ISSUE 17                                                                                                                                                                                    NOVEMBER 2017
November Theme: Change
"Change is great," said one to the other. "You first."

This old joke summarizes how many of us feel about change. We want (or maybe just some part of us wants) to embrace change, knowing that it is a constant in our lives. And yet, we can't quite get there. "I'm all for it," we say. "But, you go ahead and go first."

There is no doubt that we are hardwired to feel threatened by change. Our forebears scanned the horizon and took any difference to be a threat to their own chance of surviving. Thus, our amygdala (our reptilian brain) is set to react - either by fleeing or fighting. Fortunately for us, other parts of our brain have evolved, gifting us with a wider range of options.

It is true that some of us may never be fond of change. Yet, we can learn how to better accept that it exists and we can deal with it from a more enlightened or evolved place.

On our ministry team, we are always asking the question how is our ministry equipping people to live better and more intentional lives. This month is no exception.

Eric kicks off our month with one of the most foundational questions in dealing with change: when to hold on and when to let go. In a religion that refers to itself as the "Living Tradition," there is an embedded mandate to be alive now. Tradition is important, to be sure, but so is being open to the reality that revelation is not sealed. We continue to learn and grow and our religion acknowledges that, as it tries to do the same.

On the second Sunday, as Keith's column unpacks, we embrace change by doing worship differently. I will offer spoken words, but music will be in the lead and we will have extended periods of music.

Bracketing Thanksgiving week will be Tom Andrews, who is the President of the UUSC, offering his reflection on how we might change the world and then our full-time intern, Kristen Psaki, who will invite us to consider changing our pasts, by reviewing and shifting the stories we tell about them.

Of course, these weekly reflections are modest indeed compared to the Big Hairy Audacious Goal the Board has put before us: "By May 1, 2018 we will have a viable plan to free JUC from the limits of our campus in order to live more fully into our mission." The pursuit of this plan will invite us and challenge us to look at ourselves anew. We have long said we want to be a convener for social justice issues. Increasingly, we have done that. Recently at the School Board Candidate Forum we experienced both success and the pinch of our space. Our sanctuary was full and our parking lot overflowed. The parking I witnessed within our lot, as well as on 32 nd and Gardenia, was, in a word, creative.

So, who will we be? How willing are we to live into long spoken dreams and claim a new reality that considers not just the present, but the next generation?

How fitting that our month on change follows the month on courage and precedes our month on hope! What a great time to be at JUC!
Welcome Interns!

The Intern Ministerial Committee warmly welcomes our new ministerial interns-Kristen Psaki and Kim Mason. Kristen is a full-time, one-year intern who graduated from Union Theological Seminary. Kim, like our previous intern Emily Conger, comes to us as a two-year part-time intern while simultaneously taking classes on-line and in-person at Meadville Lombard Master of Divinity Program in Chicago. 

As a teaching congregation, JUC provides the opportunity for interns to practice and further develop their ministerial skills through giving sermons and prayers, designing services, helping with pastoral care, teaching classes, participating in and observing various committees, and learning about the operations of a large church from governance and budgeting to the nitty-gritty daily issues that arise. 

Our committee meets monthly and is tasked with providing them lay support, loving feedback, guidance and periodic formal evaluations as required by the UUA, and for Kim, by her seminary. We invite you to help them in their development as well. Please feel free to give them your own constructive feedback or speak with any of us to pass along your impressions, praise, suggestions, etc. (with your name attached).  We are honored to be a small part of Kristen's and Kim's journeys toward becoming UU ministers.

Kim Mason (intern), Brennen Flood, Linda Hartman, Tolani Finley, Meridee Cecil (chairperson), Kristen Psaki (intern), and Rex Nelson
The Online Auction is Open!

While you're there, check out the exciting live auction items and purchase your tickets for the big event on Saturday, November 11 at 6 p.m.

Tickets will also be available at the table in the north commons on Sunday. 

Join us for an evening of fun, food, libations, entertainment, fellowship, and of course fundraising! We'll have a photo booth, carnival games, and fabulous circus entertainment. Costumes always add to the fun. 
Children will have their own special auction! Food, activities, and entertainment just for them! 

We still need lots of helpers to make the night a success!
Please  sign up   to volunteer!

Contact: Carolyn Thomas
We Are Family
1st Wednesdays
3rd Fridays
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Worship

Join us twice per month for a fellowship dinner ($5 per person) followed by a lively and brief family-centered worship. We use ritual, song and story for a multi-age worship that fills the heart and grows the spirit. All ages are encouraged to attend. 

The November menu is Italian themed.
Planned Giving and Courage
It takes courage to make a plan for the last experience of our time on this earth. We know not how it will be, but only that it will be. Courage is a thing in us that calls us forward to take the next small step to overcome the block we have been resisting. Courage is to do the work to find our own truth and pass it on. Courage is knowing what is true without knowing what the outcome will be.

