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Unitarian Universalist

Church of Cheyenne

A community of refuge where all have equal worth and are invited into spiritual exploration as a foundation for: 

hope. compassionate service. action. 


Whose Church Is It, Anyway? 

Another installment of UU FAQ! Whose church is this, anyway?! In other words, who is in charge? And what does our Unitarian Universalist theology and history teach us about who gets to make important decisions about the future and direction of our church? And how can this help us live more fully into our mission? Join us to explore these questions!

All are welcome!

Want to join us in person on Sunday? We gather at 10 am for worship in our sanctuary at
3005 Thomes Avenue, and masks are optional. 

Want to join us virtually for worship? We will gather on Zoom at 10:00 am for worship!

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UUCC  &#39’s next chance to support Family Promise is July 3-10. Once again, the best way for us to help provide meals for the families is through donations. The families will not receive money but will be issued food cards. You can donate online at https://familypromiseofcheyenne.org/donate180-club/ or by sending a check to Family Promise, 2950 Spruce Dr, Cheyenne, WY 82001.  Please indicate you are a member or a friend of UUCC. Family Promise has purchased a house and is in the process of furnishing and decorating. Donations such as a dining table/chairs or living room furniture will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in donating items or money to make the house a home, contact their main office at (307) 772-8770. Want to learn more about Family Promise &#39’s 2021 impact on our community? Check out their impact fact sheet here!

                                                               Coffee Hour!

 Please consider becoming a zoom volunteer.
For a couple of hours, once or twice a month, you can provide live streaming of the UU services for those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend.
If you can help contact Mike at  
uucc_livestream@uucheyenne.org or 307-421-4819

                                               Thank you!


We are pleased to announce that our new online giving platform is ready for use!  You can securely give from our website at uucheyenne.org/give or via text message [text UUCC to 73256].  You can even create an account to set up recurring donations, view your giving history and use our free mobile app.  If you’d like to set up an account, please contact bookkeeper@uucheyenne.org and we will send you an invitation to join our online community.




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Join us NEXT Sunday, July 17, 2022 

 Worship at 10:00 am 
Reverend Hannah’s last Sunday service 
potluck celebration afterward 

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Please remember, if you need to schedule a meeting on Zoom, please email administrator@uucheyenne.org to schedule use of the congregation’s Zoom. As a reminder, Tamra is in the physical office on Wednesdays and Sundays, and also working remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please leave enough time for your meeting to get scheduled. 
  1. If you are leading a meeting on Zoom, you will need to get the Host Key from Tamra in order to claim your role as the meeting host. You can go to this YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=820HxmviHfA and watch the first minute and a half to see how to use the claim host function on Zoom. 
Sunday Mornings with UU Cheyenne

This Sunday, September 13

As we dive deeper into our Centering Questions for each week, we’re excited to dig into this week’s question: How can our shared past be a source of renewal without defining us?  

There are lots of ways to engage around this question! There’s a story on our Facebook page, videos & more on our Padlet page, and on Friday our next episode of our UUCC podcast will come out! On Sunday, our Zoom worship service will take us even deeper into wrestling with this question and mark our annual Water Communion and Ingathering. 

In the meantime, if you need musical inspiration, give this song a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AkGk5maD8Q

Join us in our usual Zoom room {link below} at 10 am MDT for fellowship and an opportunity to hear from reps from Grace for 2 Brothers, our Share the Plate partner for the month of September. 


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Check out Rev. Hannah’s update for fall!

She wants to connect with each and every one of you that she can. Scheduling information is in the letter:


Soul Matters

It’s here! Our packet for the month of September is available at  https://uucheyenne.org/uucc-fall-program/, and while you’re there you can find a link to our Padlet site with videos, stories, interactive activities and more! Padlet is available as an app for your mobile device, or you can use it through a web browser. Think of it as an interactive bulletin board for all of the cool things in our monthly packet! If you requested a hard copy of the packet, it will be in the mail today! 

Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave 

*** If you would like to sign up for a hard copy of the packet, the link is also on our website, given above***

Lauren Danley invites any and all of the UUCC community to join her for Sunday Zoom services in Lions Park.

We will maintain social distancing!!   Bring your phone (or other device to link with Zoom), lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks and Zoom from the park.

