Category Archives: UUFoM News

Fellowship Forms

Fellowship Forms are located on the password-protected Member Directory.  Paper copies are available outside of the office in a metal rack.  When you’ve completed your form, please place it in the green folder at the top of the rack.

Some forms included:  Feedback & Suggestion, Maintenance & Building Grounds Repair Request, Pledge form.  We will be adding more forms soon.

If you have any questions, please contact office@uufom.org.

Ministerial Search Update

Your Search Committee is continuing to meet regularly in preparation for hiring a new minister. We are looking forward to reviewing your Survey responses. This will help us to understand who we are as a congregation and what qualities our new minister should have. We are also continuing to prepare our congregational packet to present ourselves to prospective candidates. Please complete your survey as this is your opportunity to express your opinions and your concerns in this important step in the evolution of our congregation.

UUA is providing us with a workshop and Sunday service called Beyond Categorical Thinking. It is designed to broaden our thinking about what types of candidates we may call to be our minister. The date for this program will be announced soon. Plan to attend. We are sure to learn a lot about ourselves and the exciting future we can create.

Considering Membership?

“UUFoM & You”
Saturday, August 25
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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, August 25, 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!

Register here.

Next Board Meeting

The Board will meet Tuesday, July 24 at the Fellowship.  The agenda will include:

  • Adoption of a proposed budget to serve as the basis for the Annual Stewardship Campaign;
  • Interim Ministry Assessment;
  • Changes to the Governance and Management sections of the Policy Handbook to assure consistency with By-laws changes.

The Board Meeting is open to all Members.  If you have an agenda item, please inform Sara Clavez before July 17, 2018.

News from the Board – Monitoring for Accountability

Much of the Board’s work this year focuses on preparation for a new minister. For years we have struggled with how to clearly articulate the expectations of the congregation and how to hold ourselves and our minister accountable to them. In May the Board passed an update to the Board Policy Handbook Discernment section which deals with the Vision, Mission and current ministry goals. The update incorporated into the current ministry goals the Strategic Directions that emerged from our strategic planning process, see below. At our June meeting the Board adopted a timetable for monitoring progress on the ministry goals.

UUFOM ends for accountability process
UUFOM Mission [Ends] with Strategic Directions [Criteria for monitoring]
1. We empower members, friends, and the surrounding community to think freely, live ethically, and grow spiritually through lifelong learning, as we explore our values, live the principles of Unitarian Universalism, and search for truth and meaning.

2. We assemble in supportive and beloved community, sharing life’s joys and sorrows, and embracing all of our wondrous diversity.

3. We gather for stimulating worship experiences and rites of passage that inspire and provide opportunities to examine, clarify, and strengthen our personal value systems.

Personal Connection and Development (from Strategic Directions adopted 10-30-2016)
(Applicable to Ends 1, 2, 3):
As Unitarian Universalists we believe each person has inherent worth and dignity. We are called to honor each person’s unique gifts and talents. Each person comes to our Fellowship looking for something. We provide a loving environment in order to effectively respond to their search. The Fellowship will provide a staff supported
intentional framework for a systematic and individualized process of connection
and engagement. This includes connecting around common interests, pastoral care for our members, social networking and deepening relationships, opportunities for personal growth, and opportunities for deepening spirituality.
Pathways for addressing Personal Connection and Development:
Welcoming Practices
Faith Formation
Connecting and Valuing People and Their Gifts

4. We create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world through our words of influence, constructive deeds, and engaging love.

Living Our Values (Service and Advocacy) from Strategic Directions adopted 10-30-2016
(Applicable to End 4): As a Fellowship, and as individuals, when we are filled with
love, that love overflows in service to building a better world today and for the future.
We offer our members opportunities to enrich their lives through service and advocacy in targeted issue areas important to our Fellowship because they respond to the needs of our community and fulfill our commitment to the Unitarian Universalist Principles.
Pathways for addressing Living our Values:
Homelessness
Protecting our Environment
LGBT rights
Racial Justice

By-Laws Amendments Passed

The Special Congregation Meeting to consider amendments to the Fellowship by-laws on June 3 was well attended with forty members present and another fifteen represented by proxies. All proposed by-laws changes were adopted. In addition, language was added to clarify the meaning of members affirmed. “Members affirmed will have full membership privileges within the Fellowship and will not be identified other than as members in documents generally circulated within the Fellowship. Members affirmed will not be reported to the Unitarian Universalist Association for the purpose of determining “Fair Share” payment to the UUA or the number of delegates the Fellowship is entitled to send to Regional and General Assembly meetings.”

For a complete copy of the by-laws as amended, click this link.

Fellowship Calendar & Room Reservation

The UUFoM Calendar is located on our website and is accessible to everyone.  You can connect to the calendar from the home page.  The link is located in the left side toolbar.  Two weeks of the calendar is posted on the right side of each webpage.

Do you need to reserve a room for a Fellowship meeting or event?  Please fill out the Reservation form to reserve a room and be placed on the calendar.   Forms are also available in the rack outside of the office.  If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Altmeier, Office Assistant.

2017-2018 Lifespan Religious Education Survey

The 2017-18 Religious Education Program year is now complete, and the Lifespan Religious Education Team is seeking feedback from those who participated in the program this past year (2017-18) as an adult volunteer or participant in adult or multigenerational programming, or as a parent of a child who participated in the children and youth program. We are also inviting teens to complete the survey if they wish. The team will use the responses to continue to improve the program. We need your responses by June 17 (Sunday).

The link to the evaluation can be found at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3QF97WG

This evaluation is intended to look at the program as a whole (not any person in particular), and it will be conducted annually to assess the overall health of the program.

The evaluation takes only 5-10 minutes to complete, but if you are interrupted, you can return and complete the evaluation. TO DO SO, you need to click “SAVE” for the completed information to be saved, and then you can come back and finish the evaluation later, so long as it is done by the deadline (Sunday June 17). Names are encouraged, but optional. Please contact Heather Cleland-Host (Director of Religious Education), if there is more than one person in your household completing the evaluation (and only ONE computer, tablet, or comparable device) or if you cannot access SurveyMonkey and need a hard copy.

Your feedback is important to this effort and greatly appreciated!