“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something….That there’s some good in the world, and it’s worth fighting for.” — Samwise Gamgee/J.R.R. Tolkein
As the winter holidays are on us, and the end of the year approaches, with 2017 and all its changes ahead, it’s important to make time and emotional space to gain clarity for the days ahead. We live in a time of extraordinary change and the potential for real disruption of democratic norms. We also have reason to suspect that safety nets, already inadequate to the needs of so many, will be reduced even further, and our neighbors and beloveds may well fall through the holes. We need to be ready, to have some plans in place for how we will care for one another in more difficult days.
Churches often set themselves up for a “fake fight” by arguing amongst themselves about the purpose: is church a place for nurturing and growing the spiritual self, or is it a place where we organize to serve justice? I’ve never grasped this dichotomy: the answer, of course, now as ever, is – it is BOTH. Our worship and times of gathering and reflection in some small groups should help comfort us and encourage us to spiritual depth. And we should come to understand what issues our shared values call us to act upon in the world — and then act. This has been the truth of Unitarian Universalism throughout its long and storied history. Our part in the story is no different.
I hope each of you is taking good care of yourself, here at the end of the year. It’s been a difficult time, and not knowing quite what is ahead makes the tensions worse. As most of you know by now, we have second-hour programming. If you long to deepen your spiritual life, please join me after church on the first Sunday of each month at noon, when we have a drop in chalice circle focused on the Soul Matters themes we follow. And if you would like to take a UU approach to community organizing for resiliency, then I invite you to join me the 3rd Sunday of each month, when we will use The Transitions Companion to see how we might take action in the world.
Additionally, we want you to have as many resources as you may want to engage on issues close to your heart – issues of justice and human rights which may now be under new threat. The following resource page can be found on our website at http://www.uucheyenne.org/resource-page/ and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/UnitarianUniversalistChurchofCheyenne/.
A balanced life includes spiritual maturity and time for reflection, time for family and friends, self-care including exercise, healthy eating, and rest, as well as work and actions to serve the larger world. Make time for all of these, in balance.
Keep strong, keep the faith, and see you in church
As the holiday season gets in full swing, we are having a great little get-together on Friday, Dec. 2, from 6 pm – 8pm. Come on by the church and enjoy a hot chocolate bar, popcorn & cookies, help us with the decorating and then stay to watch a showing of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! PJs welcome!
Sunday December 4, 2016
Prayer, Presence, and “the Holy”
Rev. Audette Fulbright
Noon – 1:30 PM
Brown bag lunch encouraged!
Sunday, Dec. 4th
Community is built through stories, conversation, connection, and meaningful interactions. On the first Sunday of each month, Rev. Audette will lead an after-church covenant group, using our monthly theme drawn from the UUA’s Soul Matters resources. You are invited to join in these meaningful gatherings, where will explore our Unitarian Universalism within the context of deep questions of meaning.
We need 6-8 people regularly attending for these sessions to be successful. Sign up now at clipboard corner, but drop-in attendance is welcome.
Saturday, December 10th – 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Once again the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne is hosting their Annual WinterMart Arts and Crafts Sale which runs for one day only, Saturday, December 10th, 9 am – 4 pm in the social hall. Come find that last minute gift (saving the best for last of course) for that special someone or even for yourself! The sale features artisans from the Front Range and Southeast Wyoming who sell high quality hand-crafted art work & crafts. There will also be delicious treats available for purchase provided by the UUCC RE Youth Group. They always make yummy goodies! For more information contact Terry, 214-3932, Kathleen, 421-4496, Jennifer, 421-8092 or Shelley at UUCC, 638-4554 or see our website: http://www.uucheyenne.org/event-items/wintermart-2/.
This is one of our annual fundraisers that brings in money for the UUCC coffers. Come show your support.
See you there!
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.
If 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.
Minister’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.
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.
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about our work to advance
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.
Here 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.
Look for Guest at Your Table materials in the church lobby. For more information, please contact Sandi Gaulke at email@example.com.
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.)
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?
|Wednesday||Nov-30||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-01||7:15am – 7:45am||Meditation – Room 5|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Yoga – Social Hall|
|6:30pm – 7:30pm||NA – Social Hall|
|Friday||Dec-02||12:00pm – 1:00pm||Southeast Wyoming Islamic Group – Rms 12 & 13|
|6:00pm – 8:00pm||Join Us for Fun (and Chocolate)! – Lobby & Sanctuary Decorating|
|Sunday||Dec-04||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 – 1:30pm||Soul Matters Covenant Group – Library|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Fundraising Training – Minister’s Studay or Rainbow Room|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Sr. High Youth Group – Sr. High Room|
|4:00pm – 6:00pm||Volleyball – Social Hall|