Your search committee is thrilled to announce a candidate for our settled ministry. Our candidate is Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave. Rev. Hannah’s ordination was April 2, 2017 in Baltimore Maryland at First Unitarian Church. Hannah is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist who grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. She graduated from Arizona State University with a BA in English and minors in Non-Profit Management and Geography. In May 2016, Hannah graduated from Wesley Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity and a Certificate in Urban Ministry. She sought out a non-UU seminary due to her already solid grounding in her UU identity. Her UU grounding is obvious in her preaching. Hannah completed her internship at the UU Church of Annapolis. The retiring, long time minister of this large congregation sings her praises, and refers to her as a “rising UU star”.
Hannah’s ministerial record and presence show her passion and joy for the work of ministry. In her own words, she brings enthusiasm for the promise of Unitarian Universalism and her belief in our capacity to change the world. Hannah looks forward to a life devoted to serving our faith with gusto.
The search committee is thrilled with Hannah’s choice to candidate to begin her professional career at UUCC. We were taken, at first, by her writing. Later we experienced her as wise beyond her years as she responded to our questions and as we heard her preaching. She clearly begins her career with the ability to articulate a faith we can embrace. She showed her ability to connect to spiritual energy and move it to action.
Hannah married her wife, Catherine Villnave, in March 2015. Catherine currently serves as a Science Enrichment Specialist for Baltimore Public Schools. Catherine is a member of the same congregation where Hannah will be ordained. She is ready to embrace UUCC and Cheyenne as her home along with Hannah.
We believe you will be as thrilled as we are with our selection when you meet her during candidating week, April 22nd to April 30th. Rev. Villnave will preach two sermons, one on April 23rd and a second on April 30th. Mark your calanders now and be sure to bring your questions to the session scheduled for April 23rd after the service and then, cast your vote on April 30th just after the service.
You may visit Reverend Villnave’s webpage to see more about her, including some sermons at http://villnave.weebly.com/
Most sincerely and in service and faith,
Your search committee
Audri Matta , Ellen Stump, Gordon Johns, Ken Vernon and Lea Grubbs
Friday April 14, 2017
THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO TURN IN ANNUAL REPORTS
Please contact Shelley Reher the church administrator @ 307-638-4554 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Completed reports need to be returned by Friday April 14, 2017.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email the administrator.
Join us Saturday, April 15th at 11 am for a Celebration of Life for Marly Radcliff. The service will be in the sanctuary, with a reception to follow in the social hall. Members and friends are invited to bring finger foods to share during the reception.
UUCC will be serving dinner at COMEA House Saturday, 15 April (the third Saturday of the month). It takes only about an hour of your time between 5:30 and 6:30 and is a worthwhile way to help others, to serve the community. If you have any questions, contact Mary Scherden (307) 220-2096, Mac Marino (305) 393-1505 or Thomas Redding (307) 640-6038. Sign-up at clipboard corner by Thursday,13 April.
Sunday, April 16, 2017 at 10:30 am
Rev. Audette Fulbright
Our Annual Easter Sunday Potluck Brunch is a go, and will be Easter Sunday, April 16th following service in the Social Hall.
Your Fun & Fellowship/Membership Team are in need of lots of volunteers to help with this event. We are needing your help with setting up the hall on Saturday April 15th from 3 to 5 pm., putting out food on Sunday at 9 a.m., and of course help doing dishes and cleaning up the social hall from our fun time together.
A sign-up sheet will be at clipboard corner this week, for volunteer help, and a food item contribution sheet as well. If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Redding at 307-640-6038.
COMEA House is an emergency shelter for men, women, and families. COMEA provides far more than emergency shelter, a hot shower, and a cup of soup. Residents meet with a case-manager to develop a plan of action. Together, they identify barriers and challenges, as well as the community resources available to help. Residents are fed a hot breakfast and a substantial evening meal. Clothing is available as well as all the necessary hygiene items. Free medical attention at Crossroads Clinic, employment classes, AA and Church are also available at COMEA. COMEA also assists travelers passing through Cheyenne in the form of travel assistance, food boxes, gas vouchers, bus tokens, and bus fares.
