Tuesday, April 14th- Membership Ministry Meeting 1pm
Wednesday, April 15th- Choir Rehearsal 7pm
Thursday, April 16th- Book Group 1pm. This month we will discuss any book by or about a UU woman or group of women.
Thursday, April 16th- Newsletter submissions due 5pm
Thursday, April 16th- Card Sharks 7pm
Sunday, April 19th- Choir Performance Call at 9:30am
Sunday, April 19th- Valuing Vulnerability- Rev. Kelly Dignan
Rev. Kelly will explore the work of Dr. Brene Brown who has interviewed hundreds of people as part of an ongoing study of vulnerability. "The research shoes that we try to ward disappointment [brokenness] with a shield of cynicism, disarm shame by numbing ourselves against joy, and circumvent grief by shutting off our willingness to love,"explains Dr. Brown. When we become aware of these patterns, she teaches,w e begin to become conscious of how much we sacrifice in the name of self-defense- and how much richer our lives become when we open ourselves to vulnerability. After the service, our Theme Thoughts discussion will focus on brokenness and the month-long Commit 2 Respond spiritual journey for those who have been on it.
RE- Children's Chapel:Brokenness
Other News and Reminders
Climate Justice Month is from World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22). Unitarian Universalists will spend the month embarking on a spiritual journey thanks to Commit2Respond. Rev. Kelly will share their daily messages on our Facebook page. You can also sign up to receive the daily messages by email here: http://www.commit2respond.org/act We will reflect on the experience during the Theme Thoughts discussion on April 19th.
Saturday, April 18- Stories of liberal clergywomen on the western frontier. 9:00am - 12:00pm Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins
Facilitator: Cynthia Grant Tucker, Ph.D – author of The Prophetic Sisterhood –
This will be an excellent morning. Tucker will offer an account of Unitarian and Universalist clergywomen on the western frontier in the nineteenth century, including the history of liberal women ministers in Fort Collins.
Workshop Description: Whether it’s congregational history or intimate tributes to mentors or partners, the narratives we create are what give us our anchorage and links to the past and the future. A combination of informal lecture on the biographer’s motives and methods, short exercises on structuring time, guided discussion, and Q&A, this workshop will have us explore the difference between “a good story” and one that’s real and resonates. Cynthia’s overview of biographers’ motives and methods will offer examples taken from our early history of liberal religion out here 0n the Plains.
Cynthia Grant Tucker, a longtime UU in Memphis, teaches and writes biography to help redress history’s sins of omission. In Healer In Harm’s Way (1995) and Prophetic Sisterhood (1990, 1994) she illuminates the spirit of those who brought liberal religion out here to the Plains. No Silent Witness, Tucker’s fifth book, received the UUA’s 2011 Frederick G. Melcher Book Award for its outstanding contribution to religious liberalism.
Sign up to attend here: http://foothillsuu.org/sign-adult-religious-exploration-classes-small-groups/?sheet_id=156
The RE Ministry is planning for the summer. We are looking for volunteers to be guest leaders Sunday May 31- September 6. This is where you get to use your gifts with our church children. And it only requires a one-time commitment. Come lead the kids in crafts,music, games, art, social justice projects, woodworking, etc. It's your choice! There is a sign up sheet in the foyer, and we can't wait to see how you participate. Don't miss this chance to interact with our kids.
Please mark your calendars! The Building and Grounds Ministry will host the Annual Spring Clean-Up on Saturday May 9th from 9am until noon. A variety of indoor and outdoor "activities" will allow each and every one of us to strut our stuff and spiff up the Greeley UU environs. Stay tuned for more details.
Bill Gotchey has been a member of a men philosophical group for a few years. He really enjoys it and he would like to start one beginning in May with the UU guys. The plan would be to meet the first, third and fifth Saturday of each month. The meetings could be at the church or like his other group at a coffee shop. If interested, contact Bill Gotchey at email@example.com
April 24 at Misc workday
May 12 at 5:00 The children will begin planting
Make More Magic Auction
Please prepare for a fun evening on Saturday May 16th at 7:00pm for our Make More Magic Auction. This will be an opportunity for fun, and to help support the church by fulfilling this year's (2014- 2015) budget. The next morning will be our congregational meeting where you will vote on next year's (2015-2016) budget.
Please consider what you could donate for this auction. Could you acquire gift cards from businesses you frequent? What about making a loaf of bread, a casserole, get a group of people together for a progressive dinner? Does your family own a cabin that can be auctioned off for a weekend? Do you have paintings or other artwork, jewelry, houseplants to donate? Can you clean someone's car, wash windows, weed a garden, offer your rototiller, offer your pickup truck for a few hours? Can you take people on a hike? A picnic? Plan a fishing trip? A Poker Party? Can you offer to entertain for a party: Do you sing, dance, play an instrument, do magic etc.? Consider donating these things so attendees can purchase them. Do so by completing this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11OZXugMs6IskmhADHJmD0dJTCfRw24_sIgIcx_JRSzw/viewform
You can help in other ways, too. For the auction itself, you can: bring a dessert, be a cashier, compile the winning bids, set up (which involves displaying the items in a pleasing manner), or help clean up. Please contact Hollis or Tim Berendt about your willingness to help that evening. Most of all, PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS. Click here for the invitation!
June 24th-28th- General Assembly 2015, Portland, OR: The theme for GA 2015 is Building a New Way. Most events will be held in the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232. For complete information go to http://www.uua.org/ga Reservations for hotels and other housing options opened on March 2, 2015. Go to http://www.uua.or/ga/travel To register for GA go to http://www.uua.org/ga/registration
Spiritual Photography Project- We are putting together an art show consisting of your personal vision of spirituality. Imagine an object or symbolic idea of something you consider spiritual. It could be a traditional symbol or a sunrise or a laughing child or a warm embrace. It could be a rainbow or wildlife or a simple smile. It could be a place that puts you in a spiritual frame of mind. If you don't have a picture, think about what symbolizes your personal spirituality and take a picture of it. We are asking for your submission of photography or art with a short paragraph describing why it is special to you. If possible, the submission should be an 8x10 or larger framed. If not possible, submit it anyway. We'll see what we can do. The show will be displayed over the summer months. Please submit to Michael Free by June 10th.
If you have weekly announcements you'd like to submit, be sure to email them to the Office Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 10am on the Tuesday of the week you'd like them to be in the announcements!