The Buddha’s Last Instruction by Mary Oliver

The Buddha’s Last Instruction

“Make of yourself a light,”
said the Buddha,
before he died.
I think of this every morning
as the east begins
to tear off its many clouds
of darkness, to send up the first
signal – a white fan
streaked with pink and violet,
even green.
An old man, he lay down
between two sala trees,
and he might have said anything,
knowing it was his final hour.
The light burns upward,
it thickens and settles over the fields.
Around him, the villagers gathered
and stretched forward to listen.
Even before the sun itself
hangs, disattached, in the blue air,
I am touched everywhere
by its ocean of yellow waves.
No doubt he thought of everything
that had happened in his difficult life.
And then I feel the sun itself
as it blazes over the hills,
like a million flowers on fire –
clearly I’m not needed,
yet I feel myself turning
into something of inexplicable value.
Slowly, beneath the branches,
he raised his head.
He looked into the faces of that frightened crowd.

~ Mary Oliver ~  (House of Light)

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R.E. NOTES November 18, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

Holidays… it used to mean Holy Days… and even if one had no sense of the sacred, it used to mean fun…

Since before Halloween, I’ve been hearing the word, “holidays”, followed immediately by groans growls and grumbling… Some of the grumbling has come from me…

Last year, for the first time we decided to cut down on the planning and stress by doing a spontaneous, voluntary, Nativity tableau  instead of a scripted, casted and rehearsed pageant. It worked wonderfully…

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This year, we’ll do that again, on Sunday, December 21st.

A tableau (for those who may not know) is a dramatic scene in which the players are both silent and motionless. The players move into a pose and then stay in that position during the reading.  Ken will do the reading.

The only “pre-casting” we will need to do will be Mary and Joseph, as they will have to make an entrance and stay still the longest; not to mention be costumed before the start of the service. All other parts will be casted and costumed during the reading.  All parts will be un-limited in number, and available to children and adults alike.

To that end, please let me know if you or your child wants to be Mary or Joseph… If you have magnificent props or costumes to lend (we do have a good number already)… Or if you would like to be part of the Costuming “Pit-crew” at the back of the sanctuary…

 Many hands make light work…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education 

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R.E. NOTES October 22, 2014  

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Dear Old Ship,

Coffee hour… Second hour… That “hour” by any other name, will still cause controversies… and anxieties… and perhaps even a few resentments…

But I’m here to tell you that Coffee Hour is the most important forty minutes (or so) of my ministry week…

I know that there are those adults who I may have cut off or cut short during a coffee hour (for which I apologize)… But let me tell you a story about this past Sunday, that may justify my determination to be wholly available primarily to children and Youth on Sunday mornings…

So, this Sunday one of our young people (and his mother) grabbed me and made it clear that they had something to DISCUSS…  I stopped my buzzing around and became present… rooted…

It seems that The Doctor had told someone that there is no heaven… that it is/was just a product of human superstition… Now… because I am a Whovian, (a deeply devoted fan of the BBC TV series, Doctor Who) I knew that this was a serious question being brought to me… A moment fraught with import… Perhaps a crisis of faith…  At the very least, an excuse to dismiss and bail out of our Neighboring Faiths class…

We talked, this boy and me, for a good fifteen minutes… Comparing our most favorite incarnations of the Doctor… and our least favorite companions…

He urged me to give the newest Doctor a fair try… (I’ve been grudging) He told me that Clara is not as chilly as she used to be…

And I told him that it’s very likely that many of our concepts of god and the afterlife are indeed products of our very human hopes and fears… but that doesn’t mean we don’t need them…  And I encouraged him to read Joseph Campbell’s “Myth’s To Live By”… that it changed my life…

I went home and watched the first episode of the new Doctor Who… He was much cooler than I expected… and Clara was much warmer… And I heard the exchange our young man was referring to…

It turns out The Doctor said, “There is no promised land… etc etc…”

I think there’s a big difference between “Heaven” and “The promised land”… But that discussion can wait ‘til next Sunday’s coffee hour…

 Bright blessings and warm trust in one another…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

Spiritual / Inspirational things said on “Doctor Who” :

Miracles  – “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 12

Books are the Best Weapons – “You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” — The Doctor, Season 2, Episode 2

Better Than You Think – “When you’re a kid, they tell you it’s all… Grow up, get a job, get married, get a house, have a kid, and that’s it. But the truth is, the world is so much stranger than that. It’s so much darker. And so much madder. And so much better.” — Elton Pope, Season 2, Episode 10.

