JUC Weekly Connection

November 18-24, 2020 
Sunday, November 22
streamed online
8am – 10am – 7pm
Rev. Eric Banner, Associate Minister
Sometimes the start to healing is apologizing for what went wrong. What have the experts learned about apologies we should all know?

Sunday Morning with a Minister // 9 a.m. // Join a minister and other JUCers for conversation between services. Join the meeting by clicking here.

9 a.m.
Kindergarten-1st Grade // Wonderful Wonder: Bringing truth to life K-1st meeting link
2nd-3rd Grade // Music: 4th and 8th principles: Search for what is true and right 
4th-5th Grade // Art: Truth and cultural appreciation 4th-5th meeting link

11 a.m.
6th Grade Neighboring Faiths // Buddhism wrap-up 6th grade meeting link
7th Grade Super Seventh Support System // Acceptance of One Another 
8th Grade Coming of Age // UU Identity Overview 8th grade meeting link 
High School Youth Group // Healing Friendships and Relationships High School meeting link

Throughout our abundant lives, we can find simple and quick ways to connect our learning and growth at church to our lives at home. Use this week’s Full Week Faith guide to connect with your family on November’s theme of Healing.
Weekly Highlights
Reading for Relief
November 5 – December 5 // A fundraiser to help Coloradans impacted by wildfires. JUC kids will read 1,000 books to raise $1,000 for the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado. Details and book lists can be found here. To sponsor a reader, click here. Readers, track your books weekly by clicking here
Thanksgiving Meal Fundraiser for The Rising Homeless Ministry
Thanksgiving gatherings will likely be smaller this year. Instead of cooking a huge meal for a small group, order a delicious, lovingly prepared feast and support out partners at The Rising Homeless Ministry. The Abundant Harvest Task Force have created a amazing menu including:
  • pumpkin-potato-leek soup
  • choice of turkey and gravy, pork roast and gravy, or a vegetarian main option
  • caramelized carrots, sautéed green beans, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes, cranberry jelly, stuffing, and home baked dinner roll
  • piece of apple-pear streusel cake and a piece of pumpkin pie.
Portions will be very generous and dietary restrictions may be accommodated. Suggested donation is $25 per person, but donate what you are able. Order meals by clicking here. Deadline is Friday, November 20. Meal pickup will be Thursday, November 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Family Tree Gifting Program
We are continuing our long tradition of partnering with Family Tree this holiday season for Family Tree’s Holidays of Hope program. There are three ways to participate in the Holiday Gifting Program this year:
  1. Make a cash donation (any amount would be appreciated!). Donations will be used to purchase gift cards and holiday gifts for the families served by Family Tree. You can make a donation through the JUC website by clicking here and selecting Family Tree Gifting Program. You can also mail a check to the JUC office (payable to JUC with “Family Tree Holiday Gifting” on the memo line). If possible, please make all donations by Friday, December 4.
  2. Visit the Holidays of Hope website and click on Adopt-a-Family to adopt a family for the holidays. There is a donor interest form that you will complete, and you can make requests in the “details” option (e.g., number of children). Family Tree has requested that all gifts arrive at the Marshall Street office by Friday, December 11.
  3. Visit the Holidays of Hope website and click on the Virtual Giving option to purchase gift cards or gifts for teens from the Amazon wish lists. 
If you would like more information about the JUC Holiday Gifting Program, please contact Heather Hagemann.
This Week
Today, Wednesday, November 18
Evensong Rebroadcast // 7 p.m. // Tune in for a grounding rebroadcast of last night’s Evensong. Watch by clicking here.

