Community United Church of Christ
Annual Report 2018
Interim Pastor’s Annual Report
One year ago, CUCC began in earnest its search for our next settled minister by supporting Church Council’s recommendation that 10 outstanding representatives of the church family be selected and empowered as the Pastor Search Committee. They felt the tremendous responsibility that came with their task committed countless hours to their work which has brought to CUCC Reverend Nicole Lamarche as our new settled minister. It was a most valuable and successful process.
While the Pastor Search Committee did their work, the congregation continued to do all the work outlined by commissions, committees and ministries in this annual report. Early in the year, over 50 volunteers came together to review and update the congregation’s strategic plan. Social Action Commission facilitated participation in the 2018 Women’s March and a later March to End Gun Violence. Volunteers joined with Colorado Faith Communities United to work on legislation designed to reduce gun violence in Colorado.
Throughout the year, members of the CUCC church family supported the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder and its Sanctuary residents, Ingrid Encalada Latorre and family. Volunteering to serve as door watchers around the clock, celebrating special days for Ingrid and her family, leading CUCC to provide financial support through “noisy offerings” and other gifts have demonstrated CUCC’s adopted resolution supporting the Sanctuary movement and those in Sanctuary like Ingrid.
Caring Compassion Core led a group of volunteers to Houston, TX the week after Easter to help rehabilitate the home of an elderly woman, nearly blind, who had lost her husband just months before Hurricane Harvey flooded southeast Texas. When they left, her home was much farther along the path to her moving back into her home. Following the trip CCC led the church’s volunteer involvement with Right Relationship Boulder in preparation for welcoming members of two Arapahoe tribes back to their native lands, Boulder Valley to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
Throughout the year, CUCC supported the ministry of Reverend Elizabeth Robinson in her role as Boulder’s liaison to those homeless in our community. Whenever she brought to CUCC a need - furniture for those moving from the street to an apartment, the need for socks and blankets, funds for temporary shelter – CUCC responded from the heart.
Likewise, CUCC supported Reverend Rich Williams on his path to Ordination and the Reverend Lee Berg in his pursuit of Ordained Ministerial Standing in the UCC.
Our Caring Ministry Team and congregation said goodbye to Reverend Julie Parmenter and her husband Peter as they moved to Taos. The team and other volunteers continued to provide care and support to members of the church family. They, along with Fellowship Commission and Spiritual Life Commission assisted with the funerals of our church family held at CUCC over the last year.
Heather Bowler and the Progressive Christian Education Commission continued their wonderful ministry with our children and young people, always looking for new ways to fully incorporate our children and youth in the life and work of the church. And in doing so, helping parents to instill wonderful values in the lives of our children.
Each week, the congregation gathered for worship, welcomed new members, visitors, guests and found hope and encouragement at CUCC. Our Fellowship Commission led the way in determining a need for change regarding Fellowship Circles. Property Commission and Bill DaCosta, property steward, developed and managed the remodeling of offices and closet space for Sunday school – all with a desire to be ready for the arrival of a new settled minister.
CUCC continued to do well all the things that make the Church the dynamic congregation that it is. Music Ministry added so much to our weekly worship. During Lent, Advent and several last Sundays of the month in summer, Kamilla, Kathy and the Choir enhanced our worship experience in most meaningful ways. They, along with numerous other musicians within the congregation, provide a plethora of talent for CUCC to utilize.
The people who compose Community United Church of Christ made our community and those beyond Boulder county better places to live. In the turmoil of these days, CUCC’s words and deeds expressed hope and were a beacon of light. Much was accomplished by all who are a part of this congregation and more is yet to do.
Submitted by Lee Berg
Minister’s Annual Report
I hit the ground running in early 2019 and immediately our incredible team of staff and volunteers supported me! Our congregation is filled with talented people, who are devoted to this community and our work of love and justice locally and globally, inside and beyond our walls. Thank you for all that you have done in seasons past and present to build and live beloved community. I am privileged to serve as your spiritual leader in this place, at this time!
The Three Year Strategic Plan, which CUCC created in 2018, offers a useful framework for prioritizing where to put my energy as we begin this ministry together. In the area of Nurturing Family and Individual Relationships within CUCC, I am excited by what is already scheduled and what is to come! There is a hunger for intergenerational experiences and some of us have begun dreaming about how this need could be met in worship, giving back, in social gatherings and more. Volunteering, hiking, small groups, picnics, the sky is the limit!
