Handle With Care: FirstAnnounce for August 14th, 2022

The Whole Souul Living Theme for August is Simplicity

Sunday Worship –

August 14th at 10:00 am

Handle with Care

by Rev. Alicia Forde

These times are still tender, still unsettled and unsettling. Showing up with and for each other – making meaning and shaping the world to come – is vitally important. We’re called to do this with tremendous care.

Multiplatform Worship at First Unitarian Denver

Join us on Sunday at 10:00 am, in person or online. At this time, masks are optional but highly encouraged for those who might have been exposed, might be at higher risk for severe illness, or have weakened immune systems. Our service streams to FacebookYoutube, and Zoom (meeting ID is 466-677-668 and the password is 454623).

Our in-person coffee hour will resume soon! Join us for virtual coffee hour on Zoom after the service. The meeting ID is 912- 1732-1324. Come see familiar faces and meet new people.

COVID Precautions at FUSD

(thanks to Karl Jonietz for the post)

The prevalence of the BA.5 variant of COVID and continuing high case counts in Denver has prompted the Board to slow the pace at which our services return to “normal.”

We strongly encourage all who attend in-person Sunday services, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks while inside.

We are also delaying our return to a normal inside coffee hour, although coffee will still be available on the front steps.

We will re-examine our precautions in September.

Second Chance Auction!

(thanks to Helen Berkman and Diane Hainsworth for the post)

There are 8 Auction Events that still have openings. Take a look and sign up for any you would like to attend! Sign-up sheets will be in the Community Room every Sunday. If you can’t make it to church in person, just email Helen at h.berkman1@gmail.com. We know some of you missed out on bidding during April, so this is your SECOND CHANCE!

Once you sign up, you can pay on Breeze by going to Giving and in the drop down menu (the down arrow), click on Give to Auction Purchase.  Click here for online payment.  Or you can mail (1400 N. Lafayette St, Denver, CO 80218) or bring in a check payable to FUSD with the comment line: Auction Purchase.

   August 18–Gary Bragg and Eric Moon in Concert

   August 27–Gossamer Winds Concert—-Stu Ferguson/Carol Welsh’s home

   August 28–Iconic Piano Rock Concert— at the Hahns’

   September 16–The FUSD Men’s Dinner

   September 24— Americana Concert–at Beth Fischer and Don Elliot’s home

   October 1–Scrabble with Friends–at Marty Dawley’s

   October 2–Charlotte Braud-Kern and Tom Poole Concert in the FUSD Chapel

   October 15–Souul Stage Salutes the Stage and Screen–in the FUSD Sanctuary

 August 14th: UU Family Picnic @ Confluence Park

First Universalist is gathering with several other UU churches in the area to celebrate summer with a family picnic! You are invited to join us on Sunday, August 14th from 11:00a to 3:00p at Confluence Park! All are welcome!

August 14th: Family Picnic @ Confluence Park, 11:00a – 3:00p

2250 15th St, Denver 80202

A day of outdoor fun at Confluence Park! We will start off with a potluck picnic and social time. You can then enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking, tubing, skating, and swimming in the surrounding areas. Fellow UU’s, friends and family are invited to join us as we celebrate the summer together. We are looking for a few friendly volunteers to arrive early and help us set up. RSVP here and we will see you there!

Help Needed: Saturday, August 13 – Afghan Asylum Workshop in Northglenn

 (thanks to Julie Meyers for the post)

Help is needed, Saturday, August 13 in Northglenn for the next Afghan Asylum Workshop. The Colorado Lawyers Committee has been partnering with Catholic Charities Denver to help resettled Afghans complete their asylum applications. 


We need both lawyers and non-lawyers to run the workshop. If you haven’t gotten involved yet, this is a great opportunity to provide real assistance without long-term commitment beyond the day of the workshop. No prior experience or expertise is required for most volunteers (although you must complete the online training if you are working with the Afghan families directly). 

We currently have about 1/2 of the volunteers needed to assist 25 Afghan families at the workshop. If you haven’t already signed up, please join us. You can sign up here

FUSD’s Americana Band “Lafayette” Performing at the Skyline Festival! 

 (thanks to Charlotte Braud-Kern for the post)

Festival info: Saturday, August 13 at Zuni Park 4:30

Lafayette formed from a group of First Unitarian musicians and singers who love making music together. The music is a combination of acoustic instruments with prominent vocal harmonies that build a rich tapestry of fun and meaningful cover songs and original music.  

For this concert, band members/songwriters include Lia Davis (accordion), Rachel Hill (vocals) Patrick Keating (guitar) and Barry Osborne (banjo).  

Completing the ensemble are five-time fiddle champion Celeste Johnson, bassist Harry Olsson, Jr., vocalists Alisha Bashaw and Charlotte Braud-Kern, and 11 year-old yodeler Cora Davis.

