News for the Week of February 22nd-28th
What's happening at the UUCG? February 22nd-28th
Monday, February 22nd- Introduction to Citizen's Climate Lobby 7pm
Tuesday, February 23rd- Chalice Arts 7pm
Thursday, February 25th- An Extra Special Event 3pm
Huge excitement is building at UUCG for the discernment/discovery process our congregation is privileged to being going through this spring with the Rev. Jeanelyse Doran Adams, UUA congregational life staff!
Literally everyone in our beloved community will be invited into either a 1:1 conversation with a facilitator, or into a small group conversation with a facilitator (your choice). Facilitators will use the spiritual practice of Holy Listening to gather your feedback about UUCG. We are seeking to discern/discover together things like: what are you passionate about at UUCG, what makes you "come alive" at church, what are our strengths/weaknesses, what is our history, where are we going together, what could we collectively offer to our community/world?
All are invited to lend their voice to the strength of our community this spring, in order to lay the foundation for vibrancy and growth in our church's future! To kick-off this exciting process, the Rev. Jeanelyse will be with us on Thursday, 2-25-16. Please join us for any/all of the following things on that day:
3:00-5:30pm: Holy Listening Workshop: Open to all members/friends. The facilitators will be specifically using this practice to gather your feedback over the spring, but the process itself has both personal and collective applications. The more of us in beloved community who know this spiritual practice, and can apply it to our day to day congregational life, the better!
5:30-6:30pm: Salad Bar Potluck: Salad greens, dressings, bread & drinks will be provided. Please bring salad toppings, and any other complement to a salad dinner. Let's enjoy sharing a meal together!
6:30-7:00pm: Vespers Worship Service: Please come for a weeknight worship to get renewed and inspired! What a blessing to come together in love!
Note: Are you interested in deepening your connections within our community? Then maybe you would like to be a facilitator! Please contact our board president Marcia Free (email@example.com) to learn the benefits of serving our community in this way.
Sunday, February 28th- For Whom Does Your Heart Break?-
Ministerial Resident Diana McLean
Our world is full of so much hurt, and our hearts can break just watching or reading the news. What do we do with that heartbreak when we feel it? Who are we called to stand with?
Primary: Identity, freedom and a good life
Intermediate: Bonampak Mural & Guadalupe
Sunday, Feburary 28th- 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 907-322-4966. We would love to share our Alaska with you!
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