The second area of the Plan is to Work for Social Justice with More Focus. Already, this community gives time, energy and resources to everything from food drives and sock drives, to community gardens, mitigating the climate crisis and supporting the sanctuary coalition. The congregation does a lot and this is important and lifesaving! And yet with so much that demands our time, we think that in order to be effective, it is essential for us to be strategic. In collaboration with Social Action and CCC, our church will be spending the coming months focusing on poverty in Boulder County, through education and action. How can we be in solidarity with those on the margins in this challenging time? What is our role as people of conscious in ending poverty and homelessness? I love that we are congregation that is willing to tackle big things!
The third area of the Plan is to Develop a Relevant Broader Faith Experience. I understand this to be a yearning to infuse the important pieces of our spiritual journey into our everyday lives. Indeed the possibilities are endless! How can we better take advantage of our beautiful property to nourish our neighborhood and ourselves? How can we include more voices and different demographics in our worship and service? How can we provide more chances to show up and live our values? Instead of going to church, how can we be the church in South Boulder and beyond?
I am eager to celebrate all of the good that you already do and I am delighted for the chance to draw out the beauty that is already here! Thank you for being a part of this incredible community of faith!
Submitted by Nicole Lamarche
Moderator’s Annual Report
Looking back over the past two years—my tenure as your Moderator and a critical transition period for our church—I think we should be pleased with all our accomplishments. After the unexpected retirement of Rev. Rick Danielson, we were fortunate to find Rev. Lee Berg as our interim pastor. Then after many months and many hours of hard work, the Search Committee for a Settled Pastor unanimously recommended Rev. Nicole Lamarche as our new settled minister.
While undertaking these major initiatives, we still managed to advance on many other fronts—the crop walk, the women’s march, support for the Unitarian Church and its sanctuary efforts, the men’s breakfast group, socks for the homeless, a new solar-assisted heating system, renovated offices, and on and on, as the neighboring Commission and other reports to the congregation document in much greater detail.
Normally churches in the process of searching for new settled ministers experience reductions in Sunday attendance, financial support, and overall vitality. Yet, we today are as strong in these respects as we were two years ago. For this we can be both grateful and proud.
Looking to the future, as my term as moderator comes to an end, I am full of confidence and excitement. I share the enthusiasm of our Search Committee for our new settled minister. Pastor Nicole brings new ideas, different experiences, many talents, and—as she noted in a recent sermon—great expectations to our congregation. She offers us a new beginning, and opportunity to explore new and better ways to educate our children, to minister to each other, and to serve both local and global communities.
Let me also say a word or two about the church officers for the coming year that Council is recommending for your approval. Janet Hoaglund, who has made major contributions over the past two years as our Vice Moderator, including heading the search of our interim pastor, has agreed to be our new Moderator. Her strong organizational and inter-personal skills are well known to this congregation. Carla Hall has kindly agreed to serve as Vice Moderator, and Deborah Hayes as Scribe. And, we are blessed that Kamilla Macar and Andy Young—their many years of past service notwithstanding—are willing to stay on as Treasurer and Financial Secretary.
The current commission chairs of Progressive Christian Education (Becky Swanstrom), Spiritual Life (Philip Bradbury), Social Action (Laura Terpenning), and Nominating (Peter Kleinman) have also agreed to continue to serve in these capacities. There is new leadership for the Property Commission, where Sue Buchanan and Mark Dunn Lewis are replacing Tom Corrigan, and for the Fellowship Commission, where Lee Hamre and Beth Willman are replacing Barbara Willis. We owe Tom and Barbara a great deal of thanks for all their work and efforts over the past years.
Finally, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the great contributions made by our CUCC staff. I have already mentioned the critical roles that our interim pastor Lee Berg has played and that our new settled minister Nicole Lamarche will play. Heather Bowler, our Director of Progressive Christian Education, possesses a wonderful ability to transmit the essence of Christian, its fundamental message of how to live a good life, to not just the children but all of us. Julie Parmenter, until recently our Pastoral Associate, has ministered to the sick and grieving within our congregation and in the process taught us how to do so as well. Elizabeth Robinson, our Minister in the Community and Poet in Residence, serves as our resident poet, while helping the homeless and poor in Boulder. Ally Woods, our Office Administrator, runs the church office and keeps track of our activities, while from time to time gracing our Sunday services with her lovely flute performances. Finally, Bill DaCosta, our Church Steward, looks after our church grounds and facilities like they were his own prized possessions.
With all this talent and dedication, it has been easy—and a pleasure—for me to serve as your Moderator over the past two years. And, as I leave this post and look to the future, it is easy to share the great expectations of Pastor Nicole for the future of Community UCC.
