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The President's Perspective -- September 2018

altPlease Excuse our Dust — and Mud

I’m a “facilities” nerd and I’m very excited about all the things going on at UUFG right now to improve our Fellowship’s campus. I want to share the news with you and request your understanding while things might get a bit messy for a while.

Working with Religious Education Director Heather Arata, we have begun a reorganization and remodeling of classrooms 1 through 6. The first step, replacing the old cabinetry, has begun with removal of the old cabinets. New ones have been ordered and will soon be professionally installed.

All classrooms will be repainted and new furniture will be purchased. Rooms 1 and 2 will remain the nursery and playroom. Room 3 has been re-purposed for small meetings with furniture you will recognize from our former library. Room 4 will contain storage cabinets for Family Promise and will be used for classroom and meeting space. Heather has decided to use rooms 5 and 6 for Sunday classes. Room 7 will remain the youth room with some upgraded storage space. We are using volunteer and professional labor for the work. We fondly remember former member Lee Wiegand whose bequest has enabled us to undertake this needed renovation.

If you check out the south side of the playground, near the fire circle, you’ll find a brand new shed which replaces the small wooden shed that has been rotting quietly away for years. When we purchased our new lawnmower last year it was apparent that a larger shed would be required. As a bonus, the new shed is large enough that we can move the huge ladder out of the choir room! A team of volunteers selected and assembled the shed recently. After some finishing touches we will be able to move things in. Our UUFG Foundation provided a grant for the purchase. If you want to know more about the Foundation I encourage you to read about it on our website at uufg.org/give.

In recent weeks a lot of work has been done to optimize all aspects of our sound system. Thanks to a Foundation grant and a generous donation from a current member who does not wish to be identified we have been able to invest in new equipment. Our Sanctuary space, which was designed to have great acoustics for music, still presents challenges when it comes to the spoken word. We will be consulting with an acoustics expert to learn how to mitigate the reverberation that distorts speech.

Finally, behind the scenes, progress is happening on our courtyard landscape. Some members attended a town hall meeting to express their desires for the courtyard renovation. A professional design has been prepared for the courtyard team. A second town hall meeting will be scheduled to keep our members informed as things progress. The plan will be presented to the board for consideration at the September meeting. A Foundation grant has funded the first phase of the project. Professional installation of the new plants will be done in phases as additional funds are raised.

A few years ago I worked at a summer camp with Quaker heritage. They had a frequently repeated expression that comes to mind; “work is love made visible.” This is why I find our ongoing work so exciting. I view it as a sign of our pride in our community, our faith in a vibrant future and our desire to be welcoming to all.

In Fellowship,

Marilyn Roberts, Congregation President

 

UUFG is seeking a new part-time Music Director.

Qualifications

At least a Bachelor's degree in music with appropriate coursework in choral music and conducting. Knowledge of vocal technique and the ability to work with singers of all skill levels is required.  Additional desired characteristics include a compelling leadership style, excellent communication and organizational skills, great conducting technique, vocal ability, and a stylistically diverse repertoire of choral literature.

Duties

 

  • Conduct an adult volunteer choir.  Rehearsals are on Thursday evening. Sing in Sunday morning services most Sundays from August 15 through June 15, the Christmas Eve service, and occasional special events in the church or community. From approximately June 16 – August 14, duties are lighter, with one or two “summer choir” rehearsals and anthems, and time for planning is available.
  • Lead congregational singing from hymn books during Sunday services.
  • Collaborate with the minister and lay leaders to create meaningful Sunday services, including selecting thematically appropriate choral music and coordinating additional musical offerings by congregation members, visiting musicians, or the music director.
  • Encourage congregational participation by providing diverse musical experiences by and for all ages and levels of mastery, including occasional intergenerational choirs.
  • Administer the music program, including managing the budget, supervising the music staff (pianist), and attending all-staff meetings.
  • Maintain and build a diverse and orderly music library.
  • Work with the Choir Circle to enhance the choir experience and plan outreach activities.
  • Plan and make arrangements for guest musicians or alternate music for services when choir does not sing.

 

Position: Position: 15 hours per week. The number of hours could be increased by successfully expanding the music program, for example by establishing a children's choir.

