YFM Winter/Spring News

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 IMPORTANT DATES

Feb.

2/12      Friendship Sunday

YFM Hosts Food Heart Healthy  -proceeds for camp scholarships

Mar.

3/5        Teacher Lunch and Training

3/12      YFM Hosts Food

Daylight Savings Time Spring forward

Spirit of the Leprechauns—St. Pat’s fun with a spiritual focus

Apr.

4/9        Palm Sunday

YFM Hosts Food  – proceeds for camp scholarships

4/16      Easter Festival

May

5/14      YOU Bake Sale – proceeds for camp scholarships

  Mother’s Day Honoring all moms

Color code:
Special Sunday Activities for Kids
Support YOU Bake Sale
Parents and Teachers Host Food

2017 LAST YEAR IN OUR BUILDING

making memoriesWe have one more year in our present building, another year to connect and share memorable and fun experiences.

This year, of course, will include preparation for moving: organizing, sorting, donating and packing. We will be determining what to keep for the new facility and to put that into storage. We will be determining what we’ll need when we’re “on the road” and doing a portable church and Sunday school.  We’ll be a “gypsy community” (from Diane Robertson).

I’m expecting there will be work parties and I hope you’ll consider helping.

I’m also looking at what events, classes or experiences we would like to create this last year in this building. Were there some activities from the past you wish we would repeat?

I hope you’ll give some feedback. Hearing from you will provide direction and focus for how we can best serve you and your family in 2017.

Here are some of the many things we’ve offered in past years. Could you please let me know if there are any you’d like to repeat?

  • ·         “Parenting from Love and Logic” classes
  • ·         Parenting Tune-ups (discussions focusing on one topic)
  • ·         Family “Make and Take” Craft Sundays
  • ·         Family Potlucks
  • ·         Family Movies
  • ·         Spiritual Dancing for the whole family
  • ·         Service Projects such as Pillowcase Sewing
  • ·         Santa’s Workshop for Kids
  • ·         Community Holiday Card making for Soldiers
  • ·         Community projects such as the Students Rebuild Challenges (pinwheels and hands)
  • ·         Bingo and other games (after church)
  • ·         New idea you’d champion

YFM VOLUNTEER OPENINGS FOR SPRING

make-a-differenceI want to make this last year in our building a memorable one. I hope that you’ll consider being a part of our volunteer teams.

We have openings as childcare helpers (once a quarter), Pre-K and Grades 1 & 2 Teachers and Assistants (once a month).

Spring is a special time in the Children’s Chapel with fun and spiritually meaningful activities that shine light on the following spring holidays of Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Palm Sunday, Easter and Mother’s Day.

Please consider signing up. To help you get started…

YFM VOLUNTEER LUNCH AND TRAINING.

Join us diversity handsSun., Mar. 5, 11:30 – 1:30.

This is for all current YFM volunteers and those interested in applying or learning more. Registration is required.

Parents and Teachers

Teachers and parents are encouraged to assist with hosting community food every other second Sunday. The proceeds go to scholarships for camps and teacher training.

The next one is February 12 and we are requesting “Heart Healthy Treats”. But, you say, it’s right before Valentine’s Day! I did some research and found that dark chocolate is heart-healthy! So are popcorn, nuts and yogurt. Of course, there’s also fruits and veggies.

On Sun., February 12 could you please bring a heart-healthy treat to share to the library? If you are able to come early to set up or stay a little late to help clean up, that would be great too.

These “food sharings” are fun occasions for the whole family to connect and make friends in the library. Thanks in advance for your contribution.

PARENT LEADERSHIP

338369,xcitefun-thanks-you-4Thank you to Anne Underwood and Ashley Lindell for stepping forward to assist. Amazing Women!

The weekend of Jan. 27-29 is the annual NW Unity Youth Team Conference at Gold Bar, WA. It’s a weekend of renewal, networking and training and provides inspiration for volunteers from Unity churches who work with children and teens.

This year most all of us (Heidi Nathe, James Tierney, Louis Mason, Lori Shaver and myself) will be attending and there will be no regular YFM volunteers to lead the children.

In the past, parents have volunteered to lead activities for the children on this Sunday. We are very grateful to Anne and Ashley for covering for us. They are planning a very special Sunday for the children.

SHARING SPIRITUAL RESOURCES WITH YOUR FAMILY

Eddie_the_Eagle_posterMy kids and grandkids recently encouraged me to watch a movie they loved. I watched it and I loved it too. On case you haven’t yet seen if, I’m recommending it to you as a great one to share with your family: “Eddie the Eagle”.

“Inspired by true events, ‘Eddie the Eagle’ is a feel-good story about Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out.”

It demonstrates the power of FAITH. I felt inspired and moved by the story and found myself cheering for Eddie as did the thousands of people who witnessed his efforts in real life.

It would be a wonderful conversation starter about the power of FAITH for parents and kids.

A Fine Parent: I came across a parenting website that impressed me. It’s a blog site with articles written by parents and experts alike. You can read excellent articles on a myriad of topics or you can write an article yourself from your own experience and wisdom. One blog article I especially liked was “4 Parenting Lessons Research Taught Us in 2016”.

Please contact Marelu Greco with questions, concerns or ideas.
206-622-8475 X138
youth@seattleunity.org

YFM Spiritual Gifts 2017 Winter-Spring