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UUCGV NEWS Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley—Newsletter

December 2016

From Our Minister, Rev. Wendy Jones I suspect that the most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention. … When people are talking, there’s no need to do anything but receive them. … Listen to what they’re saying. Care about it. Most times caring about it is even more important than understanding it… A loving silence often has far more power to heal and connect than the most well-intentioned words. - Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom The past few weeks have been tense. I feel the tension in our country. I feel the tension in our faith community and I feel the tension in myself. I’ve been feeling the tension very much when I check into Facebook. There is so much of an either/or, black/white, “my way or the highway” sense right now as a country. We are so polarized on social media. This is why it was so helpful for me to just turn it off for a few days. We as a faith community are in the process of growth and as a result we are experiencing our own tension as we take the time to define ourselves.

December’s Theme: Theology: What is God? What is Sacred?

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Among Us 1-3 Children/Youth Religious Education 4-5 Activities for Adults 6-8 Social Action 9 UU Central & Announcements 10-11 Calendar in Middle Insert


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We feel the tension when we balance the needs between making sure that the lights are on and paying our bills and, while at the same time, attending to the spiritual needs of the individuals in this community, while we work with our understanding of our larger vision and mission as to what it means to be Unitarian Universalists out in the world. We felt this same tension as we held our own auction to financially care for ourselves and this community, while at the same time Connie, Robert and Billie were representing us at Standing Rock supporting the water protectors in North Dakota. It comes down to balance. Life is not an “either/or.” It is a “both/and.” The key is learning how to live with the tension between the two polar ends. How do I care for my children and find time to care for my body? How do I pay the bills and still find a way to nurture my soul? How do we express our care for the refugees in Syria while recognizing and caring for the homeless in our own back yard? This is the tension that we are living with today. The polarities are everywhere. Maybe we are ready to enter into a new realm of balance as women throughout the world are finding their voices, as our Native peoples are stepping up and asking us to get reconnected to mother earth, as we are given the opportunity to define once again who we are and who we choose to be. We do this work on an individual level and a collective level. I saw a Facebook meme the other day that gave me hope. It said, “First they came for the Muslims, and we said NOT this time!” Not this time. Perhaps we are waking up: to a new understanding of the world, the universe and who we as humanity can be. Maybe we really are ready to find that balance and move forward into a new way of being. These words from Anodea Judith resonate with me this month: “To ‘come of age in the heart’ is to fall in love with the world once again. It is to operate from love rather than guilt, devotion rather than duty, to interact with the world from the heart rather than the solar plexus. In order to awaken to the age of the heart, the entire thrust of our emerging era needs to be one of balancing polarities and integrating diversity.” ~Rev. Wendy Jones

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We are a denomination without dogma. We are a living, dynamic, spiritual community with personal freedom of belief. We learn from all philosophies and religions, and also from science and the arts. We value the inherent worth and dignity of every person with tolerance and compassion in human relations. We try to leave the world better than we find it.

Save the Date! Get involved in the Black Lives Matters dialogue!

Discernment meeting & potluck after church December 18.


Revelations

Come get to know us! Do your friends or family ever ask you, “What is Unitarian Universalism?” Do you wonder what it means when we say that we are a covenantal church rather than a creedal church? Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between being a "religious liberal" versus being a "political liberal?" Rev. Wendy leads a monthly informal gathering for friends, members and guests who would like to learn more about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. This is an ongoing "conversation," usually on the third Sunday of every month after coffee hour. All people are welcome! All questions are welcome. We won’t meet in December, but join the discussion on January 15.

This is a monthly column helping us to get to know our friends and members in a deeper way. We thank Monte High for taking the time to do these in-depth interviews for us every month. Arleta (Finch) Carr had an idyllic childhood. She Arleta, 1988, working on the cabin grew up on a small farm on the Western edge of Fruita, just across the Big Salt Wash. She had two sisters, older and younger. Arleta was the tomboy; she was the one most often helping her father around the farm. Sometimes the work was not her favorite thing to do, but she didn’t complain because she was helping her dad and didn’t have to do housework on those days. As a nine-year-old, she got to miss school to help drive the tractor for hay harvest. Arleta drove the straight lines, and when it was time to turn around her dad would jump on the tractor to help her turn and then jump back off to help load the hay. This saved hiring one extra farmhand. Along with farm work, Arleta also helped her dad with carpentry work when they built the barn and the addition on the house. The Finches were poor, yet Arleta never felt poor. They had chickens, milk cows, livestock and a vegetable garden. They finally got running water in the house when Arleta was in high school. Arleta was the salutatorian in a graduating class of 42 students, and the only one to go directly on to college. She graduated from Western State College with a degree in elementary education. She met Duane at Western State in Gunnison Colorado. Duane was a year ahead of Arleta. They were married in September, 1954. They had originally planned the wedding for the following summer, but Duane was unable to get a deferment from the draft in order to attend grad school. They found out that Duane would get $60 more a month while he was in the service if he was married, so they pushed up the date. Arleta, her mother and two sisters sewed the wedding dress and all of the dresses for the wedding party in six weeks, using two sewing machines. Moving the wedding date forward turned out to be a real blessing because Arleta’s mother died the following January. Her mother thoroughly enjoyed planning the wedding and working on the dresses with her daughters. (Continued on page 8)

