President’s Letter

Another season of regular Sunday services is winding down, but we’re still going strong!  We are looking forward to our Tag Sale on June 9th – our first after taking a few years off.  So many people have told us that they missed it; we had to bring it back!

I want to thank everyone who is continuing on as a Board of Trustees member, and welcome back to those who are returning!  We’ve done some “shuffling around” of positions – it’s always a good thing to bring a fresh perspective to a job.  Myself, I’m still in the same place, but hopefully have learned a bit from the past year, and will continue to be inspired by the amazing efforts of everyone else on our team.  I am including below a list of our new Board of Trustees and their positions.

Speaking of inspiration, our Annual Meeting and a meeting with Karen Bellavance-Grace, who is a Small Congregations representative from the UUA, were both inspiring.  It was wonderful to have so many thoughtful, involved members at both meetings.  During the Annual Meeting, the Board of Trustees was directed by the congregation as a whole to spend the summer examining our future viability, and to plan a special congregational meeting as soon as possible to discuss our findings.  During the meeting with Karen, many concerns, possible solutions, and new ideas were discussed.  It was a great way to begin thinking outside of the box to find answers to our worries about our small size and dwindling money.  It’s also reassuring, in a way, to know that many other UU congregations are in the same boat.  It’s not just us, and we can draw on the ideas and knowledge of others.

I continue to have faith that our belief in our Seven Principles is a source of strength that will hold us together and will enable us to continue to be a force for good in the wider world.

Together we can do anything!

 

Carol Moak, UUCP Board President

“Coffee hour central” by Seth Fisher.

UU World Summer 2018

“We started looking at our church as a place for transformation, and wanted to let people know about everything we had to offer without making them sit through a Sunday service, if that was going to be an obstacle for them.  We started inviting people directly to the coffee hour.

So I took a break from thinking about trying to be more inviting, and I started to think more about what we were inviting them to.

This meant thinking about what we were there to do in the first place. We needed to think about our mission, about what church was and what church was for. My working definition of church is a place where we can become better people and build a better world together.

We’re not in the business of getting people to sing hymns and listen to sermons. We’re in the business of transforming lives. And this is something that’s in demand. Many people want more meaning in their lives, want to make a difference in the world, and want to be part of a community that supports these endeavors. People genuinely desire this kind of community, but many don’t see any connection between this and a traditional Sunday morning church service. So why are we trying to squeeze everyone into that model?”

Read the complete article here: https://www.uuworld.org/articles/coffee-hour-central. Let’s discuss these ideas as many of them are of great value to us as we recently talked about ways to grow our congregation.