Each year, we take a collection at UUFD at the Christmas Eve Services for the The Minister's Discretionary Fund. This confidential fund helps members, friends and people in need throughout the year. If you would like to contribute please make your check payable to UUFD, with MDF in the memo line. Your gifts will be gratefully received. Thank you!

Cookies for this Sunday's Tree Decorating and Caroling would be appreciated. Please drop off items in Bowman Hall before service.

Cookies Needed for Christmas Eve Fellowship Gathering 
There will be two Christmas Eve services (Tuesday December 24th) at 4:00 pm.and 6:00 pm. Eggnog, cider, and cookies will be served in Bowman Hall between the two services from 5:00-5:45 p.m. We need holiday goodies for the "eggnog" hour.  If you would like to contribute, it would be much appreciated. Please drop goodies off with Ilona in Bowman Hall anytime from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on the 24th Happy Holidays!

Common Threads December 18th 4:30 pm
A fiber crafts and fellowship group for knitters, crochet-ers, etc. Beginners welcome! Meets third Wednesday of each month 4:30-6:30 pm in the Chalice room in the Admin Conference Room. Questions?  EMAIL ELIZABETH

Outdoor Adventures Group
Join us for hiking, biking, camping, alpine skiing. It's time to sign up for skiing - to be added to the list of notices for skiing sign up at EMAIL BOB.

Durango Food Bank 
Special announcement  December 13, 14, 15 - Dump Hunger Food Drive at Walmart. C& J Gravel will match any monetary donation to DFB dollar for dollar! Donations help with the spike in food insecurity in our community.

Unitarian/Universalist Service Committee 
Bring your Guest At Your Table box with donations for UUSC and place under the chancel Christmas tree. For more info, contact Richard Butler EMAIL RICHARD.

SRJ Caf é Special 
One Sunday each month one social justice team invites you to visit with them at BH 
caf é table and learn about their team. Dec. 21 see Richard Butler to learn about Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

Rosa's 1000 Days in Sanctuary Campaign Immigration Team 
Invites you: visit  ROSA'S WEBSITE  to sign the online petition asking Rep. Tipton to sponsor a Private Bill for Lawful Permanent Residency, the only way Rosa will get to leave Sanctuary.

Healing Racism Team Interested? 
Come to an open meeting on January 5 at 11:00 in the Comfort Room at the back of the Sanctuary to learn more and share ideas about the work of this team. Creativity welcomed!

The Healing Racism Team is sponsoring a discussion of best-selling book White Fragility after Sunday services on March 8, April 19, May 31, June 14. Mark your calendar for these multigenerational learning opportunities; books available now $15!

Share the Plate
Our collection to date for La Plata Family Centers Coalition, a resource center serving families in Durango, Bayfield, Ignacio and Fort Lewis Mesa, totals $2784.11. Thank you for helping our neighbors and friends in need!

UUFD Buildings & Grounds Committee Offers Service Opportunity! 
We're putting together a church campus snow clearing schedule for the months of Dec. Jan. Feb.  We have a contractor that plows the parking lot, but we depend on volunteers to shovel the church sidewalks after a snow event.  The schedule creates teams of three, on call for a two week period. If you're willing to help   EMAIL JOHN   or just find the master signup list hanging in Bowman Hall. We have 8 openings remaining. 

If you or anyone you know could use assistance with transportation, meals, community resources, a visit or card please contact The Caring Team at
Interested in joining UUFD? 
Talk with someone at the Welcome podium on Sunday for a  Becoming a Member brochure.

Newsletter Submission Guidelines
1. Headline, who/what/when/where, and 250-300 words 
2. Photos / graphics are welcome if applicable
3. Possible: link to outside source if applicable
4. Deadline is 25th of each month
For more information contact  EMAIL BOBBI

Calendar Scheduling
I f your Committee, Team or Group is looking to reserve a space for a UUFD meeting/event for 2019, please consider reserving the space soon. First check Calendar to make sure space is available on CALENDAR,   EMAIL JEANNE  and give the following info: name of Member in charge, location, date, start and end time of the meeting/event  - 30 minutes before and after will be added for set up and clean up.