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Fall/Winter Religious Education 2016 Early-Elementary—Picture Book World Religions Introduces World Religions through beautiful illustrated stories. Young children may not grasp the abstract concepts in comparative religious studies, but we can share stories from different faiths and help them begin a journey of understanding, tolerance, and celebration for the diversity of human expressions of faith. Teachers: Robert McDonald, Kathleen Hedlund Older Elementary—Holidays and Holy Days These children will be enjoying activities and celebrations from Jewish, Native American, Catholic, Muslim, UU, and Hindu people chosen to help young people feel some point of connection to all peoples. Teachers: Kent Leinbach, Khaila Derrington Middle School—Neighboring Faiths This curriculum gives our youth the opportunity to explore the tapestry of faith communities that are found in the Grand Valley and Colorado as a whole. They will gain a deeper understanding of both the similarities and the differences between them. Teacher: Shari Daly-Miller Teens—World Religions through Food and Music We will enjoy a variety of activities exploring world cultures and religions through podcasts, cooking and lively discussions. Teachers: Lee Joramo, Jana Joramo, David Miller Big thank you to our incredible teachers! Volunteers make our RE program fantastic!

Children’s Chapel Children's Chapel- 10:3010:45 Sharing Circle with themes of Hope, Knowledge, Change, and Justice. All children and teens join us in the pillows on the rug.

Children and Youth Religious Education Classes Follow Religious Education Classes 10:45-11:45 Please wait until 11:45 to pick up your children. This ensures our students get a full hour in their classes, and you can get a cup of coffee and snack before the children ravage the Coffee Hour.

Childcare

Youth Cons (Conferences) Visit https://www.uua.org/pacific-western for more info! Mountain Desert District UU Youth Event Dates and Locations:

Childcare for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers is provided from 10:00 am to noon each Sunday. Childcare is provided by Robintix Perryman, Nya Parry, & Myca Bryan.

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Jan 14-16, MLK Con at First Unitarian Denver, CO Mar 4-5, Middle School Retreat at Boulder UU Fellowship, Boulder, CO Mar 31 - Apr 2, Bridging Con at Foothills UU, Fort Collins, CO July 2 - July 8, Quuest and Spirit Quuest Camp at La Foret Camp and Conference Center, Black Forest, CO

"Play is the work of the Child." Dr. Maria Montessori

Take note that we sign our younger kids in and out Sunday mornings. Be sure to come downstairs at 11:45 to check your kiddos out after church.

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All Ages Worship

Youth Con: MLK Weekend

Services

January 14-16, 2017, First Unitarian Society of Denver, CO

Upcoming Services:

Youth and Youth Advisers are invited to an anti-oppression-social justice focus overnight. As a faith community, we are called to work for an end to the injustices faced in our communities, so that every person is treated equally.

December 18: Bringing Light to the Table (All Ages Holiday Service)

RE & the Holidays December 4: Regular Religious Education Classes December 11: Gingerbread day No RE Classes on December 25 and January 1. There will be arts & crafts on January 1.

Early Bird (Applications received by Dec. 21) - $50 Regular (Applications received Dec. 22-Jan. 4) - $60 Registration deadline is January 4th. Register online: https://www.uua.org/pacific-western/ calendar/mdd/md-mlk-youth-con

Middle & High School Movie Night! RE Team

Movie, Popcorn and Nerf Wars Join the fun on Wednesday, December 28 at 6:30 pm. We’ll have popcorn, watch a movie and have a Nerf War! Bring your Nerf guns and ammo!

