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      “Bringing hope and understanding to our community as we respectfully embrace our diverse sense of sacredness.”

      Council Officers for June 2013 - May 2014
       
      President - Rev.  Audette Fulbright December 2013 - May 2014 
                        Dave Stratton June 2013 - December 2013

      Vice President -  TBA
       
      Treasurer - Doug Fowler
       
      Co-Secretaries -  Jeff Weinstein and  Mohamed Salih


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      For June 2013- May 2014 - Listed in order of date:
       
      Meetings
       

       
      Meetings of Cheyenne Interfaith Council general membership.  Unless otherwise specified, these meetings are at noon and generally on the  third Tuesday of every month, AND all participants should bring their own "brown bag lunch."  As an experiment to meet differing preferences there is going to be some alternating between noon meetings and 7:30 AM meetings.  See below:

      September 17, 2013   First Christian Church   
       
      October 15, 2013    Mt. Sinai Synagogue   
       


      December 17, 2013  Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center 
       

      February 18, 2014   St. Marks Episcopal Church  
       
       
      April 22, 2014 (15th is Passover)  Holy Trintiy Manor
       
      May 20, 20143  First Presbyterian Church 7:30 AM
       
      Other Upcoming Events
       
      Many of these events are organized by our member faith communities.  We work to support our various faith communities by participating as much as possible.  Events organized by the Cheyenne Interfaith Council will be identified as such.

      Ongoing Programs being offered in the Cheyenne Area


      "Bibles and Beer"  Facebook Page (This interest group was started in May 2011)
      Initiated and sponsored by Highlands United Presbyterian Cheyenne Church, "a weekly happy hour called “Beers and Bibles.”" Anyone (21 years and older!) interested is welcome. Bring an open mind, a desire to listen and learn and enough money to pick up your own tab. We meet at 5:30 till 6:30 at Uncle Charlie’s. Organized by CIC President, Rev. Rodger McDaniel, who notes: "I know this may not be for everybody, but then I know of no single spiritual experience that is." More information can be found on his blog at: http://blowinginthewyomingwind.blogspot.com/2011/04/bibles-and-beers-interested.html or contact Rev. McDaniel via Facebook.

      This recurring gathering has some guiding principles: 

      Some basic rules have been established to make this comfortable for people from different faith traditions:

      1). No arguing (debating). That does not mean we cannot voice differing perspectives. We don't have to agree on everything. We can learn from each other by listening to each other. 

      2). Stick with what the text says. Repeating someone else's sermon doesn't help. What can we learn from the text. This does not mean sacred literature from various faith traditions (Talmud, Koran, etc.) which references the text cannot be considered. 

      3). Tip the server generously. It's a lot of work to take care of a group that usually is not spending a whole lot. At least we can pitch in to help those who are providing us with "a neutral place" to meet.

      The public is welcome to join. Event details are available on Facebook being moderated by Rev. Rodger McDaniel.


                                                  Torah Thursdays at Mt. Sinai Synagogue
      Thursdays – Noon in the social hall at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  2610 Pioneer Ave.  Bring your own brown bag lunch.  Starts 11/03/2011 (Cheshvan 6, 5772) started by  Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman and now continuing with other Jewish facilitators, including but not limited to Rabbi Joshua Narrowe, Jeff Weinstein, Jason Bloomberg, and Phyllis Bloomberg. Join in a lively exploration of the core texts of the Jewish people. A working knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to have meaningful participation in this group.  Most of the reading and discussions will be in English with references to specific Hebrew words or phrases.  Texts for these sessions are available at the meetings.  You are welcome to bring your own if you wish.  Topics will vary depending of the specific interests of the participants. Meet in Social Hall, unless otherwise specified. No fees.  No prerequisites.  Donations encouraged. See Mt. Sinai's website for further details.


      Coming Soon: Learn to read and chant the Holy Q'uran  - TBA
      Sponsored by the 
      Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center 


      Fall Session 

      Hebrew – (

      Beginning)

       Reading Prayers  

      Thursday nights – 6:00 PM – ongoing; at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  2610 Pioneer Ave. This class is open to the general public on a "space available basis."  Starting TBA  Ends TBA Teacher - Jeff Weinstein See Mt. Sinai's website for further details. 

      Spring Session  - Learn Biblical (Prayerbook) Hebrew at Mt. Sinai Congregation.
        Introduction to Hebrew, taught by Jeff Weinstein, will meet on Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, starting TBA, for ten weeks.  You will learn to read the letters and to understand some basic vocabulary of prayer and Bible.  No fees.  Donations requested.  You will need to purchase your textbook.  Advance registration appreciated, but not at all required.  Mt. Sinai Congregation, 2610 Pioneer Avenue (corner 26th), 307-634-3052, 
      rabbi@mtsinaicheyenne.orgwww.mtsinaicheyenne.org  Please see flier for more details. 


