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Weekly Update
New Year's Day!

Worship Service
Sunday, January 1, 2023
9:30 a.m.

Rev. Jenny Peek, Worship Leader
Mark Neiwirth, Coordinator
"Letting Go and Welcoming In"

In 2023, what if anything in your life do you desire to ‘let go’?
What will you welcome in?

For our Sunday morning gathering on New Year’s Day,
we will share in the ritual of letting go and welcoming in.

(In-person, items will be available. Via Zoom, you will need the items on hand to participate during the ritual.)

Letting Go
Items to collect:
  • One or more flat stones
  • A Sharpie or marker for writing on the stones
     What might you let go for 2023? This could be a burden of spirit. For example, feelings of bitterness, envy, regret, fear of uncertainty, or something else. We all have at different points in our lives these internalized road blocks.

     What comes to mind for you, that you might be ready to let go? When you have something in mind, write it on the stone(s). You might wish to keep them in a pocket or near you for one or more days.

     When it comes to mind, hold the stones and think of what you’re letting go. When you're ready, cast them into a moving body of water. If you can't get to a stream or river, hold them under running tap water for a few moments, then throw them far from you, on a walk or drive. The running water purifies, and the casting away sets your intention of letting go.

Welcoming In

Items to collect:
  • A fire-safe bowl, pot or dish
  • Salt
  • Matches
  • Water, for dousing flames if necessary
  • A pencil or pen
  • Small pieces of paper
     What might you welcome in for 2023? Unique to each of us in our current circumstances, this might be willingness to change, open-heartedness, courage in the face of some personal challenge, or something else.

     During this portion of the ritual, write your intentions — what you are welcoming in — on one or more small pieces of paper. When you're ready, lay them in your burning bowl and light them with a match. In this way, your intentions are lifted to the universe, for nurturance and growth in the coming months.

Attend in person at the PUUF Meeting House, 426 W. Lewis
   or via Zoom.
Zoom Link: 
PUUF on Sundays
Meeting ID: 882 1927 3095
Passcode: 230993
UUA Common Read Starts January 8

Religious Exploration (RE) will begin discussion of the UUA Common Read on January 8 at 9:30 a.m.

If you are reading the book "Mistakes and Miracles," please read the Introduction and Chapter 1.
Attendees are welcome to participate without doing the reading.


If you receive a suspicious message from our minister
Jenny Peek, requesting money or gift cards,


Rev. Jenny never makes requests from the congregation
or wider community.


Save the Date!


Saturday, January 28 at 12:00 p.m.

The PUUF Board will hold a Town Hall Meeting
to decide the future of funds from the sale of land
on Barton Road last September.
More details to come.


Announcing 30 Days of Love 2023

Spiritual Nourishment for the Long Haul

Side With Love is thrilled to announce 30 Days of Love 2023! Our annual month of spiritual nourishment, political grounding, and shared practices of faith and justice, 30 Days of Love will go from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16) through Valentine’s Day (February 14).

This year’s 30 Days of Love is a gift to our whole community: a love letter, a warm hug, a spiritual balm for all of the individuals, families, religious professionals, partners and communities that embody our values and work for justice and liberation year round. Each week will feature a spiritual theme overlapping with one of Side With Love’s intersectional justice priorities, and we'll share an array of offerings to help nourish your spirit and give gratitude and affirmation.

WEEK 1 (January 16-22): Interdependence :: Democracy & Electoral Justice

WEEK 2 (January 23-29): Embodiment :: LGBTQIA+, Gender & Reproductive Justice

 WEEK 3 (January 30 - February 5): Healing :: Decriminalization

WEEK 4 (February 6-12): Resilience :: Climate Justice

BONUS DAYS (February 13-14): Blessings :: Liberatory Intersections 


Each week, you can expect to receive several different kinds of offerings, each from a different voice within Unitarian Universalism. Each week’s resources will be published by 12pm ET every Monday:

  • A weekly Side With Love message, grounded in personal story and offered on our blog and via email and socials, reflecting on the week’s spiritual and justice issue themes

  • A Time for All Ages grounded in the week’s theme, presented in video and written form, available for free use in your congregation this week or any week it works for you

  • A video of Body Practice, suitable for all ages and with attention paid to accessibility for people of varying abilities

  • A thematic Prayer, available for use in both video and text formats

  • A thematic Blessing, available for use in both video and text formats

  • A Grounding Practice to offer at the beginning of gatherings or meetings from our Side WIth Love Fun & Spiritual Nourishment Squad, available for use in video and facilitator guide formats

We offer these resources knowing various people will use them in a range of ways. Individuals may take a quick break during their lunch hour to watch a video blessing or read the week’s prayer; religious educators might use the Time for All Ages in worship, or encourage teachers to start their classes with the Body Practice; families might start a family meal reading one of the written reflections and then engaging in conversation; Board members and committee chairs might use the Grounding Practice to kick of that week’s meeting agenda. Please note that while we are not offering a full worship service as a part of 30 Days of Love this year, we hope that many of these weekly resources can be useful in your worship planning now and throughout the liturgical year. 

However you use these resources, we are proud to bring you the love and wisdom of some of our most compelling UU voices, and are thankful for this annual opportunity to collectively nourish our spirits and love each other up for the long haul.

Click on the image below to read
the PWR January Newsletter.

January 2023

Gatherings through May 2023
We offer alternating Sunday Programs, all at 9:30 a.m. with in-person
and Zoom options for participating.

All Sunday morning gatherings Zoom Link HERE.
Meeting ID: 882 1927 3095
Passcode: 230993

1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

(Adults, appropriate for youth 15-18)
2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

(simultaneously with Adult RE)
2nd and 4th Sundays at 9:30 a.m.


2nd and 4th Saturdays at 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Gatherings During the Week

Wednesdays at 11:00-11:30 a.m.  
Zoom Link: Meditation
Meeting ID: 812 6641 0252  
Passcode: 685012

WOW (Wellness on the Web) 
Thursdays at 7:00 p.m.
Zoom Link: Wellness on the Web  
Meeting ID: 864 0544 1152  
Password: 841088

Links for all these events and any others that may be added throughout the month are most readily found by receiving our brief daily emails via the Daily Online Gatherings PUUF Google group. If you are not receiving these emails, please notify Rev. Jenny at and she will add you. We are also working to add all links to our website,, and Facebook page.
All meetings are at the PUUF Meeting House.

Gate City Grove
Pagan group meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Pro-Choice Southeast Idaho
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Death and Donuts
Meets on the 3rd Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
8th Principle and Anti-Oppression Work in Pocatello
Meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
Offering Recipient for January

Bright Tomorrows Child Advocacy Center

Their mission is to help children and their families heal from the trauma of abuse, assisting them to live happier lives, and to restore the laughter, joy, hope
and dreams of childhood.

Visit their website HERE.
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