RECY (Religious Education for Children and Youth) Weekly 2.3.2012

By Rayna Hamre posted Friday, February 3, 2012, 9:40 pm

Dear OCUUC Parents-
Our Valentine’s  Craft Night is tomorrow, Saturday Feb. 4, from 4-7 pm in the Social Hall. There will be pizza, juice, crafts and fun.  We hope to see you there. Please bring a dessert or a side dish to share if possible.
Many thanks to our adult helpers for assisting with our dragon parade last week. Lana Weiss, Christine Soriano, Liz & Jacques Kilchoer, Bryan Lundholm and Yesenia Nunez all made it happen!
Next weekend is our Jason Shelton Weekend and Concert. Please get your tickets early, you can order on line from with a link from our church web sitea t awww. The music committee needs help in making all of this happen.  See below for details on assistance needed for food and beverages on Sat. Feb 11. You can drop off food on Friday for workshop participants on Saturday, munchies needed!
RECY has made one policy change for this year for teachers. We are asking that relatives not teach together in the same classroom if there are only two teachers present. This is to keep everyone protected should any questions arise about any situation in a classroom. We are being proactive with this policy so that we continue to have safe and happy classes at OCUUC. Also, children must be seated during snack time for any food or drink consumption. We will need to enforce this policy for the safety of all of our children.
Gabrielle Block will be heading up our Secret Pals program at the end of February, continuing through March for the third year in a row. Thank you, Gabrielle!
Thanks for all you do~~
  • February 4, 4-7 pm in the Social Hall. Crafts for Valentine’s Day. Cards and crafts, fun for the entire family, all are welcome! Pizza will be provided, bring a side dish or dessert to share. Helpers needed for set up and clean up.
  •  OCUUC Children’s Choir will be singing in the Jason Shelton concert “Voices in Unity” on February 11th at 7:30pm.
      • Rehearsal schedule:
        • Sunday, February 5, 1-2pm, Gillan 3 classroom,  Thursday, February 9, 7-8pm, sanctuary, Friday evening, February 10, 6-7pm, sanctuary, Saturday evening, 6pm call time, 7:30pm concert
        • Jason Shelton wrote some of our favorite UU songs – “Standing on the Side of Love,” “Morning Has Come,” and “Fire of Commitment.”  He’ll be here to conduct and sing a concert of his own compositions about love, unity, and action.    Here is the flyer for the whole Jason Shelton weekend.
        • Contact Beth Syverson if your family wants to participate in this special event. 
      • Beth also asks for assistance with food and beverages:
        • I thought it would be nice to have some home-made yummies and fruit/veggies available throughout the day.  (Things that can be eaten with just a napkin – no fork or plate please).    The food could be brought anytime throughout the day Saturday or before the concert, or it could be delivered Friday anytime as well. I also would love to have someone prepare the beverage service on Saturday morning (February 11) – coffee, tea, pitchers of water or lemonade.  That would need to be ready to roll by 8:30am Saturday morning.  And we need a bartender for the Saturday night (February 11) concert.
  • OCUUC will be offering 5-6th grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) for consecutive Sundays in late spring 2012. If we have enough interested 4th graders and facilitators, we will set up a class for the 4th graders, too.
    • Classes will be held at OCUUC, the cost is $30 per family: Sunday April 15, 1-3:30 pm mandatory parent & student session, Sundays April 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 1-2:30 pm
    • Parents, please let me know asap student names, grade level, and parent names and contact info, for those who are ready to sign up.  Spaces are limited. This is a wonderful program and I encourage you to enroll your children. dreatocuucdotorg  (dreatocuucdotorg)  
  • Renaissance Module at the Los Angeles UU Church, March 22, 2012, 5:30 pm  to March 24, 2012, 12:00 pm. Renaissance Module: UU Identity. This is open to the RE community; Rayna is one of the organizers. The goals of the Unitarian Universalist Identity Module include: creating an understanding of identity as a process; becoming aware of how the process unfolds; identifying ways to foster the process, specifically among Religious Education participants and generally among their congregations.
  • February  18-20, Elementary/Family Camp at de Benneville Pines
  • May 5, 2012, save the date. International Day at Soka University, with the OC Dept. of Education and Arts Orange County. We can meet up for music and fun
  • Ongoing. Families are invited to bring non-perishable foods and toiletry items for the Share Our Selves (SOS) little green shopping cart on the patio. Goods will be dropped at SOS each week.
  • June 20-24 2012, UU Justice General Assembly (GA) in Phoenix.  GA is the yearly general conference for the entire UU denomination. This year it is being held in Phoenix, and this is a wonderful opportunity for our families and youth to attend. We hope to have some fund raisers this year to help send our youth to Justice GA. Here is is a link to the new UU Justice GA blog.
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