CALVARY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Children & Youth Ministries Newsletter


November, 2017

Giving Thanks

Giving thanks is the theme for this month's CYM e-newsletter, as we anticipate the Thanksgiving holiday. Thanks to Calvary's staff, vestry, CYM Parent Board members, and other parishioners for supporting CYM. Thank you parents for rounding up the kids and bringing them to church and Sunday School and for nurturing them in faith and love throughout the week. Thank you teachers, music leaders, and Nursery staff for your dedication, planning and caring. Thank you Fr. Harvey for your instantly appealing and memorable Children's Chapel sermons that grab our attention and give us food for thought. Thank you children and youth for singing, listening, responding, questioning, acolyting, and brightening our days! Thanks to all who have generously given to the UTO collection, the weekly Children's Offering, and the CYM Bottle and Can Drive.

-Emily Sityar



Teacher Remarks

Our Primary class is a great group of children. We have a majority of first graders, who are learning and listening along with our older students. We are respectful of each other when we ask questions or share our thoughts.
 
The past two months our lessons were from the Old Testament. We talked about the Judges and Kings and how people followed the word of God from the time of Moses. Our lessons will continue to focus on the Old Testament stories in November.
 
I will also spend time each Sunday to talk about Gratitude. With all the consumerism that surrounds Christmas and with Thanksgiving getting 'lost' in all the excitement, I feel it's important to be grateful for all the wonderful things we have in our lives already. To start the conversation we will create a 'Gratitude Garland' in our classroom. Every week the children will write down one thing they are grateful for on a paper leaf and we will clip it to our garland. I can't wait to hear what the class is grateful for and to see our garland grow. 
 
I hope gratitude is something that the families will continue to talk about at home. Stop by to see our 'Gratitude Garland' anytime. 
 
The past two months have been such a pleasure for me to teach our Primary students. I am so grateful for Natalie Bottomley, our new teacher for our class, who has been a wonderful addition to our team. We are looking forward to more fun and learning as the year progresses.
 
Cinda Stone, Primary class teacher

Volunteer Opportunities

CYM has an online sign-up sheet for Volunteer Opportunities! Parents or high school students can sign up to decorate the CYM bulletin board downstairs in the Sunday School Hallway or to sort and return the bottles and cans for the CYM bottle drive. High school students can use these volunteer opportunities to earn community service hours.


CYM Bottle & Can Drive Update

Last month during Children's Chapel, Calvary kids learned about the hardships that people in Puerto Rico are facing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and decided to donate the money collected so far from the CYM Bottle and Can Drive to support disaster relief efforts there. Thus, Calvary sent a check for $531.65 to UNICEF USA. 

Please continue to bring in your NY 5¢ refundable bottles and cans. Be sure to check that all bottles and cans are labeled " NY 5¢ REFUND." Iced tea, juice, and wine bottles or cans are generally not refundable in New York state. Thank you for your support! 


Baptisms

On Sunday, November 5 at 10 a.m., we will welcome Josephine Cecilia Nuchereno and Naomi Lee Weatherbee in Holy Baptism.

On Saturday, November 11 at 4 p.m., we will welcome Wyatt Christopher Lux in Holy Baptism.

Please join us in prayers and celebration for our newest members!


Children's Christmas Pageant

Our pageant cannot happen without children! Please let the office know by November 4 if your child or youth will be able to participate in the Children's Christmas Pageant at the 4 p.m. service on Sunday, December 24. Email general@calvaryepiscopal.net or phone 716-633-7800.


Halloween at Sunday School

Last month the Sunday School hallway was full of excitement, with Calvary kids and teachers in Halloween costumes, a bat-mobile, window-painted ghosts, pumpkins, cats, and a dragon, fake rats, and lots and lots of treats. Many thanks to all who helped to decorate, bring in treats, and participate in our 
celebration. Fr. Harvey talked about the Christian origins of All Hallow's Eve. Later at the 10 am service, Sunday School children, youth, and teachers sang "Jesus Loves Me" with the congregation.
I will go to the altar of God
To the God of my joy and gladness.

Acolytes

Acolytes actively assist the clergy in leading the worship of God. Acolytes often find their service not only fun, but also spiritually fulfilling. They learn to serve with dignity, humility, and care, always with the love of Christ. We welcome you to this ministry if you are in 4th grade or higher. We work with your schedule; it's not an "every Sunday" commitment, and you will get training and practice so that you will feel comfortable at the altar.

If you and your parents would like to learn more, please contact Doug Sandburg II. Patrick Brown will also be guiding our acolytes on Sundays this year.


