UPC Communicator
February 2019


New Members Class
We are so pleased you have been worshiping with us. We hope you have felt warmly welcomed and sensed the presence of Christ's love within this congregation! If you are interested in exploring what it means to join the church please plan to attend the Inquirer's class offered on Sunday, February 10 from 11:45-1:45.   This gathering will help you learn more about UPC and the Presbyterian Church, allow you to ask questions, and enjoy a time of fellowship with others.   A light lunch will be served.   Please contact Rev Sheri Fry at  pclaramiepastor@gmail.com if you would like to attend.

Adult Education

Spiritual Practices to Nurture Your Soul
February 17 and 24th at 11:45 a.m. in the Chapel and Fireside Lounge.   Please join Rev. Sheri Fry on Sunday, February 17 and February 24 at 11:45 to talk and experience walking the labyrinth and talking about spiritual practices to nurture your soul. How are you called to practice?
FEBRUARY LOGOS THEMES
Feb 6-Farm Night
Feb 13-Valentines
Feb 20-Career Night
Feb 27-Dr. Suess
PNC update 
Thank you for your continued prayers both for the PNC and for the person who is called to serve next at UPC.  Applications have been received and the group is praying over them and reviewing them.  
Mary Marth Circle
Mary Martha Circle will meet Wednesday, February 20th at the home of Freda Dixon, 512 So. 26th Street.    We will continue our study, God's Promise, I Am With You by Amy Poling Sutherlum.  Isa Riley will also lead us in Lesson 6 of tracing God's promise of "I will be with you".  Sara Clute  is our co-hostess.   All women are invited to join us for prayer, study and fellowship.  Please let either Freda, 742-0506,  fdixon@bresnan.net or Sara, 460
-0721 clutewyo@reagan.com, know if you are planning on attending.  We hope you will join us.
 
Rebekah Circle
We will meet Thursday, Feb. 28th at 10:00am at Corrine's home. Her address is 1456 Apache Drive. We will be doing a group discussion on chapter 6 in the book "Boundaries". Come prepared for great food, fun & fellowship.
Ash Wednesday and Lenten Studies
Ash Wednesday Service - 7:00pm   March 6th in the Sanctuary
 
Lenten Studies
I hope you will join me as we read and reflect on The Last Week: What The Gospels Really Teach About Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.
We will offer two meeting times: Sunday afternoons from 4:00-5:00, March 3-April 14 with class NOT being offered on Sunday, March 24 AND
Wednesday afternoons from 12:00-1:00 beginning March 13-April 17 with class NOT being offered on Wednesday, March 27 due to Spring break.
 
Please contact me if you would like me to purchase a book for you and what day works best for you to participate. I look forward to our Lenten journey.
Peace ~ Rev. Sheri Fry   upclaramiepastor@gmail.com
FEBRUARY Care Cart
As we learned last year from the representatives from the representatives of Presbyterian Disaster Relief, a major component of the Presbyterian disaster response effort is our partnership with Church World Services (CWS) by creating the kits, Gifts from the Heart for Disaster Relief. These kits allow for an immediate, short-term response to hurricanes, tsunamis, war, floods, fires, etc. both here in America and internationally. The kit distribution occurs while the relief organizations are assessing needs and getting their services established. 
     The kits start with us and we send them on to the Service Centers in either Maryland or Arkansas where volunteers check, sort, and pack them into CWS shipping cartons.  Our kits then are kept in a warehouse until they are needed.  Some kits many go to Africa or the Middle East to provide refugee children with school supplies, to the Caribbean where hygiene supplies are provided to hurricane victims, or to America's Gulf Coast with clean-up supplies following a flood.  Over 128,586 kits were distributed in the United States during 2018 as part of the global effort.  Over 40 of these came from UPC.  
    We are again focusing on items for Hygiene Kits and Education Kits.  Mission will be hosting a meal event during March (date to be announced) for us to gather for kit assembly.  In past years, the Church's children have  been a great help in this effort and we hope that they can join us again.  The needed donations in February are the following:
     School Kits: blunt-nosed scissors; 70-count spiral notebooks with 200-210 pages (no loose-leaf paper); 30 centimeter/12-inch rulers; small pencil sharpeners; large erasers; boxes of 24 crayons (no more than 24); and pencils with erasers.
     Hygiene Kits: 16"X28" hand towels (no fingertip or bath towels); washcloths; wide-tooth combs; nail clippers; bars of soap (individually wrapped); toothbrushes; large band-aids.  CWS adds toothpaste immediately before shipping.
OFFICE HOURS
The church office will be open Monday, Wednesday, 11:00-1:00 and Friday 12:00-2:00.  Pastor Sheri will be in the church Monday-Thursday 9:30-4:30 on a regular basis.
Reports & Session Minutes
The UPC Session Minutes and reports can be read at our website at  upclaramie.org/minutes/
Church Contact Info
To contact the church staff click on a name below.

