February 2018

 

ImmigrāshCON – February 9-11, 2018 (A youth CONference for students in 7th-12th grades)

An opportunity for both a fun and educational experience. The theme is based around the modern issues surrounding American migrants and our current government administration’s push to end immigration into the U.S. Unitarian Universalist youth will learn about current struggles of immigrants and our call to action. There will be activities both educational and fun, including: guest speakers, videos surrounding immigration, workshops such as baking and yoga, touch groups, and a variety show.

$45 per youth. Partial Scholarships are available through UUFM. Register online at https://onrealm.org/smuuchurch/PublicRegistrations/Event?linkString=MDE2YmQ4MTktYzNlOS00MDIwLWE4OTctYTg0NzAwYjVhMDU2

Sponsored by Kansas UU Youth Cluster in collaboration with Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church (SMUUCh), 9400 Pflumm Rd., Lenexa, KS 66215. Contact Sandy Nelson at UUFM for more information.

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)

Our Whole Lives is in full swing. OWL 7-9 started in January and the group of 13 teenagers is very lively and engaged. They meet in the Jupiter room every Sunday from 12:30-3:00. Thanks for giving them their privacy and using a different door to exit the building. OWL K-2 starts February 3 and then runs every Sunday from about 12:30-1:30, until March 11. If your family would like to participate in future OWL course, please contact Sandy at 341-0135 or dre@uufm.net.

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN

Our next Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) gathers on Friday, February 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Fellowship. Parent Night Out is designed for children from 3 to 12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie and have some popcorn. Games and art projects are available.  A $5 per child contribution helps us cover expenses. Dinner is NOT served at Parent Night Out. Please be sure your children are fed before arriving. This is an RSVP event and space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, February 1, so that Sandy can gather supplies and make plans.

COMING UP

We get a treat in March. The Swensons are leading classes for a few weeks and helping our youngest members build birdhouses!

See you soon,

Sandy

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January 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 is going to be an awesome year so we’re starting the celebration with a MENTOS EXPLOSION on January 7 – don’t miss it!

 

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)

OWL K-2 – Our Whole Lives for those in Kindergarten through 2nd grade starts in February and runs through mid-March. The K-2 program supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. The weekly one-hour sessions engage children with stories, songs, and activities and include a weekly HomeLink–a homework project for parents and children to do together. If you have questions about this nationally acclaimed curriculum, or if you intend to sign up your child(ren) for the class, please attend a PARENT INFORMATION MEETING on Sunday, JANUARY 14, or Sunday, JANUARY 21, after the morning service. Of course, you can always contact Sandy at 341-0135 or dre@uufm.net with questions.

 

OWL 7-9 – We’ll also be offering the Our Whole Lives curriculum for young teens this winter/spring. Our trained facilitators are Jen and Matt Campbell, and Molly McGaughey. Classes will be Sundays from 12:30-3:00 pm and begin January 7. We understand that students won’t be able to make every class, but we hope they can attend most. If you have a student in 7th-9th grade and would like them to attend, let Sandy know. She’s happy to answer questions about the OWL program. There’s also great information at www.uua.org/re/owl.

 

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN

Our next Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) gathers on Friday, JANUARY 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Fellowship. Parent Night Out is designed for children from 3 to 12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie, have some popcorn, and games and art projects are available. In January we’ll ring in the New Year with some sparkling cider at 9:00 p.m. (New Year’s in Greenland plus a few days). A $5 per child contribution helps us cover expenses. Dinner is NOT served at Parent Night Out. Please be sure your kids are fed before arriving. This is an RSVP event and space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, January 4, so that Sandy can gather supplies and make plans.

See you soon,

Sandy

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December 2017

Classes
In December students join together for some Christmas fun.

December 3: Dan and Kathy Swenson share their artistic talents as we make a variety of Christmas crafts. Parents are encouraged to join us after the service and create with their children since there won’t be a Saturday craft day this year.

December 10 & 17: Carolyn Ferguson shares her knowledge of Christmas carols. Did you know Jingle Bells was written by a Unitarian? We’ll learn all kinds of Christmas carol trivia.

December 24: Everyone is invited to a multi-generational “Christmas Eve in the morning” service. There will be no childcare or Sunday school classes.

December 31: Pajama Day! We say goodbye to 2017 in our pajamas with hot chocolate and new year’s resolutions.

No Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) – December 1
Instead of Parent Night Out, everyone is encouraged to attend the Mayor’s Spirit of the Holidays Lighted Parade. The parade begins at 5:30pm on Poyntz Ave., travels through downtown Manhattan, and ends at City Park. After the parade, gather in Aggieville’s Triangle Park for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

Interfaith Holiday Party for Youth and Teens – December 10, 3:00-5:00 pm
UU teens (7th-12th grade) and youth leaders have been invited to bake cookies with teens and leaders from the Mennonite church, the Jewish congregation, and First Congregational church. Music, games, food, and fun! Location: 1000 Fremont St. (Mennonite church)

 

Remember: all children must be registered for the 2017-2018 year and registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board at the end of the hallway as well as online at: http://form.jotform.us/form/51486475507160.

