2-23-14 School of the Spirit Weekly Update

Mini-Care Packages for the Homeless for 3/23/14

Children’s Book Cart, Summer Camp, SpiritJam Pilot and Grant, and 5th Grade OWL plus we are collecting items for “Mini-Care Packages” to give to the homeless as our Servicejam project for 3/23. 

9 and 11 a.m. Preschool/Nursery- “Puppets wonder about Snow “ With Juliette Mettes, high school staff, and Solymar Kneale, 9 a.m.,  helper needed at 11 a.m. Weather is one of the first paths to religious awareness at this age. Celebrate the wonder of snow!

9 a.m. Kindergarten – 6th Grade  – “Bible Tales – Moses in a Basket  Miriam, Moses’ sister, shows her spirit as she figures out how to save her baby brother, have him adopted by Pharoah’s daughter, and arrange for her mother to be Moses’ wet nurse.  Smart girl!

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – 7/8th Grade Our Whole Lives Emily Conger and Jamil Scott, leaders.

 9 a.m. 7-12th grades – Attend the service or help with a younger grade.

10:10 a.m. Youth and Chalice Singers Rehearsal

10 – 11 a.m. Playground – Monitors Needed.

11 a.m. Kindergarten – Third Grade “Bible Tales – Moses in a Basket   Miriam, Moses’ sister, shows her spirit as she figures out how to save her baby brother, have him adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter, and arrange for her mother to be Moses’ wet nurse.  

11 a.m. 4th – 6th Grade – “Moses” with Katie Covey and Fiona Freeman-Grundei. A prophet for Jewish, Christian and Muslim believers, Moses was quite the guy. We will be making sugar cube pyramids, hold on to your hats!

11 a.m. 7th – 12th grade Youth Group – Mindful Eating with Emily Conger.

12:15 8/9th Grade Coming of Age –  “Elevator Speeches” aka “How to describe UU to someone in the time it takes to ride to the 10th floor.” Just hope it is a slow elevator!




Fifth Grade OWL (Our Whole Lives) Human Sexuality class schedule and registration is up. We are collaborating with UU Church of Boulder.  Location: UU Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder, CO; Time: Mandatory Parent(s) and Fifth Grader Orientation, Sunday, March 2, 12:15 – 2:15 p.m. (childcare for siblings available with RSVP by 2/25 to Janen Wright,janenpw19@gmail.com); Classes start Sunday, Mar. 9 and are offered from 8:45 – 10:10 a.m. See the entire class calendar here. (8 total sessions). Leaders: Cindy Beeler, Jim Rowe, Kelsie Kline, and David Hughes. Tuition: $72.00 (or $60 if you have the book) for members. $92.00 for non-members.

Children’s Book Cart! Thanks to Gail Evertz, the Children’s Book Cart is ready! The cart is similar to the cart of adult books at Unity Plaza. There are picture books, chapter books, YA books, and parenting books. Donations of books, CD’s and DVD’s welcome, bring to the RE office. Books will be sold for $1 or “whatever it is worth to you” to benefit the School of the Spirit Fund. Personally, if it is a Little House on the Prairie book, I’d donate a million dollars!

Summer Arts Jam, June 2-6, 2014. Our popular  Day Camp for Preschool – 5th graders. Come immerse yourself in Unitarian Universalism and the Arts. Registration is now  online. Visit the Summer Camp Page for more information. Counselor (high school) and Counselor in Training (middle school) applications available online, too.

Easter Can Hunt needs a head rabbit! This simple event after each service on Easter Sunday, April 20, is described here. We hunt for cans of food to benefit Boulder County AIDS project food pantry. Youth Group hides the cans. Interested? Contact Katie.

Pilot for SpiritJam, Sunday mornings 9 and 11 a.m., March 9, 16, and 23.   SpiritJam is a new model for the Sunday School hour, cooked up by me, Katie.  We will offer “Tinkerjam,” “MusicJam,” “BodyJam” and “ServiceJam” as 30 minute activity choices for the March theme of “Justice.”  SpiritJam is offered for ages Kindergarteners through Youth.

NOTE CHANGES for the 3 Sunday Pilot:

  1) Children will start in the Pauling Room for “CircleJam” with me (not in the Sanctuary), for the Sharing Circle.  Then, there will be two or three choices of 30 minutes each.

 2) SpiritJam will last until 15 minutes past the hour. Parents are invited to enjoy the coffeehour until 10:15 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.

 3) Kindergarteners are invited to “SpiritJam” or to the Beatrix Potter Nursery – Kindergarten Room, whichever would make them most comfortable.

I am happy to report that we have been awarded a grant of $2,600.00 to help develop the SpiritJam Model. The grant comes from the 21st Century Fund of my professional organization, LREDA (Liberal Religious Directors Assn.) Yippee! I appreciate your feedback for this pilot. There will be an online survey and a paper one available.

Mini-Care Packages – Donations are needed for 3/23 ServiceJam project – small travel items like toothpaste, soap, tissues, comb, candle, matches, emergency blanket, razor, wet wipes, First Aid, hand sanitizer, granola bars, small deodorant, cracker packages, thin gloves, bus passes, etc. that will be packed in a ziploc bag and handed out to congregants willing to keep them in their purse or glove compartment to give to the homeless. There is a donations box next to the RE Bulletin Board in the RE hall.

  • 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