Weekly News

February 17, 2017


BeFunky Valentine Collage

Last weekend we celebrated Valentine's Day in style with an RE family Valentine's Day party where we made valentines for the kids at the Children's Inn at NIH, decorated cookies and learned to be pool sharks! Then on Sunday during chapel, our children created a Valentine for the world, where they wrote what they love. Some examples of things our littlest UUs love include their families and pets, their RE classes and, of course, treats!

Hillary's Weekly Reflection

Dearest Friends,
What a LOVE-ly weekend we had last week!
From our very sweet (and I mean that literally - so much frosting, so many cookies!) Valentines party for RE families and teachers on Saturday, to our bustling morning in RE classrooms (we had more new friends visit than ever before!), and our very special chapel services where we created "Valentine to the World" - it was a wild and wonderful couple of days! Thanks so much for being a part of it. 
This Sunday during our Time For All Ages in the Sanctuary, an amazing musician named Farid will teach us a new and energizing song. Just the thing we need to keep our hearts wild, wonderful, and full of love!
Yours in sparkles and smiles,
P.S. Where I come from in Maine, the last week of February is always vacation week for schools and many workplaces. In sticking with my homeland's tradition, I'll be taking a vacation next week and heading home see my beloved family and friends. I probably won't be looking at my email very much or keeping up with the happenings at Cedar Lane during this time, but don't worry, I'll be back, and ready for more action in March! 

This sunday
Time for All Ages with Fred (Farid) Johnson Our kids will begin in the sanctuary and be dismissed to their classrooms so there will be no Chapel.

next week

Hillary will be taking a well deserved vacation (and celebrating her birthday!) so she will be out of the office next week from Monday through Monday. So, if you have immediate needs please email Ashley Del Sole at adelsole@cedarlane.org

upcoming events

Religious Education Upcoming Events

Saturday March 4 Our Whole Lives (OWL) Retreat 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday March 9 RE Town Hall Meeting 7:00 -- 8:30 p.m.

OWL Retreat Our 8th/9th Grade OWL classes will have a combined meeting as a way for us to offer several important topics at once, with the help of a Health Educator guest speaker, to both our Classes.  It's also a chance for the students to socialize with each other & have some fun.  Parents of OWL students, please look for an Evite to let us know if your child will be able to join us!

In January, the Lifespan Religious Education Ministry Team, after careful consideration, announced the extension of the Religious Education year from April 30th to May 21st. Along with the continuation of our RE classes, the two service worship calendar will also extend through May 21st. A program similar to "Spring B" will then occur during the first three Sundays of June. This change impacts many people at Cedar Lane and has resulted in much joy and excitement, as well as some confusion and frustration. To follow up with this change, all are invited to a congregational meeting led by Hillary Collins-Gilptrick, Director of Lifespan RE, Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, Travis Ploeger Lifespan RE Ministry Team Chair, and Ashley Del Sole, RE Administrator, to discuss the intention and implementation of the extended Religious Education year, worship year, and any other ripples of change therein. Please join us and bring your questions for discussion.

Middle and High school youth group (msyg/Hsyg) upcoming events

Sunday February 12 2nd Sunday HSYG Meeting 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Saturday February 18 Soup Supper Fundraiser Following Spirit Experience  

Soup Supper Fund Raiser for Youth Services Opportunities Project Please join us, directly following the Sprit Experience, which begins at 4:30 p.m., for a Soup Supper Fundraiser dinner to help support our youth as they go on a weekend Service Opportunities Project. The meal will be donations based and will go toward scholarships to help support the youth for this exciting experience!

Young Adult Upcoming Events

Tuesday February 21 Young Adult Meeting in Chapel 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Young Adult Meeting

The next meeting of the Young Adults group will be from 7:30-9pm, on Tuesday, February 21st in the Chapel. 

Once again we gather with one another to share stories from our days, experiences from our pasts, and hopes and practices for our future. Our Young Adults group is open to anyone ages 18-35, and is a time that focuses on spiritual elements of our beings and how we bring these elements into our day to day realities. 
Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick and David Gosling will facilitate. 
Join us at 7:30 for warm beverages and snacks, and then stay for the rich conversation. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Upcoming Adult Programs (Click Links to Register)

Tuesday March 7 Home Inventory- Don't Leave Home Without It 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday    April 13            National Cathedral Tour             10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Ongoing Classes Accepting Drop-Ins and New Registrations

(Click Class Title for More Information and to Register)

Various Days Yoga Classes Various Times

1st and 3rd Sundays


10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

4th Sundays Climate Change Support Circle                     7:30 - 9:00 p.m.


Science and Religion

10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.



7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

1st  and 3rd Tuesdays

Philosophy Club

7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

3rd Tuesdays

Writers of Color Book Club

7:15 - 8:30 p.m.

3rd Saturdays Dances of Universal Peace 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

We are excited to announce that we are “Going Green” and becoming more flexible in our offerings, so will no longer be printing the Fall and Spring brochures. Instead, we will be announcing all of our offerings online. Please watch for your weekly “What’s Happening in Adult Programs” emails to learn what’s starting the following week and watch the Enews and the website for classes that will begin within the month and beyond!

If you have a class you’d like to offer, please fill out the form online and submissions will be reviewed at the Lifespan Religious Education Team monthly meetings on the 1st Wednesday of the month, September through May, and periodically through the summer.

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