      Fall Session Hebrew – Intermediate Prayers & Torah Wednesday nights – 6:00 PM – ongoing; at Mt. Sinai Synagogue 2610 Pioneer Ave. This class is open to the general public on a "space available basis." Starting TBA - Ends TBA;  Teacher - TBA See Mt. Sinai's website for further details.


      Spring Session Learn Intermediate Hebrew, taught by TBA, will meet on Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm , starting  TBA , for ten weeks. You will become more fluent in reading and learn the meanings, and the meanings behind the meanings of basic words of prayer and Bible.  No fees.  Donations requested.  You will need to purchase your textbook.  Advance registration appreciated, but not at all required. 
      Mt. Sinai Congregation, 2610 Pioneer Avenue (corner 26th), 307-634-3052, 
      rabbi@mtsinaicheyenne.orgwww.mtsinaicheyenne.org  Please see flier for more details. 


      Israeli Folk Dancing Sundays 1:00 pm - 3:00 PM – ongoing; at Mt. Sinai Synagogue 2610 Pioneer Ave. This class is open to the general public on a "space available basis." Starting  TBA ; Teacher -- Mary Weinstein with support from Bea Montross See Mt. Sinai's website for further details.

       

       Battered Bride Domestic Violence Awareness Presentation 



      The Battered Bride Project on Facebook at www.facebook.com/batteredbrideproject   features art by Forrest King to help getting people to discuss the epidemic of domestic violence in a forum where participants can look at this problem from within their various faiths as well as by sharing personal experiences. 

      Mr. King would like to invite people to join an ongoing dialogue about this on the Facebook page.  He encourages "sharing" and "liking" the listings via Facebook page in addition to the live presentations to help expand awareness of this problem.


       
      This project is in cooperation with Safe House and has been embraced by member organizations of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council.

      Here's an example of how this project is doing more than theoretical good in our community:

      "When I made the decision to take my kids to church last Sunday, it was to begin the process of reaching out and stepping away from the violence that had come into my life over the last year and a half.  My husband decided to come with.  We had no idea what the service would be. 

      When I walked in and saw the poster for the Battered Bride, I was scared and empowered all at the same time. It was all he or I could do to sit through that service. At the end I had to run to the bathroom to hide the tears. 

      On the way home, when we stopped to get something, my 16 year old daughter said, "Mom, are your next flowers going to be your last? I don't have a dad (he has abandoned his children) and if you don't make this change I won't have a mom either." She heard the message that was presented and she held me to the fire. 

      I went home and told my kids that if they heard a raised voice or disturbing noises coming from my room to call the police. I confronted my husband. I told him to seek help by the end of the week or find a couch to sleep on, because he would no longer stay here. You see three nights ago, he choked me so hard that he almost crushed my trachea. I really thought that it was my last moment in life. 

      I am a strong, independent, and powerful woman. It just goes to show there is no "type" to be abused. Some of his is PTSD from military service and some is plain anger and depression. I never saw early signs of this. He swears he will get help this week and I told him under no circumstances will there ever again be violence in my home. This conversation needed to happen a year ago. 

      So thank you! Your work had a profound impact on this family. My 14 year old boy and 16 year old girl and her boyfriend talked about the issue all the way home."


      It is a sad reality that Domestic Violence is not isolated to any specific faith or faiths.  It is a problem found within all faith communities despite their respective teachings against its occurance.  This makes it an "Interfaith Problem" for which there needs to be "Interfaith Solutions."  Together we can work to end this blight which is an affront to all we together hold as sacred.  Get involved.  Start by contacting Forrest King to arrange for a presentation at your place of worship and sacred learning.

      MORE - TBA
       
       
      Wyoming 2-1-1 service is available statewide by dialing 2-1-1 during normal business hours and online anytime at www.wyoming211.org

      With Wyoming 2-1-1, callers can receive referrals for:

      Basic needs: Food, clothing, shelter, temporary financial assistance, transportation, disaster.
      Physical and mental health resources: Crisis intervention, prenatal care, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, rehabilitation, children's health insurance programs.

      Financial stability: Employment referral services, Earned Income Tax Credits, WIC, credit counseling, food stamps, rent and utility assistance, unemployment benefits, job training, education programs.

      Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: Home health care, adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, homemaker services.
      Support for children, youth and families: Childcare, after-school programs, family resource centers, summer camps, recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, literacy programs, protective services.

      Support for community crisis or disaster recovery: 2-1-1 systems in other states have proven valuable in disaster relief efforts. The ability to respond and assist will be developed as funding allows.