Good and Bad – “The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 10

Important – “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important”
– The Doctor, Season 6, Christmas Special

A Hand to Hold – “There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors… You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

Optimist – “I am and always will be the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 6

Some Days Are Special – “Everybody knows that everybody dies. But not every day. Not today. Some days are special. Some days are so, so blessed. Some days, nobody dies at all. Now and then, every once in a very long while, every day in a million days, when the wind stands fair and the Doctor comes to call, everybody lives.”  — River Song, Season 6, Episode 13

We’re All Stories – “We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” — The Doctor, Season 5, Episode 13

Be Alive – “Letting it get to you. You know what that’s called? Being alive. Best thing there is. Being alive right now is all that counts.” — The Doctor, Season 6, Episode 4

Don’t Give Up – “You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand! You say no! You have the guts to do what’s right, even when everyone else just runs away.” — Rose Tyler, Season 1, Episode 13

 

 

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R.E. NOTES 9/24/14

R.E. NOTES
September 24, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

I’ve been busily preparing for the start-up of Sunday school… Trying to make things as organized and easy for the volunteer teachers as possible… This past week I was concentrating on the Spirit Play classroom and materials.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Spirit Play, here is the official description:
A Unitarian Universalist religious education method and ministry based on Montessori philosophy and Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play. Currently being used in Unitarian Universalist and other liberal churches across the continent, it incorporates multiple styles of learning, hands-on materials, and an atmosphere of the classroom as a sacred space.

As I was re-typing materials that had been lost in old dead computers and printing up signage for the room, I found myself falling into the soothing rhythm and blessed mind-set that Spirit Play evokes… Me? I think it’s the reason we come to church… Or come together at all…

Here is how we begin every Spirit Play class:
I offer you peace.
I offer you friendship.
I offer you love.

I see your beauty.
I hear your needs.
I feel your feelings.

My wisdom comes from a higher source.
I honor that source in you.
Let us work together.

And here is how we end:
We are going out now
into the world…
But remember that wherever you go,
Here, you will find the hands of friends.

Nice, huh?

Finding the “spirit play” in all of us…
Beverly Tricco
Director of Religious Education

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OLD SHIP R.E. Calendar 2014 – 2015 (8/13/14 2nd draft)

September 7, Sun 10:30-11:40 Water Communion – Whole community worship Nursery care only
September 7, Sun 4pm-6pm COA – Orientation (Parlor)
September 14, Sun Sunday school begins, ALL groups (TERM 9/14–12/14)
September 19 Fri 6:30 – 9:30 Youth Group – Council Fire Planning Night
September 21, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
September 28, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
September 28, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
September CREC – schedule Teacher Training “Think Tanks”

October 5, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
October 12,Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
October 17, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
October 17th 6pm-ish – 19st am-ish COA -Retreat- Cedar Hill Retreat Ctr. – Duxbury
October 19, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
October 26, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
October 26, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

November 2, Sun 10:30-11:40 Service of Remembrance/Dias de los Muertos
November 2, Sunday Bikes Not Bombs – Bike drive/fundraiser
November 9, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
November 16, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
November 19, Wed 7pm Interfaith Thanksgiving service – (5 p.m. rehearse)
November 21, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
November 23, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
November 23, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL – groups
November 26, Wed 6:30 p.m. Vespers
November 30, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
November 30, Sun 8:30-10:00 5th Sunday Children’s Chapel (Nursery)
Tuesday/Veterans’ day/November 11, Fri 2:00 – 5:00 Day-off/Day-in – Jr. & Sr. High Youth?

December 3, Wed 6:30 p.m. Vespers
December 6, Sat – 9 am-2 pm Merrie Market
December 7, Sun 10:30-11:40 Pancakes & Pajamas
December 9, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
December 10, Wed 6:30 p.m. Vespers
December 13, Sat 4:00 – 6:00 Gingerbreadhousemaking–ALL ages
December 14, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
December 17, Wed 6:30 p.m. Vespers
December 21, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
December 19, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
December 20, Sat 10:30-Noon Pageant rehearsal
December 21, Sun 10:30-11:40 Holiday Pageant – Whole-community Worship
December 28, Sun 10:30-11:45 “Readings” service in Fellowship Hall- No R.E. programming

January 4, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
January 11, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
January 16, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
January 18, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
January 25, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
January 25, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

February 1, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
February 8, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
February 15, Sun 10:30 -11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
February 20, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
February 22, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
February 22, Sun 10:30 -11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

March 1, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
March 8, Sun 10:30-11:40 Union Sunday at Scituate…No programming at Old Ship…
March 15, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
March 20, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
March 22, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
March 29, Sun 10:30-11:40 PASSOVER SEDER – ALL groups
March 29, Sun 8:30-10:00 5th Sunday Children’s Chapel (Nursery)

