President’s Perspective – How can you help?

By Todd Iveson, 2017-18 President

It seems like such a busy time at church right now. The YRUU Valentine’s Dance was last night, the annual Honduras Ministry fund raiser is next Saturday, and the Stewardship Campaign is under way, to name just a few things going on. But, really, when isn’t it a busy time at UUCC? That’s life in a thriving congregation!

There are a couple of things coming up very quickly that I want to make sure you’re aware of. The Nominating Committee (Kevin Fritsche, Peter Holmes, Maria Oropallo) is looking for people interested in being delegates to the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City June 20-24. Delegates are official representatives of our congregation authorized to vote on our behalf on matters brought before the General Assembly. There is money in our budget to pay the registration fees for delegates, but other expenses generally are borne by the delegates. If you are interested, please let the committee know by March 10 so that the board may name the delegates at its March 15 meeting.

You do not need to be a delegate to attend G.A. Anyone can attend, and there are many exciting workshops and worship opportunities available. For more information, see

The committee is also seeking members interested in serving on the Board of Trustees for the three positions we will elect at our spring congregational meeting. Any voting member may serve as a trustee. I personally recommend that someone be a member for at least a year before serving on the board just so you have a deeper familiarity with the congregation, but that isn’t a by-law requirement. I’m serving my second term on the Board and have found both times very rewarding. I have a much deeper understanding of the great work we are doing and all the hard work by all of you that makes it possible. For more information, see this page or speak with any board member listed there.

The committee is asking that people interested in becoming board members contact them by March 10 so we can be sure to have enough time to include their names in the notice of the annual meeting. If you don’t meet that deadline, you can still run. Nominations are allowed even at the annual meeting.

We will have completed the main portion of our stewardship campaign by the time you read this. As always, there are likely still some folks we have not yet heard from. If you are among them, please email co-chairs Michela Skelton Birk or Jan Swaney to let them know what your plans are, even if you will not be able to pledge this year. This information is important for purposes of planning for the coming church year. Thank you, and thanks to all who have already pledged. A special thanks to the Stewardship Team members for their hard and vital work.

I also want to let you know that the congregation received a nice thank you note from Sally Fritsche for our assistance in her most recent step in the process leading to ordination. I posted it on the bulletin board in the Greeting Area. Molly also indicated she received a note from Rev. Haney expressing his delight in the use of the money in the fund named in his honor for this purpose.