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Sunday Morning Experience

Join us for Worship Online at 10:30 am

Sunday Worship - Imagining Truth

Sunday, January 10th, 10:30 am  
Contact: Pastor AJ

What happens when you hold two truths that seem to be at odds with each other? We will be imagining what it is to live in a world where multiple truths lead to feelings of liberation, conflict and even hypocrisy if not clear. How do you honor one or multiple truths without betraying either or yourself?

Join us for Conversation:
Beginning at 10:15 via Google Meet. This will be our space to chat and socialize before and during the service. We will also share Candles of Community immediately following the service in this same meet.

Watch the Worship Service:
Our Sunday morning service will be available live
Sunday, January 10th, 9:30 am  
Contact: Jen S and Kendra P

Kids (and their grown-ups), join us this Sunday for our K-5 religious education program! All through the month of January, we will be exploring the theme of imagination. Our Soul Matters curriculum is specifically designed to keep kids engaged and curious over an online platform. So come along for stories, activities, and fun!
Sunday, January 10th, 11:45 am  
Contact: Denard T or Calisse W
Welcome to our Middle and Senior High Youth from our PrairieUU and local community to gather together. Join us for conversation, spiritual growth, and social activities.
Sunday, January 10., 11:45 am 
Contact: Janet S

All are welcome! The January theme is Imagination.
The Soul Matters Adult Small group meeting is on January 10 and 17th. It is helpful to do a spiritual exercise from the monthly packet, prior to the group meeting so you can share your experience.
Below you will find information to get the monthly Soul Matters small group packet.

  • If you have an active PrairieUU email account click here to access the January packet.
  • If you do not have a PrairieUU email account and or cannot find the packet, please contact Rhonda.
  • You may also contact Janet S with any questions.
What You Missed:
If you missed Worship over the last few weeks, you are invited to visit our Facebook page, YouTube or on our website to view our services.

Ralph Waldo Mouse Says:

"The problem with conundrums is that we don't apply enough imagination!"
From Pastor AJ ...
Dear Beluvs,

Welcome to 2021! I am so very glad to start this new year with you. I know that for many of us we have missed being with family and friends for our usual holiday celebrations but I hope that you all have had wonderful holidays. I do hope that you were able to take this time to initiate new celebrations and traditions. I am looking forward to spending 2021 with you as we continue to build our beloved community here at PrairieUU. We have lots of new and exciting things coming and hope to see you here.

Please Note: The regular church hours are Sunday 10am-5pm and Monday - Thursday 10am-5pm. I am always available to you for pastoral care. If there is anything that you need urgently, please let me know.

In Service,

From the Committee on Shared Ministry (COSM) ...
We hope that all are having a wonderful and safe holiday season!

The CoSM continues to be busy working on suggested adjustments to the nominations policy and drafting a Vision presentation for the January Congregational Meeting. Please plan on attending this important meeting as there will be lots of new information and changes that we will need to be aware of. 
There will be a by-laws change to clarify that CoSM members will serve a 3 year term. 

We will be meeting twice monthly starting in January to help complete our goals in a more timely matter. 

Have a great week and a Happy New Year!

Co-chair CoSM
From the Justice League...

The election is not over - for more information on what you can do - click here.
Rethinking Thanksgiving

Let’s rethink Thanksgiving- read Melissa’s important message here.
Support PrairieUU - Amazon Smile

If you shop on Amazon, please remember to use the special link and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to PrairieUU! This is through the Amazon Smile program. http://ow.ly/8zJi50BOssx
Support PrairieUU - King Soopers Rewards Program
Contact: Calisse W


Our assigned Non-Profit Organization (NPO) number is UC596.
Ministry Opportunities
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION ADVOCATE
Board Liaison to the Nominations Committee
Contact: Vivian L

The Board is recruiting an individual to serve as a Board appointed advisor to the Nominations Committee. Our work with the COSM to create a more inclusive, diverse slate of nominees for Congregational Elections has led the Prairie UU leadership to recognize the need for an individual with experience and understanding of how bias can influence our choices and prevent a wider representation of diversity in our Prairie UU leadership. If you or someone you know is interested in serving in this role, please let Vivian Littlefield, President of the Board of Trustees know. The position should begin in time for our nomination process in March 2021.  
COMMUNITY SAFETY ADVISOR
Contact: Vivian L

The Board is seeking an individual to serve as an Advisor to our Prairie UU Community on Safety in the area of Sexual Misconduct.

