We are truly grateful to have gone on this mission trip. Through serving on this trip we learned more about Habitat for Humanity. We learned the process that it takes to qualify for a home along with the responsibilities these families take on. We were also fortunate to meet a family who is receiving a home. We also learned that a small impact can make a great change. We were fortunate enough to work in a community that hadn’t received a habitat home yet. We thank you, the congregation, for this amazing opportunity we had. 

Thanks so much, 
Tessa, Lena, Taylor, Austin, Delaney, Gabby, Andy, and Cam
Attention United Presbyterian Church Men!

You are invited to attend the inaugural meeting of what is anticipated to be a stimulating men’s social group Friday Feb. 28,2020. Where? Perkins at 8:00 AM. Why? Guys need fun too! This is a get acquainted/ discussion/ planning opportunity for the future if that is the desire of those attending. Questions to Henry Haynes and Hank Kobulnicky.

Per Capita is based upon church membership, so for UPC our Per Capita bill per member in 2020 is $45.95. We are asking each member to help cover the costs of Per Capita by submitting a check for the appropriate amount with Per Capita noted in the memo line. Thank you for your continued support of both our church and the PC (USA).

“The Bible’s Yes to Same-Sex Marriage” is the first selection of a new book discussion group at UPC. We will engage in author Mark Achtemeier’s own journey with the Bible, “from a personal stance of judgement and exclusion to a changed heart that supports and celebrates my church’s newly won openness to the ministries of gay and lesbian Christians and the blessing of their marriages.” Achtemeier’s goal is to interject some light into the midst of all the heat that is being generated by the discussions. Achtemeier has served the PC (USA) as a pastor, writer, and theologian for 36 years and on the faculty of Dubuque Theological Seminary for fifteen years. There will be a sign-up sheet in the overflow room. We hope to start the study in February. For more information, contact Gerald Van Campen or Carole Hertz.

Starting in February, Coffee Hour will be held in the Fireplace Lounge after both services. There is a sign-up for those willing to bring treats each week. Please consider sweet, savory and/or healthy options. The sign-up clip board will be in the Fireplace Lounge for those who love a bite to eat while socializing. Coffee will be provided by Congregational Life. Why the change? After a request to the congregation for insight as to why they do or do not participate, we decided to try this new model. Here are a few of those reasons:
  • When the North Lounge is being used for studies, presentations, etc., Coffee Hour participants won't feel the need to leave so the event can begin.  
  • The Sanctuary overflow has limited seating. In the past people weren't using the standing tables, and sometimes those participating between services didn't cut off conversation when the 10:30 service began.
  • The Fireplace Lounge is in the "line of traffic" to the door facing Ivinson so, it catches many people's attention. This is especially helpful for guests who may not know to head down to the North Lounge, despite signage.
  • The purpose of Coffee Hour is to promote fellowship between members and guests. Congregational Life is hoping to foster more participation between services so you can see faces from both services. 
  • Congregational Life appreciates the feedback we received. We also appreciate the opportunity to continue this time of fellowship in a revamped way to accommodate all members and guests of UPC's spaces!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our BUNKO and "Souper" Bowl kick-off evening. We enjoyed 5 wonderful soups. Nancy Lick won People's Choice and Judges 1st Place with her chowder. Hillary Utton won Judges 2nd Place with her chicken & rice soup. We also thank Pastor Michelle Bacon, Nikki Rogers and Carole Hertz for their soups! Congregational Life was pleased to have our first Bunko night! Celeste and Henry Kobulnicky won most wins and most loses. Trenton Rogers won the Bunko bag. It was a fun time to break up the long and cold Laramie nights.  

Congregational Life would like to encourage UPC members and guests to support Family Promise's Trattoria Promessa fundraising evening. Please join for dinner, live music, wine bar and silent auction on Saturday, February 15 at 6pm at the Alice Hardy Steven's Center. Tickets can be purchased following the link at   https://fpalbanycounty.org . If you want to volunteer to help at the event, call the Family Promise office at 742-6480. More information below.

Congregational Life is working with UW to get tickets for a Cowboy basketball game in February. Please stay tuned for game information and ticket availablity. We can support our Cowboys and enjoy some time cheering together in the arena. The World Needs More Cowboys!

UPC's Personnel Committee wanted to give a brief update. In 2020, we will continue with our janitorial service for cleaning. We have heard many positive comments about their work in our spaces. If you notice something being overlooked, please email Nikki at  upclaramie@gmail.com  so she can communicate with our crew. For 2020, we had hoped to hire a "stage hand" position to help committees and staff with event and meeting setup, help on Sundays and more. We hope this may be an option for UPC in the future but, due to budget limitations, we will carry on as we have been. Finally, Personnel will be conducting staff reviews in the coming months. We would love to pass on words of praise, or constructive criticism, to our staff (Pastor Michelle Bacon, Michelle Harris, Donna Marburger, Lori O'Hashi and Nikki Rogers). Please send any such comments to Personnel Committee by emailing  cseebart@aol.com . Personnel is grateful for the hard work given from all UPC staff.

