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

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Three times the Fun!

(We will be having 3 parts to our Auction this year!)

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
Saturday, 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. See items already in the catalog. Online Catalog.
  2. Invitations to places to enjoy, museums, gardens, outdoor adventures, picnics, bike rides, hikes.
  3. Creative backyard classes in crafts, in art, lectures on topics with discussion. All with social distancing and masks.
  4. Under the stars movies and concerts.
  5. Dinners, celebration foods, dessert of the month, cookie of the month, all delivered to your house by our talented chefs and bakers.
  6. Our imaginations are limitless. Offer us your ideas and let’s have a party.

Register by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept 2, 2020, for a chance to win a $25 gift card!
 
Click here to see the Online Catalog.

From there you can see the Catalog and be able to Register as a bidder.

Please send all Donations to Auction@Prairieuu.org
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Summer Church Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Front Range UU People of Color - Speaker Series

An Exciting Invitation!

As part of our commitment to creating space for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPoC). Our Front Range UU Professionals of Color and Colorado UU’s United for Racial Justice are happy to invite you to our 2020 Fall BIPoC Speaker’s Series. All people are invited! The series is broken into two spaces. The “Speaker Nights” where all are welcome to join us and the “Discussion Nights” which will be for BIPoC only to share in fellowship, create, and develop BIPoC identity space in the Front Range. Click here to register. To get the most up to date information visit us on Facebook.
Notes from Pastor AJ

Dear Beluvs ...

We have been working hard on a new service format for Sunday morning Worship beginning September 13th. 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 join us this Sunday, September 6th at 6:30 pm for the Front Range UU People of Color - 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. Reverend Sofia Betancourt, Associate Professor of UU Theologies and Ethics - Starr King School for the Ministry and former UUA Co-President, is the Speaker on September 6.
Register here. Download the PDF of the Speaker series here.

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 …

So what does the CoSM actually do? Our work includes 4 general areas in service to Prairie UU:
shared resources; shared responsibility; working together and larger network communication. We are happy to receive your input and feedback in any of these areas.
 
The CoSM prepared for and attended the Widening the Circle meeting on Tuesday evening September 1st. We shared our listening circle process and obtained feedback from other sources present. The Board, COSM and the Justice League discussed the recommendation on Reconciliation and Restorative processes, part of the UUA document on inclusion.

Thanks for all your time and talent!!
In Faith, 

From the Board ...

Greetings!

It is hard to believe it is Fall! There was a time, now long ago when I thought we would be able to meet face to face in September. However now it is looking like it will be much later. The UUA President recently encouraged congregations to continue virtually until May. We will carefully watch the data and recommendations that are forthcoming and seek input from the congregation for when we return. For now, we are given an opportunity to do outside activities, (social distancing with masks) through this year's Auction. Think creatively and offer something fun! The Auction is an important fundraising event as well as fun times! This year, Let's Party Together-Apart!  

Last evening the Board and COSM with the Justice League met to discuss the recommendation on Reconciliation and Restorative processes, part of the UUA document on inclusion, Widening the Circle of ConcernJoin our monthly meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month. We need the ideas and support of the entire congregation.  

Have you noticed joint activity and leadership of the Board and COSM? The Board and COSM are working together, many times in partnership to lead and coordinate efforts. Let Fran, Chair of COSM, and me know if you have questions or suggestions. I am finding it a helpful, supportive relationship.  

Our next Board meeting is on September 16, 2020. Join us if you wish!  

In Covenant,

Vivian LittlefieldPresident
Lifespan Education

Hello, PrairieUU!

Your Lifespan volunteers, staff, and I are busily preparing for this year's Lifespan program! We will be using Soul Matters materials to integrate worship and religious education this year in order to create a whole-congregation, intergenerational Lifespan experience.

In this time of Covid, it is especially important that we create as many opportunities for meaningful connection as possible. To that end, we hope that you will consider volunteering for Lifespan, even if you've never tried before!
Soul Matters includes easy-to-follow, fun curriculum that your Lifespan team stands ready to support you in leading with instruction and materials. 

Please join us during the learning hour on 9/13 for an orientation to the Soul Matters curriculum and opportunities - one-time or ongoing - to become involved in faith formation at Prairie!

To volunteer or for questions, please contact Jen at jens@prairieuu.org.

Jen Simon (they/them, she/her)
Lifespan Education Coordinator

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.
  • members@prairieuu.org is for things that are time sensitive and out of the ordinary
  • members@prairieuu.org is not for regular church business or announcements, please send these things to communications@prairieuu.org

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
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
Living Well With Mental Health Issues
Wednesday, September 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.
Youth & Young Adult Movie Night 
Wednesday, September 9, 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.

There is no meeting on September 2.
 
Please join us on Wednesday, September 9 to view:
A Biopic on the life of the legendary American Astronaut Neil Armstrong from 1961-1969, on his journey to becoming the first human to walk the moon. Exploring the sacrifices and costs on the Nation and Neil himself, during one of the most dangerous missions in the history of space travel.
PrairieUU Auction Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 3, 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.
Service Sunday - Laboring for the World We Imagine
Sunday, September 6, 10:00 am  
Contact: Justice League

Please join us for our Labor Day Service Sunday.

We will explore lessons learned from the work of civil rights activist, award-winning filmmaker, lawyer, faith leader, and founder of The Revolutionary Love Project, Valarie Kaur, and her new book 'See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love'She shows us how to harness love as a shared practice to fight for social justice. She believes “the way we make change is just as important as the change we make.” We will take time to dive more deeply into the practice of a core tenet of the book, listening. We will be asking: how can we possibly listen to those who have different views than our own, particularly through this difficult time in history and upcoming political season? And do we even want to listen? Valarie writes, “Listening does not grant the other side legitimacy. It grants them humanity and preserves our own.”
Sunday, September 6, 6:30 pm
Speaker: Rev Sofia Betancourt

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.

Register here.

Reverend Sofia Betancourt, Associate Professor of UU Theologies and Ethics - Starr King School for the Ministry and former UUA Co-President, is the Speaker on September 6.

Download the PDF of the Speaker series here
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!
The Prelude, a series of virtual and outdoor gatherings
The Online auction, at the end of October.
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.  Please send your donations to auction@prairieuu.org.

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.
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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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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P.O. Box 1684
Parker, CO 80134