Holy Week Schedule


Maundy Thursday April 18th Soup Supper 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Easter April 21 Taizé Sunrise Service on the labyrinth 6:15 am All-ages Easter Celebration 8:30 am Egg Hunt 9:15 am Spirited Traditional Easter Celebration with the choir 10:15 am

From the Minister

Since the story in the Daily Camera came out last month, I have been pondering all of the ways our stories can be told -- the parts that are left out, the parts that are highlighted. Some of us women have been reflecting on how the local journalist might have told my story differently if he was a woman. Would my academics have been more celebrated? My organizing? This is also true with the stories we have inherited from the Christian tradition about Easter. While the women were first to see and understand what was unfolding with Jesus, their version of the story is basically left out. We are left with fragments that we piece together, building worlds with only pieces. How different might Christianity be if all of the perspectives had been included? Join us for our second Soup Supper on April 3rd as we dive more deeply into the question, why religion? And come on Sundays for the beautiful music and stories leading to Palm Sunday on the 14th and Easter on the 21st. This year, we will have a sunrise Taize service in addition to the usual Easter Sunday celebrations.

This month’s Community Office Hours: Tuesday April 2nd from 9:30-11 a.m. in the Mountain Vista Room @Frasier Meadows Thursday April 18th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at BreadWorks in north Boulder


Progressive Christian Education

in Just- spring when the world is mud-

luscious the little lame balloonman


whistles far and wee ~e.e. cummings

Spring is magic! The words of the poem [in Just-] ring through me every year when I see the first crocus blooms along the sunnyside of Darley Ave. Right about now it seems impossible to keep the mud from splashing the cuffs of my jeans and I love it. The world feels miraculous when it goes from harsh, frozen winter to mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful, as e.e. cummings describes it.

Some might believe close scrutiny of the miraculous diminishes the wonder. I would disagree. Maria Merian(1647-1717 C.E.) certainly found that close study revealed great wonders. As an adolescent, her close observation of silk worms and other caterpillars, which she documented through detailed paintings, revealed to European science the process of metamorphosis. Until her documentation of the miracle, scientists had no concept of the amazing transformation from caterpillar to butterfly.


The Bible story of Easter’s miracle deserves similar scrutiny. In Sunday School, we have wonderful freedom to scrutinize the documentation. The four Gospels offer a window into how Jesus was perceived after his crucifixion. If there was a teacher named Jesus, whose teachings we follow 2,000 years later, then this is what those who loved him wanted the world to know. Every Gospel account tells us that his friends experienced the miracle of his presence beyond his death. I don’t pretend to know the facts of how that manifested for them but I do believe that they passed down to us their own observations of the Easter miracle.


Easter at CUCC is always a joyous celebration. I hope to see you all at our Easter morning services and the Community Egg Hunt on April 21st. Together we will celebrate all the miracles to be observed in our midst.


Peace and love,

Heather


Social Action News

GREEN NEW DEAL RESOLUTION – WHY AND WHAT

In October, 2018 the U.S. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report concluded that global emissions need to be slashed in half in less than 12 years and that the U.S. as the world’s largest economy should play a game-changing leadership role in reducing global emissions. While this was yet another wake up call to environmental activists, the political right denied there was such a thing as climate change with global warming caused by human activities.

On Feb. 7, 2019 U.S.House of Representatives member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and U.S. Senator Ed Markey introduced the Green New Deal Resolution, modeled on the 1930’s FDR New Deal. It calls for sweeping changes at all levels in this country in the next ten years envisioning “a forward-looking society of broad opportunity, equal justice, productive prosperity and environmental sustainability.” *

In summary the Green New Deal Resolution has five goals: "1. Achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, 2. Create millions of good, high wage jobs, 3. Invest in the infrastructure and industry, 4. Secure clean air and water, climate and community resilience, 5.Promote justice and equity.” This will include four projects; “1. Replacing or upgrading every U.S. building to achieve maximal energy efficiency, safety, and durability. 2. Meeting 100 percent of our power demand through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources. 3. Making massive investments into U.S. manufacturing industries to remove pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. 4. Overhauling U.S. transportation systems to eliminate pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.” *

More and more politicians and social activists are supporting the Green New Deal Resolution including U.S. 2nd District Representative Joe Neguse. In a March 11, 2019 letter sent to me he stated;”I am proud to cosponsor the Green New Deal Resolution, which lays out a framework for a full federal transition to renewable energies by 2030…we see today because of greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy must be a part of the solution”.