JUC Choir // 7:30 p.m. // The JUC Choir meets weekly. If you wish to warm up your voice, sing uplifting songs, and connect with Keith, Laura and the Choir, you are most welcome to visit and sing! Join the meeting by clicking here.
Support of Unitarian Parents (SOUPs): Evening Meeting // 9 p.m. // SOUPs is a supportive parenting group for those with kids of all ages! SOUPs is meeting twice weekly: Mondays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. online. Join us each week to connect with each other and catch up! Join the meeting here.
Thursday, November 19
Reflections on Race // 10 – 11:30 a.m. AND 6:30 – 8 p.m. // 4th Thursdays // A white caucus space provides an environment and intention to authentically and critically engage in what it means to be white in a multicultural world, the privilege and responsibility in dismantling racism, and to begin to develop understanding and accountability for change. We hope you will join us for this important and absolutely necessary work. Join the meeting here.
Friday, November 20
We Are Family // 6:30 // 1st Wednesdays & 3rd Fridays // Join JUC families for an evening of singing, story, and loving community as we renew our spirit and connections to one another. Join the meeting by clicking here.
Sunday, November 22 – Saturday, November 28
Family Promise Host Week // JUC cannot host families experiencing homelessness in our church during the pandemic. However, we still have a great opportunity to give our support by providing dinners to the families staying at the new Family Promise House in Capitol Hill. This new facility has enabled Family Promise to house 3-4 additional families in addition to the eight families staying in hotels. Sign up to help provide dinner for one evening in teams of 2-3 people. For more information and to sign up, click here. Contact: Judy Douglass
Monday, November 23
Support of Unitarian Parents (SOUPs): Morning Meeting // 9 a.m. // SOUPs is a supportive parenting group for those with kids of all ages! SOUPs is meeting twice weekly: Mondays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 9 p.m. online. Join us each week to connect with each other and catch up! Join the meeting here
Tuesday, November 24
Evensong // 7 p.m. // Evensong services are opportunities to employ singing and silence as a Unitarian Universalist spiritual practice. Join Rev. Keith Arnold and David Burrows to ground ourselves during this time of isolation. Watch by clicking here.
Happening Soon
Wednesday, November 25
Growing Resilience – A Circle Worship // 12:30 AND 8:30 p.m. // A time to pause during the chaotic week and share a song, a story, and a practice from our Unitarian Universalist tradition. These interactive spaces are designed to give you tools and traditions that can soothe your spirit and help you gather strength and courage for whatever comes next. As we enter into a new phase of 2020, join our ministerial team to grow your personal resilience. Join the meeting here.
Thursday, November 26
Virtual Thanksgiving Gathering // 2 – 3 p.m. // We may not be able to gather around the table physically this year, but we’re making a space to gather virtually. Sign up to let us know if you’re coming. Join the meeting by clicking here.
Friday, November 27
Black Friday Yoga For All // 10 a.m. // This Thanksgiving is a time like no other. Join Tracy Nolan and other JUC members for a restorative yoga session for all abilities. Take a few moments to ground in your body and breath. Please sign up to attend. Join the meeting by clicking here.
Tuesday, December 1
JUC Liberal Christians: Advent Service – Welcoming the Light // 7 p.m. // For centuries, Advent has been a time in the dark of the year for reflection and anticipation. Its roots are in folk traditions and pagan rituals celebrating the miracle of light. Christians observe Advent as a time of preparation in the weeks before Christmas. Join us this year for a virtual Advent Service of candle lighting and reflection on the meaning of hope, peace, joy and love in our lives. Join the meeting by clicking here.
Saturday, December 5
Pastoral Care: Resilience, Coping Strategies and Self Care During the Pandemic // 9 a.m. // Colorado Spirit from the Jefferson Center for Mental Health will be conducting a free zoom presentation about Resilience, Coping Strategies and Self Care during the pandemic. Sign up to attend here.
Saturday, December 5
Pastoral Care: Resilience, Coping Strategies and Self Care During the Pandemic // 9 a.m. // Colorado Spirit from the Jefferson Center for Mental Health will be conducting a free zoom presentation about Resilience, Coping Strategies and Self Care during the pandemic. Sign up to attend here.
Sunday, December 6
Memorial Service for Ken May // 12:30 p.m. // Join Gretchen and family for a virtual celebration of Ken’s life. Login information will be publicized in next week’s Weekly Connection email.
Campus News
2020 Fall Congregational Vote
Complete voting information can be found on the JUC website’s 2020 Fall Congregational Vote pageTwo online information sessions are scheduled where you can learn more about the proposed Bylaws changes and ask questions:
The deadline for voting is Sunday, December 6. Eligible members may access a ballot in one of the following three ways (ballot eligibility will be verified by the church office):
RE Craft Supply Drive
During this socially distanced time, donating supplies kids will use for RE projects is another form of connection. It’s a chance to be of service to and support our JUC youth. 

Donate craft supplies for our RE program, including but not limited to: glue, markers, pipe cleaners, scissors, popsicle sticks, yarn, washi tape, colored pencils, clay, construction paper, colored pencils, old magazines, toothpicks, kid paints/paintbrushes.

Donations can be dropped off in the box at the front of JUC through Friday, December 18.


Staying Connected
Send in your Photos!
Even though we can’t be together in person, we still want to see each other! This week the theme is What Are You Thankful For? Send in your photos by noon on Friday to darcystanton@jeffersonunitarian.org
for inclusion in the next video.

View last week’s video by clicking the image to the right. 
Community News
Wheat Ridge Race and Equity Task Force
The City of Wheat Ridge is seeking applicants for a Race and Equity Task Force, which will identify contributors to discrimination and provide recommendations for the city. Members of the committee are asked to serve for at least one year and must be a Wheat Ridge resident or have a connection to the city. The application is available here, and open until December 31.
Sunday, November 22
Jefferson Humanists: How the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department Does its Work // 4 p.m. // Sheriff Shrader will give a broad presentation on how the department operates and interacts with local city and town law enforcement, officer training, prospective formats for dealing with non-violent crimes, and current issues. Email RSVP@jeffersonhumanists.org to receive the Zoom link.