Rev. Sheri Fry        Rev. Sheri Fry

Clerk of Session      Carole Hertz

Church Office or 
Nikki Rogers           Nikki Rogers

Children's 
Ministry                   Michelle Harris

Music 
Ministry                  Lorinda O'Hashi

How Your Money Becomes Ministry

At UPC, our mission is to put Christ's Love Into Action. We take seriously Jesus' command to love as he loved; serve as he served; and let our lives speak the transforming power of Christ's presence in the world.
 
Although 2019 looks to be a lean "wilderness" year, you all continue to give in faith. We have received a few more pledges and our 2019 pledges are now up to $161,270. We thank you very much for your presence with us as well as how you share your time, talent and treasure.    
It is a way of saying, God is at work in us, calling us to ministry in this place, even if the bank statements and the attendance sheets sometimes look challenging. The truth is, these years of faith stewardship bring a new truth, a new kind of abundance into reality. We can continue to inspire our people. We can create the kind of community and organization that encourage risk, humility, learning and experimentation. We can read, study, encourage, and embolden our emerging leaders by offering prayers, support and opportunity. We can continue to remind ourselves that maps do change, that mental models are always incomplete, and that the leaders of the future are learners, not the experts of today.
 
We continue to ask you all to experiment and we create together conditions for a church that is always, always, always focused on being transformed into the very likeness of Christ.     A few things for you all to think about...
  1. As the personnel committee continues to work with updating job descriptions for the staff, think about staffing for growth at UPC. We can envision a full time Office Administrator who can provide administrative support for the pastor and program ministries, assist congregational members on a daily basis as well as outside groups. This position becomes a point of contact for the congregation, the community of Laramie, and the committees of the church as well as helps with some of the financial functions and the technological/publicity functions of UPC.
  2. We envision expanding the LOGOS program to reach more children as well as expanding the reach to the C4 College ministry on Wednesday nights.
  3. We currently have very talented musicians in our congregation and we believe we have access to some of the musical talents at the University, which can only enhance our programming and invigorate worship and the music program.
  4. We envision a more vibrant Adult Education program. Bible study yes AND classes that focus on current events as well as the intersection of faith and culture with our own members leading classes as well as outside theological speakers.
  5. We envision a more comprehensive publicity push using print and social media to advertise this faith community and our programming as well as the other fellowship riches we can offer to the wider Laramie community.
  6. Lastly, we are looking at ways to increase revenue to the church by opening the doors up a bit more. Family Promise is a wonderful start and we have a great facility for other non-profits and community groups that might want to use our space, which could generate a little income for UPC. This requires some staff present as well as our open minds.
  These are just a few exciting things to think about as we move closer to calling your next installed pastor and as we move more deeply into 2019.
So as we continue forward let our actions align with hope. Let us commit to each other expecting that our commitments will yield successful returns. Let us engage in relationship with each other expecting that love, trust and community are here and will continue. Let us give generously in gratitude of our legacies and in eager anticipation of our becoming. We offer deep thanks to you all for your commitments to UPC.
I remain with much hope, light and love for this faith community.   ~Peace, Sheri
Rev. Sheri Fry
Transitional Pastor
Summer Camps
We are very fortunate we live in an area where there are a number of faith based summer camps available for children, youth and families. Below is some information regarding three great options.
 