      Changing the Way You Find Help

      2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that connects callers, at no cost, to information about critical health and human services available in communities around Wyoming. Information and Referral Specialists are available to help you by calling 2-1-1 or cell phone users/PBX phone systems may need to dial 888-425-7138 Monday through Friday, during normal business hours.

      Please remember IF YOU HAVE AN EMERGENCY which requires and EMERGENCY response by PoliceFire, or Emergency Medical Services call 9-1-1, not 2-1-1.   9-1-1 is ONLY for immediately life or limb threatening emergencies, not information services. 


      Events occurring only on specific dates





      December 8, 2012 at sundown (Kislev 25, 5773) Hanukkah begins.
      On TBA at 6:00 PM Hanukkah party at  Mt. Sinai Synagogue The public is welcome to join with Cheyenne's Jewish community in the celebration of religious freedom.  Traditional rituals, foods, music, and games are all part of the program for this celebration which begins this eight day observance.  There is no "admission charge."  Donations are always appreciated to help support Mt. Sinai Synagogue  Listen to Rabbi Harley's interview about Chanukah on Laramie Live. The link is at :  http://laramielive.com/laramie-live-radio-show/  Fast forward by clicking on the bar. The interview starts at about 8 minutes, just after the weather.

      December 14-16, 2012 First Christian Church  Journey Through Bethlehem.

      First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 27th and Carey Avenue invites you to Journey Through Bethlehem.  Take a free interactive tour and experience the sights and sounds of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus' birth. Tours will be every 10 minutes. 

      Presentation dates are as follows:

       

      Friday, Dec. 14th, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

      Saturday, December 15, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

      Sunday, December 16 during our worship service 10:30 a.m. to 12 Noon

       

      For all the family.  Handicapped Accessible. Parking available at the church lot between 26th and 27th Streets. Enter in glass doors on 27th Street.

       

      For more information, call Ruth Reynolds 634-6453 or the church office 634-7878.


      December 16, 2012 Hanukkah concludes at sundown.

      December 21, 2012 at NOON  
    • Homeless Memorial Day will take place this year in front of the State Capitol Building.  This is an annual event sponsored by Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless
    •  
      This will be our first year since the death of Virginia Sellner who for so many years was the director of   
    • Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless she will be missed.  Please show your support by showing up for this event which was so important to her and to so many in need in our community. 
    • Recognition of those who died homeless on the streets of Cheyenne will take place with the tolling of a bell by Rev. Rick Veit, St. Marks Episcopal Church. 

      Other speakers will include  Director, Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless, Richard McCullough, Crossroads Clinic/Community Action Homeless Outreach Program, Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman, Mt. Sinai Synagogue. Music will include Christmas Carols and Hanukkah songs. 

      The Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless has sponsored this event in Cheyenne since it beginning in 1990. This is the 23nd Homeless Memorial Day event for Cheyenne and the rest of the country. In the 1980s a small group of cities remembered those who died on the streets but the events were not organized. 

      In 1990 the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council organized the event and began holding memorials on December 21st each year -- the longest day of the year and frequently the coldest day of the year in many communities. A small number of cities participated in the 1990 event and it has grown each year since then. 

      In 2010 there were 141 cities participating and approximately 1900 homeless individuals remembered.




      December 24, 2012 Christmas Eve

      December 25, 2012 Christmas Day

      December 26, 2012 Boxing Day  

      December 26 2012 - January 1, 2012 Kwanzaa also see Official Kwanzaa Website

      December 27, or 28, or 29, 2012 Childermas also called Holy Innocents' Day or Children's Mass, The observed date varies by specific tradition observed. December 27 is the date for West Syrians (Syriac Orthodox ChurchSyro-Malankara Catholic Church, and Maronite Church) and East Syrians (Chaldeans and Syro-Malabar Catholic Church). December 28 is the date in the Church of England, the Lutheran Church and the Roman Catholic Church (in which, except on Sunday, violet vestments were worn before 1961, instead of red, the normal liturgical colour for celebrating martyrs). The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the feast on  December 29.

      December 29, 2012  Wounded Knee Massacre Remembrance Day.


      December 31, 2012 New Year's Eve



      January 1, 2013 New Year's Day

      Happy New Year everyone.  Here's a link to an interesting interfaith discussion about:  The Pursuit and Practice of Happiness Is an Awareness of the Suffering and Pleasure of OthersMay you find it an interesting way to start the new year.



      Local Events remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
      see WTE article: Rem
      embering 
      the dream



      January 18 - 7 PM - Martin Luther King & Rabbi Heschel Shabbat led by Rabbi Harley.  A Service filled with readings about Jewish involvement and insights about civil rights.  When Dr. King marched, a white haired, bearded Jewish man with a kippah was often next to him.  That was Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the leading Jewish thinkers of the 20th century.  For Rabbi Harley, and many, Heschel’s thoughts are a central source of meaning, comfort, and inspiration.  Heschel called civil rights marches “praying with my feet.”  That can inspire all of us to walk the walk of social justice.  Join in learning more about Rabbi Heschel and about all of those Jews who played such pivotal roles (such as starting the NAACP) in one of America’s best movements. Oneg sponsored by the Sisterhood will follow.

