Lunch with TED!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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.

COMEA House Dinners

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.

Please Join Us for Sunday Service!

Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 10:30 am

Risk – It’s Not Just a Board Game

Matthew Waterman

Family Promise

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.

Sign up on the board in the social hall or contact Carol Bowles at or 221-6445.

Budget Request Deadline Reminder

Friday March 17, 2017

This is a reminder that we need budget requests returned by this Friday. If you are in charge of a committee budget, you should have received a budget request form last week. If you haven’t but think you should have, please contact Shelley Reher the church administrator @ 307-638-4554 or send an email to Completed budget requests need to be returned to Paul Howard, Board Treasurer at and the administrator at

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email the administrator.

Annual Report Deadline Reminder

Friday April 14, 2017

If you are a chairman of a committee or team, you should have received a annual report request last week. If you haven’t but think you should have, please contact Shelley Reher the church administrator @ 307-638-4554 or send an email to 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.


Easter Potluck poll

To all of our UUCC members and friends; an inquiry from your Fun & Fellowship Team: Shall we have a potluck Easter Sunday celebration luncheon?

Please send a text or phone call to (307) 640-038 or fill out a survey at clipboard corner at the church.



Do you need to submit an announcement for the weekly e-mail, UUCC This Week and Beyond… ?

  1. Submission deadline is Monday before 5:00 pm.
  2. Please submit announcements to
  3. Announcements on CD or hand-written/typed announcements should be delivered or mailed to the office and received by the due date.
  4. E-mail announcements are usually then included in the next Sunday order of service.
  5. Please remember that not all members/friends have or use email.
  6. If you are not receiving the weekly e-mail announcements, contact the office.
  7. For announcements, please include what, where, when, and who the contact person is. For articles, please include a byline.
  8. Digital photographs and quotes are welcome.

Do you need to submit an announcement for the Sunday service?

  1. Submission deadline is Thursday by 8am.
  2. Please submit announcements to Typed or hand-written announcements need to be submitted to the office by 8am Thursday.
  3. Announcements are then usually included in the next weekly e-mail.

 Do you need to schedule a room?

  1. Please call (638-4554) or send an email ( to the administrator as far in advance as possible, but no more than 90 days, and review the current Building Use Fees.
  2. Then fill out either a Building Use Form or a Building Use Agreement (usually used for non-church-related activities.)
  3. Building Use Forms are also located in the caddy next to the women’s restroom on the main floor. Forms can also be sent to you via e-mail; contact the church office.
  4. The administrator will check room availability and get back to you about availability as soon as possible.
  5. Be sure to review and follow the Building Lock-up Procedures which are also available in the caddy by the women’s restrooms on the first floor.
  6. Please review specific guidelines for childcare during any activity.
  7. Rooms are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is best if you can reserve your room as much in advance as possible but not more than 90 days. Also, keep in mind that church sponsored activities take priority and your event could potentially get moved. In this event, the church administrator will contact you to make acceptable arrangements for your event.

Do you need to be reimbursed for committee expenditures?

  1. Complete a Request for Reimbursement form (by clicking on it), which are also located in the caddy next to the women’s restroom on the main floor, and attach receipts.
  2. The Request for Reimbursement form must have your signature and the signature of the committee chair.
  3. Return the form to the office.
  4. Generally, bills are paid on Friday, then signed by the treasurer and mailed that day. If you need to be reimbursed more quickly, contact the administrator to make arrangements.

 Do you need to request a check?

  1. If you need a church check, generally to pay a speaker/musician honorarium, fill out a green Check Request form (by clicking on it) or also located in the caddy by the women’s restroom.
  2. Return the Request form to the office. If possible, please request the check a week in advance of when you need it.
  3. The check will be given to you or to the person receiving the honorarium.


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,

Rev. Audette


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

March 19
April 9
April 2
April 16 – Easter Performance!

Sign up in the Social Hall this Sunday or call, text or email Ms. Marcie by Saturday, March 4th. (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

Needed: New Sound Techs!

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

Lay Pastoral Care Associates at UUCC – Weekend Care

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 ( & 307-220-2960)

Camille Furtney ( & 307-631-9868)

Joan Brennan ( & 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 We are not accepting self-nominations, but please do recommend your trusted UUCC companions.

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 Mar-15 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 Mar-16 7:15am – 7:45am Meditation – Room 5
12:00pm – 1:00pm Yoga – Social Hall
    6:30pm – 7:30pm NA – Social Hall
Friday Mar-17 12:00pm – 1:00pm Southeast Wyoming Islamic Group – Rms 12 & 13
Saturday Mar-18    
Sunday Mar-19 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

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 for more information.

Short Stacks

Volunteers are needed to wait tables. To volunteer contact Lori, the Executive Director at 307-772-8770.

Tickets are available at the door or from Jim Gaulke or Carol Bowles.