The role as currently envisioned is that the Advisor would search the local, state and national information sources for evolving information, review the UUA resources in these areas and provide regular, timely information to the congregation and the church leaders. The specific role and activities can be proposed by the individual/s who assumes the role/s. If you are interested in serving in this important position/s, contact Vivian Littlefield, President Board of Trustees.
This Week's Calendar
PrairieUU Calendar - Check for ongoing weekly meetings
Tech Talk
Tuesday, January 5, 4:00 PM
Contact: Rhonda W

During this time that we may not be able to get out and be with our family and friends, communications via Video Conferencing, and social media are needed more than ever. If you have a question or can you help someone else with Tech? Computers, Phones and Tablets? During this hour we work through getting you up and running to be in better communications with our PrairieUU community and your other personal networks.
Widening the Circle
Tuesday, January 5, 6:30 PM
Contact: Vivian L and Fran L

Join the Board, COSM and Justice League to Discuss Widening the Circle of Concern: Living Our Values in the World. Presenters: Kendra P. and Allyson G.  
Wednesday, January 6, 6:30 PM  
Contact: Denard T or Calisse W

This is space for Middle/Senior High Youth and 20something Young Adults from our PrairieUU and local community to gather together. Join us for conversation, spiritual growth, and social activities.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 6 to view: A Bug's Life

A misfit ant, looking for "warriors" to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.
Living Well With Mental Health Issues
Wednesday, January 6, 7:00 PM
Contact: Pastor AJ, Timothy B
 
Join us on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm to share and learn more about Living Well with Mental Health Issues.
LifeSpan Meeting
Thursday, January 7, 2021, 5:00 pm
Contact: Jen S.

Join us on the first Thursday of each month as we engage in planning education for all ages at PrairieUU.
Healthy Living Small Group
Friday, January 8, 1:00 pm
Contact: Pastor AJ

Join Pastor AJ and others in our community as we engage in a healthy(ier) living time together. We will meet once a week to share ideas, recipes, what works and what doesn’t about exercise. This will be a time to connect Mind, Body and Soul. If you are interested, please join Pastor AJ’s facebook group UU Healthy Living. Finally, Pastor AJ is also joining Weightwatchers and is inviting you to join with him. If you are interested, there are a couple of special promos that are now running but end tonight. For more information, check with Pastor AJ or sign up with Weightwatchers directly.
Coming Soon
Committee on Shared Ministry
Monday, November 9, 6:30 pm
Contact: Fran L or Susan E
 
The COSM is dedicated to growing our Vision, ensuring we live together in Right Relation, and conducting ministerial oversight and connection. All of our PrairieUU community members are welcome to join us for the first 30 minutes from 6:30 pm to 7:00 pm. If you are unable to make it to our meeting, you can always leave a message in our Suggestion Box.
MUUved to Action
Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 PM
Contact: Melissa B

Join us for our next MUUved to Action meeting. MUUved to Action group is a sub-group of our Justice League that meets weekly as a result of being called by our members to "not sleep through the revolution". We meet to address the urgent and immediate calls for justice action in our community. We are also joined by other Denver Metro UUs and community members.
Wednesday, January 13, 6:30 PM  
Contact: Denard T or Calisse W

This is space for Middle/Senior High Youth and 20something Young Adults from our PrairieUU and local community to gather together. Join us for conversation, spiritual growth, and social activities.

Please join us on Wednesday, January 13 to view: A Dogs's Journey

A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.
Healthy Living Small Group
Friday, January 15, 1:00 pm
Contact: Pastor AJ

Join Pastor AJ and others in our community as we engage in a healthy(ier) living time together. We will meet once a week to share ideas, recipes, what works and what doesn’t about exercise. This will be a time to connect Mind, Body and Soul. If you are interested, please join Pastor AJ’s Facebook group UU Healthy Living. Finally, Pastor AJ is also joining Weightwatchers and is inviting you to join with him. If you are interested, there are a couple of special promos that are now running but end tonight. For more information, check with Pastor AJ or sign up with Weightwatchers directly.
Community
 Information and Resources
 If you have other community resources that we should share, please let us know
We will gladly share here and on PrairieUU.
Calisse's COVID Corner:

As some of you may know, this past summer, I was hired to work for the Tri-County Health Department, on the COVID-19 Investigation Task Force (thank you, Janet for the reference!). Since then, I have learned a lot about giving guidance around staying isolated or quarantined if someone has come in contact with COVID-19. More recently, I serve on the Community Services team, and help people who struggle to keep their Isolation/Quarantine as they face the challenge of needing to obtain food, pay their bills, stay out of crisis, etc.

When Vivian asked me to take on this role as Safety, I was excited to help keep our congregation informed on pertinent topics around the pandemic, such as vaccine availability, the roll-out phases, and what to expect around getting vaccinated (Tri-County Health Department highly recommends that you do this, just like getting the influenza vaccine). 