See you soon,

-Sandy

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November 2017

CLASSES
Students continue to enjoy explorations of Unitarian Universalism and our seven principles.  A big thank you to all the folks we’ve had in the classrooms so far this fall… Molly McGaughey, Rev. Jonalu Johnstone, Scott Tanona, Austin Roberts, Katherine Colburn, Carolyn Ferguson, and Michelle Hill. Having all these new faces allows our students to interact with UUFM adults in a whole new way.  (And the adults are getting a whole new perspective on the students as well!)

November signals the start of the UUSC  “Guest at Your Table” program. Watch for more information about this important fund raising project.

OUR WHOLE LIVES – We’re in the beginning stages of planning the winter Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes. Our intent is to offer the curriculum for Kindergarten-2nd graders (mid-January through mid-March) and for teens in 7th-9th grade (mid-January through May).  If you have children in those age ranges and would like to enroll them in OWL, or if you simply have questions about the OWL program, please contact Sandy Nelson at dre@uufm.net. Also, there’s a lot of great information at: http://www.uua.org/re/owl.

Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) – Friday, November 3 – 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) is for children from 3-12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie, have some popcorn, and games and art projects are available. A $5 per child contribution helps us cover expenses. Dinner is not served at Parent Night Out. Please be sure your kids are fed before arriving. REMEMBER: THIS IS AN RSVP EVENT AND SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP to dre @ uufm.net no later than Thursday, November 2.

Family Fun for Everyone – Sunday, November 26
Join us all for the Stone Soup luncheon.

Teen Lunch – Sunday, November 26
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather with the rest of the congregation for lunch in November after the service at the Stone Soup luncheon.

Remember: all children must be registered for the 2017-2018 year and registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board at the end of the hallway as well as online at: http://form.jotform.us/form/51486475507160.

See you soon,

-Sandy

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October 2017

CLASSES
We’ll continue to use themes this year as each class explores its curriculum, but we’re switching things up a bit in the elementary classes. Rather than continuing with our three year rotation between UUism, Jewish and Christian Heritage, and World Religions, we’re dividing the whole year into quarters and each topic will consume a quarter. The fourth quarter will be our summer program.

By including the full rotation within one year, the RE program should be easier to manage for volunteer teachers. You could pick one of the three topics and commit to teaching for just a few months (or even a few weeks) – not the whole year!  We could use a few more helpers in class. If you’re interested, please let me know.

The teens (7th-12th grade) will be semester oriented with fall being a fun curriculum that Molly is putting together about learning from social convention. Spring semester will be Virtue Ethics. Also, we’re encouraging our high school juniors and seniors to participate in a transitioning program that works with a mentor as they travel the road to young adulthood.  If you’re interested in being an official mentor to one of our older teens, please let me know.

Remember: all children must be registered for the 2017-2018 year and registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board at the end of the hallway as well as online at: http://form.jotform.us/form/51486475507160.

OWL IS COMING!
Our Whole Lives (OWL) will be offered for teens in 7th-9th grades in the winter and spring (roughly January-May). Our trained facilitators are Molly McGaughey, Jen and Matt Campbell. A schedule is still being created, but classes will likely be after regular Sunday school from 12:30-3:30. We understand that students won’t be able to make every class, but we hope they can attend most.

We also intend to offer the OWL curriculum for Kindergarten-2nd graders in the winter (January through mid-March). Classes will be after regular Sunday school from about 12:30-1:30.

If you have a student in 7th-9th grade or K-2nd grade and would like them to attend, please let me know. I’m happy to answer questions about the OWL program, and there’s also great information at: http://www.uua.org/re/owl.

We’re looking forward to a great year!

-Sandy

 

Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) – Friday, October 6 – 6:30-9:30 p.m.

WE’RE BACK! Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) is for children from 3-12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie, have some popcorn, and games and art projects are available. A $5 per child contribution helps us cover expenses. Dinner is not served at Parent Night Out. Please be sure your kids are fed before arriving. REMEMBER: THIS IS AN RSVP EVENT AND SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, October 5.

Trunk or Treat Family Fun for Everyone – Sunday, October 29 – 12:30 p.m.

Coffee time moves to the parking lot on the 30th and everyone is encouraged to decorate their car trunks and distribute Halloween trinkets to the kids. We’ll have prizes for costumes and prizes for trunk decorations (which are always FANTASTIC!). There will be pizza!

Third Sunday Teen Lunch – Sunday, October 15
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather for lunch (usually pizza) after the service.