Submitted by John Tilton
Vice Moderator’s Annual Report
Non-Photo CUCC Directory Coordinated the printing of a non-photo CUCC Directory with our Office Administrator, Ally Woods. The Directory was printed and distributed in April, 2018. Included a page of Commission descriptions. In the future, we will print directories in-house hopefully with digital photos!
Narrator Title/Job Description Change to Vice Moderator Researched UCC churches and made recommendation to Council that we change our officer position of Narrator to Vice Moderator. Working with Trude Kleess and John Tilton, this change to our constitution was voted on and confirmed at our 10/14/2018 Congregational Meeting. (Since mid-year, when this change was recommended I met with Moderator and Minister for pre-Council meeting planning.)
CUCC Women’s Group Started a bi-monthly CUCC Women’s Group in May, 2018 working with Fellowship Commission Chair, Barbara Willis. Recruited Sue Nagle as Coordinator.
Becoming A More Breastfeeding Friendly Church Thanks to a grant at the county level, we (Heather Bowler, Laura Terpenning and I) began working with Linda Kopecky of Boulder County Public Health to improve CUCC’s space to be more welcoming of breastfeeding mothers. Now that our office spaces have been remodeled, we will need to revisit this.
Moderator Substitute Substituted for Moderator at June and September Council meetings, coordinated Rev. Julie Parmenter farewell event, attended Ecclesiastical Councils for Rich Williams and Lee Berg to represent Community UCC.
Minister Transition Support -Coordination of Pastor Lee’s Farewell Brunch and Gift with Barbara Willis and Sue Hagedorn -Recruiting for CongregationsAlive4 -Participation on Transition Team
Submitted by Janet Hoaglund
Financial Secretary’s Annual Report
CUCC ended 2018 with a strong result in overall pledges and general contributions received which modestly exceeded the original budget of $205,000.
The current 2019 budget anticipates total pledges and general contributions of $220,000.
At the time of this report, the CUCC Community has made a reasonable financial commitment toward the 2019 budget. There are currently 78 households that have made pledge commitments to CUCC totaling $191,329. This positively reflects a few additional households pledging in 2019 with an overall increase of approximately $7,000 in pledges. An additional estimate of $20,000 of general contributions is expected to be received in 2019 based on past giving history by other CUCC households. However, this still leaves a “stretch goal” of approximately an additional $9,000 that will need to be received during the remainder of 2019 in the form of pledges incremental to those already received, or the receipt of other general contributions.
Finally, there is longer term trend that the CUCC community will need to address. This is that younger individuals and households will need to make financial commitments to CUCC that adequately replace the “aging out” of contributions from the older segment of the community over coming years.
Having said the above, a strong finish to 2018, an adequate amount of 2019 pledge commitments so far, and a bit of faith in the generosity of the CUCC Community, allows the CUCC Council to have confidence in the soundness of the budget for 2019.
In addition to my role as Financial Secretary for CUCC it has been my pleasure to serve the CUCC Community in the capacity as 2019 Stewardship Committee chair. I would particularly like to thank the other Stewardship Committee members Erin Moran, Randy Olsen, and Rod Swanstrom for their service to CUCC.
And thank you CUCC Community!
Submitted by Andy Young
2018 Council, Commission, and Committee Leaders
• Moderator – John Tilton
• Vice Moderator – Janet Hoaglund
• Scribe – Liz Tilton
• Treasurer - Kamilla Macar
• Financial Secretary – Andy Young
• Progressive Christian Ed (Becky Swanstrom)
• Fellowship (Barbara Willis)
• Nominating (Peter Kleinman)
• Property (Tom Corrigan)
• Social Action (Laura Terpenning)
• Spiritual Life (Phillip Bradbury)
Committees & Leaders:
• Caring Ministry (Julie Parmenter)
• Community Compassion Corp (Linda Woods)
• Constitution Committee (Trude Kleess)
• Fellowship Circles (Pat Gilbert)
• Finance (John Tilton)
• Five-Year Plan (Trude Kleess)
• Library (Sue Hagedorn, Barbara Willis)
• Men’s Breakfast (Bill Marine)
• Pastoral Relations (Susan Marine)
• Personnel (Erika Webb, Beth Willman)
• Stewardship (Andy Young)
• Taizé (Elizabeth Robinson, Sue Hagedorn)
• Visitors (Shirley Brown)
• Webmaster (Erika Webb)
• Women’s Group (Sue Nagle)
Progressive Christian Education Commission Annual Report
Chair: Becky Swanstrom Members: Beki Sciacca, Jennifer & Shane Brown, Sarah Myers, Meg Tilton, Karen Young, and Cindy Nevison Director of Progressive Christian Ed: Heather Bowler
Sunday School Curriculum: Sunday school classrooms are staffed by volunteers, with the exception of the preschool/kindergarten room which is staffed by a paid high school aged caregiver. The breakdown of classrooms is as follows: Nursery for ages infant-2 1/2 yrs, Preschool/Kindergarten, 1st-3rd graders, 4th-5th graders, and Middle School. The commission elected to continue with these curriculums: Blessed to Be A Blessing, Bible stories shared through active storytelling, for preschool/kindergarten; the curriculum “Holy Moly” for 1st-3rd grade; for 4th-5th grade: a united theme approach with the same readings and scripture that the congregation is focusing on each Sunday; and for Middle School: a high-school peer-led group experience planned to be a brave space to connect through activities and respectful sharing centered on relevant topics for this age group.