April 5, Sun 10:30-11:40 EASTER – ALL groups
April 12, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
April 17, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
April 19, Sun 10:30-11:40 Annual meeting/Sun school, ALL groups
April 26, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
April 26, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

May 2, Saturday – all day May Breakfast and Plant sale
May 2, Saturday – all day Jr. High Youth Con – Old Ship** date tbd
May 3, Sun 9:00 a.m. Graduating Seniors, Breakfast with Ken and Beverly
May 3, Sun 10:30-11:40 Religious Growth and Learning Sunday – All ages worship
May 10, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups/ Mother’s day/Mostly Music Sunday in Fellowship Hall
May 15, Friday 7-8:30 pm Evensong for Families
May 17, Sun 10:30-11:40 Annual Meeting
May 24, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
May 24, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
May 31, Sun 8:30-10:00 5th Sunday Children’s Chapel (Nursery)
May 31, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups

June 7, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups
June 14, Sun 10:30-11:40 Sun school, ALL groups/ New Members Sunday (per Ken)
June 21, Sun 8:30-10:00 4th Sunday Women’s Knitting (Parlor)
June 21, Sun 10:30-11:40 Flower Communion – Last day Kids Quidditch on the front lawn

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R.E. NOTES August 25, 2014

R.E. NOTES

August 25, 2014

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.    Marcel Proust

 make the ordinary come alive

Dear Old Ship,   

The world is heavy on us… from the heavy, heavy news… to the weighty expectations of our family, friends and community…

Sometimes it is a challenge to remember who WE are… and what our individual life is about… and what makes US come alive.

 I like to think this is a big part of what Unitarian Universalist religious education does…

 And I feel like this fall, this year, what we offer is more needed than it’s ever been.

 I propose that this year, we treat our time together as a balm… and a blessing… and nourishment.

Feel free to talk to me about that… about what would be most nourishing for you and your family. I have the feeling that it’s going to come down to how we treat each other when we’re together… maybe slowing way down.  Maybe we’ll be feeling our way as we go.

Call, e-mail or visit me during the week, because as always, I like to dedicate my brief, precious, Sunday morning time to being 100% present and available to children and Youth, who don’t have the power or the executive skills to call, e-mail, or visit me during the week…

Finding the “wonder and marvel”…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

p.s. Like last year, our first day of R.E. will be a scavenger hunt of the Parish house… Ground floor to attic… Teams of teachers, children and Youth… Getting to know each other, the building, and where to find stuff, all in one fun, pseudo-competitive swoop…

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R.E. NOTES March 23, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

 I’ve been teaching Sunday school this term… It’s not something I should be doing, but we just weren’t able to recruit enough teachers this past term.

And you know what? I have been loving it.

 I’ve been teaching Grades 2& 3 with Chris Sullivan; the subject matter has been bible stories, under the pillar of “Our Jewish and Christian Heritage”.

 Today we read and discussed “The Parable of the Good Samaritan”; two adults, and seven children, seven to nine years old, and it was so gratifying exchanging thoughts and ideas and questions and answers with each other.

 We were thinking hard; about kindness and help… friends and enemies… safety and danger…

 In the year 2014, as in the year 14 (or so), it’s a complicated world with plenty of reason to be cautious, and still, we do want to be open-hearted… and we want to be willing to help.

 We ran scenario after scenario… “What would you do if this?” What would you do if that?” More than one of us spent time laying on the floor, while others of us went through the motions of “what to do” about the scene we’d happened upon.

 We took stock our individual abilities and our modern day resources… AND we had to come to terms with our limitations… For example, I’m neither as tall nor as strong as Chris is… And a seven or eight or nine year old child is not as big or as strong as I am. And none of us know how to help as well as a police officer or fire fighter or EMT.  But any of us can call for help…. And we will if the need arises.

 Until that time, I have learned at least as much as the kids have; any Sunday school teacher will tell you that’s always the way.

 And I’ve learned that next time I’m recruiting volunteers, I will know that, more than asking a favor, I am offering a gift… and I’ll say with complete confidence, “It is the most nourishing  and fulfilling thing you’ll do all week.”

Spring Hugs and Bright Blessings,  

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education                      

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R.E. NOTES August 21, 2013

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,

but in having new eyes.    Marcel Proust

Dear Old Ship,

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It’s starting to look like start-up time again… Nursery toys have been washed… The sandbox has been weeded… Raised beds are firmed up… Art installations are completed… and e-mails are buzzing back and forth…

 So what’s new at Old Ship R.E. this fall? Well, a lot actually…

–          Our website is completely re-vamped and significantly more current and interactive. Check it out at http://oldshipchurch.org/   We have photos and drop-downs and links, and it’s just very cool.