Meet under the tree off of South Lions Park Drive.  This is across the street from the Botanical Gardens, near the parking lot behind the urban forestry building.  The park bathrooms are available.  Lauren will be there weather permitting about 9:30 AM.

If you would like to donate to Share the Plate, please check out our website page for Online Giving at https://uucheyenne.org/online-giving-now-available/
or you can mail a check to UUCC 3005 Thomes Ave. Cheyenne, WY 82001. Please be sure to note on the memo line that it is for Share the Plate. Thank you!
Pouring the Waters 
Join us on Saturday morning from 9-11 in front of UUCC for an opportunity to pour waters for our annual Water Communion and In-gathering. Bring water from your kitchen sink, your favorite creek, or we’ll have extra for you to use! We’ll pour them together to create our holy waters for the coming year.

You can also check out hymnals to use at home during Zoom worship this fall!
See you (in your mask) on Saturday morning! 
As many of you know, we changed the locks in April in order to better control access to the building once we closed it to public use. In July, we moved to allowing certain employees and essential volunteers access to the building. However, the building is still closed to general use. 

In order for those employees and essential volunteers to work safely, any access of the building needs to be announced and preferably cleared ahead of time. In order to coordinate cleaning/airing out areas that have been used, and to allow for those employees and essential volunteers who are maintaining quarantine standards to be made aware, please notify the administrator if you are going to be in the building.  Please email the date, times, and number of people who will be in the building (approx) to administrator@uucheyenne.org. 

This applies to all use, including repairs and installations. Please understand, entering the building and using any of the facilities without letting anyone know puts any employee and volunteer who enter afterwards at risk.  Thank you for your assistance and understanding with this.  

Please join us on Padlet at https://uuccfaithdevelopment.padlet.org/UUCCDFD/pxukrgutcnbezukj

The Password is UUCCRocks.

Share pictures of your family activities on our Facebook page at UUCC FAITH DEVELOPMENT or send them to Mary Scherden, DFD at DFD@uuchyenne.org and she will share them as requested.

Tuesday Story link

September 10 is national grandparents day.

Do you have grandparents are special friends that mean a lot to you and have been important in your life? Maybe you are the special person/grandparent in someone’s life? Chances are we can all identify with this lovely tale of relationship and love. It’s a story about a boy and his Omi. It will make you laugh and remind you of the relationship of a special person or grandparent in a child’s life. 
How is it with your spirit? The Committee on Shared Ministry wants to know! Help us shape our program offerings for this coming church year by filling out this short (3 question!) survey by Thursday, September 24th.  
If you have any Joys, Concerns, Personal Congratulations (Birthdays, Anniversaries, Graduations, etc.) that you would like to share with the Congregation, please email the administrator at administrator@uucheyenne.org. The newsletter is published every Wednesday at noon, so submissions must be received by 10am Tuesday morning to be in that week’s newsletter.

Please Note:
  • If you would like your submission to run more than one week, please include that in your email.
  • If you would like your submission included in that Sunday’s Joys and Concerns section of the service, please include this in your email; otherwise it will only be in the newsletter. 
Thank you!
Church Announcements
Beloved Conversations
Beloved Conversations—the signature offering of The Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School – is a program for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together. 

We are hoping to register a group of folks from UUCC to embark on this work together! You can learn more about Beloved Conversations at their website:  https://bcvirtual.meadville.edu/  

If you’re interested, please fill out this form https://forms.gle/AVNPEbQmfXzzEuMP9 (rather than immediately registering with Beloved Conversations) by September 16th so that we can get the discount for registering as a group! If you’ve got questions, you can email Rev. Hannah at minister@uucheyenne.org or Mary at dfd@uucheyenne.org 

Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave 

Juntos is calling for voices!
In an effort to make representation on the LCSD#1 School Board more equitable to all areas of Cheyenne, Juntos has a proposal before the Board requesting that the members consist of both at-large and Triad representation (South, East, Central) in order to better represent the diversity of Cheyenne.  

“The resolution has been put to a 45-day review, and we need all of you to submit a comment in favor of giving South Cheyenne true and equitable representation.”  Antonio Serrano of Juntos

Now is the time to voice your support of the Resident Area Resolution. 

