March 19, 2017
Spring is Springing!
Dear famlies, much is aflower at EUUC these days! We have two special events coming up in the week ahead, including a visit from our Amaddiya Muslim friends on May 25, and an all congregation meeting on May 26 to vote on a new ministry with the Rev. Cecilia Kingman. Even if you are brand new, you are warmly invited to participate. In addition, we have a great spring term starting in April, and we have an expanded summer program to offer our youngest children this year. Please read below for upcoming events and plans.
This Sunday: Worship and Chalice Chapel
Children up to Grade 6: Begin in main service and then depart for Chalice Chapel. Our Chapel will include preparations for the visit of our Amaddiya friends from the Abode of Kindness Mosque, and songs and stories about kindness and compassion.
OWL Class and Youth Group at 11:00 a.m.
Our Whole Lives class meets this Sunday. Please make sure that your student attends regularly; each session has important information for students. And please check your email for a special letter for OWL families. High School Youth Group meets in the Loft from 11:00 to 12:30.
Friendship Visit with the Abode of Kindness Mosque on March 25
On Saturday, March 25, we will welcome our friends from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Last fall, we held our service at their Abode of Kindness Mosque. This time, it's our turn to host! The Ahmadiyya will share the beauty of their faith tradition with us. The visit starts at 11:00 a.m. with the Amaddiya community offering a program about their religious tradition. Following that, we will have a time for families to get to know one another. The potluck lunch will start at approximately 1:00 p.m., and will be followed by prayers in the Amadiyya tradition. The Amadiyya community has its roots in immigrants from Pakistan, and they are a religious minority sect within Islam. This is a great opportunity to deepen our friendship with our Muslim neighbors, and express our solidarity with them. Come learn more about this peaceful faith and break bread with friends!
March 26: Congregational Meeting and Vote to Call Rev. Cecilia Kingman
On Sunday, March 26, immediately after the second service, we will hold a congregational meeting to vote to call the Rev. Cecilia Kingman as our second concurrent full time, settled minister. She will be called to the position of Minister for Faith and Justice. Calling a minister is an historic decision in the life of a congregation. Our finance team reports that pledges to support this call have been coming in strongly, and so your Board of Trustees asks all voting members to please attend this important meeting on Sunday, March 26, at 12:15 p.m. Childcare with healthy snacks will be provided for children up to age 12. The meeting is expected to last about 30 minutes.
Summer Sessions for Children and Youth
We are very happy to be expanding our summer offerings for children. First, great news! During what is usually a break for our program in June, this year we will have a special session led by our EUUC gardeners! Children will help plant the EUUC garden and learn how our garden helps feed those in need.
Our second bit of good news is that instead of our one room school house approach to summer programming, this year we will expand our offerings to include two age groups. Our preschool and kindergarten children will continue to gather in the care of their warm and caring teacher Maria Thompson. Our older children in grades 1-6 will have a play based curriculum for July and August. Each summer we ask for parent volunteers to take turns leading a session. Lesson plans are provided. Please watch for the sign up board at the family ministry desk to go up soon, or email Cass Bunting, Faith Development Assistant, at email@example.com.
3/19 Chalice Chapel
3/26 All Ages Worship
4/2 Program Holiday-Spring Break
4/9 Classes-Quiet Heart begins
4/16 Easter--Chalice Chapel and Egg Hunt
4/30 All Ages Worship-Flower Communion
5/7 Classes and OWL Graduation Lunch
5/14 Chalice Chapel
5/21 Classes-last class of term, Youth Service and Bridging
5/28 Program Holiday-Memorial Day Weekend
6/4 Class: Garden Program
6/11 Class: Garden Program
6/18 Class: Garden Program
6/25 Class: Garden Program
7/2 Program Holiday
7/9 - 8/27 Summer Program
Contact: Rev. Cecilia Kingman