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President's Monthly Message

President’s Message March 2017

LyonDave150UUCOV Mission Statement: Our mission is to build a welcoming and diverse community, which encourages growth of the human spirit, the free search for truth and meaning, and active participation in social and community affairs.

Is this who we are? Can you tell what it means? Is it clear, concise and easy to remember? Many of us feel we can do better!

For instance, our Stewardship Committee adopted the following as its mission statement: To nurture a culture of generosity.

Wow! Short, concise, and very descriptive.

In mid-February a task force was convened at the request of our Minister, myself and Vice-president Linda Underwood. Following an exchange of UU experiences, the group accepted the challenge of re-visiting our mission and subsequently proposing a new mission statement to the congregation.

Have some ideas? Some thoughts on our mission? Please share them in the upcoming weeks with the task force members: Dale Povenmire, Donna Schafer, Bonnie Norton, Linda Van Zandt, Tim Saltonstall, Mark Murray, Dave Jewett, Pam MacFarlane and Marty King.

Our decisions at UUCOV, be they financial, spiritual or educational, should be supporting our mission. Our congregation, due to our many, many activities, has been described as a train flying down the tracks with no destination. Let’s hope this task force focuses our efforts and gives us direction

President's Message

LyonDave150This month Linda Underwood and I thought we would together share with you some exciting news. After hearing from many of you and listening to many suggestions, the Board has given the Campus Team approval to go forward with two badly needed projects.

First, sound absorbent panels have been ordered for the lanai and will be installed soon. We heard you when you expressed your unhappiness with the noise level in the lanai. (Prior to the panels being installed, the lanai will be painted.)

Second, we will make the front patio more inviting. We will expand the front walkway to create a large semicircular patio in the front of our sanctuary for people to gather before and after services. We envision this patio surrounded by several curved benches and gardens and our Garden/Grounds Group has already started on a plan. In addition, options are being explored to provide shade to this patio.

In addition to those projects, our UUCOV signs on Pinebrook and Edmonson will be totally refurbished: to accomplish this, they will be removed from our property for a couple of weeks. This effort is being led by our Communications Team.

These projects would not be possible without the stewardship and nurturing that you provide. Many volunteer hours have gone into and will go into actualizing the above ventures. The funding for these projects will come from both our annual giving and our endowment funds. The Board wishes that those who have been so generous to the endowment should reap some of the benefit, so a small percentage of the endowment will be used for these projects.

So as we continue to grow in numbers, we also grow our physical plant. This is stewardship in action – volunteers giving their time and energy, in love, to support our congregation: donated funds utilized to improve the sanctuary for all.