Meetings Join the team! We meet the first Tuesday of the month at 10:00 am. Upcoming meetings: December 6 January 3 February 7

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Men’s Cooking

Feed Your Soul Aging Together: A Community of Elders “To plot and navigate our own journeys with the support of others.” An opportunity for senior citizen members of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley to discuss common challenges and issues and to support one another during the aging process. Our choices and therefore journeys may be diverse, but we can listen empathically to each other in community. Meeting at 1:00 PM, Thursday, January 12, at the church to gather, greet, and begin the process. Facilitators are Ernie Stech and Yvonne Spaulding, both of whom have had extensive experience in working with groups. Please contact Ernie at 970-314-2275 or ernie1933@gmail.com so that we can plan on how many will attend.

Front Lines Support Group For people in helping professions

UUCGV’s Men’s Cooking Group is the longest standing group in the church. We meet and cook the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. If you’re a new male to the church, please join the fun! This month’s Theme: Breakfast for Dinner. Host: Mark McKenney, 912 Ouray Ave. For more info, contact David Miller at 241.5911 or dave@theletterpress.net, or Mark McKenney at 256.7907 or mckenneyd@qwest.net.

Does your job put you in emotionally draining and heart-aching situations? Do you have a place to go to process what you have seen with other people who have similar situations? Would you like a safe/confidential place to process or talk about your experiences? Join us on Thursday, December 15 at the church, 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Women’s Group—Drinking Divas Our next gathering is on Saturday, December 17 at 7:00 pm. Previously we have been "Winey Women," "Beer & Broads," “Ladies and Libations,” “Spirited Women” and “Drinking Divas.” When we get together it is so much fun! The purpose of this group is simply to offer a venue for women to connect with and meet other women. We will have beverages (non-alcoholic included), snacks & conversation. (Of course there might be some laughter thrown in!) All are welcome!

Meditating for Peace We meet the second Thursday of every month at 11 am. The next “vibration raising” will be on Thursday, December 8 at the church.

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Improv Darling! Do you know how fabulous you are? Don't let your fears make you keep doubting yourself! Learn to come out of your shell and be a brave and fabulous chicken like me! When: 7:00 pm every Monday night. Where: UUCGV basement.


Circle Suppers Do you want to make some friends or just get to know people at a deeper level than just, "Hello" and "How are You?" If so, then circle suppers are just the thing! A group of 6 to 8 people get together once a month for a meal and conversation at the host of the month's house. The host provides the main course with the others bringing a salad, veggie or dessert. It is up to your group if you want to do breakfast, lunch or supper. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive. If you are unable to host at your house, that's ok you are still welcome to be part of the group. When everyone has had a chance to be a host, then a new group is formed. So whether you are single, a couple or a family, all you need to do to become involved is contact Ellen Mayo at ellenmayo@yahoo.com. Hope to see you around the table!!!

We meet to join our creativity next time on Sunday, December 11 at 6:30 pm. Think of this as a miniature indoor musical fantasy fair! Please feel free to bring anything creative whether it be sound, visual, or movement! Music, dance, poetry, painting, sculpturing, and more! Bring snacks to share. Let's make this a fun event where we gather together our resources and help the community! Bring food donations or anything to help the local homeless community and especially homeless teens! Namaste Music is the way! Presented by Robintix Perryman—Contact him at 970-216-0509. No instrument? No worries! Robin brings extra drums, and you can wear your dancing shoes. Bring your friends!

New Member: Ernie Stech I spent 23 years, over two different time periods, as an ergonomist helping to design aircraft cockpits, ejection seats, and aircrew safety equipment. From 1985 to 1998 I was President and CEO of an aerospace company in Englewood, CO. I have a Ph.D. degree from the University of Denver in communication studies with an emphasis in organizational and small group communication and taught at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI for 15 years. My wife, Yvonne Spaulding, and I moved to Flagstaff, AZ in 1998 where I thoroughly enjoyed 15 years of being a volunteer interpreter at Walnut Canyon National Monument. We had a winter home in Sun City and, while there, taught in the lifelong learning program for Arizona State University and then helped establish the lifelong learning club in Sun City. I am an associate member of the ASU Emeritus College. Along the way I managed to get six books published. My parents took the “let him choose” approach to my religious life. Through the years I have read extensively in Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism, but I have also studied the Christian Bible and Islam’s Koran. I am a mystic, convinced that throughout my life there has been a “guiding hand” to point me in the right direction at crucial moments. My wife, partner, and teammate, Yvonne, has supported me along the way. 7


