Volume 2, Issue XI | November 3, 2019
November 2019
Your monthly Religious Education
news & updates
Upcoming youth activities and events as well as information for members
who want to know what is going on in the youth program.

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Sunday Services at 10:30 a.m.
Forums at 9:15 a.m.
Nursery Care available from 9:15 to 11:30
Fall Back Reminder!
Clocks are turned backward one hour this Sunday, November 3rd at 2 AM. 
The Power of Attention
Sunday, November 3, 2019
By Steve Cooper, DRE and Rev. Mike Walker
Through story and experience, we learn that by paying attention, we can make a difference to those around us and in the world.  Attention is a tool we use, share, give and receive, hopefully with increasing grace, wisdom, and growing power.  
We each have the potential to be world-shapers and life-changers, and in doing so need to focus, get to the heart of the matter, and do good work together. This is a multi-generational service, and the Children's Choir will be singing.
Youth Religious Education
Sunday Topics
Everyone starts in the sanctuary for the worship service. On days with religious education classes the children will leave after the Time to Gather with their teachers and go to their classrooms.
Our theme for November is ATTENTION. The weekly topics will be:
Nov 3 - The Power of Attention (service for all ages, no RE classes)
Nov 10 - Attention to the Now (Mindfulness)
Nov 17 - Attention to Needs Beyond Our Own (Helping)
Nov 24 - Attention to the Beauty and Abundance Around Us (Gratitude and Thanksgiving)

Each week we will provide parent and family resources relating to the theme and/or topic. (see further below for more resources on Attention)
YUUth Ensemble
Our DUUC YUUth Ensemble will again be performing at the Holiday Music services on Sunday, December 15. We will be playing “You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
Participation is open to all youth who have one or more years of experience playing their instrument.  We will practice in the Learning Center after the service from 11:30-12:00 on the following Sundays: Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, and Dec. 15 (a 9:00 warm-up before the performances).
Please contact Karen Campbell at rkcampb37@gmail.com or 630-759-1803 to let me know if you would like to join us!
Chalice Lighter Workshop
Sunday, November 10th
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Each year we invite students from 3  rd  through 6  th  grade to be trained as “Chalice Lighters” -- those who light our flaming chalice at the beginning of each worship service. The installation will take place during the service on December 1st.

Steve Cooper is leading a workshop on Sunday, November 10th from 12:00 to 2:00 in the Sophia Fahs classroom. Lunch will be provided. 
A parent must attend the workshop and participate with the youth. Please let Steve know by November 7th if you will be attending so that we have enough workbooks and food. 
Childcare is available if requested.
Blessing of Attention
May your eyes stumble on the astonishing, 
may your ears catch snatches of joy,
may your fingers find pleasure in texture and touch,
may deliciousness dance on your tongue,
and may the fragrance of this good earth lure you in a new direction,
transporting you from distraction to full attention,
from doubt and worry to the here and now,
where you are loved,
and best of all, alive.
Blessed be the wonders all around you,
and blessed be the treasure that is you, dear one,
so, so worthy of love and attention.
Resources for ATTENTION
These resources support parents as they live out and engage our themes with their children. Playing off our monthly theme question of “What does it mean to be a people of Attention?”, we invite parents to ask “What does it mean to be a parent of Attention” or “What does it mean to be a family of Attention?”

Each month we will provide a list of table topics which are questions based on the monthly theme that will open up discussion during meal times, family time or just time of contemplation. The first half of the questions are at a higher age level and life maturity. The second half of the list of questions (in blue text) are kid friendly. You can find the November ATTENTION Table Topics here . Print them out and have them available or cut the questions into strips and place them in a table topic jar.

With Your Kids
(Ideas to engage Attention as a Family)
Stories To Read Together
The Man with the Violin
A famous violinist plays in the subway. Only 7 people pause out of 1,097.
The true video that went viral: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gti4JFwP_o

“...In the 45 minutes the musician played, only six people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars….”

by Kathy Stinson (Author), Dusan Petricic (Illustrator), Joshua Bell (Afterword)

Theme Message: We are surrounded by beauty and need only pay attention.

Family Movie Night Ideas
My Neighbor Totoro (G)

“Unlike the majority of animated movies, this isn't full of pop-culture or consumerist references that, while funny when handled correctly, can also bog down animated films or zap them of their childlike fantasy. Satsuki and Mei need Totoro to help them through a difficult time in their lives -- new home, sick mother -- and it's quite lovely to see the sweet little moments that cement their friendship. It's a shame more family movies aren't as simple and beautiful as My Neighbor Totoro.” - Common Sense Media
Theme Connection:  We practice kindness when we pay attention to the needs of others.
For You
(Support for Parents as Faith Formation Guides)
The 5 Main Tenets of Mindful Parenting
As parents, perhaps the most precious thing we can give our children is the gift of our full presence, in the moment.
“ As we become more aware of our own deepest needs through practice, mindful parenting also involves decoding and addressing the deeper needs of our children, rather than getting mindlessly caught up in and reactive to surface behaviors. Therefore, the cultivation of self-compassion/love, healthy self-acceptance and self-awareness are essential components of skillful and effective mindful parenting.” - from the article

You can contact Steve Cooper C.R.E., Director of Religious Education at dre@dupageuuchurch.org or the Youth Religious Education Committee at yre@duuc.org