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Sunday, November 6th

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Announcements for all this week: 

Dear parents,

I know many of you are feeling a little unsure about your children’s future. There may be some in our community who hope that this change in government might secure our children’s future. I personally am a bit nervous about our future at this moment. I also know you are wondering how to speak with your children about this election.

I am trained to always provide hope to our children and to assure them of their safety. This isn’t always easy, especially when I am so unsure about the future and am not feeling safe myself. Regardless, we know that our priority is the safety and well-being of our children.

Please let your children know that we will partner with you to make sure this congregation is a place that they can always look to for support, love, and protection. Please ensure them that they are safe and we will do everything in our power to make sure that remains the case for them.

If you have children of color, know that they may be feeling especially fearful right now. If you have little girls, they may be disappointed. My job is to ask you to trust yourself, to know that you have the wisdom and love to guide them through this difficult time. You do.

Please let them know that love is greater than bullying.  They have a right to stand up to bullies and we will show them how to do this as we stand up to adult bullies.

Most importantly, please, let them know that the future is in their hands. They have the power to do better than we have. We need them to do better and we will listen to them as they teach us a better way.

Warmly,

Rev. Jamil

 


* UNICEF TRICK OR TREAT: $289.47 raised for children all over the world. Please thank your children for helping UNICEF serve children in need!
* 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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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: Jennifer Ikeda (supervisor) and Kambria Chott

Youth: Henry and Avery

  • Last Sunday: Last Sunday we learned the principle of giving and generosity. 
  • This Sunday: This Sunday we explore the principle of sharing. How does it feel to share our toys with a friend? Can we continue to share with each other for the rest of the school year? What things should we not share with others?
  • Next Sunday: Patience is a virtue, one that is learned in the early years of our development.  Next Sunday we will learn how to be patient with our curriculum, I Can Wait.

Spirit Jam/Kindergarten-5th Grade

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(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:  We learned through the power of story, exploring improv and creating story sets.
  • This Sunday: This Sunday is musicJam with Jahna and Story Jam with Rev. Jamil. Music tells us the unspoken story of our emotions. All can enjoy and create music, regardless of our musical ability. Johnna will have an improv singing and jazz scat singing session with our children, all voices are part of the song. If the weather is fair we will have a bonfire outback for one of our sessions, so wear clothes that you don’t mind getting smokey. Also, bring a raincoat.
  • Next SundayThe Jive Turkey Thanksgiving Chapel with the Journey Guides and Rev. Jamil.
Journey Guides this Sunday: Stephanie Priest, Barbara Hammond, David Goss-Grubbs
Guest: Johnna Ebanks
Supervisor: Rev. Jamil
Announcements for Spirit Jam:
  • We are starting a weekly children’s collection, please provide a coin or two for your child’s offering.

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 SundayLast week we began to learn about Islam in preparation for our trip to the Islamic Center.
  • This Sunday: This week we get deeper into the faith of Muslims, Islam. This is one of our most important explorations all year, as intolerance towards muslims grow we will explore places of intersectionality and learn tolerance.
  •  Next Sunday: Review of our visit to the Islamic Center of Bothell.

Announcements for Jr. Youth:



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 though project based learning.)


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Happenings

  • Last Sunday:  The decision has been made…no not the election, the project. We are learning about and creating a project that address gender equality.
  • This Sunday: Gender equality, what is that? What is the problem that we are wanting to address with our project? Are there readings we should all look at together? What does our faith say about Gender Equality? Who are our partners in the Seattle Eastside area? Who are our partners in this congregation?
  • Next Sunday: Continued Project work….

Advisors this Sunday: Ashley Lacy and Jack Brand

Announcements for YRUU:

Looking Ahead to the Winter Holiday Season: uuxmas

December 3 Hanging of the Greens: We will make swags out of greens and holly to hang around the church to welcome our winter holidays!

December 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!

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

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

December 17 Solstice Labyrinth Walk: A meditative inward journey to welcome the solstice. From 7:00-9:00 p.m. All ages are welcome.

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

December 24 Christmas Eve: We will have a 4:00 service geared towards family and children. Our 7:00 service will be more meditative filled with stories and music by Johanna Ebanks and Terry Levitt.

December 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 10:00 a.m. service.

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