      2610 Pioneer Avenue
      Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001
      (307) - 634 - 3052

      NAACP MLK Banquet  Jan 20, 2013 Host Western Star Lodge #6

      ANNUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BLACK TIE BANQUET

      The banquet will be 6 p.m. Sunday at Holiday Inn, 204 W. Fox Farm Road. Tickets are $30 each and Curtis McLilly, a chaplain at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, is the keynote speaker. 
      For more information, call 632-2338.

      January 21, 2012 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. / Equality Day -  which some communities observe with a National Day of Service, MLK/Equality Day is observed here in Cheyenne with a variety of activities which will be listed once they are publicized.

      Freedom March  -   Jan 21, 2013 (12:00 pm Depot Plaza to the State Capitol) The march will head up to the state Capitol where students will read essays about King and his life. The event will also feature other guest speakers.

      See WTE article: Marching for a dream

      Following the march, a traditional soup, pie and salad lunch will be served, free, at the Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, 917 W. 21st St.

      MLK Memorial Service  Jan 21, 2013 (4pm) Youth from the area will perform songs and dance as a way to celebrate the life of King at the  2nd Baptist Church sponsored by  IBPOE of America)


      January 25, 2013 6:00 PM (Friday) Tu B'shivat (New Year ["birthday"] of the Trees) a meal followed by Kabbalistic Seder will be held at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  Sisterhood will provide dinner and ritual foods (including fruits, nuts, and four cups of wine or juice) and Rabbi Harley will lead a combined Shabbat Service and Seder. The Seder includes readings and music for our birthday of the trees, celebration of nature, and our concern for the environment.  Based on mystical insights about how we should connect to nature, these Seders have become more popular since the founding of the state of Israel and since our growing concerns for the environment.

      March 24, 2013 - Palm Sunday

      March 26, 2013  at sundown Passover (Jewish) begins and continues until sundown on April 3rd  (14th for those who follow additional day observances in the Diaspora).

      Watch how Wyoming's oldest synagogue prepares glassware, butcher block  and refrigerator for Passover 



      Watch how Wyoming's oldest synagogue prepares metal counters, sinks, and pots for Passover with a torch 

      March 28, 2013 - Maundy (Holy) Thursday

      March 29, 2013  - Good Friday

      March 31, 2013 - Easter Sunday (Western Christianity - Roman Catholic, Anglican Communion, Protestant Churches, etc.)


      Sunday, April TBA, 2014 starts at 3:00 PM Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration at TBA

      To honor and to find inspiration from

      those who survived

      those who resisted the Nazis and their collaborators

      and those who rescued Jews and other potential victims

       

      Heroes, Despite the Holocaust

      An Interfaith Commemoration –

       

      Sunday, April TBA, 2014, 3:00 pm

       

      Honor and find inspiration from the stories of two survivors, long time Cheyenne residents, Zoltan "Zollie" Gancz and Helen Zigmond.  Brother and sister, they personify the most powerful response to the tragic evil of the Nazis – a life lived well, with hope and faith, despite experiencing unspeakable horrors.

       

      Listen to music by singers from Mt Sinai Synagogue.  Featured presentation by Synagogue President Dave Lerner about his mother's cousin Sonja Fischerova and her artwork.



      Learn from stories of rescue and resistance, readings, and poems, read by Ministers and Public Officials

       

      View a museum quality poster display, in the hope that remembering the past will heal divisions and help prevent future atrocities. 

       

      Enjoy a reception, after our program, and learn about what you can do to encourage Holocaust education in Wyoming. 
       
      Responses to our recent recession showed frightening parallels to Germany in the 1920’s and 1930’s. “The Holocaust was not an accident in history … It occurred because individuals, organizations and governments made choices that not only legalized discrimination but that allowed prejudice, hatred, and, ultimately, mass murder to occur.”  (The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C.,www.ushmm.org).  

      Darfur, the Congo, and domestic violence provide a few examples of parallels in recent years.  Join us to protest evil and injustice, and to promote resistance, respect, caring, and love.

       

      Presented by the Cheyenne Interfaith Council, the Holocaust Education Committee
      and Mt Sinai Congregation.
       
      To learn more, contact TBA

       

      For those who suffered, for people of today,

      for the children of tomorrow, WE MUST NEVER FORGET.



      April TBA, 2014 - 
      Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christianity - Eastern Orthodox Churches)


      April TBA, 2014 - United States Holocaust Memorial Museum "Days of Remembrance"  Webmaster's note:  Please also see information about educational materials from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum . 

