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

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Church Office Information

Our PrairieUU staff is on holiday from 12pm on 12/24/2020 until 10am on January 4 so that our staff will be able to have some quality family time. If you have an urgent need / emergency please contact:

Pastoral Care - Pastor AJ at 720-549-0531
Administration - Vivian at President@Prairieuu.org
Community Fund request - COSM@Prairieuu.org

Sunday Morning Experience

Join us for Worship Online at 10:30 am

Sunday Worship - A Whole New World

Sunday, January 3rd, 10:30 am  
Contact: Pastor AJ

Welcome to 2021! This Sunday we will be digging into our imagination. You are invited to join us for our annual Burning Service. Bring with with you all that you have been holding in 2020 and we will imagine the future celebrating the birth of 2021.

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 3rd, 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 3rd, 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 3, 11:45 am 
Contact: Pastor AJ

All are welcome! Join us after fellowship for a conversation with Pastor AJ and our membership team. This time is targeted to provide time and space for visitors and newer members to discuss and ask questions about Unitarian Universalism and living in covenant at PrairieUU. 
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:

"My life is morphing into a whole new world of possibilities."

From Pastor AJ ...
Dear Beluvs,

Please note that while I am always available to you for pastoral care. The church office will be closed from December 24 at 5pm until January 4 at 10am so that our staff will be able to have some quality family time. If there is anything that you need urgently, please let me know.

The regular church hours are Sunday 10am-5pm and Monday - Thursday 10am-5pm.

In Service,

From the Board ...
Happy and Safe Holiday for All

The Board met on December 16, 2020, and were pleased to appoint Safety Advocates for three areas: Bill B. for Cyber Safety Advocate and Personal Safety Advocate and Calisse W. for Pandemic Safety Advocate. The goal of these positions is to inform the congregation, congregational leaders and staff about how to stay safe when meeting or doing Prairie UU work They will provide information from the UUA, state and national experts/organizations so that our community has information about how to stay safe from cyber, personal and health risks due to COVID-19. You will be hearing more about these roles in the Congregational Meeting on January 31, 2020 after the worship service. In the future, a document with guidance about each area of safety will be available on the website and google documents. Also, an email address will be set up for each Safety Advocate so members can contact them for information.  

We are still looking for a Safety Advocate for Sexual Misconduct. See below.  

The Board also approved 2020/2021 financial support for the Mountain Top Project that AJ and other UUA ministers are leading with other UUA congregations to support our BICOC members. This is built on the positive outcomes of the BIPOC speaker and discussion sessions. A financial commitment is required from all UUA congregations involved to move the project forward.  

The Finance Committee and the Board will develop a Goal/Dream 2021/2022 budget to present to the Congregation for input and approval on January 20, 2020. The Treasurer and I will be asking Committee Chairs to submit their budget requests so they can be included in this budget. The Treasurer and the Finance Committee report that this year's finances are in good shape with income over expenses. Your generosity in pledges and financial gifts to Prairie UU are greatly appreciated. We also have been notified that we will receive funds for COVID related expenses from a Douglas County grant. More details will be provided at the Congregational Meeting.  

I hope I have tweaked your interest to attend the Congregational meeting, mark your calendars! (January 31, 2020) Also, the COSM has an exciting presentation about Prairie's Vision and the UUA Widening the Circle of Concern connections.

In Covenant, 

President Board of Trustees
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
MUUved to Action
Tuesday, December 29, 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.
Healthy Living Small Group
Friday, January 1, 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
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
 
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.
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 2020 Cares Act

As part of the Covid 2020 Cares Act you can make a charitable donation by December 31, 2020, and deduct up to $300 on your income taxes. You DO NOT need to itemize deductions on your income taxes to take this deduction. The deduction is $300 per filing unit ($300 for a joint filing).These donations can be made by check, credit or debit cards.

This special $300 tax deduction for 2020 was made to help charities impacted by Covid, as well as taxpayers. If you have not already donated $300 in 2020, and wish to make your charitable donation to PrairieUU (can be part of your pledged amount or a new donation) you can send a check to: PrairieUU, PO Box 1684, Parker, CO 80134 or use your credit or debit card by going to: https://PrairieUU.org/give/ Thank you.
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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General Office Hours
Mon-Thur - 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The church office will be closed from December 24 at 5pm until January 4 at 10am so that our staff will be able to have some quality family time.



Office Hours - M-Th 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Phone/Text: 720-549-0530
Schedule an Appointment via Google Calendar

Office Hours - M-Th 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Phone/Text - 720-549-0531
Schedule an Appointment via Google Calendar
Chat via Google Hangouts
Connect via Facebook & Twitter

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