Summertime hopefully offers us a little bit more free time to do a favorite pastime of many of us … reading. What great titles might you recommend to others? What is your favorite current read? Bring some suggestions for others. Bring if you want, a book you might be willing to trade or give away. Come prepared for an informal morning of sharing titles of books you have found memorable.

Hike around Turtle Rock at Vedauwoo—also known to the Arapaho as “Land of the Earth Born Spirit.” Whether your goal is to play on some of the oldest rock in Wyoming (1.4 billion years old) or to renew your acquaintance with a sacred place, the trail of approximately 3 miles is easy enough for families. On occasion, moose and other wildlife have been spotted near the beaver ponds on this trail. We’ll meet at the Fellowship at 9:00AM and carpool up to the parking lot at the foot of the Box Canyon. For those who wish to drive their own vehicles, there is a $5 charge for parking if you do not have an annual US Forest Service permit. After our hike, we’ll arrive back at our starting point before noon, just in time for sharing a potluck picnic lunch at one of the many picnic sites in the area. David Perry will be leading this hike. He can be reached at 721-9881 if you have any questions. Bring sunscreen and bug repellent and note the early starting time of 9:00AM.

The task of poetry is to make lived experiences accessible to others and to help us understand our own selves and our own lived experiences more deeply through that lens. Lori Howe, UUFL member, published author of “Cloudshade: Poems of the High Plains” and most recently “Voices of Twilight: A Poets Guide to Wyoming Ghost Towns” will facilitate this mornings workshop on poetry. She will use a simple writing prompt to help each of us create a poem. We guarantee no pressure, just being creative together. Participate as you feel comfortable. We had a wonderful, relaxed and creative time last summer doing this….and shared some amazing poems. Do join us.

Catie Ballard will host a relaxed coffee and conversation where we will rewrite the Pledge of Allegiance! Let this holiday weekend stir your creative and patriotic mindedness by joining in the fun!

The making of prayer flags can be found in almost every culture. They offer us bePrayer flagsauty, reminders, and declarations. Arrive in clothes that don’t mind paint, and plan on spending more than an hour to enjoy creating prayer flags decorated in your very own style!

Please look in closets, craft rooms, garages and attics to donate cloth, ribbons, buttons, lace etc. for making prayer flags. Call Catie Ballard at 399-9153 and she will pick up scraps, bolts, shoe boxes, bags or even a handful of any crafty things you want to donate!! Lets make prayer flags rich with possibilities and creativity!!

pancakesCome for pancakes and fellowship as we shift into summer mode. Bring egg dishes, breakfast meats, fruit, juice or just your beautiful faces!!  This invitation is for a relaxed delicious Sunday morning with UU friends.  Don and Catie Ballard will bring the pancakes, butter and syrup, you bring the fellowship!  What better way to celebrate Father’s Day?

Jumping off from the lyrics of Gershwin’s popular song from his operatic musical, Porgy and Bess, “Summertime … and the livin’ is easy,” we’ll look at how summertime, more often than not for us moderns, is anything but a time of “easy” living.

Please join us for our Flower Communion service. Flower Communion is a favorite and uniquely Unitarian-Universalist ritual celebrating beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. In this ceremony, everyone in the congregation brings a flower or flowers (homegrown or store bought) and places it on the altar in shared vases. The congregation blesses the flowers, and they’re redistributed. Each person brings home a different flower than the one they brought. This is a simple lovely ritual which UUFL has done for many years and a great way to welcome summer (whenever it comes to Laramie!).

Come join us for good Conversation on topics of your choice and refreshments. These are often some of the best programs.

It’s time to celebrate the Fellowship. So in this service we’ll hold a New Member Ceremony and celebrate our new friends. As it takes the dedication of time, and energy of UUFL’s members and friends to keep the Fellowship building, programs, services, etc., viable over the year, we’ll acknowledge and thank those people in a Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. As the lyrics from that joyful hippie song, “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang say, “Yeah-Hoo, we’re gonna celebrate and have a good time.”
After the service we’ll continue our celebration with a break and then our Annual Meeting where we’ll hear about the success of our 2016-2017 Annual Budget Drive, find out about the successful work of UUFl’s committees and vote on important matters related to the Fellowship’s next year and beyond. So come celebrate and party with us!