*GND,The GREEN NEW DEAL from newconsensus.com, February 2019.

Boulder Community UCC members and supporters as environmental activists and mindful of future generations should educate themselves about the Green New Deal Resolution.

Rev. Harriott Quin for Social Action Commission

Social Action Fundraiser Did you know that Social Action Commission doesn’t have a budget for small and unexpected needs? All of our budgeted money is meant to pass through to local organizations that are doing the work of justice that we support. This is great, but sometimes we need to get a banner, or organize an event that has some costs! You can help support our discretionary fund by buying a CUCC t-shirt! These are great for wearing to community events or work projects! They are printed on demand, so you can just click the link to order. We will have samples available at the upcoming Commission Fair.

Our short-sleeve Social Action T-shirts now come in Royal Blue, Purple, and Green, and White! Show our welcoming spirit! https://teespring.com/tiny-planet-cucc-boulder-dark

Lent Events

March 6th is the beginning of Lent and there are many opportunities to observe this season of reflection with our community! All of these will be at the church, sharing soup and bread. Please contact Fellowship@cuccboulder.org if you can bring a pot of soup or loaf of bread.

Wed March 6th Intergenerational Ash Wednesday of the Cosmos 5:30 - 7 p.m.

This is a fresh take on a Christian ritual in collaboration with the Community in Discernment of the Ecumenical Catholics. Join us for an all-ages Ash Wednesday experience designed to engage all of the senses. This service will include eating, singing and a chance to touch all four elements.

Wed March 20th & Wed April 3rd Why Religion? Dinner and Discussion 6:30 - 8 p.m.

In this fast-paced culture, where we often skim the surface of our lives, you are invited for some slow food and deep conversation. Join us for two sessions on Why Religion? Using the work of religious scholar Elaine Pagels, we will explore how we make meaning out of all that unfolds in our lives. How can our religious traditions hold us back? How can they help us heal?

Join us for soup, bread, rich conversation and radically inclusive community! If you would like to help with set up, come at 6 to the CUCC Fellowship Hall. The program will go from 6:30-8 p.m. To RSVP and/or help with refreshments, contact Fellowship@cuccboulder.org

Thursday April 18th Dinner Church 6:30-8 p.m.

Remember Jesus’ last meal with his chosen family and meet a revolutionary, a healer and one who believed in Beloved Community. Join us for delicious food, friends, singing and prayer on a holy night.




From the Minister


February has been a month jam-packed with action and fun! I have delighted in all of your “yeses” to my invitations. Thank you for all of the ways you show up- for social action, for Caring Ministry, to connect with one other, to plan a retreat, to plan worship, to share spiritual journeys, to build Beloved Community! Thank you! March is shaping up to be very exciting, with an intergenerational Ash Wednesday of the Cosmos, Soup Suppers and on Sunday the 31st, we will officially welcome new members! As Spring makes its way to us, I am celebrating each new sprig of life within our community and beyond.

In hope, Nicole

3/31 Official Welcoming Ceremony for New Members On Sunday March 31st, during worship we will have an official Welcoming Ceremony for those wishing to join Community UCC as full members. Please email Nicole for the membership packet and more information.

Upcoming Community Office Hours Saturday March 9th 10-12 at CUCC Thursday March 21st 11-1 at Caffe Sole Tuesday April 2nd 9:30-11 a.m. at Frasier Meadows





From Progressive Christian Education

What gifts to we want to give our children? And the intention of the question is to encompass our children, not just the ones I call my own. Even if the children I call my own are numbered in the dozens upon dozens (my daughter, my nieces and nephews, the children and youth of CUCC, the children, some now teenagers, who were in my care at my Chicago child care, and so many others) that still doesn’t seem inclusive enough. I believe there are gifts that we as a society can give our children.

Maybe a good way to consider the question is: what is essential to thrive in life? The upcoming season of Lent asks all of us to ponder what is essential. CUCC will begin our Lenten journey with an Ash Wednesday of the Cosmos service on Wednesday, March 6th at 5:30. We will start with a basic and delicious meal of soup and bread and then transition to a shared experiential worship intended to include all, from youngest to oldest, in the question of what is essential. There is so much surrounding us, whatever age, that distracts from our appreciation of the essential gifts that are present each day. By bringing a visceral awareness of the joy that comes from clean air, fresh water, sustaining earth, and comforting warmth, my prayer would be that we leave the shared experience ready to appreciate what is essential for all to thrive and do what is needed to equitably share and steward these gifts.

