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Sunday Morning Experience

Join us for Worship Online at 10:30 am



Sunday, October 11, 9:30 am  
Contact: Jen S and Kenra P
 
Kids (and their grown-ups), join us this Sunday as we kick off our K-5 religious education program! All through the month of October, will be exploring the theme of deep listening. 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 Worship - Listening to the Land
Gathering and Fellowship: 10:15 am
Sunday, October 11, 10:30 am  
Contact: Pastor AJ

Our service will be in honor of Indigenous Peoples Day. We will be reflecting on the land we walk as the land of their ancestors, stolen, and abused as well as asking the land for forgiveness and restoration.

Join us for Conversation:
Beginning at 10:15 via Google Meet or by phone @ 1-361-360-8585‬ PIN: ‪992 842 341‬#. 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 via Facebook, Youtubeor PrairieUU.org.
Sunday, October 11, 11:45 am  
Contact: 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.
PrairieUU Townhall
Sunday, October 11, 11:45 am  
Contact: Vivian L
 
The agenda items currently suggested include:

  • What is the Restorative Process for Right Relations in Prairie UU? How does it work? Skit and presentation by the COSM.  
  •  What are the ways Prairie UU members can connect and communicate technically? How can members/friends and visitors suggest needs and changes?  
  • Presentations by Prairie UU Communications staff (Mary and Rhonda) and Pastor AJ; How will the new Membership/Communications committee work and help guide communications?
  • What are the suggestions for resolving and replacing the Prairie UU Trust Fund: Presented by the Prairie UU Trust Committee: Janet Stevens, Michael McVey and Tom Heisler. 
  • Opportunity for Questions and Suggestions about ongoing projects of the COSM and Board. 
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 word LISTEN contains the same letters as SILENT"


  





Sunday, October 11, 6:30 pm
Discussion Night

Join us for an evening of Discussion with BIPoC in Colorado and the across the Front Range
 
This Session will be open to BIPoC community members and their white family members only. The discussion will center on creating BIPoC and family space for the future? 



To get the most up to date information visit us on Facebook. Register here. Download the PDF of the Speaker series here
The CoSM team will be continuing to work with the Widening the Circle program with the Board and Justice League this meeting has been changed to Tuesday, October 20.
 
Heads Up to the Congregation:
You are ALL invited to these meetings! We need your input. This is a project for the entire Congregation to be involved in!!
 
We are all excited about the Widening the Circle project and the new Lifespan program, Soul Matters. Please check out the adult learning program, the next program will be October 25, look for more information regarding assignment next week. It is fun and also incorporates spiritual growth exercises! Please give it a try.
 
In Faith,
 
From the Board ...

Happy October!!

Two important church wide meetings this month include a discussion led by the COSM, Board and Justice League on recommendations for Prairie UU based on the UUA Widening the Circle of Concern document. The area of focus will be Theology, led by Andrew Paschetto and Pastor AJ. You can find the UUA findings and recommendations here. This meeting is October 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm on Google Meet. 

The second church wide meeting is a Town Hall Meeting on October 11, 2020 at 11:45 am after Worship Service, also on Google Meet. I welcome your suggestions for agenda items. 

The agenda items currently suggested include:

  • What is the Restorative Process for Right Relations in Prairie UU? How does it work? Skit and presentation by the COSM.  
  • What are the ways Prairie UU members can connect and communicate technically? How can members/friends and visitors suggest needs and changes?  
  • Presentations by Prairie UU Communications staff (Mary and Rhonda) and Pastor AJ; How will the new Membership/Communications committee work and help guide communications?
  • What are the suggestions for resolving and replacing the Prairie UU Trust Fund: Presented by the Prairie UU Trust Committee: Janet Stevens, Michael McVey and Tom Heisler. 
  • Opportunity for Questions and Suggestions about ongoing projects of the COSM and Board. 

The next Board Meeting is on October 21, 2020 now at 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm on Google Meet. The Board will open the meeting to members/friends at 6:45 pm. All are invited to attend the entire meeting. The Finance Committee meets at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm prior to the Board meeting. Questions about that meeting can be directed to Clark H.

With best wishes for a safe and healthy fall:

In Covenant,

Vivian Littlefield, President

Our new Soul Matters Adult Small Groups program will help us each develop a deeper understanding of the monthly theme and build connections among participants.

The October theme is Deep Listening.

Please review the packet for October here.

The next Sunday morning LifeSpan small group will be at 11:45 am on October 25th.

  • To access the October packet link above you must use your PrairieUU email account.
  • If you do not have a PrairieUU email account - please contact Rhonda W.
  • If you would like a pdf copy of the October packet, please contact Janet S.
 
Because of copyright rules, we are not able to put the Soul Matter packets on our website.

