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Welcome to PrairieUU!


Summer Church Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Notes from Pastor AJ

Dear Beluvs ...

Condolences to Rev. Kelly Dignan and all of the family of Diana Groves (Kelly’s mother). Join Diana's family in a celebration of her life on Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 am. The Celebration of Life can be viewed here. 

We have been working hard on a new service format for Sunday morning Worship beginning September. Soul Matters is the new theme based monthly program that we will be using and we are very excited about the depth and the all church focus that it will bring to PrairieUU. We will also be incorporating more music and a celebratory welcoming feel to the service.

Please remember that I continue to be available for pastoral care, conversations, and connections. I am available to chat, catch up etc. Please continue to schedule appointments, and calls with me. You can schedule a time via my Google Calendar or call/text me at 720-549-0531.

In Service,

From the Committee on Shared Ministry …

The CoSM team has been busy with the work of keeping our community in right relations. We also have the task of preparing for Pastor AJ’s yearly evaluation and upcoming contract extension. The extension is needed because Covid-19 prevented Pastor AJ from completing his chaplaincy requirements for Ordination. 
 
We have accepted an invitation to the Justice League’s retreat on August 22nd. In addition, we will continue working with the Justice League and the Board during the next Widening the Circle meeting on September 1st. 
 
We would love to read about what our other Prairie committees are doing, as so many in our Congregation are engaged in exciting new developments for our community. How about sharing your news?
In Faith, 

From the Board ...

Greetings!

The Board Meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm. Join us if you have ideas or concerns to share between 7:15 pm and 7:30 pm. The minutes from our June meeting are available here.  

Insights from a new Board President are:
  • First, we need written job descriptions and committee roles and responsibilities so that all can access them on Breeze shared documents and in handbooks. The Board will be working on 3 hand books to improve clarity in understanding how our community works.
  • A second insight is that we need to increase the news about all the many activities and work that is going on by our committees, staff and Minister. 
  • A third insight is that we need to let all know when we recognize staff for excellence. Paul and Renee were recently recognized for their extra efforts. Paul for his assistance with making our Sunday worship technology work and Renee for leading the effort to get a covid-19 loan (grant) to support our budget.  

Please join the COSM, Board and members of the Justice League for continuing discussions about recommendations for Prairie UU based on the UUA Widening the Circle of Concern document. We will meet the 1st Tuesday of the month, next on September 1, 2020. 

In Covenant,

Vivian LittlefieldPresident
Lifespan Education

Calling EVERYONE!

This year, as part of our effort to provide integrated, multigenerational religious education at Prairie, we are excited to call for volunteers for these opportunities:

  • Focusing on Our Youth: This is an opportunity to bring your own experiences and interest to the specifically child-focused segment of Sunday worship, in keeping with our monthly Soul Matters themes. Participate on your own, a partner, or create a video with the whole family!

  • Children's RE facilitators: In addition to the opportunity to build meaningful connection with our elementary-aged kids, being an RE teacher will give you the chance to explore our monthly themes in creative, hands-on ways that adults and children alike can experience for the whole week.

Never taught RE before? No problem! Soul Matters provides a comprehensive, easy-to-follow curriculum with engaging activities, media, and instructions for adult leaders, and your RE team stands ready to provide you with the materials, information, and support you'll need to create an inviting and interactive virtual space for our children and their families. An orientation session to the curriculum will be provided.

Worried about the technology? Don't be! Tech tutoring and support are available, and basic technological tips and tricks will also be covered in volunteer orientation. We're here to support you in connecting with your community.

Please contact Jen r text/call 720-775-9863 to volunteer!

Rhonda’s Ribbons

If you have questions regarding Breeze and the Google Suite I am available both Sunday morning and at Tech Talk on Tuesday afternoon.

Did you know that the email members@prairieuu.org is a way to send a message to everyone using the PrairieUU email? Anyone with a PrairieUU email address can use this email. Messages will be moderated, meaning that each message will be reviewed and either approved or denied before being sent. This communication is for things that are time sensitive and out of the ordinary, not for regular church business or announcements.

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,
Ministry Opportunities
School of the Spirit Teacher
The Boulder Valley UU Fellowship is seeking creative, flexible individuals interested in facilitating curriculum and creating fun and unique learning experiences offered once a week. We are open to various ways to stretch our minds, bodies, and spirits. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to recognize and articulate diverse developmentally appropriate behavior & respond to create a safe & welcoming learning environment. Creative skills such as music, nature, yoga, meditation, writing, storytelling, etc will be an asset in these positions.

Start date: September 1 or as soon as possible after.

Read all about it at here.
ACTION NEEDED - Bringing PrairieUU Home
Contact: Rhonda W

Beginning September, we will not be able to publish all song lyrics for the streaming worship services.

If you would like a hymnal (gray, teal or both) so that you can easily sing along at home during the Sunday morning services, send a message to Rhonda W. We will arrange to "check out" the hymnals to you.

We will be using ‘Soul Matters’, a lifespan curriculum for the 2020-2021 year. As such, it is very important that we maintain best practices for copyright purposes.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Coming Soon
Youth and Young Adult Movie Night 
Wednesday, August 19, 6:30 pm  
601-688-3493‬ PIN: ‪132 951 935‬#
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.

Join us for a Watch Party of the following movies: 

On August 19
Orphaned, penniless but ambitious and with a mind crammed with imagination and fresh ideas, the American Phineas Taylor Barnum will always be remembered as the man with the gift to effortlessly blur the line between reality and fiction.

