Thank you all for the very warm welcome you showed to the ministry team on Sunday, August 16th, when Rev. Gretchen Haley and I shared the pulpit. It was a delight to be with you in worship and in celebration of the partnership between UUCG and Foothills Unitarian Church!
As we get into the church year, there are a few logistical things I want to share with you. First, I will continue holding office hours in the UUCG office on Tuesdays, as was the pattern for your previous ministers. Please continue to set appointments with me when you’d like to meet, so that I can be sure to set aside time for you. You can, of course, reach me by email or phone at other times if something comes up.
Our new Religious Education Coordinator, Mitchell Wilcox, will be with us beginning at the Water Communion on August 30th. Welcome, Mitchell!
On September 12th, the UUCG Board and the Foothills Board, along with the ministry team, will have a joint retreat. The rest of you will also soon have a chance to connect with our partners at Foothills, if you haven’t already—look for news of a social event for the two congregations together later in the fall!
We are starting a new year of Share The Plate with a different procedure. At any point in the church year, you can nominate a group that you believe we should share our plate with (and hopefully volunteer our time, as well). The general criteria is that the organization should be local, nonprofit, nonpartisan, and aligned with our values as Unitarian Universalists. There will be nomination forms available soon. Forms can be turned in to the ministry team or the Social Justice Ministry team, and those two groups will work together to map out the calendar of which group will be the recipient in each month. For September, the Share The Plate recipient will be The Children’s Garden, who we have supported before. The mission of The Children's Garden (from their website, http://www.greeleychildrensgarden.org ) is “to provide a place for children and community to connect with the earth, learn, participate, experience, and enjoy the fruits of their labor.”
The fall is always an exciting time in the church year, as we look ahead to our goals and our dreams for what we’ll do in our shared ministry over the course of the year. I look forward to continuing to get to know you, and living into those dreams with you!
Diana McLean, Assistant Minister