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The President's Perspective -- November 2018


Chalice Lighter Call

We have received a Chalice Lighter call in support of UU Church in the Pines in Weekie Wachee, Florida. “What is a Chalice Lighter call?” you ask.

UUA has a Chalice Lighter program in which individuals, like you, can sign up to commit to supporting congregational programs in our district. Three times a year UUA calls on Chalice Lighters to make a contribution to help another UU church. They suggest a commitment of $20 per call, or $60 per year. To quote the UUA:

“Do you want to help Unitarian Universalism spread? Would you like to see more people find this life saving faith? Imagine this:

Congregations with outstanding programs and outreach get the help they need to stretch and make their dreams into program realities.
New congregations are supported in their fledgling stages so they can thrive, grow and serve those around them.
Congregations that need a new home, or need to expand or repair a familiar home are able to meet the needs of their members and future members.
New or expanded staff positions help congregations realize their mission, increase their reach, and serve new ministries and members in new ways.

A Chalice Lighter is an individual who makes a commitment to respond to a call from the Chalice Lighter Program to support one or more new congregational projects like the ones above.

Learn more about the Southern Region Chalice Lighter program and this call here: https://www.uua.org/southern/chalice-lighters.

UU in the Pines is a small congregation that has met for almost 30 years in rented spaces. They are celebrating their 30th anniversary by purchasing their first permanent home, and are raising funds for the down payment. Your UUFG board encourages members and friends, if you are able, to support this Chalice lighter call and to sign up at UUA.org to receive notification of future calls.

Contributions may be made electronically via PayPal by visiting www.UUPinesFL.org/Give (a PayPal account is not required for this option) or use PayPal to “send money” to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contributions by check, payable to UU Church in the Pines, with a memo “Chalice Lighters” may be mailed to UU Church in the Pines, PO Box 1062, Brooksville, FL 34605.

Let’s show UU in the Pines our support!

In Fellowship,
Marilyn Roberts
Congregation President

The President's Perspective -- September 2018

Please 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.

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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]

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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