Youth Group: Becky and Rod Swanstrom continue to lead our High School Youth Group. A new development is the addition of teen-led music regularly during worship.
Our Emerging Youth Group, 4th grade-Middle School, is also volunteer led. Families bring their own ideas for social events. Swimming, a movie night, and a ninja obstacle course were some of their highlights.
PCE Highlights from 2018:
Sunday School Social Action Project - In May, we hosted a Sunday school picnic at the UU Church of Boulder as an outreach to bring fun and food to Ingrid Encalda Latorre’s family. Ingrid made a film with CUCC members Susu Hauser and Byron Goggins to explain her situation in Sanctuary to our children and youth. In the short film, Ingrid directly answered questions CUCC’s children and youth sent her.
Noisy Offering has been collected the first Sunday of each month by our children and youth since April. Hundreds of dollars have gone directly to support a variety of service organizations through these special offerings.
The PCE Commission hosted the parent education event Raising Culturally Competent Kids with facilitator Sage Hobbs in October.
Annual Easter Egg Hunt with over 1,000 eggs spread across the CUCC lawn
May Pole celebration with potluck sponsored by Fellowship Commission in the spring sunshine
Recognition of beloved high school graduates, Jesse Bevan and Kayla Ramirez, during the month of May
PCE Sunday with Duck Race in the creek organized by Cindy Nevison, Tom Corrigan, and Trude Kleess. $300+ was raised by the Duck Race for youth who need financial assistance to attend La Foret Summer Camp and other events.
In July, we participated for our 2nd year in the Boulder County Peace Camp with 5 other Boulder County churches. 2018’s host site was in Boulder at St. Andrew Presbyterian on Baseline; 16 children, youth, and adult volunteers from CUCC enjoyed the week.
August Family Campout on the CUCC lawn
2018’s Christmas pageant was sparked by the Pageant Drama Workshop led by Heather Bowler and Pat Gilbert in October. The script, Lights In The Darkness, was written by Heather incorporating the ideas of the children and youth. Youth continued to expand their skills by designing sound effects and painting backdrops for the story which drew on the themes of multiple winter light holidays to emphasize that none of the characters in the nativity story were Christian.
High school youth met monthly for fellowship and creative activities, including interviewing church members, art projects, helping with the Auction and Sages luncheon, and practicing and sharing songs at Oct, Nov. and Dec. service.
Looking Ahead: In 2019, PCE will be looking for how to bring more inter-generational opportunities for service, fun, and worship. Look for these times to connect all ages!
The generous adult volunteers of CUCC are what cause our Progressive Christian Ed ministry to flourish. Thank you to all who give your time and energy to our children and youth!
The PCE Commission is always eager for new ideas and new perspectives. All in our congregation, whether part of a family with young children or not, can contribute to the faith formation of our children and youth as a volunteer or a member of the PCE Commission.
We continue to be grateful for Heather Bowler’s work with all our children and teachers.
Submitted by Becky Swanstrom
Nominating Commission Annual Report
The following represent the Officers and Chairpersons of Commissions and Committees for the next calendar year. Chairpersons will notify me if there are changes or if they need help gaining members of their groups. The Nominations Committee will consist of myself, along with the Moderator, Vice Moderator, Andy Young, and Reverend Nicole. Meetings will be called as needed. It is understood that chairpersons will play an active role in partnership with the Nominations Committee in planning for succession and making sure their groups are adequately staffed.
Officers Moderator: Janet Hoaglund Vice Moderator: Carla Hall Scribe: Deborah Hayes Treasurer: Kamilla Macar Financial Secretary: Andy Young
Commission Leaders Progressive Christian Education: Becky Swanstrom Nominating: Peter Kleinman Property: co-chairs Sue Buchanan and Mark Dunn Lewis Social Action: Laura Terpenning Spiritual Life: Phil Bradbury Fellowship: co-chairs Beth Willman and Lee Hamre
Committees Pastoral Relations: Susan Marine Adult Education: Reports to Spiritual Life, no chair. Peter and hopefully Nicole will work on this. Stewardship: Reports to Council. Andy Young Caring Ministry: Reports to Spiritual Life. Elizabeth Robinson and Lynda Freund will chair? Discernment: Reports to Council (or maybe Spiritual Life?): Judi Kleinman will be chair Finance: This is a standing committee of the Council chaired by John Tilton.
