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Faith Formation Focus by Janen Wright

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABlessed Are the Children

I am looking forward to our Full Church service this month on Feb. 8th.  It is titled, “Blessed Are the Children.”  Whether or not you have children of your own, I dare say that the majority, if not all of our lives, have been touched and blessed by a child or two that we chose to love.  Another thing that we all have in common is that everyone is now or has once been a child.  Childhood is such a unique season in life and so important in shaping the people we become.  We can learn so much from children because they come naturally knowing so many important life lessons that we tend to forget, as we get older.  Indeed, it sometimes feels like we spend all our adult years trying to get back what we had and were as children.

Some of the lessons that children have to offer, (aside from the practice of patience) are how to live spontaneously, how to be in the moment, how to ask questions and have an open mind, how to imagine and dream big, how to express feelings openly, how to value happiness and play and freely give love and trust. These things tend to come so naturally to kids and if you spend any length of time with them you benefit from the exposure.

Children are not just small adults. We know more now about their developmental stages than we did in the past.   How we treat kids personally and as a society is a good measuring stick of our own health and the health of our culture.  As a society we have not always done so well by our kids.  There were laws in place to protect animals before there were laws to protect children.  However, looking at the big picture, we can be grateful that the Universalists were one of the first churches to insist on the innocence of children in an age that believed that if babies died before baptism they would go straight to hell.

I had a happy childhood and some of my favorite memories of being young lie in the realm of imagination.  As a child I had a severe speech impediment so I didn’t talk to anybody any more than I had to at school.  At recess I always went to a certain corner blocked by the wind and imagined that I was the Queen of Venus. On Venus I had two children, Lena and John, and I was married to Donny Osmond –of all people. (My Uncle was one of his producers so I figured that made him sort of mine.)  It was very exciting being the Queen of Venus because I was a  good queen and that world was very real to me.   I know this because once I lost the ring that I twisted on my finger in order to transport myself to Venus and I remember, acutely, how worried I was about the war and all that was going on in my absence.  (Happy was the day that I found my ring and saved the planet.)

As an adult if I lived in such a fantasy land I would not be a healthy person but I believe that these childhood imaginings empowered me and gave me a positive sense of self in a world where I actually didn’t really fit and had little control. Many children imagine themselves to be Super Heroes and that serves the same purpose.  Blessed are the children! Let’s celebrate the light that children and youth bring into all of our lives and look for ways to allow young people to be a bigger part of our lives if they aren’t already.   I feel very blessed to get to work with the children of UUCB and I know I speak for the teachers as well in thanking the parents of our congregation for sharing them with us.

On the Path: Intern’s Insights by Diana McLean

Diana MWe all recognize that worship is just one part of what we do together as a church. Yet it is the cornerstone of our religious community. It is what brings many people in the door for the first time (or the hundredth), and it is the part of church life the largest number of us regularly participate in. It is, if you will, the heartbeat of the church.

Worship looks different from one Unitarian Universalist church to another, and within one congregation over time. Each person has favorite parts of worship, and preferences about how we do things.

As I’ve moved around the country and been involved with congregations of varying sizes and characters, I’ve discovered my own preferences, and missed favorite details when they weren’t part of the service. (One of my preferences, for example, is ending worship in shared singing while holding hands, as we do here at UUCB.)

Some of us like to chat with friends until the service starts; others want to come into the sanctuary and sit quietly while listening to the gathering music. I lean towards the second—the sanctuary is, as the name implies, a refuge from all the busy-ness of daily life, a place to sink into a different kind of experience. A few moments of quiet are a transition into sacred space and time.

Similarly, not having announcements in the service allows us to remain in that sacred time, rather than interrupting the flow of worship for the business side of church life.

Worship is a time to go deeper than we are often asked to in the rest of our week. It’s a time to connect with my own spirit and with something larger than myself, whether I’m preaching or participating as a congregant.

It’s also a time for connection with each other. That’s something we do by having our full church community (including our kids) together at the beginning of each service; by having regular full-church services in which the kids are with us for the full hour; by affirming our covenant out loud together; and by singing together. We also connect with each other through Candles of Community, whether our joys or concerns are spoken or unspoken.

Worship, done well, engages our minds, our hearts, and our spirits. It comforts us, challenges us, inspires us. Ultimately, the gifts we give and receive during worship are more important than whether any of us get to have worship exactly the way we want it to be. This, like so much else in church life, is part of how we live out our covenant, walking together whether or not we agree on every detail.