Please bring your children to share in this worship experience with their church community. And as we journey through Lent together in March and April, leading to Easter, I feel we will all have opportunities to consider what is essential to our family life and what can be laid by the wayside. What a liberating exercise to let go of what is distracting us and weighing us down in order to focus on what helps all of us to thrive.

Peace and love, Heather

CUCC at Boulder County Community Peace Camp June 10-14, 9am-1pm Youth 4yrs old-8th grade are invited to a week of building our peacemaking skills. The host site this summer is UCC Longmont. Register now for all the traditional summer day camp fun of games, crafts, and music with an emphasis on how to be a peacemaker! PEACE CAMP REGISTRATION Contact Heather Bowler at pce@cuccboulder.org with any questions.






From the Minister in the Community and Poet in Residence

Dearest People of CUCC,

This coming Sunday, I will not be with you because I will be going out to the Bay Area to do a candidating weekend with a church there. After the worship service, the congregation will vote on whether to offer me a call to an associate pastor position. As I look toward this transition in my life, I am so excited!

But as I think of leaving you, suddenly I am so sad.

So this seems like a good time, whether I end up receiving a call or not, to thank you for being such a powerful, wonderful community of faith.

I have been with you through three pastors (Welcome, Nicole!) and two interims. Through the election of our first African American president and the election of Trump. We have seen beloved members of our community die, and babies come into our fold. A fiftieth anniversary. A flood.

You have embraced me though joblessness and divorce, but also through ordination and a new marriage. As I have come to love the homeless community in Boulder, I’ve watched you open your arms to vulnerable people, responding with care and energy to their needs. I have felt your support and affection at every turn. Your role in my life has been so healing and affirmative.

Through everything, I have always been impressed that CUCC is unstoppable. We are grateful for our good and loving pastors, but we flourish as a community with or without them! It is a miraculous thing to experience God’s love in your midst, to see this church imagine justice and hope within God’s creation. Your example is so heartening.

As I go forward, I will keep you posted, but know that you are dear to me and that I feel unimaginably blessed to live in faith with you.

Peace and grace, Elizabeth





WE ROCK! DOUBLE SUCCESS Community UCC hosted the 2018 Boulder County CROP Hunger Walk (10/21/18) and won the SANDAL Award for having raised the greatest amount of funds ($6463) for fighting hunger PLUS a second SANDAL Award for having the most walkers (35) at this year's 2018 walk! Organizers Phil Goerner and Sue Ericson stand with CUCC Recruiters Janet Hoaglund and Pete Terpenning on 2/10/19 receiving the Sandal trophies on behalf of CUCC. Phil Goerner states, “We are very grateful for your incredible efforts to help raise funds for those suffering from Hunger and Poverty in Boulder County and around the world.” The Walk raised $28,645 overall. We are very grateful for CUCC’s generosity and teamwork!





Social Action News

There are a number of things happening under Social Action in the coming month:

EFAA food drive - Were you inspired by Val & Spence Havlick sharing their experiences volunteering at EFAA during the service last Sunday? Emergency Family Aid Association (EFAA) has been a community safety net for Boulder families since 1918!! In 2017, EFAA distributed over 717,989 pounds of food worth $1,199,042. They also help with paying rent, utility, transportation and medical bills. EFAA is the only organization in Boulder County that provides short-term housing to families with children with their 57 short term or transitional housing units throughout Boulder County. CUCC supports EFAA with our annual food drive as well as a financial contribution from our Community Mission budget. Check the e-blast for a shopping list or pick up a bag and list in church on Sunday. We will be collecting through March 31st. You can learn more at efaa.org.