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Arleta and Duane lived together at Western State for six weeks before Duane went into the Army. When Arleta finished school she joined Duane in Olympia, Washington. Their son Dan was born in 1956. (Arleta taught school, some of it substitute teaching, at all the stops from Olympia to Cedar Rapids.) The next stop for the Carrs was West Lafayette, Indiana, where Duane received his PhD. Their son Don was born in 1957. The part Arleta liked about having her two children close together was being able to get through the diaper stage and put that in the rearview mirror. Duane taught for a year at Wabash College in Crawfordsville Indiana, and then the Carrs moved on to Cedar Rapids Iowa where Duane taught at Coe College. They put down roots and immersed themselves in the local community. Arleta, as always, was very active in the League of Women Voters. She served as the local president and other positions on the board. One year Arleta participated in the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride across Iowa, along with over 6000 other bicycle riders. The Carrs were in Iowa for 33 years, except for the sabbatical years from 1968 to 1970 when Duane taught for the agricultural branch of Haile Selassie University in a rural area of Ethiopia. Their boys were 11 to 13 and 12 to 14. When the Carrs returned from Ethiopia, Arleta went back to school to get her Master’s degree. During the Iowa years, Arleta started out teaching a preschool development class. This was special ed. at a preschool level. Seeing these children open up under her care really touched Arleta’s heart. Then Arleta moved on to work as a parent-child educator, where she visited special ed. preschoolers in their homes. During her visits she would observe the parent interacting with the children, and demonstrate for the parent how to work/play with the children. In the summer of 1988 the Carrs undertook the monumental project of building a cabin in the mountains. It is near the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River, about 20 miles north of Lake City, Colorado. It is on an 80 acre parcel that was a timber claim Duane’s father never mortgaged, and was part of the Carr ranch where Duane grew up. Other than the cabin foundation the Carrs built everything, with the help of friends. All of the architectural plans for the cabin were done by Arleta and her son Don over the previous Christmas break, and they spent the entire summer camping and working on the cabin. Friends from Iowa arrived at different intervals to help. Arleta loved doing the carpentry work. That summer was the best time of her life. The Carrs continued to improve upon the cabin over the years. Arleta and Duane spend a lot of time with friends and family at their sec(Continued on page 9)

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Black Canyon Discussion Group The Black Canyon Discussion Group meets monthly in the Delta/Montrose area the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings start with a potluck, then discussion, at the home of a member. This is a great way for those who are too far away to attend our congregation regularly to meet with other liberal religious folks in the area. The group will meet next on Wednesday, December 7 at the home of John Spurgeon and Marjorie Gibson. Our topic is: Does the 'Born Again' idea have meaning for religious liberals? We will begin at 6:00 pm with a potluck followed by our discussion topic. Anyone wishing to know more may contact John Spurgeon at 8566308 or email at rktjohn@tds.net.

Movie Series We won’t be showing a movie in November or December but please stay tuned for a January movie! Do you want to host a movie? Contact the office at 257-0772 or at administrator@grandvalleyuu.org if you would like to host a 4th Thursday movie night.


Change for Change Each month we collect change (coins) from the offertory baskets and donate it to a local charity. This effort usually brings in about $100/month. In November, our change went to the Western Slope Center for Children. WSCC is a Child Advocacy Center. In December our Change will go to Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen serves a noon meal to any who are hungry six days a week. Every day the Soup Kitchen serves an average of 203 meals. In 2015, the Soup Kitchen served a total of 66,766 meals. UUCGV volunteers on the second Saturday of every month (see the article on this page). See www.catholicoutreach.org for a list of needed donations.

Soup Kitchen Saturday This is a reminder that Soup Kitchen Saturday is the second Saturday of every month at Catholic Outreach, located at the south end of 1st Street between Pitkin and Ute Avenues. We need your help on December 10, from 8:30 am to 1:15 pm. We need 8-10 people from 8:30-10:30 am to help prepare and cook enough food for 150+ people. Another 6 people are needed from 11:45 to 1:15 pm to serve and help clean up the kitchen. Anyone with an interest in helping to prepare or serve this meal is welcome; teens included. Please contact Barbara Milburn at lairdmilburn@gmail.com (phone 243-8860) or Chris Jauhola at chrisjauhola@aol.com (phone: 639-7616) for more information or just show up ready to work. Please bring a scarf or hat to cover your hair. Many thanks to our wonderful volunteers who prepared and served spicy pork curry and lemon rice to more than 100 happy diners last month. (Continued from page 8)