      April TBA, 2014 - 11:30 AM - Holocaust Memorial Luncheon at F.E. WAFB (Warren Air Force Base).  Members of Mt. Sinai Synagogue please contact Phyllis Bloomberg for more information and to sign up. - Webmaster's editorial note: "This listing is for informational purposes only and is not an open invitation.  It is an event by and for members of the Armed Services.   The service men and women of WAFB have kindly extended an invitation to participate to Cheyenne's Jewish Community, and in particular those who are Holocaust Survivors and Mt. Sinai Congregation's World War II veterans for obvious reasons.  The Jewish Community of Cheyenne participates as an acknowledgment of appreciation to those who serve to defend the freedoms we enjoy and in particular to remember those Allied Soldiers of all the Armed Services who were injured or lost their lives in World War II.  We would not be here today were it not for their sacrifices. We would not have the future were it not for those who continue to serve now. Freedom is not free.  As it states at the main entrance of V.A. hospitals 'The Price of Freedom is Visible Here.' "


      May TBA, 2014 - Cheyenne Day of Giving

      What is the Cheyenne Day of Giving?

      It is a non-profit organization led by Cheyenne congregations and supported by business and community groups. Its focus is on providing an opportunity for the people in the Cheyenne area to come together in an effort to help the sick and the economically disadvantaged.  

      For more information also see their flier at this link.

      Some of the organizations helped by the Cheyenne Day of Giving are:

      • Family Promise of Cheyenne served 41 homeless individuals for a total of 4753 meals and 2099 bed nights in host congregations in 2009. 

      • Comea House served 35,146 meals and provided 17,573 bed nights last year. 

      • Needs gave away enough food for 383,220 meals in 2009. They served 25,548 clients, who are allowed to come once a month for food. 

      • Safehouse Services sheltered 191 individuals for 4034 bed nights in 2009 and assisted 579 people with 3233 services, including food boxes and transportation. They also provided help to women and children setting up new apartments in a safe environment. 

      • Salvation Army in 2010 is serving lunch to 75-85 people each day, usually including 4 to 5 toddlers. They are also giving away more and more food boxes as the economy continues to struggle. 

      • Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless served 1,580 people in 2009 and is on track to serve more this year. 

      • Magic City Enterprises, Inc. helping develop mentally disabled and mentally ill or fragile.

      • Home Away From Home served over 2,000 people in 2010

      • St. Joseph's Food Pantry (sorry - no web site to link)



      May TBA, 2014 - Sunday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM it's The Mt. Sinai Synagogue Yiddish Food Festival not only is Admission Free, but there will be wonderful food, live Klezmer Music, Israeli Folk Dancing, synagogue tours, Shofar demonstrations, an opportunity to meet some of Cheyenne's Jewish community, and get answers to some of the questions you may have about Judaism but hadn't had the opportunity to ask.  For more info see the latest information about this event visit the Mt Sinai Congregation website and http://www.mtsinaicheyenne.org/_pdfs/2013/Yiddish%20Food%20Festival.pdf


      Also see article from Wyoming Arts Council "All Things Yiddish..." in their Spring 2013 "Artscapes" Newsletter on pages 8-9.

      May 27, 2013  Memorial Day (Webmaster's note: We take time to remember those who gave their lives in the service this nation.  The freedoms we have today would not exist without them). 

      Events which have already occured this fiscal year are listed below:


      The Cheyenne Interfaith council - Spring Community Series

      “Who do they say I am?” Interfaith Perspectives on Jesus
       
      All sessions 7:00 – 8:30 pm Willow Room (1st Floor) Laramie County Library




      May 23rd A Muslim Perspective - Mohammed Salih, Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center 

      May 30th A Jewish Perspective - Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman, 
      Mt. Sinai Synagogue

      June 6th A Unitarian Universalist perspective - Rev. Audette Fulbright, 
      Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne 

      June 13th A Christian cross-cultural perspective - 
      Rev. Jose F. Morales, regional minister, Christian Church Disciples of Christ


      Juneteenth Celebration organized by the Cheyenne NAACP Branch #4108 - June 15, 2013 at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.  Admission is FREE!

      Juneteenth 2013

      Exhibitor & Entertainment Application

      Saturday, June 15th at Martin Luther King Park from 11am to 4pm

      Set up starts 8:00 a.m.

      Spaces are available for exhibitors and vendors:  Application is available at this link.
       
       

      July 9, 2013 - The Holy Month of Ramadan begins at sundown.

      July 13, 2013 -  1:00 PM to 3:00 PM   
      Fourth Annual Cheyenne Interfaith Council Picnic
        
       
       Starts at 1:00 P.M. at Mylar Park. This will be a potluck.  We are encouraging people to make items from the Cheyenne Interfaith Council Cookbook. In consideration of people with food allergies and religious dietary restrictions, please list the ingredients of any foods you bring.