Table in the Wilderness - http://www.twmcamp.net/
Open Kids camp ages 8-11 July 7th-11th, 2019 - $229/Per camper & $159/ Per Sibling.  Drop Off 3-4pm on the 7th / Pick up 10-11am on the 11th.
Open Middle School Camp ages 12-15 June 17th-21st, 2019 - $229/Per Camper. Drop off 4-5pm on the 17th and Pick Up 9-10am on the 21st.
You can register your camper by emailing (Email: twmcamp@gmail.com) us with their age, gender and full name (and your email and phone #) to get them on the list for camp.

Camp Story has been a favorite of UPC kids for years.
On the website, you will find a full brochure with all the camping options available.  C amps are available for children 5-18.   Registration is available on the website.
 
On the website, you will find all the information for multiple camping options.   Camps are available for children 5-18.
Registration is available on the website.
 
Many of the UPC children have attended the above listed camps. We hope they choose to attend again this year. Parents whose children want to attend can work to arrange carpooling with other UPC families as they have in the past.
If you have any questions please contact Michelle Harris. If you would like parent input on any of the camps their children have attended please contact Hillary Utton, Matthew & Jennifer Painter, and Nikki Rogers for their thoughts.

Family Promise of Albany County would like to announce their second annual Trattoria Promessa event.
Now taking place at the newly renovated Alice Hardie Stevens Center. The evening will include a variety of appetizers, wine, an Italian-themed dinner, dessert, and a silent auction!
 
Tickets are $50 for individuals or $90 for couple purchase online or call 742-6480.   Vegetarian and Gluten-Free options available upon request. Guests may indicate seating preferences if attending with a larger party. 
    
   It's time again for the Chocolate Fiesta! Come satisfy your cravings will all things chocolate! Including cookies, cakes, fudge, candy, muffins, pies, cupcakes, and more, all in time for Valentine's Day!
      All proceeds will go to Family Promise whose mission is to end homelessness for families with children in Albany County.  
      If you would like to contribute chocolate goods to the fiesta, bring them to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship between 5 & 7 pm on Friday, February 8th, or between 8 & 9:30am on Saturday, February 9th.
Family Promise Update
UPC's Family Promise Host Coordinators Jennifer Painter, Jennifer & Kyle Power and Michelle Harris would like to thank the following volunteers who help during our last host week in January: Gerald Van Campen, The Painter Family, The Barker Family Len Lutz, Carole Hertz, Chris Curran, The Utton Family, Cheri Belamy, Jennifer Curran, Gideon Baldwin, Linda Sheets, Cara Harshberger, Keith and Corrine Seebart, Elizabeth Williams, Jan Dittymore, The McLaughlin- Ahern Family and Tyler Harris.
 
Current Families: 
Currently there are five guests staying with Family Promise of Albany County.  Everyone is doing well and working towards meeting their individual goals. 
 
Family Updates:
Joy, with the help of a family member was able to purchase her first home. She and her daughter moved in last fall.
 
Tay and her kids have moved into their own apartment.  Everyone is doing well! Family Promise is still helping transport them to and from school and work and getting the last of the furniture they need.  A generous community member donated a car and the Family Promise staff is helping the Tay get her driver's license.
 
End of year update:  
Volunteer hours 4167.5
Nights in a bed Provided: 639
Meals: 216 dinners provided to families
Number guests: 21 (11 children)
 
New Office Help
The Family Promise Day Center has few new volunteers and interns.  They have welcomed Wendy, Steve, and Julie to their staff.
Crystal has officially joined the staff as the Program Assistant / Case Manager. She successfully finished her VISTA term on January 24.  
 
Upcoming Meetings & Events:

Chocolate Fiesta: February 9 @ 10 am                             

Next Coordinators Meeting: February 12

Trattoria Promessa: February 16 @ 5 pm 

  
Next Hosts:
February 3 - 10 St. Matthew's Cathedral - Canterbury House
February 10 - 17 Laramie Christian / Emmaus
February 17 - 24 Calvary Laramie
February 24 - March 3 Rock Laramie
 
The UPC host coordinators have scheduled a meeting for current volunteers and those interested in volunteering on February 24 at 10:00 in the fireplace lounge. We hope to see you there!
Calendar of Events at UPC
For a full calendar of events click here         
ONLINE GIVING
UPC is pleased to offer online giving opportunities.  For more information click  on-line giving  

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