News For The Week OF November 2nd-8th
What's happening at the UUCG? November 2nd-8th
Tuesday, November 3rd- Social Change Ministry Meeting 11:30am
Tuesday, November 3rd- Worship Ministry Meeting 5:30pm
Wednesday, November 4th- Men's Philosophical 7pm
Friday, November 6th- Religious Education Ministry Meeting 2pm
Saturday, November 7th- Citizen's Climate Lobby 11am
Sunday, November 8th- On Grace: Remaining Cheerful and Undefeated-
Rev. Howell Lind
The theme for November is grace. The message will focus on capturing those small moments of grace that abound in our lives. The sermon will utilize a literary classic as the vehicle to help each of us re-connect to the moments of grace in our lives.
Primary- Growing in Many Ways
Teachers: Mitchell Willcox and Kim Womantree
Intermediate- The Grumps (acceptance and encouragement)
Teachers: Shelley Gotchey and Michelle Noftsker
Other News and Reminders
Invitation to Adult RE at Foothills Unitarian Church
Members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greeley are invited to participate in any of the Adult RE offerings at our multi-site partner church, Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins. Click HERE to see the many wonderful options.
Do you provide support for a friend or loved one? Here is support for YOU! Many of us provide support for a friend or loved one or family member. We may not think of ourselves as a “caregiver,” and yet this support can impact many facets of our lives. In order to sustain this support, we need to seek out support for ourselves. This is what Powerful Tools for Caregivers is all about. These sessions begin October 8th at 9:30 – 11:30, running for 6 sessions, and facilitated by church members of Foothills Unitarian Church. Please contact Rev. Gretchen Haley firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or sign up here.
Candidating Week Information-
Our partner, Foothills Unitarian Church in Fort Collins, had their senior minister of 23 years retire in June, 2014. Since that time, they have been in the process of defining who they are and where they want to go with their future ministry. Several months ago they formed a search committee to begin the process that would culminate in calling their next senior minister.
Rev. Gretchen Haley, their current Associate Minister, applied for the position. The search committee unanimously voted to make her their chosen candidate. Once a candidate is chosen, they must go through a candidating week (Nov. 8-15), full of preaching and meetings with all groups of the church, plus some informal “getting to know you” sessions for the general congregation. At the end of this week the congregation will take a vote as to whether to “call” Rev. Gretchen.
The term “calling” a settled minister captures our historic UU tradition of congregation polity (individual congregational governance). Only the full membership of a UU congregation can “call” a settled minister (not the board of trustees, not any faction of the congregation, not someone outside the congregation from above telling them who will be their minister). Calling a minister implies a special bond between minister and congregation—over and above the bond that is formed when a minister is hired on contract (as Eric & Kelly were in our last two years).
While the Greeley congregation is not the one considering calling Rev. Gretchen (and therefore not voting), we will be in a position to benefit from her call IF she is chosen AND we remain in partnership with Foothills Unitarian. For this reason, Foothills would like to extend an open invitation for Greeley members & friends to attend any of the congregation-wide “getting to know you” sessions they are holding.
Monday, November 9th 6:30 - 8:30- Dessert Open House at a member's home, contact Marcia Free for address
Wednesday, November 11th 7:00 - 9:00- Open House at Karen and Jeff Harder's home, contact Marcia Free for address
Thursday, November 12th 7:00 pm Special Event: Ministering to and with our Diverse Religious Beliefs
Friday, November 13th 5:45 pm Family/Young Adult Good Luck Dinner (for Friday the 13th) at Shepherd of the Hills Fellowship Hall, 1200 S. Taft Hill Road, Fort Collins
If you have any questions or thoughts about the partnership with Foothill and Greeley, we have a liaison group comprised of Karen Harder, board member from Foothills, all three ministers and Hollis Berendt, immediate past president of UUCG. Please contact Holllis with your comments, questions or thoughts. All information will be brought to the liaison meetings.
Place a Service Leaf on the Task Tree
Please notice the task tree on the divider by the sound booth. Please put your name on a leaf indicating where you would like to help. There are also leaves 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 with out you.
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!
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