Submitted by Peter Kleinman
Property Commission Annual Report
Over the past year, under the able leadership of Tom Corrigan, and with valuable assistance from Bill DaCosta, the Property Commission has undertaken a number of initiatives. These include:
• Modifying the new solar thermal heating system to eliminate persistent problems;
• Replacing single pane windows in offices with energy-efficient double pane windows;
• Remodeling of offices and new storage facilities for Progressive Education;
• Replacing the sign on the corner of Table Mesa and Lehigh;
• Organizing work days for volunteers to weed the labyrinth, maintain the lawns, and contribute to other projects; and
• Arranging for snow removal and other necessary maintenance.
As Tom is traveling for the next six months, Mark Dunn Lewis and Susan Buchanan agreed to replace him as chair of the Property Commission. The Coordinating Council approved their appointments at its most recent meeting.
Other current members of the Property Commission are Peter Kleinman, Bill Marine, Rodney Swanstrom, John Tilton, and Clint Wall. David Carson (architecture) and David Heath (fine woodworking and carpentry) have agreed to lend their professional experience in consultation roles to assist in planning maintenance or one-off projects. Others with an interest in maintaining and improving our church grounds and facilities are always welcome to join us. For example, Al Ramirez has already agreed to coordinate the annual outdoor Spring Cleanup.
The following are projects that have been identified by the previous Property Commission, and that we are hoping to focus on over the coming months:
• Renegotiation of our lease with the Boulder Valley School District for the land on which our solar collectors are placed;
• Development of a long-run financial plan for periodic maintenance e.g., painting and/or eventual replacements (e.g., roof) to ensure that our property reserve fund is adequately funded;
• Planning and implementation of Phase II Remodel;
• Cleaning and maintenance of carpet and sanctuary chairs;
• Evaluating alternative cleaning services;
• Privacy latches or locks for the doors to women’s lavatories (request from Rev Lamarche);
• Coordination with Audio-Visual Committee on installation of the new system for the sanctuary and fellowship hall;
• Coordination and implementation of efforts for memorials.
The Commission is open to consideration or other projects to improve utilization or that would enhance the property or buildings. If there are other initiatives that we should be considering, please do not hesitate to let us know.
In addition, former Commission members have identified other tasks that have been discussed, but that have not been approved, funded, or reached a planning stage. These include installation of ceiling fans and updated lighting in the sanctuary, and insulation of the cupola.
Finally, the commission is open to long-term visions for the property that we may need to accommodate future needs. Nothing specific has been identified in this category, but we want to ensure that this important aspect of the property stewardship is not lost.
If there are other initiatives that we should be considering, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Submitted by John Tilton, Sue Hagedorn, and Mark Dunn Lewis
Social Action Commission Annual Report
The Social Action theme for 2018 was Driving Change through Peace with Justice. We decided to address three topics in depth, each for three months. Our three topics were Gun Violence, Environmental/Climate Change, and Privilege & Power. Although we felt we were able to accomplish a number of things, we also felt like 3 months wasn’t enough time to really get into a topic. For this reason, in our 3 year plan, we settled on one topic per year.
Gun Violence - We heard presentations from Colorado Faith Communities United to End Gun Violence and decided to have CUCC join. We formed a list of interested folks who could respond quickly to legislative needs.
Environmental/Climate Change - We had a speaker from Citizens Climate Lobby. On Earth Day Sunday, Harriet Quinn helped Pastor Lee plan a meaningful Earth Day service and shared her Crucifixion of the Earth/Stations of the Cross in our Labyrinth.
Power & Privilege - We started with a showing of the Motus Theater film, Law Enforcement Leaders Read Dreamer Stories. Working with CCC, we offered a 4 session Adult Education program using the UCC curriculum on “White Privilege: Let’s Talk; a Resource for Transformational Dialogue” There was a lot of interest, although attendance dropped through the series. Discussions are underway on how to continue working on this challenging topic. We looked at ballot issues and presented a few for endorsement by the congregation. With further discussion, we decided that in the future we will have more expertise present at the meetings.