 

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September 2017

THANKS
What a fun summer. We “traveled” to St. Louis, Washington DC, New York, Italy, England, the Wyoming back country, and the International Space Station.  We learned about essential oils, maps, and tried our hands at disc golf. We even squeezed in a canoe trip to Pillsbury Crossing and a visit to the Woolly Bee Farm.

Many, many thanks to all our summer tour guides: William Mitchell (disc golf); Mark Clarke (International Space Station); Dan Swenson and Larry Weaver (Pillsbury Crossing); Sandy Nelson (Washington DC); Lily Colburn (New York); Susan Adamchak (maps); Molly and Nick McGaughey (St. Louis); Katherine Colburn (Wyoming), Katie Kingery-Page and Ruby (Italy); the Campbell family (Woolly Bee Farm); Enell Foerester (essential oils); and Jonalu Johnstone (England’s Lake district). Your enthusiasm and participation in the religious education program is much appreciated.

We finish out the summer with a welcome home party and potluck on September 3 and then some music during the September Musicale on the following Sunday.

FALL AND BEYOND
Formal classes begin Sunday, September 17 with a “getting to know you” introduction. We’ll continue to use themes this year as each class explores its curriculum, but we’re switching things up a bit in the elementary classes. Rather than continuing with our three year rotation between UUism, Jewish and Christian Heritage, and World Religions, we’re dividing the whole year into quarters and each topic will consume a quarter. The fourth quarter will be our summer program.

By including the full rotation within one year, the RE program should be easier to manage for volunteer teachers. You could pick one of the three topics and commit to teaching for just a few months (or even a few weeks) – not the whole year!  We could use a few more helpers in class. If you’re interested, please let me know.

The teens (7th-12th grade) will be semester oriented with fall being a fun curriculum that Molly is putting together about learning from social convention. Spring semester will be Virtue Ethics. Also, we’re encouraging our high school juniors and seniors to participate in a transitioning program that works with a mentor as they travel the road to young adulthood.  If you’re interested in being an official mentor to one of our older teens, please let me know.

Remember: all children must be registered for the 2017-2018 year and registration forms are available on the RE bulletin board at the end of the hallway as well as online at: http://form.jotform.us/form/51486475507160.

OWL IS COMING!
Our Whole Lives (OWL) will be offered for teens in 7th-9th grades in the winter and spring (roughly January-May). Our trained facilitators are Molly McGaughey, Jen and Matt Campbell. A schedule is still being created, but classes will likely be after regular Sunday school from 12:30-3:30. We understand that students won’t be able to make every class, but we hope they can attend most.

We also intend to offer the OWL curriculum for Kindergarten-2nd graders in the winter (January through mid-March). Classes will be after regular Sunday school from about 12:30-1:30.

If you have a student in 7th-9th grade or K-2nd grade and would like them to attend, please let me know. I’m happy to answer questions about the OWL program, and there’s also great information at: http://www.uua.org/re/owl.

We’re looking forward to a great year!

-Sandy

FAMILY FUN – Sunday, September 3
Join us for a Welcome Back Potluck and Party after the service

THIRD SUNDAY TEEN LUNCH – Sunday, September 17
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather for lunch (usually pizza) after the service.

PARENT NIGHT OUT
Will return in October.

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August 2017

UU WORLD TRAVELERS IS HERE!
During our summer program all students meet together for class where guest “tour guides” from within the congregation lead students on all kinds of adventures. Our June tours have been wide ranging: Disc Golf, International Space Station, and Canoeing.

Here’s our August Schedule:
August 6: Tour of Italy  (Katie Kingery-Page)
August 13: Tour of the Wooly Bee Farm (The Campbell Family) – This is an actual trip and requires permission forms and carpooling. We’ll leave the fellowship about 11:00 (just after the story for all ages) and not return. Instead, we’ll carpool students home by about 1:00 p.m. There will also be activities at the fellowship for any students who choose not to travel to the Campbell’s farm (in Wamego).
August 20: Tour of Essential Oils (Enell Foerster)
August 27: Lake District of England (Jonalu Johnstone)

FAMILY FUN – Saturday, August 12
Summer heat continues in August so everyone – young and old alike – is invited to swim for free at the City Park pool. Meet at the front entrance at 2:00 p.m. I’ll be there to pay your way in.

THIRD SUNDAY TEEN LUNCH – Sunday, August 20
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather for lunch (usually pizza) after the service.

PARENT NIGHT OUT is taking a break for the summer. We’ll start back up in October.

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July 2017

UU WORLD TRAVELERS IS HERE!
During our summer program all students meet together for class where guest “tour guides” from within the congregation lead students on all kinds of adventures. Our June tours have been wide ranging: Disc Golf, International Space Station, and Canoeing.