An estate plan can clarify your wants and wishes for your loved ones and JUC. It also gives them the gift of knowing what you want your end of life arrangements to be and what they need to do to make them so.

We invite you to remember JUC in your plans to pass your legacy on to future members of the JUC community. Visit the planned giving display in the north commons for relevant information.

Contact JUC's planned giving coordinators:  Bud Meadows , Mike Kramer or Carol Wilsey .
Children's and Youth Choir: Wintertide
The Children's and Youth Choir  Wintertide  project begins Tuesday, November 7. All JUC kids grade K-8 are welcome to join us for a fun and festive early winter choir project! We will sing songs celebrating November and December holidays and will share music in the two morning Christmas Eve services.  

Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings, with Children's Choir (k-3rd grade) 6:30-7:10 p.m. and Radiance choir (4th-8th grade) 7:15-8 p.m.  

Contact: Sarah Billerbeck, Director of Music for Children and Youth
Green Task Force
The book "Climate of Hope" by Bloomberg and Pope emphasizes the role of cities in taking action to combat climate change.   Over the past three Sundays, our discussion group of ten thought about the ramifications of these ideas for Colorado and particularly for the cities of the western metro area.   Sparked by the question "What do I do?" we put our suggestions for taking action on a spectrum personal-local-city/county- regional-state-national.   In UU fashion, the conversation was lively and continuous.   Another session on a sustainability-related issue is being considered for the new year.

Join the Green Task Force Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. for   Ethics, Principles, and Practice of Personal Sustainability... Beyond Net Zero. Presented by Steve Stevens, JUC Member.
JUC Community Knitters and Crocheters
If you are interested in crafting for a good cause, please consider joining JUC's Knitters and Crocheters. We meet on Thursdays at 1 p.m., generally in the Mills Building. We make afghans for the Family Tree Women in Crisis shelter. Our group started over 8 years ago at Recycled Lamb at 20th and Youngfield. When the store closed, we were delighted to find a home at JUC. Please feel free to bring your needles and hooks and help give a helping hand to those in need.

Contact: Fran Loft
JUC Scrip Program
Do you know that you can easily make big bucks for JUC by participating in our Scrip Program?! 

You can purchase retailer cards at the Scrip table in the commons on Sundays. For instance, purchase a King Soopers card, and when you use it to check out, JUC will receive 5% of what you spend! The card is reloadable, and check out when using it is quicker because you don't even have to sign your name! See Pat Emery and Jean Decker on Sunday.

14350 W 32nd Avenue
Golden, CO 80401
Parking at JUC
As you all know, parking is an issue here at JUC. I had planned to add Parking Attendant to our list of Sunday Shared Ministry positions, but have decided to try out the following for now:
  • The electronic sign will be scheduled between 10 and 11 am on Sundays to indicate that there is additional parking in the east lot at Maple Grove Park. (Just west of JUC.)
  • We are having a "JUC Overflow Parking" sign made for our particularly busy days when we have arranged to allow churchgoers to also park at Applewood Golf Course. (Just east of JUC.)
  • Please park at Maple Grove Park if you are able to make the walk over, in order to free up spots for our less able-bodied members and visitors. I have watched multiple cars circle the lot right as second service is starting and am not sure if they have been able to find other parking or if we are losing people.
  • If you are able, please park in the outer areas of the lot first, leaving closer spots for those who really need them. (And if you really need a closer spot, have no qualms about taking one! With my own disability, some days a walk is fine and some days it's not.)
  • Reach out to friends that live near you to see if you can carpool.
  • If you attend the 9 a.m. service please be mindful about leaving around 10:30 a.m. so that the 11 a.m. attendees who are arriving have spaces available.
Thanks so much for engaging in courtesy parking so that our elders and visitors feel especially welcomed! 
We Have Begun!

Your board has committed to our "big hairy audacious goal":
By May 1, 2018 we will have a viable plan to free JUC from  the limits of our campus in order to live more fully into our  mission.
At our fall congregational meeting, we shared information, data and dreams. Such as:
  • The current political and social climate calls us to live more fully into our mission and covenant
  • We want to be a convener for social justice and a center of cultural life in Jefferson County (for more then 300 people at a time).
  • Our membership is the highest it's ever been at 808 and we have had 1300 visits from newcomers this calendar year so far.
  • Our vibrant programming is limited by our space constraints, and
  • Unfortunately, we absolutely can NOT expand in our current space!
Then we reflected on three questions about this goal:
  • What feelings come up?
  • What seems right?
  • What seems risky?
The small group responses were shared with those who gathered, and we heard:
  • Feelings - enthusiasm, dread, excitement, fear, selfishness, commitment, grief
  • Right - expansion needed, live into our mission, can diversify, right time
  • Risky - uncertainty, taking on additional debt, fear of failure
Yes, we're continuing our noble journey of living into our values and in pursuit of our mission to nurture our spiritual community, grow Unitarian Universalism and transform the world outside out church walls.
If you were not able to attend the meeting on October 15, don't worry. You'll have many opportunities to participate in the movement to the realization of this big hairy audacious goal. We want to hear your thoughts. Let Rev. Wendy or a Board member know of your interest!
Keeping the Promise

JUC uses a year round pledge system in which each household is asked annually during their pledging month to renew. Pledging is a part of our regular work all year rather than just one big push, and so you will see some messages like mine over the course of the year.

