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
573-442-5764
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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

Joys and Sorrows now on website

Joys and Sorrows shared during our worship services and noted for the e-newsletter can now be found on our website on a password-protected page. You will find the page on the Members/Friends tab of the main menu – or you can click here.

You must be registered to access the password-protected pages on the website. Information about how to register can also be found on the Members/Friends tab of the main menu – or click here. Register here if you’re not already registered.

Welcome to the UUCC Woodland!

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From left, Erin Osbourne, Jeanne Murphy and Corinne Mann enjoying the new benches.

Members and friends, young and old, have long enjoyed the outdoor spaces behind our building – for peaceful walks, interspecies connections, spiritual regeneration, ceremonies honoring life transitions, and good old fashioned fun. Much has been done by our members to preserve this natural space, to shepherd its good health, and to make it respectfully accessible.

Please feel welcome to explore and enjoy the area behind the church building:

  • A wide walking trail opens near the west end of the property, just yards away from the asphalt drive and continues to the Memorial Garden on the east side.
  • Partway down that woodland trail, two new sitting benches are situated on a flat spot among sheltering cedars.
  • A fire circle with benches can be found between the meadow and the memorial garden.

We are all lucky to have members who are keepers of the woods, and we keepers of the woods are grateful to have woods to keep! While many have helped, special thanks go to Peter Holmes and
Vic Meyer who have worked so consistently in the woods, laying out the trail and fire circle, making benches, and spearheading the ongoing honeysuckle removal.

May we continue to engage with and honor this interspecies home that supports our faith community!

– Carol Arnold