WEEKLY
CONNECTION

 
 
 
 
 
December 5-11, 2018 
Sunday, December 9
9:00 a.m.

 


11:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

Sunday Service

Faith Forward Inquirers (M3/4)
Sunday Service
Science and Spirit (R6/7)
Resonance Choir (Priestley rm.)
I Heart Xmas (sanc., comm., kit.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

A ROSE IN THE WINTERTIME
Rev. Eric Banner, Associate Minister
Join us for our annual service in which we remember the words of our hymnal, “I’ll bring you hope, when hope is hard to find, and I’ll bring a song of love, and a rose in the wintertime.”

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
All groups will meet in their regular rooms for RE programming except for the 4th/5th grade nature’s Keepers who will be serving the congregation in the Sunday Shared Ministry roles during both services. Sign up here.

 

Details about this week’s RE events can be found on the Family Calendar.
 
MUSIC
JUiCe
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 2:
Nancy & Peter Torpey, Sara & Peter Lohaus, Andy Melick, Paula Reed, Judy Gangloff, Linda Slater, Patti Coe-Withington, Mary Le Boeuf, Derek Bassett, Mindy Mohr, & Jill Surber-Blackwell!
This Week
Today, Wednesday, December 5
We Are Family // 5:30 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. worship // 1st Wednesdays & 3rd Fridays // Dinner: BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches // Join 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. Today’s worship will be led by Rev. Eric Banner.

 

Thursday, December 6
Affinity Group: Thursday Chronic Illness Support Group // 12 p.m. // 1st & 3rd Thursdays // Ongoing group that provides support for people with longstanding illnesses, pain, or health issues. Open to new members. Contact: Kerry Fordyce

 

Friday, December 7
Affinity Group: Retirees’ Brown Bag Lunch // 11:30 a.m. // 1st Fridays // Bring your lunch; join the group for conversation. Everyone is  welcome. Contact: Betty Halladay
First Friday Open Mic // 7 p.m. // Hello music lovers, musicians, storytellers, comedians, elves and reindeer … (They need a fun night out!!) Come and enjoy this great evening of music, fun and supportive community. All are welcome to JUC’s free, family-friendly open mic. If you’re looking for an entertaining night out in Golden or a chance to come out of the basement and sing with your new ukulele — this is the place! First timers are loved and always welcome at First Friday! Performers, please arrive at 6:45 p.m.
 
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.

 

Saturday, December 8
Path to Membership // 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. // Interested in joining JUC? 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. Please sign up if you plan to attend.

 

Sunday, December 9
Faith Forward Inquirers // 9 a.m. // Are you new to JUC? Do you want to learn more about our church and faith? These one-hour drop-in sessions are designed for visitors and newer members to deepen your understanding of Unitarian Universalism and JUC, make connections, and meet our staff and lay leaders. You are welcome to attend one or all, and the sessions do not need to be attended in order. This week’s topic: Worship & Liturgical Year
Family Tree Holiday Gifting Program // By supporting Family Tree’s “Adopt-a-Family” program, we can help to brighten the holidays for families affected by homelessness, child abuse, or domestic violence. Please look for the Holiday Gifting Program table in the commons after services to find out how to participate. Contact: Heather Hagemann
Food & Nourishment Task Force Table // between and after services // Stop by the table for heartwarming soups and delicious baked goods to enjoy at church or to take home. All goodwill donations will benefit The Rising homeless day shelter in Arvada and are greatly appreciated. Contact: Gilla Lachnitt
 
UUSC Task Force: Coffee and Chocolate Sales // between services // Support small farmer cooperatives and the JUC Guatemala Scholarship program when you buy organically grown, fairly traded coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate bars and other products. Short of cash? We now take credit cards.

 

Monday, December 10
Support of Unitarian Parents (SOUPs): Holiday Celebration with Nordic Flair // 9 – 11:30 a.m. // We`ll have plenty of time for connection, enjoy each others` favorite holiday dishes, practice the art of hygge, and learn more about other Nordic philosophies for enriching and enjoying your lives. Please bring your favorite family holiday dish and a list of your beloved holiday traditions and events your family attends to share with the group. Prepare to have a lovely time!
 
Affinity Group: Great Books Discussion Group // 7:30 – 9 p.m. // 2nd & 4th Mondays // This meeting held in Dona Chilcoat’s home // Life from Scum by Lynn Margulis // 
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
Sunday, December 9
10th Annual I Heart Xmas Concert and Singalong // 6 p.m. // A night of pure, fun Christmas spirit! Hosted by the EverHopefuls, the evening also features the Resonance Choir, Sophia’s Journey, the Skeleton Dolls, actress Marion Rex, and a special surprise musical guest! Bring your checkbook – we pass the hat to share our abundance and support Mayan high school students in Guatemala through our scholarship fund. 

 

Saturday, December 15
It’s a Wonderful Life Live! // 7 p.m. // You can let your old VHS copy of It’s a Wonderful Life gather dust this year, because the beloved story is coming LIVE to JUC! A talented ensemble of JUCers will perform the 40s-style radio play version of the Jimmy Stewart classic, featuring Rev. Wendy Williams as Clara, the angel! Directed by Steef Sealy, the cast includes members of the staff and other enthusiastic actors. Experience this inspirational holiday classic as you never have before. Bring your friends, your children, and bring Kleenex! Purchase tickets online today.

 

Monday, December 17
Holiday Healing Service // 7 p.m. // Silence, music and spoken word, offering space for those whose season is complicated by loss. Led by Revs. Eric Banner and Keith Arnold.

 

Friday, December 21
Winter Solstice Celebration // 6 p.m. Potluck Soup Dinner // 7 p.m. Worship // Led by our intern minister, Kim Mason, our entire ministry team will be together to help 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 22
CUUPS: Yule // 4 p.m. // Come celebrate Yule with us and our guests Chokecherry Grove!

 

Monday, December 24
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 Annie Scott 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.
Contemplative // 10:30 p.m. // A quieter service in our chapel for those who welcome the chance to slow down through readings, silence, and music. Led by Rev. Keith Arnold, Minister of Music and Kim Mason, Intern Minister
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.

Tuesday, December 25
3rd 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 12
Candlelight Vigil // 4 – 5:30 p.m. // SE Corner of Colfax & Wadsworth // 
A candlelight vigil to remember victims of Gun Violence on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook School shooting. Bring light sources and signs. Contact: Don Macalad

 

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 23. We carry popular cards in stock, and we will be placing orders after Sunday, December 9, 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.

 

Community News
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Get Rid of Student Debt Debate // 7 p.m. // Wheat Ridge High School // The proposal for this classic public policy debate is: Use government funding and regulation to reduce student debt to 1990’s level.Speaking for the pro position are JoyAnn Ruscha, a Policy Advisor and Commentator, and Jack Kroll, a CU Regent and Asst. Dir. Of Admissions. Taking the con positionare Jimmy Sengenberger, Denver radio talk show host and founder of Colorado’s Millennial Policy Center, and Dr. Paul Prentice, Sr. Fellow, Independence Institute and Chief Macroeconomist in the Reagan Dept. of Agriculture. The event sponsor is Jefferson Humanists, an education-and-action non-profit dedicated to using reason and civil discourse to improve our society. Buy tickets online for $5 before December 25, then $10, or $15 at the door.
The full church calendar and more information about events can be found at
www.jeffersonunitarian.org