What's happening at the UUCG? February 15th-21st
Tuesday, February 16th- Board Meeting 7pm
Wednesday, February 17th- Choir Rehearsal 7pm
Wednesday, February 17th- Men's Philosophical 7pm
Thursday, February 18th- Day of Remembrance Commemoration 11:45am
On February 19, 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 that led to the forced removal of more 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry to US concentration camps located in some of the most desolate areas of the country. A program commemorating this historic event and its consequences will take place on Thursday, February 18th, at UU Church 929 15th St Greeley, CO 80631 beginning at 11:45.
Along with a brief history of the incarceration, the program will focus on the true story of Jack Tono and his courageous stand for his Constitutional rights accorded to him as a US citizen. Tono became what is known as a Resistor for refusing to be drafted into the US military until his full rights as a citizen were restored to him, his family and to all the other young Japanese American men faced with being drafted from behind barbed-wire to fight for freedom and democracy.
Informational pamphlets will be available describing the history and restoration of Amache, the US WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans located in far southeastern Colorado off of Highway 50 just east of Lamar near Granada, Colorado.
Please join us to learn about this historic event that has so much relevance to the present day.
For more information, call Hollis Berendt.
Thursday, Feburary 18th- Newsletter Submissions Due 5pm
Thursday, February 18th- Grandmother's Circle 7pm
Saturday, February 20th- Citizen's Climate Lobby 11am
Sunday, February 21st- Choir Performance 9:30am call
Sunday, February 21st- Love is a Sacred Gift- Ministerial Resident Diana McLean
Every Sunday we recite our covenant, which begins, "Love is the spirit of this church." What do we mean by that? How does a religion grounded in love inform our personal relationships, and our stance on justice for loving couples and families of all kinds?
Sunday, February 21st- Getting to Know UU Class 11:30am
Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism or the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley? Considering becoming a member of this church? Ministerial Resident Diana McLean will lead a "Getting to Know UU" class from 11:30am-1pm. Anyone is welcome to attend: new visitors, regular guests considering membership, long-time embers. Come join us in a rich discussion of who we are as a faith community!
Other News and Reminders
All are invited and encouraged to come to... Holy Listening on Thursday, February 25,2016 from 3:00-5:30pm!
Our special guest, Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams, Congregational Life Staff with the UUA, will be leading us in a workshop on Holy Listening. This spiritual practice of listening with the heart, mind and soul ( to both self and other) can be used with any issue that comes up in the church, or in our personal lives to get at root Truths about what motivates us. Holy Listening answers deep questions, can be used to make decisions, or to navigate change. It has a strong use in any type of social justice work. It helps people "come alive" organically by being heard and valued. Come build the capacity for a stronger, healthier personal and church life through the spiritual practice of Holy Listening.
Holy listening will be followed by a Salad Bar Potluck from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Salad greens, dressings, bread, and drinks will be provided! Please bring salad toppings, and complements to a salad dinner.
After the potluck,there will be a Vespers Worship Service from 6:30-7:00pm!
Our Ministerial Resident, Diana McLean, will be attending a training on Congregation-Based Spiritual Direction next Monday - Wednesday, February 22-24. She will be reachable in case of emergencies, but not in the office or responding immediately to non-emergency emails on those days. She will be in the office on Thursday, the 25th, to participate in the training in "holy listening" offered to our congregation by Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams.
We have several really nice things left over from our fundraising auction on February 6th that got no bids. These will be displayed in the back of the sanctuary through February 21st. Some are actual items, others are services or events for sale. All items are HALF OFF their minimum bid (or more if you are able). Please give payment to Marcia Free, or leave a well marked payment in the church office (saying what item you took, and how much you gave for it). Thank you for your generous support of our church home!
Many of you received your 2015 pledge/donation statements at church on Sunday. The statements will be available for pick up at church again next Sunday also. On Monday, February 8, 2016 all remaining statements will be mailed to homes. Please compare the statement with your own records and let our bookkeeper, Eve Enright, know if there are any discrepancies (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
Introduction to Citizen's Climate Lobby on Monday, February 22nd at 7pm
Click HERE for an informative flyer about Citizen's Climate Lobby!
Have questions? Contact Hollis Berendt at Hollisbeth28@gmail.com.
Heartbeat Survey January 2016 Summary Results!During January of 2016 our congregation was asked to respond to the annual Heartbeat Survey.
Responses from twenty-six members were included in the tabulation of results.* The average age of respondents was 54 years. The average number of years in attendance at UUCG was 9 years. The median age of respondents was 57 years. The median number of years in attendance at UUCG was 4 years. Survey results and comments are held by the UUCG Board of Directors. Your comments on the Heartbeat Survey have been brought to the attention of the board. The board is working with the Committee on Shared Ministry to determine what changes/recommendations can be made in our congregational life based on overall results and comments.
Question One: Our church's WORSHIP services are fulfilling to me.
23% strongly agree
Over two-thirds (69%) of respondents find our WORSHIP services to be fulfilling.
Question Two: Our church's ministry to people WITHIN our congregation is effective.
4% strongly disagree
19% strongly agree
Over one-third (38%) of respondents find our church's ministry to people WITHIN our congregation to be effective.
Question Three: Our church's ministry to people, organizations and the environment OUTSIDE our congregation is effective.
19% strongly agree
Over one-half (54%) of respondents find our church's ministry to people, organizations and the environment OUTSIDE our congregation to be effective.
Question Four: Our church's COMMUNITY SPIRIT, morale, personal relationships and activities WITHIN our congregation are fulfilling.
27% strongly agree
Almost two-thirds (62%) of respondents find our church's COMMUNITY SPIRIT, morale, personal relationships and activities WITHIN our congregation to be effective.
Question Five: Our church's RELIGIOUS EDUCATION programs are providing lifelong learning, spiritual growth and development for all ages.
8% strongly disagree
23% strongly agree
Over one-half (58%) of respondents find that our church's RELIGIOUS EDUCATION programs are providing lifelong learning, spiritual growth and development for all ages.
Committee on Shared Ministry members: Jim Shearer, Shelley Gotchey
* Not all respondents answered all questions, so the total percentage will not necessarily add to 100%
Place a Service Snowflake on the Task Tree:
Please notice the task tree on the divider by the sound booth. Please put your name on a snowflake indicating where you would like to help. There are also snowflakes with no task. If there is something you'd like to do, but don't see that particular task, please write your name and the task that you would like to share. We thank you for your gifts of your time. We cannot run the church without you.
Community Member seeks realty help! Mr. Johnson wishes to sell his parents home in Greeley. Please contact him at 480-202-2445 or email@example.com if interested in helping!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Organizational meetings are starting soon! To learn more about Relay please visit http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=75255
WhaleCoast Alaska 2016
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Alaska? If so, WhaleCoast Alaska 2016 is for you! Four Alaska UU fellowships invite you to experience our eco-cultural and spiritual program next summer! See Alaska through the eyes of local UUs in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Seward, and Sitka with friendly homestays and unique tour activities. See wildlife, including moose, bears, caribou, whales, bald eagles, seals, and otters. Visit Denali National Park. Experience Native Alaskan culture. Forget the cruise ships – our program is the best way to visit Alaska! Programs led by Dave Frey, member of the Fairbanks UU congregation and Alaska travel expert. Find out more about this Alaskan trip of a lifetime. Visit www.WhaleCoastAK.org, email email@example.com, or call 907-322-4966. We would love to share our Alaska with you!
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!