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Minister's Corner


The Minister's Corner is a column which is also featured in our monthly newsletter Connection.

Here you will find the musings of our minister, Rev. Khleber Van Zandt.  If you find you want to talk to the minister about his column, email him at .

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tin can phonesIf you’re reading these words, you must be doing so in one of our congregation’s forms of communication. Don’t let me stop you - indeed, please read the whole newsletter. And then consider other ways you might find out even more.

There is so much going on around the church and only a finite number of ways of finding out about it all:

Maybe you’re reading our monthly newsletter called Connection that is jam-packed with events and classes and columns and announcements from our monthly calendar.

Perhaps you’ve seen the weekly insert in our Sunday Order of Service that we call Happenings, with reminders of weekly doings around church. And if you’re on our email list, you probably receive a weekly email blast of that same Happenings.

If you have access to a computer, our website at contains a wealth of information including announcements and news and reminders, plus an online calendar that lets you know everything that’s happening at church for the next few weeks.

If you’re online, the congregation maintains a public Facebook page as well as a private, password-protected Facebook page called In Touch-UUCOV; if you’re a member or friend of the congregation, go to the page and click on ‘join’ and you will be added to the group.

If you attend worship on Sundays, there are - more often than not - spoken announcements at each service. If you get to worship before we start singing, there are announcements of important events rolling through on the projector screen before each church service.

Have you ever seen newspaper ads and calendars and columns in the Gondolier or Herald Tribune? I have.

And lastly, if you talk to anyone else from church, you might even hear about events by word of mouth.

Now, maybe there are modes of communication that I haven’t listed. But suffice to say, we spend a huge amount of time trying to get correct information out in a timely fashion. If you’re new among us and aren’t aware of all these ways of finding out information, I hope you’ll take advantage of the ones that appeal to you.

We all know we sometimes bypass the communication devices at hand thinking, “There’s just too much!”

But we also know that our long tradition of individual freedom paired with personal responsibility means that we need to dig deep to stay in touch. We in leadership work hard to maintain communications. But at some point we have to stop and say:

“Dear reader, the rest is up to you.”

See you in church,


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