Past Newsletter Columns

Notes from the President’s Desk – Jan., 2019

 “Good endings make for good beginnings” A phrase that I first heard at the UUCV and that I have found to be true. With all of the troubles that 2018 brought, I hope that there was also sunshine  in your life and, no matter what your current situation, that you are looking  forward to the … Continued

Minister’s Column – Jan. 2019

With the New Year I offer this refresher on my schedule, how best to reach me, and other (hopefully) useful info. My workweek is Saturday through Thursday. Friday is my day off, Saturday is my writing day, and Sunday is, well, Sunday. After church comes my standing date with Barzillai the Cat. I lie on … Continued

Notes from the President’s Desk – December 2018

As I write this month’s column the November election results are known to us all. My own level of anxiousness concerning politics has been somewhat reduced. Time once again to move forward even though there will be continued drama in Washington. At least this time around I have a sense of Hope that the moral … Continued

Minister’s Column – November, 2018

Back in 2006 at a retreat, Board of Trustees did a visioning exercise asking: If the church were a person, how old would s/he be? What kind of person, what stage of life? They gave the church-as-person the gender neutral name Robin. Twelve years ago, they thought Robin was a teenager on the cusp of … Continued

Notes from the President’s Desk – November, 2018

In September, the Board held a congregational conversation on the issue of our long-term financial stability. This initial meeting was not intended to provide solutions. What we did was ask some questions. The Board wanted to learn the thoughts of our members to our challenge. Over 75 people attended the conversation and there were 129 … Continued

Minister’s Column – October, 2018

A Word About Applause This is a question that cycles around again and again: When is it appropriate to applaud the music in a worship service? At UUCV applause is becoming more routine. Some people do wave their hands in the American Sign Language sign for applause (though others also find that distracting). Applause is … Continued

Notes from the President’s Desk – October, 2018

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the history of the UUCV and our record of accomplishments since we began 60 years ago on November 2, 1958. Over the years we have overcome many obstacles to achieve the forward motion that has brought us to where we are today. A handful of people had a … Continued

Finance Facts – September 2018

We expect to spend $496,607 for the operation and activities of our church this year, but that is an estimate, not a fact. We spent $450,881 during the year ending June 30, 2018, and that is a fact supported by our year-end profit and loss statement. Churches do not seek to make a profit. We … Continued

Buildings and Grounds – September 2018

by Linda Pietrzak The Building and Grounds Committee invites you all to come out to the newly created B & G Volunteer Day. It will be held on the third Saturday of the month at 9am. We meet in the garage and have some kind of treat(s) to sustain you when you take a well-earned … Continued