Here’s our July Schedule:
July 2: Washington DC (Sandy Nelson)
July 9: New York City (Lily Colburn)
July 16: Tour of Maps (Susan Adamchak)
July 23: St. Louis (Nick & Molly McGaughey)
July 30: Wyoming (Katherine Colburn)

FAMILY FUN – Saturday, July 29
By the end of July it may be unbearably hot. So let’s all join up and cool off at the Splash Park in City Park! We’ll meet at 2:00 p.m.

THIRD SUNDAY TEEN LUNCH – Sunday, July 16
Teens (7th grade and up) are invited to gather for lunch (usually pizza) after the service.

PARENT NIGHT OUT is taking a break for the summer. We’ll start back up in October.

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June 2017

Many thanks to EVERYONE for making the 2016-2017 RE program so successful.  My thanks go out once again to all our volunteers and mentors.

School year teachers: Molly McGaughey (7-12 grade and teen OWL), Matt Sayre (3-6 grade), Katherine Colburn (K-2 grade), Megan Reece (nursery), Carolyn Ferguson (OWL 5-6), Christopher Renner (OWL 5-6), and Jen & Matt Campbell (teen OWL).

Summer World Traveler Tour Guides for 2016: Sylvia Beeman (Bug Hotels), Tom Phillips (insects in the world), Mark Clarke (Iceland), Sabrina Bowker (Japan), Dan Swenson & Brent Garrison (Pillsbury canoeing), Eli & Kim Martinson (maps), Brice Hobrock (ancient Rome toga party), Christopher Renner (Italy), Ellen Meyer (Finland), Diane Barker (Galapagos), and Deirdre Greeley (Key West).

An extra thank you goes to the entire fellowship for donating to food drives and sock drives, coming to family fun events like Pride and St. Patrick’s Parade, and bringing kids to, or helping at, Parent Night Out/Kid Night In. Your participation in the program is what makes everything worthwhile.

As always, a special shout out to Sylvia Beeman. She asked me to teach a Sunday school class 15 years ago and I’ve been loving it ever since.

UU WORLD TRAVELERS IS HERE!
Our summer program begins in June which means all students meet together for class where guest “tour guides” from within the congregation lead students on all kinds of adventures. We’ll camp in the church yard, canoe at Pillsbury Crossing, head to the international space station, build our own Frisbee Golf course, visit Washington DC, and more!

Here’s our June Schedule:
June 4: Bon Voyage Party & Potluck – bring a dish to share
June 11: Frisbee Golf (William Mitchell)
June 18: International Space Station (Mark Clarke)
June 26: Canoe at Pillsbury Crossing (Dan Swenson) we’ll camp at the church on Saturday night

FAMILY FUN
Join us for a camp out at the fellowship on Saturday, June 25. You can pitch your tents in the back yard, make s’mores and sing around the campfire. On Sunday morning we’ll have pancakes and leave early for canoeing at Pillsbury Crossing.

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May 2017

SCHOOL YEAR ENDS / SUMMER BEGINS –
The school year comes to an end in May and we’ll cap it off with a program on May 21 celebrating the RE program in the adult service.

Also this month we’ll be bidding farewell to our long-time nursery care provider, Megan Reece and K-2 teacher, Katherine Colburn. Megan is graduating from K-State and then she’s off on her own adventures as a newly minted teacher. Katherine begins her student teaching in the fall and then she’s on to her own adventures as well.

And then we’re off to summer and the UU World Travelers program. Once again our RE students travel around the world, learning new skills along the way, without ever leaving Kansas. Every week a new host from the Fellowship takes them on a “tour” of a far-away place, new skill, imaginary or real life destination. Lined up thus far is a morning of Frisbee Golf, an overnight backyard camping trip, canoeing (an annual favorite), and more.

Do you have a passion you’d like to share? There are still a few slots open and we’d love to have you join us for a morning. Do you cook? Have you been on a cruise? Contact Sandy Nelson at DRE@uufm.net for details on the summer program.

KANSAS UU YOUTH CLUSTER MAY 12-13  –
We’re hosting an overnight gathering for teens (7th-12th grade) to play games, express ourselves, get-to-know one another, and plan another event for fall! There will be separate break-out sessions for Jr. High and High School aged students. Get more details from Molly or Sandy.

Register for the event online: https://form.jotform.us/71016504990150

PARENT NIGHT OUT/KID NIGHT IN –
Our next Parent Night Out (Kid Night In) gathers on Friday, May 5, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, at the Fellowship. Parent Night Out is designed for children from 3 to 12 years old who can toilet on their own with minimal assistance. We watch a movie, have some popcorn, and games and art projects are available. Occasionally we go outside and enjoy a campfire.  A $5 per child contribution helps us cover expenses. Supper is NOT served at Parent Night Out so please be sure your kids are fed before arriving. This is an RSVP event and space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, May 4, so that supplies and volunteers can be gathered.

 

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