FROM OUR TEACHERS

Children's Chapel
Ellie Yuhasz and Carol Mayo

Children's Chapel during October has had many highlights as well as fun moments.  We continue to have many adults join us at this time. It warms the heart and adds to the sense of "family" worship.
 
Father Harvey's involvement literally adds music to our ears and joy and knowledge to our spiritual growth. One lesson demonstrated how different our world seems when we view it from a different perspective. Noelle J. modeled this by standing on her head and describing how very different the world looked.
 
Many of our prayers and thoughts went to the victims of
the natural disasters which are daily in the news. Particularly the people of Puerto Rico. During November, we will give much thought to how blessed we are and the many things we have to be thankful for.
 
Our speaker system, provided by Mike Way, has been an inspiration for the children to participate in reading our weekly prayers.
 
The hymns we will sing in November are "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and also "Rise and Shine."

There are MANY ways you support our children. These are just a few for which we give thanks: getting them to Calvary by 9:30 to participate in Chapel, sometimes joining our service, helping in our mission to raise money for the victims of Puerto Rico by supporting our can and bottle drive and  donating your time and talent. A special thanks to Natalie for volunteering to maintain our Birthday Calendar.
 
May we all have a thankful November.

-Ellie Yuhasz
Nursery (infant - 3 years)
Kelly Blackey and Kiernan Hayward

The Nursery is available from 9:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Beginners Class (Pre-K & K)
Dr. Sarah English
Assistant: Andria McCarthy

Greetings from the Beginner classroom! Our group has been discussing the idea of God's promises. We have heard stories about God's promises to Noah, Abraham and Sarah. Now we are exploring the stories of how Moses was saved by Pharaoh's daughter, his experience with the burning bush and soon how Moses would lead the people of Israel out of Egypt. These stories of Moses will transition into the Advent season where we will look at the birth of Jesus from the perspective of the shepherds. All of this along with a Halloween celebration on October 29th and a conversation about All Saints' Day. We look forward to reading stories, singing songs and creating in our classroom to bring these lessons to life. Please come and join us!

-Dr. Sarah English
Primary Class (Grades 1-3)
Cinda & Wes Stone and Natalie Bottomley
Class Parents: Brian & Christina Donaghy


Intermediate (Grades 4-6)
Mr. George Mayer & Mr. Brian Donaghy

During the month of October, we have had about five or six students attending class each Sunday. We have been learning about the prophets Elijah, Elisha, Amos, and Isaiah.
 
We are pleased by the progress our children are making with regard to looking up Bible passages and in reading/speaking to the class.
 
In November we hope to learn about the prophets Micah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Their messages from God to the chosen people of Israel speak powerfully to us in 2017. Their warnings are relevant and their words of hope and encouragement challenge us to obey God's commands. The choice is ours.
 
Our Thanksgiving Holiday will be here before you know it. What a perfect time to reflect upon all of our countless blessings! How grateful we are for God's mercy and grace! Let's express our thanks to God by what we say and by what we do. "We love you, Jesus! Thanks for loving us!"  
 
-Mr. George Mayer 

Junior Youth
Christina McCormick and Rotating Assistant

This coming November, the Junior Youth Class will finish up the lessons on the prophets. We've learned about a lot of interesting prophets over the past two months. We will also get in a lesson on All Saints Day. Learning about the prophets has proved very interesting as each one has a fascinating and sometimes harrowing history. The last lesson of the month, the students will get a composite history of each prophet. We will explore the similarities and differences of each man. All students have started coloring their Old Testament poster and I hope to have the students start writing in their favorite prophets and stories. Also we did not get to our October craft of the notebook, so I will instead have them do a "Give Thanks" book for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Students will be able to write in all the things they are Thankful for. I encourage all Junior Youth to attend, there is fascinating material to learn and fun crafts to make. All Junior Youth have been provided with a Books of the Bible craft to aide them in looking up Bible verses.  

-Christina McCormick
Class Parents

The role of class parents is to "shepherd" new parents through Sunday School and Calvary, to be a link between teachers and parents and Calvary and parents, and to take leadership in organizing family/social events and signups. 
 
We are still looking for class parents! If your child is in the Beginner Class, the Intermediate Class, or the Junior Youth Class, and you would like to be a classroom parent, please let the teacher or Emily Sityar know.
 
Wondering what a class parent does? The Primary Class organized a  Class Apple Picking Trip! This pay your own way event was an opportunity for Primary Class parents and kids to get together outside of church and have fun.


Rotating Teaching Team

Jim Marshall, Jim Greno, Carl Zebrowski, and others!

They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither;
everything they do shall prosper.
[Psalm 1:3]

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