What's happening at the UUCG? May 18th-24th
Monday, May 18th- Men's Philosophical 7pm
Tuesday, May 19th- Social Change Circle 11:30am
Tuesday, May 19th- Worship Ministry Meeting 5:30pm
Tuesday, May 19th- Build Your Own Theology with Rev. Kelly 7pm
Thursday, May 21st- Book Group 12pm
Thursday, May 21st- Card Sharks 7pm
Thursday, May 21st- Newsletter Submissions Due 5pm
Sunday, May 24th- Let the Rest Be Transformed- Emily Conger
We will explore the past and present of Unitarian Universalism in order to gain insights about the way forward as individuals and as a faith movement. Emily Conger is a nearly lifelong Unitarian Universalist from New Jersey, who now loves living in the Mountain West. She is an aspirant for Unitarian Universalist ministry and a student at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Emily cares deeply about youth and young adult ministry, reproductive justice, and building supportive communities.
RE: Play Sunday!
Other News and Reminders
Click HERE for the slideshow that was presented at the Congregational Meeting that was held on May 17th!
Due to the cost of ACH we can NO longer take money from savings or checking accounts. However, you can have the bank send us money and there is no charge at most banks. Sorry for any inconvenience.
Our fiscal year is coming to an end May 31st. We are happy to report that at this time, we've received most of the income that was pledged by you. There are a few folks who have not paid yet, and we are hoping you will do so in the next three weeks so that we can end the year in with a balanced budget.
The budget forum went well! Click here for the program budget for 2015-2016!
Successful Make More Magic Auction
Total income so far is $2424 with $150 promised. We had a large amount of tea donated on Sunday by a friend of the church Susie Klein. We added this to the auction items and acquired $81.75 on the tea just on Sunday. We have more tea available for donation. With Saturday nights total of $2424.00 plus $81.75 for the tea, and the $150 to be paid soon, the total will be $2655.75. We also have a few items left for sale. These Items are still available for the minimum bid:
Oak Computer Table with three shelves, two pull out, in good condition and priced to sell...........$15.00
Naturalizer Soul Shoes: Like new, black slip on size 8 medium..........$10
Clarks Artisan Shoes: Womens 8 M Black Dress shoes......................$20
Mary Kay Skinvigorate cleansing brush: Mary Kay Skinvigorate cleansing brush, for all skin types including sensitive skin. Suitable for twice face wash, morning and night. Waterproof, great for use at the sink, shower or bath, but not recommended for submerging in water. Retail value: $199.00 for auction only $50
Elemis Spa@Home Body Oil: Frangipani monoi Body Oil for hair, nails and body. Retail Value $25, for auction $10
First bid on each item is the winning bid. If you are interested in any of these items, contact Hollis by phone or email. firstname.lastname@example.org
Serving with Grace- It is time to discern how you will serve the congregation in the coming year. It takes all of us to do the work of the church, so please consider getting involved in at least one area. There are sheets of paper on the table in the foyer where you can mark your name. If you decide you want to change how you are involved, make a note to that effect on the sheets. You can also contact Rev. Kelly to discuss your gifts and brainstorm ways you can offer them to the church. Email: email@example.com
On Monday, May 18th, Men's Philosophical had five men join in on the conversation! If you would like to join them they meet every first and third Monday of each month at 7pm!
We are thrilled to be partnering with Foothills!
The board at UUCG and Foothills Unitarian have decided to partner to create a ministerial team for the coming year.
The goal for us, is to have excellence in worship every Sunday and consistency in ministerial presence. The goal for Foothills is to help spread the UU Faith. We will both benefit from “Economies of Scale” as three ministers will be in relationship with one another, and both churches. This will leave more time to spend with congregants and other ministries.
The board voted for Bill Gotchey and Hollis Berendt to be on the joint search committee with Foothills for hiring of our Lead Minister. Nancy Bowen, our district leader, will help us through the process. This first year we will explore developing a formal relationship between congregations (i.e. “dating”). We may find that we “fall in love” and want to take the next step forward in the partnership by sharing other aspects of ministry the following year, or decide to “break up.” We do believe this is a positive step toward growth of the UU faith.
