JUC Weekly Connection

April 24-30, 2019  
Sunday, April 28
8 :00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

9:30 a.m. 

11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser (comm., kit., patio)

Sunday Service

Going Deeper: Yoder (M5)

Sunday Service

Science and Spirit (R6/7)
Choices for Sustainable Living 2018: Food and Water (M5)
Going Deeper Celebration Sunday (chapel)

JUC Community Action Network mtg (M3/4)
Resonance Choir (Priestley rm.)
Rev. Jason Shelton
Music gives voice to our deepest longings, and shapes our understanding of the deepest truths. Unitarian Universalism is experiencing an explosion of new music for our congregations and choirs, which says something about our health and vitality as a faith movement. We’ll explore music’s role in shaping and transforming our communities with Rev. Jason Shelton, one of our leading composers and musicians.

RE Groups begin in their regular rooms this Sunday. YRUU and the 11 a.m. 4th/5th graders have swapped spaces through next month. YRUU will meet in the chapel and the 11 a.m. 4th/5th graders will meet downstairs in the Mitchell Room.

Details about this week’s RE events can be found on the Family Calendar.

JUC Choir
Shared Ministry
Support our shared worship each Sunday and help all feel welcome by signing up to be a Greeter, Usher, or Laundry Helper.
All JUC members are asked to  sign up   at least once per quarter.
Many thanks to the following Sunday Shared Ministry volunteers
who served April 20 & 21:
Darcy, Ellie & Allan Stanton, Tom & Donna Goodreid, Katie & Len Wheeler, Sharon Groten,
Joyce McLaren, Karen Oxman, Betsy Brown, Steve Sargent, Barry Davis, Chris Bartling,
Linda Bradford, Nancy Von Burske!
This Week
Saturday, April 27
The Hate U Give Book Discussion // 10 – 11:30 a.m. //  The Hate U Give is a young adult novel which explores the experience of race and division in America today. Celebrated by critics and adapted into a challenging film, this novel explores our divided society through the eyes of our youth. As we strive towards a deeper understanding of systems of privilege and oppression, we invite you to join with UUs from across the region in this common read. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Faith Leaders for Racial Justice, book discussion led by Paula Reed.

Just Neighboring: Edgewater Day of Service Saturday // 12 – 3 p.m. // Edgewater Civic Center, 1800 Harlan St. // The City of Edgewater is looking for a few good men, women, families, even teams of folks to join us for our annual Day of Service! Following a BBQ, volunteers will be sent out to do some basic yard projects (i.e. – clean up flower beds, wash windows on the outside, place mulch/rock/plants, or just about anything else your assigned house will need) for senior residents. All tools will be available. Please bring gloves if you have a pair. This is a great service project for families as kids are encouraged to participate.
Sunday, April 28
Pancake Breakfast // 8 – 9 a.m. // Members of the 2019 Guatemala Family Trip will be serving a pancake breakfast to raise money to cover travel expenses for their trip in July. Five JUC teens and their family members have chosen to make this challenging trip in order to get to know our scholarship students and their community. 

The breakfast will be the perfect start to a late spring day and is not to be missed. If you are unable to attend and would like to support our adventurous travelers please contact Gretchen May to make a direct donation of money or unused airline miles. Please contact Jim Matera with questions about the pancake breakfast.

Food & Nourishment Task Force: Choices for Sustainable Living – Food and Water // 12:30 – 2 p.m. // Additional date: Sunday, May 5 //  We will use the course book created by the Northwest Earth Institute, discussing the sections on food and water. More information on the course is available online.

Field trip and picnic to be arranged with participants.  Book is $35 or can be borrowed for $15. Please sign up to attend.  Contact: Laurie Scholl

