UPC Communicator
January 9, 2018


MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL PARENT MEETING
Wednesday, January 10 at 6:30 pm in the Fireside Lounge Rev. Sheri Fry hopes you can join her for a meeting to discuss middle school and high school youth fellowship ministry including  a conversation on confirmation and a summer service trip for this age group.   Hope to see you this Wednesday. 
CUPCAKES, COFFEE & CONVERSATION
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28TH  11:45 AM
Please join Rev. Sheri Fry for our second group gathering to discuss the past, present and future happenings at United Presbyterian Church.  Please RSVP by emailing her at upclaramiepastor@gmail.com or call the church office at 742-2061 ext. 12 if you can attend.  She looks forward to getting to know you better and working together for healing and reconciliation as we continue to move into a shared future. 
LOGOS 
This weeks theme for LOGOS is LEGO NIGHT.
Congregational Meeting
The Annual Winter Congregational Meeting will be Jan. 28 between at 10 am, between to two services. The 2018 budget will be presented, Family Promise will be highlighted, and the congregation will elect the Congregational Nominating Committee.
Christ's Love in Action!
UPC celebrates and thanks

- All who helped, prayed for, and volunteered for the C4 upcoming NOLA mission trip.

- - Thank you for the ways that you are putting Christ's Love in Action!  
Spring Church Office Hours
The hours for the church office are as follows for Fall startihng September 6th. Monday and Wednesday 10:00-1:00 and Friday 12:00-3:00.  We want to remind everyone that the church is open.  We check the phone messages and emails on a regular basis. Please, if you feel you need to give the church a call or a visit please do so!
Giving Paul Rechard a Ride to Church
The Deacons are working to coordinate rides to church for Paul Rechard.  Please click the sign up below if you would be willing to help.  Thank you!

Give Paul a Ride
Calendar of Events at UPC
For a full calendar of events click here         
ORDAINED ELDERS AND DEACONS
If you are an ordained elder or deacon, your help in serving communion during our worship services would be greatly appreciated. Just click on the following link and then mark the date that will work for you. Thank you from The UPC Worship Committee.

elders and deacons
L iturgist  volunteers
Liturgists  are needed for upcoming services at UPC. 
If you are willing to step forward to do this, please click on the following link and mark the date/time that will work for you. Thank you from the Worship Committee.

liturgists
LEARN ABOUT THE MISSION OF FAMILY PROMISE
2018 promises to be an exciting year for many reasons at UPC but one of those reasons is our ability to host Family Promise with a consortium of churches in Laramie.  In the following weeks you will hear much information about this organization and how you can support and personally be involved with this ministry.  We want to make sure you understand this organization and what will be asked of the UPC community as we partner with Family Promise.  The Homeless population in Laramie may be bigger than you think.  The following highlights some of the mission and history of this organization:
 
Family Promise MISSION
The Mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response.

TACKLING THE PROBLEM OF POVERTY
Poverty is a complex problem. It won't yield to a simple solution. It requires an integrated approach that reaches beyond immediate needs.
They initiate coordinated local efforts that bring communities together to help homeless families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity.

PROVIDING A WAY TO HELP
Americans are a compassionate people. Enormous numbers of people would help their neighbors in need if they had a way to help. Family Promise brings people in need together with people who want to help.  Family Promise provides the framework that turns compassion into action.

EMPOWERING COMPASSIONATE INDIVIDUALS
The issue can seem overwhelming and individuals may feel powerless to change the lives of people in poverty. Across the country Family Promise volunteers...more than 180,000 people have found a way.
Working together, they provide temporary housing, meals, and services to nearly 70,000 family members annually. They mentor at-risk families. They teach financial literacy. They help find jobs and affordable housing. They create programs to meet specific needs in their communities. And they advocate for public policies that alleviate poverty and promote the economic stability of low-income families.

Family Promise VISION
The Family Promise vision is a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.

1986: THE FIRST NETWORK started in New Jersey by a woman named Karen who learned that homelessness was affecting families right in her own community.  She brought together people in need and people who wanted to help.  Existing community resources could provide shelter, meals, and housing. Volunteers could use their skills, knowledge, and compassion to help their homeless neighbors find employment, reconnect with society, and restore their dignity.   She approached the religious community. Congregations offered hospitality space within their buildings. The YMCA provided showers and a family day center. A car dealer discounted a van. The first interfaith hospitality network opened on October 27, 1986. 
 
In 1988 the network goes national.  As word spread, more New Jersey congregations formed a second network. Other congregations were inspired to develop similar programs. In 1988, we formed the National Interfaith Hospitality Network to bring the program nationwide. In addition to shelter, meals, housing, and job-seeking support, our Affiliates began developing programs for transitional housing, childcare, and homelessness prevention.  In 1992, Family Promise was awarded one of 21 Points of Light, out of a field of more than 4,500 nominees, by President and Barbara Bush.
 
In 2003 they became Family Promise. They changed their name to reflect the broad range of programs and vision of ending family homelessness. The name refers to the promise, in the sense of commitment, which communities make to families in need. But it also refers to the promise, the potential, inherent in every family.
 
Family Promise has come to represent not just the programs that touch the lives of more than 67,000 people in need annually and engage more than 180,000 volunteers. It represents a national movement that believes we can address family homelessness-right here in our own communities.
     
I have worked with Family Promise in Denver for 16 years and I know first hand what a fine organization they are.  I am excited for this church to begin its ministry with Family Promise.  Plean to attend our Congregational Meeting on January 28 at 10:00 for more details about partnership.

-Rev. Sheri Fry
Reports & Session Minutes
The UPC Session Minutes and reports can be read at our website at  upclaramie.org/minutes/
Church Contact Info
To contact the church staff click on a name below.

Rev. Sheri Fry        Rev. Sheri Fry

Clerk of Session      Carole Hertz

Church Office or 
Nikki Rogers           Nikki Rogers

Children's 
Ministry                   Michelle Harris

Music 
Ministry                  Lorinda O'Hashi
Presbyterian Women 
The 2018 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women will be held August 2-5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. 2018 is also the year that PW celebrates its 30th anniversary! That is why, each month for 30 months leading up to the Gathering, we are sending an email like this one to help you prepare, promote and plan for the Gathering (and PW's anniversary). This 19th update lands in your inbox 11 months from opening plenary (give or take a few days)! That's right-we're less than a year away! #PWGathering #2018ChurchwideGathering
January Care Cart-
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring program in the country. By development positive relationships, their volunteers have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people.  With the goal of having all children achieve success in their lives, they help children by forming strong relationships coupled with professional support to face the adversities affecting them.  These relationships change lives for the better, forever.  The January Care Cart is continuing UPC's tradition of providing the children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters with warm jackets.  Jackets for both boys and girls can range in sizes from children to young adults.

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