From Our Minister
Rev. Kacela is taking the month off from his column. Please keep him and Tamara in your thoughts and prayers while Tamara recovers from her Aug 3 hip replacement surgery. Enjoy the rest of the summer!
Board of Trustees
A number of UUs have wondered recently “what happened to our board”? Four board members resigned after the regular June Board of Trustees meeting, including the President and Vice President. Unfortunately, the closed session part of that meeting prevents discussion of the details. However, the minister and entire board, including the resigned members, attended a Restorative Circle process by Zoom that was facilitated by Rev Sarah Millspaugh and Rev Amy Rowland.
Music and Choir
Normally in August and September I write about our upcoming choir season, the annual conference for the Association of Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM), and any plans about how music will be used in worship. Today I have more questions than answers, and we had no AUUMM conference where I could rely on colleagues and clinicians for strategies and advice (although we have an online forum for sharing ideas). In order to start answering those questions I will need to collaborate with anyone who cares about music in our congregation.
Tech Support from Sara Reyes
These are the new social media sites that have been created for the UUCLC. Please check them out!
GENEROUS GIVING: We thank eight generous donors for their generosity during the past month. Mickey Duttle made a special gift on Father’s Day in honor of her dad, Elwin Nunn. Rabbitt Loring contributed to our Minister’s Discretionary Fund while Carol Winkler supported the KRWG Fund. Jeanne Gilbert, David and Ilene Steele, Jack Welch and Gayle Trantham made gifts in memory of our late beloved member, Len Gambrell. Another late beloved member, Dianne Taylor, was remember by Jeanne Gilbert. Thank you all.
WomenSpirit Retreat is Cancelled
It is with a heavy heart that the WomenSpirit Committee must announce the cancellation of our retreat this September. We had hoped the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic would be improved by then, but it obviously is not. The situation is not likely to improve by September. We are planning to hold our retreat again in September 2021.
Leadership Development Committee
Now more than ever, the UUCLC needs your leadership within our church community. You may ask, what might I do? Well, as a member of the UUCLC congregation, please consider how you might serve our community in one of our three by-law organizations. The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) actively seeks church members annually to serve in congregationally elected positions of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Ministry and the Leadership Development Committee. All three are identified in the UUCLC By-Laws as standing committees within our structure, and foundational in the operations and ministry of our congregation.
Change 4 Change
Social Justice Committee by Carol Winkler
Once a year the Social Justice Committee asks the congregation to vote on non-profit organizations that have applied for our offering “change” for one quarter of the year. Obviously the pandemic has prevented any change being collected but the program is still on. Please give generously to this important program either online or by mailing a check.
Save Those Calendars
Already, I’ve received calendars for 2021 from different organizations: Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy,… It’s time to let you all know how much calendars are appreciated by the families who have to get food at Casa de Peregrinos.
Barking NUUS and the Cat's Meow by David Steele
The Social Justice Committee’s Animal Advocates ministry wants the congregation to know we are still actively participating in the city-wide Cans-4-Critters program. This initiative turns discarded ALUMINIUM cans into cash to assist low income families and animal rescue organizations cover veterinary expenses. We have even been able to assist members of this congregation!