Please send comments by email to the superintendent’s office at boyd.brown@laramie1.org or Darlene.davis@laramie1 or the board chair marguerite.herman@laramie1.org

Mail written comments to the superintendent at LCSD#1 Administration Building, 2810 House Ave., Cheyenne, WY, 82001. Please put a note on the envelope indicating it’s a comment on the
Resident Area Resolution.
If you miss a Sunday service or would like to experience it again, check out the options below!
June 7th:  https://anchor.fm/uucheyenne/episodes/Pride-Was-a-Riot—-June-7–2020-efil5l  

July 26th: 

August 16th:   https://zoom.us/rec/share/_c1PDaze_0NOf6PD0krfUZMBEdvXX6a81Sgcr_NcyE2mXQ5SIrbzBgCPbJEtu-ko?startTime=1597594412000

August 23:  https://zoom.us/rec/share/1f0yDYD_rV9IYInp4kiBGfMwH5X_eaa81CQdq_YOnRvk9D6o5DVwNp9BNkpMlwdD?startTime=1598198952000

We will run the most recent Zoom recordings going forward.  Previous recordings will be posted on our website soon.

To signup for Spotify, either download the app from GooglePlay or Apple, or if you are on a computer, you can use this link https://www.spotify.com/us/signup/.
Crow Creek Cleanup

As you know, in June UUCC adopted for cleanup the segment of Crow Creek that runs through Martin Luther King Park between 19th St. and Lincolnway and Missile Drive and Dey Ave.  In accordance with the City of Cheyenne’s citywide cleanup from Sept. 12 through the 27th, we will be cleaning up our section on Sunday, Sept. 13 at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9:00 a.m.   We meet in the parking lot south of the softball field off of Ames, near the Habitat Restore.  We generally work just over an hour and fill one large trash bag per person.

Participants are encouraged to wear long pants and long sleeved shirts (the vegetation is knee high and can be pokey) and suitable shoes (Mike and Kathy wear muck boots, but there is plenty of cleanup that does not involve getting wet).  A tool of some sort, such as a hoe or pitchfork, is helpful for snagging trash in the creek.

The city of Cheyenne requires all of those who participate in the cleanup to sign an Assumption of Risk, Waiver & Release form.  Folks are not allowed to participate unless they sign the form.  Mike and Kathy will bring forms for those who wish to participate to the cleanup location on the scheduled dates.  Mike and Kathy will also provide trash bags to all participants.

Those of you who have already signed the form are welcome to clean up the area on dates other than those we’ve selected if you are so inclined. 

Kids under 14 years of age must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. 


Looking for current updates? Check out our Facebook Page

You can also connect with our Faith Development group on Facebook

If you are looking for an additional online worship experience, click here to check out the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship. They have online worship every Sunday evening at 6 pm Mountain Time. 
Community Events
Family Promise Virtual Box City:
A Night Without a Bed, Evening of September 26th
Our purpose is to build awareness of Family Homelessness by having families build a shelter of their own to sleep in.
In the past, we have built cardboard shelters at the depot and camped outside, this year we are happy to host our first virtual event on Facebook or by word of mouth with friends. Participants will build a fort at their own location, and share their wonderful creations via our Facebook page, where we will also host also a live event. Not only is this a fun family event, but it also provides Family Promise an opportunity to gather funds to help families of our community in need. 
This is a save the date for 9/26/2020

Sunrise Rotary Club of Cheyenne
Sponsors a
Supplies Donation Drive
of Cheyenne

 When:  Saturday, September 19 – 9:00 am to Noon.
 Dropoff Location:  4012 Laramie St. (Just north of Mr. Jim’s Pizza) Raymond James Financial Services Parking Lot.
Items Needed by Family Promise:
Household Cleaning Supplies, Pine-Sol or similar cleanser, Lysol Spray, Vinegar, Bleach, Laundry Detergent, Cleaning Rags, Sponges, Rubber Gloves.
Personal Hygiene ItemsDisposable Diapers, Pull-Ups (sizes 3 to 6), Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand Sanitizer, Liquid or Bar Soap.
Other Ways to Donate:
Check Donation – Send checks made out to Family Promise of Cheyenne
 in care of Rotarian Jim Coffin, 7225 Heritage Drive, Cheyenne, WY, 82009
Curbside Pickup –  Place your items in front of your house, a Rotary Club Member will pick them up between 9:00 am and Noon on September, 19.
                        Contact Jim Coffin at 307-214-7562 or jimcoffin0528@gmail.com for pickup.
Family Promise Of Cheyenne
Family Promise of Cheyenne assists homeless families with minor children. They are the sole Family Only shelter in Laramie County and has partnered with local faith communities to provide shelter since 2001. Families living in their cars, in a trailer without heat and running water or in a motel on a night-by night basis are who they help. In addition to numerous faith-based communities they also partner with Peak Wellness Center, Climb Wyoming, the Laramie County School Districts, and many other organizations and individuals in the community in order to serve families with children in need.

