Our Monthly newsletter for January is ready!
Sunday January 4th- Service 10:00am
Hope Not Hell - Rev. Kelly Dignan John Murray, one of the founders of American Universalism said, “You may possess only a small light, but uncover it, let it shine, use it in order to bring more light and understanding to the hearts and minds of men and women. Give them not Hell, but hope and courage. Do not push them deeper into their theological despair, but preach the kindness and everlasting love of God.” This theology of hope is a part of the Unitarian Universalist living tradition to this day. Rev. Kelly will share John Murray’s story and help us apply a theology of hope to our own lives
Other News and Reminders
Rev. Kelly will be on vacation December 27 - January 2. Contact Dianne Culver if you have any pastoral care needs. We do have backup ministerial support from Foothills Unitarian for emergencies.
Citizens Climate Lobby
Saturday January 17 from 10:00-1:00 PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS FLIER ATTACHED
Please come and learn how we can help alter history by passing bipartisan, meaningful climate change legislation. Food will be provided during this three hour event. For more information go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org or talk to Hollis.
Save the date for our Second Annual UU Leadership Day
February 21, 2015; 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
First Universalist Church of Denver
Our theme this year is Connect and Communicate
Two featured speakers and six breakout sessions
Who should attend? Everyone serving our church in any way!
Registration will be available in early January, so stay tuned.
What's happening at the UUCG?
Wednesday December 17th
Spiritual Deepening Circle 7PM
Friday December 19th
Choir Rehearsal 7PM-8:30PM
Sunday, December 21 - Season of Light
Rev. Kelly will use our third source (Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life) to share stories about this time of year which has been the season of light and hope for thousands of years. We will also explore the seeds we wish to plant and grow for 2015. Please prepare by meditating on:
1 - a seed you will bring forth in yourself (ex: seed of patience, faith, hope, discipline, acceptance, balance, creative expression, etc. )
2 - a seed you will bring forth in your relationships (ex: seed of new partnership, appreciation, kindness, respect, passion, forgiveness, etc.)
3 - a seed you will bring forth in the world (ex: seed of peace, compassion, justice, non-judgment, etc.)
PLEASE BRING HOLIDAY GOODIES TO SHARE WITH COFFEE AFTER THE SERVICE
Monday December 22nd
There will be Christmas Caroling at Fair Acres in the dining room, Monday December 22, at 4:30 and at Bonell at 6:00 beginning in the lobby of the Towers. We would love to have anyone join us with voices or instruments. You can come to either one or both nursing homes as your schedule permits.
Tuesday December 23rd
RE Ministry Meeting 1PM
Christmas Eve Service will be December 24 at 7:00 pm. (Not 4pm as originally planned- due to too many people working on Christmas Eve) It will include the children and youth, and we will celebrate our belief: every night a child is born is a holy night.
Also- please bring Christmas Goodies to share after the service. We will also have coffee and punch.
What's Happening at the UUCG? December 10th-16th
Sunday December 14 - 10:00amWhat if No One Forgave? Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar will join us by video and question whether forgiveness is worth doing. Is it even possible? Where do we draw the line? He will introduce a process for forgiving others so that we can make a commitment to our future. Jon Erickson will share special music.
Tuesday December 16th
5:30pm- Worship Ministry Meeting
Other News and Reminders
Free to Good Homes
Building and Grounds Ministry has the following items to offer to a good home.
- 42 tan metal folding chairs
Any or all of these chairs can be yours if you arrange with Shelley Gotchey (email@example.com or 970.356.3562) to pick them up by December 20.
We are looking for more greeters to welcome members on Sunday mornings.
You will be able to direct newcomers to the Newcomer Cafe table which will be staffed by others. Really, all you have to do is offer regular attendees their name tag and an order of service. Please email Danelle Beauvais firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the Date: Christmas Eve Service will be December 24 at 7:00 pm. (Not 4pm as originally planned- due to too many people working on Christmas Eve) It will include the children and youth, and we will celebrate our belief: every night a child is born is a holy night
Christmas Tree Wishes- our annual Christmas giving.
Sign up with Marcia Free (see her in the Sanctuary after the Service) to pick out a gift you are willing to donate.
We will be giving gifts to our family, Catalina and her daughter, Lisbeth and to SEVA. The books or stuffed animals for SEVA need to be brought back to the church on Dec. 14th.
This gift will be given to a child involved in the SEVA community. SEVA is a local group of (mostly) retired teachers who work with young parents and their children. The primary focus of SEVA is to foster early literacy skills.
Multiple books and stuffed animals will be given to local children at the Children's Fiesta held on December 20th at the Rodarte Center. Your donations will help ensure that each child attending receives a literacy gift bag.
The following gifts would be greatly appreciated (in multiple quantities).
* board book for a baby (such as Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, any of the Baby Einstein touch and feel books)
* book for a toddler (such as the Dr. Seuss books, rhythmic books, simple story books)
* stuffed animal or hand puppet for baby
* stuffed animal or hand puppet for toddler
* holiday gift bag for a book and stuffed animal
At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley, we strive to grow spiritually, live meaningfully, and help heal the world. The Committee on Shared Ministry is responsible for taking the pulse of how our ministries are fulfilling that purpose. We also assess the spiritual health of the congregation. In order to do so, we will be conducting a "Heartbeat Survey." At church on December 7, 14 and 21, we will distribute a survey that includes five short questions. We ask that you complete the survey once sometime during those three weeks. If for some reason you are not able to attend church on at least one of those days, email us so that we can get you a copy of the survey. Email: email@example.com Results of the survey will be shared in the January newsletter.
Thanks in advance, Your Committee on Shared Ministry: Shelley Gotchey, Jim Shearer, Shaileen Snider.
Citizens Climate Lobby
Saturday January 17 from 10:00-1:00 PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS
Please come and learn how we can help alter history by passing bipartisan, meaningful climate change legislation. Food will be provided during this three hour event. For more information go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org or talk to Hollis. firstname.lastname@example.org 970-590-3289
Sunday December 7 10:00AM - Begin Again
Rev. Kelly Dignan will help us consider what it feels like to be forgiven, by others and ourselves. She will also explore how forgiveness requires the transforming power of courageous love, and it is required to live our first principle: honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every person (especially our own).
Save the Date: Christmas Eve Service will be December 24 at 7:00 pm. (Not 4pm as originally planned because so many people work on the day of Christmas Eve.) It will include the children and youth, and we will celebrate our belief: every night a child is born is a holy night.