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Sunday, November 27th

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Announcements for all this week: 
* Tired of Turkey? Come to the Guest At Your Table Potluck after church this Sunday.
* Family Game Night, Saturday, December 3, 4:30-7:30. Eggnog, Christmas Decorations, Games.
* Member Parents, it would be greatly appreciated if you could plan to arrive 10 minutes or so early each week to get your youth settled in the library and checked in. This will allow us to spend time welcoming new families and getting them signed up for Soulful at WUUC. I know this isn’t possible for all families but it is helpful if you can.
* Don’t forget to ask the Soulful Exploration representative how you can help in your child’s program this year.
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Blog Highlights

Find your child’s section below!


Caterpillars (Nursery-Preschool) 20161002_101332

(Warm and loving care for our very little ones and Celebrating Me and My World for our preschoolers. This curriculum teaches our children to celebrate their own personal gifts and talents. From a place of feeling special and worthy, the curriculum asks our children to expand their new sense of appreciation to people and things around them.)

Volunteers this Sunday: Rebecca Guthrie (supervisor)

Youth: Teddy and Sally

  • Last Sunday: Last Sunday we learned about patience and waiting for what we want.
  • This Sunday: This Sunday our lesson is I Can Help. Now that we know how to share, we know how to use our hands to give, and we have learned how to be patient with one another…it is now time to start paying attention to the needs of others. In our lesson we will learn how the world needs us, even little ones, to help.
  • Next Sunday: I Can Listen, what is the world saying to us? How do we connect with our loved ones. As we expand our awareness, we will explore the lesson of

Spirit Jam/Kindergarten-5th Grade

(In Spirit Jam! our youth will alternate Sundays between experiential and embodied learning based workshops and children’s worship services led by Rev. Jamil)

  • Last Sunday:  Last Sunday was our Jive Turkey Chapel, we had a little fun with Thanksgiving as well as participating in our UU traditional thanksgiving Bread communion.
  • This Sunday: No RE, Craft activities available for K-5 children.
  • Next Sunday: The beginning of our next theme, Presence. We will have a combined chapel and explore the power of mindfulness and presence. Mindfulness has been proven to help children cope and increases their resiliency in the face of challenges. This month we have a wonderful opportunity to explore presence and mindfulness from a UU perspective.
Adults this Sunday: Rev. Jamil, Cora and David Goss-Grubbs.
Announcements for Spirit Jam:
  • We are continuing a weekly children’s collection, please provide a coin or two for your child’s offering.
  • Parent’s please see your email, there is a note to you and a link to a feedback form we would like for you and your children to complete. 

Jr. Youth 

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(Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.)


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Happenings

  • Last Sunday: We will discuss our visit to the Islamic Center of Bothell and watched a hilarious Simpson’s episode on Islam.
  • This Sunday:  THANKSGIVING BREAK, NO JR. YOUTH CLASS
  •  Next Sunday: Introduction to Christianity. This is our closest religious neighbor, the largest religion in our country, and the source of our own faith. What is Christianity, what do Christians believe, how do Christian beliefs compare to Unitarian Universalism.


Sr. Youth 


(This year our youth will be focusing on project-based social justice learning. They will choose a project around either environmental justice, racial justice, lgbt equality, or some other topic. Together they will formulate a project and work together to learn about each issue while practically engaging the topic through project-based learning.)


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Happenings

  • Last Sunday: We continued our discussion about gender equality, gather research, and begin to envision how our project will take shape.
  • This Sunday: Thanksgiving Break. NO YRUU.
  • Next Sunday: We will being to clarify how our project will look. Who are our allies, what guest can we invite to speak with us, what do we want to accomplish by May?

 

Announcements for YRUU:

  • We are considering having an overnight New Year’s Eve at the church, please let your advisors know if you are interested.

(Updated) Looking Ahead to the Winter Holiday Season: uuxmas

Dec. 4, Re-Gifting Fair: This is our annual event that allows our children to “shop” for family and friends. Please save up and bring to church on that day, your gently used items that are gift worthy so that our children may participate in their own gift giving. We mark items from $.25 to $5 to make the event accessible. Adults may shop AFTER the children are done!

Dec.  11, The Annual Holiday Gift Fair: Members and Friends of WUUC sell their homemade wares.

Dec. 16, Carol Sing! Miss those drinking- whoops- Christmas carols?! This is the chance to sing them all. All ages welcome!

Dec. 17, Solstice Labyrinth Walk: A meditative inward journey to welcome the solstice. From 7-9 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Dec. 18, The service will be for all ages with a “No Rehearsal Pageant.”

Dec. 24, Christmas Eve: We will have a 4 p.m. service geared toward family and children. Our 7 p.m. service will be more meditative filled with stories and music by Johanna Ebanks and Terry Levitt.

Dec. 25, 11:00 Brunch and Hymn Singing: Come dressed comfortably and bring your holiday leftovers to share for a Christmas Day brunch. This is a full community service. This takes the place of the regular 10 a.m. service.

Jan. 1, Burning Bowl Service: Bring in the New Year by letting go of the old year and setting your intentions for the New Year.


GIVING TREE
The winter holiday season is approaching and ASJ’s giving tree is ready for sign ups.  Once again, we are partnering with North Counties Family Services to provide holiday gifts to children from low income families in underserved, rural communities.
There are three easy ways to get involved:
1) Sign up for a tag and purchase the item listed.  Most items can be purchased for around $30-$60, with some a little more or less expensive.   You can view available tags on volunteer spot and choose your own at: http://signup.com/go/p8qrxS or e-mail me at reddy@wuuc.org and I will assign you one.
2)  Make a monetary donation.  If you would prefer not to take on extra shopping, but want to get involved, you can e-mail me directly or contact me at church to arrange a donation to help cover any unclaimed tags.  We have been at 100% coverage for our last three giving trees and having some funds to fill in gaps has been a big help in reaching that goal.
3)  Volunteer time.  If you are low on funds, but will still like to help, there are plenty of ways to support the program.  I can give you some unassigned tags with cash to shop, pass on some items to wrap, or connect you with another WUUCie who needs to hand off a gift for delivery to church.  Please e-mail me if you are interested in helping in one of those ways.
When requesting a tag by e-mail, please include any relevant information.  Spending limit, the number of tags you would like, preferred age or gender of your recipient, general type of item you would like to purchase, and things you really don’t want to pick out are some examples.  I will do my best to accommodate any requests.
As a reminder, these tags are for specific items requested for specific kids.  Please sign up for an item that you are comfortable purchasing.  Also, please include the two letter code in the first column of the volunteer spot sign up sheet (or in parentheses after your recipient’s age for e-mail requests) with your returned gift.  Each corresponds to a recipient and having them makes organizing gifts for delivery a much easier process.
I will probably add some additional items between now and the end of November.  Because of my hospitalization, I was not able to get lists from all of the families that were identified for sponsorship.  However, in the interest of giving everyone as much notice as possible, I am sending this out now so that we can get started on the requests we have.
Gifts may be wrapped or unwrapped.  In either case, it would be easiest to have your code on a post it note, that can be quickly replaced to attach a tag with your recipient’s name.
All items must be returned to the church by Sunday, December 18 to be included in the delivery unless you have contacted me to make other arrangements. I am happy to meet you at a time a location that fit your schedule upon request.
If you have any questions about the giving tree, do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you to everyone for your generosity and on-going support of our social justice work.
Blessed Be