Need Childcare for Your Meeting or Event?
The Fellowship maintains a list of approved child care workers that are available for your Team or group to hire. The list is available from Sara Sautter, Interim Director of Faith Formation. You may reach her here. Please plan to directly contact and schedule members of our child care team for your event or meeting as needed. 

Deadline for Announcements
Deadline for Announcements e-announcements & bulletin deadline is Tuesday 12:00 pm  for the following Friday & Sunday. 40 words or less with contact info.  EMAIL JEANNE
F A I T H   F O R M A T I O N
It's Holiday Pageant  Sunday! 

Don't miss the chance for your children to take a part in our spontaneous Christmas Pageant, Sunday, December 15 at 10:00.  We have parts for mice, stars, wise people and MUCH more!  

This is an All-Community Worship Sunday. The children will stay with us for the entire worship service.  But don't worry about them getting antsy - this is the most fun Sunday of the year!  

Dinner Conversation Resources for Exploring Our December Theme  

You are your child's primary faith formation educator. And to help you with this big job, we'll be providing you with monthly resources for you to explore at home.

This week we bring you dinner time conversation starters. We will add to these resources every week.  Soulful Home Resources, click here.

These resources are from Soulful Home, a UU faith formation service, and have been edited by Sara Sautter, our Interim Director of Faith Formation.  

Have fun!
See you Sunday!

Sara Sautter, Interim Director of Faith Formation
Twelve Environmentally Friendly Ways for the Holidays
Suggestions from your UUFD Environmental Justice Team
The green we have in mind is the environmentally friendly kind. Here's some tips that will put you atop of 
Santa's nice list this holiday season:

1. Use only LED Christmas lights and save up to 80% of the energy costs.

2. Send E-Cards - Use e-cards and e-mails to save paper and mailing expense.


3. Shop Local - Buying local keeps 4 times the amount of dollars in the local economy than buying from a chain.


4. Give Service- Think of a friend or family member who may appreciate your time, or give to service project, lend a helping hand.


5. Use Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping - Use recycled, cloth, reused, or newspaper materials for wrapping.


6. Have a Green Christmas Tree - Get a permit to cut a tree in the forest, or buy a live tree to plant after the holidays and celebrate year-round.


7. Mother Nature Inspired Decorations - Take a walk and find natural materials such as pine cones, holly, seashells, stones, and evergreen branches.


8. Recycle Decorations - Save decorations that will keep in that special 'Christmas box' and send perishables to the compost or recycling.


9. Reduce Travel - Best way to cut your carbon footprint is to reduce your travel. Save time, money, fuel, and perhaps reduce stress.


10. Save Home Energy - use a programmable thermostat, LED lights, weather stripping, insulation. Get ready for the long winter nights.


11. Stocking Stuffers - Fill those stocking with yummy, health treats like dried fruit, nuts, or our favorite chocolate chip cookies, unless Santa gets them first.


12. Buy Less- The best way for a greener holiday is to buy less. Ask those you're thinking of buying for if they want a gift.

Have a Happy Green Holidays!

To see a full listing of all our Ongoing Classes & Groups, visit our Website and click on Connection and Affinity Groups.

F A C I L I T Y   U S E
For more  information, UUFD policies, or to make a request to use UUFD facilities for an event, please see our facility use request page .
S T A F F   A N D   O F F I C E   H O U R S

Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris, Minister, T/Th 9 am-2 pm & Wed by appointment

Jeanne MacKenzie, Office Administrator, T, W, Th 9 am-2 pm
Sara Sautter, Interim Director of Faith Formation

Marilyn Garst, Classical Pianist & Artistic Director Recital Series

Lawrence Nass, Contemporary Pianist

Elizabeth Crawford, Acting Choir Director
Tricia Bayless, Finance Clerk

Shannon Beaver, Connections Coordinator

Caesar Sanchez, Sexton

UU Fellowship of Durango | | (970) 247-1004
419 San Juan Drive I Durango, Colorado 81301