      Come prepared to

      Make Friends

      Eat Good Food

      Play and have Fun   
       



      Please enjoy, with your family and friends, our Annual

      Cheyenne Interfaith Council Picnic

      Saturday, July 13, 2013      1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

      Mylar Park Picnic Shelter

      Make Friends; Eat Good Food; Play and have Fun

        Plates, napkins, eating utensils, and drinks provided by CIC.

      Please bring a dish to share

       


      OPERATION BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES  is a project of Needs Inc. in cooperation with Laramie County School District 1 being assisted by the Cheyenne Day of GivingNeeds goal is to distribute supplies to the well-over-1,000 students (kindergarten through college) this year. We all can help.  There are collection boxes for donated supplies at various businesses around Cheyenne.  Various faith communities are also doing their own collections for this project.  Check with yours.  Other options for helping include making donations through Cheyenne Day of Giving or bringing your donations directly to Needs Inc.  Here is a link to a list of needed items, based on the LCSD1 website, which can help you know what is needed to help. Laramie County School District 1 distribution for kindergarten through 12th-grade and college students will take place Aug. 17-19 at the Cheyenne Needs Inc. office.  Distribution will continue throughout the year 900 Central Avenue (Verification of financial need is required) For more information please contact Needs Inc., (307) 632-0409.

      Webmaster's note:  ALL OF THE FOLLOWING are annually reoccurring events which will be updated but for now reflect information from prior years.  Sorry for any inconvenience this causes.  I'll put in the correct details for this upcoming year as time permits.  Please keep checking back as I will be giving the highest priority to those events occurring soonest. 
       
      August TBA, 2013 NAACP  Area Conference and Annual Banquet 



      Please join the Cheyenne NAACP for their 

      Freedom Fund Banquet.  

      The public is welcome. 

      Saturday, August TBA Silent Auction 6PM - 7PM Banquet begins at 7pm 
      in the LCCC Dining Hall 

      Dinner Menu
      Baked Chicken, Beef, Vegetables, Scalloped Potatoes, Salad, Dessert and Beverage. 
      Vegetarian available on request

      Dress is Business Casual

      For tickets call
      Bernie McLaughlin 634-5527 or Abe Stevenson 634-8304

      This year’s banquet will include a buffet style dinner, silent auction and an amazing dramatization by Dr. Robert Bartlett, from Eastern Washington State University Interim Director of the Africana Education Department.  This banquet will be a unique opportunity to learn about the African American experience and educate our youth.

      SUPPORT LEVELS AND DONOR RECOGNITION: Each donation to the banquet will be put toward countering the cost of the annual event.  Sponsors will be given recognition in the banquet program.  Top donors will also be given special recognition at the dinner; will receive preferential seating based on donation amounts and a certificate of appreciation. 

      Donations can be sent to:

      NAACP, Unit 4108
      PO Box 21208
      Cheyenne, WY  82003

      Individual and corporate sponsorships are available and special recognition will be given to those contributing at the following levels:

      Gold Sponsor   $500 (includes company table)
      Silver Sponsor $400 (includes company table)
      Distinguished Sponsor $200 

      Individual Tickets $30 per person

      Of course, gifts of any amount are greatly appreciated!
      Please help us support diversity and equality by sponsoring the NAACP banquet this year





      August 18, 2012 (Elul 26, 5772) - Saturday 7:30 PM Selichot discussion group and service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue


      August 19, 2012 Eid al-Fitr The Holy Month of Ramadan Ends at sundown.



      11 Days—11 Ways - To Practice Peace
      We are pleased to announce a special project of the Culture of Peace Initiative: the 11 Days of Global Unity, which begins on Sept. 11th and ends on Sept. 21st, the International Day of Peace. This year's vastly expanded program has the theme “11 DAYS – 11 WAYS”. Each day will focus on a major area of concern for humanity and will feature observances, educational programs and practical acts that support these concerns. The UN MDG's (Millennium Development Goals) will be incorporated into these daily events:

      Day 1 Unity: Commemorate 10th Anniversary of 9/11; strengthen interfaith dialogue and understanding; empower grassroots organizations; develop global partnerships (MDG #8)

      Day 2 Interdependence: Celebrate Interdependence Day; expand awareness of our global commons (water, air, natural resources, etc.); recognize global consciousness; honor indigenous wisdom

      Day 3 Environment: Invest in renewable, nonpolluting energy systems and fuels; protect eco-systems and biodiversity (MDG #7); protect and provide clean water for all

      Day 4 Economic Justice: End poverty and hunger (MDG #1); fulfill basic human needs; expand socially conscious business and investment, provide opportunities for people to support themselves

