December 8th School of the Spirit Update


There’s lots happening this week in the School of the Spirit!

O.W.L., C.O.A., Share a Gift, Mitten Tree, Winter Chalica Camp, Meditation!  Make sure to catch our announcements at the end of the blog! 


S.O.S. teachers and TA’s!  Volunteers needed! Help Judy Feland this Sunday at 11 am in the K-3rd classroom or guide our family style meditation at 10:15 am. 

– Sign up online or on the clipboard in the RE hall to enjoy the fall sunshine and help keep our playground safe.


Puppet Preschool/Nursery- Candles for Winter Holidays

Text:  “My First Kwanzaa Book”

The puppets enjoy Kwanzaa and the story of “My First Kwanzaa.”

With Juliette Mettes and Emily Soder, high school staffers; Solymar Kneale and Talia Rosenberry-Ferrante as helpers.

Kindergarten – 6th Grade 9 am & Kindergarten-3rd  Grade 11 am

Buddhism: Mountains of Tibet

Pauling Room

In a tiny village, high in the mountains of Tibet, lives a woodcutter. All his life he has longed to travel to faraway places, to see the world,but he grows old without leaving the mountain. When he dies, he is suddenly offered the chance to live another life, in any form he wants, anywhere in the galaxy. What will he choose?

Story telling and Kite making!

9 am Evan & Theresa Kneale

11 am Judy Feland

4-6 Neighboring Faiths, 11am

Birth Legends

Our 4-6th graders

Katie and Fiona will explore legends of birth and play games.

Teacher: Katie and Fiona Freemantle-Grundei


8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. 7/8th Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality: Relationship Skills with Jamil and Heather

9 am 1st Grade OWL: Birth of a baby with Renee and Carol

12:15 C.O.A.: After Death Beliefs with Laura and Linda

Nature Playground – Megan Holstein and Jamie Parker (weather permitting)  

Emily Conger’s Youth Ministry Blog 

12:20 p.m. CYRE Committee meeting, Dec. 8



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. Contact Katie if you are interested. Read more about child dedications on the UUA website.

Share a Gift

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


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

Registration is open for  Chalica Winter Break CampRegistration deadline is Wed. 12/18/13. Sunday Dec. 29, 1 -4 p.m. , Monday, Dec. 30 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (with before and after care available) and Tues. Dec. 31, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 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 ,
  • Jamil ScottReligious Education Assistant,
  • Melissa WilliamsYouth and Intergenerational Choirs Director,
  • Katie CoveyDirector of Religious Education,

Family Meditation: Come join us for Family Style meditation at 10:15 am in the Pauling Room. We do need a volunteer to guide our meditation this Sunday. Please email Jamil at if you would like to help out.