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 – Activities, Summer Schedule

Rev. Michael’s Summer Schedule

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.

SUMMER EVENTS

DANCE CLASS WITH CARIN  –  Wednesdays, 2pm in the Parish Hall.   

 #UUWhiteSupremacyTeach-in Continues  Submitted by Wendy Byrn and Mary Heafy

Two-thirds of all congregations in our UU movement participated in the teach-in, which was created by three UU religious educators to examine how white supremacy plays out in UU spaces, including within congregations.  KUUC had a strong turnout at the service on May 7 and the conversation that followed the service.

Some of us have gathered together since Rev. Michael’s sermon on White Supremacy to decide what action we wanted to take next in our lives.  We have decided to start by learning more about the history and current situation for people of the global majority. We will be starting a weekly book group on Wednesday June 7th at 7 o’clock at KUUC in the Sanctuary.  Our first read will be The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.  Books will be available for purchase at Toadstool or Amazon.   Sign up by calling the church office or at coffee hour; we will send you a study guide. Join us as we continue to learn together.

KUUC OUTDOORS — Sunday July 9 — Rhododendron State Park, Fitzwilliam NH  MEET AT KUUC AT 1:00pm

Rhododendron State Park is named after the 16-acre grove of Rhododendron Maximum, which is the focal point of the park. A 0.6 mile-long universally accessible trail encircles the grove allowing visitors to observe, close up, the fragrant clusters of pink blossoms as they burst into bloom in mid-July. The rhododendron grove, which is the largest in northern New England, was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1982.  For the more ambitious, Little Monadnock Mountain is an additional 3-mile steeper hike.

For information contact Carole Mills: cmmills2@yahoo.com      As always, KUUC Outdoors says… Go take a hike!

 

 

 

 

VALUES & VISIONING SUMMER HOMEWORK

VALUES & VISION UPDATE

KUUC = M(VV)

KUUC = Mission times (Compassion, Community, Commitment and Vision)

The Keene Unitarian Universalist Church is equal to its Mission times its Values and Vision.

Here is a bit of suggested homework for the summer; all of the family might enjoy doing this to help us focus on the task of developing a Mission Statement for the KUUC next fall.  The steering committee will also be completing this “assignment.”

Please go to the UUA website and randomly select  3 to 5 congregations.  Look for their Mission Statements and reflect on what you read.  Then read the congregational philosophy, followed by their goals, their 5-year plan, and/or their long range plan.  Think about this during the summer and bring your thoughts back to the KUUC when we have our first autumn service.  Or, email any of us on the steering committee during the summer with your thoughts and reflections.

Steering Committee:  Lucius Parshall, Rebecca Baldini, Talu Robertson, Rev. Michael Hall      Talu Robertson, Scribe                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

 

   

 

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

  

 

April 2016 Events & Activities

Slice of Fellowship – Friday, April 1

Slice of Fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. The April theme is “Fool-o-ship” featuring fun foods and lots of opportunities for foolishness and fellowship, hosted by Susan Chamberlin and David Wilbur. “Whining” is at 5:30pm, and “Dining” is at 6:00 pm. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert. We also ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.)

Additionally, the announcement for this year’s Stewardship campaign will be shared.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT Sunday, APRIL 3 at 7 P.M.

Jim Peale has been inspired to bring a singer/songwriter to KUUC who will be familiar to some of you. For the last two years, Andrew McKnight has been the musician of the week at Ferry Beach for the Family and Friends conference. McNight hails from Virginia and his website is www.andrewmcnight.net. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and senior citizens. Mark your calendar now for this event to be held next Sunday, April 3rd in the Parish Hall!

Time to Sign Up for the Worship Workshop – Begins April 26!

Several people have already reserved their spot in Rev. Michael’s new workshop It’s More than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship 2.0. There are still a few slots available but now is the time to secure yours. Workshop sessions are April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7-9 P.M. and are limited to 10 participants so please contact Rev. Michael at rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com  or by telephone (508) 821-6092 to sign up.

