bandaid-on-heartJoys, Concerns, and Pastoral Prayer

Bob Twyford had a fall recently, and spent a short time in the hospital. He’ll be recuperating at home for a while. If you’d like to send Bob cards of love and well-wishes, his address is: 5122 Hoy Rd. Cheyenne, WY 82009


comeaCOMEA House December Holiday Dinner

Join the UU volunteers who will be preparing and serving a prime rib dinner at COMEA House on Saturday, 17 December. This is the time of year UU Cheyenne volunteers pull out all the stops to share our love as well as our culinary expertise with COMEA residents. Generous volunteers donate the prime rib, the COMEA House committee purchases the sides. If you would like to prepare a dessert ahead of time, please let one of the COMEA House ministry coordinators know so we can plan. Volunteers are needed to cook the main meal at COMEA House and to serve.

holiday-dinnerIf you are new to UU, it is an easy, not time intensive way to become involved in community service. Families with children who are old enough to help set out salt and pepper shakers or spoon dressing for salads will find serving at COMEA House a realistic, worthwhile way to introduce children to the satisfaction of giving to others   A sign-up sheet will be at clipboard corner from 4 through 15 December. If you can help cook or prepare salads, plan to arrive at COMEA House by 2:30; servers are asked to arrive by 5:30. Feel free to sign-up to do both. All volunteers are invited to stay for dinner.

Again, the sign-up sheet will be at clipboard corner. If you have questions, please contact Mary Scherden (307) 220 2096, Thomas Redding (307) 640-6038 or Mac Marino (305) 393-1505.


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Sunday December 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

A Sense of the Sacred

Rev. Audette Fulbright


UU triple logoCONGREGATIONAL BUSINESS MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Noon
UUCC Sanctuary
Purpose of the Meeting:  To vote on the Search Committee Budget

UUCC By-Laws allow the Board of Directors to authorize expenditures exceeding the annual budget to the extent of not more than six percent (6%) of the total budget.  Board approval of the Search Committee Budget will require the Board to exceed its authorization of 6%.  In such instances, the expenditure requires the approval of a majority of members present at a Business Meeting called for this purpose.  The proposed budget will be posted on the Church bulletin board in the Social Hall beginning Sunday, December 4.  Copies of the budget will be available in the lobby beginning on December 4 and available at the meeting.
UUCC Members, please plan to attend.  A quorum of 25% of the membership is required for the meeting to go forward.
Note: If you are not able to attend the meeting, Absentee ballots will be available at clipboard corner or by request to Church Administrator Shelley Reher at (307) 638-4554, administrator@uucheyenne.org.  You can also do an absentee vote via this link. Please complete the ballot and return it prior to the meeting to the Church Administrator or in the Administrator’s office door slot if the office is closed.
Living together in peace, seeking truth, and offering service.


booksMinister’s Monthly Book Club

3rd Sundays each month

Next date: Sunday, Dec. 18th

For the rest of the year, we’ll be studying The Transition Companion: How to Make Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times by Rob Hopkins

Although this book is very inexpensive used on Amazon, we will also scan chapters in advance for those of you who would like to read and join us for this community development based resiliency project. You can click here to read on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. There will be a limited supply of printed copies at the church if you would like to pick one up. Call 307-638-4554 if you need a printed copy.


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IT’S TIME TO RETURN YOUR BOXES!

Guest at Your Table

Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about our work to advance
human rights.

This year’s program theme is Defying Hate, based on the recent release of the Ken Burns documentary about UUSC founders Martha and Waitstill Sharp, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War (on PBS). The Sharps defied hate by helping Jews and dissidents escape Nazi Germany using brave, creative methods, many of which could have caused them to be imprisoned, tortured, or worse.

gayt-2Here at UUCC we hope all our members and friends will help support this important work by filling a collection box at home from now until December 18.  You can also join UUSC at uusc.org and shop the online store, thegoodbuy.com for fair trade, sustainable, all natural products, and holiday cards.  100% of your purchase goes to UUCC rights and justice projects.  What better way to live our covenant than to support economic and environmental justice and to advance the rights of people who are threatened, including refugees and water protectors at Standing Rock.

uuscLook for Guest at Your Table materials in the church lobby.  For more information, please contact Sandi Gaulke at stgaulke@openvistas.net.

