President’s Blog

From Your President – October 2019

UUCS President

October 1, 2019

As we head into Fall we have already completed 25% of our church year which began in July as we move into October. Our Board of Trustees and Committee Chair had a joint Retreat to discuss the upcoming year which was held the first weekend in September. Communications and Membership were two topics that were discussed and further work will be done in these areas in months to come.

We had three Sharing Supper last month, and all seemed quite successful. I would like to thank our Dinner Hosts Joyce Harrison, Mary & Don Miles, and Ruth Stanton & her Spouse for agreeing to do that for us. The next Sharing Suppers will be in November. Interested in hosting a Sharing Supper at your home, please let Diane Dixon or Jan Jerome know.

October is the time that you should start thinking about what you will be donating at our 26th Annual Auction. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and we really are fortunately that Palma & Mitch Eisner have again agreed to Chair this important event. Save the date for Saturday Night, November 16th starting as early as 5:30 PM. Probably one of our most popular items every year at the UUCS Auction are meals in Members homes. These are signup items and popular dinners sell out quickly.

Our Wilde Hall Committee continues to face construction delays and regulatory problems but Fred Stoll, Linda Leible and Rob Gettings are determined that they will persists until the Wilde Hall Kitchen and the Elevator plans are complete. We will be having a Congregational Discussion to give you a update on Sunday, November 17th following the Worship Service in the Sanctuary. We are looking for input from our Congregation on how you feel about the Wilde Hall and how we should proceed.

We have also recently upgraded at Henry Place ( main building) our internet speed and have added a more powerful camera that should give us sharper picture quality thanks to Andrew Cooke and AC Media Solutions LLC a company which he is a partner.

Lastly, Boo in the UU is back again this year. Hope you can be there on Sunday, October 27th. Have a great October!

Peace & Love,

Rick Hahnenberg
President, UUCS Board of Trustees

From Your President – September 2019

UUCS President

September 1, 2019

September starts our official welcome back home to UUCS with our traditional Water Service on Sunday, September 8th. I hope that you can attend this moving ceremony. While you may be just coming back from your Summer vacation your Board has been busy getting ready for our church year.

On Friday, September 6 and Saturday, September 7 we will hold a Board/Committee Retreat to try to coordinate our activities for this church year. The following Sunday, September 15 we will have our Annual Volunteer Fair were our Committee Chairs will be there to let you know how you can help them this year. Please come and find out how you can help to create a more caring community. Giving just a small amount of time to our religious society will usually reap big rewards to you because you get to know many members and friends that you may know yet. Won’t be at our Volunteer Sunday, no problem. Just let me or others on our Board of Trustees know that you have some extra time and you would like to help.

September 7, 14 and 21 we will be having four Sharing Suppers at a member’s home. They will be providing the main meal and others (usually 6 to 8 others) bring the rest of the meal. In my forty year being a UU in three UU Congregations I found this was one of the best ways to meet members. Interested? Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board above coffee table. Willing to host a Sharing Supper at your home in October? Let Diane Dixon or Jan Jerome know. You will be glad you did.

My Ruth Stanton and I went the first week in August to The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC. We had a very enjoyable time with primarily UU’s from around the country at the Climate Justice Conference. We hope to use some of the ideas that we learned to help in a small way to save our environment. Put on your calendar the weekend of May 29-30 & 31, 2020. We are going to have a Congregational Retreat. Details will be coming in the future. Can’t wait to go!

Lastly, our Congregation has been for over forty years a Honor Congregation. What that means is we give to our national organization the UUA the full amount or more of our dues that we have agreed to pay them. There are less than 2% of UU Congregations can make that claim, and their numbers stop at 25 years. Our dues this year are over $12,000 or approximately 5% of our annual budget. The reason I am telling you this is that we need to take advantage of the numerous programs that the UUA offers. Their website is full of great ideas to make a better world for you and make us a better Congregation. Go to and see what you can find.

Love & Peace,


Rick Hahnenberg
President, UUCS Board of Trustees

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