Come, let us worship together.

Membership Matters

barbWe honor members, friends, visitors

 Our thoughts and good wishes continue to be with:  During December we received a card and letter from former longtime member, Vic Barnard’s family in Florida.  He has relocated from his Son’s home, into a care facility.  They were able to secure respite care for Vic while they were on a vacation.  Upon their return, they found Vic had adjusted well to his new surroundings, taking on a “leadership” role among his peers.  Victor is now a resident of Emeritus Senior Living (ESL).  It has worked out well for the three of them.  ESL is located 1 1/2 miles from their home so they are able to spend time with him almost every day.  He will celebrate his 92nd birthday April 2015.  He loves to get mail:  Lt. Col. Victor Barnard, Emeritus, Rm 121, 150 Mariner Health Way, St. Augustine, FL  32086.  For all the other thoughts that are left unsaid, and unknown to me, but are being held in hearts.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Kristyn Christman-McCarty graduated from CU with her Masters of Music the end of December.  She was invited to sing the Alma Mater at her commencement exercises!  Jenny Fitt-Peaster celebrated her 65th birthday on Sunday, December 21st, and her family called her our “Winter Princess”.  Darla Anderson, daughter of Lois and Dan Anderson, is now a Full Professor of Geography, at The Ohio State University.  Heather Ogren who received her Masters of Library Science, from Emporia State in Kansas. 

Random Thoughts:  Recently I talked about many changes that have occurred — as I am also a member of our Search Committee — I understand full well that soon real change will happen at the UU Church of Boulder.  For a short walk through my history at UUCB (starting in 1982) I want to explain why I call myself an Institutional Unitarian Universalist.  I became President of the Board, for the first time, in June 1993 after the departure of our Minister (Forrest Whitman).  Our congregation and my Board were split down the middle, and it is safe to say that emotions were high!  It was during this period that I was struck with the importance of UUCB, and what it has meant to my life, and why!  I realized that as much as you love, or dislike. a Minister — they are not the Church!   I have already experienced eleven different Ministers in my life as a UU.  Following Forrest’s departure, Fred and I committed ourselves to “keeping these Church doors open”!  To keep this community functioning, and to be open and welcoming for everyone who stayed, who returned, or has joined since — now and into the future.  Rev. Stan Stefancic stressed, to us the importance of  “staying at the table” when conflict or change arises.  Through the years people have left, but others have returned.   Fred and I always try to greet everyone warmly at our Greeter’s Table, and extend a true and sincere “Welcome”.  We have all worked hard to become the Church we are today.  We have “walked the walk” with Rev. Howell K. Lind, and I will be forever grateful to him for what we are today! When I was on the last Search Committee I knew in my heart that he had the skills to move us forward. Being on the current Search Committee, I hope I will again know in my heart, who can take us beyond our wildest dreams.  We have “Broken Through”, and I am excited to see what is next to happen.  It is up to all of us!


With Love & Care, Barb

Second Annual Front Range UU Leadership and Technology Conference

February 21, 2015  8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Early bird pricing through January 31
Join with UUs from across Colorado and Wyoming to share, learn, and deepen your faith
Designed for anyone involved in the church in any way
Last year we had 110 people from 13 congregations, and folks raved about how great it was to be together.  It helped all our Leadership Development Councils offer support to current volunteers and cultivate new ones.  This is our chance to do that again!
Thanks in advance for spreading the word.
Rev. Kelly Dignan
Living into Covenant Project Facilitator

Inquiring Minds Book Group

Book GroupThe Winter quarter book for discussion will be I Promise Not To Suffer: A Fool for Love HIkes the Pacific Crest Trail, by Boulder author Gail Storey. The session will run for three weeks (a fourth could be added, if desired) on Monday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30, February 2, 9, and 16. As a special treat, the author will join us for our conversation on Feb. 16.

Gail’s third book, I Promise Not to Suffer: A Fool for Love Hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, has won multiple awards.
Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, writes: “Witty, wise, and full of heart, Gail Storey’s winning memoir of her hike on the Pacific Crest Trail at the age of fifty-six is a book for every one who ever dreamed of taking the road less travelled. I Promise Not to Suffer is as inspiring as it is hilarious, as poignant as it is smart. It’s one of those oh-please-don’t-let-it-end books. I’d carry it in my backpack anywhere.”

Beside the physical challenges Gail writes about, there are also themes of spiritual and personal growth, the inspiration of nature, marriage, aging parents, and the occasional life-and-death situation. Get your book and please join us to read and discuss this wonderful book.
We’ll read through page 71 for the first session on Feb. 2.