 


yule106Winter Solstice

December 20th 6pm

The Faith Development Team at UUCC is throwing a traditional winter solstice and yule celebration. Family friendly! It will be educational, inspirational and renewing. Join us on the longest night of winter to welcome the new light.

 


TED-Talks-ideas-worth-spreadingLunch with TED!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Noon 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.


caroling-300x162_origHere we come a caroling!!!

Uucc’s choir will be caroling in the church’s neighborhood Friday, December 23. Join us at 6pm at the church for a quick warm up. We’ll end back at the church by 8 for some hot beverages and treats. All ages and singing experience welcome.

 


auctionGET READY THE SERVICE AUCTION IS COMING!!!


SATURDAY, February 4, 2017

UUCC SERVICE AUCTION is coming!  The festivities begin at 5:00 PM.  Everyone is welcomed for a WONDERFUL time.  Enjoy socializing, a great dinner and great deals!  Free childcare provided.   Think about how to help — donated items and services are needed, help decorate the social hall, bring an appetizer, help with set-up, help cooks with the dinner, or help clean-up.  This is the big event and creates a lot of great personal connections and socializing.

WE NEED GOOD ITEMS!!  WHAT TO DONATE?  Everyone has something to donate.  Maybe it is a plate of homemade cookies or an ethnic dinner for 6, a gift basket, maybe raking leaves or help with Facebook, jewelry or a craft item you made, playing Taboo at your house, a day trip to a place special to you, etc.  Big items such as a week at a mountain cabin or condo, fine artwork, etc. really help make this go.   Donated items will be placed in one of three categories:  Sign-Up Items (hikes, day trips, game nights, etc. that people just sign up for a small fee, usually for 5 or more and even sometimes for an unlimited number – “hundreds”); and Silent Auction Items and Live Auction Items.  As we put together the catalog we decide what the most appropriate category for the each item is.  It works!  Used stuff or white elephant items belong in the church’s garage sale and we try to keep them out of the auction.  We want to keep this fun and very classy evening.

Donations forms will be mailed and will be available at church in a few weeks.   Questions, to help, or to talk about what to donate contact Joe Corrigan at 307.630.6192 or email Joe at joecorrigan@bresnan.net.   Donation forms or information can be emailed or phoned to Joe or completed forms put in the yellow box at the church.

Yippee!!!!


donateDear UU Friends & Family,

As the year draws to a close, we are reflecting on the year and the new chapter to come. As you receive requests for end of the year donations, we ask that you consider making a donation to UUCC, the home for liberal religion in Cheyenne. All gifts are completely tax deductible. Gifts to the church allow us to extend our mission through outreach to the community and fellowship with each other. Any gift is helpful as we seek to close the budget gap and preserve a financial cushion.

We’ve enjoyed some wonderful worship opportunities, worried about the budget concerns and wondered at Reverend Audette’s announcement of the impending change in ministry at UUCC. Our worship opportunities continue, with several new worship associates finding their feet under Rev. Audette’s capable direction. They will lead us forward in the gap between Rev. Audette and the new minister. The Search Committee is hard at work collecting your ideas and beginning to look at new ministers. We continue to face budget challenges and to look for ways to meet them. We hope you are also thinking about how to help the church continue to thrive as we turn the page to a new year!

Another way you can help the church is by ensuring your pledge is up to date. If you are on automatic deduction, you have the peace of mind knowing it is taken care of. If not, paying some or all of your pledge now helps the church to stay on track with its budget and expenses. Pledges make up the largest percentage of our budget and are crucial to supporting the church. Any gift or pledge paid by December 31 is tax deductible and you will receive a letter reflecting that in January.