We would love to see you there! Click here for festival information: https://skylinefestival.org/

Multi-Congregation – UU Family Camping

 (thanks to Crystal Blue, First Universalist RE coordinator for the post)

Friday, August 19th – Saturday, August 20th:  UU Family Camping

Chatfield State Park:  11500 N Roxborough Park Rd, Littleton, CO 80125

This is a multi-congregational event, with several local UU churches. All families and friends are welcome. Group camping sites have been reserved, and we look forward to sharing a night under the stars! Please note that there is limited parking space, and carpooling is encouraged. Please register below and we will send you more details about the camping site and what to bring. *If you are unable to spend the night, please consider coming for the fireside activities, storytime, singing and company on Friday evening, OR join us on Saturday for hiking and water activities at Chatfield Reservoir.


Kendall Richards – Memorial on August 20th

 A long-ago member Kendall Richards, died of a stroke on July 8 at age 54. Kendall was dedicated to FUSD’s religious education program as a child, and her parents Barb & Dick Richards were active members for more than 8 years. Later, Barb with her husband Fred Cole were leaders in UUA Mountain Desert District’s 9th Grade Trip for many years and all have returned to FUSD periodically to celebrate and grieve together.

You are invited to celebrate Kendall’s life on Saturday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Avenue, Boulder. Live streaming will be available via the UUCBYouTube Channel at 2 p.m. MDT: youtube.com/c/UUChurchOfBoulder. Friends who wish to make a contribution in Kendall’s honor may direct donations to:

Kendall’s Kids

1stBank, South Boulder Branch

4770 Baseline Road, Suite 100

Boulder, CO 80303

FUSD Reproductive Justice Project meeting

(thanks to Kimberly Urish for the post)

First Unitarian’s Reproductive Justice Project will hold a meeting on Sunday, August 21st at noon (after church) in the Sanctuary. Attend the meeting to meet our Executive Leadership Team, learn our priority areas for action, sign up for activities, and discuss our first service (August 28th). Please RSVP to reproductivejustice@fusden.org.

FUSD Website

(thanks to Lena McCain for the post)

As you may (or may not) have heard by now, we’ve been able to add hours to Lena’s schedule to help us get our website updated. This is such an exciting process as we all know that our website could use a little TLC! With this in mind, you are going to be seeing updates roll out over the next few months. We want to invite you to keep checking our website as things will be moved around and changed. 

First up on our updates is our About page! Now you will be able to easily find and lead people to Our Staff, Board of Trustees, and Committees by simply going to https://fusden.org/about

We’ll continue to let you know as pages are rolled out and hope you will be just as excited as us to have more simple and up-to-date pages available for our community!

Opportunity to Assist Afghans in Colorado

(thanks to Kathy Glatz for the post)

Park Hill Methodist and Temple Micah have adopted 2 families, and welcome volunteers. It requires 2 brief training sessions (1 online) and a background check. Contact Karen Bergman for more information. 

Climate Justice and Indigenous Right Relations Activities

(thanks to Stephanie Walton for the post)

The Climate Justice Project will not hold our regular monthly meetings over the summer. Instead, we are planning a few informal, agenda-free social gatherings and hope some of you can join us!

The visit to Riverside Cemetery and screening of Suncor Sundown have been postponed. Stay tuned for information on rescheduling!

Dinner on a shaded terrace, Sunday August 28 at 4:00 PM. Janet Kennedy has graciously offered for us to meet on her terraced patio that is shaded by 110-year-old evergreen trees. Bring your own meal and spend time getting to know members of this committee in a beautiful and relaxed setting. We will dine together and then enjoy a walk around Cheesman Park (optional). Space limited to 16. RSVP to Noelle Botti at noellebotti@hotmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you!

FUSD Volunteer Editors

FUSD has two new volunteer editors for FirstAnnounce!

Thank you to Nan Wigington and Kathlene Sutton for their editing skills. They are each responsible for two weeks a month. Welcome, we are so glad you volunteered!

Volunteers Needed!

FUSD Volunteers are what make our community! Currently there are the following needs:

  1. Sanctuary Chairs – This job will need to be done at church. It entails learning what the ‘normal’ set up is and straightening/resetting the chairs.
  2. On Sunday, volunteer to host/monitor the streaming worship service. This can be done remotely. If you attend our live streaming worship service, this is a good job for you! You can choose a once or twice a month commitment.

If you are interested in learning more, or are ready to jump in, contact Rhonda at office@fusden.org. Training will be provided!

You can also complete the volunteer form by clicking here.


Questions About Pledging? – stewardship@fusden.org

Candles of Community – candles@fusden.org

Caring Committee – caring@fusden.org

Volunteer Greeters – greeters@fusden.org

Connections Ministry – connectionsministry@fusden.org

Office/FirstAnnounce – office@fusden.org

Giving in Action – givinginaction@fusden.org

Mental Well-being – wellbeing@fusden.org


Car Donations – 877-999-8322


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