Gun Violence - CUCC is a member of Colorado Faith Communities United Against Gun Violence. As part of this, we have developed a list of congregants who would like to notified when important legislation is being looked at, usually at the state level. If you would like to be on this list, please email socialaction@cuccboulder.org. The current legislation that is of particular concern is HB19-1177: Concerning Creation of an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO). This is the first major piece of proactive gun violence prevention legislation to be introduced since 2013 that has a chance to get to the floor and get a vote. ERPO was introduced last year but was killed in a committee hearing by just three pro-gun votes. It is paramount that as people of faith that we put action to our prayers and thoughts and make our voices heard letting our legislators know that we have their backs in supporting and passing this life saving bill. We cannot be complacent and assume that the bill will pass because Democrats control the House, Senate, and Governor. The opposition to the bill is very strong. This bill has passed out of the House Judiciary Committee and has been referred to Appropriations. If you aren’t sure who your state legislator is, go to https://leg.colorado.gov/find-my-legislator. Because of the history of recalls after gun legislation, all of our legislators need to hear our support.

CUCC and the Environment - in the past, CUCC had a committee that focused on environmental issues. After awhile, the group lost leadership and no longer meets. With the ever present threat of Climate Change, the refusal to act at the federal level, and the Green New Deal, there is now an interest in bringing a group together. There is not yet a clear vision of what this will look like, but if you are interested in being involved, let socialaction@cuccboulder.org know! In the meantime, watch for some ideas from CCC on what individuals can do during Lent this year.






CCC: Book Club

A small group of us has met for the last year or so to discuss books. There are a few reasons why this proves very satisfying. For one, we pick books, fiction and non-fiction because it stimulates our thinking, our curiosity, and our imaginations. We seem to talk a lot about what we can learn from history and scientific ideas. When I was in college, the rage was to try making all areas of study a scientific enterprise. This was true of history and literature as well as economics and physics. It was an age of literary criticism and scientific criticism. I remember a history textbook by a man named Geoffrey Barraclough called “The Science of History.” At that time the Chicago School of Economics taught that people behaved rationally in their own best interest. There is much being written now to suggest otherwise, and that the logical parts of our brains are usually overwhelmed by the more passionate side of ourselves. People are enormously influenced by the stories they tell usually in groups, often for good purposes and sometimes to control them and make them subservient or characterless.

This makes discussions about various books invariably very rich. Recently we read a novel (“Prague Spring”) which talked about what it was like to live under the shadow of Soviet repression, but the four people in the story are tied together in quite accidental ways as they face this stressful climax in their histories. How susceptible are we to the stories we are told (caravans of murderers and rapists or we are a rational people). We all had our own stories to tell in reacting to this story. We are all influenced by the stories people tell to bind people into communities.

For our March 4 meeting, we agreed to read a piece of non-fiction: Harari: “Twenty-one Lessons for the Twenty-first Century”. We are will probably talk about his thoughts concerning Artifical Intelligence as the world increasingly is run by robots and computers, displacing people from time-honored jobs. What will happen to people as they face their own “irrelevance?” He feels it is important to increasingly talk about people rather than jobs. He gives an example of orthodox men in Israel who are seventy-five per cent unemployed by choice and live reading scriptures in communities of like-minded people supported by government subsidies and the labor of their wives. They are quite happy in their own communities. Maybe we should look at happiness more through their eyes than our own.

It isn’t a large step to look at peoples’ spiritual lives, often dependent on their membership in groups. The discussions often give us a chance to look at what is meaningful in our lives, to do it together, and create a lovely kind of fellowship.

We hope you will consider joining us. Let John Tilton or me know if you’re interested. If there is enough interest we can always create additional groups.

Peter Kleinman John Tilton


It has been a busy series of weeks for our family as we settle into life here in Colorado. We love the landscape, the cultural vibe and all of the friends we are making! Our stuff was finally delivered last week and we are now in our new house in South Boulder. I continue to feel extremely grateful to be here as your minister, in this place, at this time! HERE is the link to Sunday's sermon in case you missed it. Connect with us this Thursday at Caffe Sole for Community Office Hours. Thank you for all of the ways you keep showing up! Peace, Nicole

CUCC Explorations

Are you curious about CUCC Membership? Our beliefs? Creeds? Secret handshakes? Come learn more on Sunday, Feb 24th after church at 11:45 AM. Contact Nicole for more info and to RSVP. 


Upcoming CCC/PCE Event

A CCC and PCE sponsored multi generational service and fellowship gathering is coming soon. We will be collecting at 3 PM on Saturday, February 23 to prepare and organize a dinner, deliver some to an Attention Homes residence, and share the rest together.  Carol Gibson and Stan Stutzman will be sharing some of their experiences as volunteer outreach workers for Attention Homes and there will be music and singing led by Pete T and others. If you are interested in joining us please contact Heather or Judi K to find out more and be assigned something to bring.  It is important for us to know how many people will be coming and to cover all the needed food. 