–          We’re offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) to our 8th and 9th graders (along with those from 2nd Parish)…

  http://www.uuworld.org/ideas/articles/188371.shtml

–          We have more cool natural elements in our playground…

–          We have fabulous, vibrant, active R.E. committees… the Children’s Religious Education Committee:

Trish McAleer Baynes–Chair, Diane Jordan, Alicia Harkness, Sarah Hurley, Anne Kerrebrock, Christine Lotano, John McKendry, Kate Whooley and Carlos Zalduondo… and the Youth Committee: Maureen Butler-Chair, Judi Flaherty and Deb Squires-Lee…

–          Our first day of R.E. will be a scavenger hunt of the Parish house… Ground floor to attic… Teams of teachers, children and Youth… Getting to know each other, the building, and where to find stuff, all in one fun, pseudo-competitive swoop…

–          AND There will be a calendar on the R.E bulletin board,

 so folks can always see what’s coming up next…

 

Old favorites and fun surprises…

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

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R.E. NOTES February 19, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

 I wish all of life could be a Youth Con… Or at least, lived by UU Youth culture and Youth covenants…

 If you’ve ever wondered why our Youth fall instantly in love with CONs, I have your answer.

It’s because Youth Con/culture is kinder… gentler… more inclusive… and by far more tolerant of shortcomings than is the real world… than perhaps are our congregations, even…

At the beginning of every CON is a covenant session… The entire group gathers; at the most recent CON, the group consisted of 80ish Youth and 20ish adults; Youth advisors, ministers and DREs…  (that’s larger than many of our district’s congregations)  

And the sole purpose of that gathering is to agree to, and to formalize, how folks treat each other while we’re together… Imagine…

Veteran CON-goers raise their hands and get the standard stuff onto the sheet early…

No harsh-ing…  

-if someone feels they’ve been “harsh-ed”, they are empowered to say, “OUCH”

The alerted harsh-er then has the opportunity to fix the bruised exchange on-the-spot…

-if the “harsh-ed” person still feels hurt, they have the right to ask for a “two-fer”; that is that other person immediately says two sincere and kind things to them…  Imagine…

Years ago, I would have thought this would be done grudgingly, maybe even resentfully…

But not so… UU Youth are so happy to be together, and so proud of their shared culture, that it is obviously a sincere joy for them to exercise it with each other…  Imagine…

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Another thing about Youth culture that I miss when I return to the real world: Warm and Fuzzies… Again, during the first hour or two of the CON, each person is given a plain brown bag to personalize… Some simply scrawl their name; some use the bag as a canvas and produce wonderful works of art… But the bag is just a means to an end… Warm and Fuzzies are the point… Everyone produces them and everyone gets them; that’s the goal…  Some are long heartfelt notes about one’s lovely traits or experiences shared… Some are little pieces of graffiti… I got a teeny tiny origami elephant in my bag this last time… It made me feel warm and fuzzy…

And wonderfully, there are folks, who by their very nature, worry that some may not be getting as many Warm and Fuzzies as others…. They make it their business to make extras; and at this past CON with over 100 people in attendance, that meant they sat at a table, long into the night… It was sometimes solitary; sometimes there was a group, but always, it appeared to be done with joy… Imagine…

I only have so much space, so I’ll end with this: A friend was driving home after a week at Star Island RE week (a stronghold of Youth culture) with her teenage son… He said something quite snarky to her and she said, “What happened to the kid I saw laughing and being sweet all week out on the island?”

He looked her in the eye as though she was crazy, and said, “Mom, this is the mainland.”

Imagine if we could really lImagine…                           

Beverly Tricco

Director of Religious Education

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R.E. NOTES January 22, 2014

R.E. NOTES  January 22, 2014

Dear Old Ship,

I’ve put together:

– Bev’s Kids & Youth (and some other stuff) Calendar for 2nd half of 2013- 2014

It is not meant to be a complete listing of all that’s going on at Old Ship, but it’s everything that’s on my personal calendar, and maybe a good starting point for you and your Old Ship planning. For the more events and information go to http://oldshipchurch.org/events.html.

