Waterworld: FirstAnnounce for September 11th, 2022

The Whole Souul Living Theme for September is Belonging

Sunday Worship –

September 11th at 10:00 am


by Rev. Mike Morran

On this In-Gathering Sunday, we will have our annual water communion as we consider all the beautiful metaphors for water, both life-giving and chaos, across human cultures.

It’s finally here! In-Gathering Sunday! Join your UU community for our annual In-Gathering and Water Communion service on Sunday, September 11th at 10am. We look forward to seeing you in person or online as we gather to begin another Church year at 1st Unitarian Denver.

Please plan to bring a small sample of water from your travels or other places that have been meaningful over the past year.

This will be in intergenerational service and we hope to see lots of children and young soUUls!

We do have coffee hour after the service, and would love for you to bring snacks (healthy and otherwise) to go with our coffee!

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.

Revival THIS Saturday @ 4 pm – now at First Unitarian!

(thanks to Lia Davis for the post)

Join us THIS Saturday, September 10th for Come Together SInging, First Unitarian Denver’s 9th annual Revival and Ice Cream Social. Due to the forecast for cooler weather and possible rain, we have decided to hold Revival at First Unitarian Denver instead of Alamo Placita Park. We’ll gather at 4 pm for singing in the sanctuary (including our First Unitarian Children’s Choir), followed by a potluck dinner and ice cream treats (regular and dairy-free) provided by the Music Program. If weather permits, we will have both indoor and outdoor seating for the dinner. Please bring a dish to share if you are able; our Chalice Singers will be providing main dishes. We hope to see you there!

Religious Exploration Kickoff –

Sunday, September 18th

(thanks to Erin Kenworthy, DRE, for the post)

Religious Exploration will Kick off Sunday morning programming on September 18th! We all begin in the sanctuary together, and are sung out to our programs following the Time for All Ages, about 15 minutes into the worship service

We are still in need of volunteers to work in all levels of our program. If you would like to volunteer, please click here to complete our volunteer form. We require all staff and volunteers to be background checked to work with our children and youth. 

Giving in Action – Beach Court After-School Arts Program

(thanks to Charlotte Braud-Kern for the post)

Beach Court After-School Arts Program, run by FUSD’s Charlotte Braud-Kern, brings quality arts related classes to 130 elementary and middle school students in NW Denver. Donations from FUSD will go toward scholarships for nearly two thirds of students in the program allowing them to learn to sing, dance, act, play an instrument and make beautiful art from local artists and teachers from organizations like the Denver Children’s Choir, Colorado Honor Band, Denver Young Artists Orchestra and Fiesta Colorado Dance.

Please help out these students with your generous donation!

Beach Court After-School Arts Program, Where the Arts Are for Everyone! Check out our website:https://beach-court-after-school-music-program.webnode.page/. Donate on your Breeze account by clicking here, click the drop down and select ‘Give to Giving in Action’ or contact Charlotte Braud-Kern. 

Help Celebrate Mike on Sunday, September 25

It’s Mike’s 20th year leading our FUSD community. Join us for a special worship service and coffee hour (there may be cake!) to celebrate and thank Mike for all the ways he has guided, nurtured and challenged us in our UU faith. Thank you, Mike! We look forward to honoring all the ways you’ve supported our UU community.

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.

FUSD Board Secretary Needed

(thanks to Coral Coswary for the post)

The FUSD Board Secretary simply takes notes at the Board of Trustee’s monthly meetings and at our annual congregational meeting in June. That’s it! This is a great way to help lead our UU community, even if you only have a small amount of time to give. The Board uses an application called “My Committee” for its documents. If you’ve never used it, that’s OK — we can teach you! Please contact Coral Cosway (ccosway@comcast.net or 720-413-6298) for more information or to express an interest in this volunteer opportunity.

FUSD Eases COVID Restrictions

(thanks to Karl Jonietz for the post)

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

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.

Second Chance Auction!

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

There are 4 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.

   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

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!

TMT/UURJ/UUJMCA online youth worship space 

(thanks to Jen Simon for the post)

Tune in on zoom Saturday, September 10, 6pm PDT / 7pm MDT.

Registration isn’t mandatory, but it helps us to know how many to expect .. . Help us out if you can.  


You heard me – cat worship. If you’re a UU youth – middle or high school – you’re invited to our first online youth worship of the year, and the theme this month is cats! (This is UU youth worship in a space that is meant to be youth-led. It’ll be fun. It’ll be dynamic. It’ll be engaging. It won’t be boring. We promise.)

What can we learn about life and even spirituality from cats? Planned by youth, this worship will include cat songs, cat check – in, cat – centered meditation, and of course, a communal purr. Worship will be around 30 minutes, and then there will be time for games and conversation.

Yes, you are invited – nay, encouraged! – to bring your cat. And as always, bring a cozy drink to sip, show up in your jammies if you like… Just come as you are and be comfortable. You are invited to log in individually or as a youth group. Come meet or reconnect with other UU youth from around the Pacific Western Region. Post-Covid, let’s rebuild strong UU youth culture in PWR, talk about the topics YOU want to talk about, and have a good time doing it.  #croissantsnotdonuts #Robbiesrule #IYKYK #ifyoudontknowcomefindout

Help Needed: Saturday, September 10th, Afghan Asylum Workshop in Northglenn

(thanks to Julie Meyers for the post)


Before you head out for the Labor Day weekend, please consider signing up to help at the Afghan Asylum Workshop on Saturday, September 10th. As you know, 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

Other upcoming dates are Saturdays: September 24, October 8 and October 22.

-from the Colorado Lawyers Committee Board and Friends

First Universalist – Me and White Supremacy Work Group

(thanks to Holly Fulton from First Universalist for the post)

Gathering as a Learning Circle, we will work through ‘Me and White Supremacy’ by Layla Saad. She sets up an intensive 28-day challenge by posing questions to be addressed through journaling and community dialogue. A Learning Circle is a structure for deep conversation and wise outcomes – https://www.thecircleway.net/the-circle-way. Our circle conveners are Holly Fulton and Rick Granquist.

This work group is September 13th through October 18th from 6:30 – 8:30pm.

There are six virtual sessions on consecutive Tuesdays – limited to 8 participants.

Pre-registration required.

To Register:

1) Send an email to either or both of the circle conveners Holly or Rick, with “Me and White Supremacy” in the subject line. Holly Fulton at holly.fulton@comcast.net or Rick Granquist at rick.granquist10@outlook.com .

2) You will receive a registration link and a Participant Profile to complete.

3) Questions? Email Holly or Rick.

4) Registration deadline is September 11th.

Click here for the flyer from First Universalist.

FUSD Stewardship Coordinator – Job Opening

FUSD is searching for a Stewardship Coordinator. Click here to view the job description.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and your resume to Rev. Mike Morran at revmorran@gmail.com.

FUSD Building Custodian- Job Opening

FUSD is searching for a Building Custodian. Click here to view the job description.

If you are interested, please send a cover letter and your resume to Rhonda Williamson at office@fusden.org.


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/Rhonda Williamson – office@fusden.org

Giving in Action – givinginaction@fusden.org

Mental Well-being – wellbeing@fusden.org


Car Donations – 877-999-8322


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