CUCC Wins Double CROP Hunger Walk Awards!

Last Sunday, we received awards for raising the largest sum of money, and having the highest percentage participation for the 2019 CROP Hunger Walk. Way to go, CUCC!  


Needed: Someone with a passion to work on gun violence

CUCC joined the Colorado Faith Communities United To End Gun Violence in 2018. Social Action is looking for someone to help manage the Rapid Response email list and make sure that others are aware of actions needed, etc. CFCU is looking at ways for Boulder congregations to be involved without going to Denver. Please contact Social Action if you are at all interested.


Sunday Lay Duties: Volunteers Needed

Please go to SUNDAY LAY DUTIES to sign up for the essential roles which keep our services running smoothly. We would love for all CUCCers to be involved! You may also sign up for the nearest four weeks using a clipboard available every Sunday at church. (Online sign up will be disabled on weekends to avoid double-booking with the Sunday clipboard). Thank you for your service to our community!


EFAA Food Drive Coming

Our EFAA food drive starts 2/24 and ends on 3/31.  Be sure to get a bag and shopping list on the 24th!


Upcoming Community Office Hours

Thursday February 14th 3:30-5:30 p.m. @Caffe Sole Thursday February 28th 11:30-1:30 @Bread Works Saturday March 9th 10-12 @CUCC: Family Office Hours with Nicole and Progressive Christian Ed!


Women of CUCC

Please join our group of wonderful CUCC women to share ideas and fellowship over coffee: 1st Sunday of each month, 8:30 am at Lucky's Market Table Mesa Community Room; 3rd Sunday of each month, bring your own bag lunch to meet after service in the church office. Next Date: Sunday, February 17, 11:30 AM in the administrative area. To volunteer to facilitate morning meetings, or with questions, please contact Sue N, Janet H and Barbara W with questions.


Book Group

A small group has been meeting to discuss books of interest. It's pretty informal and newcomers are very welcome. We had a lively discussion on January 28 of Simon Mawr: Prague Spring. 1968 was a tumultuous year and people had various memories of Prague and Czechoslovakia from the past. We agreed we would read Harari: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century at our next meeting which will be Monday evening, March 4, at the Kleinman's house from 7 to 8:30. John has read it and is enthusiastic about it.  Please let Peter K or John T know if you're interested.



Support CUCC simply by buying groceries

Did you know that you can support the church by buying grocery cards? You buy the card for the face value ($25, $100) and the church gets 5% back! You only spend what you would on your grocery bills but you support the church when you do it. Several of our cards (King Soopers and Luckys) are even rechargeable, so you can continue giving 5% of all of your grocery purchases to the church by adding money to the cards when you use them.  We currently have King Soopers, Luckys, Natural Grocers, Sprouts and Safeway. Support CUCC every time you go grocery shopping! Stop by the table in the Fellowship Hall for more details.


Prayer Requests

If you have a prayer request, please fill out a blue card on Sunday. Prayer requests are confidential and are prayed for actively and intentionally every day by the prayer ministry team. If your request is for Rev. Nicole’s eyes only, there is a box to check on the blue card. The blank blue cards are in the red attendance pads, and also in a basket at the back of the church. Give your completed card to Nicole or to one of the prayer ministry team, or put it in the collection plate. You may also phone CUCC and leave a message for Nicole. Currently there are nine prayer partners on the team. If you wish to become a prayer partner, please contact Nicole at the church or Deborah H. Everyone is welcome to participate.


Financial support for CUCC

Approximately 80% of CUCC's operating budget is funded through either formal annual pledge commitments or informal periodic contributions made by the various individuals and households who call CUCC their spiritual home. Information on ways to provide your own financial support to CUCC is located on the church website: http://www.cuccboulder.org/support. Also feel free to direct questions to the CUCC Financial Secretary, Andy Y, during Fellowship Hour after Sunday services or via email at finsecretary@cuccboulder.org.


Progressive Christian Education

CUCC Sunday School February 17th Nursery Ages Infant- 2 1/2 years: Beth C Preschool/Kindergarten with Anna S 1st-3rd grade with Caitlin B 4th-5th grade with Janet H Middle School with Luna G

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