Sanctuary - at our Congregational meeting in January 2018, we voted to becoming a supporting member of the Boulder Branch of the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition. We have provided a significant number of volunteers. We sponsored two events: International Women’s Day and Bryant’s 10th birthday party. Laura Terpenning, Julie Leonard and Harriott Quin attend meetings of the Boulder Coalition. Laura Terpenning is on the Sanctuary Now committee at UUCB. At our fall congregational meeting, we endorsed The People’s Resolution (peoplesresolution.org).
Food Drives for BCAP & EFAA - These were successful and carried out with minimal effort.
Noisy Offering - Was started as a joint project of PCE and Social Action. We have collected offerings for Right Relationship Boulder, Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, UUCB, Ingrid Encalada Latorre (for Sunday School Project), Indigenous People’s Day, Hurricane Florence/CWS, CFCU-CO, and purchase of socks. Anyone can suggest a cause for the Noisy Offering by filling out a form and putting it in the Office.
CropWalk - We hosted the walk this year. It was a big success with 40 CUCC Walkers, raising $6,358+ (possibly a CUCC “teambest”) to alleviate hunger locally and around the world. There were many more who volunteered and helped make the event possible, but a special thanks goes to Janet Hoaglund for organizing it all.
Sock Drive - Our annual sock drive with PCE yielded 840 socks that went to organizations serving homeless and at risk individuals in Boulder County.
Community Table - CUCC continues to serve a meal to Boulder's homeless and working poor through the Community Table program of Bridge House. We serve on the 4th Thursday of the month on even months of the year, 4:30-6:15 pm. There are about 16-18 CUCC members on the list of Community Table volunteers, of which about five serve each time (based on availability). Lisa Radelet coordinates CUCC's participation. In June of 2018, Community Table went through a change of location, now hosting meals at the new Bridge House "Path to Home" location on 30th Street just south of Valmont after many years at First United Methodist Church downtown. The transition to the new location has been somewhat chaotic and not all the kinks have been worked out yet, but Bridge House staff is staying in frequent communication with volunteers to assess needs and solicit feedback.
In June, we wrote our goals for the 3 year plan and we are embarking on those starting this month. We had a successful planning meeting in January and will be working to look at the face of poverty in Boulder County as well as root causes. There are many levels in which one can participate in Social Action at CUCC. All are welcome!
Submitted by Laura Terpenning
Community Compassion Corps (CCC) Annual Report
The mission of Community Compassion Corps is to live our faith through compassionate action that is life enhancing, collaborative, and sustainable on the local, regional, national and international levels.
In 2018, the CCC completed the following projects:
Service/Learning Trip to Houston April 1-8 A team of 6 from CUCC traveled to Houston to help rehab a home flooded in the storms. We worked on the home of an older blind woman with disabilities. We textured walls and ceilings, painted the inside and outside of the house, and framed windows. CCC gave a Mission Moment to the church on this experience.
Native American Rights--Welcome the Arapaho Home June 7-8, Oct. 7-8 Several of us in CCC and the church as a whole worked on presenting a film called “Two Rivers” to the community as a whole (60 attended) to introduce the idea of developing Right Relationships with the Arapaho who originally lived on the land we inhabit. We then helped Right Relationship hold a Planning Meeting with the Arapaho in June which included a Pot Luck at CUCC and a nature hike in the area (around 40 attended). Then, we worked on planning, raising funds, and presenting a Welcome the Arapaho Lunch at Boulder High for Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct. 7, with 300 people attending including 100 Arapaho who had traveled from their reservations in Wyoming and Oklahoma. This was an exciting first event between Boulder and the Arapahos.
Chokecherry Planting with Boulder County Parks and Open Space, Oct. 13 In recognition of the Arapaho visiting, CCC held a chokecherry (and other native plants) planting at the Anne U. White Trail. 12 people attended and Val Havlick gave a presentation on the importance of chokecherries to the native population.
Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication in August CUCC helped sponsor a family who moved into their new Habitat for Humanity home. Many people from CUCC volunteered on building this home.
Homeless Projects CCC continues to collect hygiene products and socks to donate to Attention Homes, the Boulder Shelter, and the Bridge House. Baggies are also filled with granola bars and other small items and given to church members to distribute to the homeless on the streets. Then, at Christmas time, we have a Sock Stuffing Party and invite the church to come help us stuff wearable socks with hygiene items, flashlights, and chocolate to give to the Bridge House to give to the homeless on Christmas Eve. We filled 75 pairs of socks. 17 people participated.
