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Weekly CYRE Newsletter


Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Children & Youth Religious Education Program


Hello all,

Reminder to bring pet foods this Sunday for our Canstruction contest! In addition to benefitting three great causes (Pawmetto Lifeline, Meals on Wheels and Harvest Hope), the winning class (most money collected) will win an ice cream party. More details below.

This Week in CYRE

Canstruction in all classrooms with special guests from UU Animal Ministry. Please remember to bring your pet food donations before CYRE classes.


This Week’s Staff & Volunteers

·         DRE Lisa Eason

·         Nursery: Erin Gibson & Katie Boone

·         Preschool: Andrea Dudick, Steve Lize & Animal Ministry visitor

·         K-2nd: Amanda Segura, Bethany Storlazzi & Animal Ministry visitor

·         3rd-5th: Jim DuPlessis, Autumn Perkins & Animal Ministry visitor

·         6th-8th: Kerry McLoughlin, Nancie Shillington-Perez & Animal Ministry visitor

·         9th-12th: John Crowley, Dave Volz & Animal Ministry visitor


Canstruction Pet Food Drive Continues Through Jan. 26
Our annual CYRE food drive will continue through Sunday, Jan. 26, culminating in our annual Canstruction contest. As part of CYRE’s social action focus for 2013-14, this year’s food drive will benefit Pawmetto Lifeline, Harvest Hope and Meals on Wheels. Please bring in cans and bags of pet food or other new pet supplies (or even people food!) and place in the marked box in your child’s classroom anytime between before Jan. 26.

SSL T-shirt Sales In Social Hall
Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts will be for sale in the Social Hall during the Standing on the Side of Love campaign (Jan. 18-Feb. 16), and other SSL items will be available for ordering. Orders place by Sunday, Jan. 26 should be available for pickup by Sunday, Feb. 9. We hope that everyone will wear SSL gear for Share the Love Sunday on Feb. 16. For more information, email or visit

Visit RE Classrooms for Canstruction Jan. 26

The entire congregation is invited to visit the RE wing following the service on Sunday, Jan. 26 to vote for your favorite Canstruction structure. Children and youth in all five age groups will build structures from the food they’ve been collecting during our food drive, and adults can “vote” for their favorites via cash donations. All food will be donated to Pawmetto Lifeline, Meals on Wheels and Harvest Hope, and all money collected will be donated to Pawmetto Lifeline. For more information, email


Parenting Course in February; Register by Jan. 26

Pippin Whitaker, Ph.D., MSW, will facilitate an Adult Religious Education course for parents on Sundays, Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 12:30-2 p.m. (the first class will last until 2:30 p.m.) “Parenting Vision: Knitting How-To With For Whom and Toward What” will draw on several parenting resources, including UU parenting books and curricula. Childcare will be provided and lunch will be served for both parents and their children. The fee for this course is $15 per person or couple, which will cover the cost of the book “Tending the Flame: The Art of UU Parenting.” Registration forms are on the shelf outside the DRE’s office. For more information, email

Middle School Field Trips on Tap
The Middle School class has two upcoming field trips as part of their Neighboring Faiths/Building Bridges curriculum and as part of SC Interfaith Harmony Month.  On Wednesday, Jan. 29, middle school youth will attend Introduction to Nichiren Buddhism
at SC SGI-USA Buddhist Community Center in the Northeast. Youth can meet at UUCC at 6:15 p.m. to ride to the event with chaperones, or parents can drive them directly to the center (event starts at 7 p.m.) On Wednesday, Feb. 26, youth will visit Masjid As-Salaam near Eau Claire High School for Introduction to Understanding Islam and Muslims. Youth can meet at UUCC at 5:15 p.m. or parents may drive them directly to event (6-8 p. m.) For more information, email

High School Youth Group Meeting Feb. 2
The UUCC Hugh School Youth Group will meet Sunday, Feb. 2 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 10.

Chocolate Auction Feb. 16; Sweet Donations Needed

Join us in the Social Hall Sunday, Feb. 16 following the worship service for our annual chocolate auction. Part auction, part bake sale and part chocolate tasting, the Chocolate Auction features many delicious, homemade chocolate treats. Proceeds will benefit the 2014 Youth Heritage trip to Boston; bring cash and/or your checkbook and enjoy lots of chocolate goodies! We’re also in need of YOUR homemade baked goods. Donations can be in sealed plastic bag for bake sale (approx. 3 items per baggie), on one platter for the sampler plates (we’ll distribute them), or whole items for the auction or to be divided for sampler plates. Please bring your donations to the Social Hall before worship service on Feb. 16. For more information, email dre@uucolumbia.

Middle School Lock-In Rescheduled to March 21-22
Due to a Coffeehouse performance, the middle school lock in has been rescheduled from the previously scheduled date of Feb. 15-16 to March 21-22 . More details will be available soon, and parent-chaperones are needed. Please email to volunteer or for more information.

Elementary Lock-In Volunteers Needed
Parents, we need your help in order to host another fun, community-building Elementary Lock-In this year. Our children have a blast at these events and it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to get better acquainted with their UU peers. We hope to have a lock-in for 3rd-5th grade in March or April, but several volunteers are needed. Please email for more information.

Upcoming CYRE Committee Meetings
The Children & Youth Committee will meet on Sunday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, March 2. Please note that the March meeting has been rescheduled to avoid a conflict with the Annual Canvass Party and Welcome-Back-Neal celebration on March 9.

CYRE Calendar

·         Sunday, Feb. 2—Mystery Friends Wrap Up and Celebration for K-2nd and 3rd-5th classes

·         Sunday, Feb. 2—High School Youth Group Meeting, 12:30-2 p.m., Room 10

·         Sunday, Feb. 2—Parenting Vision Course, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Library

·         Sunday, Feb. 9—Pancake Breakfast, 9-10:30 a.m., Social Hall

·         Sunday, Feb. 9—CYRE Committee Meeting, 12:30 p.m., Room 10

·         Sunday, Feb. 9—Parenting Vision Course, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Library