Family Ministry is an approach to faith development that recognizes that faith development:
- Happens throughout our lives, at all ages.
- Happens wherever we are; on a walk, in a class, at home, in worship.
- Views parents, grandparents, caregivers as the primary religious educators for their children.
- Creates an intentional community of all ages.
Family Ministry seeks to meet people where they are and includes families of all kinds – as families – in the life of the congregation.
Family Ministry is not just about families with children. At the same time, it recognizes that families with children require significant attention.
- Children and youth participate regularly in Worship Services.
- Music Ministry includes opportunities for families, children and youth.,
- Religious exploration structured as small group ministry that supports and educates parents and other adults as well as children.
- Social justice and social action for all ages.
- Resources for at-home spiritual deepening.
- Whole-congregation social and educational events.
November Message from the Director of Religious Exploration
Greetings parents, guardians, RE volunteers, and friends,
The worship theme for November is Change and with mid-term elections next week, change is coming whether we want it or not. Early voting ends Saturday, November 5. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Make your voice heard – go vote! And whatever we wake up to on November 9th, our UUCF community is here to continue the work and help you weather the political climate change – be it frigid or fair.
The last Fall RE class is Sunday, November 20. There will be Special RE for Kindergarten through Grade 6 on Sunday, November 27, (Thanksgiving Weekend) run by dedicated members of the RE Committee. The High Schoolers will go to brunch at IHOP that day. MS students can either help out with Special RE or attend worship service. The annual Joy Service is Sunday December 4, (no RE classes that day) and then Winter RE begins on Sunday December 11, with both grade 4 & 5 classes transitioning to new curricula. All other students will continue with their current curricula for winter. See more information below.
Kudos to Annmarie and Sean McCaslin for organizing the awesome fall festival this year. The baking competition was delicious and all the costumes were terrific. Thank you everyone who volunteered to make this fun event happen. Also, kudos to everyone participating in last month’s Food Drive. RE helped collect a massive amount of food for our partner the UMC Food Pantry in Centerville. And an honorable mention is due Adia Weiss for collecting food from more than 90 neighbors and filling a truck-load of donations all on her own. Outstanding job!
The holidays are fast approaching and that means it is pageant time! We are planning to be back indoors for this year’s Christmas Eve services, including the traditional 4 p.m. service with the Nativity pageant. I am hoping to have the pageant cast this month. See the information below to sign up to participate.
RE activities this month include the Inclusive Virginia History class trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Saturday, a Middle School service project and game night on the 12th, and High School laser tag event on the 13th. All the information on these events and more are listed below and can be viewed on the What’s Happening page of the UUCF website.
Wishing you a safe and healthy month as we navigate the changes in the seasons and in our lives. I’ll see you on campus soon!
Diana Maren Tycer (she/her)
Director of Religious Exploration, UUCF
November Sunday Schedule
Sunday November 6,
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
& Fall RE Classes
Sunday November 13,
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
& Fall RE Classes
(Food Drive after service)
Sunday November 20,
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
& Fall RE Classes
Sunday November 27,
10:00 a.m. Worship Service
(Special RE for K-6th graders/HS brunch at IHOP)
RE Schedule for ’22-’23
Please mark your calendars for the following RE Class Sundays.
- September 11, 18, 25
- October 2, 9, 16, 30
- November 6, 13, 20
- December 11, 18
- January 22, 29
- February 5, 19, 26
- March 5, 12, 19, 26
- April 16, 23, 30
- May 7, 21
Calendar Reminders for Ongoing Groups
- Parents as Primary Sexuality Educators meets Wed., 11/2, 11/16, 11/30, 7:30 – 9 p.m. online.
- Youth Choir meets Sun. 11/6,11/13, 11/20 at 4:30 p.m. in the music room.
- Revolution Ringers meet Sun. 11/6,11/13, 11/20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
- COA Mentor Orientation is Mon. 11/7, 6:30 -8:30 p.m.
- RE Committee meets Tue. 11/8 at 7 p.m. in-person in the Library
- RE Family Hiking occurs Sat. 11/12, 9:30 a.m. meet at 1221 Carpers Farm Way, Vienna.
- MS Youth Group meets Sat. 11/12, 6-8 pm in teen pod and room 11.
- HS Youth Group outing to play Laser Tag is Sun., 11/13, from 2-4 p.m. Fun Land -Centerville
- 4th – 6th Grade Gaming meets Wed.11/16 & 11/30, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
- HS Youth Adult Committee meets Sun. 11/20 at 11:30 a.m. in room 11.
- HS Brunch at Blake Lane IHOP Sun. 11/27 at 11:15 a.m.
- RE Family Potluck is Sun., 11/27, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Commons.
News to Note
Recycle Your Candy Wrappers at UUCF
Each year in the United States, more than 600 million pounds of candy are purchased for Halloween and the vast majority of candy wrappers end up in landfills. This year UUCF is participating in the Trick or Trash program to collect candy wrappers for recycling. Simply bring your candy wrappers to UUCF on Nov. 6 and 13 and place them in the Trick or Trash box in the Program Building lobby. The plastic from the candy wrappers will be used to create doggy bags for local animal shelters. To learn more about how wrappers will be recycled, watch this video. Contact Annmarie McCaslin for more info.
