by )
Note also: Because the Holden Street Youth group is lined up to help with dinner for IHN guests (homeless) arriving that day at downtown church, NO TEEN CHOIR REHEARSAL on Feb. 7.
Sunday February 28, service at
“Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Nobody Knows (the Trouble I’ve Seen)”
David Spanagel director; Becky Spanagel, piano
Sunday March 21, and youth-led services at
Songs “Heaven” (?); selections from “Hair”(?)
directed by David Spanagel, piano Becky Spanagel
directed by Rebecca Ziegler, piano Matt Johnsen
Sunday April service downtown church (come by )