12/15/13 Weekly Update for the School of the Spirit


Mitten Tree
Mitten Tree this Sunday!

 School of the Spirit: Mitten Tree, Share a Gift, Zen Shorts, Meditation, and OWL party!  

 9 and 11 a.m. Puppet Preschool/Nursery- “How Many Days?” With Juliette Mettes and Emily Soder, high school staffers; Solymar Kneale (9 a.m.) and 6-8th grade helper (11 a.m.) needed. The puppets anticipate Christmas.

9 and 11 a.m. Kindergarten – 6th Grade (9 am) & Kindergarten-3rd  Grade (11 am) Buddhism: Zen Shorts – Zen Koans in the form of stories told by a giant Panda who lives next door to three children. 9 am Evan Kneale and Sarah Pritchard; 11 am Lu Wright and John Hoebel

11 a.m. 4-6th grade Neighboring Faiths,  “The Christmas Menorahs; How a Town Fought Hate” based on real events that happened in Billings, Montana. with Katie Covey and Fiona Freeman-Grundei.

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 7/8th Grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality: “Thorny Issues in Friendship” with Heather Munro and Emily Conger.

9 am 1st/2nd Grade OWL: Does not meet at 9 a.m. INSTEAD – FINAL CELEBRATION PARTY at 10 a.m. for OWL Parents, Participants and Leaders in Pauling Room. Bring a treat and find out what has been happening over the last 8 weeks.

10 a.m. Nature Playground – Amanda Birmingham  (weather permitting)

10 a.m. Family Meditation: Come join us for Family Style meditation at 10:15 am in the Thoreau Room this week.  Please email Jamil at assistantre@bvuuf.org if you would like to help out.  

12:15 p.m. 8/9th Grade Coming of Age: Does not meet this week.


11. a.m. Youth Group (7th – 12th grades) Yule Logs. Also, check out the reflections about Emily’s weekend in Idaho at the Advisor Training: Emily Conger’s Youth Ministry Blog 




Child Dedication for Christmas Eve Services, 3 and 5 p.m. Dec. 24. Interested in having your baby or child dedicated in U.U. tradition? Christmas Eve is one of the times we offer this ceremony. Read more about BVUUF Child Dedications or fill out the Child Dedication Request.

Share a Gift – Last Sunday!

Please help brighten the holidays for children in need! We are once again collecting new and gently used toysgames, crafts, books and bikes for Share-A-Gift (SAG), a local, nondenominational, nonprofit, that distributes toys to families in need. Please add your donation to the box in the foyer from Dec. 1-15. SAG particularly needs new toys including:dolls; Hot Wheels race tracks; remote control toys; trucks; gifts for 11-14 year olds (sport team hoodies, manicure sets, sleeping bags, backpacks with school supplies); and bilingual and Spanish books.  Questions, contact Rachel Setzke rachelsetzke@gmail.com.

MITTEN TREE – This Sunday!

Want to share some warmth for the holidays? During both services on Dec. 15, the children will load up the BVUUF holiday tree with store-bought or home-made mittens, hats, gloves and scarves, and donate them to the Emergency Family Assistance Association for the families they serve.  So fire up those knitting needles or grab some extra items and bring them to either service that day. The collection plates for both services will also go to EFAA on Dec.15 for their great work with families in our communities. thanks! Lisa Kahn

 Chalica Winter Break Camp  has 4 children registered and may be cancelled if we don’t have a minimum of 15 by next Wednesday, Dec. 18.  Day Camp for Kindergarteners – 5th Graders, and Preschoolers with parent attending.  Don’t go crazy over the winter break, join us for the canvas labyrinth,  swimming at the Rec Center, and Stone Soup as we celebrate our U.U. identity! Register Here!

  • Emily CongerYouth Coordinator , youthcoordinator@bvuuf.org
  • Jamil ScottReligious Education Assistant, assistantre@bvuuf.org
  • Melissa WilliamsYouth and Intergenerational Choirs Director, melissamusic1@gmail.com
  • Katie CoveyDirector of Religious Education, dirrectorre@bvuuf.org