Building and Grounds Ministry- The annual Spring Clean-Up Day was busy and relaxed and full of camaraderie. Many thanks to Kathy Wise, Tim Berendt, Karen Clugston, Andy Culver, Michael Free, and Shelley Gotchey. With their help, screens replaced storm windows, pew and chair bolts were tightened, window wells were cleaned out, and our red Service Committee banner was hung. Ceilings and ceiling fans were dusted, plants were tended,walls were washed, and countless mini-tasks checked off our list. High fives were exchanged and doors were locked by noon. Bravo to our Saturday morning crew!
The RE Ministry is planning for the summer. We are looking for volunteers to be guest leaders Sunday May 31- September 6. This is where you get to use your gifts with our church children. And it only requires a one-time commitment. Come lead the kids in crafts,music, games, art, social justice projects, woodworking, etc. It's your choice! There is a sign up sheet in the foyer, and we can't wait to see how you participate. Don't miss this chance to interact with our kids. Michelle Noftsker is the contact person.
Learning Space and Playground Will Transform Youth RE
The RE Ministry of 2014-2015 thanks the congregation for its loving support and financial backing. With the approval of the group, the RE Ministry will begin the outdoor learning-center and play-space transformation within the next few weeks. The space is located south from the Barbara Bowles room to the street sidewalk and from the driveway to the south entrance sidewalk. This space will have a four foot ornamental black steel fence with a gate leading to the east end door of our building. The grassy area and the tree will remain.The shrub will be removed and the iris and monarda relocated. The mulched area will be reworked with weed fabric and small, smooth gravel. We envision adding a raised garden bed and a meditation corner to the mulched area. The addition of this safe and attractive outdoor area for our youth will only magnify our positive image within the community. Thank you for this generous and principle-oriented physical representation of our commitment to each other. Additional thanks go to our members who have generously donated personal monies to this project.
If you would like to be involved in this spectacular transformation, please contact Kelly Dignan, Kathy Vaughn, or Shelley Gotchey. There are many ways to participate.
Your 2014-2015 Youth RE Ministry was comprised of Michelle Noftsker, Josette Schaffer, Marcia Free, Kelly Dignan, Kathy Vaughn, and Shelley Gotchey.
Spiritual Photography Project- We are putting together an art show consisting of your personal vision of spirituality. Imagine an object or symbolic idea of something you consider spiritual. It could be a traditional symbol or a sunrise or a laughing child or a warm embrace. It could be a rainbow or wildlife or a simple smile. It could be a place that puts you in a spiritual frame of mind. If you don't have a picture, think about what symbolizes your personal spirituality and take a picture of it. We are asking for your submission of photography or art with a short paragraph describing why it is special to you. If possible, the submission should be an 8x10 or larger framed. If not possible, submit it anyway. We'll see what we can do. We have frames available for use with the show. The show will be displayed over the summer months. The deadline has changed. Please submit to Michael Free by May 30th.
You are cordially invited to: Love, Marriage, and Beyond! The artwork of Sylvia A.Falconer displayed at Cafe Panache (821 10th Street, Greeley) Reception is on Friday, June 5th, 6 to 8pm with refreshments provided by Chef Brindisi!
July 9-12, 2015- Big Horn Mountains Annual UU Camp Out, South Fork Campground for tents and campers (15 miles west of Buffalo, WY) and South Fork Lodge, across the highway from the campground for dining, lodging, guided horseback riding, fishing and store.Reservations at recreation.gov. Search for South Fork Compground (or Lodge), Big Horn National Forest. Follow reservation prompts. More information: Rev. Leslie Kee, UU Community of Casper: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have weekly announcements you'd like to submit, be sure to email them to the Office Manager (email@example.com) by 10am on the Tuesday of the week you'd like them to be in the announcements!
Our office manager has new office hours starting this week! Meghan's new office hours include Tuesdays 5:15-7:15pm and Fridays 12-2pm.