Sign-up in advance at the Adult Lifelong Learning Classes table at coffee hour.

Welcoming Congregation Meeting

Gay PrideThe WC Committee will meet on Sunday, February 1, about 12:45, in the RE wing. Food to snack on is welcome! We will be finalizing our calendar for the spring and perhaps into the fall. All are welcome to attend the meeting. We try to keep our meetings to one hour or less. We are looking for a committee chair or a team to chair the group.

The Welcoming Congregation (WC)  is an official program of the UUA, originally planned to make UU congregations more welcoming to people in the gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities. Today, we also particularly include transexuals as well as members of any group that experiences discrimination at times. This program began more than ten years ago, and UUCB was one of the first congregations in Colorado to receive official recognition as a “Welcoming Congregation.” We had to complete many educational activities and other requirements, such as updating our by-laws to make them gender neutral. We are now beginning the process to renew our Welcoming Congregation status. We are planning to put a rainbow flag outside of our building where passersby will see it and recognize that we are friendly to gays as well as all other people. And we hope to have an adult education class to address the issues faced by GLBTAIQ* people. Join us on February 1 to think about other ways we can show that we are welcoming.


*Note:  Previously we used initials in our committee name, but it is too many letters now, as we seek to be as inclusive as possible, so we have defaulted to “Welcoming Congregation.” GLBTAIQ is quite a mouthful! It stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, asexual, intersexed, and queer. We’ll tell you how some of these terms are defined and provide you with some other WC vocabulary words in future newsletter articles. Stay tuned!

PRISM Dinner

PRISMOn Tuesday, February 3, UUCB will provide dinner for members of the Progressive Really Inclusive Student Ministry (PRISM) near CU. We need volunteers to cook or purchase parts of the planned meal. No is expected to bring more than one dish to feed 6 to 8 people (although you can contribute more, if you like). There will be items that can be prepared or purchased early and brought to UUCB on Sunday, Feb. 8.  Other items may be picked up or delivered to a UUCB home near UUCB (the church office is closed on Tuesdays). We can reheat things at PRISM that evening. Look for the sign-up sheet on the front counter at UUCB on February 1.

February Tea House

Sunday, February 15, Laurie Duncan invites us all for tea and conversation from 3 to 5 p.m. She lives near UUCB. Laurie has a lovely home with many items from her world travels. Bring finger food to share.

February Circle Supper

circle supperOn  Saturday, February 7, Helene and Jon Bond invite us to a traditional pot luck dinner at 6 p.m. at their central Boulder home. Bring something you like—if we all bring desserts, we’ll have a sweet evening! They will not be trying coordinate the meal!!!! Sign up at UUCB or call them. Seating is limited.

Annual UUCB Cake Auction March 15

cake2Mark your calendars:  it’s time for the annual UUCB cake auction in support of the front range UU ninth grade trip. This year we have 2 UUCB youth attending the trip, Sophie Hughes, and Ali Burgess. Get on your creative baking caps and join us March 15 at noon in the Earth Room, to buy yummy cakes and baked goods to support this annual trip to the Hopi and Navajo reservations. Questions? Contact Lisa Hughes.

Sunday Forum: Gender, Sexuality, and Faith

Nichole Garcia2February 15, 2015

Location: UUCB

Doors Open: 6:30pm

Program 7:00pm

Free of Charge – Open to All

Topic: “Gender, Sexuality, and Faith”

Presenter: Nicole Garcia (

Nicole Garcia has facilitated workshops and participated in panels concerning gender identity and spirituality in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Houston, San Francisco, Nashville, Duluth, Minneapolis, and throughout the Denver/Boulder area. Nicole has a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. Nicole is in private practice at Nicole Garcia Counseling, LLC, in Longmont CO.  Nicole is also a pro bono mental health clinician at the Gender Identity Center of Colorado.  Nicole has been granted entrance to candidacy to ordained ministry in the ELCA and is pursuing a Master of Divinity through the Distributed Learning Program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN.

Reception and Meet & Greet in Sky Room following the presentation.

For Information Call UUCB @ 303 494 0195 or Forum Chair @ 720 987 3288

UUCB Community Garden’s 5th Season!

gardenBack in 2011, the idea for a garden on the premises arose from the group looking at Green Sanctuary certification.  Using some of our unused land to grow fresh produce and herbs was a way to apply locavore philosophy, i.e. lowering carbon footprint by eating local food, in line with a sustainability focus and more green or eco-consciousness.   Last year we had abundant crops and were able to donate to the Community Food Share warehouse, where local non-profit organizations shop for their constituents in need.   These are some of the ways our delightful prolific community-building beautiful earthy green glowing jewel of a church garden connects to and reflects our church’s social justice values.  And, it’s fun! 

