November 2022

Dear Chalice Lighter,

The Winter 2022-23 PCD Chalice Lighter proposal comes from three congregations: The UU Church in LivermoreNapa Valley Unitarian Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma. The PCD board has agreed to augment the amounts brought in from your Chalice Lighter donations. If you have been a monthly donor, we thank you for continuing your donations as we reimagined the program. Now is the time to encourage others in your congregations to step up and help these three worthy projects come to fruition.
The UU Church of Livermore has dreams of creating a beautiful, functional space to utilize for community celebrations. They are in the process of attracting a new preschool/elementary school program, hiring new staff, and are truly on the brink of some exciting new changes/growth. Having a functioning and inviting kitchen space at UUCiL will enable them to bring outside groups in to utilize this space as well – furthering their ability to grow their church and Unitarian Universalism as a whole. They are very excited to be actively pursuing relationships with several local organizations that serve their community such as the Hispanic Heritage Center and the Livermore American Indian Center. Having an operating kitchen to offer to them for potential joint events will greatly improve their desire to make these connections.
Napa Valley Unitarian Universalists are in need of safety upgrades for their exit doors. New doors would remove the lip at the threshold making it easier for anyone with mobility issues to enter through the main doors to the sanctuary thus making it more welcoming to all. The threshold would be altered in compliance with ADA standards. The doors would include emergency release hardware so if there were a need to leave the building in an emergency, the large double doors would be used instead of the small doors. The double doors are easier to access for all in the sanctuary, thus making all feel safer and welcome.
Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma would like funds to help enhance those middle school and high school youth who are struggling post-pandemic with their mental health to get back into connection with their peers. Their part time DRE is currently the only paid staff person as they are currently without a minister. They would like to run a UU-focused youth program culminating in an alternative high school prom with an LBGTQ focus in May 2023. The lead up to this will include monthly gatherings of youth with activities that support a safe gathering of community and perhaps become a hub for youth in the North Bay. Your Chalice Lighter donations will help this dream become a reality.

You can now have your gift automatically charged to your credit card or debited from your bank account each month. Automatic giving may be set up on the PCD automatic giving page. You can make a one-time donation online at our general giving page.  If you have already set up automatic giving, or if you have already donated to the Winter call, we thank you. We do not expect you to make an additional contribution to this call. We are grateful for whatever you can contribute. Direct costs to administer the call are reimbursed from the donations before the grant is issued. More of your money will go toward the grant if you opt for emailed call letters and make your contribution online. Donations for this call will be accepted through February 28, 2023.

If you are sending a check, please make it payable to PCD Chalice Lighters and mail to our new address: PCD Chalice Lighters, P.O. Box 567, Brighton, CO 80601-0567.

Karen Urbano
PCD Volunteer Chalice Lighter Coordinator