What's happening at the UUCG? April 4th-10th
Tuesday, April 5th- Brown Bag Lunch with Diana 12pm
Tuesday, April 5th- Worship Ministry Meeting 5:30pm
Wednesday, April 6th- Choir Rehearsal 7pm
Wednesday, April 6th- Men's Philosophical 7pm
Sunday, April 10th- Bad Guys- Rich Young
A child's question, "What do bad guys look like?" prompts deeper questions. How are we, as heirs to the heritage of Universalism and the seven UU principles, to make sense of evil? What is our answer when we encounter it?
Primary: Families are different with Mitchell Willcox
Sunday, April 10th- The Power of Covenant Class One 11:30am
Class one of a four-session Adult Religious Exploration Class called "The Power of Covenant," adapted from a curriculum by Rev. Kelly Dignan by the same name. Class One will focus on the History of Covenant in Unitarian Universalism.
Other News and Reminders
Everyone please sign up NOW for our Cottage Meetings: Our church is extremely blessed to be able to work with the Rev Jeanelyse Doran Adams, a UUA Congregational Life Consultant who specializes in helping churches become vibrant, mission-driven communities. She has trained a team of facilitators at UUCG who are now in the process of holding cottage meetings for ALL members/friends to share their longings/desires/hopes/dreams for this congregation. Our collective voice is strongest and most representative when EACH and EVERY ONE of us is able to share! Come tell us your heart's desires for this congregation. The information from this Listening Campaign will be used to discern a path forward. Please participate in our Discernment/Discovery Process! What you think matters!The questions you will be answering during the Cottage Meetings include:
1. Connect to a time you were passionate, connected, inspired or alive in the congregation. One where you felt really moved, or that was particularly memorable. What was happening, who was there, how did you feel, what was memorable? What do you value most about that experience?
2. What are your personal longings or desires for the UU Church of Greeley? How could you imagine being fulfilled by helping to make that happen?
3. Imagine a time 3-5 years from now when our congregation is coming together to celebrate. We are celebrating the fulfillment of dreams that originally began during this current time, maybe even in these meetings. What might we be celebrating? Who would benefit from the fulfillment of these dreams?
Sign up sheet is in front of the name tags in our church foyer. Or speak to Marcia Free (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need a different time or a one-on-one meeting to be heard.
Available times are:
1. Tuesday, April 5 (today) from 7:00 to 8:30pm
2. Sunday, April 10 from 11:30 to 1:00pm
Pledge Canvass: Did you know that pledging to our church (promising an amount of financial support for our upcoming fiscal year beginning June 1, 2016) helps us determine what types of services we can offer? Our planning for the upcoming year is determined by total pledges received. Please help us plan to fulfill our collective heart's desires!
Our goal is $59,500 in pledges. We are pleased to announce that we are HALFWAY there!! Huge gratitude to those of you who have already announced your intention to support this church financially!
Please return your completed pledge card to the big red box for completed cards located to the right of our name tags in the church foyer, mail it back to the church, or email Marcia Free (board president) with your pledge (email@example.com).
Help us make the flame our heart-shaped chalice graphic reach the top of our goal of $59,500 in pledges for our upcoming fiscal year! Thank you!!
Serving With Grace: Donations of time and talent are also greatly appreciated for our upcoming fiscal year. We have varied areas where we are seeking volunteers to do church work which helps us fulfill the mission of the church (the real work of the church is to fulfill our mission----to grow spiritually, live meaningfully, and help heal our world). Please mindfully consider the areas listed just inside the entrance to our sanctuary on the red felt board, and sign up wherever your heart calls you to! Click HERE to see the sign up sheet to see where your heart lies and sign up on the bulletin board in the back of the Sanctuary. Thank you in advance.
"It's a Fiesta! Mexican Dinner and Dance at UUCG on Friday, April 22nd
Come share a great meal and entertainment. Invite your friends and family. All are welcome to this joyful family friendly event. Click HERE for the event flier! Please share with your friends and family!
Diana's Travel Schedule
Many of you know already that our Ministerial Resident, Diana McLean, will be traveling to the Unitarian Universalist Association Headquarters in Boston later this week for her appointment with the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. She will be in Boston from Thursday, April 7 through Sunday, April 10th.