COMEA, 1504 Stinson Ave., Cheyenne, WY 82001 | (307) 632-3174 |
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm
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.
Interested in learning about the meaning of membership at UUCC? Curious about the church or our progressive faith? Join Rev. Audette & members of the Warm and Welcoming Team on
Saturday, May 6th
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
for this “all in one” session! Coffee, tea, and plenty of snacks will be provided, and you’ll learn about our UU history, the way UUCC functions, and we’ll have a chance to explore some spiritual themes together.
After this class, you should have a good sense of whether you’d like to join us as a member, and we plan to celebrate our New Member Sunday on May 14th.
A key task before welcoming a new minister is to take our Warm & Welcoming/New Member processes to the next level. What has been a struggle for us is getting enough people really focused on this work. If you care about UUCC and love that we are growing, please consider joining our Warm and Welcoming team. We’ll train you to:
- be an amazing Sunday greeter, who follows up with newcomers;
- help us lead “UU Chats,” 20-minute post-service conversation times with visitors and newcomers;
- build out our effectiveness in helping people cross the bridge from visitor to active member!
- work to add new programs to help longer term members continue their spiritual growth and connection to the UUCC community.
WE NEED YOU in this wonderful work! Contact Rev. Audette at email@example.com or speak to her at church if you are willing to get involved!
The Faith Development Committee will be having a church garage sale in June! Please save your gently used items for our sale. All proceeds will go to the church. We will be collecting items starting in May. Contact Jennifer, 421-8092 or firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
Hello, Register now for UU Summer camp in Colorado Springs! High school and middle school camps! If you want to go and need a scholarship, please submit a MDD scholarship application. UUCC also has scholarships available. To receive a UUCC scholarship you must participate in one of our youth fundraisers during the year. Our next one is the cake auction in May. Contact Marcie Smith or Jennifer Heater
Join us for Camp 2017!
Two great camps – one great experience!
Forward this to your friends and family…and join us this summer!
QUUest for High Schoolers
Open to: All youth rising to 9th-12th grade are invited to attend QUUest.
Campers will join with other UUs to:
- Have fun! Workshops, crafts, swimming, games;
- Develop spiritual discipline;
- Engage in social change rooted firmly in faith, love, and trust;
- Build personal and religious resilience.
DATES: July 2-8,2017
LOCATION: La Foret Conference and Retreat Center 6145 Shoup Road Colorado Springs, CO 80908
COST: $535 if registered by March 31. $585 April 1-May 31. Financial assistance available.
Spirit QUUest for Middle Schoolers
Open to: All youth rising to 6th-8th grades are invited to attend Spirit QUUest.
NEW! Middle schoolers will stay in the upper cabins this year! Instead of yurts, they will have a full cabin experience!
- Workshops exploring the many sources from which UUism draws
- Youth and adult-led worships
- Field games and crafts
- Hiking and swimming
- Walking the labyrinth
Address: La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908
Camping Ministries Director, MDD
Credentialed Religious Educator, UUA
Our Whole Lives Trainer K-1/4-6; 7-9/10-12, UUA
The second annual Wyoming UU gathering will be held on Casper Mountain August 11 – 13. There will be hiking, workshops, worship and time for networking for adults and activities and events for children. More details will be available soon.
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.)
April 10, 2017 Letter from the UUA Board of Trustees
The resignation of UUA President Peter Morales requires the Board of Trustees to make an appointment to fill the office of the President. This appointment shall last until June 24, 2017, when a new president is elected by the General Assembly. In making this appointment the Board intends to recognize the significant opportunity before us, to recognize the time constraints involved, and to model a profoundly collaborative approach to shared leadership. At its meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Board unanimously approved a UUA Presidential Transition Plan to frame the brief tenure of the Transition Team and help to shape Unitarian Universalism into the future.
