The Buddha Washing service is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 1, 2017.
Anyone who would like to help present this service is welcome to do so.
Please contact Gene Heater at 307-421-5098 if you are interested.
Buddha Washing Service – January 1, 2017
This service which marks the beginning of the new year has been celebrated off and on at UUCC since about 1991.
It was first experienced by Gene Heater at the Boulder Zen Center. He brought it to the church and modified it to fit our church’s diverse beliefs by including statues from other belief systems and personal objects of significance to individuals.
The ritual involves chanting, bowing, the washing of statues, possibly the burning of incense, and the ringing of bells. It may not be to everyone’s taste. However, everyone is invited and welcome! Bring your own personal item to be cleansed and blessed.
Hope to see you on New Year’s Day.
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.
The UUCC Board
Lynne Weidel, President
Camellia El-Antably, Vice President
Birgitt Paul, Past President
Paul Howard, Treasurer
Natalie Vernon, Secretary
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 email@example.com. Donation forms or information can be emailed or phoned to Joe or completed forms put in the yellow box at the church.
Each January, we hold a “paper drive” to help us stock up on our disposables for the year, and defray the significant costs of paper plates, napkins, and hot/cold drinks cups.
Can you help us out by grabbing an extra package of paper goods at the grocery, and dropping them by the church any time in January?
YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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.
Yoga classes at the UU church are taught on a drop-in basis for individuals of all abilities. Mats, blankets, and other yoga props are provided. Everyone is welcome.
Tuesday and Thursday 12 to 1pm (Paula). Suggested donation $5
Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:20 pm: Gentle Yoga after Work. (Natalie). Suggested donation $8
Yoga Sutra 1.12 Abhyāsavāiragyābhyāṁ tannirodhah
The mind can arrive at a state of stillness and pure consciousness through practice and detachment.
In the previous 11 sutras Patanjali first defined yoga then described the five activities of the mind that can color one’s perception of reality, and, if unexamined and unexplored can become obstacles to reaching niroda—that inherent state in which the incessant noise of the mind is stilled and one reaches a state of pure consciousness.
In sutras 12 -16 Patanjali turns to the practice of yoga—the means through which one’s mind interferes less and less in perception, so that perception becomes freer and freer of subjectivity, leading to the mastery of the mind and the realization of the true self.
Sutra 12 summarizes this means: practice(abhyāsa) and non-attachment(vāiragyā). These terms are further defined and developed in the following four sutras.
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.)
|Wednesday||Dec-28||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-29||7:15am – 7:45am||Meditation – Room 5|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Yoga – Social Hall|
|6:30pm – 7:30pm||NA – Social Hall|
|Friday||Dec-30||12:00pm – 1:00pm||Southeast Wyoming Islamic Group – Rms 12 & 13|
|Sunday||Jan-01||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||Sr. High Youth Group – Sr. High Room|
|4:00pm – 6:00pm||Volleyball – Social Hall|