All three members of our Greeley-Foothills ministerial team (Diana, Rev. Gretchen Haley, and Rev. Howell Lind) will be attending the Mountain Desert District's ministerial retreat in Santa Fe next week. Diana will be there from Tuesday, April 12 to Friday, April 15th. She will resume her normal office hours on Tuesday, April 19th.
During both of these trips, Diana will have limited access to email. She will be reachable by cell phone during most of the time she is away, in case of emergency, and will respond to non-emergency messages upon her return.
Judith Meyers remains in our local hospital under the care of Hospice. She is on the 5th floor in room C-545. Her spirits are good and she enjoys visitors. Liza is meeting with home care providers over the next few days to make plans to move her home within the next couple of weeks. We, her church family, hold her in our hearts and send positive thoughts her way.
A Note from Membership Ministry and Treasurer
This is just a note to clarify that according to our bylaws, to be a member of UUCG one must sign the membership book and pledge monetarily each year. Non-members are no less welcome here, but there are a few privileges reserved for membership under our bylaws. Membership allows one to vote at the annual Congregational Meeting each spring, and at other times that a vote of the membership is required; to recieve the UU World Magazine; to be chairperson of a ministry group; and/or to serve on the Board. If you have signed the membership book in a previous year but are not currently pledging, you are a treasured friend, but not a member. If you'd like to be a current member but the financial component is a hardship, please contact Ministerial Resident Diana McLean to discuss options. The Membership Ministry thanks you all for your time, talent and treasure. All of you, members and friends, are vitally important to our church!
Foothills is offering an Enneagram class that they would like to invite many from the community to attend! This class will be taught by Rev. Holly Heuer- adjunct facult at Iliff School of Theology. Certified Enneagram Instructor. Click HERE for the flier with information about the class!
In recognition of Women's month (March) Chalice Arts has installed an exhibit by our Minister Emeritus, Rev. Sylvia Falconer of collages and a few paintings entitled "All Women plus a few Men". All of these pieces except one are for sale. If you are interested in buying please contact Judy Meyers or Meghan, making your check out to the church. We will keep 10%. All work must remain up until the end of the exhibit which will be April 25. Hope you enjoy the show!
UUCG Pagan Circle
The UUCG Pagans group invites you to celebrate Beltane with us! Sunday May 1st at Glenmere Park. We will start setting up around 12 noon with a short ritual, food drink, music, and merriment to follow around 1. This is a family friendly event. Please bring food and/or drink to share. For more detail please email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weld County Relay for Life 2016 is Saturday June 4th 2016. It is a wonderful community event to raise funds for the American Cancer Association. It is also a wonderful way to deepen our presence in our community. If anyone is interested in participating and being a part of a team please contact Danelle Beauvais by email email@example.com. Organizational meetings are starting soon! To learn more about Relay please visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=75255
Who Wants a Vacation?
I do, and I’d love for you to join me for the Western Unitarian Universalist Life Festival aka WUULF, at the Ghost Ranch in beautiful northern New Mexico, June 20-26. The theme for this year is “Fun, Facts and Faith.” We will have three theme speakers: Camilla Dodson, the daughter of a Lesotho chief will bring the Fun; Sherry Burr, an expert on international law will bring the facts; and Nathan Mesnikoff, UU minister and director of spiritual care and volunteer services at Memorial Hospital, will bring the faith
In addition to the theme speakers, our own WUULFies offer plenty of fun, crafty, educational, and thoughtful workshops. We gather every morning for spiritual centering with our camp minister, Beth Chronister, and again in the afternoon for social hour where we share fellowship over food and spirits of the liquid kind. Throughout the day, you can choose to attend workshops, hike the epic landscape of Ghost Ranch, or just kick back under the Wisdom Tree. We will play games, tell stories, tie dye, drum, dance and sing throughout the week.
If you have school age kids, WUULF is a fantastic opportunity to spend time as a family, and also enjoy some grown-up time while the young ones are in their own programs.
Registration is now open for WUULF 2016 and will remain open until May 1 or until camp fills. Scholarships are available. Check out our website WUULF.org for more information and registration forms. Please feel free to contact me if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org 970-224-5443
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