plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
Hello all –
I want to, again, express my gratitude to all of you who participated in our online congregational meeting. It was great to see your faces and hear your voices – and I hope we accomplished something that will help sustain Heritage through the quarantine, no matter how long that may be.
Saying that, I am reading reports that the Payroll Protection Program, to which we applied, has run – or is running – out of funds. As I write this, I do not yet know the status of the program nor if or how it involves us. I’m certain the Finance Committee is watching this and will do their best to keep us updated as more information is available. Again – I am very grateful to the entire committee and especially Michael Wilhite who, along with Denise Martinez, navigated the process to get us enrolled in the program. Thank you.
In other news – please mark your calendars for two more important online meetings:
- Town Hall Meeting: Sunday, May 31 @ 1:30 p.m.
- Annual Congregational Meeting: Sunday, June 28 @ 10 a.m.
The Annual Meeting takes place the same day as the UUA’s General Assembly service – which will also be held online. Right now, we are anticipating our own meeting to start at 10am (a chance for you to sleep in a bit!) but that may change as we learn more about the G/A agenda. This is a crucial meeting so I hope you can attend.
Until then, many of us are learning new skills and abilities that we didn’t know we had.
For myself, I’m learning that I can simultaneously work from home, manage my kids’ school schedules and (sometimes) make dinner. Throw in a few dog walks and sessions of wiping down door handles and that can make for a pretty full day.
What I still need to learn is how to remember to take a minute for myself and do some kind of “self-care.” During the first week of quarantine I would sometimes forget to shave, shower or get some fresh air — I was a mess by the weekend.
I’m still learning… but, by reminding myself daily that I’m not being my most effective worker, father, husband or dog-walker if I’m not first making sure I’m okay, I’m little-by-little getting better all the time.
What I’m trying to say is – I hope you are doing the same. Please keep taking care of yourselves. We need you around.
Until we meet again.
April 24, 2020.