Looking back at least month’s article, I mentioned that you’d be hearing more about stewardship in the future. Well, I am happy to report great progress being made in that direction.
First, the replacement of the flooring in the Religious Exploration classrooms went very smoothly, thanks to some volunteer energy. Rev. Leslie is also the proud owner of some new, mobile, metal cabinets. These cabinets will provide a secure (and mobile!) place for the RE staff to store supplies and learning materials.
Second, members of the board, including myself, sat in with the finance committee’s most recent meeting to discuss various financial aspects of our Heritage stewardship, including both short-term and long-term visions for the church as both a spiritual home and as a physical entity. Part of those discussions involved allocating funds to replace the shed in the rear of the church. A new shed will provide a clean, safe and secure storage area for a wide range of needs.
It probably comes as no surprise to anyone that our building is starting to show some good old-fashioned wear & tear, both internally and externally. From fixing some small leaks in the kitchen to some much-needed TLC in the landscaping, the stewardship we are aiming for at this time is to put energy into action in these directions. Doing so will help sustain our church, make it a more welcoming place in which to worship, and encourage our new and first-time visitors to return.
In addition to some excellent volunteer work being done on the church grounds recently, there is also a “Garden Party” planned for Saturday, October 12, with an aim toward cleaning up our landscaping and working together in community toward a common goal. Food and child care are expected to be provided and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Lastly, I want to invite everyone to remain after the service on Sunday, October 13 for our first Heritage UU Church “Town Hall” meeting. The recommendation for a town hall-type meeting grew out of the last annual meeting when it became apparent that more communication between the board and the church members would strengthen our relationship to each other. Reid Hester from the finance committee will be present as well as other representatives from the church board. This will be your opportunity to ask questions, make suggestions, and get a sense of what is happening behind-the-scenes at HUUC.
As always, I am grateful that you have entrusted this role of leadership on me and I promise to continue to do my best to earn that trust.