The Religious Explorations program has two new teachers working with the children here at RVUUF. R.E. would like to welcome its new teachers: Amber Adamastos, who is working with the elementary and middle school children; and Rachel Hopt, who is working in the Nursery.
RVUUF’s Religious Explorations youth will soon assemble boxes of warm winter socks and gloves for adults who seek refuge at Ashland’s Pioneer Hall homeless shelter. All RVUUFians are invited to help by donating socks or gloves for adult men or women. John Wieczoreck says that new, thick, wool or cotton work socks are the most useful items, but insulated gloves are also needed. Look for the green collection bin under the balcony through Thursday, Nov. 30.
Currently the children are learning about Judaism and, this week, will begin decorating the Sukkah, a special temporary hut or structure built to honor the harvest. On Sunday Oct. 8, children will be ready to celebrate the Jewish Holiday Sukkot. Fruits and harvests will be shared in the children’s side yard after service, and all ages are welcome.
If you have a passion or connection to a particular faith or celebration, the R.E. program invites you to come share and be a guest in the classrooms. For more information, use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with Lead Teacher Liz Bianco.
If you have a child attending RVUUF’s Religious Explorations program, grab a cup of coffee right after the service this Sunday, and head back to the classrooms (or the playground if the weather is nice) to meet R.E. teachers and other parents.
Parent-teacher coffee hour will take place from approximately 11:30 a.m. to “noonish.” Enjoy snacks while you learn about what’s in store for R.E. this year. For more information, use RVUUF’s contact form to connect with Krynn Lukacs.
It is with gratitude and thanksgiving alongside sadness that Cynthia Parkhill will be leaving RVUUF. She has been the Religious Exploration Administrative Coordinator, a five-hour a week position, for the past three years. She has worked in collaboration with Lead Teacher Liz Bianco, supporting the teachers and children in the Sunday morning Religious Exploration program. Cynthia has also been RVUUF’s web editor for the new website and will continue that five-hour a month position for now. We are grateful her life crossed RVUUF’s path and wish the best for her and her husband, Jonathan, in their journey back to California.
Rev. Nan L. White
RVUUF Developmental Minister
The children of RVUUF’s Religious Explorations program will present a service full of song, dance, theater and more, on Sunday, April 30. Experience the Chalice Lighting tradition of our littlest RVUUFians, hear how our elementary class expresses their vision of a peaceful world, and find diverse answers to the question, “What do our children believe?” With guidance from Lead Teacher Liz Bianco and Alison Duren-Sutherland of the Worship Team, this service was created for our community by the children themselves. Come take a look at our faith through their eyes.
Cynthia M. Parkhill
All RVUUFians are invited to help by donating:
- Socks (new, adult sizes only)
- Refillable water bottles
- Gloves (adult sizes only)
- Tooth brushes and tooth paste
- Small bottles of soap, shampoo or lotion
- Nutritional food bars or candy bars
John Wieczoreck said that socks are the No. 1 need but all items on the list will be put to good use. Look for the collection bin under the balcony at RVUUF.