Salary Range: Salary Range: $18 to $22 per hour commensurate with experience.

Applications

The review of applications will begin immediately. We are hoping to have the new Music Director start in October.

Please send cover letter and resume to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
The President's Perspective -- April 2018

Chariot's A-Comin'

Chariot’s A-Comin’, which has often been sung right here in our Sanctuary, has been playing in my head for much of last week. Why? There is good news to share! Our Stewardship drive for the coming year has already received pledges exceeding the amount pledged for our current fiscal year and we are still expecting a few more pledges to come in. This happened even though we have suffered the loss of several of our senior members during this year. To quote Rev. Maureen Killoran “in 32 years of ministry and 15 years of lay leadership I have never seen pledges come in so quickly.” [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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The President's Perspective -- May 2018

Even though UUFG no longer closes during the summer months there is a feeling that we are coasting into a more relaxed time of our Fellowship year. Our Coming of Age class has graduated, committee annual reports have been submitted, and our Annual Congregational Meeting with its changing of the leadership guard is behind us. You can read all about it when the minutes come out, but here is a brief summary. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

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SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAMMING FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE PROGRAMMING FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

September 1-30
How in the World can we reverse global warming? 30 Days / 30 Ways to Actually Reverse Global Warming: For the month of September, join with thousands of committed individuals around the world to take one action per day, building toward a healthy and thriving future for our planet.

Many of you have taken the Pachamama Symposium that we have offered in the past, and this year we will be offering a new Pachamama program “Drawdown,” based on the work of Paul Hawken. To get started, go online to Pachamama.org/30 ways and sign up to receive each day one way that you can contribute to reversing global warming.

Tuesday, September 11, 5:30-8:30 pm
Phone Voters in support of Amendment 4 to restore the vote to 1.4 million Floridians! Work from home and all you need is a laptop computer or tablet, your cell phone, and your passion for the cause. We will join with UU churches throughout Florida in making calls this evening. A dialer masks your phone number and skips the voice mails, so you only get connected when a voter picks up. To get started, go online to https://SecondChancesFL.org/partner/uujf/call

Sunday, September 16
We will Share the Plate with Bread of the Mighty Food Bank during the Sunday service. In our community, one in five people are hungry and one in four of these are children. Throughout the year, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank feeds those who are food insecure. Some of their programs are School Pantries, Feeding Snacks for Kids, and Free Food for Seniors. On this day all non-designated offerings will be given to Bread of the Mighty.

Mark your calendar for October 7 when we will offer a Social Justice Activities Fair after the Service, where you may learn more about the congregation’s activities in Social Justice!

September 1-30 — How in the World can we reverse global warming? 30 Days / 30 Ways to Actually Reverse Global Warming: For the month of September, join with thousands of committed individuals around the world to take one action per day, building toward a healthy and thriving future for our planet.

 

Many of you have taken the Pachamama Symposium that we have offered in the past, and this year we will be offering a new Pachamama program “Drawdown,” based on the work of Paul Hawken. To get started, go online to Pachamama.org/30 ways and sign up to receive each day one way that you can contribute to reversing global warming.

 

Tuesday, September 11, 5:30-8:30 pm — Phone Voters in support of Amendment 4 to restore the vote to 1.4 million Floridians! Work from home and all you need is a laptop computer or tablet, your cell phone, and your passion for the cause. We will join with UU churches throughout Florida in making calls this evening. A dialer masks your phone number and skips the voice mails, so you only get connected when a voter picks up. To get started, go online to https://SecondChancesFL.org/partner/uujf/call

 

Sunday, September 16 — We will Share the Plate with Bread of the Mighty Food Bank during the Sunday service. In our community, one in five people are hungry and one in four of these are children. Throughout the year, Bread of the Mighty Food Bank feeds those who are food insecure. Some of their programs are School Pantries, Feeding Snacks for Kids, and Free Food for Seniors. On this day all non-designated offerings will be given to Bread of the Mighty.

 

Mark your calendar for October 7 when we will offer a Social Justice Activities Fair after the Service, where you may learn more about the congregation’s activities in Social Justice!

 

 

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