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. 
Finding a Way to Mental Health Support

Join us for a worship service that focuses on the problems of mental health and suicide risk in Wyoming, as we seek to support all those who struggle. In the journey through life, we know that survival can be a challenge for many people, and that community care is one of the ways that we can best be friends to one another and caretakers of humanity. Today, we will focus on tools and resources for care of self and others.
 Preacher – Jeremy D. Bay ,Executive Director, Grace for 2 Brothers
All are welcome!

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Happy New Year, beloveds!
Well, as the year turns over and the days grow longer, many of us are taking this opportunity to make new promises to ourselves and one another, finding our center, reconnecting with our values and hopes. In this congregation, some are making a list of New Year’s resolutions, while others are picking a “core word” or a theme for the year ahead or beginning a book list. At our Buddha washing on January 1st, Gene Heater led us in a meaningful ceremony that invited us to remember the past, but break our attachment to it, making way for all that is yet to come. And on the 8th, we will use our chalice flame to let our hopes and wishes for the new year fly upward in light and air to connect with the universe. 

However, you are finding the new, I invite you to make space for breath, to be with this time of balance between past and future, and to honor what has been as well as what is to come. Don’t push too hard into the space of doing before you’ve had a chance to savor this time… ponder the beauty of unbroken snow before you step out your door and let this be a metaphor for life’s journey as well. For my word for this congregation and for myself in this coming year is Love. At UU Cheyenne, we begin our covenant by affirming that
“Love is the Spirit of This Church.”
The Article II Commission notes that their writing is done
“With Love at the Center.”
And from the UUA we “Side with Love” for justice.
Our congregation, our denomination, our outward-facing justice efforts all bring us back again and again to Love, and it is my grounding, and my reason for being in ministry. I invite you to come with us in this journey of lovingkindness, to center yourself once again in Love and ask your heart, your soul, your center, what Love asks of you in this new year. What is your call to nurture and love yourself, your family or friends, your community, and this world? Share with us what calls you onward and let us grow deeper into love through this weaving of our shared intentions.

If you would like to meet with me to talk about any part of your life for pastoral or theological accompaniment, you are always welcome and encouraged to email minister@uucheyenne.org to set up an appointment or come to Community Office Hours at the Paramount Café between 9am and 11am on Tuesdays. I look forward to continuing to grow and deepen the connections between us all.

In faith and renewal,
Rev. Elizabeth

A few years ago, it was decided that in order to further help 
organizations in our community that mirror our principals and help our Church in its mission, we would start a program called, Share the Plate where the weekly offerings are divided by 2 with one half going to the Church and one half going to a selected organization. A committee was put together to identify the many worthy non-profits in town that would meet our standards and values. In the past, this committee has sat down and gone through lists to come up with 11 agencies (one for each month of the year). January is always designated for the Ministerial Discretionary Fund. Each year, the lists have been reviewed, and after a consensus, any new agencies added and/or deleted for the  upcoming year.

This year, we felt it was time to survey the congregation to see which organizations you feel should receive the Share the Plate Funds. This is your opportunity to provide valuable input into the choices of our Share the Plate partners. A poster will be available in the Social Hall on Sunday to put your provided stickers on to vote for who you want. You can also suggest an organization you think might meet our guidelines.

Also, if you are interested in serving on this committee, or have any questions or comments,

Please let us know. 
members of our Share the Plate Committee are:
Kathleen Peterson
Sharron Kelsey
Abbey Kercher
Natalie Vernon
Kathie Selden
Caroljean Bongo

 Our Family Fun Night is a movie night on Friday the 13th!
from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
We’ll be using the library as a pajama party space, so bring a pizza topping or side, a couple bags of microwave popcorn, or another movie snack for sharing!
A fun and kid-appropriate winter movie will follow pizza making fun, and we encourage you to wear your best PJs and bring a pillow, sleeping bag, or blanket to get comfy on the floor! 

On the round table in the lobby, there is a signup sheet for Coffee Hour. We need that sheet filled up today or we are going to have to start sending out Coffee Hour cancellations for the weeks ahead, and nobody wants to miss out on coffee and treats! Please put your name down for one of the next three weeks to set up or clean up. If the date you choose ends up not working out for you to come early or stay late, you can cancel or switch dates easily by contacting  administrator@uucheyenne.org,orKayla.
Or, if you’re someone who likes a predictable schedule, let Jan or Kayla know if you can make coffee every third Sunday or want to take down tables one Sunday a month. We can put that in a regular slot for you and our Realm system will send you a handy Friday reminder to your email whenever it’s your turn!
 Please sign up at least once each quarter so everyone has an opportunity to volunteer.Thank you!

Celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday with a road trip. Join Dr. Fredrick Douglas Dixon, his students, and Reverend Elizabeth at the University of Wyoming’s Black Studies Center. Saturday. January 14. Bus departs from Highlands Presbyterian Church at 7:30. We will have breakfast followed by a dialogue on Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” After sharing lunch, we return home by 3pm. No fees, just a good day of sharing. Interested?
Email Rodger McDaniel at rmc81448@gmail.com to get on the list. Seats are limited so act today.No “No-Shows” permitted 🙂

Dinner Parties are scheduled for Saturday 1/21/2023 and Saturday 2/18/2023
1504 Stinson Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
Arrive by 5:45 pm. The only requirements are your time, a smile, and closed toed shoes.
Contact Laura

UU members and friends are cordially invited to join us virtually for Seminary for a Day on Saturday, January 28, at First Unitarian Portland. This year’s spiritual theme is Transcendentalism.Our keynote speaker is Rev. John Buehrens. Rev. Buehrens.
Rev. Buehrens will offer a keynote on the first Unitarian Transcendentalist on the Pacific Coast, the Rev. Thomas Starr King. He exemplified key spiritual practices of the Transcendentalists that need renewal among us today: personal reflection (often in the form of keeping a journal), and deep interpersonal connections crossing conventional boundaries.
In addition, Rev. Buehrens will offer a workshop entitled,
“God Optional: Theologies Among Us Today.” 
Saturday, January 28, 2023
9:30 a.m.   –  2:35 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
10:30 a.m. – 3:35 p.m. Mountain Standard Time
11:30 a.m. – 4:35 p.m. Central Standard Time
12:30 p.m. – 5:35 p.m. Eastern Standard Time
Registration is open until 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on Sunday, January 22nd. You will receive a link to join via email on January 23rd.
If you have any questions or would like any additional descriptions please contact Kerry.

Coming soon
First Sunday Potluck – February 5, 2023 after church
Bring a dish, bring a dessert, share a meal with friends
Have some fun!

Important communications are now being sent by many people in the UUCC community via emails through Realm. Be sure you are not missing anything by adding the following email address to either your whitelist or your contacts: notifications@onrealmmail.org.
If you have any questions or want to create an account on Realm, please feel free to reach out to the Realm Implementation team at uuccrealmhelp@uucheyenne.org.

Winter Spiritual Practices

Lectio Divina: Tuesdays at 11:30am, join Rev. Elizabeth in the library to reflect on the sacred meanings of poetry in relation to your life and inner being. Lectio Divina follows a guided format of reflection with a new poem provided each week. If you would like to recommend a piece of poetry for a future session, email it to Rev. Elizabeth at minister@uucheyenne.org.


Mindful Monday Meditation
Please join us on the SECOND Monday of January
for mindfulness practice in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne / 3005 Thomes Avenue
Room 5 – Upstairs SECOND Monday, January 9th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
includes: sitting and walking meditations; readings or teachings;
and discussion.
Everyone is welcome. No experience is necessary.
For more information, please contact Beth Howard

Bird and Bell Meditation
The following meditation sessions are still being held via Zoom:
Please feel free to join us.
Tuesday Morning 7:15 – 7:45 am
Now includes chanting
Wednesday Evening 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Thursday Morning 7:15 – 7:45 am
Now includes chanting
Use this link Bird and Bell Meditation Zoom Link
The Sunday morning session is now in person!
Sunday Morning 8:45 – 9:15 am
Monday morning at the Hawthorn Tree 9:15 – 10:15

                                      Bibles and Beer: every Monday at 5:30 PM – Bibles and Beer is an interfaith study session on a Bible passage chosen weekly. Join them in person at Uncle Charlie’s or via Zoom. Please email Rodger McDaniel at rmc81448@gmail.com so he can add you to the list of those sent the Zoom link each week.

Community Office Hours

Come and visit with Rev. Elizabeth on Tuesday mornings at the Paramount Café between 9-11 am. Did something in the Sunday service catch your attention and you want to go deeper? Need to chat about a minor pastoral issue? Find a really good book and need to tell someone about it? Just have some free time and want to spend it with someone? Come by and hang out for a few minutes with your friendly local UU minister!SUNDAY SERVICE INFORMATION

We gather at 10 am for worship in our sanctuary at
3005 Thomes Avenue; masks are encouraged and optional. 

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Meets monthly on the second Sunday at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm in the library
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Committees and Teams

Worship team meets at 6:30 pm on third Wednesdays, and will meet January 18, at 6:30 pm in the library – contact Rev. Elizabeth to join a meeting or become a Worship Associate

Board meets at 6:30 pm on first Tuesdays on Zoom, and will meet
February 7, at 6:30 pm via zoom – contact President Elaine Hayes

Committee on Shared Ministry meets at 6:30 pm on fourth Thursdays, and will meet January 26 at 6:30 pm. in the library –  contact Lauren Danley

Finance Team meets at 4:15 pm on third Thursday’s, and will meet January 19, 4:15 – 5:15 pm in the library contact
Marci Linde or Camellia El-Antably

We are pleased to announce that our new online giving platform is ready for use!  You can securely give from our website atuucheyenne.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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Please help us keep our congregants safe!

Please send Order of Service and Newsletter announcements to
administrator@uucheyenne.org by or before Wednesday at 10:00 Thank you

Join us Sunday,
January 22, 2023

The Leaves of the Aspen Grove

This month, our theme is Journey, but what about those who are firmly planted? What lessons from those who stay right where they are, rooted and resilient, might we learn for our own lives and use as wisdom to enrich our own path? Today, we gain wisdom from the aspen groves and the curious, communicative, interlocking lives of trees.
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