January 12, Sun 10:30-11:40                                     Sun school, ALL groups

January 19, Sun 9:30 – Noon                                    Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 4&5

January 19, Sun 10:30-11:40                                       Sun school, ALL groups
January 24, Friday 7-8:30 pm                     Evensong for EVERYone

January 26, Sun 9am – 10:15am                                 Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork

January 26, Sun 10:30-11:40                                       Sun school, ALL groups

January 31, Friday pm – Sunday am              Sr. High Youth Con -2 nights

February 2, Sun 10:30-11:40                                      Sun school, ALL groups

February 7, Fri 7 pm                                        Social Justice movie – “Girl Rising”
February 8, Sat 9:30am                                                Dog Walk and Animal Blessing

February 9, Sun 10:30-11:40                                       Sun school, ALL groups

February 9, Sun Noon                                     Welcome party for Berni
February 16, Sun 9:30 – Noon                                   Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 6&7

February 16, Sun 10:30 -11:40                                    Sun school,

February 26, Sun 9am – 10:15am                                Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork

February 23, Sun 10:30 -11:40                                                Sun school, ALL groups

February 28, Friday 7-8:30 pm                   Evensong for EVERYone

March 2, Sun 10:30-11:40                                          Sun school, ALL groups

March 9, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Union Sunday at Old Ship…                         
March 16, Sun 9:30 – Noon                           Lunch-making for Father Bill’s -Youth

March 16, Sun 10:30-11:40                                         Sun school,

March 23, Sun 9am – 10:15am                                    Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork
March 28, Friday 7-8:30 pm                        Evensong for EVERYone

April 6, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Sun school, ALL groups
April 13, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Sunday school SEDER          
April 20, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Sunday School EASTER – EGG HUNT

April 25, Friday 7-8:30 pm                           Evensong for EVERYone

April 26, Saturday pm – Sunday am               Sr. High Youth Con –

April 27, Sun 9am – 10:15am                          Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork

April 27, Sun 9:30 – Noon                              Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 2&3

April 27, Sun 10:30-11:40                                           Sun school,

May 3, Saturday – all day                 May Breakfast and Plant sale
May 3, Saturday – all day                    Jr. High Youth Con – Duxbury

May 4, Sun 10:30-11:40                                              Sun school, ALL groups

May 11, Sun 10:30-11:40                                            Sun school, ALL groups
May 18, Sun 9:00 a.m.                        Graduating Seniors, Breakfast with Ken and Beverly

May 18, Sun 9:30 – Noon                               Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 4&5
May 18, Sun 10:30-11:40        Religious Growth and Learning Sunday – All ages worship

May 23, Friday 7-8:30 pm                            Evensong for EVERYone

May25, Sun 9am – 10:15am                            Women’s Breakfast and Handiwork

May 25, Sun 10:30-11:40                                            Sun school, ALL groups

May 30, Friday pm – Sunday am                    Sr. High Youth Con –Bridging-2 nights

June 1, Sun 10:30-11:40                                            Sun school, ALL groups

June 8, Sun 9:30 – Noon                                Lunch-making for Father Bill’s Grades 6&7

June 8, Sun 10:30-11:40                      Sun school, ALL groups/ New Members Sunday (per Ken)
June 8, Sun 5p.m. – 9:00     4th annual Old Ship Young Artists’ Festival
June 15, Sun 10:30-11:40        Flower Communion  Last day…Quidditch

June 25th through Jun 29th UU General Assembly (for all UUs) in Providence Rhode Island.

July 3rd to 4th  Night Hike, Sleepover & Parade “place-holding”

Thursday Night July 3rd– 6 PM (EAT DINNER FIRST) ‘til end of the parade on Thursday____ 

6p.m.  Old Ship Parish House – check-in/ paperwork/campfire/smores

9p.m. (around dark) ride in cars to World’s End – night hike/fire-flies/ fireworks
10-11ish  back to Old Ship Parish House –movies/food/ sleep/no sleep
5 a.m.  Crawl out to stone wall and go back to sleep/
Parade “place-holding”

7ish     Cheer for runners – (especially our minister and our Old Ship Youth)

9ish     Pancakes on the lawn                            

10ish   Watch the parade

End of parade:   Clean up and go home

July 25th-26th – Old Ship will be having an All Church Retreat! 

Old Shippers, kids to seniors, are Synonyms for strongly adv powerfully activelystar energeticallystar firmlystar fullystar greatlystar heartilystar heavilystar resolutelystar robustlystar solidlystar staunchlystar steadilystar vigorouslystar completelystar decidedlystar forciblystar indomitablystar invinciblystar mightilystar securelystar stoutlystar sturdilystar  encouraged to attend our Beach Retreat Weekend at Craigville Retreat Center on beautiful Cape Cod. This will be a fabulous and fun opportunity to connect with the folks in your congregation in a whole new way.

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