As we begin February it’s hard to believe another LOGOS year will soon be wrapping up. We will meet through February with the exception on Ash Wednesday February 26. Our final LOGOS of the year will be on March 11.

Since LOGOS is wrapping up that means its time to start thinking about summer. Vacation Bible School will be held the week of June 8 th . This year’s theme is “Rocky Railway-Jesus’ power pulls us through” Summer also means its time to think about camp. Watch upcoming communicators to learn more about camp opportunities this summer.

We have one family in shelter,a mother and daughter. They have been offered housing that will come available in the next few weeks. We have two families going through the background check process. The family most likely to enter into is a single father and 17 year old son. " Save the Date" for our next Host Week for Family Promise, March 22-29. If you have any questions about Family Promise please see Jennifer Painter, Kyle & Jennifer Power or Michelle Harris.
Chocolate Fiesta 2020 call for volunteers!

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Laramie (UUFL) announces its 35 th annual Chocolate Fiesta on Saturday, February 8. This beloved community event raises funds for a local non-profit. This year’s recipient is Family Promise of Albany County.

The Fiesta will be held at the UUFL, 14 th and Gibbon Streets, from 10 am to 1 pm. Set-up and decorating are scheduled for Friday, February 7, from 4 to 7 pm. Take-down and clean-up are scheduled for Saturday afternoon from 1 to 2:30 pm. 

Here is a list of opportunities for you to help make this event a success:

1.        Make chocolate goodies – cakes, pies, cookies, candies, confections – to sell at the Fiesta. Gluten-free and sugar-free items are welcome. Attached are guidelines for preparation.          

2.        Distribute a few posters around town.

3.        Donate an item or two to the silent auction.

4.        Make chocolate goodies (see #1).

5.        Spend an hour or two setting up tables and decorating on Friday, February 7.

6.        Spend an hour or two helping set up the silent auction on Friday afternoon.

7.        Spend an hour or two on Friday afternoon taking in chocolate donations. 

8.        Encourage your friends and neighbors to make chocolate goodies (see #1).

9.        Volunteer an hour or two on Saturday morning to take in donations and keep the tables full. 

10.      Volunteer an hour or two on Saturday afternoon to take down tables and decorations.

11.      Make chocolate goodies!

Guidelines for Preparing Chocolate Items

Chocolate baked goods can be brought to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
  • Between 4 PM and 7 PM, Friday, February 7 or
  • Between 8 AM and 9:30 AM Saturday, February 8
For all items, please use the following guidelines:
  • Bring your item(s) in a tightly sealed box/container that is disposable or a container that has your name on it. You can wait for us to transfer your items and return your container, or pick up your container by the end of the fiesta.
  • To best assure freshness and quality, do not cut or slice items such as cakes, bar cookies, pies, etc. especially if dropping them off early, as they tend to dry out.
  • Individual items like cookies and candies retain freshness best if they are given to us in bulk. Plus, this allows us to control numbers of items per plate permitting us to price more consistently.
  • If you prefer to bring cookies or candies “sale ready,” they are generally packaged 6 to a plate and covered so that they can be easily viewed and as tightly sealed as possible.
  • Presentation makes all the difference turning even the simplest treat into an indulgence.
  • Provide attractive labels with name of item – multiple copies if your item will be split up onto plates.
  • Provide an ingredient list (Health Department guideline) on a small card or paper especially noting if they contain nuts and/or peanuts – multiple copies if your item will be split up onto plates.
  • Please let us know if your chocolate items need to be refrigerated. This includes items with a high cream, egg, and/or cream cheese content such as cream pies or cheesecakes.

Thank you for your support. We could not have a successful Chocolate Fiesta without your donated chocolate items! For questions on the Chocolate Fiesta contact:

Jennifer Wade – jswade.wyo@gmail.com  307-399-6229 or
Barbara Bogart – ballenbogart@gmail.com  307-399-0806
It’s Time To Dine!!!

Trattoria Promessa is just around the corner. This is Family Promise's biggest fundraiser of the year. Their goal is to raise 20% of our operating budget. It will be a night of good food, good wine, and good company! They will also have AMAZING silent auction items featuring,

4 “Trips of a Lifetime” from AmFund’s Travel for a Good Cause*.
· The Pleasures and Treasures of Tuscany
· Greek Island Adventure
· I Love New York
· Tropical Costa Rica

Not to mention they will be auctioning 2 baseballs, one signed by Trevor Story of the Colorado Rockies and one signed by Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies. They also have a brand new Weber Spirit II E-310 grill! See all the items online at https://www.accelevents.com/e/TrattoriaPromessa.
*Note: the trips can only be bid on at the event.

