President’s Letter: November, 2018

Dear UUFEC Family:

The chilled fall air reminds me it is now November, a month to cherish and rekindle the warmth of family and friends.  It is also a time to be thankful for the many treasures in our lives.  So, in that spirit, with awed gratitude, I want to let you know what has been going on around UUFEC and keeping smiles on our faces.  

UUFEC’S ELECTION Thank you to all members who participated in our fall congregational meeting on Oct 28th to elect our 2019 board.  We on the Board say farewell and ‘Thank You!’ to departing board members Jan Mullins (Secretary) and Winky Sweet (At-Large Member) and we welcome newly elected Board members – Secretary Rece Howley and Member-at-Large Toni Pentecouteau.  Julie Winfree was elected and agreed to serve again as Vice President and I (Gil Brown) was elected to serve as president again.   

HURRICANE MICHAEL Thank you to the leadership of Miriam Williams and collaboration of Social Justice Chair Abigail Riggenbach for facilitating UUFEC to gather supplies and donations for Panama City relief efforts.  We have been in touch intermittently with members of UU Fellowship of Bay County.  A summary of their status is provided here.  UUFEC is also still exploring other ways to gather our resources to help.  

NEW MEMBERS CEREMONY Thank you new members.  An important recognition ceremony to honor and welcome our many new UUFEC members is scheduled for Sunday, Nov 18.   This is a great time to meet your new members and build new connections. 

BUILDINGS, GROUNDS AND AESTHETICS Thank you to the broad collection of folks working on new projects around our building (coming soon).  This past Saturday, 16 UUFEC members helped with fall cleanup.  And looking forward, paint colors have been selected, volunteers have raised their hands, designs have been crafted- you can expect to see further beautification to our spiritual home in the very near future. 

ROY ZIMMERMAN RETURNS Thank You to UUFEC’s incredibly talented, irreverent, brilliant, compassionate and hilarious troubadour friend from the political left, coming to join us in February for another performance.  You. Don’t. Want. To. Miss. This!

NEW SECOND HOUR GROUPS Thank you to Shar Farley, our Second Hour program coordinator for pulling together a great cadre of Second Hour small groups every Sunday after 1st hour.  Recent new groups include Remarkable Lives by John Drury and Spirituality Set Free by Kavitha Hardy.  Starting in November, Jane Park will lead a Faith in Turbulent Times, based on a denominational program to help people find a spiritually grounded response to our world’s troubled times. In January, I will restart the Green Sanctuary group on ways to help the ecology and environment. 

THANKSGIVING UUFEC MEAL Thank you to Rev. Doak and wife Peggy Owens-Mansfield for their plans to host a potluck meal on Thanksgiving Day at UUFEC. Come celebrate the season and share a UUFEC meal with others. 

SOCIAL JUSTICE Thank you Abigail Riggenbach and Sarah Albano for starting up UUFEC’s Social Justice Committee.  At the heart of who we are as a church is our need and desire to take action, help others and make a difference in the world around us.  Stay tuned for the next meeting so that you can do your part. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP?  If you find yourself inspired by all the good works of people listed above, come join us.  Talk to any committee chair or board member to learn where your talents can best be utilized and appreciated. Some of the areas that could use help are in Sunday Morning Greeters, serving on any of UUFEC’s committees, being a service leader, volunteering in RE, and helping to keep the grounds beautiful on a Saturday morning cleanup.  Other ideas are warmly welcomed. 

It’s a beautiful day right now.  We are a great church family.  There is much work ahead of us. We can be proud of what we’ve done so far together. 

In fellowship,

Gil Brown