Budget approved, trustees elected

At the Annual Congregational Meeting on May 21, the following actions were taken:

  • The 2017-18 operating budget was approved.
  • Sam Buffaloe, Gretchen Maune and Barbara Rupp were elected to three-year terms on the nine-member Board of Trustees.
  • Jenny Bossaller was elected to a one-year board term. She has been filling a vacancy on the board resulting from a resignation and will now finish filling the seat for the remaining one year of the term.
  • A revised Investments and Endowment Policy was approved.
  • A report was presented on the status of the Building Needs Task Force.
  • Annual reports by the minister and treasurer were presented.

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Music Director Search Team

From Rev. Molly:

As the month of May wraps up, we wish Desi Long a very happy retirement, and we turn our attention to the search for our next music director, whom we hope will join us in August.

I am pleased to announce that we have formed a fantastic search team that will partner with me in this search process. We are working on finalizing a job description, which will expand the position from 9 months to year round and articulate the importance of music to our congregation’s life together. We will be advertising the position soon.

Your Music Director Search Team is:

  • Kara Braudis
  • Cande Iveson
  • Pack Matthews
  • Neil Minturn

Please do not hesitate to be in touch with me or one of our search team members if you have questions!

In Faith,
Rev. Molly

White supremacy teach-in June 18

Our Unitarian Universalist Association has been doing some painful grappling with the ways that racism and oppression live in our institutions, even despite our highest values and best intentions.

Amidst these struggles, the Black Lives of UU Organizing Collective has called upon our UU congregations across the country to join together in offering a “White Supremacy Teach-In.” Almost 500 congregations will be doing just that!

Join us at worship at 10 a.m. June 18, 2017 to explore what white supremacy culture means in today’s world (hint: it doesn’t just mean hate groups) and to grapple with how racism and oppression live in our institutions as well.

An earlier session of this teach-in was held on May 7, 2017.

Caring Ministry seeks help

The UUCC Caring Ministry Coordinating Team is looking for help in caring for our members. Please check out what we do to learn how you can help.

This ministry is based on the belief that we are all inherently worthy of care and meaningful connections with others. We provide support in times of celebration and challenge. Support may include cards, calls, visits, meals, and assistance with errands, transportation, or other needs.

There are opportunities for all to contribute their time or skills even if you have a busy schedule.

Many hands make light work, and a contribution from your heart is needed and will be appreciated. Please consider joining our team and/or helping out periodically with a specific service or task. We keep in touch by email, phone and at weekly worship services.

Meredith Donaldson and Winn Scott, Co-Chairs

New Monthly RE Event – Hikes

Does Your Family Like to Hike?

We are starting a new monthly event at UUCC, a hike for all ages. The purpose of the hikes is to strengthen our connection to nature while also strengthening our connection to each other and building our community.

We will have two different hikes scheduled each month, to accommodate our different schedules and needs.

  • One hike will take place on the third Sunday of the month (for May, that will be May 21). We will meet at the church at 1:45 p.m. and then head over to Grindstone Nature Area (on Old Hwy. 63) at 2 p.m. We will hike the same trail each month, learning to become attuned to the changes and cycles that are occurring. The hike is approximately two miles in length, with a creek at which we will stop for a while to rest and play at the halfway point. Most of the hike is fairly moderate, but there is one 50-meter stretch that is fairly steep.
  • The second hike will take place on the fourth Monday of the month (May 22), meeting at the church at 9:45 a.m. and leaving for Grindstone Nature Area at 10 a.m. The hike is approximately 0.5 miles, with two stops for creek play. The hike is fairly moderate, with a few small hills. There is a very shallow creek that we will cross, so wearing shoes that can get wet is advisable.

May Hike Dates:

  • May 21, meet in UUCC Parking Lot at 1:45 p.m., drive to Grindstone Nature Area at 2 p.m.
  • May 22, meet in UUCC Parking Lot at 9:45 a.m., drive to Grindstone Nature Area at 10 a.m.

– Jamila Batchelder, Director of Religious Education

April 16, 2017: “Of Salvation and Scars”

In her sermon on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017 titled “Of Salvation and Scars,” Rev. Molly Housh Gordon explored a Unitarian Universalist interpretation of traditional Easter themes, examining what it means to be wounded and whether a wound paradoxically makes us more human.