In the New Year, we will be coming to pledge time again. Living Generously is preparing a fun interactive service and preparing to meet our goal of 100% participation in pledging. If you’ve never pledged before, this is an excellent way to help the church be financially sustainable. A pledge in any amount is gratefully received, and is a condition of membership. Watch for ways to be involved in the service and plan to attend on February 26 for the opening service and lunch. Pledges are due March 5 this year. Take some time to think about your own contribution and talk to others in the church about theirs. Our new chapter depends on your generosity!

We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and a joyous new year filled with peace, health and prosperity.

Sincerely,

 

The UUCC Board

Lynne Weidel, President

Camellia El-Antably, Vice President

Birgitt Paul, Past President

Paul Howard, Treasurer

Natalie Vernon, Secretary

Garth Shanklin

Hailey Ellingham

Audri Mata


Holiday Message from UUA President Peter Morales

The winter holidays are rich with stories that touch our hearts because they resonate with our life experience. This holiday season, I’m reflecting on the theme of journeys. I’m thinking especially of the Christmas stories, of the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, of the three wise men crossing the desert in pursuit of the star, and of Jesus and his family fleeing later to Egypt to escape King Herod.

These are stories of difficult journeys motivated by hope. Stories of journeys have a special appeal, because life is a journey, a journey in time that is driven by hope. As I reflect on my life’s journey, I recall once again, the hopes that have powered me and the people who’ve helped me through the perils along the way. We too live in a time of unrest.

None of us makes it through life alone. The love and support of family and friends shapes who we are. This holiday season, take time to recall both the hope that has inspired you, and the special people in your life. Give thanks for their many gifts. And if you can, reconnect with people with whom you’ve lost contact. Life is a journey we cannot make alone. May this be a time rich in blessings.


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 connect-the-dotsHelp the Search Committee Connect the Dots

In the social hall is a large chart with a matrix listing ministerial skills sets.  If you were not at the search committee Connect the Dots conversation on Sunday Oct 13th you are still able to participate.  Take one strip of six (6) dots and place a dot on the skill sets you identify as most important for the minister we are seeking.  Consider the areas that we need to most assistance and support to continue growing in our service to one another and beyond our walls.  If in your estimation one area is of greater importance you may place more than one dot in that area to weight your concern. Please only vote once.  Members and friends are welcome to vote.
If there is a skill set that you believe is of less consequence for us in our development over the next 5 years you may place one red dot on that area.
Your input is important to the search committee.  This matrix will be up for one week.  It will then be used to prioritize the qualities as they are listed in the Congregational Record and Ministerial Profile that will be posted nationally on the UUA website on November 30.
You are welcome to provide additional comments and input by placing a pink card in the box in the entry way. The search committee reads these each week.


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.)


recycling-trash-disposal-signs-79807-lgCHURCH NOTICE:

We’ve had a big increase in folks leaving coffee cups and their OOS and the kids buckets et al in the sanctuary. Please recycle your orders of service and to help take any cups or other items with them as they exit the sanctuary?


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Calendar


Wednesday Dec-14 5:30pm – 6:30pm Meditation – Room 5
5:30pm – 6:30pm Yoga for Recovery – Social Hall
7:00pm – 8:00pm Choir – Sanctuary
7:30pm – 9:00pm Taylor Men’s Basketball – Social Hall
Thursday Dec-15 7:15am – 7:45am Meditation – Room 5
12:00pm – 1:00pm Yoga – Social Hall
  6:30pm – 7:30pm NA – Social Hall
Friday Dec-16 12:00pm – 1:00pm Southeast Wyoming Islamic Group – Rms 12 & 13
Saturday Dec-17
Sunday Dec-18 9:15am – 10:00am Meditation – Room 5
9:45am – 10:15am Choir – Sanctuary
10:30am – 11:30am Sunday Service & Children’s Religious Education – Sanctuary
11:45am – 12:30pm Children’s Choir – Sanctuary
12:00pm – 1:00pm Board Mtg vote with congregation – Sanctuary
12:00pm – 1:30pm Minister’s Monthly Book Club – Library
12:00pm – 1:00pm Sr. High Youth Group – Sr. High Room
    4:00pm – 6:00pm Volleyball – Social Hall

Other Community Events