      Day 5 Health: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases (MDG #6); provide for universal healthcare; support holistic, proactive and preventive health practices

      Day 6 Children & Youth: Reduce child mortality (MDG #4); provide for universal literacy and 8th grade ducation (MDG #2); end child slavery; promote the rights of the child

      September 16, 2012 (Tishri 1, 5773) 7:00 PM - Wednesday - Erev Rosh Hashanah service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue

      Day 7 Women: Endorse gender equality (MDG #3); end violence against women; establish economic empowerment of women; support maternal health (MDG #5)

      September 17, 2012 (Tishri 1, 5773) 9:00 AM - Thursday  Rosh Hashanah services at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the Torah is read and shofar is sounded during these services, and the public is welcome to attend. 

      Day 8 Human Rights: End persecution in all forms; promote judicial transparency; end torture in all forms

      September 18, 2012 (Tishri 2, 5773) 9:00 AM - Friday -  Second Day Rosh Hashanah services at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the shofar is sounded during these services, and the public is welcome to attend.

      Day 9 Freedom: Hear the voice of the people; promote responsible governance; publicly finance local and national elections

      Day 10 Disarmament: Abolish nuclear weapons and all WMDs; promote diplomacy and nonviolent conflict resolution; reduce military spending

      Day 11 The International Day of Peace: Promote global military ceasefire; call for a day of nonviolence in media; work to establish departments and ministries of peace in nations around the world; highlight our personal and collective progress towards a culture of peace; make a personal commitment to doing something in our local areas; observe a Minute of Silence at 12 noon, as requested by the UN Secretary General.



      Please note:  Various faith communities are doing a variety of programs during the 11 Days of Global Unity, which may include events and observances not listed here because that information has not yet been provided to this site's webmaster.   If you know your faith community is participating in the 11 Days of Global Unity, please have someone from your organization contact this site's webmaster so that it can be listed here.  Thank you.


       
      September 21, 2012  - 6th Annual Cheyenne Interfaith Council  
      sponsored 
        - Sorry no program was scheduled this year but you can find more information about it and possibly VOLUNTEER to help organize it for next year at:
            

          Please check back for further updates, if any, as they develop.     

      The International Day of Peace is the last part of an event that began with a 9/11 Observance on Tuesday, September 11.  

      Join us along with over 3,500 other communities throughout the world
       for this service focused on WORLD PEACE.

      United Nations Resolutions
      The International Day of Peace, established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly, was first inaugurated on the third Tuesday of September, 1982. Beginning on the 20th anniversary in 2002, the UN General Assembly set 21 September as the now permanent date for the International Day of Peace.

      In establishing the International Day of Peace, the United Nations General Assembly decided that it would be appropriate "to devote a specific time to concentrate the efforts of the United Nations and its Member States, as well as of the whole of mankind, to promoting the ideals of peace and to giving positive evidence of their commitment to peace in all viable ways… (The International Day of Peace) should be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples."

      The Assembly's resolution declared that the International Day of Peace "will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our Organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the Organization as a constantly pealing bell reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace.  May this Peace Day indeed be a day of peace."

      (Quotes excerpted from the United Nations General Assembly Resolution UN/A/RES/36/67
      The amended Resolution adopted in 2001 permanently fixed the date of the International Day of Peace to September 21.

      The Assembly, reaffirming the contribution that the observance and celebration of the International Day of Peace make in strengthening the ideals of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict, (decided that) beginning with the fifty-seventh session, the Day should be observed on 21 September each year, with this date to be brought to the attention of all people for the celebration and observance of peace.

      The new Resolution added the call for the International Day of Peace to be a Global Ceasefire:
      "Declares that the International Day of Peace shall henceforth be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day...

      (Quotes from the amending UN resolution 
      UN/A/RES/55/282 which fixes the date of the International Day of Peace on 21 September and calls for a Global Ceasefire on that Day


      September 21, 2012 (Tishri 5, 5773) 7:00 PM - Friday -  Shabbat Shuvah service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the public is welcome to attend.
       

      September 22, 2012 (Tishri 5, 5773) 9:00 AM - Saturday -  Shabbat Shuvah service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the public is welcome to attend.


      September 25, 2012 (Tishri 10, 5772) 7:00 PM- Friday -  "Kol NidreErev Yom Kippur service at Mt. Sinai Synagogue the public is welcome to attend. This is a 24 hour (sometimes a little longer) time of fasting and prayer.

       

      September 26, 2012 (Tishri 10, 5772) 9:00 AM (until after sundown) - Saturday - Yom Kippur services at Mt. Sinai Synagogue  This continues a 24 hour (sometimes a little longer) time of fasting and communal prayer. Please see Mt. Sinai Synagogue for actual times of the specific services during that day.  The services conclude after sundown with the sounding of the shofar and a communal break the fast. The Torah is read during these services and the public is welcome to attend any or all of these services as well as the break the fast.

