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Sunday, December 4th

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Family Game Night

Saturday, December 3, 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at WUUC

Please join us for the next WUUC Family Night!  Bring your family’s favorite games and a dish to share. There will be activities for children of all ages (including doing a little trimming on the WUUC Christmas Tree!) and it’s a great opportunity for the adults to catch up while the kids play.

The games and socializing will start at 4:30 and we will have a potluck dinner starting around 5:30.  If your last name begins with A-N please bring a main dish to share.  If your last name begins with O-Z please bring a side dish to share.  Also feel free to bring drinks to share.

Please RSVP on the sign-up sheet to let us know you’ll be coming.

Questions? Contact me by email at melkist@gmail.com (the easiest way) or by phone at 304-839-3318.


Blog Highlights

Find your child’s section below!


Caterpillars (Nursery-Preschool)

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(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), Erika Kirkendale

Youth: Brynn and Avery

  • Last Sunday: Last Sunday our lesson was 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.
  • This 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 listening. Listening is the foundation for connecting with others and building community. 
  • Next Sunday:  I Can Celebrate! Our children will celebrate the end of our fall celebrations!

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 made stars to hang in our Sanctuary, they will be beautiful!
  • This Sunday:  This Sunday is our monthly chapel. Our theme this month is presence. Presence is cultivated through spiritual practice and embodied learning. We will have a sharing circle, practice a brief meditation, and our activity will be “spiritual practice stations.” Each station allows us to explore one spiritual practice from various religious traditions. 
  • Next SundayPresence Jam, our journey guides will lead us in an exploration of both inner and outer presence. What does it mean to find your inner self? What does it mean to show up lovingly in the world?
Lead: Rev. Jamil
Journey Guides: Stephanie Priest, Barbara Hammond, and David Blomberg
Announcements for Spirit Jam:
  • We are continuing a weekly children’s collection, please provide a coin or two for your child’s offering.
  • Thank you for speaking with your children, our last class was very productive and everyone contributed to the discussion! It was lovely.

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: No Meeting
  • This 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.
  •  Next Sunday: Site Visit to Overlake Christian Church

Advisors this Sunday: Danny Cohen and Lindsay Rogers

Announcements for Jr. Youth:

  • Please let your advisor know if you would like to participate in the January ASJ event after church, we need 6-7 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 through project based learning.)


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Happenings

  • Last Sunday: No Meeting
  • This Sunday: This Sunday we continue our project work for YRUU. We will also discuss the ASJ project participation in January. 
  • Next Sunday: Closing Fall Circle.

Advisors this Sunday: Michael Cruz and Morgan Mason

Announcements for YRUU:

Giving Tree: We need 3 volunteers to do some shopping for a giving tree youth, please see an advisor or Rev. Jamil Sunday to participate.


 More Announcements

Our annual re-gifting fair will happen after church this Sunday in the library. This is the opportunity for children to be able to shop for parents, siblings or friends at a discounted rate. All items are priced at 25 cents, 50 cents, $1, and $2 and up.

WE need gently used items to be donated!

You can bring them on Sunday morning.

WE need gift wrappers who will help the kids wrap their presents.


Looking Ahead to the Winter Holiday Season: 

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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.


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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