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President's Perspective
Strategic Planning – What's Next?
Chalice Circles Begin Again in September
Nominating Committee Seeks Trustee and Delegate Candidates
Book Table and Used Book Cart


President's Perspective by 2014-15 UUCC President Mary Denson

Hello, UUCC!

This year as president of UUCC one of my top priorities for the board is to have a strategic plan written by May to present at our annual congregational meeting (see the next article for more details on the process).

The basic question we must seek to answer throughout our congregation-wide planning process is, “In what new and different ways will we, the UUCC, touch lives and live out our mission in the coming three to five years?” Under our church’s governance model, it is the board’s responsibility to write broad strategic policies to help direct the minister on where to focus her energies in accordance with our mission.

In order for us to best use the entire congregation’s energy to maximize our effectiveness, we have to have a conversation about the ways we individually feel called to act. We must envision ourselves as being a part of the collective in order to make our mission come to life.

Part of that is deciding how best to use our collective energies through different ministries. In order to have a meaningful impact on those within our beloved community, we must each be prophets of our own piece of the story. In other words, once we have talked and decided on a course of action, we have to commit to it.

That’s why this strategic planning process is so important. We need to know what you want to do and what ideas you have. Even the wildest ideas are welcome; because it’s those wild ideas that may best transform our community. So think about what sort of story you want your life to be, and share it with us so that the story we write together can be one you’re proud to be a part of here at UUCC.

– Truly yours, Mary Denson

[From the September 2014 Searchlight]

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Strategic Planning – What's Next?

Our Mission Statement: In the spirit of courageous love, we forge a community of
radical welcome and deep connection that moves us together to heal the world.

As UUCC continues to more clearly define itself, how do we go about “living our mission”?
Our “what’s next” phase is to develop a long- range strategic plan. Strategic planning is an organization’s process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy.

By undertaking this strategic planning process at UUCC, we are attempting to understand how our congregation sees the future of our church. Where are our interests and energy?

We intend to meet with as many of the members of the church as we can in small cottage meetings and encourage one another to share a vision of our future. When these meetings are completed, a detailed strategic plan will be compiled setting priorities for the next five, 10 and 20 years.

Our starting point is our mission and vision statements that we have recently compiled, and with these in mind we are going to ask the following questions:

  • What do you think is going well at UUCC? What is good about that? How can we deepen and expand these activities/interests?

  • What would UUCC look like and feel like to you in five years if we are living fully into our mission and vision? What would make you feel good about the church? “I want to belong to a church that ....”

Strategic Planning Team
Mary Denson, President
Qhyrrae Michaelieu
Peter Holmes
Maria Oropallo
Rev. Molly, ex officio

If you are interested in joining us, please let us know.

In the short term, we are be looking for volunteers to host cottage meetings, facilitate the meetings, and record the discussion. Once the meetings are completed we will be looking for volunteers to analyze the data, and write the strategic plan draft.

[From the September 2014 Searchlight]

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Chalice Circles Begin Again in September

The Chalice Circle organizing team is pleased to announce that it is time to register for Chalice Circles again! There are five new facilitators on board who will be trained on Sept. 2. Be listening for testimonials about Chalice Circle experiences at the worship services on Sept. 7 and 14.

Beginning Aug. 24, there will be someone in the greeting area after services to help you register. You may also register online here. You will be asked to answer questions about availability and needs in order to match everyone up into groups that will hopefully work for everyone.

The deadline to register is Sept. 10, groups will be announced on Sept. 14, and Chalice Circles will be able to meet by the end of September or early October at the latest.

If you haven’t yet participated in a Chalice Circle, please do consider it. It has been a deeply meaningful, enriching and satisfying experience to those who participated last year.
Please contact any one of us on the Chalice Circle organizing team to learn more and to answer any questions you may have:

Rev. Molly Housh Gordon - email
Stephanie Dorman – email
Allie Gassmann – email
Christy Hutton – email

[From the September 2014 Searchlight]

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Nominating Committee Seeks Trustee and Delegate Candidates

The Nominating Committee is beginning its work for the program year and is asking members to consider serving on the Board of Trustees and/or as delegates to the next UUA MidAmerica Region Assembly or the next UUA General Assembly.

New board members will be elected at the Annual Congregational Meeting next spring.
The MidAmerica Region Assembly will take place April 17-19, 2015 in Naperville, Ill. The UUA General Assembly is scheduled June 24-28, 2015 in Portland, Ore. The same members would not need to be delegates to both assemblies.

The Nominating Committee also is seeking several members to serve on the committee.
If you are interested in serving in one or more of these capacities, please give me a call at 442-1865 or send me an email.

– Steve Scott, 2014-14 Chair
UUCC Nominating Committee

[From the September 2014 Searchlight]

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Book Table and Used Book Cart

HELP!!! Bibliophiles and Biblioholics are needed to be part of the Book Table Team. The Book Table in the Greeting Area is open the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month before and after the worship service. Team members set and close up the cabinet, talk about the books there and do some selling. Please contact Fran Reynolds at 443-4336 or by email if you would like to do this.

Sam Anand managed the Used Book Cart for many years. Since Sam and Susie moved away, someone is needed to take care of the cart. UUs bring good used books to put on the cart, and UUs buy the books for a nominal price (cheaper than garage sales!). Please let Fran know if you could do this.

[From the September 2014 Searchlight]

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