KUUC GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Check the Calendar/ Schedule Meetings

Please contact Susan to inquire about scheduling a meeting.

Church Office Hours

The office is open from 9:30-5 on Monday, Thursday and Friday each week.  As usual, it’s always a good idea to call or email first to make sure Susan is available if you need her assistance.

Rev Michael’s Office Hours for the Summer

Rev. Michael will be spending much of the Summer in study, on vacation, in planning meetings and visiting with people in their homes. If you would like to have a visit with him, or to meet with him at the office, please contact him by phone (508)821-6092 or email rev.michaelkucc1824@gmail.com to make an appointment.

Circle of Caring:                                Martha Bauman, Betsy Zimmerli, Andi Johnson

Covenant Group Council:               Carolyn Antrim

Fundraising:                                      Open

Greens Sale:                                      Open

Investment:                                        John Bordenet

Membership:                                     Open

Music                                                  Matt Aversa

Personnel:                                         Carolyn Antrim

Property:                                            Open – contact Bob Hill

Religious Exploration:                      Barbara Bryce

Senior Lunch Bunch:                        Betty Forrest

Shawls of Love:                                  Darcy Doyle

Slice of Fellowship:                            Betty Forest, Sue Segal

Social Action/Green Sanctuary:       Nancy Brigham, Ann Shedd

Stewardship:                                      Open

Ushers:                                                Tom Haynes

Wayside Pulpit:                                   Vicki Keller

Welcoming Congregation:                Open/Inactive

Worship:                                              Rachael Walter

 

 

 

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST PROGRAM 2016-17

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST PROGRAM

November 25, 2016 – April 17, 2017 (24 weeks) – Monday-Saturday, 7:00-8:00am

Hot Breakfast Served 7-8am, Monday through Saturday

Location :  Parish Hall and Kitchen, Keene Unitarian Universalist Church

Participating Churches 

Teams:           KUUC, United Church of Christ, Parish of the Holy Spirit (St. Bernard and St. Margaret Mary), Knights of Columbus

Donations:     St James Thrift Shop, Federated Church of Marlborough, Anonymous Donor

Grant/Food Donors

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Bread Shed, Community Action Program (through Southwestern Community Services), W.B. Mason

INCOME                              Cash

Keene UU                              $1800 In-Kind         

UCC                                        $600

Interfaith                               $750.50

St. Margaret Mary               $500

Knights of Columbus           $1100 Council #5414 and #819

Fed Church Marlborough   $100

St. James Thrift Shop          $500

September Concert              $204.50

Animaterra Concert             $200.00

Individual                              $1000             (Nancy Browning)

SUB-TOTAL                       $4955

Anonymous Donor              $3000

TOTAL                                  $7955

 EXPENSES                         $4719.12       (Food @$3631.62, Supervision @$1087.50)   

Item 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Guests per day     30 (avg) 144 days; 38 adults, 4 children (avg)
Guests Served #1068 #2137 #3639 #4474 (includes 805 children served)
Volunteer Hours/Shifts   1362.5 hrs

545 shifts @ 2.5 hrs each

(6/team)

2090 hrs

836 shifts @ 2.5 hrs/wk (6/team)

2122.5 hrs

849 shifts @ 2.5 hrs/wk

(6/team)

Shopping Hours   90 (5 hrs/wk x 18 wks) 132 (6 hrs/wk x

22 wks)

215 (67 trips)
         
Gender Breakdown 2/3 male, 1/3 female 2/3 male, 1/3 female 2/3 male, 1/3 female 2/3 male, 1/3 female
Age range   18-40;  20% over 40 6-40:  20% over 40 6-40:  20% over 40
         
Income $927.50 $2858.85 $3950.50 $4955 (+$3000 anon donor)
Expenses $1618.80 $3018.12 $4038.09 $4719
Deficit ($691.30) ($159.27) ($87.50) $236
         
In-Kind Facility Use   $1000 $1500 $1800
Refrigerator (used)   $250 Korvin donation    
Electrical Wiring   $375 Amer Electric @50%    
Freezer (new)     $500 Private donation  
In-Kind Food $$   $600 +/- $600 +/- $600 +/-

  

 

 

 

 

July/August 2017 – Reverend Michael’s Moment

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”                                        —F. Scott Fitzgerald

What a joy it is to begin the summer; to revel in the fragrance of flowers grown in New Hampshire, to walk in the sunshine with no fear of ice underfoot, to pick strawberries and anticipate new adventures with loved ones. Having returned from New Orleans tired and inspired, I look forward to processing and sharing what I did and learned and saw there. It seems strange to say that time spent in “The Big Easy” was hard work, but indeed it was work—work in a beautiful, though decidedly muggy, setting, with music everywhere I went, and laughter and an easygoing approach to life that took this Northerner some time to acclimate to.

