Pursuit of Reproductive Freedom: FirstAnnounce for August 28, 2022

The Whole Souul Living Theme for August is Simplicity

Sunday Worship –

August 28th at 10:00 am

Pursuit of Reproductive Freedom

by the Reproductive Justice Project of FUSDEN

What is Reproductive Justice? While the recent Supreme Court decision, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization is a call to action regarding reproductive rights, reproductive justice is about far more than access to abortion. Working for Reproductive Justice is SACReD work. And we have work to do together.

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.

Giving in Action (GIA) – Planned Parenthood

This week Planned Parenthood is our Giving in Action Recipient.

Hey, First Unitarian: Look up!

(thanks to the Endowment Committee for the post)

When you enter the sanctuary, you may notice large screen video screens up high on the right and left, displaying the order of service and the words of the songs that we are singing. Last June at the annual meeting, the Congregation approved a grant from your Endowment to fund the installation of these screens – now they are a reality! On behalf of all of us who struggled to read the words on the screen that we’ve been using since the return from COVID quarantine, thank you! 

This is a great example of how a strong Endowment fund can support improvements within our facility. The Endowment is always happy to accept additional contributions; please contact stewardship@fusden.org or sign in to your Breeze account to find out how you can be a part of the next Church improvement project..

Second Chance Auction!

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

There are 5 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 28–Iconic Piano Rock Concert – at the Hahns’

   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

The Choir is Back!!

(thanks to Brian Stone for the post)

The Choir is back! Come join the Chalice Singers! We will be regularly singing in services beginning with Ingathering on September 11th. Our rehearsals will start on Thursday August 25th with a 6pm potluck dinner in the Community Room. We’ll rehearse 7pm-8:30pm after we enjoy our dinner together. After that we rehearse weekly on Thursdays in the Sanctuary 7pm-8:30pm. ALL skill levels are welcome! We have experienced singers as well as singers for whom this is the first choral experience they’ve ever had. If you’re interested in joining us, please email Brian at brian@fusden.org. We hope to see you there!

Help Needed: Saturday, August 27 Afghan Asylum Workshop in Northglenn

(thanks to Julie Meyers for the post)

From the Colorado Lawyers Committee Board and Friends

Your help is needed next Saturday, August 27 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.  

Please feel free to forward this email to anyone (lawyers, staff, friends, neighbors) who might be interested.

Revival Time – Saturday, September 10th!!

(thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Please save the date for First Unitarian Denver’s 9th annual Revival and Ice Cream Social. This outdoor event will be held at Alamo Placita Park (3rd and Ogden in Denver) on Saturday, September 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 pm. All are invited to this free, family-friendly event which includes a potluck dinner, community singing, and of course ICE CREAM. More details forthcoming!

Support Local Musicians and First Unitarian Denver

(thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Do you own a small business, or know a business owner who would be interested in supporting local musicians and First Unitarian Denver? Capitol Hill Concerts is seeking Business Sponsors for our upcoming 2022-23 season. Sponsorships are reasonably priced; your business name and logo will be featured on our website, in our email communications, and announced before each concert you are sponsoring. Please email Lia Davis for more information.

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. 

We’ve added a few new updates to the website for you to check out this week:

The Contact Page: https://www.fusden.org/contact

The About Page: https://www.fusden.org/about

The Staff & Leadership Page: https://www.fusden.org/staff-and-leadership

An archive to see all of our FirstAnnounce emails has been added

And finally, if you scroll all the way to the bottom of our website, you will see a new set of Useful Links (Visit Us, Breeze Login, Calendar, FirstAnnounce, Media Kit)

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

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 Eases COVID Restrictions

(thanks to Karl Jonietz for the post)

As a result of both CDC guidance (Denver County is “low risk”) and the advice of our own resident physician team, the Board has decided to ease the restrictions currently in place for Sunday services. Masks remain optional and we are also reinstituting that most-Unitarian of activities – Sunday morning coffee! Please join us in the community room following the service and as we all work to rebuild our valued community.

We have coffee – bring cookies and other treats if you like!

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