Category Archives: Members

2019 Pledge Campaign

Thank you to each and every member and friend of UUFoM for making Pledge Sunday, September 30, 2018, such a success. Great service, wonderful food, incredible music and money, what more could you ask for.

52% of UUFoM members and friends returned the completed 2019 pledge form on Pledge Sunday. The total amount pledged last Sunday for 2019 was $124,671. Wow! We are on our way to reaching the $170,000 needed to fund our daily Fellowship operations.

Those who were unable to return a completed 2019 pledge form Sunday will be contacted by email with a pledge form attached. Tempus fugit. Get those completed pledge forms back right away. Fill out the form here.

Ministerial Search Committee – Updates

Thanks to all of you who completed the Survey and gave us your viewpoint on our congregation and our needs and priorities. We commit to keep these priorities in mind as we continue the search process.  Click here to view the key findings from the survey summarized on our Members section of our website. 

Also, another reminder that we need photos of activities at the Fellowship or of members taking part in activities in the community for the packet we are assembling for ministerial candidates. Please forward them to Chris Nakamura at sisyphus.physics@gmail.com.

Next on our agenda is Beyond Categorical Thinking, a program made available to us through UUA. On October 14, Mary Esther Johnson will present the service, followed by a workshop to help us in expanding our outlook on selecting a minister. We will be providing a lunch of soup, salad and bread.  Please plan to attend. It promises to be enlightening and should give all of us further insight into the process as well as ourselves.  Sign up here!

Needed: Volunteers Who Want To Have Fun!

Please sign up for one of the Autumn Blocks for Religious education NOW!

Autumn blocks are October 14 – November 18 Community Values and November 25 – December 23 Winter Pageant. The multigenerational service for the Winter Pageant block is the pageant itself and will involve all teachers continuing to assist.  We only have a few rehearsals, so everything is very streamlined for a lot of intense fun! Contact Heather Cleland-Host, Director of Religious Education, if you are interested in either block.

We are scheduling volunteers in a new way this year.  The religious education year has been divided into thematic blocks, and volunteers are asked to sign up for a block of Sundays, rather than Sundays scattered over the year.  This allows volunteers and students to really get to know each other and build community, as well as providing continuity with the curriculum for volunteers.  Each block will include five lesson-based Sundays where we need two volunteers (leader and assistant) for each class.  Check out the schedule and email or message Heather with the blocks you would like to volunteer for, or sign up on the religious education bulletin board near the stairway to the wing.

Children’s Religious Education

We are currently in our first block, “Starting the Journey,” and in mid-October we will begin “Community Values.”  We now have two Children’s Circles: a Junior class for pre-Kindergarten through 2nd grades and a Senior class for 3rd through 5th grades.  Our Secondary class spans 6th through 10th grades.

Junior Children’s Circle is using lessons from the Tapestry of Faith program Wonderful Welcome for most of September and October:

9/30 The Gift of Forgiveness (Starting the Journey)
10/7 The Gift of Kindness (Starting the Journey)
10/14 The Gift of Friends (Community Values)
10/21 The Gift of Love (Community Values)
10/28 Multigenerational Service

Senior Children’s Circle is using lessons mostly from the Tapestry of Faith program Love Connects Us for September and October:

9/30 Welcoming Superman (Starting the Journey)
10/7 Kindness is the Key (Starting the Journey)
10/14 Get together more (Community Values)
10/21 Love is the Spirit of this Church (Community Values)
10/28 Multigenerational Service

Secondary Lodestone Class (6th -10th) is using Lodestone lessons on Money.  They will be looking at how we manage our money and the value we place on things based on how we earn and use it.

Considering Membership?

How do people of diverse beliefs become part of one congregation?  “UUFOM and You,” led by Rev. Connie Grant and representatives of the Welcome and Engagement Teams will be held on Saturday, November 10, 9AM – 12PM.

If you think you may have found a spiritual home at UUFoM and are ready to consider becoming a member, or if you are already a member and want to know more, please come!

Sign up here!

Public Radio Bundling

Do you enjoy listening to Public Radio, specifically Delta Public Radio and CMU Public Radio?  This is your opportunity to support our Fellowship as well as Public Radio by making a contribution through our annual “Bundling” program.  You can write a check to either Delta Public Radio or CMU Public Radio or both!  In return Delta and CMU Public Radio stations advertise the Fellowship on air.  It’s a win/win opportunity as you’re supporting both the Fellowship and our community radio programs!  Please give checks to Linda Rector by August 20.

Parking Lot Renovations

At long last, excavation work for the parking lot project has begun! The project will extend through early October, after which we should have a smooth paved surface with fresh yellow lining, plus a total of six handicap spaces.

While the project is underway, we ask that everyone obey all signs and safety barricades, and beware of trucks and heavy equipment. Make sure to especially monitor any children who may visit the area.

The project work will occur only on weekdays. We may end up parking on a gravel lot for several Sundays, but the work activity shouldn’t require cancellation of any church business.

Here’s what to expect:

  • In mid-August two new rainwater catch basins will be installed in front of the Fellowship, with a 6-foot deep ditch dug to install a pipe connecting them.  This phase will require blocking off much of the area in front of the Fellowship building.
  • Additional activity will occur sometime in August or September, when a paver crew becomes available to grind the old asphalt layer on the entire parking lot.
  • Final paving will be done over three days in late September or early October. During these weekdays the entire parking lot will be closed, but the driveway will not be affected so we’ll ask patrons to park on the grass adjacent to it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Tim Wagner or Roy Wedge.

From the Board President

Board Acts & Parking Lot in the Works!

At the July Board meeting we approved an additional $20-30 thousand dollars in expenditures to cover the cost of parking lot reconstruction.  Many thanks to Tim Wagner for the exhaustive, and, I’m sure sometimes exhausting, work he has done over the last sixteen months to research the pros and cons of every possible option for a long term fix for our crumbling parking lot.  In the interest of providing a safe parking lot for people coming into our building this winter and locking in the price quotes that would surely increase next year, the board approved moving forward on this project.

The first week of August saw the beginning excavation needed to clear the storm water ditch adjacent to the route 10 right of way.  Swales, shallow grassy channels, will guide water from our parking lot toward the ditch and into the city storm water system.  This drainage solution is approximately $100,000 cheaper than the other option of running a drainage pipe to Jefferson.
There will be periods between now and completion in October when we will have a gravel parking lot, but we have been assured parking will be available to us on Sunday mornings throughout the construction process.  Please avoid contact with the heavy equipment and observe signs directing you to safe parking areas.

Reconstruction of the parking lot is the first step in the strategic plan adopted by the congregation at the October 2016 annual meeting.  In the process of discussing final approval of the parking lot proposal, board members made very clear that they are committed to proceeding with the second stage of the plan.  The second stage calls for an in depth analysis of the congregation’s building needs followed be a determination of whether the current building can meet our needs.

In addition, the Board approved a draft budget which incorporates the anticipated expenses of the ministerial search and relocation process, plus additional hours for our office professional which will enable her to provide more support to our ministry teams.  Additional staff support was requested by our ministry teams during our strategic planning process.  A 2019 budget incorporating the results of our stewardship campaign will be presented to the congregation for approval at the October annual meeting.

The next Fellowship Board meeting will be on August 28 from 7-8:30 pm.  All board meetings are open to any member of the Fellowship.

Faithfully yours, Sara Clavez, President