We gather together soon to start off another gardening year.  We are always looking for more people to join us, with or without any gardening experience.  It’s a great way to way to learn from others, and to learn by doing.   It takes many hands to make it a success, and there are many way to be involved.  Some people show up for workdays for camaraderie and community, some are gaining experience and tips to apply to their own gardens, others enjoy the dirt and plants they can’t have at home.   We will be reviewing last year’s experiences, decide on which plants this year, and make plans for planting seedlings soon, preparing the soil, putting in a drip line system, and establishing a schedule of shared leadership.  This year we will be finding new ways for our children to be involved, including their own small area to work. 

We will have a handout and signup sheet during coffee hour at the Climate Change/Green Sanctuary table.  Our efforts are cooperative, each person doing what they have time to do. Every person who works on the garden is welcome to take home whatever produce they can use. The remainder is made available to the congregation at coffee hour or for CFS donations.

Our next meeting will be on Sunday Feb 8 from 12-1 pm.  If you have an interest but cannot attend, or wish to be put on the mailing list for updates/schedules, or have any questions, please contact Deb Hoff.

Images from Wise Elder Luncheon in January

Tessa Davis was the speaker for UUCB’s Wise Elder Luncheon in January. Tessa is our church’s defacto historian/archivist who spends 2 hours each week with fellow member and archivist, Ginny Black, organizing and inventorying the church’s growing number of documents and photos.  Tessa and Ginny developed and presented a slide show  highlighting church events, celebrations, buildings decor/additions and photos of past members of the congregation who are no longer with us.Wise Elders Jan 2015 010

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January 2015 Worship Schedule

full church01/04         “We Begin Again In Love”

Diana McLean, Ministerial Intern

01/11         “Beyond King: 50 Years Hence”

                  Rev. Alicia Forde, UUA Professional Development Director

  01/18         “What Do We March For?”

Diana McLean, Ministerial Intern        

01/25         “Instructions Not Included”

Rev. Howell K. Lind, Developmental Minister


Foster Parent Night Out

Sophie and BabyIn the month of December, we focused on children and how we, as a religious community and as individuals, can help meet the needs of children in our community and beyond. One way we could do this locally is to become one of the churches that takes turns hosting the Foster Parent Night Out, in which churches provide childcare while foster parents get a much-deserve night off. Please talk to  Diana McLean, our Ministerial Intern, to learn more.

January Share-Our-Plate: There with Care

Share Our PlateThere With care is honored to receive the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder’s Share-Our-Plate contribution for the month of January, 2015! There With Care’s mission is to provide a wide range of thoughtful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. They serve families referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care. There With Care families receive services during the critical phase of a medical crisis. The timeframe for services is unique to the circumstances of each individual family and is determined by the Program Coordinators and the medical Social Workers.  When a patient is transitioned into maintenance or has moved from the critical phase of their treatments, the family is transitioned from services. This allows services to be moved to other families going through a medical crisis.


Path to Membership Class Set For January 2015

path3Interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism or about the process of becoming a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder?

There will be a two session Path to Membership class, from 12:00 pm until 1:30 pm, on Sunday, January 18th and Sunday, January 25th.

For those who, after participating in this Path to Membership class  wish to formally join our religious community, there will be a Welcoming of New Members at the 10:30 am Worship Service on February 1st.

Attending this class does not commit one to joining the church, but it is an opportunity for those who want to know about UUCB and Unitarian Universalism to then make the decision of whether or not to formally affiliate with UUCB.  A sign up sheet for those interested in attending will be at the church office in the weeks preceding the first class.  If childcare is needed so that you might attend these Path to Membership sessions, please let the church office know so that child care can be provided.

The Path to Membership sessions are a great way to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and to better understand what our church in Boulder is working to accomplish in the lives of our members and in the larger community.








