|Unitarian UniversalistChurch of CheyenneA community of refuge where all have equal worth and are invited into spiritual exploration as a foundation for: hope. compassionate service. action. The HarvestersWhen the harvest comes, we celebrate times of abundance before the chill of winter closes in. We also do well to recall the human effort that goes into the harvest times and the magic of the growing and the fallow times where the natural world changes in ways that support life and growth, leaving us grateful for the cycle which spirals ever onward. After the service today, please bring a dish and join us for a church potluck!Rev. Elizabeth Mount All are welcome!|
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Dear gathered friends,
In this month of harvest, my thoughts turn to many forms of gathering. In the fields and orchards this month, we gather vegetables and fruits and begin to prepare for the months of cold. The birds are flying southward, gathering their flocks and fledglings who will be coming along for the first time on their yearly circuits. Animals huddle together for warmth in the growing nights, and we ourselves turn toward one another in community. This Sunday, we will have our first of many monthly potlucks, an invitation to be with one another in story and conversation, building a common feeling out of time spent in laughter and joy, and a better understanding of each other over a meal.
Then on Saturday, Oct. 8th, we invite you to deepen that work in a more formal way by attending our regional Start Up. All congregants and friends are invited to be a part of our morning together and leadership from all committees are asked to stay for lunch and an afternoon session of furthering our dreams and gathering in our stories and heritage to support the ongoing work of the congregation. Please RSVP here so that we can make plans with our regional contact, the Rev. Sarah Schurr, who is traveling here to be our facilitator thanks to our committed annual giving to the Unitarian Universalist Association.
This Sunday, I’ll be telling the story of a little mouse named Frederick, which is one of my favorite stories, offering us a reframing of the old Aesop’s fable about the grasshopper and the ant, in which instead of framing a lack of physical effort as only laziness, there is space made for the value of dreams, memories, beauty, poetry, and story in the life of a community. This is my hope for us as a people, to offer our creativity and imagination to one another to sustain us in the long nights and cold seasons, and to give us a possible future that is filled with the co-created beauty of both memories and hopes.
The future of this congregation is as beautiful as we make it together. I am seeing such possibility blooming in the new programs and events happening in our building, and the regrowth of what we have chosen to continue or bring back thus far. What shall we plant next? What, like seeds beneath the earth, may be growing slowly, gathering energy and making ready for rebirth in the springtime? How are we preparing the soil, like gardeners in a common garden? I look forward to exploring this with you all next Saturday!
In love of the process,
Rev. ElizabethFirst Sunday Potluck
October 2 after services
Come to Our Start-Up Saturday
facilitated by Rev. Sarah Schurr
from the Pacific Western Region! Whenever a new ministry begins, telling the story of who we have been and where we want to go is a critical part of orienting our minister to the congregation and helping one another to grow together in love. Join us Saturday, October 8th as we do this work together of connecting old and new, growing our hopes for the future from the rich heritage we share. Our morning session will run from 9:30-noon and all our members and friends are invited to attend and join in the process. Then, our Leadership committees will stay for lunch and go deeper into the process of articulating our dreams and constructing plans for the future of this congregation based on what we’ve heard during our morning session. Please join us in this process and be a part of building the Beloved Community together!
RSVP here – https://forms.gle/GNaoM2YQTMGUYG4j9
Please respond by Oct. 3rd if you are planning to have lunch with us
Even if you cannot attend Saturday, not to worry, Rev. Elizabeth will be preaching on the process and continuation on Sunday, Oct. 9th, so you won’t miss out!
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COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS Coffee Hour needs your help!Every week, we welcome one another into community with coffee and tea and a chance for conversation and companionship in our Social Hall following the worship service! We need volunteers to set up and clean up each week, please sign up to help out and give everyone a chance to enjoy taking part in fellowship.
Currently volunteers are needed for set up and clean up on Sunday, October 9.
Please sign up at least once every quarter to spread out the responsibility.*********************************
Fall Spiritual PracticesReverend Elizabeth will be out of town next week – there will be no community office hours, Lectio, or Song circle until the following week Tuesday – Lectio Divina: Tuesdays at 11:30am, join Rev. Elizabeth in the library or on Zoom for 30 minutes at
https://zoom.us/j/94751887891?pwd=N3laOGNJM2pUZ2RtVExlYjFtM1Zldz09 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. Sessions will happen weekly beginning on Sept. 6th. If you would like to recommend a piece of poetry for a future session, email it to Rev. Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday – Sacred Song Circle: Join Rev. Elizabeth and others in the Sanctuary every Wednesday evening at 5:30pm for a reflective song circle where we will share in singing simple tunes from our hymnal and beyond as a meditative practice. This is not choir or performance, and no singing experience is necessary in order to lift your voice and your spirit with us.
**********************************************************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
Monday – 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 email@example.com so he can add you to the list of those sent the Zoom link each week.
Come and visit with Rev. Elizabeth on Tuesday mornings at the Paramount Cafe 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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********************************Committees and TeamsWorship team meets at 630 pm on second Wednesdays contact Rev. Elizabeth to join a meeting or become a Worship AssociateBoard meets at 630 pm on first Monday’s, and will meet October 3 at 6:30 pm – contact President Elaine HayesCommittee on Shared Ministry meets at 630pm on fourth Thursdays, contact Lauren DanleyFinance Team meets at 415pm on third Thursday’s,
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Office hours are Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 12:00
Thank youWe 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 email@example.com and we will send you an invitation to join our online community. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~UUCC WinterMart Arts & Crafts Sale 2022
December 16, Friday 4:30 – 6 pm – December 17, Saturday 9 am – 4 pm
Artists/Crafters must be selling ONLY HAND-CRAFTED WARES; NO manufactured wares will be allowed. All Artists/Crafters/Vendors must be present during the entire show or have a substitute person attending the booth. Artists/Crafters/Vendors are responsible for their own displays & inventory at all times even when temporarily relieved by UUCC volunteers. No responsibility shall attach to UUCC, its officers, members or volunteers in the event of damage, loss, theft, or destruction of exhibitor’s artwork, wares or display facilities. Exhibitors participate in the UUCC WinterMart Arts & Crafts Sale 2022 at their own risk.
https://uucheyenne.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Wintermart_form2022-copy.pdf Join us NEXT Sunday,October 2, 2022 at 10:00 am
Beginning WellRev. Elizabeth will continue our “congregational Start Up” work from Saturday, helping our congregation to examine our shared stories of the past and plan together. Today, we choose what to carry forward, as we commit to make a future together which is trusting and kind, truth-filled, and ever seeking to become better together.
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