Sunday March 12th
Please Join Us for Sunday Service!
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:30 am
The Risk to Blossom
Sunday, March 12, noon in the social hall: Cottage Conversations with the Board and our Sanctuary Congregation work group. Join us to discuss your thoughts and concerns about a Sanctuary Congregation for UUCC in a small group setting.
12:00 pm at UUCC Library
Join us on the third Wednesday of each month for lunch and mental exercise! TED Talks are short presentations by some of the best thinkers in science, medicine, social issues and global innovation. Bring a lunch and join us in the UUCC library for the short 15 minute viewing and the engaging conversation and reflection that follows.
UU members will be preparing and serving dinner at COMEA House on Saturday, 18 March. The food is provided through the generosity of several UU members. People who wish to assist in preparing the meal should arrive at 4 PM. Those who want to help serve should arrive at 5:30 PM. This is an easy, not time consuming way for families to become involved in UU community service. Younger UUs can set out salt and pepper shakers, spoon salad dressings and serve dessert. Please sign up at Clip Board Corner by Thursday, 16 March. For more information contact Thomas Redding, Mary Scherden or Mac Marino.
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Wyoming Equality seeks to enhance the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people in the Equality State by providing: Education, Information, Activities, Support, a Networking System, and an Advocacy System for people impacted by gender and sexual orientation issues. It offers the following services: a monthly newsletter titled the United Voice; an internet website for up-to-date electronic information; a variety of annual social events including Rendezvous, our annual camp-out, a casino night, and dances; conferences and support groups; organized political activities of interest to our members. Allies are needed and welcome to join at http://www.wyomingequality.org/
Wyoming Equality, PO Box 2531, Cheyenne, WY 82003-2531 307-778-7645
The next date for family promise at UUCC is March 26 – April 2. We are looking for some volunteers to make dinner or stay with them. In addition, there is a fund raiser at Applebee’s on 3/25/2017 from 8am to 10am Tickets are $7 and can be bought at Applebee’s on that day.
Most folks know that this is our UU search season. What that means is that congregations are inviting the ministers they think might be a good match for settled ministry, and ministers are visiting those congregations for a weekend, for an extended interview, preaching, and “getting to know you” time.
The weekends themselves are a wonderful blur. The pre-candidates fly or drive to the town where the church is, often with their spouse or partner. Friday evening may include dinner, maybe even a tour of some of the town or – depending on various things – a tour of the church. Since the process is a secret one, the search committee has to go to some trouble to be sure no members or friends will be at the church during the tour!
Saturday usually includes social meal times, town tours, and extended interview times. Then, depending on the location of the neutral pulpit, either a quiet evening in for the minister, or possibly travel to wherever the neutral pulpit is, if it’s at a distance.
A “neutral pulpit” is a congregation not at the church where the minister is interviewing. Most neutral pulpits are nearish UU congregations, but it’s not entirely unheard of for a geographically isolated area to ask a UCC, Methodist, or other congregation to be the neutral pulpit.
On Sunday morning, the minister preaches at the neutral pulpit and the search committee tries to be inconspicuous guests. The goal, of course, is to see the minister in action, and to get a sense of their preaching and worship style.
After the service, it’s lunch with the committee and then quite often, it’s time to travel again. Occasionally, the committee or pre-candidate will ask or opt for an additional evening to get to know the town or pursue things like options for work or schooling for a spouse or children.
So, your search committee is quietly at work on your pre-candidating weekends, and I am travelling to some of the congregations which invited me to be a pre-candidate.
If you’re wondering when all the secrecy and excitement comes to an end, the answer is March 30, which is “offer day!” On March 30th at noon, congregations can extend an offer to candidate to their preferred minister. With luck, a match will be made and candidating week, when the new ministerial candidate is introduced to the congregation in person, will likely take place the last two Sundays in April.
A small note: second round. Sometimes, a congregation’s preferred candidate may not accept an offer. (Similarly, sometimes a minister may not get an offer from a congregation to which they feel called.) Then the congregation or minister will enter into what is called “second round,” a shorter version of the search process. There’s nothing wrong with second round, and it is not anything like searching among leftovers. For congregations, it’s very important to keep in mind that for any number of reasons, ministers may not have entered search until second round. The pool of candidates for congregations still is fulsome. Second round usually ends in a settlement that conforms to the original timeline, except that candidating week is later (i.e., May).
My last pre-candidating trips are March 5, 12 & 19. After that, I will be back here in the pulpit, and glad to worship with you all again! Keep in mind that except for Fri-Sunday evening very late, I am in town and available. Although I don’t hold office hours, because of my Friday travel I am not taking any days off and can be contacted on Mondays if you need me.
