By Tony Bianca, Program Director
As we enter April, I'm mindful of the many spring holidays that celebrate new life and new beginnings. I'm also reflecting on our April theme, "Stories of Who We Are,'" and wondering what the next chapter of our story is going to be like. We'r e in a time of the year when we, your Program Staff, would normally be wrapping things up and looking toward the slower,
low-key days of summer - those months when there's less going on and more people away on vacation. But, this year, who knows? Things have been shut down for so long, it feels somehow wrong to start winding down just as we?re gearing up. So, at the risk of interfering with your summer plans, I'd like to ask you to consider committing some time to help with our Lifespan Programs. Here are some areas where we could use your help:
Sunday RE: We need two adults in each RE group on Sundays during service. If you can read, manage craft supplies, and relate well with children, you're qualified. We do all the planning and prep so you can just show up on Sunday and take it from there. And there's always another adult with you to help.
All Church Camp: Honestly, the most helpful thing you can do is sign up to attend camp this year.
If you're going and want to lead a workshop, activity, meditation group - any activity, really - you can say so on your registration form. Can't make it this year? We could really use donations to help offer scholarships to those who want to go but can't afford it. You can make those donations by check or by using the registration form. Information and registration can be found at firstuusandiego.org/all-church-camp.html.
Adult RE: We could use individuals who would be willing to offer an Adult RE class, workshop, spiritual practice group, etc. Have a special talent or area of expertise that you think might be interesting to others? I'd like to talk to you.
OWL, Youth & Young Adult Programming: These program areas have been dormant for a while for various reasons. We're working on a plan to get them up and running again ASAP. In the meantime, if you've been involved with them previously (trained OWL facilitators, Youth Group Advisors, members of the Young Adult Group, etc.), I'd like to talk to you, too. I'd love to have your input and help as we write the next chapter of the story of these program areas.
If you're available to help in any of these ways, please email me at tony@f irstuusandiego.org. And, if you have other ideas about our programs - email me later. Right now, we need a cast of characters for this chapter of our story before we brainstorm ideas for our next chapter's plot. (Have I stretched that metaphor to its limit yet?) I hope you'll join me in this vital work.
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