ond home in the mountains. In 1996 Arleta and Duane retired and moved to Grand Junction. It wasn’t long before Arleta was investing her tireless energy in the local community, the League of Women Voters, and the UU congregation. The Carrs have been to more UU General Assemblies (the national UU convention) than you can count on two hands, and several of those were as official UUCGV delegates. Arleta has held innumerable UU leadership positions, including two stints as president. The congregation accomplished a great deal during her presidency, partly because Arleta’s specialty was delegation. Of Arleta’s many contributions to the congregation, perhaps her highest offering was getting people involved. She feels that the best way to make people feel at home is to have them help. The asking is a gift: an opportunity to be of service. All Arleta has to do to know, about how good it feels to be of service, is to think back to how good she felt, out there in the field, helping her dad. Life goes on... in endless song… **Arleta has a new Caption Call number -- 970-778-3422. 9


The Board

Equal Exchange Did you know we sell Equal Exchange coffee and other products here at the church? Look for the cart in the back of the sanctuary on Sundays, and help support our coffee hour and farmers around the world! Looking for something special from Equal Exchange? Jot down your special order on the order form on the coffee cart. Equal Exchange's Mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker cooperatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. Every Sunday during coffee hour, we serve Equal Exchange coffee.

Planned Giving Planned Giving gifts are essential to a strong financial future for church organizations. There are many different methods of making planned gifts, many with income tax advantages or guaranteed income streams, or ease of disposing of tangible assets. Each month we will present a different method for doing planned giving to a charitable organization. One simple way for an individual to leave a gift to a charitable organization is to direct the proceeds of a life insurance policy to the organization. The original intention of the insurance policy is often to help meet the financial needs of the family if the policyholder dies prematurely. As often happens later in life, family members may become more financially secure and less dependent on “crisis” funds. Also, the family members may inherit other assets such as real estate, stocks, bonds, heirlooms etc. from the deceased’s total estate. Making a charitable organization, like UUCGV, a beneficiary or co-beneficiary, of life insurance gives some, or all, of the death proceeds to the organization when the donor dies. The donor can control precisely how the proceeds are to be split up among beneficiaries. Changing or adding a beneficiary requires obtaining a simple form from the insurance company, describing the details on how the proceeds are to be split, and then signing the form. Besides the death benefit, some “permanent” forms of life insurance policies have redeemable cash values that are built up over the years, say $12,000 on a $100,000 policy. The policyholder can assign the ownership of the old policy to UUCGV. The policyholder gets an income tax deduction for the immediate $12,000 cash donation given to UUCGV. If the policyholder continues to make premium payments to keep the policy building more cash value (and maintaining the death benefit) those premium payments are also income tax deductible each year. Assigning ownership just requires obtaining and signing proper forms from the insurance company/ agent. Disclaimer: the information above is not intended to be technical advice. Individuals should always discuss such matters with their insurance agent, financial advisor or attorney before taking action. 10

The board is our governing structure and holds the fiduciary responsibility. President— Gary Poush Vice President— Janet Cummings Stewardship— Barbara Milburn Treasurer— Tim O’Brien At Large— Joel Prudhomme At Large— Robert McDonald

TLC (Team Leadership Circle) TLC is responsible for the program of the church. Joanie Leinbach Steve Watson Richard Hyland Connie Murillo Melissa Humphrey Jay Martinez

LDT (Leadership Development Team) Lee Joramo Andrea Tanner Bill Hilty


Membership Anniversaries in December Karen Combs, 1999

Please join us after the service every Sunday for conversation & refreshments! Hospitality We have a weekly snack-type hospitality. Sign-up on our clipboard! Greeters Each Sunday we rely on two volunteers to greet. Sign-up on our clipboard! Thank You Greeters! Thank you to last month’s Greeters! Lynn deBeauclair Laura Jeffries James Kuhlman Andrea Tanner Melissa Humphrey Susanna Clark

Hospitality Volunteers Needed We do enjoy our snacks with coffee hour, but we can’t do it without you! It doesn’t have to be fancy. Please sign up to bring hospitality snacks on the clipboard in the foyer. All you need to do is set out the snacks—we have a hired hospitality cleanup person. Thanks to these UUCGV attendees who brought refreshments for after-Sunday service last month. • Janet Hassell • Kim & Dave Stueck • Betty Foreman • Duane & Arleta Carr Note: Since we have beverage prep & clean-up people, hospitality volunteers only have to bring and set out some nondessert type goodies on their donation Sunday. Please sign up to take a turn!

