NEW: Neighborhood Gatherings
Have you heard anyone declare, “I don’t recognize anyone at UUCOV anymore. There are so many new people!” Or, how about, “I know I am new, but how do I sort out some of the faces so I can match them to some names?”
The Caring and Remembrance Team has heard these comments and is introducing “Neighborhood Gatherings.” These are intended to be opportunities to spend a little time with a person from UUCOV who lives relatively near to you. A “Gathering” can be anything: coffee and dessert, a glass of wine, a walk in the neighborhood. The host will choose the date, the time, the event. The only thing prescribed is the guests, who are on a list of those who live nearby.
At the initial meeting, the host will distribute a list of everyone included in the group, along with contact information. Any subsequent meetings of the group will be up to the people on that list.
How do you get on a list? You have already been included if you were in the last UUCOV Directory. If you were not, please contact Bev Morrison, Leader of the Caring and Remembrance Team, or 941-497-6337. The names of those in each Neighborhood Gathering will be distributed to the initial host of the group in the week after Thanksgiving. Watch for your invitation to meet at least one new person who lives near you!
Our Journey to a Mission
Our journey towards a new mission statement has been launched. The Mission Task Force did a yeoman’s job of working for several months to propose a refreshed mission to the congregation. This revised mission is on the screen on Sundays and was in the November Connection.
A series of open meetings was planned to review the proposal and the first one, held in Nov, was attended by a small but determined group who discussed why they are here at UUCOV - their individual missions and their desires re the collective mission. We also practiced relating to each proposed wording using a consensus-building principle, i.e. to check whether.a proposed statement , while not perhaps a perfect fit for us, is one in which our individual goals are reflected enough that we feel in alignment with it.
The Task Force will use what we have learned to further refine our statement of purpose. If this is of interest to you, please participate in the conversation. Our next mission conversation will be Wednesday, December 6th, at 10:00am in the Sanctuary.
Tip of the Hat
Tip of the Hat 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 Ruth Boysworth and Francie Storey. Kudos to both of you who recently spent 2 hours cleaning the sanctuary kitchen! --Pat Wellington
To Leie Carmody, Brad Jenkins, Bruce King, Marty King, John McGuire, Richard Palmer, Dale Povenmire, and Bill Wolfers. The very popular Sunday ARE series which ran from April-November, Cycles of American Political Thought, could not have been presented without your dedicated assistance as moderators. Thank you all!! --Jaye Williams
To Trudy Jacoby. Thank you for the many years of your leadership to the Community Outreach Program in the Social Justice Team. It is through your leadership that UUCOV is actively supporting the hungry, the homeless, and children. Thank you.--Coordinating Council.
To Dave Williams, Dick Smith, Ken Boysworth, Hal Schaeffer, Jim Beckwith, John McGuire and Bill Dowling, Hats off to you, Campus Crew, for showing up with one day’s notice to put the VERY heavy benches together so all the congregation could enjoy them. --The Board
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 Nan Kritzler: Now, as you are finally ‘officially’ able to retire from UUCOV, I want to extend a HUGE thank you for all the time (blood, sweat and tears), you put into training me to become the next UUCOV Office Administrator. As you always have done for this congregation, you went above and beyond in your time and efforts. You have made the transition as smooth as possible for all involved. I will never be ‘Nan’, but I will try my best to maintain the standards you have set. Go enjoy your life—you earned it and deserve it! Blessed be. - Salli Clarke
to Bench Donors: A big public thank you to those who donated toward the three new benches that have been ordered for our front patio. That will complete the plan for the patio - to have four benches on our circular front patio offering a welcoming spot for visitors and members alike. The benches will arrive early in December and will be assembled by our Campus Crew. - The Board of Trustees
to Marianne Koerner and Green Sanctuary Team: Susan and I very much enjoyed the Green Sanctuary’s presentation and discussion of ‘Before the Flood’. We’ve seen interviews with DiCaprio, but we had not seen his movie. It’s very well put together. Our thanks to you and to all involved at UUCOV. - John and Susan Darovec (Citizens' Climate Lobby).