Faith Formation Focus by Janen Wright

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADoesn’t 2015 have a certain ring to it? Those numbers in that order represent a new beginning, a clean slate, the birth of a year that has not yet been lived.  I can’t help but think of all the adventures and possibilities that are in store for us this year– both for our church family and for each of us as individuals.  There are big things to experience this year as we continue to pursue the lofty visions that we cherish as Unitarian Universalists.  We might have a new minister before the year is out. Consider all the new people who will walk through our church doors and could become part of our lives.  And there are small pleasures to anticipate as well –like new books to read, new movies to watch, new recipes to try and new places to see…  

A new year always makes me want to be better.  Setting goals gives me a thrilling sense of moving forward. However, one year I realized that the same goals made it on my list every single year. I couldn’t tell one year from the next.  I’ve heard it said that,  “this years’ resolutions are last years’ confessions,” so I don’t think I’m unique in this regard.  I know from experience that at any gym in any city you find a surge of enthusiastic exercisers in January that show up for about three weeks before the class size returns to normal.  We all want to do and be better –but then life crowds in.  I’m not against goal setting, there is a place for it, but I have found a New Year practice that really resonates with me and has the advantage of actually making a difference.  I encourage you to give it a try.

One way to honor the potential of a new year and to honor where you are at the present time in your life is to assign the year a focus.  Deciding what the year is going to be about for you can become a gentle guide in a lot of the choices you make.  Plus, it gives the year a flavor all it’s own.  Think of what you want experience more of in your life and name it in simple terms. You can do this as a family and vote on a joint focus (good luck), or as partners, or on your own.  For example, the year before I moved to Colorado I decided my focus would be “give back” because I felt I had received a lot of support and encouragement from those around me.  That year I trained to be on call as an advocate for domestic violence victims, I volunteered to be a room mother and I even enlisted the help of my kids to provided meals for the homeless shelter now and again.  I also tried my hardest to substitute for other aerobic teachers when they were ill because subs were hard to come by at our gym.  I might have accepted these challenges if “give back” hadn’t been my focus— but I doubt it.  After all, you catch more fish if you actually have a line in the water than if you’re standing on the bank just watching them jump.

What focus would excite you this year?  Obviously if you’re feeling burned out “give back” is not going to have much appeal. Maybe you want to practice being more present in the moment or savoring small pleasures and achievements.  Maybe you would like to be a more playful or a more joyful person.  Maybe you are ready to dare to dream on a bigger scale than you usually do or commit the time it requires to discover a new talent or help someone who is trying to do what you have already accomplished? Maybe you want to be more demonstrative with your affection or more verbal of your appreciation, even to those you don’t know. (One year I wrote to a number of my favorite authors to thank them for the influence they had on my life! That was fun.)  My teen-age daughter told me tonight that her focus this year is going to be ‘act as if you count.’  I am impressed.

The sky is truly the limit when it comes to finding a focus that is worthy of a new year.  (That’s why I am still mulling it over.)  Take some thought.  Decide what focus speaks to your heart.  Your taking a stand will start things in motion and allow you to feel less fragmented, more centered.  And, at the end of the year you can have the pleasure of looking back to see how your focus shaped your experience and added, in a positive way, to your life and the lives of those around you.

Happy New Year!  I am so glad we get to continue on this journey together.

Janen Wright       Lifespan Faith Development Director

On the Path: Intern’s Insights by Diana McLean

Diana MWhen I interviewed with Howell for this internship, he talked to me about a shift that needs to happen for ministerial interns. By the midpoint of our internship year, interns should start to see ourselves as ministers rather than students. By the end of the year, we should know that we are ministers. At the time, I thought I understood what he meant.

As Howell and others have said, ministerial formation is a lifelong process–we learn and grow all through our ministries. But here, at this Boulder Church, is where I am taking the first big steps in that learning. This is where I have begun to feel what’s meant by a term we seminarians hear so often, “ministerial presence.”

At the Standing on the Side of Love service at the Capitol in September, when I represented UUCB with Howell, I was recognized as clergy in the context of that service. I was proud to be there representing the Boulder Church, but still felt like a student.

Between my first sermon in August and my most recent one in December, I’ve felt a shift in how I preach. I arrived here with years of lay preaching experience, mostly at a small fellowship in North Idaho. I loved that small community, and it was there that I recognized my “Call” to ministry.

Now, I’m serving this strong congregation, preaching to a receptive congregation with high standards and a history of teaching interns who become incredible ministers. One of the reasons I wanted this particular internship at UUCB was that I knew I’d be both challenged and supported to grow into the best minister I can be.

When I was in Idaho, I was a monthly guest speaker. Here, I am growing from a student minister into a minister. This congregation’s commitment to being a teaching church is a huge part of that growth, and I feel such gratitude for you. I preached in November about the spiritual practice of gratitude–you might be surprised how many times this community shows up in my list of “thankful fors.”

