Dear UUCC Members and Friends:

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

Most sincerely and in service and faith,

Your search committee

Audri Matta , Ellen Stump, Gordon Johns, Ken Vernon and Lea Grubbs

Lunch with TED!

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.

The Search Committee is pleased to present

Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave
as the candidate for UUCC’s Settled Minister

Take every opportunity to spend time with her during the week of
April 22nd to April 30th
  • Sunday, April 23rd 10:30 AM Worship Service followed by Q and A session in the Sanctuary. After Rev. Hannah’s first worship service with us she will remain in the sanctuary for 30 minutes to publically answer your questions.  Give thought questions you may ask to help you to know that she is the best fit for our congregation.  What we ask also introduces us and our priorities to her.
  • Wednesday, April 26th 6:00PM Vespers led by Worship Associates followed by Spaghetti Dinner from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. The worship committee will prepare and offer a 30 minute service to provide us a moment to breathe, connect and look inward before we gather for a spaghetti dinner provided with the help of fun and fellowship. These are  all church activities.  Come breathe, have dinner and spend time introducing yourself to Rev. Hannah.
  • Friday, April 28th 7:00-8:30 PM Family Game Night in the Social Hall. Get your game on!  Come one, come all.  Join with Rev. Hannah for an evening of fun for all ages.  
  • Sunday, April 30th 10:30 AM Worship followed by  Congregational Vote at Noon. Even though spring weather may be calling us to be outdoors, let’s take this moment to gather to look forward! Hear one more sermon by Rev. Hannah; let her see how many of us are ready to welcome her to our church and community.  Our average attendance at church services is around 65, we need to do better to vote.  Let’s be bursting at the seams ready to spring into our future.

Please Join Us for Sunday Service!

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 10:30 am

Loving Our Neighbors

Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave

Our Unitarian Universalist faith calls us to love our neighbors, but that is often easier said than done! On her first candidating Sunday with us, Rev. Hannah will explore the perils and possibilities of loving our neighbors.

After Rev. Hannah’s first worship service with us she will remain in the sanctuary for 30 minutes to publically answer your questions.  Give thought questions you may ask to help you to know that she is the best fit for our congregation.  What we ask also introduces us and our priorities to her.

Vespers led by Worship Associates followed by Spaghetti Dinner

Wednesday, April 26th 6:00PM

The worship committee will prepare and offer a 30 minute service to provide us a moment to breathe, connect and look inward before we gather for a spaghetti dinner provided with the help of fun and fellowship. These are  all church activities.  Come breathe, have dinner and spend time introducing yourself to Rev. Hannah.

Family Game Night in the Social Hall

Friday, April 28th 7:00-8:30 PM

Get your game on!  Come one, come all.  Join with Rev. Hannah for an evening of fun for all ages.


Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm in the UUCC Sanctuary

Let your voice be heard!

After much work and deliberation, your Search Committee members have chosen Rev. Hannah Villnave as their candidate for the position of minister of UUCC. Rev. Villnave and your Board of Directors have agreed upon a contract for her services. She will be visiting with us Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 30, preaching on both Sunday, April 23 and Sunday, April 30. There will be many activities during this week for members of the congregation to meet and get to know Rev. Villnave and her to know us.

The congregation of UUCC has the final authority in the call to our minister. Election of the minister is the congregation most far reaching responsibility. Two-thirds (78) of the membership of UUCC constitutes a quorum for this meeting.

The election must be by written ballot. Voting by signed absentee ballot is permitted as long as the ballot is submitted prior to the vote. Absentee ballots will be available at clipboard corner. Please complete and sign the ballot and return it prior to the meeting in the ballot box at clipboard corner.

UUCC Members, please plan to attend! Absentee ballots will not be counted in the establishment of a quorum. We must have 78 members present to move forward with the vote.

Living together in peace, seeking truth, and offering service.

All Are Welcome: a Path to Membership Class

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.


Day of Giving

Cheyenne’s annual Day of Giving will take place on May 12, but between now and then you can contribute to this community effort to collect goods and services for those who need a hand up. The collection bin in the lobby is for the following:

  • non-perishable food, personal care items, and craft items to be donated to Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne, Comea House, Home Away From Home, Family Promise of Cheyenne, Magic City Enterprises, Needs, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Safehouse Services, Unaccompanied Student Initiative, and Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless.
    • Donate food items such as pasta, cereal, boxed meals, and canned goods.
    • Donate personal care items such as regular and trial-size shampoo, conditioner, and lotion; razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, bar soap, deodorant, and diapers.
    • Donate craft items such as scrapbooking supplies, stamps, ink, paper, markers, beads, and kits.
  • Donate gently used durable medical equipment to Wyoming Independent Living for use by clients who need such items and cannot afford them on their own
  • Donate used prescription eyeglasses and hearing aids to the Lions Club.
    Give blood to help United Blood Services.
  • Register as a potential bone marrow donor
  • Register as a potential organ/tissue donorTogether, we can make a difference for those in need!


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 or speak to her at church if you are willing to get involved!

Garage Sale

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, with any questions.

Summer Camp

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

Camp Fee: $515.00 Early Bird (March 31st), $565.00 Regular (Registration Deadline is May 31). Financial assistance available. NEW! Middle Schoolers are staying in CABINS!

Address: La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80908

Ashley Johnson
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.

March 31 was the end of our third quarter for this fiscal year. Revenue from all sources amounted to $ 43,786.50 during the quarter which compares favorably to our revenues during the same quarter last year when we had total revenue of $ 30,188.20. This increase was due to the fact that we held the annual service auction in February this year vs. October in the last fiscal year. Thanks to Joe Corrigan and so many members and friends for making this a successful event.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $ 51,520.06 which was a slight decline from expenses a year ago when they were $ 52,930.10 for the quarter.

Even with the good showing for the quarter, total revenue year to date amounts to $ 146,633.14 vs. where we were last year at $ 152,755. The culprit behind this shortfall is the amount of pledge income that has been received. As of the end of the quarter, we are behind approximately $ 17,000 from what we had taken in at the same time last year.

Year to date operating expenses are $ 169,885.80 vs. $ 165,276.47 last year. The increase is attributable to the Search expense that has been incurred. Excluding that expense, operating expenses are a bit lower on a year to date basis.

Unfortunately, the fiscal situation requires us to draw down our reserves. Even with favorable investment results, our reserves have declined from $ 184,116.46 at this time last year to $ 165,939.77 this year.

The final quarter of the year is normally not strong from a cash flow basis. Perhaps some of the shortfall in pledge income will appear in the final 3 months.

The teen and youth groups are planning some fund raisers. Many thanks for their efforts at helping out.


Paul Howard, Treasurer

peanut-allergyCHURCH NOTICE:

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.)

WUULF summer camp needs teachers!

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 Prospective teachers can contact Di Mapes at


Wednesday Apr-19 12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch with TED – Library
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-20 7:15am – 7:45am Meditation – Room 5
12:00pm – 1:00pm Yoga – Social Hall
    6:30pm – 7:30pm NA – Social Hall
Friday Apr-21 11:00am – 12:00pm Finance Committee Meeting – Library
12:00pm – 1:00pm Southeast Wyoming Islamic Group – Rms 12 & 13
    6:00pm – 9:00pm Sign making for Science March – Social Hall
Saturday Apr-22
Sunday Apr-23 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 – 1:00pm Sr. High Youth Group – Sr. High Room
4:00pm – 6:00pm Volleyball – Social Hall

Other Community Events


Bicycle and Necktie Roundup Sponsored by GFWC/X-JWC and VFW Post 11453

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.