Dance Connection – Wednesdays, Through May 24

Dance to enhance your own inherent worth and dignity. Dance to feel part of the interconnected web of life. Just dance because. . . . All are welcome! We generally warm up with various dance techniques/styles, then have some free movement time and either structured or free closing time. Free of cost, with donations accepted to pay for use of the space. Classes are from 2-3P.M. For more information, contact Carin Torp at 357-7645. I hope to see you there.

Poetry Group – Wednesday, April 13

Join us each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. in the library to read, or listen to, original, found and favorite poems.

 Lunch Bunch – Wednesday, April 20

Senior Lunch Bunch is a monthly potluck luncheon open to all senior members and friends of KUUC, an opportunity to meet and socialize with peers. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, September through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Susan Segal and Betty Forrest are hosts for this month. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

Community Breakfast Program Ends April 16

The 2015-2016 Community Breakfast Program has not been without its challenges, but the dedicated volunteer teams have persevered to serve a hot, substantial breakfast to guests each morning during the coldest part of the year. Six days a week from November 24, 2015 through April 16, 2016, adult and children alike will have been provided with nutritious food to begin their day. Somewhere between 30 and 40 guests attend the Community Breakfast program daily, making the total number of breakfasts we will have served by season’s end over 4000—more than double the meals we served last year. The dates of the program coincide with the provision of lodging offered at Hundred Nights Shelter.

Volunteers and financial support from the KUUC, United Church of Christ, Parish of the Holy Spirit (supported by Knights of Columbus Councils 819 & 5414) and St Margaret Mary Catholic Church sustained the collaborative program Monday – Saturday each week. Additional contributions were made by St. James Episcopal Church Thrift Shop and the Federated Church of Marlborough.

A chest freezer was donated to the program by Kathy Guenther in memory of her daughter, Bonnie White who has a cobblestone in the memorial garden, and a grant from C&S Wholesale Grocers provided 17 cases of food.

Final reporting will appear in the May Messenger. Thanks to our dedicated KUUC team captains: Carol and Bob Hill, who also took on the enormous task of weekly shopping; Bill and Sue Hay; D’Vorah and Bob Kelley.

Rummage Sale – May 28! Do you have too many Hangers?

We need hangers!!! Please take notice of the two newly designated “rummage drop spot here” signs, located in the area across from the ladies’ room door and the landing between the former R.E. space & the elevator.

As a community we have opportunity to exercise our “green” values while working towards budgetary needs.  I would encourage us all to consider creating a “drop spot” in our homes for the things that no longer serve.  We all have excess that can be better used elsewhere, so let’s redistribute and make a difference for our church, our homes, our community.  We will have pick-up options in the near future.

If you would like to be involved in sorting and pricing, contact Hazel Erdoben-Evans.   Thank you all for your participation!                                                              

Reverend Sue Phillips to Visit KUUC

Rev. Michael has been in discussions with our former minister, the Rev. Sue Phillips, to return to KUUC in the fall for a weekend visit. This much we know, Rev. Sue has agreed to join us for a weekend which will have her facilitating a workshop, leading worship and being our guest at a potluck in her honor, (where we will welcome members of other local UU congregations). We will need a group to help plan and run this special event.

If you are interested in being part in a task group being formed for this purpose please contact Spiritual Life Cluster Chair Rachael Walter at rachaelwalter@twc.com or (603) 357-2675

Month of Sundays to Return in October – Help Wanted!        

Several people have expressed their desire to make sure that “Month of Sundays” (MOS) doesn’t go away but happens again soon. Others have said that when the time comes to plan that huge event that we should count them in. A small group has already begun to think about what this year’s “Month of Sunday” would look like. Perhaps you want join us?

