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Committee News

Below lists the most recent committee news as published in the Connection. To view news by category, choose the appropriate council link to the left.  Each council page provides a description of what that council covers and lists published articles for that council.

Lifespan Education and Social Justice news is not included. For those items, go to their webpages by clicking on the menu above.

Lookin’ Back

The Coordinating Council Team Leaders came together in March to celebrate an active year together and each was invited to share the one thing they were most proud to have had their team accomplish. This is what they said –

  • Providing all social events open to all with no fees.
  • Moving the hymnals from under the chairs to the new bookcases.
  • Actualization of the Memorial Wall
  • Coordinating Council Teams working in consort with each other.
  • New patio that has made our sanctuary more welcoming and coffee hour more hospitable.
  • Exploding vitality of the Social Justice Team
  • Fiscal Team committees working together and producing
  • Campus Team fellowship
  • Expanded community involvement at our RE programs due to informative topics and expanded advertising
  • Expanded numbers involved in the Welcoming Announcement
  • Advertising emphasis changed – program focused
  • Pathways no longer emphasizing membership but rather offering information.
  • System changed to readily identify friends and supply nametags.
  • Focused, high quality Adult RE options have brought record number of new people to UUCOV.
  • The positive energy and connections of the congregation that is noted by members, friends, visitors and minister.

You will note not one “I” statement in the above. These are all team accomplishments. It truly does take a village to raise a congregation. Thank you to all of you who participated this year in making all the above possible. For those of you made Sunday coffee, weeded a garden, supported the meditation class, came to discuss at Plato or Socrates, or participated on a committee we hope you have felt some pride in a good year!

To Be A Good Borrower, A Good Returner Be

To those of you who borrowed Rev. William Barber’s “The Third Reconstruction”, PLEASE return them to the Welcome Table any Sunday in April. Thank you!

Tip of the Hat

Tip of the Hat is a new column that provides a place for each of us to express recognition of or thanks to others in the congregation. You might ‘tip your hat’ to a group, a team, or an individual. If you have a submission for this column please email it to the editor, Leie Carmody, with “tip of the hat” in the subject line. Your message should include who is being recognized or thanked.

To Steve Doublestein. Thanks for making what could have been a knuckle-biting event (joining experienced kayakers after an almost 30-year distance from being on the water) into an easy and pleasurable experience by offering his encouragement and hands-on assistance. Leie Carmody

To Tim Saltonstall and the volunteers. Appreciation for showing up at the Laurel Community Association to do the food sorting. Linda Underwood

To Marilyn Amick. Thanks for the beautiful calligraphed names in our Membership Book of all those who joined UUCOV since 2015. Claire Harrison

Social Activities

baglunch colorBeginning June 5th, the Social Activities Committee will meet regularly on the first Monday of the month in Water's Hall from 12:30-2:30pm. Interested? Contact Catherine DiSante . Bring a brown bag lunch.

Refreshing our Mission Statement

wills trustsThe founders of UUCOV, in the year 2000, wrote our current mission statement which has served us well for over 17 years. The Board of Trustees, given our growth and the age of our current mission statement, felt it was time to revisit our statement.

The Board sincerely thanks the Mission Task Force, comprised of Mark Murray, Pam MacFarlane, Marty King, Dale Povenmire, Bonnie Norton, David Jewett and Linda Van Zandt, who worked for several months to review our current mission statement, review other mission statements, and to propose a new mission statement to the Board plus some ideas on how to reinforce our mission.

The Board will identify ways to involve the congregation in a review of the proposed mission statement, which will require a congregational vote. Our goal is to be prepared for a vote at the Annual Meeting next March. Stay tuned for an invitation to participate in a discussion about our mission.

The proposed Mission Statement –
A welcoming, caring community
Encouraging spiritual growth
Seeking truth and justice.

Bench Update

A big thank you to Rick Williams and Paul Casavant for the donation of our first bench!

We also received a $1,200 “matching donation”; i.e. a donor will match your donation dollar for dollar up to a maximum of $1200, which would enable us to buy two more benches. We are getting closer to actualizing our goal of benches for the lanai and under our large elm tree. Our goal is to get additional benches ordered for a fall installation. To uucov buildingdonate, simply mail or put in the donation box a check with “benches” on the memo line.

