DECEMBER MESSAGE from KUUC BOARD PRESIDENT, Carol White

“The people of KUUC are committed to actively creating compassionate community and working for a fair and peaceful world.”

It is certainly a season to be thankful for having each other and a church family. Each of us probably appreciated different things at church in November. I was pleased with the wonderful turn out and beautiful meal at the Thanks for Giving Dinner as well as the number of us who enjoyed laughter and camaraderie while making berry bowls together. It is also a time to remember those who may be struggling, however. The community breakfast program has again started but because it was so successful or was so needed is now taking place at the community kitchen. A number of churches in Keene are contributing to this effort including a number of people from our church. If you are interested in helping out with this please talk to Carol Hill.

Our annual Greens Sale will soon be here. It is scheduled for Friday, 11/30, 5 – 8p and Saturday, 12/1, 9a – 2p. We still have work to do and time to enjoy each other’s company getting ready. We will begin covering the Berry bowls in the Parish Hall after coffee hour on Sunday, 11/25, and on various days and times the following week. Carol McIntyre Peale will be leading people in decorating wreaths and other greens for the holidays. Other areas people could help include organizing books for the book nook (Suzanne M), bringing bake goods (Melinda), helping with the white elephant table and braided rug raffle (Hazel), and the luncheon (Betsy). Betsy would like help with set up and serving as well as contributions of vegetarian and chicken soup, breads, and salads. Cider and tiny decorations for the card tables would also be appreciated. Carl Jacobs is again bringing his wonderful clam chowder!

The board continues to work on identifying active committees and has finalized who will be the liaison to the various committees. The committee chairs should be hearing from their board liaison soon if they haven’t already.

We also continue to work on the next steps needed to improve the heat in our beautiful historic building. We discussed the broader issue of deferred maintenance in general. We will be doing some repairs on the roof soon to address leaks. Heat, now that winter has come early, is our top priority, however. Our next step, in addition to small immediate repairs, will be to develop a set of proposals for heating system repairs for consideration.

We hope to continue to have services in the church sanctuary this winter but, if the Sanctuary is not warm enough on a particular Sunday, we will follow the procedure set up last year by the Worship Committee and move to the Parish Hall.

Hope to see everyone at the Greens Sale (11/30 and 12/1). Also, remember to sign up for picture taking for the church directory on the following Friday and Saturday. You will be able to take one picture home for free as well. (See Deb). The end of the month will be festive with a Christmas Eve service and Wassail provided by the Board before the service!

 -Carol White, KUUC Board President