The Christmas story of nativity is the story of God becoming human. But, what does it really mean for God to have a body? How does it shift how we think of ultimacy, and of humanity? On this last Sunday before Christmas, join us for this Sunday where Rev. Gretchen Haley, Senior Minister from Foothills Unitarian in Fort Collins will be exploring the power and challenge in this incredible mystery of the Christian tradition.
Gayle Roberts is now recovering at home from her broken hip! In the coming weeks and months, Gayle might need help getting to and from doctors appointments. Please stay tuned for opportunities to help!
Bring your $$ to church each Sunday to buy raffle tickets for these lovely items during Coffee Hour. You can see the beautiful quilts hanging in the Sanctuary. Prices are $1 per ticket; 6 for $5; 24 for $20. Your support is so appreciated!
The shelters were very happy to get new socks and work boots this week. Thank you! OUR FAMILY First, UUCC Family Promise volunteers have adopted a family for Christmas gifts and support. Sasha, the mom, has two children: a nine year old boy, Kyro, and a 1 year old daughter, Aliylah. They are a part of Beyond the Walls, a voluntary program that offers case management, support, and assistance to those who have been in Family Promise. Sasha has been working hard to care for herself and her children, and they have a wish list we would like to fulfill. SASHA – warm coat, size Medium; a gift card to buy some shoes; Bath and Body Works (lotion, soap, perfume spray, lip gloss, candle); gift cards to Walmart; decorations for her house KYRO – Call of Duty 4 (PS4 game); Nerf gun pistol; Nerf gun sniper; size 12 clothes ALIYLAH – Baby dolls; necklaces (kids jewelry); any toys for 2 year old girls; size 2T clothes FAMILY – A gift box in the church lobby for non-perishable food items, diapers (size 4, not LUVs); gift cards for groceries and gas; anything you think a mom with kids could use
*Please give gift cards directly to Carol Bowles, Jim or Sandi Gaulke.
THE GIVING TREE in the lobby will be for your donations of items for Coalition for the Homeless, COMEA Shelter, and Crossroads Clinic. They are most in need of supplies for MEN: warm winter clothing, shoes and boots, new socks and underwear, knit hats, long underwear, and GLOVES. Please place your gifts directly on or under the Giving Tree; they will be delivered to the agencies each week. (Questions, please call Sandi at 630-5856)
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” Mother Teresa
The Buddha Washing December 30, 2018.
This service which marks the beginning of the New Year has been celebrated off and on at UUCC since about 1991. 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.
Everyone is also invited to help present the service. Please contact Gene Heater at email@example.com or 421-5098 by voice or text if you would like to be involved.
There will be a practice and set up on Saturday, December 29, at 2 PM.
The Service Auction is scheduled for February 2, 2019. We would love to have you join us!
We will have more room this year so feel free to invite your friends. Now is also a great time to be thinking about what you will offer the Service Auction to sell. Items, dinners, gatherings, activities are all great. Working together we can make this the biggest Service Auction Ever!!! Maybe try a new idea never done before.
If you have questions concerning what you are offering feel free to call Joe at 307.630.6192 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday December 30 – No Faith Development – Movie Sunday
Youth will watch a short holiday movie classic with popcorn and drinks. A holiday craft table will be available along with a Story Book Corner highlighting some of this months special stories that accompany our lessons on MYSTERY for December. Youth will begin service with the adults. After being sung out, the youth will gather in the Rainbow Room and return with escorts to the social hall after service ends to meet their families/guardians.
Or/and contact Mary Scherden, DFD at (307) 220-2096 or email MaryScherden@gmail.com. Mary’s office hours are typically Tuesday and Thursday 10-2. Appointments can be made outside of these times if needed. We have an amazing lending library along with all kinds of resources for parents and guardians. Stop in and take a look around.
Thank you to our Faith Development Team who spent a very productive Sunday afternoon together last week for our Fall Faith Development Retreat!
Your UUCC 2018-19 Faith Development Team is:
Mary Scherden, DFD
Sara Kelly, Chair
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.
UUCC plans to offer 3 levels of OWL in the SPRING 2019. The levels include grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. We need to know who’s interested and get an accurate headcount to continue our planning efforts. Register here!!!
Calendar of Events
Click here to see the calendar of upcoming events at UUCC!
Office Holiday Hours
December 24th: 10:00am -2:00pm 4:30pm-7:30pm
December 25th: CLOSED
December 26 & 27: 10:00am -2:00pm
December 30th: 9:00am-1:00pm
December 31st: Closed
January 1st: Closed
Check the new Bylaws and Meeting Minutes section of the website, under the Members menu, for all minutes from January 2016 to present. Minutes from July 2018 forward are available on the bulletin board outside the Administrator’s office.
Volunteer for Coffee Hour!
Everyone is invited to help make coffee hour fun and delicious! On your Sunday (assigned by last name), please do one or more of the following:
come early to help set up the social hall
bring a tray of prepared finger foods (and remember to take your tray and any leftover food home with you)
linger to help with cleanup!
First Sunday – A – F
Second Sunday – G – L
Third Sunday – M – R
Fourth Sunday – S – Z
Fifth Sunday – Everyone
20118-2019 District High School Youth Event Dates:
9th-12th grade youth are invited to Mountain Desert District youth events. Please contact Jessy Hennesy, MDD Youth Conference Coordinator, with questions, at email@example.com.
January 19-21, 2019 – MLK Con, First Unitarian Society of Denver, Colorado
February 8-10, 2019 – Worship Arts Training (limited space available), Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, Colorado
April 12-14, 2019 – Spring Con, Foothills Unitarian Church, Fort Collins, Colorado
June 30-July 6 – QUUest Camp (and Spirit QUUest Camp for middle school youth), La Foret Conference and Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Do you need to submit an announcement for the weekly e-mail, UUCC This Week and Beyond… ?
Announcements on CD or hand-written/typed announcements should be delivered or mailed to the office and received by the due date.
E-mail announcements are usually then included in the next Sunday order of service.
Please remember that not all members/friends have or use email.
If you are not receiving the weekly e-mail announcements, contact the office.
Do you need to submit an announcement for the Sunday service?
Submission deadline is Sunday 10 AM to be read at the beginning of service.
Please submit typed or hand-written announcements to the mailbox labeled Announcements in the hallway of the church.
Announcements are then usually included in the next weekly e-mai
Please remember the church is a peanut free zone for safety of our members. We have members with severe peanut allergies and we want to have all our activities safe for them and any others with this allergy to be welcome.
Please remind others, and if you are bringing in a packaged item, check to ensure it was made in a peanut free environment. Let’s keep church a safe place for everyone!