CONGREGATIONAL BUDGET MEETING:
AFTER THE SERVICE ON MAY15th:
On Sunday, May 15th we will hold our Annual Budget discussion shortly after the service. John Walter, our KUUC Treasurer will be on hand to present the budget, field any questions from members and friends and hear your reactions and input. We hope that you will be able to join us.
The Board President’s Message
(April 2022) The Trustees have been discussing ways to increase the visibility and outreach of KUUC. One initiative is to celebrate our history and our journey in a way that informs the community of who we are and what we are doing. The celebration could be through events that welcome the larger community. It could also be sharing stories of our activities, past and present.
What we now know as Keene Unitarian Universalist Church began almost 200 years ago. Much has happened during those years. Much is happening today. We want to positively share our story and invite others to be part of us. There is a lot to celebrate.
To facilitate this celebration, your Minister and Trustees are seeking a volunteer to coordinate the effort; to collect stories and coordinate media thereby increasing our visibility. Some of the stories could be about upcoming events. Some stories could be about our history or herstory. The stories could be in church or public media. In short, we are hoping someone will come forward to help publicize KUUC in the community.
We have a story well worth sharing. Please contact me or Rev. Michael if you are interested in this opportunity to celebrate KUUC; 200 years, today, and tomorrow.
Board of Trustees
Carol Hill, Clerk
Announcement from the Board of Trustees
When we contracted with Growing Minds Preschool and Daycare to rent them space in the basement of our church annex, it was with the understanding that they could expand into more space within the basement of our church annex should the need arise. Growing Minds has decided to take that option. The good news is that we are getting approximately 30% more rental income from Growing Minds. The sad news is that, as of November 1, we will no longer have access to the room where our wonderful and educational building blocks are currently housed.
Space has been found for the blocks in the upstairs portion of the annex, in a room that is currently set aside (but rarely used) as a nursery, but the space is much smaller. This represents a painful loss to our Religious Exploration program, especially for the students and teachers. The Board of Trustees is committed to putting most of the substantial additional rental income back into the RE program, which suffered significant cuts in our current budget. We understand that this does not lessen the loss to the blocks program, and we appreciate the RE committee’s dedication both to religious education but also to our congregation’s overall needs.
Deborah Dunnell deserves particular thanks for establishing and teaching the educational building blocks program and for her willingness to work with the board of trustees to come up with a workable, if less than ideal, solution.
Immediate Witness, this would have to be discussed and approved or set-aside by the General Assembly to which it was submitted, and following a process outlined in the by-laws and online (https://www.uua.org/action/process/planning-aiw-ga).
Circle of Caring: Betsy Zimmerli and Betty Forrest
Committee on the Ministry:
Covenant Groups: Carolyn Antrim
Investment: John Bordenet
Middle East Study Group: Jim Smart
Membership: Deb McLay
Nominating Committee: Jim Peale
Property: Carl Jacobs
Religious Exploration: Barbara Bryce
Senior Lunch Bunch: Betty Forrest
Shawls of Love: Darcy Doyle
Slice of Fellowship: Betty Forrest
Social Action/Green Sanctuary: Open
Stewardship: John Walter
Ushers: Tom Haynes
Wayside Pulpit: Lindsay Bartlett
Welcoming Congregation: Open
Worship: Gwyn Powers