We are deeply grateful to the three seasoned, thoughtful Unitarian Universalist leaders who have agreed to serve together: the Rev. Sofia Betancourt, the Rev. William G. Sinkford, and Dr. Leon Spencer.
The Rev. Betancourt is the Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at Starr King School for the Ministry and will serve as Interim Co-President for the Commission for Institutional Change. Her work as a religious educator, parish minister, and seminary professor provide well-honed leadership qualities will surely enrich the team.
The Rev. Sinkford, Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, and who served as UUA President from 2001-2009, will serve as Interim Co-President for the roles of President as outlined in the UUA bylaws.
Dr. Leon Spencer is Professor Emeritus in Leadership, Technology and Human Development at the Georgia Southern University and will serve as Interim Co-President for Constituent Outreach. He is a person of broad experience and the 2007 recipient of the UUA’s annual Distinguished Service Award who has been a longtime leader in our journey toward becoming an anti-racist and multicultural faith. He served on the UUA Board of Trustees and chaired the Nominating Committee and held many district leadership roles.
We are grateful as well to their families, to the congregation of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, and to the Starr King School for the Ministry community who are wise and generous enough to lend their leaders to our larger faith.
In the next few days the Team will be working with the Board to specify their particular areas of focus. We look forward with great anticipation to working closely together to take full advantage of the opportunities before us and to prepare our Association and our hearts to welcome our soon-to-be elected President.
Yours in Faith,
Your UUA Board of Trustees
In pursuit of the UUA Interim Presidential Transition Plan the Board appoints a co-equal, three-person Presidential Transition Team to serve together and in collaboration to fulfill the obligations outlined in the Plan: Sofia Betancourt, William G. Sinkford, and Leon Spencer. Sofia Betancourt will serve as Interim Co-President for the Commission for Institutional Change, William G. Sinkford will serve as Interim Co-President for the roles of President as outlined in the UUA Bylaws, and Leon Spencer will serve as Interim Co-President of Constituent Outreach. All will serve in a Pastoral Care role.
It is understood that working with the Board, they will develop a set of working agreements describing their particular roles and responsibilities and the undergirding norms, which will enable and govern their portfolios during this interim presidency.
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 email@example.com.
|Wednesday||Apr-12||5:30pm – 6:30pm||Meditation – Room 5|
|5:30pm – 6:30pm||Gentle Yoga After Work – Social Hall|
|7:00pm – 8:00pm||Choir – Sanctuary|
|7:30pm – 9:00pm||Taylor Men’s Basketball – Social Hall|
|Thursday||Apr-13||7:15am – 7:45am||Meditation – Room 5|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Yoga – Social Hall|
|6:30pm – 7:30pm||NA – Social Hall|
|Friday||Apr-14||12:00pm – 1:00pm||Southeast Wyoming Islamic Group – Rms 12 & 13|
|Saturday||Apr-15||11:00am – 2:00pm||Celebration of Life – Marly Radcliff – Sanctuary|
|Sunday||Apr-16||9:15am – 10:00am||Meditation – Room 5|
|9:30am – 10:00am||Children’s Choir – Sanctuary|
|9:45am – 10:15am||Choir – Sanctuary|
|10:30am – 11:30am||Sunday Service & Children’s Religious Education – Sanctuary|
|12:00pm – 2:00pm||Easter Potluck Brunch – Social Hall|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Sr. High Youth Group – Sr. High Room|
|4:00pm – 6:00pm||Volleyball – Social Hall|
Other Community Events
On the 22nd of April, GFWC/X-JWC and VFW Post 11453 are co-sponsoring a Bicycle and Necktie Roundup to benefit the Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless. The event will occur at the American Legion Post 6 parking lot, 2816 East 7th Street from 12:00 to 4:00. Bicycles in any condition will be accepted; old, new, broken and pieces. They are also accepting neckties, used or otherwise, which will be used to tie up sleeping bags made by the Coalition. At the same time, GFWC/X-JWC members will run a bake sale at the event. All proceeds and everything collected will to the Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless. For further information or if you can’t get the bikes to the roundup, contact Trish at 637-0131.