Our Mission:
“We gather as a welcoming, caring community to nurture mind and spirit, celebrate diversity, and work for justice.”

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New Thanksgiving Tradition
A New Thanksgiving Tradition
Contact: Paul E

Let's start a new Thanksgiving Tradition, celebrating together differently.

I am putting together a music video for church and would like contributions from the entire congregation. The choir will be providing the singing parts. If you watch this video (Grateful), you'll see that singing is only a small part of this project.
If you're interested, you can contribute a video of...

1. Dancing (solo, duet, trio, quartets, pets, family, friends, etc.
2. General goofiness
3. Signing - hearts, gratitude, love, happiness (see the video)
4. Lip-sync singing - YES, you can pretend to be singing in this video
5. Rapping - real or lip-sync'd
 
This is EASY and hopefully FUN and I encourage everyone to send me something, even if it's just a few seconds. Please contact Paul E if you plan on contributing. Deadline for contributions is 11/23. Thanks!

Sunday Morning Experience

Join us for Worship Online at 10:30 am



Sunday Worship - Painting from the Heart

Sunday, November 29th, 10:30 am  
Contact: Calisse W
Please join us on Sunday, November 29th in all of your artistic splendor as we create together (virtually) upon our own canvases, a transition from fall to winter in the Unitarian Universalist Spirit. 

The painting “show” will be presented live during our church service time.

Prairie Painters get your overalls on, and enjoy an artistic escape! It promises to be a magical time for all.

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.
Sunday, November 29, 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.

Just a friendly conversation about being with family and healing power that it brings during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Friendsgiving Meal Collection - Ready-to-Work/Bridge House
Sunday, November 22 - Wednesday, November 25
Contact: Justice League

Friendsgiving Meal Collection for Ready to Work/Bridge House - we cannot join our friends at RTW for Friendsgiving this year due to the pandemic, but we can provide some yummies! They need turkeys, hams, side dishes, and desserts. Please see the Sign Up Genius for more details and to sign up! 
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:

"Art is the voice of the heart."

 



Sunday, November 29, 6:30 pm
Speaker: Rev. Theresa Ines Sota
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.
 
Rev. Theresa Inew Sota is the Lead Minister at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland.

To get the most up to date information visit us on Facebook. Register here. Download the PDF of the Speaker series here

Dear Beluvs ...

On behalf of myself and the PrairieUU staff, we wish you a happy holiday season. This year the holidays come with many blessings and also heartache for many across our community, across the country, and around the world on a variety of levels. We are dealing with the pandemic and the inability to be with our families as we live our values and social distance in accordance with our covenant to be connected with and take care of each other, as we heed both governmental and more importantly, health guidelines. It seems that everyday I hear from someone that they have a family member infected with or exposed to COVID-19. I want to let you know that I am and we are here for you. As we move deeper into the cold of fall and winter, know that you sit in the warmth of my heart and the heart of this community. We are a community where no one walks alone. If you need anything from me, the Caring Circle or others in leadership please let us know.

I would also like to remind you that as we enter this week of Thanksgiving, that we remember that this is a holiday week that brings with it great pain to our Native American siblings. I invite you to watch these videos about the Doctrine of Discovery and Manifest Destiny to learn more.

Finally, I want to let you know that I am going to be “off the clock” between now and December 6th. I will be available for pastoral care and other personal concerns you may have but my meeting schedule will be very limited.

In Service,

From the Board...

Greetings and Best Wishes for a time of Thankfulness, Gratitude and Hope:

The business of our community continues despite the many election challenges around us, the worsening Covid-19 infection rate and the demands of our personal lives. Thanks to those who planned a Party that we needed and a successful Auction outcome with more financial success than the Board thought reasonable given the pandemic challenges. You get a group of Prairie UU's together and they will make it work!

The agenda for the November 18, 2020 Board included final approval of the Nominations Committee policies and procedures, a beginning list of a dream budget for 2021/2022, suggestions for a group or leader to provide advice and evolving information about how to keep our community safe. The Finance Committee is leading the efforts to find new ways to fundraise that are easy and effective. Send your suggestions to Clark Huff.  

At the October meeting the Board approved a role for Board Liaisons to the Standing Committees. I will send each standing committee chairperson/s a copy in the near future. Our goal is to inform the Board of the work of the committees and for the Board to provide support and assistance as needed by the Committees leadership.  

Our finances continue to be steady for 2020/2021 so thank you for your generous gifts and pledges.  

In covenant, 

Vivian Littlefield, President, Board of Trustees
Rhonda’s Ribbons
Tech Talk will be this Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 pm - please join me to talk about your PrairieUU related tech question or if you are wondering how to connect with your family virtually at Thanksgiving - we can talk about that!

The Newsletter is a little long this week. If you do not see the entire newsletter, you may see the message 'View entire message'. If you click on that message the newsletter will expand.

The church office will be closed this week from Wednesday, November 25 - Sunday, November 29.

Normally, 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
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Sincerely,

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/S
Contact: Vivian L

The Board is seeking an individual or three individuals to serve as Advisors to our Prairie UU Community on Safety in three areas:

  Pandemic Safety
  Personal and Cyber Safety
  Sexual Misconduct

The role/roles as currently envisioned is that the Advisor/s 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 assume the role/s. If you are interested in serving in this important position/s, contact Vivian Littlefield, President Board of Trustees.
Mountain Desert District Board
Contact: Mary Nordhagen

Do you wish you could serve our Unitarian Universalist faith and effect change on a deeper level?
Would you like to help shape our Unitarian Universalist faith for the future?
 
