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The President's Perspective -- August 2019


At our last meeting, the Governing Board talked a bit about how we meet congregational needs. When we had a Program Council, founding new committees to address congregational areas fell to the representatives. It wasn’t a perfect system, but it did seem to alleviate some of the pressure on the Board to address everything. There is now a gap, and several areas need revisiting and addressing. Pastoral care and congregational communications are two such areas. We also need to re-evaluate and/or re-establish core committees like the Committee on Ministry, a Right Relations Committee, and a Personnel Committee. Additionally, an auction and a pledge team need to be formed and begin working towards successful stewardship efforts. Finally, we have a new settled minister, and we need to have an installation service and members to help plan and execute that. A number of places need attention and time, and it can feel overwhelming when looking at it all at once. [Click "Read more... to continue] 

Other congregational needs can’t be filled by committee: the need to connect to others and the need to be of service. There are great opportunities to deepen connection and find common purpose here. Some of those internal needs can be filled just by coming to worship each week. But working together with others towards a common goal, like I was fortunate to do last year on the Search Committee, deepens connections with others and our Fellowship community. For me, it strengthened my sense of ownership towards UUFG and its members, enriched my life, broadened my horizons, nurtured my need to serve others, and provided me with several close connections with other members Ihadn’t previously really known. It brought me joy, even when the work itself was difficult.

As members of a congregation, we can only do so much. We have a new minister, and they can only do so much. In partnership, and with commitment to connect and serve, there is so much we can do. I would love to talk to you (yes, you!) about the service opportunities we have here – ways to connect you to others and serve a congregational need. I respect and honor the limitations each of us have in ability, time, and presence, and want to work with you to both meet you where you are and meet the congregation’s needs. Help build our diverse religious community committed to lifelong spiritual growth and compassionate service to each other, our community, and the world.

In Fellowship,
Kristin Stevens, Congregation President

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