I am also taking a break from my Facebook and Twitter habits during the Lenten season – a time when we choose to separate ourselves from things to which we have become too attached. I will still offer daily prayers, but if you’ve grown accustomed to seeing my many social justice posts, those will be missing. I’m getting back to books and long form articles in magazines like Foreign Affairs.
May the days be filled with significance – love, laughter, caring for one another, showing up for justice. All blessings, and –
see you in church,
Join us, you little songbirds! We’ll learn two or three songs for our special multi-generational Easter Sunday service. All levels of experience K-6 welcome. Can only miss one of the following rehearsals:
9:30-10:00 AM practice, Sunday
April 16 – Easter Performance!
Sign up in the Social Hall this Sunday or call, text or email Ms. Marcie by Saturday, March 4th. email@example.com (307)-631-5649
The faith development team is assembling a special committee to plan and prepare for the longstanding tradition of our week long summer day camp here at the church.
It will be another magical summer, revisiting the very successful Harry Potter theme. Responsibilities for this wizarding team include: Reading over the exciting curriculum, a monthly creative brainstorming workshop April-July, and some availability (we can stagger staffing) the first full week of August 7-11th.
Last year, we had to turn away children to keep our camp-staff ratio manageable. With enough help, this could potentially be a great way to bring in revenue for the church and attract families from the community to UUCC.
Join us in making this the most successful UUCC Summer Camp to date! Interested high school youth & adults should contact Ms. Marcie (307)-631-5649 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in learning a new skill? We need a few new folks who are able to run our wonderful sound system! Be in touch with us to set up a time to shadow one of our gurus. This is sometimes a paid gig, when outside groups have to use our system! Contact Shelley at email@example.com
UUCC has a team of Lay Pastoral Care Associates who are available to listen or be present with you if you’re having a hard time. Especially on the weekends as Rev. Audette is away, they are ready if you should need special care.
Our Lay Pastoral Care Associates are:
Matthew Waterman (firstname.lastname@example.org & 307-220-2960)
Camille Furtney (email@example.com & 307-631-9868)
Joan Brennan (firstname.lastname@example.org & 307-778-4905)
If you know of someone whose presence and listening skills are very high, and you would like to recommend them for consideration as a LPCA, please contact Rev. Audette at email@example.com. We are not accepting self-nominations, but please do recommend your trusted UUCC companions.
We have posted signs up around the church a number of times but again we must stress the importance of NOT bringing any peanuts or foods with peanuts in them into the building at all. We have a member of our congregation that has a deathly allergy to peanuts and anything with peanuts in them. When this member discovers there are peanuts in the building, they have to leave immediately. This means that they miss out on our various activities or meetings that they need to be at. The allergy is critical and we DO NOT want to alienate this member or any others who have this allergy. PLEASE, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! that we cannot allow peanuts into the building. (If you are bringing in a packaged item, please try to check that it wasn’t manufactured in a facility that processes anything with peanuts.)
Seeking teachers for our annual week long UU summer camp, the Western Unitarian Universalist Life Festival (WUULF). Enjoy fun, community and beautiful scenery in New Mexico. This year’s theme is “Find Your Fiesta,” with community ministers Nancy Bowen and Howell Lind. We have programs for the whole family. We need two or three more teachers for the youth programs that meet on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday during morning and afternoon hours. Teachers get their expenses covered by WUULF. To register, see the website and catalog at wuulf.org. Prospective teachers can contact Di Mapes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Thursday||Mar-09||7:15am – 7:45am||Meditation – Room 5|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Yoga – Social Hall|
|6:30pm – 7:30pm||NA – Social Hall|
|Friday||Mar-10||12:00pm – 1:00pm||Southeast Wyoming Islamic Group – Rms 12 & 13|
|Sunday||Mar-12||9:15am – 10:00am||Meditation – Room 5|
|9:45am – 10:15am||Choir – Sanctuary|
|10:30am – 11:30am||Sunday Service & Children’s Religious Education – Sanctuary|
|11:30am – 12:00pm||Faith Community Nursing – Social Hall|
|11:45am – 12:30pm||Children’s Choir – Sanctuary|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Sr. High Youth Group – Sr. High Room|
|4:00pm – 6:00pm||Volleyball – Social Hall|
Other Community Events
Volunteers Needed! The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to help patients through the Road to Recovery program and the Cancer Resource Center at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center. Volunteers are needed to drive patients to and from their cancer treatment at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC) as part of the Road to Recovery program. Drivers can set their availability and agree to drive patients as needed during business hours Monday-Friday. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center at CRMC. Volunteers will talk with patients and provide them with information about resources available to help while they undergo treatment. Volunteering with the American Cancer Society is a great way to assist patients on their cancer journey!
Please call Jana at 307-235-0044 or email email@example.com for more information.