White Privilege Discussion Group—with Social Action
Looking ahead for 2019 (all are encouraged to participate):
• January—Blanket Project for the Homeless along with Sunday school
• February 23—Multigenerational Dinner for Attention Homes along with Sunday school. Prepare food to take to Attention Homes, then eat together at CUCC
• April—Boulder County Parks and Open Space Seed Project—Details to come
• May—City of Boulder Beautification Project (Details to come)
• August—RAM (Remote Area Medical) Health Clinic in Paonia, CO. Volunteers needed, medical training not necessary. (Details to come)
• November – Possible Service/Learning Trip to Puerto Rico to assist with home rebuilding after the hurricane. (Details to come) Scholarships.
• December — Sock Stuffing Party at CUCC
Submitted by Linda Woods
Spiritual Life Commission
Isaiah 56:7 says "my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples"
And so, it is “...No matter who you are, or where you are on Life’s Journey You are welcome here...”
The purpose of the Spiritual Life Committee (SLC) is to provide support for, and raise the Spirituality of, the Church members by manifesting an environment to raise the awareness of the Liturgical Seasons and the importance of Christ’s story as it pertains to the Mission of our Church; as well as incorporate the writings and teachings of others outside of Christianity.
This is accomplished by readings from other sources beside the Bible at the beginning of our services. Music that reflects the Season whether it be from the Hymnal, a Prelude from the 13th Century, or a Postlude from the 20th Century like “Over the Rainbow”.
SLC is responsible for the replenishing of candles for our Services which creates an environment to reflect and meditate.
The changing of banners that coincide with the Liturgical Seasons.
Other banners, and the reciting of the World Peace Prayer adapted from the Upanishads, that reflect our Mission, raising consciousness and awareness.
Facilitating the sharing of Communion. Above all sharing Love.
Caring Ministry is an active part of the Church Mission. Prior to her moving away, Julie Parmenter trained two new Caring Ministers, Kevin Cook & Rahven Kemper. Caring Ministry met monthly with Reverend Lee and the other members, Rev. Rich Williams and David Ward, for support and continuing education and updates on those Church members in need.
They provided support to Rev. Lee each time there was a funeral at CUCC. Caring Ministry also paid individual visits with Church members in need of some sort of Pastoral care/intervention.
SLC worked with the Property Commission in revamping the Welcoming sign at the East corner of the property. It looks professional and will stand for many years to come.
SLC coordinates with the Fellowship Committee in hosting the Sage Luncheon for those over 80. Those members are invited to impart their wisdom over the years.
SLC also oversaw the transition of the Church infrastructure duties from the disbanded Fellowship Circles to a sign-up system for Worship Leaders, Ushers, and Greeters that will be monitored by Ally.
SLC was tasked with keeping our interim pastor informed of important dates within the CUCC calendar year and is working closely with our new minister, Nicole Lamarche, to make her feel welcome and implement some of her ideas to make CUCC’s Mission a continued benefit to our Members and to the Community as a whole, sustaining Spirit and expanding roots.
God is still listening.
Submitted by Phil Bradbury
Committee members are: Timothy Brown, Beth Cole, Deborah Hayes, Kamilla Macar, and Kathy Rinehart. In January, the Denver firm of Morel and Associates, Inc. (morelpipeorgans.com) finished the refurbishment of our Kilgen pipe organ that they began in 2017. Our beautiful piano (formerly owned by Pete Terpenning’s sister in Chicago), although protected from our dry climate by a humidifying device installed as soon as it arrived here, still seems to go in and out of tune from week to week, whether because of weather or some other reason. The instrument is well maintained and tuned regularly by Sean Brady frontrangemusicalservices.com/).
Submitted by Deborah Hayes
Taizé Annual Report
The Contemplative Service of Taize has continued to meet every Sunday at 8:30 am in the Sanctuary, with a range of 6 to 15 participants. Our leaders are Jackie Hibbard, Trude Kleess, Elizabeth Robinson, Anne Knorr, and Sue Hagedorn, with Judith Kleinman joining our leadership group just this month.
We schedule leaders to rotate through on a three month basis, 4 times a year. Lee Berg, the interim pastor, has been an active member of our group, coming every Sunday, leading the communion part of the service often, filling in as a leader when the occasion arises, greeting and getting to know participants in the fellowship hall after the service. We held a winter solstice labyrinth Taizé service on December 21, which was attended by 16 people. The meditation part of the service was a walk in the outdoor labyrinth, and the whole evening was sacred and holy, with the wonder of the darkest night of the year upon us. We had a fire pit going on the outdoor patio and simple refreshments in the fellowship hall after the service.
During Advent season, we led the readings and lighting of the Advent candles during the 10 am service, with a member of our congregation leading a chant for all to join in.
We serve our community for an important quiet meditative style of worship and it is open to anyone.