As I happily begin my summer back home in Keene, I will say that I also will be bringing some of the “Naw’lins” mindset with me. I intend to create and preserve balance between work and study and time off. To that end you will see my summer time plan below. You can see by that calendar that I hope to spend more time with you outside of the church building and at times that aren’t pastoral emergencies, or “church work” to be done.

I hope to see you over the summer whether at a service, in the community or when I visit you at home. Until then, enjoy your time however you spend it: at your place of work, while watching the Swamp Bats, mowing your lawn or reading at the beach.

I remain, yours in faith and fellowship,

Rev. Michael

  

 

Board President Lucius Parshall – April 2016

SPEAK UP SO I CAN HEAR YOU!

The season is upon us once again. No, not that one. Our church is again entering the time when we are all asked to pledge to the church that has served us so well, so it will be there to serve those yet to come. Those congregants that have been paying attention over the last few years know how this works.  We put off pledging until the end of the campaign, then await the unveiling of next year’s budget that reflects every penny pledged—and not a cent more. Then we squirm and eventually rise to the occasion.

I’m proud of the financial restraint that our board has displayed over the course of this fiscal year, but our bricks and mortar are suffering. We were fortunate enough to avoid dipping into the reserve funds that the congregation allocated at our last general meeting, but we were also blessed with some very light heating expenses. Plans change, sometimes for the better.

Our congregation is getting older, so is our larger community. As America becomes more secular we watch the churches close around our community. I don’t think that Unitarian Universalists need to suffer this same fate. Peter Morales has made an eloquent case for us in his “A Religion for Our Time” video series (try that in your YouTube search window).

In the next year all of us will be asked to engage in creating a common vision that will carry the message of Unitarian Universalism into our local community. It is my fervent hope that this is not yet another exercise in wordsmithing, but a real communication of what we offer that sets us apart from dogmatic congregations. This vision is needed to lay the foundation for a new generation of congregants who will continue the work of making our liberal faith relevant.

I’m getting older, and I have a request. Will you please SPEAK UP SO I CAN HEAR YOU! I’m ready to increase my pledge by 5%, I’m ready to increase my involvement by 5% and I’m ready to work towards our common vision, 5% harder. That’s how it comes down, committing our time, treasure and talent to growing our congregation.  You may divide this pie differently, but in the end I’ll still be asking for 15% more. It’s what we owe to ourselves, and those who will follow.

Peace, Lucius

Reverend Michael’s Moment – April 2016

Bend down—and there it is: No need to wrest it from others. With the Way, in complete agreement— The mere touch of a hand is spring: The way we come upon blooming flowers, The way we see the year renew itself. What comes this way will stay…  —Ssu-k’ung T’u, (837-908), The Twenty-Four Orders of Poetry

Finally, it has arrived! One would think that such a mild winter as this would have been more patiently endured and easily gotten through—especially when compared to the ferocious cold and record snows of last year. For me that was decidedly not the case. With each tease of mild weather my heart soared and with the least suggestion of icy winter’s return it withered. I found that I was looking forward to, no longing for, the return of spring more than I ever have before. Maybe you felt that way too?

Why should this be? Who knows.

Perhaps such longing was the product of less light in the day. I know that many people lack concentration or are troubled by sadness and fatigue during the winter. Perhaps we felt compelled to stay inside and keep to the work at hand, winter’s shadows deepening the feelings of responsibility that come with maturity. For me, it may have been that the concerns of aging were finally creeping in, and with them wariness that under each fresh dusting of snow, hidden ice and a sudden fall waited. As the years pass, each turn of the wheel is more precious—as it should be—and witnessing the unveiling of another spring is not to be taken for granted.

In retrospect, I realize that I was simply impatient for the return of the lark and leaf—for the return of the spring in my step that comes with this season. I deeply missed playing toss on the lawn and listening to the muddy squish, swish-swish of my boots as I tramp around Goose Pond. I looked and looked for signs of budding, the reemergence of color, the return of the light and now, with April, I have my reward!