      October 25, 2012 (Dhuʻl-Hijjah 9, 1432 AH)  Friday Yaum Arafah (Yom Arafat)

      The Day of Arafa (Arabic: يوم عرفة) is an Islamic Holy Day, in which it is said that the religion had been perfected. 

      October 26, 2012  (Dhuʻl-Hijjah 10, 1432 AH)  Saturday Eid al-Adha (Arabicعيد الأضحى‎)
      "Festival of Sacrifice" or "Greater Eid" observed by Muslims in remembrance of "Abraham's sacrifice of Ishmael" as taught in The Holy Qu'ran. 


      November 11, 2012 Veterans' Day - Special Observances:

      Cheyenne Veteran's Medical Center will be joining with numerous other organizations at 11:00 AM at Beth-El Cemetery for a public honoring of those who have served in this Nation's defense and remembrance them who made the ultimate sacrifice so the we may have the freedoms we are blessed with having.  As it is noted on signs in front of every V.A. Hospital ...

       



      5 Simple Ways to Thank a Veteran Today

      November 11, 2012 - Please support and if possible participate in the 12th Annual COMEA House 5K Turkey Trot. The "Gobble Wobble" starts at 9:00 AM and the "Turkey Trot" starts at 9:30 AM.  Please see their events page or the linked brochure for further details. COMEA House  has been one of the tangible manifestations of interfaith efforts to address local needs in Cheyenne since the very beginnings of this organization.  For a reflection of it's origin, please see the information provided to us by Fr. Eugene Todd via John Peacock.

      November 15, 2012 [at sundown] (Muharram 1, 1433 AH)   Al-Hijra  (Arabicرأس السنة الهجرية‎ ) (Islamic New Year ) The First of Muharram marks the new year. The date fluctuates (in the Gregorian calendar) from year to year as it is based on the Islamic lunar.

      November 22, 2012 - Thanksgiving Day - Unity Missionary Baptist Church will sponsor its annual FREE Thanksgiving Dinner at the New Community House in Lions Park on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012 from noon until 4 p.m.

      These dinners are prepared for the sick and shut-in, senior citizens, singles, those who will be alone or away from family, and the less fortunate of our community. Come out and fellowship with us.

      The Menu will be: Roasted Turkey, Cornbread Dressing, Giblet Gravy, Green Beans, Cranberry Sauce, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Dinner Rolls, Beverage, Dessert (Sweet Potato Pie)

      Please join with the Cheyenne Interfaith Council in showing some gratitude by helping the volunteers of the Unity Missionary Baptist Church in continuing their tradition of serving up a Thanksgiving dinner to anyone needing "a place at the table" at the Cheyenne-Kiwanis Community House in Lyon's Park.  The Unity Missionary Baptist Church has made this an annual tradition for many years .   Please bring cooked, ready to serve Turkeys.   Based on expected turn out from previous years, it is estimated that 100 turkeys total are needed to serve all who are likely to show up.  At present only about half have been pledged.   See the following WTE Articles about some of the previous years efforts :  Helping Hands Church serves up dinner for 1,000  Volunteers come together to serve Thanksgiving meal  Day of thanks  Volunteers serve up hope for Thanksgiving    

      For free delivery of dinners, donations of  food,  and/or  to volunteer, please call:

      Rev. Ernest J. Fitzhugh 634-5643
      Deberah Carter 634-5939
      Ted Mills- Chairman 637-5431
      Margaret Laybourn 632-1816
      Gertrude McLaughlin 634-5527

      Food donations can be dropped off prior to November 22nd. Please call one of the people listed above to coordinate arrangements for deliveries.

      November 24, 2012 (Muharram 9-10, 1433 AH) The Day of Ashura 
      (
      Arabicعاشوراء
      is celebrated on the ninth and tenth month of Muharram. The word ashura means "ten" and is a time of fasting, reflection and meditation. According to the Holy Qu'ran, Jews of the city of Medina fasted on the tenth day in remembrance of their salvation from the Pharaoh, and the Prophet Muhammad pledged he would fast for two days instead of one in this same remembrance, but he died the following year and so never fasted as he had hoped.
      For many Muslims there is joy in commemorating all of the wonderful events traditions say occurred on this day, including: Noah's ark came to rest, the Prophet Abraham was born, the Kaaba was built. Among Shiite Muslims, it is a day of special sorrow commemorating the martyrdom of the Prophet's grandson Hussain and his followers at the battle of Kerbala in Islam's first century. It is commemorated in Shiite communities with reenactment of these events and is a time of mourning.

      November 29, 2012 Sand Creek Massacre Remembrance Day




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