Weekly Newsletter


High Country Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (HCUUF)
Weekly Newsletter: December 3-9, 2018
 
 
CONTENTS
• Sunday Services
• Upcoming Service & Social Time, December 09, 2018
• Volunteer to Help with the Community Dinner
• Holiday Depression Notice-Blue Christmas
 Blue Christmas
• 2018 Annual Meeting Notes
• 2018 Minister’s Annual Report to HCUUF
• HCUUF Year End Appeal and 2019 Proposed Budget
• HCUUF Scholarship Update
• Save the Date-Chili Dinner Friday, December 7th, 2018
• Touchstones Corner: Peace
• Touchstones Journal for December: Focus on Peace
• HCUUF Facebook Page
• Other News Sent under Separate Cover
• HCUUF Website
• Contact Information for Newsletter Announcements
• Contact Information for HCUUF
• Consulting Minister, Board Members, Committees, Musician, Staff
 
 
• Sunday Services
 
Our weekly Sunday Services take place in the Fellowship Hall of the Lord of the Mountains Church in Dillon, CO at 4:00 pm and are followed by a Social Hour or Potluck at 5:00 pm.  Potlucks usually occur on the last Sunday of the month. 
 
During 2017 we have had a short sabbatical during the months of May and October during which no services are held but other activities takes place from time to time.
 
 
 Upcoming Service & Social Time
 
December 09, 2018: Service & Social Time
Sermon Title: A Peaceful Kingdom
Speaker: Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland
 
The idea of a peaceable kingdom goes back to the 8th century BCE when the Hebrew prophet Isaiah wrote, “And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb.”
 
He concluded this passage, “And a little child shall lead them.” We return again and again to the idea that peace, however illusive, is possible.
 
Join us as we explore the concept of a Peaceable Kingdom.
 
 
 Volunteer to Help with the Community Dinner
 
Tuesday, January 1, 2019, 4:30 to 7:30 pm
 
HCUUF volunteers will be serving the Community Dinner on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. We need approximately 12 to 14 people to help. To volunteer, email Don Parsons at parsondo@hotmail.com. The work also includes some set-up and clean-up.
 
This weekly dinner, which began on March 3, 2009, has served over 100,000 people since then. The Community Dinner is held at the Elks Lodge, 1321 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne, CO 80498. Typically, 300 to 350 people attend each week to eat.
 
Make helping with this worthwhile endeavor a New Year’s Resolution. We are also scheduled to help May 7 and August 6 in 2019.
 
Thank you! 
 
 
• Holiday Depression Notice-Blue Christmas
 
It was just learned about this collaboration between the Interfaith Council and the Building Hope organization to teach various ways of working with The Holidays depression that so many of us go through.
 
May we all focus on community and connection, especially during the Holidays.

 
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Thank you!
 
 
• Blue Christmas
            Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, Consulting Minister
 
I wanted to share this thoughtful piece about a Blue Christmas by Unitarian Universalist minister Debra Faulk.
 
All around us are bright lights and merry messages, yet in our heart not all is joyful. There is grief with the loss of relationships; those we love, no longer with us because of death; those we have loved who are estranged from us; those we love, yet experience a diminishment of intimacy. There is grief with the loss and change of relationship, grief, bittersweet for it is a consequence of the presence of love. This season brings forth many feelings.
 
 All around us are bright lights and merry messages, yet in our heart not all is joyful
There may be pain in our bodies,
Physical pain as a natural outcome of aging
Physical pain that presents itself in illness
Pain in the body that forces us to change and imposes limitations
Pain, bittersweet for physical experience includes both pain and pleasure and
...this season brings forth many feelings
Response: We find comfort in naming these feelings; we find some peace in being together
 