Big Thanks to ALL our volunteers!

Hanging of the Greens Join the fun on Saturday December 10, 9:0011:30 am to prepare our church for a festive winter holiday season. Feel free to bring pine and fir boughs, no juniper please!

Hospitality Tip: Try sitting in the front row on Sunday mornings to make room at the back for those newcomers who might be a little shy.

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley P.O. Box 1053 Grand Junction, CO 81502

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT NO. 118 GRAND JUNCTION, CO “Return Service Requested”

“Vitally Inclusive Justice-Centered Spiritually Alive”

Office is open Monday-Thursday 9 am-2 pm

Music Director Marcia Kuhlman 248-892-5752 or music@grandvalleyuu.org

“I believe God’s truth is higher, wider, deeper & longer than all our creeds and includes what is best in each of them.”

536 Ouray Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501

-Horace Greely

Minister: Rev. Wendy Jones: Tue 9-1, Wed 9-12, Thu 9-1 or by appointment 257-0772 ext. 3 or minister@grandvalleyuu.org Religious Education Coordinator: Shari Daly-Miller: Tue & Thu 10-2 257-0772 ext. 2 or dre@grandvalleyuu.org Church Administrator: Mallory Rice Monday—Thursday 9-2 257-0772 ext. 1 or administrator@grandvalleyuu.org

www.grandvalleyuu.org

Find us on Facebook at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley

We meet Sundays at 10:30 am for Worship


UUCGV Calendar

December 2016

Please Remember that all meetings & events MUST be scheduled through the administrator (257-0772) or administrator@grandvalleyuu.org. See full calendar, renters and all, at grandvalleyuu.org. Sunday 27

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Tuesday 29

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9:30-11:30 Interfaith Meeting @ UUCGV

12:00 PFLAG 2-5:00 OWL

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7:00 Choir

7:15 TLC

5:30-9:00 OWL 4:00 Covenant Group

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10:00 RE Team

8:30 Yoga 12:00 Covenant Group 5:00 Black Canyon Discussion Group 7:00 Choir

7:00 Improv, Basement

7:00 Listening Table

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10:30 Worship 2-5:00 OWL

4:30 Property Team

12:00 Finance Team

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11:00 Peaceful Meditation

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8:30 Yoga

10:00 Front Lines Support, Teen Room

4:00 DVAT, Sanctuary 7:00 Mountain View Chamber Choir

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7:00 Listening Table

7:00 Choir

6:00 Men’s Cooking, Mark’s House

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NEWSLETTER DEADLINE

Winter Solstice 8:30 Yoga, Basement 12:00 Covenant Group 7:00 Choir

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Christmas Day Kwanza Hanukkah Begins 10:30 Worship

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28 8:30 Yoga, Basement

Office Closed 7:00 Improv, Basement

7:00 Women’s Group

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7:00 Improv, Basement

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9-11:30 Hanging of the Greens

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6:30 Creative Chaos

7:00 Improv, Basement

10 8:30 UU Serves at the Soup Kitchen

7:00 Board, Sanctuary

10:30 Worship 12:00 Worship Team

10:30 Worship 11:30 Church Potluck & Black Lives Matter Sign Discernment

3 9:00-12:00 OWL

8:30 Yoga

10:30 Worship

Saturday

6:30 Teen Movie Night & Nerf War

17 4:00 Covenant Group

Christmas Eve

7:00 Christmas Eve Service 29

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December 2016 Make Sure Your Voice is Heard! Discernment: Black Lives Matter Banner Are you excited? Are you concerned? Come to the listening table and let our leadership know your thoughts. Opportunities for engagement: •

Dec 11 Black Lives Matter will be speaking at the service

Dec 13 Listening Table – let our leadership hear your voice

Dec. 18 Potluck & Discernment discussion

Jan. 15 Projected date to hang a banner

Worship Schedule Worship Services are held Sundays at 10:30am at 536 Ouray Ave. Grand Junction, CO 81501 Sunday, December 4: Phil Elsworth: Love Song Sunday, December 11: Black Lives Matter Grand Junction Sunday, December 18: All Ages Service: Bringing Light to the Table Saturday, December 24: Rev. Wendy Jones: Christmas Eve Service, 7:00 pm Sunday, December 25: Rev. Wendy Jones: The Christmas Box


December 2016 Newsletter