Letter from the President


Ups and Downs

It’s the season of Ups and Downs.

As in Gearing Up for upcoming church events, and Hunkering Down for Winter!

The first event I want to invite you to is our Annual Christmas Eve Sing-A-Long.  It will be on Sunday, December 24th, starting at 6:00 p.m.  Our own songstress, Sheila McKenna, will be leading us in the festivities. This year, though, we will have a different pianist.  Because Bob Shepherd will be away visiting his family for Christmas, our other wonderful pianist, Karén Tchougourian, will be stepping in.  Let’s see if he can keep pace with our craziness! As always, we will have a Pot-Luck Dessert Social after the Sing-A-Long, so if you’d like to, you can bring cookies or some other yummy dessert item to share.  (The church will provide the coffee, tea, and cocoa.)  I also want to encourage everyone to wear your Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and bring Christmas hats, jingle bells, sleigh bells, even tambourines.  Let’s make a Joyful Noise!

The other big event to look forward to is our first Winter Warm-Up.  It will be held on Sunday, February 4th, 2018.  This event is going to be a celebration of the England family house that we are lucky enough to occupy, in a way to show off the wonderful regular events that take place in the building.  We plan to celebrate all afternoon and into the evening, with a Silent Auction, a concert by Karén Tchougourian, and many demonstrations and mini-classes by the exercise and yoga experts who rent space from us.  We will have refreshments, info tables for the many groups who meet here, and self-guided tours of the building.  We are planning to have a local historian deliver a lecture on the history of the house.  This event is still in the planning stages, so if you have any ideas or thoughts, please let a Board member know.  We’re also going to need a lot of participation from everyone to solicit donations from local merchants for our Silent Auction.  Solicitation letters to take to merchants will be available every Sunday after church service, or you could email the office at office@uupittsfield.org for a copy. So save these dates! I’m looking forward to seeing you at both events.  Meanwhile, however you celebrate the holidays, I hope you and yours are safe, warm, and happy.

Peace and Joy,


Carol Moak, UUCP Board President