We are nearing the end of the year and entering into a time that is usually spent with family and friends. The holidays may look a little different than usual at your houses. You may not even be physically meeting up with family during the holiday season. Although this is the unfortunate reality of living in a global pandemic, it is difficult to keep spirits up when we feel more disconnected than ever before. We can never fully replace the warmth of in-person RE, but we have engaged in a few activities that I think have created a digital version of our beloved RE.
In November, our first masked meetup was a ton of fun for all attendees and our participation in the CROP Hunger Walk plans to be another excellent opportunity for outdoor fun. One important aspect of RE is our devotion to realizing our service potential and striving to reach it. In addition to our community-building, RE has also helped our community and world during the latter part of the year. Our Trick or Treat for UNICEF campaigned raised enough for 32 immunization doses. We are currently holding a food drive for the Brazos Valley Foodbank and will also contribute to the “Keep Their Bottoms Warm” Hope’s Locker clothing drive. Way to go, RE!
As always, we welcome ideas from the congregation about RE. The coming new year provides a great time to try out new ideas! Do you have something you are passionate about? Why not tell us about it at RE. Do you have a special spiritual practice that could benefit others? Share it with us! We love having new faces and activities to enrich our spiritual lives and educational processes!
As we move into December, we will be engaging in holiday activities and learning until the end of 2020. From wrapping paper craft projects to writing reflections of our year and hopes for 2021, December RE is full of fun and community building. We hope you join us each week at 10 AM!
12/6: Share in the fun of giving: Pam and Maya lead RE participants through "Making Tie-Dye Paper" craft activity. Please make sure we have your address in order to receive an RE craft package!
12/13: The Festival of Lights: Tamara Shipman will teach us about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah
12/20: The Longest Night: We will explore the celebrations of both Yule and the Winter Solstice honoring our earth-based religious sources.
12/27: Reflecting on the Year, What We Hope to Learn in the New Year: Let’s send 2020 on its way with a reflection exercise and talk about what we hope 2021 will bring.