Here at UUCB, I’m starting to feel more and more connected to my own authentic ministerial presence, and to you as a supportive congregation. It literally feels different in the pulpit nowadays. I feel more powerful, more empowered. After my December 14th sermon, that feeling was so strong that hours later I was still saying (out loud!) how awesome it was, how exhilarating it felt.

I was also delighted that a rapid exchange of emails started that afternoon by a few of you who responded with enthusiasm to the idea that we should consider having a “Black Lives Matter” banner displayed outside our church. A week later, I’m hearing that we’ll have the banner before the end of the year. I’m so proud of this congregation for the way we take action (following all the right procedures) when we are moved.

So here we are, nearly halfway through the church year and my internship, and I can feel the shift that Howell talked about last spring. I can feel myself showing up more and more in the role of minister–and not only in the pulpit.

As the connection between us has deepened, some of you have reached out to me for pastoral care. It is this, as much as anything else, that has helped me feel like your minister rather than a student. I recognize the trust you put in me when you come to me with concerns or challenges. Thank you for that gift.

There is so much more growth and learning for me to accomplish in the remaining time of this ministerial internship. I know that being the Ministerial Intern here at UUCB will be one of the most important learning experiences of my journey toward becoming the best Unitarian Universalist minister that I can become.

Membership Matters by Barb Richards

barbWe honor members, friends, visitors

Our Thoughts and Good Wishes continue to be with:  Rosemary Lohndorf and her parents John and Lilo Fowler.  Her Father is recovering from knee surgery done in November, and her Mother is dealing with health issues as well.  Jean LaDue and Betty Skipp as Jean’s Mother, Marjory LaDue, age 99 died November 25th.  Jean and Betty spent several days in Wisconsin attending to her funeral and other matters.  Jenny and Hilton Fitt-Peaster, Becky, Thad and Fox Martin, and all the rermaining family on the death, December 13th of Jenny’s Mom, Martha Kappel, age 90.  She had been in hospice care, for over 14 months, with the continued support of Ed Baker, her partner for over 20 years.  A Celebration of her Life will be held April 17, 2015 at UUCB.

Congratulations, Good Luck, Blessings, and Thanks to:  Last month Josie Heath, President of the Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, and a member of UUCB, gave the closing remarks at a White House ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of Community Foundations in America.  Recent new members, Emily Valerio and John Bertin became engaged (ask to see her ring, John designed it)! Steve and Heidi Todd are delighted and proud that their oldest granddaughter Lauren, a Senior at the University of Colorado, was awarded her Phi-Beta-Kappa key, last month.  Karen Morgan has downsized, having recently moved into 795 square foot condo. Karen is especially proud that she has reduced her own carbon footprint.

Random Thoughts:  When you are re-thinking your New Year’s resolutions, hopefully volunteering at your/our Church will be on your “To Do” list.  Have you noticed that families with children have been greeting you on Sunday mornings?  My special thanks to The Martin Family, The Wheeless/Rowe Family, The Hughes Family, The Weinstein Family and The Raschke Family as they have been covering the same Sunday every month since September.  They made this commitment, as a result of their participation in Family Matters.  The Young Adults are the awesome Coffee Hosts the first Sunday of every month!  Last, but far from least, Ellen and Don Lilley have committed to be our Ushers the first Sunday of each month.  Julie and Bob Ford, have said they will Usher, every fourth Sunday, of the month.  A pledge of service can be as satisfying, as a pledge of money.  We always need 6-8 volunteers each Sunday for Ushering, Coffee set-up, Coffee clean-up and Sound (Caitlin Moore is terrific in coordinating these people) for our services.  The training and procedures (or as Dan Anderson says “the Methodism”) are in place to make it really easy for YOU.  Please find something YOU want to do, can commit to doing regularly, and that is comfortable for YOU to do.  Then say “YES” to that — or at least say “YES”, when asked!

With Love & Care, Barb

Family Matters Potlucks

Family Matters is a group at UUCB dedicated to building a thriving family community and ministry. Join us for one of our many events to connect, learn and grow with other families.

Get to know other families over bi-monthly, family friendly dinners at UUCB members’ homes. Contact Whitney Wheeless for RSVP information including address details and to sign up for appetizer, main dish, salad, side dish, or dessert. Bring your own beverages to share.

  • January 10 (Saturday), 5:30-9 pm
  • March 7 (Saturday), 6-9 pm




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