Tickets can also be ordered online at FPalbanycounty.org Individual tickets are $50, the double bundle (2 tickets) are $90, and tables are $360.

Thank you for all the support you have given Family Promise over the past 2 years, we feel so blessed by the Laramie community.

Trattoria Promessa
Dinner and Silent Auction
February 15th, 2020 6:00PM
Alice Hardie Stevens Center

If you would like to help in any way please sign up at Trattoria Promessa

We will meet Thursday, February 13th at 7:00 pm at UPC Fireplace Lounge. We will be studying Lesson Five of the Horizon Bible Study book "Love Carved In Stone". Please join us for good fun, food & fellowship. It is never to late to join! Please contact the church at upclaramie@gmail.com or 742-2061 for information.
Mary Martha Circle

Mary Martha Circle will meet Wednesday, February 19 th  at 1:00 pm in the home of Freda Dixon, 512 So. 26 th  Street .   We will continue our study of the Ten Commandments with “thou shall not commit adultry”. Sara Clute will lead us in Lesson 6. Janice Shuster is our co-hostess.  All women are invited to join us for prayer, study and fellowship. Please RSVP to Janice, at 745-3132, jmshust@outlook.com   or Freda, 742-0506,  fdixon@bresnan.net. We hope you will join us.

Rebekah Circle will meet Feb. 20 at 10:00 am at Corrine Seebart’s, 1456 Apache Drive. We will be studying Lesson 6 “ Words of Love: Hold your marriage sacred ”. Please RSVP 745-7510 and ask if you can help out with our treats.

How UPC stands financially at the end of December 2019: Total Income $244030.76 108.32%. Total Expenses $257676.90 114.35%.

  • The Mission Conference on Syria scheduled for Saturday, February 15 has been postponed until Saturday, March 7th, to accommodate our speakers’ schedules. More information will follow.
  • Mission thanks Rev Roger McDaniels and UPC’s Nancy Weidel for the 1/26 workshop on the trip to the Mexican Border. It was the largest social justice workshop –to- date with more than 35 attendees. The original music and slides contributed a great deal.
  • Mission thanks UPC’s Session for their recent vote to support through the Wyoming Presbytery the Syrian Initiative that will be presented at the next General Assembly.
  • Mission thanks the Hillary Utton and the Congregational Life Committee for including the Souper Bowl Sunday drive in their Soup/Bunko event on Friday, 1/24. It was fun to have a Souper Bowl “Playoff” before the major drive on Sunday, February 2. All types of soups are needed with all donations going to the Food Pantry. The smart people are betting that UPC can win this one.
  • In February, Mission will be collecting donations for the Gifts from the Heart Disaster Kits through PCUSA’s partnership with the World Council of Churches. Last year, over 60 kits were assembled which was 20 more than in 2018. The education and hygiene kits will be assembled at a luncheon during March.
  • Hygiene Kits – hand towels (16”x28”; no fingertip or bath towels); washcloths; wide-tooth combs; nail clippers; bars of soap (wrapper); single wrapped toothbrushes; adhesive bandage strips, like Band-Aids.
  • School Kits – blunt scissors (rounded tips); crayons, 24-count; new pencils with erasers; hand-held pencil sharpeners; 12” rulers; 70-count spiral notebooks or tape-bound pads of 8”x10 ½ “ ruled paper or pads with 200-210 sheets of ruler paper (no loose notebook paper)
  • Many thanks to Margaret Brown for her wonderful salads for the Downtown Clinic dinner on 1/17. The next dinner is Wednesday, 2/19. Please contact Nancy at sadielady2@charter.net if you can provide either a salad or dessert. UPC’s dinners are greatly appreciated by the volunteer doctors, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, counselors, physical therapists, and clerical staff who come directly from their jobs without having dinner.
  • Mission wants to recognize Vi Baker for her years of work on the Mission Committee. Vi is “retiring” from serving on the Committee and will be leaving a gap in our efforts. Thank you, Vi, and enjoy your “retirement.”

If you are in need of product from Equal Exchange, Lorinda O'Hashi will be ordering in the future. Please E-mail,  LorindaO@aol.com  or leave a message in the Church Office of your needs.
Church Contact Info

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Clerk of Session    Carole Hertz

Church Office or 
Nikki Rogers      Nikki Rogers

Ministry          Michelle Harris

Ministry           Lorinda O'Hashi

The church office will be open Monday-Friday 8:00-3:00. Rev. Michelle Bacon's office hours are 9:00-5:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
and 12:00-5:00 Wednesday.
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