All around us are bright lights and merry messages
Yet in our heart not all is joyful
There may be anger and regret with the memories we hold,
Anger with past experiences of hurt or abuse,
Regret of our own actions that may have cause hurt to others,
Anger that life has not turned out as we imagined,
Regret for what we might have said or done,
Anger and regret, bittersweet in presenting the possibility for healing and forgiveness,
...this season brings forth many feelings
Response: We find comfort in naming these feelings; we find some peace in being together
 
All around us are bright lights and merry messages
Yet in our heart not all is joyful
There may be uncertainty that accompanies transition and change,
Uncertainty of what the future may bring with changes,
Uncertainty of direction or purpose after retirement or change of vocation,
Uncertainty when changing residence, by choice or necessity,
Uncertainty, bittersweet for change, a constant in life, let’s us know we are alive, and change along with
...this season brings forth many feelings
Response: We find comfort in naming these feelings; we find some peace in being together
 
All around us are bright lights and merry messages
Yet in our heart not all is joyful
There may be a sense of hopelessness,
Hopelessness in the face of so much violence and suffering
Hopelessness with attempts to heal our aching world and ourselves
Hopelessness in witnessing what we have not managed to accomplish
Hopelessness, bittersweet for its longing reminds us of our capacity for hope and the human spirit’s tenacity and courage that rest deep within each of us as
...this season brings forth many feelings
Response: We find comfort in naming these feelings; we find some peace in being together
 
All around us are bright lights and merry messages
Yet in our heart not all is joyful
There is loneliness,
Loneliness when we find ourselves alone after being long-partnered,
Loneliness when we are separated from loved ones,
Loneliness when we move to a new community and struggle to find our way,
Loneliness that never seems filled even with good company, Loneliness that is an ever-present aching in the heart,
Loneliness, bittersweet for it is felt only when we have known connectedness and
...this season brings forth many feelings
Response: We find comfort in naming these feelings; we find some peace in being together
 
All around us are bright lights and merry messages
Yet in our heart not all is joyful
We know grief and pain,
We know anger and regret,
We know hopelessness and loneliness,
We know all these feeling, we name them, we live them for such is the human experience
That love presents us with the possibility of being hurt, with the grief of loss,
That connection holds the potential of loneliness and uncertainty,
That forgiveness can begin to heal anger and regret
That being alive is a courageous act in which we engage all of our emotions and
...this season brings forth many feelings
Response: We find comfort in naming these feelings; we find some peace in being together
 
 
• 2018 Annual Meeting Notes
 
The HCUUF Annual Meeting was held on December 2, 2018 with 14 members attending.
 
Doug Bair and Julie Dufford shared their perspectives on the state of the fellowship and noted that it was positive.
 
Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland shared some highlights of his annual report. Please read below.
 
The Nominating Committee (members Nancy Lee, Harold Gant, and Lorraine Gill) recommended that the bylaws be changed to permit a range for the size of the Board of Trustees (e.g., 3 to 5 members) to acknowledge variations in the membership size of HCUUF. Nancy Lee, Harold Gant, and Lorraine Gill were elected to the Nominating Committee. Joanne Michalski and Annadane Dayton were elected to 3 year terms (2019-2021) on the Board of Trustees.
 
Don Parsons noted that we began the year $29,000 in reserve and are currently at $23,000. The proposed budget involved a number of significant budget cuts. We still need a $3,000 increase in pledge income to reach a balanced budget. The goal budget was adopted. In January, based on the pledge campaign, a final, balanced budget for 2019 will be brought to the congregation in January.
 
Harold Gant gave an update on the HCUUF scholarship program. Rather than donating money to Mountain Colorado College, the money will be directed to the Summit Scholars program administrated by the Summit Foundation. The focus will be on providing scholarships to a student for several years to support them through college rather than just a scholarship for the first year of study.
 
Pat McShane reported on the work of the Celebrations Committee and Don Parsons reported on HCUUF’s social justice activities.
 
In 2019, we will celebrate HCUUF’s 20th anniversary.
 
 
• 2018 Minister’s Annual Report to HCUUF