Watch with us in Google Meet!
Step 1: Join us on your computer, tablet or phone.
Step 2: Join in the fun!
PrairieUU Auction Committee Meeting
Thursday, August 20, 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.
Justice League Annual Retreat/Workshop
Saturday, August 22, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Contact: Kim M.

You’re Invited! Please join the Justice League for a special meeting to reflect back and plan forward! You don’t have to be in the Justice League to attend! Everyone, of all ages, is welcome! Have lunch ready! We will be meeting via google meet here.
 
Please let Kim M. know if you are available to do chalice lighting or extinguishing, land acknowledgement, or read tenets.

Tentative Agenda
11-11:20 chalice lighting, land acknowledgement, tenets
11:20-11:30 explanation of small group breakouts
11:30-12 small group breakouts: year’s accomplishments
12-12:30 regroup and populate JL timeline
12:30-1 show-and-tell lunch and a small group activity where we will play parts of Playing for Life: the game of strategy. Be ready to help our Justice League begin developing our "team strategy"
1:00-1:30 organized community organizing
1:30-1:50 chat with COSM
1:50-2:00 bio break
2:00-2:30 TBD
2:30-2:55 Service Sunday planning for year
2:55 extinguishing the chalice
Early Service Sunday - Get Ready!
Sunday, August 23, 7:30 am
Contact: Kim M.

Please join us in yet another variation of Service Sunday! Prior to our worship service, we will beat the heat and support our community, as our social justice vision states, to challenge the intersectional conditions that create and sustain oppression, inequality, and injustice at both the institutional and individual levels – in the world, our communities, our own backyards, and our hearts. 
 
This Sunday, we'll be cleaning up our backyard/ Open Space, blessing the backpacks of our children and youth as they return to school, supporting our friends at Ready to Work/Bridge House as they fulfill their dream of moving into a home, and addressing the needs of those needing food with our partners at the Parker Task Force. There are many ways to support our economic and environmental justice work and we hope you will join us. 

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Open Space Clean Up- take action for environmental justice! Let’s clean our space together – alone! With a family member or two, visit the space Prairie has committed to cleaning and pick up some trash. Where’s our Open Space? Baldwin Gulch, trailhead at Twenty Mile Road and Ponderosa Drive. Best to wear long pants, closed shoes, bring trash bags and gloves. Masks and social distancing required.
8:30 a.m. Drive-Thru Blessing of the Backpacks/Laptops – someone in your home getting ready for school? Whether you're returning in person or attending virtually from home, for this unprecedented year we want all to know that we are holding our children and youth in our hearts. Drive by the open space clean up parking lot (see map above) to have Melissa bless your pack or device from a safe distance!
If you cannot make the Drive-Thru Blessing of Backpacks/Laptops, please be sure to bring your backpack/device to the service!
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 Bridge House Welcome Basket and Parker Task Force

  • Drop Off Bridge House Welcome Basket: three trainees are graduating soon from Bridge House and will be transitioning to new homes. YEAH!! They’re in need of some basics and PrairieUU is here to help. Please click here to sign up to bring supplies, dropping off at our open space clean up parking lot (see map below). You can always contribute cash and Melissa and Kim will shop for anything that’s still needed and/or we can stop by to collect your items.

  • Parker Task Force: If you can contribute any items needed by the Parker Task Force, please drop off during this time as well. Click here to see their current needs.
Service Sunday
Sunday, August 23, 10:00 am
Led by: Justice League

Join us for Service Sunday Worship. All are welcome!
MUUved to Action
Tuesdays, August 25, 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.
PrairieUU Auction  
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Contact: Jan S.
 
First, a big thank you to all our members who have supported Prairie’s 2019 Auction by Events both offered and bought. Because of the Covid virus, this year we are making a fresh start to comply with the new safety restrictions.
 
So let us introduce “ Let’s Have A Party Together...Apart!”
 
We will be having 3 parts to our Auction this year!
  1. The Prelude, a series of virtual and outdoor gatherings
  2. The Online auction, at the end of October.
  3. And The Gala on November 14th, Save the Date!
 
Starting now, we are collecting and offering creative ideas of things that will be fun and safe for the Prelude Gatherings ,  Using safety measures as always.  
For example: 
1. Invitations to places to enjoy, museums, gardens, outdoor adventures,  picnics , bike rides, hikes .
 
2. Creative backyard classes in crafts, in art, lectures on topics with discussion. ..all with social distancing and masks.
 
3. Under the stars movies and concerts. 
 
3. Dinners, celebration foods, desert of the month, cookie of the month, all delivered to your house  by our talented chefs and bakers. 
 
4. Our imaginations are limitless.  Offer us your ideas and let’s have a party!

PrairieUU Community Garden 
Contact: Calisse W

Prairie gardeners would love your help! In need of watering, and soon-to-be harvest time pickers.... it’s exciting times down at the PrairieUU Garden in Parker.

Clark H, aka Head Gardener, will be out for a few weeks, as his wife just had hip replacement this week. Please contact Calisse if you’re interested in helping out!  
Community Resources
If you have other community resources you would like to share, please let us know.
We will gladly share here and on PrairieUU.
Activity Ideas for kids - from the Lifespan Team

Employment Resources:
  • Onward CO - One-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Health Resources:

Economic Resources:

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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
TBD, 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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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