From Your President – September 2018September 1, 2018
Dear Members and Friends,
As I sit in the Sanctuary on a Sunday morning, calmed by the beautiful space, energized by the vibrant people surrounding me, transported by beautiful music and inspiring sermons, I am reminded as a leader to appreciate this part of the church life as the sustenance which balances the considerable work so many of us contribute to maintain and develop the church, the grounds, and the many systems and ministries.
As updates, in July we incurred the expense of replacing the large air conditioner for sanctuary. The good news is that we identified some regular maintenance practices which should serve to make the new unit last much longer than the last one. We will also be cutting down a couple of dead or dying trees in the back area.
For four years we have let our bylaw-defined Long-Range Planning committee languish, as we worked through changes in leadership and undertook a long quest to find a settled minister. With Rev. Neely now settled, we have entered a period of greater stability, and we can focus more on developing long-term goals, informed by the leadership of our minister. An initial focus of Long-Range Planning will be to define facility needs which can be addressed through the ongoing development of the Wilde Hall space (below the Sanctuary) along with other physical improvements.
In that regard, the Wilde Hall Task Force continues with the planning of the Wilde Hall kitchen, for which we will take advantage of volunteer professionals to perform the specialized installation tasks free of charge to the church. The Task Force has also worked to clear out old items and materials from downstairs storage areas and has made a new practice space for the Choir in the former equipment room.
Please look forward to our Volunteer Fair on Sunday, September 16, before and after worship service. It is a great chance to chat with the leaders in our many areas of church operation and mission, and you might just find a committee or group you would like to join!
In love and peace,
July 2018 From Your PresidentJuly 1, 2018
Dear Members and Friends,
It’s July, when the pace of church activities slows. But as we begin the new church year, we are in a good position of strength, with a newly ordained minister, and some budget surplus from the past year. We are blessed to have effective staff and committee leadership in areas too numerous to list, and I feel a positive spirit within the congregation.
I am excited about many things from last year which promise to be even stronger this year, for example: A robust RE program; Increasing Adult RE programming; Lots of music and musicians in our services; Progress by the Wilde Hall Task Force; Improvements to our Covenant Group program including a strengthened service component; Live video-streaming of our services on the internet; Another successful Earth Day Festival; A strong share-the-plate program; A new Social Justice Council; A calendar of fun, community-building social events/meals; and of course inspiring sermons. Sooner or later I’ll try the Wednesday meditation!
Here are a few suggestions for interfacing with the church:
- Concerns or input regarding our facilities, including safety, should be brought to the Board of Trustees.
- Concerns or input regarding an area of ministry should be brought to the Committee on Ministry.
- The bulletin boards in the Fellowship Hall are maintained with a lot of information about church resources and activities – take a little time to look!
- The UUCS web site can answer many questions you might have about church operations and activities – take a little time to explore!
- The BREEZE link on the web site (and the BREEZE smart-phone application) gives you, among other things, instant access to member and friend contact information.
- If you are looking for ways to get involved, we will hold our annual Volunteer Fair in September.
In peace and love,
Fred Stoll, 2018-2019 UUCS Board of Trustees President
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