This year MOS will be in October and the theme will be “Journey to Joy.” We believe that the exploration of “Joy” through worship, spiritual practice, art, social action and community activities, will help us fuse the individual search and collective journey and see how joy, happiness and our lived religion meet and merge.

“Month of Sundays” may well be the best laboratory for shared ministry we have and an example of how the democratic process can bring life to more than just committee work and church government.

In the coming months we will be gathering your input on what you think should be included in MOS, and we may be asking you to help on particular aspects of planning and carrying out the program. We also need several of you to step up and be part of the Month of Sundays Steering Group. There is no need to audition for the Steering Group; we need all the help, wisdom, creativity and attention to detail that you can bring to the table.

In the coming weeks we will be getting together that Steering Team. Please think about joining us. It should be a work, but it is guaranteed to bring you joy!

For more details or to volunteer contact Mickey Cronin at (603) 852-2903 mfpepera@aol.com or Rev. Michael (508) 821-6092 rev.michaelkuuc1824@gmail.com

PFLAG Presents “A Self-Made Man” — Saturday, April 9

On April 9th, PFLAG Keene and Antioch College will be hosting a benefit screening of the film, “A Self-Made Man” by award winning documentary filmmaker Lori Petchers.

This feature length documentary takes a candid look at what it means to be transgender, told through an intimate portrait of trans youth advocate, Tony Ferraiolo. We watch Tony guide children as young as 8, and their parents, through the confusing journey of defining themselves, when their physical appearance conflicts with how they view themselves.

The benefit screening will be held at Keene High School. The doors open at 6pm. There will be a short meet and greet with Tony Ferraiolo before the screening at 7pm. After the screening we will have a Q & A where all the audience is welcome and encouraged to ask Tony questions. The event is free, but donations are greatly appreciated to benefit PFLAG New Hampshire and Antioch’s SERDS program, which has offered to purchase items for Keene High School’s Gay Straight Alliance.

For more information, please contact PFLAG Keene at pflagkeene@gmail.com or find us on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/PFLAG-Keene.

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

March 2016 Events & Activities

Events, Activities, Updates & Other News

DANCE CONNECTION – Wednesdays, Beginning March 2-May 24 Dance to enhance your own inherent worth and dignity. Dance to feel part of the interconnected web of life. Just dance because. . . . All are welcome!  We generally warm up with various dance techniques/styles, then have some free movement time and either structured or free closing time.  Free of cost, with donations accepted to pay for use of the space.  Classes are from 2-3P.M. For more information, contact Carin Torp at 357-7645.  I hope to see you there.                                                   Peace, Carin

SLICE OF FELLOWSHIP – Friday, March 4          Slice of fellowship is a monthly potluck dinner open to all members and friends of KUUC. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the church year in the Parish Hall. Wine and cheese are at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 pm. The March theme is Italian Cuisine hosted by Darcy Doyle, Carolyn Allen and Suzanne Morin. You are asked to bring a veggie, main dish or dessert. We ask that you bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Wine glasses and coffee mugs will be supplied.) Please call Betty Forrest 357-1534 with any questions.

POETRY GROUP – Wednesday, March 9       Join us each month on the second Wednesday at 5:30 P.M. in the library to read, or listen to, original, found and favorite poems.

LUNCH BUNCH – Wednesday, March 16      Senior Lunch Bunch is a monthly potluck luncheon open to all senior members and friends of KUUC, an opportunity to meet and socialize with peers. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday at Noon, September through May in the parish hall. Please bring your own dishes, flatware and napkins. (Glasses and coffee mugs will be provided.) Betty and Mike Forrest are hosts for this month. Note: If school is canceled due to inclement weather, Lunch bunch is also canceled. Call Betty Forrest at 357-1534, or email mandbforrest@myfairpoint.net with questions.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT SUNDAY APRIL 3 at 7 P.M.      Jim Peale has been inspired to bring a singer/songwriter to KUUC who will be familiar to some of you. For the last two years, Andrew McNight has been the musician of the week at Ferry Beach for the Family and Friends conference. McNight hails from Virginia and his website is www.andrewmcnight.net. More details to follow, but mark your calendar now for this event to be held in the Parish Hall on Sunday, April 3!