I will also stay in the loop of what the UUA is recommending around timing on gatherings, such as small groups, guidance around doing this, as the vaccine is disseminated throughout 2021. 

Please reach out to me, let me know your thoughts or questions, or interest in helping be a fact-gatherer, as I know I'm not the only one wanting our congregation to stay healthy, and happy!

Yours (from at least 6 feet away),
COVID19 Vaccination Schedule

When can I get vaccinated, click here.
Effective coronavirus vaccines are here

Although the work of vaccines specific for the covid-19 began about 10 months ago, the development of the new vaccine technology has occurred carefully over the last 20 years.

The first two vaccines available are based on messenger RNA technology, which accelerates the development of immunity. There is no risk of viral infection from the vaccines. These novel vaccines, created by Pfizer/Biontech and by Moderna, have been approved by emergency use authorization. Both require 2 injections and offer close to complete protection against severe infection. Side effects, most commonly soreness around the injection site, have not been severe. Significant acute allergic reactions are quite rare.

A successful national vaccination campaign is now dependent on vaccine quantity and the logistics of distribution and local immunization programs. In Colorado groups at greatest risk of severe infection are being targeted first: medical care providers, residents and workers in long term care facilities, first responders, and essential workers, including teachers.

People over age 70 are also now eligible. The previous public health measures, such as masks and distancing, will still be needed for many months. Widespread participation in the vaccination campaign is critical if we are to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities against severe infection and to allow our society and economy to recover from the devastating impacts of this pandemic.

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Hello Fellow Shoppers!

Here's just a tease for all you shop-online enthusiasts--who also like making money for Prairie, without a ton of effort! It was recommended that we look into a program of gift card distribution--but not just physical gift card distribution. That's right! The purchasing of eGIFT cards that by doing so can benefit Prairie up to 20% of certain purchases. 

With over 250 brands that offer gift cards, that can be sent right to your email INBOX or right to your home, this is a great way to purchase gifts for others, staying out of stores completely! The finishing touches are being put in place to make this available to all Prairie UU families, so be patient--we're almost there!
Watch in the newsletter next week, and on our website soon as well, to discover how this will work! If you just can't wait to learn how, send me an email, and I can give you a bit more information, and YOU could be one of the first families to register, and start earning for Prairie!

Your homework for this week is to practice saying the organization: 
Shop with Scrip
Shop with Scrip
Shop with Scrip
(It's NOT Shop with scrips or scripts or scriptures)

Sincerely,
Christmas Tree Recycling

One way to recycle your tree is to cut off the branches and use them to mulch plants that might need extra protection from the cold.
Douglas County and its local municipalities have multiple locations where you can drop off your tree.

County-operated sites include:
  • Bayou Gulch, 4815 Fox Sparrow Road, Parker
  • Challenger Regional Park, 17299 E. Lincoln Ave., Parker
  • Fairgrounds Regional Park, 500 Fairgrounds Drive, Castle Rock
  • Highland Heritage Regional Park, 9651 S. Quebec St., Highlands Ranch

Before bringing your tree to one of the County’s recycling sites, please remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, garland, plastic wrap, tree stands, wire, rope, nails, etc. Also, please note that live trees with artificial snow sprayed on the branches cannot be mulched and will not be accepted.
For more information, please contact Douglas County Parks and Trails at 720-733-6990. Trees are accepted at the above locations anytime from Dec. 26-Jan. 31. Mulch will be available on-site while supplies last. Find additional municipal tree recycling locations in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch and Parker.
Quick Videos on Racial Disparities and COVID-19

Learn more - click here.
COVID Assistance Funds and Resources
  • Arapahoe County Rent and Mortgage assistance for Covid related loss of income, click here for more information.
  • Douglas County is offering Covid-19 assistance funds to individuals and families. Please click here for more information.
  • City of Aurora Covid-19 resources please click here for more information.
  • Parker Covid-19 information and resources - please click here for more information.
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Music Director - Eric Moon
Choir Director - Paul Ermisch
LifeSpan Coordinator - Jen Simon
 PrairieUU Board of Trustees:
Vivian Littlefield, President
Brenda Peterson, Vice President
Kim Murray, Secretary
Clark Huff, Treasurer
Fran Lukaszewski, Ministerial Support
Marjorie Bezdek, Ministerial Support
Jan Cruz, Mission & Vision
Susan Ermisch, Mission & Vision
Samera Baird, Right Relations
Allyson Gunn, Right Relations
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Mailing Address:
PrairieUU Church
P.O. Box 1684
Parker, CO 80134