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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!

Important Traffic Changes

DoNotEntersignThe officials at the Montessori School next door have concerns about the safety of their children. They want us to be aware of the changes they are making in their traffic flow for the last 10 weeks of school. They are having adults who come to pick up children enter school grounds via Edmondson and exit onto Pinebrook; all of their traffic will then flow in one direction only. There will be ‘Do Not Enter’ signs on Pinebrook Rd. for this period.

They understand that we will continue to use our road in both directions, i.e. both entering from Edmondson and exiting towards Edmondson. They also understand that when school is not in session, such as on Sunday morning, we may enter from Pinebrook in spite of the ‘Do Not Enter’ signs.

Child safety is the ‘driver’ and we share that concern.

Why Am I a Legacy Friend?

Lynn Jordan says: "The reason I joined the Legacy Friends is because I would like to see UUCOV continue after I'm gone. UUCOV has been like a second home for me. I have met the most wonderful people there, and some are close friends."

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

Countdown to Sicily #5


Siracusa, Syracuse to us, had the world’s first cooking school and now has the only school of classical drama outside Athens. Come with us to the theatre and the food! Visit Sicily with UUCOV in September 16 to 27, 2017 for good food and fun. For trip information contact Nancy Ryder, .

For New(ish) Members


For ‘old-timers’ as well, the distinction between two ‘publications’:

Happenings (plural) a weekly events bulletin (emailed to all and included in the Sunday Order of Service). Put together by our office manager, Salli Clarke. Deadline for copy: 9am each Thursday.

Connection (singular) a monthly compendium of news, events, reminders, views, and more (emailed to all with hard copies also available on the lanai) Editor, Leie Carmody. Deadline for copy: Midnight the 20th each month.

Looking for a Special Person

HandsRaisedAre you familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order? Do you have experience with these rules in meetings?

Please, please contact Dave Lyon at or 765-215-4329.

Why Am I a Legacy Friend?

FeatherPenLinda Underwood writes: That is an easy question for me. I am a legacy member for the same reason that I try to participate fully in UUCOV life. Being a steward in this congregation is vital to me. I was very busy in my previous life with a consuming job and a mother who, in her final years, needed me. I was not aware of what I was missing until I came through the doors of UUCOV.

It is a conscious decision that I want this congregation that is so important in my life to be available to others. And without all our stewardship that will not happen. I gladly give my time and resources currently and I have chosen to be a legacy member to help ensure the longevity of this congregation for others and for our community.

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

Update from Stewardship Committee

DonationBoxWoodThe mission which guides our committee is "To Nurture a Culture of Generosity.” Some of our recent activities include:

Annual Appeal—The Annual Appeal with the theme, "Living our Values", is in full swing and pledge cards and donations have been arriving daily. There has been a robust response from members and friends. We anticipate the Appeal coming to a close by the end of February.

Donation Box—Following several months of study, we recommended to the Trustees that the practice of passing the collection basket be temporarily ended in favor of using a donation box in the Sanctuary. Passing of the basket sends a message that we are all expected to drop something in the basket. This change is part of a larger effort to nurture a culture of generosity with a focus in the many ways that members and friends freely contribute their time, talent, and treasure to the Congregation. In March we plan to review total contributions from all sources and make a recommendation to the Trustees as to how to proceed.

We continue to promote using the internet to financially support UUCOV. Those who want to contribute financial support directly from their financial institutions or via credit card can use the new green Donate button on the UUCOV website.

! Countdown to Sicily #6

SicilyIn only six months, UUCOV travels to Sicily. After March 1, our reserved spaces will be released, and travel with us will be on a space-available basis. Sign up now to guarantee your spot. Contact Nancy Ryder at .

Return Those Books, Please

bookTo those of you who borrowed Anne Neumann’s “A Good Death”, Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal”, or Rev. William Barber’s “The Third Reconstruction”, please return them to the Welcome Table any Sunday in March. Thank you.