WORSHIP WORKSHOP Begins April 26!     Have you always wanted to lead a worship service but weren’t sure where to begin? Do you feel there is a sermon within you yearning to break free? Have you led worship services before but are looking for an opportunity to hone your skills and learn more about the art and craft of worship development? Then you really want to take part in Rev. Michael’s workshop “It’s More Than a Sermon: Creating Quality Worship 2.0.”

For those of you who need to plan well in advance, the workshop will take place on the following Tuesday nights in the spring: April 26, May 3, 10 and 17 from 7-9 P.M. This class will be limited to 10 participants—if more than 10 people want to take the class we will offer a second section at another time.

FERRY BEACH Get-A-Way Weekend     May 20, 21, 22     The KUUC Ferry Beach Committee is excited that we have been able to change our annual Ferry Beach Get-A-Way weekend to May 20-22, 2016. Ferry Beach is a UU Conference Center on Saco Bay in Maine. During the Spring and Fall weekends, the facilities are rented by UU Church groups.

This year we will be sharing Ferry Beach with the Acton/Stowe UU Church. Our weekend is a wonderful intergenerational gathering. Imagine long walks on the beach or in the nearby State Forest, conversations in rocking chairs on the porch, playing board games, joining various activities or just solitary time. The accommodations are rustic, but the setting is majestic. Costs are below.

Lodging              $140/room for the weekend (sleep 1,2,3 or 4 people) or $32/weekend campsite

Cleaning fee      $10.00/ “family” unit

Meals                  Provided by Pangea Food Service in the DeWolfe Dining Hall. Four meals included: Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday breakfast.

Adult                  $48 (13 years+)

Child                    $32 (5 -12 years)

For registration forms and information visit the Ferry Beach table at coffee hour. The forms are also available in the KUUC office. Registration and full payment is due March 20, 2016. Contact Jim Peale or Carol McIntyre-Peale, 357-7875, pealefamily@gmail.com for all details.

RUMMAGE SALE!   We need hangers!!!  The next rummage sale is set to take place on May 28th. Please take notice of the two newly designated “rummage drop spot here” signs, located in the area across from the ladies room door and also on the landing between the former R.E. space & the elevator. If possible, please include hangers with your clothing donations.

As a community we have opportunity here to exercise our “green” values while working towards our budgetary needs.  I would encourage us all to consider creating a “drop spot” in our homes for all the things that no longer serve.  We all have excess that can be better used elsewhere, so let’s redistribute together and make a difference for our church, our homes, our community.  We will have pick-up options in the near future.   If you would like to be involved in the sorting and pricing process contact Hazel Erdoben-Evans.   Thank you all for your participation!                                

Board President Lucius Parshall — March 2016

A recurrent topic with the Board is in the interpretation of the KUUC vision. This has been reflected in the House Meetings, and will hopefully be further developed with help from the district level over the next few months. I cannot express enough gratitude towards Talu Robertson, who has joined the board to serve out the remainder of our Past Presidents term.  Rachael Walter has been plugging away with the Worship Cluster, and D’vorah Kelly can always use more help for several openings on the Fellowship Cluster. Susan Chamberlain has agreed to coordinate the fundraising events that many of you are involved in. Feel free to discuss any fundraising ideas with Susan.

Thank you to all committee heads that have submitted their budgets to John Lowry. He is already well-underway in creating next year’s budget.  Mark Meess and the building committee has been developing a solar panel project that would further lessen our carbon footprint. It seems that several projects are underway, including plans for the space in the R.E. Wing. Take a moment and share your thoughts on these initiatives, or anything else concerning our common vision, via phone, email, and I’m usually around on Sunday mornings.

Peace, Lucius