Saturday, August 24, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Hey Families and Friends of Westside,
How is everyone doing on this hot week? Hopefully not melting yet, I know how we Seattleites have a very narrow window of a comfortable temperature zone (can I get a 70 to 75 anyone?). And well clearly this weather has no idea how to take a hint.
Unfortunately this is not due to change, however the silver lining? We have an exceptionally fun Sunday planned for the kids! Kevin Lane-Cummings, Shannon Day, and your kids (ages 5-12) will be exploring the science, art, and magic of rainbows. Rain or shine -- or both! -- there will be lots of color in the social hall. As you might expect, there will be prisms and several different renditions of "Over the Rainbow," but did you ever think you could hear a rainbow? Come and find out!
For kids younger than five (but older than six months please!), we have our lovely Nursery open. As always I highly encourage teens and young adults to come join us for our service, or if they want, help out with the kids downstairs.
This Sunday we do need a little extra help from the families of the 5-12 group. We currently don’t have enough incandescent flashlights, so if each family could bring one that would be just lovely. Along the same lines if anyone could lend a glass prism that would be fabulous!
Thanks guys, hope to see you Sunday!
Hi Families and Friends of Westside,
Hope everyone is well and enjoying this refreshing cool Friday.
Lucky for the kids they will get to continue the music theme set up by last week’s service. This week our guest speaker will be Carmen Ficarra, and our teacher will be Julie Forkasdi. Carmen and his friend Greg Canote will be playing some old-time music on the fiddle, guitar, and ukelele. There will be interactive songs, and the kids will even have an opportunity to freestyle it and make music that speaks to them as well!
As always the Nursery will be open to kids aged six months to four years. On the opposite side of the spectrum we encourage all teens/young adults to join us for the service, or if they want to, help out with the kids.
Just a quick recap from two weeks ago, I’m trying to set up a more efficient way to sign the kids out. So if you guys would come to the stage (it will be enclosed) to pick them up and sign them out, that would be incredible. For parents who think their kid(s) are old enough to sign out, please come see me.
Have a great weekend and hope to see you on Sunday!
Friday, July 26, 2013
Hello Families and Friends of Westside,
Hope everyone is doing well this lovelyevening, and has enjoyed this magnificent week of sunshine!
Just a quick reminder thatthere is going to be a multigenerational service (one of only two this summer). This means there will be no RE class this week, however the Nursery will be open for kids ages six months to four years old. All kids over four are encouraged to attend the upbeat service centered around drumming and rhythm. Below is the description of the service to get a better understanding of what it will be like.
"In this multigenerational service, congregation member John Britt, along with the beat of our Westside drummers, will remind us of some simple life lessons from the drum circle in this all-percussion service. Both the individual impulse and the united beat of community fill the cycles of our human experience. In this service, our youngest and our eldest community members will experience joyful rhythms and diverse rhythms together, from different cultures."
Hope to see everyone there!
Middle School Con Registration: Families of middle schoolers – Fall Con registration is open! firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-274-2018). , Vashon Island. The registration form is attached here. I encourage you to register in August to get the cheaper rate. Please make a copy of your registration for Betsy so she has accurate medical information. She will be attending Fall Con with our middle schoolers. Also, contact her directly if you have any questions (Betsy Lowry,
Teaching and Advising in our RE Programs: We like to say that our children are our future. Well, Westside is making beautiful contributions to the future, as we help our children and youth to navigate their hearts, their self-confidence, their faith development, and their social justice sensibilities. Our children and youth come eagerly to our classes, to our special events and youth groups, and multigenerational worship and other activities. They blossom – from infant and active toddler size to middle and high school youth – in the safe and nurturing environments of our RE classes and programs. They grow and learn by being in relationship with their adult teachers. WE NEED TEACHERS! We want to offer our best to these precious gems of our community. Come talk with anyone on the RE Council, or anyone who has taught before to learn more about the connections you will make with other teachers and the difference you can make in kids’ lives. Let Betsy Lowry (email@example.com 410-274-2018) or Julie Forkasdi, RE Council Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org) know of your interest to contribute to our RE ministry.
OWL Update: We are offering two OWL classes this year, our Junior High OWL for 7th and 8th graders, and our elementary OWL for 4th and 5thgraders. The Junior High class will likely begin in October and end in April, meeting early evenings. The elementary class has eight sessions, and the time of year will be determined with the teaching team and parent input. OWL is a significantly important experience for our children and youth, and requires a serious commitment on the part of families. We look forward to rich experiences with bonding and community building, trustbuilding, and learning in our OWL adventures this year. We now have solid teaching teams in place, and we will offer informational meetings for families in August. See Betsy Lowry (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
Coming of Age Program: Coming of Age (COA) is a program that marks the transition from childhood to young adult. UU’s generally emphasize four areas in the COA experience: pairing youth with adult mentors; discussions and retreats that emphasize self-awareness and confidence-building; service to the church and community; and a culminating affirmation ceremony. We are offering a COA program this year for any high schoolers from grades 9-11 who have not yet had this experience. Our class will start and end with retreats, and will meet mornings every other week. We have a teaching team in place who is planning the curriculum and experiences for this program, and we will invite youth and families to an information meeting in August. See Betsy Lowry (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.