JUC Weekly Connection
WEEKLY
CONNECTION






December 11-17, 2019  
Sunday, December 15
9:00 a.m.

11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m.




5:00 p.m.


5:30 p.m.


Sunday Service

Sunday Service

20s and 30s Potluck lunch (R6/7)
Science and Spirit (M1/2)
JUC Community Action Network mtg. (M3/4)

Mindfulness Meditation (chapel)
¡Charla! (M1/2)

Going Deeper: Ivanic (comm.)



STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
Rev. Eric Banner, Associate Minister
What makes a gift, and what makes it worth giving? As Christmas rapidly approaches, join us for our annual rose in the wintertime service, giving and receiving as love shows us how.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Preschool: Awe we find from looking at the stars
K-2nd : Awe we discover from the stars
1st Grade OWL: Session 7 & 8 Celebration!
3rd-5th: Awe of our interconnectedness to the universe
6 th Grade Neighboring Faiths : Catholicism
7 th Grade OWL : Bullying & Bystander Responsibilities
8th Grade Coming of Age: Critical Thinking & Decision Making
Senior High Youth Group: The awe discovered from within

Details about this week’s RE events can be found on the Family Calendar.
 
MUSIC
JUC Ringers
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 December 8:
Annie & John Hedberg, Nancy Working, Jeff Pederson, Sharon Groten, Patti Coe-Withington,
Marti Pratt, Barry Davis, John Bunting, Linda Horn, Sara Robbins, and Pam Bond!
This Week
Friday, December 13
Affinity Group: Duplicate Bridge // 7 p.m. // 2nd Fridays //  Please encourage non-JUC friends to join. Please email  Vince Todd  if you plan to play. Singles who can arrange a partner should do so and respond for both. 
Sunday, December 15
20s & 30s Potluck Lunch // 12:30 p.m. // Bring yourself, contribute to the taco bar, and enjoy a break from the stressful holiday season. Please sign up to attend. Contact: Justin Blumenthal

Affinity Group:  ¡Charla! // 5 p.m. // 1st & 3rd Sundays // Discuss important topics in Spanish. Intermediate level recommended. Bievenidos a todos! Contact: Katie Wheeler

Affinity Group: Science & Spirit // 5 p.m. // This week we take a look at what we knew before the New Horizon’s mission reached Pluto and what we have learned sifting through all of the data we collected during the flyby. We’ll look at the very interesting geology of both Pluto and Charon, surprising discoveries about the nature of Pluto’s atmosphere, as well as the impact Pluto’s unusual orientation has on the mobility of different materials on its surface.
Monday, December 16
Support of Unitarian Parents (SOUPs): Yoga // 9 – 11:30 a.m. // T he holidays are a busy and often chaotic time for parents. Give yourself a gift and join us as we stretch and rejuvenate our bodies, minds, and souls with some gentle Hatha yoga.  

Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat (extras to share are welcome!) if you have one or a towel. We will be practicing yoga early and eating brunch afterwards so please plan accordingly. As  always, a $5 contribution per attendee, per meeting is suggested to help cover meeting programming costs.  Childcare is available from 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Affinity Group: Great Books Discussion Group // 7:30 p.m. // 2nd & 4th Mondays // Conscience by Immanuel Kant //  Great Books is based on the idea that by reading from the great books of our civilization and discussing them with other people – sharing your insights and questions you can reach a fuller understanding of these works than you could on your own.  Dona Chilcoat is the Shared Inquiry Leader, 303-989-6945
Holiday Happenings

Friday, December 20
Winter Solstice Celebration // 5:30 p.m. Potluck Soup Dinner // 6:30 p.m. Worship //  Welcome back the light through song, story, spiral and the traditional burning of a wreath. Family friendly for all ages. Sign up to attend the potluck today!
Saturday, December 21
Winter Solstice Yoga // 3 p.m. //  The Winter Solstice is on Saturday, December 21. Please join us as we practice yoga for an hour and rejoice in the return of the sun. This is an all-ages, all-levels event. Bring a yoga mat if you can, or a beach towel. Wear clothing that is comfortable for you to stretch and move mindfully.
Christmas Eve at JUC!
Family // 2 p.m. AND 3 p.m. // Join in a joyful retelling of the Christmas story in this family-friendly interactive service featuring the children’s choirs. Led by Director of Religious Education Jules Jaramillo and Senior Minister Rev. Wendy Williams.
 
Contemporary // 5 p.m. // Our Christmas message in lessons and carols amplified by the JUiCe Worship Band. Led by Rev. Wendy Williams.
 
Traditional // 7 p.m. AND 9 p.m. // Our Christmas message in lessons and carols featuring our JUC Choir. Led by Rev. Wendy Williams.

Please sign up here for Christmas Eve Shared Ministry.

As we celebrate Christmas Eve, you are invited to bring cookies you wish to share that day. We ask that you not bring cookies that include nuts. JUC will also provide traditional treats and those free of the top 8 allergens.
Wednesday, December 25
4th Annual Holly Jolly JUC Christmas! // 11 a.m. potluck brunch //  A fun time was had by all last year so we are doing it again! Sign up if you plan to attend.

Happening Soon
Wednesday, December 18
Caregiver Support Group // 12:30 – 2 p.m. // 3rd Wednesdays //  Are you a caregiver to someone needing long-term assistance? A spouse of someone with Parkinson’s? A child of someone with Alzheimer’s? The partner of someone with cancer? The parent of a permanently developmentally disabled child? We know that being a caregiver can be isolating and exhausting, so if you want some support, join us for our drop-in caregiver support group. Contact:  Rev. Eric Banner, Associate Minister 
December 22-29
Family Promise Host Week //  We will be hosting four families experiencing homelessness at a particularly tough time of year and will need plenty of help! Sign up to help online or at the Family Tree table in the commons on the next few Sundays. There are volunteer opportunities for all ages, all times of day, all levels of ability. Fun for the whole extended family! Need some help finding the right volunteer task for you? Contact Laura Hollingsworth or Judy Douglass.
New Here
Are you curious to learn more about JUC and Unitarian Universalism? Looking to become a member of the congregation? Come join us for New Here! Each class focuses on a different topic about the church and faith. Ask questions, talk directly with our staff, and meet some new folks. Visitors are encouraged to attend!

The next session starts Sunday, January 5. Details are available online. Drop-ins are welcome or sign up if you plan to attend.
Going Deeper
Join one of our Going Deeper groups and take the next step on your journey here. We encourage both those new to Going Deeper and those that have joined previous groups to sign up! This program focuses on fostering connections between group members as well as allowing space for us to explore who we are. We are opening up existing groups and (if there’s enough interest) starting new short-term groups. Groups meet twice a month until May. Please sign up here .
Campus News
Benefit JUC with your Holiday Shopping!
JUC’s scrip program carries gift cards for over 100 popular retailers, all of which return rebates to JUC. You can either give them directly as gifts, or you can use them to do your holiday shopping. Amazon.com, GameStop, L.L.Bean, REI, Target, and many more store-front and on-line retailers give from 2-16% in rebates. The scrip table will be open for business after services every Sunday until December 22. We carry popular cards in stock, and we will be placing orders after church on Sundays, November 24 and December 15, ready for pick up the following week. Visit the scrip table this Sunday to pick up an order form, or visit  shopwithscrip.com to see what’s available.
The full church calendar and more information about events can be found at www.jeffersonunitarian.org