March 2019 – From Your President

Modified on: February 28, 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

The days are slowly getting longer, the temperatures creeping warmer, trees and bushes are starting to flower. It has been an intense couple of months since New Year. Sadly we lost longtime members Steve Fowler and Kathleen Wilde. But the Bright New Beginnings supper brightened our Fellowship Hall and enabled us to honor several “unsung heroes,” and at the Pledge Drive Kickoff event a couple weeks later, we had fun with whimsical entertainment, music, and singing organized by Ruth Stanton.

We had outstanding attendance at the MLK Day work party to assemble personal hygiene supply kits for homeless people in our area. And over a dozen of our church leaders attended a class in Public Speaking led by Patrice Fentiman, to help enliven their parts in our Sunday services.

As of this writing, we near the formal end of the “Living Our Mission” Pledge Drive for the next fiscal year, and while we are not quite up to our $225K goal, we have already surpassed the pledge level for the current fiscal year. With Reverend Neely well into his second year, we have so much positive energy at UUCS, for example: so many volunteers advancing our Social Justice work including the Earth Day Festival, strength in our formal and informal religious education offerings, wonderful Sunday services full of music, multiple opportunities each week for various forms of meditation, and an incredible team of Pastoral Care associates serving our many members and friends who are in situations of need. We are truly engaged in Living Our Mission.

Many of us donate money to other nonprofit organizations for specific causes. Please think of UUCS in the same way. When you contribute to UUCS, you are not just helping “keep the lights on,” you are enabling UUCS to perform its ministries, to achieve its Mission.

In love and peace,

Fred Stoll

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