Cheyenne’s Day of Giving will be September 25th

There will be a Blood Drive at the Kiwanis House and more see their web page for more information. 

If you have students in the Laramie District, they are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. Schools are dispensing meals in the morning and at lunchtime.  This site holds information on the school programs with times and places you can pick-up meals.  There is more information for food banks and other services as well. 

From Gene Heater:

During the pandemic while the church is closed to physical gatherings,  I am hosting online meditation sessions via Zoom.

These sessions are recurring so the same link/URL works each week for each session.

Tuesdays: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/465362885

Wednesdays: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/420507564

Thursdays: https://www.google.com/url?q=https://us04web.zoom.us/j/586281525&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AOvVaw0-mEO2y1TYqblUaG0ipTrU

I have cancelled the Sunday morning session as I am planning to attend the Prairie Mountain Zen Center session.  You are welcome to join me.  Their schedule is:
8:30 am zazen,
8:50 kinhin (walking meditation)
9 am zazen
9:20 am break
10:30 am Dharma Talk and discussion;

Here is the link  PMZC – Sunday Morning
You are welcome to attend all or part of the session

There is also  a Thursday evening session at PMZC
6:30 pm zazen;
7:00 kinhin and break:
7:10 to 8:00 pm or so for open discussion/check in.   

Here is the link   PMZC – Thursday Evening

Hope you will join us.


If you would like to receive Audrey’s weekly updates, please email the administrator for Audrey’s email address.  Her links have changed since March.
This is an anxious time financially, for individuals and organizations alike. If you are able, UUCC values and appreciates your continued support through this time. If you typically put cash or a check in the offering plate on Sunday mornings, please consider mailing that donation to the church, giving via our website, or giving via our mobile giving app.

If your financial situation changes and you need to adjust an automatic deduction, please email bookkeeper@uucheyenne.org for more information.

If you find yourself in need of emergency financial assistance, please email Rev. Hannah at minister@uucheyenne.org or call/text her at 414-870-1028. 
Important! Please Read!

We have been experiencing a growing issue with peanut residue in the building, especially in the library.  Please, do not bring peanut products into the building, and if your little ones enjoy their peanut butter snacks before coming, please be sure their hands are clean before they touch surfaces used by everyone.  We are seeing almost daily allergic reactions, so we ask you to please be diligent. It may be an inconvenience to you, but it can be life-threatening to those who are allergic. 

Upcoming Events

Click here to see the calendar of upcoming events at UUCC! 

You will notice some changes to the calendar.  All cancelled events are noted on the calender, and I have added the Zoom meetings that we’ve announced. All Zoom events are in light green.

  The information on how to join the Zoom meeting is in the description of the event. If you have any questions, please contact me. 

Hopefully these changes will help you easily find
the information you need.

Tamra, your administrator

Do you need to submit an announcement for the weekly e-mail, UUCC This Week and Beyond… ?

Submission deadline for newsletter announcements is
 Tuesday before 12 pm.
  • Please submit announcements to administrator@uucheyenne.org.
  • Announcements on CD or hand-written/typed announcements should be delivered or mailed to the office and received by the due date.
  • If requested, your announcement will be included in the next Sunday bulletin; however, please remember that space on the printed bulletin is limited, and church events are given priority.
  • Please remember that not all members/friends have or use email.
  • If you are not receiving the weekly e-mail announcements, contact the office.

Do you need to submit an announcement for the Sunday service?

  1. Submission deadline is Sunday 9:00 AM to be read at the beginning of service.
  2. Please submit typed or hand-written announcements to the mailbox labeled Announcements in the hallway of the church.
  3. Announcements are then usually included in the next newsletter.
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