Affirming Our Promises (and Open House Pictures!)

Seeing so many of you at the Open House on Sunday was like our before times coffee hour except on steroids! It was beautiful, energizing, intense, exhausting, healing, and hopeful. I especially loved the chance to give about 40 or so newcomers a tour of the buildings and to see many of you for the […]

July 2021 Board Update to the Congregation

The Board of Trustees is excited to announce that the year-long revision to our Policy book is now complete. This most recent revision reflects the board’s lived experience of policy governance over the last three years. For those who are not familiar with the term policy governance, this is a formal structure of governing that […]

Open House Invitation

I have news that in the before times wouldn’t have been newsworthy at all: this Sunday, I’ll be at the church building! And so will Rev. Sean, Rev. Elaine, most of our staff, and a bunch of our lay leaders!  See, before COVID, this was definitely not a big deal. Ministers showing up at the church building on […]

Sanctuary Everywhere Update

With so much shifting so quickly, we wanted to take a moment to update you on one of our many impactful justice programs – and our July/August Share the Plate partner – Sanctuary Everywhere. We started Sanctuary Everywhere in 2019 when in-church Sanctuary was no longer a viable way to help immigrants at risk of deportation from actually […]

Leaning Into Transitions: Foothills Staff Retreat

This past week was the first in over a year that offered multiple opportunities for us to come together in person. IT WAS AMAZING! Many of you joined us in beautifying the church grounds through the Many Hands Project, a large group gathered to connect and support local restaurants at the FoCo Food Truck Rally for Friends […]

Reopening, Camp Recap & The Many Hands Project

We are so glad to have taken a big step toward reopening last week with the first session of Chalice Camp! Having kids back at the church was a breath of joy. From animal blessings to yoga, learning about Courageous Love to face painting, and science lessons to sing-alongs, campers built new friendships, learned about […]

Invitation to Flower Communion

Mother’s Day always signals to me the likely final burst of big spring snow in Fort Collins, and so also signals a green light for planting! It’s always a risk, of course, the snow is sneaky that way (and it’s not like we wouldn’t be grateful for the moisture!). But then again, planting is a […]

The Next Three Weeks at Foothills

How are you doing? If you’re feeling pretty stressed – but also mixed with bursts of joy and happiness – you’re not alone! The month of May is notorious for being a surprisingly stressful month in congregational life.   After all, in May, parents, teachers, and students are all feeling the stress of the last few weeks […]

Prayers for the Trees: A Letter from Rev. Gretchen

Dear ones, It is the time of year when I worry about trees. It started just before talk of the last storm started up – and my worry proved warranted! Even weeks later, limbs lie forlorn at the base of trees all across the city, taken out by the heavy springtime snow. Or worse, the […]