Affinity Group: Science & Spirit // 12:30 p.m. // We will watch the 7th episode of  One Strange Rock , and then we will have time to discuss thoughts and ideas afterwards. The episode is called Terraform. “ From rocks to rivers, life has crafted everything that makes our planet so special. But this power of change brings with it profound dangers. Life doesn’t just create. It can also destroy.”
Happening Soon
Wednesday, May 1
We Are Family // 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. worship //  Dinner: Chicken and Vegetarian Enchiladas   //  J oin us twice per month for a fellowship dinner ($5 per person) followed by a lively and brief family-centered worship. We use ritual, song and story for a multi-age worship that fills the heart and grows the spirit. All ages are encouraged to attend.
Saturday, May 4
The Hate U Give Movie  Viewing and Pizza Dinner (by donation) // 4 – 8 p.m. // Watch and Witness: The Hate U Give is a young adult novel, adapted into a celebrated and challenging film, exploring the experience of race and division in America today through the eyes of our youth. Join with fellow UU’s from across the Denver region for a common viewing and dialogue as we work together towards a deeper understanding of privilege and oppression in our society.  Register here.
Tuesday, May 7
UU Liberal Christians: Focus on World Religions // 7 p.m. // Additional Date: Tuesday, May 21 //  Join us for a two-part discussion on world wisdom traditions using The Path: A Spiritual Journey, written by JUC members Heather and Verne Thomas. He taught a course in world religions at Wheat Ridge HS for many years, and will facilitate the discussion.  Contact us if you would like a copy of the book.  Crystal Kreitzer ; Sara Lohaus
Saturday, May 18
Path to Membership Class // 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. //  This class is designed to familiarize those considering joining JUC with some of our staff, our diverse programs and activities, the meaning of our UU faith, and the responsibilities and benefits of membership.  Light lunch and child care provided. Sign up to attend.
Pastoral Care: NAMI Walk // 10 a.m. // Centennial Center Park, Aurora // Support JUC’s NAMI Walk team.  Visit our table on Sundays beginning April 28  or  register to walk or to donate to our team online Carpooling from JUC at 8:15 a.m.  Contact: Deda Nelson 
Sunday, May 19
Spring Congregational Meeting // 12:30 p.m. //  Please plan to attend! Light lunch will be available for a donation and child care is provided.  

Agenda items will include:
  • Making Room Update
  • 2018-19 Annual Report
  • Introduction of 2019-20 lay leaders;
  • Elect Board Trustees (nominee to fill a vacancy through 6/30/19: Derek Bassett) (nominees for 3-year terms: Derek Bassett, Ken Andrus, David Fleck);
  • Elect Leadership Nominating Committee members (nominees for 3-year terms: Brad West, Zach Schreiner);
  • Elect Endowment and Memorial Gift Trust Directors (nominee for 3-year term: Bill Finley);
  • Approve 2019-20 annual operating budget
More information can be found on our website 

Friends and newcomers are welcome to attend and will be given the courtesy of the floor, but only members who have signed the Membership Book no later than April 19 may vote.

Absentee Ballots will be available from the church office by Friday, May 3 and are due back no later than 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 16. A 15% quorum is necessary to conduct the business of this meeting; absentee ballots will not count toward this quorum.

Please contact Carol Wilsey at 303-279-5282 with any questions about the budget process or the proposed budget.
Campus News
Adopt-a-Plot at JUC
We need some help keeping JUC lookin’ good over the summer. If you would like to adopt a section of the JUC landscaping to maintain over the summer we would be most appreciative! Carol Kalmes will have a table during coffee hour on Sunday, April 28 with a map of the campus so you can choose your own little slice of heaven to keep pretty. Carol is a very knowledgeable gardener, so she can also help you understand what is needed in each area. Thank you so much for your help! Thanks especially to those people who are taking on their plots again, or choosing a new one for year three. Contact:  Carol Wilsey
GA Delegates Needed
General Assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates. Learn more at  www.uua.org/ga

This year’s meeting is June 19-23 in  Spokane, Washington.

If you are interested in being a delegate to GA, please complete  this application
JUC’s All-Ages Church Retreat is Coming this Fall
October 18-20, 2019 // Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby // This weekend of intergenerational mountain fun is open to all JUCers. Save the date and look for registration information in the Weekly Connection and JUC commons on Sundays in May.
Community News
Saturday, April 27
West Side Live! Presents: Acoustic Eidolon // 7 p.m. // Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire bring   their  modern string acoustic performance  to the WSLP stage! Join us as they showcase modern string instrumentals as the duo performs on a two-necked guitjo and cello. Tickets available online
Sunday, April 28
Steve Snyder: Challenges of a 21st Century Water Resources Manager // 4 p.m. // JUC chapel // The speaker is the Executive Communications Manager of Denver Water, the oldest and largest water utility in the state, serving approximately 1.4 million people. He will discuss challenges in maintaining a sustainable water supply and innovative solutions to our water future, reaching to the furthest corners of Colorado and beyond to the Western United States. Hosted by the Jefferson Humanists, a chapter of the American Humanist Association, we begin with appetizers, beverages and socializing, and a Humanist Moment talk by Tom Kellogg on the coming Colorado Secular Conference.
July 24-27
The Well: A Family-Friendly Retreat Tending the Wounds of Racism // Ferry Beach Retreat Center, Saco, Maine //  The Well  welcomes families and individuals of color, white families raising children of color, and multi-racial families to this four-day retreat. The retreat centers the experiences and expressions of people of color by offering intentional spaces of spiritual healing for the young and old directly impacted by racism. Programming explores the spiritual paths of POC, including rites of passage, food, music, sports, history, arts, and bodywork that nurtures souls, uplifts spirits, and promotes resilience. More information is available online .
The full church calendar and more information about events can be found at www.jeffersonunitarian.org