Why Am I a Legacy Friend?

JoFeatherPenhn Spitzer writes: "Jean and I began attending UUCOV services about 5 years ago, and our attachment has grown stronger and stronger. We like the sermons. We like the music, the programs, and the activities. But we have found it is the values and mission of UUCOV that attach us most strongly. We believe in those values and our mission, and we want to provide our support for them to flourish far into the future. That is why we are members of Legacy Friends and that is why I feel honored to serve as its Chair."

To join Legacy Friends or to get information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer at 319- 331-5914 or .

Changes in Waters Hall

To provide privacy for groups meeting in the living room so people entering and leaving Waters Hall do not interrupt them, a wall with French doors will be built, creating an enclosed living room and a separate hallway.

MinisterscornerAprilAlso, Salli, our Office Administrator, will be moving into what was the Radio Room; this will provide her with a quieter office space. Her former office will be a multi-purpose room, used by the radio station staff, possible volunteer office staff in the mornings, and will be available for small meetings in the afternoons.

! Countdown to Sicily #3

We remind you that although the trip is filled, you can be put on the waiting list by contacting Nancy Ryder, .Sicily

Ready to Try Something New?
Nancy Ryder has been UUCOV’s Travel Coordinator for years and has accumulated the materials that made her tenure the successful one it has been; she is ready to pass this invaluable collection to the UUCOV member/friend who will succeed her. Is that you? Drop her an email to hear about the task and its earthrewards.

For New(ish) Members: General Assembly in Venice and New Orleans

2017GAIn 1961, the American Unitarian Association and the Universalist Church of America consolidated, forming the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), of which UUCOV is a member. The following year, 1962, the newly formed UUA held its first annual meeting, called General Assembly (GA), at which attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, make policy for the Association through democratic process, and have a wonderfully interesting and exhilarating time.
Anyone may attend and attendance has grown steadily since 1962; over the past three years, attendance has averaged almost 4000 of us each year. Each congregation is allowed a certain number of delegates who have voting rights; UUCOV will have 5 delegates attending.
The program for the five days of GA is complex and very busy, with events starting about 7am and concluding with social activities at 11:30pm; attendees can choose from more than 450 events during the five-day GA. Some of the programming choices are annual events, such as
The Ware Lecture: a distinguished guest is invited to address the General Assembly
The Banner Parade: a procession of hundreds of congregations and UU organization
Music: A choir of 180+ voices perform as singers assembled from UU churches across the continent sing at the Sunday Service and the Closing Ceremony
The Exhibit Hall: over 60,000 square feet of exhibit space
Sunday Morning Worship.: the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. Members of the public are welcome.
Joining GA from Home
If you cannot get to New Orleans for the 5-day events, there are still many events at which you can be present by watching online. You’ll not only be able to watch events, you’ll be able to ask questions and to participate in debates and to propose amendments in the live business sessions. Go to CAUTION: The times listed are Central daylight Time.

A Thank You to Nan

A thank you celebration is being planned for the May 28th Sunday service to acknowledge Nan’s work and support to all of us over her years as UUCOV’s Office Administrator. She has tirelessly supported the Teams, Committees, several ministers, Boards of Trustees and the congregation. She has put our dates on calendars, designed and printed our flyers, put together annual reports, found us rooms for meetings, counseled us through computer issues, photographed events, and reminded us of deadlines. She produced our UUCOV history video, shared her art with us, and prepared countless orders of service.
At the May 28th celebration we plan to give Nan a token of our appreciation. Anyone wishing to donate toward this may send a check to Joel Morrison made out to UUCOV with “Nan Kritzler’s gift” in the memo line. These can be placed in the donation box, mailed, or placed in the Waters Hall mailbox for the Finance Team. In addition, Eileen Leapley and Linda Underwood will be available at church on Sundays to collect any cash donations that you might want to make. A card will be available for all to sign. (For those away, let Eileen or Linda know and they will add your name). Let’s show Nan how important her service to us has been!