JUC Weekly Connection
WEEKLY
CONNECTION






March 25-31, 2020  
Sunday, March 29
THE WISEST MAN IN TOWN
streamed live at 11 a.m.
Rev. Eric Banner, Associate Minister
Plato tells the story of his teacher, Socrates, who went looking for the wisest man in town. He found that while plenty of people knew something, they often thought they knew far more than they really did. His conclusion was that the greater part of wisdom was knowing what you don’t know. Let’s unpack the story together, and see what we still have yet to learn.

This service will only be available online. Arrive (online) early for Virtual Coffee Hour, a live chat beginning at 10:30 a.m.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
8th Grade Coming of Age: 12:15-1:15 p.m. meet here
Additional online Religious Education programming will be coming next week.

Families are encouraged to watch A Time for All Ages in the service together. Check out the Families at Home webpage for theme and other resources for families.
Staying Connected
Staying connected as a congregation has never been solely about Sunday morning. Join us for these daily opportunities to connect online.
Mondays
Morning Meditation // 9 a.m. // Join one of our ministers for a thoughtful reading, five minutes of silence, and a brief blessing.

Story time // 6:30 p.m. // Designed for families with young children, but all ages are welcome. Join Jules Jaramillo, Director of Religious Education as she reads a story. This week there will also be some special guest readers.

Tuesdays
Coffee with a Minister // 9 a.m. // For an hour, one of our ministers will host a community chat for members and friends to see each other and check in.
Sunday worship and Evensong services will be streamed live through our website.


All other offerings will be held through Zoom.

Join Morning with a Minister Here
Meeting ID: 710 058 738

Meeting ID: 382 263 162

Story time // 6:30 p.m. //  Designed for families with young children, but all ages are welcome. Join Jules Jaramillo, Director of Religious Education as she reads a story.

Wednesdays
Morning Meditation // 9 a.m. // Join one of our ministers for a thoughtful reading, five minutes of silence, and a brief blessing.

Story time // 6:30 p.m. //  Designed for families with young children, but all ages are welcome. Join Jules Jaramillo, Director of Religious Education as she reads a story.

Evensong // 7 p.m. // Rev. Keith will lead a 30 minute music-centered worship to hold us and restore us. Join us TONIGHT.

Thursdays
Coffee with a Minister // 9 a.m. // For an hour, one of our ministers will host a community chat for members and friends to see each other and check in.

Story time // 6:30 p.m. // Designed for families with young children, but all ages are welcome. Join Jules Jaramillo, Director of Religious Education as she reads a story. Thursday, March 26 the special guest reader will be Darcy Stanton.

Fridays
Morning Meditation // 9 a.m. // Join one of our ministers for a thoughtful reading, five minutes of silence, and a brief blessing.

Story time // 6:30 p.m. // Designed for families with young children, but all ages are welcome. Join Jules Jaramillo, Director of Religious Education as she reads a story. Friday, March 27 the special guest reader will be Rev. Eric.

Saturdays
Story time // 6:30 p.m. //  Designed for families with young children, but all ages are welcome. Join Jules Jaramillo, Director of Religious Education as she reads a story. Saturday, March 28 will be a surprise guest reader.

Sundays
Virtual Coffee Hour // 10:30 a.m. // Join Membership Coordinator Nick Rogall and your JUC friends for a live chat before and after the worship service.

Worship // 11 a.m. // Join us for story, music and message.

Story time // 6:30 p.m. //  Designed for families with young children, but all ages are welcome. Join Jules Jaramillo, Director of Religious Education as she reads a story. Sunday, March 29 the special guest reader will be Carol Wilsey.


All meetings, classes, and groups will be  online for a while.

Keep up your connections! If you are part of a Going Deeper group or other church supported small group or team, we recommend continuing to meet by keeping your same time so the transition points will be easier.  Please contact Nick Rogall to set up Zoom meetings for your groups
Caring for  Each Other
Caring for JUC
It is a blessing to give and to receive. This crisis is affecting many in our community with some JUCers already losing their jobs. Many others are working shorter hours or are on furlough. If you are one of those who is struggling in the wake of reduced or lost income, please reach out to our professional ministers, by phone at 7 20-CHURCH9 (720-248-7249) or email at 
cares@jeffersonunitarian.org . We have a pastoral care fund for just such occasions, and we want to make sure all of our members are taken care of in these extraordinary times.

We give our thanks for your ongoing and generous financial support. Our ability to respond to this crisis is built on the strong foundation you have helped us build over generations of giving. For those who can, please help us help each other with both your ongoing pledge and also with any targeted gifts you can give to help out those most in need.

Living our values right here at home means taking care of all our JUCers, including the staff who are working diligently to keep things going day in and day out. Of course, we still need to keep everything else going as well. We will pay our staff, including part-timers so they won’t lose pay during this time.

Donations are also appreciated by mail, bill pay, or check. You can also text to give at 720-897-3801.

Caring for Community
Many in our wider community have also been affected by this crisis. Many of the most dedicated community support volunteers in our county are having to step back at this time because they have additional risk factors. Our partners, like The Action Center and the Rising Homeless Day Site are seeking volunteers to help care for our most vulnerable neighbors. If you are a person with low risk for COVID-19 complications, and live in a household with others who are at low risk for complications, we encourage you to sign up to help out as you can.

You can sign up to help at The Action Center here  

Our community partner, Arvada Rising, is facing a particularly difficult time with their program helping those experiencing homelessness. Cold, wet weather is predicted later this week. What can help right now? If you have extra items that can help people stay warm (gloves, coats, blankets, sleeping bags), please drop them off at the east entrance at JUC on Thursday morning, March 26 between 7:30 and 10 a.m. and items will be delivered to Rising. 

If you would like to be part of the cooking, serving, or cleaning teams for the Arvada Rising Homeless Day Site, please contact Gilla Lachnitt to help.
Community  News
Census 2020
This week, millions of Americans were asked by mail to participate in the 2020 Census. The census is taken every ten years and it is literally and simply a count of Americans. Why is it such a big deal? The census determines how many U.S. Representatives can come from your State. The numbers, displayed only in the aggregate and never individually, determine how the government will disperse money. 

The money part is especially important:  $675 billion dollars in federal funding is distributed based on the census. This is $13 million for Colorado and $1,500 per person. Babies and children under 5 are often not included when parents fill out their form. An infant today is 10 years old by the next census and the census impacts funding for that child. 

This year the Census can be taken online. Although this makes sense in a digital world, it is a blessing during the pandemic. If you would prefer to stay out of the digital world, no problem.
You can also elect to participate by mail or by a visit from a census worker after the pandemic is under control. Complete instructions and the answers to many questions are at: www.2020Census.gov. Yes, there are questions about gender that we wish weren’t there. However, even in an imperfect world, it’s important to be included. 

The census is in harmony with our UU Values. As people of faith, we believe in the divinely given dignity of every person. When we answer the Census and help our neighbors do so too, we declare that we are part of “we the people” and we refuse to be excluded from the critical resources and political representation that we deserve. So as UUs we are called not only to participate ourselves but help ensure that populations traditionally uncounted are included. This includes infants, the homeless, those fearing government. 
There is no way the census data can be traced back to an individual regardless of citizenship status.