Pageant Participants Needed
The annual UUCF Nativity Pageant worship service will be held at 4 p.m. Christmas Eve (Saturday, 12/24). If your children or youth would like speaking roles in the pageant this year and will be available between 12/18 and 12/22 for a dress rehearsal (exact date/time TBA) please sign them up here by November 20. These are for the speaking roles only (Modern-day Messengers, Mary, Joseph, Archangels, Shepherds, Innkeeper, Emperor and Prophet.) All young children are encouraged to dress as animals and participate in the manger scene of the pageant – no need to sign up for that.
6 Graders – Time to Choose Your Next RE Class
Winter RE begins on December 11. The current classes for students in grade 5 & 6 will be ending and two new class options will begin. Your children can take either Love Connects Us or Heeding the Call. These options are offered so that differences in learning styles, interests, and maturity levels can be accommodated. I encourage parents of 5th and 6th graders to review some of the curriculum lessons and talk with their children about which class is best for them. Both curricula are available on the UUA website: Heeding the Call. Let Melissa Campos-Poehnert know when you decide and she will place your child in their chosen class.
Family Chalice Lighters Needed
Looking for a way to be a part of the UUCF Sunday morning worship service? The Worship Committee invites families of all sizes and configurations to sign up to light the chalice in worship services this fall. No experience or preparation necessary – just arrive on your Sunday at 9:45 a.m. ready to help center the UUCF community in a spirit of worship. Sign up here. Contact Rebecca Benner for more information.
Class Helpers Needed for November
Adult helpers are still needed to assist teachers for Hello Friends (preschool), Moral Tales (Grades 1 & 2) and Soul Matters (Grades 3 & 4). UUCF’s large RE program cannot succeed without the support of many adults from the congregation. Can you volunteer for 90 minutes one Sunday this month to help in RE? The children need you. Sign up here. Questions? Contact email@example.com
COA Mentor Orientation – Monday, November 7, 6:30 p.m. online.
Orientation sessions for those serving as Coming of Age mentors began last month. Those new to mentoring are required to take one of these sessions (additional ones are scheduled for December.) The orientation sessions outline the Coming of Age experience, offer guidance for interacting with youth, and will review UUCF safety policies. The November session is online only, 6:30-8:30. Zoom link here. Contact Diana Tycer for more information.
Banned Book Club at Accotink UU Church – Tuesday, November 8, 7 – 8 p.m.
Accotink UU Church is hosting an online banned book club, reading and discussing a new commonly banned book on the second Tuesday of every month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. If you’d like to attend, contact Mary Kringer for the Zoom link and to be added to the Banned Book Club mailing list. The Book for November 8, is “Melissa” (formerly “George”) by Alex Gino.
RE Family Hiking Group – Saturday, Saturday, November 12, 9:30 a.m.
RE families are invited to hike in Reston this month, near (but not at) Colvin Run Mill. Meet in front of 1221 Carpers Farm Way, Vienna, 22182. We’ll park in the residential area. The 3.4 mile trail is very near this address. Dogs welcome. No RSVP needed; just show up. Contact Robin Wilson with questions.
MS Youth Group – Saturday, November 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
All MS youth are invited to help out repackaging beans and rice for the November Food Drive, and then enjoy pizza and game night together. Sign up here to attend. Adults who enjoy games are welcome to chaperone. The fun starts at 6 p.m. in the teen pod and room 11. . Contact Diana Tycer for more information.
November Food & Baby Supply Drive – Sunday, November 13, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
This month, UUCF will partner with Food Justice DMV. Diapers, formula, and baby supplies are particularly requested this month. Review the requested items and quantities and sign up to donate on Sunday, November 13, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the UUCF traffic circle. To make a financial contribution to Food Justice DMV, donate here. Questions? Contact Andrew Batcher
High School Youth Group – Laser Tag at Fun Land Sunday, November 13, 2-4 p.m.
HS youth are invited to meet up at Fun Land in Chantilly for laser tag and to play arcade games from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 13. A round of laser tag costs $10, other arcade games range from $0.50-$5.00. The event will end in time for those in youth choir to make it back to UUCF by 4:30 p.m. Please sign up here by Friday, Nov. 11, and find more information about Fun Land activities here. Fun Land is located at 5111 Westfields Blvd., Centreville, VA 20120.
6th Grade Gaming – Wednesdays, November 16 & 30, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Online gaming has moved to Wednesdays at 4:30. All 4th, 5th and 6th graders are invited to join our gamers group. We meet once or twice a month to play Jackbox, Among Us and other games online and chat with one another. We’ll meet twice this month, on the 16th and the 30th, from 4:30 – 5:30pm. Zoom link here.
High School Youth – IHOP Brunch – Sunday, November 27, 11:15 a.m.
All High school youth are invited to the traditional Thanksgiving weekend brunch once again! Join Courtney Firth for waffles, pancakes – or whatever you like best, at IHOP, located at 9490 Blake Lane, Fairfax. Sign up here to attend, so reservations can be made in advance. There will be time to attend the worship service at UUCF before heading over for brunch. Contact Courtney Firth for more information.
RE Family Pot-Luck – Sunday, November 27, 5:30 p.m.
Tired of left-over turkey? Head over to UUCF for the Monthly RE family pot-luck for dinner instead. Join host Dillon Ginley, bring a dish to share, and come hang out with friendly folks for a while. The monthly pot-lucks provide a great opportunity for families to connect and get to know each other better. Please come on Sunday, November 27, at 5:30 p.m in the Sanctuary Commons. Contact Dillon Ginley for more information.