When I first became a member of JUC in February of 2013, I had barely experienced this church and could hardly articulate how Unitarian Universalism had became my chosen faith. At the time, I was a student at MSU Denver studying non-profit administration and the idea of giving to organizations I believed in felt very natural. Now as a student, working part-time and racking up loans, I had a little extra money to give. I pledged anyway, starting out at $10 a month. While it went against everything my non-profit budgeting brain had been taught, I would pull extra money together and put it in an envelope marked "pledge" about two or three times a year. I know it wasn't the most ideal situation but I was fulfilling my promise. 

Even then, I didn't fully understand what promise I was making. And as the years went by I was able to increase my pledge little by little, partially due to circumstances and partially on the faith that the money would be there. I had a deep sense of volunteerism and felt what I couldn't give financially I could supplement with time. I joined committees and helped with rummage sales, welcoming, ushering and a few other tasks. All the things my volunteer coordinator brain knew were small, yet important. While these contributions felt sort of random at first, what I received in turn was a sense of community, a sense of belonging. 

Now that I'm fully invested and I am proud to say this is my religious home, I see how my financial contributions help carry forward the promises of suiting up and showing up into the future. It is much easier to take on the hard anti-oppression work, hosting families, growing spirituality folks of all ages, all the incredible things we do together; when the lights come on, the sanctuary is warm in the winter and cool(er) in the summer, when there is coffee on Sundays, and our wonderful staff and ministers are paid. I cannot fully express my gratitude for those who have fulfilled their promises before me so that could experience this church and this faith. 

Pledging for me has now taken on yet another meaning. The ever widening circle of this promise includes those who yet to be here, who have yet to answer the same call to love. Through my monthly pledge to JUC I promise to help provide the matches to keep the chalice lit, so that those who are yet to partner with us, those who are yet hear of our faith, and those who are yet to join our community can see our light.

I hope that when it is your turn to pledge that you will  think about what JUC means in your life and consider making an increase.
Let's Change the World

JUC is fortunate to have UUSC President and CEO Tom Andrews addressing the congregation on Sunday, November 19. Tom Andrews, a former Member of Congress from Maine and long-time activist, will talk about how religious communities may be key to major social change in the years ahead and what Unitarian Universalists in particular can do to make that so.

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee has been advancing human rights throughout the world for 77 years. If you want to learn more about supporting communities affected by climate change, assisting families in immigration detention, helping LGBT persons seeking asylum, defying hate, or some of the other actions that UUSC is involved in, please join us as we hear an important message from a leader in social justice. The special plate on November 19  will be for UUSC and all of the important work it does.

In conjunction with Tom Andrews' sermon and the special plate, in November the UUSC Task Force will be promoting Guest at Your Table (GAYT), a long-held tradition in UU congregations. This year's theme , Small Change is Big Change , emphasizes the impact of our contributions, small or large, in creating positive change in the world. GAYT is for adults, families, and children. We hope that parents will pick up a collection box and participate with their children in filling it with coins and bills, and that they will have good discussions about how each of us can make positive change for other families whose lives are threatened by rights violations.  

The UUSC Task Force will have information available in the commons Sundays, November 12 and 19 about the important work that UUSC does. You can find out how you can be involved in UUSC through Guest at Your Table, and by giving generously to the special plate on November 19. Your involvement helps spread hope in the world!
JUC Craft Faire celebrates its 22nd Anniversary

The JUC Craft Faire is one of the longest running JUC traditions , celebrating 22 years this December 1 and 2 at JUC. The Craft Faire has always had three goals:
  • Building Community - the Craft Faire allows JUC's creative members to share that creativity with the rest of the JUC community. The Faire also involves close to 50 volunteers who also enjoy the festivities and celebrate how talented our members are. A special Children's Faire allows children to learn the pleasure of giving gifts that they have selected with the guidance of adult volunteers and then wrap them.  
  • Fundraising - 20% of all sales go to JUC for the general fund. Last year the Craft Farie contributed $6,000 to the fund for undesignated use, a cushion for other line items.
  • Support our crafters - vendors keep 80% of what they sell, rewarding both JUC and the Craft Faire.
A successful Craft Faire requires three things:
  • Crafters - deadline for crafters is Friday, November 3. Slots are filling up fast.
  • Volunteers - we need packers, greeters, bakers, and people to help serve food. Sign up on after services at JUC every Sunday.
  • Buyers - make up your Christmas list and bring it for unique and creative gifts, at all prices, for everyone in your family.
We have a great team working on the Craft Faire and expect this one to be bigger and better than ever!