In the packet there will be:
  • Several spiritual exercises to choose from
  • Several “questions” to choose from
  • Lots of additional resources, including readings, videos and music
 
In the group time, you will share your experience/reflection with the exercise you chose. After members share their experience, all participants can reflect on and appreciate others sharing. You may find you want to use the packet for a journal exploration that could be done if you are participating in the group or choose to explore on your own.

Contact Janet S with questions.
Rhonda’s Ribbons

Please know that I am available every Tuesday afternoon at Tech Talk from 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm to assist with questions regarding Breeze or your PrairieUU email account.

My office hours for other general church business are Monday through Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. We can make an appointment outside of those hours as needed.

Sincerely,

Support PrairieUU - King Soopers Rewards Program
Contact: Calisse W


Our assigned Non-Profit Organization (NPO) number is UC596.
Ministry Opportunities
LifeSpan Volunteers Needed
Contact: Jen S or Kendra P

LifeSpan is looking for volunteers: teachers, facilitators, storage cleanup, committee members - one-time or ongoing opportunities are available to become involved in faith formation at PrairieUU! Soul Matters includes an easy-to-follow, fun curriculum that your LifeSpan Team stands ready to support you in leading with instructions and material.
This Week's Calendar
PrairieUU Calendar - Check for ongoing weekly meetings
Wednesday, October 7, 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, October 7 to view: Doctor Strange

Marvel's "Doctor Strange" follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City's Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Living Well With Mental Health Issues
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 PM
Contact: Pastor AJ
 
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.
Thursday, October 1, 7:00 PM  
Contact: Jan S.

Plans for the PrairieUU Auction are underway. If you are interested in joining in on the fun of planning this traditional PrairieUU event, please join us for our always fun, planning meeting.
Coming Soon
Sunday, October 18, 8:00 am 
Contact: Justice League

Despite naysayers, two months ago we had a great turnout for our early bird service activity, so let’s repeat! Before worship at 10:30 am, in living out our social justice vision we will support our community in a variety of ways:

Open Space Clean Up, 8:00 am
Take action for environmental justice! We’ll be cleaning our own “back yard” from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Best to wear long pants and closed-toed shoes, and please bring gloves and trash bags. Masks and social distancing are required! Where’s our open space? Baldwin Gulch, trailhead at Twenty Mile Road and Ponderosa Drive.

Winter Clothing Drive, 9:00 am
In support of our siblings at Ready to Work/Bridge House, from 9:00-9:30 we will be collecting winter items at the Open Space site. We’re seeking coats, hats, scarves, gloves, warm socks, and long underwear!

Drive-Thru Blessing of the Ballots, 9:00 am
In support of our nation, swing by the Open Space site between 9:00 and 9:30 and Melissa will be on hand to bless your ballot in person! Bring your ballot! We need all the help we can get!
 
Sunday, October 18, 10:30 am  
Contact: Justice League

Please join us on Sunday, October 18th for Service Sunday. One Sunday a month rather than having our regular Sunday Worship Service after a shortened worship service, we focus on Service and Education to support our community.

How do we deeply listen (our October theme) to our community and what they need to feel safe? There has been a lot of talk about the police and what we expect from them in order to keep our community safe. Prairie's Justice League welcomes our special guest, Vinnie Cervantes, a community organizer and the Denver Alliance for Street Health Response’s point person with Support Team Assisted Response (STAR) to talk about what alternatives to current policing could look like.
Sunday, October 18, 6:30 pm
Speaker: Saunder Choi
Contact: Pastor AJ
Register here
Connect: Zoom
 
Join us for a speaker series featuring nationally known UU Religious People of Color as we explore what it means to be Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPoC) in the UUA and the Larger Community.
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Saunder Choi is the Director of Music for the Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica.
Three times the Fun!

The Prelude
A series of virtual and outdoor gatherings to happen during September and October!

The Online Auction
At the end of October. (more info coming soon)

The Gala
November 14th, Save the Date!
Community Resources
 If you have other community resources that we should share, please let us know
We will gladly share here and on PrairieUU.
2020 Littlefield Leadership Lecture - Aging Science and the Care of Older Adults
Tuesday, October 6, 6:00 pm-7:15 pm MDT

This is a free online event
An opportunity to learn about Aging Science and the Care of Older Adults. Free lecture by Dr. Barbara Bowers (an associate and mentee of Vivian Littlefield) and Robin Stone Dr.Ph, Senior Vice President of Research LeadingAge. Register by clicking here .

Dr. Barbara Bowers, preeminent geriatric nursing scientist and School of Nursing professor, will deliver the 2020 Littlefield Leadership keynote. Her work has influenced policy decisions and care for aging individuals and populations, nationally and internationally. She will be joined by noted researcher and leading authority on aging and long-term policy, Dr. Robyn I. Stone, Senior Vice President of Research with LeadingAge. Dr. Bowers and Dr. Stone will discuss gerontologic science and practice in an armchair conversation, “Aging Science and the Care of Older Adults.”
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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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PrairieUU Church
P.O. Box 1684
Parker, CO 80134