Submitted by Sue Hagedorn
Fellowship Commission Annual Report
Fellowship Circles: After a 10-month process that involved community meetings and an attempt to combine and rejuvenate the existing Fellowship Circles, the decision was made in the fall to disband the organization completely. January 27th is the last Sunday (Annual Meeting) that a circle will provide services. On December 9th Fellowship Circle leaders were recognized for their service over the last 10 years.
Maypole All Church Potluck: The first big social event on May 6th was a huge success. It was a beautiful spring day and so many people stayed for lunch and fellowship.
Sunday Sundaes (courtesy of Progressive Christian Education and Fellowship Commission) was also a success on Sunday, September 9th, with many people of all ages enjoying dessert first and a gorgeous fall day on the patio.
Women’s Group and Men’s Group: Under the leadership of Sue Nagle, the women of the church are establishing a pattern of meeting twice a month. Currently, the first Sunday gathering has been at Lucky’s Market at 8:30, and the 2nd meeting (3rd Sunday) has been hosted at various homes in the afternoon. With Rev. Nicole’s arrival and interest in attending, new schedules are ahead. The Men’s Group is very successful on Friday mornings and operates independently from the Fellowship Commission.
Sages Luncheon: On Saturday, October 27th, Fellowship Commission (FC), Caring Ministry (CM), and Progressive Christian Education (PCE) hosted 35 attendees for the annual luncheon honoring our Sages (anyone age 80+). A soup lunch was provided along with intergenerational activities based on the theme, “Memory Lane.” This is clearly the biggest event of the year for Fellowship Commission.
Memorial Receptions: Fellowship Commission pairs with Caring Ministry and the Pastor to execute the church activities associated with funerals and memorial services. Fellowship Commission planned two receptions this year... one small and one large. Jessica Spring has updated the guidelines for the three key positions who are responsible. The key question for the Fellowship Commission is should this be part of its charge?
Other activities: A hike was offered to the community in September. FC paired with Social Action to attend the Carrie Newcomer (singer) benefit concert at Plymouth UCC in Englewood.
Potluck for Lee and Cindy Berg: On January 6th there was an all-church potluck for our outgoing interim pastor, Lee Berg and his wife Cindy. Though this was definitely a fellowship event attended by over 80 people, it was not organized under the auspices of the Fellowship Commission. Janet Hoaglund and Barbara Willis organized the event with the help of Men’s Group to set up the tables and chairs and many volunteers who stepped up to make it happen. This bodes well for the future of church events without a backup structure.
Thank you to the Fellowship Commission members (official and ad hoc): Deborah Hayes, Carol Gibson, Mary Smart, and Jessica Spring. Your commitment and friendship are so appreciated.
The future: We welcome Beth Willman and Lee Hamre as co-chairs of the Fellowship Commission. The Commission met with Phillip Bradbury (Spiritual Life) and Reverend Nicole on 1.20.19 to discuss the future. Exciting times are ahead with opportunities for participation by all, whether in all-church events or small groups. Spiritual Life will take over filling worship slots in the Sanctuary on Sundays (Worship Leader and Ushers) while Fellowship Commission will cover greeters and Fellowship Hour duties. A whiteboard on an easel will be available each Sunday for volunteer recruitment. Ally will keep the GoogleDocs page updated. If each person signs up for 4 Sundays (all one month or throughout the year), our gatherings will continue to be shared experiences.
Submitted by Barbara Willis
Library Annual Report
The CUCC library continues to grow both in size of the collection and depth of the subject matter. We are grateful for the budget allocation and for the many people who donate books for us to consider. If we don’t add a title to the collection, we either use it towards credit at Barbed Wire Used Bookstore in Longmont or donate it to a public library. In 2018 we added 30 unique titles to our collection.
Check out the left endcap for the new title display. Be sure to use check out forms on the right endcap and follow the instructions. After our next inventory, we will post the new catalog on the CUCC website and update the print edition notebook next to the return basket on the right endcap.
Submitted by Barbara Willis and Sue Hagedorn
Memorial Committee Annual Report
The Memorial Committee advises the Coordinating Council on expenditures from CUCC memorial funds. Members are Tim Hansford, Deborah Hayes, Trude Kleess, and Kamilla Macar. In 2018, two expenditures were made from general memorial funds: $657 for the refurbishment of the sign on the lawn at the corner of the property, and $5,855 for upgrades to the minister’s office which include some of the labor, a desk, carpeting, and some of the bookcase.
The general memorial fund is made up of unrestricted memorial gifts to CUCC from many individuals. Our policy is to maintain a balance of at least $3,000. The current balance is $3,140.
Submitted by Deborah Hayes
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