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‘Socks Plus’ donation drive

care packages of socks, toothbrush and toothpaste, nutritional bars and more, assembled into clear plastic bags piled into two colorful tote containers

Kits assembled and distributed last year

RVUUF’s Religious Explorations youth will soon assemble kits of useful items for adults who seek refuge at Ashland’s Pioneer Hall homeless shelter.

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.

Religious Explorations: Returning educator

Cartoon image of a blue chalice with flame. The chalice has a facial expression that includes eyebrows, widely-opened eyes and a smile

Image © 2014 Peter Bowden. Used with permission

Religious Explorations welcomes back educator Inga Leed, who has returned as a nursery instructor.

Inga and her daughters, Clover and Ariana, became members of RVUUF in 2012. She has a Master’s in Early Childhood Special Education and currently works with young children.

Inga is excited to help the congregation’s youngest children expand their perceptions of themselves, each other, and the interdependent web in which we all live through consistency, nurturance, music, movement, and child-centered play.

‘Time for All Ages’ resumes Sept. 11

The “Time for All Ages” (a special time during services before children are released to their classes) resumes Sunday, Sept. 11 with RVUUF’s observance of the Water Communion. The children will be invited to add water that they collected into a large bowl. Water will be provided for those who do not bring their own. Nursery care is available beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continues until noon.

RVUUF seeks children’s educator

Cartoon image of a blue chalice with flame. The chalice has a facial expression that includes eyebrows, widely-opened eyes and a smile

Image © 2014 Peter Bowden. Used with permission

Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (RVUUF) is seeking a part-time teacher for classes in Religious Explorations for ages 3-5 with flexibility to teach ages between newborns and 8th grade. If you hold progressive values, have experience with teaching children and are interested in becoming part of a creative and supportive teaching team, RVUUF is offering a 3.5-hour-per-week position that pays $13.50 per hour: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays plus one hour of prep time at home. Musical ability (or willing enthusiasm) a plus. Please respond to minister@rvuuf.org.

Religious Explorations: Mosaic artwork from seeds

Sheets of paper, with seeds attached to them in pictorial representations of flowers and peace symbols

Mosaic pictures from seeds

Check out this mosaic artwork, created with seeds by students in Religious Explorations. The children are exploring the interdependency of life as R.E. spends summer in the garden. “Earth” is the theme for this coming Sunday, July 10, and features the process of composting.

Cynthia M. Parkhill
Administrative coordinator
Religious Explorations

Religious Explorations spends summer in garden

Group of children standing outdoors in garden

Religious Explorations file photo

Over the summer, Religious Explorations embarks on its garden program, with each week’s theme honoring the interdependency of life. On Sunday, July 3, the focus will be on “Roots.” Families, we encourage you to discuss with your children, “What helps you feel rooted?”

(As a reminder, there is no “Story for All Ages” during summer worship services; children go directly to their Religious Explorations classrooms. Nursery care is available for toddlers and infants, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continuing until noon.)

President’s Post: Time to pass the gavel

This is my last President’s post as I am handing the gavel to …? I want to thank my fellow Board members and the Congregation for the opportunity to serve as your president for the past two years. This position has changed me. I have a greater appreciation for our community and increased self-confidence. I intend to remain on the Board another year to ensure a smooth transition to the new president. I love how RVUUF has evolved in the past two years. We are making every child, youth, and adult who walks in the front door feel cherished.
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