If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you just may be the person
we are looking for to serve on the Mountain Desert District Board!
 
The Mountain Desert District Board currently has the following positions available:
Vice President
Treasurer
Trustee, At-Large
 
Wondering if you are a good fit to serve as a board member? 
Take a look at the benefits of serving:
 
You will make connections with so many people and congregations across the district and beyond
You will have a larger sense of the association of congregations of which we are a part
Serving on a district board provides the experience you may need to serve on a larger board
(former district board members have then gone on to serve on the UUA board)
You will be a part of something larger than yourself, as a vibrant member, helping to shape our UU faith for the future
 
Still not sure?
Come check us out. You are welcome to attend a board meeting on the 2nd Mondays at 7pm MT to see if this type of service is right for you. 
Click here for the link.
  
Ready to serve?
Great!  
Contact Mary Nordhagen, President, for an application or with any questions you may have.
Mary’s email is: mnordhagen@live.com
This Week's Calendar
PrairieUU Calendar - Check for ongoing weekly meetings
Monday, November 23, 6:30 PM
Contact: Pastor AJ
 
Ever wonder how Sunday mornings come together? You are welcome to come and find out and even join our Core Team. The Core Team is a compilation of individuals and representatives from the Justice League, Hospitality, Membership, Communications, and many more. All are welcome. 
MUUved to Action (M2A)
Tuesday, November 24, 5:30 pm
Contact: Melissa B

The Justice League invites everyone to join a special M2A watch party and discussion. From 5:30 – 7, we will virtually participate in a Harvest the Power Justice Convergence & Teach In workshop hosted by the UU Ministry for Earth. The Prepare to Care: Stop Line 3 workshop will feature updates from climate justice leaders working in frontline communities across Northern Minnesota. We’ll discuss the impacts that the proposed Line 3 oil pipeline could have on our water, land, and communities, and we will explore effective ways that people can join or support the Stop Line 3 resistance movement. This workshop will also include information about nonviolent direct action and other creative and caring conflict intervention opportunities. M2A will meet immediately following the workshop.

Men’s Group
Wednesday, November 25, 6:30 pm
Contact: Dave L
Please join us for this month’s Men’s Group!
We will be discussing what each of us may have learned as a result of some of the more difficult times we've experienced in our lives. Some of us have experienced a job loss, loss of a loved one, relationship issues, such as divorce...perhaps life-threatening accidents, illnesses...both physical or emotional. What 'positives' came out of these 'negative' experiences? We will have a short discussion after each story.
Justice League
Contact: Kim or Melissa

WE NEED YOUR IMMEDIATE HELP! The Senate election isn’t over! There is still the Georgia run-off election 1/5/2021 that will determine the make-up of the Senate, a truly powerful branch of our government. The voter registration deadline for that election is December 7. Please help with phone banks and letter writing to maximize voter participation in that state! Visit uuthevote.org or contact Kim or Melissa for details on how you can help!
Coming Soon
Widening the Circle
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00 PM
Contact: Vivian L and Fran L

Join the COSM, Board and members of the Justice League to discuss the specific Prairie UU recommendations for how we respond to the UUA report, Widening the Circle of Concern.
Wednesday, December 2, 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, December 2 to view: The Santa Clause

Divorcé Scott Calvin is disgusted to learn that his ex and her husband have tried - and failed - to break it easy to their 6-year-old son Charlie that Santa isn't real. On Christmas Eve, Scott reads The Night Before Christmas - then receives an unexpected visitor on his roof. When he's startled by Scott's calling out and falls, the Santa impersonator disappears, leaving only an 8-reindeer sleigh and a suit with instructions to put it on if he's involved in an accident. Scott does, and is transported around the town dropping gifts through chimneys until he's taken to the North Pole and informed by a group, who claim they're elves, that he is now Santa. Charlie is proud of his dad's new job, though Scott's convinced it's a dream. Until his hair turns white, his beard refuses to stay shaved, he gains weight inexplicably, even for his sudden love of junk food - Now he's accepted it, there's just one problem: how to keep it secret from his disbelieving family?
Living Well With Mental Health Issues
Wednesday, December 2, 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.
Sunday, December 6, 6:30 pm
Discussion Night
Contact: Pastor AJ

Join us for an evening of Discussion with BIPoC in Colorado and 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. 
Healthy Living Small Group
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 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.
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.
Community Information
  • The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and the Institute for Science & Policy invite you to join our two-day virtual summit focusing on untangling complexity in our changing world. We'll welcome thought leaders from around the country—including scientists, business executives, journalists, policymakers, and students—for a wide-ranging discussion on the role of science in our decision-making. The event will also include interactive breakout sessions, networking opportunities, on-demand videos, and much more. All sessions are free and open to the public. Reserve your spot now for the live broadcast on December 1 & 3. We hope to see you there!
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Phone/Text: 720-549-0530
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Phone/Text - 720-549-0531
Schedule an Appointment via Google Calendar
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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
Committee Emails
Core Team - All Things Sunday Morning
Justice League - Social, Environmental Justice
LifeSpan - Religious Exploration for all ages
Membership - Visitors, becoming a Covenantal member
Mailing Address:
PrairieUU Church
P.O. Box 1684
Parker, CO 80134