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The Communications Council is comprised of the Communications Team and the UCOV Radio Group. Our purpose is to provide information, news and programming about UUCOV and the Unitarian Universalist denomination to our congregation and our community at large.

The Communications Committee is in charge of internal publications - Connection and UUCOV Happenings, our website, our Facebook page, press releases and paid advertising. If there is an upcoming UUCOV event you need publicized please download and fill out the form below and return it to Leie Carmody.

Communications Event Form (pdf)

The UUCOV Radio Group has created an internet radio station. Their mission statement: UUCOVRadio is an internet radio station which exists to broadcast programs and services embodying the seven principles of UUCOV and the Unitarian Universalist Association to the larger community. In addition to spreading the message of Unitarian Universalism, UUCOVRadio seeks to promote the arts and to focus on the needs and challenges of the local community. The UUCOV Radio site is located at

If you are interested in spreading the word about our congregation and our faith to the wider community, come join us! 

Communications News

Reserve January 27, 2018

For most of you, one word will do. AUCTION. For newcomers, here’s the scoop. Every year, UUCOV holds a late afternoon-evening event in January that’s filled with fun, food, and laughter; we call it our Auction, where – privately, marking a sheet to bid on some desired item or hands high in response to the auctioneer’s bid calling – you bid on what you want: a boat riGavelde up the intracoastal, a lovely painting, a lesson in that craft you’ve always hoped to learn, a spot at the St. Patrick’s day party, a ride to the airport, and on and on, maybe a ride on you-know-who’s motorcycle. If any UUCOVer can imagine offering it, you can bid to make it yours.
And now is the time to think about what you can offer for others to bid on: an item, a service, a class, a dinner, a party, a trip. Pick up a donation form on the lanai; you’ll find past Auction bulletins there to help get your ideas flowing. If you have questions, contact . This is our biggest fund raiser for UUCOV - last year we raised well over $10,000. You’ll be hearing more about the Auction; look for it.

Share a Story of Generosity

Some of the most meaningful moments at UUCOV are when members and friends share personal stories of how they have been touched by generosity they’ve experienced in their lives. You can help keep alive the UUCOV spirit of generosity. Please share a story with the congregation on a Sunday or write a brief story to be read by a volunteer. If you would like to participate, contact Dan Hadley -or- 941-786-982.

Spiritual Fellowship Groups

Fellowship 1The Spiritual Fellowship Group (SFG) Steering Committee invites UUCOV members and friends to become involved with an ongoing close-knit group of fellow congregants who are ‘like-minded’ in many ways but who commit to being tolerant and welcoming of alternative beliefs and philosophical positions. Members experience this give-and-take as invigorating and helpful as they continue to develop their ideas and beliefs concerning spirituality and a myriad of other subjects and attempt to apply these concepts to today’s world.
Spiritual Fellowship Groups, led by facilitators, are limited to 8-10 members who pledge confidentiality and a commitment to regular attendance at two meetings a month. There are all-women, all-men, and mixed-gender groups depending on an individual’s preference. Facilitators meet once a month with our minister for training, but if there are enough applicants, we will then create new groups.
Persons desiring to join a group should contact Cindy O’Dell 317-370-6705. Folks who would like to learn more about these groups may speak with Cindy or other members of the SFG Steering Committee including: Wendy Voigt   419-636-1589, Linda Van Zandt   314-277-6738, or Bill Harrison   207-838-2556.

Getting to Know You

Here’s your opportunity to get to know other members and friends of the congregation, in a small group setting, by signing up for the 2018 UUCOVdinner party Revolving Dinners. From mid-January through April, you will be assigned to groups of 5-7, a different group each month. Each member/couple will take one turn as host. When the host, you may choose to organize a brunch, lunch, or dinner and may set it up as a potluck in a home, a gathering at a local restaurant, or another creative option of your choice.
Please note that there will be no sign-up at church. The only way to sign up is to email Anne Utschig at ., including your name, email address, and telephone number; Anne will confirm by email. The deadline for signing up is December 28..Lists will be emailed to all participants after the holidays. If you don’t have email or have any questions, please call Anne at 715-523-1231.

Maximize Your 2017 Tax Deduction

FeatherPenFor many of us, this is a time of year when we make donations to charities with missions and values we support.
Dan Hadley, Chair of the Stewardship Committee, suggests that you may want to pay as much as you can on your pledge commitment before year-end to maximize tax-deductibility for 2017. And, as a reminder to those who have not yet made a payment on their pledge – now is a good time to start! Questions or comments: Contact Dan 941-786-9827 .
John Spitzer, Chair of Legacy Friends, adds a suggestion for those who wish to promote UUCOV’s mission and values far into the future: consider making a donation to the Endowment Fund as part of your year-end giving. By contributing stock or cash by year-end you can receive a tax deduction for tax year 2017, and donors to the Endowment Fund are automatically enrolled as a member of Legacy Friends. If you have questions about Legacy Friends or wish to obtain information about planned giving, please contact John Spitzer 319-331-5914 .