From the Vice President
We seek a spiritual community for many reasons, each specific to the individual. We come from varied backgrounds and hold varying beliefs. But we come seeking community – the opportunity to join with others to become larger than each individual voice. Sundays are a wonderful time for spiritual renewal. But to truly be part of a community one needs to be involved on a more intimate level with others in that community. Bonds, similar interests, and similar goals need the chance to be discovered and nurtured.
It is through getting involved in UUCOV that true community grows. Ask involved members of UUCOV why they are choosing to spend their time on a committee or volunteer activity and you will get an interesting answer. For some it is to develop deeper involvement with people, for some it is to make a difference in the world, and for some it is just plain fun. And for some it is the opportunity to develop a more intimate community within the larger congregation.
On Sunday, November 12th, UUCOV will hold a ‘Volunteer Day’ before, between and after Sunday services on the lanai and front patio. Each of the ten teams will have table space and printed information, as well as people to answer your questions.
You may have wondered what the time commitment is for serving on the Caring Committee. You might like to know more about the Welcome Table. Or you may have wondered how to let someone know you are interested in fund raising. Perhaps welcoming people on Sunday morning as an usher would be fun for you.
Volunteer day is an opportunity to meet team/committee members, find out what they are doing, and discover if something might be a fit for you. No pressure to sign up on Sunday, although you might want to.
UUCOV does what it does through the volunteer hours of its many committed members. Everyone doing a little makes the task that much easier, fun, and successful. Talk to other volunteers and learn what they enjoy doing.
See you November 12th.
Vice President’s Report
In June, Dave Lyon wrote about our congregation’s Goals for 2016-2017. I had previously written about the ten Teams comprising all UUCOV’s committees, each of which has set its own yearly goals – which support the congregational goals. What does that mean? It means that in different, but important ways, the whole congregation is focused on common efforts.
Throughout the year, the Team Leaders will be working with the Board to refine and accomplish these goals; we want you keep you informed about this process and will find ways to include you in those efforts that capture your interest. Beginning this month, you’ll find under Congregational Life an update on what the Teams are working on.
This month, I want to highlight a big change in Social Events. Social Events is the driving force behind all our fun activities such as Thanksgiving and Spring Dinners, Open Mic, Solstice Celebrations, etc. BUT this year there will be an important big difference. In response to a congregation goal to “Assess our programs to increase focus and depth of congregation involvement”, the Social Events Team, Fiscal Team and the Board are collaborating to the end that future social events will be open to all without charge.
The Board feels that as we ask for increased stewardship from the congregation in full support of UUCOV, we should not ask for additional funds for social activities. This is not a new concept; other congregations have adopted this stance. It is our hope that we will be successful and we are going to give it a try. Thus, we ensure that our social events are open to all. Lack of funds will not keep anyone from attending any UUCOV social event.
-- Linda Underwood
The Social Events Team, chaired by Steve and Eileen Leapley, will be working this summer to come up with an increased social schedule and some differences from past years. You will see events for specific age and interest groups. You will see day activities and evening activities. To get involved with the Team, contact Steve () or Eileen ().