Committee on Ministry: I heard from Ellen about our budget. She said that having $50 in for next fiscal year is fine. Our last meeting was a discussion about the retreat in the fall. She asked that we work on the details to put it all together. We also discussed doing her evaluation this year since that’s not outside of the realm of our mission. Carlene sent along some info that we will review before our next meeting. That was basically it! Kathy
CFAM Report: Sheila Carman and I organized a bus to take people to the Women’s March on January 21st. We easily filled a 36 person bus. There as a lot of interest, we had to turn people away once we reached out limit. Our common read this spring is The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear by Rev. William J Barber and Jonanthan Wilson Hartgrove. We will have books out in early March, with a book discussion in May. I’ve attached our budget. Joan
Worship Committee Report: In addition to being a peaceful presence as a faith community at several recent protests, the worship committee has also been discussing the importance of focusing on who we are as a faith community locally. Thank you to Jane Collins for the time she gave to the Worship Committee over the past two years. Jane will be stepping off of the Committee as of February. If you are interested in joining the Worship Committee, please contact Jayne Boissonneault at [email protected] Jayne Please sign up for a chalice lighting soon!
The Young Adults did not meet in January. We are planning on having conversations around the new president and our UU values. More than likely, Sam and I will be leading this. We are not sure what this will look like as of right now. We do have one new active member and have started to have a consistent group show up on Sundays again. The Young Adults have had some great conversations at coffee hour which is helped to maintain a strong group.
The Women’s Alliance did not meet. Hopefully, we will meet in late February. The Alliance Parlor kitchen does not have water right now due to a problem with the hot water heater. Ellen, Leila, Cindy, Sarah, and Walter and Ron (as building improvement representatives) know about the issue. It is not a huge priority to fix as the hot water heater will not be used after construction. We want to wait to make sure we are not replacing something needlessly.
The REC has had two productive meetings since we last meet. We have a table at coffee hour near the elevator every week. We discussed having a conversation with new parents, as Ellen mentioned that there have been many new families in 2017. We will be hosting an event in early March. Dolores is talking to Leila about scheduling. Finally, the REC will be hosting the annual Ice Cream Social next Sunday, February 12th. Sincerely, Caroline McMullin
Grounds Committee: Our Winter Slumber is still upon us. We will be reawakening our team and see where we need new members. So far cleanup appears to be minor this Spring. We keep our fingers crossed that when there is not much snow we will have rain. Martha
The Music Committee is planning the March 25th concert. Janice and Henry Tervo will be performing as well as a few other people who will be confirmed soon. Steve Zocchi will perform some solo piano pieces. We sought Rev. Ellen’s input into whom would best be served by the funds. She suggested the proceeds go to the UUA service Committee: “UUSC advances human rights through grassroots collaboration. In more than a dozen countries throughout the world, UUSC fosters social justice and works toward a world free from oppression. UUSC’s innovative approaches and measurable impact — in promoting economic justice, bolstering environmental justice, and protecting rights at risk — are grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power, dignity, and rights”. The music committee has agreed. All the pianos and the organ are in good shape. Aggie
Membership Committee Report: Membership Committee did not meet in December due to a number of schedule complications. A scheduled Newcomer Session was held and attended by several people. A supply of a new introductory UU magazine was purchased which contains a variety of reprint articles from past UU World. These are less “dense” and business oriented than the back issues of UU World that we have been previously handing out to newcomers.
The Committee did meet in January, with a small contingent. Several people were ill or had other commitments, and I was unable to lead due to my father’s death. Ellen took the lead and most of the discussion focused on the larger than normal number of newcomers, possibly related to the current political climate. Many of these newcomers have returned several times and seem likely to join, including several families with children.
There are two more Newcomer Sessions scheduled for this year, and the New UU class is being planned to start in March with Peggy Stephens-North and Justine Sullivan co-running it.