I won’t regret this impatience for spring, and neither should you. In this case impatience is simply a sign of health; of how much we love life, all life and the beautiful, cool, (never cruel), up-springing April.

However, I do want to extend this apology to winter: you are also lovely and not to be taken for granted. Enjoy your time away winter! We’ll see you again come December!

With Heart and in Hope,

Rev. Michael

Board President Lucius Parshall – February 2016

The tinsel’s packed away for another year, but I was honored to be part of our Christmas Eve service. I’m often a sucker for things traditional, and the Christian overtones connect me with my own youth, for better or worse.

Since joining KUUC, I’m trying to do this free and responsible search for truth and meaning, but it can’t happen in a vacuum. I test new ideas against what I once believed as true. This makes me embrace my roots, and honor my traditions, if only on a personal level. I thank each one of you for teaching me tolerance both for myself and with others.

I also think on Liberalism’s Big Tent. If we are a welcoming congregation, where are the liberal Christians, where are the Eisenhower Republicans? Pete Seeger said that, “It’s a very important thing to learn to talk to people you disagree with.” I think that Pete was right, but learning to talk has to be hand in hand with respect.

This month we have begun a new policy, you may have noticed. We have a designated point person who each week is identified from the pulpit during announcements. That person is charged to be available to visitors. These visitors are seeking, but often leave without finding or even identifying what they are seeking. The best we can do for them is to listen. One of the tag-lines that the Communication Committee came up with was “KUUC–Where all your answers are questioned.” We need to go beyond saying that we are a dogma free congregation and live it.

The history of our Liberal faith has placed us ahead on so many issues. It is a position that I am loth to surrender, and do not wish to let go due to complacency. We have a good thing, and expanding our base is good for our community and the world. I’m ready to clarify our vision and work together to strengthen our congregation.  Please share your thoughts and ideas to help make this happen.

Peace,

Lucius Parshall

 

Board President Lucius Parshall – January 2016

As most of you should know, with Michelle’s recent move for work (Congratulations Michelle!) my elected status was accelerated. While I already miss the guidance of Michelle, I’m excited to take on a new role in promoting our liberal faith.

Someone recently asked me to put the word “liberal” in context. I said I was using the term liberal from an intellectual perspective rather than political. I look over our principles, and I wonder how many conservatives and theists that may stumble upon our church would agree with my use of the word liberal. Are we the “big tent” church, or have we been galvanized by a too tight interpretation of our own liberalism? I think on our third principle, “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregation.” Does this happen with each person that comes through our door? I can’t say, but I’d like to hear your thoughts.

Now I’ve promised Rev Michael that I’ll leave the sermons to him, but I do believe that we have a good thing here within our faith. Good for our community, and worth preserving. We all need to nurture our church not only spiritually, but also financially. While I believe that where there is no vision, the people perish, having a heated sanctuary to gather together in has to be right up there as well. I also see solid financial footing is the foundation upon which our vision resides.

Over the next few months I hope to be examining all of our resources and ask if we are putting them into best practice for nurturing our vision, and sustaining our future. I will truly welcome your thoughts and suggestions on this matter that concerns not just our current congregation, but also those potential congregants who have yet to participate. It seems to me a natural way in which to live out faith.

Peace,

Lucius Parshall

Adult Religious Exploration Book Discussion

BOOK DISCUSSION: THE CONVERSATION

“The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care” by Angelo Volendes, MD, will be the focus of an Adult RE book discussion in January/ February 2016. Book discussion sessions will be co-facilitated by Nancy Brigham and Dottie Bauer, and will be scheduled for several Sundays after church with specific dates yet to be determined.

Please contact Susan in the office if you would like us to order a paperback copy of the book for you. DEADLINE for requesting a book is Monday, January 18, 2016 (MLK Day). If you have any questions, please contact Nancy (npbrigham@gmail.com) or Dottie (dottiebauer@gmail.com).

CALLING ALL QUILTERS!

Beginning in early February the vision of next year’s raffle quilt will begin to formulate in the hearts, minds and hands of those who wish to be part of the effort. The proceeds from quilt, which will be raffled off at next year’s Green Sale, supports both the Community Breakfast program as well as KUUC. If you’d like to join us in 2016 please contact Hazel so we can determine a schedule that will accommodate all.  Next year’s quilt will be a hand-quilted project sure to delight and dazzle.  We invite you to consider joining us as many hands make for light work.   Contact Hazel at 499-6162.